Recent News

  • Removing the phone box in Homer – is this a blessing in disguise?

    Shropshire Council has just received the listing from BT of 75 payphones in Shropshire that BT propose to permanently remove from service. One of these is in Homer. BT has an obligation to consult with Shropshire Council with regard to the proposed removals, in accordance with guidance set out by Ofcom, the regulatory and competition…

  • Strategic Sites

    On 15th August, Much Wenlock Town Council met to consider its response to Shropshire Council’s Strategic Sites proposals as part of its Local Plan Review consultation. This rolls forward growth plans to 2036. This follows the Preferred Sites consultation that took place in the spring, and which saw Much Wenlock Town Council endorse Shropshire Council’s…

  • 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…