See the Uppingham Webcam at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk  
For Emergency Plan and Town Plan information go to www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info
Latest Youth Housing Task Group Notes can be read here  
Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum
January 11th 2018 minutes can be read here   
Register at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk to read the minutes of the last Uppingham First Board Meeting 
UppWatch Volunteer Handbook updated at www.uppwatch.uk
Welcome to the community information section of the Uppingham First web site created by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum and supported by Uppingham on Line.
Town Centre and Business Zones Plan - A new plan covering existing and new business zones of Uppingham and the town centre. The UTC&BZ Plan has been prepared to complement the Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan proposes a new joint blue light initiative, additional housing and the creation of an Uppingham Virtual High Street. See the plan at www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info
Welland Vale Business Zone - Development at this site  in Glaston Road is ongoing with the Orchard Cafe now open, linked to the new Peter Barker Fine Art Gallery. A Joint Venture to be known as Welland First Communications Ltd is preparing a business plan to build and operate the Uppingham Broadband Mast as empowered in the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan. The new company will also deliver fast Whitespace and Wireless broadband into Uppingham town centre.  The Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan calls for further appropriate retail development on this site.
Station Road  Business Zone - The Local Enterprise Partnership is currently being approached by Rutland County Council about this site with a view to a feasability study of the potential to upgrade the area's infrastructure.
Uppingham Gate Business Zone - This site is supported in the Uppingham Town Centre & Busines Zones Plan for a mixed housing/employment premise development, the building of a new care home for the elderly and a new joint blue light services station.  
Ayston Road Development Zone (New) Proposed by the Town Centre & Business Zones Plan - a new long stay car park and new bungalows.  


Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan - The Plan passed successfully through its referendum on July 10th 2014. After a long legal action reaching all the way to the Supreme Court the plan was made by Rutland County Council on January 11th 2016. Read the Plan at www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info 

Updating the Neighbourhood and Local Plans - Uppingham Town Council has now created a Neighbourhood Plan Committee with a view to updating the current Neighbourhood Plan. At its April 2017 council meeting the council approved a number of additional sites for future housing development to be included in a new Local Plan currently being prepared by Rutland County Council. Not all have been accepted.  The first round of pubic consultation on the new draft Local Plan proposed housing sites is now completed.  
  • Community Safety - Police, Fire and Ambulance 
  • Health and Social Care - organisation contact details 
  • Education and Skills  - includes Adult Education information 
  • Clubs and Societies - for community groups/sports clubs/charities
Uppingham job vacancies can be viewed at www.uppinghamvacancies.co.uk  
Community Partnership information can be found at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk
For Uppingham Town Council information see www.uppinghamtowncouncil.gov.uk
 Neighbourhood Forum Notes



January 2018


Neighbourhood Forum to meet on Thurssday January 11th 2018 at 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel


Youth Housing Project Group to meet to organise a Youth Listening Event





Forum attends Joint Blue Light Conference

Forum Chair meets Deputy Chief Constable

Housing Task Group visits Saffron Lane, Leicester project




UNF Executive Committee member Pam Dalby wins an East Midands Women's Award

Forum Coordinator Ron Simpson BEM awarded an East Midlands

lifetime achievement award for his work supporting women's development

Forum hosts talks with Police and Crime Commissioner

Forum Executive to lead on Youth Housing project

Further Hopper funding secured

Forum attends Safer Places discussions

Town hosts East Midlands Women's Awards




Forum AGM re-elects Janet Thompson as its Chair for 2017/18

Forum AGM supports continuation of the Uppingham Hopper

Forum adopts the Uppingham Community Emergency Plan

Forum supports independence for Rutland Healthwatch




Neighbourhood Forum Executive Committee AGM to be held on August 17th 2017

Uppingham Community Emergency Plan to be publicly adopted at UNF AGM on August 31st 2017




