Structural engineers to carry out inspection of Lord Hill’s Column in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:45

The Column, Shrewsbury

The statue of Lord Hill on top of The Column in Shrewsbury will be inspected by structural engineers on Monday 25 February [2019] after several small pieces of stone were found on the ground close to The Column last week.

An initial inspection by council engineers has suggested that the debris may have fallen from the statue following recent high winds and freezing temperatures.

Now, engineers will go up in a cherry picker on Monday to inspect the current condition of the statue and The Column, to determine the likely source and cause of the fallen debris, and to decide if any action is needed to help prevent further debris falling to the ground. The inspection is due to start at around 8am, weather permitting.

In the meantime the situation will be closely monitored and any safety concerns will be dealt with appropriately.

Shropshire Council and the Friends of Lord Hill’s Column are currently working to secure the funding needed to replace the statue of Lord Hill with an exact replica made from its original material, Coade stone.

Tim Smith, head of business, enterprise and commercial services with Shropshire Council said:

“Lord Hill famously fought in a number of battles, but his biggest enemy is undoubtedly the weather – especially heavy rain, frost and wind. Our priority is to ensure the safety of people passing by The Column so we’ve called in structural engineers to carry out a further assessment of the statue and to offer their professional advice about what action may be necessary.”

About The Column and Lord Hill

As owners of the grade 2* listed Lord Hill statue and The Column, Shropshire Council has a responsibility for maintaining the structure.

The Friends of Lord Hill’s Column group was formed in September 2013.  

Completed in June 1816 The Column was erected in honour of the Right Honourable Rowland Lord Hill, Baron of Almarez in Spain, and of Hawkstone and Hardwick Grange, Shropshire; Commander-in-Chief of the British Army; a General in the Army; Governor of Plymouth, and Colonel of the Horse Guards Blue.

Born at Prees Hall, near Hawkstone in April 1772, Lord Hill fought alongside the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. The Column was erected to recognise his valour in this and other campaigns. He died at Hardwicke Grange near Shrewsbury in December 1842 and was buried in the churchyard at Hadnall.

The first stone was laid on December 27 1814 by the Salopian Lodge of Free Masons assisted by deputies from adjoining lodges, on the festival of St. John the Evangelist. The last stone was laid on 18 June 1816 the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The total expense was 5,972 pounds, 13 shillings and 2 pence.

The Grade II listed Column is 133 feet high (40.5 metres) and, when built, was the highest free-standing Greek Doric column in England. Its diameter is two feet wider than Nelson’s Column and, not including the pedestal, it is 13 feet higher.

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‘Beary’ special Merrythought guests arrive at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:06

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be hosting some ‘beary’ special guests from celebrated local teddy bear manufacturers, Merrythought.

A range of iconic bears are on display as part of the Bears! exhibition and on the Museum balcony.

The Merrythought Bears

These VIP guests include a Bingie Grenadier bear which dates from 1933 – 1938. This smartly dressed bear featured on Antiques Roadshow. It is very rare to find any member of the Bingie family still in his original clothes.

The museum will also be proudly displaying, Edward, Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, star of the major feature film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’.   Edward is a beautiful replica of the teddy bear who famously inspired AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, originally created by Farnell in 1921 and brought to life by Merrythought.

From August 2017 to July 2018, an original 1930s ‘Merrythought Bear’ proudly appeared upon an official Royal Mail 1st Class Stamp, as part of a special collection celebrating classic British toys. This very special bear also features in the exhibition.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“It’s great to that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery have been able to work with Merrythought to provide a lovely local angle to a national exhibition.

“I’d like to thank Merrythought for kindly donating so many wonderful teddy bears to feature in this fabulous exhibition.”

Fay Bailey, Learning & Communications Manager at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“We are delighted to have an opportunity to showcase this iconic selection of beautiful teddy bears from a prestigious local company during the Bears Exhibition.”

Sarah Holmes, Director and great-granddaughter of the founder of Merrythought, said:

“Merrythought is delighted to see some key characters from our archives being showcased as part of the exhibition. Given that each one was hand-made in the county, it’s lovely for them to be enjoyed by the museum’s visitors and the local community.

“We are very proud of our heritage and the fact that each Merrythought teddy bear continues to be made in Shropshire today, including our much-loved ‘Edward Bear’, who also features in the museum display.”

Bears! Exhibition

On Saturday 16 February 2019, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery officially opened Bears!

This exhibition invites you to come face-to-face with your favourite bears in this new exhibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet iconic bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear as well as many of the bears who feature in popular contemporary children’s literature.

Visitors can hunt for bears in the bear forest and enjoy original manuscripts and illustrations from Phillip Pullman, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and many more.

This exhibition is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 28 April, 2019.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.


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Shrewsbury and Oswestry set to bid for share of £675m Future High Streets Fund

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:43

Shrewsbury and Oswestry could receive a share of the Government’s £675m Future High Streets Fund, with Shropshire Council set to agree to submit funding bids on behalf of both towns.

The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 to support high streets to adapt, transform and meet the changing expectations and functions of high streets – to help them survive and thrive.

Shropshire is eligible to submit two bids into this first round of funding, and a report to the council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 27 February 2019 recommends that bids are made on behalf of Shrewsbury and Oswestry before the 22 March [2019] deadline.

Shrewsbury from the air. Credit: Paul Hutchinson

After a number of towns across the county expressed initial interest in being put forward, a short proposal form was produced based on the criteria set out by the Government. Council officers asked Shropshire’s market towns to return their proposals to the council for consideration by a majority independent panel.

The panel consisted of the Executive Director of Place for Shropshire Council, Director of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the Chair of Shropshire Business Board.

Three of Shropshire’s towns submitted proposals: Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch. Oswestry and Shrewsbury showed a preference to be considered for the first round of funding, and Whitchurch for the second round.

The panel reviewed and scored the proposals that were submitted and concluded that both the Shrewsbury and Oswestry bids should proceed as first round bids and be worked up in collaboration with the appropriate town councils, local councillors and Business Improvement Districts. The panel supported Whitchurch’s preference to be looked at for the second round of funding in 2020.


Steve Charmley, deputy Leader of Shropshire Council and Cabinet member with responsibility for economic growth, said:

“There is a fantastic opportunity for Shropshire Council to submit two bids to the Future High Streets Fund, and hopefully secure a share of the £675 million that has been allocated to support towns and high streets across the country. The aims of the Fund closely match our own ambitions for supporting our market towns and growing the local economy. This is a great chance to secure what could be a significant – and very welcome – amount of funding to help us achieve our goals.”

To give Shropshire Council the greatest potential for success, it will be important to ensure that both bids meet the eligibility criteria of the fund and are truly transformational in their proposals.  This will be done through the preparation of the full bids.

Meanwhile, Shropshire Council officers will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on ‘Our plan for the High Street’ and the emerging information and guidance, and the implications of this for Shropshire and its many market towns.

About the Future High Streets Fund

The objective of the Fund is to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability.

The Government’s aim is to co-fund projects and places that have already started to formulate a vision for the future of their town centres. They are expecting bids to be in the region of £5 -10 million and not exceeding £25 million, and be co-funded by either public or private sector investment.

