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Arrest over suspected arson attack

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 18:29
A man is arrested on suspicion of arson after two people are rescued from a house fire in Telford.
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New roof for 'leaky' picture gallery

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:47
A new roof is completed as part of a £1.4m restoration project at the grade-I listed Attingham Park in Shropshire.
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VIDEO: Farmers sell up over milk prices

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:34
A Shropshire farming family are selling their herd after more than 30 years in the dairy industry.
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Methane drilling decision postponed

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:49
A decision over plans to drill for methane in north Shropshire is postponed by the local authority, despite councillors saying they were "minded to reject it".
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Road users urged to take care as darker nights draw in

Shropshire Council - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:45

News from our partners Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire is reminding all road users to take extra care on the roads as the evenings draw in and the clocks change this weekend.

As nights get darker it is increasingly difficult for motorists to see other road users.  Pedestrians are being encouraged to think about their presence on the roads and wear high visibility clothing and reflective material, and to always use pedestrian crossings where possible.  Cyclists should also think about their clothing and ensure their bike is in good working condition and carries front and rear lights.

Motorists are being urged to look carefully for other road users with the nights drawing in, and to ensure that their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and basic checks are undertaken to prepare their vehicle for the winter months.  Among other things, motorists should check their brakes, tyres, oil, water and antifreeze, and check lights are operating and are in good working order.  As the weather turns colder ensure your screen wash is topped up and wipers are in good working order.  Road salt and spray can obscure a windscreen in seconds.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire, said:

“Nationally, road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker nights and worsening weather conditions.  These conditions affect all road users, but especially children, older people, cyclists and motorcyclists.  As the nights draw in it is important that all road users reassess their journeys and account for the darker evenings.  We are advising all motorists to check their vehicles, and for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure they are visible to other road users.”

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“It seems simple, but it’s important not to get a little complacent as the daylight hours lower.  We normally take extra care driving late at night, but it’s important to take that care when driving at 5pm in winter too, perhaps even more so as the roads will be busier.”

Motorists are also being reminded to take particular care on rural roads this autumn, and take extra caution where there is mud on the roads.

Anna Higgins added:

“We appreciate that during this time of year farmers have to increasingly use the region’s roads to transport their crops.  During this time, we’re advising all motorists to take extra care on rural roads and be aware of potential mud on the roads.  Excess mud is a danger to cars, motorbikes and cyclists, can change the way a vehicle handles, and can cause skidding, especially in wet conditions.

“If you see a ‘mud on the road’ sign please take this seriously, drive with caution and treat this the same way that you would with icy or slippery roads.”

Follow us on Twitter @ThinkSaferRoads

Further information

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 (Shropshire Council, Herefordshire Council, Telford and 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.

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Hanged inmate 'improperly monitored'

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:30
A mentally ill inmate who hanged himself at a Shropshire prison was improperly monitored by in-house teams, an inquest jury finds.
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Shrewsbury Town v Portsmouth

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:03
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League Two game between Shrewsbury Town and Portsmouth.
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Glazeley Bridge embankment stabilisation

Shropshire Council - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:38

Embankment stabilisation work at Glazeley Bridge, which carries the B4363 road over the Borle Brook, is scheduled to start in November 2014.

The verge has been washed out leaving large voids beneath the existing safety barrier.  The work will involve providing a new safety barrier supported by a shallow concrete retaining wall in the verge at the bridge’s south-eastern corner.

The proposed work is scheduled to start on Monday 3 November 2014 and it is estimated to that it will take up to five weeks to complete.

When the work is under way, the road will remain open under 24-hour traffic light control.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, and responsible for bridge maintenance, said:

“The repairs are much-needed and will make the road much safer for road users.  I’d like to thank road users for their understanding while the work takes place.”

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Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:38
A couple from Telford are among those campaigning against fines for families taking children on holiday during term time.
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Brothers build granddad's WW1 plane

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:58
Two brothers spend 12 years building a replica of the WW1 aircraft flown by their grandfather after finding parts of the original in his workshop.
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Big contract won by local partnership Community Advice and Advocacy Network

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:35

News from our partners Community Advice and Advocacy Network

A partnership of seven Shropshire-based organisations won the Shropshire Council contract for “Information, advice and advocacy services for adults”.

