Recent News

  • Broadband

    As I know only too well, the BT superfast fibre rollout does not benefit those properties a long distance from the exchange or the cabinet. At my home, 2Mbps download and unbroken service from BT is a rare luxury! The delivery partner for the new phase of Shropshire Council’s superfast broadband programme is Airband Community…

  • Dogs – and their owners

    Many of us are dog-owners – I have two. With the undoubted pleasure of their companionship comes responsibility for their actions. I wrote several months ago about the problem of dog fouling around Much Wenlock. I have erected warning posters (some of which have been ripped down), local residents have chalked a line around the…

  • Callaughtons Ash – local homes for local people (March 2018)

    The latest news is that 102 bids were received for the ten properties for rent at Callaughtons Ash. “Local Connection” forms have been sent out to all applicants and returned, and South Shropshire Housing Association (SSHA) are now verifying them. The plan is that, by the end of March, offers will be made and pre-tenancy…

  • Councillors’ allowances

    Councillors’ allowances, in other words the amount of money they receive, is a difficult topic. All councillors (or “Members”) receive a Basic Allowance of £11,514 a year, which recognises some of the time they have to spend on Council matters. In addition they are able to claim expenses for some mileage outside of their Division and other sundry…

  • 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…