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Time out event for those affected by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:00

People affected by someone’s drug or alcohol use are invited to come to a drop in event at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury on Monday 24 September 2018.

The Time 4 You relaxation event is being hosted by Shropshire’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) as part of Recovery Month, and will run from 4pm to 7pm.

This drop in event is for people to come along and try various relaxation technique taster sessions to help to alleviate general stress. Activities such as mindfulness and yoga sessions will be available to try.

As part of the International Recovery Month programme, Shropshire DAAT have organised ’Time 4 You’, an event which is aimed at carers / those who are affected by family/friends, who have issues with drugs and/or alcohol. This follows the recent successful national FAVOR UK Recovery Walk and conference, demonstrating people can and do recover.

There will also be a ‘marketplace’ giving access to a range of support and information services such as MIND, Carers Trust 4 All, council support services and local treatment providers.

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

“Drugs or alcohol not only affect the person concerned, but also has a huge impact on those around them. Carers, family members and significant others play an important part in a person’s recovery so we need to recognise them and their needs.

“I would really encourage those who feel they would benefit from this event to come along. We want to ensure that you are not alone and that you need to take care of yourself, regardless of whether the person you are concerned about chooses to get the help they need.”

For more information about the event, email simon.haydon@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01743 253981.

If you are affected by someone’s behaviour through drug or alcohol misuse, there is help and support available. Visit Al-Annon’s website at www.al-anon.org.uk or call their helpline on 0207 403 0888.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance misuse and need support, or whether you are affected by someone’s drug and or alcohol use and need to speak to someone, contact Shropshire Recovery Partnership on 01743 294700.

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Government housing experts visit Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:17

Senior figures from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the High Streets Expert Panel and the Institute of Place Management (IPM) visited Shrewsbury this week (Wednesday 19 September 2018) to find out more about the town, and Shropshire Council and its partners’ ambitious plans for its future.

Head of Regeneration at MHCLG Laura Hurley, Member of the High Streets Expert Panel Councillor Graham Galpi,n and Director and Visiting Professor IPM Simon Quin were given a tour of the town, which included a visit to the shopping centres, the award-winning Shrewsbury Market Hall and Wyle Cop. They also were given the opportunity to speak with some business owners before heading to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to hear about the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan.

Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“It was a privilege to welcome delegates from the MHCLG, High Streets Experts Panel and IPM to our county town, which I believe is only one of five in the country that is being visited.

“Shrewsbury has so much to offer and we’re delighted that we were able to show them our vibrant businesses, historic buildings and give them an insight into what we’re all trying our best to achieve.

“It’s an extremely exciting time.”

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Shropshire Council invites education providers to explore the future of learning at its EdTech Conference

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:22

An exciting education-focused technology conference is coming to Shropshire on Wednesday 3 October 2018 in the form of EdTech Shropshire.

EdTech 2018

The conference, now in its second year, will host a gathering of representatives from some of the world’s biggest names in technology including Microsoft, Google, BT, LEGO, Smoothwall, as well as experts in education University of Loughborough and CAS Barefoot.

The event is being held by Shropshire Council to help support local schools, federations and academies with the changes, and inform them about both the benefits and associated risks unmanaged access could create.

Hosted in Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, the event welcomes educators from across Shropshire and the surrounding regions to learn about new and emerging technology and the ways it can be applied to the classroom.

There will be keynote talks from experts, industry leaders and case studies from a local Shropshire school.  Delegates will receive unique access to technology and education exhibitors from across the industry and there will be chances to win prizes throughout the day.

Rob Gittins, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for IT and digital services, said:

“Understanding the relationship between new technology and education can be confusing at times.  With a new generation of children increasingly more connected with the digital world, we’re excited to be able to offer educators the opportunity to understand the new landscape and be at the forefront of new technology.”

Andrew Boxall, Shropshire Council’s technology and communications service manager, added:

“EdTech is Shropshire ICT’s opportunity to provide extra support to schools, with a showcase of leading technology providers and the tools they represent. Through a range of specifically chosen topics, we will take attendees on a journey of discovery into the future world of School Education Technology. Meet providers, speak with specialists and generally gain a greater understanding of the art of the possible!”

Spaces are limited and educators are encouraged to sign up soon to avoid disappointment, via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shropshire-education-technology-conference-2018-tickets-47513974577

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Children’s centre services set to be delivered from seven new family hubs

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:07

Plans to deliver children’s centres services from seven proposed new family hub bases across Shropshire will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet next week (26 September 2018). To see the report and appendices, click here.

