Axmouth is an ancient village which lies in the East Devon AONB, forming the westernmost of the three coastal Trinity parishes. The Parish forms the eastern bank of the Axe Estuary, with Seaton on the western bank.

The former port, long since silted up, now lies approximately 1km from the sea, The narrow main street is lined by quaint cottages, fine houses from the 15th and 17th century and other listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed St Michaels Church, strongly linked with St Peter & St Paul in Uplyme. The church has a fifteenth century tower and carved Norman door and pillars. Nearby is Bindon House, of Tudor origins, and the remains of a hill fort at Hawkesdown Hill has a commanding view over the village.

A remarkable early concrete bridge crosses the Axe, near Axmouth Harbour. Until the mid 1990's this carried the main lower Axe river crossing. 

The 2001 census recorded as population of 493. The village has no shop or school, but two popular pubs, the Harbour Inn near to Coronation Corner (a tight bend at the estuary edge) and The Ship a few hundred yards further inland.



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Axmouth Parish Council (36)

Axmouth Parish Council with MP Neil Parish and Cllr Ian ThomasAxmouth Parish Council is consulted over local planning applications; and can inform the planning authority (East Devon District Council) of views in Axmouth.

The Parish Council can also pass on information or concerns over matters such as refuse collection, highway maintenance, traffic and transport, and policing, to either Devon County Council or East Devon District Council as appropriate. As Trinity Ward District Councillor, representing Axmouth, I attend Parish Council meetings and ensure that the Parish Council is fully informed about EDDC activities which might affect the lives of Axmouth residents and businesses.

The Parish Council is funded through a Precept, collected on behalf of the Parish Council by EDDC.

From this the Parish Council pays a part-time clerk and supports a number of community organisations including the playground, the Church and a future burial ground. They also maintain a number of benches and noticeboards in the parish, ensure footpaths and bridleways are in good order and that the brook is kept clear.

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Traffic News (19)

7.5tonne HGV Weight LimitAxmouth is an ancient village, lined by quaint cottages, fine house from the 15th and 17th century and other listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed St Michaels Church, strongly linked with St Peter & St Paul in Uplyme.

Regeneration of Seaton, forces great challenges on Axmouth from traffic both during, and after development works are completed. The die was set in September 2009, when EDDC approved the planning application for the store, two months before I was elected to represent us.

Sadly, this approval of a project designed to secure the Economic Regeneration of Seaton, was not supported by an infrastructure plan to take account of the effects of regeneration.

The Environment Agency requires the level of the massive site be lifted by almost two metres. This needs a massive 300,000m3 of material, brought to the site either by sea through a pipeline, or road through the poor road system of the lower Axe Estuary.

40% or 6,000 HGV loads were originally approved to be delivered by road through Axmouth….40 HGV per day, six days a week, for over six months….

Since election, in late 2009, I have been fighting for the protection of Axmouth, alongside Axmouth Parish Council. We have had some notable successes;

In August 2010, I was able to inform Axmouth residents, that the road borne fill amount had been progressively reduced to zero – 6,000 HGV movements avoided.

By September 2010, we had persuaded EDDC Planners that Axmouth needed to be properly protected. The Planning Approval for the Pipeline Operation included, Condition 17 which states;

"..... all construction traffic and any other vehicles associated with the construction of, and dismantling of, the pipeline and associated structures, fittings or fixtures, shall be routed by the applicant Company and/or its Consultants and Contractors so as not to approach or leave the development site by the village of Axmouth.
(Reason - So as to protect the
environment and historic village of Axmouth and safety of its residents)..."

A major relief to all Axmouth residents and visitors.

We are now working towards our key objective of providing the long term protection required for Axmouth, its residents, visitors and irreplaceable historic listed buildings and iconic village environment, as part of a strategic road infrastructure to serve the future of the lower Axe Estuary which shares the burden of the large increase in traffic which is coming to the area …

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Axmouth - Runner-up Best Kept Small Village - Devon

I am pleased to be able to confirm that Axmouth has been awarded the Runner-Up prize in the Best Kept Small Village category for Devon.

The award will be presented to the Parish Council Chair, Keith Lawes this evening (23rd October 2013) at the Full Council Meeting of East Devon District Council at The Knowle, Sidmouth, starting at 6.30pm. All supporters welcome.

I would like to congratulate the whole village as I know many people were involved in ensuring the village presents the best possible impression to residents and visitors - well done!

What did the judges say? -

Click on the links below for more information...

Judges Report - Page One

Judges Report - Page Two

Letter of congratulation...

Other award winners...

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