Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Heather is demanding clarification from 'Connecting Shropshire' and the as about how and when the extension of the 'Super Connected Cities' broadband scheme will start helping businesses in rural parts of Shropshire such as her ward.

    Heather said "Is all been really vague and very low key. It has been announced with a whimper. This should be good news. Businesses employing fewer than 250 people in rural areas that haven't got superfast broadband can apply for a 'voucher' worth up to £3,000 to allow them to source their own supply."

  • Heather Kidd
    Article: Apr 10, 2015

    This month the Government has extended the 'Super Connected Cities' broadband scheme to cover Shropshire. This, potentially, is very good news for our area as it gives small businesses the opportunity to get grants of up to £3,000 to source their own superfast broadband from suppliers using mobile phone technology. Anyone interested should go to their website at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk for details.
    There are some questions about this (scheme) i.e. Will we be allowed to use local, supplier?, but it could provide a solution for many local businesses.
    My colleagues and myself continue to press the Council to commit to giving a decent broadband connection the rest of us!
    I am still having problems with Shropshire Council's IT systems. It is still losing emails! If you have emailed me and I haven't replied, please try again or ring me on 07980635518.
    Although I am quite busy with the election, please do not hesitate to contact me as your councillor with any problems. That is what I'm elected to do.

  • . ()
    Article: Apr 3, 2015

    Lord Alex Carlile, Former Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire and Government Advisor on Counter Terrorism legislation was the keynote speaker at the launch of Ludlow Lib Dems Election Campaign in Church Stretton on Saturday.

    Charlotte Barnes, Lib Dem Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, was formally adopted as the Lib Dems candidate at a packed meeting at Church Stretton Parish Rooms.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2015

    Local Councils in the Bishops Castle Area are attempting to get together with the Fire brigade, Police and Youth Service in a bid to cut down the number of young people killed on the areas roads.

    The Local Joint Committee, composed of representatives of local parish and town councillors, decided to revive a highly successful imitative run by South Shropshire District Council some 8 years ago to try and to persuade young people to drive with more care.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2015

    In the wake of the horrendous failures in child protection in Rotherham and Oxfordshire, I am seriously concerned about the strength of our child protection policy after a presentation by council officers recently. The problem in Shropshire is that we have a large number of small, privately run children's homes. Although all are registered with OFSTED, its pretty clear that many are not on the Council's radar. Although I'm sure most are professionally run much of the recent cases of abuse have centres on children in care homes. Where do these sit with child protection?

  • .
    Article: Mar 1, 2015

    obile provider EE National Communities Team unveiled a whole range of initiatives to improve reception in the West of the County at a meeting with councillors in Shirehall this week.

    Gareth Hewlett of EE came back to Shropshire to report back on progress they have made since they addressed the Local Joint Committee in the Bishops Castle area in October. This followed a long campaign run by local Councillors Charlotte Barnes, Heather Kidd and Nigel Hartin in the area and the STAR across the County as a whole.

  • . ()
    Article: Feb 26, 2015


    Despite widespread anger across the County and the direct intervention of a Government Minister, the Conservative Council has gone ahead and scrapped grants of over £1 million to town and parish councils across Shropshire. This despite the Government specifically giving the Council the money for this purpose.

  • Heather Kidd
    Article: Feb 21, 2015

    Healther's report for February 2015

    Health: Shropshire Health trust recently published their long awaited report listing a set of options for the future of Health care in our area. These including keeping the current status quo, building a new Accident and Emergency Centre or moving the latter to Telford.

  • . ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2015

    There has been as lot of smoke generated by Connecting Shropshire in recent months but not very much light about how effective this upgrade will be. Its great that these exchanges are being upgraded. The broadband speeds in Chirbury, where I live, are awful. However, I have been told that this upgrade will only benefit homes within a 1.2km radius of the cabinets. That will leave several villages - Priest Weston and Marton without proper broadband plus a large number of farms and hamlets. They have also failed to be specific even about the major settlements

  • Article: Feb 9, 2015

    The recent blast of wintery weather came and went quite quickly for most of the County. However for much of the Bentlawnt, White Grit and Priest Weston area the snow and ice lingered much longer. Unfortunately the Council seemed to have forgotten much of the area when it came to gritting.

    Priest Weston has not seen the school bus for 3 weeks because the Council first diverted the traffic around road works to an un-gritted very steep road and then did not instruct local farmers to go out and grit. When residents and myself have complained we have had a variety of excuses. It seems that some people just don't seem to realise that just because the snow has gone from Shirehall other people in the hills are still suffering - especially where gulleys are blocked and the road has been covered in ice.