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A summer of fun for young people in Bridgnorth, thanks to Community Chest fund

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:45

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR Housing)

Young people in Bridgnorth enjoyed a fun-filled summer thanks to a grant from Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing’s Community Chest fund.

The Bridge Youth Centre applied for the grant earlier this year to provide activities on the Crown Meadow on five Friday nights throughout the summer.

The youth centre was awarded £750 which it put towards the hiring of professional activities, providing food and offering a place for young people to go after the activity.

Bridge Youth Centre activities

John Prockter, The Bridge Youth Centre’s Manager, said:

“Last year we worked in the community on a project and found, through a series of research projects, that young people need access to activity in the summer evenings.

“Thanks to the grant we were able to feed and provide the many young people who attended with good quality activities – keeping them out of trouble.

“Our events ended up impacting 120 individual young people, the vast majority of which were new contacts from the park and skate park, and most of the young people came to more than one of the five evenings we put on.”

It’s not the first time that the youth centre has been awarded funding by STAR Housing.

John Prockter continued:-

“In 2016 we took to the streets of Bridgnorth to find out what young people wanted: again, this was made possible thanks to funding from STAR Housing.

“Their views differed from ours – we wanted to bring them indoors, but they said that they preferred to remain in their chosen outdoor places. This is why we made the decision to provide this year’s summer activities.

“They were a great success and we’ve had lots of positive feedback, not only from the young people who attended, but also from local residents.”

To find out more about the Community Chest fund or apply, please click here, call us on 01743 210206 or email involvement@starhousing.org.uk.

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Barn owl to visit Severn Valley Country Park for an evening talk on 7 December

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:46

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming the chairman of the World Owl Trust for an evening talk held in the visitor centre on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Alan Peace will be giving an illustrated talk examining the plight of the barn owl. This beautiful bird is the most endangered owl in the UK.

The World Owl Trust (WOT) runs conservation programmes both nationally and internationally which help protect populations of endangered owls. WOT look at the environmental problems which impact the habitats favoured by owls as well as impacts to food sources. WOT are working hard to restore such habitats and have had success with increasing numbers of European Eagle Owl as well as the Barn Owl.

The Trust is a registered charity and it relies on donations received, as well as the work of volunteers.

Accompanying Alan Peace will be Barny the Barn Owl and, hopefully, Indie the Long Eared Owl.

Susie Comaish, visitor centre manager, said:

“‘Currently we are looking to fund a barn owl tower which will help attract these beautiful birds to the park. This will be a fascinating talk about the work of the World Owl Trust and we hope our visitors will enjoy it.”

The talk will be held in the visitor centre on Thursday 7 December 2017 at 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets are £3 adults, £2 children. Price includes hot drink and biscuits.

Please call 01746 781192 to book your place.

 

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Council achieves current target in getting people out of hospital sooner

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:35

Shropshire Council’s adult social care has achieved its current target in ensuring that patients don’t stay in hospital longer than they need to.

The service was required to improve its target to reduce the number of patients who are delayed in hospital (known as a Delayed Transfer of Care) by 60% by September 2017. The service has exceeded this target, achieving 75%.

A Delayed Transfer of Care from acute or non-acute care occurs when a patient is ready to depart and is still occupying a hospital bed.

Adult social care services, as well as acute settings such as hospitals, across England, are expected to maintain or reduce the number of patients who are delayed in such circumstances. The Government has set each organisation a target to reduce the delays of transfers of care.

The Delayed Transfer of Care figures, produced by NHS England, show that during the current year the monthly number of delayed bed days has reduced.  The council’s adult social care service have seen month-on-month improvements during the reporting period.

Shropshire Council’s adult social care team

Shropshire Council’s adult social care has implemented a number of actions to improve Delayed Transfers of Care since July 2017.  New programmes and initiatives to help patients return home sooner, or support those to avoid hospital admission, include:

Bespoke night time support (Two carers in a car) – This pilot scheme involves two carers who can travel to any household within the Shrewsbury area to provide support between 10pm and 7am. This support may be assistance for toilet care, to getting into bed at a later time than when regular carers are available, reassurance if just home from hospital, or as an alternative to a hospital admission where night support is required. Request for placements are often due to night support being required, but many people do not need this throughout the whole night. This scheme enables care support to be provided to a number of people throughout the night.

Carer support post-hospital discharge – Carers Trust 4all are offering support for carers discharged from hospital. Carers may feel anxious following a discharge that they have lost their routine, or the person they support on discharge may require more support. This service is now available throughout Shropshire, and is provided directly for the benefit of the carer at a time of increased challenges for the carer.

