Shropshire in crisis: Health special measures and service cuts, future could be “Armageddon” – is it safe to live in Shropshire?

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is in special measures because patient safety is being compromised. Telford A&E will close overnight for safety reasons. Rural maternity units, including Ludlow, are closed for live births. For safety reasons. Shropshire Council is axing £4 million from its public health budge despite the opposition of the director of public health. The council’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health is predicting “Armageddon” in public health services.

Soon, the medics will be saying its not safe to live in Shropshire. It is beginning to feel that way.

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Shropshire in crisis: community team axed despite council resolution

Shropshire Council is to make its Community Enablement Team redundant. This comes as the council struggles with an unprecedented financial crisis. The move bizarrely seems to have the support of the cabinet member for communities. The decision flies in the face of a motion passed unanimously by Shropshire Council members on 20 September. That called for a working group to review how Shropshire Council supports communities. But now it’s official. Shropshire Council doesn’t support communities any more.

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Shropshire in crisis: Friday “lock outs” of staff and customers as council runs out of cash

Shropshire Council can longer afford to operate normally. It is running fast towards becoming a basket case like Northamptonshire. The chief executive has been asked by the cabinet to implement a spending freeze across the council with immediate effect. This will mean “Environment Days”, when staff will work from home on Fridays and “Lock Outs” when all council offices will be shut down at noon on Fridays. The political spin on the announcement to lock staff and customers out of the council on Fridays cannot hide a growing crisis in council finances.

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Shropshire Council is about to consult on new homes and employment areas for Ludlow and the county

Next Wednesday, the council’s cabinet is to consider a public consultation on plans for housing and employment development across Shropshire. The plans include a new garden settlement on the outskirts of Bridgnorth and around 8,000 new homes new Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Star has a report. In Ludlow, there is not a great deal of change from existing plans though Ludford will need to provide more land for employment.

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Shropshire Council is planning to set up a company to build homes – it must build affordable and green homes

Shropshire is getting serious about building homes. That’s good news but we councillors will need to study the detail carefully. All developments should include affordable housing and all should meet the highest green standards.

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