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Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council

Update on the road-works in town from Cadent: The gas works contractor will have finished High Street / Court Street / New Street / Waterside by the Folk Festival and will spend most of May doing Backfields Lane with a small team.

 

Update on the road-raising works from the County Council: Updated and confirmed night closures of the A4104 at Upton, these replace the dates originally sent out by mail on 28/03/18. 

As part of the flood alleviation works in Upton, a series of night closures on the A1404 will be taking place in April and May. This is to facilitate the resurfacing of carriageway and must be done at night to allow time for the running surface to have cooled and to provide minimum disruption to traffic and businesses. It is also essential to have the road re-opened without lights before the RHS Spring Festival on 10th May 2018. This will also substantially complete Phase 2 of the scheme.

The closures will take place from 8pm to 6am for a maximum of 9 nights during the following period:

28/04 to 12/05 inclusive Works will complete 06.00 on 13/05/18

We have informed the organisers of the Malvern Showground and Upton Folk Festival and continue to work with them.

A diversion route will be in place for vehicles which takes them over the Carrington Bridge. Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to use a temporary footway, which will be built next to the current footway.

The road will be closed from approx. 100m after the Marina entrance to the layby before Ryall Road – highlighted as Phase 2 on the below map – and signage will be in place on site from 15 April.

Access to existing properties will be maintained at all times and affected properties will be letter dropped the week before works starts

During these essential night closures, raising of the road will take place and the part of the road affected by the night closure will be fully resurfaced and white lined

Traffic lights will continue to be used during the day with the peaks of traffic being manually managed to help with traffic flow.

The road raising contractors will be working on Saturdays and Sundays now to try to complete the phase. There will be traffic lights over the Folk Festival weekend but as the contractors will be working for most of it they will be able to monitor the length of the queues in both directions. There will no overnight closures on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Folk Festival weekend.

 

New Councillor: The Council offers a warm welcome to its newest members, Cllr Kerry Laughton-McConnon and Cllr Debbie Collings. We very much look forward to working with them.

 

Annual Town Meeting:  The Annual Town Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Local organisations will be presenting on their work over the last year and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to find out more or ask questions of the Council or local groups. Please come along and have your say on any local issue. Free refreshments available. All welcome.

 

Film at the Memorial Hall in April:

Saturday 21st April “Paddington 2” Cert PG   6.30pm

Darkest Peru’s most lovable bear is back, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes in this enchanting family adventure. Searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) spots a unique book for sale and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief… With an all-star returning cast joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.

Doors open 6pm.  Film starts 6.30pm.  PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME.  Bar and Refreshments available. See our Rural Reels tab for more details on this and other film showings.

 

Town Council and Committee meetings in April: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th April 2018 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. 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.

 

New Street Play Area: Good progress is being made on the New Street Play area project. Following the extremely useful public consultations the Task and Finish Group were able to write a comprehensive Invitation to Tender document which was placed on the gov.uk website on 27th November 2017. The closing date for tenders from interested parties was noon on 24th January and that afternoon the tenders were opened and recorded by the Clerks and a Councillor not involved in the project. The Task and Finish Group members met on a number of occasions to evaluate tenders and have identified a shortlist of tenders for further consideration and consultation. During the tender process three site visits were held to answer questions relating to the project from interested parties. These were well attended. The group is also looking at whether improvements can be made to the skatepark to accommodate scooters.  The S106 application for funds has been submitted to MHDC and we await information on its progress.

 

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: MHDC is planning to implement changes to their rubbish collections from April 2018 as part of efforts to save £1.45million from their budget. This will involve moving from black sack collections to fortnightly wheelie bin collections, with black bins being emptied one week and recycling waste the next. Please note that, if you are not eligible for a wheelie bin, your black sacks will be collected fortnightly from the 2nd April.

MHDC have created a dedicated page on their website with a list of frequently asked questions on it and will update the information as they firm up more details and move closer to the launch date. A dedicated email address has also been set up so people can submit queries not covered by the FAQs.

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

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

 

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

 

Big Lottery Fund: The Town Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its bid for lottery funding for reinforcement to the entrance to the playing field. Very many thanks to everyone who gave their support.  

 

Changes to the Community Bus Service CB3: For passengers from Hanley Swan, Hanley Castle, Upton upon Severn, Welland, Upper Welland and Malvern Wells going to Great Malvern, the Retail Park, Barnards Green, Three Counties Showground, Malvern rail stations and Prospect View surgery: The service between Upton and Malvern has been revised. CB3 runs every Tuesday to Friday leaving Barnards Green at 10.00am, Upton at 10.30am via Welland, Upper Welland, Malvern Wells, Great Malvern, the Retail Park, Barnard's Green, Three Counties Showground, Hanley Swan & Hanley Castle arriving Great Malvern approximately 11.00am. The return trip leaves Great Malvern at 12.30pm & Barnards Green at 12.40pm.

All journeys must be pre-booked. For more information or to book your journey, please call Community Action on 01684 892381 (9.30am - 3.30pm Mon - Thurs, 9.30 - 12.30 pm Fridays). The poster and timetable is available here with paper copies available in libraries, Barnards Green Post Office, TICs and from the Town Council office.

This is a ‘Ring and Book' service operated by Community Action Malvern and Malvern Dial-a-Ride which is flexible to meet your local transport needs.

 

Heart of England in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards’: The Town Council put forward Upton Cemetery in the Parks and Open Spaces category of the competition and we are delighted to report that we won a Silver Gilt Award! Representatives from the Council went along to the ceremony on the 20th September to collect the certificate.

 

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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