Residents' update - Friday, 30 September

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In this issue...

  • Right on track! The Feniton undertrack rail crossing now complete

  • Read up on how we aim to be net-zero by 2050 in the Devon Carbon Plan

  • Did you spot Wild East Devon at Colyford Goose Fair last weekend?

  • You are invited to this year's Sidmouth Science Festival

  • Free climate change event being held in East Devon next month

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News and updates: 

Right on track! The Feniton undertrack rail crossing work is now complete

feniton works

Last Thursday (22nd) Network Rail finished work under the railway installing a new culvert pipe as part of the Feniton Flood Alleviation Scheme. Works will continue on either side of the railway for the next few weeks, but the railway at Feniton is back open for trains. The culvert pipe under the railway has been 9 years in the planning, and it will allow the remaining elements of the Feniton Flood Scheme to start in 2023/24 to reduce flood risk to over 60 homes.

Read up on how we aim to be net-zero by 2050 in the Devon Carbon Plan

devon carbon plan

The finalised version of the Devon Carbon Plan, which is a roadmap for how Devon will reach net-zero emissions by 2050 (at the latest), was launched on Tuesday, 27 September.

It has been built on detailed, ongoing assessments of Devon’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan’s launch marks the beginning of a new phase of action - it is crucial that everyone in Devon now works to implement the plan.

Broadly speaking, emissions in Devon can be divided into five key sectors:

  1. Economy and resources
  2. Energy supply
  3. Food
  4. Land and sea
  5. Transport and the built environment

The Devon Carbon Plan outlines actions for how each of these sectors can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and how people at every level can contribute - including individuals, communities, organisations and local policy makers.

Read the plan here


Did you spot Wild East Devon at Colyford Goose Fair last weekend?

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Last Saturday, Rangers from Wild East Devon put on their medieval outfits and went along to Colyford Goose Fair to chat with the public about Seaton Wetlands which is right next door!

Rangers had cut out life-sized silhouettes of birds that can be found at the wetlands and asked people if they could correctly match the silhouette to the picture of the birds.

It was great to have so many people taking part – the Osprey was definitely a favourite and most people didn’t realise how enormous they are!

Events like these help the Wild East Devon team share their knowledge with visitors to help them recognise some of the birds they see when visiting the wetlands and feel connected to the wildlife found there.

Find out more

You are invited to this year's Sidmouth Science Festival

sidmouth science festival

Sidmouth Science Festival takes place from Friday, 7 October until Sunday, 16 October. 

Check out all the events that are lined up for you and don't forget that some need booking. Most are FREE and aimed at all ages and abilities.

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News in pictures

Works are going well on both our coastal defence repair works currently on site


Left: Seaton, Right: Sidmouth

In the left photo, of our coastal defence at Seaton , concrete is being pumped from the road above and placed to repair the large holes to ensure the revetment will last many years into the future. The revetment reduces the risk of erosion of the cliffs at this location and forms the first part of the planned Beach Management Plan works at Seaton Hole. We are using this opportunity to trial lower carbon reinforced concrete, where the steel has been replaced with basalt, which has a lower carbon footprint, and should last much longer in a sea side location.

In the right photo, of Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder Beach, the Seawall and Slipway are being exposed to prepare for repairs over the next few weeks.  This section of seawall has been eroded by storms over the years and needs repairing to maintain the defence and walkway. After exposing the wall, concrete will be sprayed on to form a new outer wall layer. We will also be upgrading some storm damage prone railings with a solid sea wall, and carrying out further repairs.

Business update 

A free climate change event is being held in East Devon next month

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Practical solutions for a transition to a low carbon economy

This session, led by industry experts, will help demystify this emerging trend and give you some practical suggestions for taking your business forwards.

You will gain lots of advice and support helping you to take the first step towards a low carbon economy. Find out what is coming down the line, learn from case studies and hear about the funding situation.

Thursday, 27 October 2022, from 8-10am.

Find out more

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

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Friday, 21 October 2022, 9.30am-1pm.

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

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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, 4 October

Wednesday, 5 October

Thursday, 6 October

Friday, 7 October


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Recycling news 

Small Electricals


Do you have any old, worn out small electrical items that are beyond repair? If you do, and can fit them inside your green box, we can collect them from the kerb-side.

Small electrical items includes most products that have a plug or need a battery, the valuable components within the electrical items are stripped out and recycled.

Thank you for recycling.

For more info

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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

‘Disappearing Lines’ boatbuilding workshop

boat building workshop

Fantastic opportunity to learn heritage skills with master boat builder Gail McGarva. Try your hand at steam bending oak and create your own miniature 'ghost ship'.

Date: 12 and 13 October

Time: 10am until 4pm

Cost: £120 for 2 days

Book your place

*NEW* introduction to African and Indian embroidery class using authentic fabrics


Embroider and paint on amazing Ugandan fabric. Turn your decorated fabric into a cushion cover, small decorative item or place on an artist’s canvas.

Date: 19 October

Time: 1pm until 2.30pm

Cost: £5

Book your place

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Wild East Devon 

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

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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.

Cost: £10 per adult and £5 per child.

There are currently 14 places available.

Book here

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

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