Archive for March, 2016
You may be aware that I led a small team around Much Wenlock on 5th March to “Clean For The Queen”. We were expecting to collect quite a lot of rubbish, but were surprised at the volume that was lying in hedgerows, on grass verges and on the church green. Whilst most of the litter comprised cans, bottles and packets we also found various car parts, a dog bowl and a fresh egg! Someone has a wayward hen…
Those streets that we cleaned now look much better for the benefit of us as residents, and also to encourage and impress visitors whose presence we all welcome.
A number of folk have expressed an interest in becoming involved in regular litter picks around the town’s streets and further afield in the other communities in my electoral division. I’m very grateful to Much Wenlock resident Julian Walker, who has offered to organise litter picks around the town, and he can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Julian’s ‘phone number is 01952 728082. I’m going try to source bags and grabs etc. If folk in the other communities around Much Wenlock would like to get involved, I’ll do my best to help out.
Small parishes, especially in the south of Shropshire, have long been accustomed to sorting out ditches, hedges, grass-cutting etc., and have received a grant for this purpose from Shropshire Council. That, of course, is only part of the work parish councils have to carry out to ensure that roads and footpaths are kept tidy. They also have to commission suitably qualified and insured people, usually local, to carry out the work.
At this week’s parish council meeting at Shipton Village Hall, councillors decided to advertise the tender for 2016. If you are interested in this work, or know someone who is, please contact the parish council
I took considerable comfort recently when I witnessed a small part of the multi-agency surface water flood response exercise for Shropshire. Police, fire & rescue, Environment Agency and Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils were amongst those testing their response to events such as those in 2000 and 2007 which caused such damage to property in Much Wenlock.
This exercise In March was played out using Coalbrookdale, Llanyblodwel and Much Wenlock as case studies – all communities that are susceptible to quick-to-peak surface water flooding events when the ground is either rock-hard or totally saturated. In either case, the water simply moves at increasing pace downhill and is undiscerning about where it goes.
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. The form is available online at:
or from Shropshire Council. Alternatively, I usually have a blank form to hand, so contact me and I’ll let you have one.
Planning – formal proposals for new development – is sometimes viewed with some unjustified suspicion. On the contrary, it is an open process and one where you can express your views.
There is a consultation period during which you may make comments to Shropshire Council. This is normally three weeks but, in practice, the Council will accept comments up until a day or two before the application is decided.
Only a minority (less than 5%) of applications go to planning committee. Most will be decided by officers, so it is best to get comments in promptly. If the application is amended, or if a further issue comes to mind after you have made your initial comments, you may submit a further comment.
Objections will generally only carry weight with the planning officer or committee if they are made on “material planning considerations”. These include issues such as loss of sunlight or privacy, highway issues, noise and smells, and the effect on listed buildings and conservation areas. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m backing John Campion for Police & Crime Commissioner in the election to be held on Thursday 5th May.
He is committed to keeping our community safe against threats and responding in an emergency. He will also invest in crime prevention ensuring we tackle the causes of crime.
He will support the reform of the back office functions enabling more money to be diverted to protect front line policing. He has committed to being open and transparent in how decisions are made and how tax payers’ money is spent.
He pledges to work hard to ensure people feel safer in their local communities. I agree with him that, for too long, anti-social behaviour has blighted our town centres and urban streets as well as rural villages blighted by speeding.
You can find out more about John here:
This website provides information on the election and the role of Police and Crime Commissioners: PCC election information
The Police & Crime Commissioner elections takes place and we, in Shropshire, have the opportunity to elect the West Mercia Commissioner. To do this, you must be registered to vote. If you will be aged 18 or over on the day of the election – Thursday 5 May 2016 – you are entitled to vote. If you have not already registered, the deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016.
Saturday 5th March saw us embark on a well-heralded litter-picking exercise in Much Wenlock. A team started from The Square and, meanwhile, a troop of Girl Guides cleaned the town Art Trail. We found bottles, cans and wrappers in the hedges and on the verges as we walked around Wenlock. We even discovered an intact hen’s egg on the verge of Racecourse Lane..!
An astonishing quantity of rubbish was found on the verge outside Shadwell Quarry on the A4169 and the clean-up exercise in this location had to be terminated when the collection bags became too heavy to carry safely. I have reported this to Shropshire Council’s Street Scene team for further attention.
Thanks to the volunteers and to Much Wenlock Town Council who endorsed the exercise and provided insurance cover – “only for those under 80 years of age”! It was gratifying to be stopped in the street by local residents who appreciated the pride of place shown by volunteers. I still have a few official bags, together with my hi-viz vests and litter grabbers, if anyone wants to make another litter-picking foray locally at any time. Just let me know. www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk
My appointments at Shropshire Council have recently changed. They include the following:
- South Planning Committee (Vice-Chairman)
- Audit Committee
- Much Wenlock and Shipton Local Joint Committee (Chairman)
- Broseley and Barrow Local Joint Committee (Vice Chairman)
- Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
Further details may be found here.
As ever, I view local residents as being my priority in my role as a Shropshire Councillor.