Shropshire

Lord Lieutenant tells Shropshire’s flood-hit communities, “we care”

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 21:19

The Lord Lieutenant on her visit to Longden Coleham

“We haven’t forgotten you – we care”. That’s the message from the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire who visited Longden Coleham in Shrewsbury last Friday (21 February 2020) to learn about the impact of last week’s flooding, and to talk to many of those affected by it.

Anna Turner JP visited Coleham in the aftermath of last week’s floods when the recovery operation was underway – but before Coleham was again closed due to flooding over the weekend.

She joined Shropshire Council officers, and visited six local businesses, to show her support and to learn about scale and impact of the flooding – and the work being carried out to help business, residents and the local community to recover.

Watch the Lord Lieutenant speaking in this short video:

She said:

“I know it’s impossible to understand what it’s like to be flooded – so I wanted to come down and have a look and talk to everyone. And I want everyone to understand that we do really, deeply, care and we’re very sorry for what has happened.

“I know that the council has been working 24/7 – they’re getting pretty tired and have had sleepless nights worrying about things, but they care about the safety and keeping people out of danger.

“And the community has been absolutely brilliant. They have thrown their hearts in, helping the emergency services with tea and coffee, providing accommodation. Thank you to everyone who has done that.”

The Lord Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in Shropshire. She said she will be writing to the Queen to keep her informed about how people are coping in Shropshire.

Mark Barrow, Shropshire Council’s executive director of place, said:

“We’re supporting those that need immediate help straight away and we’ve had hundreds of people out across the county in the past days. We’ve responded really well and really positively. We’re going flat out, helping people as best we can.

“We’ve done a lot of door-knocking and made a lot of phone calls in the past few days, checking on people and businesses affected by flooding and making them aware of the help and emergency funding available to them. We’ll continue to do so.”

Clive Wright, chief executive of Shropshire Council, said:

“There’s a 200 strong workforce at the frontline, but back at Shirehall there’s a team working all day with our key partners – including the Environment Agency, police and fire service, to organise and co-ordinate how we deploy our resources to ensure that we help our local communities as best we can, and minimise the impact of the flooding.”

For more information about help and support available to those affected by flooding, call 0345 678 9006 or visit www.shropshire.gov.uk.

Further information

Financial support is available from the Government for eligible households and businesses, including:

  • £500 hardship payments to help with the immediate recovery.
  • Up to £5000 grants to help protect homes and businesses from future flooding.
  • 100% council tax and business rates relief.
  • £2500 grants for small and medium-sized businesses for impacts that can’t be recovered from insurance.

Please call 0345 678 9006 for further information.

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Flooding update – Monday 24 February – 5pm

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 17:08

Please see below important information about roads, car parks, buses and schools affected by this week’s flooding.

A severe flood warning is in place for Shrewsbury, but the town is open for business. As many roads and car parks are closed we advise against travelling into the town centre by car – bus, park and ride, walking or cycling are the best options.  You can also travel to and from Shrewsbury by train.

CAR PARKS – the following car parks are closed:

Shrewsbury

  • Frankwell – main and riverside
  • St Julian’s Friars
  • Raven Meadows multi-storey
  • The Gap (off Raven Meadows)
  • NCP (Wyle Cop)
  • Premier Inn car park (off Raven Meadows)

Resident and season ticket holders for Frankwell Main and St Julian’s Friars car parks may park in Abbey Foregate car park until further notice.

Bridgnorth

  • Riverside car park
  • Riverside West Elevated car park
BUSES

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury bus station is closed and services are terminating at temporary stops at Abbey Foregate coach park, Theatre Severn and New Park Road (Castle Foregate end), rather than the bus station.

Bus services will operate as follows:

  • Theatre Severn – Services 11, 20. 70, 70A, 552/553, 558, Oxon P&R,
  • Abbey Foregate HGV/Coach Park – Services 1, 8, 19, 21 23, 26, 27, 435, 436, 544/546, X4, X5 & Meole Brace P&R,
  • New Park Road (Castle Foregate End) – Services 2, 24, 25, 64, 501, 511, 519, 576, Harlescott P&R
ROAD CLOSURES

Shrewsbury

  • Victoria Avenue
  • Old Coleham
  • Gravel Hill Lane
  • Sydney Avenue
  • Atcham to Cross Houses
  • Chiltern Farm Lane
  • Berwick Road
  • Longden Coleham
  • Raven Meadows
  • Roushill
  • Cressage to Eaton Constantine
  • Smithfield Road – both directions
  • Coton Hill
  • Chester Street and Cross Street
  • Atcham to Berwick Wharf
  • B4380 Emstrey Island to Atcham
  • Williams Way
  • Coleham Head
  • English Bridge
  • Frankwell, including Welsh Bridge
  • Wyle Cop

Priory Road remains closed due to roof damage at the Quarry Swimming Centre.

