Tag: Bridgnorth

Life as a councillor – defending Oldbury (updated)

Update 25 January 2015 I am pleased to say that we won this appeal. The planning inspector said development would harm the setting, character and appearance of the Oldbury Conservation Area. These were the main reasons the South Planning Committee rejected the proposal. The inspector said: The contribution that the proposed development would make towards addressing any undersupply of housing would not outweigh the harm that the scheme would cause to the Conservation Area and its setting and, thus, it would not be the sustainable development. The inspector refused the developer’s application for costs. He said: The Council’s reason for refusal is explicit and made with reference to policy. It was expanded upon in the Council’s Statement and at the Hearing, where a robust, considered, evidenced and articulate defence of it was made. Main article Some while ago, a Ludlow resident asked me: “How does Shropshire Council work?” I’ll add to that another question: “What do councillors do?” I’ve been trying to shed light on both these questions through this blog. Some of the work I have to do as a councillor is quite unexpected. Shortly after 10am yesterday, I was presenting the case for Shropshire Council at a planning…

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Bus Users Shropshire held a very successful meeting yesterday in Bridgnorth. Around forty people attended, many drawn from villages where the bus service is now minimal or non-existent. The meeting highlighted the substantial problems rural dwellers have faced since the withdrawal of the Shropshire Link service. We were reminded that prior to September 2008 the 141 Ludlow to Bridgnorth service ran four return trips a day. The 141 was one of the major casualties of Link. It now runs just once a day, allowing just 36 minutes in Bridgnorth before returning to Ludlow (1). And it no longer serves Ditton Priors. Several people from Ditton Priors attended the meeting. Since the cancellation of Link, the village is now only served by the pre-booked Bridgnorth Community Bus service. A young mother told the meeting that her children could no longer take part in school activities. Although she had received cancer-related medical issues, she was skipping on treatment because of the difficulties of travelling. She complained that community transport could not quote for the costs of trips because that depends on where the driver started out from. I told the meeting that restoration of a 141 service of at least two round…

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