Police and Crime Commissioner Elections…
Elections for the new position will be held on Thursday 15th November, but what will the new Commissioner do?
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will not be to run the Police, but is intended to be our voice in holding the Police to account. The PCC will hold the budget for Policing and release funds to the Chief Constable, so whoever is elected to the position will have a great influence over how our area is policed.
Government relaxes UK Planning Laws for Extensions…
In a bid to speed up economic growth, the Government has announced a relaxation in planning rules. They seek to allow the building of larger extensions under varied ‘permitted development rights’ up to 8metres long, under some circumstances, without the need for planning permission.
Larger extensions will still be subject to Building Regulations. Recognizing typically 95% of EDDC planning applications are approved, within the eight week period required. Will this make a real difference to our economy? Or is there risk a flurry of larger extensions which, whilst they may previously have been declined for good planning reasons, can now be built without that prudent safeguard?
What do you think?
Planning Rules relaxed for Broadband…
Anyone who has followed TM articles over the last eighteen months will recognise that failure to deploy Superfast Broadband in our area has nothing to do with EDDC administration of our planning system.
Yet Central Government has announced a relaxation which could mean that Broadband Street Cabinets can be installed anywhere, without the need for Local Council approval. Broadband fibre and other infrastructure can be placed under or above private land, and overhead lines installed without the need for planning or other permission.
Missing the mark?….this is a problem I wish we had… we have no Superfast Broadband infrastructure here!….
BT Upgrade Lyme Regis Exchange…
On a positive note…the authoritative ‘Samknows.com’ is showing an RFS (Ready for Service to the rest of us) date of 30th September 2012 (brought forward recently from 31st October). But what does this actually mean?
Is this the new Superfast Broadband service we see all the adverts for on TV?
No – the 21CN (21st Century Network) service is still based on the copper wire between the Lyme Regis exchange and our properties (business and residential). We should not expect a rush of young South American ladies knocking on our door, wanting to contact their boyfriends at home (see current BT advert programme, which does not relate to this service).
Does this mean that BT will be offering a better service locally?
Yes and No…
Yes – Existing BT customers should be able to secure an upgrade in their service from ‘Up to 8Mb’ under the existing archaic system to ‘Up to 24Mb’. The 24Mb will only be achieved on the doorstep of the exchange and the benefit falls away swiftly with distance, such that remote premises should expect little benefit.
and No… This is no improvement over the services already offered by Sky (Easynet) and Talk Talk from Lyme Regis exchange. It is merely BT catching up with the local competition.
I have taken advantage of the summer (or lack of it!) to further develop Trinitymatters.co.uk, to act as an online companion to Trinity Matters in Parish Magazines.
Trinitymatters.co.uk now has sections for each of our three parishes, Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth. These include local news, details of Parish Council business and all Planning Applications as they are validated by East Devon District Council.
Read the latest news from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council, as well as links to webcasts of Devon County Council meetings for insomniacs, or those who have lost the will to live!
Trinitymatters.co.uk is integrated with ‘Twitter’ for snippets of latest local information. ‘Tweets’ from Uplyme and the surrounding area add an instant snapshot of what is going on.
An invitation to local groups, teams, clubs or societies…
The new ‘What’s On’ section includes details of all East Devon District Council Meetings and Parish Council Meetings where public and press are welcomed.
Would Trinitymatter.co.uk help attract more visitors to your event? Hundreds of viewers daily, no catches, no charges.
If you feel strongly about an issue of local interest, the impact of government or local authority policies on our local community, why not write a short article for publication? It’s easy to do, just go to www.trinitymatters.co.uk and register (top right corner). You will then be able create an article in the same way as the Parish Clerks add their Parish Council Meeting Papers.
Any problems, drop me an email or call on 07884 494474 and I will help you get started.
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