Recent News

  • 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…

  • No water – again

    On Monday evening, 25th June,  the first sign of water supply problems became apparent.  Severn Trent Water (STW) said they’d got a problem with a piece of equipment on one of their service reservoirs that was causing low pressure or no supply. They said they’d got engineers on the ground working on it. This didn’t cause too much alarm amongst local…

  • Much Wenlock Town Council

    As Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock, I have attended nearly every monthly meeting of the Town Council for a little over five years. I’ve missed a couple due to either illness or, quite recently, heavy snow. At each meeting I have delivered an up-to-the-minute oral report, which has covered a wide range of issues about…

  • Ironbridge Power Station site sold

    I first wrote here about the Ironbridge Power Station site in January 2017. There was understandable apprehension about what might happen to the site now that electricity generation had ceased. In May 2017 I addressed the demolition of the conveyors and the haul route for the 360 tonnes of waste material, much of it metal. Clearly there…