Residents' update - Friday, 22 July

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In this issue...

  • Budleigh Salterton community day was a smashing success

  • Sidmouth strikes gold in RHS South West in Bloom judging

  • Five day closure to trainlines between Axminster and Pinhoe due to upgrade works

  • Exmouth town and seafront regeneration questionnaire

  • Check out the Abode of Love project along Exmouth seafront

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News and updates: 

Budleigh Salterton community day was a smashing success

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The Budleigh Salterton Community Day was attended by residents, councillors, EDDC officers and a team from Ian Williams

Residents were able to enjoy cream tea while getting to know their councillors at a special Budleigh Salterton community day.

The event, organised by East Devon District Council (EDDC) at Greenhaven, was attended by more than 40 people on Thursday (21 July).

A number of residents, living in social housing, were able to raise repairs – many of which were fixed on the day by EDDC’s contractor Ian Williams.

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Sidmouth strikes gold in RHS South West in Bloom judging

The Sidmouth in Bloom (SiB) and StreetScene teams have been heavily involved in preparing beds around the town and in Sidmouth’s green spaces to ensure the town looked perfect for the South West in Bloom judges. The streets were swept, the litter was picked, the bins were emptied and the grass was mown.


Everyone involved worked incredibly hard to show the judges – Bob Sweet and Graham Bell – how deserving Sidmouth is of the GOLD medal award.

You can see the Wind in the Willows bed, where Toad is rowing his boat through the river.



The tropical bed, which contains cannas, bananas, sweetcorn, African marigolds and much more. Both of these beds can be seen at Blackmore Gardens.


Alan Fowler, the Sidmouth Team Leader retires at the end of July after serving the town and the district for 40 years and overseeing a whole host of medals that the town’s green spaces have won – so much so, in fact, that we can only fit a fraction of them on the notice board in Connaught Gardens. We will miss Alan’s skills and knowledge so much.


Lynette Talbot, leader of SIB, talking to Bob Sweet (left) and Graham Bell (middle) in Connaught Gardens about SIB’s annual displays and the park’s team’s surrounding wildflower displays

Five day closure to trainlines between Axminster and Pinhoe due to upgrade works

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Network Rail engineers will carry out around £5m of delay-busting upgrades between Axminster and Pinhoe from Monday 19 to Friday 23 September.

The five-day closure will give workers uninterrupted access to the railway to carry out landslip prevention work at Honiton Tunnel, one of the most at-risk sites in the south of England.

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Exmouth town and seafront regeneration questionnaire


As our public consultation progresses we will have interviewers around Exmouth Town and Seafront over the next few weeks to interview visitors to assess their needs and wants going forward which will help us shape the placemaking in Exmouth.

There is one final date for our face to face consultation for the general public and we have places still available the event will take place on the 31st of July from 10am-12noon at Ocean – if you would like to attend please email us here to book a place.

If we have a high demand we can always hold another event, so please don’t despair.

If you haven’t been able to come to one of our events why not join the over 600 people who have ‘Had Their Say’ via our online questionnaire by clicking on the link clicking on the link here and you still have lots of time as the online questionnaires don’t close until the 19th of August.

Your views are important to us!

Check out the Abode of Love project along Exmouth seafront

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East Devon District Council and Exmouth artist, Anna Fitzgerald, are collaborating to rejuvenate a section of the Exmouth seafront, the Abode of Love.

The ‘Abode’ forms part of Exmouth's 342-foot-long flood defence and is popular with local residents and tourists who use the bays in various ways from picnics and music practice, to sheltering from the sun.

Exmouth has a thriving artist community, which artist Anna Fitzgerald wants to harness, while highlighting Exmouth’s rich marine life including coral beds, rock-pools and sea creatures. 

The result will be an ever-changing collaborative mural, which much like the sea, will change and shift with input from across Exmouth's different communities.

There has been two sessions now, both with 30 volunteers. The highlights:

  • An agoraphobic teenager attended with the support of her parents, which was a huge breakthrough for her.
  • A Ukrainian lady who travelled to the UK on her own joined in to meet people.

To get involved, please contact Anna through her online gallery, Sea Dog Art, or come down in person. She will be at the Abode every Tuesday 4-8pm.

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Contact East Devon District Council

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Visit our contact us page on the council’s website to contact your councillor, make a payment, report a problem and request an appointment.

Make the most of the holidays and give your child's swimming a real boost


Intensive sessions are daily 30-minute lessons taught over the course of a week provide children the equivalent of a month of lessons in just a week. The perfect opportunity to really improve their swimming skills and get them ready for their summer holidays!

Intensive Swimming lessons start from 25th July until week commencing 22nd August. Classes are available to stages 1 – 7 at the below times:

  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
  • 14:45pm
  • 15:15pm

Lessons are £31.50 for 5 days of lessons and can be booked by both LED members and non-members.

Add your voice to the call for better protection of our trees

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Woodland Trust have created a petition which urges action for the UK's most special trees. By adding your voice to the campaign, you'll tell decision-makers to protect them properly. 

Right now, most ancient trees have no real legal protection in the UK. Many face a range of threats. 

  • In the last 150 years, 50% of large trees have been lost from parts of Eastern England.

  • Three quarters of ancient trees are found outside of legally protected wildlife sites.

  • Local communities across the UK are having to take drastic measures to save important trees in their communities. Not every campaign succeeds.

These national treasures should be here to stay. They deserve the same sort of protection enjoyed by old buildings, beloved national recipes and other endangered wildlife – some of which can't survive without ancient trees.

Business update

Investment Plan to help level up the local economy and support local communities

Following EDDC Cabinet approval on 13 July 2022, the plan will unlock East Devon’s allocation of £1,796,363 to be spent over three years.

The Investment Plan set outs twelve separate themes, to be delivered either locally or collaboratively with other local authorities in Devon.

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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:

Key applications received

Decision on key applications

Wild East Devon July news

Update: Temporary ban on swimming and watersports at Exmouth Beach lifted

Council Tax Empty property review

Ingrid Pollard Three Drops of Blood

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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, 26 July

Wednesday, 27 July

Thursday, 28 July


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Recycling news 

Gardening over the weekend?


Why not subscribe to our green waste service and let us take away your green waste and save a trip to the recycling centre.

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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

Last chance to see!

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A beautiful selection of original paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, prints and textiles – unique gift ideas for art lovers.

Until Saturday, 23 July. Open 10am – 5pm. Free admission.

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Come along to a fun family art workshop tomorrow

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Join artist Fitzgerald this Saturday to have a go at creating large-scale circular paintings in the gallery.

£3 per person – all ages and abilities welcome.

Saturday, 23 July, 10.30-12.30 / 1.00-3.00

Book here

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Wild East Devon 

Our summer holiday club is back!


Book your children for one day or the whole week to receive a discount!

We have lots of exciting nature crafts and activities throughout the two weeks.

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Join us for some fun in the stream

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Come and join the Rangers for an afternoon of stream dipping, fishing damn and mini raft construction at Seaton Wetlands

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

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