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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.

 
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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.

Thank you to everyone who attended the second consultation event in Upottery Manor Rooms, February 6,7 & 8. All comments will be carefully considered by the Neighbourhood Plan Team and you will be hearing about the plan  shortly.

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?




June 26, 2015: Connecting Devon and Somerset have failed to agree a contract with BT for the Phase 2, rural superfast broadband programme. This is the worst possible outcome for Devon & Somerset taxpayers and is likely to mean broadband speeds will not improve until 2020.

Devon & Somerset are now THE ONLY COUNTIES IN THE UK not to have a Phase 2 programme in place designed to provide a minimum 95% superfast coverage. Connecting Devon & Somerset say they will have a third attempt at finding a supplier(s) which will take a minimum of 6 months, but more likely a year to put in place. Do you think CDS should be allowed a third attempt?

See BBC News

Summary of Broadband Public Meeting August 5th 2015, Upottery.

Along with invited speakers, Devon County Councillor Paul Diviani, Neil Parish MP and Michael Armitage, of Broadway Partners, Devon County Councillor and CDS Board Member Andrew Leadbetter also came along to the Upottery Broadband Public Meeting on August 5th.

With the current state of affairs being that CDS has failed to complete two aborted Phase 2 procurements, all Conservative politicians who spoke at the meeting were closing ranks, desperate not to talk about the past failed procurements and only wanting to talk about what they see as the way out of the hole.

As meeting chairman, Graham Long, Upottery Parish Councillor, summarised the current situation pointing out that Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Broadband has described the fact that Devon & Somerset are now the only two counties in the UK not to have Phase 2 contracts covering the whole of both counties, as a fiasco and calling for the Board of CDS to be sacked. Neil Parish described Ian Liddell-Grainger as being “prepared to jump on any bandwagon” and dismissed criticism of what had happened over the last 18 months as water under the bridge stating that “we are where we are” - A phrase that has been used at all three previous public meetings organised on broadband in Upottery.

Michael Armitage, founder of Broadway Partners, the company delivering the only UK Phase 2 Superfast Broadband programme, that is providing 100% superfast coverage to all residents and businesses in West Oxfordshire, gave an overview of their “co-partnership” superfast delivery model. Broadway proposed this solution to CDS last year in response to their aborted open tender process and is making the same proposal for CDS’s third attempt at securing a Phase 2 supplier or suppliers. The Broadway approach achieves 100% coverage by bringing in additional external finance alongside BDUK matched funding. FTTP is Broadway’s primary broadband delivery vehicle but the programme is technology agnostic

The audience warmly received Michael Armitage’s input and described him as “a ray of sunshine” compared to the “light at the end of a very long tunnel”, which is all that CDS have offered so far. It was even suggested that the CDS Phase 2 programme should be handed over to Broadway for the whole of the two counties outside of the National Parks.

Assuming the CDS Board can obtain EU state aid approval for a third Phase 2 open tendering process and that BDUK, the LEP and the various District Councils do all provide the required funding it was estimated that another ITT will be issued before the end of 2015 with suppliers chosen during 2016. Since BDUK funding was first made available for Phase 2 in January 2014, this represents a two year delay in delivering Phase 2, and after some heated debate it was agreed that Cllr Andrew Leadbetter has a duty at that time to tell residents of Upottery parish and similar “out of programme” rural parishes across Devon & Somerset exactly when and how they can expect to be offered a superfast broadband service.

B4RDS (Broadband for Rural Devon & Somerset) was formally announced at the end of the meeting as a lobby/pressure group that will from here on monitor, challenge and question the delivery of Broadband in rural Devon & Somerset and over a dozen of those present volunteered to join the B4RDS working group.

For more information on B4RDS go to www.B4RDS.org

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As of July 2015, all of Upottery parish with the exception of the north of the parish around Lambpark Farm, served by the Churchstanton (01823) exchange, remain "out of programme" for Phase 1, the current programme which runs through to 2017. The following maps are taken from the CDS website: http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

 Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge are all "OUT OF PROGRAMME" (the grey area on the map) 
Blue = "under evaluation". Orange = "coming soon".

The map below shows the Upottery parish boundary overlaid on the CDS map.

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.



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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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