• Feb 18, 2021:
    • 2nd March on-line Quiz
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  • Feb 13, 2021:
    • ACTION TO TACKLE HOMES SHORTAGE
      Ruth Houghton, Shropshire Councillor for Bishop's Castle Division has submitted a question to the next Shropshire Council meeting on 24th February urging it to take action to bring any empty houses in the County back to the market either for sale or rent. Ruth explained: "We have a major problem with the lack of affordable homes for local people in Shropshire, both in urban areas and in rural communities such as South Shropshire. Building more affordable properties for sale or rent is certainly needed but we also have a great many properties lying empty which could provide people in our local communities with a home". "Councils have the power to levy 200% Council tax on empty properties and in some instances also have the power to make a compulsory purchase of some properties. Used appropriately this could be a powerful incentive to many owners to bring an empty property back into use" "There were 648,114 empty properties in England before the pandemic which suggests there are many thousands in Shropshire. Assertive action by Shropshire Council on this issue would go a long way to help many in Shropshire struggling to find a home." Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • PLEA TO REPORT POTHOLE DAMAGE TO CARS
      Nigel Hartin, Shropshire Councillor for Clun Division, is urging residents to claim for damages from the Council after a spate of incidents involving poor repairs by Council contractors. Nigel said: "There is still a big backlog of repairs to potholes to be done right across the County with a great many still to be repaired in the Clun area. What is worse, many of those repairs already done are of a lamentable bad quality. I have a number of complaints of newly repaired holes being washed away. "A classic instance involves my son Jolyon, who works at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. He was recently driving along the B4368 when he hit a large pothole between Long Meadow End and Holly Bank and his tyre blew. It was 7am and still dark and the water-filled pothole couldn't be seen. "I went with my son to take some photos of the hole and reported it to Shropshire Highways. After a further exchange of emails, it was logged as an 'emergency repair'. This was done by the Council's contractors Keir. However, I checked on the repair and again complained to senior officers as it was just a useless dump of tarmac into half the pothole! Finally, after much chasing from me on it was repaired 11th February. "I have spent a great deal of time repeatedly reporting potholes to Shropshire Council over the last few years. The whole system is inefficient and ineffective. This is just one of many instances of poor repairs coming loose that my colleagues Heather Kidd, Ruth Houghton and myself have complained about over the last few months. "My son has since claimed the total cost of Β£152 of recovery and repair from the Council and I urge anyone who has suffered damage to do likewise. Ratepayers deserve better service than this. We shouldn't have to wait for someone's car to be damaged for a repair to be done. Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 10, 2021:
    • Heather's Report for February 2021
      Dear All, GRITTING: The bad weather has returned and also problems related to gritting. The main problem it seems is that the Council's contractors use the same people to grit and try to repair the roads. So if it freezes they have to switch repair gangs over to do the gritting which doesn't always happen smoothly. When we have diversion routes put in place for a road closure which is normally gritted then the diversion route should be gritted too. Let me know is this does not happen. Do get in touch if you are having problems or if your grit bin is empty. NEWS UPDATES: I regularly send our news bulletins via email on current conditions including information on services, the law, grants etc. If you would like to be added to the list of recipients please contact me on the email/phone number below. POSTAL VOTES: The Government has decided to press ahead with elections for Shropshire Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner on 6th May irrespective of what the health the situation looks like. If you would like to vote by post, contact elections@shropshire.gov.uk or 0345 678 9015 MOVING BACK TO MY HOME: Eleven months after the fire in my house I will be moving back in towards the end of this month/beginning of March. Please bear with me if my responses aren't as quick as normal during the move. Best wishes Heather Kidd, Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen Division, heather.kidd@shropshire.gov.uk 07980635518 www.heatherkidd.org Facebook too! Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 30, 2021:
    • Cencus 2021
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    • COVID FRAUD
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  • Jan 27, 2021:
    • STOP PRESS: WORK ON A490 (CHIRBURY TO FORDEN) POSTPONED! STOCKTON ROAD TO BE CLOSED INSTEAD!
