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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.


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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Mayor’s 2018/2019 Junior Sports Club Fund

Posted Wednesday August 8th, 2018, 4:27 pm

For the current Mayor’s year rather than the more usual charity events, Ron and Carol Whittle have decided to raise funds for three Junior Sports Clubs. The intention is to help develop innovative ways of encouraging more Bridgnorth children to be involved in sport.  This is in recognition that in addition to health benefits sports can be a route to lifetime friendships and better social interaction.

The three clubs will benefit from any funds raised between now and next April. All Bridgnorth junior sports clubs, including senior clubs that have a significant junior section will be invited to “bid” for the funds available and in the Spring of next year Ron and his wife Carol will short list six clubs. Council will then be invited to decide the result, with the third place receiving 20% of the fund, second place 30% and first place getting 50%. The form of bids are up to the clubs but will need to show why clubs thinks they should be awarded funds including, for example, any particular projects they want to run or special events etc. How more children will be encouraged into sport will be key.

Bids MUST be in by end of February 2019 for judging to take place in March/April. They should be sent to Bridgnorth Town Council, College House, St Leonards Close, Bridgnorth WV16 4EJ. If you have any queries please contact Ron Whittle on 07801 615880 or [email protected]

It was intended to launch the fund at an event on 31st August, but unfortunately due to a clash of dates this has been cancelled.  However look out for other fundraising events we will be running between now and April, including quiz night, curry night, Civic Ball, fashion show etc.

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Vacancy – Direct Labour Force Supervisor

Posted Tuesday August 7th, 2018, 10:57 am

Bridgnorth Town Council is looking for an experienced Supervisor to oversee the Direct Labour Force for 37 hours per week.

Job Description - DLF Supervisor

Job Specification - DLF Supervisor

Application Form - DLF Supervisor

Hard copies of the above documents are available from:
Bridgnorth Town Council, College House, 4 St. Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ
Telephone: 01746 762231
Email: [email protected]

Closing date for completed applications is noon on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Interviews to be held on Friday 24th August 2018

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Organisations and groups invited to an event to find out more about supporting people’s health and wellbeing in Bridgnorth

Posted Tuesday July 31st, 2018, 4:02 pm

Organisations and groups who provide services or activities in Bridgnorth that benefit peoples’ health and wellbeing, are invited to come to an event in the town on Wednesday 22nd August.

The Social Prescribing information and sharing workshop will be hosted at Castle Hall on West Castle Street, Bridgnorth from 12.45 pm to 3 pm.

Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme, how it’s going to be rolled out in Bridgnorth and how they can get involved.

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing Programme

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing Programme is being led by Shropshire Council, the councils Help2Change service and Shropshire CCG. The programme involves working with a range of organisations such as GP’s and community and voluntary organisations to provide non-medical support for people to help them take greater control over their own health.

The overall aim is to prevent worsening health for people with long-term health conditions, reduce the number and intensity of costly interventions in urgent or specialist care, and offer an alternative to those people with non-medical conditions presenting at GP practices.

Who should attend the workshops?

  • Anyone who is looking for non-medical/clinical support for the people they are working with. Voluntary and community groups
  • Charities and social enterprises
  • Commissioned services that provide activity for people in Bridgnorth that supports people to stay healthy and independent.
  • People delivering community based services, e.g. libraries, creative groups and community centres.
  • Practitioners and staff working in primary and secondary care – general practice teams, community health teams and pharmacies.
  • People working in social care, mental health care, public health and health commissioning.

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet member for adult services, health and housing said;

“Our Social Prescribing workshops offers a great opportunity to raise awareness of the positive benefits social prescribing can bring to local communities. I hope the event also encourages those who attend to see how they could get involved and contribute to our programme.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at our event on the 22 August to explore how we can work together to develop and deliver Bridgnorth’s Social Prescribing programme.

Dr Stuart Wright of Bridgnorth Medical Practise added:  This is a great opportunity to work in partnership with other agencies for the benefit of our patients. We are pleased to be working with Shropshire Council to bring Social Prescribing to Bridgnorth, and hope that this is just the beginning of a much closer collaborative working relationship.

It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social problem rather than a clinical problem.

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme will enable doctors to refer those patients to a Social Prescribing Advisor who will work with the individual to access services and support in their own communities. This could be anything from taking part in group learning sessions, sports, arts activities, volunteering, gardening, befriending services to healthy eating advice.

To register for the event please contact Tracy Johnson at [email protected] or call 01743 254683 before the 15th August

Further information

Shropshire’s Healthy Lives Programme

Social Prescribing forms part of Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme, which supports individuals, families and communities to take more control over their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease. The scheme also links to the Resilient Communities work being undertaken by Shropshire Council with the support of NHS colleagues and voluntary sector organisations who are working together to design targeted interventions and activity in localities. The aim of this work is to connect up people and activities in our neighbourhoods so that they all know more about what is going on, and have the choice and opportunity to get involved in the things they are interested in, and which can make people happier and healthier.

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Public toilets to go cashless

Posted Friday July 27th, 2018, 2:21 pm

The public toilets in Bridgnorth will become cashless within the next few weeks.

Bridgnorth Town Council have made this decision to try to prevent further damage to the toilets and theft of cash which has become almost a weekly occurrence.  The changeover to cashless will inevitably see an end to this sort of criminal activity and thereby save a considerable amount of taxpayers money.

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Big Lottery Fund – Building Connections Fund

Posted Monday July 23rd, 2018, 4:44 pm

The Big Lottery Fund have launched a new Building Connections Fund aims to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness by increasing social connections.

Further information can be found on their website https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/building-connections-fund 

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