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We Alert App

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting an app which gives real time alerts helping communities to stay safe.

West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch’s We Alert App helps groups of neighbours keep in touch and share safety advice and updates on a range of crime types. Commissioner John Campion has invested in the App which is free to use, interactive and customisable.

He said “The We Alert App brings communities together, helping people to be involved in keeping themselves safe, through the sharing of real time information which enables them to take sensible precautions and work with the police to reduce crime.

I welcome this as part of Neighbourhood Watch’s modern approach, will allows communities to play an active role, caring for others in order to contribute to a safer, more secure society.”

Craig Cox, Chair of West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch said “We alert allows users to engage with communities in a safe and secure way. We have extensive plans for developing the app, to provide additional safety features targeting the elderly and vulnerable and including the possibility of giving the users of the app a means for reporting to the police or other organisations such as local councils.“

Citizens in Policing Lead Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell from West Mercia Police said: “The innovative ‘We Alert’ application is a fantastic tool that supports and empowers local communities to play their part in reducing crime.

“It keeps communities connected by enabling members to keep up-to-date with community concerns and report any suspicious behaviour or activity they come across.

“We therefore welcome this application as our communities are at the heart of everything we do and play a vital role in helping to tackle crime.”

For more information and details of how to download the App visit: https://westmercianw.org.uk/wealert/


HMRC Fraud Alert

https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/
  • Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
  • Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
  • If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
  • Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
  • In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
  • If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
  • Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud

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Reduction of Local Bus Service Subsidies

Reduction of Local Bus Service Subsidies

Financial Year 2019\20


Shropshire Council has today (Monday 25 March 2019) launched a six-week consultation into proposed reductions to its public transport budget, which would see a reduction in the number and frequency of bus services subsidised by the Council.

The Council’s financial strategy for 2019/20 includes a budget eduction of £405,000 in public transport and £50,000 for Shrewsbury Park & Ride. To achieve these reductions a number of initiatives will have to be implemented and this consultation asks for views about these proposed changes.

The details of these proposals are provided below:


Public Transport – Those services financially supported by the Council.

To help identify the £405k budget reduction we requested that all our bus operators providing Local Bus Services on behalf of the Council, provide details of the level of service that they could provide on each of these services with a reduction in funding.

In the majority of cases this will represent a reduced timetable on each of the services the Council supports, details of how this will impact individual services is shown in the table at the bottom of this letter.

Shrewsbury Park & Ride

To achieve the budget reduction of £50k set out in the Council’s 2019/20 financial strategy, the Council are proposing to undertake the following;
a) To remove the concessionary fare discount that allows passengers on presentation of their concessionary card to travel for a 50% discount, this discount is currently provided at the Councils discretion.
b) To increase the return fare for the service from its current level of £1.60 to £2.00.
c) To remove the Group ticket from Park & Ride which allows for up to 5 passengers to travel for the price of £2.50.

The consultation runs from 25 March to 6 May 2019 and can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk

Any responses to this consultation should be emailed to passtrans@shropshire.gov.uk or in writing to:

Public Transport Consultation
Passenger Transport Services
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND

All responses to the consultation will be included in a report that will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 22 May 2019.


Service NumberRoute DescriptionDays of OperationOperatorProposed Service Reduction
553Plox Green to Bishops CastleMon – SatMinsterley MotorsReduction from 5 Journeys per day to 2
101Bridgnorth Town serviceMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction in frequency to hourly from 30 minutes
113. 114.Telford – BridgnorthMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthCurrently a two hourly frequency Monday to Friday. little scope for amendment.
115. 116Telford – BridgnorthSaturdays OnlyArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw service. which provides the Saturday journeys for the above (113/114)
436Shrewsbury to BridgnorthMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Bridgnorth
208Ellesmere Town ServiceTue & FriLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of the last journey of the day and one late morning Journey
738. 740Ludlow – KnightonMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthOne bus service with an already limited 2 hourly timetable. little scope for amendment.
301Market Drayton Town ServiceMon – SatBennetts TravelRevised timetable ? Service to commence at 0900 rather than 0700. operating at a 30 minute frequency. compared to the current 20 minutes.
297Bridgnorth ? KidderminsterMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRemove Saturday journeys – Currently a 2 hourly service with little scope for further amendment.
54Trefonen ? OswestrySchArriva Midlands North2 School journeys only transporting entitled pupils. little scope for amendment.
400. 402. 403. 404Oswestry Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised timetable with an hourly frequency across all Oswestry Town services.
405Oswestry Town ServiceSchArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw service – Currently one journey am and one journey pm. transporting non-entitled pupils to school.
449Oswestry ? WelshamptonMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthLimited timetable already exists which is subsidised by Shropshire Council ÿ- little scope for amendment
576Oswestry to ShrewsburyMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury only.
71AOswestry ? LlynclysMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesLimited timetable ÿ- no scope for amendment at this stage
2.3. 12Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised Journey frequency
21Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised Journey frequency
23Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthCurtailment of service 23 at Belvidere. Monkmoor to be served by route 1
26Shrewsbury Town Centre to Meole VillageMon to SatArriva Midlands North Reduction in frequency to hourly from every 30 minutes.
8Telford. Broseley to BridgnorthMon to SatArriva Midlands North Removal of evening Journeys (1810 from Telford. 1915 from Bridgnorth & 2000 from Telford).
18Telford. Ironbridge. Broseley to Much WenlockMon to SatArriva Midlands North Currently a 2 hourly service with 7 journeys throughout the day. little scope for amendment.
37Meole School – Weeping CrossSchTanat Valley CoachesWithdraw service. currently one journey (pm) for non-entitled school children. ÿAm journey not subsidised by the Council
19Telford ? Ironbridge – ShrewsburyMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury and the respective peak journey return in the evening.
501Ellesmere to ShrewsburyMon – SatLakeside Coaches LtdReduction in subsidy agreed with operator. no change to timetable.
540Cardington – Shrewsbury via Acton BurnellM-F sch days.SatBoultons of ShropshireWithdraw Saturday Service.
524Rodington – ShrewsburyMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthRemoval of 0659 & 0720 journey due to low passenger usage.
544./546Lyth Hill. PulverbatchMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw 544 service from Lyth Hill to Shrewsbury. very low passenger usage.
64Shrewsbury – Market DraytonMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRemoval of 18:20 Journey from Shrewsbury to Market Drayton and the 19:12 journey from Market Drayton to Shrewsbury
558Shrewsbury – MontgomeryMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesReduction in subsidy agreed with operator. no change to timetable.
745Clun ValleyMon. Tue & SatShrewsbury Dial a RideWithdraw Saturday journeys.
201Wem Town ServiceMon. Tue. Thur & SatLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of 1145 &1400 Journeys on Tuesday or Saturday
205Whitchurch Town ServiceMon – SatLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of 4 Journeys per day. 0749. 1149. 1349 & 1749.
208Ellesmere town ServiceTues & FriLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of late morning journey & last journey at 2pm
511Shrewsbury – Wem – WhitchurchMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Whitchurch
74Llanfyllin to ShrewsburyMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesContracted by Powys – not included in proposals
79Llangynog to OswestryMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesContracted by Powys – not included in proposals
701Ludlow Town ServiceMon – SatMinsterley MotorsReduce journey frequency from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
292Ludlow. Cleobury Mortimer to KidderminsterMon to SatR&B TravelContracted by Worcestershire Council ? not included in proposals

Closure of Shropshire Council Recycling Bring Sites

Background

Bring banks are currently provided at 120 sites across Shropshire by Shropshire Council and Veolia, to enable people to recycle household waste including cans, glass, paper, clothing and drinks cartons.

Shropshire council is proposing to remove the bring bank sites to help reduce fly-tipping and littering, to increase recycling rates, and to save money, as outlined below.

