At last! I now have a date for the works to be completed on the road in Stiperstones. It has taken ages to get Ringway to discuss the work and a lot for persistent nagging. I had the following email today,
The works will primarily consist of the installation of 2 more road gullies at the identified low spots/ ponding areas, a kerb and roll over with associated works to prevent water entering the private property of the bungalow to the south of the site, as highlighted by the resident.
Shropshire Council is to urgently write to the Counties MPs in an attempt to influence a Government imitative that could lead to the closure of many rural pharmacies across the County.
Heather explained: "The Government has indicated that it will press ahead with its proposals to cut the grant paid to pharmacies for providing a public service. This will impact hugely on rural pharmacies which are dependent on the grant to survive.*.
The elections on May 5th have some good news for us all. We are back to winning in Council elections!!! We have taken more seats than any other Party and are the only Party to take control of a Council - Watford. See table below.
Scotland shows we can take seats from the SNP, here in England good candidates and hard work are now paying off again and sadly in Wales only Kirsty Williams held and improved her majority. The other 4 seats were all Regional list seats and there was little targeting to keep the list vote up and 4 good Assembly Members lost their seats to UKIP.
The Governments climb down on forcing every school to become academies has been greeted with delight by Councillors in the rural West of the County.
Cllr Nigel Hartin (Clun Division, said; "The announcement in the Budget about academies would have had a huge impact on our schools. The Government stated that no school of 70 pupils or was viable as an academy would have put at risk almost every primary school in South West Shropshire .
Heather is making an urgent plea to Telford and Wrekin Council to urgently upgrade signs to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford following an emergency involving her daughter on Wednesday (27th).
Heather explained: "My eldest daughter was rushed to the Consultant Maternity Unit at the Princess Royal on Wednesday - from Welshpool Hospital- after complications with the birth of her son. The ambulance team were excellent and got her to Telford in less than 40 minutes however the rest of us were left wandering round Telford roundabouts due to the poor directional signs to the hospital.
Shropshire Councillors from the West of the County have written to Jeremy Hunt, MP Secretary of State for Health, to ask him to urgently review his proposals to slash funding to rural pharmacies.
Cllr Charlotte Barnes (BIshops Castle) explained: "The Government wants to cut funding to 'Community Pharmacies' which receive a fixed amount per prescription to help them survive in sparsely populated rural areas like ours. The problems is that chemists are few and far between in our part of the world.There only 2 - one in Bishops Castle and one in Pontesbury. Their loss would mean residents having to travel to miles to get a whole range of medical products and supplies."
Heatheris calling on the council to urgently overhaul the way the Council manages its road contractors after one job saw major disruption in the West of the County with residents subjected to abusing and sexist language by workmen.
Heather said "Once again the Council's roads contractors RINGWAY have excelled themselves. It was a relatively straightforward project to resurface the Marton to Brockton Road B4386.
There will be a really important Local Joint Committee meeting on 14th April at SpArC in Bishops Castle at 7pm. Please come along to understand what we might lose and how we might deal with that.
PRESENTATION - The Future of Shropshire Council Services in South West Shropshire and its funding.
Councillor Malcolm Pate, Leader of Shropshire Council and Clive Wright, Chief Executive of Shropshire Councilto give an update on the Shropshire Council Financial Strategy 2017 to 2020 and its implications for South West Shropshire.