Recent News

  • Development in Much Wenlock – next steps

    In the past couple of days Shropshire Council has released a document in its Shropshire Local Plan Review entitled “Preferred Scale and Distribution of Development Consultation Response Summary“. As summaries goes, it’s fairly lengthy at 18 pages. Shropshire Council undertook an eight week “Preferred Scale and Distribution of Development Consultation” at the end of last year which sought views from…

  • Highways

    Shropshire Council has formed a new seven-year partnership responsible for delivering a wide range of highways maintenance and environmental maintenance services. Its partners are WSP, its engineering consultant, and Kier – the council’s new highways maintenance contractor. Kier will be responsible for highways projects and schemes, pothole repair, gritting, bridge maintenance, grass cutting, drainage, street lighting, emergency responses,…

  • Community transport – you’ve only a short while to have your say

    Background Folk living in and near Much Wenlock will be familiar with the sight of the Friendly Bus and the Corvedale Buzzard. These minibus and car services are mostly dependent on volunteers to operate and meet the needs of the local communities they serve. Such community transport in Shropshire provides a key safety net, enabling those…

  • Darwin Place

    I wrote last August about the inadequacies found by the Care Quality Commission on their inspection of this small residential home  in Much Wenlock for adults with a learning disability and challenging behaviour. Much progress has been made, but a comprehensive and unannounced inspection on 14 February 2018 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) states that the home still “requires…

  • Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock

    Although there is no sign of progress following the planning consent granted for three houses on its back land, Shropshire Council officers continue to keep a close eye on this property. More boarding  of the windows was necessary a few weeks ago in the interests of safety. Discussion between the  owners, developers and the Council continues,…

  • Callaughtons Ash, Much Wenlock – local homes for local people

    Last month I wrote that over 100 applicants applied for the ten new affordable homes for rent at Callaughtons Ash. 63 applicants returned “Local Connection” forms to South Shropshire Housing  Association, and 27 households were found to have a sufficiently strong connection with Much Wenlock to automatically qualify for one of these properties. Inevitably, 17 householders…

  • Broadband

    As I know only too well, the BT superfast fibre rollout does not benefit those properties a long distance from the exchange or the cabinet. At my home, 2Mbps download and unbroken service from BT is a rare luxury! The delivery partner for the new phase of Shropshire Council’s superfast broadband programme is Airband Community…

  • Dogs – and their owners

    Many of us are dog-owners – I have two. With the undoubted pleasure of their companionship comes responsibility for their actions. I wrote several months ago about the problem of dog fouling around Much Wenlock. I have erected warning posters (some of which have been ripped down), local residents have chalked a line around the…

  • Callaughtons Ash – local homes for local people (March 2018)

    The latest news is that 102 bids were received for the ten properties for rent at Callaughtons Ash. “Local Connection” forms have been sent out to all applicants and returned, and South Shropshire Housing Association (SSHA) are now verifying them. The plan is that, by the end of March, offers will be made and pre-tenancy…

  • Councillors’ allowances

    Councillors’ allowances, in other words the amount of money they receive, is a difficult topic. All councillors (or “Members”) receive a Basic Allowance of £11,514 a year, which recognises some of the time they have to spend on Council matters. In addition they are able to claim expenses for some mileage outside of their Division and other sundry…