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  • Constituency boundary changes (2)

    I recently referred to the Boundary Commission’s exercise to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and the proposal to split the current Ludlow constituency – of which Much Wenlock is part. Having taken soundings locally, and also being asked by Much Wenlock Town Council, I spoke at the Boundary Commission hearing in Shrewsbury on 7th…

  • Litter pick in Much Wenlock

    On Friday five of us set off from The Square armed with bags and pickers to find more litter around the town. Farley Road, as ever, yielded most but the usual selection of discarded bottles, cans and packets from around the town swelled the bags which Shropshire Council provides. Unusually for our tidy-ups, it would be…

  • Public payphones – Homer and Broseley Wood

    A couple of years ago, BT carried out an exercise seeking to identify community views regarding little-used public telephones. BT is now undertaking a formal 90-day consultation process, commencing this month, in respect of a further list of 214 payphones in Shropshire. There are only two on the list in my Much Wenlock division – in Homer and in Quarry Road, Broseley…

  • Litter pick in Much Wenlock

    Today four of us gathered to go litter picking along Bridgnorth Road and Farley Road which is usually where most of the litter is found. We also covered Barrow Street, Hunters Gate, Swan Meadow and Walton Hills where, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much to collect. One of the enjoyable aspects of this walk around our streets is…

  • A Shropshire Councillor’s week – 1

    From time to time, I’ll write a resumé of my week’s activities, mostly about my work at Shropshire Council and Much Wenlock Town Council, of which I’m a member. I’ve no intention of writing a piece every week (and probably not even every month), but it will give you a flavour of my typical week’s work. On Monday morning I…

  • Constituency boundary changes

    The number of seats in Parliament is to fall from 650 to 600. The number of constituencies in the West Midlands must reduce from 59 to 53. The Boundary Commission for England gives further details. Our Ludlow constituency has around 68,000 electors at present and has to change. The Boundary Commission’s initial proposals are for a…

  • Much Wenlock A4169 HGV traffic signals (2)

    The new HGV traffic lights in Sheinton Street A4169 were switched on in the second week in September.  The first couple of days saw them working as intended and I was pleased to see an email from a local resident who said “…thank you … for the highly organised manner in which highways operatives installed…

  • Affordable housing

    The planning application for affordable housing – a key aspect of Much Wenlock’s nationally-acclaimed Neighbourhood Development Plan – on land at Callaughton lane, near to Oakfield Park, was approved on 11th October. Shropshire Council’s South Planning Committee heard speakers (including me) for and against the proposal, and the Committee then voted unanimously in favour of the…

  • GP beds in Much Wenlock saved!

    A month ago I ended my piece about the GP beds with the words “This may be the end of the line for the GP beds, but Much Wenlock will not give them up without a fight!”. Well, fight we did, and we succeeded. Linda Davies presented the petition at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)…

  • GP beds at risk in Much Wenlock – update 4

    This is my fourth update on the campaign to maintain the GP beds at the Lady Forester Nursing Home in Much Wenlock. At the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board meeting  on 14th September the Chair, Dr Julian Povey, received a petition from Mrs Linda Davies, Chair of the League of Friends of Lady Forester Nursing Home, Much Wenlock,…