East Devon District Council

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Most Recent

Seafront trading closed amid severe weather warnings

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Seafront trading has been closed in Sidmouth for safety reasons.

East Devon District Council announced the trading location would be closed for Friday after considering the extreme weather warnings in place.

The 60 trading pitches on the Esplanade are organised and managed by the council and emails and letters have been sent to each trader, making them aware of the situation.

55,500 government-funded trees planted in East Devon in eight years

There have been 55,500 government-funded trees planted in East Devon between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

This works out at 390 trees per 1,000 people.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Green light for electric car charging points in east Devon

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Electric car drivers in East Devon could get charging points in all 10 of its main car parks.

Car
BBC

Councillor Eleanor Rylance called for a costed five-year programme that would ensure at least 10 electrical charging points for cars and light vans in all its principal car parks.

The motion, passed by East Devon District Council, also said the council should also "assess the viability of charging points for all types of cycles".

Ms Rylance said the main things stopping people from switching to electric vehicles were the range, the charging infrastructure and cost.

"We need to break the deadlock that stops people buying electric vehicles," she said.

"If you have a vehicle with a low range then you need to charge more often.

"This is a golden opportunity to tackle climate emergency, so are we going to start on the path to tackle climate change tonight or will we kick it into the long grass?"

Waste collections every two weeks rubbished in East Devon

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Proposals that could force councils to collect non-recyclable waste at least every two weeks have been slammed by senior councillors in East Devon as "nonsense".

Bins
BBC

The government is currently consulting on plans to overhaul the waste system and introduce consistent collections across the entire country.

East Devon District Council currently collects non-recyclable waste once every three weeks, while collecting food waste and recyclable material weekly, and since making the change in 2017, recycling rates have risen more than 10 per cent.

Councillor Tom Wright told East Devon District Council's new cabinet: “Currently we pay for 17 collections a year, but that would rise to 26 if we had to collect waste fortnightly, which would severely impact our business model.

“By only collecting residual waste only once every three weeks and limiting the amount of waste that we can collect, it has coerced some of the more reluctant people to recycle.

“If we go back to two weekly collections, it would encourage people to recycle less, we would get a reduced quality of recycling, and if we send more waste to be disposed of, we would be charged more by the disposal authority to get rid of the waste, so a double whammy in terms of costs for us.”

Independents take control of council

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The new leader of East Devon District Council has promised the public will be listened to as Independents took control of the council.

Councillor Ben Ingham, leader of the Independent Group in East Devon, was elected unanimously as the leader of the council at Wednesday night’s annual meeting.

The Independent Group are the largest on the council, with 20 members, and will run the council as a minority administration.

They take control of the council from the Conservatives who had run it since 1974 when it was first formed.

Ben Ingham
Daniel Clark

Care home conversion given go-ahead

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to convert a Grade II listed building in Ottery St Mary into apartments have been approved.

Belfield Developments had wished to convert The Priory, on Paternoster Row, from its former use as a care home into eight apartments.

The Priory
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East Devon District Council’s development manager Chris Rose told councillors on Tuesday that the application proposed a viable use of the building while largely retaining the heritage assets aesthetic and group value.

He added: “While alterations to the north elevation and some of those internally would result in less than substantial harm to The Priory’s significance, this is balanced against the wider benefits from securing the longer term conservation and future of the building in viable use.

“It is considered that the optimum use is residential and that the proposed development would facilitate the long term conservation of a Grade II listed building and its active role within the townscape.”

Barn to be knocked down despite bat concerns

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A "licence to kill" has been granted, it was claimed, after plans to knock down a barn known to be home to rare and protected bats were approved.

Councillors voted by eight votes to five on Tuesday morning to give the go-ahead to demolish a barn in East Budleigh, known as The Pound, and for it to be replaced with a house.

The Pound
BBC

A new bat barn will be built in the garden as mitigation and Clinton Devon Estates have said the new building will provide conditions "more suitable" for bats, including a dedicated loft area and ground floor with free flight access for the animals.

But concerns have been raised by ecological campaigners about the risk it would pose to the rare bats, saying the demolition of the barn could see them lose their homes and die.

Chris Rose, the council’s development manager, told the committee on Tuesday that Natural England had since confirmed that the proposed mitigation was acceptable, the proposal as submitted is likely to be granted a bat licence by Natural England for the works. He added that they said it was only necessary to secure provision of the bat house prior to demolition, and evidence of relocation was not required.

Councillors though were concerned at the response of Natural England. Cllr Brian Bailey accused them of failing in their duty, adding: “I find it amazing that Natural England do not find it necessary to have any evidence of relocation before demolition begins. They are content to issue a licence, which is a licence to kill and destroy their habitat. I feel they are failing in their duty to not have to provide evidence of relocation.”