Campaign aims to improve road safety in Shropshire

The Police and Crime Commissioner and Shropshire Council are working together on a joint campaign to improve road safety in the county – including a chance to join a free driver awareness course.

The ‘Roads Focus’ campaign will run from 8 to 12 July (2019), with a series of events across the county. Drop-in sessions will be held in Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Bridgnorth to enable people to put comments, concerns and questions about road safety issues to the PCC, Shropshire Council, Safer Roads Partnership, the police and the local town or parish council.

Shropshire Council’s road safety education team will also be on hand to talk about the road safety education and cycle training available to schools. People will also be able to find out more about work being done across the county to improve road safety.

At the end of the week there will also be an opportunity for people to attend a ‘driver awareness course’ in Shrewsbury free of charge.

The drop-in sessions will be held as follows:
Monday 8 July – Ludlow, Mascall Centre: 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 9 July – Market Drayton, Festival Drayton Centre: 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday 10 July – Oswestry, The Qube: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 11 July – Bridgnorth, Castle Hall: 5pm to 7pm

The driver awareness course, run in conjunction with TTC, will be held on Friday 12 July, from 2pm to 4pm, at The Lantern in Shrewsbury.

About the driver awareness course
This is a great opportunity to become a better driver and brush-up on your driving knowledge. Can you remember what every sign means? Can you tell what the speed limits are without signs? Can you spot hazards? Do you know how many people die on Shropshire roads every year?

During this session you will get the opportunity to refresh your driver knowledge and learn about distractions. You will also listen to an officer from the West Mercia Roads Policing team, as they give you an insight into how you can prevent yourself from becoming a statistic in West Mercia’s road traffic collisions.

To register your interest, please visit the West Mercia PCC Facebook page or email

Rural crime question and answer session hosted by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Have Your Say on Rural Crime

Would you like to see more police in rural areas? What crime issues are important to you? What would make your community safer?
Rural Crime will be the focus of a live question and answer session hosted by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.
The meeting will be streamed live on the PCC’s facebook page (@WestMerciaPCC), from 7pm on Monday 24th June 2019. The public are invited to ask the questions which the Commissioner and his Deputy Tracey Onslow will put to West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, and Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.
The meeting is the third to be broadcast live, and is part of a series of regular meetings, focusing on key priorities raised by communities.
Commissioner John Campion said “Building safer, more secure rural communities is something that, I and the Chief Constable are committed to. I get clear feedback that this priority is shared by our communities.
I’d encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity, to have a voice at the highest level. Any questions you have about rural policing, funding to tackle rural crime or particular crime types affecting you and your communities, can be addressed in the most open and transparent way.”
Questions are invited live during the broadcast, or can be submitted in advance as part of a series of summer roadshows, via a Facebook comment or private message, or via email to
For more information about how you can take part visit:
For more information on the Summer Roadshows visit

Essential works to affect Shrewsbury MLU

Inpatient services at Shrewsbury Midwife Led Unit (MLU) are to be temporarily suspended for up to six months from 10 June due to essential remedial works.

Part of the Copthorne Building at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), where the MLU is housed, is to undergo the works to rectify a number of historic issues uncovered during a recent refurbishment.

It means that inpatient services – births and postnatal care – will have to be suspended for the duration of the work to ensure that booked in mums-to-be, new mums and babies are not disturbed, and to ensure their experience at this important time is not impacted.

In the first five months of 2019, there have been 29 births at Shrewsbury MLU.

As work progresses, we will also need to relocate outpatient services. We are currently in the process of identifying alternative accommodation at RSH for these services to minimise the disruption to our mums.

Dave Thomas, Acting Associate Director of Estates at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) which runs the RSH, said: “When we carried out the recent refurbishment of the building, it uncovered a number of historic issues. These are due to the age of the building and include fire regulation works, which need to be addressed as soon as possible as they currently do not meet today’s standards.

