Residents' update - Friday, 18 November

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Residents' Update masthead

In this issue...

  • ‘Mindless’ bullying in Exmouth prompts calls for parents to speak with children

  • Green light for development at Power Park near Exeter Airport
  • Shop local, shop ‘EastDevonly’ this Christmas

  • Fancy winning two FREE tickets to see 'A Christmas Carol'? You have just one week to enter

  • Colyford’s living legacy in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

News banner

News and updates: 

local plan

‘Mindless’ bullying in Exmouth prompts calls for parents to speak with children


Representatives from EDDC and an Exmouth school stand together - bullying will not be tolerated.

Exmouth parents have been called upon to speak to their children about ‘mindless’ bullying, following three back-to-back incidents in the town.

The community shelter in Phear Park has frequently been targeted by vandals in the past, but in the last week nasty and victimising comments were written about a number of children.

Despite swift action by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Streetscene team to remove it, the vandals returned twice more.

So far, the incidents have happened between 3pm and 5pm on weekdays. EDDC is now looking to remove the shelter, if the issue cannot be resolved. If you see anything suspicious in the area, or have witnessed the vandals in action, please contact EDDC with any pictures or descriptions you have by emailing

Read more here

Green light for development at Power Park near Exeter Airport

power park

Power Park development site is located near Exeter Airport. Image Credit: Still Imaging

On Tuesday, 25 October, East Devon District Council’s Planning Committee gave their seal of approval on a planning document known as a Local Development Order (LDO) for a site at Long Lane, opposite the Future Skills Centre near Exeter Airport.

The LDO will enable a sustainable new business park to be created to meet changing demands within the business and industrial sectors. It will encourage investment and economic growth, creating up to 500 new jobs in East Devon.

More info here

Shop local, shop ‘EastDevonly’ this Christmas

otterton mill

Otterton Mill at Christmas

To support local businesses which are crucial to our communities, East Devon District Council (EDDC) is calling on residents to shop local this Christmas.

From 1 December on EDDC’s social media pages, you will see an #EastDevonly Advent calendar as the countdown to Christmas begins. Behind each day, a local East Devon business will be featured, showcasing a range of interesting businesses – from sweet treats to drinks, and cards to jewellery.

EDDC’s car parking offer means people can visit any East Devon car park and spend the day shopping for only £2.00.

Local businesses who wish to be featured should join the EastDevonly facebook group or email

More info here

Fancy winning two FREE tickets to see 'A Christmas Carol'? You have just one week to enter


With Christmas just around the corner, there's no better way to get into the festive spirit than to watch a Christmas show! How about winning two FREE tickets?

To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Make sure you have liked our Facebook page.
  2. Comment on this post with your favourite festive film. Then, tag the person you'd bring along with you to watch the show.
  3. Share our post by tagging us East Devon District Council and use the hashtag #eastdevonly.

T&Cs apply: Competition closes on 23/11. Entrants must be 18 or over. 1 entry per person and winner will be picked at random. Winner will receive 2 digital tickets via email for the production at Exmouth Pavilion on 01/12. Winner will be contacted via Facebook direct message and must reply within 2 working days to claim their prize.

More info here

Alternatively, if you would like to purchase tickets to see 'A Christmas Carol' at Exmouth Pavillon on Thursday, 1 December, please visit the website:

Book tickets here

Colyford’s living legacy in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

colyford tree planting

L-R: Annie Thompson, John Vieth, Martin Sawer, Cllr Ian Thomas, Ian Priestley, Lynne Jones, Howard West, Brenda Pritchard, Nigel Pritchard, Vaughan Jelley, Edmund Jones, Julian Thompson, Cllr Paul Arnott

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled by Howard West, Acting Clerk to the Burgesses, for an oak tree planted as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Green Canopy project (QGC) which celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

Local resident Annie Thompson joined forces with East Devon District Council (EDDC) to identify a suitable location to plant a tree in Colyford. 

The English oak tree, Quercus robur, and plaque can be seen by visitors to Seaton Wetlands walking from the Seaton Lane entrance (opposite Pope’s Lane). This tree can be found with the What 3 Words app using “sudden.confining.vegans”. 

Read more here

Come along to our Honiton community day next Thursday

honiton community day

The event, being held by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Ian Williams, being held at Dunning Court, Honiton, on Thursday, 24 November, between 11am and 4.30pm.

There will be free pizza, drinks and a big spruce up at a Honiton community and social value day, being held for residents living in sheltered and neighbouring accommodation.

More info here 

South Western Railway offer welcome back gifts after restoring full timetable between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids

five pound voucher

Following two months of fewer trains – and reduced speeds – services on the West of England line return to normal between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids.

To welcome customers back to the full timetable, and to thank them for their patience as the line was repaired, SWR is offering free £5 vouchers to use at most catering establishments along the line, valid until Wednesday 23 November. These vouchers will be distributed to customers on the train or can be collected at stations.

In addition, South Western Railway has also secured 100 free taster minutes to use on Co-bikes’ electric bikes in the Exeter area. E-bikes are currently available to hire at Cranbrook, Pinhoe, Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids stations as well as Exeter St Thomas.  

To claim the free taster minutes, customers should head to the Co-bikes website here. The offer ends on Wednesday 30 November. 

More info here

LED what's new?

LED update 

Children in Need Fundraiser at Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre

pudsey bear

Come and join the team at Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre for what promises to be an action-packed night of fun, all for a great cause, today, Friday 18 November.

Places are available to book NOW via the LED Leisure App or by calling 01395 223355

All proceeds will go to Children in Need, together we can change young lives.

Order of Play

17:30: Parent & Child Sponge Ball Tournament

Juniors, grab your parents/guardians and pair up in our doubles tournament!

