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Vacancy for a Councillor

You may see a notice advertising this vacancy on our notice boards. It is the required formal wording for advertising a vacancy on the Parish Council.

If 10 eligible people from the parish request it then an election will be held, but if this doesn’t happen within 14 days then the Parish Council will co-opt someone to fill the vacancy. This means that the Parish Council look for volunteers and, if more than one, vote to decide who is co-opted.

If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you! Please use the contact form on the Parish Council website to register your interest.

If you want you can read the full formal notice

Better Broadband

If you suffer with slow broadband you can get help from the Better Broadband Scheme.

Our MP Owen Paterson recently wrote to all local Parish Councils to let them know that the Government has extended the scheme until the end of 2019. The Better Broadband Scheme offers a subsidised basic broadband connection to anyone unable to get download speeds of at least 2 mbps, and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months.

For more information about the scheme and for details of how to apply click on the following link – Better Broadband Scheme

Right Home Right Place

What sort of homes does Ruyton XI Towns Parish need?
  • Are you struggling to find somewhere to rent or buy?
  • Are you still living at home and wish to have your own home?
  • Do you need to downsize, but want to stay within your village?
  • Do you need a larger house for your growing family?

Shropshire Council are conducting a Housing Needs Survey in Ruyton XI Towns Parish during March and want to hear from you about the sorts of homes you need.

You will be able to complete the survey online at via the paper questionnaire and returning it to us in the pre-paid envelope. If you haven’t received a paper copy of the questionnaire and would like one, then please contact us via the details below and we will send you one to complete or pick one up from Cafe Eleven, Karen has a supply.

Your views  will help inform any future decisions about homes in the Parish. If you want to influence future development in your Parish, you need to fill in this survey by 31st March.

Should you have a query or question please contact:

The Affordable Housing Team, Shropshire Council. Tel: 01743 257785 Email:

Decision made – Future for Shropshire hospitals

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be the base for Shropshire’s only emergency centre after the plans were rubber-stamped by health bosses. You can read more here.

Of course not everyone was happy with the decision  the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has written to the Secretary of State asking for the decision to be reviewed. You can read that letter in full on the Council’s website


Press Release – Ophthalmology Consultation

Patients and staff are being asked for their views on how Ophthalmology services, provided by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), should be delivered in the future.

See this press release for more details and to find out how to have your say.

Decision Time – Shropshire Hospitals

We are about to find out what changes will be made to the two biggest hospitals in Shropshire, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

The Joint Committee of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs will be held in public at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport TF10 8NB. The meeting will be live streamed via a webcast that can be accessed at and members of the public are invited to attend. Free parking is available on site.

The consultation process finished in September 2018 so as a member of the public you can no longer influence the decision.

What are the options?
Read this document for a good overview of the two options that are being discussed. Ignore the sections about how you can contribute because the consultation process is over.

Shropshire Council Local Plan Review

Read this if you are interested in the future housing development plans for our area.

Shropshire Council are currently managing a ‘Preferred Sites’ Consultation which:

  • Outlines a housing policy direction to improve the delivery of local housing needs;
  • Establishes development guidelines and development boundaries for Shrewsbury, Principal and Key Centres, and each proposed Community Hub.
  • Sets out preferred sites to deliver the preferred scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the planning period.

This consultation runs from Thursday 29th November 2018 to Thursday 31st January 2019.

The consultation documents and questionnaires for each area of Shropshire are available on the Shropshire Council website at:

Click here to go straight to the document that covers Ruyton XI Towns.

Paper copies will also be on display at Shropshire libraries and main Shropshire Council Offices during their normal opening hours.

How to Respond as a Member of the Public

To respond to the ‘Preferred Sites’ Consultation, please use the SC questionnaire which is available on the Shropshire Council website at:

Once completed, the questionnaire can be submitted by:
Email to:

If submitting your own response, please enter your last name in the email subject field;

If submitting a response on behalf of a client, please enter their last name in the email subject field.


Post to: Shropshire Council, Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Please Note; the Parish Council will be responding officially to the consultation following their January 4th meeting; therefore should you wish to make a representation please preferably attend the meeting or send your comments to the Parish Clerk so that she can relay to council members.

Parish Council Street Lights

The Parish Council has entered into a contract with Eon Energy Solutions Ltd to refurbish the street lights it is responsible for within the parish, some 30 or so. This involves the replacement of existing SOX lanterns with dimming LED lanterns and the replacement of many of our deteriorated and contaminated pole fixings, including the replacement of 3 concrete columns with steel poles.

This is a significant investment by the Parish Council, costing in the region of £20,000 but is necessary to bring your lighting up to the required standard. In future savings in maintenance and repair costs are expected whilst less energy consumption will be achieved.

Because much of the work involves Eon working with Scottish Power our energy provider, the work is not expected to commence until December 2018 and is expected to continue into the new year. As a result some street lights which fail in the interim will not be repaired, as this would not be cost effective.

Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.

Ruyton’s Roads – Public Meeting

What do you think about road safety in Ruyton? Does anything need doing to improve it? Come along and share your ideas, and listen to others at a public meeting in November.

Everyone in the community will have the opportunity to look at the suggestions being put forward by the Safer Roads Group and to put forward their own ideas.

The Safer Roads Group was formed by the Parish Council and includes Councillors and members from the community. They are actively looking at ways of making the village safer.

One of the possible improvements is the use of ‘build outs’ and/or marked parking areas to reduce the width of the road at key points and help to reduce traffic speed. If you like this idea then have a go at specifying a location using this online tool.

The meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 24 November at St John’s Primary School. Everybody is welcome  – the event will be child-friendly.

In the meantime, we can all contribute. The general messages to everyone in the community are:

  • Drive safely and lawfully within the speed limits
  • Cut back vegetation so that pavements are not obstructed and views along the road are not obscured
  • Do not drive or park on pavements because this forces pedestrians and child cyclists into the road and obscures views along the road. Instead park on the road because this will have the effect of slowing traffic down.


Ruyton Remembers

This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. There is special significance because Remembrance Sunday will be 11th November and therefore exactly 100 years since the ceasefire. Ruyton XI Towns is marking the occasion in several ways:

  • Large poppies have been attached to lamp posts throughout the village. You will see names on some of these poppies. They are the names of those from the parish who served and died in the conflict.
  • A special service of remembrance will be held in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday 11 November. It will start at 10:45 to allow people to gather prior to the two minutes silence. Pupils, staff and parents from Packwood School will be attending as will people from the surrounding parishes of Great Ness and Little Ness. Following the service there will be a procession to the war memorial to lay wreaths.
  • A beacon will be lit at 7:00pm on Sunday 11 November. This event is being fully supported by the Parish Council and is part of a nationwide initiative. More details about this event are available on the Parish Council website.
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