An Update from the Chairman of Upton Parish Council
An Update from the Chairman of Upton Parish Council, Cllr Shaun Pape as of 20th May 2020. A review of the last year at Upton Parish Council:
Upton Parish Council has met on ten, including one virtual meeting, separate occasions, over the last twelve months and I am grateful for the attendance levels of all Councillors.
During the year, due to work commitments, we lost Cllr. Daniel Thomas who had served on UPC for several years. We were delighted to welcome Cllr. Anna King to the Council.
I would like to thank the local Borough Councillors, Cllr. Allan Botwood and Cllr Brian Sargeant (and congratulate him on his election to Mayor later this month) for the work they do for the residents of Upton and our County Councillor Pindar Chauhan.
I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the projects that we have been working on over the last year and hope to continue many of these in the future. I must pay tribute to Cllr. Alex and the Upton Meadow Residents Association who, despite appalling weather, held the Upton Meadows Community Show. It was a challenging day for everyone and I am grateful that the Elgar Centre has an overhang on its roof that Cllr. Sargeant and myself could shelter under! We had our second Annual Parish Poppy Walk, superbly organised on behalf of the Parish, as usual, by the Duston branch of the RBL. This event involved the wonderful surroundings of the parish and St Matthews Church, we were delighted once again to welcome the Mayor to this event. In December I froze at two separate Carol Singings (thank goodness for mulled wine!), organised by UMRA in the south and by Cllr. King at the St Crispins retail village. I was delighted to see both events well supported by the residents. The Parish Council have also been working alongside Cllr. Botwood and other interested parties in order to protect and enhance the number of graves in St Cripins Park. It is vital such historic and important aspects of the Parish are not lost.
The working group have made huge advances in suggesting projects for the Council. These include a newsletter, Parish Survey, improved communication and social media presence and improved links to youth groups in the community. The group have delivered concrete improvements to Parish facilities including additional litter bins, the purchase of two VAS signs to help prevent excessive traffic speeds around the Parish. A new zebra crossing has been installed with financial input from the Parish Council. We have budgeted for these projects to continue in the next financial year.
The Parish Council have made several grants to organisations working in the Parish. These include St. Luke's Church, the Royal British Legion, Friends of St Lukes School, Foxfields gardening group, St Crispins retirement village, Marina Park Residents Association and Upton Meadows Residents Association.
We are currently in the process of negotiations with the developers and NBC 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 proposed unitary developments.
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.
I am sorry to note that over the weekend Cllr. John Caswell (Past Mayor of Northampton and Chairman of Duston Parish Council) passed away. Cllr. Caswell has been a good friend to Upton over the years and we pass on our deepest condolences to his wife Cheryl and his family at this sad time.
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.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:17 by Michelle Orpin