Upton upon Severn is a small town and civil parish in the Malvern Hills district of Worcestershire. It is one of only two towns to have a river frontage onto the River Severn and accordingly the river has played a large part in the town’s history, and contributes to its bustling economy today.
The town has first-rate shopping facilities that cater for everyday needs as well as the frequent tourists who visit the region. There are four churches, a primary school and many hotels, restaurants and public houses to suit all tastes and budgets. The High School is situated a short distance away in the neighbouring parish of Hanley Castle.
The parish includes the rural areas of Longdon Heath and the Hook and in total has population of approximately 3000 people.
Parish and Town Councils were established by the Local Government Act of 1894. However it is the Local Government Act 1972 that guides the Council’s work and sets out the Powers and Duties of Town and Parish Councils. Parish and Town Councils comprise the first tier of Local Government making decisions on behalf of their residents. In Worcestershire there are three tiers of local government with the second tier council locally being Malvern Hills District Council and the third tier council Worcestershire County Council.
Upton upon Severn Town Council has 15 Council members and the term of office is four years. The last election of Town Councillors took place in May 2015. In this case the amount of people standing was less than 15, so those who stood were elected uncontested onto the Town Council.
Acknowledgements: Worcestershire County Council; Malvern Hills District Council; Worcestershire Association of Local Councils; Wikipedia; Jackie Surtees; Clara Clements