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Heather's Village Report for October

October 15, 2021 11:08 AM

1.Road Safety. A road safety study being carried out on whole length of the B4386 from A5 to the Powys border looking at aspects such as speed, the character of the road and the traffic using it. In addition, another study is looking at the introduction of 20mph speed limits work going on for Chirbury and Long Mountain Primary Schools. The Parish Councils and I have been lobbying for these for some time and will be pressing for some action on the results.

  1. Marton Storeshas been closed by bailiffs. A number of local people rely on it from hamlets and villages around. I hope that the shop will be back serving local residents as soon as possible. I will do all I can to find ways of making this happen.
  1. Worthen Pavements and walking safely. The new Shropshire Council portfolio holder for Schools was appalled that children could not walk safely in Worthen and across the bridge in Brockton. I have invited her to come out and see our issues. Let's hope that means they do something to help us deliver a safer community. I will keep you updated.
  1. Chirbury Road Junction.
  • The Parish Clerk and I had meeting about road safety at the Churchstoke junction in Chirbury
  • Police traffic officer, Local Police and Central area road safety officer all attended.
  • They were horrified by the number of HGV's thundering through here. Also speeding cars across the junction.
  • I was asked to find the previous plan drawn up c 2009 so that we can move forward on safety measures at the junction.
  1. Chirbury Housing. The planning application for 13 affordable houses and outline plan for 27 others should be determined by Shropshire Council's Planning Officer any day now I am told. It is unlikely to go to committee. The final details and site positioning for the 27 will have to be re-submitted - this part of the plan is definitely not set in stone.

The 13 houses will be for rent for local people. If you want to apply for one , please register with Homepoint and contact Shropshire Rural Housing Association. Tel: 01743 874848

  1. Snailbeach

I am fighting this application (by Western Power) to close the road in Snailbeach for an electricity connection - FOR 8 DAYS MINIMUM!

They need to excavate approximately 100m in the carriageway to complete the connection. These dates were provisionally booked for 22nd November to 1st December however the Council have rejected the permit and asked for us to complete the work either out of hours or during school holidays, suggesting that I also speak to yourself prior to re-applying.

Due to the duration required (8 working days, minimum), they say they are neither able to complete the work in October half term or out of hours.

I am pleased that permitting have recognised the issues for our area. Plating and night working should be the answer and also work in school holidays. Watch this space!

STOP PRESS: I will be meeting Western Power shortly on site to show them the impact their proposals will have on the community.

  1. Northern Relief Road. Yet another group - Better Shrewsbury Transport- have urged Shropshire Council to re-think this £81m scheme for Shrewsbury. My view is that the money would be much better spent on addressing more pressing road issues across the county. such as the layout of the Dobbies roundabout or safety on the A488, A49 and B4836
  1. Hope School- I have been told that a renewed application for the school site should be put in before Christmas

Best wishes

Heather