Town Walls is closed while Cadent investigate and repair a gas leak. Barring any unforeseen circumstances they currently anticipate the works will be complete by Wednesday.

London Road will remain OPEN as normal until further notice. The temporary closure, for BT cable work, was due to be put back in place today (Monday) having been lifted last week.

North Shropshire

  • Colliery Road, St Martins
  • Clarke’s Lane, St Martins
  • Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington 

South Shropshire

  • B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
  • Doctors Lane, Bridgnorth 
  • Riverside, Bridgnorth 
  • Severnside South Bridgnorth 

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

  • Shrewsbury High School – closed for today
  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group – Welsh and English bridge campuses are closed
  • UCS – will close at 4pm today and reopen on Thursday.
  • St Winifrede’s – Will be closed on Tuesday.

For other school closures, please see www.shropshire.gov.uk/school-closures/

Further information

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For help and advice please call Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9006 or visit our website.

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Your health and flooding: flooding presents several risks to health

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 15:22

Do not under any circumstances be tempted to enter flood water. The flow of a swollen river along with its under-current can be very powerful. Flood water may also contain raw sewage which can lead to health problems.

Infection problems arising from floods in this country are rare. Usually any harmful bugs in floodwater become very diluted and present a low risk, but there are a few precautions to be aware of when dealing with flooding which should prevent unnecessary additional health problems:

  • Wherever possible, try to avoid coming into direct contact with floodwater. If you have to go into the water, wear waterproof gloves and rubber boots and remember to be careful of potentially concealed hazards.
  • Wash your hands – this is the most important way to get rid of harmful bugs. Use warm, clean water and soap, then rinse and dry your hands after going to the toilet, before eating or preparing food, after being in contact with floodwater, sewage or with items that have been in the water. Use cold water to wash if warm is not available. If there is no clean water, use disposable soapy, wet wipes or sanitising gel to carefully clean all parts of your hands and dry them.
  • Keep open cuts or sores clean and use waterproof plasters to prevent them being exposed to floodwater.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Do not eat any food that has been in contact with floodwater or sewage.

There are a number of guidance documents which help professionals and the public address those risks and clean up safely.  For questions around health and flooding please click here and for information on what do before and after a flood click here

Advice and guidance

To get more answers to questions you may have regarding flooding and health and how to clean up your home safely, Public Health England have prepared the following information and advice:

Please also look out on social media for the tweets on how to keep safe.

 

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Shrewsbury flooding update – Monday 24 February – 12 noon

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:36

A severe flood warning is in place for Shrewsbury.

Despite the floods, Shrewsbury will be open for business today. As many roads and car parks are closed we advise against travelling into the town centre by car – bus, park and ride, walking or cycling are the best options.  You can also travel to and from Shrewsbury by train.

The following car parks are closed:

Frankwell – main and riverside
St Julian’s Friars
Raven Meadows multi-storey
The Gap (off Raven Meadows)
NCP (Wyle Cop)
Premier Inn car park (off Raven Meadows)

Buses

From Monday morning bus services will drop off at temporary stops at Abbey Foregate coach park, Theatre Severn and New Park Road (Castle Foregate end), rather than the bus station.

Bus services will operate as follows:

  • Theatre Severn – Services 11, 20. 70, 70A, 552/553, 558, Oxon P&R,
  • Abbey Foregate HGV/Coach Park – Services 1, 8, 19, 21 23, 26, 27, 435, 436, 544/546, X4, X5 & Meole Brace P&R,
  • New Park Road (Castle Foregate End) – Services 2, 24, 25, 64, 501, 511, 519, 576, Harlescott P&R
The  following roads are closed:
  • Victoria Avenue
  • Old Coleham
  • Gravel Hill Lane
  • Sydney Avenue
  • Atcham to Cross Houses
  • Chiltern Farm Lane
  • Berwick Road
  • Longden Coleham
  • Raven Meadows
  • Roushill
  • Cressage to Eaton Constantine
  • Smithfield Road – both directions
  • Coton Hill
  • Chester Street and Cross Street
  • Atcham to Berwick Wharf
  • B4380 Emstrey Island to Atcham
  • Williams Way
  • Coleham Head

Priory Road remains closed due to roof damage at the Quarry Swimming Centre.

Due to the number of weather-related road closures in Shrewsbury, London Road will remain OPEN as normal until further notice. The temporary closure, for BT cable work, was due to be put back in place today (Monday) having been lifted last week.

