Residents' Update - Friday, 4 February

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In this issue...

  • New one-off community grant scheme launch by East Devon District Council

  • Review on councillor’s code of conduct

  • Should a separate parish council be created for Colyford?
  • Car park improvement work starts on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

  • Drainage improvement works at Jacobs Ladder Beach may cause disruption 

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News and updates: 

New one-off community grant scheme launch by East Devon District Council


Grants of up to £500 are now available from East Devon District Council for voluntary, community and other not for profit groups.

The council has set up a one-off Small Community Grants scheme to provide grants to support community-led ideas and initiatives across the area. Applications are sought from groups looking to fund smaller projects, rather than it being a small percentage contribution of a big costly project.

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Review on councillor’s code of conduct

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Residents have until 5pm on Monday 14 March 2022 to share their thoughts on East Devon District Council’s Councillor’s Code of Conduct and help shape the new draft document, before EDDC makes any final decisions.

We are currently updating our code, which largely reflects the model provided by the Local Government Association, with limited adaptation to reflect local circumstances.

It is particularly important we get this right, as whilst some Parish and Town Councils will set their own code, others are likely to reflect ours directly.

Much of the code is clear, but there are key areas on registration and disclosure of interests, gifts and hospitality where we would appreciate and value your views.

EDDC has reviewed the Local Government Association’s example of a good code of conduct whilst revising its own. While the law means there are certain aspects in the code of conduct that cannot be changed, the council is seeking views on certain of the areas that can be.

If you need a copy of this consultation on paper or in any other format, email or call 01395 517569.

Code on Conduct survey

Should a separate parish council be created for Colyford?

Should Colyford have its own parish council? Tell us what you think in a review being carried out by East Devon District Council.

Anyone living in the area covered by Colyton Parish Council is being asked to share their views on the draft proposals before the deadline at 5pm on Wednesday, 4 May.

Parish councils have the right to collect money from local residents as part of their council tax bill. This money is then spent by the parish council in their locality. 

Once EDDC has received everyone’s views it will consider the results of the consultation and publish its proposal in spring 2022. This proposal will then be subject to further consultation.

People registered to vote within the Colyton Parish Council area will shortly be receiving a consultation pack in the post, within the pack will be a short questionnaire inviting residents to have their say.

This proposal was discussed at EDDC's Cabinet meeting on 3 November 2021. You can find out more about this discussion online.

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Car park improvement work starts on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

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Work to improve visitor access on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths will start on Monday 7th February 2022 meaning some car parks will be closed.

Four Firs Car Park on Woodbury Common and Joney’s Cross Car Park on Hawkerland will be closed to the public from Monday 7th February and work is expected to take up to 6 weeks. During this time, visitors are asked to make use of other car parking locations provided across the heaths.

Further works will take place on roadside parking at Stowford (Colaton Raleigh) and Frying Pans (Bicton Common). 

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Another case of fly tipping reported in East Devon

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On Tuesday 1 February, the REACT team at were called to clear the mess left by fly tipping. 

Along with a large amount of material and litter, the team were called to remove an abandoned caravan on the London road, Whimple, Exeter.

The caravan was removed on a low loader as it wasn't safe to tow.

Fly tipping is a crime. Any information from those who may have witnessed this offence please contact us as it would be very useful to identify the offenders responsible. 

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Drainage improvement works at Jacobs Ladder Beach may cause disruption 

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Drainage improvement works to the access slope to Jacobs Ladder beach is due to commence on Monday 14 February and will last for three days. Pedestrian access will be maintained, but there could be some disruption.

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Council Tax rebate

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 3 February 2022 that households in England, which are in council tax bands A to D, will receive a £150 rebate.

Local Authorities have yet to receive any details on how to administer this scheme, so please do not contact us at this time.

We will provide more information on our website and social media channels when this has been received.

Commonwealth Games – Queen’s Batonbearers nominations opens

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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has opened nominations for people who would like to apply to be a Batonbearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay in England. The criteria for a Batonbearer in England is someone who meets one or more of the following:

  • Is always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
  • Has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
  • Is a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
  • Has taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community

The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel to every region in England, before arriving at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on 28 July. Nominations will be open until 14 February.

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Check out StreetScene's huge successes from the past year


Despite the challenges, uncertainties and setbacks they faced as a result of the pandemic and knock-on effects, our fantastic StreetScene team achieved so many successes. We are hopeful that 2022 will be another great year and that our team at East Devon will continue to make a positive impact and grow exponentially as a service.

