Residents Update - Friday, 1 July

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In this issue...

  • There's still time to claim your £150 Council Tax (energy) rebate
  • Will you be attending the workshops on the regeneration of Exmouth town and seafront?
  • Vandals strike again with graffiti at Honiton Skate Park 
  • Sunny weather sees increase in Exmouth beach rubbish - pick it up!
  • LED Honiton celebrate revamp and invite all to look around 

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News and updates: 

There’s still time to claim your £150 Council Tax (Energy) Rebate

More than £6.2million has been paid out to East Devon residents through the council tax (energy) rebate scheme.

So far, 89 per cent of the eligible households have now received their £150 payment to help with the rising cost of energy bills, with East Devon District Council (EDDC) paying out to more than 41,500 households.

There are still around 4,000 eligible households which have not claimed their rebate, these are residents who do not pay their council tax through direct debit and live in a council tax band A to D home (or E if you receive a disabled band reduction).

EDDC is now urging everyone, who hasn’t, to claim as soon as they can. This money does not need to be paid back, so you have nothing to lose by claiming!

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Will you be attending the workshops on the regeneration of Exmouth town and seafront?

Exmouth from above

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The start of exciting new plans to regenerate sites across Exmouth town centre and its seafront are beginning, with the launch of public workshops and an online questionnaire.

Will you be planning to attend one of the two workshops being held on Thursday 14 July, from 7pm until 9.30pm, and on Sunday 31 July, from 10am until 12.30pm, at Exmouth’s Ocean Queen’s Drive on the top floor.

If so, register an interest by emailing

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Vandals strike again with graffiti at Honiton Skate Park 

Graffiti at honiton skatepark

Graffiti vandals have struck again, targeting Honiton Skate Park. 

EDDC is now calling on anyone who may have seen what happened to come forward. 

Cleaning graffiti is expensive and a waste of EDDC officers' time, which is very much needed elsewhere! Please spread the word to family and friends.

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

Sunny weather sees increase in Exmouth beach rubbish - pick it up!

Exmouth Beach

Locals and visitors alike packed out East Devon beaches on the hottest day of the year so for last week (Saturday, 18th June), leaving an excess of rubbish. 

Several members of the public took the time to stop our patrolling StreetScene officers and thank them for their hard work with the clean up, particularly the officers emptying bins. 

EDDC would like to remind all residents and visitors to bin their rubbish or take it home with them, and if you feel comfortable ask people, who haven't done so, to politely pick up their rubbish when they are leaving

Keeping our beached and sea clean of rubbish is everyone's responsibility. 

Our officers would like to thank all the members of public that said thank you, it really makes our day! 

LED Honiton celebrate revamp and invite all to look around 

Honiton LED changing room

LED Community Leisure is all about making fitness accessible and inclusive to everyone in their community – bringing great leisure facilities to your doorstep. It really doesn’t matter how old you are or how fit you feel.

Honiton Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool are no exception! In the last 18 months LED has made significant investments in its pool, gym and studios.

New Swimming Pool changing rooms

The long awaited new and improved changing rooms at Honiton Swimming Pool are now open! The renovated changing rooms feature new shower cubicles, heated flooring, improved air quality from a new air handling unit, a buggy/pram shelter and a new disability chair lift.

New Gym Equipment

The popular strength and conditioning area has also been expanded with new specialist equipment, including:

  • Safety squat bar
  • Hex/trap bar
  • 7kg training bar
  • Tricep bar
  • New squat rack
  • 300kg of Olympic bumper plates

New Wexer Virtual Studio

As if all that wasn’t enough Honiton Leisure Centre has also installed a new Wexer virtual group exercise studio to complement their team of inspiring and motivation group exercise class instructors. Wexer virtual classes are accessible to customers at off-peak times when the studio is free with no requirement to book ahead of time.

Wexer virtual classes are also available at any time to LED members via the LED Leisure app.

Arrange a show around

If you would like to arrange a FREE, no-obligation show around of the new facilities available at Honiton Leisure Centre, click here.

Find out about more future developments at Honiton Leisure Centre or other LED Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools by following LED on Facebook.

Help keep loan sharks away from Devon - England's 'hot spot' for illegal lenders  

Loan shark

Online talks to help East Devon residents avoid loan sharks, while the cost living is increasing, have been organised through out the summer.

