Uplyme (163)

Uplyme is at the East of the three coastal parishes which make up Trinity Ward in East Devon. It neighbours the West Dorset holiday town of Lyme Regis, and in the 2001 census had a population of approximately 1700 people.

The parish of Uplyme has one of the largest boundaries in England—in excess of 16 miles (26 km), the area of the village being approximately 3,618 acres (14.64 km2).

The remains of a Romano-british villa were excavated near to the village in 1850. The earliest recorded reference to the parish was in AD740 when Cynewulf , King of Wessex gifted the manor of Uplyme to Glastonbury Abbey. The village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul dominates the village skyline adjacent to the primary school. The church is thought to have been founded in the 9th century, but the 14th century tower is the oldest part of the present structure.

The village hall is on the main road through Uplyme towards Lyme Regis, with adjacent playing fields containing a children's play area and 2 cricket pavilions.

Mrs Ethelston's C of E Primary School is named after Mrs Anne Ethelston (1799–1854), the wife of the Reverend Charles Wicksted Ethelston. After her death, Charles Ethelston decided to erect a building in his wife's memory in order to house the already existing school. Sadly, however the main building was not opened until 1873, a year after his own death.

The school currently houses around 120 pupils, encompassing 7 years in 6 classes. The school consists of three buildings, an early 1990s building for reception to year 2 known as Wood Haven,and another building is being built, whilst the main original old building is home to years 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as the staff and administration areas.

A new site in the village, north of the Village Hall has been secured to allow this popular school to meet the strong local demand for primary education.

In line with other villages throughout the country Uplyme has seen a reduction in local facilities. The Black Dog and The New Inn public houses closed leaving just the Talbot Arms at the junction with Gore Lane. The last hotel, The Devon Hotel, was converted to flats with the extensive grounds being developed as the Glebelands Estate. Recently the only village shop and post office combined with the filling station, with the former site of the village store awaiting development for housing.

A small new development of 'Affordable' housing has been completed near the village hall opposite Cooks Mead, to help support local people remain in the village. A further development, including one free market house and three 'affordable' houses has recently been granted planning permission on a site at the northern end of Venlake.

(Adapted from Wikipedia entry for Uplyme)


Children categories

Mrs Ethelstons School - New School Project

Mrs Ethelstons School - New School Project (12)

Mrs Ethelston’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is situated in the lovely East Devon village of Uplyme.  Mrs Ethelstons has close links with other schools in both Dorset and Devon, and is a feeder school to The Woodroffe School.

The School was named after Mrs Anne Ethelston, born in 1799, the wife of the Reverend Charles Wicksted Ethelston.

After her death in 1854, Reverend Ethelston decided to erect a building in his wife's memory to house the existing school. Sadly, the main building was not opened until 1873, a year after Reverend Ethelston's death.

This school building has served generations of village children well, but the restricted plot size, location, structure and age of the building mean that it is not able to meet current standards for primary education, nor is there any realistic possibility that future standards can be met, in the longer term, on the current site.

The Uplyme Parish Plan developed in 2005/6, favouring the development of a new school, on the fields adjacent to the Village Hall by almost 4:1. The building of a new school did not progress at this time.

Whilst part of the site, preferred by local residents, lies on the flood plain, a proportion adequate to site the actual school buildings, does not. Further, depths of water modelled, even in a '1,000 year' flood, are actually less than 30cm over much of the remainder of the preferred site.

The new School Project has therefore restarted. I have accepted an invitation to lead a small focussed Group of Governors to work with the Trustees, the Parish Council and Uplyme villagers to secure the long term future of Primary Education in Uplyme village for future generations of village parents, carers, guardians and children.

View items...
Uplyme Parish Magazine

Uplyme Parish Magazine (50)

The Uplyme Parish Magazine is produced monthly (with a dual Dec/Jan edition) and edited by Robin Hodges.

This section of the site is an archive of my monthly articles on news items relating to Uplyme and the surrounding area in my role as our elected Ward Member for Trinity Ward on East Devon District Council.

Uplyme Parish Magazine is delivered free of charge to almost 1,000 houses in the parish. Click here to contact Robin if you wish to contribute to, or advertise in the magazine 

View items...

