Month: July 2014

I’ve had a number of enquiries about whether anything can be done about the junk mail that comes through most of out letterboxes. The answer is yes! Just fill out the form below and post it off to the Royal Mail address given. In my experience, this service works except when my usual postie is on holiday. Opt Out Application Update I have started receiving junk mail again! When I challenged Royal Mail they said: “Please note that door to door opt outs only last for 2 years and if you do not renew within the two years, then you will start to receive unaddressed mail.” I said the Royal Mail should issue reminders but they have not responded to that suggestion. Junk mail, spam and cold calling The House of Commons Library has produced a useful note on how to stop junk mail, emails (spam) and telephone cold-calling.

I’ve had a number of number of complaints today over temporary traffic lights on Corve Street. They are holding up traffic and the roadworks don’t even have a permit. Water company Severn Trent is responsible. Shropshire Council gave Severn Trent a permit for work to be undertaken on the footway by the uphill bus stop at the top of Corve Street. I’m still checking details but I would be amazed if the council expected that work to begin at 10.30pm on a Thursday night. Nevertheless that is what happened. I am asking Severn Trent why it started these planned roadworks late at night. I’d also like the company to justify the reprehensible behaviour of its contractors, who are reported as shouting and yelling at the top of their voices as midnight approached. Severn Trent must also explain why it dug up the road when it only had a permit to dig up the footway. Severn Trent’s appalling behaviour doesn’t end here. Its contractors wrecked two perfectly good York slabs in the pavement. When Severn Trent was challenged on this, the company first claimed these were broken before the contractors arrived. They were not broken and I do not believe for…

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A few times of late, I have heard rumours that the plans for a new convenience store and filling station on the corner of Coronation Avenue and Bromfield Road have been turned down (14/00563/FUL). I have also heard that it has been approved. The application has yet to be decided. The sticking point is, unsurprisingly, concerns from the Environment Agency about having fuel storage tanks below the ground, just above the water table and adjacent to the river Corve. The applicant has asked for a decision to be delayed until the end of August to give time to counter the Environment Agency’s objections. I don’t believe for one moment that those objections can be resolved. This hydrogeological diagram from the Risk Assessment for Underground Fuel Storage shows why.

Shropshire Council’s South Planning Committee this afternoon almost unanimously rejected an application for up to 215 homes off Bromfield Road, Ludlow. One member voted in favour. I did not have a vote under Shropshire Council’s rules as the proposal is in my division. The committee visited the site in the morning. On the previous visit, members were not allowed to cross the railway line, but this time we had a convoy of vehicles and three Network Rail staff to escort us across the line. Footpaths cross the line throughout the area. Hundreds of people cross this line every day. But as this was not a footpath we needed to play by different rules. So thanks to Network Rail for making our visit happen.

Ludford parish council was due to hear two presentations at its meeting tonight. Simon Hoare was due to present details of the supermarket proposal for Rocks Green. He cancelled and will not be presenting his plans to the parish council until September. The other presentation did take place. John Acres from Turley Associates and Mike Jones from Richborough Estates talked the audience of about 25 people through their proposals for Foldgate Lane. They talked rather than presented. They are keeping the plans under wraps until the exhibition next Monday, preferring to launch them to the public as a whole, rather than to select groups. Despite the lack of graphics, they very responsive to the audience and we learnt a lot from them. They are acting for the Small family who own the land. Once the site gains planning permission, Richborough will sell the land to a housebuilder. The development will be of just under 150 homes. They will be laid out in a series of clusters. Mike said he was surprised at how low Shropshire Council’s affordable housing quota is. He did not suggest that the site will provide any more than the council’s current quota of 15%. In response…

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