Schools, colleges and University Centre Shrewsbury
  • Shrewsbury High School – closed for today
  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group – Welsh and English bridge campuses are closed
  • UCS – will close at 4pm today and reopen on Thursday.
  • St Winifred’s – Monday 24 February is a PD day therefore staff only.
  • Coleham Primary School – will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday)

Also see: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/school-closures/

Further updates

Please follow Shropshire Council on Facebook or twitter for the latest information.

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Shrewsbury flooding update – Monday 24 February, 6am

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 06:07

A severe flood warning is in place for Shrewsbury.

Despite the floods, Shrewsbury will be open for business today. As many roads and car parks are closed we advise against travelling into the town centre by car – bus, park and ride, walking or cycling are the best options.

The following car parks are closed:

  • Frankwell main and riverside
  • St Julian’s
  • Raven Meadows multi-storey
  • The Gap, NCP and Premier Inn Car Parks will not be accessible.

Buses

From Monday morning bus services will drop off at temporary stops at Abbey Foregate, Theatre Severn and New Park Road (Castlefields), rather than the bus station.

The  following roads are closed:

• Victoria Avenue
• Old Coleham
• Gravel Hill Lane
• Sydney Avenue
• Atcham to Cross Houses
• Children Farm Lane

• Berwick Road
• Longden Coleham
• Raven Meadows

• Roushill
• Cressage to Eaton Constantine

• All of Smithfield Road – both directions
• Coton Hill
• Chester Street and Cross Street
• Atcham to Berwick Wharf
• B4380 Shrewsbury to Atcham.

Coleham Head is closed to enable the Environment Agency and Severn Trent to put the flood defences and necessary procedures in place.

Due to the number of weather-related road closures in Shrewsbury, London Road will remain OPEN as normal until further notice. The temporary closure, for BT cable work, was due to be put back in place today (Monday) having been lifted last week.

Schools, colleges and University Centre Shrewsbury
  • Shrewsbury High School – closed for today
  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group – Welsh and English bridge campuses are closed
  • UCS – have advised staff and students that Guildhall will be open for business.
  • St Winifred’s – Monday 24 February is a PD day therefore staff only.

Further updates

Please follow Shropshire Council on Facebook or twitter for the latest information.

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Road closures update – Sunday 23 February – 4.50pm

Shropshire Council News Feed - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 17:07

We have now entered a severe weather warning for Shrewsbury and the resulting road closures – as of 4.50pm on Sunday – are as follows:

Closed
• Victoria Avenue
• Old Coleham
• Gravel Hill Lane
• Sydney Avenue
• Atcham to Cross Houses
• Children Farm Lane

In the process of being closed
• Berwick Road
• Longden Coleham
• Raven Meadows
• Smithfield road one lane closure
• Roushill
• Cressage to Eaton Constantine

Closed during the evening, and by midnight
• All of Smithfield Road – both directions
• Coton Hill
• Chester Street and Cross Street
• Atcham to Berwick Wharf
• B4380 Shrewsbury to Atcham.

Coleham Head will be closed from 6pm to enable the Environment Agency and Severn Trent to put the flood defences and necessary procedures in place.

Due to the number of weather-related road closures in Shrewsbury, London Road will remain OPEN as normal until further notice. The temporary closure, for BT cable work, was due to be put back in place tomorrow (Monday 24 February) having been lifted last week.

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News from our partners: Two remarkable sisters – Save the Children event in Ellesmere

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:26

News from our partners Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative

The lives and legacy of two Ellesmere sisters who founded Save the Children will be in the spotlight at a special event — a short distance from their birthplace.

Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton launched the international aid charity 100 years ago, to provide food and medical supplies for starving children in Germany and Austria at the end of the First World War.

Their pioneering and inspirational work will be commemorated on 1 April 2020 at a one-day seminar to celebrate the movement’s centenary.

It will also focus on current and future challenges facing relief charities, including the refugee crisis resulting from conflicts in countries such Syria and Yemen and Myanmar. Speakers will also address issues such as the increasing number of people being forced to leave their homes because of climate change and global warming.

With the theme “Children Displaced by Conflict”, the seminar will take place at Ellesmere College Arts Centre and will be opened the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, the Queen’s personal representative in the county.

Key speakers will include Claire Mulley, acclaimed author broadcaster and biographer of Eglantyne Jebb; Gareth Owen, Humanitarian Director of Save the Children; and 86-year old  Dame Stephanie Shirley, former Kinder-Transport child refugee who fled the Nazis, was educated in Oswestry and went on to become a millionaire businesswoman who has given away a large part of her fortune to worthwhile causes.

Representatives of the Rohingya and Syrian refugees communities in Britain will also speak.

Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative

The event has been organised by volunteers from the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative which is  leading an 18-month centenary project in partnership with support from Shropshire Council, Ellesmere Town Council, local schools,  community groups and businesses.

