Meet the Candidates – Uplyme Parish Council

John Duffin

I AM standing again for Uplyme Parish Council as I have a strong commitment to the parish which stretches back over twenty years. My proudest achievement whilst on the planning committee, alongside other members of the parish council, was our ability to influence the developers of Barnes Meadow to ensure a decent standard of building design, the creation of an open space around the war memorial and the planting of the millennium copse. I feel I still have a positive contribution to make, especially in environmental and planning issues. If I am elected, I would like to pursue the following objectives: l To continue to implement the environmental recommendations set out in the Parish Plan, to which I contributed as a member of the working group. l To promote appropriate affordable housing for local people and to ensure that any new developments are sympathetic to the rural character of Uplyme l To encourage and sponsor tree planting in the parish and the continued maintenance and planting of the Millenium Copse in Barnes Meadow. l To support the building of a new primary school to enhance the educational opportunities for local children l To encourage the Parish Council to take an active role in promoting the Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme for resettling a Syrian family.
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Paulene Frost

I HAVE had the privilege of being an Uplyme parish councillors for 10 years and I have served as vice chair for the last year, enjoying the experience and challenges. During my service I have served on various committees, including planning and the emergency plan team. I have also been the parish council’s representative to Mrs Ethelston’s School Trust for eight years. When I see my old school build in 1960 already being rebuilt and compare it to Mrs Ethelston’s, which is almost 150 years old, it makes me more committed to help bring a new school to the village. Prior to moving to Uplyme with by husband 17 years ago, I worked 22 years in the John Lewis Partnership as a manager. I love the friendliness of the people in Uplyme and the community spirit, and I enjoy being involved in village activities. I have a family of three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild so I am kept busy but, should I be fortunate enough to be elected for a further term of office, I have time and commitment to help the parish keep its special identity and sustain the special environment in Uplyme within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It would be a privilege to continue representing Uplyme Parish Council and its values to carry on improving the community environment.

Chris James

MY wife and I have lived within Uplyme Parish for 15 years. After retirement from the Army as director of Defence Dental Services, I worked for five years in a dental practice in Lyme Regis. I have been unanimously elected chairman of Uplyme Parish Council for the last two years. Discussion may be robust but is never allowed to become personal. I believe that I chair an effective and responsible council, operating within budget. I chaired the committee formulating the Neighbourhood Plan, adopted in 2017. I was responsible for getting the deeds of the Millennium Copse transferred to Uplyme Parish Council from the Official Receiver. I always deal with parish business in a timely manner and ensure important issues are put onto the council agenda. I attend committee meetings of LymeForward, and the Coastal Communities Team, who gained the funding to improve the River Lim Path. I always seek to improve relationships with Lyme Regis Town Council. I prioritise issues raised by the Neighbourhood Plan. The parish environment, green spaces, pedestrian safety, litter, medical care and provision of affordable housing for local people are my personal priorities. If elected, I will be honoured to continue to serve our beautiful rural community.

Barbara Kidson

I CAME on to Uplyme Parish Council four years ago. I had been working as part of the Neighbourhood Plan team with a particular interest in affordable housing for the young of the village and wanted to ensure that the plan was accepted by the parish council. We still need affordable housing and given any plan to do so I will be right behind it. I have lived in Uplyme now for 54 years and it was because I have lived in the village so long and raised three children here that I decided it was time to give something back, and that is my time. First, I became a trustee of the King George V playing field. The field is so important to the village as a place where anyone can enjoy being outside and playing games, whether football, tennis, cricket or just sitting in the sun. Then I joined the Village Hall Committee, became a trustee and now am chairman. The hall is the centre of the village and it is vitally important to ensure its survival to provide the facilities it does to the various organisations that use it. Next I started to attend parish council meetings and, being passionate about the village, I became a member of the Neighbourhood Plan team. I have enjoyed immensely working as part of a team that is so determined to work for the benefit of the village and would to be given the opportunity to continue to do so.

Neil Pullinger

I MOVED to Uplyme in 1990 with my wife and have lived in and around the village since then. I have been involved in various local groups in Uplyme over this time, including as governor and trustee for Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School, treasurer at pre-school, and on the committees for the Village Hall, King George’s Field and Uplyme Community Fund. I was also a governor at Woodroffe School, and treasurer at Uplyme Church for several years. I have been a parish councillor for the last four years and have applied to stand again. I have recently helped secure the necessary funding for Devon Air Ambulance night landing project in Uplyme, with work for this commencing after Easter. Although retired, I enjoy working in the Uplyme village shop two mornings a week. Why I want to continue to be a parish councillor: My involvement in local groups allows me to work alongside many residents, helping maintain and raise the profile of village groups and activities, and enhance both community spirit and village facilities. I care very much about Uplyme and want it to continue to thrive as a very friendly place to live. Working in the local shop makes me easily accessible to meet residents on a regular basis. This allows people to ask me questions and seek help and guidance where needed. I hope I can rely on your vote in the election on May 2.

William (Bill) Trundley

BILL Trundley has worked in senior management roles in HM Forces, the Bank of England and a major UK pharmaceutical company, where he had global responsibility for several functions over 132 countries. Bill has a great passion for Uplyme and its strong community, and is determined to preserve the green spaces and beauty of the village. He is also concerned that local services and facilities for the village are maintained and will work to do his best to promote local issues and stand up for what matters. Since taking early retirement two years ago, Bill enjoys sailing, travelling and spending time with his wife. He is also involved in various community projects in the area aimed at improving opportunities for young local families and the well-being of its residents.

Andrew Turner

I HAVE been an Uplyme Parish Councillor for the past 12-plus years. I am glad I became a councillor and feel I have made a big difference in my time serving our community.  I am one of the most active councillors in the parish and always try my best to help when I can. I’m chairman of planning and have been for the last eight years. We have consulted and responded to 97 planning applications during 2018 to East Devon District Council’s planning department alone. I lead the emergency volunteer group for our parish. We are mainly active during the winter months, when parishioners and property are more vulnerable to flooding, snow and ice. You will see me and our team out helping where we can, from helping people stuck in floods to using the parish gritter and my own equipment to clear the lanes in the parish from snow.

Rebecca (Becky) Turner

I AM currently the youngest Uplyme parish councillor and have been on the Committee for the last two and a half years. I am proud to be the third generation of my family to of been an Uplyme parish councillor. I feel I am one of the more active members on the council and try to help where I can. I’d like to think I am someone that you can come to if you had an issue and I enjoy getting my teeth stuck into new projects to help better our community. I’m currently chairman of the Millennium Copse Committee and the parish council representative for the village hall. A few projects I have been involved with are: the Devon Air Ambulance night time landing site (including helping fundraise), running Uplyme’s Spring Clean in 2018 and I’m also the person who is responsible for the recent Christmas lights, by securing funding and with help from a few kind volunteers and councillors to put them up, brightening our village during the festive season.

Also standing for election to Uplyme Parish Council:

  • Brian Mason

  • David Ostler

  • Colin Pratt

All candidates were given the opportunity to take part in this feature

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