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Second casual vacancy: Electors have until 06.05.2022 to request a by-election

A second casual vacancy has arisen in Ruyton XI Towns, following the resignation of Cllr Andrew Collier on April 12th. Local electors have 14 days (excl. weekends and bank holidays) to ask Shropshire Council to hold a by-election. The deadline for this is Fri 6th May 2022. If fewer than 10 electors have requested a by-election by the above date, then the Parish Council can choose to co-opt someone to fill the vacant seat. Please see Casual Vacancy notice below for more info.

Cllr Andrew Collier casual vacancy notice.

Andrew will be greatly missed on the Council for his can-do attitude and cheery personality, as well as for his wealth of experience and knowledge in planning and architectural matters. He was also very closely involved in the CIL road safety project and an active participant in Safer Roads Group and Village Hall Working Group meetings as well.

First vacancy now eligible to be filled by co-option

No by-election was called during the 14-day notice period for the casual vacancy following Cllr David Shearan’s resignation, so the Parish Council is now able to co-opt to fill this vacant seat.

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This friendly, active, and enthusiastic Council is now encouraging applications for this vacant seat, and the deadline is 12 noon on Friday 6th May 2022. Please see co-option notice and application form below for more information, and please feel free to contact the Chairman or clerk if you would like to know more about what might be involved.

Co-option notice 13.04.2022

Councillor application form April 2022.

The Good Councillor’s Guide is also an excellent intro to how councillors can make a difference in their community and what is involved.

The Council aims to co-opt a new councillor at its Annual Council meeting which will be held at the later date of Tues 24th May 2022.

Photo of Road Ahead Closed Sign, by Call Me Fred on Unsplash

576 Bus service during Walford/Baschurch road closure (April 2022)

Between 9th and 24th April, the road between Walford Heath and Shrewsbury Rd, Baschurch will be closed due to Severn Trent Water road works. Both Ruyton XI Towns and Baschurch Parish Councils have been liaising with Severn Trent, Shropshire Council, and Arriva to ensure alternative arrangements were made for the 576 bus service between Oswestry and Shrewsbury during this road closure.

Arriva have now confirmed that the 576 service will go through Yeaton (the same route as for the 12.45 service from Oswestry via Yeaton). The timetable will remain the same, but the unfortunately the bus will not stop at Walford College or Walford Nursery between 9th and 24th April 2022. Normal service will resume on Monday 25th April when students are back after the Easter school holidays.

576 Timetable – Shrewsbury – Oswestry – Arriva Midlands North

Resignation of Councillor Shearan and notice of casual vacancy

Councillor David Shearan sadly decided to step down from the Parish Council earlier this month. This means there is now a ‘casual vacancy’ in the Parish Council. We have notified Shropshire Council and you can view or download the Notice of casual vacancy here*.

Local electors have until 29.03.2022 to request a by-election

As per legislation, local electors have the opportunity to request a by-election to fill the vacant seat on the Council (see Notice of vacancy above for more detail). If during that time, 10 electors have submitted a request to Shropshire Council for an election, then an election will be called. If during that period no election is requested, then the PC has the right to co-opt someone to fill the vacancy. We will update the PC website and notice boards with further info once we know what the next steps are.

*Please note, the casual vacancy notice was published online on Shropshire Council’s website, on the Councillors webpage and on notice boards around the parish on 9th March, but due to unforeseen circumstances we have been unable to publish a dedicated webpost about the casual vacancy until more recently.

A huge thank you to Cllr David Shearan

To say that David Shearan was an active member of the council would be a serious understatement. Since joining in early 2019 David designed and built a new Council website, and throughout his time as councillor has been extremely generous in sharing his considerable knowledge and time to help councillors (and the clerk) with all things website, email, and IT-related.

Aside from his valuable IT expertise, David also spearheaded the Climate Emergency Working Group, and was behind the creation of the wildflower meadow and tree planting on both the Bridge Inn/Queen Elizabeth II Field and in the Spinney, as part of the Council’s efforts to address the Climate Emergency. He also set up another Working Group to engage with the community and research possible improvements and funding opportunities for making the Doctors Meadow playing field more usable and accessible. He has also been heavily involved in the Cliffe Crew and the project to get the Cliffe designated as a Local Nature Reserve. He also demonstrated his diplomacy skills whilst leading a Working Group during lockdown to look at how to resolve conflict between different user groups on the Cliffe. He has also been an active member of the local Safer Roads Group, and he also organised upgrading the village VAS signs with solar panels.

David’s contribution to local government (and the wider community) has been nothing short of phenomenal and the Parish Council would like to express its utmost thanks for all his hard work and dedication to making life better for everyone in the community, and we wish him all the very best for the future.

There have been two recent initiatives designed to inform parents and engage with all residents to contribute to ensuring our children are safer.

Stop Abuse Together – A Government initiative concerned with protecting children from sexual abuse. It’s important to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support. The Stop Abuse Together website brings together advice and resources to help you keep the children in your life safe.

Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership – A call to action urging residents to play their part in helping keep children safe and free from neglect. It follows the impact the pandemic has had, and continues to have, on some families, and wants to highlight and encourage them and the wider community to seek help and advice to support them.




Join the Parish Council – apply by 31.01.2022

Following the resignation of Cllr Christine Jones, a casual vacancy has arisen in the parish. No by-election was called within the 14-day statutory notice period, which means the Parish Council has the right to fill the seat by co-option. Interested parties should complete an application form and email these to the clerk.  The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Mon 31st Jan 2022. The Council will consider candidate applications at the next Council meeting on Tues 8th Feb 2022.