Chairman Len Graham said:

“This seminar will appeal to local people who want to know more about the lives and work of Eglantyne and Dorothy, as well as those interested in heritage, history, politics and international affairs. We have attracted an outstanding group of speakers for what will be a memorable day.

“ The event is being  at Ellesmere College, less than a mile from the country house where the sisters were born, and we are very grateful to the college for providing the facility.

“Eglantyne and Dorothy were great humanitarians –social activists with great vision, compassion and commitment. They were way ahead of their time and what they achieved has  influenced the development of the international aid movement over the past 100 years.

“Latest figures show in 2018 Save the Children was actively involved in nearly 120 countries, spending over £300 million  to provide emergency aid, food, health care, safe havens and educational support to more than 40 million children. I’ve no doubt that the sisters would be proud of this achievement, but at the same time, they would be appalled that a century on, there is still a great need for the charity that they started. “

Tickets for the day seminar, £20 each to include a buffet lunch, are available locally from Ismay’s fashion shop in High Street, Ellesmere, White Lion Antiques in Market Street or online from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–shropshire/displaced-children/

A number of free places will be available for students and school pupils aged 16+ – more information available from Claire Cartlidge claire21cartlidge@gmail.com

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BT to retain some payphones in Shropshire that were proposed for removal

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:08

Shropshire Council is pleased to advise that confirmation has been received from BT with regard to next steps for the 75 payphones in the Shropshire area that BT proposed to permanently remove from service.

There were 49 across the county for which Shropshire Council objected to removal of the operational telephony, following the feedback received from local communities and town and parish councils. BT advises that there are no plans to appeal against any of the objections, which means that these 49 will remain in service.

This follows on from Shropshire Council issuing its final view and Final Notice after a formal 90-day consultation period on all 75, as set out by Ofcom, which concluded just before Christmas 2019. BT had an obligation to consult with Shropshire Council with regard to the proposed removals.

The number for which the council’s final view was to consent to removal of the service and the kiosk stood at 14, with a further 12 where the local community wishes to adopt the kiosk. Contact details of the parish councils and town councils who indicated that they wanted to adopt their kiosks have been sent to BT, in order for these applications to then progress.

Lois Dale, Shropshire Council’s rurality and equalities specialist, said: 

“We are really pleased to see these 49 public payphones retained in service, to help residents and visitors alike, in locations across our rural county. We are equally pleased that a dozen are going forward for adoption of the kiosk itself, and that in the majority of cases this will be to have defibrillators installed for community use.

“We know that contractors are on the ground in Shropshire and they are liaising with us in starting to remove the 14 for which consent was given for these to go.

“In the meantime, we have also been made aware of another 12 on which BT which to consult with a view to permanent removal of the telephony. These are again in various locations across the county, and the relevant town councils and parish councils have been supplied with information in all cases. They are all the modern style ones. Could I ask people to possibly please get their views in again to me, by 4pm on Friday 27 March, to help us to reach a collective decision in each case to reflect the views of local people? Thank you.”

During the new formal 90-day consultation period, the task of the council as the Local Planning Authority will once again be to seek views from local town councils and parish councils, and to include any views from local councillors, residents, policing teams, and so forth, in order to help in reaching a decision in each case as to whether to Consent to removal of the service and kiosk; Object in order to keep the service operational, or Consent to removal of the telephony and retention of the kiosk itself where the local parish council or town council wish to adopt.

The council’s starting position, as a predominantly rural county with a scattered population and concerns over mobile phone coverage for residents and for visitors, remains to Object to removal of telephony at kiosks unless local feedback suggests otherwise. This is due to concerns over things like emergency access; rural isolation; location in or near social housing or housing for older people, churches, doctors, schools, etc; and physical access where the next nearest payphone may be some distance away for those with mobility problems. The council also looks at continuing usage, even where this may appear low when compared with kiosk usage in a more densely populated urban area.

All the kiosks on this later list are modern style enclosed KX100s, rather than the older red K6 kiosks. This does not preclude their being adopted by the parish council or town council, but we are advised that such permission would only ordinarily be granted for the purposes for defibrillator storage. We are asking the town councils and parish councils involved to once again consider all factors at their disposal, including whether there are any other payphones remaining for resident and visitor access.

The consultation period commenced from the date agreed with BT, which was 6 February 2020, and concludes on 5 May 2020. We are required to ensure a minimum of 42 days for this first phase of the consultation period. Views on the proposals should be sent via email to Lois Dale, rurality and equalities specialist, email lois.dale@shropshire.gov.uk, by 4pm on Friday 27 March 2020. 