Extra care units – Where additional support is needed but can’t be provided within the person’s home, the council has commissioned four new ‘independence’ units located within a local housing development. These units are individually self-contained, where couples or single people can live, and where they can continue to receive therapeutic and care support prior to, and during, their transition when moving back to their own home. These units will be particularly beneficial for those discharged patients not able to return home from hospital. They will provide people with the environment where they can continue to regain and improve their ability to live in their own home, which for many people is what they wish to achieve, and evidence demonstrates is difficult to achieve if admitted to residential placements. This will allow people who require a period of enablement in an environment where they can be accompanied by their partner and receive further support to develop their independence skills.

Let’s Talk Local hub – There is also the hospital-based ‘Let’s Talk Local’ hub, which will offer information and advice around visiting times for people who are supporting friends, neighbours, and family members who are in hospital.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:

“No one wishes to be in hospital longer than is necessary, and in adult social care we work to support people to be discharged as soon as they are well. We are delighted that in September we exceeded the target that had been set nationally for us.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all those involved who I know have worked extremely hard to ensure that people return home from hospital as soon as possible. This is a great result from the team.”

The Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee (meeting held Monday 20 November am) asked for a presentation on Delayed Transfers of Care, commonly referred to as DTOC, in Shropshire.  You can view the full report https://shropshire.gov.uk/committee-services/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=737&MId=3610&Ver=4

Further information

A delayed transfer of care from acute or non-acute care occurs when a patient is ready to depart from such care and is still occupying a bed. A patient is ready for transfer when:

  1. A clinical decision has been made that patient is ready for transfer and
  2. A multi-disciplinary team decision has been made that patient is ready for transfer and
  3. The patient is safe to discharge or transfer.

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New longer opening hours at refurbished Severn Valley Country Park coffee shop

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:38

Shropshire Council is pleased to announce that Severn Valley Country Park’s refurbished coffee shop and Visitor Centre now has longer winter opening hours, as a trial until Christmas 2017.

The new opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Open every day during all school holidays.

Come and visit us to enjoy great scenery accompanied by hot drinks, sandwiches and a slice of home made cake in front of our woodburning stove.

The coffee shop offers a wide range of treats to tempt the taste buds, including homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, filled baked potatoes, home-style soup and roll, sweets, crisps, tea, bean to cup coffee, hot chocolate and canned drinks.

Activities on Wednesdays

On Wednesdays we have weekly Intermediate Nordic Walking sessions from 10am – 11am (£4 inc pole hire, but attendees need to have completed a full beginners course) followed by free Buggy Walks or Toddler Walks from 11am – 12 noon. Buggy Walks are designed for moms and babies and is a steady walk around the park using pushchair friendly paths. Toddler Walks are for walking toddlers and will include a themed activity. This is not suitable for pushchairs.

Nordic Walk in action

Dates for Buggy Walks are 29 November and 13 December.

Buggy Walk in action

Dates for Toddler Walks are 22 November, 6 December and 20 December.

Severn Valley Country Park is located off the A442 in Alveley halfway between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

For more information please call 01746 781192 or visit http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/site/severn-valley-country-park/

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Partnership seeks views to ensure victims of domestic abuse are protected and receive the right support

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:54

Residents and organisations across Shropshire are being encouraged to have their say on the new Domestic Abuse Strategy for Shropshire launched this week.

Shropshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018–2020, led by Shropshire’s Community Safety Partnership, details how organisations in Shropshire will be working together in order to prevent domestic abuse taking place, provide services to protect the victim and their families, and deal with perpetrators.

Agencies, organisations and residents are invited to view the document and provide comment.

Abuse in the home is one of the hardest issues to talk about and it often takes tremendous courage for victims to come forward, seek support, and talk about their experiences. Domestic abuse effects both female and male victims, as well as the children whose development is profoundly affected if they are exposed to witnessing domestic abuse.

Tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for the Shropshire Community Safety Partnership. The strategy’s aim is to improve services for victims of domestic abuse in Shropshire and respond effectively to domestic abuse. It also aims to assist partnerships and agencies across Shropshire in delivering a joined up response to those affected by domestic abuse, underpinned by a recognition and understanding that no single agency can address this complex issue in isolation.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:

“Domestic abuse is an under-reported crime, as all too often violence and abuse remain unreported with many victims too afraid or embarrassed to seek help. This is why we know that reporting figures do not reflect the full picture.  