Uplyme Parish Council (73)

Meetings of Uplyme Parish Council are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Uplyme Village Hall. Meetings start at 7.15pm with an Open Forum, where members of the public can ask questions or make observations.

Uplyme Parish Council is a consultee on planning applications made to East Devon District Council which are located within or adjacent to Uplyme Parish. The Parish Council Planning Committee meetings are normally held at 5pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month, in the Committee Room of the Village Hall. In addition, if deadlines demand it, an extra meeting will be held, usually on a Wednesday.

Click here to view the Agenda and Minutes for Parish Council and Planning Committee meetings. Details are also displayed on the Village Hall notice board. You can make an appointment with the Clerk to inspect older printed minutes.

Parish Council Meeting Dates for 2016 are; 13th January, 10th February, 9th March, 13th April, 11th May (Council Annual Meeting, preceded by Annual Parish Meeting), 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November,  & 14th December.

View items...
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club (0)

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club roots date back to 1886 with Lyme Regis and Uplyme clubs merging in 1935. Our aim is simple, to encourage the playing of cricket in Uplyme. We are fortunate to enjoy the beautiful KG5 ground on the banks of the River Lym, much envied by our visiting opponents and graced over the years by many cricketing legends, including Ian Botham, Bill Alley, Brian Close, and Joel Garner.

The Club enjoyed a very successful year in 2014. Our Saturday first and second XI’s contested the Devon Cricket League, both finishing in 5th position in Division D of their respective competition. Our ‘Cup’ XI narrowly lost to the impressive Ipplepen in the Corinthian Cup Devon final, after defeating Kentisbeare, Honiton and Feniton en-route.  The Friendly XI enjoyed a full programme of Sunday and mid-week fixtures.

Key to the future of the club are our young cricketers. This was demonstrated clearly when more than half of the First XI in late season, was made up of local boys under the age of 18. Three youth sides at U11, U13 and U15, in association with Woodroffe School, played West Dorset Junior Club Leagues.

This section includes an archive of my articles, written on behalf of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club which are published each month in the Uplyme Parish Magazine.

Click here to view the new Cricket Club website at www.uplymeandlymeregiscricketclub.co.uk

View items...

Uplyme Parish Magazine - July 2017 Article

New East Devon recycling service off to promising start…
Uplyme and other Trinity Ward residents were among an additional 51,000 households joining the new waste collection and recycling service on 12th June.

Early signs are promising, at the time of writing, with big increases in the amount of waste collected for recycling in the first three days;

Axminster, Beer and Seaton (Mon 12th) UP 37% on same week last year.
Sidmouth and Ottery (Tue 13th) UP 44%
Honiton (Wed 14th) UP 33%

Cardboard, plastics, cartons and small electrical goods have been added to the extensive list of recycling items we can recycle at the roadside every week. Items now suitable for recycling also include; food waste, paper, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, textiles, shoes, foil and batteries. This means that yoghurt pots, plastic meat and vegetable trays (excluding their polythene covers), margarine and ice cream tubs, cartons and Tetra Paks, small electrical items such as irons, printed card, egg boxes, tubes from toilet and kitchen rolls, brown cardboard boxes, card from packaging such as toys, clean cardboard food packaging (cereal packets, cardboard sleeves) and much, much more is collected every week.

The collection of additional recycling items and food waste caddies from the kerbside is coupled with a reduction in emptying of grey wheeled waste bins, now emptied every three weeks.

If anyone needs assistance or advice about the new service, please contact East Devon District Council on 01395 571515.

London Tower Block fire…
Nobody could fail to be moved by the terrible London tower block fire, angry that such loss of life could happen and dedicated to doing everything possible to make sure it cannot happen again.

This will be causing all responsible landlords to double check their fire safety procedures and practices. I have received confirmation that, whilst East Devon District Council has no high-rise blocks in our council home stock, we do have flats, community centres and communal stairs that require proper protection, signage, emergency lighting and fire alarms etc.

Compliance with all safety requirements is a priority for us as a landlord, including fire safety. We have Fire Risk Assessments and procedures in place to keep our tenants safe.

East Devon District Council recognises that we need to be constantly vigilant when it comes to fire risk and never become complacent, so our Officers are constantly checking premises and fire evacuation procedures.

