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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 10th May

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.

 

 

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.
FACEBOOK
Councillors are aware that many residents use this service to communicate concerns but it is not Council policy to get involved with this means of communication. Please, if you have issues or concerns either report them direct to the police on 101 or get in touch with the Parish Clerk by email or telephone.
Jack will ensure that the issue is directed to the right source for action and bring it to the attention of Members if there is anything the Council can do. 
HIGHWAYS:
White Lodge Park:
Members have recently received complaints about HGV’s and an articulated lorry travelling through White Lode Park.  Contact was made with the owner of TC’s Transport on Poynton Road and Members are grateful for the immediate action he has taken to stop this happening. 
Wytheford Road:
Many people have expressed concern about the traffic dangers on Wytheford Road with vehicles travelling at excessive speed and the state of certain parts of the road.
The Safer Road Partnership has been asked to carry out covert checks on the speed of traffic and contact has been made with Shropshire Council and it has been agreed to list it as a community concern and investigate the erection of signs indicating the hidden dip. Shropshire Council has also been asked to carry out renovation work on the verges and particularly the section which is in a dangerous state by the chicken farm.
School Entrance:
Inconsiderate and dangerous parking close to the school are creating a danger to children when they go to and from school and to other pedestrians who wish to walk along the footpaths in Poynton Road. The Council has asked the local police force to look into this problem and take enforcement action and prosecute offending drivers.
Those responsible for children attending school are reminded that Shropshire Council funded a footpath from the Council car park to the school in an effort to prevent this problem. 
 
ARSON ATTACKS
Over the past few weeks there have been regular attacks on the waste bin situated in the Glebe Area, which has resulted in damage and difficulty in collecting and removing the resulting waste.
Reluctantly, it has been necessary to have the bin removed for safety reasons although it is appreciated that this may result in litter being left in the area. One of the picnic tables has also been severely damaged by fire.
There appears to be one or two malicious individuals responsible for this, as well as creating damage to one of the new posts erected in the car park and other acts of vandalism. The police are informed of all the incidents and it is hoped that at some stage the culprits can be identified and dealt with.
The Council also gets regular complaints about the amount of rubbish left in the car park and it is clearly evident that this is not always young people who do this, as it seems some people are unwilling to leave their cars and walk the few yards to the bins which are placed there. Unfortunately, as always it is just a few who spoil it for the many who enjoy the facilities that are provided.
PATH CLEARANCE
The Council are very grateful for the support received from a group of trainees from RAF Shawbury who joined up with Councillor Dave Roberts and cleared the footpath leading up to Edgebolton. Fifty bags full of debris was collected on a very wet and windy day – thanks to all concerned.
SEASONAL GREETINGS

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