“It is therefore vital that we keep domestic abuse at the top of our agenda and addressing this can only be done through partnership working.  

“Shropshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2018-2020 represents a partnership commitment to tackle the issue head on. The draft strategy sets out how this is proposed to be done in Shropshire and we want to ensure that people have an opportunity to comment on the strategy and make any amendments.   

“Therefore I strongly encourage everyone to have their say on this strategy to help shape the way we support those who suffer from domestic abuse now and in the future.”

Shropshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018-2020 builds on previous domestic abuse strategies, and the Government’s Violence against Women and Girls Strategy, in order to support victims and to explore ways to encourage offenders to seek the assistance they need to change their behaviour.

To view and take part in the consultation visit http://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/domestic-abuse-strategy-2018-2020/. Deadlines for submissions is Friday 22 December 2017.

If you are worried or frightened by your partner or ex-partner, a family member or someone close to you, please call one of the following:

National 24hour Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 Shropshire Domestic Abuse Helpline 24hour 0800 7831 359 M.A.L.E (Men’s Advice Line) 0808 801 0327 Lesbian and Gay Foundation 0845 330 3030

 

For support, help and advice in regards to domestic abuse you can call Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service on: 0300 303 1191 or email: sdas@shropsdas.org.uk This service operates Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

REMEMBER – In an emergency always call the police on 999

Further information

Shropshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018–2020 has been produced by Shropshire Domestic Abuse Forum (SDAF), on behalf of Shropshire’s Community Safety Partnership. The document has been developed in consultation with a wide range of agencies, organisations and individuals.

 

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Decisions made by North planning committee on 14 November 2017

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:14

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

    • Coolmoor Farm, Hazles Road, Shawbury, Shropshire, SY4 4HE (17/02987/EIA) PDF 453 KB Erection of an agricultural building for free range egg production, with associated feed bins, hardstandings and access track. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report, with conditions 6 and 7 being amended to include reference to a timescale for implementation; and any other modifications considered necessary by the Head of Planning Services.
  • Land West Of Artillery Road, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire (17/03677/REM) PDF 310 KB Application for approval of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) pursuant to 13/01643/OUT for residential development of three dwellings (Phase 1 : Plots 1-3) with garaging and formation of parking spaces. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and the additional conditions recommended by Highways, as set out in the Highway Advice Note.
  • Land West Of Artillery Road, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire (17/03678/REM) PDF 310 KB Application for approval of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) pursuant to 13/01643/OUT for residential development of seven dwellings (Phase 2 : Plots 4-10) with garaging and formation of parking spaces. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and the additional conditions recommended by Highways, as set out in the Highway Advice Note.
  • Land West Of Artillery Road, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire (17/03679/REM) PDF 310 KB Application for approval of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) pursuant to 13/01643/OUT for residential development of eight dwellings (Phase 3: Plots 11-18) with garaging and formation of parking spaces. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and the additional conditions recommended by Highways, as set out in the Highway Advice Note.
  • Land West Of Artillery Road, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire (17/03680/REM) PDF 311 KB Application for approval of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) pursuant to 13/01643/OUT for residential development of six dwellings (Phase 4: Plots 19-24) with garaging and parking spaces. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and the additional conditions recommended by Highways, as set out in the Highway Advice Note.
  • Land West Of Artillery Road, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire (17/03690/REM) PDF 310 KB Application for approval of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access) pursuant to 13/01643/OUT for residential development of six dwellings (Phase 5: Plots 25-30); formation of parking spaces. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation, subject to: The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and The additional conditions recommended by Highways, as set out in the Highway Advice Note.
    • Cefn-Y-Maes, Rhydycroesau, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7JB (17/00887/FUL) PDF 242 KB Installation of a temporary access track and upgrade of existing farm entrance, for the purpose of delivery and construction of a proposed renewable energy park. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation, subject to:That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to:
      • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and
      • The amendments to conditions 5 and 6 as follows:


    1. No construction work shall commence until a scheme of reinstatement, including timescales for implementation, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, for the modified site entrance associated with the Renewable Energy Park.  The site access shall be reinstated in accordance with the approved scheme.
  • Reason: To conserve rural character in the vicinity of the development.
    1. The temporary access track shall be removed from site within nine months from commencement of its construction (date to be provided to the Local Planning Authority with photographic evidence), or within four weeks following first generation from the associated Cefn y Maes Community Renewable Energy Park, whichever is sooner.

    Reason: To protect the visual character of the area.

    • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and
          • The applicants entering into a S106 agreement to secure affordable housing and a contribution towards public transport;The applicants entering into a S106 agreement to secure affordable housing and a contribution towards public transport;The applicants entering into a S106 agreement to secure affordable housing and a contribution towards public transport;
          • The Granary, Shrewsbury Road, Cockshutt, SY12 0JH (17/00157/FUL) PDF 158 KB Removal of external unsafe granary steps, insertion of 2 new windows and alterations to existing ground floor side window. Decision:
            That planning permission be refused in accordance with the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

            It is considered that the removal of the external steps and insertion of two new windows would resulted in the loss of a significant historic feature within the overall design and distinctive architectural style of the building. The Local Planning Authority considers this would dilute the character of the building, harming its significance and diminishing its’ value as a local heritage asset.  The application is unsupported by a Heritage Assessment to demonstrate or provide justification otherwise.  On balance, therefore, the application is considered contrary to adopted planning policies CS6 and CS17 of the Shropshire Core Strategy; MD2 and MD13 of Shropshire SAMDev Plan and the Supplementary Planning Document on the Type and Affordability of Housing, together with the national guidance set out in section 12 and paragraph 135 of the NPPF.

            Land Off Greenfields Lane, Market Drayton, Shropshire (14/03782/OUT) PDF 560 KB Outline application (access for approval) for the residential development of up to 250 dwellings; to include demolition of existing structures on site; formation of vehicular accesses from the A53 and Hampton Drive. Decision: That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to: The applicants entering into a S106 agreement to secure affordable housing and a contribution towards public transport; The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report; and a further condition to require the ecology surveys to be updated, due to the age of the planning application.

For further information relating to the decisions go to our online planning register and search for the application by using the reference number or keyword

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Applications going to Central planning committee on 23 November 2017

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:32

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 23 November 2017 at 2pm.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and reports, click here.

  • Land between Preston Street and London Road, Shrewsbury (17/01612/OUT) Hybrid planning application for a residential development of up to 600 dwellings, access, footpath/cycleways, public open space, landscaping and associated drainage and development infrastructure: comprising full application for 353 dwellings, access from Preston Street, access from London Road and spine road, footpaths/cycleways, public open space, landscaping, demolition of existing buildings and associated infrastructure; and outline submission for (up to) 247 dwellings, footpath/cycleways, public open space, landscaping and associated development infrastructure (amended description).
  • Coton Hill Glass Works, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury (17/05049/FUL) Conversion of a former church and current retail premises (use class A3) to five residential apartments to include terraces and external fire escape with footbridge.

Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

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Decisions made by Cabinet on 15 November 2017 – and video of meeting

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:46

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 15 November 2017).

To see the full agenda and papers, click here.

Both the items on the agenda were approved in line with the recommendations:

  • Financial Monitoring Report Quarter 2 2017/18
  • Day service transformation -- Maesbury Metals and Cornerpatch
Video of the meeting:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJCIWcZu-44

To find out more about what Cabinet is, what it does and who its members are, click here.

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Local builder reaches building control excellence awards grand finals 2017

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:38

Shropshire builder, Mike Owen of Huramic Builders Ltd, celebrated winning the Best Individual new home category at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) West Midlands awards ceremony held at Telford International Centre on 7 July 2017. Following on from this, last week he attended the Grand Finals in London on 10 November 2017 at the Westminster Plaza Hotel, along with Clive Gwilt and Kelly Thompson from Shropshire Council’s building control team. The event is one of the most recognised in the construction industry calendar, and the winners were announced by writer, broadcaster, actor and former MP Gyles Brandreth.

Hawthorn View, Bridgnorth: the best Individual New Home in the West Midlands

Richard Scott, chairman of LABC, presented the award to Mike at Telford after he beat off six other rivals from the West Midlands. He described the building as a one off design, occupying a prime spot on the approach to Bridgnorth which will be seen by the many thousands of visitors to the nearby Severn Valley Railway station over which it enjoys spectacular views. It incorporates the criteria including the use of renewables, good working relationships excellent site management with innovation and problem solving during building.

Michael Owen with his finalist award last week

In nominating the building, building control surveyor Alastair Dunning said:-

“This was an immaculate piece of building and enjoys a high level of compliance.”

Clive Gwilt, also from building control, added:-

“Mike is a conscientious and steadfast builder, he deserves the award.”

(l-to-r) Michael Owen, Clive Gwilt, Richard Scott (Chairman of LABC), Kelly Thompson.

