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    Article: May 20, 2015

    Shropshire Councillors Heather Kidd and Charlottes Barnes have called for urgent action after it was revealed that key road safety signs have been lying around in council stores for months awaiting installation.

    Charlotte said "We have a major speeding problem outside Norbury Primary School. After two accidents just outside a number of months ago I persuaded the Council to install flashing school warning signs. We were promised these for last February but this then slipped to Easter. Now it transpires that they have been sitting around in Council stores whilst Shropshire's contractors Ringway try to get their act together to get them installed!"

  • Article: May 17, 2015


    Councillors in the Bishops Castle area have expressed outrage that Shropshire Council intends to slash their already meagre allocation of money for youth services by 40%.

    Cllr Heather Kidd (Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen) explained: "We have already seen our youth services paired to the bone. This year we are supposed to be given an allocation of £3,000 for the Local Joint Committee to spend on youth services over an area of 200 square miles. This in place of an youth club and youth worker. Now the Council are proposing that an organisation they set up should take £1,200 of this away in administrative costs!

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Annual report - Chirbury Parish Council.

    The Council tax was frozen again but the Parish grant given to Shropshire Council by the Government was removed by the Council and resulted in a loss of around £500 to the Parish

    Road repairs have continued to be an issue. The road in Marton having now been resurfaced twice - unsatisfactorily. We now have approximate dates for the surface to be re-laid. These are 30th June or 1st July.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2015

    Outline of the report I gave on 27th April 2015

    Heather

    Council tax frozen again for Shropshire Council but the Parish grant - dedicated to Town & Parish Councils by Central Government- was removed by Shropshire Council to help them balance their books. Parishes then had to raise theirs by an average of 6.4%.

  • 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



    Broadband
    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!
    Communication.
    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.

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    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?

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    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.