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My next advice surgery is at Much Wenlock Museum on Saturday 12th March. It runs from 10:30am until 12:00, and I hope to be joined by a Much Wenlock Town Councillor and a representative of the police. As ever, if any local resident has a problem that they think I can help with, they can contact me at any time by telephone or email.
EDIT 13th March 2016: Here’s a photo taken at this surgery
Shropshire Council intends to re-surface the A458 between Much Wenlock and the top of Harley Bank. The work will involve the removal of the existing surface and relaying a new surface. This work was cancelled at short notice earlier in the year. As part of the works the junction with Stretton Road will also be resurfaced.
The work is due to commence on the 1st September, and is expected to take two weeks to complete. A traffic diversion will be in place and the Stretton Road junction will be open to traffic throughout the works period but will be controlled using traffic lights.
The pinch-point in the High Street is marked with a yellow triangle. This will be replaced with a kerb and bollards in an endeavour to prevent vehicles either blocking the road or parking on the narrow footpath. Installation will take place between 7th and 9th October and High Street will be closed for part of this time.
The narrow stretch of the A4169 in Sheinton Street is frequently congested when heavy vehicles try to pass and is affected by other traffic problems. Shropshire Council will be undertaking a feasibility study to consider possible solutions. The study will take place in the current financial year.
Shropshire Council’s Local Joint Committee for Much Wenlock and Shipton will be considering its future when it meets on 16th July. The Committee comprises local councillors but it is your meeting. Please come along to Shipton Village Hall to hear and question Kate Garner, Shropshire Council’s Locality Commissioning Manager, and to learn more about superfast broadband rollout in our area.
As I predicted a few weeks ago, the A4169 Sheinton Street, near Station Road, had to be closed for urgent sewer replacement works. These were completed and a manhole constructed so that future access may be easier. Despite careful planning, there was criticism of the diversion arrangements and I am holding a meeting shortly to see what lessons can be learnt.
You may recall that the gas main replacement works on the Broseley-Bridgnorth B4373 overran by some weeks last year. The compensation paid by National Grid Gas will fund a number of highways improvements in the areas affected. For Much Wenlock, this will benefit Merrywell Lane where I anticipate some 300 yards or so of the road will be completely overhauled during the school holidays this summer. Please watch out for further news.
Over the past twelve months as your Shropshire Councillor I have held well-attended advice surgeries in Much Wenlock, Willey, Broseley Wood, Shipton and, most recently, Brockton.
My next surgery will be at Much Wenlock Museum on 12th July from 10:30am until noon when I anticipate being accompanied by a Town Councillor and the police. Any local residents are welcome to drop in. Of course, if anyone has a problem that they think I can help with, they can contact me at any time by telephone or email.
The A458 Harley Bank road closure scheduled for 24th March was postponed at very short notice for contractual reasons.
The signage element of the scheme was as a result of the fatal road accident which occurred in 2012. The signage works are still to be carried out this spring, using temporary traffic signals.
I have impressed upon the highways engineers that the remaining road surfacing works should be organised after the summer period. This is because of the disruption caused by a closure of the A458, and the impact that it may have on the local economy.
Meanwhile, the A4169 Sheinton Street, near Station Road, may have to be closed in the coming weeks for urgent sewer replacement works. Unfortunately the date has yet to be determined, so watch out for advisory signs.
The current flooding problems across the country remind us that at times Much Wenlock and its surrounding settlements are subject to flooding. Shropshire Council is offering free property flood surveys. The surveys will be carried out by an approved independent surveyor. An assessment will be made of the likely routes of ingress for flood water entering your property, and the steps that you can take to either help keep the water out or reduce its impact.
After visiting, the surveyor will then issue a brief report outlining the findings. You can then use it to help plan protective measures for your property. Shropshire Council can also provide further guidance on the types of products that are available.
If you would like to arrange a free survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 678 9000.
The LJC will meet at Priory Hall at 7:00pm on Wednesday 29th January. There will be presentations about flood management and first responders, as well as by past recipients telling how they’ve spent their grant money. There are also a number of grant applications for local causes. All are very welcome to attend.
A cause of considerable concern to local residents is the infrastructure supporting our communities. Drainage, energy, communications and roads are high priorities.
The past few months have seen much disruption on the roads. In some cases it has been necessary to repair the surface. In other cases, underground repairs are required. Bourton Road in Much Wenlock was closed recently to repair a leaking water main.
The A458 at Venus Bank, between Cross Houses and Cound has suffered with flooding issues for some years, so Shropshire Council has installed an improved drainage system designed to resolve the flooding problem. The works were scheduled to take six weeks but, fortunately, the road was only closed for a month.
Less good news is regarding the B4373 Broseley to Bridgnorth road, where the major works to replace the gas main have overrun. The contractors will be fined for the excess time that the road will be closed. Hopefully, some of these funds will be invested in Much Wenlock’s Merrywell Lane diversion route where the road surface is breaking up.
Road closures are not made lightly. Disruption to local businesses and to residents’ normal travel plans is avoided wherever possible but is sometimes unavoidable.