Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


Update on roadworks at Tunnel Hill: The contractors working on the roadworks at Welland Road have told us they are unable to maintain a safe access from the Upton side of the works, so for residents, through traffic and those living along the closure route itself Milestone Road is now inaccessible from the Upton side

Anybody wanting to drive to Milestone Road or to residences along the closure route from Upton will now have to go round one of the diversion routes. This may change as the works progress and we will update everyone if so. 

Pedestrian access is available through the works.


Shuttle bus through Tunnel Hill roadworks: Due to the closure of the A4104 Welland Road, bus services 363 and 365 will be diverted. There will be a free shuttle service for the duration of the roadworks - please click here for the timetable that will operate. For more information, please call Traveline on 0871 2002233. The shuttle service is now operating to get people to and from Upton and Hanley Swan. The shuttle uses Hyde Lane, Upper Hook Road and Greenfields Road to get around the works. Please use the bus stop at Monsell Lane. The bus stop at Milestone Road will not be used for the duration of the works. 


Roadworks at Tunnel Hill: Part of the Welland Road will be closed from Monday 4th February to Friday 22nd February inclusive. The road will be closed from the junction of Milestone Road to the junction of Greenfields Road – Greenfields Road and Milestone Road themselves will be accessible. Access will be permitted through the works for residents living along that section of the Welland Road only. The diversion route can be found at www.roadworks.org -  if you put in the location and the dates it will show the closed section of road and the diversion route highlighted in blue.


Town Council and Committee meetings in February: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th February 2019 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 5th February (Planning and Community Development). All meetings start at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Memorial Hall unless otherwise stated. Residents are welcome to attend and have an opportunity to ask questions if they wish. If you are disabled and unable to go up the stairs but still wish to attend a meeting, please contact the Clerk and arrangements will be made to hold the meeting downstairs. 

If you would like to comment on any of the information above or request a copy of the minutes of any meeting, please contact the Town Council office at: Memorial Hall, Old Street, Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HA, tel: 01684 592273; email: clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk or text/ WhatsApp to 07795 608892. Our website can be found by googling “Upton upon Severn Town Council” and clicking on the top link.  


Film at the Memorial Hall in February:
Saturday 16th February 2019    "THE GREATEST SHOWMAN"   Cert PG    7.30pm
The Greatest Showman dazzles the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder and an intriguing real-life story. 

This will be a charity fund raising event on behalf of the Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, Cllr Andrea Morgan, so we will be having some special arrangements for this performance including a raffle and circus decoration and entertainments. 

There will be informal seating around tables and the bar will be open during the performance, so you can top up your glass any time you like, or have a bottle of wine at your table. If you like, you can dress up in circus-themed outfits, other cheerful costumes or just come as you are – all are welcome. 

The event will raise vital funds for Worcester Cancer Aid, a charity set up to relieve the financial pressures of cancer sufferers and their families. Registered charity no. 504647

Doors open 7pm. Bar and Refreshments available.

Coming soon
Saturday 23rd March 2019    "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY"   Cert 12A   A foot-stomping celebration of Queen and Freddie
Saturday 27th April 2019   "THE CHILDREN ACT"   Cert 12   A distressing dilemma   
Saturday 18th May 2019   "A STAR IS BORN"   Cert 15    Romantic drama 
Saturday 15th June 2019    "STAN AND OLLIE"   Cert 12A    The great double act 


Consultation on the future of Upton Library:  The County Council needs to make more cuts and these will affect libraries in the county including Upton’s. For Upton Library the proposal is to cut all paid staff and try to fill these roles with volunteers. Despite the excellent work of the library volunteers to date, at a recent meeting with the County Council, they expressed dismay at the total loss of the librarian. 

The Town Council and Upton Villages Together, who run the library building, are also both opposed to the changes and will hold further meetings with the County Council later this month.

Please take part in the consultation. This ends on 2nd February and implementation of changes will be in summer 2019. To do the survey (1) Online via this link: “Libraries – Have Your Say”. You don’t have to fill in all the boxes, and can leave out the parts that relate to other libraries.  (2) Visit the library and ask for a paper copy. If you have any problems with this, please get in touch with the Town Council.

The deadline for responses is the 28th February 2019. 

Congratulations: To Upton in Bloom who have achieved the coveted Gold award at the recent Britain in Bloom ceremony. This is a great achievement as Upton was judged between competitors from all over the country not just in the Midlands.  Over the years Upton in Bloom has gained Silver Gilt and Silver awards at the national competition but have now achieved the much-deserved Gold award that they have been chasing and we applaud them wholeheartedly.


NEW PLAY AREA LAUNCH!  The new play area is now open! The launch event took place on Saturday 27th November – many thanks to all who attended. If you haven’t been to see the park yet, come along – there is something for children of all ages and lots of seating for supervising parents and grandparents. We will be putting in the landscaping over the next month or so and Upton in Bloom have promised to help, so it’s bound to look amazing.

See our video of the construction below.



Bank location: The mobile bank will be in Upton in the OLD STREET CAR PARK from now onwards on Mondays 10am to 12pm and Fridays from 10am to 3pm, closed between 12.15 and 1pm for lunch.  


New housing development: A new housing estate of 43 properties is due to be built at Tunnel Hill, on the field approximately opposite the entrance to Milestone Road. Building is now underway and the development will take about 2 years to complete. We have a plan of the layout upstairs at the Memorial Hall and anyone is welcome to come and have a look (our opening hours are 10am – 2pm weekdays).


Pavement repairs: Repairs to the pavement in Court Street have been scheduled to take place early next year. 


