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.
Hanging baskets on display
The Parish Council have paid for hanging baskets again this year to make a colourful impression in the village. It’s such a simple thing to do to brighten up our streets and give enjoyment to residents and visitors.
The Cliffe ownership and maintenance
It’s been said a few times but you may have missed it. The 32 acre section of the Cliffe that is in our parish is now owned by Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. We purchased it outright when it was discovered that it was owned by the Bradford Estate and not Shropshire Council as previously assumed. The details of this will be published at some stage in the near future when we celebrate this fact in a bigger way.
In the meantime we are forming a volunteer group called the Cliffe Crew to maintain the precious heathland habitat. Lee, our Shropshire Council Park Ranger, will lead this group with the expectation that they meet once a month. If you are interested in being part of this group then please let us know using the contact form on our website.
Data from our speed signs
Two vehicle activated speed signs have been in place now for some weeks. The signs are a visible reminder to motorists about their speed through the village. They also let pedestrians know what speed the vehicles are travelling which can act as a deterrent.
The signs gather data as well, which can be downloaded and analysed. It makes for interesting reading and interpretation, much of it good. However there are notable exceptions and recognisable patterns. The Safer Roads Group will use this data to alert and inform the police, Shropshire Council, and other organisations.
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
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
- 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 http://www.righthomerightplace.com/or 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:
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.