Under the proposals, services will be delivered from seven key buildings instead of the existing 26 buildings, namely: The Centre – Oswestry; Sunflower House– Shrewsbury; Crowmoor Centre – Shrewsbury; Rockspring Centre – Ludlow; the Youth Centre in Bridgnorth; and a hub base in the Whitchurch area yet to be determined.

Shropshire Council has also listened to feedback from parents and carers and have revisited the levels of need in the Market Drayton area – hence the proposal to add a seventh hub base – Raven House, covering the Market Drayton area. The Early Help Team based in Market Drayton will ensure Early Help support and services are available for families living in the Whitchurch area until a suitable building is sourced.

Chidren’s centre services will continue to be provided from the hubs, and through local community venues and home visits.

The proposals were originally drawn up following a consultation held in February and March 2018 in which families, stakeholders and staff were asked for their views on the idea of family hubs. Their views and opinions helped to shape the proposals. A further six-week  consultation into the proposals ran from 29 May, and included some 25 public meetings.

Nick Bardsley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services and education, said:

“The proposed new delivery model for Early Help services across the county will provide whole family support, dealing with all the issues a family faces, with their full involvement and consent. The principle of delivering these services through bases or hubs was generally well received during our consultations and I want to thank everyone who took part and shared their thoughts with us.

“We want to provide support to children and families who are most in need of our help, quickly and in the right way. We also currently spend an awful lot of money on a lot of buildings, some of which are only used for a very small part of the week. We therefore think it’s far better to focus our resources on providing services for those who need our help, rather than paying for buildings.”

Under the proposals services provided by Shropshire Council’s partners will also continue, including midwifery services, health visitor services and services for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, especially those with special needs.

Shropshire Council does not intend to close the 20 unneeded buildings but anticipates that they would be used by other organisations providing services for children and families.

The proposed delivery model has the potential to deliver £875,000 of savings.

 

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A landmark day for Shrewsbury with inaugural University graduation ceremony

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:58

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

History will be made when the inaugural University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) Graduation Ceremony takes place on Friday 28 September 2018.

Hosted at the iconic St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, the ceremony will celebrate the institution’s first students to gain their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and awards. The day will be marked with other celebratory events.

The awards will be presented by author and broadcaster Dr Gyles Brandreth, the Chancellor of the University of Chester.

At 2pm, academics and civic dignitaries will process through the streets of Shrewsbury before the graduation ceremony starts at 3pm.

A group of eminent individuals will join the ceremony to receive honorary degrees, recognising excellence in their respective fields.

The Right Reverend Mark Rylands will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD,) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to ministry in this country, with particular recognition of his role as former Bishop of Shrewsbury and his support to UCS as a member of the Advisory Board.

Professor Lalage Bown OBE, FRSE, FAcSS will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt,) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education and for her support of UCS.

Sir Neil Cossons OBE, FSA, FMA will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt,) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to heritage and for his support of UCS as a member of the Advisory Board.

Established by the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship, and contributing to the community, with the long term aspiration to become an independent university. Postgraduate students started courses at UCS in 2014 and undergraduate students were welcomed in 2015.

The relationship between UCS and the University of Chester allows students to receive an individualised educational experience at Shrewsbury, while being supported by the established learning traditions of the University of Chester.

Undergraduate subjects offered at UCS include History, English, Initial Teacher Education, Psychology, Business and a range of Science programmes. Postgraduate courses are also available in areas from Education to Health, reflecting both traditional university level programmes and the county’s scientific history, environmental and social challenges.

Dr Gyles Brandreth, Chancellor of the University of Chester, said:

“I am honoured to be presenting degrees and awards to University Centre Shrewsbury’s first graduates, during such a momentous ceremony at the beautiful St Chad’s Church.

“These students are pioneers and deserve to celebrate their dedication and achievements, cheered on by their friends, family, staff who taught and supported them, and colleagues who studied alongside them. May success and good luck always be with them.”

Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Anna Sutton, said:

“As our first students, they have made history, and we are extremely proud of all that they have accomplished. We’re sad to see them leave, but it’s exciting that they are embarking on their next steps. They will always be part of the UCS family, as our first alumni, and we hope they will come back to inspire the students who follow them with what they have achieved in their lives and careers.

“Many congratulations to you all. We wish you a very happy and prosperous future, and a wonderful graduation day.”