Michael’s dream home is occupied by his parents, and unfortunately did not win the ‘Best in the UK’ as it was up against 11 other dwellings – fierce competition.

A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design.

Over 800 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers, attended the celebration to find out which projects won across the 15 hotly-contested categories.

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said:

“Our Building Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice.”

Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings.

“Our awards are unique because they recognise how this co-operation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.”

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Free parking on offer in Shropshire towns this Christmas

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:08

As in previous years, Shropshire Council has again agreed to offer free parking in a number of Shropshire towns in the run-up to Christmas.

The free parking on offer is as follows:

Shrewsbury
When? From 4pm every Wednesday night from 15 November to 20 December, for the Christmas lights switch-on and late-night shopping.
Which car parks? Frankwell Main; St. Julian’s Friars; Abbey Foregate long-stay car parks

Ludlow
When? From 12noon on Tinsel Tuesdays (5, 12, and 19 December).
Which car parks? Castle Street, Smithfield and Lower Galdeford.

Whitchurch
When? From 2pm on Saturday 25 November – the day of the Christmas lights switch-on.
Which car parks? Newtown; Castle Hill; St John’s Street; Pepper Street; Brownlow Street.

Bridgnorth
When? After 2pm on Friday 17 November – the day of the Christmas lights switch-on.
Which car parks? Innage Lane, Smithfield and Severn Street car parks.

Wem
When? From 2pm on Friday 1 December – the day of the Christmas lights switch-on.
Which car parks? High Street, Mill Street and Leek Street.

Ellesmere
When? Friday 24 November from 2pm, the day of the town’s Winter Festival.
Which car parks? Cross Street, Talbot Street and Spar Bridge car parks.

For more information about the above car parks, click here to visit the Shropshire Council website.

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The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow reopening today

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:05

Joint statement from Public Health England West Midlands and Shropshire Council

The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow will be reopening for guests today (Wednesday 15 November 2017).    

The hotel was asked to close as a precautionary measure on the advice of health professionals from  Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands and Shropshire Council, following an incident of Legionnaires’ disease at the hotel in July. 

Since its closure, work has been carried out by the hotel management on advice from health specialists to identify possible sources of contamination and carry out remedial works. The hotel has also ensured that the necessary procedures are in place to manage and maintain the water system at the hotel and that thorough and ongoing controls and monitoring will be carried out by the hotel on a regular basis. 

Final samples taken to verify that all necessary work has been effective, have come back satisfactory.  

It is the duty of hotels in Shropshire to suitably manage and control the risks associated with legionella and Shropshire Council have provided further advice to premises in Shropshire on the necessary management and controls that should be implemented. Both Public Health England West Midlands and Shropshire Council have been working closely to ensure all necessary work has been undertaken and will continue to monitor the implementation of management controls at the hotel over the coming months.  

Shropshire Council and Public Health England West Midlands are of course mindful of the sad death of the lady who had been a visitor at the hotel, and would like to offer their sincere condolences to the families affected by this very unfortunate incident. The health and safety of residents and visitors in Shropshire is a key priority and Shropshire Council will always strongly encourage employers in the county, to make health and safety improvements that protect their customers and staff. 

Shropshire Council is now at the early stages of a formal investigation under the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 into the incident and this is likely to take a significant period of time to complete. 

Further information 

The move to close the hotel followed laboratory test results establishing links between Legionella bacteria found in water samples from the hotel plumbing and two separate, confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease in guests (both from Merseyside) who stayed at the hotel. The first case was diagnosed in April 2017 and has recovered. Sadly, the most recently diagnosed individual, who stayed at the hotel in July, has died.

 

 

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Emergency road closure of the A41, north of Standford Bridge

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:45

News from our partners Telford & Wrekin Council

This morning (Tuesday 14 November 2017) a lorry overturned on the A41, north of Standford Bridge (to the north of Newport).

Temporary traffic lights are now in place to allow the lorry’s load to be safely transferred to another lorry. It is hoped that this will be completed before the rush hour starts.

At 7pm this evening (Tuesday), a full emergency road closure will implemented to allow the lorry to be uprighted. This will result in the following, lengthy, diversion.

  •  A41 north of the Forton Road roundabout at the Chester Road Junction
  • Chester Road to the B5062 junction
  • B5062 to A442 at Crudgington Crossroads
  • A442 to A53 roundabout at Hodnet
  • A53 to Tern Hill Roundabout, where traffic will re-join the A41

It is hoped the recovery will take approximately two hours, but this is subject to change.