Savings

As a result of substantial Government funding reductions, they need to significantly reduce their budget and make unprecedented changes to our services.

It’s estimated that removing the bring sites would save the council around £230,000 a year, money that would then be put towards the provision of other vital services.

The savings would come from no longer needing to empty the banks or maintain and manage the sites.

Inappropriate use of the bring bank sites

Inappropriate use of the banks is increasing, and the sites are experiencing three main issues:

  • People placing the wrong materials in the banks.
  • People leaving general household waste alongside the banks.
  • Businesses using the sites to dump trade waste.

Putting the wrong material in a bank causes the waste in the bank to become contaminated, meaning that it can’t then be sent for recycling.

Waste left alongside the banks is also classed as fly-tipping, which is illegal and could result in prosecution. It also costs the council time and money to clear and dispose of fly-tipped waste.

Bring sites are for household waste only and any business should have its own commercial arrangements in place for removal of any recycling or residual waste.

Fall in use of – and need for – the sites

There has been a steady decline in the amount of waste left at the sites since the introduction and development of kerbside recycling collections.

Bring banks were once the only way residents could recycle anything. However, a wide range of materials can now be recycled using the kerbside collection service, meaning there is now much less need to use a bring bank.

In addition, around 20 different materials can be recycled at each of Shropshire’s five household recycling centres.

The regional/national situation

A number of other councils have already removed their recycling bring sites, including Telford and Wrekin Council

Increasing household recycling

As mentioned above, putting the wrong material in a bank causes the waste in the bank to become contaminated, meaning that it can’t then be sent for recycling. By removing the banks and encouraging people to recycle from the kerbside or at a household recycling centre, it is anticipated that the amount of household waste sent for recycling will rise.

What Shropshire Council are proposing?

Shropshire residents are being asked for their views about plans to remove Shropshire Council owned recycling bring bank sites in the Shropshire Council area, as part of a six-week consultation that has recently started.

The proposals don’t affect banks provided on private land/by private organisations.

Please refer to the Shropshire Council for more details and how to comment on the proposal.


PCC Proposes Additional 115 Officers for West Mercia

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is proposing to add a further 115 police officers to West Mercia’s ranks as part of future budget plans.

The extra recruits would be additional to the PCC’s previous commitment to increase officer numbers. If the proposals go ahead, it would take West Mercia Police’s establishment up to around 2,150 officers. The highest level the force has seen since 2012.

The plan is part of the Commissioner’s budget proposals for the coming years. The investment would be funded by an increase in central grant funding from Government, as well as an increase in council tax of around £1.63 per month for the average household in 2019/20.

John Campion said: “I have listened to feedback from our communities in West Mercia who have been very consistent: People want more police officers, and they want to see them out on the streets, tackling crime and keeping us safe.”

“I believe my budget proposals deliver on that. It ensures the additional capacity for our hard-working police to deliver an even better service to communities, as well as an increase in dedicated resources for rural crime.”

“I promised I would ensure the public’s money is spent as efficiently as possible  before asking for any more, and have delivered on that promise with the lowest council tax increases in England and Wales in the last two years. With a clear commitment to invest this extra resource directly into additional frontline officers, I hope the communities of West Mercia will support my proposals”.

A consultation on the draft budget has now started, and will close on 20th January 2019.

Details can be found on the PCC’s website – www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk


Local GP Practices to offer evening and weekend appointments from 1st October

Local GP practices are working together to offer patients more access to appointments, in the early evenings and weekends, from Monday, 1 October, 2018. NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is rolling out the national initiative called Extended Access to offer more appointments to local people. It recently held a survey and used the feedback from local people to help shape Extended Access for Shropshire.

Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients will be able to book appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other qualified healthcare professional, at a time which may be more convenient – in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.

Nicky Wilde, Director of Primary Care at NHS Shropshire CCG, said: “We understand how important accessibility to appointments can be – 9 to 5 doesn’t always work for everyone. This is where Extended Access can really benefit members of our local community – it offers choice and enables patients to have more flexibility around when they can access the care they need.

