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Warning about purchase of Chinese lanterns over Christmas

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection team is warning local traders and consumers to be cautious of purchasing Chinese lanterns from car boot sales and Internet sellers in the run up to Christmas. The products, which are known by a variety of … Continue reading »

Development of University Centre Shrewsbury living accommodation gets go-ahead from Council

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire councillors have approved proposals for the development of living accommodation for students at the new University Centre Shrewsbury. At a meeting of the full Shropshire Council yesterday (Thursday 18 December 2014), councillors agreed to delegate authority to the council’s … Continue reading »

University Centre Shrewsbury event held to show appreciation and look ahead to 2015

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Christmas reception was held to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who is contributing to the development of University Centre Shrewsbury and look ahead to 2015. Representatives from Shropshire and further afield were invited to the event at Rowley’s House, … Continue reading »

Village downloads early Christmas present from Connecting Shropshire

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Adderley has received an early Christmas present from the Connecting Shropshire fibre broadband partnership, Continue reading »

Get your turkey ready for National Defrost Your Turkey Day  

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

To help people stay safe during this festive season, Shropshire Council’s public protection team will be supporting the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on National Defrost Your Turkey Day on Monday 22 December 2014. This day will prompt Christmas cooks to … Continue reading »

Dry January 2015

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public health team is encouraging people to take up next year’s “Dry January” challenge, to stay alcohol-free for the whole of January 2015. Organised by national charity Alcohol Concern, the Dry January campaign aims to highlight the benefits … Continue reading »

First tenants move into ‘new build’ homes in time for Christmas

December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Friday 12 December 2014, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing welcomed the first new tenants into their ‘new build’ affordable properties. Continue reading »

Health and Well-Being Board push forward opt-out system for organ donation in England

December 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s Health and Well-Being Board were today (Thursday 18 December 2014) given the green light to lobby the Government to consult with residents in England to determine their views on an opt-out system for organ donation. The recommendations, which were … Continue reading »

University Centre Shrewsbury’s first research seminar held

December 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An insight into the role of universities in boosting entrepreneurship was shared by an academic at University Centre Shrewsbury’s first Research Seminar. Continue reading »

Leisure Services’ Community Activity Fund: applications open January 2015

December 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Applications for the new grant scheme, Community Activity Fund, will begin January 2015. The fund has been set up to assist with ideas which are for the sole purpose of benefitting children and/or young people during a school holiday period, … Continue reading »

Residents urged to take part in countywide consultation on drugs and alcohol service

December 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People living in Shropshire are being asked to have their say on proposals to change the way drug and alcohol services are delivered, to better serve those who need them. Continue reading »

Remember to check your bin collection day this Christmas

December 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners – Veolia With all the excitement and preparations for Christmas, the last thing you need to think about is when to put your bin out! Veolia have been delivering information reminders to all households across Shropshire and … Continue reading »

Changes to food labelling to make things clearer for consumers

December 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is reminding that changes to food labelling came into effect last weekend. A new EU Commission Directive has brought into force the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (1169/2011EC), which came into force on Saturday 13 December 2014.  This … Continue reading »

Help the NHS in Shropshire this winter by choosing the right healthcare

December 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners: Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Shropshire residents are being urged to help look after the NHS this winter by thinking carefully about whether they really need to visit A&E with minor illnesses and injuries. Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group … Continue reading »

Decisions made at Central planning committee on 11 December 2014

December 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 11 December 2014. Proposed closure of New College Road, Shrewsbury, at Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury end. Decision:That the proposed Traffic Regulation Order and … Continue reading »

Making it Real in Shropshire – our story so far: approved by Cabinet

December 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s new take on its annual Local Account for 2013/14 entitled “Making it Real in Shropshire – our story so far” has been welcomed by Cabinet at their meeting last week (Wednesday 10 December 2014). A review of a … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council recognised with a prestigious award for Armed Forces support

December 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council was the recipient of the Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s Silver Employer Recognition Award, given to them by the MOD at a prestigious award ceremony recently held at RAF Cosford. The award was launched in July 2014 to acknowledge … Continue reading »

Boost for tourism in Shropshire as new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery impresses UK and overseas visitors

December 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More visitors are being attracted to Shrewsbury and Shropshire thanks to the opening of the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in the former Music Hall, according to new figures released today by Shropshire Council. Latest visitor numbers show that … Continue reading »

Armed Forces Fan Park a huge success

December 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Loud trucks, exciting activities, football, and a helicopter delivering the match ball – topped off with a crucial Shrewsbury Town victory against Burton Albion – all ingredients for a fantastic day. With many supporters turning up early to meet members … Continue reading »

Two social workers celebrate after they complete their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment

December 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two Shropshire Council social workers are celebrating after receiving an award for successfully completing their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). Continue reading »

Business grant helps Ludlow arts company attract new customers  

December 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Ludlow-based arts company has improved its internal lighting and conditions to encourage a wider array of customers to use the building, thanks to a business grant from Shropshire Council. Appletree, based in Ludlow, offers an array of services including … Continue reading »

Families encouraged to contact infant cremations inquiry team

December 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Families who would like their individual cases to be considered as part of the independent inquiry into infant cremations at Emstrey crematorium in Shrewsbury are being asked to contact the inquiry team. And anyone who has any views, comments or questions about … Continue reading »

South Shropshire specialist food ingredient company expands thanks to support from Shropshire Council

December 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A south Shropshire company that develops, blends, packs and supplies confectionery, edible decorations and powder food ingredients to food manufacturers, wholesalers, foodservice and retail customers is growing and taking on more staff thanks to a business grant from Shropshire Council. … Continue reading »

Church Stretton School chosen to host special candle-lighting ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day

December 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners South Shropshire Academy Trust A candle created by a world-renowned artist will be lit at Church Stretton School as part of a national initiative that sees 70 specially-designed candles at Holocaust Memorial Day events across the UK, … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Cabinet – 10 December 2014

December 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 10 December 2014). To see the full agenda for the meeting, click here. To find out more about what Cabinet is, what it does and who its … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 16 December 2014

December 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 16 December 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see the full … Continue reading »

Chairman appointed to lead independent inquiry into infant cremations

December 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An independent inquiry into infant cremations at Emstrey Crematorium in Shrewsbury is to begin this week (Wednesday 10 December 2014) following the appointment of a Chairman for the inquiry. The inquiry has been commissioned by Shropshire Council at the request … Continue reading »

Shortlist announced for first-ever Shropshire Teenage Book Award

December 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Seven books have been shortlisted for the first-ever Shropshire Teenage Book Award. Launched this year, the Award is organised by Shropshire Council’s schools library service, and voted for by pupils in Shropshire and Telford schools. Pupils in the county’s schools … Continue reading »

St John the Baptist CE Primary School in Ruyton-XI-Towns is removed from special measures

December 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Staff, students and governors at St John the Baptist CE Primary School in Ruyton-XI-Towns are celebrating after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) removed the school from special measures after just nine months, and judged that provision is now ‘good’ in all … Continue reading »

Good Companions Lunch Club proves to be a success

December 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The first Good Companions Lunch Club, held recently at Helena Lane in Ludlow, has proved to be a huge success – with 11 people plus two of their carers enjoying socialising over a lovely cooked meal. The club meet is … Continue reading »

Committee to meet to revise the council’s licensing fees

December 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s Strategic Licensing Committee will meet on Wednesday 10 December to discuss proposals to revise the council’s licensing fees for 2015/16. The committee will hear details about the statutory fees that the council is required to charge for specific licences … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 11 December 2014

December 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 11 December 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see the full … Continue reading »

Church Stretton residents urged to take part in consultation for town’s library and its services

December 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Church Stretton residents are being encouraged to have their say on proposals for the town’s library and its services. The consultation follows an event held last month (November 2014) in the town, whereby residents were invited to express their views … Continue reading »

Shropshire successful in Government’s Transformation Challenge Award

December 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council, along with the Shropshire Association of Local Councils and Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, have been successful in winning a share of the Government’s £89.4m Transformation Challenge Award. The partnership will receive a grant of £520,000 to … Continue reading »

Don’t ruin your Christmas: avoid fakes

December 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Trading Standards Institute With Christmas spending in the UK set to reach £22billion this year, criminals will be on the prowl to take their share of the profits, cashing in on consumers looking out for good deals … Continue reading »

World War I art exhibition goes on display at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

December 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Artwork entitled “Wilfred Owen and other war poets” by students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, working with renowned artist Carl Jaycock and students from colleges in Le Cateau in France and Walldorf in Germany, has gone on display at Shrewsbury … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 9 December 2014

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see the … Continue reading »

Ludlow Nut Company enjoys rapid expansion thanks to business grant

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Ludlow Nut Company, based on the Ludlow Eco Park, is rapidly expanding, picking up larger contracts and moving into new market areas thanks to a grant from the Business Enterprise Fund. The Fund is European funding, that is administered … Continue reading »

Extra walk at Severn Valley Country Park due to popular demand

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council invites you to join the outdoor recreation service team and enjoy a seven and a half mile guided walk from Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley, passing Kingsnordley and Coton Hall, on Monday 8 December 2014, starting at … Continue reading »

People with medical conditions urged to get their free flu vaccine

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People with underlying medical conditions are being urged to take up their free flu vaccine to prevent them from the serious effects of flu. Although flu uptake figures* released last week show those under 65 with long-term health conditions in … Continue reading »

Walk-in Centre move will bring benefits for Shropshire patients and medics

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Shropshire’s NHS Walk-in Centre will open in its new home for the first time on Monday 15 December 2014. The centre, which allows people to see a GP or nurse without an … Continue reading »

A Ludlow care home is praised by Eammon Holmes

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Ludlow care home, Hendra House Residential Home, has received a surprise call from Eammon Holmes, congratulating the staff on the good work they’re doing. Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said: “This … Continue reading »

Spot the scam, stop the scam: Age UK to benefit from items bought as part of a scam

December 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A victim of over 40 cruel postal scams has volunteered to donate the items she bought as part of this to local charity. Continue reading »

Health chiefs urge parents of young children to take up their free flu vaccine

December 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Health chiefs across Shropshire are urging parents of children between 2 and 4 years to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. The callout comes following today’s announcement from the UK’s Chief Medical Officer urging parents to get … Continue reading »

Prosecution serves as a reminder to benefit claimants

December 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s benefit service is reminding housing benefit and council tax support claimants of their statutory duty to promptly notify the council’s benefit service of changes in circumstances that might affect their entitlement to these benefits. The advice follows a … Continue reading »

Investing in homes to enable people to live as independently as possible

November 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council and The Development Trust, a national charity with strong links in the county, are continuing to invest in homes which enable vulnerable people to move back to Shropshire to be closer to their friends and families, and live … Continue reading »

The Gateway in Shrewsbury celebrates its 30th anniversary

November 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Friday 5 December 2014 the Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Shrewsbury will be celebrating 30 years of opening to the public. To mark the occasion Community Learning, which is part of Shropshire Council, has organised an open day to … Continue reading »

Essential repairs to Hayes Lane Bridge near Alberbury

November 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Hayes Lane Bridge will be restricted to traffic from Monday 8 December to Wednesday 24 December 2014, to enable essential repairs to be carried out to it. The bridge carries the unclassified road over a small tributary of the River … Continue reading »

Place Plan priorities up for review at Albrighton area LJC

November 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next meeting of the Albrighton area Local Joint Committee (LJC) is on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at The Red House, High Street, Albrighton starting at 7pm. The main item up for discussion at this meeting will be the annual … Continue reading »

Shrophire men and young people urged to pledge their support to end domestic violence

November 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Men and young people across Shropshire are being urged to pledge their support to end domestic violence in the county by signing up to become White Ribbon ambassadors. Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee on 18 November 2014

November 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 18 November 2014.   Proposed residential development land on both sides of Rush Lane, Market Drayton (14/04701/OUT)  Outline application (access for … Continue reading »

Speak to your councillors at the Shifnal and Sheriffhales LJC meeting on 2 December

November 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next meeting of the Shifnal and Sheriffhales Local Joint Committee (LJC)  is on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, Shifnal, TF11 8DW starting at 7pm. On the agenda will be an update on progress of the … Continue reading »

Celebrate with the Armed Forces at matchday fan park

November 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Saturday 29 November 2014 will see Shrewsbury Town FC take on Burton Albion FC in a League 2 clash that is about more than just football. The Armed Forces Community Covenant have teamed up with Shrewsbury Town FC to hold … Continue reading »

Kick it Out Cup 2014

November 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Sunday 16 November 2014 Shropshire Council, the Shropshire FA and local voluntary organisation Fairness Respect Equality Shropshire (FRESh) partnership, organised the tenth annual Kick It Out Cup tournament at Shrewsbury Sports Village. The Kick It Out Cup has grown in … Continue reading »

WhatsApp a Shropshire councillor

November 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is currently trialling the use of mobile messaging app WhatsApp to communicate with local people, in a different way. Now in its second week, the trial is going well.  So far, seven people have contacted the council via … Continue reading »

Is Craven Arms young at heart?

