Following the resignation of Tom Garrod there will be a by-election for the county councillor for the Wroxham division (which includes Upton) on Thursday, 4th April 2019. Polling will take place at Upton Village Hall
Official notices and the timetable are available here
There are parish council elections on Thursday, 2nd May, at the same time as elections for Broadland District Council. To stand for election as a parish councillor you must be at least 18 years old, be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union and must:
- Be registered as a local government elector in the village, and will continue to be so, or
- Have owned or rented in the village for the last 12 months, or
- Have your main place of work in the village, or
- Have lived in the village, or within 3 miles of the village, for the whole of the last 12 months
Further details are available at the website for the Electoral Commission.
The timetable for the elections is available here
Nomination forms to stand as a parish councillor need to completed and be hand delivered to Broadland District Council at Thorpe Lodge, Yarmouth Road, Norwich by 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd April. The first day they can be delivered to BDC is 20th March.
The nomination form is available here
Note that the parish council is non-political so you should click on the link for “standing as an independent candidate”.
If 7 or fewer people stand for election, then there will be no election and all candidates will automatically become parish councillors. If more than 7 people stand, then there will be an election.
Notice of Election Parish
Notice of Election District
The village of Upton is now a No Cold Calling Zone. Norfolk County Council Trading Standards have put up signs at all entrances to the village.
If you are an Upton resident you should have received a welcome pack from Norfolk County Council which explains that the Zone is to discourage cold callers from calling uninvited at your door. Obviously the decision to accept cold callers is yours to make but, for many people, they are unwelcome and for a few they can be distressing.
There have been a few reports recently of salesmen calling at homes in the village, uninvited. They have said that they didn’t know about the Zone but then are believed to have called at more houses.
If this happens to you, please make a note of the company they claim to be working for, and phone Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06. This information will then be sent out to parish clerks in the area and to those who have signed up to alerts about scams and cold calling from: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams
There is no law preventing cold calling. However, by law, you have 14 days to cancel contracts signed at home or at your place of work for works costing more than £42. The trader must give you a cancellation notice, allowing a 14-day cooling off period. It’s a criminal offence if they don’t do this and Trading Standards may be able to take enforcement action.
I have a few more leaflets left and if you never received one, or have lost it, or are new the village, please contact me and I’ll pop one through your letter box.
Heating oil is an unregulated commodity. Unlike mains gas and electricity, there are no rules and regulations or price controls. Oil has seen dramatic price fluctuations in recent times – and you can’t easily buy it in small helpings just when you need it.
So how can you shop around for a really good deal on heating oil? The answer is to join a bulk-buying scheme – and there’s one that already operates right across Norfolk. ThinkingFuel, a partnership between Community Action Norfolk and AF Affinity, Anglia Farmers’ bulk buying group, already has more than 3,000 members.
The idea is that everyone in the scheme gets a really low price on their oil because it’s negotiated by a single expert supplier, who buys in bulk, and then passes on the savings to the members. Everyone pays the same price regardless of how much they order.
It works like this. You can join as a community group or an individual. You have to register to be part of the scheme and we are currently offering FREE LIFETIME individual membership (Normally membership costs £20 a year or £60 for lifetime membership). The bulk ordering takes place on two set days each month to maximise savings. That’s when you get the best deal, but you can order oil on any working day of the month and still get a competitive price – but those two important days give the best price.
Find out more here
There is also an oil-buying syndicate in Upton, with order deadlines of 25th April, 22nd August and 21st November. Each order must be for a minimum of 750 litres to avoid having to pay a surcharge.
Upton Oil Syndicate is currently open to new applications from Upton residents
Hilary Hanbury for surnames A-K 01493 750872 [email protected]
Teresa Hales for surnames L-Z 01493 750309 [email protected]