The council has a programme of undertaking ‘Fire Risk Assessments’, identifying and completing any works needed, as well as ensuring our tenants know what to do in the event of a fire.

Our tallest building is just four floors, but this does not mean the council is complacent as a landlord, with the safety of our residents the top priority for the council. Our zero-tolerance approach to possessions and obstructions in communal areas has sometimes been controversial with tenants, but recent events show that this element of our fire precaution work needs to be rigorously enforced.

The Council has a Housing Review Board which manages our housing stock. The board consists of five councillors, five tenants and leaseholder representatives, and two independent community representatives. The non-councillor members are co-opted members and have the right to vote.

The role of the housing review board includes advising the cabinet on housing policy and operational practice, where this affects the council's tenants and leaseholders. It most recently met on 15th June. Meetings are open to the public.

Neil Parish re-elected to represent us in Parliament …
As fallout from the general election continues, we await the Queen’s Speech and ‘Brexit’ negotiations are due to start, finally to confirm the election results for the Tiverton and Honiton Constituency, which includes Uplyme and the other Trinity parishes;

Votes Change v 2015
Caroline Julia KOLEK (Labour) 15,670 27.1% +14.4%
Neil PARISH (Conservative) 35,471 61.4% +7.4
Gill WESTCOTT (Green) 2,035 3.5% -2.8%
Matthew WILSON (Liberal Democrat) 4,639 8.0% -2.4%

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform - Consult – Participate
Mobile: 07884 494474
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/CouncillorIanThomas
Twitter : @CllrIanThomas


East Devon Cricket Festival - At Uplyme THIS SUNDAY 28th May!

This year’s late May bank holiday, on Sunday 28th May, sees the inaugural East Devon Cricket festival being hosted at Uplyme’s King George V ground.

Local rivals Uplyme, Axminster, Seaton and Kilmingtion will battle it out over the day in a 20/20 format of two semi finals and a final to crown champions. There will be prizes for player of the tournament, a ‘champagne moment’ prize, and of course, a trophy for the winners. 

It is hoped that this will become an annual event and a centrepiece of our club fund raising efforts. There will be a BBQ and a bar available all day, so please come hungry and thirsty!


10:00am - Semi Final 1              Kilmington v. Seaton

1:15pm   - Semi Final 2              Uplyme & Lyme Regis v. Axminster

4:30pm   - The Grand Final        Winners of Semi Final 1 v. Winners of Semi Final

Programmes with full squads will be available at the ground.

Winners Trophy: 
Sponsored by Lyme Bay Holidays
Most Individual Runs: Sponsored by Tolchards
Most Individual Wickets: Sponsored by Otter Brewery
Champagne (Vodka) Moment: Sponsored by Black Cow Vodka

Thanks to our sponsors: 

The Cricket festival is being generously sponsored by Tolchards Drinks, Otter Brewery and Black Cow Vodka, as well as Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s main sponsor Lyme Bay Holidays.

Thanks also to the Maltby’s for donating a whole lamb, James Whetlor’s Cabrito for donating a whole goat, and Timmy Mayers for supplying the PA System.

All proceeds from the day will go towards the matching the grant given to Uplyme by the ECB for the purchase of wicket covers.

Having covers at KGV will mean less games will be lost to rain and more cricket can be enjoyed on the KG5 Ground in the village.




Uplyme Parish Magazine - May 2017 Article

Devon County Council Elections …

Elections to Devon County Council take place on Thursday 4th May 2017. We will be able to vote at Uplyme Village Hall, with polling stations open between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.


Uplyme Parish Magazine - April 2017 Article

Council Tax bills hit the doorstep, with 5% overall increase…

Our Council Tax bill for 2017/18 has dropped on the mat this morning. After years of little or no increase, this year is very different. East Devon District Council will be collecting approximately 5% more than last year. This is a significant increase for many households on one of their largest bills. For many, it is unlikely Council Tax increases will be reflected by similar household income growth.

East Devon District Council collects Council Tax, not just on its own behalf, but contributions for Devon County Council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, and a Parish or Town Council – for us, Uplyme Parish Council.

