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  • 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.

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    Article: Aug 1, 2015

    Charlotte Barnes, Lib Dem Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, is to do a parachute jump to raise money for the Air Ambulance this month.

    Charlotte said "This year on the 20th August, I will turn the grand old age of 33. I realise it is not a very special birthday but I have always looked forward to turning 33. I think as a child I thought it would be the age when I really became a grown up. So I thought what can I do that would mark me turning 33 that I would never forget.... I know a parachute jump. So its all booked for the 21st August this year. It was shortly after booking the jump I remembered I have a real fear of flying, I mean a huge fear if you go on a plane I have been on you will still see the nail marks in the arm rests left there by me.

    "However now for the serious bit I also think the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is so important especially for those of us living in very rural areas it is often the only chance we have of getting to the hospital in time. so if you can donate to this charity and make me go through with something that scares the life out of me I would really appreciate it.


    "A bit more info.
    Help me raise vital funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity safely and securely by sponsoring me online! Please remember to gift aid your contribution so Midlands Air Ambulance Charity can claim 25p in the £ extra on top of you donation. i.e. provided you are a UK tax payer if you donate £1 the charity can claim 25p extra on top of your donation!"

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    Article: Jul 28, 2015

    There seems to be only one topic in Ludlow at the moment. Last Friday, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust announced that the current Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital will close.

    Since then, there has been a whirlwind of comment online and in the media. People are scared that this move presages the closure of our hospital.

    It's hard to pinpoint the truth about what's happening. Why was no one consulted? Is the change permanent? Has the number of beds been reduced?

    Is Stretton Ward actually being closed? Not according to the Community Health Trust, which says Stretton and Dinham are simply joining together. It's all about patient safety.

    The Clinical Commissioning Group - the body that provides the cash for Ludlow Hospital - seems happy with the move.

    But I can speak for councillors across the Ludlow area in saying that our phones have not stopped since the community learnt of this decision on Sunday. Our email inboxes have been flooded.

    Ludlow Town Council last night voted to oppose the closure of Stretton Ward. The council has joined with Shropshire Council's Local Joint Committee to host a meeting to get all parties together. We need to find out what is happening and discuss the consequences.

    Join us at that meeting. It's going to be an open debate.

    Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, will be joining us. The CCG has been invited. Locals GPs are coming along. We have asked Philip Dunne if he will attend.

    But mostly this is about you, your opinions and your experiences.

    Join us at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Broad Street at 7pm on this Thursday. Doors open from 6.45.

    Andy Boddington

    Lib Dem Councillor for Ludlow North

  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    Heatherr has condemned as 'taxation by the back door' a move by Shropshire Council to get Parish Councils to pay for the library service in their area.

    Heather said: "Pontesbury Library serves a wide area of the County from Plealey down to Worthen and Snailbeach. Following a very well attended meeting in the Library on 28th April, Shropshire Council agreed to come back to the community with a series of options for the future of the library. After pressure from Councillors the Council finally published these options in late June."

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    Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Heather has called on the Council to sack its roads contractors unless they rapidly improve the quality of their work.

    She made her remarks after the Council admitted that there were serious shortcomings in the service at Thursday's full council meeting.

    Heather said "The shortcomings of Ringway and Eurovia are legion. For example, they have taken four attempts to resurface the road through the village of Marton. I am glad that the Administration is at long last recognising that radical action is required to sort this problem."

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    Article: Jul 19, 2015

    Chirbury: Village Shop Saturday 1st August 10.00 - 11.00am

    Stiperstones Inn Monday 3rd August 6.00 - 7.00pm
    Priest Weston: Miners Arms Tuesday 4th August 7.00 - 8.00pm
    Marton: Sun Inn Wednesday 5th August 7-8pm
    Brockton: Cock Inn Thursday 6th August 7.00 - 8.00pm

    Bentlawnt: Stables Inn, Drury Lane Tue 11th August 7.00 - 8.00pm

  • Article: Jul 5, 2015

    Heather has expressed anger and dismay after a roads contractor made a shambles of the repair and refurbishment of the road through Marton for the THIRD time.

    Heather said: "I cannot believe that they can foul up a recently straight forward resurfacing operation for the third time. I know that residents and council officers are equally dumfounded.

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    Article: Jul 2, 2015


    Clun Councillor Nigel Hartin, along with fellow Councillors Charlotte Barnes and Heather Kidd, have won the support of 'The Honest Truth Partnership' to set up a scheme to persuade young people to dive more safely in our area.

    Nigel said "This is a joint partnership with Local Authorities, Police and Fire and importantly local driving instructors. The partnership seeks to reduce the instances of road traffic collisions by making small changes to young people's behaviours, especially when they are behind the wheel for the first time

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    Article: Jun 27, 2015
    Mark Williams MP, Shadow Lib Dem Welsh Minister and MP for Ceredigion visited Ludlow on Thursday (25th) June as guest speaker at Ludlow Lib Dems General Election 'Thank You' event for helpers at supporters.
    Speaking at the event (held in the Assembly Rooms) Mark spoke about MEMBERSHIP SURGE In immediate period following the general election. Some205,000 people joined the Liberal Democrats in an unprecedented surge in membership in 2 months.