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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
 
SHAWBURY PARISH COUNCIL
NEWS ITEM FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
 
Annual Parish Meeting:
The much delayed meeting caused by the Coronavirus regulations was held in the Village Hall on September 14th. when Councillors were joined by a few members of the public.
Opening the meeting John Kennedy, the Council Chairman, welcomed everyone and introduced the visiting speakers before giving a report on Council activity over the past two years, during which time two long serving Members – Mrs. Jill Manley and Mr. Dave Roberts – had left the Council and had eventually been replaced by Mr. Kelvin Pickering and Mr. Merv Roberts.
He pointed out that the pandemic had made a big impact on the Council but every effort had been made to continue to meet and proceed with planned projects. Council meetings were held remotely by Zoom for fourteen months but this was the first opportunity to hold an Annual Parish Meeting. 
He then gave an interesting and informative outline of many of the projects that had been undertaken by the Council as well as continuing to respond to planning applications, report highway problems and deal with the many other issues which constantly arise.
 
Further reports were made by Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones and Police Inspector Claire Greenaway. Simon outlined the changes that were taking place within Shropshire Council since the appointment of Lezley Picton as the new Leader of the Council and in her report Claire Greenaway confirmed that the Police Commissioner was insistent that rural parishes should be seen as important as urban areas when it came to dealing with crime reports.
 
Finally Mr. Richard Bailey outlined the work of the United Charities Committee, explaining how the money was raised and how small grants could be made to organisations and individuals in need.
 
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Community Service Awards by Wing Commander Sarah Vamplew from RAF Shawbury, who sponsor the award, to four very deserving people - Mrs. J. Manley, Mr. R. Bentley, Mr, D. Roberts and Miss F. Newby.
 
The minutes of the meeting which include full details of all the reports can be found on the this site or obtained from the Parish Clerk.
 
Parish Council Meeting:
The normal monthly meeting followed immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting, when the Chairman welcomed Mr. Merv Roberts who had been co-opted to fill the last remaining seat on the Council.
As well as dealing with planning applications, correspondence and invoices, the following items were considered:
Moat/Glebe Areas:
It was agreed to contract Mr. Mike Varndell to undertake the regular emptying of the bins in the Moat/Glebe area and transporting the waste to the Harlescott site; replacement of waste bags; regular litter picking in the area and assisting Cllr. Paul Sharp with other necessary tasks that arise from time to time.
 
External Auditors Report:
The report for the year 2020- 2021 had been received by the Clerk and raised no concerns about the Council’s finances or its administration and was adopted by Members.
 
Mid-Year Financial Report 2021-2022:
The Clerk tabled detailed papers which indicated that in spite of the many expensive projects that had been undertaken the Council’s finances were in a healthy state and the report was unanimously adopted by Members.
Details of both these report are listed on this site or can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.
 
The next Council meeting is on October 12th.
 
Contact for Clerk Email – shawburypcclerk@talktalk.net or 01743 236810
 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS August 2021

Membership:

At the August meeting Members were pleased to be able to fill the remaining vacant seat on the Council by co-opting Mr. Merv Roberts, a long-time resident of the Parish following service in the RAF which included a lengthy posting at Shawbury.

Apology:

E.On, the Council’s street light contractor, has sent an apology to the Council for the prolonged delay in completing the up-grading of the streetlights in Millbrook and Bridgeway. Covid outbreaks with their staff and those employed by Scottish Power have resulted in work teams having to isolate for lengthy periods and caused chaos with their whole programme of work. They are hoping to get things back on even keel very soon.

Donation:

A local resident who was very upset to read that an arson attack had ruined a picnic table in the Glebe area has made a very generous donation of £100.00 towards the purchase of a new table with the only provision made that the new table could not be burnt.

Annual Parish Meeting:

A reminder that this meeting which is open to all residents will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday, September 14th. at 7.00pm. Reports will be made by the Council Chairman, Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones and Police Inspector Claire Greenaway with Community Service Awards being presented by Group Captain Wadlow from RAF Shawbury.


PARISH COUNCIL NEWS July 2021

Council Meetings:

It is hoped that the meeting held on July 13th. was the last one to be held under Covid regulations and that at future meetings members of the public will again be able to attend and have an opportunity to raise issues prior to the start of the meeting.

