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Thursday 25th June 2015, 3:15pm

Woman taken to hospital after 

being hit by scaffolding

A PEDESTRIAN has been taken to hospital with a head injury after being hit by scaffolding in Axminster.

Scaffolding at Trinity House's Home-in-Style was hit by a lorry just before 2pm on Thursday, June 25th.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service said the female pedestrian was hit by the scaffolding as it came off the wall.

The scaffolding didn't crash down, but stayed upright after being separated from the wall.

The extent of the pedestrian's injury is not clear but a witness, who did not wish to be named, said the pedestrian was conscious a short while after the accident.

A similar accident happened at the same place in November 2012.

Nobody was hurt then, but the scaffolding came crashing down into the road.

Last updated: Thursday 18th June 2015, 1:35pm

Axminster's Stoney 

Lane to stay closed

STONEY Lane in Axminster is expected to be shut until some point at the end of next week.

The closure, which has caused traffic disruption, was forced by fears that a house wall could collapse onto the road.

East Devon District Council has entered the unoccupied property under emergency powers, and a spokesperson said today (June 18th): "As suspected, the wall is in imminent danger of failing and so work will commence today on the demolition of a three-metre length of the wall from essentially road level up to the eaves.

"Unfortunately this work is more extensive than was originally envisaged and as a result is likely to lead to the road being closed until the end of next week."


Wednesday 17th June 2015, 9:50am

Lyme council back to full capacity


LYME Regis Town Council have co-opted four new members to bring the authority back to full capacity.

The council was left short of numbers after only 10 candidates put their names forward ahead of the May 7th elections.

After hearing from a total of six candidates at a special meeting on Tuesday night, councillors went into closed session and selected Richard Doney, Brian Larcombe MBE, Stephen Miller and Liz Robinson as new members.

New councillors Doney, Miller and Robinson will take up their positions immediately but Councillor Larcombe will have to wait until the electoral register is updated, most likely to be sometime in August, as he has only just become an elector in Lyme Regis.

Councillor Doney is a chartered engineer and founder director and shareholder of Lyme Regis Brewery. He is also a volunteer at St Michael’s Primary School, involved with Lyme Regis Business Group and has previously sat on the council’s Tourism & Economic Development Committee as a non-council member. In his application for co-option he said that his experience and skills would be used to “beneficial effect” as a councillor.

Councillor Larcombe is an HR senior executive officer at the MoD’s Hydrographic Office in Taunton. Having grown up in Lyme Regis, Brian has recently bought a house in the town, saying: “I’ve never really left Lyme.”

He was awarded the MBE in January for services to the UK Hydrographic Office and industrial relations, and has also sat on Comeytrowe Parish Council in Taunton for 21 years, 17 of these as chairman.

Councillor Miller was brought up in Coventry and has a career spanning 36 years at the National Westminster Bank behind him, now working on an ad hoc basis for Martin Diplock estate agents having moved to Lyme Regis in 2011. He also spent three years on Lauder Community Council while living in Scotland and said he has “a lot to offer Lyme Regis as a servant of the local community”.

Liz Robinson is the owner of a self-catering holiday let business based in Seaton and she moved to Lyme Regis from East Devon two years ago. Liz said she is a keen supporter of local businesses and is a member of Lyme Regis Business Group, as well Turn Lyme Green and Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School PTA. She describes herself as “logical, diligent, analytical and patient” and is interested in the future development of Lyme.

Unsuccessful candidates were independent financial advisor Duncan Lay and former radio frequency engineer and senior manager with the BBC, John Ridley.


BREAKING NEWS: Friday 12th June 2015, 3:30pm

Raymonds Hill collision fatality

ONE person has died in a crash between a car and a lorry on the A35, near Raymonds Hill and Red Cross Junction.

The ambulance service was called at 2.16pm on Friday, June 12th, and a spokesperson confirmed that one person from the car was declared dead at the scene.