For further information on UCS:-

www.ucshrewsbury.ac.ukwww.facebook.com/ucshrewsburywww.twitter.com/ucshrewsbury, call 01743 297185 or email enquiries@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk.

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Applications going to Central planning committee on 27 September 2018

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:07

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 27 September 2018 at 2pm.

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

  • Land south of Holcroft Way, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury (18/03427/FUL) Erection of 5No. dwellings with access road to supersede existing consent for plots 17-21 of existing permission 16/00188/REM pursuant to outline consent 14/02406/OUT.
  • Land south of Millrace Cottage, Longmeadow Drive, Shrewsbury (18/03663/FUL) Erection of 1No split-level house with integral garaging and associated parking, served by an existing access and improved private drive.
  • Land adjacent to Hawthorn Cottage, Longden, Shrewsbury (18/00251/FUL) Erection of 2No dwellings, formation of vehicular and pedestrian access and installation of package treatment plant.

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

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Councillors to consider next stage of Shirehall refurbishment project

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:54

How the front of Shirehall may look

Shropshire councillors will be asked to approve moving to the next stage of plans to refurbish and reconfigure the council’s Shirehall headquarters in Shrewsbury at their next meeting*.

In July 2017, a specialist team of architects and property specialists considered options to reconfigure and refurbish Shirehall in order to meet the council’s priorities (stage 1). In December 2017 Cabinet considered their feasibility report and agreed, in principle, to move forward the option of refurbishing the entire building.

The necessary due diligence and feasibility work around this option (stage 2) has now been completed and councillors will now be asked to approve the spending of £1.15m capital funding to support the next, detailed design stage of the development (Stage 3).

Stage 3 of the work will see more detailed designs and costs worked up and an application for planning approval made, as well as work on the strategy to procure the contractors for the final refurbishment work, before a detailed project budget, developed designs and a full business case are presented to full Council in March/April 2019.

If approved, work is set to be completed by autumn 2021.

The overall cost of the project is estimated to be £24.1m but this spend is set to be met by the proposed income generation and savings, with a yield of 7% anticipated.

How Shirehall reception may look

Steve Charmley, deputy leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“These plans offer a huge range of opportunities. They’ll make Shirehall better suited to modern working, providing our staff with a much improved place to work. They’ll save us money while reducing the cost of heating, lighting and maintaining the building, and will create income-generating opportunities for Shropshire Council through us acting as landlord for some of our public sectors partners. By creating a ‘Civic Hub’ Shirehall will also become much more accessible to the public and the local community.

“With the money spent set to be earned back through the savings and income generated, and a with a yield of 7% expected, this will be an excellent investment.

“Over the summer months we took the opportunity to pause the Shirehall work briefly to consider the opportunity presented by the purchase of the shopping centres to relocate the Civic Hub in the town centre. However, the outcome of this work showed that Shirehall remains the most cost effective, lowest risk and quickest option to deliver.”

*The report was originally due to be considered at full Council this week (20 September 2018) but won’t now be considered until the next meeting of full Council due to IT issues resulting in some councillors being unable to access all of the relevant reports. This will give councillors more opportunity to properly consider the proposals before making a decision.

Reasons for the planned refurbishment

How the partner entrance at the rear of Shirehall may look

There are a number of reasons for the planned refurbishment:

  • Provide office space for council staff: Directly employed Shropshire Council staff will continue to need a suitable office base. Shirehall can continue to serve this purpose. It is owned by the council, and therefore in the council’s control to adapt and reconfigure to meet its needs. It has good transport links to the rest of the county. It is a well-known building, which, whilst of its time, has a provenance and striking aesthetic, which is befitting to a local authority and the local community.
  • Need to modernise the building: Shirehall is now ‘of its time’, resolutely exhibiting almost exactly the same plan as in its original drawings. Furthermore the building in its current state presents an image to the public and partners which is far from ideal, appearing old fashioned and unwelcoming and disorientating for staff and visitors alike.
  • Investment urgently required: The building is structurally sound and its key mechanical and electrical systems remain viable, but a number of years with minimal planned maintenance has had a negative impact on the quality and performance of the building, which now needs to be addressed urgently. A number of key elements have exceeded their expected lifespan, and significant investment is required to bring the building to modern standards.
  • Revenue generation: In the light of reduced revenue funding and changes to business rates the council’s focus for our own land holdings is on revenue generation and Shirehall offers great potential for linking with public and private sectors partners, both through the One Public Estate programme and via commercial opportunities, to maximise the potential of the site to generate ongoing revenue contributions.
  • Cost savings through sharing: Sharing Shirehall with other public sector bodies via the One Public Estate programme, will also enable us to share a number of business functions and operational costs, leading to savings and potential efficiencies.
  • Greater commercial focus: Shropshire Council is also seeking to become a more commercially focused organisation, but the image Shirehall currently portrays to business partners is tired and out dated. Our base needs to demonstrate that we are open to business and a safe set of hands in which to trust the future place making of Shropshire.