As with the larger scale consultation, the initial views, known as the First Notification, will be published by the council and copied to the relevant Government department in line with the formal direction from Ofcom, as well as being sent to BT. A minimum one month consultation period, for any further comments on the draft view, will then take us up to 4pm on Friday 1 May 2020. The final deadline is Tuesday 5 May 2020.

The listing is available at https://shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-council/bt-payphones/

Further information

Shropshire Council, in accordance with section 49(4) of the Communications Act 2003 (’the Act’), made a final decision in each case in response to the proposal by BT for the removal of the 75 public call boxes. Section 50(1)(b) of the Act requires Shropshire Council to send to the Secretary of State a copy of every notification published under section 49(4) of the Act. A copy of the Final Notification was enclosed accordingly along with a formal letter.

The final notice listing was submitted to the Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and to BT, on Wednesday 18 December 2019. This was in order to ensure that it was received by BT before Thursday 19 December 2019, as per agreement with BT on timescales for so doing, and that DCMS had a copy of the final decision reached by the council on each payphone, as per Ofcom guidance.

Where the council did not hear back from a local community, following press releases, contact with the local parish council or town council, and publicity through the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, we reached a decision on behalf of the local community. This was based on: analysis of previous call usage and previous concerns noted, including operability of telephony; assessment of the location eg rural isolated spot, eg known to attract numbers of visitors, eg in an area of social need; and continuing concerns for the council over mobile phone coverage issues in our large rural county.

We have enquired further about eligibility criteria for adopting a kiosk, including if a kiosk is a modern style KX100, after expressing concerns that an adoption might not always be able to proceed .BT has clarified that the adopting body must be a local council or registered charity. Sometimes they receive requests other types of organisation or private individuals to adopt and these are not able to do so. The most likely cause of an adoption not proceeding (other than the prospective adoptee deciding not to proceed) would be a request for a modern style kiosk to be adopted and this is something that BT only allow if the kiosk is to be used to house a defibrillator.

Whilst the stated starting position of Shropshire Council, as a predominantly rural county with a dispersed population, remains to Object to removal of telephony at kiosks unless local feedback suggests otherwise, the council will equally look to consider factors in favour of removal of the payphone where the views of the local community are that its use is no longer warranted, or that adoption would be a better option in that area, perhaps for defibrillator storage, or because there has been repeated vandalism or misuse of the kiosk.

For more details, please click the link to see the 2019 and 2020 listings and other resources on the website at https://shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-council/bt-payphones/

The 2020 listing is also going to clerks for all town councils and parish councils and to members of the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly.

 

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Car parks – UPDATE 9.25am Friday 21 February

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 09:26

Car parks update – 9.25am Friday 21 February

Bridgnorth

Riverside Car Park still closed: under review, outcome of review known later this morning.

Shrewsbury

Two car parks managed by Shropshire Council remain closed

Frankwell Riverside

Frankwell Main

We are undertaking a secondary clean and a patch repair in Frankwell Main Car Park via our contractor where further floodwater has subsided. We will be reviewing with our partners to see if the exit to the car park can be opened and will be updating residents and media later today.

 

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Recovery underway across Shropshire as flood response continues

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 20:53

Shropshire Council’s recovery effort concerning the flooding is already underway across the county.

As the worst of the weather passes and flood levels drop, Shropshire Council, along with key partners, will transition from crisis response to focusing on long-term recovery.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, said:

“We have been working hard as part of a multi-agency response to the floods and associated issues since Saturday 15 February, and we will continue to be a proactive presence in our affected communities throughout the duration of the recovery phase.

“Our aim remains firstly and most importantly to keep people safe; but as flood levels drop, we can begin to fully understand the impact the floods have had on homes and businesses. We understand the devastating effect, and are committed to working as efficiently as possible to help our towns and rural areas return to normal life.”

A clean up has begun in the worst affected towns of Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth, and we are also supporting numerous more isolated rural communities. The majority of the clean up will be complete by the end of next week, allowing for the restoration of properties to begin.

Flooded road in Atcham

We are following up all calls received to date seeking help with flooding, and have officers on the street to offer support and reassurance. Skips have been located in Temeside and Lower Corve Street in Ludlow; Coleham in Shrewsbury; and Riverside, Bridgnorth, to allow for the clearance of debris.

An affected Ludlow resident visited by advice-laden council officer Sarah Nelsey

Floods: council officer and police working as part of multi-agency response

Help us to help you

We want to hear from anyone who requires assistance in the aftermath of the floods. Please contact our dedicated Customer Service line on 0345 678 9006 if you or someone you know needs help.

We are working closely with the Government to establish eligibility criteria for financial support grants, and will endeavour to keep you updated on how to apply for assistance.

