THE district council has introduced a smart new service for residents who like to carry out their business on their mobile phones.

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The authority launched an East Devon App – with a little help from Santa – at Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion Theatre last Thursday before a Christmas-themed show.

It enables people to access various council services on their smartphone - with both iPhone and Android systems supported.

Since the app is a free gift to residents for Christmas and the new year, the council is using promotional cards wishing people an “Appy New Year”.

Through the app, residents can now:

• Complete ‘Report It’ forms to advise of fly-tipping, a missed collection or a dead animal;

• View times of waste and recycling collections and sign up for weekly reminders;

• Find useful places like recycling banks, car parks and public toilets;

• Check local food hygiene ratings;

• See local councillor contact details;

• View council contact information;

• Access council news stories;

• Read council tweets.

They will soon be able to view planning applications in their area.

Visit www.eastdevon.gov.uk/app.

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