Archive for March, 2014

Council tax

Shropshire’s Council Tax will be frozen for 2014/15 – the fifth consecutive year with no increase.

The Police & Crime Commissioner and the Fire Authority have both raised their charge by 1.99%.

The average increase for Shropshire town and parish councils is 4.86%. I understand that Much Wenlock Town Council’s increase will be much lower at 0.42% and Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council’s is 0.02%. Therefore Band D for Much Wenlock will be £1,590.83 and Band D for Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long will be £1,452.79.

Flooding risk

The current flooding problems across the country remind us that at times Much Wenlock and its surrounding settlements are subject to flooding. Shropshire Council is offering free property flood surveys.  The surveys will be carried out by an approved independent surveyor.  An assessment will be made of the likely routes of ingress for flood water entering your property, and the steps that you can take to either help keep the water out or reduce its impact.

After visiting, the surveyor will then issue a brief report outlining the findings.  You can then use it to help plan protective measures for your property.  Shropshire Council can also provide further guidance on the types of products that are available.

If you would like to arrange a free survey, please email or call 0345 678 9000.

Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan report by independent examiner

The ground-breaking Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan is described in his report by the independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, thus: “The Plan has been prepared in a very professional way. Its design, policies and approach are informative and easy to understand, and it is clear that there has been a high degree of community support and interest. Much of this is captured in a well-presented web-site”

He goes on to say “The Plan is very comprehensive and sets out 40 policies underpinning nine objectives. This is a huge challenge in itself for a neighbourhood planning group.” He continues “This professional and thorough approach is to be commended to others embarking on this process and the Steering Group has had several visits from other such groups preparing neighbourhood plans.” Mr Ashcroft concludes his 38-page report as follows: “I trust that the preparation and implementation of this neighbourhood plan will help Much Wenlock to preserve its unique character and to allow an appropriate and well-managed level of growth to ensure its on-going sustainability as a vibrant and attractive market town.” The report can be found here

Andrew Ashcroft

Andrew Ashcroft

.Subject to confirmation of the date, the referendum will be held locally on 22nd May when the question will be “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?”.

Superfast broadband in Much Wenlock

Much-Wenlock-13Much WenlockIn the last couple of weeks the Connecting Shropshire programme has announced that Much Wenlock will be able to start accessing faster fibre broadband from this summer. This is excellent news for business and for domestic users.

Chris Taylor and Philip Dunne MP

David Turner

Woodhouse Farm
Much Wenlock
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Shropshire Council
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