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  • Article: Jan 25, 2021

    Severn Trent have finished!!!

    They had promised me tomorrow morning (26th Jun) but it's happened now!

    (I did complain a bit ! )

    Heather

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    Article: Jan 25, 2021

    Open letter from Shropshire Councillors to the Government

    We are writing this with an ever increasing sense of incredulity that Boris Johnson and his Conservative Government remain on course for a Covid 'Superspreader' Event on a massive scale if the Countrywide Elections, the biggest set of local & national elections for many years, including County Council, District Council, Unitary Authority, Police & Crime commissioner, mayoral & London Assembly elections, plus elections in Scotland & Wales, take place as planned in May!

    It's been clear for some weeks that, whilst our vacination programme has been rolling out with some success in parts of the Country, that's not been happening here in Shropshire, where we lag behind every other part of the Country in vaccinations. In England we remain in the 3rd lockdown & whilst Covid infection rates are beginning to come down, death rates remain at over 1,000 per day, many hospitals are near breaking point and we are already dealing with new variants of the virus, which Boris Johnson himself has warned us might be 30% more deadly, & on top of that he tells us the Government has even more concerns about the South African & Brazillian variants of the virus!

    This weekend the Local government Information Unit (LGIU), backed by the vast majority of senior Council Officials, warned about the severe concerns they have about holding such elections in May, including the ability of Councils to recruit & train electoral workers, with fewer volunteers willing to put themselves at risk likely & real difficulties in finding polling and count venues, with schools being used as polling venues proving contentious & the prospect of counting the votes in halls containing hundreds of counting staff & candidates etc - not to mention the risk of disenfranchising voters worried about the risk of catching Covid 19. The Chief Executive of the LGIU, Jonathan Carr-West said: "Local government is committed to democracy, but the overwhelming view from Councils is that it is no longer possible to hold safe and open elections in May. The logistical challenges are formidable and there's a real risk that we effectively disenfranchise millions of people who do not feel safe going to the polls".Council's like Shropshire are currently having to spend significant sums trying to prepare for elections in May they know should be postponed, whilst all the Government will say is that they are keeping the decision wheter to go ahead or not "under review"!

    Eager as we are to remove the inept Tory administration in Shropshire we must put peoples lives first! - To hold such elections in May will inevitably lead to far greater spread of the virus which, as night follows day, will lead to greater hospital admissions & sadly more deaths! - We can avoid this if the Government acts now & postpones the election at least until the Autumn to allow our vaccinnation rollout to really have an effect! - If not Boris & his Tory Government will have blood on it's hands!

    Cllr Nigel Hartin Shropshire Councillor Clun Division

    Cllr Heather Kidd Chirbury and Worthen Division

    Cllr Ruth Houghton Bishop's Castle Division

  • Article: Jan 22, 2021

    HOCKLETON BRIDGE ROAD CLOSURE - B4386 until Monday 25th.

    Chirbury to Marton Road

    Severn Trent have had a problem with the leak. They will be renewing the pipe across the bridge. New hydrants either side. They will be working on site all weekend to finish the work.

    Please let me know if they are not on-site over the weekend. I will not be chuffed and nor will Council Officers.

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    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    A number of Councillors in the West of the County are urging action by Shropshire Council and the public to combat an upsurge in litter across the County, especially along roadside verges.

    Ruth Houghton, Shropshire Councillor for Bishop's Castle Division explained: "Recurring periods of lockdown has had a major impact on our rural areas both in terms of collection of litter coupled with a serious upsurge in litter being dropped on the roadside especially at beauty spots which are still attracting visitors from outside our area.

    Heather Kidd added: "Some parts of our road network are really looking a mess. I spent several hours picking litter off the verges around Chirbury and barely scratched the surface. It's clear that both Council the Highways Agency have scaled back dramatically on litter clearing but worryingly it also suggests that some motorists are throwing more litter."