Neighbourhood Forum Discusses Bank Closure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum   
Sunday, 03 February 2019 10:23

altA well attended meeting of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum held on Thursday January 31st 2019 has debated what action the Uppingham community should take in the light of the decision by Barclays Bank to close its Uppingham branch at the end of April. Read the full minutes of the meeting here. 

Following a lively debate, and an excellent address from local Postmaster Robin Bromiley (pictured) on the banking and other services available at the Post Office, it was agreed that the Forum Executive collaborate with Rutland County Council and Uppingham Town Council to tackle the consequences of the closure.

Actions will include a meeting with Barclays representatives, a letter to government and Sir Alan Duncan MP expressing outrage at the failure of 'last bank in town' procedures which appear to have no penalty,  a request to Uppingham First to consider operating a weekly bank run with the Uppingham Hopper, support for the Post Office by distributing in a future UNF newsletter details of the services it offers, a campaign to support the cost of the post office relocating to a bigger building with better mobility access provision, and finally incorporating a more permanent response to the banking problem in the town's proposed bid to the  government's Future High Streets Fund competition to be submitted by Rutland County Council in March.

Further information on the Forum response is available from its Coordinator Ron Simpson BEM at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 22:53
Future High Streets Fund PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham Business Forum   
Sunday, 03 February 2019 11:20

Community Partnership Uppingham First and its constituent partners, the Uppingham Business and Neighbourhood Forums, are to work with town and county councillors to submit a comprehensive bid to the Government's Future High Street Fund competition for support for Uppingham High Street and town centre. 

Final strategy details were agreed at a meeting of the Uppingham Business Forum held on Tuesday February 5th in The Falcon Hotel. The task group preparing the bid will be able to draw upon a range of priorities highlighted in the town's Neighbourhood and Town Centre Plans. Both plans are the product of  extensive public consultation and identify a number of specific goals linked to the sustainability and economic future of the town centre.  

The bid to government must be submitted by Rutland County Council in March 2019. A possible £10M to £15M could be secured if successful.

Further details from the bid author at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 22:51
Gigaclear Fibre Network Expands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham First   
Sunday, 03 February 2019 10:47

altWork has begun on expanding the capability and reach of the Uppingham Gigaclear 'fibre to the premise' (fttp) broadband network in Uppingham. Pictured is the  infrastructure work recently completed to provide high speed connections for many of the town's additional new homes.

The Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan calls for all new homes to have the option of a high speed 'fibre to the premise' connection to a standard far higher than that offered by the 'fibre to the cabinet and copper to the home' solution currently offered by BT and OpenReach.  Speeds of up to 1Gb (upload and download) are available on the Uppingham Gigaclear network.  Offers from the BT/Digital Rutland project of fttp speeds up to 100mb download and a much lower upload speed are deemed inadequate for Uppingham's economic and social future.    

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2019 11:25


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