At the July meeting it was reported that the up-grading of the two children’s play areas had been completed within budget although one of the older units had developed a fault with the bearings and had been removed for repair. As usual a number of planning applications, mainly for up-grading properties, were considered with no objections being raised. Details of correspondence received by the Clerk were noted.

At all Council meetings there is an opportunity for reports to be received from the local Shropshire Councillor and RAF Shawbury. In this month’s report Councillor Simon Jones pointed out that the plans for housing development in the County for the next fifteen years had been completed and would be discussed by Shropshire Councillors later in the week. If approved the plans would be sent to the Government appointed Inspector for consideration and comment - a process which would take about twelve months. He also reported that in spite of many received objections it seemed likely that the proposed Shrewsbury Northern Link Road would still go ahead.

 Reporting on behalf of RAF Shawbury, Lt. Matt Peters pointed out that night flying would be continuing until August 13th. and that from August 28th. the Gilding Club activity would move from Saturdays to Sundays. He made special mention of the RAF Shawbury charity 10K run being held on September 25th. which was open to all and the hi viz kits which are available free of charge for local horse riders.

The next Council meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, August 10th. at 7.00pm.

The Annual Parish Meeting:

This will be held in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on Tuesday, September 14th. and is an opportunity for residents to meet with Council Members and participate in discussions about Parish Council and Community issues. It is over two years since we were able to hold this type of meeting and Members will welcome support and participation. The meeting will include reports from Councillor John Kennedy (The Council Chairman), Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones and a representative from West Mercia Police.

Awards for Outstanding Service in the Community, which are sponsored by RAF Shawbury, will be presented by the Commanding Officer or his representitive from the base. We already have three agreed nominations for an adult award and one for a junior award but would welcome other suggestions provided they are received by the Clerk in time for them to be considered at the Council meeting on August 10th. The awards were introduced in 2011 and since then 37 residents have gained an award which speaks highly of the spirit and endeavour that exists in the Community. Serving Councillors cannot be nominated and except in exceptional circumstance a person can only receive one award.

 

25th June 2021 

Shropshire Council carrying out a housing review.

Shawbury residents, We need you!

If you live in Shawbury, you can expect to see our Housing Needs Survey popping through your letterbox.

Here at Right Home Right Place, we’re working with Shropshire Council to tackle hidden housing related issues in local communities. By filling in our survey, you’ll help us assure that residents have access to the right properties for their needs. 

Even if you’re happy with your current home, filling in our survey helps identify which issues, if any, we need to address. You can also fill in our survey online at:

https://www.righthomerightplace.co.uk/housing-needs.../

 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

The June meeting was held in the Parish Hall under Coronavirus distancing regulations, which meant that members of the public could not attend without making an appointment prior to the event which is necessary but regrettable. A range of issues were discussed in the meeting including:
Co-option of additional Members:
Following the recent elections there were four vacancies on the Council and we are pleased to report that Ms. S. McIntosh, Mr. R. Pinches and Mr K. Pickering have been co-opted onto the Council leaving just one vacancy for an interested resident.
Internal Audit:
The Internal Audit report, which indicated that there were no concerns regarding the financial and overall management of the Council, were considered and adopted. The documents will now be forwarded to the Government appointed Auditors in London for consideration. Documents related to the audit can be obtained on request from the Parish Clerk.
Arson Attack:
Members expressed anger and distress over the mindless arson attack which had completely destroyed a picnic table in the Glebe area and a suitable replacement is being considered; this will cost well over four hundred pounds to replace. The Police have been informed and it is hoped that those responsible can be identified and dealt with.
Highways Problems;
Concern was again expressed about the lack of action from Shropshire Council in dealing with the many issues which have been brought to their attention. The Parish Council has no responsibility for Highways and Pavements and can only report problems to Shropshire Council in the hope that they will be dealt with.
Street Lights:
A full apology is offered to the residents in parts of Millbrook and Bridgeway over the continued delay in completing the work on up-grading the lights. The problem lies firmly with Scottish Power who have to make the cable connections and in spite of continuous efforts our contractors E.ON have been unable to get a firm date for completion.
Annual Parish Meeting:
The Council has a legal duty to hold an open meeting once a year but this was not possible last year because of the lockdown regulations. It had been planned to hold this year’s meeting in July but because of the on-going uncertainty about the removal of the restrictions it is intended to hold it on September 14th. and further details will be published in due course.
Annual Community Awards:
Each year the Council presents Community Awards to residents and others who have done outstanding work in or for the Parish. The awards are sponsored by RAF Shawbury and a Senior Officer normally presents them at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Members welcome nominations for the awards and feel sure there will be many people who have done exceptional work during the Pandemic as well as others who regularly go the extra mile in helping and supporting people and the community at large. Please get in touch with the Clerk if you wish to make a nomination. 
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS June 2021