Please continue to co-operate with the various agencies and emergency services. There are still areas that pose a risk to the public, so please keep adhering to road closures and other directives. In the longer term, please engage with our officers on the ground and let them know of any support you require, or ask them about what further support is available.

Looking to the future

Shropshire Council has started to press the Government for better flood defences in our most high-risk locations and for funding to accelerate proposals for flood attenuation for the whole of the River Severn. We will also lobby for funds to repair our damaged roads and infrastructure to enable appropriate resilience to mitigate further future impact.

For the latest updates, please keep checking the Shropshire Council Newsroom, and follow Shropshire Council on Facebook and @ShropCouncil on Twitter.

To find out more about the support and guidance available, including financial assistance, emotional support and insurance, please visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/after-a-flood

Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial us on 0345 678 9006. If you are in danger, always call 999.

Further information

A leaflet has been produced and distributed to most residents and businesses that have been affected, signposting to flood recovery grants and council tax/business rates relief.

 

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Winterburn Bridge – planned road closure from 2 March 2020 for up to 20 weeks

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:32

Winterburn Bridge will be closed for up to 20 weeks from Monday 2 March 2020 to enable a new bridge to be constructed.

Winterburn Bridge collapsed in 2007, the remains of the bridge were removed and a temporary piped culvert installed to enable the road to be reopened to traffic.

The bridge carries an unclassified road over the Winterburn Brook, from Overton junction to The Baytree junction near Neenton.

In order to ensure the bridge’s future, the bridge is being rebuilt with a permanent structure.  Work to rebuild the bridge will commence on 2 March and is expected to take up to 20 weeks to complete: this is due to the depth of excavation required to rebuild the bridge.

Due to the nature of the repair works, a full road closure and diversion route will be in place for the duration of the works. When the bridge is closed traffic will be diverted via Oldfield, Neenton and Wrickton. A formal diversion route will be signed at Baytree, Cleobury North, Oldfield and Overton. The diversion route will be monitored for the duration of the works by the contractor and Shropshire Council.

Access through the works will be available for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists, with a temporary footbridge provided for this purpose.

The construction work will be undertaken by Freyssinet UK, and supervised by the council’s term consultant WSP.

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

“It is appreciated that the bridge closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”

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Shropshire road closures – UPDATE 5.30pm Thurs 20 Feb

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:31

As the rivers in the county recede, we have been able to begin opening roads. While some are now open, there are still roads across Shropshire that remain closed due to flooding.

There are currently 15 roads closures in place across the county.

North Shropshire 

Colliery Road, St Martins
Clarke’s Lane, St Martins
Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington

South Shropshire 

B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
Doctors Lane Bridgnorth
Riverside, Bridgnorth
Severn Side South Bridgnorth  

Shrewsbury and surrounding roads

Sydney Avenue
Gravel Hill Lane 
Old Coleham
Cressage to Eaton Constantine 
Chilton Farm road
Atcham to Berwick Wharf
Atcham to Cross Houses road
Priory Road (closed for safety reasons due to previous damage to swimming centre)

Residents are urged not to drive through flooded roads and road closures for their safety.

If you have been affected by the floods, please call 0345 678 9006 or visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/storm-dennis

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Road closures in Shropshire, car parks, buses: UPDATE 12pm Thurs 20 Feb

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 12:07

Shrewsbury road closures

Sydney Avenue

Gravel Hill Lane

Old Coleham

Cressage to Eaton Constantine

Chilton Farm Lane

Atcham to Cross Houses

Atcham to Berwick Wharf

Priory Road (closed for safety reasons due to previous damage to swimming centre)

South Shropshire road closures

B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)

A442 Sutton Maddock to Bandon Island (work is ongoing to sweep and make safe – re-opening is expected Thurs 20 Feb afternoon)

Doctors Lane Bridgnorth

Riverside, Bridgnorth

Southwell Riverside

North Shropshire road closures

Colliery Road, St Martins

Clarke’s Lane, St Martins

Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington

 

Shropshire Council-run car parks update

Shrewsbury closures

Frankwell Riverside

Frankwell Main

St Julian’s Friar’s

We are getting these car parks cleaned by our contractor, where floodwater has subsided, and will be reviewing with our partners any impacts of rain overnight 20 February to Friday 21 February, and for the foreseeable future. This is to ensure we direct customers to safe parking areas.

Bridgnorth closure

Riverside Car Park

 

Bus services update

Bridgnorth 

Bus services are operating as normal

Shrewsbury

Bus services back to normal and Bus Station open.

 

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Project to look at how 5G technology can deliver health and care services in rural Shropshire

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:37

Shropshire Council has welcomed the award of Government funding to support a two-year project that will examine how emerging 5G technology can be used to deliver health and social care services in rural areas – including parts of Shropshire.

