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Improving broadband for households: Government consultation extended

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:00

The Government has extended its current call for evidence on improving broadband for households.

This was the subject of  a statement from Shropshire Council on 21 May, 2021, encouraging local communities and businesses to share their feedback direct to Government.

There is an online survey calling for this evidence, which now closes on 25 June, 2021, which can be accessed here.

The ‘call for evidence’ is designed to help with national decision-making and funding allocation for improving broadband to all households of the UK, wherever they may be.

The request for evidence focusses on the most difficult to reach areas which are called the ‘Very Hard to Reach’  (VHTR) premises. These are often in the most rural areas of the UK.

Councillor Rob Gittins, the portfolio holder with regard to digital, technology, data and insight, said:

“In the Shropshire Council response to Government, we say that we are currently projecting just over 1,400 premises that will still be sub superfast by 2023 across the whole of our geography without commercial or public intervention. We expect many of these premises to be in the definition of VHTR.

“To date, we have been unable to deliver superfast solutions to these VHTR premises. These premises continue to be a priority for the Council to resolve ahead of Government delivering gigabit solutions to premises that already have good broadband as result of commercial deployments or Shropshire’s own state aided contract interventions.

“We are emphasising to Government that these remaining premises should be a priority in Project Gigabit. Shropshire has already been announced as an early intervention area as part of Project Gigabit, but we also need help from communities and from those who represent them, such as town and parish councils, to really press the point home.

“We know how vitally important this is to rural communities which currently cannot receive superfast broadband and I would strongly urge town and parish councils and local communities to provide as much evidence as possible to Government to make our collective case.”

The Shropshire Council submission will encourage Government to prioritise sub-superfast premises for intervention as a priority, alongside their ambition of providing gigabit connectivity to all premises.

The Council is stating its view that without this prioritisation, it will be difficult to realise shared ambitions to level up opportunities in communities across the country and to reduce the inequalities around digital access that currently prevail for rural communities in particular.

Notes to Editors

  • Government has not shared any data on where these specific premises are in Shropshire. However, we believe that some of these premises will be in the areas where there is currently no superfast broadband available or where we have no further contract work planned to provide superfast broadband through intervention contracts. For information on where some of the premises are, please refer to the Shropshire Council website
  • Shropshire Council remains committed to its long-term aspiration of providing superfast broadband to all premises in the Shropshire Council area. To date, 98.2% of premises have access to superfast broadband, with over 68,000 premises directly benefitting from the Connecting Shropshire programme.
  • Any queries on the ‘call for evidence’ should be directed to DCMS via VHTR@dcms.gov.uk and not Shropshire Council.
  • The reason for the extension is to give those who wish to respond more time as Government are aware that some stakeholders have experienced constraints due to Covid-19 restrictions and some local authorities and administrations have been in a pre-election period during the call.
  • Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions they cannot accept paper submissions. All responses must be sent electronically, including responses to the online survey and long-form responses sent to DCMS.  Should individual stakeholders not be able to do so, they recommend  a response through a representative organisation.

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Social distancing measures to remain in Shropshire’s market towns

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 12:15

A range of temporary social distancing measures will remain in place in towns across Shropshire, following the Government’s decision to extend the easing of Lockdown measures by four weeks.

Measures have been in place since 12 April [2021] to help people safely visit and support the county’s town centres, and to promote walking and cycling during the pandemic.

The following social distancing measures will remain in place until at least 19 July [2021], and will be reviewed before then to determine possible next steps, in line with latest Government guidance.

Bishop’s Castle: High Street

Measures to support additional footway widths.

Church Stretton: High Street

Will remain open one-way only to support additional wider footways,

Ludlow: King Street

Will be closed to vehicles on Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm, with associated diversions and temporary bus stop facilities in place.

Oswestry: Church Street

Will remain open one-way only to support additional wider footways, as it has been throughout the current lockdown.

Shrewsbury: High Street, Shoplatch, Wyle Cop

High Street and Shoplatch will remain closed to vehicles every day between 11am and 4pm, when Wyle Cop is closed uphill.

Shrewsbury: Castle Street

The bus lane will remain suspended to provide temporary wider footpaths and promote social distancing..

Shrewsbury: Victoria Quay

Will remain pedestrianised at the following times to primarily provide for adequate social distancing in response to the anticipated increase in footfall to The Quarry and other attractions, as well as providing support to hospitality business in the area.

  • Mondays – Fridays: 7pm until 11pm
  • Saturdays/Sundays/Bank Holidays: midday until 11pm

To facilitate access to properties, Priory Road has been be made two-way, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“In line with the latest Government announcement, and with infection numbers on the rise, it is vital that we all continue to adhere to social distancing rules. We’ll therefore continue with current arrangements, which have allowed greater use of outside space for social distancing, for at least another four weeks.

