The Mount, Shrewsbury has been closed to allow immediate work to be done to repair a collapsed sewer, it has been confirmed.
A suspected road collapse on the Mount was reported yesterday and both Shropshire Council and Severn Trent Water visited the scene to investigate the reports. After further investigations by Severn Trent Water it was confirmed this morning that the issue was caused bya collapsed sewer. Due to the location of the collapse, a full road closure is necessary to allow the issue to be resolved.
A signed diversion will divert traffic via Shelton Road, Copthorne Road, Frankwell Island and vice versa. At this stage, it is unclear how long the works will take to complete and for the road to be reopened.
We will keep you informed with any updates as and when we receive them.
Adults with learning disabilities in Shropshire have shown their entrepreneurial spirit by launching coffee shops at two day centres.
The new shops are at The Meres Day Centre in Ellesmere and Raven House in Market Drayton – and both were set up by adults with learning disabilities who attend each service.
The coffee shop at The Meres opened in mid-July and is already proving popular with people visiting the centre, as well as people who come in specifically for a drink or piece of cake.
Along with drinks and snacks, the shop sells handmade goods from Corner Patch – another enterprise run by adults with learning disabilities in Oswestry – and fresh produce from Greenacres Farm, also a day service for people with disabilities.
The idea came from came from two people who attend The Meres, Emma and Becky, who had previously worked in a cafe and thought it would be a great idea to open one themselves to bring the community in and give an opportunity for another member of the group, Stephen, to sell his artwork.
At Raven House in Market Drayton, people using the service decided opening a coffee shop would bring more of a community feel to the building and give them an opportunity to learn new skills which could also be used for employment in other places.
Councillor Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for adult social care, said:
“It’s great to see enterprises like these being established by people using day centres.
“Being involved with running a commercial operation like a coffee shop gives people genuine responsibility and greatly improves their motivation and satisfaction.
“I would encourage anyone in Market Drayton or Ellesmere to pop in for cup of tea or a coffee and support these fantastic enterprises. Hats off to all involved.”
The coffee shops are not the only examples of enterprising work at council-run day centres.
Greenacres Farm has a stall selling fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as chutneys and jams, at Shirehall in Shrewsbury every Wednesday.
Corner Patch is a shop in the centre of Oswestry selling all manner of handcrafted gifts and items for the home – all made by people while they attend day services.
Maesbury Metals is a metal workshop near Oswestry, where adults with learning disabilities make an array of items such as gates, obelisks for the garden and pieces of art.
Work to temporarily remove the speed cushions on Ironbridge Road in Broseley will begin on Monday 28 July. The work comes in response to public concerns around the condition of the cushions.
The measures, designed to calm the traffic, were installed after the site had been the scene of two separate accidents involving pedestrians in recent years. Despite the speed cushions complying and installed to Department of Transport specifications 12 months ago, there have been concerns over bolts being worked loose by traffic and potentially endangering both motorists and pedestrians. In light of this, the Council has decided to remove the all the speed cushions as soon as possible.
Claire Wild, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for highways, said:
“There have been some concern over how secure the bolts holding the speed cushion in place are. After making a visit to inspect the bolting we felt it was best to act quickly.
“There will be a short period where no physical traffic calming measure is in place however new speed cushions will be installed in the autumn and will be formed from bituminous material and won’t require bolting down as it will be part of the road. I’d like to thank the public for their actions in drawing this to our attention and for their patience while we make the necessary changes.”
Jean Jones, Shropshire Council member for Broseley, said:
“There has been a huge amount of public concern over the condition of these speed cushions and I am relieved that they are being removed. I am disappointed that they will not be replaced immediately but I hope that residents will understand the need for urgency.”
The next meeting of the Loton and Tern Local Joint Committee (LJC) takes place on Thursday 31 July 2014 at Westbury Village Hall at 7pm, and will focus on the priorities of the parish councils in the area; the public are encouraged to come along and have their say.
Representatives from the ten parish councils in the area, which include Bomere Heath, Westbury and Withington, will be speaking about the issues in their area that have been identified at community meetings and through Community Plans, and developing a set of priorities to be tackled in the next 12 months. Issues include roads and transport, planning and development, youth activities, and support for community buildings.
Councillor John Everall, chair of the LJC, said:
“The LJC has existed for five years, and the meeting on 31 July gives us the chance to evaluate the work we have done and look at our future priorities for the coming years. Our parish councillors will be giving us an update on what’s happening in their area, and we’ll look to identify shared issues between the parishes that we can work together on in the future, or to lobby partner organisations to make improvements on our behalf.”
The public is welcome to attend and have their say on what issues they feel are important, and to join in the discussions with the parish councillors.
For more details please contact Mathew Mead, local community enablement officer: email@example.com, 01743 252534.
News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia
With the school holidays now upon us and many people taking to the roads and motorways, the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire is reminding motorists to be prepared for any long journeys this summer and stay safe in the event of a breakdown.
Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead this summer and avoid unnecessary breakdowns by ensuring their vehicle is well-maintained before setting out on any long journeys. As well as checking to make sure the vehicle service is up-to-date, motorists should check tyre pressures and oil and water levels and top those up if needed.
The partnership is also asking motorists if they know what to do in a breakdown, and urging them to follow some simple steps to ensure they stay safe, particularly when travelling on motorways.
Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said:
“Breaking down can be a stressful experience, especially on a motorway where traffic is passing at very high speeds. It is vital that motorists know what to do if their vehicle does break down, to keep themselves and their passengers safe.
“If your vehicle breaks down on the motorway, pull onto the hard shoulder as far to the left as possible with your wheels turned to the left, and put your hazard lights on to warn other motorists. If visibility is poor, you should also leave your side lights on. You and your passengers should exit the vehicle on the left hand side and move to a point of safety behind the barrier and well away from the vehicle, the carriageway and the moving traffic. If possible, move up the bank or verge, as far away from the hard shoulder as possible.”
The Highways Agency is also urging road users to check and maintain their vehicles this summer – as figures show that, out of 19,595 incidents in the West Midlands last year during the summer months, 1,908 of them were potentially preventable, with 1,833 tyre-related breakdowns and 75 out-of-fuel breakdowns.
Simon Sheldon-Wilson, Director of Traffic Management for the Highways Agency in the West Midlands, said:
“We’ll be doing all we can during the summer to ensure road users get to their destinations smoothly and safely. Our traffic officers will also be on hand to clear incidents from the roads and get traffic moving as soon as possible.
“It’s vital that people check and maintain their vehicles before setting off. A single preventable breakdown can cause chaos for thousands of people – and congestion costs the economy an estimated £3bn every year.
“Inevitably there will be times when routes become congested, and many people will be driving on unfamiliar roads, so we ask road users to help themselves by planning ahead to avoid peak times, using our journey planning tools and allowing enough time for their journeys.”
For more summer travel advice from the Highways Agency, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/seasonal-advice/summer-getaway/.
Additional advice for a motorway breakdown includes: