News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership for West Mercia and Warwickshire
Figures from the recent West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police drink-drive campaign show the message is getting through to the majority of drivers.
Those being stopped for breath tests across both forces and testing positive for alcohol remains low at around 6% in both areas. In total 220 people across West Mercia and Warwickshire were arrested for driving under the influence of drink or drugs; 60 of those were arrested under the new drug driving legislation that came into force in March 2015.
The Safer Roads Partnership, West Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police, and Warwickshire County Council all teamed up in June to warn people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Drink and drug driving offences typically increase during the summer, with more opportunity for people to think they can risk mixing drinking with driving. The campaign material was distributed to local licensed premises and aimed to raise awareness of the consequences of driving after drinking.
Enforcement of drink drive offences in June was a key priority for West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, and roadside checks were carried out at all times of the day and night and on all types of road.
Over the past three years, 118 people have been killed or seriously injured in West Mercia and 78 in Warwickshire as a result of collisions involving drink or drugs. Of particular concern is those motorists aged between 17 and 30: just over 64% of drivers involved in collisions causing death or serious injury involving drink or drugs were aged 17-30, of which around 87% were male.
Anna Higgins, Communications Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership, said:
“A total of 2,564 breath tests were administered throughout June over West Mercia and Warwickshire, showing the commitment both forces have to tackling this problem. Further analysis is being done on the data we have collected to see what areas need to be focused on for further campaigns. Our message is simple and continues to be ‘Don’t drink and drive – it’s not worth the risk.’”
Chief Inspector Adrian Knight, Force Operations Department, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, said:
“Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then drive is a year-round commitment for both forces, and our recent enforcement activity on both reflects this. It is encouraging that we are only talking to a minority of drivers, but there is more work to be done as there are still far too many irresponsible drivers ignoring the consequences that drinking and driving can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users. Enforcing the drink / drug driving law is a year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week activity for West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police and, together with the new roadside testing capability we have for drug driving offences, this will continue to be a priority throughout the rest of 2015.”
If you are worried about your, or someone else’s, alcohol use, please speak to your GP or contact Aquarius on 0300 45 64 299. Aquarius provides local services for people in Shropshire affected by alcohol misuse.
The Safer Roads Partnership is part of West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, and works in partnership with the four local highway authorities in West Mercia (Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and Worcestershire County Council); Warwickshire County Council, the Highways Agency; HM Courts Service – West Mercia; Fire & Rescue Services for Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire and Warwickshire; and West Mercia Cluster of Primary Care Trusts.
The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 4 August 2015 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 adjacent to the builders yard knwon as no8 Barkers Green, Wem (15/01036/FUL) Change of use of land for the stationing of caravans for residential purposes for 1no. gypsy pitch together with the formation of hardstanding and an utility/dayroom ancillary to that use.
- Land adjoining 8A St Martins Moor (13/05016/OUT) Outline application for the erection of 2 no. detached dwellings (all matters reserved).
- Proposed residential development land south east of Child’s Ercall (14/03006/OUT) Outline application for the erection of 2 detached dwellings; to include means of access.
- Proposed development land north east of cemetery, Swan Hill, Ellesmere (015/00291/OUT) Outline application for residential development to include means of access.
- Land east of Tarporley Road, Whitchurch (15/00433/OUT) Outline application (access for approval) for residential development; formation of new vehicular access to include removal of trees.
- Meadowland, Sleap, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury (15/01921/EIA) Erection of a poultry building, an expansion of the existing poultry business on site.
- Meadowland, Sleap, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury (15/01937/EIA) Erection of a poultry building, an expansion of the existing poultry business on site.
- Meadowland, Sleap, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury (15/01938/EIA) Erection of a poultry building, an expansion of the existing poultry business on site.
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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A unique partnership between Shropshire Youth, the Emerging Leaders charity and The Shrewsbury Club has been successfully piloted in Shrewsbury to help disadvantaged young people begin to achieve their potential.
