Uplyme (166)

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)


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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.

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Uplyme Parish Magazine

Uplyme Parish Magazine (53)

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 

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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.

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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

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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.

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Uplyme Parish Magazine - November article

East Devon forms private sector housing company…

Innovative ways needed to fund services, as central government support declines….

East Devon District Council has set up a Local Housing Company, totally owned by the Council, to
invest in housing for the general market (outside the scope of ‘traditional’ council housing). The
company should generate funds to supplement Council funding, essential to maintenance of the
services we all value in times of local authority austerity.

Our Local Housing Company is an opportunity for East Devon District Council to build on the
expertise the council has managing and maintaining a large stock of homes for council tenants, and
play a greater role in the local housing market through the addition of homes for the private rental

A recommendation is to be made to Full Council to approve an initial loan facility of £2m, with a
further investment of £528k to cover the initial cash shortfall in the Business Plan of the new

This does NOT mean that the Council is reducing its work on the provision of council housing. This
will continue apace and, despite the problems generated by central government policies, I’m
confident that East Devon will continue to add further council house to provide safe, secure homes
for those in housing need.

Refuse and Recycling Update...

The East Devon waste and recycling contract continues to keep our recycling rates amongst the
highest in the country. The current recycling rate is 57%, an increase of 15% over the old collection
system, significantly greater than any of the plan scenarios considered.

Despite this, feedback I have received is universally that the three-week landfill collection service,
coupled with enhanced recycling at the kerbside, has not produced the predicted ‘catastrophe’ again
dramatically circulating in the press, as other authorities consider following our lead.

Increased recycling volumes, greater than expected, have placed inevitable strain on SUEZ, our
supplier. Overall staff turnover has been high in the last year, meaning that some areas have
experienced irregular collections, in part due to staff not being familiar with their new routes.

In cab technology now means that each vehicle can be tracked, with crews updated en route with
collection information and further details of assisted collection needed by some residents.

New Materials Recovery Facility (recycling plant to the rest of us!) to open Jan2018...

The new facility at Greendale, to the east of Exeter, where much of our recycling is processed, is
due to open in Jan 2018.

But what about black plastics?...

You may be aware that it is not yet possible to guarantee that ‘black plastics’ will be recycled. Whilst
‘black plastics’ are not a serious contaminant, they reduce the value of plastics for recycling, by
being worth less to processors.

The situation is subject to review, but in the interim black plastics should still be put into our
recycling bags. EDDC and SUEZ are monitoring developments in the recycling market, hopeful that
a more attractive way of processing ‘black plastics’ becomes available.

East Devon District Council Snapshots…

‘Affordable’ Houses…

• 45 affordable homes were delivered in Q1 2017. A further 159 are proposed. EDDC, through
right to buy receipts, purchased 10 houses with 16 more due to complete Q2 and Q3.

EDDC Countryside Team…

• A busy Summer with over 1000 people attending local events. Rockpool rambles, bug hunts,
outdoor yoga and canoe safaris were particularly popular.

Winter programme includes reindeer trail at Seaton Wetlands and wreath making in Seaton
and Cranbrook.

Blackdown House…

• The new EDDC Office Building, at Heathpark in Honiton, is progressing on schedule. Ground
work means that the footprint of the building can now be seen. A time-lapse camera is now
recording progress with handover from the Contractor sue 15th October 2018.

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Uplyme Parish Magazine - October 2017 article

East Devon considering garden waste collection ...

Council investigates feasibility of a new service with recycling partners, SUEZ UK….

East Devon District Council is exploring a fortnightly district-wide chargeable garden waste collection service which would, if introduced, include the Trinity Ward Parishes of Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth.

Over the last six months the council has introduced a new improved recycling service to more than 68,000 households across the district and during this period, there has been considerable pressure from residents asking the council to provide a reliable garden waste collection service too.

Over the next few months, we will be investigating the feasibility of providing a garden waste collection service for a small annual fee. The council will work with our partners SUEZ, who operate the current recycling and waste contractors, to develop a detailed business case. Many councils across the country successfully operate a chargeable collection service such as this and East Devon is keen to continue to improve and modernise our recycling and waste service by introducing this new initiative.

The move comes as the council’s recycling and waste partnership board agreed last month not to renew an expired contract with previous garden waste collection operators Otter Rotters Ltd who are a community enterprise group. The ‘Otter Rotters’ service was not available to us in Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon or Axmouth, as their operation was restricted to 9,000 households in Honiton, Ottery, and villages to the West End of East Devon. There has been no formal agreement between the council and Otter Rotters Ltd since April 2016 and Otter Rotters Ltd confirmed to the council’s partnership board that it dissolved in February this year and was not currently operating.

The Council is now looking to the future and several residents have indicated the wish to have a regular and reliable garden waste collection service. If we are able to deliver this service in an economically viable manner, then I hope it will also help reduce disturbance caused in the village centre during the summer, as residents burn garden waste.

If introduced, it will be important that the service is sustainable in the long term, covers its costs without being subsidised by the council tax payer, and operates across all areas of East Devon.

I will keep you informed on progress over the Winter…

Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report…

Examiners recommendations endorsed…..

At our September Cabinet Meeting, we thanked the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group for all their hard work and our East Devon District Council Officers for the support they had given the Group.

Legislation associated with the Neighbourhood Plan requires East Devon District Council to produce a ‘Decision Notice’ at this stage in the process. We therefore resolved that;

1. The examiners recommendations on the plan be endorsed.
2. That a ‘referendum version’ of the Neighbourhood Plan (incorporating the examiners modifications) should proceed to a referendum and a decision notice to this effect be published.
3. That the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group be congratulated on their hard work.

What happens next?...

A referendum vote will now be held in Uplyme on Thursday 26th October. I understand that the Neighbourhood Plan Group intends to hold a further exhibition of the ‘Referendum’ Version of the plan in the village hall in advance of ‘referendum day’ to allow us all to take a final look.

What will a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan mean to us?...

A Neighbourhood Plan, when supported by a simple majority in referendum, will be promptly ‘made’ by EDDC at our Cabinet Meeting.
Once ‘made’, our Neighbourhood Plan will be used in the determination of planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area (which, in our case, coincides with the Uplyme Parish boundary). The Parish Council will also receive 25% of Community Infrastructure Levies and, whilst it cannot change existing ‘Section 106’ funding agreements on development, the Neighbourhood Plan can be used in future agreements.

When will the plan next be reviewed?...

Neighbourhood Plans are normally reviewed within their lifespan, typically 5-10 yearly, or in line with a Local Plan Review, to ensure that policies remain relevant.

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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%

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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.

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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!

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Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
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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?

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