“Extended Access also adds to the existing range of healthcare services already available in Shropshire to help patients including pharmacists, NHS 111, the walk-in centre, minor injury units, and A&E (which is there 24/7 for life threatening serious emergencies only).”

In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this Extended Access service. This will ensure patients can access appointments at a nearby practice in their local area – the practices will take turns on a rota basis and patients will be advised about location at time of booking, so they can make an informed choice.

The pre-bookable appointments will be available between:

  • Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday)
    between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
  • Saturdays between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
  • Sundays and bank holidays between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)

Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do – patients simply need to contact their practice (who they are currently registered with), during
normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.

Information to help patients understand more about Extended Access is available on the NHS England website, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/.


TSB Phishing Attacks

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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG) @ Chetton 18/4/18

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG)

18th April 2018 at 7.30pm

Chetton Village Hall

DIRECTOR SIMON CURTIS. DRAMA/BIOGRAPHY/FAMILY

After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son’s growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner,” published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Event Type
Film

Tickets
Adult: £4.00

Time
Chetton Village Hall – 7.30pm

Running Time
107

Enquiries
01746 789257

PLEASE OBTAIN TICKETS BY PHONING THE ENQUIRIES NUMBER


VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) @ Chetton 21/3/18

VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG)

21st March 2018 at 7.30pm

Chetton Village Hall

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Starring Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams

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Event Type
Film

Tickets
Adult: £4.00

Time
7.30pm

Running Time
112

Enquiries
01746 789257

PLEASE OBTAIN TICKETS BY PHONING THE ENQUIRIES NUMBER


Daily Living Aids / Equipment to Help Recovery

DO YOU USE
DAILY LIVING AIDS?

DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT
TO HELP WITH YOUR
RECOVERY?

Health Watch Shropshire want to hear about your experiences of accessing and returning the equipment you need to help you live independently

01743 237 884 • enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk

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THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (15) @ Chetton 21/2/18

THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (15)

21st February 2018 at 7.30pm

Chetton Village Hall

DIRECTOR JOHN JENCKS. COMEDY

A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy.

Starring Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Tommy Knight, Emily Berrington

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Event Type
Film

Tickets
Adult: £4.00

Time
7.30pm

Running Time
89

Enquiries
01746 789257

PLEASE OBTAIN TICKETS BY PHONING THE ENQUIRIES NUMBER


Help to Heat Grants

HELP TO HEAT GRANTS

OIL, BOTTLED GAS AND ELECTRIC heated properties receive high funding rates for heating and insulation upgrades

If you are on a low income with limited savings and either high costs or a vulnerability to the cold, you could qualify for Help to Heat funding.

In many cases we are able to access full funding for off-gas boiler replacements or storage heater upgrades – with no need to be in receipt of benefits.

We can also assess your eligibility for grants towards fuel costs and give energy saving advice.

Many of our initial calls are made on behalf of neighbours, family and or friends—so if you think you know someone in need of support we’d be happy to receive your call.

0800 112 3743
advice@mea.org.uk

Keep Shropshire Warm is a partnership between Shropshire Council and Marches Energy Agency, a registered charity specialising in energy advice. Visit www.mea.org.uk

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Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look Ahead (2017-11-17)

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass are set to be substantially complete on 21st November.

At present the contractor is completing the last of the programmed works, with works in progress on powering up the streetlights, the vehicle restraint system, gully cleaning and the white lining.

The additional resurfacing works on the Stourbridge Road Roundabout is also still in progress with white lining the final activity.

These works should be completed by Tuesday 21st November. However any remedial works identified as the activities above are completed may mean that some minor site works will occur until Friday 24th November when the Contractor is planning to have fully demobilised.