 

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Soulton Bridge, near Wem – update, 13 November 2017

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:31

On Thursday 9 November 2017 an HGV came off Soulton Bridge on the B5065 Soulton Road, between Wem and the A49. The HGV landed on its side in the brook, causing significant damage to the bridge, which is a Grade II listed structure. (see picture below).

The road was temporarily closed and was reopened on Thursday night under two-way traffic lights.

The HGV was successfully recovered on Saturday morning (11 November) and the road was re-opened at around 2.30pm on Saturday.  The two-way traffic lights will need to remain in place until the permanent repairs to the bridge can be undertaken.

Due to the Listed status of the bridge all permanent repair works will need to be agreed with Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment team. Works are unlikely to carried out before spring 2018 as the type of material likely to be used in the repair cannot be used in cold weather.

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Soulton Bridge, near Wem – update (10 November 2017, 8.10pm)

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:00

At around 2.30pm yesterday (Thursday 9 November 2017) an HGV came off Soulton Bridge on the B5065 Soulton Road, between Wem and the A49. The HGV landed on its side in the brook, causing significant damage to the bridge, which is a Grade II listed structure. (see picture below).

The road was temporarily closed on Thursday afternoon/evening, and was reopened on Thursday night under two-way traffic lights.

The recovery of the HGV from Soulton Bridge has now been agreed with structures engineers and the recovery company and the recovery will take place tomorrow morning (Saturday 11 November 2017).

The road will be closed between 7.30am and 1pm on Saturday to allow the recovery of the HGV to take place,  and local diversions will be in place.

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New video shows how partnerships and local communities are improving the lives of local residents

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:36

A new video launched this week, shows how organisations in Shropshire are working together to identify and support people who have potential health and wellbeing concerns.

The film produced by Shropshire Council in partnership with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS’s) illustrates SFRS’s recently launched Safe and Well visits.

Councillor Lee Chapman and Councillor Joyce Barrow with Laura Kavanagh-Jones and James Bainbridge from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Safe and Well visits replace the Home Fire Safety check and are provided free of charge by the SFRS to vulnerable people living in the county.  The visits were launched in July and see fire officers provide fire safety advice as well as identify potential health and wellbeing concerns.

As well as checking smoke alarms and fire risks, fire officers now look out for risk of slips, trips and falls, signs of loneliness and isolation, discuss lifestyles and check if there is adequate heating in the home. If a person is seen to be affected by any of these issues, then the fire officer refers them (having had their permission) to the appropriate organisation for further advice and support.

Shropshire’s Safe and Well visits was first trialled in Oswestry as part of Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme, a partnership initiative led by Shropshire Council.

Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme

The Healthy Lives programme is currently being piloted in Oswestry and looks at how organisations and local communities can better support individuals, families and neighbourhoods to take more control over their health and well-being, to help them remain safe and reduce their risk of ill health.

As well as Safe and Well visits, other areas of the programme, include;

  • Falls prevention
  • Carers,
  • Social prescribing
  • Diabetes and Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) prevention
  • Mental health

The idea behind the health prevention programme is to help identify peoples’ health and wellbeing concerns much earlier on, and to help them seek advice and support either within their local community or with an appropriate organisation.

By identifying health and wellbeing risks much earlier can help prevent people developing serious ill health or long term conditions such as diabetes.  This approach can prove extremely effective in helping communities become more self-supporting and resilient, allowing residents to have more control around the support available to them, as well as helping to ease the growing pressures in health and social care.

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing said;

“It is our ambition in ensure Shropshire people become the healthiest and most fulfilled in England. The only way to achieve this ambition is to work in partnership with our partners and local communities.

“Shropshire’s Health Lives programme is one of the many initiatives we are developing as part of Shropshire’s Sustainability Transformation Partnerships.

“We are really proud to be a part of this video with our partners Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.  This is a great example of how by working together, we can help address the needs of our most vulnerable people at a much earlier stage.

“I would encourage everyone to watch this film which gives you an insight into the Safe and Well visits and the benefits to those who have received them.”

Councillor Joyce Barrow, Cabinet Member for Communities at Shropshire Council and Local Member for St Oswald added;

“Shropshire Council’s community enablement and public health teams have been working closely with local fire officers and other organisations to look at how residents and local communities can take more control over their health and reduce their risk of ill health.

“As a result of this, Shropshire’s Safe and Well visits have proved to be extremely successful having already made 104 referrals since its launch.

“I would really like to thank all those who contributed to the making of this film, in particularly to our Oswestry family who have offered up their time to take part in this.”

