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Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council

Vacancy for a Councillor: There is a vacancy for a Councillor on the Town Council. If you would like to consider joining the Council, please collect an application form from the Memorial Hall in Old Street, email clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk or download a copy hereThe deadline for applications is Friday 17th November. 

Councillor Surgery: There will be a Councillor Surgery on the 4th November between 10am and 11am. The session will be run as a 'drop-in' so you can just turn up if you like without booking. 

The Roadworks Are Almost Here: The works to raise the section of the A4104 by the marina to prevent flooding will start this month. Unfortunately, traffic disruption will be unavoidable.

From the County Council: Initial works start on site from 2nd October - temporary traffic lights will be in place for 4 weeks whilst the site is cleared and will only be used when needed. The main works on the road are expected to start at the end of October and will continue through to next spring. More details on these works to follow soon.

To find out more about the scheme please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/uptonfloodscheme

Suggestions for alternative routes will also be available on this site soon. For travel information throughout the scheme, please follow @WorcsTravel on Twitter.

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.

Town Council and Committee meetings in October: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th October 2017. This will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 3rd October (Planning and Community Development) and 24th October (Open Spaces). 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. 

 Donation to St Richards Hospice: At the Town Council meeting on the 15th August the Council was delighted to present a cheque for £773 to St Richard’s Hospice. Former Mayor, Cllr Tim Dance, who had decided to support the hospice as one of his chosen charities, paid tribute to the work done by staff and volunteers at the hospice. The organisation, which is a charity, cares for patients and families in Worcestershire who are living with life-limiting illnesses.

Each year free care and support is given to around 3,000 patients, loved ones and the bereaved, and this crucial service is dependent on charitable donations to fund three-quarters of its work.

Film at the Memorial Hall:

Coming soon!

21st October 2017               Hidden Figures (PG) 7.30pm

18th November 2017           Their Finest (12A) 7.30pm

20th January 2018               Dunkirk (12A) 7.30pm

Doors open half an hour before film starts. Bar and Refreshments available.

Community Speed Watch: The Council has 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.

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.

 

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. 

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.

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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