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Written by Uppingham Business Forum   
Sunday, 04 September 2016 18:47

Uppingham has submitted its entry into the 2016 Great British High Street Awards. In the 2015 Awards the town reached the top five in the 'small market town' category.

This year's entry includes evidence of a number of new town centre achievements by the community's businesses and their statutory and voluntary sector partners. These include the preparation and publication of the first consultation version of a Town Centre and Business Zones Plan covering the period up to 2036 (now being updated following community and business consultation responses). Also the completion of a twelve month trial of a Community Hopper Bus linking the town's residential areas to its high street and doctors surgery.

The submission acknowledges the level of private sector investment in the town and praises the contribution of Uppingham's 'independent' retailers and galleries to its living high street.  The entry, prepared by community partnership 'Uppingham First', also recognises the achievements of Uppingham's manufacturing, service and educations sectors and the significant support to the high street afforded by Uppingham Town Council.  

In endorsing the entry Uppingham Town Mayor Alec Crombie MBE said, "As Town Mayor I am pleased to endorse this application. The Town Council and Uppingham First have worked collaboratively to support and improve the commercial heart of the town through direct action, innovation and forward planning. I believe Uppingham is a worthy candidate for the Great British High Street Awards."

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Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 10:53
 
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Written by Uppingham Business Forum   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:16

altAttendees at the September meeting of the Uppingham Business Forum engaged in a number of positive discussions on the way forward for Uppingham town centre and the current challenges and opportunities confronting the high street. Written comment after the Forum described the exchange of ideas as informative, enjoyable and friendly. 

Issues discussed included the business and social benefits of the hopper bus, the likely impact on Uppingham of Corby's plans to build 14000 more houses, the problems created by the increasing number of heavy lorries coming through the town, the movement of pedestrians across the A6003 and alternative community use possibilities for the Royal Oak site in Queen Street.

There was also much interest in pictures circulated to show how Uppingham market place used to look in the 1920s and 1940s.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 14:58
 
Uppingham Hopper PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:37

altDirectors of the Uppingham First Community Partnership have resolved to support the concept of a permanent Uppingham Hopper Community Bus Service.

A pilot of the service, originally scheduled for 6 months and extended to 12 months with the support of driver volunteers, Uppingham Town Council and Rutland County Council (RCC), is scheduled to end on September 30th when the breakdown prone 10 year old bus loaned by RCC for the trial  is due to be returned.

Board decisions included the use of voluntary donations given to-date to lease a temporary bus for the period up to Christmas and the submitting of a grant application to a government backed community bus replacement programme for 2017 onward. The Partnership is also to investigate the setting up of a charity based Uppingham Bus Company as proposed in the consultation version of the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 14:58
 
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