Residents' update - Friday, 7 January

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In this issue...

  • New year, new you: explore local nature walks from Exmouth GP surgeries
  • Reported incident of fly tipping in Honiton
  • Road sweeper bursts into flames moments after council worker escapes
  • Message from the new Green Spaces Development Officer
  • Exeter Community Energy in need of volunteers

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News and updates: 

New year, new you: explore local nature walks from Exmouth GP surgeries


Exmouth residents can make a healthy new start to 2022 by getting outdoors and enjoying nature thanks to the launch of three new Green Health Route guides.

Each guide details two nature walks of different lengths, starting from the front door of the five surgeries in Exmouth: Imperial, Haldon, Claremont, Rolle and Raleigh.

The Green Health Route guides have been developed by Doctor Tom Wright in partnership with the Wild East Devon team for the Wild Exmouth project.

View the new routes here: Green Health Routes

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Reported incident of fly tipping in Honiton

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The REACT team have been busy today with Streetscene East in dealing with a vast amount of fly tip fridges found near Shute recycling centre in Honiton.

Over 15 fridges as well as glass and general rubbish have been cleared today.

Any information from members of the public who may have witnessed this offence would be very useful to us in identifying the offenders responsible.

Road sweeper bursts into flames moments after council worker escapes


A road sweeper which burst into flames in Exmouth before Christmas has been completely destroyed.

The driver thankfully escaped the vehicle unharmed, although a little shaken, after the incident which took place at around 6.15am on Sunday 19 December.

The East Devon District Council (EDDC) worker had been going about his regular Strand sweeping round when he noticed something had ignited in the sweeper.

To minimise the possible danger to passers-by and buildings, he had the presence of mind to drive the vehicle into the middle of the Strand, which is where it promptly burst into flames.

The fire service was called and quickly extinguished the blaze.

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Message from the new Green Spaces Development Officer


Hello, my name is Russell Giblett and I am the new Green Spaces Development Officer. I have previously designed and managed green spaces in Sheffield and Amsterdam and look forward to working here in East Devon.

My role will involve the development, design and restoration of East Devon’s green spaces to make outstanding places for residents to enjoy. Now, more than ever, it is apparent how important green space is to mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, climate regulation, biodiversity, flood prevention, education and much more. I hope I can help maximise the benefits green space can bring to the residents of East Devon. Key to making spaces people enjoy is to engage, educate and inspire the people that use them, so I look forward to meeting you in the future, whether that’s at your local school, in your local park or at an event nearby.

Healthy changes start with little changes


The latest instalment of the Better Health Adult Obesity campaign is now live, running until the end of March. This campaign aims to motivate and support adults to achieve a healthy weight by eating more healthily and increasing levels of physical activity.

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or improve mental health, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters.

There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Let's do this!

Leisure East Devon: Provides sports and leisure activities on behalf of the council. Leisure / Fitness Centres are in Axminster, Broadclyst, Colyton, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth. 

Parkruns: Each is a 5km run, every Saturday at 9:00am: nearest ones include Cranbrook parkrunExmouth parkrunSeaton parkrunKillerton parkrun.

Exeter Community Energy in need of volunteers


As a community run organisation we are always looking for people to help make Exeter Community Energy a success.

Exeter Community Energy are now on the hunt for ten volunteers who will be trained to become community energy champions to support their local residents.

If you are interested in finding out more and can spare a few hours a month then get in touch with Tara Bowers on 0800 772 3617, or email

Milk from moo to you


Fresh cows milk and flavoured milkshakes vending machine now OPEN at 

The Cranberry Farm Pub

Cranbrook, Devon


Who we are and what we do:

We are a family run dairy farm just east of Exeter in Devon.

Pick up a litre of farm fresh, local milk and milkshake from our milk vending machine at The Cranberry Farm Pub, Cranbrook. 

Fresh daily, gently pasteurised, unhomogenised - just like milk should be.

Open 24 hours, all day every day.

To find out more about their story, visit their website: The Udder Stuff

HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020/21 tax return and pay any tax due.

HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, as the department reveals that, of the 12.2 million taxpayers who need to submit their tax return by 31 January 2022, almost 6.5 million have already done so.

HMRC recognises the pressure faced this year by Self Assessment taxpayers and their agents. COVID-19 is affecting the capacity of some agents and taxpayers to meet their obligations in time for the 31 January deadline. The penalty waivers give taxpayers who need it more time to complete and file their return online and pay the tax due without worrying about receiving a penalty.

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Latest news and newsletters

East Devon District Council also produce regular newsletters and news on different topics, in the last week we have issued the following which may be of interest:

£900k scheme to protect Seaton cliffs takes major step forward

Business and economy bulletin

Key planning applications received

Decision on key planning applications

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Council meetings dates

Over the next week the following East Devon District Council meetings are taking place.  Any public meetings will be streamed live to the Council’s YouTube channel, and in the event of difficulties these will be streamed on our Facebook page instead. 

Tuesday, 11 January 

Wednesday, 12 January

Thursday, 13 January


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Recycling news 

Recycling Christmas trees into woodchip

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Streetscene’s Tree team have been carrying out the annual chipping of resident’s discarded Christmas trees at key sites across the district. This scheme, operating in partnership with East Devon’s Waste and Recycling team, means that residents were able to recycle their trees into productive woodchip that will be used in greenspaces across the district. This woodchip will be used as a valuable mulch to retain moisture and supress weeds, provide nutrition and structure to soils and to offer a valuable habitat for bugs and insects. A big thank you to our Tree team for working hard to process hundreds of trees this week!

Thanks all round for our recycling team 

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Resident, Kate, posted this before and after photograph on the Exmouth Community Facebook page. She praised "what an awesome recycling team we have".

Other residents commented too:

"Great job. Done mine too today, had sooo much. Thankyouuuu."

"Great service from the recycling team today. I had rather a lot put out and bless them they took it all."

"Agree they are great! Always clear it n leave boxes tidy."

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Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 30,000 people using our smartphone app and get simple personalised collection reminders, the latest collection updates and tell us about a missed collection. 

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Mikhail Karikis - Children of Unquiet and SeaWomen


THG has reopened and is excited to present two immersive film installations by international artist Mikhail Karikis, opening on 15 January.

The works share the experience of two very different communities; fisherwomen from the haenyeo community on Jeju island, Korea, and children brought up by the geothermal powerplant in Devil’s Valley, Tuscany. Both communities have a unique relationship to their environment which is rich in natural resources. As processes of extraction evolve, this way of life is increasingly threatened.

Mikhail Karikis – multi venue exhibition find out more

  • Mikhail Karikis: Children of Unquiet. THG, Dowell St, Honiton.
  • Mikhail Karikis: SeaWomen. Ocean, Queen’s Drive, Exmouth.

Alongside Karikis’ film, will be an exhibition documenting a unique selection of the work and process of contemporary Bristol-based theatre-maker, Tom Bailey.

In Focus: Tom Bailey Theatremaker and Director – find out more

15 January – 5 March. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 - 5.

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