Recent News

  • Much Wenlock’s roads go downhill

    Everyone in Much Wenlock and the surrounding area will be aware of the poor state of the roads and footways locally. There are problems all around Shropshire and, indeed, many other counties. South Shropshire has a meandering network of roads whose poor condition can be traced back to the original use of the internal combustion…

  • Ironbridge – strategic sites consultation

    Under its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is working on development plans for the period up to 2036. In Much Wenlock it seems that an additional 150 homes during that period is accepted as reasonable by many residents, although there has been considerable concern about the proposed site for 80 houses off Bridgnorth Road, which…

  • Bus service reprieve

    Back in April I wrote about bus route subsidy cuts that Shropshire Council was proposing. I was concerned that Benthall and Broseley Wood might lose the late 8 and that the 436 through Much Wenlock might become an endangered species. The consultation said “we requested that all our bus operators ……. provide details of the level of…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – masterplan consultation

    Harworth, the developers of the Ironbridge Power Station site held a stakeholders’ event this morning to look at the emerging masterplan for the site. The whole of the design team were said to be on site, including minerals specialist and highways consultants. Those attending included representatives from Shropshire Council’s economic development team, William Brookes School, Priorslee and…

  • 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…