Year: 2015

Watch the Big Conversation video and tell Shropshire Council what services are important to you

From Shropshire Council…

Watch the Big Conversation video and tell us what services are important to you

As part of its Big Conversation, Shropshire Council has released an animated video encouraging residents to get involved and tell us what council services are important to you.

The video, produced by the council and posted on YouTube, illustrates the financial challenges Shropshire Council faces over the next few years. The Big Conversation video also explains how the council is funded, how its budget is spent, and asks Shropshire residents what they can do to help Shropshire Council’s £77 million budget deficit.

Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation comes in light of continuous Government cuts which, in five years’ time, will leave only one quarter of the current funding that pays for over 150 services. This is a reduction of 75% from the £100m the council currently spends on these services, and means it will have to stop delivering some services.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for the Big Conversation, said:

“Like all public services, we face spending cuts in the coming years and we’re looking at ways to address this challenge.

“We’ve already had a great response to our Big Conversation with over 1,700 people taking part in the survey so far. However, we still want to ensure all local people have the opportunity to share their views, and urge those not yet involved to watch our video and take part in our survey.”

Watch the £77m budget challenge video now to find out more about the Big Conversation and how you can get involved.

The Big Conversation survey will run until Monday 4 January 2016, and will be followed by further conversations with local people, partners, community organisations and businesses across Shropshire in 2016.

Since the conversation began, over a third of residents who’ve taken part in the surveys have expressed an interest to be involved in further conversations with the council.

If you know someone who does not have access to a computer, you can either print a copy off for them, or you can pick a paper copy up from your local library or customer service point. Alternatively you can call us and request one, or complete the survey over the phone.

For more information and to get involved visit:,
follow us: @shropcouncil #Shropbc
call: 0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)

Roadworks Pre-Warning: Road Closure Ludlow Road, Bridgwalton Farm Junction to Milfields Way Junction – early March

Advance warning for Road Closures on the B4364 Ludlow Road 2nd March to the 4th March 2016 for Pre Surface Dressing Patching, and disruption through to 10th March –  Bridgwalton Farm Junction to Milfields Way Junction

More details on the interactive map – set search to “next three months”



Fraud: electrical goods and domestic appliances websites

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website –
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Shropshire’s Big Conversation

Shropshire Council created a new topic for customers to subscribe to called “Shropshire’s Big Conversation”.

This new topic will bring you information around consultations specific to service delivery and how this may change in the future. It will also be used to let you know about updates in relation to The Big Conversations and include things like invitations to focus groups and other ways you can get involved in this huge project.

It affects everyone so we’d encourage you to subscribe to it and get colleagues, friends and family to sign up also (simply forward this post on to them as it contains a link to the website where you can find out more and access a sign up link).

So what is the Big Conversation?

The Big Conversation is the biggest consultation the council has launched as it effects all of the 150 plus services the council provides.

Like all local authorities, the council is faced with the need to make further substantial savings in the coming years due to ongoing government cuts.

In a few years’ time, we’ll have less than one quarter of the money that now funds 150+ council services which means we’ll have to stop delivering some services and we need your help to tell us which are important to you, and what you can do to help and make the remaining resources we have, go further

For more information about the Big Conversation and to get involved, go to where you can also access a link to sign up to this new topic.

Follow @shropscouncil #Shropbc
Call 0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)
Please get involved, your views will be used to tell us what services the council will provide in the years ahead.


The Fugitives: 15th Nov 7.30pm

Award winning modern folk from Canada in Chetton Village Hall

A funny, uplifting group with brilliant musicianship, top-notch songwriting, and complex vocal harmonies. Another great group touring as part of Arts Alive’s ‘Canadian Season’, with nominations for Western Canadian’s 2014 Roots Album of the Year and Canadian Folk Award’s Vocal Group of the Year. They’ve opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie and played Glastonbury in 2014 – now enjoy them in your village hall! They have been described as “The missing link between Leonard Cohen and the Pogues”, whilst CBC said: “This show is simply brilliant.”

