I’m mindful that not everyone can attend our monthly Parish Council meetings, so I’ll aim to provide a short update each month on some of the key activities happening within the Council. I’d welcome your feedback in the comments at the end of this article if this update is helpful for you.
Public Open Space
Each month we meet with Vistry to work through the final items outstanding for transferring Public Open Spaces to the Upper Rissington Parish Council. All the updates of the meetings are available on the website for you to view.
I’m pleased with the progress made in recent months, and we’re aiming for the handover to happen sooner rather than later. I can’t commit to a date, but we’ll keep you posted via updates on the website.
Annual Parish Meeting
Residents are invited to the Upper Rissington Annual Parish meeting at 7 pm on Thursday 1 June at the Upper Rissington Village Hall. The agenda can now be viewed.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Parish Council, and other local organisations to let local residents know what they have been doing over the past year. More information about the meeting can be found on our latest notice.
We had hoped to provide greater notice of this meeting but due to the limited capacity of our Councillors who are all volunteers, we couldn’t on this occassion. I apologise for the short notice.
We have set a date in March 2024 for the next Annual Parish Meeting, allowing everyone more notice for planning. We’ll publish the date on our events page later this week.
It’s great to see the developments happening at the allotments and the community starting to be created. Do pop down and take a look (being respectful to the allotment holders) and if you’re interested, we have a few plots left to allocate. They cost £35 a year; you can find out more on the allotment page.
We plan to conduct further works at the allotments in early June, including additional water pipes, water troughs, a small, designated parking area by the allotment gates and a small fence inside the allotment area.
Did you know that the Parish Council awards grants to local organisations to assist them in achieving their aims and objectives? These could support various projects such as events, conservation work and youth activities.
All the details on eligibility and how to apply can be found in our Grants Policy. If you aren’t sure whether or not your request can be considered, contact us via the website or pop into the Parish Office at the Village Hall between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday to Friday.
Many of you are wondering about the Bowling Green and Tennis Courts. Currently, Vistry owns the Bowling Green and holds the insurance and liability of its use so it won’t be open until the handover of the Public Open Spaces.
Incidents of damage
We’ve sadly experienced damage at the allotments and the Skatepark in recent weeks. These matters have been reported to the Police and we’ll continue to monitor and report as needed. We’d encourage residents to report non-emergency enquires via the Gloucestershire Constabulary website or by calling 101 to help us monitor any further damage.
We have five vacancies on the Parish Council and would encourage applications by Friday 9 June 2023. This is an opportunity for residents to join us and help with current and future developments within the village. Keep an eye out on the website and the Village Hall Noticeboard for a formal notice inviting applications later this week.
Details on eligibility can be found on the Local Government Association website.
Stay in the know
I’d encourage you to attend our meetings (listed on our events page) or contact us via the website if you have any questions. You can also subscribe to receive email alerts when new articles and notices are published on the website. These are also shared via the Upper Rissington Parish Council Facebook page.
Featured image Copyright Mr D Harrison