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Taking action for nature: protecting wildlife, communities and the environment

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 19:36

Shropshire Council is committed to achieving net-zero carbon by 2030, and recognises that an important part of this is addressing the crisis in the natural world.

In Shropshire we are blessed with stunning countryside that we need to protect. But the county is also home to unique habitats that support wildlife and plant species, like the Least Water Lily at Colemere, the only site in England where this can be seen.

Nature also plays a huge role in the battle against climate change by storing carbon in trees, soils and wetlands. Shropshire is home to the internationally significant series of lakes and wetlands known as the Meres and Mosses. Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve is one such wetland. This site alone stores more carbon dioxide in the peat soil than is emitted by Shropshire over four years. The peat soils there store ten times more carbon per hectare than woodland.

As part of its commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2030, the council is looking at opportunities to reduce the impact of a changing climate and enhance wildlife at the same time.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

“The council must and does understand the importance nature and biodiversity has in our battle against climate change, but we must help it recover from the damage humanity has inflicted upon it and we can only do this together.

“As well as this forming a key element of the Shropshire Council Climate Strategy that is currently being produced, we are working with the Marches Nature Partnership and other partners to build on the work already done so we can protect nature and supports its recovery.”

Let’s have a look at some of the projects delivered to date:

Promoting natural wild flower growth

In south west Shropshire it was identified that there were areas of the highway verge, which if cut later than the traditional verge cutting regime, would promote the natural growth of wild flowers.

The aim of this project was to maximise the ‘late cut’, moving from May to late July to allow the vast majority of the wild flowers to flower and seed, whilst ensuring safety for road users.

This resulted in a better environment being provided for wild flower growth across 1865km of road verge – this is roughly the equivalent of travelling from Shrewsbury to Naples!

This was a joint project between Shropshire Council, the National Trust and volunteers.

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

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of this project. As well as improving the look of the road verges, this project has a hugely positive impact on the future of plant species and wildlife, and is something we will look to continue.

“Thank you to our partners and volunteers in supporting this great project.”

River Clun Recovery Project

This partnership project aimed at improving the quantity, quality and availability of natural resources like trees, water and woodland habitat.

For example, planting 13,300 trees, habitats were enhanced, drainage improved and soil erosion reduced.

17.7km of riparian (influenced by a river or stream) woodland habitat was created or restored. This means that trees and grasses planted can make river banks more stable, reduce floodwater speed and lessen flood peaks downstream, helping to protect our homes and places of work and leisure.

The project also protected 16 sections of eroding river bank, totalling 221km!

In all, the project spent £257,800, enabling partners and volunteers including the Shropshire Hills AONB, the Woodland Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England to deliver great outcomes for nature and landowners.

More information can be found on the Shropshire Hills AONB website.

Shropshire Slow the Flow

The Shropshire Slow the Flow project is a Natural Flood Management (NFM) project focusing on the Corve Dale catchment with the aim of reducing flooding by reducing peak runoff flows and holding back water in the upper catchment. The project is funded by Defra and is one of 15 national NFM pilot projects.

Shropshire Council is managing this scheme with support from the Environment Agency and delivery partners such as Shropshire Wildlife Trust, WSP, Cardiff University and the National Flood Forum.

The project has been running for nearly six years, and in that time we have been able to put various NFM solutions in place:

  • Woody debris dams
  • Seepage barriers
  • Pond enhancements
  • Wetland habitat creation
  • Contour hedgerow planting
  • Tree planting
  • Swales and cut-off ditches
  • Field aeration.

A woody debris dam

These solutions help reduce surface water, reduce the transportation of pollutants, and provide extra habitat for wildlife which improves biodiversity. We are also working closely with the local community; farmers whose land we are installing these measures on, and flood action groups who have been adversely affected by flooding.

Tree planting

The council has plans to roll out the project into other parts of the county in the future and by working together, through the Shropshire Slow the Flow project, hopes to make a difference to those locally and support NFM becoming a fundamental part of flood management going forward. You can find out more about this project by visiting: https://shropshire.gov.uk/drainage-and-flooding/policies-plans-reports-and-schemes/slow-the-flow/

The announcement comes as the RSBP launch their new Revive Our World campaign. For more information about the campaign, visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/stories/revive-our-world-launch2/.

 

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Castle archaeologists: “We’ve found two castles at Shrewsbury Castle”

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:14

The second season of excavations at Shrewsbury Castle funded by the Castle Studies Trust finished on Friday 18 September 2020, and the time since has given the archaeologists, and University Centre Shrewsbury heritage experts Professor Tim Jenkins and Dr Morn Capper, a chance to draw breath and review the findings. The results are, to say the least, unexpected.

Shrewsbury Castle dig – final day

Lead archaeologist Dr Nigel Baker, said:

“We were perplexed to find no sign of the natural gravel hilltop in this year’s excavation, despite going more than two metres deep. The answer has dawned on us slowly. The familiar face of Shrewsbury Castle seen from the front of the station and from Castle Gates and the Dana is in fact the second Shrewsbury Castle. It probably dates to just after 1200AD. But the first Shrewsbury Castle, which would have been familiar to William the Conqueror, was about 25% smaller. It was confined to the hilltop and, though smaller, was absolutely bristling with defences – as we found in 2019.

“That’s why we didn’t find the chapel of St Michael: that was within the first castle perimeter – we were digging in the wrong castle!

“Around the year 1200 (and we need our pottery specialist to confirm the dating) there was a huge expansion programme, during which the familiar sandstone walls with their battlements were built lower down the hillside. The slope behind was then levelled up with landfill.”

Shrewsbury Castle dig – final day

He added that, to archaeologists, even landfill can provide vital evidence. The layers of dumped earth included animal bones from food waste, and preliminary identification suggests that ‘high-status feasting’ was going on, with the bones of a pike and possibly a swan present.

