Uplyme Parish Magazine Article - April 2018

69,000 Council Tax Bills distributed as 2018-19 Council Tax Finalised.
Most of us will have received our Council Tax bills for the coming year.

Whilst our bills are all distributed, and payments collected by East Devon District Council, it is important to recognise that only 8p in every pound collected is paid to the District Council Itself. This equates to £136.78 per annum for a Band D property, an increase of 3.79% over 2017-18.

The remainder is collected on behalf of other public bodies. The amounts for the same Band D property are shown, as an illustration;

Devon County Council,                                                      £1,331.19 +4.99%
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall,      £188.28 +6.81%
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority,                  £84.01 +2.99%
Uplyme Parish Council                                                       £40.14 +17.4%

Total Charge for a Band D property in Uplyme… £1,780.40

Chance to do more online…

This is always a busy time of year for our Council Tax team so, to help answer many possible questions and discover how much more can be done online we can now complete many more tasks online, see www.eastdevon.gov.uk/council-tax 

We can tell the council online if we are moving, if we want to make a payment, or set up our Council Tax payments by Direct Debit.

Can I get help if I find payment difficult?

If any residents are concerned they may struggle to settle their Council Tax bill, I urge them to contact our council team as soon as possible.

Depending on individual circumstances, it may be possible to reduce the amount of Council tax you have to pay or change the date you have to pay it.

The District Council is also pleased to offer free independent and confidential help and advice to help our residents manage within limited family budgets. 

Trinity Member to take on leadership of East Devon District Council.

As our ward member since 2009, I am honoured to be able to confirm I have been elected to lead the Conservative Group on East Devon District Council. I will move, from my current position as Finance Portfolio Holder, to take over leadership of the full East Devon District Council at the Annual meeting on 16th May.

18-02-23 ThomasI hope that we can all share this honour, as it will be the first time a representative of Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth, in the ‘far East’ of the district, will have held the leadership position. This will help me to continue to represent not just our ward in the future, but also to help shape the future of the wider district.

Our council will continue to focus on ensuring high quality affordable homes for all, the right size and in the right place. Unlike many authorities, we still own over 4,200 properties which means that over 9,000 East Devon residents already live in our safe, secure accommodation.

All our elected Members and Officers will be working together to deliver an economy which works for all, to secure not just well-paid year-round employment, including 10,000 new jobs in our Enterprise Zone, but also matching skills to employment opportunity right across the district.

Our team will continue to deliver the services our residents and businesses value, despite additional pressure caused by effective removal of all our central government funding. The innovative kerbside refuse collection and recycling, we all enjoy in Trinity, now recycles 58% of all kerbside waste collection putting us in the top 20 English authorities. 10,000 bins for a new ‘Green Waste’ kerbside collection service are already in East Devon, ready for the ‘roll out’ across the district very soon.

We live in an amazing place and are uniquely fortunate to work within the framework of a natural environment second to none, supported by a range of leisure facilities and arts and culture events essential to our health, safety, prosperity and happiness. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that continues.

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Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
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Uplyme Parish Magazine Article - Dec 2017 & Jan 2018

Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan formally ‘made’…

Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan….

In the referendum held on 26th October 2017, we were asked the question;

"Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Uplyme to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

313 (86.5%) of us responded ‘Yes’ against 49 (13.5%) ‘No’. Turnout was 25.6%.

East Devon DC Cabinet resolved, on 29th November, that the Neighbourhood Plan be ‘made’ (adopted) and form part of the Development Plan. The Council has written to the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group to congratulate them on their hard work. Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan will now carry full weight, in the decision process for planning in the parish of Uplyme.

Any planning applications in the Uplyme Parish will now be judged against the Neighbourhood Plan, together with the East Devon Local Plan, both within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This will ensure the hard work put into its production will result in effective application of our local community expectations and aspirations in the planning application decision-making process.

I am very pleased that the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan was supported in our referendum by such a large majority and would like to add my personal congratulations and thanks to our Neighbourhood Plan Team, who put an enormous amount of excellent work into this well-presented document.

What is a BUAB (Built-Up Area Boundary?...

All towns in East Devon, along with Uplyme and 13 other larger villages, have a have a Built-Up Area Boundary. The remaining smaller villages, such as Axmouth and Combpyne-Rousdon, do not and are treated as being in the open countryside for development purposes. The positioning of the Uplyme BUAB, was discussed at several stages in development of the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan, where it is defined in the ‘made’ version and further reflected in the East Devon Villages Plan.

Built Up Area Boundaries are used by the Council to help decide where new homes and other buildings can be built. Within the boundary, new buildings are generally acceptable, but outside only in special circumstances.

Areas outside the boundary are less likely to have planning permission granted for new houses and industry, but remain part of the village in all other respects. Changes, which can be made to your property outside the boundary without planning permission, are not affected.

How is the BUAB positioned?...

Boundaries are drawn around the main groups of existing buildings. Additional areas for potential development can be, and were, identified in the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan. Recognisable features, such as fences and hedges are normally followed, although large gardens can be excluded to help control the building of extra houses in their grounds.

Sites with existing planning permission will be included within the BUAB, if they are close to the village, unless there were unusual circumstances which justified the permission.

Where a site has been allocated for housing, employment or community development in the Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plan, it will be included, unless it includes large areas of open space.

Community buildings are included if they are close to the village, unless they include large grounds at the edge of the village.

What about large gardens?...

Large gardens, or grounds associated with existing buildings, will normally be excluded, where their development would extend the built-up area. They may however be included, where they are already surrounded by buildings and any new buildings would appear part of the existing village.

What about groups of buildings away from the village centre?...

Groups of buildings detached from the main village will not be included in the BUAB, unless they have adequate services and facilities of their own.

Where can I read about all the relevant sites in and around Uplyme?...

Details in Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix B p48) or in the East Devon Villages Plan document at;

East Devon Villages Plan - Site by site assessment for Uplyme (Click to view)

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy 2018.

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
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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
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