November 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People who live or work in Craven Arms can find out their heart age at a special event in the town on Tuesday 25 November 2014. Shropshire’s HeartAge event takes place from 12pm to 7pm at the Craven Arms Community … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury BID invites shoppers to “Let your Christmas story start here”

November 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shrewsbury Business Improvement District Shrewsbury’s first ever Christmas video, promoting the town and its unique offer, was unveiled by Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) at the town’s Christmas Cracker event on Wednesday 19 November 2014. The film … Continue reading »

Spot the scam, stop the scam – council helps resident to stop sending money to scammers

November 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection team have intervened to prevent a local resident from sending money to scammers. Continue reading »

Council leaders delighted with new owner of Dana prison in Shrewsbury

November 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Leaders of Shropshire Council today expressed their delight and support for the new owners of the Dana prison building in Shrewsbury. The announcement was made following the news of its sale to The Osborne Group today. The council has made … Continue reading »

Local partnership puts Community Chest grant to good use

November 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing The Grove and Lodge Farm Partnership have put the £350 Community Chest Fund grant they received from Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing to good use by brightening up part of the … Continue reading »

Care home back on track following safeguarding action

November 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Council officials have recently visited Hillcrest Manor care home, near Minsterley, to see the progress made since a major safeguarding intervention a year ago. Continue reading »

Blog: Ensuring our libraries remain at the heart of our communities

November 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Blog, by Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture I read with interest the concerns raised by world famous author Michael Morpurgo in 18 November’s Shropshire Star on the future of libraries in Shropshire. I absolutely … Continue reading »

Work of a wildlife group revealed at Severn Valley Country Park

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Natural history enthusiast Patrick Clement is visiting Shropshire Council’s Severn Valley Country Park to share his love of practical nature conservation.  Patrick will be giving a talk based on the conservation work of the Halesowen Wildlife Group. The talk will … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee on 13 November 2014

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 13 November 2014.   Proposed development land east of Station Road, Condover, Shrewsbury (14/00335/OUT)  Outline application (access, layout and scale) for … Continue reading »

People urged to check their drinking habits as part of national campaign

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) are encouraging people to check out their drinking habits as part this year’s National Alcohol Awareness Campaign launched on Monday 17 November 2014. DAAT, who are part of Shropshire Council’s public health team, … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council wins award for promoting healthy lifestyles in the workplace

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has been recognised for its work in promoting healthier lifestyles to staff at a recent awards ceremony. Continue reading »

Spot the scam, stop the scam

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection team is launching a month-long campaign ‘spot the scam, stop the scam’ to raise awareness of a cruel crime that damages consumer confidence, and at worst, blights the lives of victims and their families. It follows … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 11 November 2014

November 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 11 November 2014.   Land off Park View, Broseley (14/01125/OUT)  Outline application to include access and layout (scale, appearance and landscaping … Continue reading »

Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth to be closed to traffic during 27 November 2014

November 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth is to be closed to traffic for one day, Thursday 27 November 2014, between 9.30am and 4pm. The road closure is required to carry out a safety inspection of the rockface between two brick retaining walls, … Continue reading »

Council invites local people to see what’s on offer at Helena Lane in Ludlow

November 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is inviting local people to come and see what is on offer at Helena Lane in Ludlow as part of a special Open Day on Friday 5 December 2014. The event, from 1pm until 4.30pm, will showcase the … Continue reading »

Bridgnorth riverside clearance work completed

November 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Intensive clearance work carried out on Bridgnorth’s riverside over the past four weeks has been completed, opening up the views and allowing access to residents and visitors alike. The work has been carried out as part of the Bridgnorth riverside … Continue reading »

Condover Parish Plan underway: questionnaire to follow a public meeting on Thursday evening

November 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Condover Parish Plan is underway, covering the main settlements of Condover, Dorrington, Stapleton, Ryton and many smaller outlying hamlets.  A Parish Plan is your chance to have your say about the community you live and work in. The newly-formed steering … Continue reading »

Free parking and Park & Ride in Shrewsbury for late night Christmas shoppers

November 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is offering shoppers in Shrewsbury free parking and free travel on the town’s Park & Ride on Wednesday nights in the run-up to Christmas – starting on Wednesday 19 November. Shrewsbury’s Christmas lights switch-on celebration on Wednesday 19 … Continue reading »

Sustrans Gold Award for a Shrewsbury school

November 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Sustrans Suitably, in this week of remembrance, The Wilfred Owen School in Shrewsbury, named after the notable World War I Shropshire poet, will be receiving a much-coveted national award. The primary school has become the first … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 18 November 2014

November 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Nature in the Sands of Eardington project receives funding boost

November 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is today celebrating the news that it has received a £18,599 funding boost from SITA Trust for their project “Nature in the Sands of Eardington”. This project seeks to work with the newly-established Friends of Eardington Nature Reserve … Continue reading »

‘A Christmas Carol’ guided tours in Shrewsbury this December

November 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The 1984 film of “A Christmas Carol” was filmed on location in Shrewsbury 30 years ago.  For anyone who has enjoyed this version of the classic story, there is a chance to join A Christmas Carol guided tours in December. … Continue reading »

Bromford opens new supported housing development to help those with learning disabilities

November 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Bromford (a social enterprise) People have already started to move into Normandy Place in Liverpool Road, Whitchurch, which has been designed and built by Bromford’s experienced construction team.  The scheme offers nine one-bedroom apartments and one … Continue reading »

Acton Scott Farm featured on BBC1’s Countryfile

November 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Cameras rolled at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm during half-term week, as BBC1’s Countryfile paid a visit to focus on crafts in the countryside. Continue reading »

Planning to be discussed at Craven Arms and rural LJC meeting

November 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Craven Arms and rural Local Joint Committee (LJC) has an interesting meeting coming up on Wednesday 19 November 2014 at Onibury Village Hall at 7pm. The main topic for discussion will be planning.  Shropshire Council’s planning services manager will … Continue reading »

Hospital provision and faster broadband to be discussed at Wem and Shawbury LJC meeting

November 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents are encouraged to attend an important meeting of the Wem and Shawbury area Local Joint Committee (LJC) on Thursday 20 November 2014 at Edinburgh House, Wem at 7pm. There will be a presentation on NHS Future Fit, the programme looking … Continue reading »

Wenlock History Day will showcase town’s archives

November 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Saturday 22 November 2014 sees an event taking place in Much Wenlock which celebrates an important body of local historical material being made available to the public. Wenlock History Day is being presented by the Friends of Shropshire Archives in … Continue reading »

Discover Secret Egypt at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

November 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new exhibition coming to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery next year (24 January to 26 April 2015) will invite visitors to re-examine their perceptions of ancient Egypt and challenge some of the enduring myths that surround this fascinating and … Continue reading »

Invitation to Telford & Wrekin Council leader to meet with Housing Minister

November 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s Leader Keith Barrow has invited the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Kuldip Sahota to join his representatives when they meet with Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, on Tuesday 16 December 2014. It follows a request by Kuldip … Continue reading »

Council to trial the use of WhatsApp

November 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is to trial the use of mobile messaging app WhatsApp to communicate with local people, following the huge success of its twitter account, which the council started to use as one of its main communications channels in 2013. … Continue reading »

Council backs new asbestos awareness campaign

November 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is backing a new asbestos awareness campaign launched in October 2014, and is joining organisations across the county to share its safety message with tradespeople, trainees and its own workforce. As part of the campaign, … Continue reading »

“Secure Your Apprenticeship” event – back by popular demand

November 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A popular apprenticeship event, run by Shropshire Council’s County Training, will be taking place again later this month, due to popular demand. The training provider is running another of its “Secure Your Apprenticeship” events on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at Theatre … Continue reading »

Flower-planting event captures the imagination

November 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing have awarded a grant of £350 of their Community Chest Fund to support an exciting initiative to invest in and improve planting schemes to brighten up … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 13 November 2014

November 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 13 November 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

New way to book non-emergency patient transport

November 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Saturday 1 November 2014 saw a new telephone number become available to book non-emergency patient transport for eligible patients in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin. The number can be used by clinics, … Continue reading »

Kick It Out tickets competition winner announced

November 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire FA offered schoolpupils the chance to win two tickets to the England v Slovenia Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on Saturday 15 November 2014. Continue reading »

Shropshire residents encouraged to get vaccinated against seasonal flu

November 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

For many people the flu will not be a full-blown health crisis, but it will be a burden on daily life.  The flu often leaves individuals bedridden and unwell for around a week. However, for the older population, people with … Continue reading »

Free NHS flu vaccinations being offered in pharmacies

November 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners NHS England – Shropshire and Staffordshire area team Shropshire and Telford residents in at-risk groups are now able to get their free NHS flu jab in pharmacies for the first time. GPs currently offer free seasonal … Continue reading »

Good neighbours stop rogue traders

November 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Trading Standards Institute (TSI) National Consumer Week 2014 runs until the end of this week (8 November). This year’s theme is doorstep crime, with a focus on encouraging friends, neighbours and carers to intervene when they … Continue reading »

‘De-stress day’ for young people in Shrewsbury this Saturday

November 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) have organised a ‘de-stress day’ for young people on Saturday 8 November 2014, as stress was identified as a major concern among young people. Running between 11am and 3pm at the Grange Youth Centre, … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 11 November 2014

November 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Over 23,000 quit for Stoptober across West Midlands as smoking rates reach an all-time low

November 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England Over 23,000 smokers across the West Midlands stubbed out their cigarettes this month for Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England. T hey joined over 250,000 people around the country … Continue reading »

Illustrated talk about wildlife at Severn Valley Country Park on 13 November

November 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire birder Jim Almond is visiting Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley to give an illustrated talk about the varied wildlife around Shropshire.  The talk is on Thursday 13 November 2014 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The talk looks at the … Continue reading »

Health care provision on agenda at Loton and Tern LJC meeting on 6 November

October 31, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next meeting of the Loton and Tern LJC (Local Joint Committee) is on Thursday 6 November 2014 at 7.30pm at Astley Village Hall, where the public can hear more about the latest news on hospital and health care changes … Continue reading »

Church Stretton library building on the agenda at LJC meeting 6 November

October 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The StrettonDale Local Joint Committee (LJC) has an important meeting planned for Thursday 6 November 2014 at the Silvester Horne Institute in Church Stretton at 7pm. The main item will be the proposals for the future delivery of services currently … Continue reading »

Decision to defer made at special North planning committee on 24 October 2014

October 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decision was made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its special meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Friday 24 October 2014. Land North West Brooklands Farm, Dudleston, Ellesmere, Shropshire – 14/02730/MAW   Temporary operation for exploratory borehole and associated … Continue reading »

County Cup final sees intense final showdown

October 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners There was intense competition at the Shropshire Boccia Final this morning, a game similar to bowls or pétanque. Six teams had made it through from the Area Heats in Ludlow, Oswestry & Shrewsbury to compete for … Continue reading »

Meole Brace Park & Ride open late tonight for cup clash

October 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council have confirmed that Meole Brace Park & Ride will be open late tonight for supporters attending the big Capital One Cup tie at the Greenhous Meadow. Leader of Shropshire Council, Keith Barrow, welcomed the agreement with the club, … Continue reading »

The Mere officially unveils the Green Flag

October 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Thursday 30 October, the Mere at Ellesmere saw the unveiling of the Green Flag to celebrate being awarded the prestigious status. Continue reading »

The face of Shrewsbury’s trade

October 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A fascinating website bringing together the best of the old and new of Shrewsbury’s outstanding shopping experience has been launched. The website, www.thefaceofshrewsburystrade.org.uk, is the result of a collaboration between artist Paola Alessandri-Gray and Shropshire Council’s Shropshire Archives service which brings … Continue reading »

Cross Border Health Arrangements – Have your say

October 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners The Welsh Affairs Committee are inviting people to have their say and share their experiences of cross border health care between England and Wales. The Committee would like to hear from anyone who lives in England … Continue reading »

Woodhouse Farm Bridge to close for essential repairs

October 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Woodhouse Farm Bridge, which carries the Stoke-on-Tern to Ollerton road, is to be closed to traffic for five days, to enable repairs to be carried out to the damaged parapet. Unfortunately, due to the narrow nature of the road over … Continue reading »

Road users urged to take care as darker nights draw in

October 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire is reminding all road users to take extra care on the roads as the evenings draw in and the … Continue reading »

Glazeley Bridge embankment stabilisation

October 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Embankment stabilisation work at Glazeley Bridge, which carries the B4363 road over the Borle Brook, is scheduled to start in November 2014. The verge has been washed out leaving large voids beneath the existing safety barrier.  The work will involve … Continue reading »

Big contract won by local partnership Community Advice and Advocacy Network

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Community Advice and Advocacy Network A partnership of seven Shropshire-based organisations won the Shropshire Council contract for “Information, advice and advocacy services for adults”. The organisations already have a good track record in meeting the needs … Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee on 21 October 2014

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 21 October 2014.   Land off Bearstone Road, Norton In Hales, Market Drayton (14/00790/OUT)  Outline application for the erection of fourteen … Continue reading »

Schoolpupils to meet talking, rapping, recycling robot

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Schoolpupils across Shropshire will get the chance to meet a talking, rapping robot next month – and learn about reducing, recycling and reusing waste at the same time. Recycler the robot will be visting ten primary schools across the county … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee on 16 October 2014

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 16 October 2014.   Development management report to consider planning applications Subject to S106 resolution having regard to the Council’s published … Continue reading »

Are you aware of the Shropshire Compact?

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Compact Week 2014 is running from Monday 3 November to Friday 7 November 2014. Compact Week is an annual celebration which takes place across England to promote and recognise the Compact – the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and … Continue reading »

Local project shortlisted for National Compact Award

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A local project is shortlisted for the National Compact Engagement Award at The National Compact Awards, which celebrate excellence in working partnerships between the voluntary sector and the public sector. This year the Compact Awards celebration takes place on Wednesday … Continue reading »

Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth to close for one day

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth is to be closed to traffic for one day, Monday 3 November 2014, between 9.30am and 4pm. The road closure is required to carry out a safety inspection of the rockface between two brick retaining walls, … Continue reading »

Church Stretton residents invited to find out proposals for town’s library and its services

October 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents in Church Stretton are invited to come along to a ‘drop in’ event on Thursday 6 November 2014 at the Silvester Horne Institute to find out about the proposals for Shropshire Council services currently housed in the Church Stretton … Continue reading »

Anti-social behaviour reforms give victims greater say in way their reports of ASB are dealt with

October 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Monday 20 October 2014, the way the police, councils and housing associations deal with anti-social behaviour (ASB) changed.  The Government has undertaken a review of ASB powers, and has introduced legislation that will simplify the process whereby action can … Continue reading »

Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly showcase event

October 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Fifty of Shropshire’s voluntary organisations will come together on Tuesday 25 November 2014 to showcase their services and the support they offer to local people. The Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA) showcase event will be held at the Council Chamber, … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 14 October 2014

October 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 14 October 2014. Land south of Woodbatch Road, Bishop’s Castle (14/00885/OUT)  Outline application for mixed residential development and formation of a … Continue reading »

Market Drayton store has premises licence revoked following illicit sales of tobacco

October 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The premises licence which permits the sale of alcohol by the “Magdalenka” store on Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, has today been revoked by Shropshire Council’s licensing committee. It follows the prosecution two weeks ago of shopkeeper Elina Pole, by Shropshire … Continue reading »

Chance to open the Cabinet of Curiosity at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

October 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Visitors to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are invited to look for hidden treasures inside a “Cabinet of Curiosity” until 28 February 2015. Continue reading »

Shropshire Council worker to donate £1,000 prize money to Prostate Cancer charity

October 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Shropshire Council manager is to donate £1,000 towards the Prostate Cancer UK charity, having won the money in a special prize draw. Continue reading »

University Centre Shrewsbury welcomes its first students

October 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The first students have embarked on courses at Shropshire’s new University Centre and are benefitting from the expertise of both academics and industry professionals. Continue reading »

