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Petition – Community Governance Review

Posted Thursday January 17th, 2019, 2:37 pm

Bridgnorth Town Council is keen to have a review of its boundary that will consider if the current parish boundary continues to be appropriate.

There is a view that much of the recent and planned development in and around the Town might well have changed the shape of the community of Bridgnorth.  There is of course likely to be a contrary review.

The intended purpose of having a review is to; obtain those views; consider them and recommend a boundary for Bridgnorth that is relevant and appropriate.

The Town Council recently requested that Shropshire Council conduct a review.  In general terms the request for a review was rejected by Shropshire Council for ‘now not being a good time’.  A similar request in 2015 received a similar response.

Bridgnorth Town Council is asking residents to consider signing a petition that will require Shropshire Council to review the parish boundary of Bridgnorth now.

The Town Council petition will require 7.5 % of the electorate to sign the petition to prompt a review.  With a published electorate of 9,733 the petition will require 730 signatures.  Only signatures of those on the electoral roll for Bridgnorth will be considered valid signatures.

A number of councillors are trying to contact residents to obtain signatures and that will include knocking on doors.   If you have not been visited by a councillor and you wish to sign the petition then there are copies available in the Council offices at College House in St Leonard's Close.  Alternatively you can download a form on the following link, complete it and return it to the Town Council offices or we can send you a hard copy.

Community Governance Review Petition

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Change of Town Council Office Opening Hours

Posted Wednesday January 9th, 2019, 3:49 pm

The Town Council office opening hours will be changing from Monday 28th January 2019.

The new opening times for the office will be Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and seasonal closedowns) between 10am and 2pm for enquiries from the public.

For many years, the Town Council has closed its offices to the public from 1pm – 2pm for lunch but these changes will ensure we will be accessible to the public during these times, as it is often the most convenient time for the public to visit.

The decision was made at the Town Council meeting on 18th December 2018; minute number 0447/1819 refers.

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Does Your Charity Want a Free Statue on the Art Trail to Promote their Work?

Posted Monday December 17th, 2018, 3:59 pm

Following the success of the first 12 statues in the "Catch-me-who-can" Art Trail, organisers have now bid for a grant to pay for a further five statues.

The idea is that, instead of seeking sponsorship from businesses (£2,000 each), a grant of £17,000 from the Shropshire LEADER funding (to support rural tourism and businesses) will fund the additional statues.

Our outline application has been successful and we are now invited to full application – but to succeed we need letters of endorsement from those involved.

We would like to open the opportunity up to local worthy charities and community groups in Bridgnorth.

If your charity or community group is selected, you would get a free statue and would work with a local artist to commission the design you want, to promote your organisation.

There are obviously lots of very worthy causes in Bridgnorth, many of which have been suggested as obvious beneficiaries.  But we would like a fair and transparent selection process.  So we would encourage as many as possible to express an interest.

Cllr Julia Buckley, Chair of the Bridgnorth Art Trail said, “We are so lucky to have been successful with our outline funding application.  To get past the final panel of judges we need to identify five local charities who would like to have a free statue, designed by a local artist, to promote their organisation.  It's such a lovely opportunity for some very worthy causes – and we would love to hear from local community groups and charities who are interested in joining our community project.  Just to be clear – there is no sponsorship cost required, only hard work and lots of job satisfaction!”

If you think your local organisation could benefit please send a brief email to: [email protected] or a letter to Cllr Julia Buckley, c/o: Bridgnorth Town Council, 4 St. Leonard's Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ,

The deadline for responses is 10th January 2019, as the Art Trail working group volunteers hope to reach a decision by 15th January.

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Season Tickets for Parking on Severn Park

Posted Monday October 22nd, 2018, 2:38 pm

Twelve month parking permits available for parking on Severn Park.  These permits just need to be displayed on the windscreen of your car and if you use this park on a regular basis, this can be a cheaper and more convenient method of paying for your parking.

Parking permits charges differ for residents and non-residents of Bridgnorth.  These can be paid for by cash, cheque or by BACS to Bridgnorth Town Council.  Please note that you will need to provide proof of address in order to qualify for a resident rate.

Complete and print off the relevant attached form from the link below.  When payment has been made, the parking permit will be sent to you.

