A rubbish start to 2012…?
East Devon recycling has been very successful. We now recycle over 50% with landfill waste down 33%, and rank just outside the top 10 UK authorities.
On 15th December the Refuse and Recycling Board refined their policies to best serve customers for waste collection and recycling. They decided to re-introduce the ban on collection of waste not stored within East Devon bins, with the lids are closed, or that left at the side of bins…
A ‘full and frank’ debate on the proposals took place at the EDDC Cabinet on 11th January. I am pleased to report that the proposals are now shaped by our requirements as customers, whilst working to minimise the waste we put into Landfill sites, to protect our environment and deliver the best possible value to Council Tax payers.
For Trinity, this means…
From 6th February ‘side waste’ will not be collected from our properties.
The actual problem is very small, with typically only just over 300 weekly records of ‘side waste’ from almost 120 thousand East Devon properties from which waste is collected.
So what can we do if we cannot get all our waste into the EDDC bin…?
The single wheelie bin provided has proved adequate for the vast majority of households, when used in conjunction with recycling bins, but it is recognised that one size does not fit all…
Large families can request additional bin capacity, as can residents with relevant medical conditions, children in nappies, pets or other similar individual needs. Businesses or business rated holiday lets can pay to have additional waste collected.
If are concerned or need help, call the East Devon Waste Management Team now on 01395 571515.
Staff will work with you to either provide additional capacity, or help manage your recycling.
For a ‘one-off’ requirement, for example ‘just moved in’ or ‘had a clear out’, then a one-off collection can be arranged. If you have no recycling containers, the appropriate bin/box or caddy, then these can be ordered and excess waste collection arranged.
If the ‘side waste’ is not yours, then it will be treated as ‘fly-tipping’ The EDDC Waste Team will help you by collecting the rubbish, and working to identify who has left it.
East Devon Recycling and Refuse staff are here to help us.
In the unlikely event that you are not able to resolve your problem with the Waste Management Team, email me at email@example.com or give me a call, and I will do all I can to help.
10Mb Broadband for Trinity…now available…
Most of the Uplyme area is served by the BT Lyme Regis Exchange, as is the eastern side of Combpyne-Rousdon. The area to the North of Trinity, around Raymonds Hill is from Axminster exchange, and that to the West, from Rousdon to Axmouth, by Seaton.
Seaton and Axminster exchanges are both scheduled to be upgraded by BT to 21CN (21st Century Network), effective 31st March 2012. This will allow the current BT ADSL service of ‘up to 8Mb’ to be increased to ‘up to 20Mb’. Lyme exchange is not currently scheduled to be upgraded by BT.
However, all three exchanges covering a large proportion of Trinity, also offer services from TalkTalk and Sky (Easynet) with an ‘up to 20Mb’ service to their customers– so what is the problem?
Both technologies work on the aging ‘copper’ network. This means that the ‘headline’ speeds are only achieved when effectively ‘sitting on the steps’ of the exchange. The speed of both services falls away quickly as you move from the exchange, and disappears altogether in our more remote rural areas, of which Combpyne is typical.
Now a new option is available for the rural ‘not spots’, which will deliver up to 10Mb today, through a satellite signal. A deal to subside the initial installation costs, with funds from DEFRA through DCC, is now available, but is it for you?
Satellite services cost substantially more than typical Broadband equivalents. They are perhaps only attractive to remote businesses, those who have no alternative at all or who place a high value on their broadband service. The appeal is perhaps limited, but it may be just what you need now if you currently have a poor or no service at all.
See the trinitymatters website at www.trinitymatters.co.uk for full details, and the subsidies now available for some postcodes within our Ward.
Last Minute News…
As this issue goes to press…I can confirm that I expect there will be NO increased in EDDC Council Tax for another year, and that this will be confirmed at the Full Council Meeting on 22nd February.
If confirmed, this would reflect excellent financial management from our Council, against the background of a 12% reduction in our formula grant from Central Government.
All the latest news updates are published online at www.trinitymatters.co.uk
Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
The beautiful coastal parishes of Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth.
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