Investment in improvements to Shirehall will provide a number of significant benefits and opportunities including:

  • Improved public perception, customer experience, revitalised sense of civic pride and sense of place.
  • Improved working environment for staff, leading to improved efficiencies through flexible and agile working and opportunities for collaborative working.
  • Reduced running costs, through significant energy savings, increased efficiencies and reduction in empty desks/meeting room voids, along with reduced maintenance costs.
  • Rationalisation of public estate to generate further letting/disposal opportunities, making land available for housing and business growth, reduce overall running costs and maintenance liabilities.
  • Rental income from third parties, along with opportunities for some shared facilities, given the location of Shirehall on a key town centre access route into and its proximity to residential areas.
  • Opportunities to provide much needed improvements to the car parking requirements and the development of an effective travel plan.

This is project acknowledged by Central Government Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government and the Local Government Association as being an exemplar within the One Public Estate programme and which could be used as a demonstrator of good practice to other local authorities.

Background information

Stage 1 and stage 2 work

At stage 1 the consultants recommended a significant investment to address the problems with the building and achieve the desired project objectives.

It was agreed that a sum of £300,000 should be added to the capital programme to enable to project to proceed to Stage 2, which would provide significantly increased certainty around the project costs and the business case.

Activities carried out in Stage 2 included:

  • Due diligence on the existing building, in the form of technical surveys and research into existing systems.
  • Concept designs for the building and the external areas and spatial planning.
  • The preparation of a workplace strategy, based on the emerging policies and aspirations around transformation and agile working, as well as good practice.
  • Discussions with third parties to identify letting opportunities.
  • Consultation with directors, officers, councillors and other key stakeholders.
  • Financial modelling and work to build the business case for the project.
  • Early work on establishing the BREEAM and sustainability principles and options for carbon reduction and energy saving.
  • Early work on a parking strategy.

Shrewsbury town centre consideration

Before submitting this report for approval, the opportunity was taken to pause the work briefly to consider the opportunity presented by the purchase of the shopping centres to relocate the Civic Hub in the town centre.

A report, was commissioned to evaluate the Shirehall Redevelopment Project against the potential of other new build options in Shrewsbury town centre. Its purpose was to assess the viability of the project, in the context of Shropshire Council’s wider estate and ask whether the Shirehall refurbishment proposal is the most sustainable and effective solution.

The outcome of the appraisal demonstrated at a high level that Shirehall remains the most cost effective, lowest risk and quickest option to deliver.

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Shropshire Council HQ plays host to The Royal British Legion centenary poppy sculpture

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:38

A collaborative art sculpture to mark the World War I centenary is being displayed at Shropshire Council’s headquarters Shirehall in Shrewsbury.

Poppy sculpture

The sculpture, unveiled by The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church in June 2018, was created by two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns, alongside Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools, to remember all from the county who gave their lives in the Great War.

Torn paper artist Lyn and metal work artist Nik were tasked with finding a way to mark the centenary in a way which reflects Shropshire.

To enable them to do this, 81 primary schools in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin were called upon to write the names of the fallen from their parish war memorials on poppies. They wanted to make the next generation truly part of this project and connect them to their past and Shropshire’s history.

Poppy sculpture

The 5,286 names displayed on the sculpture were gathered in the Shropshire Roll of Honour, which was compiled by two local amateur military historians, Neil Evans and Phil Morris, and funded by public and trust donations. Every man and woman listed in this Roll of Honour will be remembered in a service in the week of the 100th anniversary of their death, ensuring that every individual is valued and their sacrifice honoured.

Councillor Karen Calder said:

“We are honoured to have this beautiful and poignant sculpture at Shirehall.

“Involving Shropshire children in its creation was a brilliant idea. It’s important that we all remember, all year round, those who lost their lives to change our world.”

The sculpture is free to view, and will be located at Shirehall until October, after which it will continue its tour of the county before finishing back at St Chad’s in June 2019 to mark the signing of the Armistice.

