Residents' update - Friday, 13 May

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Residents' Update masthead

In this issue...

  • East Devon District Council gives green light to supermarket, shops, nursery and land acquisition in Cranbrook Town Centre

  • Sign up to view webinar discussing the Clyst Valley Trail proposals

  • £150k newly renovated skate park in Budleigh Salterton vandalised with graffiti

  • Are you part of a voluntary or community group? Come along to our FREE online Zoom Café

  • Unique opportunity for Community Groups & Local Businesses to creatively repurpose Public Toilet premises

News banner

News and updates: 

East Devon District Council acquires land for Cranbrook Town Centre and gives green light to supermarket, shops and nursery

cranbrook town centre

East Devon District Council has approved funding of up to £5.5m for the acquisition of town centre land in Cranbrook, as well as approving three planning applications for a supermarket, high street shops with apartments above, a town square and a children’s day nursery – all bringing the 21st century town centre closer to a reality.

The £5.5m investment is funded by the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone from borrowing against future ring-fenced business rate income. By securing this land, the Council can make sure that the new town centre will be able to grow and develop over time, including providing workspace to meet the needs of a growing population. This sits alongside current plans to provide space for shops and community facilities including a children’s centre, youth centre, library, town council offices, health and wellbeing hub, a leisure centre and a skatepark. 

Work on the supermarket and nursery is due to be completed by summer next year, followed soon after by the high street shops, apartments, town square and children’s day nursery.

Read more

Sign up to view the webinar discussing the Clyst Valley Trail proposals


Ambitious proposals for a Clyst Valley Trail route between West Clyst and Topsham are the subject of a public consultation which launched on Monday (9 May).

East Devon District Council and Devon County Council are in the early stages of designing the multi-use route which will connect Exeter with nearby towns and villages in East Devon.

People have until Friday, 10 June to comment on the proposals by completing the online consultation survey.

As part of the consultation, a webinar will be held at 5:30pm on Wednesday, 18 May. Anyone interested in signing up to view the webinar should email by Tuesday, 17 May.

Alternatively there are opportunities to talk to the consultation team who will attend Parish Council meetings at:

  • Broadclyst on Monday 23 May at 7pm at Westclyst Primary School;
  • Bishops Clyst (Clyst St Mary and Sowton) on Wednesday 1 June at 7pm at Clyst St Mary Church.

More info

£150k newly renovated skate park in Budleigh Salterton vandalised with graffiti


On Wednesday morning, the REACT team attended Budleigh Salterton skate park and other locations in Budleigh to remove a considerable amount of graffiti.

This took the team several hours to remove and the costs for chemicals alone came to £65.

Whilst removing the graffiti, the operatives were thanked by several local residents for EDDC’s prompt response to this criminal damage.

Graffiti is a criminal offence carrying large fines given out by a magistrate or up to a £80 fixed penalty notice issued by the council or by the police. If you see anyone doing graffiti please report it to us or the police.

Report graffiti

Are you part of a voluntary or community group? Come along to our FREE online Zoom Café

devon cafe

We are working with Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA) to run a free online Zoom Café where East Devon’s voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises, can find out all about Devon Connect - a new, free resource for them.

Devon Connect is a new online hub that is set to become a major asset to communities in Devon. Content is created by the community and for the community, meaning you can:

  • Add and control your own listings
  • Make useful links with others
  • Discuss what help and activities you provide
  • Ask for help

The Zoom Café will take place on Monday 23 May from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

To book your place, please email

Book here

Unique opportunity for Community Groups & Local Businesses to creatively repurpose Public Toilet premises

seaton exmouth toilets

East Devon District Council is currently inviting bids for the unique opportunity for Community Groups & Local Businesses to creatively repurpose Public Toilet premises. Evaluation of any offer will focus on the proposed use of the building, with significant weight being given to the prioritisation of community uses which have a positive impact on community relations, such as community hubs or a café where people can come together and where the public can still access a Public Toilet.

We currently have 7 public toilets in Exmouth and Seaton that are available, if you would like to find out more and to arrange a viewing please contact our Property Team at the council.

More info

Think pink for Hospiscare by wearing pink at a LED Community Leisure site

twilight walk

LED Community Leisure are proud supporters of Hospiscare and have so far raised £842 this year thanks to the amazing support of our customers and teams.

On Friday, 10 June, we want everyone across LED to come into our centres dressed head to toe in pink... or just a splash of pink is fine too! 

We will have a fundraising bucket at each LED Community Leisure site so please remember your change. Alternatively, please donate via the link below!

Donate here

Take part in Naturally Healthy May!

naturally healthy may

Clyst Valley Regional Park

As part of ‘Naturally Healthy May’ Devon has teamed up with Active Devon and the Devon Local Nature Partnership  to encourage us all to connect more with nature, spend time with friends and family, learn new skills, meet new people, and increase our activity levels outside.