Sunday 15th November 7.30pm

Tickets £10 inc refreshments
01746 768822 or 01746 789257
Buy Tickets online at Arts Alive

Age Range: All ages

Roadworks: Neenton Churchyard Farm Jct : 18-20 Jan

Road Closure : The Pheasant, Neenton ( Side road to Wrickton ) 18th – 20th January

Roadworks, Delays Likely 18th – 20th January – Churchyard Farm Junction With B4364 Neenton To Wrickton Mannor Junction, Wrickton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.  WORKING OUTSIDE CHURCHYARD FARM AT THE JCN OF B4364 FROM CLEE BROOK BRIDGE TO NEW HOUSE FARM JUNCTION

Ref: LB501A5W/11214448Q

Responsibility: Severn Trent Water

Talk Talk Cyber Attack

Cyber Attack
Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed:

  • Name and addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Email addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Talk Talk account information
  • Credit card and banking details

Protect yourself
Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this could be a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account.

If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.

As well as e-mails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.

Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent.


ActionFraud Alert: Council Tax Scam

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.

Protect Yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Planning: Faintree Hall Farm: Solar Array



The installation and operation of a 250kw ground mounted solar photovoltaic array

Land At Faintree Hall Farm North Of B4364, Faintree, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, .

From Kelvin Hall – Technical Specialist Planning Officer:

We have received amendments for the proposal described above.

You can view the details and submit comments online in Public Access at This is the Council’s preferred method of communication.

Alternatively you can view details in reception at : South – Bridgnorth Office .

Any representation in writing should be sent to: Development Management, Cantern Brook Offices, Stanley Lane, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4SF.

I should be pleased to receive any revised / additional comments you may wish to make within 21 days of the date of this notification.

Roadworks: Ditton Priors 14/10/15

Chapel Lane, Ditton Priors, Shropshire
14 October — 14 October Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Delays possible due to Streetworks
Overhead Works Only – No Excavation For Switching Service Between Poles at Outside Chapel Cottage, 102 Meters From The Juction With Hall Road Ditton Priors
Responsibility: Western Power Distribution
EToN status: Planned work about to start

Flicks in the Sticks: Woman in Gold – 21/10/15

You may be interested to know that Chetton Village Hall Committee has now arranged the Autumn’ Flicks in the Sticks’ programme which will commence on Wednesday, 21st October at 7.30pm.

 The film   ‘Woman in Gold’ stars Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in a drama based on the real life story of Maria Altman and her legal campaign against the Austrian government.  Mirren plays Altman who, since fleeing Europe during the Second World War now lives in Los Angeles.  When the death of her sister leads to Altman finding out that a portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt was stolen by the Nazis from her family home and now hangs in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, she enlists the help of young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) and embarks on a legal campaign to reclaim her family losses.

The film has a Certificate 12a.     Coffee/tea biscuits etc. will be sold during the interval (£1).    Admission £4

 The next film on 18th November will be The Theory of Everything which is based on the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking.

Roadworks: B4364 Neenton 12-16 Oct

B4364 From Clee Brook Bridge To New House Farm Junction, Neenton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
12 October — 16 October Traffic control (two-way signals)
Delays likely due to Streetworks
Install 158m Of One Way Poly Duct In Carriageway. at Opposite All Saints Church To Approximately 156 Meters North East, B4364 From Clee Brook Bridge To New House Farm Juncti
Responsibility: BT
EToN status: Planned work about to start

Roadworks: B4364 Faintree 7-11th Sept


B4364 From Clee Brook Bridge To Lower Faintree, Faintree, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
07 September — 11 September Traffic control (two-way signals)
Delays likely due to Streetworks
Install 130m Of 1 Way Poly Duct In Verge,Install 35m Of 1 Way Poly Duct In Carriageway at Adjacent Bank Farm To Approximately 159 Meters North East, B4364 From Clee Brook Bridge To Lower Faintree
Responsibility: BT
EToN status: Planned work about to start

