Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for 2018/19: We are pleased to announce that Cllr Simon Yates was re-elected as Mayor of Upton upon Severn at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council on the 22nd May. Cllr Henrietta Ross was also re-elected as Deputy Mayor for 2018/19.


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.


New Street Play Area: We are delighted to announce that the Town Council’s application for funding to upgrade the New Street play area has received approval. All aspects of the project were agreed other than the CCTV, which the MHDC S106 Officer Group did not feel met the conditions of the funding. We await formal confirmation from Malvern Hills District Council after which a Funding Agreement will be drawn up between the two councils. The Sport and Recreation Group will then be involved in the detailed project planning so that an estimated installation date can be identified. 


Road closures during Blues Festival: Following concerns of pedestrians walking in the road last year and general crowding of pedestrians and cars, the Blues Festival have made arrangements to close various roads in the town centre over the festival weekend. Old Street, New Street (part), High Street, Waterside, Dunns Lane (part) and Church Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from, at the earliest, 12 noon to midnight on Friday 20th July, Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July. The diversion route will take vehicles via Hanley.


Pavement patches following gas works: A list of poorly patched sections of footpath has been drawn up and sent to Cadent who have agreed to come and re-do them. The Council has also requested that the plastic bollards in New Street be replaced after being constantly flattened by lorries driving on the pavement during the works, and that the bollards outside Henry’s be replaced as they are scratched and damaged.


Old Road entrance to Playing Field: The works to reinforce field entrance to the playing field had been mostly completed with a section nearest the road due to be topped up with planings from the County Council later in the month.


Call for sites for housing or employment development: Malvern Hills District Council is asking for information on land that could potentially be suitable for future housing and employment development in south Worcestershire. Anyone who has an interest in land that could be suitable for potential development is being asked to register it at www.swdevelopmentplan.org. They will need to complete a form on the website, initially giving brief details of the land that is being suggested. The District Council are also interested in sites that has been put forward previously.

Anyone who knows of potentially suitable land is welcome to suggest it by 5pm on Monday 2nd July.


Town Council and Committee meetings in June: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 5th June (Planning and Community Development) and the 26th June (Open Spaces and Cemetery). 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.


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


New Councillor: The Council offers a warm welcome to its newest member, Cllr Debbie Collings. We very much look forward to working with her.


Many thanks… to Malvern Hills District Council for their donation towards the new town flags which went up for St George’s Day and will stay up all summer.


Roadworks: Cadent, who are carrying out the gas works in town, have now completed their work in High Street  / Old Street and will spend May doing work on the gas pipes in Backfields Lane with a small team. 


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 desperately 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 are sited at Upton upon Severn Primary School in School Lane, The Hill Centre, Tunnel Hill they are both on an outside wall in a hi-vis yellow cabinet.

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.


Volunteers sought: The Council is seeking community minded citizens to help out marshalling during road closures following an announcement from West Mercia Police that they will no longer be able to send police officers to close roads for events. We are hoping to compile a list of volunteers who can be called upon for events such as the Mayor’s Civic Service and Remembrance Day. You will be needed for less than an hour. If you would like to offer to help, please contact the Town Council office.


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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