Chief Officer at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Rod Hammerton added;

“Safe and Well is all about working in partnership to deliver a safer Shropshire. We aim to make every contact count by identifying those most at risk and referring them for appropriate support. By working closely with Shropshire Council we are able to pool resources and knowledge to deliver enhanced community safety.”

To view the video click here.

For more information about Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme which includes information about the Safe and Well visits and video go to https://www.shropshirechoices.org.uk/myhealth

For information about Shropshire’s Safe and Well visits, go to https://www.shropshirefire.gov.uk/.

Further information

Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme forms part of the ‘Out of Hospital’ stream of Shropshire’s Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STP).

What is Shropshire’s STP?

Everyone deserves good quality, safe, health and social care services that make the best possible use of taxpayers’ money.  The standard of care should be the same whether you need physical, mental health or social care services, support with conditions associated with learning difficulties, or a combination of all of these.

The services you use most of the time should be as close to where you live as possible, as long as this is safe and the local health and care system can afford this. For the vast majority of the time you should go home as soon as treatment is completed.

Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STP) is a national initiative but developed locally.  STP brings local leaders and local people to work together to join up and improve health and care within the budgets available to us.  Developing plans together to:

  • transform neighbourhood services
  • create safe and effective hospital care
  • take advantage of new technology
  • recruit and retain a motivated and well trained workforce
  • live within means

Shropshire is one of 44 STPs across England.  For more information about Sustainability Transformation Partnerships visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/stps/

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Soulton Bridge near Wem – update

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:53

Update: 10 November 2017, 10am

At around 2.30pm yesterday (9 November 2017) an HGV came off Soulton Bridge on the B5065 Soulton Road, between Wem and the A49. The HGV landed on its side in the brook, causing significant damage to the bridge, which is a Grade II listed structure. (see picture below).

The road was temporarily closed on Thursday afternoon/evening, and was reopened at around 8pm last night under two-way traffic lights.

A way to remove the HGV from the brook without causing further damage to the bridge could not be agreed yesterday. A site meeting will now take place to agree a way forward.

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Footways to be upgraded between Wyle Cop and English Bridge in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:29

Work will begin in early January 2018 to upgrade the footways between Wyle Cop and English Bridge in Shrewsbury.

This work is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) and will include the upgrading of footway and kerbing materials with natural stone products. The aim is to enhance and improve the area and complete the new Abbey Foregate ‘gateway’ to the town centre.

The work is expected to take approximately seven weeks to complete.

To see a detailed plan of the work, click here to visit the Shropshire Council website.

It follows on from the improvement work being carried out at Shrewsbury gyratory and Coleham Head as part of the SITP, which is due to be completed next Monday (13 November 2017) once the traffic signals are in place and operational.

A programme of enhancement works in Shrewsbury town centre will then begin in March 2018, including the upgrading of Pride Hill.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“The work carried out at the gyratory and between Wyle Cop and English Bridge will create a new ‘gateway’ into the town centre and, in effect, extend the town centre out to Abbey Foregate. This will greatly enhance the area and the town, and be of particular benefit to traders in the Wyle Cop area.

“The enhancement work that will then begin in the town centre aims to make a positive and consistent change to the quality of the public realm. Improvements will be made in a number of locations but, as the primary shopping street in the town centre, the physical upgrading of Pride Hill – which will include resurfacing, new street furniture and other improvements – is key to this enhancement work.

“The overall SITP package will provide a wide range of economic benefits for Shrewsbury and a real boost to the town centre economy. This important and beneficial work is also being carried out at no cost to Shropshire Council, so is a great example of how Shrewsbury and Shropshire can attract and benefit from external funding.”

Every effort has been, and will be, made to minimise disruption while work is carried out.

Further information What is the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package?

The Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) aims to stop drivers using the town centre as a through route, and to make better use of the town’s outer and inner ring roads instead.

At the same time, a number of improvements are planned for the town centre to make it more attractive and appealing for pedestrians, and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the town centre and find their way around.

The SITP has been designed to improve access to the town, make it a safer and more appealing place to visit or do business, whilst also reducing pollution levels.

Drawn up by experts from Shropshire Council and its consultant WSP, with the support of Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Vision, the plans have been approved by the Department for Transport. The plans aim to ensure the infrastructure of our county is fit for purpose and will remain fit for purpose for the foreseeable future and beyond.

What work is taking place?