The organisations already have a good track record in meeting the needs of diverse communities and in promoting independence by making sure people have a choice, and had previously been delivering these services through contracts and grant funding in Shropshire.

The five-year contract started in October 2014 and is worth £1.6 million for the first three years of the contract.

The Community Advice and Advocacy Network (CAAN) was specifically set up to tender for this contract.  Our vision is to deliver a people-centred, community-focused and flexible service, effectively delivered by an established network of information, advice and advocacy providers, with a comprehensive track record in meeting the needs of diverse communities, ensuring client choice, promoting independence and achieving positive well-being outcomes.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

‘’We are delighted that the CAAN partnership has brought together the specialist areas of work of a number of highly-respected and trusted local information, advice and advocacy organisations.  The flexibility of approach being taken by CAAN will mean that people will have access to information, advice and advocacy in a number of different ways and in many different locations.  This work will support the council in meeting its duties under the new Care Act which comes into force in April 2015.’’

Jackie Jeffrey, Citizens Advice Shropshire CEO, said:

“We aim to provide a people-centred, community-focused and flexible service.  That means we put the people we help at the heart of what we do.”

Julie Mellor from Taking Part said:

“Part of the contract is the development of a new advice and advocacy strategy for Shropshire.  This includes innovations in the way we work.  For example, a uniform people-centred approach to service delivery, an agreed approach to diagnosis across the CAAN, with a seamless client journey across information, advice and advocacy, and supporting independence and the exercise of choice and control.’’

CAAN invites the public and media to the Shropshire VCSA Showcase 2014 at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND on Tuesday 25 November 2014 from 10am to 2pm, where we will launch our new CAAN partnership.  There will be an opportunity to meet the different partners and be informed on how we are taking the work forward.

For more information contact Jackie Jeffrey, Citizens Advice Shropshire CEO, email dpm@shropshirecab.cabnet.org.uk.

Further information

The seven partners in CAAN are:

  • A4U is a disability advice centre providing free, confidential and impartial information, advice and advocacy on all aspects of disability, to people with disabilities, their families and carers as well as health and social care professionals.
  • Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin works with and for older people to improve the quality of later life.
  • Citizens Advice Shropshire aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.
  • MAYSI is a project initiated by ‘The Strettons’ Mayfair Trust” to enable users of the service to retain their independence, with emphasis on supporting independence within an individual’s home.
  • Peer Counselling and Advocacy Service provides advocacy support to adults with any disability, impairment or over the age of 65; supporting those who have a problem and require help to speak up for them or provide support.
  • OSCA is a long-established charity recruiting, preparing and supporting volunteer citizen advocates in long-term advocacy partnerships with adults with learning disabilities.
  • Taking Part is an independent registered charity providing a range of services for people with learning difficulties throughout Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin.
  • All CAAN partners have a long established history of partnership working, most recently through the Shropshire Partnership for Advice and Advocacy (SPAA). This two year project was funded by the Big Lottery’s Advice Transition Services Fund.  Within SPAA, 13 advice providers are working together, to be more efficient, more effective and more enterprising in order to thrive and secure their future sustainability.

    Citizens Advice Shropshire is the leading body for both CAAN and SPAA.

    The external launch of the Community Advice and Advocacy Network partnership is Tuesday 25 November 2014 10am – 2pm at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND as part of the VCSA Shropshire Showcase 2014 event.

CAAN vision: Our vision is to provide a people-centred, community-focused and flexible service effectively delivered by an established network of information, advice and advocacy providers with a comprehensive track record in meeting the needs of diverse communities, ensuring client choice, promoting independence and achieving positive well-being outcomes in Shropshire.

CAAN mission: To provide access to appropriate advice and advocacy services which effectively meet the needs of people when they need it and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

CAAN principles and values: We want to be a partnership of organisations that share, and are committed to, their values; where the client is at the centre of what we do, and we are respectful of each other, providing a supportive and inclusive culture.

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Barnsley sign Telford forward Phenix

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:22
Barnsley sign Telford's Mike Phenix for a fee believed to be around £25,000, but get striker Rhys Oates in return, on loan.
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Decisions made by North planning committee on 21 October 2014

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:38

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

 

Land off Bearstone Road, Norton In Hales, Market Drayton (14/00790/OUT)  Outline application for the erection of fourteen dwellings incorporating two affordable units (to include formation of vehicular and pedestrian access).