Concerned about anti-social behaviour and vandalism? If you hear a disturbance, hear rowdy or loud behaviour that worries you or see anyone damaging anything or smashing bottles then ring 101 and report it to the police. We often hear about people’s concerns but very often they don’t report it because they think it’s not serious enough to bother the police with or that by the time police arrive, the people involved will have gone.

But report it anyway. The police ARE interested in these incidents and you won’t be wasting anyone’s time. They may not send anyone along immediately but they may put the area onto their routine patrols or, if the incident involves youngsters, visit the schools. And a few patrols by the police might prevent other incidents or deter people from making trouble in a particular location.

Call 101. Report it, every time. If it worries you then the police need to know.


Council Facebook page: For information, notice of meetings and other news, visit the Council's Facebook page and click like to get our updates. 


Update on Roadworks at Marina: Work will re-start onsite in September for the final Phase of works – Phase 3. This will involve raising the road between Fish Meadow/ Marina Entrance and Outside Rag House/Ryall's Chase and installing culverts beneath the new road. As with Phase 1 and 2, works will be undertaken under temporary traffic lights with a number of night closures at the end of the phase to fully surface and white line the carriageway. No day closures of the A4104 are expected to take place during this phase and further communications will go out in late August detailing the Phase 3 programme.


Upton Shuttle: The Upton Shuttle is a community bus service that brings passengers into Upton from their homes in and around Upton, Welland, Ripple, Uckinghall, Ryall, Naunton and anywhere else requested every Friday morning…and then takes them home again!

The service is greatly valued by its passengers and is truly inclusive. No-one has to go to a bus stop and wheelchairs are welcomed. There is a stop of about 45 minutes to an hour in the town but an enjoyable part of the trip is the bus journey itself where passengers can chat and get to know each other during the pick-ups. 

The Shuttle is seeking new volunteer drivers. If you can spare a Friday morning up to about lunchtime please get in touch, either with us or with Community Care, who run the service, via Jackie Phillips, Community Action, 28-30 Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern, WR14 4PZ.  


Rubbish Collections:

You can view the web page at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/waste-changes.

Please send any queries you may have wastechanges@malvernhills.gov.uk


Malvern Hills Food Bank:  The Food Bank is located at Unit 4, Spring Court, Spring Lane South, Malvern, WR14 1AT and is open to residents of Upton upon Severn and surrounding areas too. It is open on Mondays and Thursdays 10.15am - 12.45pm. 

The Food Bank works on a voucher system, so if you or someone you know needs help, please go to one of the local referral agencies who will do their best to help with the problem and if, necessary, provide a voucher which can be exchanged for a 3-day supply of emergency food from the Food Bank in Malvern or from one of the distribution centres.

Referral agencies in Upton upon Severn: Fortis Living, Children’s Centres, Social Services Worcestershire County Council, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and others – please check the website for the Malvern Hills Food Bank for the full list.

Local distribution centre: Riverboats Children’s Centre, Upton Primary School, School Lane, Upton upon Severn

The majority of recipients of Food Bank supplies are in work. In many cases, people are just getting by but then suffer an unexpected crisis, such as unemployment or illness, which casts them into financial difficulty. The food bank volunteers can also offer advice to people on how to manage their situation, with advice on benefits or other help that is available.

Can you help?…

By donating food? There are collection points at Roberts & Egan estate agents and Riverboats Children’s Centre, Upton Primary School, School Lane. Donations of rice, tinned meat, fish and tomatoes, tomato ketchup, pasta sauces, tea, coffee, fruit squash, jam, marmite, biscuits, fruit juice and shampoo are all greatly welcomed.

By donating your time? The Food Bank is run entirely by volunteers, including the administrators and accountants. Help is always needed at the weekly Food Bank sessions sorting food, assembling food parcels, in admin sorting rotas, vouchers and printing, or just to chat to people who come in, so they know they’re not on their own.

By donating money? The Food Bank need to purchase items for supplies that it is short of, and to pay for rent, printing and other operating costs.


Defibrillators in Upton upon Severn: Upton now has Community Public Access Defibrillators which are sited at Upton upon Severn Primary School in School Lane, The Hill Centre, Tunnel Hill and at the Sports Club building in Old Street. There are situated on outside walls in hi-vis yellow cabinets. The defibrillator at the Sports Club is in an unlocked cabinet for quick access. An alarm will sound when the cabinet is opened. To acess the other two cabinets, you will need to call 999 for the access code. 

In event of someone calling 999 and Ambulance Control establishing that there is a possible cardiac arrest they will ask if there is anyone present who can fetch the defibrillator and someone who is prepared to use it.

Ambulance control will tell the caller where it is and give them a code number to open the wall mounted box and retrieve the machine. The defibrillators are designed to be used by untrained people and alongside the support and advice that will be coming over the phone from Ambulance Control the machine gives verbal instructions as each step is performed.

After use the machine will be taken away by the ambulance crew for data download, cleaning etc. and then returned to site. In the event of someone going to the box without first speaking to Ambulance Control there are written instructions telling them to dial 999 and quote the reference number displayed on the cabinet, the process would then continue as above.

There is also a defibrillator in the Ye Olde Anchor Public House but that operates on a different system. Staff at the pub are trained to use the defibrillator and they would either be activated by ambulance control or react to any events they were made aware of.


Rural Reels: We are looking for volunteers to help with the organisation and running of screenings, particularly anyone who would like to receive training as a technician to operate the DVD and sound systems. If you are interested please contact the Town Clerk at clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk  

If you or any organisation you represent would like a private screening or to show a film as part of an event you are planning, please contact the Town Council office to discuss this. Commercial films and licences can be supplied or you can show your own film if you wish.




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