GP practices and pharmacies in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to open on Good Friday and Easter Monday #coronavirus

Our friends in the NHS and the care sector have been working flat out as coronavirus spreads through our county. The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin stands at 270, a number that will be an underestimate as it only includes cases confirmed by testing. Thirty-four have patients have died at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princes Royal Hospitals. There have been other deaths at care homes and in the community. To support us, GPs and pharmacies will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, bank holiday days when they would normally be closed. The support we are getting from the NHS is fantastic and I hope you will join in the weekly Clap for Our Carers at 8pm tonight.

Shropshire Council’s new guide on wellbeing & mental health for adults, teenagers & children during the #coronavirus emergency

As the coronavirus spreads, more and more people are becoming anxious about what it might mean for themselves and their loved ones. It’s completely understandable and normal to feel anxious about during emerging health crisis. In a timely and very welcome move, Shropshire Council has published a guide to maintaining wellbeing and reducing anxiety during the Covid-19 emergency. The 22-page guide links to dozens of online resources to help, your friends and your family cope with anxiety, relax and have fun during unprecedented times. Phone helpline numbers are also provided. Download Looking after your Mental Health during COVID-19 (PDF). The guide says our brains are predisposed to focus on threat. We tend to forget the everyday things and bring our attention to things which are scary, without taking time to really think about the facts. “We start with one worry and before we know where we are it’s grown and…

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The planning saga at Linney House takes a couple of new twists as developer appeals to planning inspectorate

Planning is often a tactical game. The property developer behind a series of applications to build houses on the garden of Linney House has asked the planning inspectorate to decide on his 2019 plans to build eight houses. That means this scheme cannot be determined by the Southern Planning Committee, though the committee will be asked what decision it might have made. At the same time, the developer has applied to start building an existing permission for three houses. James Hepworth has no intention of building this scheme. But he needs to dig some foundations to show that the development has commenced in legal terms, so that planning permission does not expire. If it does expire, he won’t be able to argue that the scheme for eight homes should go ahead because is better than the one that Shropshire Council has already approved. As I said, planning can be a…

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Shropshire Council increases funding for domestic abuse services amid concern lockdown will lead to an increase in home violence #coronavirus

It is a sad reality that many people are forced to live with abusers. To share accommodation with people who dominate, control and use domestic violence. The lockdown means that the casual contact with people on the street, in the playground, maybe a cup of coffee, can’t happen anymore. We don’t know how long this lockdown will last. For those suffering abuse, it is harder than ever to plea for help. Abusers often monitor internet and phone use. Shropshire Council has increased its funding for domestic abuse services which remain available 24 hours. Telford and Wrekin is making similar provision. The Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service will be providing support throughout the crisis and beyond.

Recycling collections may reduce during the #coronavirus emergency – please don’t overload black bins

This is green waste collection week in Ludlow. It might just be the last for a while. So far it has been possible to keep all collection rounds running but it is getting more difficult as staff numbers fall. If collections are reduced during the Covid-19 emergency, green waste collection will be the first to go. If staffing levels fall further, collection of boxes of dry recyclables and blue bags of paper and card will be paused. There is no threat to black bins but please do not overload your black bins with material you can store until the emergency passes. Have a thought also for our waste and recycling operatives. Classed as key workers, waste operatives are exempt from social distancing. They travel three to four a cab. We need our waste collectors to ensure that one health emergency does not trigger another.

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