Time to be open about what can’t be recycled in Shropshire

We all do it from time to time, some of us more than others. We collect a chilled meal from the supermarket because it is a pretty hassle-free way of getting something to eat. The meals often come in black plastic trays, which we later conscientiously put in the recycling box for collection. So far, so good. But what Shropshire Council don’t tell you is that Veolia incinerates black plastic rather than recycles it.

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Candidates for Shropshire Council elections in Ludlow & across county announced

Shropshire Council today announced the candidates for the unitary elections on 4 May. This is an “all up” election – all current councillors must stand for re-election unless they are retiring.

I will be competing against three candidates in Ludlow North. They are a UKIP candidate from Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer; a Conservative from Billingsley near Bridgnorth; and a Green from New Street in Ludlow.

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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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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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