Resident's update - Friday, 23 September

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In this issue...

  • New 25 acre green space secured for East Devon residents

  • Scam energy rebate texts, claiming to be from EDDC, target East Devon residents

  • Exe Estuary's most impressive natural event of the year has begun

  • The sandpit in Queen's Drive Space is now open

  • New footbridge and cricket club to lead the next step of restoration at the Lower Otter

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News and updates: 

New 25 acre green space secured for East Devon residents

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Councillors Paul Arnott and Geoff Jung take a look at the new green space to come for East Devon residents

A new area of open green space for local people to enjoy next year has been acquired by East Devon District Council.

This first new public space marks an important landmark in creating the Clyst Valley Regional Park, which stretches from National Trust Killerton to Clyst St Mary near the Exe Estuary.

The new space is expected to open to the public in 2023, providing a wider choice for residents and visitors as an alternative to protected sites such as the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the Exe Estuary.

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Scam energy rebate texts, claiming to be from EDDC, target East Devon residents 

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Scam texts claiming to be from EDDC have been circulating, asking for bank details from residents to pay their £150 Council Tax (Energy) Rebate.

Following reports from residents, EDDC has issued a reminder that it will only ever write to a customer or email if they have made an application, it will NEVER send text messages asking for bank details.

If you receive a scam text please delete it.

How can you tell it is EDDC contacting you:

All EDDC emails will be from an address ending in You will also always be contacted by name.

Find out more

Exe Estuary's most impressive natural event of the year has begun

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The Exmouth Duckpond Wildlife Refuge is now active!

Three thousand miles away in the northern arctic tundra, the iconic Brent Geese are on their way to Devon in search of food and milder climates. Their arrival heralds a spectacular time of year for wildlife on the internationally important Exe Estuary.

With these changes in mind, people are asked to avoid wildlife refuges on the Exe Estuary at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve (all year round) and Exmouth Local Nature Reserve (15 September to 31 December) to protect wildlife for future generations. The wildlife refuges are marked with yellow buoys with “WR” in black letters printed on them.

The Imperial Recreation Ground slipway in Exmouth can still be used to access the foreshore during this time, although everyone is being asked to turn left at the end of the slipway, to avoid the wildlife refuge.

Read more here

The sandpit in Queen's Drive Space is now open

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After a temporary closure to the sandpit in the Jurassic play park in Queen's Drive Space, Exmouth, we are pleased to announce that it has now been topped up with new sand and is back open for play, pop in and visit next time you are passing!

New footbridge and cricket club to lead the next step of restoration at the Lower Otter

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Map showing South West Coast Path diversion route

The next phase of the Lower Otter Restoration Project begins at the south of the site this September, with a series of access improvements to take place over the autumn. While the footbridge works are underway, there will be a temporary diversion in place of a short section of the South West Coast Path footpath from earlier this month until the completion of the breach in spring/summer 2023.

The work will also include a relocation of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club to a safer location above the floodplain.

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Green Space Management Plans public consultations for Sidmouth and Honiton a great success

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Thank you to everyone who made it to the public consultations last week to discuss the Green Space Management Plans for Lymebourne Park in Sidmouth and Old Elm Road in Honiton. Lots of excellent questions and ideas were raised, so thank you for your time. 

If you were unable to attend the consultations in person, you can still view the proposals and have your say using our online form, all which can be found on our website.

View proposals here

Works to commence next week on the cyclepath behind Phear Park in Exmouth


Improvement works are set to begin next Wednesday, 28 September on the cyclepath behind Phear Park in Exmouth.

Works involve upgrading the gates, white lining and replacing defective tactile paving.

We thank you for your patience while the necessary works are carried out.

Did you know you can volunteer in our East Devon green spaces?

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Our volunteer groups are composed of like-minded volunteers are key in maintaining East Devon’s green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The groups meet up once a week for a variety of gardening tasks, from weeding to watering, at a time that best suits everyone.

If you are interested in volunteering at your local green space and making it a better place, please visit our website.

Volunteer with us

Sign up to LED this September for just £10

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If you would like to arrange a FREE, no-obligation show around of the new facilities available at Exmouth Leisure Centre please enter your details via the link below to request a call back from a membership advisor.

