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Casual vacancies at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Following the resignations of Cllr Ian Pinner and Cllr Avi Sanders Royle, there are now two additional casual vacancies at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. The Parish Council would like to thank both Cllr Pinner and Sanders Royle for their hard work and dedication to the Council and community, which included work on the Safer Roads Group, Neighbourhood Plan Steering group, SmartWater roll-out plans, the war memorial, and very successful commemorative events. We wish them all the very best for their respective relocation plans.

There is now a 14-day notice period for these two vacancies, and during this period local electors are entitled to call an election to fill these two vacancies. If no election is called between now and 21st September then the Parish Council will be able to fill these two vacancies by co-option. Please see casual vacancy notices below for more information.

Co-option to fill casual vacancy

As no election was called for the vacancy left by the resignation of Cllr Ryan Harrison, the Parish Council is now looking to co-opt a suitably qualified person to fill this one vacancy. As Cllr Harrison was our youngest councillor, the Parish Council would like to encourage younger members of the community to consider applying to become a councillor, to ensure all age groups are represented.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5pm Tues 29th September.

For more information, please see co-option advert and application form below. The Good Councillor’s Guide below also gives a good overview of what being a councillor involves and how you can help make your community a better place for all. If you have any queries you would like to discuss informally, please contact the Parish Council clerk.

Please note: The Parish Council has decided to co-opt for this one vacancy as soon as possible, rather than delay the process while we wait to see if an election is called for the other two vacancies. If no election is called, then we expect to fill the other two vacancies by co-option at the November Council meeting.

Shropshire Local Plan Review consultation open

On 3rd August 2020 Shropshire Council formally opened its consultation on the pre-submission draft Local Plan. This consultation is open to everyone, and completed comment forms (both parts A and B) must be submitted to by 5 pm on 30th September. Full details on how to respond can be found here.

You can find all the background information on Shropshire Council’s Get Involved webpage. The information is also available to view by appointment at Shirehall, as well as at Oswestry, Shrewsbury, and other county Libraries (also appointment only). Information specifically relating to Ruyton XI Towns Parish can be found by searching for the word “Ruyton” in the pre-submission draft Local Plan, and in the Policies map Oswestry Place Plan area. There are also Site assessments for the Oswestry Place Plan area which show how Shropshire Council has assessed each potential development site in Ruyton XI Towns parish.

The draft Local Plan identifies a draft vision and draft framework for the future development of Shropshire to 2038, addressing such issues as the needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure; and seeks to safeguard the environment, enable adaptation to climate change and helps to secure high-quality and accessible design.

The Parish Council will be considering the draft Local Plan Review at the next Parish Council meeting (provisionally scheduled for 1st September), at which point it will also agree an official response to the consultation. You are welcome to share your views with us prior to the September Parish Council meeting and we will take this into consideration at the next meeting, however we do encourage you to respond directly to the consultation as well.



576 bus service resumes

The planned roadworks on Church street have been completed slightly ahead of schedule and the road has now re-opened as of Thurs 2nd July 2020. This means that the normal 576 bus timetable has resumed service, and the replacement shuttle bus service has finished.

Replacement shuttle bus during Church Street road closure 29th June – 3rd July 2020

Due to the forthcoming road closure on Church street (from 29th June to 3rd July), the normal 576 bus service between Oswestry and Shrewsbury will not be able to serve Ruyton XI Towns. However, after numerous phone calls and emails back and forth to Shropshire Council and Arriva, the Parish Council has finally had confirmation that there will indeed be a replacement shuttle bus connecting Ruyton XI Towns and Oswestry between 29th June and 3rd July. Please note that the replacement shuttle service will terminate at School Road, and will not connect Ruyton XI and Shrewsbury. You can view the replacement shuttle bus timetable here or  by clicking the PDF icon below. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone involved for helping to keep the Ruyton XI Towns community connected during road closures.

Resignation of Councillor Harrison and notice of casual vacancy

Some of you may have heard that Councillor Ryan Harrison is stepping down from the Parish Council in order to make the move into teacher training. Councillor Harrison’s resignation 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.

Councillor Harrison has been an active member of the council since joining in 2017, and having a younger voice has been of great value to both the council and community. He has been particularly instrumental in researching and preparing reports, and setting up a steering group to look into the possibility of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish, which was no small undertaking. The Parish Council is of course sad to see Ryan leave, and would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the community over the last 3 years – all whilst studying full time for his university degree – and we wish him all the very best for his career.

Mountain biking on the Cliffe

Recently there have been a number of concerns about increased mountain bike activity on the Cliffe and Nesscliffe Hill. There have been reports of bikers creating new tracks and fears about the potential for erosion and for collisions/injuries where these tracks meet existing footpaths. The area is becoming more popular for biking as the rides are shared on social media, and in turn this has led to parking problems in usual parking areas as well as on roads surrounding the hills.

Some people have clearly been taking matters into their own hands – there have been some incidents where obstacles have been placed on tracks used by bikers, placed in such a way to deliberately cause accidents and injury. These incidents have been reported to the police – they will not be tolerated.

Action is required to minimise any risk of injury and to prevent further damage to our country park and to the Cliffe, whilst recognising the needs of the different users of the sites. A meeting is taking place via video conference on Thursday 18 June to agree what actions will be taken. This meeting will involve members of our two Parish Councils, the Shropshire Council Countryside Management team, the local police force, and other parties with a vested interest. Everyone involved is committed to finding safe, sensible solutions.

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.

Repairs to Doctors Meadow bridge complete

Shropshire Council has confirmed that repairs to the bridge between Doctors Meadow and the Spinney have now been completed, so the bridge is once more safe to use (bearing in mind that UK-wide lockdown rules are still in place for the time being).

The Parish Council would especially like to thank Martin Mee from Shropshire Council for his help in getting the bridge assessed and repairs completed so quickly, and for sharing these photos of the new bridge.

Newly repaired bridge between Doctors Meadow and the Spinney Nature Reserve
Photo showing newly repaired bridge over the River Perry
Newly repaired bridge between Doctors Meadow and the Spinney Nature Reserve
Photo of the repaired bridge over the River Perry, showing new fencing to left of the bridge

Doctors Meadow bridge closed for repairs

The Parish Council raised serious safety concerns with Shropshire Council about the condition of the Doctors Meadow bridge, which crosses the River Perry between Doctors Meadow and The Spinney.

Following an investigation and condition report, Shropshire Council has temporarily closed the bridge for the necessary repairs, which started Monday 30th March and are expected to last 5-6 days. While these repairs are underway, the Parish Council asks all residents please stay away from the bridge, for your own safety and that of the contractors.

Thank you for your patience whilst these important repairs are being completed.