Andy Cairns

Spring 2022 update from the Chair

Extract from Issue 31 of The Breeze from Upper Rissington Parish Council Chair, Andy Cairns

A slightly belated Happy New Year from the Parish Council (PC). We are still operating on a reduced number of councillors so the main purpose of this update is to serve as an appeal to the residents of the village to consider joining the PC. We have space for new and enthusiastic individuals to join, and if you can spare a couple of hours each week then please do consider it and help make Upper Rissington a better place to live for everyone.

The diversity of a Council is its strength and it allows us to make informed decisions at a local level that higher authorities are unable to achieve. A successful Council benefits from a broad range of skills and experience to best represent the whole of our community and I would encourage anyone who can offer a small amount of their time to get involved.

The more eagle-eyed of residents may have noticed that tentative work has begun on the bowling green – we can use this as a barometer as to when POS (Public Open Space) adoption might be approaching as it is one of the last significant projects requiring completion before we begin the handover process in earnest.

We now have meetings regularly scheduled with Vistry, every 6-8 weeks, which should go some way to making progress on the adoption of the POS … exact date still to be confirmed, but we will keep you updated when we know more. For the meantime, the developers remain responsible for the upkeep and general maintenance of much of the village so if you do see an area that needs attention then please do keep the Parish Clerk informed and we will pass on the requirements to the Vistry management team for a swift resolution.

As a Council we have recently been discussing how best we can support the Jubilee celebrations later on in the year and have also tentatively discussed how we may mark the milestone collectively as a village. Further details to follow from the PC in due course, but in the meantime, I would encourage everyone to support the fantastic work being done to make the occasion by the Upper Rissington Jubilee Committee.

I would like to put on record our thanks to Kelvin Walker who recently stood down from the PC. He has invested great energy and used his extensive experience to make good progress on many issues but it has been his direct involvement with dealing with the developers and working towards that all important POS completion that has been incredibly helpful.

If you want all the latest, up-to-date information on what’s happening with the Upper Rissington Parish Council then please visit the PC Website. You can also “like” the URPC Facebook page to ensure you get direct updates with any articles shared from the website.

To end, I return to the start of this short article. Please do consider becoming a Parish Councillor: despite what you might think, it’s actually a very interesting and rewarding role. If you are still unsure then you could consider attending a monthly meeting to see us conduct our business in a public forum, everyone is welcome. I promise, it’s nothing like you’ve seen on the Vicar of Dibley …

Andy Cairns
Chair, Upper Rissington Parish Council