Recent News

  • 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…

  • 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…