Residents' Update - Friday, 12 April 2024

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In this week's newsletter👇

🌬️Clear up operations underway following Storm Kathleen

🗳️Last chance to register to vote before the 2 May elections

🏛️Fundraising appeal launched following fire at an historic house near Exeter

🚗Sidmouth car park to be resurfaced, with new reserved spaces available

🎨Nominate Arts and Culture East Devon's Volunteer of the Year 

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

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News and updates: 

Clear up operations underway following Storm Kathleen

Collage of photos of the damage caused by Storm Kathleen

Recent stormy weather has left damage along East Devon's seafronts, with the District Council's (EDDC) teams working tirelessly to clear up.

Issues have arisen in Exmouth, in particular, where the storms exacerbated damage to the seawall, caused beach erosion, dislodged a manhole cover, and scattered stones across the beach.

The slipway is currently out of commission, but EDDC is aiming to carry out temporary repairs so that it can be used in the summer season.

The National Coastwatch Institution building has been vacated due to damages. EDDC has installed large concrete pieces and concrete 'lego blocks' to safeguard the building from further damage.

Phase one of the two-part seawall repair project began this month, and excellent progress is being made with a new steel sheet pile wall being installed every 10 minutes. Although the noise of installing the steel piles is loud, we hope this will be done by the end of Saturday, 20 April.

We will keep you up-to-date with further updates on the repair work.

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Last chance to register to vote before the 2 May elections

Do you need to register to vote for the Police and Crime Commissioner election? Deadline 16 April

Getting registered takes just 5 minutes

If you'd like to choose who represents you in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election, make sure that you're registered to vote by 11.59pm on Tuesday, 16 April. 

Register here

Devon & Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner candidates announced

To read statements from the candidates, and to find out what they will be responsible for if they are elected...

Click here

Exmouth Brixington By-Election candidates revealed

Residents in Brixington in Exmouth will also be voting for a new East Devon District Councillor on election day.

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Honiton Town Council St Michael's Ward by-election results

Baldock, Melvyn A - 408 votes - elected

Taylor, John B - 197 votes

Turnout: 11.6 %

Fundraising appeal launched following fire at an historic house near Exeter

Photo of the fire at Poltimore House

The major fire in the early hours of Tuesday, 9 April, caused extensive damage. Credit: Poltimore House

Councillors and staff from East Devon District Council are deeply saddened to hear about the devastating fire at Poltimore House.

As steadfast supporters of this important East Devon site and in recognition of the dedication and tireless efforts of all the volunteers involved, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the devoted team at Poltimore House.

EDDC have a long and committed relationship with the trustees and volunteers at Poltimore House. Recently, Poltimore House Trust received Innovation and Resilience Funding to establish a café and visitor attraction to generate vital funds for the restoration of the House. EDDC will continue to support the team in every way we can to work towards the continued restoration of this significant and historical landmark.

Donate here

Sidmouth car park to be resurfaced, with new reserved spaces available

Map of the reserved and pay and display parking space at Mill Street in Sidmouth

Interested in one of the remaining reserved spaces? Register your interest by Wednesday 15 May

Sidmouth's Mill Street car park is due to be resurfaced on Thursday, 18 April, and Friday, 19 April. A new reserved parking area will be created, and a small number of reserved permits remain. 19 pay and display spaces will still be available for short-term parking.

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Nominate Arts and Culture East Devon's Volunteer of the Year 

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The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 21 May

This new award celebrates the dedication of the amazing volunteers throughout the East Devon culture and heritage sector.

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Aluminium is the most valuable material collected from East Devon households

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'When I'm recycled I could be a bicycle' - metal packaging is endlessly recyclable

Please recycle all of your aluminium items including drinks cans, foil, foil trays, aerosols and jar lids. These materials are a valuable resource and can be recycled over and over again.

Making aluminium from virgin ore uses huge amounts of energy. By recycling your aluminium packaging you are helping to reduce energy use and helping fight climate change.

Keep your aluminium in the ‘loop’!

To find out more about East Devon's Recycling and Waste service... 

Click here

Recycling app

Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 60,000 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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Events in East Devon

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Hear from a portrait sculptor about celebrities, politicians and their pets

Join a lively presentation by artist Luke Shepherd discussing his career as a portrait sculptor, from 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 April. Tickets are £5, with refreshments included.

Get tickets

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Left: Luke Shepherd. Right: Gluck

Watch Gluck's Flowers, a performance from an award-winning theatre company

In 1930s Britain, the hugely talented artist, Gluck, lived by nobody’s rules but their own. When celebrity florist Constance Fry walked into their studio, a scandalous relationship began, challenging gender, class and social mores.

The shows will begin at 6.30pm, on Friday 3 May and Saturday 4 May, with a Q&A after Friday's performance. Tickets are £15 or £10 for THG Friends.

Get tickets

To read more about what's on at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in April, view their latest newsletter

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Discover more events in the local area by heading to the East Devon Excellence website

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Wild East Devon 

'Egg-celent' news from Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands camera kestrel with two eggs

Come down to the Discovery Hut to see a live feed from the 'kestrel cam'.

There has been an 'egg-citing' start to the spring breeding season, with a pair of kestrels producing five eggs so far. To plan your next wildlife watching trip...

Click here

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

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Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations invited to drop-in session

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Open to East Devon VCSEs, this project receives UK Shared Prosperity funding. Credit: Devon Communities Together

Talk through the challenges and goals of your organisation with an experienced and empathetic ear to listen at The Beehive in Honiton, on Thursday 18 April, between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

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Council meetings dates

Over the next week the following East Devon District Council meetings are taking place:

You can watch public meetings live on the council’s YouTube channel.

Support available for exam stress

Kooth graphic: stressed about exams? You don't have to face it alone

As exam period approaches we all recognise the toll this can take, particularly for students sitting GCSEs and A-Levels

Kooth has produced a support guide on coping with exam stress, and are running webinars to help parents and carers with children sitting exams, especially if they are worried about their child’s anxiety. 24/7 instant access to anonymous and personalised mental health support is available for young people on...

Kooth's website 

Police and Crime Commissioner elections Thursday 2 May

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