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Shropshire Council plans for Yardley, Brownhill

As some of you may be aware, the property known as Yardley (on Brownhill) was purchased by Shropshire Council at the end of March 2020. Residents have been in touch with the Parish Council to share their concerns about Shropshire Council’s plans to use the property as a children’s home.  Since becoming aware of the purchase of Yardley, the Parish Council has discussed this matter in council meetings from April 2020 onwards. We encourage all interested parties to read through the relevant sections in the council minutes and appendices, where you will find background information on Yardley, as well as any Parish Council decisions on this matter. A planning application has now been submitted for a Change of use from a Class 3 dwelling to a Class 2 children’s home.

The Parish Council submitted a formal complaint to Shropshire Council regarding the lack of communication with the parish council and community on this matter, and a Freedom of Information request has been submitted by the Vice chairman. We are now in direct communication with Children’s Services regarding their intentions for Yardley. In addition to this, Shropshire Councillor for Ruyton and Baschurch, Cllr Nick Bardsley, has set up a liaison group which will include the Chairman and Vice chairman of the Parish Council, officers from Children’s Services, the Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services (Cllr Ed Potter) and Cllr Bardsley as the local elected member. The first liaison group meeting is expected to take place on Thurs 28th May. We will continue to share updates at Council meetings, in the minutes and on this website as appropriate.

Urgent Care Centres at RSH and PRH planned to relocate on 16 April

News from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Health services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are taking measures to provide the safest care and best possible experience for patients during this time.

From Thursday 16 April 2020, Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) will temporarily relocate to the Minor Injury Units (MIUs) in Whitchurch and Bridgnorth, to form two Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs).

People with major injuries and illnesses, such as head injuries and breathing difficulties, should still attend A&E. The Emergency Departments at PRH and RSH remain open and fully operational 24-hours-a-day. However, these changes will allow us to free up capacity to support those with more serious illnesses and injuries who need the level of care offered at hospital.

The two new UTCs will provide treatment for patients where their care needs are urgent, but non-life threatening.

In Bridgnorth, the UTC will be open from 9am to 9pm, seven-days-a-week, and be staffed by a rota of GPs, and doctors and nurses from SaTH. There will be a GP-led service for minor illnesses and injuries including minor cuts, dislocations and back pain.

In Whitchurch, there will be an enhanced service offered, with opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The county’s other two MIUs, at Ludlow and Oswestry, remain open for minor injuries and illnesses. The opening hours of these units can be found at

The two MIUs at Ludlow and Oswestry, and the new-look UTCs at Bridgnorth and Whitchurch, offer a walk-in service and do not require appointments or referral.

The MIU in Welshpool is currently appointment-only, and contact details can be found on the Powys Teaching Health Board website.

The full press release from Shropshire Council can be found here.