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    Article: Apr 15, 2017

    Shropshire Tory manifesto cheats with photo of mental health workers from Oz

    You couldn't make this story up. If it hasn't already arrived, you might soon be getting a copy of the Shropshire Conservative manifesto through your letterbox. Most of us would think that the banner photograph on the front page of the manifesto is of thirteen Tory activists or supporters. But look carefully. It took me a while to spot what is wrong with the photograph. Then it clicked.

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    Article: Apr 2, 2017

    Norman Lamb MP, Lib Dem spokesman on Health, visited Ludlow on Friday (31st March) to discuss good practice on health care in rural areas.

    Ludlow Councillor and practice nurse, Tracey Huffer, said: "Norman was Health Minister between 2010-15 and currently represents a very similar rural area to Shropshire. We had an excellent session discussing health issues in Shropshire and in Ludlow and South West Shropshire in particular."

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    Article: Mar 20, 2017


    Initiative for radical new healthcare system for rural Shropshire.

    Simon Freeman, the new CEO of the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, can to visit South West Shropshire yesterday (Thursday 14th March) to see for himself the problems of delivering health care in rural Shropshire.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2017

    Commenting the recent announcement in the budget over broadband and 5G investment, Cllr Heather Kidd, LGA Lib Dem Spokesperson on rural issues, said:

    "Many people, especially in more rural areas, still struggle to access fast enough broadband. And getting 4G or even 3G technology can be a challenge. Councils must work with mobile operators to improve the coverage they provide to local businesses and residents. The LGA has also called on Ofcom to provide more accurate local coverage reports that reflect people's experiences on the ground and provide a better picture of the coverage they will receive.

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    Article: Mar 14, 2017

    Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd has welcomed the final erection of brown tourist signs around her home village of Chirbury over a year after they were ordered and 4 months after she found them mouldering at the back of a council depot.

    Heather said: "Chirbury is quite a historic village and we have been looking forward to these signs going up for quite a while."

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    Article: Mar 11, 2017

    Shropshire Liberal Democrats were prominent on the 'March for Education' in Shrewsbury on Saturday (11th March)

    Susan Lockwood from Rea Valley Lib Dems said: ' Education faces the biggest cuts in a generation. It is estimated that 98.5% of schools will be significantly worse off by 2020. They will be approximately £3 billion pounds worse off. On average, a child in Shropshire will have just under £400 a year spent on their education in real terms.

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    Article: Mar 11, 2017

    Two Shropshire Councillors have castigated Shropshire's IT after a Microsoft failure on Wednesday /Thursday left them with e-mail or internet communication and is still an issue today(Friday). This comes after multiple failures over several months left residents unable to communicate their councillors for weeks at a time.

    Councillor Heather Kidd (Chirbury and Worthen) said: "The final straw for me was last Thursday was when my ipad crashed for the umpteenth time. It seems this time it was system wide not just individual pieces of equipment."

    The problems are threefold:

    i) Old equipment being supplied by Shropshire Council.

    ii) Reoccurring faults with software.

    iii) Repeated failures of computer servers especially at weekends.

    Heather continued: "What many in the Council don't seem to understand is that access to e-mails and IT is now critical for Councillors, especially in rural areas, to do their work. It is the main medium by which residents make complaints to us, these days on a whole range of topics ranging from holes in the road to adult social care.

    " There has been no communication with Councillors to explain the fault or how we could access the system another way. A simple phone call from the Members Secretary or a list of private emails would quickly identify the problem and stop 74 of us phoning the IT department who are rushed off their feet."

    Cllr Richard Huffer (Clee Division) added: "The situation is quite dire. I was without an e-mail for almost a fortnight recently and I've had to take my IPAD back since then to get is fixed again! If you were to buy a similar tablet from a shop you wouldn't have a fraction of the problems. Underinvestment in basic IT by Shropshire Council.

    Both Councillors are making strong representations to Clive Wright, CEO of Shropshire Council.

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    Article: Jan 30, 2017


    Nigel Hartin, Shropshire Councillor for Clun Division, has branded the Council's latest consultation on the future of the County's bus services as 'loaded' following numerous complaints from residents.

    Nigel said "In rural areas like ours the provision of a bus network is critical to maintaining healthy communities. The young, elderly and disabled in particular rely on buses to get them around for education, shopping, visits to doctors etc. Unfortunately we have seen these services cut back over the last few years as subsidies from the Council are withdrawn.

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    Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow South, Vivienne Parry, has made a plea for hard up pensioners across the County to use food banks when the going gets tough.

    Vivienne said: "I'm coming across an increasing number of elderly residents in my ward that are suffering unnecessarily this winter mainly through an unwillingness to take advantage of the help that is on offer. Many of the basic state pension are facing the old dilemma of keeping warm or eating - they can't afford to do both.

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    Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Residents in the Hope Valley have reacted angrily to the restrictions put on an alleged 'consultation' on the speed limit on the A488 along the Hope Valley

    Heather Kidd Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, said: "I have been approached by a number of residents in the Hope area who are very annoyed about the blinkered way that Shropshire Council have handled this so called consultation.