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WEston Bank Latest 4th Feb

February 4, 2019 4:21 PM

Dear All

Having chased this again today I have found that most officers are out of office but I have now had a conversation with The Community College in Bishop's Castle, the Chirbury school mini bus driver and the man in charge of the work set by Severn Trent.

I have found the following:

  • They had no idea that a simple diversion for the BC school bus was not possible. I did go through that with them in detail and that this was definitely a 40 seater.
  • The law change in 2017 means they do not have to compensate a bus company for a road closure. I explained in strong detail that this was a rural bus company and that neither they nor the Council were in a financial position to put on the required minibus for around 4 weeks.
  • They will try to have the road open between 8am and 5pm. That's not too helpful but better than not.
  • It may be possible for anyone needing to get the mini bus for Chirbury at Middleton Farm. To be confirmed.
  • There should be access to frontages but again the detail is to be decided.
  • They are trying to put a meeting together with me, Highways, Permitting and Severn Trent and the works contractor. This will be asap.
  • If this all fails I will do them in the press.
  • The Weston Bank works are due from 27th of May for 5 weeks. The road closure notice headline was wrong. They have promised to go and talk to the Miners Arms and will put up business as usual signs. More on this nearer the time. It will not be actually closed there in this period in February and March.

I will get back to you when I know more.