He said:

“If confirmed, this is evidence of food fit for kings and lords, not your average Salopian, and looks like rubbish left over from the original Norman castle – or Shrewsbury Castle 1 as we now think of it.”

Find out more about the second dig season at Shrewsbury Castle by seeing the Dig Diaries.

This is a partnership project between Shropshire Council, University Centre Shrewsbury, the Castle Studies Trust and Dr Nigel Baker.

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Ambitious plan will see big improvements to Shropshire roads maintenance

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:24

Shropshire Council has begun to implement an ambitious plan that will see significant improvements to the way that the council manages and maintains the county’s roads

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“We’re ambitious in ensuring that our infrastructure is suitable for the future, and to match our ambitions we’re bringing in people who can instil national best practice into the way we work.

“At the start of this year we appointed a consultant to review the council’s entire highways service and provide advice on how to make crucial improvements based on his experience of running very successful highways operations elsewhere.

“He worked with the council while we recruited a permanent assistant director for infrastructure. We’re delighted to say that Steve Smith – who has been engaged in national highway working groups for many years – has now joined us in this role.

“We’re now looking to complete our key appointments with a new Head of Highways in the coming months.”

During his time with the council the consultant prepared an initial improvement plan that is now being implemented, and is already being recognised and complimented by many stakeholders.

The key benefits from the improvement plan which are now being built upon by the permanent team were:

  • Improved contract management which is already deriving greater value from our supply chain.
  • Ensured that the county was able to maximise its funding with bids resulting in more funding from government than ever before to invest in our roads.
  • Improvements in the ways of working to ensure that more potholes are being fixed permanently first time and a significant reduction in our backlog.
  • A greater focus on customer engagement.
  • Bringing some functions back in-house where value can be evidenced.

Councillor Davenport added:

“We are continuing to identify improvements to develop the service further and are confident that councillors and residents will see the full benefit of these changes over the coming months.

“The consultant’s initial contract was extended by two months to ensure that momentum for change was not lost in the period before Steve Smith took over.

“The agency from which the consultant was procured was paid £140,500, exclusive of VAT which the council is able to claim back. This has proven excellent value as all overheads were included such as leave, sick pay, employer contributions – meaning this would be the equivalent of a middle management role in the council over the two financial year periods he was employed.

“As well as investing in large projects such as the North West Relief Road, we’re undertaking an unprecedented amount of resurfacing of our roads this year. This year we’ve carried out 276km of surface dressing (the equivalent of resurfacing the route from Shrewsbury to London), which is twice the amount carried out in previous years.”

 

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Shrewsbury shopping centres celebrate winning Mayor’s business award

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 09:20

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager

Staff and tenants at Shrewsbury’s Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres have been celebrating after the centres won the ‘Business Award’ in the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s annual awards for 2020 – recognising the contribution the centres made to the economy of the town last year.

In 2019 the centres together achieved an annual footfall of 8,203,512 visitors – and introduced a number of new businesses to the town to enhance Shrewsbury’s shopping offer. These include JD Sports, Meg Hawkins, Teresa’s Boutique, Green Options and Skechers.

The centres also held 36 days of events and 49 days of skills workshops to support businesses both inside the centres and within the wider Shrewsbury community – from mid-week creative make and take sessions for adults, through to superhero fun for the whole family during key holiday periods.

The Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury

As well as workshops aimed at customers, there were events aimed at professionals and small businesses themselves. These have included the opportunity to learn about social media marketing, photography of products on a budget and how best to engage with their following online to improve their own marketing.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“We’re delighted to win this award. It’s great news for the shopping centre staff, and to all of our tenants, though it wouldn’t have been possible without our brilliant customers and visitors, so a big thank you goes to them.

“We’re constantly looking at ways to make shopping in Shrewsbury more appealing, convenient, accessible and enjoyable. As a result, in February 2020 we became ‘dog friendly’, making the centres more accessible to both the local community and the domestic tourist market.

“2020 has been a very different and much more challenging year for the centres but we’re very much open and have worked hard to ensure that the centres are welcoming and safe for visitors.

“And next month we will be opening new modern accessible toilet facilities in the Darwin Centre including a relaxing family room to make feeding and changing babies and children easier, a state-of-the-art Changing Places Facility and completely modernised toilets.”

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration, said:

“This award is brilliant news for the shopping centres, recognising the wide range of events and activities carried out at the centre last year, the new tenants that have opened, and the important contribution that the centres made – and continue to make – to the economy of Shrewsbury and Shropshire.”

Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Phil Gillam, added:

“I am delighted that Shrewsbury Shopping Centres are worthy winners of the Business category trophy in the annual Mayor of Shrewsbury awards. Providing both a key business for the town centre and a major visitor destination, we look forward to future developments to ensure that the shopping centres remain at the heart of the town centre.”

Branded as Shrewsbury Shopping the shopping centre also heavily support town-wide events provided by Shrewsbury BID (including the Christmas lights switch-on) via social media, website, e-newsletters, advertising and PR.

The Mayor’s Business Award acknowledges the work of businesses, organisations and individuals who have contributed to the economy of the town, be it through providing job opportunities, business expansion or general promotion and marketing of the town.

This year’s award winners were announced on 16 September 2020.

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News from our partners: ‘Flu Jab Invitations on Their Way’ say Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Health Bosses

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 10:14

News from our partners NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups

Flu vaccination invitations are on their way by post, text message or phone call, say health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

GP practices across the county are now rolling out their vaccination programmes and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents are encouraged to book their flu jabs to protect both themselves and their families.

Patients are also reminded that they do not need to contact their GP practice directly as surgeries are currently letting people know how and when to book an appointment.

This will be done by post, text message or phone call with those most in need of the vaccination prioritised first.