“We hope that these measures will continue to encourage people to visit our market towns in the coming weeks and support our local traders.”

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said:

“As people continue to enjoy the town centre, these traffic interventions are important to allow social distancing and enable hospitality businesses to serve more customers outdoors.”

Any questions about these measures can be emailed to socialdistancingmeasures@shropshire.gov.uk.

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Coronavirus: Number of cases on the rise in Shropshire

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 18:01

During the seven-day period between 4-10 June:

  • 83 new cases reported
  • An increase of 167% on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 25.7 per 100,000
  • It was 55.7 for the West Midlands and 78.3 for England
  • 2 hospital beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital

The data also shows that the average age of people who have had a positive test in this timeframe is 32.

30.7% of cases were aged between 0 and 19, and 22% were 20-29. Meanwhile 5.7% of cases were 70+, showing a slight increase in the rate of cases in the older population.

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

With the cases of Delta variant increasing rapidly in the UK, it was inevitable that we would see a spike in Shropshire. The council, working with Public Health England, is doing everything it can to minimise the spread. However, we all must play our part individually too.

The figures show that more than 50% of cases were in the lower age range, which highlights the importance of getting the vaccine when it is offered. The vaccination programme is moving quickly now and every adult over the age of 18 will have been offered a jab by 19 July. Please book when you are invited as it significantly reduces your risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

But it is important that we do not rely on the vaccine alone. Regular testing for people without symptoms will stop the rapid spread. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Please ensure you are doing a Lateral Flow Test twice a week – even if you have had COVID-19 in the past, feel perfectly well, do not have any symptoms or have been vaccinated.

Councillor Dean Carroll, cabinet member for public health, said:

Given the situation with the Delta variant across the country, we have expected the number of cases to rise in Shropshire. The percentage increase is large, but we are still working with small numbers overall.

Shropshire’s rate of infection remains below the national and regional averages so what we are doing here is still working. I am proud to say that over 210,000 people have had the first dose of the vaccine and more than 170,000 have had the second dose. Please also keep testing regularly – it is just as important as the jab.

Thank you to everyone for playing their part. Let’s keep doing what we are doing to keep our friends, families and neighbours safe.

Further information  

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result please do not leave your home and self-isolate immediately. For more guidance click here  
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 should test twice a week – find out more here  
  • The NHS will contact you when your vaccination is ready or to find out if you are already eligible click here  
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households  
  • Face masks should be worn in indoor settings unless you are exempt  
  • Remain cautious when meeting with people outside your bubble  
  • Follow the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance  
  • Continue to work from home if you can  
  • You should continue to follow the guidance even if you have been vaccinated.  

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Takeaway closed after Council discovers mice infestation

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 13:57

Shropshire Council issued a hygiene emergency closure notice on a takeaway restaurant in Market Drayton after officers found an infestation of mice in the food preparation and storage areas.  

The notice was served on the Drayton House takeaway in Sherwood Crescent after the Council’s environmental health officers carried out a routine food hygiene inspection at the takeaway.  

They found an infestation of mice in the food preparation and storage areas and poor cleaning standards in the premises and used food hygiene powers to serve the notice, forcing immediate closure on Thursday, 10 June. 

The notice was then brought to Telford Magistrates Court on Monday, 14 June, whcih made a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order.  

This meant that the premises had to remain closed until work to bring the premises and hygiene practices up to a satisfactory standard were complete. The work has been carried out and the business has reopened. 

The takeaway was also ordered to pay £1,116.25 costs by the court.  

Councillor Dean Carroll, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said:  

“Our Regulatory Services team worked with the business to make the necessary improvements and the order was lifted after suitable checks were carried out. 

“Every year our inspectors make hundreds of food hygiene inspections visits to premises that handle and serve food, because the public want to have confidence and reassurance that where they buy food from meet the standards expected. 

“These inspections and the latest ratings are regularly published here. I’m delighted that many of the county’s food businesses meet the highest 5-star standard. But when we find problems, the public rightly expect us to act.  

“The public in Shropshire expect that, wherever they choose to eat, whether eat-in or take-out, that food is stored, handled and prepared safely and hygienically.” 

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People with no ID or address can register with a GP practice

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:21

Health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people who do not have ID or a fixed address to register with a GP practice to ensure they have access to healthcare.

Everyone in England is entitled to register with a GP. However, some people may feel excluded if they don’t have any identification, a fixed address, or know their NHS number.

Dr John Pepper, Chair of NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG and a local GP, said:

GP practices are often the first contact if you have a health problem. It’s important for everyone to feel welcome in our GP practices, especially those who are most vulnerable.

There is a misconception that you need a photographic ID, such as a driving license or passport, as well as proof of address to be able to register with a GP. This is not the case and anyone within the GP practices’ catchment area can register.

