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Posted Thursday November 26th, 2015, 2:11 pm
Shropshire Council's "Big Conversation" survey now launched – have your say now on the future of council services
Residents across Shropshire are being urged to take part in what is the biggest consultation on Shropshire Council services ever launched.
The Big Conversation survey is the first phase of a five-year conversation the council wants to have with the people of Shropshire to ask them what council services are most important to them.
The Big Conversation comes in light of continuous Government cuts which, in five years’ time, will leave only one quarter of the current funding that pays for over 150 services.
Like all local authorities, the council is faced with the need to make further substantial savings in the coming years due to ongoing Government cuts.
By 2020/21 the Government’s £44m revenue support grant – money that is paid to councils each year to help provide services – will end. By the time this grant ends, it is estimated that we will be a further £77m worse off, due to the combination of inflationary increases in costs, particularly in adult social care, and further cuts in Government grants.
The council’s forecast budget for 2020/21, recently published in the council’s Financial Strategy, is estimated to be £188m. £163m (87%) of the budget will be allocated to core services such as adult’s and children’s social care and safeguarding, domestic waste disposal, concessionary travel and school transport.
This will leave just £25m (13% of the overall budget) of money to spend on the remaining 150 plus services the council currently provides. This is a reduction of 75% from the £100m the local authority currently spend on these services.
This means the council will have to stop delivering some services, and need the public to tell them which services are important to them and what they can do to help and make the remaining resources it has go further.
Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member leading the council’s Big Conversation, said:
“In every home, organisation and business in Shropshire people have to manage a budget, prioritise and make important spending decisions. This is the same for the council, and we really want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to influence these decisions by showing us which services are the most important to you and your community.
“As part of this Big Conversation we want you to tell us your views on the services you value, the services you don’t, and the services you and your community may consider to run yourselves.
“The Big Conversation will continue over the next five years. This initial survey is the first phase of this conversation.
“So please get involved, your views will be used to tell us what services the council will provide in the years ahead.”
If you know someone who does not have access to a computer, you can either print a copy off for them or you can pick a paper copy up from your local library or customer service point. Alternatively you can call us and request one.
For more information about the Big Conversation and to take part
- follow us: @shropcouncil #Shropbc
- call:0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)
Posted Thursday November 26th, 2015, 12:17 pm
Bridgnorth Town Council is looking for a qualified Finance Officer (employed or self-employed) to work the equivalent of 25 hours per week, over a month, to suit the needs of the council’s legal requirements and
meeting schedules. Some evening work will be required.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE IS ESSENTIAL
Application forms and further details are available from:
Bridgnorth Town Council, College House
4 St. Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ
Telephone: 01746 762231
CV’s will not be accepted
Posted Monday November 16th, 2015, 12:54 pm
On Friday 20th November from 4pm – 9pm, the Town will be full of festive cheer as the Christmas Lights are turned on in the High Street.
With a new look this year, our stage will be located at Northgate and will play host to the following groups through until 9pm:
Bridgnorth Primary Schools Choir
Castlefields Primary School
St. Leonard’s Primary School
St. John’s Primary School
St. Mary’s Primary School
Theatre on the Steps
Carols led by Bridgnorth Choral Society
Bridgnorth Community Pop Choir
Bridgnorth Rock Choir
With late night shopping available in our local shops, we also have a variety of stalls from local businesses, groups and charities which will extend through the High Street and Whitburn Street. There will also be a funfair, bouncy castle, live reindeer and of course, Father Christmas in his brand new High Street Grotto! The Grotto will be located in the old Designer Time premises and is in aid of Hope House Hospice.
The big switch on will take place on the stage at 6.15pm with the Mayor, Carnival Queen and the winner of our Christmas Design a Light competition, Evie Wilson.
The Cliff Railway will be open late to assist in transporting visitors from Low Town to High Town and back.
A special thanks to Showtime Security Limited who will be providing our marshalling for the event.
If you would like further information, please email email@example.com or call 01746 762231.
Posted Friday November 6th, 2015, 9:16 am
Remembrance Sunday will follow the same format as last year and timings are as follows.
10.40 am - Meet at War Memorial, Castle Grounds
10.50 am - Service at War Memorial, Castle Grounds, in which crosses will be planted by Scouts
10.55 am - Prayers
11.00 am - Two minutes silence will be observed
11.05 am - Wreaths to be laid
11.15 am - Parade to assemble
11.20 am - Parade to St Leonard’s Church – past saluting base in High St
11.30 am approx. - Service at St Leonard’s Church including sermon
Please note, the timings printed in the Bridgnorth Journal are incorrect.
Posted Monday November 2nd, 2015, 10:12 am
The erection of the town's Christmas Lighting will begin from the afternoon of 8th November for approximately two weeks. Works will be taking place late evening into the early morning as per the conditions of our licence. We appreciate your co-operation and patience whilst these works are ongoing.
This year will see the addition of our winning entry into our "Design a Light" competition designed by local school girl Evie Wilson. This will join past winner's designs on the Clock Tower in Low Town.
Posted Wednesday October 21st, 2015, 4:14 pm
Hanging Baskets & Mangers
Bridgnorth Town Council
Are inviting expressions of interest from contractors interested in tendering for the provision of hanging baskets, planters, bedding plants and perennials for the summer of 2016.
Options for a one or three year contract may be available.
A specification is currently being produced and will be available for distribution on Wednesday 21 October 2015.
If you are interested please submit your details to:
Bridgnorth Town Council
College House, St. Leonard’s Close
Telephone: 01746 762231
Posted Tuesday October 20th, 2015, 4:39 pm
This Friday, 23rd October, the Town Council are re-launching the Friday and Saturday Charter Market under the Town Hall.