Decision:

That Planning Permission be refused, contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

Members acknowledged that the housing proposed by the development would contribute economically and socially by boosting the housing supply including open market and affordable housing to which weight was given.  However, it was considered that this was outweighed by the harm identified.  The committee were concerned that the development, cumulatively with the approved site adjacent to Norton Farm, would result in an adverse impact on the size of the village, to the detriment of community cohesion, and that the development of the site would impact on the adjacent conservation area.  Weight was given to the location of the site being outside the development boundary in both the saved North Shropshire Local Plan and the emerging policies in the Site Allocations and Management of Development DPD as well as the policies in the NPPF.

   

Land north of the River Tanat, Llanyblodwel (13/05008/OUT)  Outline application (all matters reserved) for the erection of four dwellings to include one affordable dwelling.

Decision:

That Planning Permission be refused, contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

Members had carefully considered and weighed up the proposal and acknowledged the economic benefits that would flow from the construction works, the support the development would potentially afford to the Public House, the modest boost in housing supply and the social benefits that would arise from the provision of an affordable dwelling.  However, they consider that the harm that would be caused, albeit less than substantial harm, to the significance of the four heritage assets would significantly outweigh the benefits of the proposal.  In coming to this view, members have had regard to the NPPF and the statutory duty in respect of listed buildings, and have afforded considerable importance and weight to that harm.

   

Hadley Farm, Wrexham Road, Whitchurch (14/02914/FUL)  Installation and operation of a solar farm and associated infrastructure, including photovoltaic panels, mounting frames, inverters, transformers, substations, communications building, fence and pole mounted security cameras.

Decision:

That Planning Permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 and an additional condition to ensure the timber posts for the fence and pole mounted security cameras were maintained and if required replacement were replaced by timber posts.

 

   

23-25 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 1PH (14/03427/FUL)  Change of use from A1 retail to mixed A1/A3 coffee shop with an area of outdoor seating and installation of associated air conditioning equipment.

Decision:

That planning permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 and an amendment to condition 4 to delete the outside seating on a Wednesday.

   

23-25 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton TF9 1PH (14/03559/FUL)  Shopfront modifications.

Decision:

That planning permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

 

   

23-25 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 1PH (14/03560/ADV)  Erect and display 2no. fascia signs.

Decision:

That planning permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

 

   

14 Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 3BY (14/03821/FUL)  Refurbishment and upgrading of property to include formation of 1no. additional apartment (affordable).

Decision:

That Planning Permission be granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 and a S106 agreement for affordable accommodation.

 

 

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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Schoolpupils to meet talking, rapping, recycling robot

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:33

Schoolpupils across Shropshire will get the chance to meet a talking, rapping robot next month – and learn about reducing, recycling and reusing waste at the same time.

Recycler the robot will be visting ten primary schools across the county from Monday 10 November 2014 to Thursday 13 February 2104 (see notes for schedule), when he will bring recycling to life through his interactive show.  

The talking robot delivers an action-packed, multimedia assembly.  Recycler sings, moves, lights up and interacts with pupils to teach them how to reduce, reuse and recycle (the 3 Rs) – and the robot really does do a rap as part of the performance.

Throughout the performance, Recycler shows children how they can reduce their waste and put the three Rs into practice at home and at school, for example by making full use of local recycling schemes.  This is all helping to reduce the environmental and financial burden of sending waste to landfill.

He is being brought to the county by Shropshire Council in partnership with the national recycling charity Waste Watch.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

“We’ve found that children are good at encouraging their family to recycle, and a visit from Recycler the Robot is a brilliant way to ensure children understand about the importance of recycling, reusing items, and reducing the amount of waste we produce.”

Shirley Barre, Education Officer with Waste Watch, said:

“Every household in the UK throws away over one tonne of waste each year, and more than half of this could be recycled.  A visit from Recycler is a great way for young people to learn about how important it is to reduce waste and to recycle as much as possible, at home and at school.  Joining in with Recycler’s rap and watching the games, props and roleplays is a great way to remember important messages and take them home.” 

