Uplyme (171)

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 (56)

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 (2)

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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Sporting Chance SW - Supports ULRCC Appeal!

Really pleased to be able to announce that Mark Bailey and Sporting Chance SW have added their support to the appeal to secure the future of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

Mark and his team will be running two sessions for 5-12 year old kids on the KG5 Field in Uplyme on Wednesday 8th August and Wednesday 22nd August from 12noon to 3pm.

The cost of each session is just £5 per child, with all proceeds going to support the Cricket Club. To book, or for more information, contact Mark by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Children will receive coaching on all aspects of their game, including batting, fielding and bowling. They will play mini-matches with prizes on offer. Children will need clothing for all weathers, plenty to drink, a snack and plenty of energy!

Sporting Chance offer a wide range of teaching opportunities, from after school clubs in our local primary schools through holiday courses and birthday parties to one off coaching sessions to meet your individual needs.

For more information, see the Sporting Chance website at www.sportingchance-sw.co.uk




132 all out?... Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club fights to avoid closure.


Emergency Open Meeting - Monday 25th June 7.00pm at the KG5 Field, Uplyme.

ULRCC mounts a crucial fund-raising campaign, to ensure future of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis, after a 132-year run.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket club faces possible closure at the end of the 2018 season, with the loss of club cricket, outreach activities for young people in the two communities and an end to the club’s maintenance and care of the KG5 Field.

But why has this happened?…
Financial pressure facing the club is not recent, but has developed over many years, in a bizarre set of circumstances centring around the history of the ground and works completed by the club…

In December 1938, KG5 Ground ownership was transferred from Uplyme Cricket & Tennis Club to National Playing Fields Association. “… to be used in perpetuity as a Cricket Field and Recreation Ground…”

National Playing Fields Association interest subsequently transferred to Fields In Trust, with KG5 Trustees managing trustees, under Charitable Objectives reflecting the covenant from the 1938 conveyance.

In the 1980’s the Cricket Club embarked on a major fund-raising effort with celebrity visits, a cricket festival and even snooker exhibition in the old cinema in Lyme Regis. All looked ‘Rosie’, but sadly the fantastic fund-raising which financed and built the Cricket Pavilion, lies at the core of current problems.

Members financed and built the pavilion via an undocumented ‘gentleman’s agreement’, on land owned by Fields in Trust. The result is that the pavilion is actually owned by Fields in Trust. ULRCC has no security of tenure over either the pavilion it built, nor large ground it maintains so well for the whole village.

This lack of secure tenure further means that the club is neither able to secure grant funding available to other amateur, not for profit sports clubs, nor earn revenue income from other users, to contribute toward ground maintenance, which the cricket club completes.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, a lack of investment into the pavilion and cricket ground, other than by the club itself, for at least the last eight years, has restricted the club’s ability to finance a sustainable future for the use of the KG5 ground as a cricket field and recreational ground, on anything other than a precarious, shoestring budget.

Inevitably, in Autumn 2017, our roller, essential to cricket, finally expired after 30 years’ service.

Following an expenditure by the club of £1,500 the previous winter, to ensure electrical facilities in the pavilion were safe, depleted reserves meant the club could neither afford a new roller, nor any suitable used model. The only option, to allow the 2018 season to start, was ‘rent to buy’. Where £2,900 was paid to rent the roller for the season totally draining the club’s reserves. Further funds have been raised, but a purchase balance of £4,300 remains due early September, without which the roller will be returned.

What can we do?…

The club invites everyone in the Uplyme and Lyme Regis communities, interested in the future of local Cricket to join us on the evening of Monday 25th June at 7:00pm.

The club invites financial support from local government, club members, supporters, sponsors, schools and cricket lovers in both communities, who benefit from the KG5 field or value the outreach work of the club with local primary schools in Uplyme, Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

ULRCC and KG5 Trustees have agreed ‘in principle’ a long lease of the pavilion and the immediate surrounding area, to the club.
£4,300 will settle the outstanding roller balance and allow time for structural changes to the club and its governance to be completed.
ULRCC will then be able to develop a sustainable business plan for the future of local cricket.

Your help can make a difference, please contact us or support local events over the next couple of months.

A Crowdfunding page will soon be able to accept donations,


Thank you for your valued support in ensuring cricket in Uplyme for the next century.

Ian Thomas
Chair – Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club 
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Derek Wellman
Secretary - Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club
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Access East Devon District Council Services, 24/7 365 days a year…

A large proportion of Council services are now available 24hrs a day, every day, directly from your Smartphone or Tablet.

The free East Devon mobile app is now available to download, for iphone users from the Apple App Store and for Android smartphone users from the Google Play Store. Simply Click on the appropriate store link to download to your Smartphone.

What can I do?…

The app is regularly upgraded and extended, now including;


This section, like the newsroom section on Trinitymatters.co.uk, allows direct access to all the latest Council news across East Devon.


Will take you directly to the Twitter postings from our groups across the council.

Report It

Immediately allows us to report problems from fifteen different areas.

These range from Animal Fouling, through Damaged or Full Dog or Litter Bins, Dead Animals, Fly tipping, Graffiti, and Litter, to Missed Clinical, Recycling or Refuse collections and Abandoned Vehicles.

A problem in any of these areas can be reported through simple, easy to navigate forms.


This section included not just my contact details, as our East Devon District Ward Member, but also those of my colleagues across the District. This may be useful if your query relates to a matter outside Trinity Ward.

Waste Collection

Click on ‘Waste Collection’ to set up notifications. Get a free email, at 4.00pm on the day before your Refuse Bins, Recycling Box and Sack or Food Caddies will be emptied.

This section is particularly useful as, by clicking the ‘Waste Container Information’ link, we can also find out which container our waste and recycling should be put in for collection.

Find my nearest

This section includes links to our nearest Leisure and Culture, Waste & Recycling, Visiting and Community and Living, all sorted by their distance from our own home postcode.

‘Leisure & Culture’ includes information on our superb local Nature Reserves, Libraries, Museums & Galleries, Leisure Facilities, Parks and Gardens.

‘Waste & Recycling’ includes our Car Parks (with maps to each individual location and charges) and Tourist Information Centres.

‘Community & Living’ includes the same information and maps for Registry Offices, Council Buildings, Police Stations, Hospitals and Doctors Surgeries.

Eating Out

Gives full details on places to eat out locally. We can search by list, map or ‘Nearby’. Each listing includes the premise Food Hygiene Rating (0 to 5 stars), based on the most recent inspection by council Environmental Health Officers.


Here you can view all current planning applications, as they are validated. Access all application documents to follow the progress of any individual planning application through the planning process. Applications are sorted by distance from your property, with those closest presented first.

Contact Us

If you need to contact the council, this section includes a map to the location of Council Offices at The Knowle, Main Switchboard, Customer Services and the 24hr emergency contact number.

From modest beginnings, the council ‘app’ is rapidly gaining in popularity, as the services portfolio offered online is extended. The convenience of being able to get to information or services required quickly, at any time of day or night, from any Apple or Android Smartphone or Tablet, is increasingly valued by residents as a companion to more tradition personal visits, phone or letters, which will continue to be offered to those who need them.

Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk

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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.


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

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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

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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.



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