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  • Aug 3, 2020:
    • Coronavirus: Update (Mon 3 Aug 5.45pm) re Craven Arms caravan site outbreak
      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners including West Mercia Police to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms.

      As of today (Monday 3 August 5.45pm), no additional positive cases have been identified in the wider Craven Arms community.

      There are now only a small number of individuals on the Long Lane site who are being asked to self-isolate after testing positive. Individuals that are contacts of cases are required to complete their 14-day period of isolation.

      Officers from both Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police were present in Craven Arms over the weekend to offer reassurance and advice to residents and businesses.

      We want to reiterate that the risk of catching coronavirus in the Craven Arms community is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

      Superintendent Mo Lansdale, Shropshire Local Policing Commander with West Mercia Police, said:

      “We understand this has been a concerning time for many people and I would like to thank local residents and the wider community for their patience and support.

      “Over the coming days we will have a visible police presence in Craven Arms to offer reassurance to the local community, anyone who does have concerns or questions can speak to an officer on patrol.

      “Throughout the outbreak we have worked closely with Public Health England and Shropshire Council and will continue to do so, to ensure we work together to maintain the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone in Craven Arms and throughout Shropshire.”

      Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

      “Once again I would like to thank both the residents at the Long Lane site and the wider Craven Arms community for their ongoing support and understanding.

      “The news that there have been no positive tests in the wider community is encouraging, and shows that the prompt measures we have put in place are helping to control the spread of the virus.

      “Letters have been given to those residents who have completed their isolation period and are no longer infectious. We continue to engage with all residents at Long Lane to remind them of the importance of following Government guidance when they leave the site.

      “Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police will continue to have a visible presence in the community throughout this week. The risk to the general public remains low, but we ask everyone to remain alert - wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, and use a face covering to help protect yourself and others. If you develop a fever, persistent dry cough, or have a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please go online or call 119 to arrange a test.”

      Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to shops and other enclosed public places, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

      As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

      For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

      Shropshire Council have also put together a series of FAQs regarding the Long Lane site outbreak.

      More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation and social distancing is available from the Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

      Further information for media

      We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. Due to the significant decrease in positive cases at the Long Lane, we will now issue figures in relation to testing towards the end of the week.

      If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

      We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      Further information

      As of today, people who have tested positive or are showing symptoms must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

      We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

      • stay at home as much as possible
      • work from home if you can
      • limit contact with other people
      • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
      • wash your hands regularly
      • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
      • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

      Read more about what you can and cannot do here

      Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

      The post Coronavirus: Update (Mon 3 Aug 5.45pm) re Craven Arms caravan site outbreak appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

    • Acton Scott Historic Working Farm sold out for reopening on 7 August
      An image of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Reopening on 7 August.

      Families will soon be able to visit Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as the popular attraction gets ready to reopen its doors on Friday 7 August.

      Tickets went on sale last week with the first day of opening, 7 August selling out immediately.

      An image of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm taken by a drone. Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be hosting the Folk at the Farm festival

      Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be reopening on 7 August.

      Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is closed over the winter months meaning it has been closed to the public since November 2019 as government imposed lockdown restrictions prevented it from reopening earlier this year.

      The health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors is the top priority. Measures including limited numbers, social distancing queuing systems, enhanced cleaning of toilets and touch points, and signage have been put in place to create a safe environment.

      To keep staff and visitors safe, face coverings must be worn when inside the shop and Bailiff’s cottage. When in the open-air farm, visitors may remove their masks should they wish to do so.

      Visitors can enjoy historic farming demonstrations and see rare breed animals in the farms’ beautiful South Shropshire setting.

      Opening hours will also be reduced. The Working Farm will be open Friday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm until 1 November 2020.

      The School House Café will be offering a take-away service only to those who would like refreshments.

      You can book your tickets by visiting the website, including family tickets for just £25.

      Fay Bailey, manager of Shropshire Museums, said:

      “Every year we close during the winter so we have perhaps been closed a little longer than most.

      “Tickets went on sale last week and have been selling really quickly which shows how well valued Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is.

      “As you can imagine, this has made us really excited to be able to finally reopen our doors to our visitors again and see the children’s faces when they meet our farm animals.

      “We have been working really hard to put COVID measures in place like pre-booking, hand sanitiser, enhanced cleaning and social distancing, to make sure our visitors can feel safe and relaxed when with us and  can get the most from their experience.”

      Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

      “Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is hugely popular and is a wonderful day out for families. It’s fantastic to see it reopening, especially in time for the school summer holidays!