Recycler has already reached more than two million children across the UK in the 16 years that he has been visiting schools, has been widely praised for his fun and memorable performances to schoolpupils, and has even won a ‘green’ Blue Peter badge for his efforts.

To watch a video of Recycler in action, click here.

Further information

Recycler the Robot – Shropshire school visit schedule 

Monday 10 November

  • 1.30pm: Holy Trinity Primary School, Oswestry

Tuesday 11 November

  • 9.10am: Dorrington Primary
  • 11am: Rushbury Primary
  • 1.30pm: Stokesay Primary, Craven Arms

Wednesday 12 November

  • 9.10am: Market Drayton Junior School
  • 11am: Sheriffhales Primary
  • 1.30pm: Buildwas Primary

 Thursday 13 November

  • 9.10am: Oakmeadow Primary, Bayston Hill
  • 11am: Greenfields Primary, Shrewsbury
  • 1.30pm: Woodfield Infant, Shrewsbury 

Waste Watch, a part of Keep Britain Tidy, is a leading environmental organisation working to change the way people use the world’s natural resources.  Our vision is a less wasteful society, and we believe everyone has a part to play in reducing waste and living more sustainably.

We are a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity.  We advise, educate and inform people on ways to reduce all forms of waste – from the rubbish we throw away and the energy we needlessly use to the water we pour down the drain.

By making changes to our daily lives and by changing the world around us – at home, in school, and in the workplace – we can all make a big difference.   And Waste Watch exists to show everyone how they can make that difference.

For more information, visit www.wastewatch.org.uk ; www.recyclezone.org.uk.

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Decisions made by Central planning committee on 16 October 2014

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:53

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 16 October 2014.

 

Development management report to consider planning applications Subject to S106 resolution having regard to the Council’s published 5 years housing supply Land Supply Statement of 12 August 2014.

13/04757/OUT  Application for outline planning permission (access for approval) for residential development and associated works, development land opposite The Crescent, Nesscliffe, Shrewsbury.

Decision:

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

  • An amendment to Condition No. 2 to limit the submission of the Reserved Matters application to a period of two years after approval of this Outline;
  • The additional Conditions recommended previously; and

A Section 106 Legal Agreement to secure affordable housing.

   

Development of land at Churncote/Bicton/Bicton Heath, off Welshpool Road, Shrewsbury (14/00246/OUT)  Outline application for 296 mixed residential dwellings (landscaping reserved) and employment/commercial use (all matters reserved) to include: offices, showroom, A3/A4 (restaurant/pub), C1 (hotel), public open space, structural landscaping, associated infrastructure, vehicular accesses and all associated infrastructure.

Decision:

That planning permission be granted as per the amended officer’s recommendation as detailed in the Schedule of Additional Letters, subject to:

  • The Conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report, subject to amendment by the Area Planning Manager as set out below;
    • The completion of a S106 Legal Agreement to secure affordable housing, infrastructure contributions and land as set out in the report and to ensure that funding is provided for mitigation works to be provided to Churncote Island in the event that these are not delivered through planned junction improvement works within the next 10 years;
    • An additional Condition relating to the amount of hedgerow to be agreed which will be dealt with through delegated powers to finalise Conditions; and

The Area Planning Manager be given delegated authority to vary conditions subject to them not being substantially different to those stated in the report.

   

Proposed development land east of Station Road, Condover, Shrewsbury (14/00335/OUT)  Outline application (access, layout and scale) for the erection of 47 dwellings (7 affordable), school hall, car parking area and enlarged school playing field for existing school, allotments, village green and informal open space (amended description).

Decision:

That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

The proposal will represent an unsustainable form of development as the cumulative harm caused by the loss of good quality agricultural land; inadequate public transport provision; the inability of small scale facilities in Condover to cope with additional demand; the safety of the vehicular junction of Station Road and the A49; and together with ecological, archaeological and drainage issues will significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.  As such Members consider that the proposal is contrary to the policies in the NPPF taken as a whole.

   

Land south of Holcroft Way, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury (14/02406/OUT)  Outline application for residential development to include means of access.

Decision:

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

  • A S106 Legal Agreement to secure the relevant affordable housing at the time of the Reserved Matters application and to secure the proposed highway improvements and a commuted sum for the future maintenance of the proposed vehicle activated signs;
  • In the interests of public and highway safety, two additional Vehicle Activated Signs (VASs) be provided to ensure that there will be two on the approach to the mini roundabout when travelling from Shrewsbury and two on the approach to the zebra crossing when travelling from Cressage;
  • The publically adoptable road on the NW side of the site as shown on the Indicative Site Plan being retained as such in the Reserved Matters application to enable future road link options;
  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and

Any subsequent application for reserved matters being considered by this Committee.

   

The Old School, Hookagate, Shrewsbury, SY5 8BE (14/03059/FUL)  Erection of two storey extension and bell tower to facilitate use of school building as children’s nursery; change of use of agricultural land to play area; formation of vehicular access and parking area (part retrospective).

Decision:

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

 

 

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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No Chelsea dreams yet for Akpa Akpro

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:01
Shrewsbury's Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro says his focus is on beating Portsmouth on Saturday and not next week's League Cup tie with Chelsea.
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Are you aware of the Shropshire Compact?

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:53

Compact Week 2014 is running from Monday 3 November to Friday 7 November 2014. Compact Week is an annual celebration which takes place across England to promote and recognise the Compact – the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for partnership working between the voluntary and public sectors.

The week engages voluntary organisations, both locally and nationally, Government departments, councils and other public sector partners working with the Compact.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, and Chair of the Shropshire Compact Group, said:

“The theme for this year’s Compact Week is ‘Facing the future: commissioning together’.  We are fortunate in Shropshire in that we have strong commitment across the public sector to work together and to understand how we can best commission and work in partnership with local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.”

The theme is aimed at promoting strong, lasting partnerships between voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, and commissioning bodies such as Local Enterprise Partnerships and Police and Crime Commissioners, to name just two.

The Shropshire Compact was refreshed in 2013 to work more closely with the range of public sector commissioners working across Shropshire.  The document sets out good practice in relationships between commissioners and VCSE organisations, and highlights agreed ways of working.  The aim is to embed good practice in partnership working.

Key themes include:

  • Stronger and effective partnerships
  • Effective engagement
  • Sharing information
  • Allocating resources
  • Enabling change
  • Delivering outcomes and social value
  • Quality in delivery.

Well-known commitments include provision of adequate time periods for engagement and consultation, and six months notice of changes in financial agreements.  A copy of the Shropshire Compact can be accessed here:  http://vcsvoice.org/the-compact/

A Shropshire Compact Group meets regularly, with members including Shropshire Council, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  More recently, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership pledged its commitment to support the Compact.

To find out more about the Shropshire Compact contact Sarah Dodds, VCS Assembly Coordinator, sarah.dodds@shrosphire.gov.uk or VCSAssembly@shropshire.gov.uk, ring: 01743 252740.

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Local project shortlisted for National Compact Award

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:36

A local project is shortlisted for the National Compact Engagement Award at The National Compact Awards, which celebrate excellence in working partnerships between the voluntary sector and the public sector.

This year the Compact Awards celebration takes place on Wednesday 5 November 2014 in London.  Shropshire has seen success at the Compact Awards in the past.  The Compact Engagement Award winners for 2013 were Bridgnorth West and Tasley Partnership.

Named the Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group, this year’s locally-nominated project brings together Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, Shropshire Providers Consortium, Telford & Wrekin CVS, and Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service, to secure voluntary sector engagement with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (Marches LEP).  The partners have designed and delivered a comprehensive programme of engagement activity, targeted at 4,109 voluntary organisations in the Marches.

This new Social Inclusion partnership also includes and receives support from Shropshire Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Herefordshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.  The Social Inclusion Mini Group steers work and facilitates a much larger Social Inclusion Stakeholder Group, with approximately 140 members.

With the anticipated introduction of new EU funding, joint work between the voluntary sector and LEPs became vitally important.  Voluntary sector involvement in the development of the Marches LEP’s European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy for 2014-2020 became a priority, particularly in relation to the social inclusion theme.  The challenge of designing an engagement mechanism to cover the entire Marches area – with a population of more than 660,000 people, 27,095 businesses, 4,109 registered voluntary organisations and an estimated 290,737 formal volunteers – was recognised and met.  The group has recently secured a small Big Lottery grant named Building Better Opportunities, to continue its work.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, and Chair of the Shropshire Compact Group, said:

“I am delighted that the work that has been undertaken between the Marches LEP and the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is being recognised at the national level.  We really value the work Compact Voice does to share ideas between areas and support the rollout of good practice.”