Flu clinics may also be delivered differently to previous years as some practices are working together to ensure maximum efficiency. As a result, they may be asking patients to go to a different practice for their jabs.

Practices may also be using marquees, school halls or drive-through facilities to ensure infection, prevention and control measures, as well as social distancing guidelines, are upheld.

Details of your practices’ arrangements will be shared with you when you book your flu vaccination appointment.

The flu vaccine is offered at GP practices and local pharmacies. Patients are encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccine when contacted by their GP practice.

If a patient does not plan to attend their session, or has had the vaccine elsewhere, they should decline their appointment at their GP practice so that others can take their place.

Those eligible for the free flu vaccination are as follows:

  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August, 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Children in primary school and in year 7 of secondary school will be able to access the free flu vaccine through the schools programme and not at a GP practice.

For people aged between 50 and 64 that do not have underlying health conditions, the vaccination will not be available until November and December of this year, providing there is a sufficient amount of vaccine left.

No appointments will be offered for this age group until then as this ensures those patients most at risk are vaccinated first.

If you are between 50 and 64 and you fall into another group eligible for the flu vaccination, for example; you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Dr Julian Povey, Joint Chair of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said:

“Every year the flu hospitalises and kills thousands but the flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself, your friends and your family from catching the flu.

“We are encouraging all of those eligible to look out for their flu jab invitation and not to contact GP practices directly, as people will be invited for their vaccinations depending on their clinical need. Those most at risk will get their jabs first.”

The symptoms of flu are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, tiredness and some may experience vomiting and diarrhoea.

For more flu advice please click here for further information.

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Coronavirus: Community Reassurance Team comes to Shrewsbury this Friday

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 10:04

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team will be in Shrewsbury town centre this Friday to answer your COVID-19 questions.

The team, who have been providing crucial support to residents and businesses since the start of the pandemic, will have a stand located at The Square between 10am-3pm.

Representatives from partner organisations will also be on hand to answer questions on a variety of topics.

Penny Bason, Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Community Response Lead, said:

“The Community Reassurance Team is working to support people and groups when they need to isolate. We are also here to help people understand the ever-changing guidance and encourage people to help prevent local and national lockdowns.

“We understand that people may have  frustrations about life during the pandemic, but we are here to support people in any way we can.”

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Further information

People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, you will need to complete your 14-day isolation period even if you test negative. There is detailed guidance on the NHS website.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • if you are unable to wash hands and they are visibly clean, use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol content
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going into any enclosed public places including shops, supermarkets, travel interchanges.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

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Digital transformation helps planning team adapt successfully to new ways of working

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:44

Virtual inspections, digital imaging and online meetings helped Shropshire Council’s planning team operate successfully during lockdown.

Fresh measures introduced by the council have also seen an improvement to performance, with a 22 per cent time-saving rate for the processing of straightforward applications.

A report going to a meeting of Full Council on Thursday (24 September 2020) also reveals that more than nine in 10 applications sent to the council are approved.

Shropshire Council is the largest planning authority in the West Midlands region outside Birmingham, with a geography larger than Luxembourg and more than 5,500 regulatory decisions issued each year.

More than seven in 10 appeals against decisions made by the council are also dismissed.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, will inform councillors that services under his portfolio have had to completely adapt to a new way of working due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said there are a number of positive ways the service has changed, including closer working with the voluntary and community sector.

He said:

“The local response to coronavirus saw many new community groups being established to offer support to those in most need, and existing groups responding by quickly changing how they offer support.

“As Cabinet member, I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and congratulate the voluntary and community sector. I recognise how fortunate we are locally with the resilience of many of our communities.”

Gwilym Butler added that another success in the area had been more than £2.3 million of Community Infrastructure Levy being handed out, with a further £15,742,345 allocated for schemes to come.

Projects to have benefited so far include classroom extensions at Baschurch Primary School and Shifnal Primary School; a new drainage scheme at Birchmeadow Park in Broseley; a new roundabout as part of the provision of 50 new homes in Shawbury; construction of a multi-use games area at Dorrington; and a replacement sports pavilion at Russell’s Meadow in Church Stretton.

He said:

“Working with colleagues across the council, other partners and stakeholders, planning services delivers time-sensitive processes to a large number of customer groups who will sometimes have different interests and objectives.

“It has continued to do this through the pandemic, working virtually across all teams.

“The Government has encouraged planning services to maintain service delivery, and teams have adapted processes where required to support this.

“In particular, building control has introduced a system of virtual inspections and an audit process utilising digital images and video inspections in place of face to face meetings.

“As regulators, the focus is getting the right development in the right place, ensuring that buildings and construction is safe and that the environmental impacts of development are properly considered through the process.”

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Coronavirus: New obligations on businesses to control spread of virus

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:46

Shropshire Council is urging businesses across the county to comply with the latest requirements to control the spread of coronavirus that came into force on 18 September 2020.

Businesses like restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, as well as hotels and other forms of guest accommodation, museums and galleries, betting shops and bingo halls,  sport and leisure centres, and tourist attractions, are all being urged to ensure they are complying.

As well as businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries, the following businesses and services must also now ensure they record all customer, staff and visitor details to help control the spread of the virus:-

  • Close physical contact services such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists
  • Services provided for social, cultural and recreational purposes in youth and community centres and village halls.

Where a group attends premises for dining-in or when onsite, the requirement to provide contact details applies to all those in the group and not only to one person. This information must be stored for 21 days and, if requested, shared with NHS Test and Trace or local public health officials.

All businesses that provide food or drink to be consumed on the premises, including in seating made available adjacent to the premises, are now required to turn away any customers who fail to provide complete contact details or provide inaccurate details.