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Applications going to South planning committee on 25 September 2018

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:47

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 2pm.

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

  • Land near Shipley, Bridgnorth Road, Shipley (17/05303/MAW) The phased extraction of sand and gravel, inclusive of mineral processing, all ancillary works, equipment and associated infrastructure and progressive restoration.
  • Proposed poultry units south east of Hopton Heath (17/04546/EIA) Erection of four poultry sheds with control room/stores; landscaping scheme  (amended scheme).
  • Proposed exception site dwelling north east of The Barn, Underton, Bridgnorth (18/00945/FUL) Erection of one affordable dwelling with detached 2-bay garage block.
  • Wheathill Touring Park caravan site, Wheathill, WV16 6QT (18/02109/FUL) Change of use of land for the storage of touring caravans (unoccupied) and associated ground works and landscaping.

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

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Severn Trent apologises for overrunning work on Ellesmere Road

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:46

Severn Trent has issued an apology after overrunning work caused the closure of Ellesmere Road in Shrewsbury early this morning (Tuesday).

A Severn Trent spokesperson said:

“We’d like to sincerely apologise to everyone affected by the traffic issues caused by our works overrunning on Ellesmere road this morning. Unfortunately this was caused by temporary traffic signals not being available to replace the overnight road closure. The work is to install a new mains water connection.

“The work, again under temporary road closure from 7pm to 6am overnight, will continue tonight but will be replaced by temporary traffic signals prior to 6am tomorrow morning.”

Gary Parton, Shropshire Council traffic manager, said:

“The extended road closure during morning peak traffic hours caused severe disruption this morning and generated lots of complaints. I need to state that the local Shropshire Councillor Alex Phillips was not made aware of the works until problems became apparent. He has asked that this issue be solved as quickly as possible, given his residents’ understandable frustration, and that lessons are learned. We will be working with Severn Trent to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, this type of situation does not happen again.”

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Decisions made by Cabinet on 17 September 2018 – plus video of meeting

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:49

Some important decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Monday 17 September 2018).

To see the full agenda and papers, click here.

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

  • Scrutiny items: report of the placements for looked-after children Task and Finish Group.
  • Annual Treasury Report 2017/18
  • Treasury management update Quarter 1 2018/19
  • Financial monitoring report Quarter 1 2018/19
  • Revised Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) statement 2018/19
  • Quarter 1 performance report 2018/19
  • Annual customer feedback (complaints, comments and compliments) report 2017/18
  • Application by Broseley Town Council to be considered as a Neighbourhood Plan Area.

Video of meeting:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo6hZA3Xf-4

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Council’s spend to be discussed at Cabinet

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:45

A report which outlines Shropshire Council’s spend during the first three months of the financial year will be discussed at a meeting of Cabinet today (Monday 17 September 2018).

The Financial Monitoring Report – Quarter 1 2018/19 sets out the council’s projected day-to-day spend (revenue expenditure) for the whole of 2018/19 as at Quarter 1, and projected spend for big investments (capital expenditure) up to the end of Quarter 1.

Produced quarterly, the monitoring reports track progress against agreed budget decisions, consider any budget changes, forecast any significant changes and enable corrective action to be taken to ensure a balanced budget at the end of the financial year.

Being the first monitoring report of the year, the Quarter 1 report offers an estimate which will change as further financial information becomes available.

A key issue highlighted within the report includes a projected overspend of £6.8 million, which is mainly due to pressures on the budgets for essential services such as children’s services, and place.

David Minnery, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance, said:

“This is the first monitor of the year, based on figures to end of June. It will always be a prudent estimate which is closer to worst case than best case, and sets the scene for what needs to be done to achieve a balanced budget this year.

“We’d like to reassure people that we are carefully managing our spend via the introduction of a recruitment freeze and the consideration of short-term spending decisions. We’re confident that we’ll see the benefits of this in later monitoring reports.

“It’s also worth noting that ‘place’, an area which is currently showing as overspent, includes the repair of potholes. Quite rightly we’ve concentrated our resources on ensuring that our roads are safe after a particularly challenging winter, but this has obviously had an impact on our budget.”

Since 2013/14 the council has delivered a balanced budget at year end, despite facing reductions in funding and significant pressures on spend.

David added:

“Each year a projected overspend position has resulted in management action to balance the budget overall, and we are focussing on continuing that approach so that we can continue to deliver the services that people want and need.”

Shropshire Council has a gross budget of £561.95 million.

