Despite East Budleigh falling short in the 43rd annual Best Kept Village Competition, villager’s efforts were still praised by judges. Read this and more.

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BRIDGE CONCERN: There are concerns that work to strengthen East Budleigh Bridge could lead to heavy traffic through the village.

The works are due to begin on Monday, November 12, until November 21.

Concerns have been expressed that the alternative route, including via Oak Hill, will be ignored as drivers attempt to shorten their route leading to extra traffic coming through the village.

This could include lorries and large vehicles. District councillor Steve Hall had suggested that parts of the village should be coned off to prevent large traffic using the village as a short cut.

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OTTERTON MILL: The owners of Otterton Mill are seeking local artisans who produce gifts and homewares to come forward, so they can stock their wares.

Simon Spiller, who co-owns Otterton Mill with his wife Caroline, said: “We realised in early 2012 that we could no longer carry on with our sole reliance on individually crafted and bespoke works of art to help generate the funds required (to run the mill).

“For decades, visitors to Otterton Mill have enjoyed the showcase of work from South West artists in the Mill’s Gallery. However, over the last five years of recession, there has been a gradual but significant decline in our art-based sales, plus our margins have come under increasing pressure as raw material costs for artists have soared.”

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BEST KEPT VILLAGE: Despite East Budleigh falling short in the 43rd annual Best Kept Village Competition, villager’s efforts were still praised by judges.

The competition is sponsored by The Campaign to Protect Rural England Devon Branch (CPRE) and Mole Valley Farmers.

The village gained a respectable final mark of 87 points and the judges praised the village maintenance and its high standards of presentation.

The full report can be viewed on the information office notice board.

“The competition is not about finding the prettiest looking village in Devon,” said Diana Moyse from the CPRE.

“Villages had to ensure they were tidy and looking well cared for; they also had to show how and what they do to sustain and maintain their amenities, their environment and their community life.”

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HUT MOVE AXED: Plans to move some of the district council-owned beach huts from Marine Parade and onto the beach have been shelved.

The council had considered the move - some huts are already on the beach and the thinking was if they were in one line there would be more room on Marine Parde.

But some elderly tenants were concerd about access and an East Devon District Council spokesman said: “Recently the tenants of the beach huts on the eastern section of Budleigh Beach were asked for their comments regarding moving the huts from the hardstanding currently used, onto the beach.

“The unanimous objection firmly dispelled any further discussion of this proposal.”

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ANNEX BID: Plans to demolish a greenhouse and convert and extend a garage to form self-contained annex at 12 Fore Street Hill, Budleigh, have been submitted.

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