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December 2018

Welcome to the December 2018 issue of East Devon's Residents' Magazine

Festive residents masthead

A Christmas and New Year message from East Devon's Leader

Cllr Ian Thomas

Cllr Ian Thomas, Leader of East Devon District Council

Cllr Ian Thomas, East Devon District Council’s Leader reflects on East Devon’s many achievements in 2018, as well as the council’s ongoing drive to ensure happy, healthy, safe and prosperous customers.

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Are you #Weather#Ready?

Look out for ‘WeatherReady’, the Met Office’s latest campaign, run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, which aims to help you be better prepared for severe weather – throughout the winter and beyond. Read more


Seaton Wetlands scoops bronze at Devon tourism awards

One of our most popular nature reserves, Seaton Wetlands, has earned well deserved recognition as one of Devon’s top tourist attractions, by winning a Bronze award at the prestigious Devon Tourism Awards. Read more


Council considers issues of housing need and supply in East Devon

A recent report confirms that East Devon does have a 5.7 year supply of land to enable the delivery of new homes in the district. Read more


Excellent news! East Devon’s bathing waters still meet the highest standards

Once again, the bathing waters of all East Devon District Council-owned beaches have been classed as 'Excellent' following stringent testing by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Their announcement of the 2018 bathing water quality results, revealed that all six of the district’s beaches received an ‘Excellent’ classification – which is the highest and cleanest class. The classification means that the water quality over the past five years has been the best it can be. Read more


Concern over misuse of holiday homes as permanent residences

It’s been another bumper year for tourism in East Devon, but there are growing fears that tourist accommodation in the district is increasingly being sold off to those who want to live permanently in the area. Read more


Woodbury residents to trial additional recycling bag for cardboard

The residents of Woodbury will be trialling an additional recycling bag for the collection of cardboard from March 2019. Around 850 households in the village will be asked to collect their cardboard in a white foldaway collection bag instead of their green box and put the bag out at the kerbside with their other recycling containers on their usual recycling collection day. Each household will receive a letter from East Devon District Council’s recycling team with more information about the delivery of the bags and a start date for the trial. Read more


Progress update on Phase 3 of our Feniton flood alleviation project

Network Rail has given approval for Phase 3 of East Devon District Council’s flood alleviation scheme in Feniton, which consists of laying a one metre diameter culvert beneath the railway line. This is the first part of the services it is providing to East Devon, which will help complete the project. A suitable 52 hour window in October 2019 within which the new culvert can be placed under the railway has now been identified by Network Rail. Read more


New offices for StreetScene at Manstone in Sidmouth

A new single story timber clad building has been constructed at East Devon District Council’s Manstone depot site by the council’s very own Property Services maintenance and building technical team, which not only saves money but also shows the excellent level of skills that exist within East Devon’s workforce. The new fit for purpose building will provide around 100 square metres of office space for the StreetScene team, who will take possession of their new ‘home’ early in the New Year. Read more


Something fishy in Seaton

Our Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer Sharon Scott has been telling us about the fabulous recycled bed in Seaton, which the Parks team has now completed. Sharon says it has cost the council nothing apart from a little labour – the fish’s wire structure is on loan from Sidmouth in Bloom and all the plant material was taken out of the summer beds, which were going to be thrown away. Read more


Reminder to tenants - no Christmas decorations in hallways please

We'd like to remind all our tenants to please make sure that all passageways and staircases, internal and external escape routes are kept clear at all times in case of emergency evacuation from their building, due to fire or other unforeseen circumstances. Anything that could hasten the spread of a fire, or be a trip hazard must be removed. This includes any plants, tables, chairs, paintings, rugs and carpets, including door mats. In short, anything at all in the communal areas will need to be taken inside your property or removed. Read more


East Devon pupils ‘take over’ East Devon District Council for the day

children from five East Devon primary schools experienced first-hand how their local district council is run as they took part in a national Takeover Challenge Day at East Devon District Council’s offices at Knowle in Sidmouth. Read more


Recycling Elvis

Elton the blue food caddy bin is a superstar!

Don’t forget to recycle at Christmas!

Christmas is a time when you can make the most of East Devon’s improved recycling service and recycle as much of your household waste as possible. Read more

Business meeting

East Devon is offering workshops and tailored one-to-one advice to small businesses

New fully-funded business support in East Devon

A new business support programme funded by East Devon will provide local businesses with the help they need to plan and launch a business. Read more

Christmas baubles

Photo by Ksenia Yakovleva on Unsplash

Closing dates/times for council offices

The council’s offices will be closed for the festive period from 5pm, Friday 21 December and will re-open at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. In an emergency, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 01395 516854. Please see our website for information about your refuse and recycling or clinical collections.

Countryside annual review video

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Countryside annual review video

For their annual review of 2018, the Countryside team has produced a terrific video – 'a year in Wild East Devon'. Highlights include Seaton Wetlands, which in just one year received 55,000 visitors, ran 58 events and hosted 52 educational trips. Watch the video

Lonely boy

Join the social media conversation #EndLoneliness #WeAreDevon

12 ways to combat loneliness

Thousands of people in Devon experience loneliness and it can lead to health problems. Devon County Council has started an excellent 12 days, 12 ways to combat loneliness, social media campaign, which you can help share, using the hashtags #EndLoneliness and #WeAreDevon Photo by Katherine Chase on Unsplash

Cllr Steve Gazzard

Cllr Steve Gazzard

Recycle your low energy lightbulbs

We are working alongside Recolight as well as town and parish councils to help residents recycle their low-energy bulbs across the district through collection boxes. Read more


Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Thelma Hulbert's South West Academy exhibition talk 12 January 2019

Events coming up...


Find out what's on at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton

Check out Countryside's events calendar

There's plenty happening at our Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth