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SHAWBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Clerk:  Jack Wilson
6, Primrose Drive, Sutton Park, Shrewsbury, SY3 7TP
01743 236810
Email: shawburypcclerk@talktalk.net
 
Vacancy for a Gardener
 
Required from April 1st. 2017, a qualified and competent self- employed gardener 
to carry out regular hand mowing of children’s play areas; pruning of shrubs at various locations and hedge cutting duties.
 
Must hold a pesticide users licence.
 
References required.
 
Anyone interested is invited to contact the Parish Clerk for full details of what is involved.
SHAWBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Clerk:  Jack Wilson
6, Primrose Drive, Sutton Park, Shrewsbury, SY3 7TP
01743 236810
Email: shawburypcclerk@talktalk.net
 

 

Latest News 24th July 2018

NEWS
Co-opted Member:
Three members of the public had applied for co-option onto the Council to fill the vacant seat and at the meeting held on July 10th. Mrs. Jan Herbert was selected and will be playing a full and active part in Council activities.
Grant:
Members acknowledged with thanks a grant of £300.00 received from RAF Shawbury as a token of the their gratitude for the assistance given by the Council and the local community during the many successful fund raising events held during the past year.
The station had raised over £9000, which Members felt was an excellent achievement and it was noted that this had been used to support a range of local charities. 
It was agreed to a bank the grant and seek suggestions from the public for a suitable worthwhile project. 
Smartwater Project – Free Kits:
At the last meeting, Members received a report on the project which indicated a reasonably high take-up of the free kits given out in the Village Hall during June.
It is realised that many people were unaware of the dates and some were unable to attend because of holiday or other commitments and as a result further sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall – on August 7th.  at the ‘Buzz In’ in the morning and from 7.00 – 8.00pm. 
Vandalism: 
In the last week or so glass bottles have been deliberately smashed in the children’s play area on the playing field and Members understand that there was injury caused to one of the children playing there. With the help of a Councillor and our contractor we were able to get the area cleared quickly on both occasions.
Regular visits take place to oversee the play areas and every effort is made to keep them safe for children but if there is a concern, please let the Clerk know and every effort will be made to rectify any problems.
NEWS
Co-opted Member:
Three members of the public had applied for co-option onto the Council to fill the vacant seat and at the meeting held on July 10th. Mrs. Jan Herbert was selected and will be playing a full and active part in Council activities.
Grant:
Members acknowledged with thanks a grant of £300.00 received from RAF Shawbury as a token of the their gratitude for the assistance given by the Council and the local community during the many successful fund raising events held during the past year.
The station had raised over £9000, which Members felt was an excellent achievement and it was noted that this had been used to support a range of local charities. 
It was agreed to a bank the grant and seek suggestions from the public for a suitable worthwhile project. 
Smartwater Project – Free Kits:
At the last meeting, Members received a report on the project which indicated a reasonably high take-up of the free kits given out in the Village Hall during June.
It is realised that many people were unaware of the dates and some were unable to attend because of holiday or other commitments and as a result further sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall – on August 7th.  at the ‘Buzz In’ in the morning and from 7.00 – 8.00pm. 
Vandalism: 
In the last week or so glass bottles have been deliberately smashed in the children’s play area on the playing field and Members understand that there was injury caused to one of the children playing there. With the help of a Councillor and our contractor we were able to get the area cleared quickly on both occasions.
Regular visits take place to oversee the play areas and every effort is made to keep them safe for children but if there is a concern, please let the Clerk know and every effort will be made to rectify any problems.

Latest News 23rd June 2018

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

Council Members are seeking to co-opt an additional Councillor to fill the seat which has been vacant since the elections in May 2019. Applications will be considered at the Council meeting on July 10th and if you would like to be considered please get in touch with the Clerk, who will advise you on the procedure needed in time for your name to be put forward at the meeting.

 

LATEST NEWS 10th May
 

 
THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
 
WILL BE HELD IN 
 
SHAWBURY VILLAGE HALL
 
ON 
 
TUESDAY MAY 22ND. 2018 
 
AT 7.30pm.
 
THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND DISCUSS PARISH ISSUES 
WITH YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLORS.

 

Smartwater:

The distribution of free packs of Smartwater to local residents will take place in the Village Hall as follows:

Tuesday June 19th. 7.00 – 8.30pm.

Thursday June 21st. 7.00 – 8.30pm.

Saturday June 23rd. 10.00am – Noon.

Representatives from the Police and Smartwater will be in attendance to give help and advice.

Please bring with you suitable documentation to identify your home address.

If you are unable to attend any of these sessions arrangements will be made to deliver a pack to you at home.

Data Protection:

More detailed data protection regulations have been introduced which are designed to protect the privacy of everyone. The Council has produced a range of new policies covering all aspects of its business and details can be obtained from the Clerk or seen on this  web site under Policies and Procedures

 Every effort will be made to respect the privacy of anyone who contacts the Council for what ever purpose.

 

 

SHAWBURY PARISH COUNCIL

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

 
WILL BE HELD IN 
 
SHAWBURY VILLAGE HALL
 
ON 
 
TUESDAY MAY 22ND. 2018 
 
AT 7.30pm.
 
THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND DISCUSS PARISH ISSUES 
WITH YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLORS.
 

 

16th March 2018

 
Smartwater Project
 
The Parish Council has joined forces with West Mercia Police and Smartwater Ltd. to create a ‘We don’t buy crime community’. This type of project has been successfully developed in several Parishes in Shropshire and many throughout the Country and has proven to be a deterrent to criminal activity. Hadnall is one of the latest to take up the offer.
Under the scheme:
(a) The police will be responsible for erecting signs on roads in the area, indicating to commuters that the community they are entering is protected by Smartwater and
(b) Every household in the Parish will be entitled to receive a free Smartwater kit, which is provided by Smartwater and funded jointly by the Parish Council and the Police. The Smartwater kit would normally cost each household at least £25.00.
This kit will enable you to securely mark all your valuables and place a notice in your window declaring that you are protected by ‘Smartwater’.
We shall be arranging a venue and several times when the kits can be collected and staff from Smartwater and the Police will be on hand to give you advice and help on how to use the product
These events will be widely advertised and details will appear on the Council notice board, the Council web site, in the Village Hall and if there is time – here in the Newsletter.
 
If you would like more information about Smartwater you will find details on their web site or you can contact rachaeloakley@smartwater.com or the Parish Clerk. 
COUNCIL NEWS ITEM
Smartwater Project
The Parish Council has joined forces with West Mercia Police and Smartwater Ltd. to create a ‘We don’t buy crime community’. This type of project has been successfully developed in several Parishes in Shropshire and many throughout the Country and has proven to be a deterrent to criminal activity. Hadnall is one of the latest to take up the offer.
Under the scheme:
(a) The police will be responsible for erecting signs on roads in the area, indicating to commuters that the community they are entering is protected by Smartwater and
(b) Every household in the Parish will be entitled to receive a free Smartwater kit, which is provided by Smartwater and funded jointly by the Parish Council and the Police. The Smartwater kit would normally cost each household at least £25.00.
This kit will enable you to securely mark all your valuables and place a notice in your window declaring that you are protected by ‘Smartwater’.
We shall be arranging a venue and several times when the kits can be collected and staff from Smartwater and the Police will be on hand to give you advice and help on how to use the product
These events will be widely advertised and details will appear on the Council notice board, the Council web site, in the Village Hall and if there is time – here in the Newsletter.
 
If you would like more information about Smartwater you will find details on their web site or you can contact rachaeloakley@smartwater.com or the Parish Clerk. 

 

16th FEBRUARY 2018

New Build:

Many of you will already be aware that Meres and Mosses have been granted planning permission to build twenty affordable properties on land adjacent to the Doctor’s surgery. With any new build of this size there is a requirement to provide an open space area but as this development is close to the existing playing field this was deemed to be unnecessary. Instead the developer was asked to provide finance for appropriate alternative projects in the Parish and the Parish Council was asked to come up with some suggestions.

The following have been put forward for consideration – (a) the refurbishment of the footpaths round the Playing Field, the Glebe and the Moat (b) the installation of a second CCTV camera to cover the area towards the proposed development (c) an improved crossing for access to the school (d) improvements to the lighting in that area and (e) helping to finance a youth football pitch as part of the development being undertaken by the football club at the rear of the farm shop.

Before they can go ahead most of these projects will need to be discussed in detail with Shropshire Council and other providers as well as obtaining quotations for the work.

However, over the next few months we will keep you informed of any progress.

Trees:

Every four years the Council has to arrange for a safety inspection of all the trees it has responsibity for and this has just been completed by Mr. Terry Merchant a well-respected and qualified Forester and Arborist. Problems have been identified on about a dozen trees and over the next few weeks the required remedial work will be carried out by a local contractor. Councillor John Kennedy, the Council’s tree officer, has already been busily engaged in cutting back the identified excessive ivy growth on the trees.

LATEST NEWS FEBRUARY 2018


COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS – SPONSORED BY RAF SHAWBURY

Each year the Parish Council presents Community Service Awards to residents or workers in the Parish, who have been nominated for giving outstanding service to the Community.  
There are two levels of award – (a) for adults and (b) for those under eighteen years of age and there is no restriction on the number that can be awarded each year.
Elected Councillors can only be nominated for community activity which is not related to their responsibilities as a Councillor.
Nominations for the award may be made by local parishioners and forwarded to the Parish Clerk before March 31st. with supporting information about the reasons the person is being nominated.
Members will consider the applications at the Parish Council meeting on April 10th. and those who are successful will be informed of their award and invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on May 22nd. when the awards will be presented.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS – SPONSORED BY RAF SHAWBURY
Each year the Parish Council presents Community Service Awards to residents or workers in the Parish, who have been nominated for giving outstanding service to the Community.  
There are two levels of award – (a) for adults and (b) for those under eighteen years of age and there is no restriction on the number that can be awarded each year.
Elected Councillors can only be nominated for community activity which is not related to their responsibilities as a Councillor.
Nominations for the award may be made by local parishioners and forwarded to the Parish Clerk before March 31st. with supporting information about the reasons the person is being nominated.
Members will consider the applications at the Parish Council meeting on April 10th. and those who are successful will be informed of their award and invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on May 22nd. when the awards will be presented.

SHAWBURY PARISH COUNCIL

NEWS APRIL
COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP
At the Council meeting held on April 11th. it was reported that there were only eight nominations for seats on the new Council which meant that the following people were automatically elected - Adrian Brown; Brian Lyon; Anthony Foster; John Kennedy; Jill Manley; Sam McIntosh; Dave Roberts and Paul Sharp.
This leaves four vacant seats and Members are keen to co-opt people to fill these places. If you are interested in being considered, please contact the Clerk for further details.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
A reminder that this public meeting will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday, May 16th. at 7.30pm when the guest speaker will be the Police Commissioner and the Community Service Awards, sponsored by RAF Shawbury, will be presented by a representative from the baseL
LATEST NEWS DECEMBER 2017
 
Budget for 2018-2019
 
At the meeting held in December, Members approved the budget for Council expenditure for the financial year starting in April 2018. It was reported that every effort has been made to keep spending under control in the current year and spending has stayed within the planned levels. However, the Council continues to be faced with the increasing cost of repairing and replacing outdated streetlights and ageing play area equipment and repairing wear and tear on the well- used footpaths in the Moat and Glebe area. It has not been helped either by the need to replace vandalised seats and waste bins and undertaking elements of work previously done by Shropshire Council.
 It was pointed out that there were some inflationary costs to be met too and in the end the precept has been increased by 2.5%, which means that the average householder will be faced with an increase of about 5p per month on the Parish Council element of their Council Tax payment.
 
Smartwater:
Representatives from Smartwater and the Police had been invited to the December meeting to talk again about the creation of a Smartwater Community but the inclement weather caused this to be postponed until January. If you have any interest or would like to comment on this please come along on January 9th. and make your views known.
 
Recurring Problem:
We are sure that many of you will be aware of the arson attack on picnic tables and waste bins in the Moat area but as usual we are faced with a wall of silence. Not only is this a costly exercise but it heart breaking to those who work tirelessly to create a pleasant environment for residents which is the envy of many parishes in the County. If you have any information please let the police or the Council know. We have a few sad and misguided young people who seem hell bent on spoiling it for the many.
 
 
 
CCTV CAMERA
The Council has recently installed a replacement camera on the streetlight in the Council car park. The camera is an updated model with infra-red capability to view and record during the hours of darkness.
It has a much better range of coverage over the car parks, the Village Hall and the recreation ground.
Councillors Paul Sharp and Anthony Foster have accepted responsibility for monitoring the camera’s recordings.
Please report any suspicious activity to the Parish Clerk who will arrange for the recordings from the camera to be reviewed and relevant details to then be forwarded to the police for possible action.
STREET LIGHTS
The Council recently requested EON our contractors to carry out a detailed safety review of all the street lights owned by the Council. It is four years since the previous full scale review and a range of issues have been identified including the need to replace some of the old concrete columns which have become unsafe.
The Council has accepted the report and contacted EON to carry out the work, some of it with the support of Scottish Power and EON is planning to carry out the work during October but are unable to give an exact date. We apologise in advance for any disruption and inconvenience caused but we have been assured that this will be kept to a minimum.

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