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  • May 14, 2020:
    • Latest Bishop's Castle Division Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 31, 2020:
    • Latest Ludlow South Division Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Latest Clee Division Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Latest Clun Division Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Latest Bishop's Castle Division Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Latest Chirbury and Worthen Newsletter
      Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 17, 2020:
    • Hospitals Latest
      Here is the latest information on visiting at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals. 16 March 2020 Visiting restrictions are to be put in place at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford in the wake of national guidance to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The changes will come into effect from 6pm today (Monday 16 March) until further notice. Neither RSH or PRH currently has any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the hospitals has taken the steps to limit the risk to vulnerable patients. Under the new visiting guidelines, the following people are being asked not to visit our hospitals: Anyone with a fever or a new persistent cough. People with these symptoms will be asked to return home immediately and self-isolate in line with national guidance Children under the age of 16. This also applies to siblings of children who are inpatients and children whose parents are inpatients Anyone over the age of 70 Anyone with existing heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, any condition that weakens their immune system or on any medication that weakens their immune system (e.g. steroids) Patients who are undergoing testing for possible coronavirus will not be allowed visitors until they are given the all clear. Visitors will not be allowed in X-ray or Radiology. In addition, wards at both hospitals will have restrictions on visiting times. People will be able to visit their loved ones between 10am and 8pm but will only be able to visit for two hours between those times. Only one visitor per patient will be allowed to visit at any one time. Families and wards are being encouraged to nominate the same person to visit regularly, in order to minimise the number of visitors to our hospitals. Visitors are asked to only visit the ward/area where their loved one is being treated and refrain from walking into the canteens, cafes and, especially, other clinical areas if this can be avoided. Exceptions to visiting restrictions are: Births: Only one of two named birthing partners will be allowed at any one time to support the mother through delivery. The named birthing partners can alternate. The two-hour visiting window does not apply. All other maternity areas, including postnatal and antenatal wards will operate one named visitor only. The two-hour visiting window does not apply. Children under the age of 16, including siblings of the new born baby, are not permitted to visit any maternity area. Paediatric and Neonatal: One designated carer can visit for the duration of the child's stay. The two-hour visiting window does not apply. If the designated carer can no longer visit due to illness or caring duties at home, the family of the child is asked to nominate a new designated carer and discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward. End of life care: The two-hour visiting window does not apply. Further discussions will be held on an individual basis. Certain areas in the hospitals might be cordoned off or closed to visitors for deep cleaning or certain treatments - this does not mean that there is a positively tested coronavirus patient in that area. Visitors close to these areas under restriction/deep clean may also be asked to leave the hospital at short notice. All visitors will be asked to use alcohol gel to disinfect their hands on entering the hospital, and again on entering the clinical area where their relative is treated. We also ask them to use the gel again when leaving the clinical area and when leaving the hospital. Visitors who are picking up a discharged patient to take them home, or are providing transport for a patient who is attending as an outpatient or for a short procedure, are asked to stay in their car, to avoid direct contact with other people and pick up their relative wherever this is possible. Dr Arne Rose, Medical Director at SaTH, said: "Friends and relatives are encouraged to stay in touch with patients via other means, such as video messaging, text messaging and social media. Mobile phones can be used in almost all areas of the hospital. "We are asking the public and friends and families of patients to please restrict the number of phone calls to our hospitals in what is a highly-pressured time for our teams. "Clinical teams will give short updates to families of patients via telephone; in particular where there is a change of treatment of a change in the course of an illness. "We appreciate that these measures may cause some anxiety and inconvenience, and we are sorry for that, but this is a highly unusual situation and our priority needs to be in protecting our vulnerable patients. I want to thank the public for their understanding and our teams for their hard work at this time." Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 8, 2020:
    • MP visit to Shropshire