The June meeting was held in the Parish Hall under Coronavirus distancing regulations, which meant that members of the public could not attend without making an appointment prior to the event which is necessary but regrettable. A range of issues were discussed in the meeting including:

Co-option of additional Members:

Following the recent elections there were four vacancies on the Council and we are pleased to report that Ms. S. McIntosh, Mr. R. Pinches and Mr K. Pickering have been co-opted onto the Council leaving just one vacancy for an interested resident.

Internal Audit:

The Internal Audit report, which indicated that there were no concerns regarding the financial and overall management of the Council, were considered and adopted. The documents will now be forwarded to the Government appointed Auditors in London for consideration. Documents related to the audit can be obtained on request from the Parish Clerk.

Arson Attack:

Members expressed anger and distress over the mindless arson attack which had completely destroyed a picnic table in the Glebe area and a suitable replacement is being considered; this will cost well over four hundred pounds to replace. The Police have been informed and it is hoped that those responsible can be identified and dealt with.

Highways Problems;

Concern was again expressed about the lack of action from Shropshire Council in dealing with the many issues which have been brought to their attention. The Parish Council has no responsibility for Highways and Pavements and can only report problems to Shropshire Council in the hope that they will be dealt with.

Street Lights:

A full apology is offered to the residents in parts of Millbrook and Bridgeway over the continued delay in completing the work on up-grading the lights. The problem lies firmly with Scottish Power who have to make the cable connections and in spite of continuous efforts our contractors E.ON have been unable to get a firm date for completion.

Annual Parish Meeting:

The Council has a legal duty to hold an open meeting once a year but this was not possible last year because of the lockdown regulations. It had been planned to hold this year’s meeting in July but because of the on-going uncertainty about the removal of the restrictions it is intended to hold it on September 14th. and further details will be published in due course.

Annual Community Awards:

Each year the Council presents Community Awards to residents and others who have done outstanding work in or for the Parish. The awards are sponsored by RAF Shawbury and a Senior Officer normally presents them at the Annual Parish Meeting.

Members welcome nominations for the awards and feel sure there will be many people who have done exceptional work during the Pandemic as well as others who regularly go the extra mile in helping and supporting people and the community at large. Please get in touch with the Clerk if you wish to make a nomination. 

 

Parish News May 2021

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Changes to the regulations governing Council meetings meant that this month’s meeting could not be held on line using Zoom, so for the first time in twelve months the meeting was held in the Village Hall under strict Covid distancing. This meant that it was not possible to allow members of the public to attend and raise issues without an appointment and the same regulations will apply to the meeting in June.

As this was the Annual General Meeting of the Council the first business was the election of officers and representatives. Councillor John Kennedy was re-elected un-apposed as Chairman with Councillor Brian Lyon appointed again as Vice Chairman also un-apposed. Councillors then took on board responsibity for attendance at various committees and for overseeing areas of Council work. Full details of these can be found in the draft minutes which are already posted on the Council’s web site.

Items considered at the meeting included:

Parish Council Election:

Disappointment was expressed that there had been no need for an election as only eight people had completed an application for the twelve seats and all of those were existing Council Members. This means that there are four vacancies which the Council can fill by ‘adopting’ members and if you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible.

Children’s Play Areas:

It was reported that work was already underway in up-dating the play areas and replacing worn out equipment and ground matting and it was expected that work on both sites would be completed by the end of May.

Street Lighting:

It was noted that the concrete and sodium lighting owned by the Council in sections of Millbrook and Bridgeway had been replaced and that quotations had been requested to enable improvements to be carried out to the lighting in the Carradine area.

Annual Parish Meeting:

By law the Council has to hold a meeting each year which is open to all residents but last year because of all the Coronavirus regulations this was not possible. If the Government’s ‘Road Map’ proceeds as planned this year’s meeting will be held in the Village Hall on July 12th. as by then it will be possible for people to meet together. Included in the meeting will be the presentation of Community Service Awards so if you know of people you feel should be nominated please forwarded the details to the Clerk. We feel sure there will be residents who have done outstanding work in dealing with issues related to the epidemic.

Shawbury United Community Sports Centre:

Members were very pleased to hear that the committee had received the promise of a considerable grant from Shropshire Council generated by the Community Infrastructure Fund related to the development of the Oaklands Estate. This grant together with grants made by the Parish Council and other organisations should mean that the project can now go ahead.

Again a reminder that if you have any issues or comments please phone the Clerk on 01743 236810 or Email him on shawburypcclerk@talktalk.netand that also there is plenty of information on the Council’s web site –www.shawbury-pc.gov.uk.

 


PARISH COUNCIL NEWS April 2021

The April Council meeting was again held on line and virtually a full complement of Members accessed it dealing with the following topics:

Election:  The Elections Officer at Shropshire Council had reported that there was no call for a Parish Council election as only eight nominations had been received for the twelve available seats and those eight people would automatically be elected. This means that there are four vacancies and an attempt will be made to co-opt people to fill those seats. So if you were too late with your application; failed to see the advertisement or were not sure what to do, now is your chance. Just get in touch with the Parish Clerk who will tell you what is involved and how to apply and any applications received will be considered at the Council meeting in June.

Outreach Post Office: Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones reported that the telephone had now been connected to the Village Hall and plans were in hand for the project to start in the first week in May and it is understood that the office will operate for three hours on one day of each week.

RAF Shawbury: A report had been received from Lt. Matt Peters, who attends Council meetings as a representative from the base, which asked for the Community to be thanked for their continued support of the  recent night flying phase and the essential training activity being undertaken under Covid restrictions.  He also reported that the Gliding Club intend to fly every Saturday and Bank Holidays throughout the summer. From September 1st. to February 1st. flying will take place on Sundays.

Playing Field: The Council has given agreement for the Football Club to resume holding junior matches on the marked area and dog owners are reminded that dogs have to be kept on leads on any area designated for this type of activity. This is to ensure it is a safe area for children and the Council will be erecting appropriate notices.

We have also been given an assurance that before the end of April Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnership will be carrying out repairs to the footpath which runs from the car park to opposite the school entrance.

Vote of thanks:                                                                                                                                 

Before the meeting closed it was noted that Councillors Dave Roberts, Sam McIntosh and Robert Pinches had not sought re-election to the Council and the Chairman, on behalf of all the Members, expressed sincere thanks for the valuable contributions they had all made in supporting the Council and the Community over many years and wished them good health and happiness. His comments were supported by all the Members.

Other News: The meeting planned for May will be the Council’s Annual General Meeting with the election of officers and representatives and we are planning to hold it in the Village Hall under the strict regulations issued by the Government. This means that if members of the public want to attend they will have to contact the Clerk beforehand so that the necessary arrangements can be made. By the time we hold the July meeting we expect that if the road map progresses as outlined by the Government meetings will be held as normal.     

Just to remind you that if you want to attend or have any issues or comments please make contact with the Clerk who will be more than happy to help. You can telephone 01743 236810 or email shawburypcclerk@talktalk.netand that there is plenty of information on the Council’s web site www.shawbury-pc.gov.uk.

 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS March 2021

As has become the norm, this month’s Council meeting was accessed by Members online using Zoom and a full range of issues were considered, including the acknowledgement that this was the last meeting of the current Council before nominations had to be made for the Parish Council elections taking place on May 6th.  Current Members have to stand for election alongside any other residents who feel that they would like to serve the community. With very few exceptions anyone in the Parish over eighteen years of age can stand for election, so if you have plenty of energy and enthusiasm this is your chance. If you are interested, look out for information in the press or give the Parish Clerk a call and he will advise you what you need to do. Failing that you can apply to the Elections Officer for an application form – 0345 678 9015.

During the meeting the foll

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