Candidates are encouraged to speak to their councillors if they have any queries about what being a councillor involves. If you have questions about the criteria for being a councillor or anything else on the application form, please contact the clerk.

View the co-option advert.

View the application form.


Reduced agenda for next Parish Council meeting

Given the mounting Covid-19 cases and transmission risk within the community, it has been agreed that the next Council meeting will go ahead on 11th January (St John’s School, 6.30pm), but only the most important/urgent agenda items will be considered. This is to minimise the time spent together in-person indoors, whilst still meeting our legal obligations, i.e. the budget and precept must legally be agreed at an in-person meeting. Unfortunately, any decisions made in remote meetings would not be lawful, so this is not an option for us at this time.

Aside from legally required procedural items (i.e. minutes, apologies, disclosure of interests, etc.,) we plan to discuss the following items on 11th Jan 2022:

Item 110/21a: Casual vacancy (only to agree deadline for applications)

Item 111/21: Planning applications (Ruyton Hall, and Riversdale appeal)

Item 113/21: Budget and precept for 2022-23

Item 114/21: Payments to approve

Item 115/21 Finance reports

All other items on the January agenda will either be dealt with under delegated powers (see our Scheme of Delegation for info), or simply deferred until a later date.

If you feel you need to attend this meeting in person, please contact the clerk asap so we can make you aware of our Covid-19 measures and ensure we can accommodate everyone safely. Otherwise, we would encourage members of the public to raise matters in writing with the Council.

We appreciate this is not ideal, but we hope parishioners will understand the steps we are taking to navigate these challenging times.

Join the Booster Army!

Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash
Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

Can you spare a few hours to help with the vaccination and booster drive?

The vaccination centres and mobile buses all need marshals and administration help – without staff and volunteers we simply cannot operate. We’d appreciate any time you are able to offer.

If you can, please help.

Each day between now and New Year (excluding 25 & 26 Dec) we need;

  • Marshals
  • Administrators
  • Customer Service Centre phone operators
  • Door knockers to encourage uptake

Please join the Booster Army to help provide the vaccination service to our residents.

Even one morning or afternoon shift would help.

If you’re able to volunteer to support the vaccination booster drive please sign up by getting in touch at

Please help at any of the following venues:

Location Days open
Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury Daily
(except 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan)
Bridgnorth Fire Station Daily
(except 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan)
Fire Station HQ, Shrewsbury Tuesdays
Hodnet Fire Station Wednesdays
Church Stretton Fire Station Thursdays
Mobile Bus 
Oswestry – several locations Wednesday 22 December
Oswestry – several locations Thursday 23 December
Bridgnorth Cricket Club Friday 24 December
Ellesmere ABP Wednesday 29 December
Shrewsbury ABP Thursday 30 December

Resignation of Councillor Jones and notice of casual vacancy

Some of you may have heard that Councillor Christine Jones has sadly decided to step down from the Parish Council. This means there is now a ‘casual vacancy’ in the Parish Council. We have notified Shropshire Council and you can view or download the Notice of casual vacancy here.

Thank you to Cllr Christine Jones

Christine Jones has been an active member of the council since joining during lockdown in 2020. She has been particularly active in the PC’s Planning Working Group, and her experience in local council planning matters have been valuable for the PC. She was also the PC’s representative for the North Shropshire Area Committee for SALC (Shropshire Association of Local Council) and we are very grateful for the extra time dedicated to attending these meetings, sharing the PC’s view and preparing reports for PC meetings. As someone who lives and works outside the main village of Ruyton, Christine’s input and perspective on issues affecting the wider parish area, including highways matters, and rights of way maintenance were also extremely valuable. The Parish Council is of course sad to say goodbye to Christine, and would like to thank her for all her hard work and contributions to the community, and we wish her all the very best for the future.

Local electors have 14 working days to request a by-election

As per legislation, local electors now have the opportunity to request a by-election to fill the vacant seat on the Council (see Notice of vacancy above for more detail). Due to Christmas bank holidays, this 14-day period will end on 30th Dec 2021. If during that time 10 electors have submitted a request to Shropshire Council for an election, then an election will be called. If during that period no election is requested, then the PC has the right to co-opt someone to fill the vacancy. Because of holiday closures in Shropshire Council, we won’t hear from them until at least 4th Jan 2022. We will update the PC website and notice boards with further info once we know what the next steps are.

New Winter Support Service Launched – from 1st November

Shropshire Council, in partnership with its health colleagues has commissioned a Winter Support Service to help residents across Shropshire who are vulnerable, and potentially vulnerable during the coming months.

The service can offer:

assessment and ongoing support to people identified as needing help, including:

  • Transport returning home from hospital
  • Settling people in at home following discharge from hospital
  • Fitting of low-level equipment e.g. key safes and pendant alarms
  • Collecting and delivering medications
  • Shopping and delivery
  • Wellbeing home visits
  • Hot meal delivery
  • Companionship for isolated or lonely people

The service cannot offer:

a crisis response or personal care, but it will work as part of the health and care system to ensure that people get the support that they need through appropriate referrals and signposting.

From the 1st of November Shropshire residents and those who support people in the community will be able to call the Winter Wellness helpline on 0345 678 9012 in order to find out more and be referred where appropriate.

Thank you to all who attended the public Zoom meeting last night. The Airband slides and superfast broadband coverage maps can now be found on our Useful Information page under the Broadband heading, as well as contact details for the Community Liaison Officer if you have any questions.