The Stride Out project, which began in June 2015, has provided 12 local teenagers not in education, employment or training with the chance to learn leadership skills and improve employability skills and confidence.
The dozen youngsters are now embarking on a series of fundraising events they have organised to raise money for Hope House and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Shropshire Youth IAG (information, advice and guidance), part of Shropshire Council, are a team who successfully deliver information advice, guidance services and engagement programmes to help young people to achieve their potential by removing barriers to learning and employment.
Emma Linney, the transition team manager for Shropshire Youth IAG, said the exciting partnership had proved to be rewarding for everyone involved.
“The Emerging Leaders charity, along with The Shrewsbury Club and ourselves, thought we could put together a very different motivational programme. We have been successful in delivering programmes for many years, but this has been a different approach.
“The idea of this project is built around leadership skills and it’s the first pilot of its kind nationally. The wider three-month programme has also included work experience placements and delivery of personal, social development and employability skills that we have run alongside the Emerging Leaders input.
“The Shropshire Youth team have mentored young people throughout, and the partnership approach, hard work, commitment and belief in young people has been an integral part.
“This is the first time Emerging Leaders have worked in the UK on a project of this kind. They wanted to trial the Leadership for Life programme they have run in other countries.
“This is about how young people can lead their own lives and give something back to the community, so that’s been the essence of driving through the whole programme.
“I feel that it’s been a real success, and the young people involved have decided they are going to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Hope House. They had to come up with their own ideas over who they wanted to raise money for.”
Emma, who hopes funding can be secured to continue this programme as a community concept, added:
“These are diverse young people with various barriers that were preventing them moving forward. Many have been unemployed for some time. This programme has really helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem and is already proving successful, with three young people getting a job.
“The Shrewsbury Club have been brilliant and some of the young people have also gone and used the gym there. They’ve given them gym memberships, which is great. Their members of staff have provided extra motivation, so it’s been a complete partnership”
Ben James, 18, and Tracey Whiting, 17, who have been on the programme, said, on behalf of the group:
“The project has helped increase confidence and employability skills. The first fundraising event was a success and it feels good to be raising money for a good cause.”
Dave Courteen, managing director of The Shrewsbury Club, said they were delighted to be supporting the programme and that several of their staff members had provided guidance for the young people:-
“It’s great leadership training for some of our younger leaders. We’re passionate about making an impact in the local community, as we are The Shrewsbury Club for Shrewsbury people.
“We saw this as a great way of us actually providing a resource and support to people in the community who need it. It’s another good thing for us to be doing to make an impact in the local community.”
The Shrewsbury Club is the venue for a charity car wash organised by the young people today – Thursday 30 July 2015 (10am-6pm) – while they will also host an open mic/live bands night next Tuesday 4 August 2015. A coffee and cake sale was held last weekend.
Steve Miles, the operations manager UK for Emerging Leaders, added:
“While Emerging Leaders has been working successfully around the world for a number of years, delivering Leadership for Life as part of the Stride Out programme in partnership with Shropshire Youth has been its premier pioneering project in the UK.
“It’s been exciting to see the young adults embracing the leadership principles, lead themselves and in so doing postively impact their community.
“These are amazing young people with enormous potential. It’s just that interference, external and internal, has kept that potential small by affecting the way they think and the way they see themselves.
“They have been told for so long that they ‘can’t’ or ‘won’t’ that they have just lost sight of the reality that they ‘can’. By reawakening dreams and getting focused the future is brighter.
“What they have begun to understand and apply is that if you change your thinking, you can literally change your life; that we can’t say no if we don’t have a bigger yes.”
University Centre Shrewsbury will evaluate the project when it is completed.
A new programme of guided walks at Shropshire Council’s country parks from September 2015 until December 2015 has been announced.
The September 2015 walk requires payment at the time of booking, and the October 2015 walk starts from Stanmore Country Park and not Severn Valley Country Park.
