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    Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Residents in the Hope Valley have reacted angrily to the restrictions put on an alleged 'consultation' on the speed limit on the A488 along the Hope Valley

    Heather Kidd said: "I have been approached by a number of residents in the Hope area who are very annoyed about the blinkered way that Shropshire Council have handled this so called consultation.

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    Article: Jan 23, 2017

    Heather has hit out at the time it has taken for agencies charged with the welfare of the public and the environment to remove a single dead sheep from a watercourse near Worthen.

    Heather Kidd said:
    " A resident reported this sheep dead in the Rae brook near the village of Worthen on 6th January. It was near a public right of way and polluting the watercourse. I (and she )spent the next 17 days arguing with DEFRA, the Environment Agency and two departments of Shropshire Council about whether is should be removed or not. In the end I got the animal removed by appealing directly to the landowner .

  • Article: Jan 15, 2017

    Pontesbury Post Office will be running the Post Office there every Wednesday

    from 12.15pm to 14.45.

    This is to deliver the service lost when Bentlont shop closed - very sadly.

    You can pay bills, license your car, take out money and do everything you can do at Pontesbury PO.

    Heather said "It was a great session lat wednesday and lots of people popped in to use it. There was coffee, soup and a local history session put on to make it a real community occasion. BT are putting in a permanent line for the Post Office at the end of the month. It is there to stay!!! The picture shows local Ralph Graves using their services. He was the first customer. The first of many...

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    Article: Jan 15, 2017

    Heather is urging the Council and police to take more rigorous action to curb speeding on the notorious A488 through the Hope Valley, a road that has seen a spate of accidents over the past few years..

    Heather says: "for a number of years many people, including myself, have been pushing Shropshire Council to introduce a speed limit down the Hope Valley. Now they are consulting on introducing a 50 mph limit and then on only on the stretch between Minsterley and the riding stable in Hope. "We have had so many accidents and near misses on this entire stretch of road that I am shocked at the plans. We really need for a 40mph limit to be introduced for the whole stretch of the valley as far up as the Hemford Crossroads. This road alternates straight stretches with tortuous bens through woodland. Not only is visibility poor but it is also prone to ice in winter

  • Article: Jan 9, 2017

    The much loved Head at our Federation has been quite seriously ill since early November. It is unlikely that she will return to the helm before the end of January.

    The Federation has been exceedingly lucky to have Les Ball, the Head of Norbury School, step in as Acting Head and help our Head and school through this difficult time. Les started his teaching career at Chirbury School and has a great affection for the Federation.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2017

    Shropshire Council has spent £18.593 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes over the last few years, figures release this week revealed.

    Heather Kidd said:
    "This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers. People already have to fork out so much to drive a car, the least they should expect is that their vehicle doesn't get ruined by a bumpy road

  • Article: Dec 27, 2016


    Lib Dem councillors have demanded that Shropshire Council comes clean about how exactly it's going to tackle a looming black hole in its budget of at least £27.4m

    Heather said "There is a large hole looming in the Council's budget. A combination of continued cuts backs in the grant from central Government and a lack of initiative by the current Tory administration is leading us towards financial ruin. There are major challenges facing the Council such as the adult social care bill but there seems to be little idea on how its finances will be managed in the medium and long term.

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    Article: Dec 26, 2016

    CARERS' PLIGHT - Lack of affordable homes major factor in elderly care crisis

    Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd (Chirbury and Worthen) has slammed Shropshire Council and the Westminster Government for tackling one of the key factors behind the Adult Social Care Issue in rural areas - affordable housing

  • Article: Dec 26, 2016

    Heather has condemned the Government announcement of £60m to help tackle the second homes problem in rural area as a 'token effort that will not help Shropshire."

    Heather said: "Although any money is welcome to tackle the housing crisis in rural areas this is a pittance. Take for instance the £19 million allocated for the South West of England. At current construction prices that will only build around 160 new homes for an area stretching from Land's End to Gloucester! ! And that's if the land is available- and it usually isn't! As for Shropshire, it seems we fail to meet the criteria to get any money at all!

    The Government must find ways to free up land for local needs housing.

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    Article: Dec 22, 2016

    Commenting on the Government announcement on more money for Broadband connection, long time Broadband campaigner Cllr Nigel Hartin (Clun Division of Shropshire Council) said: "Many people and business lack a decent broadband connection in our area and we have been campaigning very hard to improve matters.