Sidmouth News

Fields of Sidmouth celebrated the work of its staff and chose its charity of the year at the annual ‘Faftas’ award ceremony this week.

No threat to police station

Yesterday, 16:30
Sidmouth Police Station in Woolcombe Lane

Government cuts have forced police chiefs to consider selling off properties to keep 3,000 officers on the beat – but there is ‘no foreseeable risk’ to Sidmouth’s station.

Icy roads

Devon County Council’s highways teams are geared up to respond to whatever the weather throws at the county this weekend.

Ian Walker who runs with the Sidmouth Running Club gets ready for his next run in aid of Balloons bereavement charity. Ref mhh 6116-05-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A Sidmouth dad-of-four will don his running kit and tackle a trio of endurance running races, in less than three months, for charity.

View of Sidmouth seafront. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref Sidmouth view 1

Sidmouth’s web savvy citizens and visitors could soon be embracing new technology, as the resort has been allocated funds for its first dedicated tourism app.

Driver taken to hospital with minor injuries

Claire Wright launched her manifesto this week. Ref exe 6326-05-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Independent parliamentary hopeful Claire Wright revealed this week the policies she hopes will see her voted in as East Devon’s MP in May.

East Devon District Councillor Derek Button, who died last month after a lengthy fight with cancer.

Tributes have been paid to one of East Devon District Council’s most respected councillors

Gull

Sidmouth beachgoers will be saved from an airborne nuisance this year after the town council agreed to fund a new seagull management plan.

One of the opal and diamond rings taken from JBM Jewellers in Sidmouth.

Police are asking for residents to keep their eyes open for four unique rings following the burglary of a jewellery shop in Sidmouth.

Parking along Church Street, Sidbury. Ref shs 5888-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Parking problems in Sidbury have seen paving slabs and flower beds damaged - and even residents being trapped inside their properties, say police.

Plans to turn nearly 100 acres of farmland on the edge of Ottery into a sand and gravel quarry moved a step closer to reality this week.

One of the River Otter beavers. Picture: BBC

A beaver population downstream from Ottery can be re-released into the wild, following a decision from Natural England today.

Sidmouth Youth Centre is set to be re-opened as a Christmas gift to the town's youngsters. Ref shs 2335-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Saving the youth centre is coming at a price for Sidmouth householders, who will see their town council contributions go up seven per cent this year.

One of the River Otter beavers. Picture: BBC

The future of a family of beavers living on the River Otter is likely to be determined today (Wednesday).

Sidmouth Folkweek 2014. Ref shs 9227-32-13AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Civic leaders have pledged to support Sidmouth FolkWeek with at least £150,000 of public money over the next five years.

Leaders of the West Hill Parish Campaign Group (L to R) - Ian Heard, Cllr Jessica Bailey, Dr Margaret Hall, Cllr Jo Talbot

Plans to split the Ottery parish in two and form a separate West Hill council are moving forward, with campaigners now looking for support from residents.

Daffodils out on Peak Hill. Ref shs 2452-10-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Britain’s oldest civic society is launching a project to catalogue what makes the Sid Valley special - and residents are being asked for their input.

Redrow plans for Ottery St Mary allotment site

Ottery St Mary’s allotments will be transformed into 31 new homes after district council planning bosses gave the scheme the go-ahead.

Wildflowers landscape

Sid Valley residents are invited to get stuck in at Sidford Wildlife Project’s garden party with a difference.

Bus Stop.

East Devon residents are being asked for their views about a proposed £1.7 million cut to public transport over the next two years.

A pothole on the A375 near Putts Corner crossroads. Ref shs 5896-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A firefighter from Sidmouth narrowly escaped paralysis when he broke his back after being thrown from his bicycle when he hit a pothole.

A female is being freed from a car following an accident this morning on the A30 at Daisy Mount Cross, near Ottery St Mary.

Mike Rock of Dream-A-Way (white shirt) with mascot Jude Barrett,Matthew Barrett,Russell Bellairs,Nick Baker,Mark Denning and Stephen Parry.
Ref shs 1039-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A team of five fundraisers will have just 10 wheels between them when they ride the length of the country in just a week for a new charity-boosting Sidmouth group.

Ref shs 1166 Gas canister. Picture: Steve Sumner

The bomb squad was called to Sidmouth beach for the second time in little more than a week on Wednesday afternoon due to an object that ‘could have been mistaken for a torpedo’.

2014's Ottery Scouts annual jumble sale

Bargain hunters are invited enjoy some retail therapy in Ottery next week as the town’s scouts host their annual jumble sale.

Photo by Tony Green

A warning has been issued that ‘people need to take responsibility for their own safety’ as yet more beachgoers put their lives at risk on Sidmouth’s dangerous east beach.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

The future of a panel set up to examine the dealings of a controversial business group will be determined by a district council watchdog tonight (Thursday).

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Angry campaigners say district chiefs are ‘flagrantly overstating’ savings in justifying their relocation from Knowle – and argue public accountability is essential before any decision is made.

Branscombe panto '3 Is The Magic Number'. Ref shb 1202-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The Branscombe Players prepare for their show with these behind the scenes gallery.

Would-be candidates for May 7’s local elections can learn more about the ins and outs of the process at a series of workshops planned for later this month.

Hope for community hospitals?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Ottery St Mary Hospital entrance. Ref sho 7454-44-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

Health bosses have agreed to consider other options for the future of Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary’s hospitals – which could include the services continuing as normal.

The Police helicopter is pictured flying over Sidmouth at the weekend. Ref shs 0278-04-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

An elderly man disappeared in Sidmouth, sparking a police hunt

Duo are ‘friends for life’

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Denise Davy with her six year old German Shepherd Missie who has won a Canine Hero Award. Ref sho 5332-03-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

An Ottery dog lover and her remarkable four-legged companion are hoping to land a final spot at Crufts 2015, after receiving a prestigious nomination.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Sidmouth seafront after reports that a man had been found dead in the Port Royal shelter.

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