The council is one of the partners in the ‘West Mercia Rural 5G’ project, which will start on 1 April 2020 and focus on innovative ways to deploy 5G networks in rural areas, especially on the borders where Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire meet.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today (Thursday 20 February 2020) announced the award of £3.3m to Worcestershire County Council who will be the accountable body for the project.

The project will explore infrastructure challenges when planning, building and operating a rural 5G network, and how 5G can enhance services for the benefit of residents, particularly in the areas of health and social care.

Led by Worcestershire County Council, other partners in the project include local NHS organisations, alongside Airband and Three – who will plan, build and operate the 5G network. University Centre Shrewsbury, The University of Worcester, and West Midlands Academic Health Science Network are providing their expert support across the project.

The pilot area for Shropshire is likely to be located near to Ludlow, and will be chosen based on the adjoining county borders and current telecommunications infrastructure.

The West Mercia Rural 5G project primarily focuses on ‘health and social care’ applications, particularly ‘assistive technology’, and brings together two distinct challenges:

  • How the mobile industry in the UK deploys 5G in rural areas at pace, but also at reasonable cost.
  • How councils, Clinicial Commissioning Groups and other care providers in rural areas find new models for delivery when funding is stretched due to increasing demand.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for organisational transformation and digital infrastructure, said:

“Whilst we still need to do further work with Worcestershire County Council on the detail of our council’s involvement, this project offers Shropshire Council a significant opportunity and is very positive news.

“At a time of increasing demand for public services, improvements in connected technologies offer new ways of working that can help maintain and improve service delivery and quality of life for our residents and our businesses.

“With a range of new assistive technologies being developed, improved connectivity will enable and allow new technologies that lead to potential improvements in key services and previously unviable new services.

“This project will help us to explore how 5G and associated technologies could support community care and improve quality of lives, as well as improve access and connectivity between health and care services and professionals.

“We’ll be engaging closely with Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and encouraging their participation in the project, and will co-ordinate the project with all digital health care and assistive technology work currently being undertaken within Shropshire Council.”

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“We want the UK to be a world-leader in 5G which means making sure the countryside isn’t left behind in the digital revolution.

“We’ve invested £3.3 million in this project to explore how we can harness the power of 5G connectivity to transform health and social care for rural communities across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

Key to the project is to test how existing telecommunication and public assets can be cost-effectively repurposed for 5G deployment across very rural areas.

Further information

  • The project consortium includes Worcestershire County Council, Shropshire Council, Airband, Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP, Three Mobile, The University of Chester, The University of Worcester, and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • Worcestershire County Council will be the lead authority for the project. A governance board will be put in place with representatives from all partners
  • The project will work closely with West Midlands Combined Authority, who have the Urban Connected Communities project.
  • The project is valued at £5.8m, with £3.3m Grant funding coming from DCMS. The balance of funding will come from ‘in kind match’ and ‘private funding’. Shropshire Council will not need to contribute any public funding or ‘match funding’ to this project.

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Road closures in Shropshire – UPDATE – 9am Wed 20 February

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:30

There are currently 30 road closures in place across Shropshire.

North Shropshire

  • Colliery Road, St Martins
  • Clarke’s Lane, St Martins
  • Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington

Bridgnorth

  • Doctors Lane Bridgnorth
  • Riverside, Bridgnorth
  • Severn Side South Bridgnorth
    Underhill Street – Single lane closure as a precaution. This will be monitored overnight by the Highways officer on call. If the levels begin dropping or remains below 5.3m the closure will be removed by the morning.

South Shropshire

  • B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
  • A442 Sutton Maddock to Bandon Island

Shrewsbury and surrounding roads

  • Sydney Avenue
  • Old Coleham
  • Coleham Head
  • Victoria Avenue
  • B5067 Berwick Road
  • B4380 Cressage to Eaton Constantine
  • Atcham to Berwick Wharf
  • Atcham to Cross Houses road
  • Chilton Farm Lane
  • Priory Road (closed for safety reasons due to previous damage to swimming centre)
  • Gravel Hill Lane

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News from our partners: Suspicious financial services being offered on Facebook to flood victims

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:50

News from our partners West Mercia Police

 

Following the devastating floods affecting many of our communities, it would appear that an online scam has begun looking to target vulnerable people.

DS Jon Cooper said:

“It seems there are some suspicious Facebook posts purporting to be from banks, directed at flood victims.

“I would urge people to only go through their personal and official bank and/or insurance company direct, and DO NOT click any links about lost cards or money via social media.”

Fraudsters may be targeting flood victims with fake credit card and cash replacement on Facebook – don’t click the bait!