      “Along with the Shropshire Hills AONB, Acton Scott is one of the must see attractions in south Shropshire for locals and visitors so I’d encourage you to get online and book your tickets.”

      If you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home. If you have already booked tickets, please call 01694 781307 or email acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk to re-book or request a refund.

      For more information about Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, visit the Shropshire Museums website.

      The post Acton Scott Historic Working Farm sold out for reopening on 7 August appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

    • Coronavirus: News from our partners - Local healthcare partners unite to discharge patients safely from hospital in record time
      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust logo

      News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local healthcare partners have joined up to improve the hospital discharge process for patients, reducing the time patients wait for discharge support services by an average of two-and-a-half days.Â

      In March 2020, the Government published new discharge guidance for NHS Trusts to follow until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance set out the immediate actions that had to be taken to enhance discharge arrangements, and the provision of community support to deliver safe and rapid discharge for people who no longer need to be in a hospital bed.

      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust logo

      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust logo

      The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (Shropcom), Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have united to enable a successful multi-agency and multi-disciplinary process for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

      An Integrated Discharge Hub was launched to provide rapid access to discharge services once a patient is ready to leave hospital. All referrals are now made by telephone, triaged and discharge arrangements organised by the multi-professional team, with the aim of discharge taking place on the same day whenever possible.

      For the first time, all partners working as part of the Integrated Discharge Hub are co-located at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and the service is provided seven-days-a-week. This new way of working provides an enhanced discharge process and the support offered will improve patient experience.

      To date, the Hub has received 1,367 complex discharge referrals, and the team focuses on a ‘home first’ philosophy. Many patients are able to return home with wraparound support, within hours of being told by the doctor they are able to be discharged. For those who need complex health and social care support the team has achieved a 67% improvement in the time patients wait to be discharged, reducing the average waiting time from four to one and a half days. This reflects a huge improvement in supporting people to leave hospital as soon as safely possible, and to the right place of care.

      Nigel Lee, Chief Operating Officer at SaTH, said:

      “As soon as a patient is deemed medically fit, there should be no delay in getting them home. Any hour spent in hospital without needing to, is an hour too many."

      Claire Old, Senior Responsible Officer for Discharge, said

      “All our staff have recognised how important it is to help our patients to return home as quickly as possible, and they have worked so hard to facilitate this. Our patients and relatives have also been part of our team and have understood the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community teams, local care homes and domiciliary agencies have pulled out the stops to support our patients when they get back home or to their normal place of residence. We’ve all be so proud to be part of this caring health and social care system.”

      Mike Carr, Deputy Director of Operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said:

      “At Shropcom, we were fully committed to this important initiative, and redeployed colleagues from a variety of services to create this enhanced discharge offer for patients. Now we must all look at how we can build on this together over the weeks and months ahead as we look to shape healthcare beyond the pandemic. Our desire is to take the positives from this crisis and develop our services accordingly.”

      Tanya Miles, Shropshire Council's assistant director - adult social care and housing, and Sarah Dillon, Director - Adult Social Care at Telford & Wrekin Council, said:

      “Both councils are really excited to be working as part of this initiative with our health colleagues. We are committed to getting the best outcome for patients, and this new way of working puts patients at the centre of our activities and promotes true person centred outcomes. The Integrated Discharge Hub has given us the opportunity to move beyond organisational barriers, and develop a new way of working that maximises opportunities for collaboration with our partners and give better outcomes to patients, their families and their carers.”

      Further information

      Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

      The post Coronavirus: News from our partners - Local healthcare partners unite to discharge patients safely from hospital in record time appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

  • Aug 1, 2020:
    • Community COVID-19 testing in Craven Arms finds no new cases
      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      Drop-in testing sessions that took place in two locations in Craven Arms yesterday, found no new cases of coronavirus.

      Since 25 July 2020, Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands have made testing available to Craven Arms residents, regardless of whether they had symptoms, following the COVID-19 outbreak at Long Lane travellers’ site in Craven Arms. As of today (1 August 2020), no-one in the wider Craven Arms community has tested positive.

      The number of people infectious at the Long Lane site has decreased significantly in recent days with now only seven individuals on the Long Lane site being asked to self-isolate after testing positive.

      Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of Public Health said:

      It is very encouraging to learn that all of yesterday’s test results came back negative. We will however continue to watch the situation in Craven Arms carefully and take the necessary actions to protect the public. Testing continues to be available for the travellers’ site and everyone in the local community – I’d like to encourage people to take up testing, keep complying with social distancing rules and practice good hand hygiene. Whilst the results from yesterday are good news, it is vital that we do not become complacent.