We would like to encourage people to come and meet our friendly traders, some very long standing and some new - buy fresh and local produce, gifts, pet and bird food, flowers, china and sweets jewellery, wood carvings to name some of the great items you can buy.
Enjoy music from "Guitar Cubed", collect your reusable shopping bag and other give aways from 10 a.m.
After the refurbishment of the Town Hall we would like to say thank to the traders for sticking with us through difficult trading conditions. We have almost filled the empty spaces now and would like to see sales increase for all our traders.
Don't forget Bridgnorth also has a Saturday Street Market and is full of wonderful shops, pubs and restaurants making it a great place to visit! Bridgnorth Town Hall is steeped in history, the museum is open at weekends, have a ride on the cliff railway or visit the formal gardens of Castle Grounds while you are in Bridgnorth too.
Posted Tuesday October 20th, 2015, 4:36 pm
2 AED’s - Defibrillators
A couple of years ago the LJC funded AED’s in the Bridgnorth LJC area with a great deal of take up and success. Unfortunately one parish council is not continuing with the AED’s for various reasons. Therefore the two AED’s allocated to that parish are now available to other schemes in the Bridgnorth, Worfield, Alveley, Claverley and Brown Clee LJC area However it must be noted that there is no funding available from the LJC to fund the redeployment of the AED’s. I have been asked to give all organisations and groups’ information regarding the AED’s.
Therefore I have asked Val Edwards Parish Clerk to Kemberton Parish Council to give her experience of the AED’s and Chris Phillips – Director of Heart Start – Midlands area
Val Edwards Parish Clerk – Kemberton PC
From the Kemberton Experience the costs are as follows:
This would be provided free of charge by WM Ambulance, just need a venue.
Depending on where the defib is to be located. If the location is outside a secure box is needed with an electricity supply (equivalent of that needed to power a light bulb), for protection against very low temperatures. These boxes can be very expensive – in region of £550 plus. Kemberton purchased a standard GRP electricity meter box and adapted it. (This came out at £412.80inc vat. including installation.) Kemberton have done the installation as frugally as possible with the box and installation done by a resident at a favourable rate.
Cascade Phone service
This is needed if the service is to be run through WM Ambulance service. The calls are directed to the volunteers on a cascade basis till a volunteer who is available is found. This service is provided through Numbers Plus at a cost quoted for the current year of £118.80inc vat. per annum.
Kemberton have recruited seven volunteers. This was felt to be adequate to serve Kemberton Parish (largish geographical area but only 200 or so electors). Larger parishes may need more to provide cover. Kemberton has found that the frequent extraneous calls to locations in Telford (never part of the original plan) have stretched them to very high levels of stress!
Chris Phillips – Director of Heart Start - Midlands
Heart Start have set up over 25 PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Sites across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and are able to get these supplies VAT Exempt and at a cheaper price as we get this directly from the manufacturer.
As Mrs Edwards has said, an electrical cabinet can secure the AED- However, the battery cells inside the AED ARE dramatically damaged by the cold and water. Therefore, we supply the purpose built AED cabinets with a heater (for when temperatures drop below 5 degrees), a light that illuminates upon the door opening and a waterproof seal. This cabinet comes labelled in a variety of colours for £480.
They need connecting to a 240V power supply, where we normally find there are local electricians that are happy to install the cabinet for their logo to be displayed near the cabinet, or to be involved in a press release etc.
Call - Out
As Val mentioned above, the 'Call-Out' System approved by West Midlands Ambulance service is operated by a company called 'Numbers PLUS' and available at £99 a year.
Training is arranged through us to be delivered by either us or WMAS, decided by them.
Remember: The AED does not have to have volunteer responders or a callout system, it can simply be mounted to the wall in a cabinet and available for locals to access it by calling 999 if required in the area. WMAS will direct people nearby to retrieve the AED from the cabinet not just in Cardiac Arrest, but for their life threatening calls (such as chest pain or stroke) should the patient’s condition deteriorate.
We will also arrange for the AED to be put on the Computer Aided Dispatch system.
Signage is recommended at the site and costs £17.
As discussed, if no Parish Councils/Local groups in the LJC area take up the offer of the AEDs, we have an ideal location for the placement of the AED in Quatford (in the LJC area), where funds are available to immediately set the site up.
If there is anything else Phillip can assist you with, or if any organisations or groups have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Phillip on 07940284218 and 01952 373999.
Finally if you are interested in the AED’s please can you email Tracy Johnson by Friday 13th November 2015, so we can get the AED’s redeployed ASAP. Tracy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Monday October 19th, 2015, 3:12 pm
Bridgnorth Town Council are looking for tenders to carry out the following work in relation to their properties and assets.
To supply valuations for both insurance purposes and replacement of:
- All properties and assets
- Items owned by the Town Council
For further information which will be available from Monday 19th October 2015 please contact:
The Town Clerk
Bridgnorth Town Council
College House, St. Leonard’s Close
Tel: 01746 762231
Posted Tuesday October 13th, 2015, 11:06 am
After a fantastic response to the Design A Light Competition, the Mayor has chosen his favourite entries.
This year's winning design was created by Evie Wilson in Year 4 at St. Leonard's Primary School and will feature amongst past year's winners on the Clock Tower in Low Town.
The runners up are Violet Matthews in Year 1 at Highley Community School, May Neal and Oscar Robinson; both in Year 6 at St. Leonard's Primary School. Each of these designs have been incorporated into the posters for this year's event so keep your eyes peeled around town for each one!
A huge well done to all those who entered. The standard was incredibly high and we have some very talented children in our local area.