Uphill Village’s celebrations for HM’s Platinum Jubilee! 

On the Thursday evening many hundreds gathered on Uphill Hill to see the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon by a representative of the Queen via the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset , the Town Mayor and her consort, the Chair of North Somerset Council and the Chair of the organisers, Uphill Village Society.

On the Saturday evening there was a full house at St Nicholas Church for a Jubilee Prom Concert provided by Worle Wind Band although Paddington was not in attendance as he was otherwise engaged at the Palace. Even the outside of the church was illuminated in red, white and blue.

On Sunday the Picnic in the Park sadly had to be cancelled (the ground was too wet to picnic and by 3 o’clock the rain was coming down) but the village still partied – in their own front gardens, in the street and in the church. The streets and houses had plenty of bunting and the church gave a tremendous welcome to all who set foot inside not to mention the cakes and scones. The spread there was amazing with all who attended appreciative of the other goodies on offer. Well done everyone who organised the event there. 

And how Uphill partied elsewhere! With various roads putting on their own street party and what fun they had  – the raw egg throw and catch in one road looked great fun, unless you were unlucky to have the egg break when you caught it.

 

Her Majesty would be delighted to know Uphill celebrated her 70 year reign so well!

Table top sale donation to Weston Hospicecare

As a result of the recent tabletop sale held across the village the Village Society has been able to make a donation of £459 to Weston Hospicecare. In addition various residents have donated the proceeds from the sale to the charity as well. This very successful event will hopefully be repeated on at least a annual basis.

Our photograph shows Stewart Castle, Chair of the Village Society and Marie Keele, Trustee  and organiser of the sale making the presentation of the cheque.

UPHILL’S GREEN CANOPY

The first of seven trees being planted to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been put in place by the Village Society in the Bluebell Field with the agreement of The Woodland Trust.

 

Two further sites have been identified for the remaining six trees to be planted during the planting season at the end of this year, adjacent to the seats in Ellesmere Road and at Kynfton Close entrance. Four other sites are now needed and suggestions are invited. Please send to info@uphillvillage.org.uk or to speak to any Village Society trustee

Book Swop

Read a lot of books over the lockdown? Want to read some more?

Then come along to Uphill’s village market (second Saturday of every month) or visit the weekly (term time) pop-up cafe and take part in Uphill BOOK SWOP.

Membership 2022

Uphill Village Society

Membership

To join the Society, receive your free copy of Uphillviews and help Keep the Village in Uphill please make payment now. Minimum donation £6.00 per household for 2021 or £10 for 2020 & 2021

Please complete membership form and return, along with a gift aid form (available to download here) if possible to the membership secretary or any committee member. Alternatively payment can be made by bank transfer as shown

Please make payment to: Uphill Village Society

℅ Carole Fisher, Membership Secretary,

51 Uphill Road South, Uphill. Telephone 01934 415115

Email: membership@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk OR by

Bank Transfer to: Uphill Village Society, Sort code: 30 99 51 Account number: 01450280 quoting surname and first line of address as reference.

 

North Somerset Local Plan

Challenges for the future

North Somerset Council are starting the process of preparing a local plan to shape investment and infrastructure funding to support new homes, workplaces and local facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.

This is the council’s opportunity to plan for new homes of the right type, at an affordable price, in the right places, to meet the needs of the people who live here now and in future.

Last summer the council carried out a consultation called ‘Challenges for the future’ to start the discussion about what issues you think need to be addressed in the Local Plan.

The consultation ran from 22 July to 2 September 2020 and the council received over 3,000 comments from a wide range of people across the district (including residents, businesses, house builders, service providers, interest groups and town and parish councils).

Consultation and feedback

The feedback received has been set out in a Consultation Statement which outlines how and who were consulted and summarises the responses.

The comments can be viewed on the online consultation page:

This feedback has been analysed and used to shape the priorities for the Local Plan and will help with the next stage of preparing the plan:

This is all about looking at alternative approaches for where new housing, employment and community uses might go over the next 15 years and which are the broad locations which best reflect your priorities

Draft plan 2021

This version of the plan will be a full plan with detailed polices on the approach to various forms of development. It will replace the current Core Strategy, Development Management Plan and Site allocations Plan. It will set out the council’s overall spatial strategy – where it thinks growth should be encouraged within North Somerset. It will allocate sites to meet this growth as well as the infrastructure, jobs and services North Somerset will need.

The council will seek views on this in 2021.

The Village Society will look closely to see how the proposed plan will effect uphill. Anyone with views or comments to make on issues raised today should address them to secretary@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk or address them to the council direct.

 

NS Council – Your say on the green and open spaces in Uphill

How should we protect our natural environment?

The Uphill Society would like to gather the villagers views on North Somerset’s plan for the parks, beaches, green spaces, wildlife, countryside, public rights of way and waterways. Many of which we are lucky to have in the village.

We would welcome your feed back to secretary@uphillvillagesociety.co.uk to help us gauge the overall view.

Residents and community groups are being asked for their views on North Somerset Council’s plans to protect and enhance the area’s natural environment over the next 10 years.

The council is developing a new green infrastructure strategy to help guide future decisions about the management of local green and aquatic spaces.
At its meeting yesterday (Thursday 11 February) the council’s Executive approved the draft strategy for public consultation. This consultation will start on Monday (15 February) and run for eight weeks until Friday 9 April, after which the strategy will be finalised.

The draft strategy has eight key objectives and includes an action plan with 57 short, medium and long-term actions to help deliver those objectives. This action plan will be regularly reviewed and updated.

The strategy will make a vital contribution to the council’s vision for an “open, fairer, greener North Somerset”. It will be crucial in tackling the climate and nature emergency, playing an important role in achieving the council’s target for the area to be carbon neutral by 2030. It will improve biodiversity across the area and will help create a healthier and more attractive place for residents, with better access to nature and high-quality open spaces.

“The North Somerset landscape with its parks, beaches, green spaces, wildlife, countryside, public rights of way and waterways is precious,” said Cllr Bridget Petty, the council’s executive member for environment and climate emergency.
“Since the Covid-19 crisis our appreciation of our natural environment has never been greater, but the climate and nature emergency has shown just how fragile our environment is and how careful management is needed to enable it to flourish.
“It is now more important than ever to protect and manage our open spaces to maximise the huge benefits they provide to our quality of life. This will need more co- operation and collaboration. That is why we have prepared this new green infrastructure strategy.
“We want this work to contribute to improving habitats for wildlife, enhance biodiversity and to support improved health and wellbeing for our residents.
“We want to understand whether the ambition of the strategy, its content, aims and objectives are right and, if not, what we might be missing. So please get involved in the consultation and give us your feedback.”
Anyone wanting to have their say on the strategy’s development should visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/greeninfrastructurestrategy where there is more information including links to the draft strategy and the consultation questionnaire.

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