Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 15 May 2020

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2. This week's message from East Devon's Leader and Chief Executive

It has been a busy week at the council following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend, which from this Wednesday allowed people in England to spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing rules.

We have agreed to reopen the seven remaining East Devon District Council gardens which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began and have now undertaken a review to see whether it would be possible to re-open any of its toilets across the district, it is hoped 10 fully-accessible public toilets will reopen by Friday 22nd May.

Two pieces of good news have been received, firstly following long-awaited changes to the funding eligibility for flood and coastal risk projects from the Environment Agent the funding gap of £1 million for the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) has now been fully bridged. This allows this project to proceed to the next stage, subject to Local and National Environment Agency approval.

And secondly 12 fantastic East Devon Coronavirus related projects have been funded by the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund, a joint grants scheme between the District Council and Devon County Council. There are still opportunities to apply to this fund, details on how to do so are below.

Lastly next week is Mental Health Awareness week, the Mental Health Foundation has announced that the theme for 2020 is kindness in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We know that one act of kindness can lead to many more. The wide variety of community action we have seen over recent weeks has been inspiring and we hope these many acts of kindness will continue to take place.

Stay Safe and Stay Well
Together #WeareDevon

Best wishes
Cllr Ben Ingham and Mark Williams

Stay Safe and Stay Well
Together #WeareDevon

Best wishes

Cllr Ben Ingham and Mark Williams