These businesses must also take all reasonable measures to ensure their customers follow social distancing requirements and comply with the ‘Rule of Six’. Whilst there are exemptions, including for ‘household bubbles’, in principle businesses must not take bookings for more than six people, must not allow groups of more than six people to be admitted to their premises, and must not allow separate groups to mingle. They must ensure appropriate distance is maintained between tables of different groups.

From Thursday 24 September 2020, businesses must display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can ‘check in’ using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details.

FAQs regarding the QR poster have been made available. Local businesses can start their app preparation now by creating a QR code for their venue: click here

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing operations manager, said:

“We are absolutely committed to supporting businesses and organisations to get back to normal. The majority are committed to compliance and only want the best for their customers; however, we cannot ignore the fact that we are still in a pandemic and that the spread of coronavirus is increasing.

“We cannot afford to get complacent and must continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus. Whilst our officers have responded, and will continue to respond, in a proportionate and pragmatic way to the coronavirus requirements, I must stress that businesses will now be committing criminal offences if they fail to comply with the latest rules. We will take robust enforcement action where businesses are ignoring their responsibilities. We do now have the power to issue fixed penalties for breaches and, in the most serious cases, this can be as much as £4,000.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:

“We have the restrictions that have been introduced in other areas in the West Midlands. We want to prevent this happening in Shropshire and we all have a responsibility to do our bit. The council recognises that the latest legislation creates significant obligations on businesses and, as a result, I urge all of the public to act responsibly and to do their utmost to help businesses comply with these latest legal requirements.”

Rachel Robinson,  Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“There is a very real risk that if businesses and the public do not help us get this right, Shropshire will be in the same position as other areas and we will be dealing with local lockdown restrictions.  Clearly, none of us want this, and I urge everyone to comply with the public health measures that are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Remember it is critical that everybody observes the ‘Hands – Face – Space’ key behaviours.”

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • Hands – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • Face – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible; or, if not possible, 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

Further information

Further guidance about on meeting with others safely (social distancing) is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

Further guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

The latest legislation is available below:

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1005/contents/made

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1008/pdfs/uksi_20201008_en.pdf

 

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Coronavirus: Survey on current Shrewsbury town centre traffic arrangements still open

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 18:27

News from Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce

More than a thousand people have responded to a survey about Shrewsbury town centre’s traffic arrangements during the summer – and there is still time to have your say.

The survey has been put together by Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce, made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID, who are reviewing the movement interventions which were put in place following advice and guidance from the Government and Public Health England.

High Street and adjacent streets have been closed to vehicles since June 2020 to allow room for social distancing and for businesses to use the outside space for seating customers.

Members of the Taskforce say more than a thousand responses have been received so far, and you can add your views by going to www.shrewsburybigtownplan.org or clicking here – https://shrewsbury.typeform.com/to/h3jFZqOK

The survey will close on Thursday 24 September, with recommendations about future arrangements being made to Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and the Big Town Plan Board in the coming weeks.

Peter Nutting, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“We are really pleased that over a thousand people have completed the survey in such short space of time

“Gathering a wide range of views will help us to decide steps we might take in the longer term to improve transport and movement in and around Shrewsbury.”

“We continue to be in regular dialogue with Town Walls residents regarding the current diversion.”

Shrewsbury High Street pavement seating areas

Leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, Alan Mosley, said it was important that people took the time to complete the survey.

He said:

“These measures have certainly improved the atmosphere in High Street and the surrounding areas, and I have personally heard many people praising the move.

“However, any future long-term measures need to be carefully considered from all points of view, so it’s vitally important that as many people as possible complete this survey to tell us what they think.”

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, which works on behalf of more than 500 businesses in the town centre, added:

“It’s encouraging that we have had such a strong response to the survey.

“We are keen to hear the views of as many businesses in the town centre as possible, to understand how the changes to traffic movement have affected them.

“We are also asking visitors and customers to share their experiences of the town centre this summer to help shape the strategy for access and movement in Shrewsbury in the longer term.”

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and respondents can opt into a prize draw to win one of three £50 vouchers for a Shrewsbury business of your choice.

For more information, go to www.shrewsburybigtownplan.org

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Blog: Shrewsbury Castle dig – Day 15: Visitors interact at the sifting station

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:44

Day 15: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Tuesday began cooler than the heat that we had experienced only a day earlier, I had been assigned an early task of assisting with the dig.

I had already spent most of Monday’s warm afternoon shovelling away in the trench, so I was quickly reassigned to the sifting station. There I had the opportunity to interact with visitors who were quite keen to learn what we had found from our most recent digging.

Visitors were increasingly interested in learning about the significance of our finds. We established that we were excavating another medieval layer of earth, dating between the 13th and 14th centuries. Evidence of this period is supported by our discovery of various bone and pottery fragments. These reflect the differences in social status of those that had once inhabited both Shrewsbury Castle and the surrounding area.

Fragments of pottery featuring scorched markings suggest that these were clay pots used by those of lower social status. These fragments became one of the most common finds, which is usual as this type of pottery was both commonly used and frequently disposed of. This is contrasted by the finding of more green glazed pottery fragments, possessed by those of higher social status, and the increasing quantity of animal bones potentially suggests this area was being used for the preparation of meat for the castle.

Evidence of a richer diet with lower status pottery. Photo: Ryan Locklin.

Visitors were also pleased to view some examples of the many clay pipes on display, found over the weekend and which date back to the 17th/18th centuries.

A Clay Pipe shows the maker’s initials. Photo: Ryan Locklin.

Wednesday 16 September will consist of the final digging process which will aim to establish the deepest section of the trench so far. We hope to reach a pre-conquest level before finding any natural layers.

by Ryan Locklin, University Centre Shrewsbury, on behalf of all volunteers at the Shrewsbury Castle dig

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New supported living accommodation proposed for Greenacres Farm in Walford Heath

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:14

A proposal for a new supported living accommodation for adults with highly complex needs will be put to Full Council later this week (on Thursday 24 September 2020).

