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Christmas Closure 2015

Posted Thursday December 24th, 2015, 11:48 am

Bridgnorth Town Council closes at 12 noon on Thursday 24th December and re-opens at 9 a.m. on Monday 4th January 2016. There are staff working some hours next week to check the open spaces and play areas and liaise with the Undertakers. There is also a team on call in the case of an emergency.
If you need to contact the Town Council in an emegency please call 01746 762231.
May we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Shropshire Council: Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan: Adoption Statement

Posted Friday December 18th, 2015, 2:45 pm

Notice of adoption of the SAMDev Plan – December 2015

In accordance with Regulation 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is given that Shropshire Council formally adopted its SAMDev Plan on 17 December 2015.

The SAMDev Plan covers the administrative County of Shropshire (excluding the Borough of Telford and Wrekin) and sets out proposals for the use of land and policies to guide future development in order to help to deliver the Vision and Objectives of the adopted Core Strategy for the period up to 2026. Together with the Core Strategy, the SAMDev Plan forms the Council’s Local Plan.

The SAMDev Plan has been subject to an Examination in Public by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  The adopted Plan incorporates the recommendations set out in the Planning Inspector’s Report and accompanying appendix.

The adopted SAMDev Plan, Sustainability Appraisal and the Inspector’s Report with accompanying appendices and this Adoption Statement are available to view on the Council’s website: http://shropshire.gov.uk/planning-policy and paper copies of the Plan documents will be available for inspection during normal opening hours at our principal office:

Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

and during normal opening hours at:

Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AW

  • Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2PG
  • Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN
  • Wem Library, High Street, Wem, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5AA


Copies of the accompanying Policies Maps are available to view on the Council’s website and paper copies will be made available at locations above as soon as reasonably practicable in January 2016.

For further information please contact Planning Policy on 0345 678 9004 or


Any person aggrieved by the SAMDev Plan may apply to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) for leave to challenge the validity of the Plan on the grounds that:

  • The document is not within the appropriate power;
  • A procedural requirement has not been complied with.
  • Any such application for leave must be made before the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day after the date of the adoption of the Plan, which is 17th December 2015.

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Invitation to Tender – Quinquennial Property Surveyor Services

Posted Thursday December 17th, 2015, 3:17 pm

Bridgnorth Town Council are inviting expressions of interest from property surveyors interested in tendering for the provision of quinquennial inspection/surveying services for several Town Council buildings including; preparation of a repair schedule, prioritising work covering the five year period and preparing one off specifications for work of a specialist nature as and when required on behalf of the Town Council.

A specification is currently being produced and will be available for distribution on Friday 18th December 2015.

If you are interested please submit your details to:

Bridgnorth Town Council

College House, St. Leonard’s Close


WV16 4EJ

Closing date for applications is Friday 12th February 2016 by 12 noon.

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Bridgnorth Cemetery – Search for Relatives

Posted Monday December 7th, 2015, 5:02 pm

Following some recent accidental damage to two memorial stones in Bridgnorth Cemetery, the Town Council are trying to locate relatives of the late Scott and Ada Turner who were buried in grave plots Consecrated 2352C in June 1967 and March 1979 respectively and also relatives of William Joseph Lowe who was buried in grave plot Consecrated 2352C during 1897.  Both plots are situated just in front of the top chapel.   Any information you can give us to trace living relatives of the aforementioned would be gratefully received on 01746 762231

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Bridgnorth Bus Service Consultation

Posted Monday December 7th, 2015, 4:07 pm

Have your say on Bridgnorth's bus services on Saturday 12th December outside The Bear.

Bridgnorth Bus Event poster-page-001

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Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation

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

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Vacancy – Part Time Qualified Finance Officer

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.


Application forms and further details are available from:
Bridgnorth Town Council, College House
4 St. Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ
Telephone: 01746 762231
Email: townclerk@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk
CV’s will not be accepted

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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

Galaxy Dance


Theatre on the Steps

Carols led by Bridgnorth Choral Society

Guitar Cubed

Bridgnorth Community Pop Choir


Urban Roots

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 events@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01746 762231.


Poster 2015 - May Neal - Rudolph1


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Remembrance Sunday

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.

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Erection of Christmas Lighting

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.

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