Residents' update - Friday, 6 May

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In this issue...

  • First in-person community day since COVID, hailed a great success!

  • Plans to market a part of Seaton’s seafront for redevelopment has been given the go-ahead

  • Claim your £150 council tax rebate, if you haven’t received it already

  • Community celebrate official opening of Exmouth’s newest skatepark

  • An important update for Exmouth public toilets

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News and updates: 

First in-person community day since COVID, hailed a great success!

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A special Sidmouth community day was a great success, celebrating Lymbourne residents with a big spruce outdoor up.

An amazing ‘Social Value Community Event’, organised by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and contractors Ian Williams, was attended by supported accommodation tenants, the Ian Williams’ team - including a handy man and local EDDC councillors with officers.

The day included a big spruce up of the grounds, building planters, putting in new plants, painting benches – which was all done with the help of Sidmouth in Bloom and the Probation Service who rolled up their sleeves to help out in the sunshine. 

Residents were also given the opportunity to use free skips.

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Claim your £150 council tax rebate, if you haven’t received it already


More than £5million has been paid out to 75 per cent of the eligible East Devon residents, living in an A, B, C or D band property.

The first phase of the £150 council tax (energy) rebate was rolled out in April – seeing payments made to more than 34,000 direct debit holders.

The second phase of the projects will see letters sent to all other eligible residents from next week (beginning Monday, 9 May).

An online claim will soon go live allowing all residents who do not pay their council tax by direct debit, including those whose bank details EDDC was not able to verify, to claim their rebate.

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Plans to market a part of Seaton’s seafront for redevelopment has been given the go-ahead

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Plans to market a part of Seaton’s seafront for redevelopment has been given the go-ahead by East Devon District Council’s Cabinet.

The Seaton Moridunum site on the Esplanade was originally included as part of the now expired Seaton Seafront Enhancement Scheme. 

The site is made up of a former toilet block with the ramps either side and public realm space above. The authority approved a number of recommendations on Wednesday evening (4 May), including that the new development will retain the public realm space.

The recommendation emphasised a desire to work with the developer of the Fosseway Court flats to the rear of the site, where work has already begun.

Community celebrate official opening of Exmouth’s newest skatepark

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L to R: Cllr Eileen Wragg, Simon Kennedy, Cllr Joe Whibley, Cllr Geoff Jung

The official opening of Exmouth’s newest skatepark took place this week, after its £365k Olympic-standard revamp.

Dozens of park goers, coming from far and wide, attended the big skate jam event which included professional riders, music and competition at the Phear Park venue, on Saturday, 30 April.

The £365,000 project was funded with £240,000 from East Devon District Council and £125,000 from Exmouth Town Council.

This included East Devon District Councillors Eileen Wragg, StreetScene deputy operations manager Simon Kennedy, Cllr Joe Whibley and Cllr Geoff Jung (pictured).

The park was designed and constructed thanks to contractors Maverick Industries, who also helped to hold the big opening event.

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An important update for Exmouth public toilets

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Imperial Rec, Orcombe Point and Maer have now been reopened for the season.

Unfortunately due to recent vandalism to Manor garden toilets in Exmouth, the following are shut for repair:

  • Disabled toilet
  • Mother and baby changing room
  • Second gents cubicle

The first of many 'Responsible Dog Owners’ roadshows

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The first ‘Responsible Dog Owners’ roadshow was held in Exmouth on Tuesday, 3 May. It comes as part of a series of events being held to tackle complaints about fouling, dog-on-dog attacks and out-of-control dogs in East Devon.

The next events are:

Exmouth Thursday, 9 June 2pm - 4pm
Budleigh Salterton Wednesday, 11 May 1pm - 3pm
Sidmouth Tuesday, 17 May 10am - 12pm
Seaton Wednesday, 25 May 2pm - 4pm
Beer Tuesday, 31 May 10am - 12pm

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Here is a list of the major events taking place this month.


  • Sunday, 15 May – Triathlon, Exmouth.
  • Friday, 20 – Saturday, 21 May – Sidmouth Sea Fest
  • Friday 27 – Sunday 29 May - Beach Rugby Tournament, Exmouth Beach
  • Saturday, 28 May to Sunday, 5 June – Gala Week, Budleigh Salterton

If you want to stay up to date with the latest news about events on East Devon District Council land, be sure to visit the What's On page on our EastDevonly website and follow the Event East Devon Facebook page.

Pay a visit to the Sidmouth Carbon Footprint Project Open Day taking place tomorrow


Saturday, 7 May from 11.00am - 3.30pm.

At All Saints’ Church Hall in Sidmouth.

3 FREE drop in sessions at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm.

Each session will comprise of two talks briefly considering:

  • Your carbon footprint and how it can be calculated.
  • Reducing your carbon footprint in a practical way.

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Come along to our 'How on Earth' webinars taking place this month!


Do you want to reduce how much plastic you use but just don’t know where to start? Worried it will cost a fortune or be too difficult?

In advance of the EDDC ‘live plastic free challenge’ being held in June, come along to our ‘How on Earth’ webinars being held in May for some hints and tips from local expert, Sarah Allen.