Love Your Bike Month rolls on throughout Shropshire this October

October 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

As we enter the second half of October, Shropshire’s fifth annual Love Your Bike Month continues at pace. There are still lots of great free activities coming up in the second half of the month to help Shropshire residents have … Continue reading »

New Shropshire Council Mobile Library will begin the rounds next week

October 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has just taken delivery of a new Mobile Library which replaces the existing vehicle whose lease has expired. The mobile library will be serving communities in North Shropshire. The new Mobile Library, the first designed by Mellors, will … Continue reading »

Oswestry Library and Community Hub – Update

October 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The consultation results of the proposed hub development at Oswestry Library are now on display in both the library and community hub. This forms part of Shropshire Council’s continuing efforts to look finding creative and cost effective ways to ensure … Continue reading »

Health Champion’s new Saturday morning exercise event begins this weekend

October 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Ben Sutton Jones, a Shropshire Health Champion born with cerebral palsy, will proudly launch his very own Saturday morning exercise project this weekend in the Dingle. A (hopefully) bright and early start of 8.45 will see the inaugural Disability Action … Continue reading »

Application going to special North planning committee meeting on 24 October 2014

October 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning application will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at a special meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Friday 24 October 2014 at 2.30pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. … Continue reading »

New piece of artwork for Battlefield in Shrewsbury

October 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Veolia Veolia, the waste contractors for Shropshire Council, have today put out a call for local artists to submit plans for a new piece of art as part of a Public Art Scheme. The purpose of … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet – Wednesday 15 October 2014

October 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 15 October 2014). To see the full agenda for the meeting, click here. To find out more about what Cabinet is, what it does and who … Continue reading »

Ivy House Bridge to close for essential repairs

October 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Ivy House Bridge, which carries the Pentre to Pen-y-Bryn road, is to be closed to traffic on Monday 27 October 2014 for up to a week to enable repairs to be carried out to it. The work will involve general … Continue reading »

Malehurst No 1 Bridge to close for essential repairs

October 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Malehurst No 1 Bridge, which carries the Malehurst to Asterley Road, is to be closed to traffic for three days between the hours of 8am and 4pm from Monday 27 October 2014 to Wednesday 29 October 2014, to enable repairs … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 21 October 2014

October 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to increase early diagnoses and save lives in the West Midlands

October 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England Around 1,770 people in the West Midlands region are diagnosed with either bladder or kidney cancer every year (17,560 in England), with around 820 people dying from these diseases annually (7,860 nationally).  More … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury Museum to host performance by internationally-renowned musicians and artists

October 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery will host Field Notes, a performance by leading composer Howard Skempton and renowned artist Matthew Harris on Friday 24 October at 7.30pm. The evening will include performances by world-class musicians of Skempton’s new piece ‘Field … Continue reading »

Beambridge Bridge to close for essential repairs

October 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Beambridge Bridge, which carries the Aston on Clun to Beambridge road over the River Clun, is to be closed to traffic on Monday 27 October 2014 for up to two weeks to enable repairs to be carried out to it. … Continue reading »

Blog: Assistive technology and Adult Social Care

October 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Blog Andy Begley, Head of Adult Social Care Operations at Shropshire Council, writes about using assistive technology to support people in Shropshire to live more safely and independently. On 17 September Shropshire Council formally launched its partnership with the Tunstall … Continue reading »

October half-term events at Severn Valley Country Park

October 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s rangers at Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley are gearing up for a spooky, fun-filled week during October 2014 half term. There are a full range of events which offer something for everyone.  The tea shop and visitor … Continue reading »

Learn about the consultation on a new swimming pool for Shrewsbury

October 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next Severn Loop Local Forum will receive an update on work to look at options for a new swimming pool for Shrewsbury; a presentation on the Our Place programme; updates on local policing issues; and discussion on the Future … Continue reading »

Shopkeeper from Market Drayton pleads guilty to possessing illicit tobacco

October 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A shopkeeper from Market Drayton has been sentenced, after pleading guilty to possessing illicit tobacco and cigarettes at her shop on three separate occasions. The sentence is:- 4 months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) 200 hours of unpaid work in … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 16 October 2014

October 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 16 October 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Secure Your Apprenticeship – Autumn 2014 events

October 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Young people living in Shropshire are encouraged to get ready for employment at free apprenticeship events taking place this month throughout the county. County Training, part of Shropshire Council, is running a series of information and advice events for young … Continue reading »

Get involved with Bridgnorth, Worfield, Claverley and Alveley LJC

October 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is encouraging local people to come along to their next Bridgnorth Worfield, Claverley and Alveley Local Joint Committee (LJC) meeting to talk about the issues that matter to them. The meeting is on Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 7pm … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 14 October 2014

October 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Public Health England and NHS prepare for unpredictable flu season

October 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

At-risk groups in the West Midlands urged to take up free flu vaccination Public Health England (PHE)’s national seasonal flu campaign has been launched, encouraging uptake of the influenza (flu) vaccine amongst the most at-risk groups in the West Midlands … Continue reading »

Repairs to Church Window Bridge near Gretton extended by a week

October 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Church Window Bridge, which carries the Longville in the Dale to Gretton road over a watercourse approximately half a mile east of Gretton, has been closed for essential repairs since Monday 18 August 2014. The ongoing repairs are taking slightly … Continue reading »

New contemporary art gallery to open within Shrewsbury’s Museum complex

October 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new contemporary art gallery that represents established and emerging artists from across the British Isles is to open within the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery complex on Sunday 26 October 2014. The Joseph Gibson Gallery will be located on … Continue reading »

Exciting October half-term activities at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

October 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is staging some exciting activities for children during the October half-term holiday. The BIG DRAW – Charley Darwin’s Shrewsbury Wednesday 29 October – 11am to 3pm The Big Draw is a chance to meet Shelagh … Continue reading »

Neighbourhood Life health and well-being programme set to launch in Shropshire

October 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new health and well-being programme is being launched to help those who do no or little exercise increase their physical activity. The Neighbourhood Life pilot, which launches this month at Oswestry Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Sports Village and South Shropshire … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire fibre broadband project marks double milestone

October 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Connecting Shropshire – the multi-million pound high-speed fibre broadband programme – is celebrating a double milestone. Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee on 23 September 2014

October 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 23 September 2014.   Land between Twyford Lane and Holyhead Road, West Felton, SY11 4EQ (14/00734/OUT)  Outline application (access for approval) … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury ghost tour and spooky tales

October 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Why not join us on a ghost tour with a difference?  As well as the usual ghost tour of Shrewsbury, join a second guide for spooky tales at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and at Shrewsbury Castle. This will take … Continue reading »

Work starts on new special educational needs centre in Ellesmere

October 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Building work has started on The Kettlemere Centre at the Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere, which will provide specialist teaching facilities for up to 24 children whose primary need is communication and interaction. Karen Bradshaw, Director of children’s services at Shropshire … Continue reading »

Ludlow pharmacist teams up with public health colleagues to promote Stoptober

October 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Boots chemist in Ludlow have joined forces with Shropshire Council’s public health team to help encourage smokers in the town to take up the Stoptober challenge. Continue reading »

Recycling collection trial to be extended and expanded

September 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A trial of a new recycling collection service in Hanwood, near Shrewsbury, which has seen the reintroduction of kerbside collections of cardboard, is to be extended and expanded. Since July, just over 100 homes in Hanwood have taken part in … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council cake sale raises over £250 for Macmillan Cancer Support

September 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Last Tuesday (23 September), Shropshire Council hosted a cake sale to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £276 for the charity. Continue reading »

Hospital provision and local funding priorities to be discussed at Ellesmere area LJC

September 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next meeting of the Ellesmere area Local Joint Committee (LJC) takes place on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at Ellesmere Town Hall at 7pm. A presentation will be given on NHS Future Fit, the programme looking at hospital services in … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury primary school vows to improve following inspection

September 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Staff and governors at Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School are working with Shropshire Council and the Diocese of Shrewsbury Education service to address the outcomes of a recent report from Government inspectors. Ofsted inspectors visited the school on 8 and … Continue reading »

Spooky and ghostly guided walks in Shrewsbury

September 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

For a spooky night out why not come on one of the Shrewsbury ghost tours? Shrewsbury is one of the most haunted towns in England, and a guided ghost walk is the ideal way to learn more about them. Did … Continue reading »

Shropshire Love Your Bike Month returns for the high-fives

September 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

October 2014 is Shropshire’s fifth annual Love Your Bike Month. A range of great free activities are planned throughout October to help people in Shropshire have fun on their bikes and prepare themselves for winter cycling. Residents of Shropshire can … Continue reading »

Runners step up to the mark

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Sunday 21 September 2014 Shropshire Council’s leisure services team organised the Seven Bridges 10k Road Race and a one-mile Fun Run in Shrewsbury. This year’s race started and finished at The Quarry and attracted 318 runners from across the … Continue reading »

Food labelling to change following new EU Commission Directive

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is highlighting that changes to food labelling will soon come into effect. A new EU Commission Directive has brought into force the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (1169/2011EC), which comes into force on Saturday 13 December … Continue reading »

Have your say – Get Us Connected campaign

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Get Us Connected campaign launched a petition yesterday (Thursday 25 September 2014) to lobby the Government and network companies to improve the signal in the region. At Shropshire Council’s full council meeting at the Shirehall, Leader Keith Barrow said: … Continue reading »

Save the date! Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to hold wedding fayre on 1 October

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

See Shrewsbury’s latest – unique – wedding venue, when a wedding fayre is held at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 1 October. Continue reading »

Review of Shropshire and West Midlands Showground’s premises licence sought following noise complaints

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is to seek a review of the Shropshire and West Midlands Showground’s premises license, to make it easier to control noise levels at outdoor events held at the site. The review follows a number of … Continue reading »

West Midlands submits bid to have more responsibility for local rail services

September 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Councils from across the West Midlands today approved a formal proposition to Government to put more responsibility for the region’s rail services in local hands yesterday (25 September). Metropolitan, shire and unitary authorities from across the … Continue reading »

New monthly volunteer work days at country parks and nature reserves

September 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new monthly series of volunteer work days are being held at country parks and nature reserves in Shropshire. People can enjoy a practical day of conservation work with Shropshire Council’s rangers. Volunteers are advised to wear wear sturdy steel … Continue reading »

Friends’ £5000 donation helps make Museum exhibitions a reality

September 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has thanked the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for donating £5000 towards the cost of purchasing four high-quality showcases – which have made it possible for the venue to stage nationally- and internationally-important exhibitions. The new … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee on 18 September 2014

September 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 18 September 2014.   Proposed residential development land off Gorse Lane, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury (14/00989/OUT)  Outline application (all matters reserved) for … Continue reading »

Needle-free flu vaccine for Year 7 and Year 8 children

September 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners NHS England – Shropshire and Staffordshire Year 7 and Year 8 schoolpupils across the county of Shropshire, including Telford, will be offered a free nasal spray vaccine to protect them from flu.  This immunisation is part … Continue reading »

From housing repairs to affordable credit: advice and support available for tenants

September 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Come along to a one-stop ‘shop’ and see how we can help you at one of our tenant events. Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing are teaming up with a number of … Continue reading »

Optimising Business Broadband event coming up in Shrewsbury on 30 September

September 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Businesses in Shropshire are being helped to get the most out of faster broadband speeds thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the project, Optimising Business Broadband (OBB). A series of free events and training programmes … Continue reading »

Looking after yourself with your library

September 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

As World Mental Health Day approaches on Friday 10 October 2014, libraries in Shropshire are highlighting the many ways people can use library services to find help with maintaining their health and well-being. All branch libraries stock Books on Prescription, … Continue reading »

Free support and grants for local businesses through Eureka! Moment scheme

September 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Eureka! Moment, an innovative scheme run by Shropshire Council, has released a short film designed to make it even easier for local businesses in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire to apply for free business support and grants of up … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 16 September 2014

September 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 16 September 2014. Field House, Beamish Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, WV7 3JJ (14/00622/FUL)  Change of use of existing detached swimming pool building … Continue reading »

Rapid progress made in creation of Shropshire’s new University

September 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

‘Rapid and significant’ progress has been made in the creation of Shropshire’s new University, a report to next week’s meeting of the full Shropshire Council says. University Centre Shrewsbury is being developed by Shropshire Council, the University of Chester and … Continue reading »

Celebration in light of Recovery Month 2014

September 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

In celebration of Recovery Month 2014, Shropshire Drug and Alcohol Team have organised a Recovery Event to celebrate and congratulate the hard work that goes into making recovery possible. The Recovery Event will be held in Shrewsbury, on Friday 19 … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 23 September 2014

September 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Surgery from pre-history to the Renaissance with Kevin Goodman: a living history talk

September 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Severn Valley Country Park, near Alveley, is inviting people to join Mediaeval & Tudor re-enactor Kevin Goodman for an entertaining look at a number of surgical techniques carried out from pre-history to the Renaissance, including trepanning, tooth extraction, arrow and … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council partners with Tunstall advisory service for assistive technology programme

September 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Tunstall advisory service Shropshire Council is consulting with Tunstall advisory service to support the design, delivery and sustainability of its adult social care programme for independent living. The council has created a collaborative partnership with the … Continue reading »

Countdown to Broseley Youth Day on Sunday 21 September

September 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Broseley Youth Partnership Broseley’s biggest event for young people will take over the Birchmeadow Park and Centre on Sunday 21 September 2014.  The fun-packed day includes no less than 30 different activities for children of all age … Continue reading »

Whitchurch Skills and Jobs Fair on Friday 26 September

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The first ever Whitchurch Skills and Jobs Fair is taking place on Friday 26 September 2014 from 10am until 3pm. Continue reading »

A458 Newtown Bank re-opened

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is set to re-open the A458 Newtown Bank in Much Wenlock today following the completion of essential road resurfacing, which were completed both on time and in budget by contractor Lafarge Tarmac under the supervision of Mouchel During … Continue reading »

Shropshire smokers encouraged to swap fags for gags

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Smokers in Shropshire are being encouraged to kick the habit with the help of humour this October. Continue reading »

Prosecution serves as a reminder to benefit claimants

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s benefits service is reminding housing benefit and council tax support claimants of their statutory duty to promptly notify the council’s benefits service of changes in circumstances that might affect their entitlement to these benefits. The advice follows a … Continue reading »

Free previews of Shrewsbury Museum’s new art exhibition this Sunday

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is joining in the national Heritage Open Days celebration by giving visitors a free preview of its new art exhibition this Sunday (14 September), when access to the Museum & Art Gallery will be free … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 18 September 2014

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 18 September 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