“Unfortunately, the work being undertaken may be noisy and disruptive, and at times it may compromise the privacy of some of our patients, so we have made the decision to temporarily close this area of our hospital.

“We are working closely with Shropshire Council Local Authority Building Control to ensure that all works are done in accordance with regulations.”

All women booked to give birth at Shrewsbury MLU during the temporary suspension of services will be offered a birth at Wrekin MLU or the Consultant-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. Home births are not affected.

Women due to give birth in the next month who will be affected by the suspension of services are being contacted and will receive a follow-up letter. Other women potentially affected by the suspension will also receive a letter soon.

Anthea Gregory-Page, Deputy Head of Midwifery at SaTH, said: “It is important that we maintain the care and dignity of our mums and babies at all times. This is not a decision that has been made lightly but they are our absolute priority. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

Any mums-to-be affected by the changes, who have any questions, can contact their midwife.

A495 Whittington Level Crossing – Network Rail Planned Works

Major works, planned by Network Rail at the Whittington Level Crossing, will be undertaken later this year. This will mean that the main A495 through Whittington will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the works.

The works are to take place between the 30th August and the 9th September 2019, access will be maintained for pedestrians through the crossing during the week but there will be a full closure to all at weekends.

The scope of works is to renew the level crossing surfaces at various locations, these require the following work to be undertaken:

·         Remove existing crossing surface panels and cill beams.

·         Installation of new cill beams

·         Installation of a new crossing panels.

·         Resurface of road to stop lines on both approaches

·         Reinstatement of road markings throughout the whole crossing – All lines to be of highways standard

An overview of the works required is as detailed below –

  1. Plane off the approaches
  2. Remove level crossing panels/cill beams
  3. Excavate for the cill beam foundations
  4. Set up concrete pump
  5. Pour concrete
  6. Pour mortar bedding
  7. Lay Cill Beams
  8. Installation of crossing panels
  9. Lay tarmac approaches
  10. reinstate road markings

Road Closure:  A495 Station Road, Whittington Level Crossing

Start Date: 30th August 2019

End Date: 9th September 2019

Purpose: Complete renewal of the Level Crossing – This level crossing will be closed continuously from 30.08.19 – 09.09.19 – no vehicle or pedestrian access during both weekends from 22:00 on the Friday until 07:30 on the Monday for the core works

Help is at the touch of a button this Bank Holiday Monday – Just call NHS 111

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding patients that GP practices will be closed over the May Bank Holiday weekend but that help and advice is still available via NHS 111 and local pharmacies.

GP practices across Shropshire will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday (27 May); however there will be some appointments available under the extended access service for pre-bookable routine GP appointments. Patients can book one of these appointments through their local practice but the appointment may be at another nearby surgery.

Pharmacies across Shropshire will also be operating on a rota over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, with full details available on the CCG’s website (

NHS 111 is also available – it is free to call from any landline or mobile and is open 24/7. Trained advisors will direct you to the help and care you need, including what to do if you need to see a doctor when your practice is closed as well as where your nearest pharmacy is located.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “GP practices will be closed over this Bank Holiday Weekend, but the NHS 111 service is available to everyone 24/7. The service directs patients to help and advice if they are unable to wait until the practices reopen.”

Whittington Housing Needs Survey


Right Home, Right Place is a Shropshire Council-led initiative to help identify current and future housing needs across Shropshire.

Our role is to build a clear picture of what’s needed in your parish – whether it’s more affordable housing for young professionals, larger properties for families, smaller properties for homeowners looking to downsize, or whether no new housing is presently needed.

Throughout the year, we meet with parish clerks and councillors and send out questionnaires to each household in your area. The information we receive enables us to share accurate insights with Shropshire Council’s housing team, so they can provide support where it’s needed most.

In June / July 2019, we’ll be running a questionnaire in your parish, and we’d like to encourage all households to take part. These surveys are invaluable, not just for our local authority but for residents and parish councillors too.