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Join in with a free taster of Aqua fit or Yoga courtesy of LED Community Leisure

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LED Community Leisure are committed to providing a safe space for everyone in our community to live a healthier lifestyle by providing great leisure facilities no matter who you are.

As part of this commitment, and to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, we have teamed up with Exmouth Pride to provide a welcoming environment for anyone to try our facilities. You might be a keen swimmer, a novice yoga enthusiast - or even apprehensive. LGBT+ people like anybody else can be all of these, but you will always be welcome.

Swimming: Sunday 20 February 17:30 - 18:30pm, Exmouth Leisure Centre

The session will include a 30-minute aqua fit taster with one of our instructors to showcase more of what the pool can offer besides simply swimming up and down!

Yoga: Saturday 12 February 12:30 - 1.30pm, Exmouth Leisure Centre

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Come along to BabyBeats mother and baby yoga session


Babybeats mother and baby yoga, sensory and baby massage classes for babies from 6 weeks up to 18 months (fast crawling).

Now taking bookings for February.

Every Tuesday at 11am Exmouth Leisure Centre, classes include the option to buy a £5 swim voucher that gives 20 swims per month!

After the class we have a social meeting, coffee and teas. Everyone welcome.

This is a great way to build the bond between mum and baby whilst also having a gentle workout post pregnancy.

*LAUNCHING SOON* Thursday BabyBeats

From post 6 week check to 5 months.

Every Thursday at 11am Exmouth Leisure Centre.

Book here

Business update

East Devon land available to let 


🚨 TO LET 🚨

Multifunctional Community Fitness, Leisure and well-being space.

Queen's Drive, Exmouth

  • Large site for offering a range of activities to the public.
  • Situated on Exmouth Seafront.
  • Convenient location with parking in close proximity.

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🚨 TO LET 🚨

Multifunctional event space – Traditional funfair rides and activities.

Queen's Drive, Exmouth.

  • Large site with traders, a bar and toilets provided.
  • Situated on Exmouth Seafront.
  • Convenient location with parking in close proximity.

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🚨 TO LET 🚨

Site for 'Big Wheel'.

Esplanade, Exmouth.

  • Situated on the popular Exmouth Esplanade.
  • High customer footfall in a prominent and scenic location.
  • Up to a three year lease term.

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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:

Shores, Heaths and Dunes for 2022!

*last week's planning newsletters* - please accept our sincere apologies that these newsletters were missed in last week's edition.

Key applications received

Decision on key applications

*this week's planning newsletters*

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, 8 February

Wednesday, 9 February


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Recycling news 

Take a look at our awesome new recycling vehicle!


As East Devon is growing so rapidly, by at least 800 new homes a year, the Recycling & Waste Team need to expand it’s operations to be able to make recycling collections across the growing district.

Planning is underway to decide how best to expand our fleet of collection vehicles to cope with the growing demand for recycling at the kerb-side.

The supplier of our recycling vehicles, Romaquip, has designed a prototype ‘Baby’ Romaquip to get into difficult access areas. Romaquip have chosen East Devon to test it’s new vehicle and have delivered it to our depot this week to help with our planning

You might see the new baby recycler being out through it’s paces around East Devon’s narrow lanes this week.

A-Z of recycling

Recycling app

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

Diego and Frida – Two Revolutionary Artists


Join us at THG for our next enthralling art talk. The first talk sold out so book your tickets early!

  • Tuesday 8 February, 10.30-12.00pm: Diego and Frida – Two Revolutionary Artists.

Diego Rivera was a giant figure of the Mexican mural movement, while Frida Kahlo was best known for her self-portraits. We will explore Diego’s key murals and discover why Frida Kahlo has become an icon of feminism and self-discovery.

£10 (£8 THG Friends/Students)

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Climate Conversations

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Friday 11 February, 4-6.00pm: Climate Conversations with special guests artist Mikhail Karikis and University of Exeter’s Be the Change Society.

Event raising awareness of the issue of climate emergency through art.

Free event.

Book here

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Wild East Devon 

Come along to a social, guided Waggy Walk


Thursday 10 February 2022, 10:00am-

Free event.

Currently there are 8 places available.

Book here

Wednesday 16 February 2022, 10:00am-

Free event.

Currently there are 11 places available.

Book here

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