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Welcome to Upper Lighthorne Parish Council

Upper Lighthorne is a civil parish in Warwickshire, England. It is located some six miles to the south east of Leamington Spa and is very close to the M40 motorway.

Brief History of Upper Lighthorne Parish

The village was originally built in 1942 to house the airmen and ground crews of RAF Gaydon, which was a training airfield for bomber crew and in particular navigators. It was also used for a short period for training glider pilots.

In 1954 the airfield was mothballed and reconstructed as a V bomber training station, the housing was extended with the construction of the officers’ quarters, the NAFFI (which later became the shop but has since been pulled down), children’s playgrounds and sports fields. The area was for a very short period called the Meadow to reflect its origin but was renamed Lighthorne Heath, to reflect its’ geographical location next to the old quarry that had returned to a natural environment that is now home to many crested newts and other species.

In 1955 the first V bomber landed at Gaydon and RAF Gaydon became home to the first operational V bomber squadron. It continued in many roles over the subsequent years, primarily training navigators until it finally closed as an operational airfield in October 1974.
In 1978 British Leyland acquired the site and created an automotive Research and Development Centre spearheading many international automotive development initiatives. The site now houses the Jaguar Heritage Centre, British Motor Museum and Jaguar Land Rover Development Centre.

Lighthorne Heath was partially mothballed during this period until Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council bought up most of the houses to accommodate the overspill from Stratford and other villages within the district. During this period the officers’ quarters where used to house American Airforce personnel, hence the nickname “the yanks” or “the American side”. It later provided shelter for refugees of the Ugandan conflict.

In 1978 the officers’ houses were sold off privately and the whole of Lighthorne Heath became part of Lighthorne Parish. This tie-up between our villages continued until 2003 when Lighthorne Heath became a Parish in its own right and developed into a vibrant and dynamic village building our own village hall, supporting a primary school, village shop and many village activities.

During this initial change the renaming of the Parish was often discussed with a view to reflecting the growth and changed status of the village, but it was never felt to be appropriate at that time. Since then, many plans have been put forward to develop the area, one of which was to build a Shakespeare theme park but the build of the M40 put an end to that idea!

In line with the need to develop housing for a growing population the Gaydon-Lighthorne Heath (GLH) scheme was drawn up for 3500 houses, including a shopping centre, school and other amenities. With the inclusion of Lighthorne Heath, this would create the biggest town outside of Stratford. The decision was taken that the only Parish which could support a development of this enormity was Lighthorne Heath. The first step was to increase our Parish boundary to encompass the area to be developed thereby trebling the size of the Parish.

The time was then right to rename the Parish, reflecting our changing circumstances and the need to look forward to the new future. In 2019, everyone on the electoral register was given the opportunity to choose the new name of the Parish from a shortlist selected from suggested names. The village voted for Upper Lighthorne as the new name for the Parish, which became legal on the 1st April 2020.

As a very new village and Parish we can expect some significant changes and the growing pains that sometimes come with that, but as a community we will encompass the positive and adapt in a constructive, supportive manner as we welcome all new residents to our community…something we have always done in the past.

 

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Upper Lighthorne Parish Council currently have a vacancy for a parish councillor. If you are enthusiastic about your community and would like to work as part of team to maintain and improve the village then please consider joining the Parish Council. We are at the beginning of a period of significant change and you could be a part of helping to make that change as positive for the village as possible.

The Parish Council meets bi monthly on a Thursday. The next meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 19th November 2020 and it is hoped that the council can co-opt a new member at that meeting.

 “But I don’t have time to be a Councillor; I’m too busy.”

The Parish Council should be a team of eight people from across the community – young and old, retired and working, parents and grandparents. If you have lots of time - that will be useful, if you are busy at work all day the council could benefit from your work and business experience.  If you are bringing up children you will know what young people in our community want to see. The Parish Council needs members with a range of experience and knowledge.

“You must be joking, I’m not political.”

The Parish Council is not a party political organisation – all councillors represent the whole community.

If you have any questions or would like to put your name forward to be considered for co-option please contact the clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01295 275372 before 5pm on Wednesday 11th November.

CRITERIA FOR STANDING AS A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Candidates must fit at least one of the following criteria –

  • On Electoral Register (i.e. registered to vote) for the parish
  • Have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area over the last 12 months
  • Lived within 3 miles of the parish over the last 12 months
  • Their principal place of work is in the parish and has been for at least 12 months

Visit Lighthorne Heath

Lighthorne Heath is situated around 12 km south of Warwick and Leamington Spa and 15km north of Banbury.