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 - 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.

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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
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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.

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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
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Mobile: 07884 494474
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