Surveys have been sent out in Uppingham on two important issues and people are being urged to make their voices heard.
Uppingham Town Council has decided to ask the whole town to have their say on the location of Uppingham Lent Fair and on the council exploring The Royal Oak as an “asset of community value”.
Consultation started last Friday and runs until the end of August.
Surveys have gone out in the council’s spring/summer newsletter, which should be returned to Uppingham Town Hall in High Street East. They can also be filledin online at www.uppinghamtowncouncil.gov.uk.
Mayor of Uppingham Alec Crombie called on people to get involved and have their say on these two important issues.
He said: “Town councillors like other representatives are elected by the constituency to take decisions and govern but occasionally there is an issue that is so much in the public arena that we need to ask for the opinions of the public.
“It just so happens that two important issues for the town have come along at the same time and we were very much in favour of surveying the community.
“We hope people will take part and have their say. This is true democracy in action.”
On the issue of Uppingham Lent Fair, the town council has received a letter from a member of the community asking the town council to consider moving the fair from the Market Place, where it has operated for more than 100 years, to another location.
The only alternative under the control of the town council is Tod’s Piece. No other locations have been suggested.
The survey states: “Uppingham Town Council are keen to get as many views as possible and in particular thoughts and comments from those residents and groups that may be impacted around the existing site in Market Place and Tod’s Piece if a move were to take place.”
Respondents are asked to remember that the survey is not about the merits of staging a fair, as it enjoys ‘Charter’ status.
On the issue of The Royal Oak, the town council resolved to explore the potential listing of it as “an asset of community value” under the Localism Act.
The town council would join forces with CAMRA Rutland who are looking to protect and safeguard public houses across the UK from changes of use and/or redevelopment as housing.
The final step post consultation would be to make a recommendation back to the town council on how to progress the initiative, if recommended a submission would be made to Rutland County Council as they are responsible for maintaining a register of community assets.
Town clerk Neil Wedge said this idea had been brought about because of concerns the pub has changed hands a number of times and could deterioriate if left empty.
He said people’s views on both surveys, which have a number of questions to be answered, would be taken into account before a decision is taken by the town council.
If you’ve not received a newsletter, you can see the surveys by visiting www.uppinghamtowncouncil.gov.uk.