A sustainable schools network for Shropshire – briefing note

September 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Since the autumn of 2013 the Shropshire Schools Forum Sustainability Task & Finish Group has been considering how to ensure a sustainable schools network in Shropshire and provide high quality education for all Shropshire children. Made up of primary, secondary … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery joins BeActive leisure discount scheme

September 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Members of Shropshire Council’s BeActive leisure discount scheme can now enjoy visits to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at a reduced price. Continue reading »

‘BIG Family Event’ at Monkmoor in Shrewsbury on 24 September

September 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A fun-packed, free afternoon providing information, guidance and activities for children and families is happening at Crowmoor Primary School, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury on Wednesday 24 September 2014. The BIG Family Event will be supported by a number of organisations, including the … Continue reading »

It’s your chance to make yourself heard – STAR Housing invite all tenants to this year’s Annual General Meeting

September 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Following on from the success of last year’s first Annual General Meeting, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing are once again inviting all tenants to come along and get involved. This year’s meeting will be held on … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire announces plans to provide fibre broadband to 13 new exchange areas

September 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

New exchange area map outlines programme’s plans up until December 2015 Thirteen more exchange areas will get high-speed fibre broadband before the end of next year as part of the multi-million pound Connecting Shropshire programme. The partnership between Shropshire Council, … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 16 September 2014

September 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 16 September 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Free training for Shropshire’s women in business

September 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A free ‘shout about technology’ conference on 18th September will launch a new scheme aimed at equipping Shropshire’s female entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to make their business flourish in the digital age. The event, to mark the launch … Continue reading »

Council leader expresses frustration with EE mobile phone signal in Shropshire

September 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Leader of Shropshire Council is to write to the Chief Executive of mobile phone company EE to express his concerns about the poor signal quality experienced by EE customers in many parts of Shropshire. Councillor Keith Barrow took to … Continue reading »

Smokers in the West Midlands encouraged to swap fags for gags

September 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England – West Midlands Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, is encouraging smokers in the West Midlands region to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good … Continue reading »

Bayston Hill LJC meeting to discuss Oaklands-Glebefield development and library

September 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Bayston Hill residents are encouraged to come along to the next Local Joint Committee meeting at Bayston Hill Methodist Church on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 7pm. The meeting will see the launch of the consultation of the Oaklands/Glebefield development brief. … Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee on 26 August 2014

September 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Land between Twyford Lane and Holyhead Road, West Felton (14/00734/OUT)  Outline application (access for approval) for residential development.  … Continue reading »

Get composting this autumn

September 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

To encourage more people to compost at home this autumn, Shropshire Council is working in partnership with Veolia and getcomposting.com to offer reduced-price compost bins, from just £19.98. Better still, there is currently a special ‘buy one get one half … Continue reading »

Telford man successfully prosecuted following driveway replacement work

September 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is reminding traders about their legal responsibility to provide a written notice to consumers of their right to cancel a contract. This advice follows a successful prosecution on 3 September 2014 for a case brought … Continue reading »

Cabinet approves new Help2Change preventive health service

September 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s Cabinet has approved the formation of a new preventive health service called Help2Change. This will be delivered by the wholly council-owned company, ip&e Limited. Help2Change’s vision is to help Shropshire residents lead healthier lives, and will bring together … Continue reading »

Successful prosecution of rogue doorstep salesmen

September 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is reminding consumers to be on their guard when approached at their homes by doorstep salesmen, following the successful prosecution last month of a Dudley-based home alarm company and its rogue salesmen. Kevin Powell (34), … Continue reading »

Fire, speeding and defibrillators discussed at Longden, Ford and Rea Valley Local Joint Committee

September 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Longden, Ford & Rea Valley Local Joint Committee (LJC) met in July at Hanwood Village Hall to discuss a wide range of community issues including West Mercia Community Speed Watch, community defibrillators and the future of LJCs. The evening … Continue reading »

An exciting new future for Ludlow Assembly Rooms and the Buttercross

September 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has been working closely with the Trustees of Ludlow Assembly Rooms and Ludlow Town Council to ensure that both historic buildings have a viable and exciting future. Discussions regarding Ludlow Assembly Rooms taking over the running of the … Continue reading »

Street light conversion programme moves to south-east Shropshire

September 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A programme to save energy by converting street lights so they can switch themselves off in the middle of the night is moving to south-east Shropshire.. About 12,500 street lights of the 18,900 maintained by Shropshire Council across the county … Continue reading »

Funding available to support the development of resilient communities in Shropshire

September 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Communities across Shropshire are being invited to apply for funding to support projects that maximise energy efficiency, affordable warmth and/or resilience to climate change within their respective communities. A grant pot of £4,000 is being made available, which will support … Continue reading »

£20,000 is available for community projects in the Bridgnorth and Oswestry areas – and you can have your say on how it’s spent

August 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners £20,000 is available for community projects in the Bridgnorth and Oswestry area – and one woman is happy to help grant the funds. Ann Maltby, is one of two tenant chairs of Shropshire Towns and Rural … Continue reading »

Could you recycle one more thing?

August 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new campaign is encouraging residents in Shropshire to find ‘one more thing’ that can be recycled. The ‘recycle one more thing’ promotion highlights the wide range of materials that can be recycled in kerbside recycling boxes and at recycling … Continue reading »

Get answers to your questions on anti-social behaviour

August 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Anti-social behaviour – we’ve all heard the phrase, but how many of us know what to do when faced with it? The Local Policing Team, The Oswestry Tenant Working Group and Shropshire Towns & Rural Housing … Continue reading »

Challenge accepted! Council Leader to face the ice bucket

August 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, has accepted his nomination for the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for charity. To try and raise as much money as he can from his sharp introduction to icy water, Cllr Barrow will … Continue reading »

72 STAR Housing homes set to get a makeover

August 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners: A resident information day organised by Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR Housing) and delivered in partnership with Anglian Building Products, gave tenants the opportunity to find out more about planned investment to upgrade their homes. … Continue reading »

Take extra care on rural roads during harvest season

August 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police are warning motorists of the dangers that may be present at this time of year as farmers … Continue reading »

Community Speed Watch launched across West Mercia following successful pilot scheme

August 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire Following a successful pilot scheme in Crowle in Worcestershire, a new community-driven road safety initiative has been launched across West Mercia which gives local residents the opportunity to … Continue reading »

Free workshops to help businesses make the most of online opportunities

August 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners The Optimising Business Broadband (OBB) project will offer local businesses a unique opportunity to benefit from free expert advice funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).  For details of the support and project please visit our … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee on 21 August 2014

August 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, on Thursday 21 August 2014. Land To The Rear Of 21 Hanley Lane, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (14/00823/OUT) Outline application (access for approval) … Continue reading »

Cooking Marvellous wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

August 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Cooking Marvellous on Tuesday 2 September 2014. The presentation will take place midday at Marvellous House, 8 Knights Park, Battlefield … Continue reading »

Council confident of reinstating car park for midweek Shrewsbury Town matches

August 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Following media reports on 21 August 2014, concerns have been raised that Shropshire Council is no longer allowing Shrewsbury Town Football Club to use the Meole Brace Park and Ride car park for midweek matches. The council has moved to … Continue reading »

Pupils congratulated on GCSE success

August 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Speaking about the publication of GCSE results today (Thursday 21 August 2014), Councillor Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We would like to congratulate pupils on their success. Their achievements are testament to how diligently they … Continue reading »

Shropshire Inclusively Fit Project gains significant grant award

August 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Providers Consortium Shropshire Providers Consortium, and its partners Energize (County Sports Partnership), Shropshire Disability Network, Figaro, Headway Shropshire, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme, Shropshire Football Association and Shropshire Council’s public health. are excited today about the … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 19 August 2014

August 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 19 August 2014. Hill Cottage, Clive Avenue, Church Stretton (13/03805/OUT) Outline application for the erection of three detached houses with garages … Continue reading »

STAR Housing BBQ’ing to beat cancer!

August 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing and residents of Yorkfields are preparing to don the novelty aprons and cook up a barbequed treat for the people of Oswestry to help raise funds for Cancer Research on Friday … Continue reading »

Couples offered chance to get married in Medieval mansion within Shrewsbury Museum

August 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Couples looking for a unique and special setting for their wedding can now get married in a 13th century mansion house within Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Continue reading »

Doorstep Sport Clubs to be launched in Shropshire

August 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two new Doorstep Sport Clubs will be starting in Shrewsbury and Market Drayton. A Doorstep Sport Club provides a vibrant and varied sporting offer to young people in disadvantaged communities that is designed to grow their motivation and ability to … Continue reading »

Works by Rodin, Bacon and Freud to go on display at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

August 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Almost thirty works by artists including Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud will be on display at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from 15 September 2014 to 4 January 2015, as part of a special exhibition that considers our … Continue reading »

An exciting Bridgnorth History Week coming up on 22-27 September 2014

August 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The ninth annual Bridgnorth History Week will be held at Bridgnorth Library from Monday 22 September to Saturday 27 September 2014.  The event celebrates the wealth of history in the Bridgnorth area, and engages with people to encourage them to … Continue reading »

‘Follow our fivers’ campaign aims to show importance of buying local

August 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A twitter-based experiment is being carried out by Shropshire Council over the next few weeks to follow the journey of a series of ‘£5 notes’ as they travel around the county, and possibly beyond. The experiment aims to find out … Continue reading »

Seven-days-a-week service for sick children guaranteed at new hospital centre

August 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Today the local NHS has agreed that a seven-day Children’s Assessment Unit will be retained at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after the Shropshire Women’s and Children’s Centre opens at The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford next month (September 2014). Children … Continue reading »

Delivering the National Citizen Service to Shropshire’s young people

August 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s positive activities team (youth service) are currently delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS) in Shropshire. NCS is open to all 16- and 17-year-olds in England.  It helps young people to build their skills for work and life, while … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 26 August 2014

August 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Broseley Youth Day set for 21 September 2014

August 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Young people in Broseley are being asked to note the date Sunday 21 September 2014. Broseley Youth Partnership is crossing its fingers that the sun is going to shine between 12pm and 4pm when the annual youth day will be … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council seeks provider to lead on and help shape youth activities

August 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is publishing an invitation to tender today, Friday 15 August 2014. The council is seeking applications for an infrastructure support service. Continue reading »

Community Living transfers to independent organisation

August 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A service which helps adults with disabilities live independently in their own home has been successfully transferred to a new organisation. The Community Living service was previously provided by Shropshire Council and has now been transferred to Midland Heart, one … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 21 August 2014

August 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 21 August 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Walk and train ride in the Severn Valley on 27 September 2014

August 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s outdoor recreation service is inviting people to discover the Severn Valley on a nine-mile riverside walk and train ride from Alveley to Bewdley on Saturday 27 September 2014 from 9.15am-4.30pm. The route will follow the River Severn downstream … Continue reading »

Stepping out with the new university for Shropshire

August 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Visitors to Shrewsbury Flower Show burned a total of 12 million calories walking around the exhibits, a professor developing the new university for Shropshire has estimated. Continue reading »

Applications going to south planning committee on 19 August 2014

August 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning application will be considered by Shropshire Council’s south planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Whitchurch to hold its first-ever Skills & Jobs Fair on 26 September

August 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The first-ever Whitchurch Skills & Jobs Fair will be taking place on Friday 26 September in Whitchurch Leisure Centre from 10am until 3pm. The aim of this Fair is to bring together employers, training providers and skills information to match … Continue reading »

Help for the unemployed in the Wem area

August 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Wem Town Hall Wem Town Hall are offering bespoke support to local unemployed people to help them secure employment, apprenticeships and work placements. Based at Wem Town Hall every Tuesday, unemployed people can receive help with … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire connects Pontesbury exchange area to fibre broadband

August 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More than 2,300 homes and businesses in Pontesbury, Minsterley and Snailbeach now have access to fibre broadband The roll-out of fibre based broadband across Shropshire passed another milestone this week as the final cabinet in Pontesbury exchange area was connected … Continue reading »

Temporary alterations to Wem 201 and 511 bus services

August 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council would like to alert users of the bus users in Wem that, due to a road closure, the 201 bus service (Wem Town Service) and 511 bus service (Whitchurch to Shrewsbury Service) will be unable to serve Mill … Continue reading »

Reminder for motorists ahead of the V Festival next weekend

August 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Next weekend [Saturday 16 August 2014 / Sunday 17 August 2014] is the V Festival at Weston Park, and motorists are reminded that due to expected heavy traffic between Friday 15 August and Monday 18 August there will be traffic … Continue reading »

National nursing award for Shropshire Council officer

August 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Shropshire Council officer who provides training has been recognised for her work with a national nursing award. Continue reading »

Leader and MP join forces to retain seven-day Paediatric Service at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

August 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, and Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham, came together today to make an urgent plea to Shropshire and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTh) to retain a seven-day service at the Paediatric Service at the … Continue reading »

Shifnal-born author James Christie to give talk at Shifnal Library

August 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Author James Christie will visit the town of his birth on Wednesday 3 September 2014 to give a talk at Shifnal Library about his book, “Dear Miss Landau”. James was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2002 and discovered a talent … Continue reading »

Council finances on the right path, says Leader

August 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The finances of Shropshire Council are in good health, Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, has said. A little over 12 months ago, Shropshire Council began in earnest the second phase of the restructuring of the way the entire authority … Continue reading »

New agreement for health bodies welcomed

August 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An agreement has been signed by Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, Shropshire Council, and Healthwatch Shropshire, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of Shropshire residents. A “Memorandum of Understanding” has been agreed by Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, Healthwatch Shropshire, … Continue reading »

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation to Festival Drayton Centre on 11 August 2014

August 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Festival Drayton Centre on Monday 11 August 2014. The presentation is at 6.30pm at the Festival Drayton Centre … Continue reading »

Decision made by North planning committee on 29 July 2014

August 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decision was made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 29 July 2014. Land on north side Of Whittington Road, Gobowen, Oswestry (13/02217/OUT)  Outline application for mixed residential development; formation of … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council take “Alan’s Challenge” to save road verge flowers

August 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

This summer the nation’s favourite gardener wants to help save Britain’s wild flowers that are under attack.  As part of Plantlife’s Flowers on the Edge campaign, he is throwing down the “Alan Challenge” to councils across Britain, and Plantlife are … Continue reading »

‘Have a go’ hobby festival in Church Stretton this Saturday

August 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Stretton Hobbyfest, a free event for young people, takes place this Saturday 9 August 2014 at 12pm–4pm at the Leisure Centre in Church Stretton. Young people and their families are invited along to this free event to have a go at … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council to progress plans for new swimming facilities in Shrewsbury