      Shropshire Liberal Democrats started their campaign for the 2021 Shropshire Council Elections with an event held at the Shakespeare Inn, Bridgnorth. The event was combined with a visit from Christine Jardine MP, the Liberal Democrats' Home Affairs Spokesperson (and potential candidate for leader of the party). "The event was set up to show members and supporters how we will focus on the underperforming Conservative Council and let them know how we will campaign to place hard-working local Liberal Democrat councillors in charge" said Andrew Sherrington, campaign manager. "The people of the Bridgnorth area deserve a lot better from Shirehall. They deserve a council which works for them, which invests in Bridgnorth and the surrounding area. They deserve a council which spends our hard-earned money wisely, instead of spending £50m buying shopping centres which depreciate in value and give no return. They deserve a council which fulfils its statutory duties - like maintaining our roads properly - with a Highways contract which is fit for purpose. We all deserve a council which can do its job, instead of one which hires a consultant for £1000 a day to tell them what should be plain common sense. We will show from past performance (when a Lib-Lab alliance controlled the then county council), and from comparable LibDem councils, how a LibDem Shirehall would put local people first." Christine took time from her very busy schedule to attend the event. Due to travel issues, she could not make the meetings planned for the afternoon, but still arrived in time for the excellent buffet supper provided by the Shakespeare. "When I was putting this visit in the diary, I thought I might have to abandon the train and come by boat" she remarked. "The flooding up and down the Severn has been devastating. I have every sympathy for those poor people who have had their lives turned upside down by this." One local member confirmed he had been flooded, with damage and losses approaching £100,000 including writing off his car and motorcycle. The flood filled the basement of his property, destroying family mementos as well as causing substantial damage. "Amidst all of this it's important to keep reminding people we haven't seen the Prime Minister in the region at all. We should have had a much stronger government response" said Christine. Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 2, 2020:
    • Potholes Black Spot Creates Huge Pile of Car Debris
      Potholes Black Spot Creates Huge Pile of Car Debris The Council's roads maintenance programme is in 'meltdown' That is the message coming from Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd after witnessing the massive pile of broken wheels, springs and shredded hires at just one garage in the Hope Valley. Heather said 'I was asked by one garage owner ( Llewelyn Motors) the other day to view the pile of broken wheels, car springs and shredded tyres that he has collected over the last few weeks from cars incurring damage on the pothole scarred A488 along the Hope Valley. It has to be seen to be believed. In one period recently 5 cars were take out in one day with damage to their wheels and suspension. "The main culprits are a number of deep potholes around the More Arms. I have reported these repeatedly and they have still not been fixed. What is particularly dangerous about these is that they are being covered by water running off the surrounding fields and you only see them at the last minute. "On Monday 24th I reported them again and the Highways Department ordered a '24 hour repair'. On Friday 28th I checked and two lorries from the contractors, KIER, were parked on the road (not near the holes)with their crews asleep in the cab. I rang the highways department immediately. However, by Saturday they had still not been done. "The whole system is in meltdown and KIER are not delivering an effective service for Shropshire residents and its high time that Shropshire Councils brings the service back 'In House' so that it can be effectively managed like other Councils have done. "On a more immediate note I would like to ask what the consultant hired by Shropshire Council at a cost of £1,000 a day is doing? He has been in post for some time now and we are seeing precious few results. "Lastly I would like to thank the garage owners Al and Ben Llewelyn for the work they are doing. They are earning virtually no money for rescuing the victims of these potholes and are doing it more as a public service." Notes : 1. there are similar potholes on the B4386 and A490 - also unfilled for a while. 2.House of Lords decision in Gorringe v Calderdale MBC [2004] 2 All ER 326: · if a highway authority is in breach of its duty under HiA 1980, s 41(1) (as amended in 2003), it can be sued if damage is thereby caused · if it is to escape liability, it must bring itself within the HiA 1980, s 58 defence, ie the authority took all reasonable care having regard to usage etc · in addition, a highway authority may be liable at common law for damage attributable to dangers that it has introduced, or, in the case of dangers introduced by some third party, dangers that it has unreasonably failed to abate · members of the public who drive cars on the highways of this country are entitled to expect that they will be kept properly in repair; they are entitled to complain if damage is caused by some obstruction or condition of the road or its surroundings that constitutes a public nuisance and they are entitled to complain if they suffer damage by the negligence of some other user of the highway Attachments area ReplyForward Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 26, 2020:
    • Lib Dem Leader Visits Shropshire Floods
      Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats came to Shropshire yesterday (25th Feb 2020) to see the impact of the flooding. He spoke to local businesses, residents and workmen battling the flood. All mentioned help from the Environment Agency but precious little from Tory run Shropshire Council. Mr Davey stressed that the current flooding problems needed addressing in its entirety - considering the whole catchment area and the possibility of enhancing water storage upstream. He also noted that the underfunding of Councils had led to a cutback in land drainage staff. He will raise this in Parliament and lobby for the above and better funding for flood victims across the Country. Ed Davey is the only party leader to visit bthe flooding in Shropshire. Published and promoted by Shropshire Liberal Democrats, 72 Cannon Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5HH Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY