Archive for April, 2017

Much Wenlock’s flood alleviation measures in focus

On 25th April the English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) held its regular meeting – this time in Much Wenlock. I was pleased to be able to welcome the committee members to our splendid Guildhall and our visitors pronounced that they were impressed with their surroundings – “grand setting”, “most picturesque meeting venue” etc.

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The RFCC brings together members appointed by Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and independent members with relevant experience to:

  • Ensure there are coherent plans for identifying, communicating and managing flood and coastal erosion risks across catchments and shorelines;
  • Promote efficient, targeted and risk-based investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management that optimises value for money and benefits for local communities;
  • Provide a link between the Environment Agency, LLFAs, other risk management authorities and other relevant bodies to engender mutual understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks in its area.

Once the formal meeting was over, the visitors were given a short presentation about Much Wenlock‘s flood history and the measures currently underway to alleviate surface water flooding. It seems a long time since I was chairing the Town Council’s Flood Management Working Group when we managed to get Shropshire Council, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and our Member of Parliament, Philip Dunne, around a table – in the very same Guildhall. That was in 2010 and an Integrated Urban Drainage Management Plan was subsequently created. The delegates then left the historic splendour of the Guildhall and donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets at Stretton Road to view the construction.

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The scale of the works is impressive and the pre-cast outfall headwall to the inlet channel has been installed. The base slab for the main outfall structure has been poured in concrete, and works on constructing the walls is now ongoing.

Work is also in progress to drain the water from Stretton Road into the new pool.
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The wheel wash is keeping the local roads as clean as possible, given the nature of the task and safe management of the site is clearly of paramount importance.

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Meanwhile at The Sytche, similar works are taking place, albeit on a smaller scale.

I hope that, as the works reach their conclusion, the Environment Agency and Shropshire Council will feel able to have a residents’ open day to explain how this £2m scheme will go a long way towards alleviating surface and pluvial flooding in Much Wenlock.

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre

Shropshire Council is consulting on its “Draft Indoor Leisure Facilities Strategy for Shropshire – 2017 to 2022“. The consultation is open until 8th May and all are welcome to take part.

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre, along with Idsall Sports Centre, Shifnal and Roman Road Sports Centre, Shrewsbury, is currently managed by Shropshire Council. The other 21 facilities in Shropshire are managed by schools and other organisations.

The Much Wenlock Leisure Centre will be the subject of separate management arrangements and there will be further local consultation in due course.

Local elections on 4th May

On 5th April, Shropshire Council published details of the candidates for elections to be held on 4th May.

So far as Shropshire Council elections are concerned, I was surprised to learn that I am the only candidate for the Much Wenlock division. As such, this is the only seat out of 74 across the authority not to be contested. So, come 4th May, I will have been elected uncontested as the Conservative candidate for Much Wenlock division.IMG_0492

As regards town and parish council elections, the following is the position in the Much Wenlock division.

Barrow Parish Council (five members)

Current Parish Councillors Nick Downes, Philip Knott and Milner Whiteman have been nominated. Long-serving parish councillors Shirley King and Sally Gibbon are standing down. Anne Skinner from Linley and Steven Churchill from Benthall have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the parish council, there will be no election.

Broseley Town Council, Broseley Wood ward (one member)

Current Town Councillor Andy Cooke is standing down and Gavin Goodall, who has recently moved to Shropshire, has been nominated. Given that he is unopposed, there will be no election.

Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council, Easthope ward (two members)

Current Parish Councillors Robin Gibson and Bob Seaward are standing down. No nominations have been received, so the Parish Council will co-opt for this ward.

Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council, Shipton ward (two members)

Current Parish Councillors Simon Brown and Brian Williams have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the ward, there will be no election.

Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council, Stanton Long ward (three members)

Current Parish Councillors Mike Belshaw, Keith Jones and Jonathan Taylor have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the ward, there will be no election.

Much Wenlock Town Council (eleven members)

Current Town Councillors Robin Bennett, Mike Grace, Paul Laming, Joffrey Watson and I are standing down and Graham Edgcumbe-Venning, Bert Harper, Mary Hill, Yvonne Holyoak, Dafydd Jenkins and Milner Whiteman OBE are standing again. New candidates standing are Trevor Childs, former town mayor David Gibbon, Robert Toft and Michael Walter. There is one nomination short of the full complement, so the Town Council will co-opt.

David Turner

Woodhouse Farm
Much Wenlock
TF13 6NZ

01952 728802
Shropshire Council
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