To find out about events in May that you can take part in please visit the Active Devon Activity finder. 

May also happens to be National Walking Month!

Getting out walking is a great way of improving your mental wellbeing.  Did you know that there are over 3500 miles of footpaths and trails waiting to be discovered in Devon.

So why not check out these recommended routes!

Looking for a new hobby? BodyBalance may just be it!

balance in gardens

Where: Seafield Gardens, Seaton - meet outside the Pavilion
When: 10.30am start
From: Thursday, 19 May 2022
For: 8 weeks

These sessions are £3 a time and for those aged 55+.

BODYBALANCE is a low intensity beginners yoga-based class that
aims to improve your mind, your body and your life.

During BODYBALANCE your instructor will take you through a series of simple yoga
moves and embrace elements of Tai Chi, Pilates, including breathing control as part
of all the exercises. You will strengthen your entire body, improve flexibility and leave
the class feeling calm, centred and happy.

All equipment will be provided.
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring layers if it is a cool day.

To book on please ring Sidmouth Pool on 01395 577075 or email for more information.

job vacancies

Multiple vacancies in the Property & Asset team

It’s exciting times in Housing’s Property and Asset team – they are busier than ever looking after our housing and property stock across East Devon and they are expanding too.

We are excited to say that as a result of growth in the Property and Asset team we are building a new Compliance Team and are looking for surveyors with experience and knowledge in Asbestos and Radon, building safety and general compliance, for example with lifts, ventilation systems, solar/thermal pumps and water harvesters. These are interesting and varied roles and a great opportunity for the right person to join this enthusiastic and dedicated team. 

Compliance Surveyors

£30,095.00 to £32,798.00 per annum

Honiton/Exmouth and hybrid working

Full time x 37 hours

We are looking for:

  • Compliance Surveyor (Asbestos & Radon)
  • Compliance Surveyor (Building Safety)
  • Compliance Surveyor (Services)


£30,095.00 to £32,798.00 per annum

Honiton/Exmouth and hybrid working

Full time x 37 hours

We are looking for:

  • Maintenance Surveyor
  • Planned Works Surveyor
  • Planned Works Surveyor (Climate Change)
  • Stock Condition Surveyor
  • Technical Officer

Compliance Administrator and Stock Condition Administrator

£22,129.00 to £23,484.000 per annum (pro rata)

Honiton/Exmouth and hybrid working

Full time x 37 hours

We are looking for:

  • 1 Compliance Administrator
  • 1 Stock Condition Administrator

How to apply

If you want to know more about any of these opportunities please call Paul Lees or Michelle Davidson on 01395 517458 for a friendly and informal chat.

Apply for any of these jobs by reading the job description and emailing with your CV and a covering letter telling us how you meet essential and desirable criteria for the job to

Closing date for receiving CV’s is midnight on Sunday, 29 May 2022.

We will be holding informal telephone interviews for suitable candidates through the period and will confirm interview dates at that time.

More info

News banner

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:

Wild East Devon May news

Thelma Hulbert Gallery: May exhibitions + workshops

Key applications received

Decision on key applications

Calendar banner

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, 17 May

Thursday, 19 May


recycling  banner

Recycling news 

Plastic Recycling – no plastic coat hangers!

coat hangers

We are getting a lot of plastic coat hangers in our recycling sacks.

Unfortunately we are unable to recycle these items from the kerb-side. Please do not put them into your recycling sack as they contaminate the plastic packaging we do recycle.

When clothes shopping, if you do not need the hanger, please leave it behind with the retailer, so they can return it to their supplier for re-use.

Check here to see what plastic items you can put in your recycling sack.

Thank you for recycling.

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. 

THG banner

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Don’t miss the final day of our two current exhibitions

nikc goss

Nick Goss, Mud Angels

Esmé Lloyd: Black Sky City

Saturday, 14 May, open 10am – 5pm.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton, EX14 1LX.

Wild East Devo banner

Wild East Devon 

Come along to the next Waggy Walk at Stoke Woods

waggy walks

Waggy Walk at Stoke Woods.Tuesday, 17 May 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm

Free for adults.

Free for children.

Currently there are 6 places available.

Book here

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


Check out the list of events taking place this Summer at Exmouth Pavilion.

From music to comedy - with several being FREE - there is certainly something for everyone. 

More info


Parking Permit campaign

Next edition

We plan to send out our next bulletin on Friday, 20 May 2022.

Please forward this email to anyone you think would find it useful and encourage them to sign up.

You can also can share this update on social media and in any online groups you're part of by using the view it as a web page link at the top of the page.