Registration with a GP practice is also encouraged in order to access the COVID-19 vaccine, or you can drop in at one of the vaccination walk-in clinics, such as the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen up until and including Sunday 20 June, between 8am and 5.30pm.

GP ‘Access Cards’ also provide information for vulnerable people on how to register with a GP and are available from local Healthwatch and voluntary organisations.

For more information about registering with a GP, please visit the NHS website.

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Resurfacing of Station Road, Whittington, completed ahead of schedule

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:17

Work being carried out on the A495 Station Road, Whittington

Work to resurface a stretch of the A495 Station Road in Whittington has been completed in just five days, despite a number of challenges and constraints.

The 1km length of road consists of a railway line crossing, over 300 residents and local businesses, as well as being a national haulage route.

As well as the resurfacing works, signage and kerbing were replaced during the road closure.

Work was carried out Shropshire Council and its partners Kier and WSP.

Work began on 1 June 2021 and was completed on 5 June,  24 hours ahead of schedule

Views of the A495 Station Road on completion of the resurfacing work

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, and Shropshire councillor for Whittington, said:

“The A495 Station Road in Whittington had been a known problem area for many years, so when the opportunity came to resurface and do related work on the entire length of the road, we knew it would be greatly welcomed by all who operate and use it.

“Closing the road was not going to be as simple as putting a few barriers up. And we only had six days to do the work.

“A total of 1800 tonnes of material was planned, laid and then lined at Station Road in a total of five days – 24 hours ahead of schedule. Like any job, it wasn’t without its problems but everyone pulled together and have done a fantastic job – and I want to say a big thank you to all involved.”

Collaboration was key to this project. Working with Tarmac, M.S.Shaw Groundworkers and L & R Road Lining in a detailed phased approach to the works, the site was split into three sections

Kier teams worked closely with alliance and supply chain partners, acting as marshals to escort pedestrians and residents as required while works were in progress and ensuring health and safety of staff, communities and road users at all times,

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Work to improve A529 Mount Pleasant crossroads praised by Government officials

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:11

Work to improve the Mount Pleasant crossroads on the A529 near Market Drayton has been praised by officials from the Department for Transport (DfT), who now plan to highlight the work in a report to Government ministers.

Work began on 1 October 2019 and was the first stage of work to improve safety on the A529 between Hinstock and Audlem following the award of £3.9m from the DfT Safer Roads Fund.

Work included the reprofiling of the junction, including new kerbing, all associated drainage, highway surfacing, road markings and traffic signs. The work was carried out by Kier, supervised by WSP and project managed by Shropshire Council.

In a meeting last week about the Safer Roads Fund, DfT officials said they were very impressed with the efforts of Shropshire Council and its partners to meet the aims of the Safer Roads Fund and reduce the number of casualties on what was seen as one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the county.

Originally expected to last for approximately four weeks work was completed more than a week-and-a-half ahead of schedule.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“The award of this money from the DfT enabled us to carry out essential and much-needed safety work and reduce risk of injury or accident on this dangerous stretch of road. I’m delighted that our work has been recognised and praised by Department for Transport officials – and that they now intend to highlight this scheme in a report to ministers that will promote the benefit of the fund and the huge impact it has on safety, as well as the sense of achievement that results from doing the job so well.

“My thanks go to all the council staff and our partners Kier and WSP for helping to ensure the success of this work.”

The below ‘before and ‘after’ show the western approach to the crossroads, which is where the majority of collisions were happening.

‘Before’ picture. This shows how the give way lines were hidden from view due to the crest just before the junction, and how the road appeared to continue straight on, as the centre lines appeared to join up.

Mount Pleasant crossroads – before the improvement work

‘After’ picture. This shows how the crest has been removed and that the give way line is now visible with a distinct separation between the centre lines on the approach roads so the illusion that the road continues has been removed.

The Mount Pleasant crossroads after work was completed.

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

Further information

To meet the aims of the Safer Roads Fund, Shropshire Council and partners also had to:

  • Promote and utilise effective collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to achieve value for money and best practice
  • Collaborate with developers on S106 schemes
  • Demonstrate joined up working to minimise the impact on the public
  • Go the ‘extra mile’ to uncover long lost highway assets such as lengths of carriageway and drainage systems

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Whitchurch Swimming Centre future plans to go before cabinet

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:51

A report highlighting the options for swimming provision in Whitchurch will be presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet later this month.

Whitchurch Swimming Centre has been closed since March 2020 when it became apparent it was impossible to implement Covid-safe measures such as social distancing at the pool, originally built in 1972.

Since then, investigations to identify the cause of an on-going leak at the facility and the practicalities of carrying out repair works show that that the swimming pool defects are such that it will not be able to reopen when national social distancing restrictions are due to be relaxed on 19 July.