September, November and December 2015 walks start at Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley as usual.
Booking essential for all walks – call 01746 781192.
We are finding that the walks are very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please wear walking boots and bring a packed lunch and drink.
Prices are adults £3.50, children £2 (unless stated). Well-behaved dogs welcome. Meet at Severn Valley Country Park, unless otherwise stated.
- Wednesday 16 September 9.30am-4.30pm (repeated on Monday 21 September)
Along the Severn to Bewdley and return on steam train (9 miles).
Enjoy a walk along the river to Bewdley. Return to the park via steam train.
Sorry, we are unable to take bookings on the day.
Price Adults £3.50, children £2 for the walk purchased from Severn Valley Country Park. To be paid at time of booking. Payment can be taken over the phone with a credit/debit card or in person during opening hours.
Train tickets: adults £7, children £4.50, dogs £2, purchased from Bewdley Railway Station on the day.
- Thursday 15 October 9.30am – 4pm (repeated on Monday 19 October)
RAF Bridgnorth and Worfield (9 miles)
Meet at Stanmore Country Park, Bridgnorth, WV15 5HP (not Severn Valley Country Park) – free parking. Please have exact change for walk fees as we will not have a till.
Meet at Stanmore Country Park near Bridgnorth and explore the old RAF base and walk off into the countryside to Worfield and High Rock.
- Thursday 12 November 9.30am – 4pm (repeated Monday 16 November)
Romsley and Hartsgreen (7 miles)
Explore Romsley and the county boundary at Hartsgreen.
- Thursday 3 December 9.30am – 2.30pm (repeated Monday 7 December)
Hampton Loade and Turley Green (5 miles)
Just before Christmas enjoy a riverside walk to Hampton Loade and return through Turley Green.
Wilmington Bridge will be closed from Monday 3 August 2015 for up to two weeks to enable essential repairs to be carried out.
The bridge carries an unclassified road off the B4386 over the Aylesford Brook at Wilmington.
The work will involve the construction of new concrete aprons to prevent scour of the abutments.
The bridge must be closed to traffic while the work is being carried out, as it is too narrow for the work to be carried out safely with the bridge open to traffic.
When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted locally via the B4386.
Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available at the bridge throughout the work.
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport said:
“It is appreciated that the bridge closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”
The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 29 July 2015).
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- Item 6 – Reports of Scrutiny Committees: Empty Homes Task and Finish Group. Decision: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 7 – Financial Strategy 2015/16 – 2016/17. Decision: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 8 – Revenue Monitoring Report – Quarter 1 2015/16. Decision: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 9 – Capital Monitoring Report – Quarter 1 2015/16. Decsion: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 10 – Annual Treasury Report 2014/15. Decision: Report approved, in line with the recommendation.
- Item 11 – Treasury Management Update – Quarter 1 2015/16. Decision: Report approved, in line with the recommendation.
- Item 12 – Draft Discretionary Housing Payments Policy. Decision: Report approved, in line with the recommendation.
- Item 13 – Draft Local Support and Prevention Fund Policy. Decision: Report approved, in line with the recommendation.
- Item 14 – Place Plans Priorities and Community Infrastructure Levy 123 List Update. Decsion: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 15 – Delegation of the responsibility for the commissoning and delivery of youth services within Shrewsbury to Shrewsbury Town Council, and recommendations for Broseley Youth Club. Decision: Report approved, in line with recommendations.
- Item 16 – Regulation of Investigatory Powers Policy. Decision: Report approved, in line with the recommendation.
Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley are readying themselves for a mysterious and magical evening of theatrical entertainment on Friday 14 August 2015.
The Rain or Shine Theatre Company is returning to the park as part of their national tour with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, “The Tempest”.
“The Tempest” is a tale that encompasses comic capers, romantic encounters, villainous plots and a host of apparitions and spirits, where a fantastic web of intrigue is woven.
