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Bridgnorth Town Carnival Rescheduling

Posted Wednesday June 26th, 2019, 11:00 am

Please see statement below from the Chairman of the Events & Christmas Committee, Councillor Sarah Barlow.

“While the events committee was scheduled to meet yesterday and discuss the Carnival,  I regret that it was unable to do so due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. I have however, spoken with the officers of the Council to see how the Town Council might reschedule the Carnival which was cancelled last weekend.

I have taken the opportunity to discuss at length with officers of the Council what might reasonably be done and how we can move forward in a positive way. 

 Initial discussions suggest that it is unreasonable to expect the carnival to be rescheduled before the end of August. 

 However, it appears much more plausible to reschedule a scaled down version of the event specifically to include the main Carnival procession, with a possible route change that ends in the High Street.

One of my greatest concerns at this time is the need to allow those young people who were nominated as Carnival Royalty their moment in the limelight. I have also been saddened to hear about the many people taking part in the procession who worry that all their hard work will go to waste.

 I have asked the officers of the Council to contact participants to seek their views on potential dates; mid to late September (15th or 22nd) seems the most likely to me at this stage. There is no point in organising an event if no one can attend but I’m hoping that residents of the town will see these suggestions as a positive move. All dates have their difficulties, some more than others. Many hands make light work and if there are members of the local community who think they might be willing to help out, then we will be very appreciative. I am sure that together we can overcome any obstacles.

 Local residents of course will have a view as will High Street traders and we will need to take into consideration all valid viewpoints.

 The next meeting of the events committee is on 4th July. I hope that we can have some more detail at that point in order that we can come to a firm decision on the way forward.”

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Armed Forces Day 2019

Posted Monday June 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm

Bridgnorth showed its support for our Armed Forces at a service in the Castle Grounds for Armed Forces Day earlier today. Local schools, military (ex and serving), organisations and busineses attended the short service which was led by Reverend Prebendary Simon Cawdell.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country with Armed Forces Day taking place on Saturday 29th June. This year, the national event will be held in Salisbury.

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Footbridge Farm – Amendment to Planning Application

Posted Friday June 21st, 2019, 12:14 pm

At the Town Council meeting on 18th June, Councillors stood by their original decision to object to the subject planning application (Amendment to 17/01033/EIA) in line with their previous submission in August 2017. The planning application proposed to erect four poultry buildings with feed bins, one gate house, one boiler house and a circular water tank; and the associated infrastructure and landscaping scheme – located at Footbridge Farm, Tasley, Bridgnorth, WV16 5LZ.

The Town Council's planning committee will approve a precise form of words that are consistent with the views discussed (to object) that could be submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

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Climate Change Emergency Recognised

Posted Friday June 21st, 2019, 11:50 am

At the Town Council meeting held on 18th June 2019, Bridgnorth Town Council considered a draft motion concerning climate change. Members resolved:

i. That Bridgnorth Town Council recognises a climate emergency.

ii. To aim for its own operations to become carbon neutral by 2030, including meaningful offsets.


iii. That an advisory group be created (in line with an offer made by Sustainable Bridgnorth to provide advice, support and recommendations) that can report formally to the Town Council on how the Town Council might best proceed to reduce and measure any reduction in its (net) carbon footprint (Town Clerk to arrange for some appropriate terms of reference to be drawn up). Once a process had been identified a regular report (most likely annually) should be provided to the Town Council.


iv. In the meantime (The Council) to be mindful of carbon emissions (with the aim of reducing them) in carrying out its routine or any new business.

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Take a (virtual) tour of the Town Hall….

Posted Thursday June 20th, 2019, 10:14 am

Our wonderful Town Hall can now be viewed from the comfort of your own living room. Take our virtual tour and find out all about the history of the Town Hall. Don't forget we are still open every Saturday until 7th September so you can meet our Curator and learn even more...

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Bridgnorth Town Carnival – Postponed

Posted Tuesday June 18th, 2019, 4:07 pm

This weekend’s Bridgnorth Carnival Postponed

It is with much regret that Bridgnorth Town Council has decided to postpone the Bridgnorth Carnival scheduled for Sunday 23rd June due to the extremely high levels of rainfall over the past week, combined with the likelihood of more rain in the week ahead and the high river level.

The land where the carnival procession terminates (Severn Park) and where the attractions are sited is adjacent to the river Severn.  Much of the adjoining land which is used for parking is currently underwater and cannot be utilised.

Where the land appears to be dry the water table is high.  It is extremely likely that the large vehicles associated with the fairground rides and other attractions will do some considerable damage to the ground.  Furthermore, the Stall holders will each arrive in vehicles, many with trailers, and they will add to the weight of traffic that has potential to churn up the ground.

While the situation might improve more than anticipated over the course of the next few days, it was felt that coming to an early decision would be the right thing to do for traders, participants and entertainment providers.

The Town Clerk advises that a meeting of the Town Council Events Committee will need to be held before the end of next week to see if a suitable new date could be identified.

I appreciate that many people will have put much effort into preparing for the Carnival and will be disappointed but trust that they will understand the reasons.

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Town Councillor Vacancy

Posted Wednesday May 29th, 2019, 11:40 am

Due to the resignation of Adrian Hinton as a Bridgnorth Town Councillor there is now a casual vacancy.

Electors in the East Ward can request that an election takes place, provided that 10 legitimate signatures are sent to the Returning Officer at Shropshire Council.

The Formal notification of the vacancy and the procedure is attached below:


In addition  there is a form that electors can complete and return to Shropshire Council if they wish to call an election.


If an election is not called by 18th June then the Town Council will co-opt an individual.

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Town Council end of year (18/19) accounts available for inspection

Posted Tuesday May 28th, 2019, 2:34 pm


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Severn Park Play Area Closed – 3-21 June for Refurbishment

Posted Wednesday April 17th, 2019, 10:55 am

Please be advised that the Play Area on Severn Park is being refurbished from 3rd through to 21st June and will be unavailable for use.

Other play areas are available at the Grove, Lodge Lane and at Crown Meadow.

We apologise for any inconvenience but trust that temporary inconvenience will be outweighed by having new equipment.

The work follows on from the repairs to the access road carried out during the week of 20th May 19.

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Town Hall to Re-open to the Public

Posted Friday April 5th, 2019, 12:23 pm

We are delighted to announce that the Town Hall will be open again to the public from this Saturday, 6th April, and every Saturday until 7th September!

Opening hours will be 10.15am - 12.30pm

In due course, we look to extend the opening hours through the summer months.

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