Funding and budgets are often seen as ‘dry’ or ‘boring’ subjects, but they affect us all. As Cabinet Member, responsible for Finance at East Devon District Council, I hope you find my, very brief, summary of 2017/18 Council Tax and its effect on us in Uplyme, as ‘interesting’ as possible?!

How much more is for each authority for 2017/18?

£1,691.74 Council Tax will be collected by EDDC in 2017/18 from an Uplyme Band D property. The average for similar properties across East Devon is £1,714.87. Recipients will be;

Authority;                                              2017/18              % Inc              £ Inc      % of Total

Devon County Council                     £1,267.92                 4.99%          £60.30               74%
Police & Crime Commissioner            £176.28                 1.99%            £3.44               10%        
East Devon District Council                £131.78                 3.94%            £5.00                 8%
Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue    £81.57                 1.99%            £1.59                 5%
Uplyme Parish Council                          £34.19              44.93%          £10.60                 3%

What do they do for us?

Devon County Council provides education, roads, care for older people and people with disabilities, child protection, youth services, libraries, recycling and waste disposal services.

DCC receives by far the lion’s share of council tax collections. Its’ £1,267.92 charge, is an increase of 4.99% or £60.30 per property over last year. 3%, or £36.23 relates to additional funding for adult social care, which adds just over £10.2m. This additional important funding for adult social care comes through a call through DCC’s council tax authorised by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It is expected to be repeated each year to 2019-20.

Unfortunately, overall Central Government funding for DCC will reduce by £23.3m, from £151.6m in 2016/17 to £128.3m in 2017/18. This means that our county council still faces significant funding challenges and pressure on the delivery of services.

East Devon District Council provides refuse collection, kerbside recycling, council housing, planning, street cleaning, parks play areas and leisure centres.

The authority plans to spend £75.2m this year, providing services to approx.138,000 people. £30m will be spent on Housing Benefit payments and £4.6m collecting waste and recycling, leaving £36.5m for other services.

£63.3m, down £5.2m from last year, comes from income received from government grants, housing rents, fees and charges. This leaves £7.6m to be raised from council tax, an increase of £0.4m

Devon & Cornwall Police Authority provides law and order and crime reduction.

The police authority will receive £176.28 from each Band D property this year, an increase of 1.99%. Council Tax receipts provide the force with £103.1m of the total £298m it has budgeted to spend.

Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue provides fire prevention and fire and rescue services.

Fire and rescue revenue budgets for 2017/18 reduced by £1.6m over last year to £72.6m. Increases in pay, prices and funding of investments designed to make future saving, have been more than compensated by budget savings. Council Tax funding requirement increased by £1.8m to £49m.

Government grants reduced by £3m in 2017/18 over 2016/17. A reduction of 24.6% is expected in the period 2016/17 to 2019/20 – the seventh worst settlement of all fire authorities in the country!

Not surprisingly, our fire authority in continuing to lobby Central Government to argue the case of challenges facing a rural fire authority.

Uplyme Parish Council uses its precept, collected via Council Tax, to provide local amenities.

The 2017/18 ‘precept’ to serve Uplyme parish is £29,817.00 (£34.19), a 45% increase from £20,239.97 (£23.59/property) in 2016/17. However, Uplyme 2017/18 precept is still £23.13 less than the average for East Devon Town and Parish Councils, of £57.32 per property.

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform - Consult – Participate
Mobile: 07884 494474                              
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Facebook : www.facebook.com/CouncillorIanThomas
Twitter : @CllrIanThomas


Uplyme Parish Magazine - March 2017 article

East Devon element of Council Tax to rise by £5/year…

At our meeting on 8th February, East Devon District Council Cabinet recommended a Council Tax increase of £5 per year. This will increase the Council Tax of a Band D property to £131.78 per year for 2017/18.


Uplyme Parish Magazine - Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Article

Waste and recycling service changes – Coming in 2017!….

East Devon District Council will be introducing a new recycling and waste service across the district during 2017. Changes will be introduced in two separate phases, starting in the Exmouth area from February 2017 for around 20,000 homes. The new service is scheduled to be rolled out to the rest of us in the rest of East Devon in June 2017.

What will the changes mean for us?

When this change in service is implemented in Uplyme, items we will be able to recycle at the kerbside will be extended to include cardboard, mixed plastics, cartons/Tetra Pak containers and small electrical items.