This conclusion follows receipt of an extensive and detailed condition survey which was commissioned earlier this year. An additional structural engineer’s report also highlights the need for further extensive remedial works which are not considered cost effective due to inadequate foundations and the age of the building.

Council officers, with the support of consultants, are now considering all future options for the facility, taking into account the practicalities and potential costs of repair to enable the centre to reopen, as well as the costs of providing a new facility.

Councillor Cecilia Motley, Cabinet Member for Communities, Place, Tourism & Transport, said:

“The council is unable to commit to a specific timetable for reopening or replacing the swimming centre until all options have been discussed publicly by Cabinet.

“The pandemic has prevented the investigative work taking place as promptly as we would have liked which is extremely frustrating for us and users of the pool.”

Peter Davis, Leisure Services Manager, said:

“We’re very disappointed that we won’t be able to reopen for the expected relaxation in social distancing. We very much understand the frustrations for local swimmers, clubs and children who have missed their time in the water.

“We must however take a view on what is best for Whitchurch in the long term.  The cost of repairs to reinstate the facility and keep it operating safely over the next five years are significant.  This is on top of the increasing annual costs of operating such an old building.

“So, it is vital that Cabinet consider all options, including a replacement facility, to give best value for Whitchurch from any investment. Final plans for the centre will depend on the results of a needs assessment and feasibility work and will be subject to wider community consultation before any final decision.”

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A new vision for people living with a learning disability and autistic people launched across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:42
News from our partners: Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS)

The health care system in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin has developed a new vision and set of principles to enhance learning disability and autism care for local people living with a learning disability and autistic people living with or without a learning disability across all ages.

The new vision and principles are being launched during Learning Disability Week, 14 – 20 June.

Frances Sutherland, Head of Transformation and Commissioning – Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We are delighted to be able to share the new local vision for people with a learning disability and autistic people living in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

“Our vision aims to ensure people who have a learning disability and autistic people with or without a learning disability have the choice and control to be independent, healthy and safe as well as the same opportunities and outcomes in life as others.

“Locally we will achieve this by celebrating differences, respecting, valuing and listening to people, supporting individuals to be an active part of their local communities through appropriate support networks and proactively improve equality and equity to improve everyone’s experiences and outcomes.”

The new vision and principles were developed using feedback from recent strategy work and information gathered directly from people with lived experience, families, carers and professionals. Feedback received was used to update the vision, which will be used as a foundation for local health and social care organisations to develop their own detailed strategies and plans.

Cathy Riley, Senior Responsible Officer of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Board added:

“Through robust engagement with people who have lived experience of a learning disability and autism, the team have successfully developed a new vision and set of principles, which we know resonate with local people. Embedding the new vision and principles into the local health and care system’s day-to-day work is an exciting prospect that we are confident will improve the lives of many local residents who use our learning disability and autism services.”

The new learning disabilities and autism vision and principles can be viewed at https://stwics.org.uk/our-priorities/learning-disability-and-autism

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For media enquiries contact Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) Communication & Engagement Team at communications@mpft.nhs.uk

Further information

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

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin ICS has been created to encourage health and care organisations to work more closely together to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of our financial resources.

It sets out ambitious plans for transformed neighbourhood services; safe and effective hospital care; ways in which new technology can be harnessed; and how gaps in the workforce can be filled and financial resources better spent.

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Parts of Shrewsbury town centre to remain traffic-free for four more weeks

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:20

Shrewsbury High Street closed to traffic

Current arrangements making parts of Shrewsbury town centre traffic-free are to remain in place, following the Government’s decision to keep restrictions in place for another four weeks.

The social distancing measures mean that High Street and Shoplatch are closed to vehicles every day between 11am and 4pm. During these times Wyle Cop is closed uphill but remains open downhill.

Highways officials at Shropshire Council have been discussing possible next steps with Shrewsbury Town Council, Shrewsbury BID and town centre residents – with further details due to be issued in the coming weeks.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“It’s important to continue with current arrangements which allowed greater use of outside space for social distancing.

“With infection numbers on the rise, it is vital that we all continue to adhere to social distancing rules, which is why the traffic interventions in Shrewsbury town centre were originally introduced.

“We appreciate that businesses and residents want clarity about the longer-term arrangements, and we have been discussing the best way forward with a wide range of interested parties.

“We are certainly not intending to go back to square one whenever restrictions are removed, as it’s clear there is support for keeping the town centre free of through-traffic.

“However, we are also aware that increased traffic on Town Walls has created difficulties for residents, so we are considering how to minimise that by managing bus routes and rerouting through traffic.

“But with the national restrictions remaining unchanged for the next four weeks, it makes sense to continue with our current arrangements until we have confirmation from the Government about when restrictions will be eased.”