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Cabinet to consider a change to the way people access services

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:42

Shropshire Council’s Cabinet is to consider a change to the way people access services in their area, following a year-on-year decrease in the number of people visiting its face to face offices.

Over the past five years, the number of people using the council’s six main face to face offices has been steadily falling, from 70,615 in April 2014 to just 33,079 in April 2018. Also, some of the council’s smaller offices see no customers at all some months.

This fall in customer numbers is, in part, due to the council’s efforts to make it easier for customers to contact them by phone and carry out simple transactions online.

Every year, the council’s Customer Service Centre (CSC) helps more than 200,000 customers of all ages to access the same services as those handled at face to face points. Also, figures show that use of its new transactional webpages has more than doubled from 764,000 online sessions in 2015 to 1.6 million in 2017.

The cost of providing face to face access is expensive and, with pressures on budgets continuing, the council went out to consultation in July 2018 to seek people’s views on its proposals to reduce the number of days that staff are on site to help, whilst continuing to provide a service which meets the needs of its customers.

Following careful consideration of people’s feedback, the council is proposing to:

  • Reduce the days on which staff at its main offices in Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Bridgnorth are available to directly support customers.
  • Not offer a face to face service at its smaller offices in Albrighton, Bishop’s Castle, Broseley, Church Stretton Town Council and Church Stretton Health and Well-being Centre, Cleobury Country, Ellesmere, Shifnal and Wem, some of which have no recorded customer use.

These proposals will be included in a report which will be considered by the council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for corporate and commercial support, said:

“Whilst we recognise that some customers prefer to use a face to face service, we have to find ways of achieving this on much-reduced budgets.

“As part of the proposals, we plan to keep our six main offices open during the times that they’re at their busiest, wherever possible. We’ve also made a commitment to continue to provide phones and computers at all of our offices, which will be free for our customers.

“Over the last few years we’ve worked really hard to provide people with different and more cost-effective ways of accessing the services that they need, and we’re pleased that people are using these more and more. Our future plans for digital transformation and bringing council services together will only add to this.

“It’s because of this that we feel confident that we can continue to be fair to our customers and provide value for money, despite these changes.”

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Every day is different: why we love working in adult social care

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:54

Staff supporting a new national campaign are encouraging potential new recruits to consider social care as a career choice.

The “Every day is different, when you care” campaign, led by the Department of Health and Social Care, aims to help drive people towards the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.

Every day is different when you care – campaign

‘Every day is different’ will showcase how rewarding social care careers can be, with a huge array of opportunities for progression and professional development: 96% of care professionals feel their work makes a difference to people’s lives. The campaign aims to:

  • Attract new people with the right values to the sector and increase interest in adult social care as a vocation.
  • Highlight the array of job roles, with an initial focus on direct care roles such as care workers, where there is the most demand.
  • Equip the sector with the marketing tools to support the campaign and advice to recruit the right people and help retain staff, to address a high turnover rate.

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There is more to adult social care than meets the eye. The sector offers an extremely varied and rewarding profession with opportunities to suit every type of carer. The ‘Every day is different, when you care’ campaign will help people understand more about adult social care, mitigate any myths they have about the sector, and help them explore whether a job in social care would be right for them.

In adult social care, no two days are the same. From care worker to director, social care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common – a desire to help make a difference every day. But don’t take our word for it – take a look at what our staff and those who we support have to say.

START team

Over 1.45 million people work in the adult social care sector currently, but it is predicted an additional 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035, to keep up with the rising numbers of people aged 65 and over.

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In the West Midlands alone, it is estimated that the sector employs more people in the region than are employed in the automotive industry across the UK.

Andy Begley, Shropshire Council’s director for adult social care and housing, said:

“Adult social care plays a crucial role in enabling people to maintain their independence, stay safe and well for longer and live purposeful lives.

“We are proud in Shropshire to have highly professional, caring and loyal staff, so much so that their dedication and commitment to their work has been nationally recognised. Our teams have won several Team of the Year awards a ‘Breaking down barriers award’ and recognition for our Buy2Live housing scheme. We’ve also been currently shortlisted for five awards in the public sector and rated ‘Good’ for our START service.

“This is a very productive and exciting time in adult social care. The rapidly-growing sector continues to evolve and transform in creative and innovative ways, bringing exciting new job vacancies and lots of opportunities to develop and progress. There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of this vibrant and dynamic sector.

“Also over the past 12 months, we have been looking at ‘flipping’ adult social care so that it is not seen as a drain but a key driver in the region’s economy. The sector is also one of the biggest employers in the country, by some estimates employing more people than the NHS, and contributes literally billions of pounds to the West Midlands’ economy, and demand for its services will grow and grow for the foreseeable future.

“We are delighted to be supporting the ‘Every day is different, when you care’ campaign to encourage and inspire the right people with the right values to either return or take their first steps towards an enormously successful and rewarding career. I strongly encourage people across Shropshire to see what great career prospects, and opportunities for progression there is in social care across the county.”

Left to right: Andy Begley – Shropshire Council’s director of adult social care and housing; Deb Edwards – Team manager ICS acute; Becky Waterworth – Social worker ICS; Anita Gikiri – Social worker ICS; Louise Phillips – Social care practitioner; Tanya Miles – Shropshire Council’s head of adult social care; Lee Chapman – Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for adult services, health and social housing; Jane Tait – Team manager ICS community; Bobby Flannagan – independent care home assessor ( SCHT); Sarah Robinson – Clinical Commissioning Group commissioner; Jon Richards, Head of Education and Local Government at award sponsor UNISON.

Above: Our joint Integrated Community Service (ICS) team, voted team of the year at the recent at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

If you’re a kind, compassionate person who’d like to make a difference to people’s lives, then social care could be the right career for you. Take a look at our vision and values or take part in the ‘Every day is different when you care’ quiz to see if social care is right for you.

Whether you’re starting a career or returning to social care, come and join our award winning teams and see how working with us can help you build on the skills you have and learn new ones.

Visit our adult social care jobs webpage and current vacancies we have on offer at

For more information about ‘Every day is different, when you care’ visit

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New growth plans for Shropshire’s market towns near completion

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:25


A series of plans that will help Shropshire’s largest market towns to encourage growth and attract new businesses and investment are set to be completed by the end of March, Shropshire Council’s place overview committee heard at its meeting today, 15 February 2019.

The local economic growth strategies for Ludlow, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Bridgnorth, and Market Drayton are being prepared by Shropshire Council, in conjunction with the appropriate town council, parish councils, local business and other stakeholders.

Each strategy will create a shared ‘economic vision’ for that town, with a focus on key sectors, and will help inward investors and businesses to understand what that town has to offer.

They will sit beneath Shropshire Council’s countywide Economic Growth Strategy and will help to create a shared economic vision for the whole county.

The Whitchurch and Oswestry economic growth strategies are set to be finalised by the end of February, with the Market Drayton, Ludlow and Bridgnorth plans set to be completed by the end of March. Discussions are also being held with Shifnal Town Council on a strategy for Shifnal.

In drafting the strategies Shropshire Council has run a series of workshops with town and parish councils, business groups, individual businesses and other stakeholders, and the feedback from these will help identify projects and inform an action plan and vision for each town.

The feedback gathered from the workshops so far has been extremely beneficial. The workshop held in Ludlow was particularly successful and well attended, with Philip Dunne MP taking part in the session.

Gemma Davies, head of economic growth with Shropshire Council, said:

“We’ve worked closely with local partners and stakeholders in the creation of these strategies to ensure that each plan demonstrates a shared vison.

“The intention has been to not duplicate what we have already. These strategies will be focused on the delivery of economic growth and will be informed by, and fully aligned with, other strategies and documents already in existence, including place plans, neighbourhood plans and the local plan review work.”

Joyce Barrow, chair of the place overview committee, said:

“It was really helpful for the committee to find out more about this important work, which aims to help boost the economies of our market towns, and their surrounding areas, and also strengthen the economy of the whole county. I’m encouraged that Shropshire Council is working closely, and working well, with each of the town councils, and local stakeholders, and encouraging them to make their thoughts known and to take ownership of their strategies.”

Smaller towns wanting to develop their own economic plan will be provided with a structured template document to help them to do so. The document asks them to consider the opportunities, constraints and challenges to delivering growth in their area. This work is community-led, co-ordinated by the parish or town council, supported by Shropshire Council, working with local business community and other key stakeholder groups.

Further information

1. Shrewsbury is already covered by the Big Town Plan.

2. While centred on larger market towns, the local strategies take in the wider hinterland and surrounding geography of each town.

3. The framework for each plan follows the same format as the countywide strategy with a number of key priority headings which includes;

  • Targeting actions and resources where there are economic opportunity.
  • Enabling businesses to start, grow and succeed.
  • Delivering infrastructure to support growth: transport, digital, housing, local infrastructure, utilities.
  • Meeting skills needs and aspirations for work.
  • Inward investment.

4. The template being provided to smaller towns to help them shape their own strategies follows the same format as the workshop sessions and covers the following areas;

  • The economic profile of the town.
  • The opportunities to deliver economic growth.
  • How to meet the needs to support growth: skills; utilities; digital; housing; local Infrastructure.
  • The key challenges to overcome.
  • Proposed content and design including a pen portrait.

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Half term at Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:34

During half term Severn Valley Country Park will still be open for business as the building work to the exciting new extension to the Visitor Centre begins on Monday 18 February 2019.

The visitor centre and café are now closed but a new refreshment kiosk will be open from Saturday 16 February 2019.

The kiosk will be offering take away drinks, ice creams and snacks and will be open every day of half term from 11am-4pm.

We will be unable to serve lunches so please consider bringing a picnic (if the weather is warm enough) if you are planning to spend all day at the park.

Half term events

There are still some great events happening for half term.

Self-led garden bird trail, Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February (Free)

Garden birds love the Country Park because it’s full of tasty treats for them to find.

On our short self-led trail children can mark all the birds they see on their trail map. Maps can be collected every day of the holidays between 11am-3pm from the refreshment kiosk.

Woodland mini beast session, Wednesday 20 February (Free, Booking Advised)

Our rangers will be leading 2 woodland mini beast sessions from 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Our ranger will take visitors down into the woods to search for spiders, earwigs, worms, slugs and other bugs who live in the log piles and leaves found on the woodland floor. The mini beast hunts are FREE to join, but please call 01746 781 192 to book your place.

The meeting point will be outside the refreshment kiosk.

About the Visitor Centre extension

The new extension will feature a much larger interpretation space to tell visitors about the fascinating history and wildlife of Severn Valley Country Park.

The café will also be improved and will include a new ‘play zone’ for younger visitors and a comfortable snug area to sit and enjoy a drink in front of a roaring fire.

The new facilities should be open by June 2019, ahead of a busy summer of events at the park, and will create three full-time jobs, including a new catering manager.

Funding for the extension is the result of a successful grant application to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) under the Marches LEP Tourism Infrastructure priority. The total cost of the project will be around £411,000, of which £295,839, will be grant-funded.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Consultancy based at WWT Slimbridge have been appointed to design and build the new Visitor Centre. The team have experience of designing visitor centres on country parks all around the world.

Lezley Picton, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“Severn Valley Country Park is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. The team at Shropshire Council are working hard to bring the park into a cost-neutral position. The new Visitor Centre will enable the staff and volunteers to deliver more top quality public events and enhance the visitor experience to safeguard the future of this wonderful facility.”

Shropshire Council manages the third largest Rights of Way network in the country; 5,600km, which is the same distance as Shrewsbury to New York as well as around 13,000 ha of publically accessible parks, heritage sites and nature reserves.

For more information about Shropshire’s Great Outdoors, visit the website.

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Closure of A458 at Cressage for resurfacing work

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:32

The A458 at Cressage will be closed during the day from Saturday 16 to Friday 22 February [2019] for resurfacing work.

On these dates the road will be closed from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 9.30am to 4pm from Monday to Friday.

Map showing the section of the A458 that is to be resurfaced.

To minimise disruption work is being carried out during the schools’ half-term holiday. 

A signed diversion will be in place while the road is closed. The diversion goes via Much Wenlock, Buildwas, Wroxeter and Atcham.

As part of the work  there will also be some minor sign renewal works, and some ironwork adjustments.

Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained where possible.

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Council awarded more than £300,000 to boost economy, provide homes and develop better-integrated public services

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:24

Two important projects were given a boost yesterday (Thursday 14 February 2019) after receiving £305,000 from the Government as part of its One Public Estate (OPE) programme.

Last year both new and existing OPE partnerships were invited to apply for a national fund of around £15 million, to enable the public sector to work together to support the building of much-needed new homes.

The projects – to provide homes and support economic growth in Oswestry and to co-locate blue light services and other public-sector partners across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – will now be progressed by the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Estates Partnership, which is led by Shropshire Council.

£205,000 of the funding will be used to support the OPE programme, as well as progress existing plans and identify opportunities and solutions to accelerate housing and employment land development in Oswestry. The project aims to provide 1,187 homes, 4,144 jobs and 42 Apprenticeships over the next 10 years.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for corporate support, said:

“This is brilliant news for Shropshire Council and for Oswestry. I’m delighted that the council has received yet another funding award as part of the One Public Estate programme.

“This year’s award is double that awarded in the previous round which highlights the confidence from central Government in our ability to deliver key public sector projects in the county.

“Through the programme we work closely with other public sector partners to look at land and property that we own and see how we can develop it for the benefit of our local communities.

“The funding will allow us to work at a faster pace and support the town’s growth. If successful, the project could even be rolled out to other market towns across the county.”

A key part of the project involves working closely with the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water who will be taking a town-wide approach to drainage management.

Hayley Deighton from the Environment Agency, said:

“This is a front-running example of how water management can help underpin sustainable economic growth and support the growth aspirations of partner organisations.  We’ll be looking closely at this pilot scheme to see how we can extend it elsewhere in the country.”

The remaining £100,000 will be used to further develop a project to establish a network of Community Hubs and Neighbourhood Offices for emergency blue light services across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin over the next three years. The project aims to realise cost efficiencies and operational and service benefits of co-location, and to bring forward the release of sites for housing development.

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I made a commitment to ensure as much money as possible is spent on frontline policing. Therefore, by working with partners, as part of the One Public Estate, we have been able to identify where savings can be made by co-locating buildings without having an impact on the level of service the public receives from their police force.

“Placing the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in shared spaces that are regularly accessed by members of the public will allow the police, and their services, to be made even more accessible than they were before.”

To date, the One Public Estate partnership has been awarded over £1 million to support and unlock housing and growth projects across the county.

Further information

The aim of the One Public Estate programme, led jointly by the Cabinet Office and the LGA, is to boost economic growth and regeneration by releasing surplus Government land and property through greater collaboration between local and central government.  It also encourages local authorities to share services and buildings with partners to help reduce running costs and to use the money from selling surplus property.

The key objectives of the programme are to:

  • Create economic growth – to enable released land and property to be used to stimulate economic growth, regeneration new housing and jobs.
  • Generate capital receipts – to release land and property to generate capital receipts.
  • Reduce running costs – to reduce the running costs of central and local government assets.
  • Deliver more integrated and customer-focused services – to encourage publicly funded services to co-locate, to demonstrate service efficiencies, and to work towards a more customer-focused service delivery.

Councils who are successful in gaining membership for the One Public Estate programme are supported to develop and deliver property initiatives with central government and public sector partners which meet these objectives.

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Council teams shortlisted for prestigious LGC awards

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:39

Shropshire Council has been shortlisted for several prestigious awards across adult social care, health and housing.

The Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards are the biggest celebration of excellence in local government and celebrate local authority teams and individuals making the biggest difference to their communities.

The five projects in total covering five different award categories have managed to beat of hundreds of submissions to reach the finals.  Projects shortlisted include:

  • Adult Safeguarding Enquiry CardsCommunity Involvement Category  – for developing easy to read Safeguarding Enquiry cards.
  • Integrated Community Services Team (ICS) – Team of the Year category – for their work in significantly exceeding the government target of getting people out of hospital by achieving a 97% reduction in delayed transfers of care between May 2017 and May 2018.
  • Team of Teams (Social Prescribing) – Public Health Category – for helping people to make positive decisions to improve their health and wellbeing without clinical intervention and making a positive impact on reducing demand on clinical services.
  • The Broseley Project: – Future Places category – for their work in using consumer technology such as smartwatches, voice-activated devices and messaging apps that can be used or adapted to support the health and social care needs of vulnerable people.
  • 2 carers in a car – Health and Social Care category – for a night time support project that has not only supported individuals to stay independent in their home for longer, but has also helped to reduce social care costs. 

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

“I’m delighted the LGC judges have recognised the outstanding work of our adult social care, health and housing teams.

“I am really proud of all the hard work of teams across the breadth of my cabinet portfolio, who are motivated, forward thinking and committed to delivering the best for people of Shropshire. I wish all our teams the very best at the finals.”

LGC editor Nick Golding said:

“The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts.”

Judging took place in January 2019 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

For more information about the awards visit   –

To view the projects submitted for the awards go to our YouTube account click here: this will include a link to all video submissions once approved by managers. 

Further information

Details of shortlists :

Award Category Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Cards


Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Cards – a joint project between Shropshire Council and Shropshire Partners in Care who have come together


The partnership have designed an innovative way of making sure people are involved in their Safeguarding Enquiries. The development of a set of “Talking about Adult Safeguarding: My Enquiry and Safety Plan” cards ensures we truly involve the individual in their safeguarding enquiries. The cards are to be used by people undertaking Safeguarding Enquiries to support the person (and/or their family, friends or advocates) to:

·         Support the person to tell their story

·         Give their views about the situation

·         Understand the information gathered during the enquiry and it might be used

·         Create their Safety Plan Community Involvement


·         Brent LBC

·         Buckinghamshire CC

·         Croydon LBC

·         Hammersmith & Fulham LBC

·         Herefordshire Council

·         Lewisham LBC

·         Shropshire Council

·         Waltham Forest LBC

·         West Sussex CC The Broseley Project:


The Broseley project sees Shropshire working with tech giants to harness consumer technology to offer better capability, flexibility and choice at a lower price along with the power to disrupt and transform the future of health and social care.  These challenges are not unique to Shropshire, or the UK as a whole.  Current assistive technology is an obvious and clearly identifiable object showing that someone needs help.  The Broseley project works to provide the same, if not better, through ‘off the shelf’ technology available to all Future Places

·         Barnsley Council

·         Merton LBC

·         Royal Borough of Greenwich

·         Shropshire Council 2 carers in a car

The cost of delivering care throughout the night is one of the more expensive elements of Adult Social Care provision, Shropshire Council has developed a bespoke night time support service called “Two carers in a car”  to meet the challenge.  It’s a simple idea; two carers provide a flexible and responsive service to meet the needs of service users at night at less than a third of the cost of the previous service. We have created a unique solution that gives the right support, at the right time. It doesn’t create overdependence and it costs us less money. Health and Social Care

·         Croydon LBC

·         Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

·         Isle of Wight Council

·         Lancashire CC

·         Lincolnshire CC

·         Northumberland CC

·         Shropshire Council

·         St Helens Council

·         Swindon BC ICS Team of the Year:


The Integrated Community Services Team, jointly run by Shropshire Council and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust provide short-term support for patients who are ready to leave hospital. This involves a team of carers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists working with the person to help them regain their skills and independence. This will usually be in their own home or as close to home as possible. ICS teams also work closely with partner organisations to identify people who need support to avoid an admission to hospital in the first place. The team of almost 70 provides a ‘Discharge to Assess’ and ‘Admission Avoidance’ service to two acute hospitals, five community hospitals and in community settings.  Early in 2017, Shropshire Council was set extremely rigorous performance targets by the Department of Health and was required to improve its DTOC performance by 60% by September 2017. By collectively implementing innovative measures, ICS significantly exceeded its target, by, achieving a 75% improvement by September 2017 and a 97% reduction in delayed transfers of care between May 2017 and May 2018. Team of the Year

·         Calderdale MBC

·         Colchester BC

·         Croydon LBC

·         Gateshead Council

·         Lambeth LBC

·         Liverpool City Council

·         North West Leicestershire DC

·         Oxford City Council

·         Shropshire Council

·         Southend on Sea BC

·         Tower Hamlets LBC Team of Teams (Social Prescribing)


Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health and social care professionals to refer people to a social prescribing advisor who provides the individual with motivational support and helps them to access non-clinical activities in their local community. A key feature of social prescribing is the time spent with the individual and the holistic nature of the support offered.






Shropshire’s social prescribing initiative has been nationally recognised as an exemplar in the development of social prescribing.  Shropshire’s social prescribing programme is led by Shropshire Council and its Help2Change service. The programme involves working with a range of organisations such as GPs and community and voluntary organisations to provide non-medical support for people to help them take greater control over their own health.


The scheme forms part of Shropshire’s Health Lives preventative programme. Working with GP’s across the county, Shropshire’s Social prescribing team have not only helped people make positive decision to improve their health and wellbeing, but have also made a positive impact on reducing demand on clinical services.



Joint projects are implemented between housing, children’s and adult prevention services, community development, outdoor partnerships, customer services, lifestyle services, the voluntary sector and CCG. Social prescribing is central re-introducing choices to people, that are low cost, high value and significant reach. Case studies, real time data, and modelling show the model is having a positive impact reducing demand, demonstrating cost effectiveness, enthusiastic team working and real results for local people. Public Health

·         Barnsley Council

·         Calderdale MBC

·         Darlington BC

·         East Riding of Yorkshire Council

·         Leeds City Council

·         Plymouth City Council

·         Shropshire Council

·         Essex Local Authorities Food Group

·         West Midlands Combined Authority




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Decisions made by South planning committee on 12 February 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:52

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Proposed dwelling adjacent to The Lindens, Duke Street, Broseley, TF12 5LS (17/04603/OUT) Outline application (all matters reserved) for the erection of one detached dwelling.


That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

It is acknowledged that the application site falls within the development boundary for Broseley. However, the proposed development, by reason of the indicated scale and likely positioning of a dwelling on the site, would result in a cramped appearance eroding a current gap in the street scene and loss of green space, which would detract from the character and appearance of the area and the setting of the Broseley Conservation Area. In addition, the resulting reduction in the size of the curtilage to ‘The Lindens’ dwelling would adversely impact on the residential amenities of that dwelling.  The proposal is therefore contrary to Shropshire Core Strategy policies CS6 and CS17; Site Allocation and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan policy MD2; Section 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and would not satisfy the environmental role of sustainable development set out in the NPPF.

Land to the north east of Aston Munslow, near Craven Arms (17/05026/EIA) Erection of two poultry sheds with office/wash facilities; 4 feed silos; creation of vehicular access with visibility splays, estate road and yard; formation of screening bunds.


That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to:

  • The conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report;
  • The surrounding hedges and bunds to be further enhanced with the planting of semi-mature trees and the use of locally sourced native planting;
  • The external surfaces of the development to be BS18B29; and

Planning officers be granted delegated powers to amend any conditions as deemed necessary.

The Old Post Office, Chetton, Bridgnorth (18/03091/FUL) Replacement of existing bungalow with 1 / 1.5 storey four bedroom dwelling and associated landscaping (amended description and plans).


That the application be deferred to a future meeting to enable the applicant to give further consideration to the design, materials and fenestration.

Stottesdon CE Primary School, Stottesdon, Kidderminster, DY14 8UE (18/04323/FUL) Erection of a new school hall building.


That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report and subject to Condition No. 9 being amended as follows:

  1. Prior to the commencement of the relevant work, details of all external windows and doors and any other external joinery including the new double gates to be erected near the entrance to the driveway shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. These shall include full size details, 1:20 sections and 1:20 elevations of each joinery item which shall then be indexed on elevations on the approved drawings. All doors and windows and external joinery including gates shall be carried out in complete accordance with the agreed details.

Reason: To ensure the external appearance of the development is satisfactory.

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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Shropshire Council seeks land agent to manage its smallholdings

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:32

Shropshire Council is seeking a land agent to manage its smallholdings and the agricultural land that it owns. The agent will manage the land for the next three years, beginning 1 April 2019.

The council owns an agricultural estate of around 692 acres. This includes 16 freehold smallholdings ranging from 7.68 to 107.36 acres, and three cottages. It also has three leasehold properties.


Since 2005, the council’s policy has allowed individual smallholdings to be sold as they became vacant, sold to the existing tenants or direct descendants on request, or allowed tenants to surrender their tenancy.

A later amendment to this policy in 2016 allowed the sale of smallholdings with sitting tenants on the open market, individually, as a whole or in lots.

Since the introduction of this policy, eight smallholdings have been sold.

It is the remaining smallholdings and cottages that the council owns that a land agent is being sought to manage.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for corporate and commercial support, said:

“Shropshire is a rural county, with agriculture being a predominant employer and major part of the economy.

“By employing a land agent with the right expertise to manage the properties, we can continue to provide opportunities for people who want to get into farming.”

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Decisions made by Cabinet on 13 February 2019; with video of meeting

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:05

Some important decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 13 February 2019).

To see the full agenda and papers, click here.

These items on the published agenda were discussed and approved in line with the recommendations:

  • Scrutiny items
  • Financial monitoring report Quarter 3 2018/19
  • Financial strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • Capital strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • Robustness of estimates and adequacy of reserves
  • Fees and charges 2019/20
  • Estimated collection fund outturn 2018/19
  • Treasury management update Quarter 3 2018/19
  • Treasury strategy 2019/20
  • Determination of admission arrangements
  • Managing highways risk
  • Quarry pool – swimming provision in Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury’s Claremont Bank to close for two days for gas works

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:46

Claremont Bank in Shrewsbury will be closed to through traffic tomorrow (Thursday 14 February 2019) and Friday (15 February 2019) while Cadent Gas complete emergency gas works in the area.

The work will involve a road closure of Town Walls from the bottom of Wyle Cop through to Bridge Street. Whilst the closure is in place a signed diversion will be in place and Cadent will have traffic management operatives on site to assist with traffic movement.

Access will be maintained up to the ‘hard closure point’ near St John’s Hill.

Initial work was carried out last Sunday to investigate a gas escape. A further closure is now required after Cadent found that some gas services to nearby properties need to be replaced.

Phase two of the Town Walls to Claremont Bank enhancement work is currently underway between Murivance and Lower Claremont Bank. The work is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP). For more information visit

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Local Jewish author Natalie Cumming helps Shropshire schoolchildren to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:06

Natalie Cumming, author of ”The Fiddle”, joined schoolchildren, Shropshire Councillors, and representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths in ceremonies held on Friday 25 January 2019 to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Shropshire.  This year’s theme of “Torn from Home” was particularly apt for Mrs Cumming’s moving true story about how her Aunt Rosa survived the Holocaust, playing the family violin in the Women’s Orchestras in three concentration camps during the Second World War. The violin was recently repaired, and the schoolchildren were able to hear a recording of it playing a special piece of music, “Rosa’s Wishing Waltz”, which was composed to mark its restoration.

The council is growing a cherry tree orchard of remembrance with schoolchildren across Shropshire, which began with planting a tree with Mereside CofE Primary School in Shrewsbury in 2015. A different primary school is chosen each year to plant a tree that will mark the Holocaust and other genocides, with the aim being to eventually cover all points of the compass in this very large rural county. St Peter’s Primary and Nursery School in Wem is the 2019 school, with the event supported by local Shropshire Councillors Chris Mellings and Pauline Dee.

Assembly at St Peter’s, Wem.
(Left to right):-
Natalie Cumming, author; Lois Dale, Shropshire Council; Imam Sohayb Peerbhai, South Shropshire Interfaith Forum; Egle Palubinskaite, pupil; Mark Michaels, South Shropshire Interfaith Forum; Father Nick Heron, local vicar.

A special assembly saw children from the school sharing the work that they had done to mark the Day, and hearing from Mrs Cumming, Councillor Mellings, Mark Michaels of the Jewish faith and Sohayb Peerbhai of the Muslim faith. Local vicar, Father Nick Heron, read a prayer whilst one of the schoolchildren, Egle Palubinskaite, held a candle. Four other children, Qosay and Oday Al Melhem, Emily Paul, and Tiarna Price, joined with the guests and with Councillor Connie Grainger, Mayor of Wem, and Mr Ian Nurser, CEO of Empower Trust, to plant the tree in the centre of the Spiritual Garden at the school.

The tree at St Peter’s.
Back row (l to r):
Father Nick Heron; Kay Grove, teacher; Tim Heavisides, Foundation Governor; Ian Nurser, CEO Empower Trust.
Middle row (l to r):
Councillor Connie Grainger, Mayor of Wem; Fiona Russell, headteacher; Natalie Cumming, author; Imam Sohayb Peerbhai and Mark Michaels, South Shropshire Interfaith Forum; Chris Mellings, Shropshire Councillor.
Front row (l to r)
Emily Paul; Tiarna Price; Qosay Al Melhem; Oday Al Melhem (pupils).

Pupils planting the tree at St Peter’s School, Wem.

Mrs Cumming and interfaith representatives then journeyed on to Mereside school, where a ceremony at their tree saw schoolchildren sharing their stories about special memories, and hearing Mrs Cumming’s family story. The Mereside tree was measured by the children and is now 2.9 metres high.

Back row (l to r):
Imam Sohayb Peerbhai, South Shropshire Interfaith Forum; Rev Carole Marsden, Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum; Mark Michaels, South Shropshire Interfaith Forum; David Cumming; Natalie Cumming, author; Ffion Carr, assistant headteacher; Jacob Clews, pupil; Regan Heath, pupil
Front row ( l to r):
Lois Dale, Shropshire Council; Alex Higginson, pupil; Eleanor Morris, pupil; Molly France, pupil; Aila Sahara, pupil.

Candle at Mereside: Mark Michaels, Alex Higginson (pupil).

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

“This year has marked the planting of our tenth cherry tree in Shropshire. This may not seem like a high number, but each tree represents a community. Each child, as they grow like the tree, is encouraged to think about and reflect upon their roles as members of their families and as members of their school community and the wider community, and the part that they can play in making their world a better place.

“This will mean that things like the Holocaust and other genocides will be less likely to happen. We must never forget about what did happen, and that is why we plant these trees and why we must all strive to be kind to each other and to respect each other’s beliefs.

“We will do our best as a council to help each and every child in Shropshire to feel welcoming in their communities and to flourish like these trees.”


Chris Mellings, a local Shropshire Councillor for Wem, said:

“For the council the theme of “Torn from Home” is of particular relevance to us, because of the role that we play in helping and supporting children and families who are in need.

“We already support a number of Syrian refugee families here in Shropshire, and we will be welcoming more families during 2019 who have been torn from home in Syria. Along with Wem Churches Together, we have been particularly pleased as a community to welcome and actively support families settling in Wem. I was glad to have the opportunity to also tell the children of St Peter’s School about how German Jewish children took refuge in Wem, at what is now the Woodlands Centre, as part of the Kinder Transport scheme just before the Second World War.

“We look forward to seeing the tree grow, and I was delighted that the children of St Peter’s School behaved so beautifully and listened so attentively to what Mrs Cumming and the other guests had to say – they are a credit to themselves and the school. I know that the guests were very impressed with this and very moved by the work the children shared with them, and indeed they have all told us at the council how impressed they were with the children at both of the schools involved in the day’s ceremonies.”

The Priory School in Shrewsbury, which was one of the five secondary schools that had planted a cherry tree from Shropshire Council in 2016, were also able to organise a visit from Mrs Cumming, with support from Nic Laurens, local Shropshire Councillor for Meole.

Nic Laurens said:

“I was delighted to visit The Priory School on Monday 28 January as part of the Holocaust Memorial commemorations. It was a very moving experience to hear Natalie Cummings reading a summary of her book The Fiddle, and it was inspiring to see the pupils so engaged with the whole event. I must give credit to Head of Humanities Westleigh Jones for his input and continued efforts around this topic, and it is obvious that the Holocaust is not just remembered around Holocaust Memorial Day but throughout the year.”

This sentiment was echoed and reinforced by Fiona Russell, headteacher at St Peter’s, who said:

“Thank you so much for organising such a moving and memorable event for the staff and children of St Peter’s. It proved that even such an incredibly sensitive and emotive subject as the Holocaust is appropriate for children of this age if taught in the right way, and all of the people who contributed to the service got the tone exactly right. It is vital that this horrific period in our history is remembered and, thanks to your efforts, it absolutely will be at St Peter’s. We now teach it every year, and indeed throughout the year as we care for our tree.”

Further Information

The background here is that the council is continuing efforts to grow a cherry tree orchard of remembrance across Shropshire, working with primary and secondary schools, inter faith forums and local Shropshire Councillors. We identify a primary school each year, and are seeking to spread the orchard across the county.

The orchard had a growth spurt in 2016, when we were also able to provide for five secondary schools to have trees as well, through the Incredible Edible project running that year. Having begun in the centre in 2015, with Mereside C of E School, we have planted in the north at Woodside Academy in Oswestry, and in the south at Bishop Hooper School in Ashford Carbonell, where a second tree, kindly donated by the South Shropshire Interfaith Forum, had to be planted in 2018 after rabbits ate the first one. The tree for the centre and west of the county was planted at Trinity C of E School in Ford in 2018.

This year’s tree was planted at St Peter’s C of E School in Wem, representing the north and east of the county. In 2020 a school in the south and west will be chosen, as the council continues efforts to grow an orchard that will eventually cover all points of the compass.

We linked the Holocaust Memorial Day theme and the support given in Shropshire to Syrian refugee families making their homes here. The council utilised resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust alongside resources developed by Mereside C of E Primary School, including a reading list. All schools are sent details of the resources and the annual theme, which for 2019 was “Torn from Home”.

The events were supported by local Jewish author Natalie Cumming, who has written a book called “The Fiddle”, about her family violin. Her aunt Rosa played the violin in three concentration camps (Mauthausen, Auschwitz and Belsen) and was part of the women’s orchestra in each camp.  The violin was returned to her after being taken away on arriving in Auschwitz.  Violin maker/restorer John Dilworth restored the violin for a BBC programme The Repair Shop. It has now been donated in perpetuity in memory of her aunt and her father to the Yehudi Menuhin school. Well-known violinist Chris Garrick composed a piece especially for the programme called Rosa’s Wishing Waltz.

Mark Michaels of the Jewish community and Imam Sohayb Peerbhai of the Muslim community, from the South Shropshire Interfaith Forum, talked to the children at both schools to find out what their schools had been doing on the theme. Special prayers were read by Carole Marsden, URC Minister and representative of the Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum, at the Mereside ceremony, and by Father Nick Heron, the local vicar at St Peter’s school.

In addition, a display in the Foyer at Shirehall ran from Wednesday 23 January to Friday 1 February 2019.

Schools that were planning activities were asked to contact the council, in order that local councillors might lend their support on the day and in order that a full round up might then be possible to share at national level. Woodside School in Oswestry, where the 2016 tree was planted, had to cancel their ceremony due to inclement weather. This has now been arranged for Wednesday 12 June 2019, to mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank. The tree bears a plaque with a quote from Anne Frank, and the school will be doing work in preparation for this event.

For more information about the 2019 theme, please see resources on the HMD Trust website at

A round up of previous Holocaust Memorial Day cherry tree planting activity by Shropshire Council is available on the council website at

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Budding children’s social workers encouraged to apply to fast-track training programme

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:38

People interested in making a real difference to the lives of Shropshire’s children are being encouraged to consider a career as a social worker – by some of those who already do the job in the county.

The call comes as applications open for a fast-track training programme that could see successful applicants start a career as a children’s social worker in just 14 months.

The West Midlands Step Up to Social Work programme is a full-time training programme that starts in January 2020 and runs until March 2021. All course fees are paid and you’ll get a tax-free bursary of over £19,000 towards living expenses, travel costs and child care arrangements.

The application window is open until 18 March 2019, and more information can be found at

Shropshire residents interested in working with children are being encouraged to apply, with some of Shropshire Council’s current social workers outlining why social work is a great career to choose, why they chose to become social workers, and what they enjoy about their jobs.

Polly Chapman is a Step Up student currently on placement with Shropshire Council. She says:

“The experience has been great. I decided to do the Step Up course because I felt that I work be able to learn faster than on a traditional course, and I had the security of having a bursary. I’m currently on placement in Shropshire and hopefully that’s where I’ll be staying”

“Step Up is chance to learn faster than a traditional course with the security of having a bursary. The experience has been great!”

Social worker Arsalan Mehmood, said:

“I’ve got the most rewarding job that you could have. Working with the children is a delightful experience, and everyday I’m making a difference to children’s lives, making a positive change to the children and their families.”

Lee Williams is a senior social worker in the initial assessment team. He says:

“Social work is a rewarding career. I’ve worked for Shropshire Council for five years, from a newly-qualified social worker to now a senior social worker. I enjoy working here because of the varied amount of work, and the training opportunities – in Shropshire you’re really able to implement your training into your practice, and morale is really good. It’s just a really good place to work.”

Social worker Hannah Roberts, said:

“I became a social worker because I wanted to make a difference… to make every child believe they could be someone.”

Chris Jones has been a social worker for 13 years. She says:

“I’ve worked in the initial assessment team, in child protection, in child adolescent mental health, and now work with foster carers, supporting them with placements, and really enjoying the work.

“I like working with the foster carers with different ethnicity and from different backgrounds, some single carers, some married. I like helping support them with the children they have placed.”

Clare Jervis, a social worker for 10 years, works within fostering team. She says:

“In terms of a career opportunity Shropshire is definitely the place to be. During the last 10 years I’ve had a variety of jobs, but I’m currently a permanency co-ordinator based within the fostering team. I really like it because it’s a brand new role with the opportunity to ensure permanency for our looked-after children, which is a top priority in Shropshire at the moment.”

Abbie Yawsachie is a student social worker on placement with the disabled children’s team. She says:

“I had my first placement on the adoptions team. I wanted to be a social worker because, while working in residential care, I realised that lots of children had different lives to me and different upbringings and I really took an interest in that. I also used to see social workers coming in and I thought ‘that looks really good, I’d love to do something like that, to be able to make a difference’. And that’s why I’m here!”

Bethany Wilson is a student social worker in the case management team. She says:

“I used to be a primary school teacher and a lot of the children in my class were involved with social services, and I just felt that I wasn’t able to give them the best education I could because of the problems they were facing at home – so I wanted to be part of a team that could help those children and improve their outcomes for the future. And that’s why I chose to be a social worker.”

Georgia Pomroy is also a student social worker in the case management team. She says:

“I came into social work after doing a degree in criminology. I took a real interest in wanting to work with people and not just be sat behind a desk. I really wanted to work with children and young people and to be able to give something back to the community – and to watch children fulfil their true potential. Being able to do that is why I Iove the job so much and why I’d recommend it.”

It is hoped that successful applicants to the Step Up to Social Work training programme will choose to start their careers in the county and take up a post with Shropshire Council.

For more information go to

Further information

To be eligible to apply for the Step Up to Social Work programme you will need:

  • A minimum 2:1 honours degree qualification, OR
  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree at level 7 or above (which can include a master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate), AND
  • At least six months of experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and families.
  • English/Maths GCSE qualifications at grade C or above and evidence of this, or equivalent.

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Midlands UK unveils highlights of its MIPIM event programme

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:16
  • Delegation involved in more than 40 events during the four-day event
  • Midlands UK speakers to address thousands of potential investors

The Ironbridge Power Station site and Newport’s new agri-tech focused business park are among £11 billion of investment opportunities from the Midlands being featured at the world’s leading real estate show in 2019.

Sites ready for development in both the Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council areas are being promoted as part of the Midlands UK delegation at MIPIM, which takes places in Cannes in March 2019.

MIPIM 2018 in Cannes

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, will be joined by a range of senior keynote speakers who will be addressing the global investment community during 40 events over the four days of the show.

Sir John Peace said:-

“MIPIM provides a platform from which we can showcase the many strengths of the Midlands to a wide audience. Our economy, which has remained strong and resilient, presents a compelling offer to potential investors.”

Graham Wynn OBE, Chairman of the Marches LEP, said:

“We have fantastic investment opportunities in our region, one of the most attractive locations in the UK to live and work.

“Global players including BAE Systems, Caterpillar, and Heineken have already chosen to base their operations here, where we offer a first-class business landscape and an outstanding quality of life. 

“MIPIM gives us the chance to showcase what Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford has to offer investors looking to locate in one of the fastest growing areas of the Midlands.”

Shropshire will hold two events during MIPIM. Shrewsbury: The Big Connection will tell investors the story of how the birthplace of Charles Darwin is evolving, where new buildings rub shoulders with re-used older buildings including the Flaxmill Maltings – the grandfather of all skyscrapers.

Shropshire: Rooted in Heritage, Developing for the Future will highlight the county’s countryside, vibrant market towns and strategic central base within the UK, unlocking key development opportunities through infrastructure investment including the Ironbridge Power Station site.

Telford & Wrekin Council’s event will focus on its partnership with Harper Adams University to create a cluster of excellence in agri-tech innovation at the heart of which will be a new 25 acre science and innovation park. Ni.Park is being promoted globally by the UK’s Department for International Trade as world-leading in the development of new agri-technology solutions.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for economic growth, corporate and commercial support, said:

“Last year was our first year at MIPIM and we’re excited to be returning. We were bowled over by the interest we received in our county as a place in which to invest.

“MIPIM gives us access to developers, agents, investors and intermediaries from across the UK and overseas, all in one place. The bonus is that they’re there to do business.”

The Midlands UK Pavilion welcomed more than 4,700 delegates at MIPIM 2018, who attended a series of presentations, debates and receptions.

Further information

A list of the private and public sector partners taking part in the Midlands UK delegation to MIPIM 2019 can be found here:

Media contacts for Midlands UK

  • Tammy Palmer, Communications Consultant, West Midlands Growth Company: / 07792 460 695
  • Matt Jewsbury, Communications Assistant, West Midlands Growth Company: / 07876 753 365 

Media contacts for Marches LEP and partner delegations 

Midlands Engine

  • The Government is committed to making the Midlands an Engine for Growth in the UK, increasing economic growth and improving the quality of life for everyone. The Midlands is home to over 10 million people and over 800,000 businesses. Its economy is worth £220 billion.
  • So far the Government has awarded £1.9 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Midlands.
  • 8 Enterprise Zones have been established in the Midlands Engine since 2012, and 3 zones have been extended. By March 2016 these had attracted almost £1 billion of private investment, and created 85 new businesses and 7,291 jobs. 

The West Midlands Growth Company

The West Midlands Growth Company helps the region make its mark nationally and internationally. Its primary purpose is to attract investment, jobs, visitors and businesses to the West Midlands.

It is committed to promoting the area as a leading place to invest, do business and visit, working in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils, Growth Hubs, universities, Chambers of Commerce and hundreds of local businesses.

The West Midlands Growth Company plays an important role in supporting the delivery of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan. Its focus is on the WMCA geography of Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, and the Black Country.

Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

  • The Marches LEP is driving accelerated economic growth through investment in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites across the region.
  • The Marches region, which includes Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Telford & Wrekin, is a dynamic business region where entrepreneurs flourish alongside global players. Covering 2,300 sq miles and with a growing population of 684,300, it is home to 30,775 businesses and a £14.3 billion economy.
  • Bordered by the West Midlands to the east and Wales to the west, the Marches’ key centres of population and employment are the city of Hereford and thriving towns of Shrewsbury and Telford. A network of 25 smaller market towns and a large rural area make up the rest of the settlement mix – with the Marches recognised as being one of the most enterprising regions in the UK
  • High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here include BAE Defence Systems; GKN; Westons Cider; Grainger & Worrall; Stadco; Caterpillar; Mϋller Dairy UK, Doncasters Aerospace, Denso, Capgemini, Ricoh, Cargill, Heineken, Grocontinental, McConnels, Kerry Ingredients, Special Metals, Kingspan and Makita
  • The Marches is also home to centres of excellence and institutions which promote and foster the transfer of knowledge including Harper Adams University and its National Centre for Precision Farming, University Centre Shrewsbury, the University of Wolverhampton campus and e-innovation centre at Priorslee, and Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury
  • The designated Enterprise Zone of the Marches LEP is in Hereford, at Skylon Park. It is the only Enterprise Zone in England with a unique defence and security sector focus, drawing on the city’s heritage as the home of the SAS
  • The LEP area is home to some iconic places of interest. The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Offa’s Dyke, the rivers Severn and Wye, and places of national renown including Ludlow and Ross-on-Wye make it a highly popular place to both visit and relocate to
  • The Marches has a diverse business base and is recognised for its sector strength in advanced manufacturing and engineering; agri-food and drink; automotive and defence & security
  • Business support in the Marches is offered via the Marches Growth Hub, a business-friendly website at and helpline on 0345 6000 727, developed by the LEP
  • You can learn more about the Marches LEP at and contact the LEP by emailing

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Shropshire Council continues with action against motorists deliberately flouting the law in Shrewsbury’s historic The Square

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:54

Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing service has recently brought a number of successful prosecutions under the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Act 1984, which makes it an offence to use or leave a vehicle in the protected area of The Square in Shrewsbury.

The council responded to complaints received from residents and local businesses that the protected area of The Square was being used as a car park, with evidence received of numerous cars being parked around the Old Market Hall. As a result officers, through a campaign of advice, written warnings and ultimately a series of prosecutions, are seeking to change motorists’ behaviour in this area.

In the latest case, Stephen Davies of Cruckton, Shropshire pleaded guilty to using his vehicle in the protected area of The Square in July 2018. Mr Davies had received warnings not to park his vehicle in the area, but despite this continued to use The Square as a car park. The Court issued Mr Davies a fine and costs totalling over £500.

Grant Tunnadine, investigations team manager for the trading standards and licensing service, said:

“I would like to remind residents, businesses and visitors to The Square about the need to adhere to the controls that are in place. It is a criminal offence to use or leave a vehicle within the protected area of The Square unless it is in accordance with a permission granted by the council or for a permitted purpose in accordance with the applicable Traffic Regulation Order.  This Order only permits loading and unloading to take place within the protected area outside of the hours of 10am to 4pm, with explanatory signs clearly visible to motorists before they enter the protected area. Officers will continue to respond to complaints and monitor the use of the area, and anyone using or leaving their vehicle can expect to be contacted by officers.”

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

“The Square is a focal point of Shrewsbury and plays a significant role in attracting tourists to the area  For these reasons, it is rightly controlled as a pedestrianised area. By simplying observing the signs in place, motorists will easily know what is and is not permitted. I strongly encourage motorists to be responsible and to adhere to the restrictions in place.  It is inevitable that with more vehicles being used and left inconsiderately in this area, pedestrian safety is at risk.”

Businesses can seek further advice from the trading standards and licensing service on 0345 678 9000.  If anyone has concerns about the way in which vehicles are being used or left in The Square, information can be given anonymously to the service on 0345 678 9000 and will always be treated in line with the council’s information governance policies.

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Advice following an outbreak of equine influenza

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:31

It was reported in the media yesterday (Thursday 7 February 2019) that the British Horseracing Authority has announced a temporary suspension on horse racing meetings due to the reported presence of equine influenza (EI) in racehorses which attended both Ludlow and Ayr race meetings on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

The following points should be noted:

  • Reports of EI have previously been made globally; however, EI is not classified as a notifiable disease.
  • EI only affects horses –there is no indication of a risk of spreading to humans or other livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs etc) or issues with the food chain.
  • EI is not usually fatal, but can affect foals, horses in foal and those that are already ill more.
  • It has been reported that animals that have previously been vaccinated have developed the symptoms – this could indicate a new strain of the disease.
  • Following consultation with the local Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) vets, there are currently no further restrictions on movement of horses privately- or commercially-owned. The industry will be dealing with this itself.
  • There are currently no restrictions on public rights of way.
  • Owners of horses who are concerned about the welfare of their animals should contact their own vet for advice, and should increase their own biosecurity to prevent the risk of spread.

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Decisions made by North planning committee on 5 February 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:05

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Proposed dwelling east of Lea Hall Farm, Lee, Ellesmere (18/05140/OUT) Outline application for the erection of a dwelling and detached garage to include means of access (Resubmission).


The application was withdrawn by the applicant before consideration by the committee.

Sandy Lane Farm, Hillside, Prees (18/04937/FUL) Installation of a 23.8m wind turbine (31.6m to blade tip) and associated infrastructure.


That planning permission be granted, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, for the following reason:-

  • On balance the Committee gave greater weight to the general support for renewable energy development, as set out in the NPPF and the Development Plan, and the overall benefits of the proposal in terms of diversification of the farming enterprise, and less weight to footnote 49 of paragraph 154 of the NPPF regarding the acceptability of wind energy development in areas that have not been identified as suitable for wind energy in the Development Plan, particularly given that the council’s Development Plan does not, as yet, identify any such areas.
  • And subject to the conditions outlined by the planning officer, the exact wording of which to be delegated to the Head of Planning Services.

Land north of Crinan Blakeley, Stanton Upon Hine Heath, SY4 4ND (18/03419/FUL) Erection of a local needs affordable disabled access bungalow.


That planning permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to:

  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the officer’s report and set out in the Schedule of Additional Letters; and
  • The signing of a Section 106 agreement to ensure the dwelling remains as an affordable dwelling in perpetuity.

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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