Recent News

  • Self help in cold weather

    After the recent severe weather Shropshire Council’s December snow clearance attracted some criticism – and Much Wenlock was no exception. Whilst the primary and secondary routes (the A and B roads and some others) were ploughed and gritted fairly early on in accordance with longstanding policy, some minor roads didn’t receive much or early attention. There…

  • Off-street parking in Much Wenlock – new machines, but little change

    Back in August I drew your attention to the consultation on Shropshire Council’s new draft parking strategy. The proposals included: ‘Linear’ (set price per hour) parking, pricing bands, unrestricted parking, evening parking, loading bays and ‘pop and shop’ parking. A new policy and tariff framework for weekly tickets, season tickets, residents’ off-street permits, and for coach…

  • Council tax increase higher than necessary

    At the December meeting of Shropshire Council, I asked the Leader, Cllr Peter Nutting, whether the current financial position was similar to that published previously – notably before the Council elections in May. He confirmed that indeed it was so I then asked why, in November, he talked of having to make some difficult decisions about…

  • A cold start for 2018 Much Wenlock litter picks

    Friday 5th January dawned as a cold and wet day. I had been detailed as the organiser for the day in the unusual absence of the excellent Julian who had other commitments. I wrapped up warm to meet any hardy souls who might have braved the elements in order to tell them not to bother…

  • 436 bus service – good news for Much Wenlock? Bad news for bus drivers?

    In August, just five months ago, Shropshire Council put the 436 Shrewsbury-Bridgnorth route out to tender. The incumbent operators were Arriva, who had stepped in at short notice after independent operator GHA went bust. The successful tenderer was “The Skiers Lodge Ltd”, operating under the easyCoach brand. Whilst any operator is likely to encounter teething…

  • Christmas waste and recycling collections

    We tend to produce more waste at this time of the year – packaging, envelopes and food waste, so it’s important to note that your collection day will be different to normal. Here are the dates – just click here for more information. And. if you’re fortunate enough to be opening a box containing the latest…

  • Public consultation on new houses in Much Wenlock

    As part of its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is now consulting on the preferred scale and distribution of development – how many houses and where they might be built. “Local” in this context means Shropshire. I wrote in September and October on this topic. I’ll remind you that the County’s approach is that there should be a further 150…

  • Much Wenlock’s flooding risk reduced

    This week saw the official opening of Much Wenlock’s flood alleviation scheme. On many occasions over the years, Much Wenlock has suffered surface water flooding. This has usually occurred when there has been a heavy summer downpour combined with the ground being either waterlogged, or being baked hard and unable to absorb the water. The…

  • Pinefield – planning application approved

    I wrote about the planning application at the end of August but, in brief it is for “Erection of one dwelling with garage; repair to outbuilding; erection of one pair of semi-detached dwellings with attached 3-bay garage” – so, three dwellings proposed on the back land of this derelict property. Yesterday, Shropshire Council’s South Planning Committee members…

  • Constituency boundary changes – Much Wenlock remains with Ludlow

    Back in November 2016 at Shrewsbury’s Prince Rupert Hotel, I joined a number of local councillors, MPs and peers who had gathered for a public hearing. This provided the opportunity to challenge the Boundary Commission for England‘s proposals to re-draw parliamentary constituencies. The Commission’s brief was to balance the number of electors in each constituency at around 75,000 – currently, and…