Budleigh news review - October to December 2012
15:00 02 January 2013
News from the Budleigh area between October and December
Two sets of road works, near Bicton Home Farm and work to strengthen East Budleigh Bridge, were blamed for traffic chaos and ruining trade.
East Budleigh has been turned into a ‘rat run’.
Budleigh Salterton has won silver gilt in the latest Southwest in Bloom awards held in Weston-super-Mare.
The award came as chairman of Budleigh in Bloom, Pat Prew, announced she was stepping down as chairman after seven years in the role and from the committee after 11 years.
An assault on free car parking in Budleigh could lead to fewer visitors, traders have warned.
They have branded new 24-hour, year-round county council parking meter charges on Marine Parade as ‘unfair’.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) recommended a massive 6,000 per cent hike in the rent paid by the town council for the free 109-space Upper Station Road car park.
Campaigners launched a High Court legal bid in an attempt to overturn permission to demolish the Longboat Café .
The Budleigh Longboat Association has filed papers for a judicial review.
Budleigh residents have turned out once again to enjoy a spectacular firework display at a town nursing home.
Pinewood Residential and Nursing Home in Victoria Place staged the display for the fifth year running, which was seen by residents and visitors alike.
The patronage of Budleigh’s independent shops by its affluent population was shielding the town’s economy according to a report.
District Councillor Tim Wood lamented the pressures on East Devon’s town centres from out-of-town competition.
He listed 14 recommendations to boost businesses.
It was reported that stroke facilities in the town could be moved more than 20 miles away, after it was revealed the town’s stroke unit could be closed.
NHS bosses confirmed discussions had begun into merging the county’s two stroke units into a larger facility.
The move was put on hold, after NHS bosses agreed to talk to the community.
The honorary president of Budleigh Salterton’s literary festival, Hilary Mantel, became the first living British author to win the coveted Man Booker Prize twice.
She won the £50,000 prize for her novel Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won in 2009.
An auction of items belonging to a Budleigh Salterton centenarian who died earlier this year raised £12,500 for good causes.
Carlota Palmer, of Marine Parade, had instructed in her will that her 300-strong collection of Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian items be auctioned off for charity.
It was reported that beach hut tenants could be required to hire them all year round to help boost the district council’s coffers.
Councillor Tom Wright reported that East Devon District Council was considering altering the terms of hire.
Drake’s C of E Primary School said it had raised more than three-quarters of the £4,000 needed to save part of its playground.
The money was to be used to resurface the school’s fitness trail, which would otherwise fail a health and safety inspection, which is due in February 2013.
New figures revealed that up to 80 parking tickets were being issued in Budleigh every month.
The figures also showed that the number of tickets issued up to July were 22 per cent up on the previous 12 months.
Cuts to free parking was blamed for shoppers staying away from the town, which prompted a businesswoman to call for action over unnecessary enforcement.
Brook Gallery owner Angela Yarwood said parking meters and extra enforcement was having a negative effect on trade.
Plans to divert traffic away from East Budleigh for five weeks were overturned, to the relief of local businesses.
Work was due to take place to strengthen East Budleigh Bridge, but the planned diversion was re-routed to have less impact, following a meeting with businesses.
Judges rejected calls for a High Court inquiry in a bid to overturn permission to demolish the Longboat Café, by Budleigh campaigners.
The Budleigh Longboat Association had applied for a judicial review into East Devon District Council’s agreement to give planning permission for the building.
It was reported that Budleigh’s Upper Station Road car park could remain free, if district bosses lower their demands and accept a 1,200 per cent increase in the rent paid.
The town council said it was willing to increase the rent paid from £500 to £6,500 per year.
The chairman of East Budleigh community shop said the new premises would be ready to use by the spring, with work starting at the beginning of December.
Hundreds of people signed a petition, which had been launched by Budleigh traders, over seafront parking meters and enforcement.
More than 500 signatures were collected within days of the petition being launched.
It was reported that the regeneration of Brook Road would smarten up that area of the town.
H Carter & Sons hardware and electrical store in the High Street could be demolished and rebuilt, according to new plans.
Ladram Bay scooped two top awards.
The Otterton holiday park was named both as the best in the West Country, based on a poll of customer satisfaction, carried out by booking agency Hoseasons, and as one of Britain’s most environmentally friendly.
It was reported that affordable homes proposed for Budleigh Salterton will be for local families, the town council promised.
Members recommended the go-ahead for Clinton Devon Estates’ application to build 48 homes, some affordable, plus larger allotments on land in Greenway Lane.
Almost £15,000 was awarded to improve the kitchens at three community hubs in the area and to improve a church’s grounds.
Money totalling £4,500 was awarded to the Raleigh Mission Community, £6,000 to Otterton Village Hall, £3,500 to The Peter Hall and £4,500 to the Venture Hall.
More than 100 people packed into the refurbished Britannia Inn for a special party.
The new landlords of Knowle village’s only pub, Major Jeff White and Kate Knight, invited business leaders, residents, councillors, members of charitable organisations, civic leaders and their children to their grand opening.
It was reported that Budleigh Salterton’s heritage will continue to be safeguarded by the town council next year if proposals to set up a community improvement fund are successful.
Mayor Courtney Richards wants to set aside a pot of cash to maintain and improve Budleigh Salterton.
Generous local businesses gave staff at Otterton Mill, who were out of work over the festive period because of flooding, a Christmas boost.
Otterton’s ancient mill suffered extensive damage in storms, and had to close while building work and cleaning took place.
Bicton College, Dart’s Farm and Home Instead Senior Care all stepped in to lend a helping hand, offering work to the mill employees.