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Shrewsbury roads and bus services: UPDATE 2pm Wed 19 Feb

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 14:03

Main routes Smithfield Road, Coton Hill and Chester Street in Shrewsbury are now reopen.

Shrewsbury Bus Station is now also reopen, and all bus routes in and out of the town centre have resumed as normal – after temporary pick up and terminus points had been in operation in the last couple of days. However, these ‘flood points’ will still be served today, for any passengers who would be unaware of the change.

For information and advice on how to stay safe during the flooding, please visit the Storm Dennis webpage on the Shropshire Council website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/storm-dennis

For news and up-to-date information about flooding and flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=shropshire

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Bus services – travel UPDATE – Wed 19 Feb 8.15am

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:25

Bus services across most of the county are operating as normal.

Shrewsbury Bus Station remains closed and flood terminus points are still in action at New Park Road, Castlefields (town end), Abbey Foregate Car Park, and Frankwell Island.

The services in operation will drop off and terminate at these three designated flood stops.

Park & Ride has been available from all sites, terminating and picking up outside the town centre at these points: Frankwell Island, Abbey Foregate Car Park and New Park Road, Castlefields (town end).

Bus services are currently continuing to operate from the following locations in Shrewsbury:

Frankwell Island – Services 11, 20. 70, 70A, 552/553, 558, Oxon P&R.

Abbey Foregate Car Park – Services 1, 8, 19, 21 23, 26, 27, 435, 436, 544/546, X4, X5 & Meole Brace P&R.

New Park Road, Castlefields (town end): Services 2, 24, 25, 64, 501, 511, 519, 576, Harlescott P&R.

For information and advice on how to stay safe during the flooding, please visit the Storm Dennis webpage on the Shropshire Council website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/storm-dennis

For news and up-to-date information about flooding and flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=shropshire

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Road closures in Shropshire – UPDATE – 7am Wed 19 February

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:37

Update as of 7am – Wednesday 19 February 2020

The clean-up operation on Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury began at 5am Wednesday 19 February and we have two road sweepers on site and a gully emptying crew. We anticipate the road should be open by 9am. Once that happens the teams will move to Chester Street gyratory.

As the flooding in county remains, roads across Shropshire continue to be closed.

Residents are urged not to drive through flooded roads and road closures for their safety.

The roads currently closed, are:

Shrewsbury and surrounding roads

Raven Meadows
Smithfield road
Chester Street/Cross Street
Raven Meadows
Sydney Avenue
Roushill
Longden Coleham
Old Coleham
Coleham Head
Victoria Avenue
Coton Hill
St Julian’s Friars
B5067 Berwick Road
B4380 Shrewsbury to Atcham road
B4380 Cressage to Eaton Constantine
Atcham to Berwick Wharf
Atcham to Cross Houses road
Chilton Farm road
Priory Road (closed for safety reasons due to previous damage to swimming centre)
Gravel Hill Lane
Williams Way 

South Shropshire

B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip) 
A442 Sutton Maddock to Bandon Island 
Doctors Lane Bridgnorth
Riverside, Bridgnorth
Severn Side South Bridgnorth
Underhill Street – Single lane closure as a precaution. This will be monitored overnight by the Highways officer on call. If the levels begin dropping or remains below 5.3m the closure will be removed by the morning.  

North Shropshire

B5069 Gobowen Road, Oswestry. 
Colliery Road, St Martins 
Clarke’s Lane, St Martins 
Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington  

Information and advice

For information and advice on how to stay safe during the flooding, please visit the Storm Dennis webpage on the Shropshire Council website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/storm-dennis

For news and up-to-date information about flooding and flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=shropshire

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Storm Dennis: Bridgnorth Rest Centre to remain open through the night

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:45

The rest centre opened in Bridgnorth by Shropshire Council is to remain open through the night (into Wednesday 19 February) for those affected by the floods caused by the rainfall during Storm Dennis.

The rest centre is at the Castle Hall, West Castle Street, WV16 4AB.

Food, refreshments and shelter is being provided to residents in need of support.

The rest centre will be managed by the Red Cross throughout the night with support from Shropshire Council officers.

Shropshire Council continue to work around the clock in response to Storm Dennis, and want to reassure people affected that all partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days.

The council’s emergency planning team have also been in action as part of the wider co-ordination effort involving the emergency services, Environment Agency, and other key partners.

Ongoing communications have been issued to the public and local media throughout the last three days and that will continue.

To report any emergency issues relating to the flooding, call 0345 678 9006.

News and information

For information and advice on how to stay safe during the flooding, please visit the dedicated Storm Dennis webpage on the Shropshire Council website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/storm-dennis

For news and up-to-date information about flooding and flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=shropshire

For details of road closures across the county, visit https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/02/storm-dennis-road-closures-shropshire/

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