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  • Article: Dec 3, 2017

    Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd has made a radical bid to alter the way Shropshire Council delivery affordable homes in the County

    Heather Kidd Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, said: "There is a crying need across Shropshire for homes which are affordable for our young people to buy or rent. Shropshire has failed miserably to deliver these since 2012."

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    Article: Nov 22, 2017


    Shropshire Affordable housing Campaigner Cllr Heather Kidd has condemned the Chancellor's housing measures as 'woefully inadequate' and 'urban-centric', doing next to nothing for rural areas like Shropshire.

    Heather Kidd Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, said: "The Chancellor has very little grip on housing policy and none on the desperate need for affordable housing to buy and rent in rural areas like ours.

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    Article: Nov 19, 2017
  • Article: Nov 19, 2017



    MONDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2017


    To give all local residents the opportunity to hear about the proposal by Shropshire Council to change the development designation of Worthen from a Community Cluster to a Community Hub in the 'Preferred Scale and Distribution of Development' Consultation

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    Article: Nov 15, 2017
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    Article: Nov 13, 2017

    Rural Shropshire has struggled against the odds to maintain its small market towns and villages. South west Shropshire in particular has a plethora of scattered villages and hamlets who have worked hard to keep pubs, shops and village schools alive.

    Government policy and local planning policy supported housing being built which was both affordable to buy and to rent. Traditionally smaller housing was built, semi-detached 2 or 3 bed properties, terraces too. How often do we see that now?

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    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    COUNCIL FUNDING. The Government has continued to cut the funding to local Councils across England such as Shropshire. Until a few years ago Councils used to receive well over 50% of their grant from central government. By 2020 ALL this grant will disappear to councils in England. They will still have to carry out a range of statutory services - social care, waste disposal , roads, Environmental Health, planning etc. with much less money and rising costs for energy wages, national insurance and more. They are also capped as to the increase in council tax they can introduce to 3.99%. Education continues to be underfunded in Shropshire by the Government with rising costs not being funded. Shropshire's Administration refused to sanction any increase Council tax for around 5 years which only made the situation worse. Over the last few weeks we have learnt the following:

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    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    Shropshire Council have decided to send our Youth Funding to the large towns, unless we stop them!

    Shropshire council have decided that we have such a low need for youth funding in our area that they are planning to reduced it to zero. ZERO. You can have your say on this, and you absolutely should! If you live in these divisions Bishop's Castle, Chirbury, Worthen and Clun this applies to you and your kids.

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    Article: Nov 2, 2017

    Dear Residents of Worthen with Shelve Parish

    This is going out to the whole Parish but is particularly relevant to Worthen. The lack of family housing is now seriously damaging school roles and undermining village sustainability. Building lots of the wrong houses does not help that. Please take part in this.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2017

    As you might be aware from the Local Police Teams social media feeds, there seems to be another spate of break-ins to vans happening in the area, with one in Lydbury North earlier in the week, and another overnight in Bishop's Castle. This follows on from similar incidents in the Clun valley the previous week