The town council is an elected body made of 13 Town Councillors with the support of a Town Clerk and an assistant Clerk. It is the first tier of government, and exists to provide support and services on behalf of the residents of Shipston. Its responsibilities include: provision of allotments; as a burial authority, the upkeep of the cemetery grounds, the chapels and the administration of the cemetery records; upkeep and maintenance of six play areas in the town and delegated responsibility for maintaining grass verges and town cleansing.
The Council has operated from New Clark House on West Street since 2012 when the building was acquired from Warwickshire Police. The offices are open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm for enquiries. There is also a small office used by Citizens Advice on Mondays, and for the District Council’s Customer Access Terminal from Tuesday to Friday. The Council Chamber is a large room, and is available to all non-profit making groups for meetings, free of charge.
The town council works hard to promote the town within the county and continues to instigate or support events and initiatives in the town such as the Wool Fair; the tourism group – “Visit Shipston”; the “Proud of my Town” litter picks, snow warden scheme and flood resilience.
My neighbour’s hedge/tree is causing an obstruction
Report the details to the Clerk’s office. The Town Clerk will write to the householder, with a warning that WCC Highways may issue a compliance order. Further action may be taken if the problem is not rectified.
If you need to see someone urgently, it may be worth visiting New Clark House to see if an officer is available. However, the best advice is to call 101 – call handlers will then arrange for the appropriate next steps. In the case of a real emergency, dial 999.
Advice on snow clearing, flood preparation, grass cutting and other seasonal issues
The Clerk’s office holds details of all the emergency planning and snow clearing services. Please contact the office for specific advice. General advice will be given out on the council’s twitter and Facebook pages in the event of a weather warning.
The Shipston Forum is delivered via the Midweek newspaper. This is the most cost efficient way of getting the newsletter delivered but does have limitations. If you consistently miss out on receiving the Forum, please email Diane Neath with your address details so she can inform the delivery manager at the Stratford Herald. Copies can be found at New Clark House, the Post Office and the Library as well as online here.
Please report your concerns to the Clerk’s office. Complaints or issues will be dealt with as soon as possible. In some cases the concerns are about housing association open space, tenants should contact their landlord directly.