Ludlow’s leisure centre protected in strategy issued ahead of election

Despite the imminent election, which usually leads to a halt on policy statements,[1] Shropshire Council yesterday issued a draft leisure strategy. There is good news for Ludlow and for Bishop’s Castle, whose leisure centres will continue to be supported by Shropshire Council, along with those in Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton.

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Planning officers seek construction access to Friars Walk development through St Laurence’s School

Last week, I said the two houses proposed on Friars Walk will be almost impossible to build without considerable disruption to the community.

South Planning Committee documents released on Thurday show that Shropshire Council is considering delivering materials to the site and removing waste through St Laurence’s CoE School. If this astonishing idea is adopted, deliveries of materials and removal of waste will need to take place out of school hours, creating considerable disruption to residents of Jockey Field.

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Shocking news that agricultural suicides remain high

Data published on Friday by the Office of National Statistics show that male agricultural workers have a suicide rate second only to low-skilled labourers. More than 60 men farming in England take their own lives every year.

Richard Huffer farms in South Shropshire and is Shropshire Councillor for the ward of Clee.

“To learn that agriculture has one of the highest suicide rates in England will come as no surprise for anyone in the farming community. We have all lost friends and colleagues in shocking circumstances.

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Wem planning appeal decision shows why Shropshire Council should have fought Foldgate Lane decision

A planning appeal decision for housing in Wem earlier this week shows that Shropshire Council could have won a judicial review over the aberrant decision to approve 137 houses off Foldgate Lane. The council has never given strong reasons for not going to court. It has refused to publish the legal advice it received. I think it would have gone to court if Foldgate Lane had been further north in the county. The lead cabinet member and senor officers did not even bother to visit Foldgate Lane before making their decision.

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Friar’s Walk housing plans may be too disruptive to be built

In December, developers submitted plans for a pair of semidetached houses on Friars Walk.

I am not against this scheme in principle. But I don’t think it can be constructed without considerable disturbance of residents. It may well be that the level of disruption is so high that this scheme should not be built.

I have asked for a construction management plan for this site but it has not been produced. For this reason, I have formally objected to this scheme.

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