For each household, we will be given an additional 75 litre reusable sack, for our extra recycling. This can be used alongside our green recycling box and blue food caddy.

Examples of new items we will be able to recycle include; yoghurt pots, plastic meat and vegetable trays, margarine and ice cream tubs, small electrical items such as irons, printed card, egg boxes, tubes from toilet and kitchen rolls, brown cardboard boxes, card from packaging such as toys, clean cardboard food packaging (cereal packets, cardboard sleeves) and much, much more.

Our recycling items and food waste caddies will be collected from the kerbside every week, with grey wheeled waste bins collected every three weeks, rather than two.

Broadband update…

As 2016 ends, it has been another frustrating year for many residents, unable to enjoy an adequate Broadband service.

The first phase network upgrade by BT Openreach, supported by public funding through Connecting Devon and Somerset, is now largely complete. It produced a Superfast service for some, but for those remote from their Cabinet (little green boxes, where lines are concentrated, e.g. near the village hall) it failed to deliver an adequate improvement. Sadly, this was inevitable, with FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) technology chosen by BT Openreach and accepted by UK Government.

BT Openreach public meeting.

It was particularly concerning to hear recently from BT Openreach, that provision of Superfast service for those near to cabinets means that received by those more remote has not improved, rather become SLOWER and LESS reliable for some after ‘fibre’ introduction between the exchange and cabinet than before.

At a recent public meeting in Uplyme Village Hall, organised by Ed Blundell, a BT representative likened connections to a garden hosepipe. If those nearest to the cabinet (tap!) increase their use, it means there is less of the cabinet capacity (water!) available for those people further away. This is inevitable, as internet opportunities expand and speeds of those nearest the cabinet increases.

At the meeting, I collected postcodes from all present to assemble and publish the latest information for each, in respect of their status under Phase 1 of the Connecting Devon and Somerset procurement (where BT Openreach is, like all other areas of the country, the only supplier), the CD&S Voucher Scheme and crucial. current Phase 2 CD&S procurement.

The CD&S Voucher Scheme (which closed on 30th November) has already delivered excellent service for several residents, typically using the 4G signal normally associated with mobile phones, but through a fixed aerial on their individual customer premises. However, this is primarily seen as an interim choice.

Connecting Devon & Somerset - Phase 2…

The crucial Phase 2 CD&S procurement should deliver a wider, longer term service. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) was issued on 8th July 2016 with results expected soon after I write this article, potentially before it is published. In any event, I will publish as early as possible on my website.

An important point this time around, is that BT Openreach is NOT the only potential bidder. It is perhaps also helpful that the use of FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) is now seen as a potential technology by both BT Openreach and other potential bidders. Here the optical fibre runs all the way from the exchange to the property, rather than only to the cabinet. This means capacity is much higher and speeds are maintained as none of the connection is over old copper cables.

There would be a certain irony were it that those initially neglected, ultimately receive a better service than those upgraded early in the process. This is by no means impossible as Gigaclear has already indicated an intention to provide a potential service up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) near Upottery - undreamed of here! Now, that would be a great Christmas present for rural homes and businesses!

Happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and enjoyable New Year to all!

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform - Consult – Participate
Mobile: 07884 494474
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/CouncillorIanThomas
Twitter : @CllrIanThomas


Uplyme Parish Magazine Article - November 2016

East Devon District Council – Electoral Review….

Over time electoral wards change, development and migration drive population change. Some areas grow, others decline, which means an imbalance between number of electors represented by each Councillor.

When imbalances become significant, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, an independent body established by Parliament in 2010, carries out an electoral review. This aims to effectively ‘reset the clock’ so that each Ward Member represents a similar and appropriate number of electors.

What is an electoral review?


Uplyme Parish Magazine Article - October 2016

Sidmouth Road Park and ride to close?….
You may have seen recent headlines in the View From Lyme Regis newspaper about the refusal, by East Devon District Council, of a planning application by Lyme Regis Town Council for an extension of planning permission for the use of Land north of Sidmouth Road in Uplyme as a park and ride facility.

Why is the park and ride there?
The initial change of use from agricultural land was allowed to provide temporary additional parking to serve Lyme Regis during a period of significant coastal works, primarily to the East of the town, in application 04/P2257. Works resulted in a significant loss of parking spaces in Holmbush and Charmouth Road car parks.