Severn Park Residents Parking Permits -2018-19

Severn Park Non Residents Parking Permits -2018-19

 

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Remembrance Sunday – 11th November 2018

Posted Tuesday October 16th, 2018, 11:00 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 Guides

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

This year, there will be an event in the Castle Hall to commemorate the Centenary of World War 1 where there will be refreshments and live entertainment following the Church Service in St. Leonard's Church. All are welcome.

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Emergency Road Closure – Listley Street – 16th October

Posted Tuesday October 16th, 2018, 9:08 am

We have been advised by Shropshire Council that there is to be a further Emergency Road Closure of Listley Street from 9am - 1pm today, 16th October, for two days on a 24 hour basis.

The intention of the closure is to allow contractors to erect scaffolding and associated hoarding to the elevation of New Market Buildings fronting Listley Street. From there the roof of the building can be assessed by qualified structural engineers and some minor repairs can be undertaken if required.

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Bridgnorth Catch Me Who Can Statue Trail

Posted Thursday October 11th, 2018, 5:03 pm

The popular Bridgnorth Catch Me Who Can Statue Trail has recently featured in both the Wolverhampton Magazine and Shropshire Magazine, spreading the word far and wide to bring tourists to our fantastic town. The Trail has seen visitors from all over the County and further afield and has proven popular with local residents. They hope to launch an interactive mobile app very soon!

A copy of the 3-page spread in the Wolverhampton Magazine is below:

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A-Board Regulations

Posted Friday October 5th, 2018, 11:57 am

The Town Council has recently received enquiries regarding the number of ‘A’ Boards currently on display in the town, and as a result have sought clarification from Shropshire Council regarding the regulations pertaining to these.  They have forwarded the attached guidelines to us which we attach below:

A-Boards - Existing Standards - Shropshire Council

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Financial Matters – Year Ending 2017/2018

Posted Friday September 28th, 2018, 10:20 am

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit and the Annual Governance Statement 2017/2018, together with End of Year Accounts 2017/2018 can be found at https://www.bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk/policies-procedures/

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Town Council approached to consider selling land to Bridgnorth Rugby Club

Posted Friday September 7th, 2018, 12:21 pm

Bridgnorth Town Council has been approached by the Town’s Rugby Club to see if it would sell land that the Town Council owns that is adjacent to the Rugby Club.

Bridgnorth Town Council plans to consider the matter at its next meeting on Tuesday 18th September.  The land of interest is to the south of Bandon Lane and across that lane from the Rugby Club main and in the vicinity of the Severn Trent pumping station. The request arises out of the Rugby Club’s aspirations to build a new clubhouse and create parking for training and match days.

Town Clerk Lee Jakeman says:

I can confirm that we have been approached by the [Bridgnorth] Rugby Club who wish to purchase a piece of land that the Council owns off Bandon Lane.  The Council will meet soon discuss the proposal.  However, Town councillors are aware of their responsibility to obtain best value for the tax payer, the need to measure any community benefit that might arise from such a transaction.  The land does have some restrictive covenants on it that limit its future development.  We understand the intention is to build some form of clubhouse facility and provide additional parking.   Councillors are mindful that part of the area concerned is home to the Trevithick memorial and that piece of land would probably need to be retained by the Council to ensure its future maintenance.

Before making any decision on the merits of proceeding councillors have asked that the public have an opportunity to comment on whether the idea of considering selling the land to the Rugby Club has some merit, whether the piece of land is fine as it is or indeed, whether there is a better as yet ‘un-thought’ of use for it.  Should local residents have a view on the matter please feel free to contact one of your local councillors with your views so that they in turn can contribute informed opinion to the decision making process.

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Bridgnorth Rugby Club Chairman says:

“although we are so very proud of our Club holding the coveted position of being the largest (in terms of playing numbers) community based sports club in Shropshire, this does bring along its own challenges, not least the fact that we have outgrown our existing facilities, which do not comply with RFU recommendations (in terms of volume of showers etc).  We are only eligible to apply for grant funding from the Lottery and the RFU to build a new club house, if the Club owns the land where the proposed new club house is to be erected.  Hence, our approach to the Town Council. ”

A map of the proposed area can be found here

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