Firstly an apology…I missed the deadline for this April article, so it will not actually make it into the Parish Magazine this month. All will be corrected for the May edition…
New School for Uplyme – Project Team Report
In late 2010 I was asked to Chair a sub-committee of Mrs Ethelston’s School Governors, to help safeguard the future of Primary Education in our village by delivering a new school. As a parent of six children myself, with the youngest a current pupil at Mrs Ethelston’s, I was pleased to accept the invitation. Our team recently distributed a letter to all parents, with an up to date report of progress.
“Dear Fellow parents, carers and guardians:
New School for Uplyme – Project Team Report
Mrs Ethelston’s School has served our local community for almost 140 years. We have an outstanding school, with excellent staff and happy, stimulated children – yet one fundamental challenge faces us.
The current school buildings sit on a cramped site, with no potential for expansion into adjacent areas. The school has great charm and character, but facilities fall well short of modern education standards for primary education. As such our school premises are not adequate to safeguard the long term future of primary education in Uplyme, or the rest of Trinity Ward.
In 2006, the Uplyme Village Plan supported a new school on land to the north of the village hall, by almost 4:1. The school project at this time did not progress.
Our New School Team was formed at the end of 2010. We are David Collett, Peter Dawson, Neil Pullinger, Andrea Rice, Peter Whiting and I. A small focussed group, with complementary talents, links within the village and beyond. We intend our work be totally transparent and open, to ensure that all village residents, groups, parents, staff and children are able to see our progress and get involved. It is crucial we deliver a new school we all ‘own’ and are proud to offer to future generations of Uplyme children.
Initial feasibility work, to ensure that the risk of wasting time and/or money is minimised, has secured informal views from The Environment Agency and Devon County Council Highways that the site is likely to be suitable to construct our new school. This would include the necessary access, outdoor play and recreation facilities. Uplyme Parish Council is also committed to support our work.
Mrs Rice has gathered research on projected future roll demand. This confirms that demand for primary education in Uplyme, will continue to expand. The project also has the support of our DCC Member, Cabinet Member for Education, Christine Channon and MP, Neil Parish.
All this was achieved at no cost! Our Trustees have considered the initial report, and agreed funds be made available to secure an option on the area of land required, and to progress towards a full planning application for the new school.
More details and regular updates on our progress will be published on www.trinitymatters.co.uk together with contact details for Team Members.
If you want to get involved and help, please contact us. We would particularly value anyone with large scale fund raising experience!”
East Devon Freezes Council Tax at 2010/11 levels for 2011/12.
East Devon District Council has frozen our Council Tax at the current rates. This means that we have the lowest District Council charges in Devon, and the 16th lowest in the country at £121.78/annum for a Band D Property.
The total to be collected by EDDC on behalf of Devon County Council, Devon & Cornwall Police Authority, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, EDDC, Town/Parish Councils is;
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Alternative Voting System – Referendum 5th May 2011
At the same time as the EDDC and Parish Council Elections on 5th May we will be asked to vote in a referendum;
“Do you want the United Kingdom to adopt the ‘Alternative Vote’ system instead of the current ‘First Past The Post’ system for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons?”
Our current ‘First Past The Post’ system is based on one vote each, where we have the chance to place a single vote for the candidate we wish to choose – the candidate with the most votes wins.
In the ‘Alternate Voting System’, we put our choices in order of preference; ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and so on. If one candidate has more than 50% of votes cast, then they are elected. If not, then the candidate with the least votes drops out, and their second choices are moved to the remaining candidates, and so on, until one achieves the required 50% and is then elected.
Which do you favour?
District Council Elections
It has been an honour to represent Trinity Ward, where I both live and work, since October 2009. Elected mid-term, I will be offering myself for re-election on May 5th.
I hope you find ‘Trinity Matters’ of value, and I have been able to make a real difference for all in Trinity Ward, from protecting our AONB and villages from unsuitable development and Axmouth from Tesco HGV traffic, to our rural broadband service and drive to secure the long term future of primary education in our village.
The Polling station at Uplyme Village Hall will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm
East Devon District Council – Councillor, Trinity Ward
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The website of Cllr Ian Thomas, EDDC Ward Member since 2009 for Trinity Ward.
The beautiful coastal Parishes of Axmouth, Combpyne-Rousdon and Uplyme.
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