August 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council officers have been given the go-ahead to progress plans for new swimming facilities in Shrewsbury, following approval by councillors at a meeting of Cabinet earlier this week (Wednesday 30 July 2014). Work will now start with partners to … Continue reading »

Severn Valley Country Park wins Green Flag Award for record 11th year

July 31, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – more than 1,470 across the UK.  Severn Valley Country at Alveley and Highley is an award-winner for a record 11th consecutive year.  This … Continue reading »

The Mere at Ellesmere wins Green Flag Award

July 31, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Mere at Ellesmere will be flying the Green Flag this year – the mark of a quality park or green space in the UK – after the Green Flag Award Scheme unveiled this year’s winners. The Mere was named … Continue reading »

Obesity prevention training for Shropshire’s childcarers

July 31, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Shropshire-wide obesity prevention project for those working with or supporting young children and families is offering special training courses for the county’s early years childcare providers. The Eat Better, Move More project has been developed by Shropshire Council’s public … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury Flower Show – car parking and access

July 31, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is reminding people about parking arrangements in Shrewsbury town centre on the days of the Shrewsbury Flower Show (Friday 8 and Saturday 9 August 2014). Claire Wild, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for highways, said: “We work with the … Continue reading »

Video competition launched to protect citizens from doorstep crime

July 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Trading Standards Institute The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is calling on all amateur videographers, media students, filmmakers and directors to create a 90-second “Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders” informational video.  The video should be designed to … Continue reading »

Cabinet decisions – 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 30 July 2014). To see the full agenda for the meeting, click here To find out more about what Cabinet is, what it does and who … Continue reading »

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy consultation period extended

July 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has extended the consultation period for its Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to the end of September 2014. As part of our responsibilities as a Lead Local Flood Authority, and working with Staffordshire County Council, which shares similar … Continue reading »

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation on Friday 1 August

July 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office This Friday (1 August 2014) the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Wellington Cottage Care Trust. The presentation will take place at 2.30pm at the Wellington Cottage … Continue reading »

Blue Badge investigation identifies misuse

July 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is reminding all people who use or have access to blue badge parking permits about the need to adhere to the rules and guidelines to ensure they are used correctly, following a recent investigation undertaken … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 22 July 2014

July 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Proposed residential development south of A49, Ludlow (13/03862/OUT)  Outline application for residential development (up to 215 dwellings); public … Continue reading »

Service at Shrewsbury Abbey on Sunday 3 August to commemorate World War I

July 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy KCVO, has arranged a special service to commemorate 100 years since the commencement of World War I to be held at Shrewsbury Abbey on Sunday 3 … Continue reading »

Repairs to Church Window Bridge near Gretton

July 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Church Window Bridge, which carries the Longville in the Dale to Gretton road over a watercourse approximately half a mile east of Gretton, is to close for essential repairs on Monday 18 August 2014. The proposed work is necessary because … Continue reading »

Road closure needed to allow emergency works on The Mount, Shrewsbury

July 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Mount, Shrewsbury has been closed to allow immediate work to be done to repair a collapsed sewer, it has been confirmed. A suspected road collapse on the Mount was reported yesterday and both Shropshire Council and Severn Trent Water … Continue reading »

Entrepreneurial spirit at day centres in Shropshire

July 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Adults with learning disabilities in Shropshire have shown their entrepreneurial spirit by launching coffee shops at two day centres. The new shops are at The Meres Day Centre in Ellesmere and Raven House in Market Drayton – and both were … Continue reading »

Damaged speed cushions in Broseley to be removed next week

July 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Work to temporarily remove the speed cushions on Ironbridge Road in Broseley will begin on Monday 28 July. The work comes in response to public concerns around the condition of the cushions. The measures, designed to calm the traffic, were … Continue reading »

Loton and Tern LJC focuses on parish council priorities at meeting on 31 July

July 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next meeting of the Loton and Tern Local Joint Committee (LJC) takes place on Thursday 31 July 2014 at Westbury Village Hall at 7pm, and will focus on the priorities of the parish councils in the area; the public are encouraged … Continue reading »

Motorists: do you know what to do if your vehicle breaks down?

July 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia With the school holidays now upon us and many people taking to the roads and motorways, the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire is reminding motorists to be … Continue reading »

Cabinet to discuss the future of swimming provision in Shrewsbury

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The future of swimming provision in Shrewsbury, which includes the Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre, is to be discussed by councillors at a meeting of Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 30 July 2014. The council has previously stated that it … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council launches Shropshare, a new county-wide car share initiative

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

For many in Shropshire there is no easy alternative to using the car but now there is an easy way to take the sting out of the cost of driving. Shropshire Council have launched ‘Shropshare’; a new county-wide car share … Continue reading »

On your marks…Rod gets ready for Commonwealth Games role

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

With the success of the London 2012 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 are promised to be a great follow up and it seems everyone wants to be a part of it. Professor Rod Thomson, Shropshire Council’s director of … Continue reading »

Work starts on new school road safety scheme in Crowmoor in Shrewsbury

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Work has started on a new road scheme in Shrewsbury which will make it safer for children getting to and from school. The project involves introducing a new 20mph speed limit extending along Crowmere Road from the Crowmere roundabout, past … Continue reading »

Council seeks views on proposed new prevention service

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is appealing for more organisations and individuals to give their views on a proposed new preventive health service. The council currently commissions a range of programmes to prevent ill health, such as NHS Health Checks, Help2Quit, and Help2Slim. … Continue reading »

Shropshire people urged to report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation

July 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People in Shropshire are being urged to look out for and report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation in the county. The call comes from members of Shropshire Council’s young people’s scrutiny committee, who discussed the issue at a recent … Continue reading »

Application going to North planning committee on 29 July 2014

July 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning application will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 29 July 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Summer holiday fun for children at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

July 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is inviting children to come along to the Museum this summer for some hands-on holiday fun. Each of the following activities runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and costs £12 for one adult and up to … Continue reading »

Young people help shape activities for young people

July 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council will continue to deliver the maximum number of youth sessions possible in the areas of highest social need until 31 March 2015, at which point a new commissioning model will be introduced to ensure that future youth activities … Continue reading »

Lyneal Park Bridge closure from 4 August for up to two weeks

July 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Lyneal Park Bridge will be closed from Monday 4 August 2014 for up to two weeks to enable essential repairs to be carried out. The bridge carries the unclassified road between Lyneal and Colemere. The work involves general maintenance, including … Continue reading »

Electoral registration system is changing this summer

July 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Over the summer all Shropshire residents will receive a letter through the post, or have a visit by a canvasser, telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years. Shropshire Council’s Electoral Registration Officer … Continue reading »

Temporary closure of Yew Tree Bridge from 4 August for up to two weeks

July 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Yew Tree Bridge will be closed from Monday 4 August 2014 for up to two weeks to enable essential repairs to be carried out. The bridge carries the unclassified road from Longville in the Dale to Hughley. The work will … Continue reading »

Consultation launched on Empty Homes Strategy 2014-17

July 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is asking residents, businesses and any other interested groups or individuals for their opinion on the council’s proposed approach to tackling empty property in the county. The draft of the council’s Empty Homes Strategy looks at why properties … Continue reading »

Two Bridgnorth primary schools to work more closely together

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two Bridgnorth primary schools are to work more closely together after governors agreed to establish a federation to improve educational opportunities for pupils at both schools. The respective full governing bodies of St Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School and Worfield … Continue reading »

Council commends nursing colleagues for winning national awards

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire nurses were commended at a meeting of Shropshire Council today for receiving national awards in recognition of their work. Continue reading »

Councillors give their support to new university for Shropshire

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Work to create a new university for Shropshire took another step forward this week after councillors gave their support to the project and the further investigation of potential sites. The University of Chester, Shropshire Council and ip&e, the Shropshire Council-owned … Continue reading »

Heatwave warning for the West Midlands

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England (PHE) Areas around England may experience ‘heatwave’ conditions over the next couple of  days, according to Met Office forecasts.  Affected areas include the West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, South East England … Continue reading »

“Day of Action” in Meole Brace, Shrewsbury next Wednesday

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A “Day of Action” is happening in Meole Brace, Shrewsbury on Wednesday 23 July 2014 between 10am – 4pm on Meole Estate.  This will be the second Day of Action to take place in Shrewsbury, and the main area of … Continue reading »

National “Playday” week is coming to Shropshire

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

“Playday” is a celebration of children’s right to play, and a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. “Playday” week commences Monday 4 August 2014, and play events will be held at the following venues:- Monday 4 … Continue reading »

Future looks bright for Shared Lives service

July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The future of Shropshire’s Shared Lives service, which enables people with disabilities to enjoy life as part of someone’s family, looks bright after local professionals set up their own company to run the scheme. The new company – Positive Steps … Continue reading »

Sign up and Shake Up this summer

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Young people across Shropshire are invited to ‘Shake it Up’ as part a major new campaign launched this week. Continue reading »

Community Alcohol Partnership competition winners announced

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Minsterley & Pontesbury Community Alcohol Partnership (M&P-CAP) would like to congratulate participants in this year’s Creative Arts Competition. Continue reading »

LEADER funding and delivery of council services to be discussed in Chirbury

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents of south west Shropshire will get the chance to hear about a potential new source of European funding to support local businesses and the rural economy.  The Bishop’s Castle, Chirbury and Worthen, and Clun Local Joint Committee (LJC) meets … Continue reading »

Comley No 2 Bridge and Comley No 3 Bridge to close for essential repairs

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Comley No 2 Bridge and Comley No 3 Bridge, which carry the Comley to Hollyhurst road over a watercourse near All Stretton, will be closed to traffic for up to one week starting on Monday 21 July 2014 to enable … Continue reading »

Shropshire’s adoption services to be discussed at Scrutiny

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A recent report on Shropshire’s adoption service has been published and will be discussed at scrutiny committee today [Wednesday 16 July]. Since 1998, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Council have run a successful Joint Adoption service (JAS) and in April … Continue reading »

Shropshire’s armed forces get the HeartAge test

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s HeartAge campaign has recently begun to take off with an event at Tern Hill Barracks, with the soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment taking the quick test. Continue reading »

Come out to play this summer

July 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Children and young people of Shropshire can look forward to a summer holiday packed full of fun from Monday 21 July 2014 to Friday 29 August 2014. A variety of activities are taking place at various sports centres, village halls … Continue reading »

Change4Life and Disney launch summer “10-Minute Shake Up” campaign

July 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England Public Health England (PHE) today launched a major new Change4Life campaign in partnership with Disney to get kids more active this summer holidays. The “10-Minute Shake Up” campaign uses popular Disney characters alongside … Continue reading »

Important information for drop-in customers at Westgate in Bridgnorth this Wednesday morning

July 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s customer services at Westgate in Bridgnorth will be temporarily closed to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 16 July 2014) between 10.30am and 12.30pm due to a staff meeting.   Normal service will resume from 12.30pm onwards. Customers wishing to access services … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 22 July 2014

July 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on  Tuesday 22 July 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Work to start this autumn on new cycle and pedestrian route in Oswestry

July 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Work is set to begin soon on Shropshire Council and Cambrian Heritage Railway’s plans to construct a cycle and pedestrian route along the Oswestry section of the Oswestry to Gobowen railway line. The route will initially run from Maesbury Road … Continue reading »

Living Dangerously: Terence Spencer photography exhibition comes to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer

July 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is coming to the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer, opening on Saturday 19 July. With two audacious careers, first as a World War II fighter pilot and later … Continue reading »

Decisions made at North planning committee on 1 July 2014

July 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 1 July 2014. Land west of Morda Bank, Morda (13/04845/FUL)  Mixed residential development of 65 dwellings; formation of new vehicular access … Continue reading »

“Boys Dancing” a finalist in National Lottery Awards’ Best Arts project category

July 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

“Boys Dancing” is a regional project which develops and celebrates dance for boys and young men, providing them with the challenge, exhilaration, discipline and fun of making and sharing dance. “Boys Dancing” is a finalist in the National Lottery Awards’ … Continue reading »

Licence Review sends strong message to retailers on need for diligent checks when selling alcohol

July 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Public protection officers have welcomed the decision of Shropshire Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee to suspend for three months a Shrewsbury retailer’s Premises License, following two separate sales of alcohol to minors. Greenfields Convenience Store on Wood Street, Shrewsbury was visited by public … Continue reading »

Kids: get your trainers out for the Race For Life this Saturday

July 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Young people of Shropshire are once again invited to take part in Race for Life later this month, after 2013’s great success. Shropshire’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Shropshire’s Young Health Champions are trying to help raise money for … Continue reading »

Reminder to share your views on organ donation in Shropshire

July 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents across Shropshire are being reminded to take part in a countywide survey on their views around organ donation. The Shropshire Organ Donation survey aims to find out what people in the county think about the organ donation policy: are … Continue reading »

Join the quest for Ancient Wisdom at the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer

July 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is bringing its history and the stories behind its exhibits to life this summer in “Ancient Wisdom” (14 July – 31 August). Continue reading »

Schools and other council services affected by strike action on Thursday 10 July 2014

July 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Due to industrial action by Unison and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), some Shropshire schools and council buildings will be closed today (Thursday 10 July 2014). With regards to schools, each governing body made the decision on whether it … Continue reading »

Rural funding opportunities for local groups at Gobowen area LJC

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Local people from the Gobowen, Selattyn, St Martins and Weston Rhyn Local Joint Committee (LJC) area are encouraged to attend the first meeting of the 2014/15 financial year to learn about local commissioning and external funding opportunities that are available … Continue reading »

Councillors to discuss latest plans for a new university for Shropshire

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Councillors are to discuss the latest plans for a new university for Shropshire which could boost the local economy by tens of millions of pounds every year, create thousands of jobs and provide unprecedented opportunities for students. The University of … Continue reading »

Queen’s Award for voluntary service presentation

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Sunday 13 July 2014 the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Severn Hospice. The presentation will take place at 3pm at a service at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury to celebrate Severn Hospice’s 25th … Continue reading »

North Shropshire primary schools excel at the County School Sport Festival

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Wednesday 2 July 2014 hundreds of young people from across the county came together to compete in the summer Shropshire Homes School Sport Festival, as part of Sainsbury’s School Games. Eight primary schools from across North Shropshire qualified to … Continue reading »

Charity event to raise money for Help for Heroes

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Local residents in Oswestry are invited to come along to a charity afternoon to help raise funds for Help for Heroes. The event, hosted by Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, is … Continue reading »

