Recent News

  • 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…

  • Barclays bank closure confirmed

    On 25th May, Much Wenlock learned that Barclays, the last bank in town was to close on 4th October. I set out the problems this would cause in an article published on the following day. We got a petition to Barclays onto shop counters on the day of the announcement, and Philip Dunne MP and…

  • Car park charges – the last stand

    Shropshire Council carried out a consultation in the summer of 2017 about its new car parking strategy. I wrote about it then and repeatedly expressed my concerns about empty car parks and Much Wenlock’s streets full of cars. Shropshire Council is now proposing to make an Order (the legal means of putting in place its revised charging…

  • Much Wenlock’s last bank closing

    I suppose it was only a matter of time.  First, Lloyds Bank in Wilmore Street closed in 1998. It was an inconvenience, but we could always slip into their Broseley branch to pay in a cheque. Lloyds installed a cashpoint at the NISA store on Bridgnorth Road – I think the only one in town…

  • 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…