Residents' update - Friday, 10 June

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In this issue...

  • Phase 2 of the skatepark in Axminster is one step nearer

  • Seaton toilets closed after vandals cause huge damages

  • Devon Communities Together are working with EDDC to run two free workshops

  • EDDC's Plastic Free Challenge is well and truly underway

  • Events happening over the next week for East Devon Together

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News and updates: 

Phase 2 of the skatepark in Axminster is one step nearer

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Members of East Devon District Council cabinet voted on Wednesday evening to agree funding that will enable phase 2 of the skatepark project in Axminster can now take place. The reallocation of the £100,000 will enable the development of a state-of-the art facility and will replace the original skatepark that was not really adequate in the first place.

By funding phase 2 of this project the new skatepark will be a pathfinder example of fairer play provision which will be included in the council’s forthcoming play strategy. The new strategy is wanting to ensure we provide outstanding play facilities that offer children and young adults experiences that will positively impact their and wellbeing.

The proposal to fund this project will be now taken to Full Council in July for final sign off.

Follow its progress

Seaton toilets closed after vandals cause huge damages

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Vandals have caused huge damages to a block of Seaton toilets, in some of the worst graffiti East Devon District Council has ever seen.

The Thury Harcourt Place Toilets will be closed until further notice and police have been informed of the vandalism, which took place sometime over the bank holiday weekend. 

Similar graffiti, which included swearing and offensive slurs, was also left all over a children's play park in Colyton.

Any residents who may have seen what happened or have any information on the offenders involved in the two incidents have been asked to report it on:

EDDC's websiteEDDC's app, via 101 online or through Crimestoppers

Meantime alternatively public toilets in Seaton can be found at:

  • Seaton Hole, Seaton
  • Seaton Wetlands, Seaton
  • West Walk, Seaton

Visit our website for more information.

We will be repairing the vandalised public toilets at Thury Harcourt Place as soon as we can and hope they will be open again soon.

Devon Communities Together are working with EDDC to run two free workshops


Are you part of an East Devon voluntary, community or social enterprise group? Do you need help with applying for grants?

If so, Devon Communities Together are working with EDDC to run two FREE workshops that could help you!

Monday, 11 July, 2-4.30pm - Zoom online event, book here: Writing Winning Funding Applications Tickets, Mon 11 Jul 2022 at 14:00

Wednesday, 13 July, 2-4.30pm - in person event at EDDC’s main offices in Honiton, book here: Writing Winning Funding Applications Tickets, Wed 13 Jul 2022 at 14:00

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EDDC's Plastic Free Challenge is well and truly underway!

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Monday, 6 June marked the start of our #PlasticFreeEastDevon challenge.

Throughout this week we have been posting different ways you can re-use the single-use plastics we use every day and we want you to join in - it's not too late!

#PlasticFreeWeek is a personal challenge, but is part of a district effort – for our oceans, for cleaner streets and for our planet. We invite you to take part in our plastic free challenge. You can make a real difference!

Check out some of the highlights of the week!

Monday’s #SwapOfTheDay was for all our coffee lovers.

Instead of countless single-use coffee cups, invest in a reusable one and the discounts will come rolling in!

Check out the savings you could make when bringing a reusable cup to your favourite coffee shops:

  • Caffe Nero - buy five drinks, get one free
  • Costa – buy four drinks, get one free
  • Starbucks - 25p off
  • Pret a Manger - 50p off
  • Greggs - 20p off
  • M&S café - 25p off

On Thursday's #SwapOfTheDay, we wanted you to see how much you could save by buying loose fruit, vegetables and bread rather than packaged produce at your local supermarket.

To trial it out, here’s what we found:

  • Pack of five bananas – 77p
  • Five loose bananas – 39p
  • = Saving of 38p
  • Pre-packaged broccoli stalk – 98p
  • Loose broccoli of around the same size – 41p
  • = Saving of 57p

So buying #PlasticFree does not only help our planet, it also saves you money too. You’d be silly not to try yourself!

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Events happening over the next week for East Devon Together

Here is a list of the events taking place over the next week as part of East Devon together, find out more information by visiting our website. Please note events are subject to change, please check before travelling.

