Residents' Update - Friday, 17 March

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In this issue...

  • Exmouth Swimming Pool is heated by a UK first in technology heating solutions
  • East Devon’s unsung heroes who’ve helped Homes for Ukraine guests
  • Devolution deal for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay moves a step closer
  • Last chance to have your say: Broadclyst's new green space consultation
  • You'll need ID for upcoming elections

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News and updates: 

Exmouth Swimming Pool is heated by a UK first in technology heating solutions

Councillor Nick Hookway, Jenny Kumah (BBC) and Peter Gilpin (LED Community Leisure) at Exmouth swimming pool

Councillor Nick Hookway, Jenny Kumah (BBC) and Peter Gilpin (LED Community Leisure) at Exmouth swimming pool

Exmouth Swimming Pool is one of the first sites for a technology that supplies free heat, reduces energy bills and will cut reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuel boilers.

Exmouth Leisure Centre in Devon is the first site in the country to benefit from heat-recapture by cloud data centres. The surplus heat donated to the leisure centre by Deep Green’s unit will reduce the pool’s gas requirements by 62%, saving LED Community Leisure, who manage the centre on behalf of East Devon District Council (EDDC), over £30,000 a year and reduce carbon emissions by 25.8 tonnes.

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East Devon’s unsung heroes who’ve helped Homes for Ukraine guests

Homes for Ukraine team (Ihor, Olha, Emily, Katja and Charlotte) outside Blackdown House, Honiton

The Homes for Ukraine team outside Blackdown House, Honiton

This week marked one year since the Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to East Devon's unsung heroes.

Firstly, we'd like to thank our hosts, who've provided sanctuary to more than 300 Ukrainian refugees. That's more than any other district in Devon.

Local community groups have been fantastic at providing spaces for guests to meet each other, to feel more settled in and to support people into private rented accommodation. 

Citizen’s Advice East Devon who have been operating our welcome visits and re-matching service.

East Devon's hardworking and dedicated Homes for Ukraine support team have also run events to help guests integrate and provided them with vital follow-up support and guidance, such as registering with schools and doctors, and finding jobs.

With no end in sight for the conflict, more hosts are needed to provide a safe home to vulnerable women, children, families and elderly people, hoping to escape. To find out more about how you can help Ukrainian guests or to express your interest in being a host please

Click here

Devolution deal for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay moves a step closer

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This deal could grant additional resources to Devon to tackle key priorities such as affordable housing

A landmark devolution deal for the greater Devon region, which transfers new money and powers into the hands of local Leaders across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, has moved a step closer today with the backing of the Government’s Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davison.

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You'll need ID for upcoming elections

Cage/Pascal meme: when you get turned away from the polling station vs someone who listened to EDDC and remembered to bring ID

There's just 1 month left to register to vote for the Local Elections. Don't forget you'll also need to bring ID with you if you're voting in person. Read more about this on our website.

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Latest news, consultations and newsletters

East Devon District Council hold regular consultations and also produce regular newsletters and news on different topics, in the last week we have issued the following which may be of interest:

Last chance to have your say: Broadclyst's new green space consultation

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Click here, to have your say, before Monday, on 25 acres of land in Broadclyst that'll be transformed into a new nature-rich, accessible green space.

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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.

20 March

23 March


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Recycling news 

Join 18,500 residents who've signed up for green waste collections

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Make your gardening easier! 18,500 households across East Devon already do, by subscribing to our popular fortnightly green waste kerb-side collections. To sign up either call 01395 571515 or

Click here

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Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 50,000 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 featuring painters, printmakers and photographers inspired by the Blackdown Hills

Paradise Found New Visions of the Blackdown Hills, The Village Gossip by David Ferry

Paradise Found: New Visions of the Blackdown Hills exhibition opening this Saturday 18 March, 3-5pm.

Talk about Stanislawa de Karlowska, 4pm.

New work by 36 artists presented alongside works from private collections by Robert Bevan and Stanislawa de Karlowska. The contemporary artworks capture the same sites painted by The Camden Town Group in the Blackdown Hills including scenes from Luppitt and Clayhidon. Exhibition continues until 3 June.

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Last in the series: Art History Talk: British Landscape Tradition.

Monday 20 March, 10.30-12.00

Wide-ranging study from Gainsborough, Turner and Constable to Joan Eardley and Sheila Fell’s landscapes of Scotland and Cumberland. Touching on the modern landscapes of renowned photographer Bert Hardy as well as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long.

£12 (£10 students/THG Friends).

Book here

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Wild East Devon 

Take a walk on East Devon's wild side

Seaton Wetlands Easter trail

1 April - 16 April

Purchase your trail leaflet from the Discovery Hut between 10am-4pm and head back there to claim your prize.

Family explorer day at Trinity Hill

Thursday 13 April 

Join Penny and the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society for some half-term fun at Trinity Hill. Explore the heathland and get crafting.

Book tickets

Bluebells at Holyford Woods

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Bluebell walks

25 April - Holyford Woods

28 April - Knapp Copse

Come along with Ranger Jon to go in search of the iconic bluebell. Discover the diverse plants that live in the woodland and learn about their natural history.

Book here

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

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On Saturday, 25 March, hear Brahms’ heart-warming German Requiem sung in Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth. Not sure it’s for you? Listen to the Radio 3 in Concert BBC Singers perform Brahms.

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Free webinar for private landlords on residential property disrepair

29 March 6pm-7pm

Are you a landlord wanting to hear what the future may hold for your duties of repair and maintenance? Learn practical hints and tips in Exeter City Council's free webinar with Jo and Martina from Tozers LLP.

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