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  • Litter pick in Much Wenlock

    Today saw a resumption of our regular litter pick sessions around Much Wenlock after a summer break. I think we had a record turn-out, which is gratifying. Volunteers equipped with bags and grab sticks headed off in different directions at 10am, returning two hours later with bags full of rubbish of all kinds. Unusually, the…

  • Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock

    I last wrote about this property in March of this year when a planning application and a listed building application had been submitted simultaneously. The planning application is described as “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…

  • Local homes for local people in Much Wenlock

    The development off the Callaughton lane in Much Wenlock is proceeding apace and is on schedule for completion in the spring of 2018. There seems to be uncertainty in some quarters about the eligibility of local people for these new homes. The Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan 2013-26 provides for meeting the affordable housing needs of…

  • At night Much Wenlock’s streets are full and the car parks are nearly empty*

    Shropshire Council’s consultation setting out its car parking proposals is divided into four parts. The second one deals with the tariff framework for: Weekly tickets Season tickets Residents’ off-street permits Coach & HGV parking Probably the most interesting aspect of the second consultation is the proposal to make residents’ off-street car parking permits available in Much…

  • Will increased charges make under-used car parks in Much Wenlock more popular?*

    I don’t think so. Shropshire Council’s consultation setting out its car parking proposals is divided into four parts. The first one deals with: Linear charging Pricing bands Unrestricted parking Evening parking Loading bays “Pop & Shop” parking, and Raven Meadows opening hours I mentioned the impact of linear charging in my first article on this consultation.…

  • Car parking proposed charges – bad news for Much Wenlock?*

    Much Wenlock is a charming town, loved by residents and visitors alike. But, like many such places, the motor car is a blessing and a curse. With limited public transport available, cars and coaches are the principal means of visiting the town. Before the development of Telford new town and the growth of commuting to…

  • Traffic diversion through Much Wenlock (2)

    A month ago I wrote about the impact of diverted traffic on Much Wenlock. The diversion is because of Network Rail’s intention to “deliver a safety-critical upgrade” to Onibury level crossing between Ludlow and Craven Arms on the A49. Network Rail say “Approximately 6,000 vehicles a day use this busy level crossing, connecting Leominster and…

  • Traffic diversion through Much Wenlock

    We’ve seen some disruption this year on Much Wenlock’s roads, mostly because of resurfacing. The overwhelming majority of local residents are tolerant of delays, noise and dirt which are the inevitable consequence of highways improvements and maintenance. Occasionally we have to bear additional diverted traffic because of roadworks elsewhere – such as when the B4380 Buildwas-Atcham…

  • Ironbridge Power Station (2)

    I wrote recently about the closure of Ironbridge Power Station. A number of stakeholders met in February to discuss the future of the site with the owners, Uniper. I was among them, given the proximity of the site to Much Wenlock. Also present was Ironbridge representative, Telford & Wrekin’s Cllr Nicola Lowery, and Shropshire Cllr…

  • Swan & Falcon Inn

      The Swan & Falcon Inn, more recently occupied by Barclays Bank, has been empty for some months. There has been much local concern since planning enforcement action resulted in a neighbouring part-built property at 26 Falcons Court in Much Wenlock’s High street being demolished some years ago. An appeal to the planning inspector to…