      If you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available every day at Craven Arms Business Park from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

      Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

      For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

      More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

      Further information for media

      We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

      We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

      Further information

      People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

      We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

      • stay at home as much as possible
      • work from home if you can
      • limit contact with other people
      • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
      • wash your hands regularly
      • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
      • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

      Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

      The post Community COVID-19 testing in Craven Arms finds no new cases appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

  • Jul 31, 2020:
    • Coronavirus: Update (Fri 31 July 5.30pm) on Craven Arms caravan site outbreak

      Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms. A large number of individuals from the site were tested yesterday, and we are grateful for their co-operation. Testing is still available to all residents at the site and the local community.

      The number of people infectious at the Long Lane site has decreased significantly. There are now only seven individuals on the Long Lane site who are being asked to self-isolate after testing positive. Individuals that are contacts of cases are still required to isolate. A large number of residents on the site have now completed their isolation period in line with Government guidance and are no longer infectious.

      Testing for the wider community has been in place since 25 July 2020 and no-one in the wider Craven Arms community has tested positive yet. The total number of positive cases linked to the outbreak at Long Lane is 29.

      We want to reiterate that the risk to the public is low and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

      As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

      Drop-in testing sessions also took place today at Craven Arms Business Park and the Halo Community Centre.

      Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

      “Shropshire Council, Public Health England and our partners have acted quickly to prevent and control the spread of the virus. Prompt testing on the Long Lane site has allowed us to understand the transmission and protect the wider community.

      “We’re aware that local residents are concerned, but the risk to the general public remains low. I am also pleased that the wider Craven Arms community has also taken up the offer of testing.

      “As of today (Friday 31 July) it’s encouraging that testing of the wider Craven Arms community has not identified any positive cases so far. Testing, tracing and monitoring of the situation continues, and along with our partners we will take all actions necessary to protect public health.”

      Most residents at the site have been co-operating, and we would like to thank them for their patience during the past week. We are aware that there have been incidents where individuals who should have been self-isolating have left the site. Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police are now considering taking appropriate enforcement action against those individuals who have breached this guidance. Further enforcement action will be considered where non-compliance with COVID-19 risk has been found.

      Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

      For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

      More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

      Further information for media

      We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

      We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

      Further information

      People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

      We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

      • stay at home as much as possible
      • work from home if you can
      • limit contact with other people
      • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
      • wash your hands regularly
      • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
      • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

      Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

      Further information

      Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

      The post Coronavirus: Update (Fri 31 July 5.30pm) on Craven Arms caravan site outbreak appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

    • Positive response to Saturday closure of Bridgnorth High Street
      Bridgnorth market on Saturday 25 July 2020

      Bridgnorth market on Saturday 25 July 2020

      The closure of Bridgnorth High Street on Saturdays to allow social distancing during market trading hours has received a positive response from many traders and shoppers in the town.

      And, with High Street set to be closed for three Saturdays, Shropshire Council says it will do all it can to minimise any inconvenience, and gain the support of those who have been critical of the closure

      High Street closed to vehicles for the first time last Saturday (25 July 2020), between its junctions with Whitburn Street and Listley Street, from 5am until 4.30pm – and will be closed at the same times again this Saturday (1 August).

      The closure will allow the necessary arrangements to be made for continuing to comply with social distancing in Bridgnorth.

      Following last Saturday’s first closure, comments from traders and stallholders included:

      • “It was a great idea”.
      • “it was calm, relaxed and I love the changes”.
      • “What a lovely relaxed atmosphere and so much more room in Bridgnorth this morning. I love it”

      And comments from visitors and residents on social media included:

      • “I think it’s such a great idea and would welcome it to stay this way on Saturdays”
      • “It was so much better in so many ways… great for shoppers and hopefully therefore more trade too.”
      • “Came to Bridgnorth from Halesowen today was really impressed with the new market layout and pedestrianised street”
      • “It was fab walking around today and I'm a local resident, felt very safe.”
      • “It was wonderful walking in town today, thank you.”
      • “Just visited the High Street on a Saturday for the first time in years. Genuinely nice experience, I hope this is a permanent arrangement.”

      Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

      "Last week’s first Saturday closure went well and I want to thank all involved in ensuring things ran smoothly on the day. It’s great to hear positive feedback from traders and visitors. We know that this necessary closure will inconvenience some residents, shoppers and businesses, and council officers will be on site again on Saturday and will do what they can to minimise disruption - whilst ensuring that the market is laid out in a way that allows safe access to the market stalls and surrounding residential and business premises.

