Upton Parish Council

Serving the people of Upton

St Michael's Church

Clerk: Nina Villa
20 Upper Clabdens, Ware
Hertfordshire SG12 7HB

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    Poppy Walk New Signs

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    Marina Park Play Area

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    The Elgar Centre

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Welcome to Upton Parish Council

May 2021 Upton Parish Council Update

Upton Parish Council has met on sixteen, which is a record for the Council, separate occasions, over the last twelve months and I am grateful for the attendance levels of all Councillors. I think that we can congratulate ourselves on the creative use of video conferencing.

Following the recent elections, and due to a move, to we have lost several Councillors. I would like to thank Cllr. Robert Barrett, Cllr Ian Duly, Cllr. David Huffadine-Smith, Cllr. Pinder Chauhan and Cllr. Darren Stevens for their commitment and efforts on behalf of the Parish.

I would like to thank the local Borough Councillors, Cllr. Allan Botwood and Cllr Brian Sargeant for the work they have done for the residents of Upton and our County Councillor Pinder Chauhan.

I would like to offer our congratulations to our recently elected Unitary Councillors Brian Sargeant, Nick Sturges-Alix and Imran Chowdhury and welcome Imran back to the Council.

It is good to see the new Council in place and to welcome back some 'old faces' who have returned to the Council.

It has been a difficult year for everyone and the situation has meant that very few, if any, Parish events have taken place. However, it is a tribute to the Council considering what projects have been implemented.

These have included:

  • Working with the RBL and Duston Parish Council to support the Covid support group;
  • New way-signs throughout the parish;
  • An initiative in conjunction with the RBL to provide commemorative tankards, and beer!, to 110 veterans:
  • Litter picks;
  • Butterfly garden at St Crispins Retirement Village;
  • Commemorative benches installed;
  • Pushing for work to be finished on St. Crispins playing fields;
  • Christmas singers and the Mayor for the Retirement Village.

The Parish Council have made several grants to organisations working in the Parish. These include The Royal British Legion, Friends of St Lukes School, Foxfields and Upton Meadows Residents Association.

We are currently in the process of negotiations with the developers and West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) with the intention of considering any asset transfers to the Parish Council. This is particularly important to preserve public open spaces and community facilities in light of the new unitary developments. We hope that WNC works swiftly to implement the asset transfers so that these facilities are under the control of local organisations.

The Parish Council continues to work with the developers and the various Management Companies to hopefully improve both the services that they deliver to you and the local environment.

The Parish Council have responded swiftly to support vulnerable resident during the current Covid-19 pandemic. We have financially supported schemes run by the RBL and by UMRA to ensure that vulnerable and elderly people in the Parish have received food and assistance during the current crisis. I would like to particularly thank Cllrs. Stevens and Alex for organising this.

Upton Parish Council will continue to work to ensure that residents have the necessary facilities and resources to make a happy and peaceful place to live and residents should be assured that we will do whatever is possible to ensure that the developers comply with both their legal and moral duty to the people who have moved onto the estate.

I would also like to thank all the groups and individuals involved across the parish this includes the Councillors around this table and the parish Clerk for her diligence and the efficient manner in which she carries out her duties.

Shaun Pape, Chairman

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Latest News

Neighbourhood Watch - Sling Your Hook July Campaign

Neighbourhood Watch - Sling Your Hook July Campaign

Sling Your Hook Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch To Tackle Scams

The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We've identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:

  • They imply they're doing you a favour (reciprocity)
  • They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
  • They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
  • They act like they're similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
  • They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).

We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn't quite right at the time. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to 'stop and think' if something doesn't FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right. This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim. More »

"Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don't be afraid to tell them no." John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network

How can you support this campaign?

  • LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
  • SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts
  • JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)

We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.

Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on 'Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes'. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm. Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.

Keep safe,


Posted: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:06 by Michelle Orpin

Full Council Meeting - Tuesday 6th July 2021

Full Council Meeting - Tuesday 6th July 2021

The Upton Parish Full Council Meeting for July will take place at St Crispins Community Centre on Tuesday 6th July at 7:15pm.

The business to be transacted is detailed on the attached agendas. Press and Public welcome.

In order to make the meeting Covid secure, please advise the Clerk if you plan to attend by sending an email to Upton Parish Council clerk@upton-pc.gov.uk. It would be helpful, although not required, for any questions of the Council to be submitted to the Clerk in advance of the meetings.

Posted: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 10:34 by Michelle Orpin

Please send your ideas to Upton Parish Council for a Remembrance/Jubilee Tree Sculpture

Please send your ideas to Upton Parish Council for a Remembrance/Jubilee Tree Sculpture

Upton Parish Council (UPC) is seeking ideas and suggestions from the local community for a concept idea to develop a remembrance/ memorial feature, with the majority of the material being wood taken from the tree stump which is due to be removed from the car park at the end of Kent Road.

The objective is to create 2 features, one in the North and 1 in the South of the Parish area. The proposed theme is remembrance so the names of the fallen could part of the design. We are aiming for it to be a point of remembrance for all or, alternatively the idea could also consider a sculpture celebrating HM The Queen's 2022 Platinum Jubilee. More »


UPC will accept concept idea submission until the 30th July 2021.


A number of ideas will be taken forward by the Council and all residents will be given the opportunity to choose a preferred idea for each area.

We really hope that local community groups, or individuals will be part of the project as it proceeds.

The ideas can be scanned and sent electronically to Nina Villa, Parish Clerk at clerk@upton-pc.gov.uk or posted to 20 Upper Clabdens, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7HB

Please check the UPC Website for updates, or contact the UPC on clerk@upton-pc.gov.uk

or Cllr Andrew Holt at andrew.holt@upton-pc.pc.gov » Less

Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:16 by Michelle Orpin

Upton parish: bigger than you may thinkā€¦

Stortons Gravel Pits from National Lift Tower (John Boland)

Our parish doesn't just cover the new housing that's sprung up recently in this part of the town. Upton parish spans an area as far as the former St Crispin's Hospital site, off Berrywood Road in Duston to the sustainable Upton Park development off Weedon Road, neighbouring Sixfields. Some 3664 people live in the parish, according to the 2011 census.

View the Upton parish boundary map online