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 - 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
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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?


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
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Mobile: 07884 494474                              
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