Parish Councils Achievements in 25 months!

The Parish Council began with three unelected members in May 2015; Brian Hanks, Caroline Maclean and Dawn Laird.

They recruited a Clerk, Debbie Hill and 4 people were co-opted. Hans Ziebeck, Andrew Maclean, David Arnold and Jason Corban and it appeared progress was being made. 

Today, it consists of Brian Hanks, David Arnold and Dawn Laird, as the others have resigned for their own reasons. Furthermore, there is speculation on Facebook as to whether Debbie Hill is still the RFO, (only because the posted information on URPC is no longer in her name – it maybe because her log-in has been temporarily hijacked).

If she is not, it can only because her position is untenable. The history of the core club has systematically destroyed various incarnations of councils over many years and for what reason? Their lack of achievements speak for themselves.


  • Village Hall handed over to the Trust (timeline 25 months).
  • 3 picknick benches.
  • 1 Defibrillator (already organised by previous council).
  • Termination of employment of the Parish Clerk (according to FB).


  • Tree Maintenance (money allocated – no action).
  • Youth Shelter (money allocated).
  • Floral beds adjacent to village signs (money allocated).
  • No participation with Developers.

Where do we go from here? 

  • Co-option. I know that that one of the volunteers for Co-Option, sent the application into URPC over 2 months ago, and yet the process has not been completed. It has taken longer than the Government with the General election.

With a strong council of offering differing abilities, the council should go forward and improve our village. The council should support the clerk, Debbie Hill who, given the opportunity will do a fantastic job for the village.

There could be light at the end of the tunnel if the CLUB is dismantled and reformed as a COUNCIL.


  • If I am not mistaken, the only way forward is to let these people know we are dissatisfied with their attitude towards our village. A show of unity against these ill informed ignorant folk has to be the answer.

    The only downside, is knowing when will we have the next PC meeting, as it will only be cancelled. 🙂

  • Excellent Point you make Steve! No one says they are dissatisfied with the lack of progress so nothing changes! This website has been promoting change for months but nothing happens! There is a group in Victory Fields who are ready to take on the developers for miss selling properties but even then the support has been minimal. Apathy has been king around here for too long but there are enough people committed to change and the numbers are growing!

  • Is there any way a vote of no confidence in these people could be put forward, I am very new to UR but after attending few meetings it is obvious that these councillors do not have the villages best interests in mind. I felt that most issues were deferred to the next meeting which most people had no confidence in when that would be, it also appeared that co-options are left until such a time when people for whatever reason no longer wished to be co-opted leaving only the current members.

  • The current pc is a farce, having attended a couple of meetings (that actually took place) I am left concerned that this great village is being lead/run (whatever you call it in its current state) by incompetent bullies who seem incapable of running the pc as one would expect. Is there no way of removing the remaining members by a vote of no confidence or similar, is there any way of getting someone in with the village as their main concern on the pc. I feel that the current members are in it for themselves and the villagers are now disillusioned by the sitting pc hence I believe leading to the lack of attendees to the said meetings……..things need to change!

  • Rumour control from Facebook is that another achievement is the termination of another Clerk, Debbie Hill. A very proud record for Upper Rissington Parish Council.

    First post amended.

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