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Council donates compost to Street Allotment Guy community project in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 09:28

The compost that was donated to the project

Shropshire Council’s waste management team has shown its support for the Street Allotment Guy community project in Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, with a donation of compost to help get the project off to a good growing season.

Street Allotments are not-for-profit community gardens which hope to provide free vegetables to the community.

The idea is to take over disused or rough pieces of land, and in Shrewsbury three patches of land have been transformed by Casper Macindoe, including one behind the Monkmoor pub.

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management

“Casper and his fantastic project are making great things happen on a local scale with the reuse and repurposing of various donated items to help grow edible produce which is then given away to the community.

“An old greenhouse, plastic guttering, timber, and even broken trampolines have all been saved from incineration and reused in a positive way to support the growing in this community garden.

“The project has an array of compost bins and whilst the compost is in the process of being made, we have been able to help out with a donation of compost from Agripost Ltd – who compost the waste from household green bins – to help get the project off to a good growing season.

“Our grateful thanks go to Agripost for providing the compost and to SP Garden & Property Services for delivering it to site.”

Old trampolines are being used in the allotment

For more information visit the Street Allotment Guy on Facebook.

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Further update regarding dangerous building on St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 20:04
Update: 14 June 2021: 8:00pm

Work to protect the public and neighbouring properties from a privately-owned house at risk of collapse in Shrewsbury, continues at pace.

Shropshire Council had taken urgent measures to protect the public from the property at 110 St Michael’s Street from what could be in imminent danger of collapse. The council is working with the owner to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. This may result in the demolition of the property.

The property comprises a large town house located within the Shrewsbury Conservation Area, which the Council understands was built as an integral part of the adjoining terrace in the 1850s.  Neither the building itself, or the adjoining terrace are designated as listed buildings.

The building has been assessed by both the owner’s and the council’s structural engineers and they both consider that its structural condition has deteriorated to the point where it could collapse at any time.  Whilst the council continues to consider all options with the owner, it may be that the ongoing risk to public safety that both the building itself and the road closure present, mean that demolition is the only option available.

Demolition of the building would take a number of days to organise due to the sheer complexity of the buildings construction and the need to safeguard both the public and other properties while work is undertaken.

Officers are currently liaising with specialists to put in place temporary but safe measures which would allow a controlled demolition.

Work undertaken so far includes:

  • Fencing has been moved a further 2-3m away from building to prevent pedestrians using pavement and to protect of two Telecoms/broadband boxes.
  • A new footpath has been constructed across a grass verge.
  • Vehicular access to the business premises and residential properties has been maintained – and will be reviewed regularly.
  • Boarding to the front of the property completed, with the remaining boarding works scheduled to be completed today.
  • Site security remains on site 24/7 for the current time, at both front and rear access to stop anyone from accessing the property.
  • Public notices on the current situation have been put up on site and around the local area.
  • Residents in St. Michaels Street and adjacent flats continue to be updated on a regular basis.
  • Housing team remain in contact with the tenants and continue to offer advice and support.
  • Work undertaken to vacate and safely secure the neighbouring properties including disconnecting the gas supply

It is anticipated that the work will take up to 14 days to complete and a section of St Michael’s Street (A5191) between the Flaxmill roundabout to New Park Road will be closed to through traffic in this time.

Sultan Road and New Park Road, whilst remaining open, are likely to be very busy and drivers are being urged to avoid using these roads if possible.

Alternative routes for through traffic have been signposted via (out of town) Coton Hill and Ellesmere Rd and (into town) via Telford Way, Pritchard Way, Bage Way and Old Potts Way.

People visiting the town centre are also encouraged to use the park and ride or other alternative bus services.

There will still be access for anyone needing to get to their home or business along St Michael’s Street for the period of the closure.

To keep up to date with the latest news visit www.newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk or follow Shropshire Council on twitter and Facebook.

Further information

The council has taken immediate action as the building fronts on to one the main routes into Shrewsbury town centre and therefore poses a significant risk.

The property, which is not listed and had a number of rented rooms, has been evacuated and the residents have been put into emergency accommodation or staying with relatives.

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Coronavirus: Easing of lockdown restrictions delayed to ensure more people have second dose of vaccine

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 18:20

Coronavirus restrictions will remain in place for a further four weeks, the Prime Minister has announced. 

England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be allowed to operate without capacity limits and indoor gatherings would no longer be limited to six people or two households.

But many scientists have called for the reopening to be delayed to allow more people to get the vaccine and ensure the most vulnerable have had two doses. 

It is thought that at the current rate of vaccination, over four weeks, an extra 10 million second doses could be given. 

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

With the rates rising across the country, I think being cautious is the right approach at this time. 