In October Shropshire Council decided to replace the parapet mesh panels on the River Severn Bridge. These are on order, however the lead in on these items meant that it has not been possible to install these at the same time as the remaining site works. The present panels are serviceable and safe in the meantime.

Once these panels become available the Contractor will remobilise a small team to install these at a future date to be confirmed. To minimise disruption to traffic it is planned that this work will occur over night between 8PM and 6AM (weekdays) using 2 way traffic signals on the bridge over a 10 night period. These works will be advertised using advance warning signs located on each approach to the bridge in due course.

As the scheme is nearing its end, this will be the final update you will receive on the project.

Regards

Hedd Wyn Jones
Senior Engineer.


THEIR FINEST (12) – Flicks in the Sticks Chetton

THEIR FINEST (12)

DIRECTOR LONE SCHERFIG. COMEDY/DRAMA/ROMANCE

22nd November 7:30pm Chetton Village Hall

1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley, the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

Tickets
Adult: £4.00

Time
7.30pm

Running Time
117

Enquiries
01746 789257

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Employment Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

 Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself: 

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

 What to do if you’re a victim: 

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visitingwww.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look Ahead (2017-11-10)

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass are set to finish on 21st November.

Works to the deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge, signage and drainage are now complete.  Works to the safety barriers and street lighting are coming to and end.

The additional works identified to be carried out to the Stourbridge Road Roundabout are planned to begin week commencing 13th November over a series of two consecutive night time, and two consecutive 24hour road closures. These closures put in place will prevent access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road, and the Old Worcester Road onto the roundabout.

These will begin with a closure between 8pm Monday 13th November and 6am on Tuesday 14th November, continuing with a closure beginning on 8pm on Tuesday 14th November and ending on 6am Friday 17th November.

The main A458 through route will be open at all times controlled by traffic signals.

Access to all properties will be maintained via the diversion routes.

It is recognised that this works will cause further disruption and delays to traffic throughout the day and especially during peak hours. However these works are considered essential to maintain the long term durability of the surfacing at this location.

Delays are expected during the daytime and particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause. Specific advance signage has been erected to warn motorists of these additional works.

The product used to provide the final surfacing takes 12 hours to cure before traffic can use the road. There will be times when you see no workforce on site.

Road Closures

Below is a summary of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 13th November – 06:00 14th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the A454 and the roundabout at the A454/B4363 junction.

20:00 14th November – 06:00 17th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the A454 and the roundabout at the A454/B4363 junction.

Ross Simpson
Engineer, Highways.


Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look Ahead (2017-11-03)

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass continue.

Works to the deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge are now complete.

Works to the safety barriers, street lighting and drainage over the entire site are still ongoing. These works will continue through November during midweek daytime hours. This will involve further periods where both the Ludlow Road Roundabout, the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Wenlock Road Junction may be controlled under traffic signals at various times. These signals are being manually controlled at peak times. When the Kidderminster road roundabout is controlled by traffic signals, the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction will also be controlled by traffic signals in order to minimise the delays at this junction. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

On the evening of 6th November, the A458 link between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed overnight for repairs to the existing surfacing. This will be a single night closure between 8pm on Monday 6th November and 6am on Tuesday 7th November.

Whilst the original programme of works remains on target to be completed by 10th November, the completion date will be delayed. As works has progressed it has been identified that the surfacing of the Stourbridge Road roundabout has deteriorated significantly more than anticipated. The decision has therefore been made to resurface the roundabout. It is planned that a series of two consecutive night time, and two consecutive 24hour road closures are put in place preventing access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road, and the Old Worcester Road onto the roundabout to allow for these works to take place. These will begin with a closure between 8pm Monday 13th November and 6am on Tuesday 14th November, continuing with a closure beginning on 8pm on Tuesday 14th November and ending on 6am Friday 17th November. The main A458 through route will be open at all times controlled by traffic signals. It is recognised that this works will cause further disruption and delays to traffic throughout the day and especially during peak hours. However these works are considered essential to maintain the long term durability of the surfacing at this location. Should these works not be carried out at this time, it is likely that an additional scheme to resurface the roundabout would be required within the near future. Delays are expected during the daytime and particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause. Specific advance signage will appear in due course to warn motorists of these additional works.

