Residents' update - Friday, 21 January

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In this issue...

  • East Devon celebrates six million recycling and waste collections

  • Plan A: what are the new Covid rules in England?

  • Have your say on changes to Cranbrook Plan

  • Youth Parliament Members wanted - apply now!

  • Pay a visit to the Glass Room exhibition at Seaton Library

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News and updates: 

East Devon celebrates six million recycling and waste collections

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A total of six million recycling and waste collections – weighing more than 48,000 tonnes - were made in East Devon last year.

Crews collected the equivalent weight of 4,000 London double decker buses, through a whopping 4.5million recycling collections and 1.5 million waste collections. 

As well as this a further 300,000 green waste collections were made. 

This included 22,700 tonnes of dry recycling and food waste. The dry recycling was sent for processing to be made into new products and the food waste has been used to generate bioenergy and fertiliser for farms. 

A further 6,700 tonnes of green waste was also collected, composted, and used as soil conditioner on East Devon farms. 

As well as collecting huge amounts of recycling, a further 18,600 tonnes of waste was collected and sent to an ‘energy from waste’ centre before being turned into electricity for the local grid. 

Since East Devon District Council (EDDC) introduced a new recycling and waste system in 2017 it has gone from strength to strength. 

Last year it was even rated the ninth best recycling council in England, recycling 60 per cent of all household waste. 

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Plan A: what are the new Covid rules in England?


The Prime Minister has announced that England will be moving from plan B to plan A on 27 January to reflect the fact that the Omicron wave has peaked.

Here’s what the changes will mean for you:

  • From next Thursday (27 January) mandatory certification will end, meaning people will no longer have to prove their Coronavirus status to gain entry to some venues.
  • The government will no longer ask people to work from home, but that people should talk to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office.
  • That it will no longer be compulsory to wear face coverings, starting this week in classrooms.
  • There will be easing of restrictions governing visits to care homes.
  • The current rules around self-isolation remain in place (isolate for five days, provided that two negative tests are obtained on fifth and sixth days).

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Have your say on changes to Cranbrook Plan


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Have your say on proposed changes to the Cranbrook Plan which will help shape the future of the town and as it grows for the next decade.

Residents have six weeks, from today (Monday, 17 January) until Monday, 28 February, to share their views on proposed changes to the document.

The Cranbrook Plan identifies sites in the town and the surrounding areas which will be used for housing and employment developments, as well as facilities like new schools, sport areas and community buildings.

It will also help to secure financial contributions towards healthcare services, a special educational needs and disabilities school, improvements to lower speeds on London Road and more.

Full details can be found on the EDDC’s website where the proposed changes are set out in detail and specific response forms are available.

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Youth Parliament Members wanted - apply now!


Do you know a young person who wants to use their voice and passions to bring about positive change in their local community? Then why not suggest they join the UK Youth Parliament.

The UK Youth Parliament is run by young people, for young people, and enables Members to change the world for the better.

Anyone aged 11 to 18 years old can run for election. If you know someone who would be interested in becoming a Member of Youth Parliament, please ask them to complete the registration form

Please note that applications close this Sunday, 23 January so there's not much time!


Pay a visit to the Glass Room exhibition at Seaton Library

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Have you seen the Glass Room exhibit currently in Seaton library? The Glass Room explores misinformation in all its forms.

What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?

In this physical and digital exhibition we will explore misinformation in all its forms. You can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.

Exhibits are presented through a series of posters, animations and visualisations. We invite you to take a deep dive beyond your screen, and into the world of deepfakes, misinformation, design strategies and profiling.

As technology becomes embedded in every part of our lives and our environments, The Glass Room examines its impacts and helps visitors explore practical solutions to mitigate them.

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Check your eligibility for an energy efficiency grant


With fuel bills going up, we all could do with some help. There is a new grant fund called LAD 2 which helps tenants and owner occupiers improve the energy efficiency of their home. 

What support is available?

  • Up to £10,000 for owner occupiers.
  • Up to £5000 for tenants of private and social landlords – the landlord must contribute a third.

What is the eligibility?

  • You must have a household income of less than £30,000.
  • Or be on certain specified benefits such as universal income or pension credits.
  • AND the property must have an EPC score of D or less.

Apply now

All applications must be received by the end of March.

Keep you and your family safe by registering your appliances


We all rely hugely on our fridges, washing machines and microwaves for keeping our busy lives on track, but would your appliance manufacturer know which machines you have and where to find you if a fault came to light with your model?

For some 100 million appliances, the answer is no.

But this could all be remedied by people taking a few minutes to register their much-loved appliances.

To mark Register My Appliance Week (from 17 to 21 January) we are urging the public to register their many treasured appliances so that they can be notified of product recalls or if a safety repair is ever needed.

Make your home safer by registering your machines at

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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:

Financial support provided to households across East Devon

East Devon economy bouncing back fuelled by green growth

News From The Clyst Valley Regional Park

Must-see exhibitions + new workshops from Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Key applications received

Decision on key 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, 25 January

Wednesday, 26 January

Thursday, 27 January


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Recycling news 

Bulky waste (large furniture items) collections


In order to protect our collection crews, we ask customers to adhere to the following for every bulky household collection:

  • All bulky household collections will be made from outside of the property
  • Items should be left outside of the property for at least 72 hours before the collection is due
  • Social distancing is maintained between our collection staff and customers during the collection

Thank you for your help in protecting our crews.

Collections can be booked by visiting our website or by calling our Customer Service Centre on 01395 571515.

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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

Creative Session for Under 5's

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- New time for 2022 -

Friday 28 January, 10.30-12.00

We'll be inside in our newly-reopened Learning Room. Sessions are free and run on the last Friday of every month.

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Art History Talks: Winter 2022


Join us at THG for a fascinating new series of talks with renowned art historian, John Francis.

1 February, 10.30-12.00: Winter Tales – The Art of Snow and Winter. Beginning with the iconic 'Hunters in the Snow' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, we will explore key UK and European works depicting winter.

8 February, 10.30-12.00: Diego and Frida – Two Revolutionary Artists. Diego Rivera was a giant figure of the Mexican mural movement, while Frida Kahlo is famous for her self-portraits.

15 February, 10.30-12.00: Collage & Montage. Exploring the leading components of collage and montage including Surrealist/Dada artists Max Ernst and Hannah Hoch.

1 March, 10.30-12.00: Eat Art – The Story of Food in Art. How food has inspired artists over the ages and has been employed in still life, allegory, surrealism, pop art, feminism and more.

£10 per talk (£8 students/THG Friends). Booking required. The talks will take place in the main gallery space with seating for a maximum of 17 participants.

Book here

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