UPLYME Parish Council chairman Chris James has thanked all those who volunteer their time to make the village “such a wonderful place to live”.
Councillor James made the comments in a review of the year at the annual parish meeting this week.
His review in full was as follows: “The Neighbourhood Plan was approved by the examiner and confirmed by Referendum and has been “made” by EDDC. It therefore now has legal status and is a highly important document. My thanks go to all who were involved with the long and complicated process and who freely gave many hours of their time.
“Flood prevention measures have undergone a major upgrade during the year by the County Council. Volunteers from within the Parish keep many of the drains and culverts clear. The recent major works have caused some disruption but are to the long-term benefit of the centre of the village.
“Conversely, despite the not inconsiderable expense of the work done at the Hunter’s Lodge junction, which was a major issue of neighbourhood concern, there has been no discernable improvement to traffic flow.
“The lengthsman’s contract has again been continued and works to the benefit of the whole community.
“The parish council’s accounting procedures and finances were again assessed which led to the rise in parish precept, although we are still below the average within Devon. Reserves are being restored to a proper level.
“The parish clerk has instituted the production of a full risk register, which has been completed. A revision of the Village Emergency Plan has also been completed. This has involved considerable work and my thanks go to Mr Neave.
“I turn to Parish owned land: At last we have completed the legal processes, which register the Millennium Copse as belonging to the parish council with the Land Registry. This brought to conclusion an issue that has been running for more than 10 years.
“The parish council sold a small part of Stafford Mount, which did not adversely affect the area but brought in £3,000 to assist with parish council finances.
“In the very near future you will see the resurfacing of the parking area and paths within the cemetery. This is at some considerable expenditure but at the same time the cemetery does provide some income for the parish.
‘Happy to work with those across county border’
“Due to the great support of LymeForward, you will soon see a new footpath from the village hall on the stream side of the road to opposite the entrance to Hacker’s Mead. This will involve traffic lights on Lyme Road for a few weeks (suspended during the late spring Bank Holiday) but will provide a footway opposite Stanbury. A footpath to cover that stretch of road was high on the wish-list during Neighbourhood Plan consultation.
“We will shortly be turning our attention to Grogg Lane where EDDC have already designed a chicane and we are embarking on a full traffic management study for the village.
“You may have already noticed improvement work on the rest of the footpath from Hacker’s Mead towards Lyme has already started and there will be a new bridge at the end of Bumpy field. I would sincerely like to thank those at LymeForward for their obtaining a grant to enable this work and for including Uplyme in their plans. I would also like to compliment Cllr Turner and others for their vision in wishing to improve this path.
“Despite some reports to the contrary, you will note that we are happy to work with those across the county boundary and have consistently attempted to do so.
“I would like to draw attention to the defibrillator, which is installed at the village hall kitchen entrance. I would be grateful if all who use the village hall and KG5 make all participants aware of its existence.
“Finally, I would like to record my thanks to all those who give freely of their time to ensure that the parish remains a wonderful place to live. There are many areas covered by this voluntary work, which involves councillors, local volunteers and other committees responsible for activities and facilities within the parish.
“I would also like to thank our county and district councillors for their support.”
Councillor James finished his review by asking residents to join the village clean-up event this Sunday (May 13), meeting at the Black Dog at 9am.