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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

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.

Meanwhile to find out more follow the link below:

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 

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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

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:

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