Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


Councillor Surgery: There will be a Councillor Surgery on the 2nd September between 10am and 12 noon. If you have any issue that you would like to discuss with a Town Councillor, please contact the office to book a slot. 

New season of films at the Memorial Hall: The new season of films will start in September. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see, please let us know by phone, email, text or WhatsApp message. The autumn / winter season of films will feature one film with subtitles.

New playground in Upton: The Town Council has been consulting on its proposed new play area. There will be a display in the library between the 4th and 26th August and a face-to-face session at the play area itself on Wednesday 30th August. Please come along, look at the proposals and let us know what you think. Paper copies of the survey are available at the library and Memorial Hall. 

Cemetery: The Town Council entered the Cemetery into the Heart of England in Bloom competition in its ‘Parks and Open Spaces’ category’. The judges came to look round on the 18th July, on the same day as the Town judging, so we now await the results.

Report from the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group: At its meeting on the 20th June, the Council discussed the report and recommendations, and the following was agreed:

If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the Town Council office. The next step is to discuss the recommendations with the County Councillor.

Community Speed Watch: At the June Town Council meeting the Council decided to look into applying to start a Community Speed Watch scheme in Upton parish, and a Task and Finish Group was set up. Community Speed Watch (CSW) schemes are co-ordinated by the police but managed and run by volunteers in the community. The scheme enables local people to take an active role in road safety and make their community safer.

At specified safe locations, volunteers monitor the speed of passing vehicles with a hand-held speed detection device. Offending vehicles’ details are recorded on a log sheet, the make / model and registration number of the vehicle and the speed recorded by the hand-held device. Log sheets are submitted to safer neighbourhood teams within seven days, who then arrange for warning letters to be sent to the registered keepers with advice on safer driving.

Town Council and Committee meetings in August: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th August 2017. This will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 1st August (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.

Road works on A4104 by Marina entrance:  The County Council have appointed a contractor to raise the level of the A4104 by the marina so that the road no longer floods. 530m (580 yards) of the road will be raised up to 0.8m (2½ feet) starting at the junction with East Waterside. Parts of the carriageway will be widened and culverts will be added under the road to aid water flow.

The works start in October 2017 for 6 months and there will be traffic lights closing one lane for most of the duration of the works. The County Council will monitor the effect on traffic whilst the construction takes place. They hope to keep people informed about waiting times for traffic queues.

The Hanley Road will not be raised. The County Council have looked into the possibility but have not found a solution that is possible and affordable. There are too many entranceways off the road and the water crosses from one side to the other via the brook. Even if the road was raised or a wall was built, large pumps would need to continuously pump water fed by the brook back into the river, similar to the scheme at Kempsey, and it would be hugely expensive to put in place and maintain.

Mayor-Making: The Council is pleased to announce that Cllr Simon Yates was voted in as Mayor of Upton upon Severn and Cllr Mrs Henrietta Ross as Deputy Mayor at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council meeting on the 23rd May.

New Councillors: The Council offers a warm welcome to its newest members, Cllrs Neil Baldwin, Martin Boulter and Alan Goadby who were co-opted onto the Council at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council meeting on the 23rd May. We very much look forward to working with them.  

New County Councillor: Cllr Paul Middlebrough was elected as County Councillor for the Croome Division at the election on the 4th May. The Town Council looks forward to working with him. We would also like to thank our former County Councillor Roger Sutton for his 4 years of diligent work for the division.

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.

We are urgently seeking a new co-ordinator for the Shuttle. There are currently six drivers, all volunteers, who share the rota. Please contact us for more information or speak to the current co-ordinator, Simon Wilkinson, on 01684 592894.

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Upton Curlew Project:  The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has been contacted by several members of the public with the exciting news that there are curlews ‘bubbling’ (courtship displaying) on the Upton Ham. Older members of the community may remember a time when curlews were a common sight locally but these ground-nesting birds are sadly now listed as globally threatened.

The UK population of curlews is internationally important and critical to the species’ survival. Recent surveys suggest declines of over 50% UK wide (with a terrifying 97% loss in Ireland) and it is no exaggeration to say that the species represents one of the most pressing conservation concerns in Britain today.

We are keen to protect the two breeding pairs on the Upton Ham and ask that dog walkers keep their dogs with them on the paths until the 31st July when the young birds should be independent enough to fly the nest. If you walk on the Ham, please spread the word – and look out for the Upton curlews while you’re there.

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.


Rural Communities Programme: The South Worcestershire Rural Communities Programme is now expanding into Malvern Hills District. The aim of the programme is to support vulnerable individuals and communities in rural South Worcestershire including older people and the socially isolated. It also hopes to maximise uptake and impact of existing public, voluntary and community services. 

Hanley Road car park rear access: The Town Council and working group took the results of the survey to the MHDC Council meeting on the 6th December. Unfortunately the reply that came back was not quite as the Council had hoped, with the initial response criticising the information provided, reporting that it was still too dangerous to open up the rear access for general use and suggesting the County Council be contacted to provide an actual road through the car park with the likely loss of the recycling centre. This suggestion did not find favour with the Town Council and the installation of speed bumps was again suggested as a more practical alternative. At the January Town Council meeting, District Cllr M. Morgan reported that a meeting had subsequently been held between the local District Councillors at the site who are sympathetic to reopening the access but need to persuade some fellow Councillors and officers who made the closure decision in the first place. The County Council had not expressed much interest in taking on the installation of a public highway through the car park but the District Council officers had also contacted their insurer to ask about ways to make the entrance safe. We hope that the matter will be able to be debated at a District Council meeting and, if so, the working group will make representation.

Council Tax: The Town Council decided at its meeting on the 17th January that it would request a precept of £124,823 for 2017/18, which is an increase of £1,000 on last year. This extra funding will be put towards the increase in rates on the Council’s free car park and towards the running of a van for the Caretaker, which we will be purchasing in the near future. The increase will come from the Town Council’s portion of residents’ Council Tax and we estimate that there will be an increase to a Band D household of just under 45p per month due to this.

Power Cut Helpline: There is a new number to call in the event of a power cut. Call 105 – and don’t get left in the dark.

New Bus Service: The Community Bus service from Upton, round the villages to Malvern and back is now up and running. It is a Dial-A-Ride service so you will need to phone and book. Leaflets detailing the journeys and contact numbers are available from the Memorial Hall and around the town. If you can’t make the stairs at the Hall, please ring the bell and we will come down to you. Alternatively, phone us on 01684 592273 and we will send you a copy in the post. Don’t be stuck in at home – the new service has been put on so you don’t have to be.

Tactile paving in Upton: The Town Council wrote to the County Council to complain about the yellow plastic tiles situated on the pavements at junctions around Upton upon Severn. In August, work was carried out to replace them with new concrete style paviours but the Town Council were dismayed to find that only the ones in the High Street have been replaced. Further discussions are underway with the County Councillor to try and get the remaining ones replaced, especially the ones by Haywards which have seen the most accidents.

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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