Planning Application: Chetton Grange

New Planning Applications published on 11/08/2015 relating to parish of:

Reference:  15/03080/FUL  (validated: 17/07/2015)
Address:  Chetton Grange, Chetton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6UE
Proposal:  Erection of two pairs of entrance gates with their supporting
pillars and repairs/rebuilding of existing boundary
Applicant: Mr David Ball

View online at:

NHS Future Fit decision

NHS Future Fit decision ensures a healthy future for Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sites but rules out greenfield

The leaders of the NHS Future Fit met today to discuss the next steps for the programme to transform NHS services in Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire.

They considered in-depth work into the affordability of the six scenarios that were shortlisted for hospital services, which also serve patients from Mid Wales, in February.

This work has concluded that all options that involve developing greenfield sites are unaffordable and should now be discounted.

They have, however, shown clearly that both The Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sites have viable futures and will play an important part in on-going NHS Future Fit work.

The shortlist has therefore now been reduced from the original six options to four.

These are:

Princess Royal Telford

A No change
B Emergency Centre, Urgent Care Centre, Local Planned Care, Consultant-led Obstetrics
C1 Diagnostic & Treatment Centre, Urgent Care, Local Planned Care
C2 Diagnostic & Treatment Centre, Urgent Care Centre, Local Planned Care, Consultant-led Obstetrics

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

A No Change
B Diagnostic & Treatment Centre, Urgent Care Centre, Local Planned Care
C1 Emergency Centre, Urgent Care Centre, Local Planned Care, Consultant-led Obstetrics
C2 Emergency Centre, Urgent Care Centre, Local Planned Care

All options would see both sites with an Urgent Care Centre and local planned care.

David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group and Caron Morton, Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group welcomed the decision.

They said: “Since February an immense amount of work has gone into studying the affordability of the shortlisted scenarios.

“This has now made it clear that all options involving greenfield sites are unaffordable.

“We need to acknowledge this is regrettable as we know it is what many people would have preferred.

“We have always known that the greenfield option was going to be the most expensive and we have done everything possible to see whether we could make this an affordable option.

“However, we have been forced to the conclusion that it would mean diverting an unacceptable level of funding from other frontline clinical services like primary, community or mental health care.”

They added: “We do now have clear options that we can proceed with and which can meet the key clinical goals of NHS Future Fit – that is to provide safe, modern and sustainable access to emergency, urgent, planned and community care for our populations.

“They also show quite clearly that both the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sites have an important future and will play a key role as NHS Future Fit moves forward.

“There is still a lot of work to do before we consider whether the NHS Future Fit programme board recommends which site would be ideal for the Emergency Centre or the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process so far.”

Today’s recommendation will now be considered by the local NHS organisations that have come together to lead the NHS Future Fit programme.

Work is also continuing in partnership with local communities on developing options for Urgent Care Centres in rural Shropshire; with five sites currently being considered – Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Bishops Castle and Whitchurch.

Urgent Care Centres would also be established at the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals.

Both Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin and Healthwatch Shropshire are working with NHS Future Fit in order to ensure patient views from across Shropshire/Telford & Wrekin are properly considered.

Kate Ballinger, Manager, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin said: “Healthwatch is the independent consumer voice in England and both local Healthwatch organisations are engaging with the public to make sure that people know what is happening.

“There are many ways of making your voice heard, Healthwatch want to make sure that voice is listened to.”

You can contact Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin on 01952 739540 or by email

You can contact Healthwatch Shropshire on 01743 237884 or by email

Copyright © 2015 NHS Future Fit, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
NHS Future Fit
Suite 4a, Stretton House, Barn Pool Crescent
Mytton Oak Road
Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 8DJ
United Kingdom
Add us to your address book