• Sep 14, 2020:
    • COUNCIL INERTIA AT FATAL JUNCTION SLAMMED
      COUNCIL INERTIA AT FATAL JUNCTION SLAMMED Heather Kidd is demanding urgent action over safety measures at the scene of a fatal accident after a year of inaction by Shropshire Council. Heather said: "At the Folly Junction on the B4386, visibility is very poor when you are coming from the Chirbury direction and there have been numerous accidents here over the years. A person died here in July 2019 and representatives from the Parish Council and I met Officers from Shropshire Council at the Junction on 1st August 2019. We agreed on a number of measures to improve safety here including new white lining and signage which is re-sited and is also NOT misleading as it is now. " After a lot of chasing up by me - we did receive a plan in January 2020 but nothing has happened since. "The parish Clerk and I have spent considerable time since January trying to get some action without result. "We now have a situation where vegetation has grown up around the junction again and the road markings have totally worn away. I am now getting reports of motorists driving on to the B4386 without realising that they don't have right of way - again. "Yet again, however, Shropshire is dragging its heels over implementing simple measures that would make this road junction safer. It is only a matter of time before someone gets injured here again - or worse." Heather has now put down a question to the next full Shropshire Council: What priority does the Councils highways management give to road safety issues where there have been repeated accidents or fatalities? How are these prioritised against routine works? What would the average time for delivery of such schemes be from when agreed (on-site) to completion? Please include those which simply need changes to the white lining and improved signage and NOT those requiring complex road layout changes and significant capital funding. Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Sep 11, 2020:
    • Local Plan re-consultation of development land - Worthen
      Dear All Thank you to those who attended the meeting about the re-consultation on Wednesday - this was available in person for a few and on Zoom. There is a further meeting on Tuesday 15th at 7.00pm and 7.45pm for those who missed that. Please contact the Clerk Sarah Smith for details. clerk@worthenwithshelvepc.org.uk Tel: 01743 891438 Heather Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Sep 6, 2020:
    • Councillors launch new 'Eat Local' Guide
      Liberal Democrat Councillors in South West Shropshire have launched a new Eat Local campaign to support local restaurants cafes and pubs. Building on their recent Shop Local campaign, Shropshire Councillors Heather Kidd, Nigel Hartin and Ruth Houghton have produced a leaflet listing all the different places to eat, across their areas of Chirbury, Clun and Bishop's Castle. The leaflet is designed for visitors to the area as well as for local residents. Heather said " The Hospitality and Tourism industry is vitally important to the economy of South West Shropshire and COVID-19 has struck our economy hard locally. This is just one of the initiatives we have been undertaking locally to help businesses revive. Encouraging people to local pubs and restaurants not only helps these directly but also boosts some of our fantastic local produce suppliers who make everything from meat and dairy products to English wine." Councillor Ruth Houghton added "We hope that this will persuade more customers to enjoy meals out at our local food outlets. The "Eat out to Help out" scheme, which has recently ended, encouraged many people back to eating out. We hope that this leaflet can build on that by listing all our local pubs and cafes in one document " Councillor Nigel Hartin said " we would like to get as many of these leaflets out as possible to local accommodation providers including campsites, guest houses, air B+B 's, holiday cottages and glamping pods so that visitors have all the information they need on where to eat in our area" Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Sep 4, 2020:
    • Shop closure supports food bank
      Bishop's Castle Foodbank has benefited from devastating flooding which has very sadly left Bucknell Village Stores with no alternative but to close its doors for the last time. Proprietors Sam and Lee Traylor not only had flood damage to deal with and clean up but they also had the problem of what to do with the remaining stock in the shop which closed last week. Nigel Hartin, Councillor for Bucknell who has been supporting Sam and Lee throughout the flooding problems has helped them to make contact with Bishop's Castle food bank through Councillor Ruth Houghton. Nigel said. "Sam & Lee have nowhere to store the remaining stock so Sam asked me for contact details of the local foodbanks and I was happy to put her in touch with Bishops Castle Foodbank which I know has delivered tremendous support to residents in need in the Bishops Castle & Clun areas during the earlier lockdown!" Bishop's Castle Councillor Ruth Houghton said " it is devastating news for Sam and Lee to lose their livelihood and for the local community in Bucknell to lose their village shop so we are extremely grateful for their kindness in thinking about the food bank at what must be a very difficult time. The food bank is very grateful for the generous donation which will be put to good use in the Bishop's Castle and Clun areas." Bishop's Castle food bank has new opening times effective from week commencing 31st August. They are Wednesdays 5pm-6pm and Fridays 1.30pm - 3.30pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Station Street. Anyone needing support but not able to get to the foodbank can contact Andy on 07773 006413 to arrange for home delivery. Photo shows Left to Right Sam Traylor, Proprietor with Ruth Houghton, Lib DemCouncillor for Bishop's Castle Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Worthen and Brockton Housing Development
      Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Sep 3, 2020:
    • Bill introduced to give health and care workers right to remain
