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Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council

 

Old Street car park closure and works: We will be carrying out essential maintenance, surface cleaning and replacing the white lines in Old Street car park. This will require the car park to be closed and clear of all vehicle’s at 7am on Monday 17th September and it will re-open at 9am on Thursday 20th September. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

Calling all allotment holders and community orchard enthusiasts!

Upton upon Severn Town Council is fortunate to have been allocated land at the Milestone Farm development, off the Welland Road.

There will be new allotments and space for a community orchard, possibly available from September 2019. The Town Council believe this should be a community led venture and therefore would like to invite proposals for the management of the land and allotment association.

More details can be made available via the Memorial Hall or email: clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk.com

Otherwise, please register your interest or proposal by 5pm Friday 31st August 2018.

With 2018 marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of WW1, please do take up the opportunity to make your contribution!

 

New housing development: A new housing estate of 43 properties is due to be built at Tunnel Hill, on the field approximately opposite the entrance to Milestone Road. Building is due to start in August and the development will take about 2 years to complete. We have a plan of the layout upstairs at the Memorial Hall and anyone is welcome to come and have a look (our opening hours are 10am – 2pm weekdays).

 

Launch of the new path on the Playing Field: Following the Council’s grant from the Lottery, and the installation of the path, the launch event took place on Friday 20th July at the playing field. The Mayor gave a short speech and duly cut the ribbon to officially open the path on its busiest weekend of the year. The event was attended by, among others, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and members of the Town Council, the Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, Cllr Andrea Morgan, the Chairman of the Blues Festival, Graham Bunn, and members of the Sea Cadets.

 

New Play Area: The works will start on the installation of the New Street play area in early September and will take 6 – 8 weeks to complete. The old play area will not be accessible during the works although we will maintain pedestrian access across the field. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the winning playground design, it is on display upstairs at the Memorial Hall and you can ask us any questions you may have. The Skate Park will also have some work done to increase the size of the platforms to accommodate scooters.

 

Mobile Bank: After Lloyds Bank closes in October, Upton will be served by a mobile bank unit. This will visit for two hours on Mondays and all day Friday (exact times to be confirmed). Discussions are underway as to where the bank will park when it is in town.

 

Pavement repairs: Repairs to the pavement in Court Street have been scheduled to take place later this year. 

Concerned about anti-social behaviour and vandalism? If you hear a disturbance, hear rowdy or loud behaviour that worries you or see anyone damaging anything or smashing bottles then ring 101 and report it to the police. We often hear about people’s concerns but very often they don’t report it because they think it’s not serious enough to bother the police with or that by the time police arrive, the people involved will have gone.

But report it anyway. The police ARE interested in these incidents and you won’t be wasting anyone’s time. They may not send anyone along immediately but they may put the area onto their routine patrols or, if the incident involves youngsters, visit the schools. And a few patrols by the police might prevent other incidents or deter people from making trouble in a particular location.

Call 101. Report it, every time. If it worries you then the police need to know.

 

Town Council and Committee meetings in August: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st August 2018 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will take place on Tuesday 7th August (Planning and Open Spaces & 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 have mobility difficulties and are 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. 

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.  

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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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