Archive for Month: March 2016

  • Litter

    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…

  • Environmental maintenance

    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…

  • Flood emergency response exercise

    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…

  • Postal voting

    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: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post or from Shropshire Council. Alternatively, I usually have a blank form to hand, so contact me and I’ll let you have one.   Shropshire Council: elections@shropshire.gov.uk 0345…

  • Planning

    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…

  • Vote Campion for Police & Crime Commissioner

    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…

  • Register to vote

    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…

  • Clean For The Queen – update

    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…

  • Shropshire Council

    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…