Category: Highways

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review – Much Wenlock

    Shropshire Council has a duty to maintain an up to date development plan. As I wrote a few weeks ago, and in April, the current stage is consulting on its “preferred sites”. Failure to maintain an up to date plan has a number of unattractive consequences, including having few grounds upon which to resist speculative development.…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – public consultation

    I wrote a couple of weeks ago about early steps by the new owners, Harworth Group, to engage with the local community. With eight major projects in the north of England under their belts, they appear to be skilled not only in terms of demolition and remediation, but also in mixed development. I was pleased…

  • 29 Sycamore Road, Broseley Wood

    This is a sorry tale of what can go wrong with redevelopment of a brownfield site. Sycamore Road is a very narrow road in Broseley’s conservation area, leading off Cobwell Road which, in turn, is a steep residential street leading off Bridge Road. Although work has commenced on site, it is currently suspended. The background…

  • Ironbridge Power Station workshop

    Today saw around 50 stakeholders take part in a well-organised  workshop session at the Power Station. This was hosted by Harworth Group, who are the new owners of the site. Attendees included Shropshire Councillors Claire Wild (Severn Valley), Simon Harris (Broseley) and me along with others from Telford & Wrekin Council inclduing Cllr Nicola Lowery…

  • Ironbridge Power Station development

    Harworth Group plc acquired this 350-acre site in June. Although not in my Much Wenlock patch, the demolition works, redevelopment and ultimate use are likely to have an impact on our community and local infrastructure. Last year I wrote about the safeguards required during the demolition phase, part of which is already underway. Harworth intends…

  • Ironbridge Power Station site sold

    I first wrote here about the Ironbridge Power Station site in January 2017. There was understandable apprehension about what might happen to the site now that electricity generation had ceased. In May 2017 I addressed the demolition of the conveyors and the haul route for the 360 tonnes of waste material, much of it metal. Clearly there…

  • Highways

    Shropshire Council has formed a new seven-year partnership responsible for delivering a wide range of highways maintenance and environmental maintenance services. Its partners are WSP, its engineering consultant, and Kier – the council’s new highways maintenance contractor. Kier will be responsible for highways projects and schemes, pothole repair, gritting, bridge maintenance, grass cutting, drainage, street lighting, emergency responses,…

  • Self help in cold weather

    After the recent severe weather Shropshire Council’s December snow clearance attracted some criticism – and Much Wenlock was no exception. Whilst the primary and secondary routes (the A and B roads and some others) were ploughed and gritted fairly early on in accordance with longstanding policy, some minor roads didn’t receive much or early attention. There…

  • Traffic diversion through Much Wenlock (2)

    A month ago I wrote about the impact of diverted traffic on Much Wenlock. The diversion is because of Network Rail’s intention to “deliver a safety-critical upgrade” to Onibury level crossing between Ludlow and Craven Arms on the A49. Network Rail say “Approximately 6,000 vehicles a day use this busy level crossing, connecting Leominster and…

  • Traffic diversion through Much Wenlock

    We’ve seen some disruption this year on Much Wenlock’s roads, mostly because of resurfacing. The overwhelming majority of local residents are tolerant of delays, noise and dirt which are the inevitable consequence of highways improvements and maintenance. Occasionally we have to bear additional diverted traffic because of roadworks elsewhere – such as when the B4380 Buildwas-Atcham…