Three vacancies available on Uplyme Parish Council

UPLYME Parish Council returned to face-to-face meetings at Uplyme Village Hall earlier this month and hope this will now continue in line with COVID restrictions after months of Zoom meetings.

Both the full council and the Planning Committee paid their respects to the late Cllr Brian Mason, who served on the council actively for many years and died last month.

Congratulations were also given to Cllr Chris James, who was appointed to continue as parish council chairman, Cllr Paulene Frost as vice-chairman, and Cllr Andy Turner as chairman of the Planning Committee.

Members welcomed new councillor Paul Oakley who was co-opted at May’s annual meeting of the council.

There are still three vacancies on the parish council, following the death of Brian Mason and resignations of Becky Turner and Dave Ostler.

Commenting on the recent resignations, parish clerk Anne-Marie Bates said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their commitment to the parish council and for all that they have done for the community.”

The parish council is now going through the casual vacancy process and it is hoped one of the seats will be filled in July and the other two in September.

Join the council

A parish councillor is a volunteer who represents and is a voice of the community.

Collectively the parish council makes decisions for the benefit of residents, provides facilities (i.e. children’s play area, open spaces, cemetery), services (i.e. flood/snow emergency team), communicates with other authorities and outside bodies including highways, is a consultee for planning applications and is involved with housing needs and the Neighbourhood Plan.

Above are just some of the areas the parish council is involved with; it is a fulfilling and interesting role.

The full council meetings are held in the evening on the second Wednesday of each month except August, and planning on the last Wednesday of the month with some additional meetings as required and other committees ad hoc during the year.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, visit www.uplymeparishcouncil.org for more information, or contact the parish clerk on clerk@uplymeparishcouncil.org or call 07413 947 067.

The parish council is also looking for a volunteer tree warden and anyone interested should get in touch via the contact details above.

Parish council grants

Every year, the parish council awards grants and the following local charities and organisations have received a grant: Uplyme Parish Church Magazine (£300), King George V Field (£520), Citizens Advice Bureau Bridport (£250), Uplyme Help at Hand (£100), Axe Valley Ring & Ride (£200).

Dog mess

Unfortunately, there appears to be an ever-increasing amount of dog mess left on footpaths and grass verges especially on the River Lim Walk.

Please pick up after your dog and use the dog and rubbish bins. The parish council will be putting up signage, please help us keep Uplyme clean and tidy.

Housing Needs Survey

Uplyme Parish Council decided to carry out a Housing Needs Survey to assess the future local housing need, 30 per cent of the surveys delivered were returned and the results collated in a report which can be viewed on our website.

Parish councillors are very pleased with the report and would like to thank Devon Communities Together who facilitated it. This report will be considered in the future and will assist with the Neighbourhood Plan Review.

Planning

There has been lots of planning applications for which the Planning Committee has conducted site visits and made representation to East Devon District Council.

The outcomes can be found on the Uplyme Parish Council website under the planning minutes or via East Devon District Council website under ‘Planning’.

Audit

Every year, the parish council has an internal audit and external audit and this is currently being completed. The internal audit is now on the council website for resident’s perusal.

Highways

If you have any issues with footpaths and highways this can easily be reported to Devon County Council online via the website www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/

Upcoming meetings

The next full council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 14 at Uplyme Village Hall starting at 7.15pm.

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