This update can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/a458

Road Closures

Below is an approx. month look ahead giving details of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 6th November – 06:00 7th November

The A458 between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed for Surfacing repairs.

A local diversion via the Old Stourbridge Road will be in place. for all traffic.

 

20:00 13th November – 06:00 14th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

20:00 14th November – 06:00 17th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

Ross Simpson
Engineer, Highways.


Superfast Broadband Plans for Chetton (Update 2017-10-30)

Faster fibre broadband is now available to order in Chetton village.

The legacy contract 1 work that is expected to benefit premises in the south west of the parish should be completed early in the New Year.

People can visit our website: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/ to check which exchange area and cabinet serves their premises and to check the availability of fibre broadband.

Because we have installed Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) in this area, those premises within reach of the network should be able to benefit from download speeds of up to 300mbps (and upload speeds of up to 20mbps). However, not all service providers currently offer the service so parishioners might not be informed by their Internet Service Provider (ISP) that it is available and may need to consider changing providers.

More information is available on our website, see: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/fibre-to-the-premises-fttp-installation/.

Please note that broadband speeds won’t increase automatically.

 

Ben Walker
Marketing and Engagement Manager
Connecting Shropshire
Shropshire Council


Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look ahead 27/10/17

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass continue.

Works to the safety barriers, street lighting and drainage over the entire site are still ongoing. These works will continue through November during midweek daytime hours. This will involve further periods where both the Ludlow Road Roundabout, the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Wenlock Road Junction may be controlled under traffic signals at various times. These signals are being manually controlled at peak times. When the Kidderminster road roundabout is controlled by traffic signals, the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction will also be controlled by traffic signals in order to minimise the delays at this junction. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

Works to the deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge are now complete.

On the evening of 6th November, the A458 link between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed overnight for repairs to the existing surfacing. This will be a single night closure between 8pm on Monday 6th November and 6am on Tuesday 7th November.

Whilst the original programme of works remains on target to be completed by 10th November, the completion date will be delayed. As works has progressed it has been identified that the surfacing of the Stourbridge Road roundabout has deteriorated significantly more than anticipated. The decision has therefore been made to resurface the roundabout. It is planned that a series of two consecutive night time, and two consecutive 24hour road closures are put in place preventing access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road, and the Old Worcester Road onto the roundabout to allow for these works to take place. These will begin with a closure between 8pm Monday 13th November and 6am on Tuesday 14th November, continuing with a closure beginning on 8pm on Tuesday 14th November and ending on 6am Friday 17th November. The main A458 through route will be open at all times controlled by traffic signals. It is recognised that this works will cause further disruption and delays to traffic throughout the day and especially during peak hours. However these works are considered essential to maintain the long term durability of the surfacing at this location. Should these works not be carried out at this time, it is likely that an additional scheme to resurface the roundabout would be required within the near future. Delays are expected during the daytime and particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause. Specific advance signage will appear in due course to warn motorists of these additional works.

This update can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/a458

Road Closures

Below is an approx. month look ahead giving details of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 6th November – 06:00 7th November

The A458 between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed for Surfacing repairs.

A local diversion via the Old Stourbridge Road will be in place. for all traffic.

 

20:00 13th November – 06:00 14th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

20:00 14th November – 06:00 17th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

 

Ross Simpson
Engineer, Highways.


Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look ahead 13/10/2017

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass continue.