What has happened since?
Since the initial application, there has been an unsatisfactory sequence of applications and events. Application 10/0548/FUL belatedly sought a continuation of use for a temporary period. A hurried extension in application 14/2981/COU followed with further temporary approval granted to normalise a position where Lyme Regis Town Council was operating the park and ride without planning consent.

When can ‘temporary’ planning consent be given, instead of ‘full’ consent?
Temporary permission can be granted in limited circumstances where perhaps a trail run is necessary to see the effect of a development on an area, or it is expected planning circumstances would change at the end of a period. This was the case with the original park and ride application in 2004, where coastal works meant a temporary loss of parking spaces.
That justification does not now apply, as works have been completed.
It will rarely be justifiable to grant a second temporary permission. Further temporary consent should normally be granted permanently, or refused where there is clear justification to do so. There is no presumption that a temporary planning permission should subsequently be granted permanently.
In the case of the park and ride, initial temporary permission was granted in 2004. Further temporary permissions followed in 2010 and again in 2015. Despite pressure at the time, I supported the extension of temporary approval. Had pressure for refusal been successful at that time, it could have meant that the use of the park and ride would cease at the beginning of a summer season.

However, applicant Lyme Regis Town Council was advised, in the decision notice to application 14/2981/COU dated 16th April 2015;
"…this further grant of a temporary consent recognises the need for a comprehensive and evidenced based strategy for car parking serving Lyme Regis. Due to landscape harm, further temporary consents are unlikely to be supported and the applicants should, therefore, use this opportunity to develop an appropriate strategy?"

So what happened?
Unfortunately, Lyme Regis Town Council did not note advice given in 2015. Rather, in application 16/1558/VAR it sought yet another temporary extension of use of the park and ride site, this time for a further three years.
Whilst simple usage figures for the Sidmouth Road and Charmouth Road sites were included with the application, they did not suggest a compelling need for approval. No comprehensive capacity review of Charmouth Road or any other car parks in and around Lyme Regis or nearby, outside the AONB, was offered, nor a strategic approach to Lyme Regis parking management.

Where might we go from here?
After the refusal, initial press reports suggested that Lyme Regis Town Council intended to appeal the EDDC decision. This is an option to all applicants. With that in mind, Planning Authorities consider whether or not their decision would be likely to be upheld, in the event of an appeal, at the time of determining a planning application.
I am not clear what grounds for appeal the Town Council had in mind, but am pleased at the time of writing to note that more recent press reports now suggest the council has changed its mind. It will be completing a strategic review of Lyme Regis parking management, prior to a possible application for permanent consent to use the site as a seasonal park and ride facility.
If a single Eastern park and ride, in Dorset near the A35 junction, or another alternative outside the AONB cannot satisfy peak demand, within a properly evidenced strategy, the current site to the west may be judged appropriate for a permanent seasonal location to help meet peak Lyme Regis requirements.

As local ward member, I would not wish to see East Devon District Council continuing to be anything other than reasonably supportive of the economy of Lyme Regis and its traders. However, in the context of the advice previously given to Lyme Regis Town Council, I believe recent application for further temporary consent could logically only be refused.

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform - Consult – Participate
Mobile: 07884 494474                              
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Facebook : www.facebook.com/CouncillorIanThomas
Twitter : @CllrIanThomas


Uplyme Parish Magazine article - Aug/Sept 2016

Faster Broadband for Trinity available now….

Many Trinity residents, particularly around Axmouth, Dowlands, western Rousdon, Charton, Combpyne, St Marys, Yawl and Raymonds Hill, have recognised that the initial phase of Superfast Broadband by BT and Connecting Devon and Somerset, despite all the ‘vapour’ and glossy TV adverts, has simply left them increasingly disadvantaged by little or no broadband service.
Rousdon resident, Rod Boyce and I, have been banging our heads against successive brick walls, from Minster to BT since 2011. We have experienced more misrepresentation than Brexit, yet continue to battle to bring a better broadband service to Rousdon and the rest of Trinity – no more delays, diversions or empty promises!