      "If people do have any concerns or questions about the work, we ask them to contact us so that we can look to address or answer them.”

      The ‘No Entry’ at the junction of High Street and Cartway is to be suspended during this closure.

      To report any issues or for further information, please contact Shropshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006 or email socialdistancingmeasures@shropshire.gov.uk.

      The post Positive response to Saturday closure of Bridgnorth High Street appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

    • Coronavirus: Self-isolation period increased from 7 to 10 days
      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      People who develop coronavirus symptoms, or test positive, will now be asked to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

      The latest advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers means the period of isolation has been extended by three days from the previous minimum of 7 days. The new advice is in line with World Health Organisation guidance.

      People must self-isolate if they have any of the following symptoms:

      • A high temperature
      • A new, continuous cough
      • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

      Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

      “We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of this virus. That’s why it’s so important that people in Shropshire follow the latest Government guidance.

      ““This is about protecting yourself, your family, and the wider community – and avoiding a second peak and further lockdown restrictions.

      ““We ask Shropshire residents to continue to follow the national advice to protect themselves and others from the virus.

      “Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.”

      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      Stay Alert to Stay Safe

      We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

      • stay at home as much as possible
      • work from home if you can
      • limit contact with other people
      • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
      • wash your hands regularly
      • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
      • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

      Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

      Further information

      Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

      The post Coronavirus: Self-isolation period increased from 7 to 10 days appeared first on Shropshire Council Newsroom.

    • Coronavirus: Last chance to apply for Covid-19 business grants
      Money

      Coronavirus: Business advice and support

      Shropshire businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 have just over two weeks left to apply for a Government grant to support them through the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications close on Friday 14 August.

      Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief may qualify for a small business grant of £10,000. Business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 that qualify for the enhanced retail, hospitality and leisure relief may qualify for a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on their rateable value.

      The scheme - which opened in early April - has so far benefited over 6,685 of the county’s businesses and provided £79 million of grants into Shropshire’s economy, helping businesses to continue in their premises, re-open to the public and replenish their stocks.

      Analysis of those awarded grants so far show that the distribution of money has been spread equally across the county, with businesses in the north, south and around Shrewsbury all accessing the government funding on offer.

      However, there is still funding left that can be awarded so Shropshire Council is encouraging more businesses to check their business rate bills and and apply before it is too late.

      The Secretary of State for business has now written to all local authorities to say that any outstanding grants need to have been paid by the end of August 2020 and the scheme wound up. This means that any businesses who receive a business rates bill from Shropshire Council with a rateable value of less than £51,000 and in receipt of a qualifying business rate relief need to consider applying to the scheme via the council website as soon as possible.

      Steve Charmley, deputy Leader of Shropshire Council and Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration said:

      “We have many smaller businesses in the county with a rateable value of less than £15,000 that qualify for small business rate relief. Many of these will not pay business rates at all but they can still qualify for the small business grant.

      “These businesses can apply to the scheme for £10,000 grant and while most schemes are competitive, this one is not. As long as you are eligible for small business rate relief you will most likely qualify for a small business grant.”

      David Minnery, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member for finance and corporate support, said:

      “This is the last push as the scheme will close to applications on Friday 14 August so we want to ensure all our businesses that qualify have applied to receive the grant.

      “Our teams have worked hard to process as many applications that we know of from our rating lists, and from applications so far but we still believe there are businesses who have still not applied – and we don’t want businesses to miss out on this funding”

      Details of the main COVID-19 grant schemes can be found on the Shropshire Council website.

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    • Shrewsbury held up as "outstanding example" for work developing Big Town Plan
      Pride Hill in Shrewsbury

      Shrewsbury has been held up as an “outstanding example” for its work developing a long-term vision for the town centre through the Big Town Plan.

      Hayley Owen, growth programme and strategy manager at Shropshire Council, and member of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, was a speaker at a national webinar led by the High Streets Task Force about the future of UK town centres, attended by a live audience of more than 550 people.

      Simon Quin, executive director of the High Streets Task Force, said Shrewsbury Big Town Plan was a beacon for others to follow on effective development of a collaborative vision for a town centre.

      He said:

      “Shrewsbury is among a small number of outstanding examples of visions which demonstrate why it is so important to have an agreed vision for a town or city.

      “But these examples are the exception rather than the rule. You would think there would be many examples around the country, but we did some research a few years ago looking at visions that existed for towns and cities, and they are very hard to find.

      “Visioning is not only important on a strategic level, but it is also now vital to secure funding, as a sound strategic vision is now required by the Government when considering funding distribution.

