Crumbling wall on Church Bank
Anyone travelling on Church Bank by road or by foot will have noticed the crumbling wall and the fallen rocks and stones. This has been a concern for the Church and for the Parish Council for some time. It has been reported to Shropshire Council on several occasions because it is their responsibility.
It was inspected by a structural engineer in December and assessed as structurally sound. The Parish Council were advised to keep a watching brief and in January there was another significant fall of large and small sandstone pieces. This was reported again and the latest response is that repair work will now be part of the Council’s programme of works which start in April.
The engineer wants to be informed of any further deterioration so please do keep reporting it if you see a problem. Thank you to those members of the community who have sent in photos of the recent damage.
Where to find medical help and advice over Christmas and New Year
What to do when your GP Practice is closed this Christmas and New Year
Local NHS health professionals are advising residents where to go to get medical help and advice when their GP practice is closed this festive period.
Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding people that although GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, there are other services available.
For anyone who needs urgent medical help or advice they can call NHS 111 for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or they can access the service online at 111.nhs.uk.
A number of pharmacies will be open for limited hours, on a rota on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Your pharmacist will be able to give you free advice on minor conditions and over-the-counter treatments.
You can also download the NHS App to check symptoms, book GP appointments during normal opening hours, and request repeat prescriptions.
Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Christmas is a busy time of year and that’s why it is really important people think about their healthcare needs.
“If you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough to cover the festive period and you collect it in advance.
“Remember your local pharmacist can offer you free health advice without the need of an appointment, or if you are feeling unwell and need urgent health advice call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.”
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said: “We can all help ourselves stay well by making sure we have the essentials to treat minor coughs, colds and sore throats ready, to hand in our medicine cabinets. Please remember, as well as looking after yourself, to pop in and check on your elderly family, friends and neighbours too.”
For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit: www.nhs.uk/staywell.
Reporting speeding commercial vehicles
Our Safer Roads Group would like photographic evidence of commercial vehicles that fail to comply with the speed limits in the village. You can submit photos via a form on the Contacts menu of the Parish Council website.
You will have to create a login – full details of how to do this and what information is required about the incident are on the website.
For each incident reported the Safer Roads Group will write to the commercial organisation giving them the registration number of the vehicle and the details of the speeding incident. Based on past experience we expect this to make a difference, perhaps a warning to the driver or even an instruction not to use the road through our village.
We will NOT share your personal details with the commercial organisation nor with anyone else without your permission.
Thanks to the Talbot
The Parish Council would like to thank Charlotte and Gavin at the Talbot Inn for allowing us to use the Barn for our meetings in October and December.
On both occasions our usual venue at the Victoria Room was booked but the pub saved the day.
Damaged drain in Church Street
Take care when walking or cycling along Church Street on the South side because the masonry around a drain situated between the Talbot and Hall Farm has been damaged and the drain is unstable and unsafe.
If any weight is put on it, it moves around and debris falls into the gully. It feels as if collapse is likely particularly as heavy vehicles continue to roll over it
Shropshire Council Highway Maintenance teams have been informed
and hopefully will be undertaking repairs soon.
Fungi – autumn on the Cliffe
These photos were taken by someone who enjoys the scenic views and the flora and fauna while walking their dog on the Cliffe. Hopefully the work being done by the Cliffe Crew will encourage more fungi to grow.
If you love the Cliffe and its special heathland habitat then you may wish to join the Cliffe Crew Volunteers who help to maintain it. They meet at 9am on the second Sunday of every month and carry out various tasks under the leadership of our Park Ranger.
A word of caution – do NOT pick mushrooms or toadstools unless you have expert knowledge because many are either unpleasant or extremely poisonous.
Welcome to our new Parish Clerk
Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Parish Clerk Lydia Bardsley who officially started her role on 1 November 2019. Lydia will work part time for us while continuing in her part time role as Parish Clerk in Clive. Her first Parish Council Meeting in Ruyton will be on Tuesday 26 November.
You can find out more about Lydia’s background, her accomplishments and her many interests, by clicking on the link below.
Lydia takes over from Sue Hackett who has retired after 10 years of loyal and dedicated service. Many of you will have met Sue and will recognise what a fantastic job she did for us here in Ruyton. We wish her all the very best in her retirement.
Drains and Gullies
Residents of Ruyton-XI-Towns have been anxious about the capacity of the drains during recent storms.
Following the downpour in June, water flooded off the fields and down Olden Lane taking and depositing mud into gateways of properties and round the corners of School Road and Hall Farm Grange.
Clearly the drains had not coped with the downpour.
During the more recent heavy rain, water again came off the fields and the drains failed to cope. Water was pouring out from drains rather than being carried away.
There is a recurring issue with run-off from the fields washing silt into the drains and eventually blocking them.
One resident took a short video of the water coming down Olden Lane in June and this was sent to the Highways Maintenance Manager at Shropshire Council with a number of photographs of drains in the village that are blocked with soil.
Following these representations, the local technician has arranged for reactive jetting of the system along Olden Lane and Hall Farm Grange. He will also check School Road, Church Street and Doctors Meadow, and arrange jetting as appropriate.
The majority of gullies (drains) are emptied annually, but the local technician will in addition arrange jetting as and when required, if notified.
In future, the Parish Council will be informed when the annual work will be taking place and arrangements are in place to contact the local technician in the event of problems that arise in the meantime.
In correspondence with Shropshire Council it has been emphasised that where drains appear to be becoming blocked by mud or other debris this should not be pushed into the gully. This increases the silting and impacts on the efficiency of the drainage.
The drains are there to collect water from the highway and the public should not be discharging anything into them, or putting anything down them.
When there is a non-urgent concern about blocked gullies and drains this may be reported to the Parish Council Clerk who will notify the local technician or a report may be made directly to Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9000.
If there are urgent problems of flooding these should be reported by telephoning Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9000 giving details of the location. In extreme weather conditions with heavy rainfall, work will be prioritised depending upon the severity.
More information about drains may be found on Shropshire Council website at https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/roads-and-highways/highways-maintenance/drainage-on-our-roads/
Drains and pipes carrying sewage are the responsibility of the water authority and problems should be reported directly to them. Severn Trent Water may be contacted on 0800 783 4444 (24/7) or by the company’s website contact arrangements, which the Parish Council has found very efficient.
Review of Polling Stations
Shropshire Council is conducting a review of polling districts and polling places in the council’s area, in accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended by the Electoral Administration Act 2006).
See the attached document for more information about this review.
if you would like to comment on the suitability of our own polling station then please contact the Parish Clerk.
Crime Reduction Opportunity – Smartwater
There is currently a grant available from Police & Crime Commissioner West Mercia which your Parish Council is considering applying for. The grant, with financial assistance from the Parish Council, provides smartwater kits to home owners enabling them to “security mark” their property in such a way that it deters burglars from stealing it. Signage is provided by the Police which marks the village as protected in this way and has proven to be very effective.
Other local town and parish councils have bought in to the scheme. Are you interested? Please let us know by messaging the Clerk or your local councillors – contact details can be found on our website.