Uplyme Parish Magazine

Uplyme Parish Magazine

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 

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.

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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Ultrafast Broadband Heading Our Way - well most of us!

Gigaclear announces build schedule for Trinity and surrounds….

Readers may remember my update on our broadband service early in 2017, when I reported that BT had not been successful in the Phase 2 Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) tenders.

Our tender parcel, No 5 Exmouth and Coast, has been awarded to Gigaclear to provide a full ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) service, independent of the old BT network, offering some of the fastest broadband services available around the globe. There was scepticism, when I predicted those omitted from the initial Phase 1 BT/CDS could ultimately end up with a much better service, yet that seems set to happen…

The orange areas in the map shows Gigaclear delivery packages. These exclude the main population concentrations of Seaton, Axminster (and Lyme Regis), upgraded by BT in Phase 1.

Gigaclear and CDS have now agreed and contracted delivery at premises level. Four deployment packages affect us in Trinity ward, no’s 41,43,56 and 60 as marked.

The table below shows the ‘Community Name’ used and number used to identify each package, together with the planned start date of the build and expected completion dates.

We should see action locally early in the programme, with work scheduled to start in Uplyme and Raymonds Hill in Quarter 2, 2018 and completed by the end of September 2018, but sadly not scheduled until Quarter 3 2019 in Combpyne-Rousdon and Whitford.

Ref        Community Name       Build Start        Build Complete
41          Raymonds Hill              Q2 2018             Q3 2018
43          Rousdon                      Q3 2019             Q1 2020
56          Uplyme                       Q2 2018             Q3 2018
60          Whitford                      Q3 2019             Q1 2020

How do I know if I am included?...

All individual properties included in the programme can get a progress report online at https://www.gigaclear.com/postcode-checker/connectingdevonandsomerset

If your property is included, you will then be able to watch as works move toward you, right up to the point of ‘switch on’

What if I’m not included?...

There are a number of reasons why this might be the case for areas east of Axmouth and at the extreme South East, bordering Dorset.
It may be that your line has already been upgraded within Phase 1 work completed by BT to superfast speeds, that information used by CDS is not correct, or simply that Phase 2 does not deliver 100% FTF coverage (yet!).

I have spoken with CDS and understand it is likely further funding will be available which could be used to further extend the network. I suggest that you use the postcode checker above to register your interest. It would also be helpful if you could let me have a copy of your postcode, as there are other possible options to help co-ordinate further extension the network within Trinity toward 100%.

A cautionary note… *** Updated from that printed in Parish Magazine***

Gigaclear has contracted Carillion to complete the CDS deployment in the South West. At the time of writing Carillion, a holder of many major government contracts, is in serious trouble. Hope that this will not ultimately affect the works here, but will update everyone should this situation develop.

***Update***

Since I wrote the original article, as featured in the current edition of Uplyme Parish Magazine, Carillion has of course sadly failed.

However, Matthew Hare, CEO of Gigaclear was swift to deliver a reassuring statement via ISPPreview.co.uk;

“It is very sad news that Carillion has gone into compulsory liquidation. Whilst this may have a minor impact on delivery schedules, Carillion telent is a separate business holding its own funds and bank accounts. Therefore, the contract with Gigaclear to deliver the build for full fibre broadband to the South West region still stands.

We are committed to delivering ultrafast broadband to Devon and Somerset, and already work with alternative partners in the area should the need to relook at capacity and resource arise. We will ensure any disruption to both our potential customers and suppliers is minimised. Our priority remains to connect this area to future proofed, full fibre broadband.”

So look forward works near us soon!

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 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 - 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
market.

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
company.

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.

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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