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Guest speakers talk about their experiences at Suicide Prevention Conference

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:37

Shrewsbury Town football player Omar Beckles was one of several guest speakers at Shropshire’s Suicide Prevention Conference, held this week (Tuesday 11 September) at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

World Suicide Prevention Day

The annual conference which marks World Suicide Prevention Day (Monday 10 September), is hosted by Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin’s Suicide Prevention Network. Now in it’s 3rd year, the conference aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues.

Omar Beckles speaking at Shropshire’s Suicide Prevention conference 2018

Suicide Prevention Conference

Over 150 people and organisations from the public, voluntary and community sector, attended the conference. This year’s programme focused on guest speakers who have been affected by suicidal thoughts, bereaved by suicide or who work with people most at risk of self-harm and suicide. The event also looked at:

  • What partners and local communities need to do to eliminate stigma for talking about suicide and suicidal thoughts to promote seeking earlier support.
  • How organisations can work together to identify what we can do to better connect appropriate and accessible support with high risk individuals who may have little or no contact with formal health or social care services.
  • Progress to date of the work identified in the Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Suicide prevention conference

 

Between 2013 and 2015 there were 131 deaths formally recorded as suicide across Shropshire and Telford. These numbers are likely to be underestimated due to the legal necessities for categorising a suicide death.

Guest speaker Omar Beckles, who plays defender for Shrewsbury Football Club said;

“I’m really grateful for Shropshire Council giving me the opportunity to speak at the conference. Hopefully we can continue to impact on the mental health issues we need to address within Shropshire.”

Omar Beckles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide affects all types of people and communities and is associated with a wide variety of factors such as depression, alcohol and drug misuse, unemployment, family and relationship problems, social isolation and loneliness.

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

“We want to get more people talking about self-harm, suicide and the risk factors associated with suicide in order to destigmatise and encourage people to seek help when they feel it is needed.

“Our Suicide Prevention Conference provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness that there is support out there and encourage those affected by suicide, to come forward.  You are not alone, we are here to help.”

Shrosphire’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy

Shropshire’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy aims to help those at risk of considering suicide or self-harm. The strategy aspires to prevent all deaths from suicide in the region and ensure access to the most appropriate help and support for those considering suicide and for those affected by suicide.

Councillor Arnold England, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Telford and Wrekin Council, added:

“We all need to work together to reduce self-harm and suicide attempts.

“This conference has brought together local councils, emergency and acute services, voluntary organisations, as well as communities and individuals to identify the roles we can all play.”

Where to get help and support

Anyone, whether you’re a child or an adult needing support or just someone to talk to, should call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123 or make an urgent appointment to see their GP.

To access adult mental health services, in Shropshire call 0300 124 0365 or for Telford call 0300 303 1601 or visit http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/services/adult-mental-health.

For more information about Shropshire’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy visit http://www.shropshiretogether.org.uk/mental-health/.

Further information

*World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and, which is held each year on 10 September. The World Health Organisation reports that over 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to murder and war combined.

 

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News from our partners: Incentive FM takes on new shopping centre contract

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:35

News from our partners, Incentive FM

Incentive FM, the leading independent facilities management company, has been awarded a three-year contract by managing agents Montagu Evans, to provide a TFM (total facilities management) solution at three shopping centres in Shrewsbury.

The deal, worth in excess of  £3 million over three years, builds on the existing relationship between the two companies, with Incentive FM already responsible for services at St Nicholas Shopping Centre in Sutton and Friars Square in Aylesbury.

The Darwin Centre, Shrewsbury

The Charles Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres are in adjoining sites in the town and have a large range of high street shops and restaurants. Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will self-deliver all security, cleaning and MEBF (mechanical, electrical and building fabric) services, operating seven days a week.

A team of 38 existing staff will transfer under TUPE from the two previous incumbents and will undergo additional support and training on an ongoing basis whilst benefiting from additional opportunities and company benefits within the Incentive FM Group.

John Prestwich at Montagu Evans said:

“Incentive FM has proven that they can successfully manage services at high footfall retail locations across the U.K and deliver a secure, clean and safe environment with a clear focus on delivering high levels of customer services. The company’s culture and passion for its people echoes our own and so they are a great partner for us.”

Glenn Wilson, Operations Director at Incentive FM, said:

“Our expertise and ability to self-deliver a full range of services enables us to provide an efficient, flexible and transparent solution that is easily managed. When this is combined with our close and open relationship with Montagu Evans, the result is a service that is great for the client, the retailer, their staff and their customers.”