      The Liberal Democrats have introduced a Bill calling on the Government to offer indefinite leave to remain to foreign nationals currently working in the health and social care sectors. Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine, who is moving the Ten Minute Rule Bill, has warned it is unacceptable that people who put their lives on the line during Covid-19 should not be welcome to stay. The Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support from Labour, Conservative, SNP, Green, Plaid, DUP and Alliance MPs. Ahead of the Bill's reading on Tuesday (1st Sept), Ms Jardine said: "Foreign nationals in the NHS have been on the frontline in protecting us from Covid-19, putting themselves at risk and in many cases paying the ultimate price. "Their skills have been vital to all of us throughout this crisis. The least we can do now is to offer them the opportunity to stay and the security of knowing what their future holds. "I'm delighted that so many MPs from across Parliament are supporting this initiative to support those who have done, and will continue to do, so much for this country." Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Aug 30, 2020:
    • ANGER AS FLOODED VILLAGE SHOP CLOSES
      Bucknell Stores shut up shop on Saturday having had to cope with repeated flooding over the last two years. Sam & Lee Taylor & family, who have run the shop for the past four years received a bouquet of flowers from a grateful community. Responding to the repeated flooding in Bucknell, Shropshire Councillor for the Bucknell area, Nigel Hartin said: "Our local community shop with an £80k turnover has had to close today, all because of Shropshire Council's repeated failure to fix the drains despite multiple flooding incidents over the last months and years "The community reported 7 flooding incidents last year and a further three this year during which time they did nothing but pump out the drains without investigating the cause! "Shropshire Council's contracting system has been slated as 'not fit for purpose', there is no systematic programme of clearing gullies and drains in the County and there appears to be no effective control of the way contractors operate" "It was only after considerable pressure from both myself as the local Shropshire Councillor and from Jonathan Kemp, Chair of the Parish Council, that Shropshire Council finally acted and properly investigated the problem. Unfortunately, it was not soon enough for our Shop which had been flooded too often for their insurers to pay up again. "Both myself and Jonathan are in contact with the Chief Executive and the Leader of Shropshire Council to finally, get a solution to these repeated floods. The Council is carrying out further works to try to clear the blocked drainage system on the 2nd September, but this comes too late to save the village shop from closing." Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Aug 21, 2020:
    • Road Closure from 21st September Between North Rowans and Wood Leasows (north of Rowley and Upper House Farm.)
      Road Closure from 21st September Between North Rowans and Wood Leasows (north of Rowley and Upper House Farm.) These Western Power works will connect two isolated sections of network and greatly improve the reliability of electricity supplies from North Rowans and Wood Leasows in the events of faults and planned works. They will run from 21st September for 8 weeks. The closure will be a rolling closure and so access to properties will be maintained. There may be a slight wait. The works will take place between 8am and 5pm only Emergency vehicles will be allowed through Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • ROAD CHAOS AS UNADVERTISED ROAD REPAIRS APPEAR
      Shropshire has been hit by a whole string of road repairs with little or no warning to communities. I some cases, not even the section of Shropshire Council which issues road repair permits knew they were going to happen. Nigel Hartin, Shropshire Councillor for Clun, said: "Due largely to the chaotic relationship between Shropshire Council and the roads contractor KIER, an increasing number of road repairs are occurring at the 'drop of a hat' giving little of no warning to communities that road disruption is going to take place. " For example, I only learned about some significant road work due on the B4367 near Bucknell second hand. It's just not acceptable, given the disruption such work usually causes, that parish councils, local representatives, and residents are not told about what is going to happen." In Heather's Division, the contractor started work without a permit in place. Heather said: "They simply closed the B4386 one morning without warning diverting traffic down narrow lanes (Aston Rogers and Aston Pigott). It was chaos. When I rang the Council it was news to them that this was happening!. "Not only were HGVs diverted through small hamlets such as Aston Rogers but the operator of the scheduled bus service wasn't told either." Cllr Ruth Houghton, Bishop's Castle, concluded: "We are increasingly experiencing road closures with little or no notice and more worryingly road closures by Contractors without the knowledge and permission of Shropshire Council. These make life difficult for local residents who are unable to plan alternative routes and at this time of year cause big problems for farmers and our agricultural industry working hard to complete the harvest. " It is, of course, good news that at long last some attention is being paid to some of our rural roads which have been neglected for far too long, but we do need to be kept up to date with road closures and planned works" All three Councillors have put strong complaints into Shropshire Council in about this mode of working. Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Aug 20, 2020:
    • SpArC Reopens!
      Some great news to report - SpArC leisure centre and swimming pool will reopen on Monday 24th August. You can see some of the changes and how things will be different in the video link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpfZpsSzPY&feature=youtu.be It is hoped that the theatre will follow shortly, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes on this , excuse the pun! The Save the SpArC has also won a £5k award from the Calor Rural Community Fund. Many thanks to everyone who supported this. With best wishes Heather Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY