Sidmouth news review - January to March 2012

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 December 2012

Naomi Garrick in her wedding dress that she will be running the London marathon in.Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0604-12-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Naomi Garrick in her wedding dress that she will be running the London marathon in.Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0604-12-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Some of the news from the Sidmouth area between January and March

January

THE owner of Sidmouth Garden Centre offered a reward after thieves stole his pick-up truck and used it in a robbery near Axminster.

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A ROADWORKS wrangle saw Sidmouth business leaders describe a diversion as ‘insane’ and that it would cost the town centre £1million.

Motorists heading to the town from Honiton were sent on a 25-mile detour because just a few yards of a stretch of School Street in Sidford was shut.

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CANCER suffering mum Naomi Thomas, 29, staged a Pink Ladies Day at Kennaway House that raised £4,000 for a trio of charities.

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YOUNG and old set their sights on Stowford Lodge.

Sidmouth Day Care Nursery and the Sid Valley Memory Café said the NHS building would be ideal for their needs.

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JACOB’S Ladder faced being shut off from the public – because it needed a lick of paint.

Health and safety bosses issued a warning over the deteriorating landmark after it emerged its maintenance had not been included in the district council’s budget.

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SIDMOUTH Library’s longest-serving member of staff bade a fond farewell by colleagues and customers.

Vicky Luxton, who worked at the Blackmore Drive hub for more than 36 years, was made redundant as a scheme to install self-service machines loomed.

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PUPILS at Sidmouth Primary School were jumping for joy.

The Herald chose their plea for a new mini-bus become the subject of its Campaign 2012.

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AN appeal to resurrect rejected proposals for a veterinary practice at Sidmouth Garden Centre was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

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SIDMOUTH was selected from more than 1,000 entries to take part in the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK finals.

Volunteers had set up a brand new committee just weeks before the announcement.

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FAMILY gathered around the grave-side of Royal Naval rating Donald Channing to see the unveiling of a lasting stone memorial erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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A GRANDAD-OF-EIGHT said he’d be ‘honoured’ to attend a Diamond Jubilee party.

Ian Skinner was singled out by the town council for the tireless community work he had carried out in the 35 years he has lived in the parish.

February

SIDMOUTH Library shut for a fortnight when self-service technology was installed as part of an £80,000 refurbishment.

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CAMPAIGNERS appealed for authorities to repay the faith put in them by cliff-top residents over ‘horrifying’ erosion of Sidmouth’s eastern coastline.

The district council pledged £27,000 towards a beach management plan that it was hoped would lead to a solution for crumbling Pennington Point, but £80,000 was needed.

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SIDMOUTH College was listed in the top 20 of Devon’s secondary schools when GCSE exam league tables were published.

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HOPES of a brand new health centre and library in Sidmouth were dashed after a vital £500,000 of funding was withdrawn, campaigners claimed.

‘Flabbergasted’ doctors and patient representatives said the county council had ‘scaled back’ cash it was willing to commit to a library revamp by 80 per cent.

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A TEEN theft victim was ‘shocked’ by the kindness of a complete stranger who gave him hundreds of pounds to buy a new moped.

Rugby captain Barney St Anton thanked an elderly Good Samaritan who came to his rescue after criminals stole his valued run-around and lobbed it into a river.

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A POLICE officer’s plea over a war-time message revealed how a family tradition survived seven decades – and could be found in scores of Sidmouth homes.

Herald readers helped decorating dad Dave Wallace solve the mystery of a hand-written memo he discovered while stripping wallpaper in his house.

It was penned by a Dennis McLeod in 1944 – and his relatives revealed how the painter and decorator always left a unique message and his descendants have continued the trait to this day.

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PRAYERS were removed from official Sidmouth Town Council business after the long-standing tradition was branded unlawful.

The holy act was taken off civic agendas only to be put back on a month later.

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REVISED proposals for a £4million revamp of Sidmouth’s Westcliff Hotel were given the go-ahead after fears were expressed it could become ‘another Fortfield’.

District council officers approved new blueprints for single-storey extensions, to increase available accommodation, and eight residential apartments.

AN across-the-board ‘good’ grade was given to Sidmouth College by Ofsted following an inspection.

March

TEENAGE brothers gifted a bike by their terminally ill uncle before he died, revealed how they would take on the 900-mile ride he had always dreamed of completing.

Sidmouth siblings Sam and Ollie Turner kicked off a campaign that would see them cycle the length of Britain for charity.

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A POWER-TOOL wielding poisoner was being hunted by police after mature trees were drilled into and killed at a cliff-top Sidmouth spot.

The ‘sophisticated form of vandalism’ took place in the Beatlands Road area.

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SIDMOUTH fraud victims swindled out of £150,000 were distraught to learn they had been living in false hope for months.

Terry and Lin Green discovered a court battle to recoup some of their lost life-savings had failed – half a year after a judge had dismissed the case.

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IT was decided apartments that would replace the former Fortfield Hotel would be named Sanditon after Jane Austen’s last and unfinished novel with links to Sidmouth.

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PLANNERS earmarked a plot of land between Sidford and Sidbury to accommodate a 12-acre employment site as part of the district council’s Local Plan.

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RAMBLERS won a battle to overturn a footpath diversion decision vital to a developer’s vision for a town centre retirement community.

The move meant Blue Cedar Homes had to reassess its options to transform Parsons Yard into 12 homes.

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CLAIMS a foursome were engaging in sexual activity at a Sidmouth beauty spot sparked a police helicopter manhunt.

The force chopper scoured the town but the alleged offenders gave officers the slip in the Byes.

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DISGUSTED residents and police slammed a culprit who repeatedly defecated near a kids’ play area – just yards from a public toilet at the Ham.

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IT was reported that East Devon District Council could complete a mooted move from Sidmouth to purpose-built new headquarters in Honiton within two years.

A company with global construction experience was appointed to deliver the proposed relocation.

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A SUCCESSOR for the departing Jeremy Roberts, principal at Sidmouth College, was named.

Kenny Duncan, deputy head at Ralph Allen School, Bath, was selected by the school’s governing body.

He was set to take up the post in September.


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