Archive for July, 2015

Highways – HGVs, and resurfacing

In March I wrote about the A4169 Sheinton Street and the narrow stretch of highway between each end of Station Road. There are frequent conflicts when large vehicles meet travelling in opposite directions. I said that the favoured solution is part-time signals with Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) detection.

Shropshire Council’s consultants, Mouchel, will be taking this project forward to detailed design at which stage specific details e.g. positioning of traffic lights, will be finalised. Funding is available this financial year to take this scheme to completion of detailed design and, all being well, implementation.

In Much Wenlock, total resurfacing of the lower part of Oakfield Park is planned to take place this financial year. Also planned for this year is Wilmore Street and Barrow Street from Bull Ring to St Mary’s Lane by The Raven which will involve repairs to the carriageway, including an area of structural patching. The Town Council, the Church and the Chamber of Trade have considered the timing of this work and the extent to which the road(s) might be closed. Their views have been passed to Shropshire Council in order that disruption to residents and visitors might be kept to a minimum.

Further information about the timing of these works and others such as Rowe Lane at Stanton Long and the Bulls Head/Post Office lane at Shipton will be advised when they’ve been scheduled.

Much Wenlock & Shipton Local Joint Committee

The LJC will meet at Shipton Village Hall TF13 6JX on Wednesday 15th July at 7:00pm. The agenda is still to be finalised as I write this, but in due course will be on noticeboards around the parishes, on-line at Shropshire Council and available from me or from Community Enablement Officer, Kerry Rogers ( We look forward to seeing you there.

Mobile telephone signal

At the beginning of June Shropshire Council held a well-attended “Mobile Telecommunications in Shropshire” briefing for business leaders and other key stakeholders. Representatives of the four main providers – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – spoke along with spokesmen for Ofcom and the Department for Culture Media & Sport.

Ofcom said that improving mobile phone signal coverage is a Government priority and that it’s helping to achieve this in three ways:

  • releasing new “radio spectrum”
  • giving better coverage information to allow customers to make informed choices about which operator to use, and
    supporting Government-led initiatives, like the Mobile Infrastructure Project.
  • A spokesman from the Mobile Infrastructure Project talked about plans to improve mobile signal coverage in ‘not-spots’ around Shropshire between now and the end of March 2016.

I spoke about the frustration felt by folk in Much Wenlock and the surrounding area who found that the signal strength had either weakened or had been lost altogether in recent years. I will be maintaining the pressure to ensure that there is much-needed improvement locally.

David Turner

Woodhouse Farm
Much Wenlock
TF13 6NZ

01952 728802
Shropshire Council
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