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News from our partners – Future Fit Consultation now closed

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:18
News from our partners – NHS Future Fit

Future Fit Consultation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NHS Future Fit public consultation has now closed.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to respond to the consultation. Please be assured that any freepost surveys that are postmarked up to and including 11 September 2018 will be considered as part of the consultation.

Now that the consultation has closed, all feedback from the consultation will be collated and analysed by an independent company. They will then produce a report, which will be considered by NHS Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as part of the decision-making process.

The views and suggestions of everyone that has responded to this consultation are an important part of the decision-making process. However, the Future Fit programme also has to complete a number of pieces of work before any final decisions are made. These have been requested by the West Midlands Clinical Senate, NHS England and members of the CCG Governing Bodies. You can read about this work on page 9 of the public consultation document.

Once this work has been completed and the boards of the two CCGs have considered all of the evidence, a Joint Committee of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs will be convened to make the final decision. This will take place in early 2019.

After a decision has been made, it will take about five years before all changes are fully implemented.

There will be lots of opportunities for patients, families and the public to get involved over the coming years in the implementation of any changes. Please visit www.nhsfuturefit.org for the latest developments and to find out how you can continue to be involved.

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JD Sports to open new store in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:30

The Darwin Centre, Shrewsbury

National retailer JD Sports is to open a new store in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre before Christmas.

Kevin  Lockwood, Shrewsbury Shopping Centres manager, said:

“Monsoon are to close their store in the Darwin Centre this month (September 2018), but we’re delighted to confirm that JD Sports has agreed to take over the unit currently occupied by Monsoon.

“Monsoon have enjoyed a long history in Shrewsbury and I know they would like to thank their very loyal customer base for their support throughout the years. We’re pleased that their sister brand Accessorize will continue to trade from a prominent location on Pride Hill, showing that the business remains committed to Shrewsbury.

“JD Sports, a national retailer that appeals to people of all ages, represents a major coup for the Darwin Centre and Shrewsbury. We’re very excited to confirm that the new store will open ahead of the busy Christmas trading period and confident that it will attract large numbers of people to both the centre and to the town. We wish them every success.”

For more information about the Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres, go to www.shrewsbury-shopping.co.uk.

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New workshops for carers aim to take the pressure out of caring

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:02

During September and October, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council will be hosting free workshops throughout the county designed by carers themselves, with the aim of helping carers who are feeling overwhelmed and having to juggle caring and other commitments. Caring for some can feel overwhelming at times.

The councils have worked alongside carers to develop workshops that aim to take the pressure out of caring. The workshops will be conducted by carers, who understandably know the pressures that their fellow carers are under better than anyone.

Taking the pressure out of caring

Some of the areas the workshops cover will be:

  • When carers should be seeking support before things become too much
  • Who carers can talk to for help
  • The triggers that cause stress and how to manage them
  • How to balance caring with the pressures of ordinary life
  • Stress-relieving techniques
  • Providing a space to talk freely in a safe setting.

So if you are looking after someone who could not manage without your help we would like to invite you to attend one of these sessions.

The workshops

All will start with a light buffet lunch at 12.30pm, with the programme commencing at 1pm until 3.30pm.

You are able to book on any venue – whichever suits you best. Booking is essential so that we know how many to cater for and dietary requirements.

  • Bridgnorth – 19 September 2018
  • Shrewsbury – 2 October 2018
  • Oswestry – 4 October 2018
  • Newport – 9 October 2018
  • Ludlow – 10 October 2018
  • Telford town centre – 17 October 2018
  • South Telford – 22 October 2018
  • Market Drayton – 25 October 2018
  • Telford town centre – 27 October (Saturday)

To book

For Shropshire contact: Margarete Davies on 01743 255776 – please leave voicemail if call not answered; margarete.davies@shropshire.gov.uk

For Telford contact: Kara Nock on 01952 381262  kara.nock@telford.gov.uk

More help for carers                                                                                                                 If

If you are looking after someone who could not manage without your help then you are a carer, and there is help available to you.

Shropshire: Carers Trust 4all provides information, advice and support for carers in the Shropshire area. Ring their information and support line on 01743 341995.

Telford:  The Carers Centre provides free and confidential advice available to anyone.    Visit the Carers Centre website to find out more or pick up the phone to have a chat about your situation by calling 01952 240209.

