Record Summer Floods hit Uplyme…
There will be one major memory for many Uplyme residents from Summer 2012. Destructive July floods followed the record wet month of June.
Visited the flood-affected areas of Uplyme with MP Neil Parish. Neil has undertaken to support DCC bids for additional funds of between £3 and £4 million to complete essential repairs and support flood victims.
Local community members, far too many to name, stepped in immediately to help all in trouble. They removed debris from drains and culverts and helped with the cleanup. EDDC staff helped with housing support and DCC arranged local contractors to complete initial clearance work on paths, roads and culverts.
Sincere thanks to all involved, if there is anything more I can arrange through EDDC please let me know…
Looking for ‘affordable’ local accommodation?
If you, your family or friends are looking for accommodation in Uplyme, the Guinness Trust has started work on eight affordable houses, just next to the Village Hall.
- 4x 2-bed, 4 person homes (two double bedrooms)
- 3x 3-bed, 5 person homes (two double bedrooms and one single bedroom)
- 1x 4-bed, 6 person home (two double bedrooms and two single bedrooms).
The expected completion date is July 2013. Rents will be confirmed close to completion.
The housing is intended for people with genuine local connections, so successful applicants will need to demonstrate one of the following:
- Resident in the parish for at least 3 years
- A dependent of a resident of the parish for at least 3 years
- Employed in the parish for at least 3 years
- Close local or family connections with the parish
If you can demonstrate a local connection you will be able to apply for this housing whatever your housing band on Devon Home Choice.
To apply for these homes you must be registered with Devon Home Choice. It’s very important for to make sure your Devon Home Choice registration is up-to-date (call 01395 517469, visit www.devonhomechoice.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Connecting Devon and Somerset superfast broadband programme has launched its procurement process. The National Framework of suppliers produced just two, BT and Fujitsu Telecom. These are the only potential bidders for the provision of Superfast Broadband under the Broadband Delivery UK state supported projects.
Worryingly, Fujitsu has pulled out of two tender processes in other parts of the country. Further, I understand that the only winner of County tender processes to date has been BT, most recently in North Yorkshire and, by default after Fujitsu withdrew, in Cumbria. I am concerned that this is potentially further damaging news for our prospects in East Devon.
BT is effectively the ‘only kid on the block’ in East Devon with any existing infrastructure (cables, customers etc.). Fujitsu have no existing presence in our area. Should Fujitsu be unable to offer a competitive tender then we would be left with a single dominant potential supplier. If this transpires the only supplier could be one, which has consistently indicted that our area is of no commercial interest to them for the provision of Superfast Broadband.
It is not reassuring that Broadband Minister Ed Vaizey, who I met recently, is not publically concerned about the weak competition for BDUK funds despite European Commissions concerns about the deployment of State Aid in the UK.
I am concerned that the detrimental effect on our local economy could be fundamental to our future prosperity. We would fall further behind the rest of the country, and indeed the world. This view is shared by Suffolk, which has indicated that it believes their £21M investment could be worth £5Bn to their local economy.
The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme is led by Devon and Somerset County Councils in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay Councils. It aims to provide 100% broadband coverage of at least 2Mbps with a minimum of 85% superfast broadband at 24Mbps by 2015 and superfast broadband for all by 2020.
The project has secured £32 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Somerset and Devon County Councils will be adding up to £10 million each. Funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council has brought the total close to £53 million. Further investment will be expected from the successful private sector bidder.
The CD&S programme is reported as on track to begin the roll-out phase in early 2013.
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