Archive for February, 2017
Much Wenlock and its surrounding area has a notoriously patchy mobile phone signal. Dependent upon which provider you’re with, you might have no signal at the bottom of Much Wenlock High Street and good reception in St Mary’s Lane car park, just 100 yards away. In some of the outlying settlements there are large swathes where there is no reception at all.
I, along with other Shropshire Councillors and our MPs, especially Ludlow’s Philip Dunne, have been campaigning hard on this issue for years – here‘s what I said last year. From the safety aspect right the way through to better digital communication for business purposes, good mobile reception is as important as superfast fibre broadband in ensuring that Shropshire can compete with other parts of the UK and the world.
So I am pleased that EE has submitted an application and have been granted consent to erect a lattice tower at Easthopes Cross which will provide a 4G service from covering much of the Much Wenlock area from September 2017. I am encouraged to learn that further upgrades are planned for our area in the near future.
Shropshire Council is resurfacing more roads in and around Much Wenlock. The A458 from the Gaskell Arms to the Primary School is receiving attention first. Then the contractors will move into St Mary’s Road, which will have to be closed periodically. The two car parks will receive patch repairs where necessary and the approach into Falcons Court will see the paviours removed part way to be replaced by tarmac. This will hopefully encourage more drivers to use Falcons Court’s 46 spaces and take some pressure off our busy streets. The paviours will be taken back into Shropshire Council’s stock for future use.
Over the past couple of years, and partly as a result of efforts I’ve made to ensure that my Much Wenlock division gets at least its fair share of a tight highways budget, we’ve seen Harley hill, Barrow Street, Bourton Road, Wilmore Street, Merrywell Lane, The Bentlands, The Row and Oakfield Park resurfaced. Of course, there’s also been major work on the B4378 between Bourton and Brockton. And I’ve been assured that the Walton hills estate roads are in the budget for the coming financial year.
Eight of us took part in the February litter pick. Because of our numbers we were able to disperse widely and pick up rubbish from places including the churchyard, Bull Ring, the Gaskell field and children’s playground, Bridge Road, Southfield Road and Farley Road. A big pile of full bags was the result of our efforts. The reward for our efforts, as it has been these past several months, was a refreshing free cuppa from Jo and Sue at Tea On The Square – very welcome on a cold morning!
The next litter pick will be held at 10:00am on Friday 10th March. All are welcome – meet in The Square in Much Wenlock. Further details are available from me or from Julian Walker 01952 728082 or email@example.com. We’re very willing to have a blitz on other areas outside the town – if you know of any litter black spots, please let us know.