      “It was great to have Hayley on our panel talking about the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, which really does illustrate many of the principles that we think are important.”

      During the webinar, Hayley outlined how the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan has developed since 2016, with a clear vision agreed by Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID about how the town can evolve to enable a thriving town centre.

      Peter Nutting, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

      “It’s testament to the excellent partnership work taking place here in Shrewsbury that the Big Town Plan is being recognised on a national level.

      “The High Streets Task Force were particularly keen to hear about how we have been using the principles of the Big Town Plan when implementing the temporary interventions to make the town safe and welcoming during the coronavirus crisis.

      “We are looking forward to continuing to discuss with residents, businesses and stakeholders how the interventions are working, and how the movement strategy in Shrewsbury can develop in the future.”

      Alan Mosley, Leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, said:

      “Shrewsbury really is leading the way when it comes to this kind of joined-up working, and we should all be proud of the work that has been done to get us to this point.

      “However, we are now moving into an even more important phase when we start to think about making the vision a reality.

      “It’s therefore vital that we continue working together – local councils, businesses, interest groups and the community – to ensure Shrewsbury can continue to be an enjoyable, sustainable and welcoming town centre, both now and for future generations.”

      Joining Hayley on the panel was retail expert Bill Grimsey, author of The Grimsey Report into high streets, and one of the leading voices on how town centres need to adapt to survive and thrive in the future.

      He spoke about the importance of councils and business leaders working together on a collective vision for their town or city, with the key aim of making town centres a desirable place for people to live and spend time together, rather than relying on their historic role as a marketplace or retail centre.

      The webinar is available to view at

      https://www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/transformation-routemap-webinars/repositioning-developing-collaborative-inspiring-visions-that-achieve-change-3-5/

      For more information on Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, visit the website at www.shrewsburybigtownplan.org.uk

      Further information

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  • Jul 30, 2020:
    • Coronavirus: Update (Thurs 30 July 4pm) on outbreak at Craven Arms caravan site

      Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms. The total number of positive cases linked to the outbreak is now 29. Testing is still available to all residents at the site.

      Those residents who have tested positive for coronavirus have been asked to self-isolate in line with Government guidance.

      We want to reiterate that the risk to the public is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

      Most residents at the site have been co-operating, and we would like to thank them for their patience during the past week. We are aware that there have been incidents where individuals who should have been self-isolating have ignored guidance and have left the site. Each case is being treated on an individual basis and we are working with West Mercia Police to ensure that everyone is taking the appropriate public health advice.

      As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

      Drop in testing sessions will be available in two locations tomorrow (Friday 31 July). No prior booking is required:

      • Drive-through at the Craven Arms Business Park testing site (Highways depot) from 10.30am – 3.30pm
      • Walk-in at the Halo Community Centre: 10.30am – 1.30pm

      A poster and more information can be found here.

      Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

      “At this phase of the pandemic, we still expect to see cases in the community and within settings where people are closer together.

      “Our focus remains the health and wellbeing of residents while we work to contain and control the spread of COVID-19. We continue to support everyone on the Long Lane site, and we are working with West Mercia Police and other partners to reinforce the importance of following the measures put in place to keep everyone safe.”

      Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and Chair of Shropshire's Health and Wellbeing Board, has provided a video update for the local community. You can view this here.

      As of today (Thursday 30 July 2020):

      • To date 51 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.

      Craven Arms Medical Practice update

      In light of the outbreak, Craven Arms Medical Practice has taken the decision to only offer telephone appointments with GPs.

      This is to ensure the safety of both patients and practice staff, and to help to manage the situation in the best way possible.

      To make an appointment at Craven Arms Medical Practice:

      • Please call to make an appointment before attending the practice
      • Don’t turn up at the practice unless you have a pre-booked appointment
      • You may be offered a telephone or video consultation
      • Many issues can be dealt with via online consultation, which is available from the practice website: cravenarmsmedical.nhs.uk

      If you think you may have coronavirus or any of the symptoms, further information is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or the UK Government website.

      This means you can quickly and easily get help and advice without leaving home or potentially putting others at risk.

      There is also information on a wide range of health issues and conditions at 111.nhs.uk, along with details on how to treat symptoms and where to get help.

      Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

      For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

      More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

      Further information for media

      We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

      We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

      Further information

      As of today's change in Government guidance, people who have symptoms, or have tested positive, must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

      We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

      • stay at home as much as possible
      • work from home if you can
      • limit contact with other people
      • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
      • wash your hands regularly
      • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
      • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets, and in other close settings where possible.

      Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

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