Residents' Update - Friday, 20 January

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In this issue...

  • £15.7million cash injection secured to improve Exmouth's transport links and key gateway

  • Plans to regenerate key Exmouth sites one step closer

  • Exmouth family living with black mould get much needed help from East Devon District Council

  • Dangerous items in recycling sacks could cause explosions or fires

  • East Devon District Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

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News and updates: 

£15.7million cash injection secured to improve Exmouth's transport links and key gateway

Artist's impression of Exmouth Gateway outside the railway station

Exmouth Gateway visualisation

More than £15.7million will be used to improve transport links to Exmouth and give the town’s northern entrance a much-needed facelift, for those travelling by road, rail and cycle.

News of the Government’s latest round of levelling up funding was announced today (Thursday, January 19), meaning works can now begin on ‘The Dinan Way extension’ and ‘The Exmouth Gateway transport hub’.

Planning permission for the much anticipated improvements to the Dinan Way link road was approved by EDDC back in 2017.

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Plans to regenerate key Exmouth sites one step closer

A view across to the seaside road in Exmouth

The view across Exmouth seafront

Exciting new plans to regenerate and improve key sites across Exmouth town centre and its seafront are one step closer to reality.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is in the process of appointing a consultancy firm within the next 6 weeks and will be tasked with creating a placemaking plan for the town, with projects if approved hopefully beginning by summer 2024.

The projects will be shaped by the views and ideas put forward as part of an eight-week consultation, held in the summer of 2022 by The Placemaking in Exmouth Town and Seafront Group – led by EDDC.

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Exmouth family living with black mould get much needed help from East Devon District Council

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An Exmouth family home, overcome with damp and black mould, before it was renovated by EDDC

An Exmouth family whose home had been overcome with damp and black mould has got the much-needed help they needed, thanks to East Devon District Council.
The damp and mould season has begun, with many East Devon residents struggling with the cost-of-living and to heat their homes.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) ‘environmental health private sector team’ receives at least one call a week from tenants who are privately renting and having issues with damp and mould.

In hopes to encourage others to not suffer in silence, the authority has revealed one heart-wrenching story of an Exmouth family whose home had been overcome with damp and black mould that had grown up the walls and ceilings in their bedrooms.

Condensation had also begun running down the walls with an overwhelming smell of damp infesting the home. It had got to the point where the children's clothes couldn’t dry properly and smelt which left them being bullied about it at school.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

We're marking Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Please join us in remembering all those murdered during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

We will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day by raising the flag outside of our Blackdown House office in Honiton.

The UK Online Commemoration for #HMD will be streamed online on Thursday 26 January at 7pm. To watch the commemoration

Register here

Free 6-week funded Strength and Balance class for older people

LED Strength & Balance class

A Strength & Balance class with LED Community Leisure

In partnership with NHS England, LED Community Leisure has developed an exercise class for older people who have had a fall or who feel unsteady on their feet. The aim of the class is to improve your strength and balance, and also to help you feel more confident when you are out and about.

The classes will be taking place at:

Honiton Leisure Centre on Thursdays 3pm - 4pm.

Exmouth Leisure Centre on Mondays 10am - 11am.

The Hangar Health & Fitnes Centre - Axminster - To be confirmed, starting in February

Book your class

Business update 

Business update

Two new competitive grant schemes being launched in 2023 for businesses and community organisations will focus on projects to help East Devon reach net zero, increase employment and raise productivity.

To find out more you are welcome to join our online Grants Webinar, where we will outline the main criteria for these funds and how you can apply. 

To provide further guidance for these upcoming schemes, we are also hosting an in-person Grants Drop-In Session, where you can pop in and have an informal chat with our officers to talk about your ideas for a funding bid.

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, please 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:

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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 24 Jan


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Recycling news 

Dangerous items in recycling sacks could cause explosions or fires

2 high pressure containers that were placed in the recycling

High pressure containers spotted by our depot team

The two items in the image were put out for recycling, but fortunately were spotted by our vigilant depot team.

Please note that higher pressure containers such as these, present an explosion and fire risk if they reach our separation or baling plant.

Whilst we encourage the recycling of low-pressure household packaging items such as aerosols, by putting them in your recycling sacks with your other metal tins and cans, higher pressure containers need to be taken to a household recycling centre for safe recycling/disposal.

Please do not put higher pressure containers in your waste bin as they present an explosion risk at the Energy from Waste plant

Thank you for helping protect our team and our plant.

What textiles can we reuse?

A pile of clothes with the East Devon District Council and Salvation Army logos

Good quality textiles and shoes, bagged and placed securely in your kerbside green recycling box, will go to The Salvation Army for reuse or sale, which supports people in need.

As your textiles will be reused, it is important to keep them clean and dry.
During times of wet weather, you may wish to hang on to your textiles and put them out for collection during a drier period, to ensure they don’t get wet and are reusable.

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

New exhibition 'Fragile Earth' inspired by societal crises of COVID-19 and climate

Warming Oceans by Sally Baldwin. Materials arranged in the shape of 7 jellyfish.

Sally Baldwin: Fragile Earth

Sally Baldwin: Fragile Earth

In the THG Project Space, new work evokes natural forms such as trees, pods, flowers, insects, sea life and water. The materials including handmade paper and silk, are ghostly white suggesting fragile, finely balanced and vulnerable landscapes.

Léonie Hampton: A Language of Seeds

Featuring in the main gallery

Both exhibitions run until 4 March, 10am - 5pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX

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