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  • Article: May 6, 2019
    By Nigel McBride

    First of all, congratulations to Alec Sandiford on his excellent campaign in last week's local elections. Although unsuccessful in the end, he achieved a very creditable result in Fulford finishing well ahead of the Labour Party Candidate.

    The full result (two councillors elected) was :

    Peter ROYCROFT - Conservative 780 (33.3%)

  • Article: May 4, 2019

    The failure of Shropshire Council's new payments is having a major impact on key Council services as well significant elements of the County's economy. These are the key findings of research done by the County's Liberal Democrats over the last 10 days.

    Cllr Roger Evans, Leader of the Lib Dems on the Council said: "Major Council contractors have been feeling the pinch for months. Buses and Taxi companies who supply transport to schools are nearing breaking point with many vowing not to work for the Council. It is now apparent that key services like schools are affected with staff being unable to log on to the Council system or make payments."

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    Article: May 2, 2019

    Cllr Jonny Keeley, Bishops Castle, Cllr David Vasmer, Underdale, Shrewsbury , Cllr Heather Kidd, Chirbury and Worthen, Town Councillor David Cooper, Bridgnorth all took part in the Bus Users Shropshire march on 27th April.

    The A553 bus from Plox Green to Bishops Castle is threatened with a reduction in services from 5 per day to 2 per day. This will seriously affect people from Bishops Castle along the route getting to hospital appointments, work, Children's centres now situated in Shrewsbury, volunteering at SpArC , getting to the doctors and much more. More than 100 people took part in this march and a considerable number from the 553 bus route.

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    Article: Apr 4, 2019

    Two Councillors in the West of the County have asked Shropshire Council to rule our further cuts in bus services to the very rural parts of the County as the Council launches a consultation on the future our buses.

    Bishops Castle Councillor, Jonny Keeley, said: "First the Council strips away essential services claiming we can travel to use these in larger towns, then they propose to considerably reduce our bus service which will isolate people and reduce options for commuters, students and hospital visits.

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    Article: Mar 30, 2019

    Nigel Farage must be fuming.

    Yesterday was supposed to be his day of victory, but it's a damp squib. Thanks to almost 3 years of Lib Dems fighting, we've pushed Brexit back until at least the middle of next month.

    And we're not stopping there - we have the momentum. A People's Vote gets closer by the day.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    A Clee Hill farmer has slammed the Government for letting Shropshire farmers down after it emerged that it has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.

    Shropshire Councillor and farmer Richard Huffer said:


    "When the Government thinks of farmers they think of the big land owners and huge farms. This inaction shows that they have no interest in or concern for the family farms whose businesses are the backbone of so many rural areas like Shropshire.

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    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    Heather Kidd, Lib Dem Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, has condemned the Tory Administration for block a motion that would have made planning decisions across the County more open and transparent.

    Heather said "This was pure tribalism on the part of the ruling Conservative group. One of the biggest complaints voiced by residents at the moment is the secretive, inconsistent manner in which Shropshire Council deals with planning applications. People, Parish Council and Councillors alike are incensed that there is no effective way to have an input into the planning process

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    Article: Feb 19, 2019

    After a great deal of pressure from local Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd (Shropshire and Worthen Division) Severn Trent have agreed to supply a minibus to take school children around one of their road closures which begins today (February 18th) near the village of Priest Weston.

    Heather said: "Severn Trent do not have a good reputation for dealing with the public in our part of the world. They brought this 5 week closure forward from June to February without much consultation with anybody and certainly without much thought to school buses.

    This is a short length of closure at Middleton - between Rorrington and Priest Weston. It will stop traffic passing through and would have disrupted up to 13 children from getting to school.

    "After a great deal of effort, I've managed to persuade Severn Trent to pay for a minibus service, once term resumes on 25th February. The normal 40 seater coach will now be replaced by 2 minibuses working around the closure to get all the young people to school.

    "I would like to thank Amey, the contractor on this job for their help with this problem."

    The situation now will be:

    • Severn Trent will now fund a minibus to take the Community College students to Bishops Castle. Details will be given by the School/bus company - Worthen Travel.
    • Primary school minibus is less effected and the driver will discuss details with the families affected.
    • Access to properties will be maintained and direction will be advised.
    • They hope to open the road overnight. After 6pm and before 8am.

    Heather continued "Severn Trent have a long track record in this area of messing communities about - fail to deal with leaks until they get pretty serious. They ignore problems until things get worse and then suddenly close a road claiming its an 'emergency".

    "Over the last year alone we have seen repeated closures on the Snailbeach and Stiperstones road at Plox Green with very little warning whilst a couple years ago they closed the road up to Rorrington Hill and went home for the weekend leaving many residents trapped.

    "I know this occurs across the County. My colleague Cllr Roger Evans experienced a similar close in Annscroft recently whilst Cllr Jonny Keeley has been fighting a major battle for months to get a leak in Bishops Castle High Street fixed.

    "These actions are beyond a joke and are seriously impacting on peoples lives. My colleagues and myself have had enough of this kind of behaviour and I will be seeking an urgent meeting with Severn Trents Operational Manager for this region. Not only is this type of behaviour causing residents a lot of problems but it can't be doing Severn Trent' public image much good either.

    For more information contact Heather Kidd on 07887 931567

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    Article: Feb 19, 2019

    Shropshire Councillor Vivienne Parry (Ludlow South) has launched a bid to produce a comprehensive directory of the clubs and associations that meet in Ludlow with a special emphasis on helping those living alone.

    Vivienne said "From my work as a Councillor I have realised that Ludlow has a whole host of clubs and societies but lacks a single source that lists them all.There are many, many groups, all doing good things for the town, that don't know what other groups are doing in the rest of the town and the surrounding areas.

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    Article: Feb 1, 2019