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  • Article: Feb 27, 2021

    Dear All

    The appalling stretch of the A490 between Chirbury and Forden will be closed next week to make it more permanently safe - this comes rapidly after our well attended South West Shropshire local joint committee met on Wednesday to complain about the standard of our road surfaces and workmanship.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    South West Shropshire Local Joint Committee met on Wednesday (24th February). This is the first meeting in well over a year to demand action on the poor quality of our roads. The informal meeting was ably Chaired by Councillor Nigel Hartin ( Clun Division) and was really well attended on Zoom.

    Eighteen councillors, Clerks and Shropshire Councillors, Nigel Hartin (Clun), Ruth Houghton (Bishops Castle) and Heather Kidd (Chirbury and Worthen) listened to a presentation from Andy Wilde (Head of Highways) and Mark Barrow, Director of Place, Shropshire Council. This was then followed by the Parishes and Shropshire Councillors raising a number of serious issues in our rural area.

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    Article: Feb 18, 2021
  • Article: Feb 13, 2021

    Ruth Houghton, Shropshire Councillor for Bishop's Castle Division has submitted a question to the next Shropshire Council meeting on 24th February urging it to take action to bring any empty houses in the County back to the market either for sale or rent.

    Ruth explained: "We have a major problem with the lack of affordable homes for local people in Shropshire, both in urban areas and in rural communities such as South Shropshire. Building more affordable properties for sale or rent is certainly needed but we also have a great many properties lying empty which could provide people in our local communities with a home".

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    Article: Feb 13, 2021

    Nigel Hartin, Shropshire Councillor for Clun Division, is urging residents to claim for damages from the Council after a spate of incidents involving poor repairs by Council contractors.

    Nigel said: "There is still a big backlog of repairs to potholes to be done right across the County with a great many still to be repaired in the Clun area. What is worse, many of those repairs already done are of a lamentable bad quality. I have a number of complaints of newly repaired holes being washed away.

    "A classic instance involves my son Jolyon, who works at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. He was recently

    driving along the B4368 when he hit a large pothole between Long Meadow End and Holly Bank and his tyre blew. It was 7am and still dark and the water-filled pothole couldn't be seen.

    "I went with my son to take some photos of the hole and reported it to Shropshire Highways. After a further exchange of emails, it was logged as an 'emergency repair'. This was done by the Council's contractors Keir.

    However, I checked on the repair and again complained to senior officers as it was just a useless dump of tarmac into half the pothole! Finally, after much chasing from me on it was repaired 11th February.

    "I have spent a great deal of time repeatedly reporting potholes to Shropshire Council over the last few years. The whole system is inefficient and ineffective. This is just one of many instances of poor repairs coming loose that my colleagues Heather Kidd, Ruth Houghton and myself have complained about over the last few months.

    "My son has since claimed the total cost of £152 of recovery and repair from the Council and I urge anyone who has suffered damage to do likewise. Ratepayers deserve better service than this. We shouldn't have to wait for someone's car to be damaged for a repair to be done.