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  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Heather Kidd is to write to Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government after a diktat from Government hamstrung an important part of the work of active Councillors.

    Heather Kidd said: "Many of my colleagues and I work hard to keep the residents of our areas informed about developments in our area and in the council . For example I regularly e-mail out details of forthcoming road works and road closure etc.

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    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Police are going to step up the pressure on speeding motorists in a West Shropshire Village after a long running campaign by a local councillor backed by village residents.

    Heather Kidd said: "This is really good news. For years residents have been plagued by the irresponsible few speeding through the villages of Worthen and Brockton. What makes the situation particularly bad is a combination of straight roads and narrow pavements (c1m wide in places). Its particularly hairy if you are walking children to school.

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    Article: Oct 10, 2014

    After months of campaigning EE at last send two spokesmen to talk to residents and their representatives in the Clun and Bishops Castle area where the campaign started in April.

    John Carwadine, Head of EE's UK Community Service Manager and Gareth Hewitt Head of EE Community Advice, came to a meeting of the Clun, Bishops Castle, Chirbury and Worthen Local Joint Committee held at Edgton Village Hall on Thursday night. They came to address the litany of complaints about declining service and poor customer care brought against the mobile phone provider by local residents.

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    Article: Sep 27, 2014
    After months of campaigning EE have at last agreed to send a spokesman to talk to residents and their representatives in the Clun and Bishops Castle area where the campaign started in April.
    Heather, wo is Chair of the Local Joint Committe* for Clun, Bishops Castle, Chirbury and Worthen, said "After months of fobbing off EE are at long last sending John Carwadine their Head of Community Affairs to speak to our local Joint Committee. When I think of all the letters and phone calls, the petitions we've run and the people we've lobbied getting them to come has been very hard work.They could have avoid all the negative publicity in the STAR and elsewhere if they just responded to residents properly in the first place.
  • Charlotte Barnes
    Article: Sep 14, 2014

    Charlotte Barnes, Lib Dem Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, has been selected by an overwhelming majority by Ludlow Liberal Democrats to contest the seat at next year's General Election.

    Speaking after the selection meeting at the Bishop Mascall Centre in Ludlow on Saturday, Charlotte said "it's a great honour to be selected to represent the Lib Dems in next year's contest. I will be following in the footsteps of great local campaigners such as Matthew Green and Heather Kidd.

    "We face some real challenges in this rural part of Shropshire. We are often neglected by both Central Government and the County. The threat of our hospital services disappearing, falling school rolls and a chaotic slash and burn council are just some of the problems our area faces."

    Charlotte has built a reputation as a strong local campaigner since her election to Shropshire Council, fighting on issues such as unwanted housing, the town's youth club and the future of their business park. She is currently pressing the mobile provider EE over their poor signal in the area.

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    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Cancer Care Strawberry Tea a fantastic event at Snailbeach Village Hall. As you would expect. Huge attendance. Philys called the Bingo (alias Phil Jones from Stiperstones Inn). The Snailstones WI all very active. A good time had by all!


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    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Vince Cable Receives Campaigners Report on Visit to Area

    Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, has promised to look in to widespread complaints by Shropshire Residents about the mobile phone company EE

    Cllr Heather Kidd, one of the Shropshire Councillors that has led the campaign, said "I'm really glad that Mr Cable has got involved. Not only has EE reduced the quality of its coverage in Western Shropshire (and I strongly suspect elsewhere*) but they have grossly failed in their duty of care to their customers. We now have a mass of evidence of how they have ignored or fobbed off ordinary residents who have tried to complain to them. They have a culture of contempt for their customers."

  • Article: Aug 22, 2014
    Dear Editor
    Having been involved in the hospital/ health debate for several years I am still greatly concerned that services will be designed for the health service and not for the people using them.
    Most people will understand that our health service is under stress with increased numbers of people using it, drugs and technology costing more and advancing at a rapid rate. What the health service will need to do is fundamentally understand nature of communities, deprived people, the problems of rural transport and access.
  • Article: Aug 22, 2014
    A complaint against the mobile operator EE by Shropshire residents complaining about the standard of their service has been upheld - at least in part!
    Heather Kidd said "We have had a mammoth struggle even getting EE to talk about the poor quality of their service in Western Shropshire. They either give customers lame excuses or simply dont reply to their letters, texts or e-mails. As Councillors elected to represent our communities, Charlotte Barnes, Nigel Hartin and myself have simply been ignored"
  • Article: Aug 15, 2014
    This week I had an interesting if not very helpful meeting with BT and a Council officer from 'Connecting Shropshire' about Broadband in Snailbeach and Stiperstones.
    We were told that the 'Openreach Line Checker' (which indicating speeds people were receiving in our area) was faulty and would be overhauled to give the correct speeds. They thought it unlikely that any properties in Stiperstones were receiving superfast speeds, these being only guaranteed for 1.2 kilometres from the new cabinet in Snailbeach.