The SITP work falls into two main categories:

(1) Key junction improvements – February 2017 to November 2017

Work is/was scheduled to take place at the following locations, on the dates stated:

  • Meole Brace roundabout – from 10 February to 30 May 2017
  • Sutton Park roundabout – from 10 April to 7 May 2017
  • Reabrook roundabout – from 8 May to 26 July 2017
  • English Bridge Gyratory (inc Coleham Head) – from 31 July to 13 November 2017

The programme is / was subject to change due to acceleration of works or unforeseen events. Please continue to look at the Shropshire Council website for up-to-date details.

The programme as a whole has been agreed to take into account the major events that are taking place, or took place, in Shrewsbury during the spring and summer.

(2) Town centre improvements – beginning in January 2018

Who is paying for the work?

The project will be delivered thanks to Government funding secured by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of an £80m Growth Deal to support infrastructure and broadband schemes in the region.

The work will cost £12m – with £6m coming from the Marches LEP, and £6m from developer contributions under the community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 payments.

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Closure of the B5065 between Wem and the A49

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:09

Update: 4.20pm, Thursday 9 November

The B5065 between Wem and the A49 is currently closed after an HGV struck Soulton Bridge this afternoon.

The vehicle involved in the incident is to be removed using a crane, which has now arrived on site. This is a major operation and may take several hours.

The road will remain closed until the HGV has been removed, and will then be reopened to traffic under two-way traffic lights.

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Blog: In the Hands of Boys – What am I going to do with all the noises I hear?

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:44

‘What am I going to do with all the noises I hear?’ by Jean Atkin

In pouring rain I arrived at St George’s Primary in Clun this afternoon, all ready for our Wilfred Owen workshop, part of Shropshire Council’s imaginative project ‘In The Hands of Boys’, which focusses on World War I. The project uses dance, poetry and photography to explore and share stories about Shropshire’s involvement in the war.  Young people aged 7 to 14 are working as researchers, creative interpreters and performers.

Remembering the great war poet, Wilfred Owen. Image from Mary Shoobridge.

We all got introduced, and then we read poems written by Wilfred Owen, and talked about the experience of the young men who went to fight in the trenches.  We talked about the war memorial in Clun, and how every town and village has one.  We talked about how the bodies of the fallen remained in France, buried in long fields filled with white gravestones.

Then we did some visualisation, some free writing, and began drafting short poems, written up on ‘trench paper’ (aged and battered artistically by yours truly).  Here’s just a sample of some wonderful work.

It was wonderful sitting with lovely teacher Claire Burke afterwards, reading slowly through the poems.  Then I took down the post-it evaluations the children had stuck speedily to the classroom door as they went home.

“In The Hands of Boys” has been funded by a National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Then and Now’ programme (commemorating the centenary of the First World War), Shropshire Council and participating schools.

Jean Atkin has been running a series of poetry workshops exploring the work of Wilfred Owen at six schools that are participating in the ‘In the Hands of Boys’ project. To see the full blog by, click here.

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Volunteers wanted at smallholding for adults with learning disabilities

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:01

With the busy festive season approaching, Greenacres Farm in Walford Health are looking for volunteers to join their small but dynamic team in supporting adults with learning disabilities.

“Our volunteer positions are a great opportunity for those who would like to support adults with learning disabilities in a farm setting, to gain skills and knowledge in agriculture and horticulture.  Says Mihaela Richards, manager at the farm.

volunteers at Greenacres Farm

“The festive season is a real busy time of year for us at Greenacres, so if you’re interested, please give us a call or drop in to see us for more information. No experience is necessary but we do ask that you are enthusiastic, passionate and committed to supporting vulnerable people to achieve their full potential.” Mihaela added.

About Greenacres Farm

The 16 acre smallholding, is run by Shropshire Council Adult Services and supports around 30 adults. Those who attend the farm are involved in a variety of activities including, managing poultry units, growing perennial garden, bedding and basket plants, as well as soft fruit and vegetables and Christmas Trees.  All produce is either sold fresh, or turned into jams, pickles and chutneys, making them ideal gifts for special occasions.

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at Shropshire Council added;

“We are very proud in Shropshire that we have a very active volunteering community.  Many of our local residents choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to make a difference to the people around them or to give something back to their community. For others it provides a great opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.”

“Our adult social care volunteers make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of a person who has a learning disability, by providing them with ongoing support and giving them encouragement to participate in social and leisure activities of particular interest to them.

“It doesn’t matter how much time you can spare, we would love to hear from any budding volunteers.”

For further information about the voluntary opportunity and to find out more about Greenacres and the work they do call 01939 291109 or email at mihaela.richardson@shropshire.gov.uk. You can also visit their Facebook page.

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