New website launches to help residents lead healthier lifestyles

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A newly-revamped health website has been launched to help Shropshire residents lead healthier lifestyles. The launch coincides with national Health Information Week. Continue reading »

Mereside Primary School in Shrewsbury celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

July 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Staff, students and governors at Mereside CE Primary School in Shrewsbury are celebrating after Ofsted removed them from special measures and graded the school as ‘good’, following a two-day full inspection on 17 and 18 June 2014. The school’s last … Continue reading »

Council seeks views on proposed new prevention service

July 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is asking organisations and individuals for their views on a proposed new preventive health service. The council currently commissions a range of programmes to prevent ill health, such as NHS Health Checks, Help2Quit, and Help2Slim.  It is proposing … Continue reading »

Much Wenlock and Shipton LJC coming up on Wednesday 16 July

July 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Much Wenlock and Shipton Local Joint Committee (LJC) has an interesting meeting planned for Wednesday 16 July 2014, at Shipton Village Hall at 7pm. The main item will be discussions around how the LJC can be best positioned in … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee – 26 June 2014

July 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 26 June 2014. Development west Of Caradoc View, Hanwood, Shrewsbury (13/04967/OUT)  Outline planning application for up to 20 dwellings (indicative) to … Continue reading »

Funding boost to benefit victims of crime in West Mercia

July 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner West Mercia Victims of crime across West Mercia will get more support thanks to extra funding from the Government. Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, received … Continue reading »

Shropshire Heritage Heroes wanted

July 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s museums and archive services have developed an innovative and interesting way that people can get involved and actively contribute to the heritage of Shropshire, and they don’t have to go far to do it. Shropshire’s Heritage Heroes is … Continue reading »

Local commissioning to be discussed at Broseley and Barrow LJC

July 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People living in the Broseley and Barrow area are invited to come and join their Local Joint Committee on Wednesday 9 July 2014 at Willey Village Hall at 7pm. Kate Garner of Shropshire Council will be at the meeting to … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire’s update on phase 2 of the Superfast Extension Programme

July 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Recently, Shropshire Council met with Chris Townsend, the new Chief Executive of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), to discuss Phase 2 of the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) and review our current progress building a network of faster fibre broadband. The meeting … Continue reading »

Reminder to share your views on organ donation in Shropshire

June 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents across Shropshire are being reminded to take part in a countywide survey on their views around organ donation. The Shropshire Organ Donation survey aims to find out what people in the county think about the organ donation policy: are … Continue reading »

Closure of the road over Lloyney No.2 Bridge, west of Knighton

June 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The minor road between Llanfair Waterdine over the River Teme to Lloyney Village will be closed for up to six weeks to carry out essential repair works Lloyney No.2 Bridge over the River Teme. The road will be closed from … Continue reading »

North Shropshire primary schools at School Games Festival

June 27, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Over the last three months primary schools across north Shropshire have been competing against one another in various sports as part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme. Schools have had the opportunity to compete and participate in dodgeball, orienteering, arrows … Continue reading »

Are you happy with your polling station?

June 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People are being asked whether the polling stations in their area are suitable, as part of a review being carried out by Shropshire Council. The review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations will take place between Tuesday 1 … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee on 24 June 2014

June 26, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 24 June 2014. Application to register land known as Patshull Green, Albrighton as a village green.  Decision: That the application to register … Continue reading »

Artistic Shropshire pupil with designs on faster broadband is honoured by Connecting Shropshire

June 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An artistic county youngster will be honoured today by the Connecting Shropshire broadband partnership after scooping top prize in an unusual competition. A Banksy-style art challenge was organised to mark Bicton Church of England Primary School becoming the first in … Continue reading »

Shropshire well prepared for introduction of free school meals for infants

June 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s schools, and Shropshire Council’s school meals provider, are well prepared for an anticipated 40% increase in school meals that will be served once universal free meals for infants are introduced at the start of the new school year. From … Continue reading »

Oswestry BikeFest free family day out on 5 July 2014

June 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

BikeFest is a free family day out in Oswestry on Saturday 5 July 2014 from 11am-3pm, with cycling activities for all ages and abilities. BikeFest is in its third year and is run by Shropshire Council’s Travel Shropshire team, at … Continue reading »

Sir John Talbot’s Technology College in Whitchurch rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

June 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Staff and students at Sir John Talbot’s Technology College in Whitchurch are celebrating after Ofsted removed them from special measures and graded the school as ‘good’, following a two-day inspection on 11-12 June 2014. The report praised the “substantial improvements” … Continue reading »

State-of-the-art new £28 million women and children’s centre to open in Telford

June 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust A new £28million centre for women and children is on course to open at the end of September 2014. The state-of-the-art Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre will open at the … Continue reading »

Shropshire housing organisation shortlisted for national award

June 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing has just been nominated for a national housing award at the National Federation of Almos (NFA) annual awards. The NFA awards recognise the most innovative projects … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 1 July 2014

June 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on  Tuesday 1 July 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Alert on potentially deadly new ‘designer’ drug

June 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public health team have issued a warning about a dangerous new ‘designer’ drug which is believed to be in circulation in the county and has been implicated in deaths elsewhere in the UK and abroad. The drug, called … Continue reading »

Council backs national project to mark outbreak of World War I

June 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

At 11pm on 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. Continue reading »

Alternative waste collection services to be trialled in Shropshire

June 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two hundred households in Shropshire are to take part in two 12-week trials of a new waste collection service from next month. The trials start in the week beginning Monday 14 July 2014 and are being carried out as part … Continue reading »

St Julian’s Friars and Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury roadworks update

June 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A project to improve the busy junction of St Julian’s Friars and Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury by resurfacing roads and installing a zebra crossing is progressing, despite complications during the first phase of work, say engineers. The work involves the … Continue reading »

Ludlow Independents Day

June 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Ludlow Chamber of Commerce Ludlow will be celebrating its very first Independents Day on Friday 4 July 2014: a day that recognises the strength of its very own high street shops which consist of many independently-owned businesses, … Continue reading »

Transfer of land at Oak Farm day services moves forward

June 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The future of the Oak Farm day care service in Ditton Priors is looking bright after an agreement was reached to formally transfer the land to a community land trust. Ditton Priors Community Land Trust announced today that after two … Continue reading »

Reminder about the Shrewsbury Half Marathon this Sunday

June 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Shrewsbury Half Marathon takes place this Sunday (22 Jun 2014).  The race starts and finishes at the County Showground on Berwick Road, with the race starting around 10am and expected to be complete around 1pm. There will be rolling … Continue reading »

Show domestic violence the red card

June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

As tonight’s England game fast approaches (Thursday 19 June 2014), Shropshire’s Safer Stronger Communities Partnership is urging the public to show domestic violence the red card. The call-out comes in support of West Mercia’s joint campaign during World Cup 2014 … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee – 26 June 2014

June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 26 June 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

Call out for Shropshire’s young people to take part in race for life

June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

After last year’s success, young people across Shropshire are being invited to take the Race for Life challenge again in July and help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Organised by Shropshire’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Shropshire’s Young … Continue reading »

Blog: Taking care of yourself from the inside

June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Leading a healthy lifestyle is about more than just looking good on the outside; you need to be healthy on the inside too. Do we think enough about how being overweight, drinking too much or our smoking habits, damages our … Continue reading »

Council takes action to ensure Broseley and surrounding area is compensated following delays in roadworks

June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Broseley and the surrounding area will be compensated following months of traffic disruption, thanks to the efforts of local councillors and council officers. Shropshire Council has been working closely with Broseley’s town mayor and local councillors to ensure residents in … Continue reading »

Senior national figures praise People2People after fact-finding visit to Shrewsbury

June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two senior national figures have visited Shropshire to learn about the successful People2People project which provides adult social care across the county. Continue reading »

Shrewsbury Sure Start to hold annual “Party in the Park” this Thursday

June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Sure Start children’s centres in Shrewsbury are holding their annual “Party in the Park” event in The Quarry on Thursday 19 June 2014 (10.30am to 2.30pm), and this year’s event has a child safety theme and a focus around enjoying … Continue reading »

Pegasus project spreads its wings and flies

June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A thriving arts and crafts group for people recovering from mental health problems is celebrating the completion of a stunning piece of art. A glittering mosaic, depicting the mythological flying horse Pegasus, has been brought to life by the Pegasus … Continue reading »

New Special Educational Needs centre to open at Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere

June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Special Educational Needs centre for secondary-age pupils is to open at the Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere in January 2015. To be named the Kettlemere Centre, it will provide specialist teaching and facilities for up to 24 children whose primary … Continue reading »

Fight against Campylobacter at centre of Food Safety Week

June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The fight against Campylobacter is at the centre of this year’s Food Safety Week (16 June to Sunday 22 June 2014). Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK, and 250,000 people here could be struck … Continue reading »

Exciting new exhibitions to go on show at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

June 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Two exciting new exhibitions will go on display at the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in mid-July. “Ancient Wisdom” is a family-focused exhibition which will be located on the Balcony, with lots of child-friendly hands-on fun interactivity. And in … Continue reading »

Lively libraries dance into summer

June 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s libraries team are celebrating a prestigious award from Arts Council England.  The £26,000 grant gives the green light to a unique and innovative arts project for children and families in south Shropshire during the school summer holidays.  “Lively … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 24 June 2014

June 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

New national partnership to encourage children to exercise more

June 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Public Health England Change4Life and Disney are to partner on a major new campaign to encourage children to meet the minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise they need every day.  By helping children … Continue reading »

Ellesmere Day Centre looks to work more closely with local community

June 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Meres Day Centre in Ellesmere is asking people for their thoughts on how the centre and the local community can work together – to benefit centre users, local people and the town as a whole. The centre is encouraging … Continue reading »

Come along to the Big Chinwag event in St Martins

June 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing are encouraging residents in and around St Martins to come along for a cuppa, a cake and a chinwag at Cedar Close, St Martins near Oswestry … Continue reading »

Have your say on local issues at Severn Loop LJC

June 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The next Severn Loop Local Joint Committee (LJC) meeting will receive a presentation on the Our Place Programme, updates on local policing issues and discussion on the future of LJC meetings. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting, which will … Continue reading »

Reminders of arrangements for the Shrewsbury Carnival tomorrow

June 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Shrewsbury Carnival takes place tomorrow, Saturday 14 June 2014, and will require some town centre streets to be closed. The carnival this year is incorporating a running race and is in memorial to Keith Ivison, a founder member of … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council and Ringway win at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Awards

June 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council, together with Ringway Shropshire, won the CIHT/Costain Effective Partnerships Award in this year’s Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Awards. This specific award recognises the achievements and added value that can result from effective partnership relationships in the … Continue reading »

Smuggled tobacco seized in Shropshire

June 13, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Smuggled cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco with a black market value of around £7,000 have been seized from two shops targeted by Shropshire Council’s public protection officers, supported by officers from West Mercia Police. The stash was found hidden in … Continue reading »

The King and Thai win Curry Chef of the Year 2014

June 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Amongst stiff competition, Daniel Power of the King and Thai in Broseley was awarded the esteemed title of Shropshire Council’s Curry Chef of the Year 2014. Continue reading »

Democracy updated for the 21st Century

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners the Cabinet Office Registering to vote is now simpler, thanks to a new online process that has been built around the need of users. Registering to vote is now simpler than ever under a new online … Continue reading »

Passion for traditional skills leads to new business expansion

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A love for upholstery has seen Shropshire businesswoman Fiona Wynn develop her skills from upholstering for friends and family, to expanding and moving the business into a purpose-built workshop and working for a wide range of clients at her base … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council statement on welfare fund spending

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has issued the following information to clarify media reports that money given to the council to help people in need is being spent on a website. The Government has provided funding for the council, locally called the ‘Local … Continue reading »

Work starts at new Saw Mill complex in Market Drayton

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Work has begun on the first phase of a new state-of-the-art Saw Mill complex in Market Drayton, which will see at least 13 new jobs created. Continue reading »

New Forest School to open at St John the Baptist CE School in Ruyton-XI-Towns

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

St John the Baptist CE School in Ruyton-XI-Towns is holding a ceremony on Friday 13 June 2014, at 9.30am, to celebrate the opening of their new Forest School area at Drumbles Wood. The new Forest School, which has been provided … Continue reading »

Make recycling your goal during the World Cup

June 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

With England’s football players set to take to the pitch in Brazil in a kit made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, people are being urged to recycle more of their household waste during the World Cup. It … Continue reading »

Market towns programme extended to enable projects to be completed

June 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s Market Towns Revitalisation Programme (MTRP) which was due to finish at the end of March 2014 has now been extended to allow several exceptional projects to be completed. All of the projects below were asked to re-submit their … Continue reading »

Streetlights conversion programme moves to north Shropshire

June 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A programme to save energy by converting streetlights so they can switch themselves off in the middle of the night is moving forward. About 12,500 streetlights of the 18,900 maintained by Shropshire Council across the county are being converted to … Continue reading »

Kick off at home and face a 28-day ban

June 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners, led by West Mercia Police Police and partners working together across West Mercia are launching a joint campaign during World Cup 2014 to deter perpetrators of domestic abuse, and encourage those affected to seek help. Domestic … Continue reading »

Operator to be sought to run hydro generator at the Weir in Shrewsbury

June 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council are to seek a commercial operator to develop and run a hydro generator at the Weir in Shrewsbury – with Shropshire Council leading on the procurement work. Shropshire Council has been working in partnership … Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee – 3 June 2014

June 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 3 June 2014. Land west of Morda Bank, Morda (13/04845/FUL)  Mixed residential development of 65 dwellings; formation of new vehicular access … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury traffic light concerns raised with Highways Agency

June 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Leader of Shropshire Council has held urgent talks with the Highways Agency about a project designed to improve a busy roundabout near Shrewsbury. Concern has been raised by drivers about the potential impact of traffic lights which are due … Continue reading »

Highways Agency plans to develop Mile End roundabout to go on display

June 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Highways Agency plans to improve traffic flow and create an entrance to a new business park at Mile End roundabout in Oswestry are due to go on display shortly. Shropshire Council is holding an exhibition at Oswestry Memorial Hall on … Continue reading »

Sir John Talbot’s School set for academy conversion

June 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners The Marches School Following extensive consultation and overwhelming support from the school community, Sir John Talbot’s Technology College in Whitchurch will now proceed with plans for academy conversion, sponsored by The Marches Academy Trust, in time … Continue reading »