Works to the safety barriers, street lighting and drainage over the entire site have been ongoing. These works will continue until November during midweek daytime hours. This will involve further periods where both the Ludlow Road Roundabout, the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Wenlock Road Junction will be controlled under traffic signals at various times. These signals are being manually controlled at peak times. When the Kidderminster road roundabout is controlled by traffic signals, the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction will also be controlled by traffic signals in order to minimise the delays at this junction. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

The deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge have progressed well. Works are now focused onto completing the surfacing over the bridge in advance of the last joint works. Some concrete repairs remain to be carried out to the bridge underside and these will continue into the late part of October. Traffic signals which have been a feature the last fortnight will remain in place until this work is complete.

Night time road closures are planned in late October for the final completion of the bridge deck joint rubbers and nosings , further bridge inspection works and the SVR bridge painting. This will include a further long closure of the bypass which will include daytime hours. A number of improvements to the traffic management and signage layout have been identified and will be implemented for long closures of the bypass, which will occur between 8pm on Tuesday 24th October and 6am on Thursday 26th October. This Includes programming the closure to coincide with the school half term holidays. Additional advance warning signage, controlling the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction with manual Stop Go boards, and turning off the pedestrian crossing on Bridgnorth (Old) Bridge to assist with the flow of traffic through and into town. Whilst it is expected these improvements will assist in minimising delays, long delays are however again expected, particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

On the evening of 6th November, the A458 link between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed overnight for repairs to the existing surfacing. This will be a single night closure between 8pm on Monday 6th November and 6am on Tuesday 7thNovember.

Whilst the original programme of works remains on target to be completed by 10th November, the completion date will be delayed. As works has progressed it has been identified that the surfacing of the Stourbridge Road roundabout has deteriorated significantly more than anticipated. The decision has therefore been made to resurface the roundabout. It is planned that a series of two consecutive night time, and two consecutive 24hour road closures are put in place preventing access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road, and the Old Worcester Road onto the roundabout to allow for these works to take place. These will begin with a closure between 8pm Monday 13th November and 6am on Tuesday 14th November, continuing with a closure beginning on 8pm on Tuesday 14th November and ending on 6am Friday 17th November. The main A458 through route will be open at all times controlled by traffic signals. It is recognised that this works will cause further disruption and delays to traffic throughout the day and especially during peak hours. However these works are considered essential to maintain the long term durability of the surfacing at this location. Should these works not be carried out at this time, it is likely that an additional scheme to resurface the roundabout would be required within the near future. Delays are expected during the daytime and particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause. Specific advance signage will appear in due course to warn motorists of these additional works. A letter drop to inform residents in the immediate area, and local businesses effected will be carried out week commencing 16th October. It has already been identified that HGV access into and out of the Old Worcester road will present a challenge, we are already in discussions with interested parties.

This update can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/a458

Road Closures

Below is an approx. month look ahead giving details of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 13th October – 06:00 14th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for surfacing over the River Severn Bridge associated with the joint replacement works.

Diversion in place via town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

 

20:00 23rd October – 06:00 24th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for joint replacement works.

Diversion in place via town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

 

20:00 24th October – 06:00 26th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for Severn Valley Railway Bridge works, WSP bridge inspections and installation of white lines.

Between 20:00 and 06:00 the diversion signposted will be via the town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

All other times a diversion via A458, A4169 (Much Wenlock) and the A442 (Telford) will be signposted.

Significant Delays are expected between 06:00 and 18:00. Use alternative routes if possible.

 

20:00 6th November – 06:00 7th November

The A458 between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed for Surfacing repairs.

A local diversion via the Old Stourbridge Road will be in place. for all traffic.

 

20:00 13th November – 06:00 14th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

20:00 14th November – 06:00 17th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

Regards

 

Hedd Wyn Jones

Senior Engineer


I, DANIEL BLAKE (15) – Flicks in the Sticks Chetton

I, DANIEL BLAKE (15)

DIRECTOR KEN LOACH. DRAMA

18th October 7.30pm,  Chetton Village Hall

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end.

Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

Watch Trailer

Tickets
Adult: £4.00

Time
7.30pm

Running Time
100

Enquiries
01746 789257


Chetton Active Friends – 2/10/17 2pm

Recently Chetton Parish Council applied for a grant on behalf of Chetton Village Hall to set up a community program.
Chetton Active Friends will be open to anyone wanting to improve their wellbeing. We are offering gentle exercise and refreshments for those who would like to get out of the house more and meet people.
The program will start on Monday 2nd October at 2pm and will be free of charge apart from an initial registration fee of £5.00.
If you know of anyone who wishes to attend but is without transport, this may be able to be arranged.
It is a flexible program and if people wish to come along just to socialise that is ok too.
We know there are many people who would benefit from this and if you could help spread the word, it would be much appreciated.
If anyone wishes for further please contact us via the enquiry form.
Many thanks
Sue Bayliss


Bridgnorth Bypass Update 7th Sept 2017

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass continue.

The work on the A458 and the roundabout approaches between the A458/B4373 (Wenlock Road) junction and the Stourbridge Road roundabout remain due to finish by 10 November.

Works to the safety barriers, street lighting and drainage over the entire site have been ongoing. These works will continue into the beginning of October during daytime hours. This will involve further periods where both the Ludlow Road Roundabout, the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Wenlock Road Junction will be controlled under traffic signals.

Resurfacing of the Ludlow Road and Kidderminster Road roundabouts will continue with a closure on the Ludlow roundabout on the evening of the 8th September and on the Kidderminster road roundabout on the evening of the 11th September. For further details, please see the road closure information below. 24hour closures will occur the 15th September and into week commencing 18th September to allow final surfacing (see Below).

Resurfacing of the A458 itself will be ongoing during night time road closures into mid-September.

Taking advantage of the night time closures on the A458 itself the works to the deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge will begin on the evening of the 11th where the existing joints will be replaced on one running lane at a time. This work will be ongoing during night time road closures until mid-October. During daytime traffic signals will be in place with one lane closed.

All night time road closures will take place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. Local diversions will be in place and signed at all times.


Road Closures

Below is a fortnighty look ahead giving details of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 8th September to 06:00 9th September

Ludlow Road Roundabout North side closed for resurfacing operations.

No access/egress onto B4364 towards Bridgnorth Town Centre.

Local diversion in place via Wenlock Road and the B4364 Ludlow Road.

All other roundabout exits/entries are open to traffic.

 

20:00 11th September – 06:00 12th September also

20:00 12th September to 06:00 13th September also

20:00 13th September to 06:00 14th September also

20:00 14th September to 06:00 15th September also

20:00 15th September to 06:00 16th September also

20:00 19th September to 06:00 20th September also

20:00 20th September to 06:00 21st September also

20:00 21th September to 06:00 22nd September also

20:00 22nd September to 06:00 23rd September

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for resurfacing operations.

Diversion in place via town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

 

06:00 15th September – 06:00 16th September

Kidderminster Roundabout East side closed for resurfacing operations.

No access/egress onto A458 towards Stourbridge.

Local diversion in place via A442 Kidderminster Road and Stourbridge Road.

All other roundabout exits/entries are open to traffic.

 

06:00 18th September – 06:00 19th September

Kidderminster Roundabout West side closed for resurfacing operations (No access/egress onto A458 towards Shrewsbury)

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for Severn Valley Railway Bridge works.

Between 20:00 and 06:00 the diversion signposted will be via the town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

All other times a diversion via A458, A4169 (Much Wenlock) and the A442 (Telford) will be signposted.

 

06:00 19th September – 06:00 20th September

Ludlow Road Roundabout north side closed for resurfacing operations

No access/egress onto B4364 towards Bridgnorth Town Centre.

Local diversion in via Wenlock road will be in place.

 

06:00 20th September – 06:00 21st September

Ludlow Road Roundabout south side closed for resurfacing operations

No access/egress onto B4364 towards Ludlow.

Diversion in via B4364, A49 (Ludlow), B4365, B4368 and the A458 (Morville) will be in place.

Regards

 

Hedd Wyn Jones

Senior Engineer