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Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council

 

Roadworks Watch: From the County Council:

This week by the Marina (w/e 18 Feb):

 

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 will shortly identify 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 will be made once the quotes are in and the project is in the hands of the MHDC legal department. 

 

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

 

Update on roadworks in Old Street (23/1/18): The contractor working on the gas mains has reported to us that the Old Street parking bays will be coned off at the end of next week (1st - 2nd February), or possibly from Monday 5th February if there are delays. The Old Street parking bays will be out of action for 3 weeks. Deliveries, and access for their own vehicles will still be possible. 

 

Roadworks by marina: These road-raising works will be commencing sometime in February and we anticipate that traffic lights will be in force from mid to late February. We will have more information nearer the time, so please keep an eye on the Town Council’s website for updates if you can. 

 

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.  

 

Film at the Memorial Hall in February: Saturday 17th February “Going in Style” Cert 12    7.30pm

Doors open 7pm. Bar and Refreshments available. See our Rural Reels tab for more details on this and other film showings.

 

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. Households should have received a letter by now to say whether they will be able to have a wheelie bin or if they are to stay on black sacks due to problems storing or accessing a wheelie bin. 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. 

Town Council and Committee meetings in February: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 6th 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. 

 

Roadworks by marina: We have received updated information on the roadworks by the marina. From the County Council: We can now confirm that our Term Contractor, Alun Griffiths Contractors, will mobilise and commence work onsite from 22 January 2018. The initial works will involve the set-up of the site office, site preparation and clearance and some 'off line' works that, initially, may not directly affect the carriageway.

This first phase of works will take place in the region of the Marina and will require some traffic management in order to carry out the works.  We will confirm the start date of the temporary traffic lights as soon as possible before they are in operation.

We will continue to liaise with utility companies, including Balfour Beattie working on behalf of Cadent Gas, working in  the Upton area to ensure traffic is managed and disruptions kept to a minimum during the peak periods. This will include using manual interventions to manage the traffic flows as needed and the use of site staff assessing the best use of traffic management on the A4104.

As previously mentioned, we plan to carry out work in three broad phases:

(i) Marina

(ii) Holly Green

(iii) Culverts and floodplain work 

This is so as to minimise disruption during the summer "festival period" when we will focus on the completion of  offline works during this time, reducing the use of Traffic Management. 

The dedicated webpage will be kept up to date with the progress of the works once they start and, as of later today, will show an update similar to this one. The page can be found here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20427/flood_alleviation_schemes/1433/flood_alleviation_schemes

Worcestershire County Council will have a Project Manager on site who will be available to discuss works progress.

 

Roadworks in town: The gas works commenced on the 8th January, starting at the Minge Lane end of the town. The links below provide more information on the scheme and phasing of the works.

Letter

Leaflet

Poster

Link to Cadent Gas website

The works will move from the Minge Lane end of the town towards the riverfront, with gas pipe replacement in Backfields Lane the last part to be done. The duration of the work is expected to be 15 weeks. We have been told that the on-street parking in Old Street will be out of action while works are being carried out along this section, which is due to start in approximately two weeks time. Access to the Old Street car park will be maintained. 

 

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. The works will take place in the New Year, hopefully around March, weather permitting. 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.

 

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 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.

 

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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