Ellesmere LJC to hear about the evolving role of LJC meetings

June 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Ellesmere area Local Joint Committee (LJC) has an interesting meeting planned for Tuesday 17 June 2014, at Welshampton Village Hall at 7pm. The main item will be discussions around how the LJC can be best positioned in the future … Continue reading »

Parking initiative helps boost footfall in Shrewsbury

June 5, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Independent retailers and Shrewsbury’s two principal shopping centres have reported a significant increase in sales and footfall on Sunday 25 May 2014 Following the launch of free all-day parking, footfall at the Darwin Centre and Pride Hill rose by 35% … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury BikeFest returns on Saturday 7 June with free activities and competitions

June 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Shrewsbury BikeFest returns for the seventh year this Saturday at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, with a host of free and fun cycling activities for all ages and abilities. The event, which runs between midday and 4pm on Saturday … Continue reading »

Council leader promises to look into baby cremation issue

June 3, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Leader of Shropshire Council has promised bereaved parents that he will look into why it wasn’t possible to provide them with ashes following the cremation of their baby or unborn child. Shropshire Council took over the running of the … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee – 27 May 2014

June 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 27 May 2014. Land off Corvedale Road, Craven Arms, SY7 9BT (13/01633/OUT)  Outline application for residential development (14 houses) to include access … Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee – 29 May 2014

June 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 29 May 2014. Poultry broiler units, Great Ness, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury (13/04305/EIA)  Erection of three poultry rearing buildings, eight feed bins and … Continue reading »

Outdoor theatre production of “The Merchant of Venice” at Severn Valley Country Park

June 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Severn Valley Country Park, part of Shropshire Council’s outdoor recreation service, is happy to announce an open air theatre production of William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” on Wednesday 18 June 2014. Severn Valley Country Park will be host to the … Continue reading »

Cremation of babies and unborn children – Shropshire Council statement

June 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

On Monday 2 June, BBC Radio Shropshire ran a report about the cremation of babies and unborn children at Emstrey crematorium in Shrewsbury. Below is the full statement issued by Shropshire Council to the BBC about this issue. The tragic … Continue reading »

A4169 Much Wenlock to reopen at 6am Monday 2 June

June 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

We are pleased to confirm that the A4169 Sheinton Street in Much Wenlock will reopen tomorrow (Monday 2 June) at 6am. Please drive carefully as some work vehicles will still be on site so you may need to give way … Continue reading »

Completion of essential sewer works on A4169 Much Wenlock may overrun

June 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council have been working closely with Severn Trent Water to try and ensure that the essential sewer works on A4169, Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock was completed on time however it is looking unlikely that the road will reopen today … Continue reading »

Organ donation – opt in or opt out? What do you think?

June 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Do you support an ‘opt in’ or ‘opt out’ policy for organ donation? That’s the question being put to people as part of a research project being carried out. Continue reading »

Kick drinking and driving this summer

May 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is warning people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs this summer. Drink-driving and drug-driving offences typically increase during … Continue reading »

Shelf Bank becomes Oswestry’s first Local Nature Reserve

May 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shelf Bank is a 3ha area of natural public open space occupying a small hill overlooking the centre of Oswestry.  The site is managed by Shropshire Council’s outdoor recreation service in association with The Friends of Shelf Bank, local councillors … Continue reading »

‘Dragons Den’ to hear event ideas from Oswestry young people

May 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Last year Oswestry Community Alcohol Partnership (OsCAP) was successful in running a creative writing competition for young people in Oswestry supported by The Marches School and Oswestry School. Pupils were invited to write a story or a poem about alcohol … Continue reading »

Enhancement scheme for Shrewsbury town centre to start in June

May 30, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A project to improve the busy junction of St Julian’s Friars and Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury by resurfacing roads and installing a zebra crossing is due to start on Monday 2 June 2014. The work will include the repaving of … Continue reading »

Businesses urged to consider joining the Trader Register to boost custom

May 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Do you want your business to stand out above the rest?  Do you offer professional, high quality work with excellent customer service?  If you operate a home improvement business within the county, then you are eligible to apply for the … Continue reading »

Deadline for votes in Digital Leaders Award is looming

May 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Time is running out to vote for Shropshire Council’s digital services team who are nominated for a national award. Lorna Perry, the council’s digital services and innovations manager, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Digital Leaders 100 … Continue reading »

New survey aims to understand local and national impact of ‘legal highs’

May 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s public health experts are calling for anyone aged 18 years and over with experience of novel psychoactive substances (popularly known as ‘legal highs’) to take part in a new national survey. The Legal High National Online Survey was launched … Continue reading »

Much Wenlock residents vote ‘yes’ in county’s first neighbourhood plan referendum

May 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents of Much Wenlock have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the area’s neighbourhood plan being used to help decide planning applications. Shropshire’s first-ever neighbourhood plan referendum was held in the town on Thursday 22 May 2014 – the same day … Continue reading »

Voluntary sector and private sector unite in Shropshire

May 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

ShropShare, Shropshire’s independent hub for socially responsible businesses, has watched with interest as national bodies respond to the Government’s new tax relief scheme for social investment.  The new tax relief scheme encourages individuals to support social enterprises, and helps social … Continue reading »

Wagbeach Footbridge work overnight on 29 May 2014

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The A488 road in Wagbeach will be closed overnight on Thursday 29 May 2014 to enable a new footbridge to be craned into position. This work was originally planned for Tuesday 27 May 2014, but due to unforeseen circumstances the … Continue reading »

Public health team present health advice at physiotherapy event

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A series of presentations were given by members of the Shropshire Council’s public health team and staff at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, which highlighted the role that physiotherapists can play in helping patients to … Continue reading »

Business innovation workshop arrives in Oswestry

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Businesses across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire can find out how they could innovate and take their business forward at an event in early June in Oswestry. The “Innovation: common sense but not common practice” event, organised by the University … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 3 June 2014

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council responds to feedback on post-16 transport provisions

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

After reviewing the responses from parents, students and colleges to the recent consultation, Shropshire Council has decided not to implement the proposal in the consultation on post-16 transport.  Instead, to lessen the impact, a phased subsidy reduction will be introduced … Continue reading »

Urgent sewer pipe repair work in Much Wenlock

May 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The A4169 at Sheinton Street in Much Wenlock will be closed to traffic while Severn Trent Water carries out urgent repair work, but the town will remain open for business, councillors have said. The road will be closed from Tuesday … Continue reading »

Discover the beauty of Severn Valley on a walk in June

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council invites you to join the outdoor recreation service and discover the Severn Valley on a nine-mile walk in June. We will follow the River Severn upstream past Hampton Loade and Eardington to Bridgnorth.  At Bridgnorth there will be … Continue reading »

Come and see the wild flowers at Severn Valley Country Park

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council invites people to join its outdoor recreation service and discover the delightful wild flowers that cover the meadows and grow in the woodlands at Severn Valley Country Park. See Spring Pieces Meadow – one of the best meadows … Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 29 May 2014

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 29 May 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To … Continue reading »

Eureka! Find out how your business could benefit from tax incentives

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Businesses across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire can find out how they could benefit from tax incentives at an event in early June. The Tax Credit workshop, open to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), is being hosted at the Kindle … Continue reading »

Harlescott Day of Action

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents of Harlescott in Shrewsbury were the first community to benefit from a Day of Action on 21 May 2014. Continue reading »

Council and Environment Agency take action to remove excess rubbish from waste site

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council and the Environment Agency have been praised for their quick and professional response in resolving an excess waste issue at a local skip site in Ludlow. The council’s public protection officers had visited the site following several complaints … Continue reading »

Noise Action Week until 25 May 2014

May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Each year Shropshire Council receive an increase in complaints about noisy neighbours during the summer months.  Last year between April and September we received over 800 noise complaints ranging from loud music to barking dogs. Noise Action Week is being … Continue reading »

Harlescott ‘Day of Action’ today

May 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Harlescott, Shrewsbury residents are attending a Day of Action event in the area in a bid to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and enhance their local neighbourhood. The event today (Wednesday 21 May 2014), Harlescott will be the first of … Continue reading »

Celebrate Shrewsbury’s manufacturing heritage at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

May 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Items ‘Made in Shrewsbury’ over the last 100 years are going on display at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery later this week.  The exhibition includes photographs and products from a number of local manufacturers. The exhibition is a result of … Continue reading »

Family fun at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this Bank Holiday weekend

May 21, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

There’s so much to enjoy at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this coming Bank Holiday weekend and beyond. A new exhibition in the Community Exhibition space called “Made in Shrewsbury” features some of the county town’s most famous manufacturers such … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury BID launches free Sunday car parking for Bank Holiday weekends

May 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shrewsbury BID Shrewsbury BID is launching free all-day car parking in the town on Sunday 25 May 2014, as part of a new Bank Holiday weekend initiative to benefit shoppers and support traders. Working in partnership … Continue reading »

Diary room tells tale of adult support services in Shropshire

May 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

‘Real-life’ views of people who use adult support services in Shropshire are playing a part in the work to improve how services are delivered in future. A series of diary room films were recorded as part of the “Personalisation: Our … Continue reading »

See and Hear Exhibition declared an outstanding success

May 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Hundreds of people attended an event in Shropshire to discover more about the technology and support available to help people with sensory impairment. Continue reading »

Tenants invited to come along to annual general meeting

May 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing tenants and residents are invited to come along to the Tenant Working Group’s (TWG) annual general meeting on Thursday 12 June 2014 at The Centre, Oak … Continue reading »

Shropshire Council to work with Green Shropshire Xchange on sustainable development

May 20, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s chief executive Clive Wright has agreed to work with the networking organisation Green Shropshire Xchange (GSX) to ensure the council’s operations continue to contribute to sustainable development; a move seen as reassuring by environmental and green groups. The … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 27 May 2014

May 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

Half-term fun at Severn Valley Country Park

May 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

For the upcoming May 2014 half-term holiday, things are getting sporty at Shropshire Council’s Severn Valley Country Park. On Wednesday 28 May we will be asking our younger visitors to compete in the Severn Valley Sports Day.  The park rangers will … Continue reading »

Young at heart? Take the test and find out

May 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

How old do you think your heart age is? A new health campaign can help you find out by taking a simple online test. Continue reading »

Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix next Sunday (25 May 2014)

May 19, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A host of family events are happening to celebrate the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix, including the chance to sample the course the racers will be using later in the day. As well as watching high-speed, action-packed races during the event … Continue reading »

The Humphrey Kynaston Way now open

May 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Humphrey Kynaston Way, a 46-mile long distance trail that links the Jack Mytton Way bridleway at Church Stretton, via Nesscliffe to Grinshill, was launched on Sunday 18 May 2014). The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Robert Bland, attended to cut … Continue reading »

Dementia advice and support at Oswestry Library

May 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Oswestry Library and Alzheimer’s Society are joining forces in a special, free event to highlight sources of help for those with dementia and their families. Dementia-Friendly Day, taking place at Oswestry Library on Wednesday 21 May 2014 from 10am to … Continue reading »

Council drive to reduce littering from vehicles

May 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Drivers are warned not to litter from vehicles, after three separate fixed penalties have been issued by Shropshire Council in the past six weeks to drivers caught littering in both the Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth areas. Councils spend nearly £1 billion … Continue reading »

Support and advice at hand at Dementia Awareness Day event in Shrewsbury

May 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Local and national dementia services around Shropshire and the UK will be on hand to give advice and support at a Dementia Awareness Day event in Shrewsbury. Continue reading »

Council’s digital team shortlisted for innovative national award

May 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s digital services team has been nominated for a prestigious national award. Lorna Perry, the council’s digital services and innovations manager, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Digital Leaders 100 poll.   The awards, in association … Continue reading »

Highways and public services to be discussed at StrettonDale LJC meeting

May 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The StrettonDale Local Joint Committee (LJC) has an interesting meeting planned for Thursday 22 May 2014 at 7 pm at Longnor Village Hall. The main item will be a discussion around how the LJC operates in the future. Representatives from … Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee – 6 May 2014

May 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 6 May 2014. Land off Pixley Lane, Hinstock (12/04209/FUL) Change of use of land for the stationing of caravans for residential purposes … Continue reading »

Book now for Shropshire Business Summit 2014

May 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Time is running out to book a place for you and your business at the 2014 annual Shropshire Business Summit, which takes places on Monday 19 May 2014 at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow, from 5.30pm to 8pm. This year’s summit … Continue reading »

Powerchair football festival coming to Telford

May 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Wheelchair Football Association If you have a disability and have a passion for football then come on down to a Telford festival where you will experience the game of powerchair football. Organised by the Wheelchair Football … Continue reading »

Shropshire people encouraged to consider becoming foster parents

May 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A Shropshire couple with three foster children are marking this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (12 to 25 May 2014) by encouraging other people to consider whether they have the character and skills needed to support and guide a vulnerable child, … Continue reading »

Gold Award for Nathaniel marking 60 visits to Ellesmere Library

May 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Nathaniel Clewlow, aged 5 from Cockshutt, is the first to receive a Gold Certificate marking 60 visits to Ellesmere Library. Nathaniel joined the library two years ago and registered to become a member of the Bookstart Bear Club.  This is … Continue reading »

From home swaps to dog chipping: advice and support on hand at tenants event

May 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing tenants can find out more about home swaps, financial and energy saving advice, and also get their dog chipped, at an event in Shifnal next Wednesday … Continue reading »

Jess chooses apprenticeship route after ‘A’ Levels

May 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A 19-year-old from Shrewsbury has secured a full time position with Chemical Watch, after completing an apprenticeship with County Training, part of Shropshire Council. Continue reading »

Major roadworks finish in Wem

May 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A major scheme to replace gas pipes in the centre of Wem has been completed, meaning an end to traffic disruption caused by the work. Wales and West Utilities have been undertaking the essential work, which has meant some town … Continue reading »

Medical practice becomes first to meet new “young people friendly” standards

May 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Albrighton Medical Practice has become the first in Shropshire to meet a new Department of Health quality standard for being welcoming to young people. Continue reading »

Residents encouraged to provide feedback on proposed plans for Oswestry Hub

May 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is asking people who use the Oswestry Hub and library to provide feedback on proposed plans to enhance the service and layout of the community hub. The consultation, which continues until Friday 30 May 2014, is one of … Continue reading »

Business event aims to boost Shropshire’s creative and digital sector

May 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s creative and digital businesses are invited to a special event on Thursday 12 June that aims to strengthen this sector in the county. Continue reading »

Craven Arms design company set to expand thanks to business grant

May 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A family-owned design company based in Craven Arms is looking forward to further expansion, after a grant from the Shropshire Business Enterprise Fund enabled them to purchase new machinery. Craven Design and Print was established in 1993, and provides a … Continue reading »

