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  • Connected Wenlock

    I last wrote about broadband in (and around) Much Wenlock in March. At that point I was about to step away from BT home broadband at around 2Mbps and sign up with Airband fixed wireless broadband, which promised to give us 30Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed. That promise has largely been fulfilled, save…

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review

    I wrote on this topic in June. A paper being presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet next Wednesday covers consultation on the preferred sites across the county.  If agreed, the consultation period will be from 29th November to 31st January 2019 and will provide an opportunity for local councils, residents, landowners, developers and agents to comment…

  • Affordable housing in Much Wenlock

    On Thursday, Shropshire Council’s Leader, Cllr Peter Nutting, attended Much Wenlock Town Council’s monthly meeting. When Peter advised me of his invitation from the mayor, he said that the Town Council had told him it wanted “to talk about potential housing in the town”. This inevitably sparked my interest and I looked at the few…

  • 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…

  • Shadwell Quarry – solutions must be found

    I recently met with the police to discuss concerns about the widespread use of the quarry for a variety of illicit activities, all conducted despite the efforts of the landowners. The owners, Shropshire Council’s Emergency Planning Unit, and the RNLI were also present. Initiatives to deter invaders were discussed and Shropshire Council placed an immediate…

  • A changing High Street

    Over recent years there have been many comments from local residents yearning for Much Wenlock retail outlets and pubs long since closed.  There are many reasons for their demise including changing shopping habits, external influence and proprietor family circumstances. I am sure that when Wenlock residents stopped doing their “out-of-town” shopping in Wellington or Bridgnorth…

  • Off-street parking – some progress

    The challenges facing Britain’s high streets do not ignore Much Wenlock. On-line shopping and the fast-changing pub/restaurant scene are having an impact on our retailers and hospitality businesses just as much as those elsewhere. I have been campaigning for sensible off-street parking charges in Much Wenlock for many months. For historic reasons, off-street car parking is…