Posts Tagged ‘Easthope’
On 5th April, Shropshire Council published details of the candidates for elections to be held on 4th May.
So far as Shropshire Council elections are concerned, I was surprised to learn that I am the only candidate for the Much Wenlock division. As such, this is the only seat out of 74 across the authority not to be contested. So, come 4th May, I will have been elected uncontested as the Conservative candidate for Much Wenlock division.
As regards town and parish council elections, the following is the position in the Much Wenlock division.
Barrow Parish Council (five members)
Current Parish Councillors Nick Downes, Philip Knott and Milner Whiteman have been nominated. Long-serving parish councillors Shirley King and Sally Gibbon are standing down. Anne Skinner from Linley and Steven Churchill from Benthall have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the parish council, there will be no election.
Broseley Town Council, Broseley Wood ward (one member)
Current Town Councillor Andy Cooke is standing down and Gavin Goodall, who has recently moved to Shropshire, has been nominated. Given that he is unopposed, there will be no election.
Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council, Easthope ward (two members)
Current Parish Councillors Robin Gibson and Bob Seaward are standing down. No nominations have been received, so the Parish Council will co-opt for this ward.
Current Parish Councillors Simon Brown and Brian Williams have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the ward, there will be no election.
Current Parish Councillors Mike Belshaw, Keith Jones and Jonathan Taylor have been nominated. Given that the number of nominations equals the complement of the ward, there will be no election.
Much Wenlock Town Council (eleven members)
Current Town Councillors Robin Bennett, Mike Grace, Paul Laming, Joffrey Watson and I are standing down and Graham Edgcumbe-Venning, Bert Harper, Mary Hill, Yvonne Holyoak, Dafydd Jenkins and Milner Whiteman OBE are standing again. New candidates standing are Trevor Childs, former town mayor David Gibbon, Robert Toft and Michael Walter. There is one nomination short of the full complement, so the Town Council will co-opt.
I’m pleased that there’s further work being undertaken on our roads locally in response to my representations. The top part of Oakfield Park will be resurfaced between 4th to 22nd July with the improvements also extending to the footways. There will be a letter drop to local residents giving more detail, and arrangements for refuse collections etc.
From 4th – 6th July King Street will be closed for a drainage investigation and pipe replacement.
There will also be roadworks on the A4169 The Crescent and Sheinton Street in Much Wenlock from 27th July to 21st August. This is to install permanent two-way traffic signals to address problems in the narrow part of the road which happen when large vehicles meet. The consultation event on 15th January resulted in some minor changes being made to the proposals and, overall, the response from local residents was very positive. Although deliberately scheduled for the school holidays to reduce inconvenience, these works will cause considerable disruption, so please allow more time for your journeys.
Looking further ahead, the third and final section of Merrywell Lane is scheduled for completion 26th July to 5th August. The Row will be closed at Easthope 29th August to 6th September for much-needed resurfacing.
As always, the timing of these works is subject to change, so look out the latest information in the press and on notice boards locally.
All of the above works are being carried out on behalf of Shropshire Council.
Of course, other bodies excavate our roads to access their equipment etc., and it doesn’t always go according to plan. One such event was a couple of weeks ago on Sunday 22nd May when Severn Trent Water closed Much Wenlock High Street (with permission for one day), but didn’t complete the work. If they’d worked a full day it would have helped! They had to come back on the Monday morning to complete the work and open the road. This involved breaches of their works permit and the road closure order, and Shropshire Council has taken Severn Trent Water to task for this disruption.
My next advice surgery is at Shipton Village Hall on Saturday 13th December. It starts at 10:30am for 1½ hours and I hope to be joined by a parish councillor and a representative of the police. I may schedule a further surgery in Much Wenlock at the end of January. Please look out for posters around the town although, as ever, if anyone has a problem that they think I can help with, they can contact me at any time by telephone or email.