The delay will enable more people to get the vaccine which is vitally important. We know that you are less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19 after you have had the vaccine and the second dose gives even better protection against the Delta variant, so if you have not yet booked yours, I urge you to do it as soon as possible. 

It will also give scientists time to monitor the Delta variant which is now dominant in all areas. It is at least 60% more transmissible than the previous dominant Alpha which forced the UK into lockdown in January. 

Please keep testing twice a week and take up the vaccine when it is offered, but also keep following the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance to stop the spread.

The announcement comes after new data shows the rate of new COVID-19 cases is at its highest level in three months. 

A total of 37,729 new cases were recorded in England in the seven days to 9 June, according to Public Health England. 

Councillor Dean Carroll, cabinet member for public health, said:

The data appears to show that a single dose of the vaccine is not as effective against the Delta variant, so it makes sense to pause further easing of restrictions at this time to ensure more people have had the opportunity to get a second dose – especially those in the at-risk groups.

Lockdown restrictions are now expected to be lifted on 19 July. 

The extension will be reviewed regularly to see if action can be taken two weeks’ sooner on Monday 5 July.

Further information  

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result please do not leave your home and self-isolate immediately. For more guidance click here  
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 should test twice a week – find out more here  
  • The NHS will contact you when your vaccination is ready or to find out if you are already eligible click here  
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households  
  • Face masks should be worn in indoor settings unless you are exempt  
  • Remain cautious when meeting with people outside your bubble  
  • Follow the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance  
  • Continue to work from home if you can  
  • You should continue to follow the guidance even if you have been vaccinated.  

 

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Urgent cable works in Market Drayton now due to finish by 28 June

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 15:50

Urgent cable repair and replacement works being carried out by Western Power Distribution (WPD) throughout Market Drayton are now due to be completed by 28 June 2021.

The work is to replace 460m of low voltage cable that has come to the end of its working life. Urgent replacement of the cable is required to maintain and improve security of supply to all customers connected to it.

During the works there are temporary traffic signals and periods of phased road closures on Phoenix Bank, High Street, Church Street, Shropshire Street and St Mary’s Street.

In a statement, WPD said:

“Western Power Distribution is continuing with emergency works in Market Drayton town centre and has almost completed the installation of the new mains electricity cables. Works to transfer the 68 properties that will be serviced by these cables will be completed by 28 June.  Western Power Distribution appreciates your patience while these emergency works are completed.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents and motorists.”

Shropshire Council will continue to review and monitor the works as they progress.

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Update regarding dangerous building on St Michael’s Street , Shrewsbury 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 19:01

Update: 11 June 2021; 7.00pm

Shropshire Council continues to take urgent measures to protect the public with regard to a privately-owned house at risk of collapse at 110 St Michael’s Street in Shrewsbury.

The council is working with the building owner to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, and this may result in the demolition of the property.

Demolition of the building would take a number of days to organise due to the complexity of the building construction and the need to safeguard both the public and other properties while work is undertaken.

The council has taken immediate action as the building fronts on to one the main routes into Shrewsbury town centre and therefore poses a significant risk.

The property, which is not listed and had a number of rented rooms, has been evacuated and the residents have been put into emergency accommodation or staying with relatives.

It is anticipated that the work will take up to 14 days to complete and a section of St Michael’s Street (A5191) between the Flaxmill roundabout to New Park Road will be closed to through traffic in this time.

Sultan Road and New Park Road, whilst remaining open, are likely to be very busy and drivers are recommended to avoid using these roads f possible.

Alternative routes for through traffic have been signposted via (out of town) Coton Hill and Ellesmere Rd and (into town) via Telford Way, Pritchard Way, Bage Way and Old Potts Way.

There will still be access for anyone needing to get to their home or business along St Michael’s Street for the period of the closure.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said:

“We appreciate this closure will lead to some disruption for residents and businesses in the area and we hope they will understand the urgent nature of this.

“The safety of the public must absolutely come first. Work to demolish the building may take a number of days to organise due to the complexity of the building construction and the need to project both the public and other properties while the work is undertaken.

“The council continues to work with the owner to take immediate action because we have a building on a main road in imminent danger of collapsing.

 “We hope that any disruption can be kept to as short a period as possible and we will keep residents updated via our website and social media.”

To keep up to date with the latest news visit www.newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk or follow Shropshire Council on twitter and Facebook.

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Coronavirus: Ludlow COVID-19 PCR testing site to be replaced with mobile testing unit 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:54

The COVID-19 PCR testing site in Ludlow is due to close on Saturday 12 June 2021, to allow the car park to return to its former use.  

Following consultation with local Shropshire Councillors and Ludlow Town Council, it was agreed that the facility would be removed from Smithfield car park as it is now needed for car parking purposes.  