The Marches LEP signed up to its three local Compacts in April 2014, covering the Shropshire Compact, Telford & Wrekin Compact and Herefordshire Compact.

The Shropshire Compact was refreshed in 2013 to work more closely with the range of public sector commissioners working across Shropshire.  The document sets out good practice in relationships between commissioners and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and highlights agreed ways of working.

A copy of the Shropshire Compact can be accessed here: http://vcsvoice.org/the-compact/.

To find out more about the Shropshire Compact contact Sarah Dodds, VCS Assembly Coordinator, sarah.dodds@shrosphire.gov.uk or VCSAssembly@shropshire.gov.uk, ring: 01743 252740.

Other projects nominated for the 2014 Compact Engagement Award include Voluntary Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector Engagement Project, Transforming Families in Merton, and Newcastle Voluntary Sector Liaison Group (VSLG).  You can find out more about the awards and take a look at all the nominated projects by visiting:  http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/news/compact-awards-shortlist2014.

To find out more about the national Compact visit: http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/about-compact.

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Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth to close for one day

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:53

Friar’s Street in Bridgnorth is to be closed to traffic for one day, Monday 3 November 2014, between 9.30am and 4pm.

The road closure is required to carry out a safety inspection of the rockface between two brick retaining walls, and it may be necessary to remove loose debris and cut back any obstructing vegetation.

When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted via the Riverside, but access will remain available to pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“For the safety of the workers and road users we’ll need to close off the section of the road where we’ll be working on the day.  This is essential work which needs to be carried out, but the closure will only be in place for the day, to minimise any disruption it might cause.”

Christian Lea, a local Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts, said:

“I hope that local residents will understand the need for Friar’s Street to be closed for the day, whilst this inspection of the rockface is undertaken.”

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Church Stretton residents invited to find out proposals for town’s library and its services

Shropshire Council - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:40

Residents in Church Stretton are invited to come along to a ‘drop in’ event on Thursday 6 November 2014 at the Silvester Horne Institute to find out about the proposals for Shropshire Council services currently housed in the Church Stretton library building.

The event will run from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and residents are invited to drop in at any time to express their views on the proposals.

This session has been planned following discussions between Shropshire Council, Church Stretton Town Council, South Shropshire Academy (Church Stretton School) and the Mayfair Centre on looking at how library and other face-to-face services can be better delivered to local people in a more sustainable and cost-effective way.

Proposals include moving services, which include the library, visitor information centre and customer service point, to different and more appropriate locations within the town.

For those who can’t make the drop in event, there will be an opportunity to find out about the proposals at the following StrettonDale Local Joint Committee meeting starting at 7pm that evening, also at the Silvester Horne Institute.

Councillor Michael Braid, of Church Stretton Town Council, said:

“The future of library services in the town is vitally important to us all, and I would encourage everyone to go along to the event to see the proposals, and to take the opportunity to help us shape them.”

Steve Lunt, Principal of Church Stretton School, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in the creation of these proposals, as we believe they present a unique opportunity to enhance and improve library provision for  both the community and the school.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said:

“Shropshire Council and our partners in Church Stretton have been working closely to explore opportunities and look at how we can redesign and enhance the existing services in the library building to ensure they meet the needs of the local community.

“We need to make the best use of our funds and resources over the next few years to address a library funding gap of £1.3 million. We believe these proposals offer a sustainable solution to ensure our libraries continue to run and serve the residents of Church Stretton today and in the future.  We really need your views on these proposals, as well as your thoughts and ideas on how you think these services can evolve so they continue to meet your needs.”

Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, said:

“Please come along on the day and tell us what you think about the different options.”

David Evans, also a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, added:

“I would urge members of the public to attend the drop in event regarding the changes to the library service in Church Stretton.  Have your say and be part of the process; please don’t miss out.”

Nicola McPherson, Chief Officer of Mayfair Community Centre, said:

“We are pleased to have worked with others on looking at ways to best support the needs of the community.  We look forward to hearing people’s views.”

For more information about the event please email lee.chapman@shropshire.gov.uk.

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