Recent News

  • Will Benthall and Broseley Wood lose the late 8?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • 436 buses – an endangered species?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • Ten years, not out

    I signed off my article in April’s Wenlock Herald thus: “And finally… I was elected in a contested by-election to Much Wenlock Town Council in March 2009. I was elected Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock in May 2013, and re-elected in May 2017. I have therefore now served the residents of Much Wenlock and the surrounding…

  • Pinefield, 40 High Street – visible progress and another planning application

    At long last, there is visible good news about this historic eyesore at the gateway to Much Wenlock.   Back in July 2016 I wrote about Shropshire Council issuing a “Section 215” notice on the owners requiring them to put this Grade II listed property into good order. No work was apparently carried out, but…

  • Local Plan Review – consultation deadline extended

    Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review is attracting much interest – and nowhere more than in Much Wenlock. There was standing room only in Priory Hall for the “preferred sites” presentation on 3rd January, there were interested residents at the Town Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 8th January, and every seat was taken in the Guildhall…

  • A missed opportunity

    On 17th January Much Wenlock Town Council met to “consider the  Much Wenlock section of the Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites and to agree the Town Council’s response to Shropshire Council.” The casual observer might have believed that what was intended was a overview of the various site proposals that had been submitted to…

  • More houses – meetings, meetings, meetings

    On 3rd January, I chaired a public meeting at Priory Hall for a presentation of Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review. The room was packed with standing room (and not much of it) only. Adrian Cooper, Shropshire Council’s Planning Policy & Strategy Manager, set out the need for the Local Plan Review and the background to…

  • Public meeting – where should we build new homes?

    Shropshire Council’s Planning Policy team are now on the road conducting  public meetings around the county. For instance, public meetings are taking place to present proposals in Highley on 9th January, Ludlow on 14th January and Bridgnorth on 17th January. These are simply to provide information about sites and to answer questions. They are not being held…

  • 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.…

  • 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…