Residents' Update - Friday, 26 May


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Following the recent local elections, this week East Devon District Council's Cabinet, Chair and Vice Chair were appointed at the Annual Council meeting.

We hope that you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and half-term week. Remember that♻️collections of recycling, refuse and green waste will be one day later.

Scroll down to read more about news, updates and events from across East Devon👇

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News and updates: 

East Devon District Council Chair and Vice Chair elected

Photo of EDDC's Chair and Vice Chair taken on Wednesday, with Exmouth's coastline in the background(Credit EDDC and Kyle Baker Photography)

Councillor Eleanor Rylance and Councillor Sam Hawkins

At Wednesday's Annual Council meeting, Councillor Eleanor Rylance as Chair and Councillor Sam Hawkins as Vice Chair were elected unanimously. 

Returning Council Leader appoints new Cabinet

Returning Leader, Councillor Paul Arnott, who has held the position for the past three years, told the annual Council meeting on Wednesday 24 May that the focus for the new administration will continue to be on the existing priorities of Homes, the Environment and East Devon’s Economy, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Photo of East Devon District Council Cabinet (Credit EDDC and Kyle Baker Photography)

Cabinet photo from left to right: Top row - Councillor Nick Hookway, Councillor Paul Hayward, Councillor Paul Arnott, Councillor Dan Ledger and Councillor Sarah Jackson Bottom row - Councillor Olly Davey, Councillor Matt Hall, Councillor John Loudoun, Councillor Geoff Jung and Councillor Marianne Rixson

The key appointments that were made were as follows:

  • Coast, Country & Environment: Councillor Geoff Jung
  • Corporate and External: Councillor John Loudoun
  • Climate Action & Emergencies: Councillor Marianne Rixson
  • Communications & Democracy: Councillor Sarah Jackson
  • Culture, Leisure, Sport & Tourism: Councillor Nick Hookway
  • Economy: Councillor Matt Hall
  • Finance and Assets: Councillor Paul Hayward
  • Strategic Planning: Councillor Olly Davey
  • Sustainable Homes & Communities: Councillor Dan Ledger

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East Devon beaches awarded Blue Flag status and Seaside Award

East Devon Councillors and staff hold Blue flags at Seaton, Sidmouth and Exmouth, and a seaside award flag at Budleigh Salterton

East Devon Councillors and staff hold Blue flags at Seaton, Sidmouth, and Exmouth, and a Seaside Award flag at Budleigh Salterton

Seaton, Beer, Exmouth and Sidmouth have all been awarded the Blue Flag accolade and are among 78 locations given the award recognising outstanding beaches in England.

Exmouth has achieved Blue Flag status for five years in a row, while this is the fourth year for Sidmouth. Seaton has been recognised again, after being awarded the Blue Flag for the first time last year.

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Energy efficiency upgrades available for low-income households without mains gas

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Lower-income householders across Devon whose homes are not on the gas grid are invited to apply for free energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Eligible homeowners will be supported throughout the works and can help decide what improvements are made. All those supported through the scheme will receive a whole house energy improvement plan which can be used to carry out further, self-funded measures in the future.

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StreetScene experiencing high level of demand

StreetScene are currently dealing with a high level of service demand due to staff shortages in key areas, flood recovery work, and conditions that cause grass to grow quickly. Please bear with us while we catch-up and get back on schedule.

The most effective way to report any issues is through the environmental maintenance pages on our website or on the East Devon app.

Honiton LED leisure centre employees' double challenge in memory of best friend

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Photos credit: Matt Payne

In 2021, Adam Bounds passed away suddenly, aged just 41. Matt Payne alongside, Rob, Edder, Dan, Alan and Andrew are raising money for the RNLI in Adam's memory.

This is the second year that Matt, Rob, Edder, Alan and Dan have taken on the 132-mile cycle from Lyme Regis lifeboat station to the Newquay RNLI station. Another challenge this year, taking place on June 23, will be a walk the entire length of the East Devon Way, a 42-mile route from Exmouth lifeboat station to Lyme Regis' lifeboat station.

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Save water by claiming a free water butt

Photo of water butts with a watering can

South West Water are giving away free water butts to reduce the amount of water that residents use. Last year was the driest in 136 years, with reservoirs at Colliford and Roadford entering this spring at drought levels. Water butts are easy to install and great at capturing rainwater to use in the garden. A hosepipe can use up to 1000 litres an hour, so using a watering can is recommended.

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Send us your No Mow May photos 

Unmown lawn with buttercups

Thanks to everyone who took part in No Mow May, helping pollinators during the bee hungry gap. Let us know how your lawn looks by emailing with photos. If you're planning on mowing your garden, remember to look out for hedgehogs. 

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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:

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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. 

30 May


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Recycling news 

Monday 29 May Bank Holiday – one day later collections

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Please remember all collections of recycling, refuse and green waste will be one day later next week, due to the bank holiday on Monday. 

Please visit our Recycling and Waste webpage for more information or download the East Devon App for notifications of your collection day. 

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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. 

Events across East Devon during half-term and the bank holiday weekend

Half term

Bank holiday Monday, 29 May

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Oil painting of Dumpdon Hill by Stanislawa de Karlowska

Dumpdon Hill by Stanislawa de Karlowska

History of The Camden Town Group Talk, Saturday 3 June, 3-4pm. £5

On the last day of ‘Paradise Found: New Visions of the Blackdown Hills’, co-curator Tim Craven will reflect on the exhibition themes and the history of the Camden Town Group including artists Robert Bevan, Stanislawa de Karlowska, Spencer Gore and Charles Ginner. 

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX

Green Waste campaign 2022

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