Repair Café 

11th June


Repair Café - Facebook

Beach Clean - Sidmouth Plastic Warriors

12th June


Sidmouth Plastic Warriors

Open Farm Sunday - check the website to see which farms are opening locally

12th June


Open Farm Sunday

Energy advice clinics

13th June

Ottery St Mary


Energy advice clinics

14th June



Community litter pick 

15th June


Plastic Free - Facebook

Energy advice clinics

16th June



Table Top Sale

18th June


Exmouth in Bloom - Facebook

Litter Blitz

18th June


Litter Blitzers - Facebook

Sideshore Eco Festival

18th June


Sideshore Festival - Website

Axe Vale show 

18th-19th June


Axe Vale Show - Website

To view all events taking place over the month of June, then check out our webpage.

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Have you spotted the brand new Jubilee banners at Honiton Station?


The new banners have been curated by Thelma Hulbert Gallery with artworks by THG's Masterpieces Youth Group, Honiton Carers Support Group, students from Honiton Community College and Littletown Primary.

The project was supported by The Friends of Honiton Station and Honiton Town Council and organised with South Western Railway and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Aquabatix - free introduction to Synchronised Swimming for under 16s


LED are excited to share with you details of a new Junior Swimming Class that they will be launching at Exmouth Leisure Centre - Aquabatix.

It is essentially an introduction to synchronised swimming and will attract swimmers, gymnasts, dancers and any young person wanting to try something new. There are a few prerequisites:

  • Must be a competent swimmer - we are suggesting Stage 4 and above, but if you aren't taking lessons with LED then it is ESSENTIAL you are comfortable in deep water and "competent swimmers"
  • Under 16s only (if popular, we will look to run an Adult class)
  • Lower age guide is 7. If anyone younger is keen we just need to check their swimming ability i.e. if they are in Stage 4 or above in our lessons

To 'test the waters', we are running 2 FREE taster sessions this Sunday 12 and next Sunday 19 June from 4-4:45pm. Please book on Plus2 (if members it won't charge them, if non-members please book as "inclusive" so it doesn't charge them).

We hope these sessions will be popular, and that we can continue to run them on a weekly basis. If so, the sessions will be bookable each week, like the Junior Activities (e.g. gymnastics) and they will be included in the Junior Swim membership (NOT Get Active). 

Find out more

Parent and toddler sessions at Axminster Leisure Centre have begun!

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From Monday, 6 June, Axminster LED will be running Parent and Toddler classes for any parent with an under 5 year old.

The class is run by Rachel in the studio upstairs and will involve a casual dance class, lasting no longer than 45 minutes.

Afterwards, there will be a casual event with tea and coffee provided. The instructor will also be present to answer any questions you may have or general chit chat.

These sessions run weekly every Monday from 10.45 - 11.30am, at a cost of £2.50 per session.

Green Spaces Update

Renovations have been made to the corner shaded area under the trees in Windsor Gardens in Seaton.

  • A selection of dry shade woodland plants have been planted, including: Liriope (lilyturf), Pulmonaria (lungwort), Geranium, Tiarella (foamflower), Galium (woodruff), Brunnera (Bugloss) and Epimedium (barrenwort).
  • These plants were bought from Dayspring Plants and planted around sections from felled trees that were provided by Streetscene’s tree team.
  • There are 10 different cultivars of Pulmonaria in the new bed – with our favourite being the Raspberry Splash!
  • Bark chippings have been added to make the plants feel more at home in as close to a woodland setting as we can get in an amenity green space in the centre of town.
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Business update 

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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Work has begun to develop an Investment Plan to bid into the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund which replaces EU structural funding.

East Devon has been allocated £1.8m over a three year period, which can only be unlocked upon submission of a comprehensive Investment Plan containing a full list of the projects we wish to deliver.

A Local Partnership Group of stakeholders has been established to help inform the types of projects to be included. This groups includes local members of parliament, community organisations, climate and conservation groups, business representative groups and a wide cross section of other public sector bodies.

The 1 August 2022 deadline to submit our Investment Plan is fast approaching. More information about the fund and our local priorities can be found here.

If you want to stay up to date with the latest news about grants for East Devon businesses, or other news about business opportunities, funding and training, you must subscribe to East Devon Business news

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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:

Lower-income households invited to apply for free energy efficiency improvements to their homes

Month-long event will celebrate East Devon volunteers

New date for Feniton’s Flood Alleviation Scheme’s under track railway crossing

Key applications received - 10/06/22

Decision on key applications - 10/06/22

Key applications received - 03/06/22

Decision on key applications - 03/06/22

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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, 14 June

Wednesday, 15 June

Thursday, 16 June


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Recycling news 

Green Waste Kerb-side Collection Service

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The green waste recycling service is proving ever popular with 18,000 households now getting their green waste collected from the kerb-side, with more joining every day.

We have managed to keep the annual charge to £48 to give residents the best value for money we can.

All of the green waste we collect is composted in East Devon and is used as soil conditioner by East Devon farms – part of our green economy.

Make your gardening easier, save trips to the recycling centre and be part of our local green economy by getting your green waste collected every two weeks.

Subscribe to green waste service

Quality counts


Please help us cut out contamination, by only putting those items that we can recycle from kerb-side into your recycling sacks and boxes.

The items in the image were all recently put into recycling sacks which contaminate the materials we can recycle.

Many of these items can be recycled or reused at recycling centres.

The items that you can put into your recycling containers are shown: on the containers, on our A-Z web-site page, in our guides and bin hangers, which we issue periodically, or you can use the East Devon App, or our Alexa recycling skill.

Thank you for recycling, and keeping the quality high.

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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

Create a Sketchbook Workshop


Don’t forget to book your place on next week’s workshop.

Use lots of beautiful papers to create your own sketchbook and explore what to put in it!

Tuesday, 14 June, 10.30-12.30

Suitable for beginners and those with more experience.

£25 / £20 students+THG friends. Refreshments provided.

Book here

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Clyst Valley Regional Park

Celebrate Bike Week with us!


Always wanted to try an e-bike? Have a go!

Join the team from Clyst Valley Regional Park team for two e-bike rides. Friendly sessions with led by Cranbrook resident Charlotte Wilson and Paul from FREEMOOVEMENT

Saturday 18 June, 12 - 4 to Darts Farm + Topsham

Sunday 3 July, 12 - 4 to Killerton + Ashclyst Forest

Starting/Finish: Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook EX5 7DR

Please contact for more information.

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Wild East Devon 

Come along on a Canoe Safari


Explore the wildlife of the River Axe by canoe on Thursday, 11 August from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

A guided paddle on the River Axe discovering the unique riverside wildlife. Led by qualified instructors from the Axe Vale Canoe Club and a Wild East Devon Ranger wildlife guide.

Riverside hot drink and refreshments provided.

No experience necessary, must be 8+ and able to swim 25m.

A 5.30pm meet to head out onto the water for 6pm.

£26 per adult, £16 per child.

There are only 4 places left, so book your tickets now to avoid missing out!

Book here 

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

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A successful day of training for the Wellbeing Walk project


Lottie and Andrew from our LED Community Engagement Team had a fun day training the new volunteer Walk Leaders for our wonderful Wellbeing Walk project.

They were joined by a mix of current group members and the NHS Mental Health Coaching Team to support their clients in the district with new walks.

Volunteers are at the heart of this amazing scheme and it couldn’t be done without them.

In the (almost) words of ACDC "To those volunteers about to walk, we salute you"

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Dog Safety Code

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Leading animal welfare organisations have teamed up to produce a shareable infographic to encourage safe interactions with dogs.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) Dog Safety Code highlights three crucial messages that all dog owners and families need to know:

  • Be alert – always keep an eye on your dog around kids. Never leave them alone together
  • Be aware – dogs use signals to tell us how they feel – what is your dog telling you?
  • Be safe – any dog can bite. Accidents happen fast

The Dog Safety Code encourages everyone to be alert, aware and – most importantly – safe around dogs. 

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It's not too late to join next week’s parenting webinar


Free tickets are still available for the hugely popular parenting support webinars to be run on 15, 22 and 29 June aimed at parents and carers of teenagers.

The Let's Talk Teenagers programme provides a fresh approach to open, honest conversations to help parents and carers understand the issues and challenges that young people face as they're growing up.

The 90 minute sessions cover issues like drugs and alcohol, body image, mental health, social risks and peer pressure. Please visit to find out more about each session and book your free place.

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