Waters Upton Parish Council was formed in 1988 following a Boundary Review. It brought together Waters Upton, Crudgington, Cold Hatton and Great Bolas, with a number of smaller hamlets, Meeson, Shray Hill, Longswood, Sleapford, Ercall Heath, Bolas Heath and Sytch Lane.
Waters Upton Parish Council is made up of Members, called Councillors, who together represent the people of the Parish. They are elected directly to represent the people and therefore have to consider not just the interests of the electorate, but everyone throughout the area, whether they live, work or visit the Parish.
We have six Parish Councillors and although a relatively small Parish Council, we are proactive and represent the views of the local community at every opportunity.
Members have a complex role as they have personal, individual and collective responsibilities for the Council’s activities. Whether or not a member of a political group, when acting as a Parish Councillor, politics do not come into any of their decisions. No Councillor can make a decision on behalf of the entire Council. All matters for discussion are included on an agenda, which is made available to the public, and the recorded decision is a decision of the Council, regardless of whether all Councillors were in favour at the time of the vote.
All Councillors sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office before becoming a Member and this is to confirm that they will work within the law according to the Government’s Code of Conduct at all times. All Councillors also have to complete a Register of Disclosable Interests. These documents are available on the website.
Elections take place every four years and anyone living or working in the Parish, or within 3 miles of the boundary, can stand for election.
Waters Upton is in the Edgmond and Ercall Magna Ward of Telford & Wrekin Council and we are represented by Councillor Stephen Bentley and Councillor Stephen Burrell.
Waters Upton is situated in the far Northern end of the Borough and is on the boundary with North Shropshire, the A442 and the B5062.
You can find details of our schedule of meetings here.
The Clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and deals with the administration of the Council on a day-to-day basis.
Our Clerk, Katrina Baker MBE, works part time from home and can be contacted on 07813 788094 or by email
Katrina was awarded the National Association of Local Council’s Clerk of the Year Award in 2002 and received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006, for her services to the community.
The Clerk’s overall responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council, like a Chief Executive of a principal authority. It is Katrina’s role to ensure that the business of the council runs smoothly and efficiently and is conducted at all times in accordance with law.
She prepares agendas for the Full Council and all Committee meetings, attends the meetings to take notes and advise and then prepares the Minutes. Following which all correspondence is actioned.
A further role is that of the Responsible Financial Officer. This includes preparing the annual budget, monitoring expenditure throughout the year and creating the end of year accounts for external audit.
A Clerk also has the resposibility of guiding and advising the Council on matters of law and procedure. The Clerk must advise the Council at any point if a decision under consideration would be ultra vires and can then advise the Council of alternative options that the Councillors may consider.
The Clerk may not always agree with a Council decision, but must carry out the resolutions of the Council, providing they are lawful and that the Council has the authority to carry out such a decision.
In addition to the Roadman Scheme, we also manage a Parish Environmental Scheme (PET). This enables us to maintain:
The Play Areas
Rights of Way etc.
Waters Upton Parish Council has administered a Parish Roadman Scheme for some years now.
It is unique in Telford & Wrekin and offers the community a more local and enhanced service in and around the villages.
The services we offer include:
Drain Clearance etc.
If you are aware of any issue in the Parish, please report it on the form, which can be found on the home page of our website and we will take action
The Parish Council has recently joined with Tibberton & Cherrington and Edgmond Parish Councils to form a Parish Paths Partnership (WET3P).
This will enable us to monitor and maintain the rights of way in the Parish as well as ensure that there are links between the Parishes
We are grateful to the landowners for their support.