The state of the art accommodation will be the first of its kind for Shropshire, and will be offered to people with a learning disability, autism and/or mental health needs.

Current specialist provision of this nature is not available in Shropshire and has resulted in, and continues to result in, individuals leaving Shropshire to live in residential settings or single occupancy homes away from Shropshire, especially those with complex needs that can result in people feeling isolated and lonely and away from their family support.

Innovative accommodation

The accommodation will be built on land that is currently part of Greenacres Farm in Walford Heath, and will comprise of eight PassivHaus standard, single-storey supported living apartments, a communal shared area, internal courtyard and outdoor spaces.

Designed to help people to develop their independent living skills, each self-contained apartment will have its own lounge, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area.

The service will include an on-site office and a team of around 20 staff providing 24-hour care support, which will be a mixture of shared support between individuals and 1:1 support when needed. Greenacres Farm already provides a range of day opportunities to vulnerable people in Shropshire.

The cost of the development will be around £3.125m, which will come from the capital budget and be paid back through income generated by leasing the accommodation.

Aims of the project

The primary aims of the project are to support and enhance the independence of vulnerable people, create new jobs for the local community and provide significant savings on care packages. This is particularly prevalent for care packages for individuals in placements outside the county, which are amongst the most expensive care packages Shropshire Council are responsible for.

The Greenacres development also supports the council’s bigger project initiative to develop new and innovative models of accommodation to respond to and support the demographic demands of the county.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

“We know there is a real need for specialist good quality homes for highly complex and vulnerable people, that are not currently available in our county.

“Due to the shortage of suitable accommodation we are proposing to build bespoke accommodation, designed to help people to develop their independent living skills within a community setting.

“I am fully supportive of this innovative project as, not only will it support the health and wellbeing and skills of our most vulnerable, but it will also help increase the supply of affordable and social housing. This in turn will bring economic benefits within Shropshire’s economy, and provide a range of financial opportunities to the council in respect of the current housing stock for some of the most vulnerable people adult social care supports.”

You can read the full report here.  

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Social care savings

The cost of individual care packages can be reduced through shared carers as a result of housing multiple individuals at the same property, whilst still within their own individual apartments.

It will also reduce the need for Shropshire Council to place individuals in placements outside of the county. These placements are amongst the most expensive individual care packages that the council are responsible for, ranging from £90,000 to £320,000, and a number of these individuals have been earmarked as suitable occupants of the proposed supported living arrangements

Why Greenacres Farm?

After research into a range of other locations and supported living schemes, the rural location of Greenacres was chosen to deliver this specialised housing as it was favourable over more urban locations due to the risk urban locations may pose to individuals with complex needs, for example road awareness and increased risk of harm and abuse.

Greenacres already has an existing facility that provides a range of facilities and day care opportunities to vulnerable people. The day services facility will provide opportunities and support to the new proposed residents of the apartments.

In addition to this, the empty house at Greenacres will be converted to incorporate a variety of uses to suit the needs of the residents living in the apartments, along with the public. Combining the three services on one site will allow them to complement each other and provide a range of opportunities, mutual benefits and activities that promotes independent living, to not only the residents living in Greenacres apartments but the wider community.

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Householders thanked as Shropshire’s kerbside recycling rises 23% during lockdown

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 06:00

Householders in the Shropshire Council area are being thanked for their recycling efforts – as new figures show that the amount of paper, card, cans, glass and plastic put out for recycling between April and August 2020 was up 23% – or 2000 tonnes – on the same period last year.

There was also a 7.25% increase in the amount of garden waste collected in the same period.

New national research supports the fact that people across the UK have become more environmentally aware as a s result of the lockdown.

Statistics released today by the Recycle Now campaign to mark the 17th annual national Recycle Week (20 – 27 September) show that nearly 9 in 10 households say they ‘regularly recycle’, and 73 per cent of people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment – up from 68 per cent in 2019.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for for waste , said

“To mark Recycle Week we want to thank people across Shropshire for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year. With people staying at home more and for longer we have seen a big increase in the amount of waste put out for recycling and want to say a big thank you to everyone for putting their recyclable waste out for collection.

“I also want to thank our brilliant recycling crews who continued to collect waste and recycling throughout the lockdown, and continue to do so as lockdown measures are eased. They have provided a brilliant and vital service – not just collecting our waste, but collecting more of it. They really do deserve the many thank you notes and messages that they received, especially at the start of lockdown.”

One of the thank notes left for waste collection crews during lockdown.

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK, said:

“It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever in Shripshire are taking responsibility for protecting the environment by choosing to recycle. This is something we can all do, wherever we live – an individual action that, when performed by everyone, adds up to a huge change.

“Shropshire’s recycling and waste workers have been real heroes too, providing the best service possible under the most difficult of circumstances. The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how Shropshire people have cooperated.

“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone Shropshire for continuing to recycle, whatever their circumstances and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together.”

Shropshire Council, businesses and other organisations are joining in with a range of activities to highlight the importance of recycling. Everyone – organisations and individuals –  can support Recycle Week by using #RecycleWeek on social media.

The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey completed in July.

For more information about recycling in the Shropshire Council area visit www.reycleforshrophire.org.

For more information on Recycle Now, visit www.recyclenow.com

Further information

Recycle Week partners

This year, for the first time, Recycle Now is delighted to welcome commercial donors who are supporting Recycle Week: Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Co-op, Britvic, Highland Spring, Unilever UK and Ireland, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, Eco Surety, Suez and Waitrose are providing funding  to help inspire citizens to recycle more of the right things, more often, as well as organising their own events and activities during the Week. L’Oréal is running a campaign before, during and after Recycle Week, during which 50p from each of the first 100,000 bottles of L’Oréal products sold in Boots stores will be donated to Recycle Now to help deliver its mission to get more people recycling more often.

About Recycle Week

First staged in 2004, Recycle Week is now the UK’s largest national annual recycling campaign. It is the week where citizens, media, local governments, and brands come together to meet one goal: to galvanise everyone into recycling more of the right things, more often.

About Recycle Now

Recycle Now is one of WRAP’s family of consumer facing brands.

An established brand, Recycle Now encourages and motivates citizens to recycle more things, more often, from all around the home.  Using ground-breaking, robust insights and behaviour change theory, we develop interventions and campaigns to motivate citizens to change their behaviour.

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Coronavirus: Be prepared in case you need to isolate

Shropshire Council News Feed - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 20:49

The prospect of staying at home for any prolonged period can seem overwhelming.

It’s the topic that’s crossed everyone’s mind. How am I going to do to stay sane during self-isolation?!

Here’s our guide to staying fit and healthy – both physically and mentally.

You do not need to stockpile items 

We all remember the Great Toilet Paper shortage earlier this year.  Stockpiling enough loo role to last you a year isn’t probably the sensible thing to do. Supermarkets will have plenty of stock of your favourite items.

But do book an online shop

Online grocery shopping surged during lockdown, but it is now a lot easier to book a slot. If you’re having to self-isolate, it’s worth booking a regular slot at your local supermarket.

If you’re not so tech savvy, see if you can call upon a friend or family member to do your weekly shop.

Ordering prescriptions

During the coronavirus pandemic the NHS Prescription Ordering Direct has provided a way to order your repeat prescription.

As with your food shop, please don’t stockpile medicines and only order what you need.

For patients registered with a Shropshire GP practice they can also e-mail: shropshire.pod@nhs.net

Further info on the POD service can be found here

Pets

If your pet is staying with you, try to minimise your contact as much as possible (just like with other people in the household) – unfortunately, this means no snuggling or cuddling until you are better! We understand this might be difficult, so if there is another person in your household or a friend without symptoms, it might be best for them to take over the day-to-day care of your pet while you are ill.

PDSA have some great advice for pet owners.

Healthy body and mind

Whether you’re into aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga, need some mobility exercises or just want a quick 10 minutes, there’s a video for you!

We have lots more pages of advice and support for your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, which are all available from our website

Download the  Self Isolation Checklist

Remember you are not alone. For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus: Council backs Shrewsbury Town fan trial

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 22:08

Shropshire Council is backing the government-endorsed trial which will see Shrewsbury Town FC welcome back supporters this weekend.

This Saturday 1,000 fans are set to attend the game against Northampton Town FC at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The Council has held talks with representatives of the football club to discuss how to ensure a small number of fans could safely attend the game.

Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting said:

“It is exciting that Shrewsbury is at the forefront of this trial and I know the club and supporters will follow the rules and act sensibly at all times.

“The Council has worked closely with the club and other authorities to ensure the safety of the small number of fans attending Saturday’s game. I know many supporters will have their pre and post-match traditions, but we would advise everyone to act responsibly and follow Covid rules and guidelines.

“It is a major step forward and I hope the club can help pave the way for a wider return to sport by spectators in the future. I want to wish Sam Ricketts and the squad the best for this season.”

This fixture will be closely monitored by the authorities before any decision is made on future games being played before supporters.

Those attending the game will be discouraged from using public transport or sharing cars and the club has published the guidelines that must be followed in and around the stadium on face coverings and one-way systems.

Fans must adhere to the seating arrangements in place for the test event, with a maximum of 1,000 supporters seated socially distanced within the stadium’s West Stand. Tickets for the match are being made available to season ticket holders only.

The Club have put sanitising stations inside and outside the stadium, one way system in operation for access of toilets, mobile catering units at the rear of the West Stand, seating template which allows families to sit within their bubbles and arrange of other measures to ensure the pilot is successful.

Shrewsbury CEO Brian Caldwell said:

“It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome a small number of fans back to the Montgomery Waters Meadow. We have been trying to do a pilot and have been pushing from day one to try and get a pilot to open all four stands. When you look at it now, there are only seven clubs in the country who are doing the pilot for 1,000 fans – we are one of them.

“We decided, we are going to take the challenge on, despite the difficulties and the short time scale to get everything right, but I do feel that we are in a good position with 24 acres around the stadium. All the staff at the Club have worked really, really hard to make sure everything is in place for the one thousand.

“We needed permission from our local safety advisory group, a group made up of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, Shropshire Council, the police, fire, and ambulance. I’ve got to be grateful to all of the groups as they acted quickly to support our application.”

Further details can be found here 

 

 

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Coronavirus: Shropshire Council set to receive more Government funding for vulnerable people

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 16:17

Vulnerable people in Shropshire who were housed during the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year, thanks to new Government funding.

The funding from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme was announced yesterday (Thursday 17 September 2020) by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, as part of the Government’s commitment to ending rough sleeping for good.

Shropshire Council is one of 274 local authorities who will receive a share of the £91.5m of Government funding to ensure interim accommodation and support for the most vulnerable people, by:

  • helping people into the private rented sector
  • securing interim accommodation such as supported housing
  • assessing  the wider support these people need in order to rebuild their lives.

The council will receive £123,500 of the Government funding.

Laura Fisher, Shropshire Council’s housing services manager, said:

“We are really excited about this funding and the opportunity it gives us to carry on the amazing work we have done in regard to reducing homelessness in Shropshire. We are aware that the reasons for rough sleeping are complex, but are committed to eradicating rough sleeping in Shropshire.

“Shropshire will receive £123,500 to enable us to increase the number of support workers we have to work with our most vulnerable people, and also to access the social and private rented market through the use of landlord incentives such as increased levels of deposits, rent in advance and guaranteed rent.”

Shropshire Council has also put in a bid for a share of the further £161 million fund intended to provide over 3,300 additional supported homes this year for those sleeping rough or currently housed in emergency accommodation. The funding will be used for additional bedspaces within Shropshire. The council are currently waiting for an announcement regarding this funding.

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Coronavirus: Joint Statement from Shropshire Council and St Mary’s CE Primary School

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 17:38

Shropshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands following confirmation of a case of COVID-19 at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Albrighton.

On the advice of Public Health England, the school has taken the decision to close the school until Thursday 24 September to all pupils and staff. There will then be a staggered return for pupils between Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September.

In line with NHS guidance, as soon as the individual became symptomatic, they went home to self-isolate for at least 10 days. All members of the household of the affected individual were reminded they must isolate at home for 14 days.

PHE has advised the St Mary’s CE Primary School to clean the premises thoroughly; especially touch points like door handles, communal areas like toilets and dining hall, and anywhere else the individual/s spent time, to reduce risk of further infection. St Mary’s have informed parents/carers and staff of the situation and measures being taken to make the school COVID-19 safe.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s Director of Public Health said:

“We want to reassure students and parents/carers that the risk of infection is very low.  St Mary’s CE Primary School has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure to limit the spread of the virus.

“To date, there has only have one confirmed case. Anyone who is symptomatic will be offered immediate testing. Contact tracing is underway and if anyone is identified as a contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, a contact advisor from Test, Trace will be in touch with appropriate advice.

“We are not addressing this as an outbreak at this moment in time, but we’ll remain in close contact with the senior leaders in the school, should the situation change.

“Protecting the health of our population remains a priority, and at this time we would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people.

“Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

“If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, for example if you have been contacted as part of the test and trace programme, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.”

Amanda Skidmore, Headteacher of St Mary’s CE Primary School, Albrighton said:

“On PHE advice we are having to close to protect all of the children and staff in our school following a positive COVID-19 test in our education community.  We will reopen when it is safe to do so but will be supporting our pupils during this period with remote learning.”

 If you have any queries or concerns, call Shropshire Council’s Education Line on 0345 678 9008

The support line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Press 5 for back to school enquiries.

 

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Have your say on the future of leisure facilities in Shropshire

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:18

Shropshire Council has launched a new consultation asking you for your feedback on its new Leisure Facilities Strategy.

The consultation will run for six weeks, until Thursday 29 October 2020.

The new strategy updates the previous Indoor Leisure Facility Strategy that was developed in 2018, to meet the changing needs and demand for leisure facilities across Shropshire.

Physical activity is crucial to supporting good mental and physical health, something that has been highlighted throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The new strategy focuses on how the council and its partners can meet local and community needs to support and enable residents to engage in physical activity. It has a particular focus on younger and older people.

The strategy also aims to reduce the carbon footprint of leisure facilities across the county as part of the council’s commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2030.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“Exercise is so important for the physical and mental health of everyone and the pandemic has only served to highlight this.

“As the local and community needs for leisure have changed, it was essential that our Leisure Facilities Strategy be updated to reflect the changes. This is to ensure we are delivering the right services in the right areas and in the right way.

“The purpose of this consultation is to gather your views on the strategy to help us shape the future of leisure facilities in your area. Exercise and access to leisure facilities is a key issue, so I would encourage you to complete the survey and have your say.”

You can have your say by heading to the Shropshire Council website to complete the survey.

All comments will be carefully considered and used to inform the final version of the strategy, which will be considered at a future Cabinet meeting.

To find out more about the draft Leisure Facilities Strategy please email leisure@shropshire.gov.uk. You can also view the summary of the new Strategy on the Shropshire Council website.

Further information

The key aims of the new Leisure Facilities Strategy are:

  1. To work with partners to support the people of Shropshire to live longer, healthier and quality lives through sport and physical activity, with a focus on younger and older people
  2. To support the resilience of local communities and the development of place by strengthening local communities through sport and physical activity
  3. To support economic growth by developing opportunities for people to reach their full potential by providing employment, volunteering and tourism opportunities
  4. To take an approach focusing on local needs to enable the delivery of high quality leisure facilities through targeted investment, partnership opportunities, community empowerment and commercial acumen in order to reduce levels of subsidy
  5. To aim to reduce our carbon footprint in line with the commitment of Shropshire Council to the declaration of Climate Emergency to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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News from our partners: Whitchurch Swimming Centre to remain closed due to social distancing guidelines

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 15:48

News from our partners Shropshire Community Leisure Trust Ltd

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust Ltd has announced that due to the layout of the centre, it will not be reopening Whitchurch Swimming Centre until social distancing guidelines for indoor sports facilities related to the coronavirus pandemic are eased.

Chris Stanbrook, Contract Manager for the Trust, said:

“Following extensive investigations into the feasibility of reopening Whitchurch Swimming Pool, and with the safety of our customers and employees at the forefront of our thinking, we have decided it is not possible for us to reopen the centre at this point in time.

“Due to the layout of the building, we have identified that it would be impossible to enforce the required social distancing regulations, as laid down by the Government for indoor sports facilities. The size and layout of the centre does not permit suitable one-way systems, and does not allow customers to maintain 2 metre distancing in key parts of the building, including the reception, corridor, and spectator areas.

“Additionally, the changing rooms at the centre are only permitted to hold a maximum of four people, which does not allow us to introduce adequate people flow systems, preventing us from providing a COVID-19-safe changing environment for customers.

“We realise the centre not reopening at this point will be disappointing news to many local people, but until social distancing is removed, the pool will remain closed. When the Government removes the requirement for indoor sports facilities to enforce social distancing, we will be looking to reopen the facility.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“We fully appreciate that the prolonged closure of the swimming pool in Whitchurch is frustrating for local residents, and it’s not a decision that has been taken lightly. We hope you’ll agree that the safety of staff, visitors and local residents has to be the top priority.