      The Diversion route is via Stockton and that route is in such a poor condition it cannot be used until it is improved. THE STOCKTON ROAD WILL BE IMPROVED FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY, 28th) AND CONTINUE FRIDAY AND INTO NEXT WEEK IF NEEDED. THE STOCKTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED 9AM TO 4PM approximately. There will be access to properties and for emergency services. 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
  • Jan 26, 2021:
    • Missed Waste Collection
      Dear All Here is a message from Waste Services: Although the weather was bad across the whole county there was particular disruption to waste collections in South Shropshire and the former Bridgnorth district yesterday with less than 20% of scheduled collections completed. We have an established protocol and communications plan to deal with such events and I have copied the key messages below for your information. In addition, it has been agreed that garden waste collections have been canceled today in both South Shropshire and Bridgnorth areas in order to allow the crews to support the residual catch-up, and in some cases help with recycling. This should allow the bulk of yesterday's residual collections to be completed by the end of today although the thaw may not be quick enough to reach some properties and these may be revisited tomorrow. The Customer Service Centre has been informed and provided with information for residents should it be necessary. Key messages for residents regarding bad weather disruption ( on calendars and website). If we're unable to collect your waste or recycling due to the snow and bad weather : Leave your household waste bin out. If we can't get to you on your scheduled collection day, we'll come back and collect it as soon as it is safe to do so. Take your garden waste bin back in and put it out on your next scheduled garden waste collection day. Leave your recycling boxes and blue sacks out (as long as they don't present a trip hazard). We'll collect them as soon as it is safe to do so I hope this helps but if you have any problems please let me know. 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
  • Jan 25, 2021:
    • B4386 CHIRBURY TO MARTON ROAD NOW OPEN.
      Severn Trent have finished!!! They had promised me tomorrow morning (26th Jun) but it's happened now! (I did complain a bit ! ) 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
    • May Election will be a Covid 'Superspreader' Event
      Open letter from Shropshire Councillors to the Government We are writing this with an ever increasing sense of incredulity that Boris Johnson and his Conservative Government remain on course for a Covid 'Superspreader' Event on a massive scale if the Countrywide Elections, the biggest set of local & national elections for many years, including County Council, District Council, Unitary Authority, Police & Crime commissioner, mayoral & London Assembly elections, plus elections in Scotland & Wales, take place as planned in May! It's been clear for some weeks that, whilst our vacination programme has been rolling out with some success in parts of the Country, that's not been happening here in Shropshire, where we lag behind every other part of the Country in vaccinations. In England we remain in the 3rd lockdown & whilst Covid infection rates are beginning to come down, death rates remain at over 1,000 per day, many hospitals are near breaking point and we are already dealing with new variants of the virus, which Boris Johnson himself has warned us might be 30% more deadly, & on top of that he tells us the Government has even more concerns about the South African & Brazillian variants of the virus! This weekend the Local government Information Unit (LGIU), backed by the vast majority of senior Council Officials, warned about the severe concerns they have about holding such elections in May, including the ability of Councils to recruit & train electoral workers, with fewer volunteers willing to put themselves at risk likely & real difficulties in finding polling and count venues, with schools being used as polling venues proving contentious & the prospect of counting the votes in halls containing hundreds of counting staff & candidates etc - not to mention the risk of disenfranchising voters worried about the risk of catching Covid 19. The Chief Executive of the LGIU, Jonathan Carr-West said: "Local government is committed to democracy, but the overwhelming view from Councils is that it is no longer possible to hold safe and open elections in May. The logistical challenges are formidable and there's a real risk that we effectively disenfranchise millions of people who do not feel safe going to the polls".Council's like Shropshire are currently having to spend significant sums trying to prepare for elections in May they know should be postponed, whilst all the Government will say is that they are keeping the decision wheter to go ahead or not "under review"! Eager as we are to remove the inept Tory administration in Shropshire we must put peoples lives first! - To hold such elections in May will inevitably lead to far greater spread of the virus which, as night follows day, will lead to greater hospital admissions & sadly more deaths! - We can avoid this if the Government acts now & postpones the election at least until the Autumn to allow our vaccinnation rollout to really have an effect! - If not Boris & his Tory Government will have blood on it's hands! Cllr Nigel Hartin Shropshire Councillor Clun Division Cllr Heather Kidd Chirbury and Worthen Division Cllr Ruth Houghton Bishop's Castle Division Published and promoted by Heather Kidd, Eastville, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY