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Coronavirus: Walk-in free asymptomatic testing coming to Market Drayton

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 13:51

A new walk-in centre that will offer free rapid Lateral Flow Tests to asymptomatic people is to open in Market Drayton next Monday (8 March 2021). 

The testing centre is located at:  

Raven House, 129 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 3AH  

The testing site will be open from 12pm initially on Monday 8 March; and then 8am-5pm daily onwards. No prior booking is required.

With around one in three people with COVID-19 having no symptoms, it’s essential that those who have to go out to work are regularly tested with rapid Lateral Flow Tests. We recommend twice a week, so that they aren’t unwittingly spreading the virus as they carry out their essential duties. 

Shropshire Council are also encouraging the following groups to attend one of the county’s rapid testing sites:  

  • Households and support bubbles of schoolpupils and school staff  
  • Those people who have to leave home to make an essential journey, such as  shopping for essential items, and to attend medical appointments. 

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

“Even if you have no symptoms, you could still be spreading the virus – and a mild illness for you could be a life-threatening disease for someone else. 

 “By coming forward for a test, you’ll be helping us to track down the virus and stop it from being passed on. And if you test positive, it’s really important that you self-isolate for 10 days, and that your close contacts self-isolate too. That’s the only way we’ll be able to break the chain of transmission.” 

The Lateral Flow Tests are self-administered, with staff on hand to offer guidance, and are a simple swab of the throat and the nose. Test results are available within 30 minutes, and those who can’t work from home can get tested twice a week. 

People with symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT go to any of the rapid testing centres. Instead, they should stay at home and book a test online or by calling 119.  

Anyone with symptoms, or who tests positive for COVID-19, must not leave their home for 10 days. Other members of their household must stay at home for 10 days too, and anyone who’s told that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not leave their home for 10 days either. 

People are reminded that they must continue to stay at home as much as possible, observe social distancing rules when they have to go out, wear a face mask where required, and wash their hands regularly throughout the day. 

 

Rapid testing facilities for people with no symptoms are available at the following locations:-  

Council-run sites (booking required) 

The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG 

Halo, Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms, SY7 9PS 

Stanier Hall, Thomas Adams Sixth Form, Noble Street, Wem, SY4 5DT  

Tests can be booked online at  http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/lfdpublictesting/ 

Pharmacies (booking required) 

Several Shropshire pharmacies are now offering rapid testing for people who cannot work from home. Tests can be booked online using  https://www.1centralhealth.co.uk/shropshirelft  

Walk-in testing (No booking required) 

Bridgnorth Community Centre, Severn Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth, WV15 6BB 

(From 12pm on Monday 8 March) Raven House, 129 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 3AH

The Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry SY11 2HT. 

 

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Coronavirus: Council’s plea to parents ahead of pupils’ return

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:37

Parents and carers in Shropshire are being urged to observe social distancing and wear face coverings when dropping off and collecting their children from school. 

The plea comes after the Government set out its plan for the return of all pupils to schools and colleges as part of the roadmap towards leaving the third Lockdown. 

All pupils will begin to return to face-to-face education next Monday (8 March 2021): details of the measures can be found here. 

Last year, staff at some schools had raised concerns that not all parents were observing social distancing, and some were ignoring the measures designed to keep them and others safe. 

Parents and carers are being strongly reminded and encouraged to avoid gathering in close groups to catch up or chat outside schools, and are advised to follow their school’s instructions on safely dropping off and picking up, and leave immediately once this is done.    

Some schools will be arranging staggered dropping off and picking up timings at the beginning and end of the school day to help with this. Once inside the school gates, the schools will have extensive systems of control in place to ensure the learning environment is safe and secure.  

Children should not come to school if they have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change of smell. 

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

“Social distancing and wearing a face covering are two of our key weapons in stopping the spread of coronavirus. 

“Unless they’re exempt from wearing one, I encourage all parents to wear a face covering when picking up or dropping off their child. 

”It’s important to remember that we will still be in the third national Lockdown when pupils return on Monday 8 March. We all need to play our part and follow all of the measures designed to keep ourselves and others safe. “

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:  

“The safety of schoolpupils and staff is our main priority. We are working with schools, and planning for a proposed return to school for all pupils from Monday.

“Our education teams are working very closely with headteachers, and I’d like to thank staff and parents for their continued support during a hugely difficult time. 

“We need to remember coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we still have a high number of cases here in Shropshire.

“Please respect the measures if dropping off and picking up your child at the school gates. This will help us to not only protect you and your children, but also all school staff.

“It may cause inconvenience and potentially add a little time to the start and end of each school day, but it will help set a good example to our pupils.

“The last thing any of us want is another disruption of our pupils’ education, especially if it is avoidable.”

  Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Stay At Home
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings (food shops, workplaces) where social distancing may be more difficult, and where you may come close to people who are not part of your household or bubble.
  • Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 10 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.

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 or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Transport programme helps nearly 300 vulnerable residents get their vaccinations against COVID-19

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:59

The free transport programme launched by Shropshire Council, that aims to help vulnerable residents attend their vaccination appointments, has been a huge success, with nearly 300 people transported to their vaccination appointments so far.

Since its launch in January 2021, over 280 vulnerable residents have been transported to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

The service was initially launched utilising Shropshire Council’s own fleet of vehicles. Since then, 25 local bus and taxi operators have volunteered their time free of charge to help expand the offer and support more people.

The free transport programme has also helped 283 housebound patients have their vaccine at home by using Shropshire Council’s vehicle fleet to transport staff from Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital to safely deliver their jabs.

The service has not just been limited to vaccine appointments in the county. The council and partners have helped Shropshire residents attend appointments at vaccination centres in Telford, Crewe and at the Black Country Museum.

Over a three-week period, 5,000 passenger miles were travelled to enable vulnerable residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. This is the equivalent of travelling from Shrewsbury to Las Vegas, Nevada!

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

“The rollout of the vaccines against COVID-19 to the most vulnerable people in Shropshire has been very successful to date, with 97% of over 70s already having their first jab.

“The free transport offer, with the support of the many local bus and taxi operators who volunteered to help, has enabled the most vulnerable in the county to receive their vaccinations and, we hope,  peace of mind that they now have substantial protection.

“I’d like to thank all council staff, partners, local organisations and community groups who have worked so hard to help us protect Shropshire residents.”

All vehicles have appropriate ventilation, with strict infection control measures in place to ensure they are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

The council and its partners are now planning to provide transport for vulnerable people to receive the second dose of their vaccines against COVID-19.

To complement the free transport offer, the council also organised shuttle services in Ludlow and Shrewsbury with its partners, Minsterley Motors and Arriva respectively.

Booking your transport

In order to get help, you must have had a letter inviting you for vaccination in Shropshire, and you must be unable to get there any other way. Subject to availability, Shropshire Council will be able to provide transport to help you get to your appointment and back.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the free transport offer, please contact the council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 and select option 0.

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Coronavirus: Shropshire residents urged not to let their guard down as cases continue to fall

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:54

During the 7-day period from 19-25 February 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 322 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 106 (24%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 99.6 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 127.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 96.4 per 100,000
  • There were 22 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 87 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 76 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 28 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 30% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 44% were in north Shropshire
  • 26% were in south Shropshire

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

“The fact that number of cases are reducing week-by-week is really encouraging.

“But as the weather improves and the evenings get lighter, people may be tempted to let their guard down and take unnecessary risks. I know everyone has been asked to live under restrictions for almost a year now and it is becoming more and more difficult and I am thankful for the sacrifices everyone has made up to this point, however we do need one last big push if we want to be in a position where all restrictions are lifted on June 21.

“These next few weeks are probably the most important we have had locally during this pandemic. Everything we are doing now does make a difference so please, try not to become complacent about things such as socially distancing – do keep your space and wear face coverings.”

Getting Back to School Safely

Shropshire Council is working closely with schools to ensure they are supported and ready to begin face-to-face lessons for all pupils from Monday 8 March.

All schools are working hard to ensure measures are in place to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible. Your child’s school will be in contact with you about their arrangements.

Here’s what to expect when pupils start returning to the classrooms on Monday.

Lateral flow home testing kits

The Government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be made available for free to all adults in households with primary school, secondary school and college-aged children for those without symptoms.  

This includes adults in childcare and support bubbles, and twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers, taxi drivers and after school club leaders. 

For those unable to visit sites, these tests will be also available to collect at the following local testing sites between 1.30pm – 7pm each day:- 

  • London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6NS 
  • Beatrice Street Car Park, Oswestry, SY11 1QW 
  • Smithfield Car Park, 25 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RN 

Further collection points will be coming online in the near future. Tests can be ordered either for collection or home delivery online here. 

 

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Coronavirus: What pupils, parents and staff can expect when face-to-face lessons return

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:33

Shropshire Council is working closely with schools to ensure they are supported and ready to begin face-to-face lessons for all pupils from Monday 8 March 2021.

All schools are working hard to ensure measures are in place to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible. Your child’s school will be in contact with you about their arrangements.

Here’s what to expect when pupils start returning to the classrooms on Monday: 

What is reopening on Monday 8 March?

Primary schoolpupils, secondary schoolpupils and college students, as well as university students on practical courses who need access to specialist facilities and equipment, will all return on Monday 8 March.

Schools and colleges will be staggering the return of pupils and students over the first week to allow them to be tested for COVID-19 on return. After an initial programme of three Lateral Flow Tests in secondary schools and colleges, secondary schoolpupils and college students will be provided with two rapid LTFs to use each week at home.

Testing

Under the plans all secondary schoolpupils and college students will take three Lateral Flow Tests as they return to class – then students will be given two tests each week to use at home.

The testing when these older children first go back to school will be under supervision. School staff have been trained on how to carry out, and read the result of, the Lateral Flow Tests.

The rapid swab tests are voluntary, and no child or young person will be tested without informed consent from their parent or carer. The tests are to help limit the spread of the virus by identifying people who may be COVID-19 positive but asymptomatic.

Younger, primary-aged pupils will not be tested at schools.

The Government has confirmed rapid Lateral Flow Tests will be given for free to all households/families with primary school-aged, secondary school-aged and college-aged children, for twice-weekly testing for all members.

This includes Lateral Flow Tests for those from childcare and support bubbles, and twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders.

These tests will be available to collect at the following local testing sites:

London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6NS

Beatrice Street Car Park, Oswestry, SY11 1QW

Smithfield Car Park, 25 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RN 

If you are unable to collect your test kits, they can also be ordered online here

Please note:  You should not do a Lateral Flow Test if you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days. The rapid LFT test may give a false positive result if you have recently had COVID-19.

You will need to wait 90 days from the day of a positive test result before you can start self-testing again. The exception is if the individual develops symptoms. In this case, it is important to get a PCR swab test by contacting 119, not a Lateral Flow Test.

Close contacts must self-isolate

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate immediately and for the next 10 full days counting from the day after contact with the individual who tested positive.

Schools will also provide remote education to any pupils who are required to self-isolate.

Face coverings

Staff and students in secondary schools and colleges should wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained.

There are exemptions for those who rely on visual signals for communication, or those who communicate with or provide support to such individuals.

In primary schools, face coverings should be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.

Follow the rules – inside and outside of school 

It’s really important that everyone continues to abide by these current rules and plays their part in reducing infection rates.

Lockdown measures will still be in place when schools reopen on Monday 8 March.

This means limiting contact with people, maintaining social distancing and following all of the measures designed to keep yourselves and others safe.

Last year we received numerous reports of students and parents congregating in large groups outside of the school gates. If this happens again we all risk helping the virus to spread, and the route out of Lockdown becomes much harder.

 School transport

Click here to find the latest guidance on school transport.

We are strongly advising parents and carers to avoid gathering in close groups to catch up or chat outside schools.

Please follow your school’s instructions on safely dropping off and picking up your children, and leave immediately once this is done.

Some schools will be arranging staggered dropping off and picking up timings at the beginning and end of the school day to help with this. Once inside the school gates, the schools will have extensive systems of control in place to ensure the learning environment is safe and secure.

If you have any queries or concerns, call Shropshire Council’s Education Line on 0345 678 9008. This support line is open from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. Press 5 for back to school enquiries.

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Extensive maintenance work completed on A41 at Prees Heath

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:09

Extensive maintenance and repair work has been carried out on a section of the A41 at Prees Heath.

Work was carried out during a two-night road closure on 24 and 25 February 2021, and included:

  • 1500 square metres of structural patching and resurfacing work.
  • Pothole Texpatching repairs*
  • Six ironwork gullies raised and repaired.
  • 28 street lights replaced with energy efficient luminaires, and four sign lights replaced.
  • 200 cats eyes replaced, plus road marking and lining works.
  • All gullies within the closure cleaned and emptied.
  • Some road direction signs replaced.

Work was carried out by the partners in the Shropshire Highways alliance – Shropshire Council, Kier and WSP.

This work will reduce disruption of an important and busy section of road that is under constant pressure.

About Texpatching

*Under this new process, potholes are cleaned out, filled with a unique material called Texpatch, then covered with a neat, square patch. This will provide a longer-lasting, smoother, neater finish compared to traditional pothole repairs, and seals up all joints, which should result in an increased life span for the repair.

 

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Agriculture partnership making good progress in work to improve safety on Shropshire’s roads

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:23

A group set up to work with the agricultural community to improve safety on Shropshire’s road is making good progress in its work to improve education, guidance and training for all partners and agencies.

The working group consists of Shropshire Council, the National Farmers Union, West Mercia Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It was set up last year to assist in reducing the concerns and complaints received by the council from residents and business about agricultural vehicles on the county’s roads. But, its aim is to provide support and guidance to those working in the agricultural sector and to ensure all agencies can work collectively to increase the skills and knowledge of staff to support the sector and address the concerns raised by residents.

The group was established after the issue was raised by Councillor Joyce Barrow, Chair of Shropshire Council’s Place Overview Committee, and an initial discussion at the committee’s meeting on 3 September 2020.

The working group will be providing joint training for council and police staff on practical matters such as the size and weight of agricultural vehicles on rural roads, mud on the road, and other general safety matters.

The NFU, Shropshire Council, West Mercia Police and the PCC will be developing guidance and campaigns and deliver briefings to raise awareness for the agricultural community but also for the wider general public, plus joint guidance on issues such as use of contractors.

The NFU will be organising events and briefings for farmers and those involved in wider agricultural activities, and West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council’s highways staff will be there to learn and provide an insight from  a highways point of view on issues that residents raise with the council.

Councillor Joyce Barrow said:

“The working group’s activity will ensure Shropshire Council staff working on our highways and dealing with residents’ concerns are better informed and knowledgeable in this area of work, and the joint training with West Mercia Police will also support widening understanding and training. The workshops and briefings planned by the NFU to  further support the agricultural sector will allow a greater understanding of the concerns raised by residents.

“Concerns are raised to the council about this issue, but it’s also important to recognise the fantastic contribution made to the Shropshire economy by the agricultural sector. So, we’re working  in partnership to inform, understand, and share knowledge and experiences together to support safety on our roads.”

Edward Garratt, NFU Shropshire adviser, said:

“We’d like to thank Shropshire people for their continued support as our farmers go about their jobs producing great tasting, quality ingredients and food for our tables.

“The NFU is working closely with Shropshire Council, West Mercia Police and others to minimise disruption where possible and to raise awareness of issues at key times of the year.

“Most farmers and agricultural contractors do what they can to minimise the amount of issues on the roads, but a timely reminder is always worthwhile and farmers will do everything in their power, when appropriate, to safely ease traffic congestion and clear mud from the roads.

“There is also a real need for other motorists to continue to bear with the farming community at peak times and be aware of farm vehicles when out and about on the county’s highways.”

Inspector Lloyd Cresswell of Force Operations, West Mercia Police, said.

“Agriculture is one of Shropshire’s key industries, so it is inevitable that throughout the year agricultural vehicles have to share the road with other motorists. This collaboration between local partners is a great way of developing closer working relationships to not only help keep our roads safer but also support the needs of local communities and those working within the agricultural industry.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, said:

“Making our roads safer is a key priority, as is understanding and responding to the concerns of our rural communities. This welcome initiative ensures Shropshire residents are given a voice, as agencies work together to ensure safety improves.”

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News from our partners: Changes at RJAH vaccinations site are good news for patients

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:12

News from our partners The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH)

More people are set to be able to get their vaccinations against COVID-19 at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, as its hospital hub transitions into a vaccination centre.

From today (Wednesday 3 March 2021) appointments at the RJAH vaccination centre will be available for patients receiving a letter inviting them to book through the national booking system.

RJAH COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

Local people are able to receive their vaccination when they are invited to do so, through their GPs, some local pharmacies and vaccination centres. RJAH will become the fourth vaccination centre in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, joining the Ludlow Racecourse,  Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre and Telford International Centre.

Angie Wallace, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Director for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said:-

“We are delighted that RJAH will become a vaccination centre. This will help us to more rapidly deliver vaccinations as we move into providing the vaccines to more priority groups.

“The team at RJAH have been doing a terrific job vaccinating people in the first four priority groups, which include NHS, social care and care home staff and some of the most vulnerable people. This means they will be able to keep providing a service for local people for the foreseeable future. 

“With a new pharmacy site set to open in Oswestry, and a number of GPs operating across north Shropshire, we have the capacity we need in place to meet demand in the weeks ahead.”

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said:-

“We are delighted to get approval for our hospital hub to transition to a vaccination centre.

“This is a technical change, that won’t make any difference to our patients when attending their appointments. What it does do is simplify the booking process for patients and give reassurance that this service is here to stay in our local community.

“In our planning for the delivery of the vaccinations across the county we have spoken to the managers of several potential sites, and local people may be aware that we were in discussions with a local company, Aico Ltd, with a view to using its site at Oswestry if required. The company has been incredibly helpful and committed to helping us deliver the vaccines since our first discussions. Due to the decision to transition RJAH to a vaccination centre, we will not now be progressing, but I would like to express our  thanks to Aico for its can-do attitude and enthusiasm.

“I’m delighted with the arrangements we do have in place for our whole county, and thank all partners in Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin, for their ongoing support.”

Further information

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) is made up of health and care commissioners and providers. Partners include Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP was created to encourage health and care organisations to work more closely together to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of our financial resources. It sets out ambitious plans for transformed neighbourhood services; safe and effective hospital care; ways in which new technology can be harnessed; and how gaps in the workforce can be filled and financial resources better spent. 

Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, vaccination sites 

Vaccination Centres:

  • Ludlow Racecourse
  • Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre
  • The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Telford International Centre

Pharmacy services:

  • Woodside Pharmacy at The Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford
  • Wellington Pharmacy at AFC Telford United, Wellington

Local Primary Care Network (PCN) services (groups of local GP practices):

  • Bridgnorth Medical Centre, delivered by GPs in the South East Shropshire PCN
  • Malinslee Healthcare Centre, Telford, delivered by GPs in the Teldoc PCN
  • Severn Fields Medical Practice, Shrewsbury, delivered by GPs in the Shrewsbury PCN
  • Prees Medical Practice, delivered by GPs in the North Shropshire PCN
  • Church Stretton Medical Practice, delivered by in the GPs South West Shropshire PCN
  • Audley Court, Newport, delivered by GPs in the Newport and Central PCN at the Combat Stress veteran’s centre
  • Wellington Medical Practice, delivered by GPs in the Wrekin PCN

A list of vaccination sites is available at: NHS England’s website

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust www.rjah.nhs.uk

Located in Oswestry on the Shropshire and North Wales border, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust serves the local population in Shropshire, North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the West Midlands, with a patient catchment extending nationally.

A specialist orthopaedic hospital with a world-wide reputation for innovation and research, the Trust provides elective orthopaedic surgery and musculo-skeletal medical services, as well as particular areas of expertise including spinal injuries, bone tumour and disorders affecting muscular development.

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Council to spend £9m tackling potholes – as new treatment methods trialled

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 08:55

The JCB Pothole Pro on the A490 between Chirbury and Forden

Shropshire Council is to spend more than £9 million tackling potholes and defects on the county’s roads over the next 12 months – and is embracing new technology in a bid to get on top of the problem.

In total, £9.15 million has been awarded through the Government’s Pothole Fund, enough to repair around 20,000 potholes – the number reported to the council each year.

And this week the council and its partners in the Shropshire Highways alliance – WSP and Kier – are embarking on an ambitious trial using the JCB Pothole Pro in order to deliver quality repairs to the road network. The trial is on the A490 Chirbury to Forden road.

The Pothole Pro planes off the road surface to enable a squared-off hole to be filled by a following gang. It is quicker than having to saw cut and break out the defective road by hand.

Further trials of new technology are set to take place in the weeks ahead.

The JCB Pothole Pro repairing the A490 between Chirbury and Forden

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

“This funding is very welcome and will be invested into improving Shropshire’s highways network, making our roads safer for all road users.

“And by adopting new technology – such as the JCB Pothole Pro – we can start to deliver on our strategy to invest in meaningful repairs which will last. By taking this approach we won’t have to carry out repeat repairs to the same holes each year, and can prevent future potholes forming in the short to medium term.

“Shropshire Highways is in transition and we are finding smarter ways of working all the time. We know that ‘quality, right first time, repairs’ is the right approach, and this is another way we are ensuring we can delivery that. This process will enable us to start delivering meaningful asset repairs on our strategic network and significantly reduce return visits.”

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Shropshire Council to fund provision of free school meals during May half-term holiday

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 08:00

Thousands of children in the Shropshire Council area are to receive free school meals during the May 2021 half-term holiday.

The council has already supported the cost of providing food over the recent Christmas and February half-term holidays, and will do so over the forthcoming Easter holiday. This provision has been part-funded through the Government’s COVID Winter Grant Scheme,

But Shropshire Council has now agreed to extend this support to cover the May half-term holiday as well, with the costs fully covered by the council.

As with the other holiday periods, funds will be transferred to schools and early years settings to secure vouchers and/or food parcels for eligible families.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“We recognise the pressures families in Shropshire are under and are committed to support them. The provision of free school meals has been an important consideration throughout the pandemic.

“With some 5,500 children qualifying for benefits-related free school meals we recognised early on the need to support our most vulnerable children outside of term time, in particular those known to children’s social care.

“Government funding enabled us to support eligible children and families up to and including the Easter holiday, but we have now agreed to go one step further and to fully fund the provision of free of schools during the May half-term holiday too.

“This is clearly the right and proper thing to do and I’m sure it will be welcomed by thousands of families across the county.”

Support for individual pupils is £3 per day, Monday through to Friday (ie £15 per week), for the holiday periods listed above. This is in line with the value of the vouchers via the Government’s national voucher scheme.

Further information

(1) Free school meals during the pandemic – a brief history

A national supermarket voucher scheme operated by a company called Edenred was launched around the Easter 2020, before being stood down at the end of the August, ahead of schools fully reopening in September 2020.

Over the two-week Easter 2020 period the families of up to 80 children in the Shropshire Council area were supported through the delivery of food parcels. The Council stepped in to assist these families once again during the Autumn half-term holiday.

The provision of vouchers over the 6-week summer holiday period 2020 was addressed through an extension of the term-time arrangements for the national scheme, with this particular initiative being called the COVID Summer Food Fund.

Shropshire Council made an early determination that it would support the provision of benefits-related FSMs to all entitled pupils for the Christmas 2020 holiday period, using Government funding under the COVID Winter Grant Scheme, and to extend this support to cover the February half-term and Easter holiday periods as well.

The Edenred national voucher scheme was relaunched on 18 January 2021 against the backdrop of the latest national lockdown.

The national voucher scheme has proved, in most instances, to be the most efficient and effective way of supporting benefits-related FSM families whose children who remained at home.

Throughout the lockdown periods, Shropshire Council has given extra support to community provision through Shropshire’s local foodbanks so that they are better able to meet greater demand on their direct communities. This has been in the form of both cash grants and the collection of surplus food provided by DEFRA which the Council has then stored free of charge and distributed to foodbanks as needed.

(2) The pupils eligible for support through this scheme include:

  • all benefits-related free school meals children registered with schools in the immediate period prior to the holidays;
  • children in pre-school provision – school and private settings – in receipt of 2FU or Early Years Pupil Premium funding, and;
  • vulnerable children identified by education professionals in schools and the local authority who don’t currently meet the criteria above but would benefit from support towards the cost of food during the holiday periods outlined above.

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Coronavirus: Families encouraged to take-up rapid testing offer ahead of pupils’ return to the classroom

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 16:47

Shropshire Council is urging households and support bubbles of school pupils and staff to attend one of the county’s rapid testing sites as children prepare to return to school from Monday 8 March 2021. 

The Government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be made available for free to all adults in households with primary school, secondary school and college-aged children for those without symptoms.  

This includes adults in childcare and support bubbles, and twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers, taxi drivers and after school club leaders. 

These tests will be available: 

  • at a local test site  
  • via employers if they offer testing to staff 
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site 
  • by ordering a home test kit online.

As schools return from next Monday (8 March), families are being invited to get tested at one of our rapid-testing sites across the county. 

Walk-in testing (no booking required) 

Bridgnorth Community Centre, Severn Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth, WV15 6BB 

Shifnal Cricket Club, Priorslee Road, Shifnal, TF11 8HD 

The Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry SY11 2HT. 

Shropshire Council-run sites (booking required) 

The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG 

Halo, Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms, SY7 9PS 

Stanier Hall, Thomas Adams Sixth Form, Noble Street, Wem, SY4 5DT  

Tests can be booked online at  http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/lfdpublictesting/ 

Pharmacies (booking required) 

Several Shropshire pharmacies are now offering rapid testing for people who cannot work from home. Tests can be booked online using   https://www.1centralhealth.co.uk/shropshirelft 

The Lateral Flow Tests are self-administered, with staff on hand to offer guidance, and are a simple swab of the throat and the nose. Test results are available within 30 minutes. 

For those unable to visit sites, these tests will be also available to collect at the following local testing sites between 1.30pm – 7pm each day:- 

  • London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6NS 
  • Beatrice Street Car Park, Oswestry, SY11 1QW 
  • Smithfield Car Park, 25 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RN 

Further collection points will be coming online in the near future. Tests can be ordered either for collection or home delivery online here. 

People with symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT go to any of the rapid testing centres. Instead, they should stay at home and book a test online or by calling 119.  

The stay-at-home rules have not changed. Anyone with symptoms, or who tests positive for COVID-19, must not leave their home for 10 days. Other members of their household must stay at home for 10 days too, and anyone who’s told that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not leave their home for 10 days either.  

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

“We understand that families may be daunted by the prospect of undertaking regular rapid asymptomatic testing as part of their children’s return to face-to-face education. 

“We want to reassure people and offer our support. We have an excellent rapid testing offer here in Shropshire for people who do not have any symptoms, and would like to invite families to use one of our sites. Visiting our sites will also give people a sense of what is required when they have to carry out these tests from the comfort of their own home.   

“Collection points for home test kits are now available in Shropshire, and as we continue to go through the finer details of the Government’s announcement, we will add additional asymptomatic collection points over the coming weeks.” 

  Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Stay At Home
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings (food shops, workplaces) where social distancing may be more difficult, and where you may come close to people who are not part of your household or bubble.
  • Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 10 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.

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 or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Planning permission granted for bridge which will form part of major town gateway scheme

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:14

A bridge which will link a proposed innovation park with one of the main gateways into a Shropshire town will provide a safe crossing over a main A road for cyclists and pedestrians.

Shropshire Council has been granted planning permission for the bridge which would link Shrewsbury Road in Oswestry to the planned Oswestry Innovation Park once work begins. It would also be a major part of the remodelling of the Mile End roundabout and its associated works.

The bridge will be built over the new arm of the A5/A483 to the north of the new, smaller, island being constructed as part of a redesign of the Mile End junction.

The work is part of a wider scheme which has secured funding from the Marches LEP through the Government’s Growth Deal and the Housing Infrastructure Fund through Homes England. This programme of activities will support the road improvements at Mile End, bridge, utility connections and enabling works to support the development of the Oswestry Innovation Park.

Councillor Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader of Shropshire Council and portfolio holder for Assets, Economic Growth and Regeneration, said:

“This bridge will form a really important part in unlocking the potential of this gateway to Oswestry.

“There’s a common misconception that this bridge is costing us £5 million, but that was the funding allocated by the Marches LEP.  The cost of the bridge is around £1.7 million.

“The funding secured from the Marches LEP and Homes England will support the programme of activities including the road improvements, bridge and other associated works to support the development of the Oswestry Innovation Park, which will bring hundreds of high-quality jobs and opportunities to the town.

“The bridge has satisfied requirements of the planning authority and there are a number of misconceptions around the use of the bridge by cyclists. We have satisfied all of these concerns and there is no need for those using bicycles to dismount to use the bridge or the ramps.

“The design is appropriate for its intended use and providing a higher level of infrastructure provision would not be the best use of public funds.

“Work is ongoing to consider connectivity from the footbridge into the town for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We will also be looking at opportunities to connect the footbridge with the existing Public Right of Way to provide an alternative crossing over the A5.”

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Further £6 million funding boost to help Shropshire businesses

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 13:40

Shropshire businesses which have been hit by the current third Lockdown will be supported through a new £6 million round of grants.

Shropshire Council has today announced it has started processing the latest round of Local Restrictions Support Grants to firms across the county – and once more, businesses will receive payments without having to apply again.

Instead, those who have previously applied and been successful will be paid out automatically, with the money set to start being processed by the end of this week.

The latest round of support takes the total amount of business grant funding handed out to firms by Shropshire Council to £125 million since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

The latest grant payment will cover a 44-day period from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021, and eligible businesses will receive the following amounts depending on their rateable value.

  • A qualifying business with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,096 per 44-day qualifying period
  • A qualifying business with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,143 per 44-day qualifying period
  • A qualifying business with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive a payment of £4,714 per 44-day qualifying period

Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration said:

“We are completely aware of what a worrying time this has continued to be for businesses across the county, but I am so pleased that we are already well under way with the latest round of support grants.

“We have so many wonderful businesses across Shropshire and we are working hard to process this money as quickly as possible. The fact that we have handed out £125 million to support the county’s businesses is something to be proud of.

“We will always work hard to support firms across Shropshire and ensure that the county is the ideal place to do business.

“It is again particularly helpful that those businesses that applied for an LRSG previously will be automatically paid out.

“Shropshire Council is here to support businesses in many different ways, and we are also running a series of webinars and support schemes as well as processing these vital grants.”

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Shropshire Council delivers UK’s first carbon-neutral highways maintenance programme

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:56

Shropshire Council is currently delivering a £1m carbon-neutral highways maintenance programme, the first such programme led by a council in the UK.

Working in collaboration with contractors Kier and Miles Macadam, and engineering consultants WSP, a trial programme of highways maintenance schemes is currently being delivered across the county.

This recognises the vital need to maintain and operate a safe road network, whilst acknowledging and addressing the effect these operations can have on the environment.

The sites that have been completed to date include the A41 at Grindley Brook, the A53 at Shawbury and the A442 at Quatt.

The remaining 11 sites in the trial programme will be delivered by June 2021.

Careful consideration was given to reducing the embodied carbon of the construction materials at the design stage by using lower mixing temperatures, lower energy resources and lower bitumen content, whilst producing greater durability than conventional materials.

This has led to a reduction of approximately 150 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The remaining 300 tonnes of carbon produced by the programme has been offset through Miles Macadam’s verified carbon reduction programme, which invests in the protection of the Amazon Rainforest.

In addition, this programme also provides Shropshire Council with a variety of British woodland trees to offset the equivalent total embodied CO2, through its ‘Community Tree Scheme’ initiative.

This process ensures that the benefits of carbon offsetting from local highway projects are kept in Shropshire, and demonstrates the commitments made by Shropshire Council and its partners to combat climate change at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Shropshire Council has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net carbon zero by 2030, following a climate emergency declaration in May 2019.

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

“Whilst there is a lot more to be done, this is a positive step forward, especially for an industry that is heavily reliant on the use of natural resources. By working with highways specialists, Shropshire Council’s highways team and their partners will have delivered the first carbon neutral, routine highways maintenance programme in the UK and setting an example for the rest to follow.”

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

“This is a great initiative. We’ve always said we wanted Shropshire Council to be at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change and this is yet another example of how the council is leading the way.”

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News from our partners: How well is NHS 111 urgent medical care working locally?

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 11:29

News from our partners Healthwatch Shropshire

From December 2020, NHS England launched a new system called NHS 111 First. If you have an urgent, but not life-threatening health problem you can now contact NHS 111 First to find out if you need to go to A&E.

The public are encouraged to call NHS 111 to be directed to the correct service, whether that is an Emergency Department (Accident & Emergency), their GP, or self-care.

Callers to NHS 111 can now receive time slots at local Emergency Departments (EDs) or other urgent care departments, as well as receive time slots with GPs or out of hours GP services. The new service aims to reduce waiting times at EDs and limit the number of people in waiting rooms, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Initial findings in national research are showing that many people do not know that NHS 111 First could book them into the different services they may need.

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin would like to hear from people who have used NHS 111 and how they were helped to access services.

Lynn Cawley, Healthwatch Shropshire Chief Officer, said:-

“NHS 111 First was implemented locally last December, and we would like people to share their experiences of contacting 111 and how they were helped to access the right service. Time slots for Emergency Departments have been introduced to help both the NHS manage demand during these difficult times and help people avoid long waiting times. No- one who turns up in A&E should be turned away or asked to call NHS 111. But how does it work in practice? We will share everybody’s experiences with the NHS to help improve the system as it develops.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said:-

“If your condition is not life-threatening, 111 may direct you to a more appropriate service or one that can see you sooner. You may also be asked to wait at home until the Emergency Department is ready to see you, avoiding a long wait in A&E for you and helping to prevent overcrowding. If you need an urgent face-to-face assessment or treatment, NHS 111 should be able to arrange this immediately for you.”

People can let us know by filling in our online survey at: www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/urgent-medical-care-survey.  Alternatively, people can give Healthwatch a ring on 01743 237884 or 01952 739540 and staff will fill out the survey for them.

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Dr Julie Davies, Director of Performance for Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said:

“It’s now nearly three months since we launched the NHS 111 First service and it’s important that we listen to and learn from people’s experiences so that we can continue to develop and improve the service.

“We are really grateful to Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin for their help in carrying out this survey, and encourage everyone who has used our urgent care services since December to share their experience with us. Whether or not you contacted NHS 111 First before using any of our urgent care services, we want to hear from you.”

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin are the independent consumer champions for health and social care locally. They gather the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services. They also have statutory powers that can be used to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

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Shrewsbury town centre enhancement work nears completion

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 09:55

New pedestrian crossing in Shoplatch with setts laid prior to grouting.

Work to improve pavements, crossing points, road signs, street furniture and road surfaces in Shrewsbury town centre is set to be completed next month (April 2021).

The work is being carried out between Smithfield Road and Bellstone, on Roushill, Mardol and Claremont Street. It began in early 2020 and is being carried out in phases.

It’s part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) – a £12million externally-funded programme of improvement work in and around Shrewsbury town centre.

This phase of work recommenced in early January 2021 after the Christmas and New Year break.

Work completed in recent weeks includes:

Barker Street/Bellstone /Claremont Hill

  • Installation of granite kerbs and Yorkstone setts to the bottom of Claremont Hill, under a localised road closure.
  • Granite tactile paving has been installed along the frontage of Hong Kong City, Pooks and Halls estate agents, along with a Belisha beacon, in readiness for forming a pedestrian crossing when road surfacing is complete around the end of March.

Shoplatch

  • Work has been undertaken within a three-week road closure on Shoplatch adjacent to Darwin’s Gate.
  • Work in this section included the removal of the old black cobbles in the carriageway, which were replaced with Yorkstone granite setts.
  • Pavements have also been realigned through this location, and a raised table formed to create an improved crossing area for pedestrians.
  • There will also be the introduction of new street furniture, which will include benches, planters, bins, protective bollards and an increased number of cycle racks.

As part of the work there is also a phased closure of roads for resurfacing, as below:

  • Until 28 March – Claremont Street and Upper Mardol
  • 18 / 19 March – Roushill/Mardol junction
  • 23 to 26 March – Claremont Street
  • 29 March to 1 April – Bellstone towards Barker Street
  • No works over Easter
  • 6 April to 9 April – Shoplatch and Mardol Head
  • 12 April to 14 April – Barker Street.

All closures will be 24-hour, and a signed diversion will be in place. Further details will be provided to businesses on how deliveries may be accommodated during the closures.

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

“This work is key to improving the public and urban realm for Shrewsbury, and we thank people for their understanding while all of this important work is carried out.

“New natural stone kerb lines are being constructed to provide wider pavements and new pedestrian crossing points. The pavements are being repaved with high-quality natural stone materials, and there will be updated street furniture and traffic sign upgrades.

“A particular focus since work restarted in January has been to complete most of the paving to shop frontages, so that access is much improved once there is a relaxation of the current Lockdown restrictions.

“With coronavirus in mind we ask people to please only approach our site personnel if there is an absolute need to do so, and then maintain social distancing. And we also ask people to respect our workers’ space and safety by driving carefully and slowly through the roadworks.”

Work is set to be completed slightly behind schedule primarily due to the extended scope of works at the Mardol/Claremont Street junction, the restrictions due to the pandemic, and more recently, poor weather conditions, all of which have impacted on the original programme.

For more information go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/sitp.

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Grants available for groups providing Easter holiday activities

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 08:47

Groups and organisations that plan to deliver activities to children and young people during the Easter holidays are being invited to apply for a grant from Shropshire Council.

Funding has been made available through the Government’s holiday activities and food programme which has made up to £220 million available to councils to co-ordinate free holiday provision.

The council is hoping to hear from a range of providers offering such activities – and would welcome applications from groups that could combine the council grant with other funding to enhance the offer.

This funding aims to ensure the  provision of free holiday activities for children who receive benefits-related free school meals, but the activities will be available to any children not eligible for free school meals, who can pay to attend.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said

“The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly brought additional stress to children and their families, and now more than ever children need access to meaningful and social activities.

“School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families less likely to access organised out-of-school activities, more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health, and more likely to experience social isolation.

“Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue, and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people.”

To find out more and apply for a grant click here to visit the Shropshire Council website.

Further information

The delivery of holiday activities at Easter could potentially be impacted by coronavirus. In some cases, face-to-face delivery of holiday clubs may not be possible, and remote delivery of an activity programme may, in some circumstances, be more viable.

Delivery of activity packs along with access to online support would be considered appropriate if children are unable to congregate in holiday clubs due to the pandemic.

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Local support for residents with filling in their Census 2021 form

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 15:49

Shropshire Libraries are working in partnership with the Good Things Foundation to deliver local support for people needing help filling in the Census 2021 form in Shropshire.

Census 2021 support is available on the phone or by video call through Microsoft Teams from Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm.

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

“It is really good to know that there is a local support available for people in our community who are not digitally active, or are unsure about how to fill in the Census form online. I would urge everyone in need of this support to get in touch with their local library to find out how they can help.”

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To access this support, people will need to fill in this Census 2021 support form.

Alternatively, people can email censussupport@shropshire.gov.uk or contact Shropshire Libraries Support Centres directly on:

Shrewsbury Library – 01743 255308

Oswestry Library – 01743 250351 

Ludlow Library – 01743 250510

Bridgnorth Library – 01746 763358 

Whitchurch Library – 01948 662238 

Market Drayton Library – 01630 652105 

For more information about Census 2021, people should visit the national Census 2021 website or Shropshire Council’s Census 2021 webpages.

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National Offer Day for secondary school places

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:08

Today is National Offer Day, when the allocation of secondary school places is made to children across the country (Monday 1 March 2021).

In Shropshire Council’s area, where 2,897 children sought places at secondary schools, 91.4 per cent – 2,648 children – were offered their first preference school.

Karen Bradshaw, Shropshire Council’s executive director of children’s services, said:-

“At this stage in the 2021 admissions process, Shropshire is delighted that a high percentage of pupils, even more than last year, have been offered their first preference school.

“We have always met a high percentage of first preference requests and been ranked amongst the top three West Midlands local authorities.

“Parents are invited to submit three preferences, and over 96 per cent of Shropshire parents have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.”

Primary to secondary 2021 2020   Number % Number % Number of applications 2,897 – 2,863 – Number allocated their first preference 2,648 91.4 2,588 90.4 Number allocated their second preference 104 3.6 138 4.8 Number allocated their third preference 37 1.3 37 1.3 Number allocated one of their preferences 2,789 96.3 2,763 96.5 Number allocated an alternative preference 108 3.7 100 3.5

 

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News from our partners: Severndale Academy officially joins the Learning Community Trust

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 16:05

News from our partners Learning Community Trust

Shrewsbury-based Severndale Academy, which specialises in educating young people with learning and behavioural difficulties, has officially joined Shropshire’s Learning Community Trust.

Learning Community Trust

The Trust, which has been running since 2017, has seven other schools under its wing – Hadley Learning Community primary and secondary, Ercall Wood, Charlton, Queensway, Crudgington and Wrekin View.

It has been working closely with Severndale since August 2020 to provide leadership and governance support, and the formal transfer has now been officially completed.

Severndale Academy, based at Monkmoor, is one of the largest specialist academies of its kind in the country. It also has satellite centres at the Mary Webb School & Science College in Pontesbury, and at Shrewsbury College’s campus on London Road.

Dr Gill Eatough, chief executive of the Learning Community Trust, with Sabrina Hobbs at Severndale Academy

Dr Gill Eatough, chief executive of the Trust, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to formally welcome Severndale into our family.

“This is a really exciting time; we are all really looking forward to working even more closely with the team.”

“We are committed to providing the very best school for children where they are happy, safe and enjoy school every day.

“We want to ensure that their individual needs are met, and that they learn and make good progress during their years at the school, preparing them for life beyond school.”

Severndale Academy caters for young people from the ages of 2-19 with a range of learning difficulties.

These include moderate, severe, complex and profound learning difficulties, those with autism, complex medical conditions and physical and mobility difficulties, and many have communication difficulties.

Sabrina Hobbs, principal of Severndale Academy, said:

“We are excited to have become part of LCT as it is a multi-academy trust that shares the same strong values of inclusion and achievement for everyone.

“It gives Severndale greater support, stability, and opportunities for collaboration for our children, young people, their families, and our staff.

“Our community is positive about the move into this highly successful Trust, and we are all motivated to adding value to the organisation, as well as being supported by it.”

“Our trustees voted unanimously for the transfer of Severndale Academy to LCT.

“We believe that LCT can offer a great deal of support and challenge to Severndale – but that Severndale in turn brings many strengths to LCT.”

 

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