Would you like to become a parish councillor?

Whittington Parish Council recently published a Notice of Vacancy following the resignation of Councillor Paul Jones, but no requests were received within the statutory period, requesting that a by-election be held.

The Parish Council is therefore seeking applications from interested local people who wish to be considered for co-option to the Parish Council.

Applications should be made to the Parish Clerk by no later than 12th November and should detail why you would like to become a councillor and what skills you will bring to the role. The Parish Council will consider all applications received at their Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

Date of notice: 03.10.19

Amy Jones – Whittington Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage

Porthywaen

Oswestry

SY10 8LX

T: 01691 829571

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Shropshire Council Consultation on Youth Support

Shropshire Council are currently undertaking a consultation on the delivery of Youth Support. The consultation runs until the end of October and is a great opportunity for the young people of Whittington and their parents/guardians to have an input. Please use the link:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/youth-support-consultation/

and click ‘how to get involved’ to complete the online survey. There are thre surveys – please choose the one appropriate to you.

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR – PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Whittington Parish Council following the resignation on 25th September 2019 of Councillor Jenny Pritchard

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on Tuesday 15th October 2019.

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch with the parish clerk using the contact details below.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND. The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated Wednesday 25th September 2019

Mrs Amy Jones

Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage, Porthywaen, Oswestry, SY10 8LX

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

T: 01691 829571


* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR – PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Whittington Parish Council following the resignation on 8th September 2019 of Councillor Paul Jones.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on Friday 27th September 2019

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch with the parish clerk using the contact details below.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND. The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated Monday 9th September 2019

Mrs Amy Jones

Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage, Porthywaen, Oswestry, SY10 8LX

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

T: 01691 829571


* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

Community invited to SaTH engagement events

Two community engagement events are being held next month for residents served by Shropshire’s two acute hospitals.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, is hosting the Community Working Together sessions on 3 and 5 September.

Residents will be able to hear about what the Trust is doing following last year’s CQC inspection and the work that is taking place to move out of special measures. The Lead for Patient Experience at SaTH, Ruth Smith, will also be hosting a workshop focusing on patient strategy. The two events are being held on:

  • Tuesday 3 September 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Meeting Point House, Telford
  • Thursday 5 September 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Hamar Centre, RSH

The agenda includes:

  • Urgent Care Update (including A&E)
  • NHS Long Term Plan                        
  • Patient strategy
  • CQC and special measures update                                   
  • Questions from the community        

The meetings are open to everyone living in the areas served by both hospitals. Anyone who would like to sign up can do so via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-shrewsbury-and-telford-hospital-nhs-trust-24564280682

Two further events are planned for December whenMedical Director, Dr Arne Rose, will give an update on medical staffing and his first six months with the Trust. They will be held on:

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Meeting Point House, Telford
  • Thursday 5 December 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Hamar Centre, RSH

Kate Ballinger, Community Engagement Facilitator for SaTH, said: “We are committed to working with our communities to make sure we deliver the best healthcare for people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

“These Community Working Together meetings in Telford and Shrewsbury are open to everyone who wants to come along and find out what is happening at their hospitals. They will also be able to talk to the team about anything that they think we need to know.”

A5 closures 25 September – 12 October

FROM HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

What we’re doing and why? What are the benefits?

We’ve identified a number of improvements that we need to complete along the A5 between Weirbrook and Five Crosses. We need to improve the emergency lay-bys, drainage and carry out some resurfacing. We will also renew the road markings in the area. This will improve the safety of the road by improving the emergency lay-bys, provide a smoother surface, improve drainage and clearer road markings.

When will this work take place?

We plan to complete the work from 19 September to 11 October. To minimise the disruption to road users work will be completed at night between the hours of 20:00 and 6:00. Our days of work will be between Monday to Friday. During total carriageway closures a traffic lane will remain accessible for emergency vehicles, access to frontages will be maintained with the use of escort vehicles.

Phase 1A:

19 September – 20 September (2 nights): We will be working using traffic lights just south of the Queens Head junction

Phase 1B:

23 September – 24 September (2 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile End and Holyhead Road at Weirbook.

Phase 2A:

25 September – 27 September (3 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile end and Queens Head

Phase 2B:

30 September – 11 October (10 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile End and Five Crosses

Whittington Road will remain open between Oswestry and Whittington. Signage will be provided in Oswestry to advise traffic not to use Whittington Road to gain access to the A5 or diversion route.

Between Whittington and Five Crosses a 24-hour 40mph speed limit will be in place for the duration of phase 2B.

During the closures we will provide a signed diversion route.

Diversion 23-24 September

(Phase 1B – 2 nights)

Diversion 25 September – 11 October

(Phase 2A & 2B – 13 nights)

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the closures.

I would also like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to those living close to the work. We’ll make every effort to carefully manage noise levels and additional lighting to minimise the impact.

Find out more

If you have any questions, or if you would like to know more about our work, please call us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk. You can also visit our website at highwaysengland.co.uk/roads/ or write to us at Highways England, National Traffic Operations Centre, 3 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park, Birmingham, B32 1AF.

Outcome of Judicial Review into the takeover of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The decision from Mr Justice Garnham on whether the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was right to grant governance of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to John Campion, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, will be/has been delivered in the Royal Courts of Justice today.
Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority, along with fire authorities from Hereford & Worcester and Cambridgeshire raised the judicial review because they didn’t feel that the Home Secretary had paid adequate attention to public safety and didn’t consider efficiency, effectiveness and economy as separate, equally important, factors in arriving at her decision to dissolve the existing Fire and Rescue Authorities in favour of PCC control.

Mr Justice Garnham found that he believed the Home Secretary had taken adequate consideration of public safety but she had not followed the proper ‘tests’ in arriving at her decision. However it was the view of the Judge that had Ms Rudd followed the correct test she would most likely have arrived at the same decision – as such the claim of the Fire authorities has failed.

Cllr Eric Carter, Chair of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority said “I think I can safely speak for my whole Authority in saying how disappointed we are with this ruling; we still firmly believe the best way of governing a fire service is by locally elected representatives who really know their communities.” Cllr Carter continued “I believe there is more at stake here than just saving money and the recent report of the Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies and the Fire and Rescue Service backs this up by awarding Shropshire a “Good “ rating across the board. This says we are good at delivering efficiency, effectiveness and looking after people. I am not sure what a change in governance would do, but I am sure Mr Campion’s business plan would put all that in danger.”

Cllr Carter said “the judicial review has helped to clear up some technical and legal issues but the fact remains that Mr Campion’s business case is flawed. It said savings would be made through using a joint support service centre, which even the police have now pulled away from. It also said that we would only collaborate if he was in charge – which clearly
isn’t true because we already share a number of our stations with the police and we have a really strong alliance with Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority. It just doesn’t stack up.”

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority are considering whether to appeal the finding of the judicial review and have already asked the current Home Secretary to look at the business case afresh. They believe it is in the public interest to keep governance as it is, with Shropshire money being spent by Shropshire people, in Shropshire, to keep our communities safe.

Cllr Chris Mellings, Vice Chair of the Authority said “As an Authority we still believe in the strength of leadership and governance we have given Shropshire Fire Service for 22 years but we need to know what the public think. In order to do this we have set up a survey on our website for our communities to give their views – it’s never too late. We have only ever
wished to act in the best interests of the people we serve and your views are important to us!”
The survey can be accessed by the following link and the Fire Authority hope enough people use it to enable them to get a clear view and maybe send a strong message to the Home Secretary to listen to local people before they decide to put the change in action.


https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90159381/SWFRA