Residents' newsletter - Friday, 8 April

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In this issue...

  • Help stop Graffiti vandals costing East Devon residents thousands in cleaning bills 

  • Small number of Ukrainian refugees, fleeing their homes, arrive in Devon

  • Great green news: Woodbury to get new woodland! 

  • Special feature: Green Waste Recycling

  • Coming up: Painters water workshop and meet the artist event 

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News and updates: 

Help stop Graffiti vandals costing East Devon residents thousands in cleaning bills 


A spate of graffiti by vandals across East Devon has cost hundreds of pounds in taxpayers’ money to clean.

Residents are begin urged to be on the lookout and report any sightings of people grafting to the police.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been called out to a number of large incidents, including at Gunfield Gardens in Exmouth, to remove offensive and obscene graffiti. 

Officers apart of EDDC’s REACT team were called out to Seaton just yesterday (6 April) and spent two hours scrubbing black paint, and highly offence and racist graffiti, from concrete paving – the specialist products needed to lift the paint cost at least £150 alone.

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Small number of Ukrainian refugees, fleeing their homes, arrive in Devon

A small number of Ukrainian refugees, including families, have arrived in Devon, or are expected to arrive in the next few days, as their visas are granted. 

So far, more than 300 people in Devon have put themselves forward as sponsors - providing accommodation through the Government's ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

There has been an amazing response across Devon to help people in need, through donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, offers of support, and people stepping forward to host refugees.

Preparations are now in place thanks to the Team Devon councils - which include Devon County Council, all Devon’s district and city authorities and the Devon Association of Local Councils.  

The councils have launched a website containing all the latest guidance and information for Devon residents who want to help, through donations or offers of accommodation. 

And, it includes information for Ukrainian guests as they arrive in the county.

Visit the Team Devon website, at

Great green news: Woodbury to get new woodland! 


The Woodland Trust has announced the purchase of Coombe Farm on the edge of Woodbury Parish has successfully completed for a new Woodland.

Although there are some funds still needed to help manage the transformation of the site, the funding appeal has been a wonderful success, and the Woodland Trust is most thankful to the generosity of the general public , partners, and supporters.

Over the coming months the Woodland Trust will work with residents, local bodies, and authorities  to complete a detailed design, with the initial planting this Autumn.

One of the first tasks is to create a name for the Wood, as Coombe is already a well-used name here in Devon for various woods.

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Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: 

"I'm really pleased that The Woodland Trust has chosen to locate their new woodland within East Devon to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. East Devon looks forward to working with The Woodland Trust in this exciting project."

Look who’s back! RNLI lifeguards set to return to Exmouth for 2022 season


RNLI Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguards are preparing to return to Exmouth beach in time for the Easter holidays. Working closely with East Devon District Council, the charity has improved its lifeguard service for 2022 with several new additions.

The RNLI is implementing some significant changes at Exmouth beach this year to improve the lifeguard provision.

The beach will have lifeguard cover during the two-week Easter holidays, from Saturday 9 April to Sunday 24 April, and will then be patrolled daily from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 25 September. There will be four lifeguards on duty, rising to six in the peak July and August months.

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Recycling news

Special feature: Green Waste Recycling

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The green waste trommel

Spring is on its way and the gardening season is fast approaching.

Join 17,500 households across East Devon that subscribe to our green waste collections service and make your gardening easier and save trips to the recycling centre.

Stage 1

After our crews have collected your green waste from the kerb-side, it is taken to a composting site in East Devon.

The green waste is unloaded in the reception area and visually checked to remove any contamination. To find out what you can put in your green bin please visit our website.

In 2021 we collected 6774 tonnes of green waste from East Devon households.

Stage 2

After unloading from the collection vehicles, your green waste is loaded into a shredder to break up all the green waste into small pieces ready for composting.

Stage 3

After shredding, the green waste is sieved in a giant rotating sieve called a trommel, this separates out any remaining larger pieces and gives the material a final ‘clean’.  The green waste is now ready to be composted.

Stage 4

Once the green waste has been shredded and sieved, it is put into long rows called windrows and it is now left for Mother Nature to take over. The windrows are left to compost naturally over 14 weeks with just some regular turning to help regulate the temperature. 

After 14 weeks, the green waste has been turned by nature into a black, clean compost. Samples are tested to check the nutrients to ensure it meets regulatory standards and then it is ready to be used in agriculture.

Stage 5

After a 14-week process, to turn your green waste into valuable compost, the material is collected by local farmers and used as a soil conditioner on local farms.

The compost improves the soil by increasing its organic content, increasing biological activity and retaining moisture and helps reduce the amount of artificial fertiliser farmers need to use.

Our green waste collections are part of East Devon’s ‘green’ economy.

You can subscribe to the green waste service here.

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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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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:

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Coming up: Painters water workshop and meet the artist event 

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Nick Goss Mud Angels

Saturday 23 April

Painting Water Workshop for families

1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm

Create a collaborative sea painting using watery techniques with artist Nick Goss. £5 per child or £10 per family. Book here

Meet the Artist event with family activities


Meet artist Nick Goss and discover more about his fascinating practice and painting techniques. Families can enjoy a treasure hunt around the THG garden or make a fun collage to take home! Wine and nibbles. Free event, book your place.

Parent and Toddlers Sessions at LED East Devon 

Parent and Toddler update April 2022

New exercise sessions have been launched for parents and their toddlers.

The sessions, which are £2.50 and include coffee, will start from Wednesday, 27 April and will be held between 10.30am and 11.15am. 

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Get your prescriptions before the Easter holidays

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With the Easter bank holiday fast approaching, residents will need to order any prescriptions in good time.

Anyone needing to access health services on the bank holiday weekend have been asked to remember: 

  • Most GP practices will be closed on Good Friday and bank holiday Monday
  • ‘Think 111 First’ and contact NHS 111 for advice over the long weekend
  • Contacting 111 by phone or online, will mean advisors can direct people to the most appropriate local service for their needs

The long Easter weekend traditionally puts extra pressure on health services when most GP practices are closed and more people are outdoors enjoying everything Devon has to offer.

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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, 12 April

Wednesday, 13 April



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