Highley company looks forward to a bright future thanks to business grant

May 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A company from Highley, near Bridgnorth, is looking forward to a bright future after receiving a Business Enterprise Fund grant from Shropshire Council. Genvolt produces high voltage power supplies which are being used worldwide, and the company is expanding and … Continue reading »

New ‘Dementia Friends’ launched by health organisations and Alzheimer’s Society

May 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public health team have joined with Shropshire’s Alzheimer’s Society, Shropshire CCG and other organisations to support the national ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign. Continue reading »

Decisions made by Central planning committee – 1 May 2014

May 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 1 May 2014. Land Opposite Ellesmere Drive, Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury (13/05124/FUL)  Mixed residential development of 75 dwellings (including 8 affordable units), formation … Continue reading »

Decisions made by South planning committee – 29 April 2014

May 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 29 April 2014. Manor Farm, Wistanstow, Craven Arms, SY7 8DG (13/04877/EIA)  Construction of two poultry sheds and feed bins, ancillary works, amendments … Continue reading »

Help2Quit service launches new initiative to support smokers looking to kick the habit

May 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust A new initiative to help people in Shropshire to stop smoking has been launched. Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust’s Help2Quit service is reducing the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to … Continue reading »

Whitchurch Civic Centre reopen to the public after revamp

May 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Whitchurch Civic Centre opened fully to the public on Friday 9 May 2014. Continue reading »

England women internationals visit Shrewsbury school ahead of World Cup qualifier

May 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

England internationals Jess Clarke and Sophie Bradley paid a visit to a Shrewsbury primary school ahead of their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 2015 match this week. Continue reading »

Police crack down on dangerous and anti-social bikers in and around Bridgnorth

May 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners The Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police are running a joint operation this weekend to combat problems caused by motorcyclists on three routes across Bridgnorth and South Shropshire. Specialist units involving motorcycle police, speed enforcement … Continue reading »

Buy one compost bin and get one half price during Compost Awareness Week

May 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

As part of International Compost Awareness Week (5 to 11 May 2014), Shropshire Council in partnership with getcomposting.com is encouraging more residents to get composting with a special ‘share and save’ offer on home composting bins. The ‘buy one get … Continue reading »

Inspectors heap praise on Shared Lives scheme

May 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A scheme that supports people with different needs to live as part of their carer’s family has been given top marks by Government inspectors. The Shared Lives scheme met the top standard in all areas when inspected by the Care … Continue reading »

Council urges residents to look out for scam canvassers

May 2, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council Public Protection Team is urging the public to be on the lookout for individuals who are approaching local residents pretending to be canvassing on behalf of Electoral Services.

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See and Hear Exhibition 2014 coming to Shropshire

May 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An event to share information about new technology that can improve the quality of life for people with sensory impairment is being held in Shropshire on 14 May 2014. The See and Hear Exhibition has grown into the biggest event … Continue reading »

Final reminder to register for European elections

May 1, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire residents are being reminded to make sure they don’t miss out on being able to vote in the forthcoming European elections. Continue reading »

Shropshire Council and Mouchel scoop highways awards

April 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The annual awards evening of the Institute of Highway Engineers Mercia Branch saw Shropshire Council and Mouchel receive two awards during the course of a successful evening for the authority. There was also individual recognition for Andy Wilde with an … Continue reading »

Support for families in Woodside catchment area improved by working closer together

April 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Woodside Primary School and Sure Start Children’s Centres are joining together with a range of agencies to offer advice, support and activities for families with children living in the Woodside catchment area. The agencies involved offer a wide range of … Continue reading »

Housing staff climb new heights to raise money for charity

April 29, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Five members of staff from Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing took on the challenging feat of climbing Snowdon this weekend to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Continue reading »

Prosecution serves as a reminder to benefit claimants

April 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People who claim housing benefit and council tax support are being reminded of their statutory duty to promptly notify the council’s benefit service of changes in circumstances that might affect their entitlement to these benefits. The advice follows a successful … Continue reading »

Whitchurch Library to reopen on Friday 2 May

April 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Whitchurch Library will reopen on Friday 2 May 2014 at 9.30am following the completion of improvement work at its Civic Centre home. Access will be via St Mary’s Street, and all library services will be available. The Library was temporarily … Continue reading »

Cleobury Mortimer benefits from funding boost

April 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The centre of a Shropshire market town has been enhanced with funding from Shropshire Council and Cleobury Mortimer Parish Council. Cleobury Mortimer’s historic core project has now been completed. The work has been carried out to make the centre more … Continue reading »

Discover the wonders of walking during Get Walking Week

April 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People in Shrewsbury are being encouraged to get out on their feet and discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers’ biggest ever free short walks festival from 3-10 May. During Get Walking Week, Shrewsbury Ramblers & Shrewsbury Walking for … Continue reading »

Severn Valley Country Park announces a special evening of art

April 28, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The Severn Valley Country Park, part of Shropshire Council Outdoor Recreation service, is happy to announce a special evening of art. Local Shropshire artist Diane Jennings will be hosting an art demonstration in the visitor centre which will allow visitors … Continue reading »

Applications going to North planning committee on 6 May 2014

April 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

Bikeability training to continue in Shropshire schools

April 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is pleased to announce that Bikeability cycle training will continue to be offered to all primary and secondary schools in Shropshire. Following a tendering process, Cycle Experience Ltd have now been appointed to give Bikeability cycle training on … Continue reading »

Shrewsbury welcomes England Women stars ahead of World Cup qualifier

April 25, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

England football internationals Karen Carney and Kerys Harrop were welcomed to Shrewsbury ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifier on 8 May. Continue reading »

Act now to secure your vote for European elections

April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

With the European Parliamentary Elections taking place on Thursday 22 May 2014, Shropshire Council is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote in time. Claire Porter, returning officer, said: “People are talking about the elections, but you’ll … Continue reading »

Residents sitting pretty thanks to joint working with Shropshire’s Youth Offending Service

April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Residents at Monkmoor Court in Oswestry are sitting pretty on a new bench thanks to the skills of some of Shropshire’s Youth Offending Team and funding from their local housing provider, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing. Continue reading »

Applications going to Central planning committee on 1 May 2014

April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 1 May 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

Fight back against scammers to stop them getting away with scams in Shropshire

April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection team and Citizens Advice Shropshire are calling for people in the county to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call with a proposal that sounds too good to be true … Continue reading »

Hanging judges, captains of industry, empire builders and a few Shropshire lads

April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk will, on Saturday 26 April 2014, publish online for the first time parish records held by Shropshire Archives, as the latest instalment of their ‘100 in 100′ promise, to launch 100 record sets in … Continue reading »

Successful Easter weekend for new Museum

April 23, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An estimated 3,000 visitors passed through the doors of the new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery over the Easter weekend. Only a few weeks into its opening the museum is already attracting visitors from around the world, including from Sweden, … Continue reading »

Family events to celebrate Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix

April 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A host of family events have been announced to celebrate the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix, including the chance to sample the course the racers will be using later in the day. As well as watching high-speed, action-packed races during the … Continue reading »

Applications going to South planning committee on 29 April 2014

April 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see … Continue reading »

Hair Academies open evenings

April 22, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

County Training’s Hair Academies opens their doors on Monday 28 April 2014 to those who are interested in finding out more about a career in hairdressing, barbering or nail services. County Training, part of Shropshire Council, has four Hair Academies … Continue reading »

Whitchurch Library service – update

April 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The temporary library in Whitchurch Library’s garage will now continue to operate during next week – on Tuesday 22 April 2014, Thursday 24 April and Friday 25 April. Building work will make it necessary for the library to close for … Continue reading »

Motorcycle campaign tells of ‘Mike’s last ride’

April 17, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire With the Easter weekend approaching, many motorcyclists will be hoping for good weather so they can get out on their bikes and enjoy the many popular biking routes … Continue reading »

Residents urged to make their metals matter this Easter

April 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A new campaign has been launched to urge people living in Shropshire to make their ‘metals matter’ by encouraging them to recycle more. Continue reading »

Majority of Shropshire pupils going to preferred primary schools

April 16, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More than 95 per cent of Shropshire pupils have been allocated their first preference of primary school in 2014. Today (Wednesday 16 April 2014) is the first ever “national allocation day” for primary school places.  Prior to this, each council … Continue reading »

Whitchurch Library to be closed during next week

April 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The temporary library in Whitchurch Library’s garage will close on Thursday 17 April 2014 at 4pm to allow the staff to move resources back into the main library. Due to building work it will be necessary for the library to … Continue reading »

Further underage sales of alcohol to children uncovered

April 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service has revealed that two retailers have failed to improve on their recent poor performance, when tested for the second time in recent weeks to determine whether they would sell alcohol to under 18s. Visits were … Continue reading »

Cashless payments now available in some Shrewsbury car parks

April 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

People will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for parking at some Shrewsbury car parks under a new scheme being trialled by Shropshire Council. The cashless payment system is available at the short stay car parks in Bridge Street, St Austin’s and … Continue reading »

Electoral history to be made in Much Wenlock

April 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire’s first ever neighbourhood plan referendum will take place in Much Wenlock on Thursday 22 May 2014. Poll cards are being sent to about 2,300 electors in the Much Wenlock parish, giving them the right to vote on whether the neighbourhood plan should be formally adopted as planning policy or … Continue reading »

University for Shropshire plans gain momentum

April 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Plans are progressing to develop a new university for Shropshire as partners look at the best ways to create a Higher Education Institution that will provide unprecedented opportunities for students and the county. The University of Chester has worked with … Continue reading »

Ladies rounders in Oswestry

April 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s leisure services team has launched a new opportunity for women to play rounders in a ‘just-for-fun’ environment.  Women are encouraged to turn up and have a go regardless of age, experience or fitness levels. With funding from Rounders … Continue reading »

Scheme to help people with learning disabilities find work is celebrated

April 14, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The success of an initiative to help people with learning disabilities find work is being celebrated – and more employers are being encouraged to get involved. Enable is part of Shropshire Council, and works with employers to support adults with … Continue reading »

Rogue traders targeted by national week of action

April 11, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service has been taking action to target rogue traders as part of a week-long national enforcement and awareness initiative. Operation Rogue Trader is an annual week of activity co-ordinated by Operation Liberal, the national distraction burglary … Continue reading »

Changes to waste and recycling collections over Easter

April 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council and its waste contractor Veolia are reminding people about changes to waste and recycling collections over Easter. Collection crews will be working as normal on Good Friday (Friday 18 April 2014). However, there are no collections taking place … Continue reading »

Shropshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

April 10, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has just made its Local Flood Risk Management Strategy available for public consultation.  Working collaboratively with Staffordshire County Council, which shares similar flooding issues to Shropshire, the council has developed a strategy to help better manage local flood … Continue reading »

Decisions made by North planning committee – 8 April 2014

April 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 8 April 2014. Refuse tip, Maesbury Road Industrial Estate, Maesbury Road, Oswestry, Shropshire (14/00369/COU) Change of use from refuse tip to sale … Continue reading »

Oswestry Library and Booka Bookshop collaboration has many benefits

April 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

An article in “The Bookseller” on 21 March 2014, headlined “BA urges libraries ‘not to compete’ with bookshops”, touches on what is happening successfully in Oswestry already; an ongoing and beneficial spirit of collaboration existing between Shropshire Council’s Oswestry Library and Booka … Continue reading »

Easter holiday fun at Severn Valley Country Park

April 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council invites you to join the outdoor recreation service and discover Severn Valley Country Park this Easter.  The service is offering a number of events to keep children occupied over the holidays.: Saturday 12 April 2014 – Sunday 27 April 2014 … Continue reading »

Wilfred Owen School scoots to success

April 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Wilfred Owen School in Shrewsbury took part in a Sustrans Bike Count competition during February 2014 and are now the proud owners of a Scooter Pod! Scooter and Cycle pods are made from recycled products and can store up to … Continue reading »

Plans to set up new ‘Help2Change’ company under ip&e to be progressed

April 9, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The development of a proposal to bring together initiatives that support people to live long and healthy lives into one company, as part of the Shropshire-Council owned organisation ip&e, was today (Wednesday 9 April 2014) agreed by councillors. Shropshire Council’s … Continue reading »

Prosecution serves as a warning to blue badge users

April 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council’s public protection service is reminding disabled persons about the abuse and misuse of blue badges. The advice follows a successful prosecution on 4 April 2014 where Shropshire Council brought a case under Section 117 (1) of the Road … Continue reading »

Council welcomes new train services into Wales

April 8, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council is hailing the announcement of new peak hourly trains between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth as a great boost for the county. Extra services are being funded by the Welsh Government on the Cambrian and Heart of Wales rail lines, … Continue reading »

Central planning committee decisions – 3 April 2014

April 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 3 April 2014. Residential development site land off Falkland Road, Dorrington, Shrewsbury (13/02776/OUT) Outline application for the erection of 19 dwellings to … Continue reading »

New opening hours for Shropshire Archives

April 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Archives will have new opening hours from Wednesday 16 April 2014, to ensure the service can be maintained amid funding pressures and reduced staffing numbers. The way in which people use the archive service is also changing, with fewer … Continue reading »

Shropshire’s voluntary organisations and local businesses confirm new working relationship

April 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from our partners Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly The key role of the voluntary and community sector in the social and economic future of the region has been officially recognised by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (MLEP). A Memorandum … Continue reading »

Acton Scott Farm gets ready to open doors for 2014

April 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Spring is in the air at Acton Scott Farm, run by Shropshire Council, ahead of its seasonal re-opening on Saturday 12 April 2014.  All the animals have returned from their winter lodgings and the farm’s sow has given birth to … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire secures additional funding for fibre broadband roll-out

April 7, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

A further £1,454,257 has been awarded to Connecting Shropshire by the government to provide over 1,000 additional rural premises with access to faster fibre broadband. This extra coverage will be provided under an extension to the current Connecting Shropshire programme … Continue reading »

Minsterley and Pontesbury competition run by Community Alcohol Partnership

April 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Young people in the areas of Minsterley and Pontesbury, and surrounding villages, are invited to enter a competition and have the chance to win over £200 of prize money. The Community Alcohol Partnership’s competition is open for young people in … Continue reading »

New provision to support Shropshire’s young people

April 4, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Shropshire Council has successfully won an 18-month contract to support young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs). The bid for the European Social Fund (ESF) funding was led by Worcestershire County Council in partnership other councils, … Continue reading »