It will be replaced by a mobile testing unit (MTU) located at Ludlow Eco Park from Thursday 17 June 2021.   

In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive is asked to book a PCR test via the Government’s website or by calling 119, and you will be directed to the nearest site with availability.   

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

“The decision has been made to close the current site in Ludlow and move to a more mobile approach. With the MTU it gives us the option to move to other towns in south Shropshire if needed.   

“Having spoken with local Shropshire Councillors and the town council, it was felt that now the third Lockdown is easing and businesses have reopened, the car park is very much an important part of the recovery of the town and encouraging tourism again.  

“If you do need to book a PCR test you will be guided to the nearest location with availability, until the MTU is up and running.” 

To find out more about testing in Shropshire click here. 

Further information 

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result please do not leave your home and self-isolate immediately. For more guidance click here 
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 should test twice a week – find out more here 
  • The NHS will contact you when your vaccination is ready or to find out if you are already eligible click here 
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households 
  • Face masks should be worn in indoor settings unless you are exempt 
  • Remain cautious when meeting with people outside your bubble 
  • Follow the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance 
  • Continue to work from home if you can 
  • You should continue to follow the guidance even if you have been vaccinated. 

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Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Leader, talks climate change at national webinar 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:39

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s new Leader, today (Friday 11 June 2021) spoke at a national webinar about the measures the council is taking to achieve net zero by 2030 – a commitment which was made following the declaration of a climate emergency back in May 2019. 

Lezley was invited to the webinar as part of the council’s involvement in the Countryside Climate Network (CNN), which is made up of ambitious local leaders from predominantly rural councils.  

As members of UK100, the CCN are committed to delivering climate action in their communities and amplifying the rural voice as part of their national policy advocacy – bringing the best from cities and the countryside together. 

Lezley said: 

“I feel privileged to have been asked to talk at this event, and about a topic which impacts on every aspect of our lives. 

“As a rural county, we have a huge part to play in achieving net zero carbon emissions, and it’s important that we all work together to make it happen.” 

Following the declaration of a climate emergency, the council adopted a corporate Climate Strategy and Action Plan in December 2020. This strategy establishes the objective of achieving net zero carbon performance for the council by 2030. It also sets an ambition for the council to become ‘energy self-sufficient’ by 2030. 

The council acts as a community leader for climate change and is one of the key founders and supporters of the community-led ‘Shropshire Climate Action Partnership’ which has developed and published a climate strategy for the wider county. It’s also helping to co-ordinate and support wider community action to address local carbon performance. 

A small dedicated Climate Change Task Force was established to lead the council’s response in November 2019 to co-ordinate work on this agenda. Early efforts have focused on embedding and normalising climate change as a key consideration in the council’s strategies and corporate governance systems.  

Lezley added: 

“Considering the impact of our activities on the climate, this has been adopted as one of our eight key organisation principles. We are also considering how best to introduce an annual carbon budget alongside our financial planning approach. 

“However, these aren’t the only things we’re doing. We’re working with many private and public sector partners to develop a wide range of carbon management projects and initiatives, such as making the buildings we own more energy efficient; investing in electric vehicle infrastructure; and planting trees, which capture and store carbon as well as creating cleaner air in our communities and thriving habitats for wildlife. 

“An initiative that is already planned is Oswestry (Maesbury Road) Solar PV, a large-scale ground-mounted solar farm, which is planned to be built on a former landfill site that we own. It is planned for it to supply power to local businesses, and we’re exploring the potential for additional sites to supply power to council premises and other public sector partners such as local hospitals. 

“There is still a long way to go in our work to protect our planet, but we are committed to helping Shropshire reduce its carbon footprint.” 

Banner at the solar array site in Oswestry

Next week (Wednesday 16 June and Thursday 17 June 2021), Shropshire Council will host a free digital conference focusing on climate change featuring many influential keynote speakers as part of Tech Severn 2021. 

For further information and to book a free place, visit www.techsevern21.co.uk 

Tech Severn 2021

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Smash hit Dirty Dancing UK tour will kick off at Theatre Severn this summer

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:16

Theatre Severn (run by Shropshire Council) has announced a series of special preview performances of the smash hit musical Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. The production will visit Shrewsbury for a limited run from Thursday 29 July – Saturday 31 July 2021.

The iconic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, returns to the stage, following two blockbuster West End runs, four hit UK tours, and multiple sensational international productions.

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage; Photo credit Alastair Muir (2)

Produced by Karl Sydow and written by Eleanor Bergstein – script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film – the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, as well as exciting extra scenes.

Dirty Dancing

Beki Poole, Theatre Severn’s marketing officer, said:

“We are thrilled to announce a very limited run of special preview performances of the smash hit musical Dirty Dancing before the brand new UK tour officially begins in August! We are expecting a high demand for tickets so early booking is recommended.”