19:00: Auction & Raffle

Fantastic prizes to be won!

20:00: Adults Triples

A crowd favourite! Play Tennis Triples by Numbers with your best fancy dress.

More info here

Stall holders for our Christmas Market wanted!


We still have spaces for stall holders for our Christmas Market this Sunday (20 November). If you’re a crafter, baker or a local business who wants to connect with the local community. Contact us about becoming a stall holder!

Simply email

Want to attend as a guest?

We have two markets! One on Sunday, 20 November and Sunday, 11 December! 10:30am - 6pm. These are open markets, free to attend for all.

News banner

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:

ACED: Arts & Culture East Devon Meeting - 21.11.22

Landmark purchase, tree planting and winter rambles

Wild East Devon November news

Key applications received

Decision on key applications

Calendar banner

Council meetings dates

Over the next week the following East Devon District Council meetings are taking place in our Council Chamber at Blackdown House in Honiton.

Following the decision of councillors to resume in-person meetings, we hope to be able to stream public meetings to the Council’s YouTube channel.

There are no meetings next week.

The next meetings are:

Monday, 28 November

Tuesday, 29 November

Wednesday, 30 November

Thursday, 1 December


recycling  banner

Recycling news 

Do you have any old, worn out small electrical items that are beyond repair?

small electricals

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.

A-Z of recycling

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. 

THG banner

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

present makers

Find the perfect Christmas gifts for the all the family at our Present Makers exhibition of contemporary craft and design.

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm until 24 December.

Find out more

Wild East Devo banner

Wild East Devon 

Come along for an hour of Christmas crafts

xmas crafts

Join the Education Ranger in the Reed Base to create a variety of seasonal crafts.

We will be using natural materials and small tools to make decorations and gifts to take home.

Booking is essential at £3 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


11.30am - 12.30pm - 4 spaces available


More info here

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

winter parking deal

news extra

Citizens Advice East Devon are recruiting for multiple positions

ca job positions

We are an independent charity and part of the national Citizens Advice network, providing free, confidential and impartial advice.

Our dedicated team of 70 staff and volunteers offer a range of advice services ensuring the 140,000 residents of East Devon can contact us for advice and guidance. We give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever problem they face.

We’re regularly looking for all sorts of different people for all sorts of roles. You can find opportunities to join the team and help us develop below:

View job opportunities here

Did you know that in England and Wales 1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse in 2020?

16 days of action

The 16 Days of Action campaign is a global call from individuals, organisations and communities for an end to gender-based violence and the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

The campaign takes place between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and World Human Rights Day (10 December) each year.

What is happening in Devon?

Throughout the 16 days, organisations and community groups across Devon are hosting a range of events and activities to help bring together communities and shine a light on the support available to victims and survivors.

Take a look at what is happening during the 16 Days of Action in Devon:

View timetable here

Devon and Somerset fire service urges you not to use domestic appliances at night

think fire safely

Many energy suppliers are offering financial incentives for avoiding using energy at certain times of the day. The fire service is asking you to weigh up the potential financial benefit against the fire risks.

The safest time to use electricals is when you are at home, and awake.

You should never leave tumble dryer, washing machine or dishwashers on when you’re asleep, or if you’re out of the home. The fire service attends around 115 fires each year caused by domestic appliances. That’s about two every week.

If your appliances starts a fire when you are out, or when you’re asleep – the fire may have more time to develop before you’re aware of it. And that’s if you have working smoke alarms to alert you. If a fire starts at night and you don’t have working smoke alarms, this could be fatal.

If there is a fire - get out, stay out, call 999.

You can save money on your energy bills without taking fire risks.

  • Reduce the number of washes you do and make sure the machine is full. Can you spot-clean items?
  • Can you put your washing machine on at a different time of day when you’re home to still make the financial saving?
  • Air dry rather than using the tumble dryer.
  • Only use the dishwasher when full. Consider washing-up as this is safer and cheaper.
  • If you want to use candles to save on electricity – how about using battery-powered ones? They’re much safer and you don’t have to find any matches.

More info here

Check out Greenpeace's guide on how to make an extraordinary difference to the planet

greenpeace guide to life

Scrub a dub dub, make a difference in the tub. The bathroom is home to so many single-use products but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn which products to use and which are best avoided, then make self-care a chance to care for the Earth, too!

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth.
  2. Use non-disposable razors.
  3. Install an eco shower-head which uses less water. 
  4. Use reusable menstrual products like cups and washable pads. Did you know that every year in the UK, the disposal of pads, tampons and applicators generates
    more than 200,00 tonnes of waste?
  5. Use shampoo bars and soap, or refill your shampoo and shower gels at your local zero waste shop. Many refill shops also offer low carbon delivery options if you can’t make it there in person.
  6. Stop contact lenses going to landfill by finding a free recycling programme online or dropping them off at participating opticians.
  7. Use eco-friendly floss, toothpaste tablets and bamboo toothbrushes.
  8. Single-use cotton wool pads and face wipes are not only wasteful,
    they’re often flushed down the toilet and end up clogging waterways! Swap them for reusable alternatives.
  9. Try more environmentally-friendly loo roll brands that use recycled paper.
  10. Ditch aerosols for zero-waste deodorants.

View more tips and tricks here

Take some time this Self Care Week to focus on you

self care week

This week do something for you, take a moment to focus on your wellbeing. Perhaps you could try crafting, listening to music, having a bath in peace, meeting up with a friend, taking a walk or reading a book. Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential.

More self-care tips for you

Next edition

We plan to send out our next bulletin on Friday, 25 November 2022.

Please forward this email to anyone you think would find it useful and encourage them to sign up.

You can also can share this update on social media and in any online groups you're part of by using the view it as a web page link at the top of the page.