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Shrewsbury Baby Shower at Library at the Lantern on Saturday 22 September

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:40

Shropshire Council’s Library at the Lantern is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of… the Shrewsbury Baby Shower. Taking place on Saturday 22 September 2018 between 10am and 1pm, this is a free, celebratory event for expectant parents or parents of a baby under one year old. 

On hand with support and advice will be midwives and representatives from a whole host of organisations such as the Family Nurse Partnership, Maternity Voices, Homestart, the Community Directory and Bookstart. Also staffing information stands will be a number of baby-related businesses who will all be contributing to a free goody bag for every family attending the baby shower.  

Annabel Gittins, Shropshire Council’s library development manager, said:-

“We are delighted to have so many agencies and businesses together showing all the support available for parents and parents-to-be.”

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

“The Library at the Lantern is a hub of so much information and activity. The Shrewsbury Baby Shower is a great opportunity to show how important libraries are within their communities.”

With refreshments, fun activities and baby Rhyme Times all on offer too, 22 September is one due date not to be missed. For more details, call 01743 250810 or email harlescott.library@shropshire.gov.uk

 

 

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Decisions made by Central planning committee on 30 August 2018

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:16

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 30 August 2018.

Land off Greenfields Recreation Ground, Falstaff Street, Shrewsbury (17/05234/FUL) Erection of 15 dwellings (including 2 affordable) to include new access road and associated parking (amended description).

Decision

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

  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1;
  • An additional condition to require the submission of details of the design and construction of the access to the development at the end of Falstaff Street to include surfacing materials, road markings and speed control measures; and
  • A S106 to secure 2 affordable houses.

Caterpillar Defence, Perkins Engines, Lancaster Road, Shrewsbury (16/04558/FUL) Erection of new reception building, works to existing industrial, office and welfare buildings including external alterations, construction of a canopy structure between Buildings 2 and 3, clearance of space to accommodate the future expansion of Building 3 and the laying out of a replacement 275 space car park together with all associated landscape, engineering and accommodation works.

Decision

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

  • The developer entering into a legal agreement under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 with the Council to fund the monitoring of a green transport plan;
  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report, the final schedule of which will be finalised by the Planning Services Manager; and
  • Additional conditions and informatives as requested by SC Ecology.

Caterpillar Defence, Perkins Engines, Lancaster Road, Shrewsbury  (16/04559/OUT) Outline application (access for consideration) for residential development (up to 140 dwellings) including demolition of building 1; formation of access roads and associated highways, engineering and accommodation works (Revised scheme).

Decision

That consideration of the application be deferred to a future meeting of this Committee to allow the applicant the opportunity to provide further information in regards to traffic issues identified by Members.

Proposed affordable dwelling, west of Moat House, Stapleton, Dorrington (18/01707/FUL) Erection of an affordable dwelling and detached double garage, installation of septic tank.

Decision

That planning permission be granted contrary to the Officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

The applicant has demonstrated housing need and a local connection and the proposed development is demonstrably within a recognisable named settlement and does not have an unacceptable impact upon the rural character of the area.

Subject to:

That Planning Officers be granted delegated powers to attach appropriate conditions and a S106 to ensure that the dwelling is affordable in perpetuity.

Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (18/02941/FUL) Installation of steel external steps from the first floor level to ground level.

Decision

Application withdrawn from committee.

1 Ferndale, Annscroft, Shrewsbury (18/02015/FUL) Erection of a two storey side extension and porch to front.

Decision

Application withdrawn from committee.

Conduit Head, Nobold Lane, Shrewsbury (18/02910/FUL) Creation of larger car parking area and the provision of lock up storage unit. 

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

 

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

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Restoration work to be carried out at Shrewsbury Library following stone fall

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:00

Restoration work to the front of Shrewsbury Library is to be carried out over the coming months after some decorative stone fell from the front of the building last month (August 2018).

The walls of the 15th century building have now been inspected by Shropshire Council surveyors and representatives from Historic England following the stone fall.

The inspection found that the walls are generally in good condition following extensive restorations in 1983, but further restoration work will now be required.

Scaffolding and protective walkways outside the building will remain in place until this work is completed, but the library will remain open as normal. Likewise, Shrewsbury Town Council – which is based in the building – is operating as normal.

Shrewsbury Library – before the stone fall

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

“Shrewsbury Library’s dramatic look is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the public, library and Shrewsbury Town Council staff and library customers, and we thank everyone for their understanding and patience while this restoration work is carried out.”

Further information about the progress of the work will be available on:

 

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