2017 AGM to be held on Thursday August 31st  at 7.30pm


June 2017


Forum attends 2107 Public Sector Show in London

Crowdfunding website page for Uppingham Hopper fund launched

Biz Club donates £500 to Hopper fund

Update of Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan to be published

Forum attends regional Community Transport Association event

UppWatch info leaflet distributed to all housholds - Scheme now has 18 volunteers


April 2017


Neighbourhod Forum attendance impresses Police and Crime Commissioner

UppWatch launched with 13 volunteers

Town's forward plans praised by regional and national agencies



March 2017


Neighbourhood Forum to meet on March 30th

PCC to attend Neighbourhood Forum

UppWatch to formally launch on the 20th anniversary of Rutland's Independence

Forum Rep to attend Locality event in the House of Commons


February 2017


Forum completes initial UppWatch volunteer training

Forum Coordinator invited to address Good Councillor conference

New Logo and branding agreed for UppWatch

Uppingham hosts Neighbourhood Planning Event


January 2017


Neighbourhood Forum met on January 5th and agreed community action plan

14 Residents to undertake training in February as pilot of UppWatch


November 2016


Forum to launch UppWatch in January 2017

in partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council


Uppingham First Partnership and UN Forum join CommunityTransport Association


September  2016


Forum supports Uppingham entry to the Great British High Street Awards

Forum directors support bid for community bus grant


August 2016


Forum members receive presentation on Good Neighbour Schemes

130 people attend the August Forum presentation on the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan

   Uppingham First becomes a voting member of Locality

Uppingham  Hopper project runs luxury hamper raffle


July 2016


Uppingham electric car completes 3.5k mile journey around France

Special meeting of Forum to be arranged in August 2016


May 2016


AGM secret ballot on EU membership result (Remain 32 Leave 30)

EU Refugee presentation from RCC at AGM well received


April 2016


May 2016 AGM will consider offer of  free land for starter homes

Uppingham YouTube Channel launched


March 2016


Virtual High Street project to be the subject of an EU Leader Fund bid

2016 AGM will host debate on BREXIT


February 2016


Town to host visit by  Deputy Director, Cities and Growth Unit

Uppingham to trial White Space broadband

Uppingham Hopper trial to be extended


January 2016


Larkfleet CEO to address Neighbourhood Forum at 7pm on January 14th

Town Centre & Business Zones Plan proposes new development zone for Uppingham

Policing conference delayed until the Spring of 2016


December 2015


Uppingham Hopper carries over 1400 passengers in its first 11 weeks

Forum to meet on January 14th 2016


November 2015


Uppingham Hopper carries 700 passengers in its first 6 weeks

Supreme Court rejects Larkfleet attempt to challenge Neighbourhood Plan

Uppingham First to host conference on the future of community and business safety in Uppingham


October 2015


Uppingham Hopper carries 126 passengers in its first week

56 people attend October meeting of the Forum


September 2015


Uppingham listed in top five of Great British High Streets

Uppingham Hopper to launch on Monday October 5th


August 2015


Hopper Bus volunteers meet to agree operating procedures

Barclays Bank to present on 'scams' to October Forum


July 2015


Uppingham Hopper Bus arrives!

Next Neighbourhood Forum newsletter will be delivered in late July

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum met on Thursday July 16th

Meeting considered the Bloor Planning submission for south of Leicester Road also the position with Larkfleet


June 2015


Coordinator Ron Simpson recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

The Uppingham Bag and other branded products to be launched on July 2nd

Forum Executive represented at UNP Court of Appeal Hearing on June 4th


May 2015


Janet Thompson re-elected Chair of the Forum

Mark Shaw elected as Forum rep on Town Centre and Business Zone Plan Task Group

Uppingham in Bloom Executive Committee member Pam Dalby addresses Forum AGM

Eastern Counties Police Chief addresses AGM of Neighbourhood Forum

N Plan Primary School consultation to feature in national case study

Uppingham Business Forum to produce a 'How To' brochure for DCLG

Forum AGM - Thursday May 14th 2015 - 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel  

UF Community Director Nomination Forms available from rons@clara.net  


April 2015

 Community delighted as Neil Wedge takes over the role of Uppingham Town Clerk

Community to debate call for a Neighbourhood Development Order on Heritage Site

N Plan Task Group to view housing proposals for Leicester Road

New faces to appear in Uppingham Town Council elections


March 2015


Events list updated at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk

Rutland Lottery - Two residents win twice in 12 months

Forum AGM set for May 14th 2015

Janet Thompson elected as interim Forum Chair

Police Commander to address 2015 AGM

Forum to help launch new 'Good Neighbour' Schemes in Uppingham


February 2015


Forum welcomes proposal for Art Gallery at Welland Vale Nurseries

Forum expresses concern about quality and colour of footpath to Preston


January 2015


Forum celebrates Democracy Day with debate about future construct of Uppingham Town Council

Forum supports idea of Solar Farm to the East of the town

 Town Centre and Business Zone Plan Task Group has commenced work

Neighbourhood Forum approves Uppingham Webcam data sharing with police

Stockerston Road telephone box to house new style defibrillator


December  2014


Neighbourhood Plan supported by Justice Collins at Judical Review

Forum recommends against UTC and RCC approval for Larkfleet Planning Application



November 2014


Forum to support launch of Uppingham Webcam on November 26th 2014


Forum to host lunch with Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils


BRA defeats Limes, Firs & Spurs in Annual Quiz Competition


Neighbourhood Forum resolves to oppose Larkfleet Planning Application - Tuesday November 4th 2014



October 2014


Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan featured in October edition of Councillor Magazine


Town Council shortlists 7 candidates for Town Clerk vacancy


Uppingham to feature in a DCLG publication on Great British High Streets


A packed Forum meeting gives a cautious welcome to policing changes following a presentation by Inspector Louise Cordiner, Rutland LPU Commander


September 2014


Uppingham to address national conference on its approach to economic development

Uppingham an entrant to the Great British High Street Awards

Town Council secures grant for new Skateboard Park on Tod's Piece

Neighbourhood Plan to face Judicial Review mid November


August 2014


Uppingham secures three commendations and one category win in 2014 Towns Alive Awards

WW1 Evening with candlelit march and WW1 supper and presentation was held on August 4th

Uppingham Fete, Flower and Dog Show was held on Tod's Piece Saturday August 3rd


July 2014


Neighbourhood Plan approved at referendum on July 10th 2014 with 92% majority


In Bloom judges visited town on Monday July 7th 2014


June 2014


AGM elects Mark Shaw as Forum Chair

Forum votes to mount YES campaign for N Plan Referendum

Forum to distibute Referendum Edition of Neighbourhood Plan during first week in July



April 2014


Town Twinning members say goodby to Chair Roy Stephenson who is moving to be near family  

Official opening of Heritage Trail to be on May 4th 2014

Neighbourhood Forum Executive meet to consider RCC sports provision

Forum representatives  meet with RCC to secure trial of Uppingham Hopper Bus


March 2014


Uppingham based group launches the Rutland Lottery 

see www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk  


February 2014


Next Forum Meeting (May 2014) to debate:-

The Uppingham Emergency Plan

Radon Gas in Uppingham

Fracking in Rutland


January 2014


Neighbourhood Forum meeting held on January 15th sees best attendance yet (50+)

Forum to prepare Emergency Plan for Uppingham


December 2013


Forum to meet to approve final draft of N Plan

BIS representatives to visit Uppingham

Forum featured in AMT national event for Market Towns

Forum members try out BMW electric car


November 2013


Forum presents at Design Council in London

Forum represented at LEP Summit

BRA Incorporates


September 2013


BMW Electric Cars coming to Uppingham

Broadband speeds in excess of 900Mbs reported on The Beeches

 Forum helps design housing development

Neighbourhood Forum to meet September 26th at 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel



August 2013


Forum to collaborate on Uppingham Hopper Project

Volunteers attend Voicebox workshop No 2 at Cricket Club




Forum reps attend Design Council Workshop to pilot community toolkit

Draft Uppingham Neighbouhood Plan published for public consultation

See www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info


June 2013


Gigaclear Fibre Network now operating at 900Mb+ in the North East of Uppingham



May 2013


Forum AGM elects Mark Shaw as Chair for 2013/14

New Executive Committee also elected

Uppingham First Reps:- Mark Shaw, David Lewis, Janet Thompson

Rutland Consortium Rep: Phil Marston



April 2013


The next Neigbhourhood Forum meeting willl be held at the Falcon Hotel on Tuesday April 23rd at 7.30pm

Fibre Network launched on April 12th 2013



February 2013


April opening date set for Uppingham Fibre Network

Forum members meet Planning Minister Nick Boles MP

Forum commences construction of Neigbhourhood Skills Register

Saga agrees to pilot remote health care system on Uppingham Fibre Network


January 2013


Gigaclear Fibre Broadband Network construction under way

Development proposals for Tods Piece to be considered at next Forum Meeting

Housing proposals for South of Leicester Road submitted

International Bank and Supermarket Group express interest in Uppingham



December 2012


Forum to nominate new Uppingham First Directors in Jan 2013


November 2012


Firs Estate votes to have Gigaclear Fibre Network

BRA to fund Affordable Housing connections to Fibre Network


October 2012


Tods Piece Survey distributed by Town Council

N Plan Task Group Invites Developers to second round of talks

N Forum Coordinator Ron Simpson re-elected as Director of One East Midlands


September 2012


Well attended N Forum meeting reviews community vote on Development Sites

Development site survey produces 135 responses

N Plan Task Group to survey Tods Piece users

Neighourhood Plan Task Group Survey published. Return deadline 14.9.2012

Next Forum Meeting - September 27th 2012 - 7pm - The Falcon Hotel

Police and Crime Commissioner Event - October 23rd 2012 - 7pm - County Museum


August 2012


Forum to support Task Group community survey/community vote on development sites

Neighbourhood Plan Task Group Recommendations published

Forum Welcomes Branston Road Residents Forum into membership

Forum's work congratulated by Department of Communities and Local Government


July 2012


Forum Executive leads launch of Uppingham Open Access Broadband Network


June 2012


Neighbourhood Forum helps stage Neigbhourhood Plan Developer Day


May 2012


2012 AGM elects new Executive Committee

Mark Shaw elected to Board of Uppingham First


April 2012


Community Planning Day fixed for June 30th 2012

Forum AGM fixed for Thursday May 3rd 2012

Uppingham offered 1Gb Open Access Network

Forum Coordinator elected to coordinate new Rutland Consortium


March 2012


Uppingham to host first Rutland Consortium AGM on March 29th 2012


February 2012


Neighbourhood Plan Workshop February 4th 10am in the Town Hall

Come and help shape the future of Uppingham


January 2012


Uppingham Wifi Mast Bid submitted to BDUK and DEFRA

Forum meets 7pm January 18th Falcon Hotel

Forum Newsletter invites participation in Neighbourhood Plan


December 2011


Free Wifi launched in Uppingham Market Square December 6th 2011



October 2011


Standing Room only as Forum debates Neighbourhood Plan options


September 2011


Forum to debate Neighbourhood Plan


August 2011


Forum submits LAA Reward Grant Bid


July 2011


Construction of contact database begins


Forum AGM agrees to support creation of a new Rutland Consortium


Forum elects Executive Committee of three:

Neil Hermsen (BRA)  Michael Wellen (Rotary)   Ric Ellis (Social Enterprise)


Ron Simpson( Neighbourhood Watch) re-elected as:-

 Forum Coordinator and delegate to the new Rutland Consortium


Ric Ellis nominated for community directorship on Uppingham First


Forum supports Community Speedwatch