Local Plan Review – Site Allocations Consultation Meeting

Shropshire Council’s Planning Policy Team has launched the ‘Preferred Sites’ Consultation which will run from Thursday 29th November 2018 to Thursday 31st January 2019. During this time there will be several public meetings open to all, throughout the county where the Local Plan process and local development proposals will be explained. There will be the opportunity to highlight issues, specific concerns and suggest alternatives to the preferred approach set out in the consultation document.   Please come along and have your say on how your community is shaped for the future.

The Oswestry place plan area meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at The Marches School, Morda Road, Oswestry, SY11 2AR and will commence at 7:00pm. 

The Preferred Sites Consultation Document outlines a housing policy direction to improve the delivery of local housing needs and establishes development guidelines and development boundaries for Shrewsbury, the Principal and Key Centres and each proposed Community Hub. It sets out the preferred sites to deliver the preferred scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the period 2016 to 2036.

Shropshire Councillor, Robert Macey, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing Development said “The presentation at Oswestry will provide an opportunity for residents and other stakeholders to learn more about the proposals. This will specific presentation will include details for Oswestry Town as a Principal Centre and the eleven surrounding community hubs including Gobowen, Weston Rhyn, St Martins, Whittington, West Felton, Ruyton Xi Towns, Llanymynech, Pant, Knockin, Kinnerley and Trefonen. The community will have the opportunity to question Shropshire Council planning policy officers and to hear the latest details for their area. I urge residents to attend this public meeting and air their views on the proposed sites within the Oswestry Place Plan area”

Whether or not you attend any of the public meetings you can comment on the proposals by following the link below and commenting on the documents on line.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Community Enablement Officer Corrie Davies at corrie.davies@shropshire.gov.uk or Planning Policy on planningpolicy@shropshire.gov.uk

Where to get health advice over Christmas and New Year

The NHS is reminding residents in Shropshire where they can access expert medical treatment to help them stay well over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising local people to consider the options for healthcare and ensure they are aware of GP practices and pharmacy opening times.

If people need urgent medical help but not emergency care this winter NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Simply call 111 for free from your landline or mobile to access advice.

GP surgeries in Shropshire will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, GP extended access will mean during the Christmas and New Year period Shropshire registered patients will have access to a limited number of routine GP appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. To book one of these appointments please speak to your GP practice during their normal opening hours.

Many pharmacies have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year so it is important to order and collect any repeat prescription in plenty of time.

Shropshire pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year 2018/19 period can be found here.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG, said: “It is important to be prepared for the Christmas and New Year holiday. If you have a prescription check your medication to make sure you have enough for the extended festive break. If you need a repeat prescription organise it now and make sure you pick it up before the busy Christmas period.

“We can all help ourselves stay well by having a flu jab (available on the NHS if you are in one of the high risk groups), keeping warm, taking cold and flu remedies if we need them, and by keeping an eye out for elderly family members and neighbours.

“If you are not sure which NHS service to turn to for support, call 111 for fast, free medical advice day or night, seven days a week.”

Please be aware that the Walk In Centre (Urgent Care Centre) at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be open every day from 8am to 8pm including the bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) for anyone who needs urgent medical attention if they cannot get an appointment with their own doctor or are not registered with a GP practice. No appointment is necessary.

The Walk In Centre can help with a whole range of symptoms including children with high temperatures, anyone with breathing problems, severe headaches, abdominal pain and painful infections through to mild injuries and burns.

Please do not forget that Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for critical or life threatening illness or injury.

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit nhs.uk/staywell.

Vacancy for a Councillor


Co-option of a Parish Councillor

Whittington Parish Council recently published a Notice of Vacancy following the resignation of Councillor Patricia Raine, 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 7th December and should details 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 18th December 2018.

Date of notice: 19.11.18

Amy Jones – Whittington Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage



SY10 8LX

T: 01691 829571

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Grounds Maintenance in Whittington

Quotations are invited from any person, persons or organisations wishing to undertake the maintenance of a range of grassed areas within the Parish of Whittington.  Specifications of work are available from the Clerk of the Parish Council:-

Mrs A Jones
Hawthorn Cottage
SY10 8LX

Tel:  01691 829571

Email: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

The deadline for sumitting quotations is 30th November 2018.

Whittington Youth Meeting

Where: Whittington Senior Citizens Club, SY11 1ND

Thursday 8th November at 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
Thursday 15th November at 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.

Our Youth and Community lead is currently undertaking some outreach work within Whittington and is assessing the needs of the village particularly from a youth perspective, in a bid to tackle the ongoing problems with anti-social behaviour

Everyone is welcome

Refreshments provided

For further information, contact Wayne Greenshields on wayne.greenshields@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk

Notice of Casual Vacancy




That a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Whittington Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Patricia Raine.

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 13th November 2018

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 24th OCTOBER 2018

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.

Defibrillator Vandalised

The Community of Whittington were saddened and shocked by the recent vandalism to the village’s defibrillator. It was suspected that in the early hours of Sunday 16th September, the defibrillator was taken from the cabinet on the side of the Senior Citizen’s Hall on Station Road and disposed of in the Castle Grounds. The defibrillator is now back in the Council’s possession, but the protective case has still not been located and it was evident that an attempt had been made to use the pads as there were visible traces of duck feather on them.

Jill Whitby, Chair of Whittington Parish Council, said: “I cannot put into words how angry and upset this makes me. This expensive equipment is there to save lives and the culprits who took it have shown a complete lack of respect. We have only had the equipment for a couple of months, and now it is out of action until it can be checked over and the cabinet made secure. This could potentially endanger someone’s life.”

If anyone has any information to assist the police in their investigations or has details on where the missing case may be, please contact the police quoting crime reference number 22/82296/18 or call the Parish Council on 01691 829571.

Funding & Grants Bulletin – August

Litter Innovation Fund
Over £300,000 is now available for community projects that get tough on litter,
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced today (15 August 2018).

£20m investment to help tackle loneliness
Charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help
isolated people and those suffering from loneliness

The Aviva Community Fund
The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for causes
important to your community. It’s open to everyone, whether you have a
connection with Aviva or not. We want you to enter a project for your community
and tell us what a difference these funds could make. Get enough votes from
friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could make it
to the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.
BLF Building Communities Fund
Tracey Crouch, MP has highlighted that the Building Connections fund is now live
and encouraged attendees to apply. The scheme is aimed at tackling loneliness by
building strong social connections and welcoming communities, details of which
can be found on gov.uk. Where possible, it would be beneficial if you applicants
could work together with others in putting together joint bids so creative, focused
schemes can be developed to help rural communities.

Oswestry Borders University of the Third Age

Did you know that Oswestry’s two U3As have a combined membership of nearly 600 members?  This must make it one of the largest voluntary organisations in the town.

U3A is an international movement for retired/semi-retired people to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment. Members draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other. It’s all voluntary, with activity sessions, usually in members’ homes, covering 70 different subjects, between the two U3As in Oswestry. U3A is an informal, co-operative volunteer-led organisation which embraces everyone – all backgrounds, religions and cultures. There are no formal qualifications or exams to pass. The U3A draws on the strengths and enthusiasms of all its members.

For more information please visit their website https://oswestrybordersu3a.wordpress.com/