The one-hour Microsoft Teams session will look at what ab illegal money lender is, how they operate, the effect that they have on the borrowers and will provide hints and tips on how to identify a potential borrower and how to make a report.

With the current economic crisis and the difficulty in obtaining credit and loans, more and more desperate and vulnerable people could well be turning to loan sharks for money and adding to the 1.1 million people in England currently using them and as highlighted in the recent Centre for Social Justice report to Government, Devon is the loan sharking 'hotspot' for the period 2016 – 2021!!

See the dates below to book your ticket:

Elderly East Devon residents gets much-needed help, prompting council message to residents - don't suffer in silence

Elderly resident hands

EDDC is one of a few council's that offer an in-house alarm service that is available 24/7, 365 days.

A distressed elderly resident contacted the council on Friday afternoon because they were suffering with Covid and needed help shopping. 

Their number was passed onto the Home Safeguard Team who contacted the person directly.

Our Home Safeguard Team was able to help the resident, ensuring he was safe, had enough food and that his family had been contacted, providing a vulnerable resident with reassurance. 

Find out more about the service by calling 0330 678 2381.

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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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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. 

Thursday, 30 June


#EastDevonly events for July 2022

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Looking for ideas on events to attend this month, our latest list of major events taking place across East Devon is below. For more information on our beautiful part of the county, please visit the EastDevonly website.

July events 2022

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Recycling news 

Be a Super-recycler and be ready on collection day!

Be A Super-Recycler
  • Put your containers out for collection by 7am.
  • Sort your recycling into the correct containers.
  • Line your food caddy with any bag.  You can line the caddy with newspaper or single use plastic bags such as carrier bags (not bag for life) or bread bags. Find out more.
  • Fold your large cardboard and put it under your recycling box to prevent it blowing away.
  • Put your house numbers on your containers.
  • Fit all your waste in your bin and keep the lid closed.
  • Park considerately so that our collection vehicles can access your street.

Thank you

The Recycling Team

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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

Calling South West Makers and Craftspeople

THG Present Makers

THG is looking for South West designer makers who produce high quality work (either one-offs or small scale production) to feature in our annual Christmas selling exhibition of contemporary craft and design: Present Makers 2022 (12 November - 24 December)

Deadline: 30 September 2022

More details

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Wild East Devon 

Outdoor Yoga at Seaton Wetlands


Enjoy breathing, stretching and relaxing exercises in a peaceful environment.

All abilities welcome. Bring a mat and blanket. If it is wet the class will take place in the Reed Base.

How much

£8 per person.

Booking required - please call Yvonne Waite 01297 20326.




Wildlife Garden at Seaton Wetlands
through Seaton Cemetery, Colyford Road

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

Devon Loves Dogs: 4 Paws Code

Devon Love Dogs Gazebo and Julie

Visitors can say hello to Devon Loves Dogs for top tips on the ‘4paws code’ or ideas for dog walks, located near the Country Life and Woodland arena. 

Keep your dog in sight and think of other visitors

If you can see your dog, you can see what it’s up to and make sure it’s safe! Be aware that some people are frightened of dogs. Please ask before you let your dog approach other people, train them not to jump up and to have a good recall. This will help to keep your dog safe near roads and other dangers too.

Prevent your dog from chasing wildlife or grazing animals

Always keep your dog at heel or on the lead near wildlife or livestock. It’s unlikely that you or your pet will be chased by livestock, but if you are, let your dog off the lead so you can both get away.

Protect nesting and feeding birds on heaths, dunes and wetlands

We are lucky to share our wild spaces with some really special and rare birds. Some build their nests on the ground on heathland, whilst others feed on eel grass and small creatures in the mud in the estuaries. Check before you visit to find out any local seasonal restrictions.

Bag It and Bin It… Wherever you are

Clearing up after your dog helps to prevent the spread of diseases that can affect dogs, people and grazing animals. It also keeps the site clean for other visitors. Remember any public litter bin can be used for bagged dog waste.

Dog poo in heathland and dune habitats is like adding fertiliser to your garden, allowing more competitive plants to flourish and preventing essential rare plants from growing. If these rare plants disappear, the animals and birds that rely on them will disappear too. Poo from grazing animals doesn’t have the same effect as these animals are recycling existing nutrients, not bringing in new ones. 

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