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Bridgnorth Town Plan

Posted Tuesday August 20th, 2019, 9:55 am

Bridgnorth Town Plan
Newsletter – August 2019

The last version of the Bridgnorth Town Plan was completed in 2012. A new version is needed, especially
given the proposals from Shropshire Council for a revised Local Plan. An independent Steering Group has
been set up to lead development of a revised plan, with the support of a number of local organisations, the
Town Council and adjacent Parish Councils.

The Steering Group held its first meeting on 28th June and work is progressing well.
More information on the Bridgnorth Town Plan is available at https://bridgnorthtownplan.weebly.com.

Approach and objectives

The Town Plan will be produced in three phases:
1. Production of a discussion document that will summarise the issues facing the town and some
potential solutions. This should be available in October 2019. It will be neither final nor complete and
is intended to provide a basis for the next phase, providing a basis for consultation.
2. Consultation with residents and local businesses. This will probably be through a combination of
community meetings and an on-line survey, between October 2019 and early 2020.
3. Completion of the Town Plan during 2020.

The Town Plan should provide a vision for the future of Bridgnorth and the surrounding area, giving a
framework within which relevant organisations can collaborate and provide the required infrastructure and
services. Responsibility for provision will generally remain with the appropriate bodies, such as Shropshire
Council, the NHS, the emergency services and landowners. However, the town is more likely to get what is
needed if everyone takes an interest in defining what is needed.

Progress to date

An initial breakdown of activity into working groups is shown in the next page. The first three working groups
have met and started work and the fourth will meet shortly. These are:
Growth and Demographics: Understanding potential changes in population and business in the area
and the potential demand for housing and industrial and business premises.
Economy and Business: Considering how to best support the economy in Bridgnorth, including
industry and services, tourism and hospitality, and retail and the town centre.
Education and Skills: Checking that the town’s needs can be met by local provision, in reasonable
travel distance or by distance learning.
Mobility and Transport: Assessing people’s need to travel, including commuting, and demand for the
transport of goods. What enhancements will be needed for pedestrians and cyclists, and to public
transport and the road network? How can we reduce pollution and divert traffic?

In addition, the sports community is holding its own meetings on sports provision in the area, including
considering if collaboration can help clubs thrive and enable more funding to be obtained. This work may
provide the basis for the ‘Sports and Leisure’ section of the Town Plan.

Sustainability and the environment will be considered across all working groups, with some coordination.

How to get involved

Contact the Chairman, either directly or via the Contact page on the website, and let him know in which of the
working groups you would like to participate. You will be invited to the next meeting and sent any relevant
information that is available for the working group.

We also need assistance on the following:
PR and communications: We have to involve the community and developing a route forward. We
are going to need a good web site, an approach to social media and excellent PR to promote the
needs of the Town.
Understanding funding: We must understand how the needs identified in the Town Plan could be
funded. A plan cannot be a plan unless it can be implemented. However, we are not trying to raise
funds – just to convince ourselves that funding will be available.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support,
Clive Dyson – Chair, Bridgnorth Town Plan Steering Group

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Election of a Town Councillor

Posted Monday August 5th, 2019, 9:37 am

On 1st August, Elliott Lynch was elected as a Town Councillor for East Ward. The results of the poll can be found below.

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Town Councillor Vacancy – Morfe Ward

Posted Tuesday July 30th, 2019, 9:35 am

Please see details below regarding a vacancy in Bridgnorth Town Council's Morfe Ward.

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Expanding the Bridgnorth Town Boundary – Have your Say

Posted Thursday July 25th, 2019, 11:29 am

Bridgnorth Town Council recently submitted a request for Shropshire Council to carry out a Community Governance Review for the parish of Bridgnorth. The aims of the request would involve:

  • Extending the boundary of the Castle and The West Wards of the parish of Bridgnorth to include the areas (to the West of the parish of Bridgnorth) earmarked for development within the Shropshire Council Site Allocations & Management of Development Plan
  • Extending the boundary of the East and The Morfe Wards to include the areas (East of the parish of Bridgnorth) earmarked for development within the Local Plan Review 2018.

