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New round of discretionary grant funding opens for East Devon businesses

Authored by News Desk

The second round of funding for East Devon businesses will be launched on 6 July. It follows the first round of Government’s Discretionary Grant Fund for small businesses and charities which closed on 24th June.

The second round will be open for online applications from 12 noon on the 6th July to 5pm on the 17th July at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/discretionary-business-grant .


Update on East Devon skateparks and multi-use games areas

Authored by News Desk

East Devon District Council has received a number of enquiries from people who would like to see our skateparks and multi-use games areas re-open.

While we understand the eagerness by some to use these much-loved facilities, government guidance has advised that playgrounds and similar facilities must remain closed for the time being until we are told otherwise.


Tributes paid to ‘Mr. Axminster’ Alderman Douglas Hull

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council Alderman Douglas Hull, who has died recently, was Mr. Axminster, a much loved Councillor who sincerely held his constituents close to his heart, writes Cllr Eileen Wragg, Deputy Leader of the Council.

Cllr Wragg said that Alderman Hull “could be seen as flamboyant, even eccentric at times, but what was not in doubt was the compassion and empathy that he...

East Devon invests £325,000 on improving children’s play areas

Authored by Mary

Four play areas across East Devon are to be refurbished over the next few weeks as the district council spends a total of £325,000 on improving them.

Although play parks cannot be currently used due to the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, the council is taking the opportunity to replace some of the equipment so that the areas will be ready for children and young people to play...

East Devon plans to reopen key toilets across the district in line with new Government measures

Authored by Mary

Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relaxing some of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions, East Devon District Council have undertaken a review to see whether it would be possible to re-open any of its toilets across the district.

From Wednesday 13 May 2020 people in England have been able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of...

East Devon’s Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan funding gap of more than £1m now bridged following changes to criteria

Authored by Newsdesk

Following long-awaited changes to funding eligibility for flood and coastal risk projects from the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the funding gap for East Devon District Council’s Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) is now fully bridged following our assessment as confirmed by our consultant. This allows the project to proceed to the next stage,...

Twelve East Devon projects benefit from rapid response fund

Authored by Mary

Twelve fantastic East Devon Coronavirus-related projects have now been funded by the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund, a joint grants scheme from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.

The Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund is a small grants scheme which quickly provides small grants of up to £499. Community-led Coronavirus-related projects and activities can apply for the small...

East Devon to reopen remaining gardens in line with new Government measures on exercise during the pandemic

Authored by Mary

The seven remaining East Devon District Council gardens which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown will reopen from tomorrow. (Wednesday May 13)

The decision has been reviewed following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday where new measures for exercise were introduced. Although the gardens will reopen, the council is reiterating that the strict social distancing...

East Devon re-opens majority of its parks sites

Authored by Mary

Some small sites with restricted access/egress points will remain closed in order to support Government’s social distancing guidance

Councillors at East Devon District Council have reviewed their decision to close parks and gardens at the commencement of lockdown and have agreed that the majority of the district’s large or easy to access park sites should be reopened to the public,...

Stay home – Save lives

Authored by Mary

As the Easter weekend is approaching, East Devon District Council is reminding people and businesses of the Government advice against non-essential travel.

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Ben Ingham, said: “We know that East Devon is a great place to visit and if we were in normal times we would welcome you with open arms.

“However we are not in normal times and...