November 2019

November 2019 Residents Magazine

East Devon Residents Magazine November 2019
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Have you registered to vote in the General Election?

The deadline to register is 26 November


If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just a few minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election. If you’re away on polling day or unable to vote in person, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

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Alexa initiative wins recycling award

Last month we won a national ‘best new idea’ award for creating the Alexa recycling skill and for our popular East Devon mobile App, which has more than 20,000 subscribers and is the most used citizen app in the country. As more people use devices such as smart phones and Alexa’s, it makes sense that digital technology is used to give residents as much information, in as many ways that are accessible to them, as possible. Read more

Tenants conference focuses on caring for our community theme

Informative talks, Q&A sessions and awards presentations gave East Devon tenants and leaseholders much to enjoy at the annual tenants' conference held recently at Westpoint Conference Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. Read more

Ways 2 Wellbeing project is a success

A new and innovative social prescribing pilot project for the East Devon community in Honiton and Seaton, called Ways 2 Wellbeing, has proved a great success. LED Leisure, who run sports and leisure activities on behalf of East Devon District Council, have played a key role in developing the project, having jointly funded with the RD&E NHS foundation trust, a full time Health and Wellbeing Coach to cover the pilot areas. Read more

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan is made

The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan was officially ‘made’ by East Devon District Council following a resolution at a meeting of Cabinet on 30 October and will sit alongside the Council’s local plan. It now becomes part of the Development Plan for East Devon and will be used to determine planning applications for the Sidmouth area. . Read more

Successful launch of new East Devon Heritage scheme

Planning Policy officer Jacqui Best reports on the successful launch of a new scheme teaching volunteers how to manage and protect local heritage assets. Read more

Gardening swap with Wellington College

StreetScene's Andrew Vinnicombe spent a memorable week doing work experience with the gardening team at Wellington College, Crowthorne in Berkshire and kept a diary of his time there. Read more

Help celebrate Exmouth's trees

Join in a weekend of tree celebrations and planting in Exmouth as part of national tree week. On Saturday 23 November at Phear Park from 11am until late, you can join take part in a tree trail, listening to tree stories and create a tree-mendous future for Exmouth and the surrounding area with a giant tree map. On Sunday 24 November you can be part of a carbon-busting team, creating habitat for birds, bees, mammals and more at our community tree planting day. Come to St John’s Road Playing Field between 12-4pm and choose a tree to plant. Read more

Queen's Drive Aims

Share your feedback on ideas for Queen's Drive Exmouth

Last week Wayne Hemingway presented his team’s vision for Queen’s Drive Exmouth. However, there is still time to express your views on the proposed ideas via email to: The closing date for feedback is 29 November. Read more

Sideshore watersport centre in Exmouth

An image of how the new Sideshore watersports centre will look once completed.

Exmouth's new Watersports centre well underway

Developer, Grenadier, has celebrated the completion of their Sideshore watersports centre’s steel structure with a topping out ceremony. Read more

Planning for climate change

Ed Freeman, Service Lead Planning Strategy and Development at East Devon, looks at the many ways planning policies for the district are already helping climate change. Read more

Housing team do commando challenge

#Housingheroes fundraising commando challenge

East Devon entered a team into the 2019 Commando Challenge on 12 October. Our #HousingHeroes completed a gruelling 10k course, known as the Courage course across Woodbury Common. The team trained hard for this event and raised £1,165 for Devon Air Ambulance and the Royal Marines Charity. A big thank you to everyone who sponsored our heroes!

Wild Exmouth

Create your Exmouth patch for nature

Our Wild Exmouth team is working with the local community to increase space for nature, creating new homes for insects, birds and wildlife. The Heritage Fund and local councils have funded My Patch for Nature in Exmouth, to help local people make a change for nature in their gardens, allotments, or even window boxes. To get involved and claim your seeds or view progress on the map Read more

Events coming up...

Take a walk on the wild side with our Countryside events. Read more

Discover the latest events at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Read more

Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth has an exciting programme. Read more