Shropshire Council are now going out to public consultation on the proposals. The Terms of Reference of the review and draft maps are available to view on the Shropshire Council website - https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/elections-and-electoral-registration/community-governance-reviews/ or below on the following links:

Draft Map - Suggested Extension - Bridgnorth Parish
Draft Map - Suggested Extension - Tasley
Draft Map - Suggested Extension - Stanmore

You can also request a copy by e-mailing [email protected], by telephone on 01743 257713 or by writing to Committee Services, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

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Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Posted Thursday July 25th, 2019, 10:54 am

At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday 23rd July 2019, Councillor Ron Whittle OBE was elected as Mayor for the remainder of 2019/2020. Councillor Whittle was previously Deputy Mayor which then left the position vacant. After a unanimous vote, Councillor Kirstie Hurst-Knight will now take over as Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the year.

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Town Mayor Passes Away

Posted Monday July 15th, 2019, 3:56 pm

It is with much regret that we announce the passing away of the Bridgnorth Town Mayor, Councillor Jean Onions earlier today following a lengthy illness.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ron Whittle OBE said:

“On behalf of the councillors, staff and residents of Bridgnorth I wish to express the great sadness felt at the news of the death of Jean Onions. Our thoughts are with Jean’s family at this time.

Apart from being on Town Council together, I have known Jean and her late husband very well indeed since we were in our late teens. She was a true entrepreneur running their florists with good humour and professionalism. Jean was also a tireless volunteer with the Air Training Corps, the Chamber of Commerce and much more. She could be fierce and, I am pleased to say, did not suffer fools. But on the other hand had a soft heart and would defend friends and those in need with great tenacity.”

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‘Road Focus’ Campaign – Drop in Sessions in Bridgnorth

Posted Monday July 8th, 2019, 11:24 am

Shropshire Council and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion are running a joint campaign from 8-12 July to improve road safety in Shropshire.

As part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign, drop-in sessions will be held in Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Bridgnorth to enable people to put comments, concerns and questions about road safety issues to Shropshire Council, the PCC, Safer Roads Partnership, the police, and local councillors. Shropshire Council’s road safety education team will also be on hand to talk about the road safety education and cycle training available to schools. People will also be able to find out more about work being done across the county to improve road safety.

The drop-in session to be held in Bridgnorth is as follows:

  • Thursday 11 July – Bridgnorth, Castle Hall: 5pm to 7pm

On Friday 12 July there’s an opportunity for people to attend a ‘driver awareness course’ in Shrewsbury free of charge. The driver awareness course – run in conjunction with TTC – will be held from 2pm to 4pm, at The Lantern in Shrewsbury.

All comments and suggestions raised as part of the campaign will be considered by the relevant organisation and, where appropriate, action will be taken.

For more information please email [email protected].

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Election of a Town Councillor – Statement of Persons Nominated

Posted Monday July 8th, 2019, 8:59 am

Following the resignation of Adrian Hinton, a poll will be taken on 1st August between 7 am and 10 pm. Details of both candidates can be found below:



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Councillor Elections

Posted Wednesday June 26th, 2019, 4:40 pm

An election has been called for the vacancy of Bridgnorth Town Councillor (East Ward).

Prospective candidates can obtain nomination forms from either the Town Council offices in St Leonard's Close during our normal office hours (Mon-Fri 10 am to 2 pm) or by contacting Shropshire Council via e-mail: [email protected] and they will subsequently post one out.

Closing date for candidates to be nominated is Friday 5th July.

Should there be more than one candidate then an election is scheduled for Thursday 1st August.

The formal notice of election can be found by clicking the link below.

Notice of Election

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Upcoming Road Closures

Posted Wednesday June 26th, 2019, 2:38 pm

We have been notified by Shropshire Council of the following upcoming road closures:

Road Closure:  A458 Stourbridge Road (Kidderminster Road roundabout to Stourbridge Road roundabout)

Start Date: 1st July 2019

End Date: 2nd July 2019

Purpose: Surface dressing of the carriageway.

Surface dressing 01-02/07/19 09:30-16:00.

Lining works 12-13/07/19 09:30-16:00.

Works Promoter:   Kier

Enforcement pattern for A458 Stourbridge Road Closure:
Please note: These works are very weather dependent and the dates are subject to change.

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:  https://roadworks.org?tm=113552715

Road Closure:  B4373 Stanley Lane junction to Cross Lane Head

Start Date: 2nd July 2019

End Date: 3rd July 2019

Purpose: SE01 Surface dressing of the carriageway.

Surface dressing 02-03/07/19 09:30-16:00.

Stud replacement and lining 16-17/07/19 20:00-06:00.

Works Promoter:   Kier

Enforcement pattern for B4373 Closure:
Please note: These works are very weather dependent and the dates are subject to change.

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:  https://roadworks.org?tm=113565623

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on [email protected].

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