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  • 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”…

  • 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 Christmas Fayre

    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…

  • 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…