“Once Government guidelines on social distancing are eased, we will be able to revisit reopening the facility.”

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust runs five facilities in the county. Currently, two of its centres are open, Shrewsbury Sports Village and Oswestry Leisure Centre. Its facilities at Market Drayton Swimming Pool, The Quarry Swimming & Fitness Centre and Whitchurch remain closed.

For more information about the Trust and to check for reopening updates, visit its website https://www.shropshireleisurecentres.com/

For further information, please contact:

Alan Mitchell – Communications Manager

alan.mitchell@serco.com

07764 333639

Further information

 

About Shropshire Community Leisure Trust

Shropshire Community Leisure Limited manages the Whitchurch Swimming Centre, Market Drayton Swimming Pool, Oswestry Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Sports Village and The Quarry Swimming Pools.

Our vision is the creation and maintenance of a first class range of healthy leisure and recreational activities and facilities to serve all parts of the communities in the areas we serve.

We work in partnership with the community and all relevant bodies including but not restricted to existing providers of relevant leisure and recreational activities, the local and parish councils, unitary, county and town councils and potential funding partners. For more information, visit our website: Shropshire Community Leisure Trust

About Serco Leisure

Serco Leisure is a provider of leisure industry solutions, working with clients to bring high quality services to sites throughout England, in Northern Ireland and on the island of Jersey.

Our ethos is affordable leisure time entertainment for all. We manage gyms, swimming pools, cycle hire schemes, event venues and National Sports Centres, including Bisham Abbey, Lillieshall, and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

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Council puts out tender for carer support service for Shropshire

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 15:02

Shropshire Council are seeking tenders to deliver its carer support service, to support unpaid family carers across the county.

The £320,000 fixed contract (at £160,000 per annum) will be for an initial 2-year term, with the potential to extend the contract for a further two years, subject to contract performance and budget availability.

The council is wanting to work with an organisation, or group of organisations, who can demonstrate that they understand the principles and priorities of its All Age Carers Strategy and can embed these into the design and delivery of their activities. The service being commissioned is for adults caring for other adults, and will be required to:

  • Provide information, advice and signposting for carers
  • Create a countywide carer network that brings together and connects individual carers and local peer support groups
  • Build the confidence and capacity of carers to create and run local peer support groups for carers, and support these groups to run effectively.
  • Provide one to one support to carers face to face, over the telephone or virtually
  • Be an active partner of Shropshire Carers, working to support the organisations working across health and social care in Shropshire to engage with unpaid and family carers within their services and signpost them to the service
  • Lead on events in Shropshire that raise awareness of the role of unpaid and family carers.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on many unpaid family carers.

Carers UK have reported that, nationally, 4.5 million more people have become unpaid or family carers since the start of the pandemic, and seven million people are juggling work with unpaid care. Carers UK findings highlight that the physical and mental health of unpaid carers is deteriorating through lack of support, and that unpaid carers are twice as likely as the average person to be relying on foodbanks during lockdown.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

“We are committed to ensuring that the right support is available for carers in Shropshire and wish to recommission our carer support service to help enable this.

“We recognise the extra demands that have been placed on unpaid and family carers across Shropshire during these difficult times and the impact this may have on people’s mental and physical health. Many of our carers will have provided more support for the people they care for, often without additional help.

“Providing the right support for carers is critical, so they are able to maintain their own health and wellbeing.

“We have had a range of conversations with carers of people with a wide range of conditions, both through the carer review undertaken in 2019 and further engagement this year, and we want to thank everyone for taking the time to share their views, concerns and ideas. Their feedback has been instrumental in shaping and developing the requirements and conditions for our future carer support service.”

The successful provider will be able to demonstrate that they understand how to work in a people-centred and community based way, and proactively work with carers, the council and other groups and organisations to develop and provide preventative and early support.

Further information on this carer support service tender and to apply, visit Shropshire Council’s website.

Closing date for tender submissions is Thursday 15 October 2020.

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Blog: Shrewsbury Castle dig – Day 13: Sunday, and some welcome visitors

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:11

It was another sweltering hot day at Shrewsbury Castle today (Sunday 13 September 2020), but that didn’t stop the dig team. Today’s objective was to safely lower the trench and, importantly, to calculate its measurements.

To establish the relationship between our trench and surrounding castle features, including last year’s motte ditch, Dr Nigel Baker used various measuring instruments. Firstly, he calculated the length of the castle wall, then the depth of the trench in relation to the castle drive, which is the natural level of the castle, and lastly the height of the trench from the castle drive. In doing so he successfully calculated the depth of the trench and it is now at a deeper level than last year’s excavation.

Dr Baker surveying the curtain wall. Photo Lucy Salter.

One interesting find of today was a piece of medieval pottery that has been identified as part of a cooking pot, some of the soot and burn markings can still be visibly seen on the edge of the pot. Interestingly, the large piece has broken in such a manner that suggests that it had not been disturbed since it was placed there. Another find, not uncommon at this site, was a large piece of cow bone. This piece, however, shows marks from where the meat was cut off still visible, another sign of human activity from centuries ago.

Tom pursues a possible feature. Photo Lucy Salter.

There was also some exciting activity in the grounds today, with a few individuals from the Castle Studies Trust, our sponsors, who came for a socially distanced viewing of the work that the team has been doing for the past few weeks. These visitors provided useful insights on the Castle background and some of our recent pottery finds.

Another find.

Tomorrow’s objective is to delve deeper into the medieval layers in our trench and uncover more of the history of Shrewsbury Castle.

Written by Lucy Salter on behalf of the volunteers at Shrewsbury Castle

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