A police spokesperson said the accident involved a VW Polo and a HGV lorry.

The police statement was issued at 3.09pm, and also said: "Traffic is stationary at Raymonds Hill and backing up.

"Ambulance on scene. The road is closed at Charmouth roundabout. Traffic units from Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police are in attendance. Long delays are expected."


Last updated: Friday 5th June 2015, 3:45pm

Building site death in Lyme

A MAN who died in a serious industrial accident in Lyme Regis on Tuesday has been named as 31-year-old Thomas Adam Telfer, from Weymouth.

The incident happened just after 2pm on Tuesday at a building site on Somers Road, where Mr Telfer suffered fatal head injuries after a wall reportedly collapsed. Police, ambulance and fire crews attended but Mr Telfer, a husband and father of two daughters, died at the scene.

His family gave the following tribute: “It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we confirm Thomas died following a tragic accident whilst at work on Tuesday.

 “He was a much-loved husband to Jo and father to Clara and Penny, a beloved son of Lorraine and brother to Michael and Kirstie. 

 “Thomas will always be a shining light in the many lives he touched and his light will continue to shine through his children.”


Tuesday 19th May 2015, 6:00pm

Councillor Hull elected as Axminster mayor

THE old guard reigns supreme in Axminster where veteran councillor Douglas Hull, a Devon Alderman, was last night (Monday) elected as Mayor to succeed Jeremy Walden, who served for a two-year term.

Amid rumours that there would be a three-corned fight, Councillor Hull, whose local government service goes back 51 years, was elected to office by eight votes to five.  

He was proposed by another long-serving member, John Jeffery, and seconded by Councillor Brian Watson.

Councillor Hull, a lifelong Liberal Democrat, started his local government career as a member of Hawkchurch Parish Council and went on to serve on the old Axminster Rural District Council. He is also a member of East Devon District Council and served on Devon County Council for many years, having been honoured by being made an Alderman.

Councillor Hull was challenged by just one other nominee – Councillor Paul Hayward, who was proposed and seconded by new members Chris Tipping and Anni Young.

Councillor Hayward was also defeated by eight votes to five in a two-way fight for deputy mayor with Councillor Graham Godbeer, a district councillor who is also the chairman of East Devon District Council.

Councillors voted by secret ballot for the positions of mayor and deputy mayor with the counting of votes being witnessed by new district councillor Ian Hall, a former town councilor.

This will be Councillor Hull’s third term as town mayor, having held office on two previous occasions (1981-1983 and 2003-2005). His wife Joy, also a town councillor, served as First Citizen from 1981 to 1983.

Councillor Hayward challenged Councillor Hull election as deputy mayor two years ago by nominating himself. 

The two were also opponents in the recent district council elections with Councillor Hull beating Councillor Hayward to a town ward seat by 91 votes.

Two years ago Councillor Symes sparked a debate which prompted some councillors to say that the system makes it difficult for newer or younger members to get the top office.  

But the town council has stuck to tradition by always electing the deputy to succeed as mayor. If that continues, Councillor Godbeer, who has also served as First Citizen before, will become mayor and it will be another two years before a younger member gets a chance.

After his election Councillor Hull thanked the council for the faith they had showed in him and set down the ground rules of how he would operate during his term of office.

He told his colleagues that he belived the mayor, as chairman of the council, was the “servant of the town and council” and as such he would not be promoting his own ideas but if his casting vote was called for he would always observe “the status quo”, a policy he followed when he was last mayor.

Councillor Hull also urged regular attenders at council meetings who used the public forum to express views not to allow their grievances to “fester for a month”, advising them to raise their issues by visiting the council offices in the Guildhall.

Councillor Hull said he would also be present at the Guildhall every Thursday morning between 10am and 11am for the public to raise any issues with him.

  • In Seaton, Tony Woodman was voted town mayor - full story in next week's Pulman's View

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