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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.

A further consultation event dealing specifically with future housing development in Upottery parish will take place at Upottery Manor Rooms:
Friday February 6, 10am to 12 Noon & 6pm to 8pm 
(Between 6pm to 8pm you can also attend the Broadband Public meeting - see below)
Saturday February 7, 12 Noon to 4pm
Sunday February 8, 11am to 4pm
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?

Broadband Public Meeting

(Organised by Upottery Parish Council)

Friday, February 6, 2015, 6pm to 8pm

In Upottery Manor Rooms EX14 9PL

(This meeting is open to everyone, not just people from Upottery parish) 

Neil Parish, MP for Honiton & Tiverton will chair the meeting.

Invited speakers include:

Phil Norrey, DCC Chief Executive & Chairman of the CDS Board

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, DCC portfolio holder for CDS

Keri Denton, DCC Head Economy & Enterprise & Director of CDS

Cllr Paul Diviani, Leader, EDDC & DCC Councillor

Cllr Ross Henley, Somerset CC & Taunton Deane Councillor

Paul Coles, BT South West Regional Partnerships Director

Last February, Neil Parish MP said he would like to come back to Upottery one year later to see how broadband provision has improved. It has since got worse, because last February, the whole of Upottery Parish was "Under Evaluation" for superfast fibre broadband but in August, 90% of the parish and large areas of the Blackdown Hills were declared "Out of Programme" by CDS

It will  be interesting to hear what excuses are given for this.

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) Blue = "under evaluation". Orange = "coming soon".
This map shows the Upottery parish boundary overlaid on the CDS map.

See more details on the CDS maps at: CDS release new broadband deployment maps

Read what the media are saying about the Broadband Public Meeting and the U-turn by Connecting Devon & Somerset who have now decided to hand the Phase 2 SEP 95% coverage contract to BT. This is not in the public interest!

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 45,000 properties with no improvement in broadband until the end of this decade. 
Please add your name to this petition. 

The SEP invitation to tender (ITT) was supposed to go out November 20 with suppliers required to respond by January 12 and contract(s) signed April 1st 2015. No ITT has yet been published.

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. 
The Countryside Alliance, in collaboration with a Software House in Bath & Queen Mary College, University of London, are offering free software that continuously monitors the performance of your broadband service and allows you compare your service to national benchmarks. The software, which runs in the background, does not record email or web use and will not degrade the performance of your computer. NB It works on PC or Mac desktop or laptop computers but does not yet work with tablets or smartphones.

Why not join us on Facebook where you can chat to many other people in the parish, post your own information or ask questions about anything that is going on in the parish. Click the link or logo to join us.

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 


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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