Webinar dates:

Tuesday, 10 May - 12pm

Thursday, 12 May - 7pm

Tuesday, 24 May - 5.30pm

For a link to the webinars please email

If you aren’t able to make the webinars, then here's our top tips for reducing plastic:

  • Go for the loose, unpackaged fruit and veg rather than the packaged option – apples, bananas and broccoli for example.
  • Purchase your sauces and condiments in glass jars rather than in plastic bottles.
  • Instead of buying individual yoghurts, consider buying a big tub instead.
  • Choose one big bag of crisps rather than a multi-pack (just try not to eat them the whole bag at once!)
  • Grab a block of cheese or buy cheese from the cheese counter and take your own tub instead of buying sliced cheese.
  • Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bags!
  • When buying your porridge or breakfast cereals, look for the paper packaged options.
  • Opt for the cardboard rather than plastic wrapped frozen fruit.
  • Consider trying shampoo bars instead of bottles of shampoo.

Missed the Exmouth Skate Jam? Here's your chance to come along to the next event in Seaton!

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Saturday, 28 May from 12pm until 4pm.

Everyone is welcome to this long awaited and free of charge event.

Pre-registration is NOT necessary. Simply turn up on the day to free roam or register if you would like to take part in the skate jam.

Professional riders will also be attending to show you what can be achieved at this fantastic facility.

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Celebrate the French Open with a night of tennis in Exmouth


Join the team at Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre on Friday, 27 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, to celebrate the French Open with an action packed night of triples by numbers, French fancy dress and delicious food.

Tickets are available to 18 years+ only for £5 per person and include a French refreshment.

Speak to a member of the team next time you visit for more information and to book your space!

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Seaton and Sidmouth Eats Boutique returns for 2022


Our much loved and ever popular street food markets are back for 2022! 

We’ll bring you global flavours, you bring your friends and join us on the Jurassic coast in a
ritual as old as time. Enjoy world cuisine made for you by local people, often using local ingredients. Our market directly supports up to 10 small businesses and a number more that supply us. 

This year we’ll be launching our pop up pub The Salty Arms, as well as raising a glass to
Her Majesty on 3 June with her favourite tipple, and taking part in the Taste East Devon festival on 9 September.

Seaton Eats Boutique is returning to its usual first Friday of the summer months, starting 6 May.

  • Free to enter.
  • Location: Jubilee Gardens.
  • Time: 4pm until sunset on 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August and 2 September.

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Sidmouth Eats Boutique is returning this year on the second Friday of the summer months, starting 13 May.

  • Free to enter.
  • Location: On the lawn and under the trees at Kennaway House, just a stone’s throw from the beach.
  • Time: 4pm until sunset on 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August and 9 September.

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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:

Dalwood Parish Neighbourhood Plan formally 'made'

Shores, Heaths and Dunes Spring 2022 update!

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. 

There are no meetings taking place next week. The next meetings are:

Tuesday, 17 May

Thursday, 19 May


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Recycling news 

Aluminium Recycling


Be a Super-recycler and squash your small pieces of aluminium foil into a larger ball. This helps the plant in our depot separate out aluminium foil, to make sure we can recycle all of it, along with your other aluminium items such as cans, aerosols and trays

Aluminium is the most valuable material we collect at kerb-side and it can be recycled over and over again.

Metal recycles forever! 

Thank you for recycling.

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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

Plein Air Painting Workshop

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Join artist Debs Last for a painting workshop outside in the landscape of the THG garden.

Thursday, 9 June, 11am to 3pm.

Materials and refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

All abilities welcome.

£40 / £35 THG Friends + Students

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Create a Sketchbook Workshop


Join Devon Artist Network (DAN) artist Celia Olsson to create your own sketchbook.

Tuesday, 14 June, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Suitable for beginners and those with more experience. All materials provided.

£25 (£20 students +THG friends). Refreshments provided.

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Wild East Devon 

Come along to the next Waggy Walk at Stoke Woods

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Waggy Walk at Stoke Woods.

Free for adults.

Free for children.

Currently there are 11 places available.

Book here

Find out more about the Plant Medicine Walk at Holyford Woods and get involved

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An informative walk focusing on the traditional medicinal use of local plants in the spectacular setting of a Wild East Devon Nature Reserve.

£10.00 per adult.

£5.00 per child.

Currently there are 13 places available.

Book here

To keep in touch with the Wild East Devon Team follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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NHS in Devon is extremely busy - here's what you can do to help

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Devon’s NHS services are extremely busy, due to high numbers of people requiring hospital treatment.  People are being urged to do their bit to support the NHS by using the most appropriate service for their condition and keeping the emergency department for life threatening conditions.

Those with family or friends who are ready to be discharged can help by picking them up as soon as they are ready to go home. This frees up the bed for other patients who need them. 

There are other ways people can support services. These include:

  • Using your local pharmacist for minor conditions such as insect bites, ear ache and skin rashes.
  • Using NHS 111 – online or by phone if you need advice or medical treatment quickly and can’t wait to see your GP. If you need to be seen by a Minor Injuries or Emergency Department they can book you in.
  • Getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Have both jabs and your booster if you are eligible.
  • Staying away from hospitals if you have Covid symptoms or diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Using the HANDi paediatric app for advice on common childhood illnesses and when to seek help.

Calling all parents and carers living or working in Devon. We need your help this summer! 

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Whether you currently use childcare or not, your voice counts. The answers you give in this short survey will help the early years and childcare team at Devon County Council to plan and make sure that there is enough childcare available in Devon.

Even if you have participated in previous surveys, it is important to get your views now, so we can look at changes to childcare demands over time.

The survey is open until Monday, 23 May

Take part

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week - here's what you can do to show your support

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Join the movement to tackle loneliness this Mental Health Awareness Week.

How to get involved:

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