Join up now

News in pictures


Residents were ‘over the moon’ with works done to repair communal walkways at Park Close in Woodbury.

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Exeter Science Park’s First Net Zero Carbon Regional Conference

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Exeter Science Park will stage its first Net Zero Carbon Conference this month in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Taking place on Thursday 29, September, this ground-breaking one-day event will bring together delegates, entrepreneurs, investors, and speakers from across the South West.

A diverse range of speakers will deliver 22 talks in total, each of them lasting 10 minutes with time for questions, on five of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

A limited number of tickets are available at £10 each.

Attendees are encouraged to use sustainable transport methods to attend the conference.

More info here 

Come along to a FREE networking event at East Devon Business Centre next month


Friday, 21 October 2022, 9.30am-1.00pm.

Come along to our networking event at East Devon Business Centre in Honiton, to explore innovative digital technologies, find out about free training and support for your organisation and play with some really cool tech - including Virtual Reality headsets!

Join us for a range of masterclasses, including:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Video Capture & Editing
  • Virtual Learning Environment & Digital Course Finder

As the DESME project is fully-funded by the European Social Fund, it is all completely free – so come along to find out more!

Register 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:

Thelma Hulbert Gallery September exhibitions, talks and workshops

Celebration event - Routes for Roots: Saturday 08 October

Energy rebate update: Discretionary scheme for the Council Tax (Energy) Rebate now live

Wild East Devon September news

Key applications received

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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. 

Wednesday, 28 September

Thursday, 29 September

Friday, 30 September


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Recycling news 

Gardening over the weekend? Leaf It To Us!

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

Subscribe here

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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

Our Ingrid Pollard exhibition hits the national press

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In the run up to this year’s Turner Prize exhibition at TATE Liverpool, the best chance to see new work by one of the four nominees: Ingrid Pollard is at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG). Pollard’s new exhibition: Three Drops of Blood has received wide acclaim including this week’s Guardian.

"Race, botany and folklore are interwoven with sublime skill by the Turner-nominated artist to explore colonial attitudes to race and Englishness."

Read The Guardian review

Ingrid Pollard Three Drops of Blood

Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 -5. Free admission.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

More info

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Wild East Devon 

Learn all about plants and medicine in a guided walk at Holyford Woods tomorrow

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Saturday, 15 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm.

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

Join Medical Herbalist Maggie Haworth on a gentle walk through Holyford Woods to explore the medicinal plants that can be found there. Hear some of the traditional stories of the plants, and learn about their historical use as medicines, as well as their current day applications.

£10.00 per adult, £5.00 per child.

There are currently 19 places available.

Book here

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

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Spotting the signs of illegal money lending is not always easy, but we're here to help

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Stop Loan Sharks Week 2022 is next week, running from 26 September to 2 October and the hashtag this year is #LetsTalkLoanSharks.

How to protect yourself from loan sharks online:

Know who you're dealing with.

Beware of loan adverts with no credit checks.

Beware of any requests for your details or money. 

More info here

Can you boost your resilience in 30 ways this September

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When people talk about emergencies our minds tend to turn to examples of huge national or global catastrophes such as terrorism, tsunamis or perhaps a pandemic.

But being prepared for smaller ‘everyday emergencies’, such as power cuts, burst water mains, gas leaks, transport strikes, road closures etc, is just as important as they can happen any day and affect us all at one time or another

September is National Preparedness Month and we’re encouraging people to ‘be prepared, not scared’ by sharing information, advice and resources as part of ‘30 days, 30 ways’ - the UK’s preparedness and community resilience campaign.

The aim is to help people and businesses to plan for a range of emergency situations, big and small, to boost their resilience.

Get involved by following 30 days, 30 ways on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and sign up for daily emails on the 30 days 30 ways website.

Join here 

Eligible East Devon residents urged to have autumn vaccines

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People in East Devon, who are most vulnerable to flu and Covid-19, are being encouraged to book in for their autumn booster vaccines.

Clinics offering the latest vaccine are being held at supermarkets, sports grounds, pharmacies and places of worship. 

The flu vaccine is offered free to frontline health or social care workers and to those who are: 50 and over, have certain health conditions, pregnant, are in long-stay residential care or the main carer for an older or disabled person.

See if you're eligible here

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