Residents' Update - Friday, 15 September

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Photo from The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, which will be returning on 4 November

In this issue there is news about the success of the Exe Estuary, the launch of our new Wild East Devon website and improvement work along the adjacent trail.

We also say thanks to a member of staff for his first aid efforts and we show our support for AskAboutAsthma week. 

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

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News and updates: 

Exe Estuary Trail section to be closed for repairs

Photo of Courtland Boardwalk on the Exe Estuary trail

Devon County Council is closing a section of the Exe Estuary Trail near Lympstone for three months, from Monday 18 September, to carry out essential repairs.

A signed diversion route will be in place enabling pedestrians to use the footpath on Exeter Road. Cyclists will need to cross over Exeter Road and follow the slightly longer route which avoids cycling on the main road.

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Work to prevent flooding on the River Sid

Photo of the beach at the eastern end of Sidmouth

Work is expected to begin in Sidmouth on Monday, 18 September, lasting two to three days, to move gravel from the river to the beach, to reduce the risk of flooding.

Wildlife Thrives in Protected Exe Estuary

birds on the Exe Estuary

Since 2018, two wildlife refuges have protected water birds on the Exe Estuary.  Exmouth Local Nature Reserve’s wildlife refuge operates from 15 September to 31 December every year, while Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve wildlife refuge operates year round.

As Exmouth’s wildlife refuge is due to start again this month, people are asked to avoid entering both refuges at this crucial time of year when thousands of birds start their annual migration to feast on the rich food provided by the Exe. Both wildlife refuges are marked by yellow buoys.

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Staff Member Recognised for Quick Thinking First Aid Efforts

Streetscene team member receives certificate

Seasonal operative Simon Moulder has been commended by EDDC for his quick thinking first aid, after coming to the aid of a member of the public who had taken ill in Exmouth.

The incident happened in July on the Strand in Exmouth, while Simon was working for the council carrying out litter picking. 

Simon took advice from a 999 call handler and administered first aid until ambulance crews arrived. 

Andrew Hancock, Assistant Director for Street Scene, said: "A huge thank you to Simon for his willingness to assist and his quick actions, which may have helped save someone’s life. We want to acknowledge and appreciate such outstanding efforts within our organisation. Simon has exemplified our core values of excellence, compassion in caring for our residents and commitment to the well-being of others."

The photo shows L-R: Simon Kennedy, Interim Operations Manager, Simon Moulder, Street Scene Seasonal Operative, Andrew Hancock , Assistant Director, Street Scene

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New website is live! 

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new website for Wild East Devon. The new website is designed to connect people to nature and their local nature reserves across East Devon. It is a hub for wildlife news, education and wildlife identification.

Discover wildlife through our picture gallery, find out more about our school’s outreach and keep up to date with what the team are up to.

We invite you all to visit our new website and learn more about our conservation work across East Devon.

Visit the new site 

Keep in touch with the Wild East Devon team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Carers, Blue Light and Information Day

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Whimple Post Office Changes

A new lighter format Post Office branch we will be opening in Whimple.

The new Drop & Collect at Whimple Stores, will offer Post Office services from a handheld device, providing convenient access for customers to bill payments and prepaid parcel collections and returns. More complex services like personal and business banking will not be available at this branch.

A wider range of Post Office services are available from the nearby branches at West Hill Post Office, West Hill Road, West Hill, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1TY and Cranbrook Post Office, Gallops Court, Younghayes Road, Cranbrook, Exeter,EX5 7DR. 

Customer information materials will also be available at the premises of the new Post Office branch.

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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:

Have your say:

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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. 


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Bulky waste (large furniture items) collections

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To book a collection, call our Customer Service Centre on 01395 571515 or...

Book here

Recycling app

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

Create Organic

Saturday 23 September, Drop in 11-4

Create Pajaki flower garlands, seed pots to take home and create your own bug using natural materials.

Free, although donations welcome. Refreshments/drinks available.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX


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#Ask About Asthma

yellow and blue poster with text Ask About Asthma

#AskAboutAsthma is an annual campaign led by NHS England–London. It highlights simple changes to children and young people’s care that will make a big difference to how they experience their asthma.

If you have asthma, or you are the parent of a child or young person with asthma, you can speak to your GP or GP practice nurse to discuss getting the right asthma care in place. There are four simple steps, that the campaign calls ‘asks’, which can help children and young people to manage their asthma and live full, active lives:

  1. Get an asthma action plan in place
  2. Understand how to use inhalers correctly
  3. Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack
  4. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health

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Arts and Culture East Devon new website

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