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Uppingham Hustings 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 April 2019 13:59

altThe Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum and its Chair Janet Thompson (pictured) have been praised for organising the town's first ever county council and parish council election hustings which was attended by over 120 residents. The evening event went so well that it is now likely that similar hustings will be held for all future elections.  An independent Chairman was used for the debate. A reflection of the meeting's key elements and content is to be forwarded to the Electoral Commission for review. 

To highlight the electorate's choice for the county council ward of Uppingham, all five candidates for the three places were invited to give a three minute presentation followed by questions from the floor.  Three delivered their thoughts in person and two, not able to attend, had written submissions read out. 

The eighteen candidates seeking election to the fifteen seats on Uppingham Town Council were next invited to speak for three minutes each and take questions from the audience. Sixteen of the candidates offered a range of live and/or audio visual presentations including an innovative group video from eight independent candidates (four men and four women) who had decided to campaign and work together for mutual support. 

The level of  community interest in local elections in Uppingham contrasts with that of many other parishes around the UK, many of which have been unable to find sufficient candidates to hold election.

The  Forum's support for public participation in democracy is to continue in collaboration with community partnership Uppingham First  The two are to work together  to operate an extended 8am to 10pm Uppingham  Hopper bus service to the polling station (Uppingham Town Hall) on May 2nd, election day. 

 Find the Uppingham Hopper timetable here

Follow progress reports on the 2019 local elections here 

Read the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Rural Economy and the evidence submitted by Uppingham First here  

Read Uppingham First Data Protection Polices and Privacy Statement here


Future High Street Bid Published PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:56

Following Uppingham's invitation by Rutland County Council to submit an Expression of Interest to the government's Future High Street Fund, the town's application has been published by Uppingham Business Forum. 

The leading text of the bid for over £5M of funds to support an integrated set of projects  to further the sustainability of the town can be found at local community website www.uppinghamonline.co.uk 

Data and research used to support the bid will be published online in early May.

Principal author was  Ron Simpson BEM, Secretary of Uppingham First

Queries on the submission should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    

Uppingham Hustings PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:37

As part of the May 2019 local government elections, Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum (UNF) hosted a Hustings for town and county council candidates on Tuesday April 23rd.

All candidates registered to stand for election to represent Uppingham were invited to address the community and indicate in a three minute speech what they could bring to the role of councillor. 

The well attended and lively evening meeting was held in the Garden Terrace of The Falcon Hotel. The event had an independent Chairman from outside Rutland.

Addressing the start of the meeting, the Chairman praised the Uppingham community and the UNF for the level of public participation in local  governance and helping to keep democracy alive in Rutland. Many other parishes around the country were having difficulty in attracting candidates: Not the case in Uppingham!    

New Housing Trust Attracts Government Funding PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:15
altAn Uppingham First proposal to build affordable housing for younger people in Rutland has received government support in the form of an offer of a £75k grant (subject to due diligence) from Homes England. The grant will support the creation of the ‘Badley Affordable Housing Trust’ and an initial proposal to build up to 10 homes on the site of an old disused orchard in Uppingham donated by the Badley family. The grant award marks further recognition of the forward looking proposals contained within the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Plan (UTC&BZ Plan – Action 10) and builds upon a Locality funded pre-feasibility study undertaken by a 2018 Task Group led by Uppingham First Vice Chair and County Councillor Edward Baines.

Trustees for the new initiative will be drawn from community leaders and task group members including David Ainslie (Chair of the Limes, Firs and Spurs Residents Association), Graham Allison (Retired Chartered Surveyor), Mark Shaw (Chair of the Beeches Residents Association) Janet Thompson (Chair of the Uppingham  Neighbourhood Forum), Geoff Thompson (Chair of Governors at Uppingham Community College), Margaret Simpson (Rotary in Uppingham and the E J Toon Charitable Trust) and Ron Simpson BEM (Chair of the Uppingham Business Forum). The initiative has the support of the Uppingham Neighbourhood and Business Forums and the Uppingham Vanguard Board. Work is expected to commence on the project immediately.

Further information on the project can be obtained from Ron Simpson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 01572 823465 Mobile: 07710 328469. Prospective trustees l held their first meeting on April 12th 2019. Until legally formed, the group will be facilitated by Uppingham First. 

Find the Uppingham Hopper timetable here

Follow progress reports on the 2019 local elections here 

Read the State of Rural Services Report 2018 here 

Read Uppingham First Data Protection Polices and Privacy Statement here

Principal Author Ron Simpson BEM PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 February 2019 19:57



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