A49 to close overnight at Onibury this Thursday and possibly Friday

News in this afternoon from Keir, the contractors that maintain the A49 for Highways England. The A49 will be closed at Onibury on Thursday night, 22 February, from 9pm until 6am. This is for emergency repairs to the road bridge over the Onny. Keir hope to complete the work in one night. If not, the A49 will also be closed from 9pm until 6am on Friday night.

The official diversion from the south is from Woofferton to Bridgnorth and then up to Bayston Hill at Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Council to cut some councillors pay and increase it for others

There has been pressure for some time to cut the pay that some Shropshire Councillors receive. Now at last, we have recommendations that take out the excesses but provides enough income for councillors like me who don’t have a stack of cash in the bank. That won’t, of course, stop some people thinking we are paid too much. The plans will reduce the overall bill for councillors’ allowances by £37,400.

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We are bringing Bromfield Parish Council back to life – if you live in Bromfield you could help

The parish council, which has up to nine members is moribund. No one stood for election in May 2017. Accounts had not been prepared for three years in breach of statutory obligations.

We will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday 14 March to discuss the future of the parish council. In the meanwhile, we have set a precept for the next financial year and are paying the council’s outstanding bills. If you live in Bromfield parish, please come to the meeting if you can. It will be at 6.30pm in the Boardroom at the Clive.

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Plans to build nearly 70 holiday cabins in the Mortimer Forest is overhyped

The Forestry Commission has published plans for “new opportunities” in the Mortimer Forest to the south of the town. It promises “benefits for day and overnight visitors, including new and improved paths, trails, natural play, habitat enhancement and a viewpoint for all to enjoy.” That will include 68 holiday chalets in the heart of the forest and a £2.8 million boost to the local economy. I am concerned that this will spiral into a Centre Parcs for Ludlow. The case for the development is overstated.

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