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Voter registration

Since writing here last month about your democratic right to vote as a citizen of the UK, I’ve spoken to a number of folk who thought they were on the register of electors – but they’re not. So it’s worth repeating that, to check if you’re on the register, send an email to elections@shropshire.gov.uk or call 0345 678 9015. One of the easiest ways to register to vote is to use your smartphone – just go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.P1040585If you’d rather complete a paper form, please contact 0345 678 9015 or email registration@shropshire.gov.uk.

Mobile telephone signal

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.

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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.Fullscreen capture 17-Feb-17 103218 PM.bmp

Highways resurfacing in Much Wenlock

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.

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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.

February litter pick

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.Feb 17 litter pick 2 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!Tea On The Square

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 walkerhousehold@hotmail.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.
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Ironbridge Power Station (1)

Ironbridge Power Station has closed and it is now being decommissioned. After many years of generating power for the grid it is obsolete. The owner, Uniper, will now try to extract the company to its best advantage.

Meanwhile the host community has to fight its corner. It sits – just – within Shropshire Council and is its single largest NDR (business rates) contributor. It has an obvious link with the World  Heritage Site of Ironbridge and is close to the boundary of the electoral division of Much Wenlock.

Ironbridge Power Station and its neighbours

Ironbridge Power Station and its neighbours

There is obvious potential for the site to be redeveloped over time and clearly there are concerns about the end use(s) and the impact that they might have on the locality. There are significant opportunities for local employment and for regional economic regeneration. I recently met with Cllr Claire Wild, within whose electoral division the power station sits, and Cllr Nicola Lowery, who is the Member for Ironbridge in order to open up lines of communication ahead of the Shropshire’s and Telford’s discussions with Uniper about the future of the site. We are determined to ensure that local communities’ voices are heard in coming months. The Shropshire Star has our story.

Cllrs Nicola Lowery, Claire Wild and David Turner

Cllrs Nicola Lowery, Claire Wild and David Turner

 

 

Flood attenuation ponds construction

The excavation of the flood attenuation ponds at The Shylte (Stretton Road) and The Sytche are progressing well after the Christmas break.

Before Christmas there were some issues with mud on the road and, as a result of my intervention, the road was reswept on 23rd December. The contractor has installed further wheel washes at the Shylte site compound and Sytche and has also created a tarmac area at Shylte to try and prevent as much mud getting on to the Highway. I understand that the highways situation is now much improved.

Excavation at Shylte

Excavation at Shylte

Construction machinery at The Sytche

Construction machinery at The Sytche

Wheel wash at The Sytche

Wheel wash at The Sytche

Voter registration

Voting is your democratic right as a citizen of the UK.

Local elections for town and parish councils and for Shropshire Council take place on 4th May. You may vote only if you are on the electoral register. Individual voter registration means that it is no longer the responsibility of the “head of the household” to list the names of voters. It is now down to the individual. To check if you’re on the register, send an email to elections@shropshire.gov.uk or call 0345 678 9015.

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If you’re not on the register, there are a number of ways in which you can apply. For many of us, our national insurance number and our date of birth, coupled with a smartphone means we can register in less than two minutes. Just go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you’d rather complete a paper form, please contact 0345 678 9015 or email registration@shropshire.gov.uk.

 

Planning – Shropshire Local Plan Review

As part of the Inspector’s Examination of the Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan, Shropshire Council committed to an early partial review of its Local Plan, extending the plan period from 2026 to 2036. Strategic options include:

  • Housing Requirement
  • Strategic distribution of future growth
  • Strategies for employment growth
  • Delivering development in rural settlements

Much Wenlock, of course, has a Neighbourhood Development  Plan which was adopted in July 2014. It covers the period from 2013 to 2026 and clearly the roll forward to 2036 raises a number of important issues. I am keen to ensure that the consultation process recognises the Neighbourhood Plan’s importance and the local tensions around housing numbers. I therefore spoke at Shropshire Council’s Cabinet meeting today (18th January). You can hear what I said at about 22:40 and Portfolio Holder Cllr Mal Price’s response at around 28:10.

Shropshire Council’s Cabinet approved the proposal on 18th January and a public consultation will take place for a period of 8 weeks from 23rd January. You may access the consultation online here.

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre

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Marshaling stallholders before first light

3rd December saw the sixteenth Christmas Fayre hit the streets of our town.

I rolled out of bed at 5:30am to take my place marshaling in Barrow Street by The Raven Hotel ensuring that stallholders could transport their wares to the marquees. Despite the cold and the early hour, folk were cheerful and looking forward to a busy day. They weren’t disappointed. By 10:30 when the stalls had been dressed and stocked, the streets were packed.

Parking at Wm Brookes School filled almost immediately and the park and ride service from Edge Renewables site on Stretton Road was soon in full flow. Folk trying to drive past the town encountered some delays simply as a result of the volume of traffic on our narrow streets.

All of the stalls that I saw seemed to be doing a thriving trade. The hot food was flying out, visitors from far and wide browsed the jewellery and art stalls, and charity raffle tickets sold well. I know, because I invested heavily (and won a couple of prizes)!

Brass band at the Corn Exchange  High Street, Much Wenlock

David Turner and Genevieve Tudor High Street, Much Wenlock The Edge Adventure

This event was very well-received and deserves our support – a few folk work very hard to make a success of it and they need more. If you’d like to help, contact enquiries@wenlockchristmasfayre.org.uk

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 November. I made the case for Much Wenlock to be part of the new Ludlow & Leominster constituency with changes to the proposals to exclude two Bromyard wards. This counter-proposal means that the new constituency elector numbers would still satisfy the required criterion. See www.bce2018.org.uk.

Our MP, Philip Dunne, spoke along similar lines in the same session and we were supported by Lord (Jeff) Rooker, the former Labour minister, who nowadays lives in Ludlow. The comments on the consultation will be published in early 2017 as part of the secondary consultation.

Philip Dunne MP

Philip Dunne MP

Lord Rooker

Lord Rooker

 

David Turner


Woodhouse Farm
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Much Wenlock
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