Owl says: all these extra residents accessing fewer and fewer services. Let’s hope most of them are young and going to Cranbrook, Exmouth and Sidmouth – because there will be no maternity services or community hospitals in Axminster, Seaton, Honiton or Ottery St Mary.
“People moving to East Devon increased the population by almost 2,500 people – more than almost anywhere else in England and Wales.
An estimated 8,316 people moved to East Devon from elsewhere in the UK between July 2015 and June 2016.
This compared to 5,848 who went the other way during this time, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
This meant that an extra 2,468 people moved to East Devon than left – the second highest figure anywhere out of almost 350 counties and districts around England and Wales.
As of June 2016 there were 139,908 people in East Devon, meaning that 1.8 per cent of the population was made up of people who had just moved to the county from elsewhere within Britain.
This was the highest share out of anywhere in England and Wales.
The most popular destination for people to move to East Devon from was Exeter.
… A total of 700 people were estimated to have moved from East Devon to Exeter after subtracting those that went the other way, more than anywhere else.
On the other hand, Taunton Deane was the number one destination away from the area.
A net total of 54 people moved to Taunton Deane from East Devon in 2015/16.”