The performance starts at 7.30pm. Visitors are invited to start arriving at the park from 6.30pm. Visitors are asked to bring a picnic (and their own seating or picnic rug) so they can enjoy the performance in the beautiful surroundings of the Severn Valley. The teashop in the visitor centre will also be open for refreshments.
Susie Comaish, visitor centre manager, said:
‘The Rain or Shine Theatre Company’s production of The Tempest has been wowing audiences across the country all summer. It is set to be another evening of five star entertainment from Rain or Shine.”
Tickets are available to buy now from the visitor centre or by calling 01746 781192. Tickets can also be bought online from www.rainorshine.co.uk or they can be purchased on the night. Adults £13, concessions £11, children £6.
The performace is suitable for ages 6 and upwards.
Shropshire Council has recently held a consultation event for partner agencies to inform the new Homelessness Strategy for 2015-2017.
The half-day consultation event took place on Tuesday 14 July 2015, with delegates expressing how useful they found the event and their desire to attend similar events in the future.
Shropshire Council’s housing options team deemed it a successful event, providing a range of views to inform the new strategy, which will lay out how the council intends to prevent homelessness in the county over the next two years.
Over 40 delegates from organisations across Shropshire contributed to workshops surrounding the issue of homelessness, and they discussed various challenges and success experienced by their services. It was also discussed how the partners could work together effectively to prevent homelessness, and assist households where homelessness cannot be prevented.
A keynote speech was provided by Peter Smith, from the homelessness charity Homeless Link, with his speech surrounding homelessness prevention.
Laura Davies, neighbourhood services manager from the Shropshire Housing Group, said:
“On a personal level I found the event to be very interactive whilst also being hugely informative. It was a great opportunity to network other agencies and I look forward to continuing our involvement.”
Mal Price, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for regulatory services, said:
“The new homelessness strategy will bring real benefit to the people who need it most and that is fantastic news. With the help of our partner agencies we must continue to provide support and guidance for these individuals. Consultation events are a good way to ensure that this happens.”
The draft of Shropshire Council’s Homelessness Strategy 2015-17 will be made available on the Shropshire Council website for feedback, before the strategy is finalised.
Shropshire Council’s Resilient Communities team, a widely-skilled group of individuals, have begun to provide a brand new service for carers within the Shropshire area.
“Memories are made of these” is a café set up by the team that provides early support for carers who are looking after relatives, friends or neighbours who are affected by Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The meetings take place at Craven Arms Community Centre (CasCA), and are run on a monthly basis, on the first Thursday of each month.
The café was set up to provide support and information to the local community at an early stage and minimise the need for people to depend on funded services. The team’s aim was to develop a sense of community resilience and offer a preventative approach to services.
Thanks to the team’s multi-disciplinary approach, all those involved became multi-skilled. This meant that the burden on certain Shropshire services was eased thanks to the café and its volunteers.
Resilient Communities has worked in partnership with South Shropshire Furniture Scheme and this provided access to much needed funding for the café. The team also offer thanks to various local businesses who provided support for refreshment funds.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, commented:
“We’re very pleased that we can support this great initiative. As a council, we recognise the hard work that carers do and it’s key they have an opportunity to meet other local carers and feel supported.”
Celine Beddows, Faye Wood and Jill Owen all worked extremely hard on the project and had this to say:
“Due to the vast size of Shropshire, getting to support centres can often be difficult and as a team we are simply thrilled that we can offer support and relief to carers, as well as those that are cared for, in the Craven Arms area.”
If you, or someone you know, needs support, guidance or just some more information then contact the council on 0345 678 9044 and make an appointment at a Let’s Talk Local session.
Shropshire Council is inviting residents in Bishop’s Castle and the surrounding area to give their views on proposals for their local Customer Service Point.
The consultation runs until Monday 31 August 2015, and will ask residents their thoughts on the proposal to transfer the responsibility for running Bishop’s Castle Customer Service Point to the staff at Enterprise House.
