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This is the website for all things to do with the parish of Upottery in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon and comprising the villages of Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge.

 
If you run a club or society in the area and would like your own page on this website to advertise your activities please email the Editor. 
Similarly if you run a business which you would like the site to list on the Businesses page please send an email also. 
Any other comments or feedback are also very welcome at any time. 

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A Neighbourhood Plan for Upottery Parish is being created with the support of Upottery Parish Council and in conjunction with 9 other parishes in the Blackdown Hills. 

During August 2014 a questionnaire was delivered  to all properties in the parish to understand what is most important to local people and what the Neighbourhood Plan should focus upon.

Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition - Upottery Manor Rooms
Friday 31st October, 10am until 12 Noon
Saturday 1st November, 12 Noon until 6pm
This is an opportunity to see the results of the recent Questionnaire and view the progress made in pulling together the Upottery Parish Neighbourhood Plan. Members of the Steering Group will be on hand to answer questions and take note of any feedback. Please drop in and contribute to the Plan which will determine the scale of any development that takes place in the Parish until 2030. We look forward to seeing you.

For more information see:



For the latest news of what is happening in and around Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge,
see the Latest News page.

Have you seen the new page where you can list unwanted items for free collection or things you wish to sell?




Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge continue to miss out on 
Superfast Broadband

In August 2014, Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) released new coverage maps showing that Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge have now been declared "OUT OF PROGRAMME" by CDS and will get no benefit from the £94M being invested in Superfast Broadband (>24Mbps) across the two counties, despite the fact that the people of Upottery parish pay the same taxes as everyone else.
Read more about this and what it means for you at Broadband   


This is the August 2014 map from the CDS website showing that Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge are all now "OUT OF PROGRAMME" (the grey area on the map)
See more details on the CDS maps at: CDS release new broadband deployment maps

A new On-line Petition has been set up requesting Devon & Somerset County Councils to ensure that the chosen Superfast Extension Programme supplier(s) provides superfast broadband to as close to 100% of all properties in the two counties as is possible by requiring supplier(s) to invest in the project and not simply settling for the easy option of just spending public money only to get 95% coverage, thereby leaving 22,000 properties with no improvement in broadband until the end of this decade. 
Please add your name to this petition. 
The request for tenders will go out November 20 with supplier contract(s) signed April 1st 2015. 

On September 18, the earlier 1,100 name broadband petition for Faster Rural Broadband, run from this website, together with a letter from Parish Councillors in Upottery, Yarcombe and Otterford parishes was handed to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and responsible for the UK Superfast Broadband project. 
This was made possible by Rebecca Pow, the prospective Conservative candidate for Taunton Deane in next year's General Election.
  

Parish Councillors from Upottery, Churchstanton, Yarcombe and Otterford parishes discuss the 1,100 name petition for better rural broadband with Rebecca Pow outside the Candlelight Inn in Bishopswood
Left to right, Mike Canham (Otterford), Steve Horner (Yarcombe), Ian Firth (Churchstanton), Graham Long (Upottery), Rebecca Pow.
See Letters to Rt Hon. Sajid Javid from Rebecca Pow and Parish Councillors for full details.

Two new pages on broadband issues have been added October 5:

East Devon District Council have released the Final Report of their Broadband Scrutiny Panel set up in January 2014 to examine the CDS/BT contract. It is a blistering attack on CDS/BT secrecy. Read the full report at: http://issuu.com/gglong/docs/broadband_taff_final_report_161014/1

For the latest news on fast broadband in rural Devon & Somerset, please see our Facebook page:
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Use the BT Wholsale Speed Tester to test your broadband speed.
Use the BT ADSL Checker to see what download speeds your line is capable of delivering.
Use the Rightmove Speed Meter to see what Rightmove advertise to propsective home buyers as the broadband speed available at your postcode.



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Over 6,000 people have visited our website in the last year, including visitors from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and China. We hope you enjoyed reading about our parish. If you have found our website, whether from within the UK or from another country, please let us have your feedback - what items do you like, what would you like to read more about?
Please email your comments to the Editor at: upotterywebsite@gmail.com


The Parish of Upottery

(pronounced "Up-Ottery") in

The County of Devon

and comprising the villages of Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge

 Nestling at the centre of the 

Blackdown Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

and at the head of the River Otter which flows to the sea at the western end of Lyme Bay 

BEST KEPT VILLAGE 2011


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This website is supported by Upottery Parish Council.
The views of contributors are however not necessarily those of the Parish Council.
The website Editor reserves the right to withdraw any contribution from the website at any time.
The website Editor can be contacted at upotterywebsite@gmail.com