For residents, it’s a chance to tell us whether the housing in your area meets your requirements; for parish councillors, it’s an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the demographics and needs of your area.

So don’t lose your chance to have a say in the housing needs of your parish – look out for your questionnaire in the post or complete it online at

The Right Home, Right Place team, Shropshire Council

Ring NHS 111 over May Bank Holiday Weekend

Patients are reminded by NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that GP Practices will be closed over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

GP Practices across the County will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday (6 May). There will be appointments under the extended access service for pre-bookable routine GP appointments. These are booked at a patient’s local practice and the appointment will be offered at a local GP hub so patients may not see their own GP.   

Pharmacies across Shropshire are also operating on a rota over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Full details of the pharmacy rota are available on the CCG’s web site or by calling NHS 111.

NHS 111 is free to call from any landline or mobile and is open 24/7, including bank holidays. Trained advisors can help advise and direct you to the help and care you need including what to do if you need to see a doctor when your practice is closed as well as where your nearest pharmacy is.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “GP Practices will be closed over the Bank Holiday Weekend, but there is no need to worry if you need help and advice. Just call 111.

“You will be offered help and advice by NHS 111, which can also direct you to services if you can’t wait until your practice is open.”

Whittington Music Festival

It’s less than a month till our eagerly anticipated festival of music by Dvorak and the Bohemians!
If you haven’t ordered your tickets, now is the time to do so.
There are still a few numbered seats available for all six concerts in the reserved front section of the church, if you prefer to know where you’ll be sitting.
But all seats, reserved or not, benefit from unimpeded sightlines and the excellent acoustic.
You can obtain your tickets straight to your inbox or mobile via the website, or in person from Rowanthorn in Oswestry (Old Chapel Court, off the Central Car Park) and Whittington Post Office.
You can also order by post from the festival office at 3 Top Street, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4DR, enclosing your cheque, clear instructions and a stamped addressed envelope.

Our artists are greatly looking forward to performing a  richly varied programme and are hoping for a full house every night, so please come and make this Whittington’s best festival yet!
If you have any queries about tickets or how to get here, please just reply to for more information.

Swan Eggs

Councillors are truely sickened and deeply saddened by the news that the eggs in the swan’s nest at the Castle have been crushed, leaving just one remaining egg. The council were made aware of the incident this morning via Facebook and pictures were posted showing 3 large bricks that were removed from the swan’s nest. If anyone has any information or knows who may be responsible, please contact the Community Support Officer.

A croud funding page has been lauched by a member of the public to raise money for the Castle to implement CCTV to help protect the swans. Please click on the following link if you would like to donate:

What would you do to make the NHS better?

The NHS in Shropshire is changing, it is developing a local plan and needs your help. The two local independent health and care champions, Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin and Healthwatch Shropshire, have set up events in Telford and Shrewsbury where members of the public keen to influence the future of the NHS in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin are being encouraged to make their views known.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS and nationally has developed the NHS Long Term Plan. This Long Term Plan sets out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country. Now your local NHS needs to hear from you about what those changes should look like in our community.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said “We have launched two online surveys at to gather views but we know that it is important to give people the opportunity to come together to share their views, ideas and experiences to ensure that the local plans reflect the needs of our population.”

Paul Shirley, General Manager of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, commented “We are very pleased with the response we are getting from the surveys but know that hearing directly from people is extremely valuable and produces rich feedback that is really useful to those producing the local plan.”

The Shrewsbury event is being held at The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace on Wednesday 1st May 2019, to book a place please visit or ring 01743 237884

The Telford event is being held at Meeting Point House, Southwater Square on Monday 29th  April, to book a place please email or ring 01952 739540

The two Healthwatches will be gathering together all the feedback and sharing it with the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership who are responsible for the local plan.

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin are the independent consumer champions for health and social care in the county of Shropshire and the borough of Telford & Wrekin. They gather the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  They also have statutory powers that can be used to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.