Finally, breakthroughs are coming thick and fast…

At least part of Trinity has been included in one of the six packages of the Connecting Devon and Somerset Phase 2 broadband funding. This means that an Invitation to Tender has been distributed to potential suppliers of superfast (30Mb plus) broadband to the area not covered by the BT commercial deployment. By implication, this inclusion is confirmation that much of our area is not scheduled to have Superfast Broadband delivered under the original Phase 1, currently being completed by BT.
Phase 2 may deliver an excellent service in the future. However, years have passed since we first started our work and It is likely to be more than a year before any installations are active ‘on the ground’ here.

But what can we do now?….

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has established a Broadband Voucher Scheme, designed to provide short term help to those with the worst broadband service. The scheme offers a subsidy of up to £500, in the form of a voucher code, to fund the installation of a new broadband connection. Every supported connection must guarantee a minimum of 10Mb download speeds.
Applications are open until 20th November 2016, allowing time for suppliers to complete installations within the financial year of the scheme.

Check eligibility and apply online.

Homeowners, businesses and groups of home owners will need to certify that they live or work inside the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme area and that they are unable to receive download speeds greater than 2Mbps. To see full details, check if you are eligible, and get your voucher, apply here: http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/broadband-voucher-scheme-enquiry-form/
This offer was initially of little value to us as few possible suppliers were interested in business here. Those that were typically offered a ‘satellite’ system, which our experience suggested likely to ‘disappoint’. We have however made contact with a supplier who can deliver faster broadband to many eligible Trinity residents.
Exmoor-Tech (www.exmoor-tech.co.uk/internet) is an experienced installer which uses alternative internet connection choices to deliver faster bandwidth and greater reliability. The first live installations are now successfully active west of Rousdon, using ‘fixed’ broadband based on the same ‘4G’ you may be familiar with on your Mobile Phone. (Other options are available a free survey will suggest the best possible option for each individual property). 4G has a big advantage as the installation of your new broadband service may be ‘live’ typically within just two to three weeks. Even if you do not qualify for the voucher, the installation may still prove attractive to some by paying installation costs themselves.
Each installation will use one of the existing mobile data networks, a small specialised antenna mounted on your property to gain the best possible reception, antenna cabling and mounting brackets. A WiFi Router houses your SIM card (same as your mobile phone) and includes three network sockets.

How much will it cost?...

Exmoor-Tech will offer a ‘one-off’ installation package to each property, eligible under the CDS Voucher scheme, at a typical cost of £20-£30 (incl VAT) saving you £500 through your voucher. A free survey is available to check if a 4G system will work at your property, or suggest other possible options.
Mobile networks offer different tariffs, for example EE (best represented in Trinity with 5 masts, other potential suppliers are poorly represented with the most advanced technologies and speeds.) from £18/month for ‘light’ users needing 5Gb of data, to £34 for 50GB or £68 for 100GB of data per month for heavier users. Ofcom reported in Aug 2015 that the average UK household used 58Gb each month. Business tariffs are available for users with even greater data needs. Contracts are monthly or annually. By offering a good quality broadband service quickly, some may find this ideal until the successful supplier(s) under Connecting Devon and Somerset’s Phase 2 project have delivered a better solution here.
The key point to stress is that this is intended to offer an interim solution. Acceptance of this voucher does NOT exclude you from benefiting from a better future scheme, within Phase 2 of the main Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme, once the tender responses are evaluated.

Please Note: Whilst I believe some may find this 4G based Broadband option useful, I have no financial interest in Exmoor Tech, EE or other potential supplier, or responsibility for any arrangement residents or businesses may decide to enter into.

Any questions, please drop a note. Will respond where I can and publish on www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform - Consult – Participate
Mobile: 07884 494474
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/CouncillorIanThomas
Twitter : @CllrIanThomas


Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan - Formal Consultation...

Uplyme Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Group have been very active over the recent years, preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Uplyme. The Neighbourhood Plan sits 'under' the East Devon Local Plan, itself within the National Planning Policy Framework, in shaping the the future of the parish of Uplyme.

I congratulate the team in the extensive engagement they have already achieved with the Uplyme community, including stands at village events and individual exhibitions, working so effectively with other statutory consultees and local authorities.

The three documents now present represent the culmination of this excellent work.

Subscribe to this RSS feed