In addition to Dirty Dancing, the venue has also revealed a brand-new stage play of Cluedo will come to Shrewsbury on Monday 11 April – Saturday 16 April 2022. Based on the classic detective board game, the UK premier production is directed by Mark Bell, director of the award winning The Play That Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and just like the game, promises audiences of all ages a nostalgic, fun and thrilling evening of entertainment.

Comedy improviser Paul Merton and his ‘Impro Chums’ are also set to return to Theatre Severn on Saturday 21 May 2022. Following a run of sell out shows at the venue in previous years, Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road to visit Shrewsbury with another evening of mind-blowing improvisation.

For family audiences, Rod Campbell’s much-loved book Dear Zoo comes to life on stage on Tuesday 19 October – Thursday 21 October 2021. With lots of laughs and audience interaction, Campbell’s distinctive illustrations leap from the page in this colourful show packed full of puppetry, songs and, of course, all the animals from the zoo.

Tickets for forthcoming events are available online at theatresevern.co.uk or by calling 01743 281281.

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Carers Week 2021 – story from a young carer

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:55

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.

Carers Week logo

This year’s theme is ‘Making Carers Visible and Valued’, and throughout the week we’ve be showcasing some of the personal stories from local carers across the county.

As we head towards the end of Carers Week, we’d like to share one more incredible story from a young carer:-

“Being a young carer isn’t necessarily easy or hard. It was a lot harder growing up because I found that people were more judgmental than understanding. Having cared since I was little it was the norm and it still is now. Being a young carer is a lot more difficult than some people would think it is, some carers can have more demanding physical work, and some can have more mental work….it differs from person to person.

“In my situation, I definitely did a lot more when I was younger because as a kid I definitely had more time than I do now where school is a lot more demanding. To a young carer, in their thoughts, they might not seem to be doing much but just being with the people you care for alone is caring and depending on people’s situations that can be really difficult.

“My family, compared to other families, I would say is understandably different. I don’t find that my friends do as much as I do with my siblings and I’m definitely closer with my family because of my caring role.

“I found that through the stages of growing up caring really has made me a lot more mature and grown up compared to my friends and I have a lot of knowledge about things that could help in the future. Caring for me has been like a life lesson because I know how to care for myself and other people so it won’t be a surprise in the future.

“I also found, growing up, other families did not understand what it was like to live with disabled siblings. In public, people would be, and are still, very judgemental because of the way my brother and sister act; they don’t have the capability to understand and would rather judge. A lot of comments can be quite hateful, I was bullied from the very start of primary school all the way up to year 7 because I would not hide the fact my siblings were disabled, and I was proud to be myself. It was a big learning curve but at least I’ve been myself all the way.

“Something I would like people to know is that caring isn’t just a breeze. At points in life you need a serious break, just to do absolutely nothing and relax. Sometimes there will be good days where we can be the average family, however people should also understand that it is not there place to judge the way that someone cares and to always be kind to everyone because people never truly know what people have to go through every day.”

If you or someone you know is under 18 years old and looking after someone who has a disability, illness or is elderly and frail please contact Crossroads Together and have a chat with Simon on 07801 576326 or email: simon.jones@crossroadstogether.org.uk

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Emergency road closure due to dangerous building on St Michael’s Street , Shrewsbury 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 20:17

Shropshire  Council is taking urgent measures to protect the public with regard to a privately owned house at risk of collapse at 110 St Michael’s Street in Shrewsbury.

Immediate action is required as the building is a significant risk as it fronts on to one the main routes into Shrewsbury town centre.

This follows a structural engineer’s inspection of the property this afternoon (Thursday 10 June 2021) and, given the deteriorating state of the building’s structure and the likely danger to the public, the property’s owner has confirmed that the building can be demolished.

The property, which is not listed and had a number of rented rooms, has been evacuated and the residents have been put into emergency accommodation.

The council is working with the owner to find a demolition contractor to carry out this work as quickly as possible to minimise disruption and neighbouring owners are being informed.

As such, a section of St Michael’s Street (A5191) between the Flaxmill roundabout to New Park Road will be closed to through traffic from later this evening until the demolition is complete. Traffic will be diverted via New Park Road and Sultan Road.

There will still be access for anyone needing to get to their home or business along St Michael’s Street for the period of the closure.

Councillor Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said:

“The council has taken immediate action because we have a building on a main road in imminent danger of collapsing. Considering the danger to the public, safety must come first and we have agreed to allow the building’s demolition and hope that this can happen as quickly as possible.

“We appreciate this will lead to some disruption for residents and businesses in the area and trust they will understand the urgent nature of this.

“We hope that any disruption can be kept to as short a period as possible and we will keep residents updated via our website and social media.”

 

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