The new plans for eight homes in the grounds of Linney House are modern, green and so much better

A planning application has been submitted for eight homes in the grounds of Linney House. The scheme is modern in design. That is a radical departure from the previously approved schemes which were uninteresting suburban designs. The scheme also tackles the issue of flooding. Part of the site lies in Flood Zone 2 and the previous application strayed into this. The current applicant plans to reprofile the site to restore the ground to the levels it had prior to the site being quarried lifting all the homes out of the floodplain. A wildlife corridor will be created along the Corve.

This proposal will need to be scrutinised in detail. My provisional view is that this is a far more attractive and feasible scheme than the previous proposals. It is well designed and landscaped. It will add to the character of the area. But it will generate extra traffic. The Linney should be brought into the town centre 20mph zone if this scheme is to proceed.

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Shropshire Council puts up council tax but drops extra parking blitz at dispiriting meeting

Shropshire Council met on Thursday morning. Council taxes will go up 4.2% in Ludlow. We learnt that income from parking and the Shrewsbury shopping centres is below claims. Huge cuts to bus subsidies were approved. But a bid to slap yet more penalty charge notices on cars has been quietly dropped.

That was the only good news. My motion on funding for market towns was blocked and Heather Kidd’s on greater transparency in planning suffered the same fate. A public question on climate change was ruled out of order as was the point of order on why the question was ruled out of order.

Did I say dispiriting? It wasn’t that good.

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It was a slip in wording but it killed off a public question on climate change because Shropshire won’t confront the subject

Shropshire Council refused a public question on climate change at Thursday’s meeting. Why? The questioner had made a minor mistake. He had asked for the answer “before” not “at” the meeting in his email, though not in the question itself. The question was ruled out of order minutes before the meeting, even though the question had been submitted two weeks before. That stinks of political interference in the democratic rights of electors in Shropshire. When Councillor Julian Dean, the only Green Party member, raised the matter as a point of order, the Speaker ruled the point of order out of order. That stinks of political interference.

Nothing shows more clearly Shropshire Council’s progressive disengagement from electors and its disinterest in climate change than this.

This article is based on information from Green Party Councillor Julian Dean.

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Shropshire Council paves the streets of Shrewsbury and Oswestry with gold and throws crumbs to rural areas

Yesterday, the Conservative group on Shropshire Council blocked a bid to create a fund to boost the health of market towns. While Shrewsbury and Oswestry are being put forward for up for £25 million each of government money, market towns look likely to only get money from a levy on developers. Shropshire Council bought three Shrewsbury centres at a cost of £51 million. Income from the centres is 11% below target just one year after purchase. Millions have been spent on roads in the north of the county and the council is committed to another £20 million plus for the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road.

Fellow Lib Dems and I proposed to set up a working group to look at capital fund for market towns. But the Tories were whipped into voting against this proposal. Peter Nutting even said he wasn’t certain he could find the money!

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15-minute closure on Brand Lane this morning 28 February for pothole repair

Brand Lane will close for around 15 minutes midmorning today to fix a nasty pothole at the Old Street end. There will be no signposted diversions and large vehicles will need to wait for the road to be cleared. I have asked for the work to be timed to minimise disruptions to the town bus services. Please be patient if you get held up. This brute of a pothole is wrecking cars and must be repaired.

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