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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