Proposals also include installing a freephone facility to allow customers to access a host of council services, and installing a public computer to enable customers to carry out their business online. The staff at Enterprise House would be on hand for anyone who needs help.
The Customer Service Point is one of several services currently run by Shropshire Council based at Enterprise House in Bishop’s Castle, which is operated by Enterprise South West Shropshire.
Over past months the council has been working closely with key local partners including Enterprise South West Shropshire to develop opportunities and proposals for new ways of delivering the services currently housed in Enterprise House.
Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for resources, finance and support, said:
“We understand the importance of a local face-to-face service for many of our customers who may not be able to use alternative means of doing business such as the telephone or online, or who may need help to use these alternatives.
“The proposed changes will allow us to carry on providing this service for the people of Bishop’s Castle and the surrounding area, extend the opening hours of the service, as well as introducing new ways of doing business with us for those customers who choose this option.
“I really encourage all local residents to get involved and have their say on these proposals.”
Further information, including frequently-asked questions about the proposals, can be found online at shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved, search for “Bishop’s Castle Customer Service Point”.
Residents can comment on the proposals by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively residents can also visit the Customer Service Point at Enterprise House to seek further information on how the service will operate, and complete a survey form.
Closing date for responses is Monday 31 August 2015.
Shropshire’s public health team and Young Health Champions join up to design new GP leaflet for young people
Shropshire Council’s public health team have been working with Shropshire’s Young Health Champions to produce a young people-friendly leaflet about what to expect when visiting any local GP practice.
The GPs leaflet is aimed at young people from 13 to 20 years old, and aims to provide children and young people with accessible and down-to-earth information on important messages about confidentiality and appointment choices, as well as practical details such as telephone numbers, opening hours and public transport routes.
The creation of the leaflet was driven by feedback from young people who felt there was a need to improve GPs information, and the “You’re Welcome” quality criteria, a Government policy which sets out principles to help commissioners and service providers to improve the suitability of NHS and non-NHS health services for young people.
The first batch of leaflets will go into Albrighton Medical Practice, who were accredited with the Department of Health’s “‘You’re Welcome” quality standard last year. To gain this standard, services needed to demonstrate that they are young people-friendly, including having written accessible information about their service.
Abi Fraser, 15, one of Shropshire’s Young Health Champions, commented:
“Before I worked on this leaflet I wasn’t really sure if I could visit my GP on my own and if it would be confidential; I don’t think many other young people know this either. Working with Val Cross and other Young Health Champions to create this leaflet I found out lots of information that surprised me.
“Learning that if I visited the GP it would be confidential, and that I could make an appointment in school time to stop anyone at home asking awkward questions, was really helpful. I have a good relationship with my mum, but I know not everyone is so lucky, and the information in this leaflet will be really important for young people like that.”
Karen Calder, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, said:
“It’s so encouraging to see young people actively taking part and working with health colleagues to ensure better health outcomes for young people. Shropshire’s Young Health Champions have played a key part in making sure GPs information is accessible to young people.”
Val Cross, Shropshire Council’s health development project officer, added:
“We’ve been delighted to work with the Young Health Champions who wanted the information in their GPs leaflet to be simple but informative. I went to a Health Champions event last year and spoke to different young people who had a specific interest in working on this with me, and subsequently signed up to form a group to create this leaflet.
“As a result, the young people have come up with a bright and vibrant leaflet which clearly explains in their words what to expect when they visit their GP.”
Dr Caron Morton MBE, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Accountable Officer, said:
“It’s great that Shropshire’s young people are taking such a proactive role in designing and developing information that will help their peers. Health care can be complicated and sometimes daunting for people, so making sure that we all do everything we can to provide information and advice that makes sense is vital. This is another example of the great work of Shropshire’s Young Health Champions.”
It is planned that Shropshire’s Young Health Champions will roll out the project to other GPs around the county.
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