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    Article: Sep 27, 2015

    Charlotte Barnes, Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, raised over £1,000 yesterday (Sat 26th Sept) for the Midlands Air Ambulance is a sponsored parachute jump.

    Charlotte said "Wow what an amazing experience. So pleased I have done it and I have raised a thousand pounds for the Midlands Air Ambulance too. Wow wow wow. Thank you for all my sponsors I would never have done that just for fun!"

  • Article: Sep 19, 2015

    THe controversial planning development at Bentlawnt has been REFUSED.

    See below



    Planning Decisions Issued on 18/09/2015 relating to electoral division: Chirbury And Worthen

    Reference: 14/02788/OUT (validated: 23/06/2014)
    Address: Proposed Residential Development Land At, Bentlawnt, Shropshire
    Proposal: Outline application for residential development

    Decision: Withdrawn

    View online at: http://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=N7HBMHTDKVC00

    Reference: 14/04486/OUT (validated: 06/10/2014)
    Address: Proposed Development Land South Of Primary School, Worthen, Shropshire
    Proposal: Outline application for residential development (all matters reserved)

    Decision: Refuse

    View online at: http://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NCVRNOTDFKQ00

    Scanned documents associated with applications will normally be available within 1 - 2 days of this notification.

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    Article: Sep 19, 2015

    Dear All

    I had a meeting this morning with Highways this week in Marton. This is what was decided:

    · The bottom of Marton will have the surface removed and properly resurfaced.

    · The large patched area near the shop will be scrapped and re-laid properly. The junction will be included as it is deteriorating badly.

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    Article: Sep 13, 2015

    Following representations from three local campaigners, Shropshire Council are looking to provide PV panels to provide electricity to help the costs of heating and lighting the SpArC Centre.

    Charlotte Banes, Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle said: "Peter Phillips, Cllr Heather Kidd and myself have been pressing the Council to install PV panels for some time. With cutbacks in the public sector and high energy bills (especially for heating the pool) action on this issue was becoming urgent.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2015

    Heather is asking Shropshire Council to seek urgent assurances that it will be able to fulfil its contractual obligations (especially gritting) to the Council this winter amongst growing signs of disarray in the organisation.

    Heather explained: "I have now been approached by a number of employees of Ringway who are deeply concerned about their jobs. They tell a story of pay cuts, organisational instability and a big turnover of staff. More than one has expressed the view that they think the Company may have financial problems."

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    Article: Sep 5, 2015

    Heather says " Many thanks to Tony Wootton for the postcard of Brockton Bridge circa 1914 showing both arches clear of vegetation and silt with water running underneath the two.

    I have forwarded this to Shropshire Council's flood prevention team and they are going to remove much of the silt and vegetation around the bridge hopefully before the winter rains! The excavation of the shale/silt will however not go below the stream water level.

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    Article: Sep 5, 2015

    After a series of successful speed enforcement sessions police are now looking at having camera vans enforcing the speed limit in Chirbury, Marton, Brockton and Worthen.

    Heather says "I, and I know a great many of you, have been badgering the police for years to do this.

    At long last the 'Safer Roads Parnership' (The Police and Shropshire Council) have put 'Community Speed Concern' signs up. This will enable the camera vans to start oparating in the near future!"

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    Article: Sep 5, 2015

    Following a long campaign by a number of Shropshire Councillors, Minsterley Motors has agreed to allow unlimited travel on its 553 buses by young people with youth tickets.

    Cllr Roger Evans (Longden), who has campaigned for many years on this issue said; "This is fantastic news. Until now students who bought season tickets to travel on the 553 service between Bishops Castle and Shrewsbury, mainly to go to 6th Form College, could only use them during two brief windows during the college day.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Two Shropshire Lib Dem Councillors have expressed alarm over the effectiveness of superfast broadband cabinets is several rural localities after doubts expressed by contractors charged with putting them in.

    Heather said: "We have been promised more broadband cabinets for a number of villages such as Clunton and Marton going live in 2017. In theory a cabinet should ensure that everyone within 1.2Km of the box should get Superfast broadband with its promised speed of up to 25mb. What we are now being told by the contractors on the ground is that this may be pointless unless we reroute telephone connections at the same time. This is because we would still be depending on the old copper wire from distant exchanges. Only last week a contractor working in Marton told residents that even when their cabinet goes live in 2017 most of the village won't be able to use Superfast broadband as phones in the village were directly connected to the exchange in Chirbury which still uses copper wire.

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    Article: Aug 22, 2015

    Heathers Report for August

    BROADBAND - Marton

    I asked 'Connecting Shropshire' (The BT/Council partnership charged with bringing Broadband to the County) when and if Marton will be getting a Superfast Broadband Cabinet. This is important as Broadband will only be available within 1.2 km of one of these cabinets. Chirbury and Worthen are both getting cabinets which should go live in September.