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Shropshire Council Local Plan Review

Read this if you are interested in the future housing development plans for our area.

Shropshire Council are currently managing a ‘Preferred Sites’ Consultation which:

  • Outlines a housing policy direction to improve the delivery of local housing needs;
  • Establishes development guidelines and development boundaries for Shrewsbury, Principal and Key Centres, and each proposed Community Hub.
  • Sets out preferred sites to deliver the preferred scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the planning period.

This consultation runs from Thursday 29th November 2018 to Thursday 31st January 2019.

The consultation documents and questionnaires for each area of Shropshire are available on the Shropshire Council website at:

Click here to go straight to the document that covers Ruyton XI Towns.

Paper copies will also be on display at Shropshire libraries and main Shropshire Council Offices during their normal opening hours.

How to Respond as a Member of the Public

To respond to the ‘Preferred Sites’ Consultation, please use the SC questionnaire which is available on the Shropshire Council website at:

Once completed, the questionnaire can be submitted by:
Email to:

If submitting your own response, please enter your last name in the email subject field;

If submitting a response on behalf of a client, please enter their last name in the email subject field.


Post to: Shropshire Council, Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Please Note; the Parish Council will be responding officially to the consultation following their January 4th meeting; therefore should you wish to make a representation please preferably attend the meeting or send your comments to the Parish Clerk so that she can relay to council members.

Parish Council Street Lights

The Parish Council has entered into a contract with Eon Energy Solutions Ltd to refurbish the street lights it is responsible for within the parish, some 30 or so. This involves the replacement of existing SOX lanterns with dimming LED lanterns and the replacement of many of our deteriorated and contaminated pole fixings, including the replacement of 3 concrete columns with steel poles.

This is a significant investment by the Parish Council, costing in the region of £20,000 but is necessary to bring your lighting up to the required standard. In future savings in maintenance and repair costs are expected whilst less energy consumption will be achieved.

Because much of the work involves Eon working with Scottish Power our energy provider, the work is not expected to commence until December 2018 and is expected to continue into the new year. As a result some street lights which fail in the interim will not be repaired, as this would not be cost effective.

Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.

Ruyton’s Roads – Public Meeting

What do you think about road safety in Ruyton? Does anything need doing to improve it? Come along and share your ideas, and listen to others at a public meeting in November.

Everyone in the community will have the opportunity to look at the suggestions being put forward by the Safer Roads Group and to put forward their own ideas.

The Safer Roads Group was formed by the Parish Council and includes Councillors and members from the community. They are actively looking at ways of making the village safer.

One of the possible improvements is the use of ‘build outs’ and/or marked parking areas to reduce the width of the road at key points and help to reduce traffic speed. If you like this idea then have a go at specifying a location using this online tool.

The meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 24 November at St John’s Primary School. Everybody is welcome  – the event will be child-friendly.

In the meantime, we can all contribute. The general messages to everyone in the community are:

  • Drive safely and lawfully within the speed limits
  • Cut back vegetation so that pavements are not obstructed and views along the road are not obscured
  • Do not drive or park on pavements because this forces pedestrians and child cyclists into the road and obscures views along the road. Instead park on the road because this will have the effect of slowing traffic down.


Ruyton Remembers

This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. There is special significance because Remembrance Sunday will be 11th November and therefore exactly 100 years since the ceasefire. Ruyton XI Towns is marking the occasion in several ways:

  • Large poppies have been attached to lamp posts throughout the village. You will see names on some of these poppies. They are the names of those from the parish who served and died in the conflict.
  • A special service of remembrance will be held in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday 11 November. It will start at 10:45 to allow people to gather prior to the two minutes silence. Pupils, staff and parents from Packwood School will be attending as will people from the surrounding parishes of Great Ness and Little Ness. Following the service there will be a procession to the war memorial to lay wreaths.
  • A beacon will be lit at 7:00pm on Sunday 11 November. This event is being fully supported by the Parish Council and is part of a nationwide initiative. More details about this event are available on the Parish Council website.

Beacon of Light

Ruyton XI Towns will be commemorating the Centenary of the end of the First World War by lighting a beacon as part of  a nationwide day of events. The huge 5 metre tall beacon will be lit at 7:00pm on Sunday 11th November after The Last Post which will be sounded by a pupil from Packwood School. Our local bell-ringers will ring out the peace at St John the Baptist Church and our town crier will join his voice with others throughout the world in an international Cry for Peace. At around 7:10 Wendy Lowdon will recite a World War One poem, and then a ‘Tribute to the Millions’ will be read by our vicar Lucinda. This will be followed by reading the names of the fallen and then a medley of songs.

The event is taking place at Rock House, SY4 1LR which is directly above the war memorial. Please note the restrictions/guidelines:

  • There is NO VEHICULAR ACCESS – parking at Rock House is for blue badge holders only – everyone else is encouraged to park at St John’s Primary School.
  • Assemble in the field at Rock House by 6:45pm
  • Please bring torches – it is dark on the approach to the driveway to Rock House
  • School children from St John’s School are advised to wear high visibility jackets – the school have some that can be borrowed for the weekend

The event is due to finish at 7:40 and then the Talbot Inn are providing a Hot Pot Supper but you must pre-book with them if you are intending to go.

For full details of the event you can download the programme here


Community Speedwatch

Speeding traffic is a common concern for many residents of the village, and is typically among the top 5 issues that parishioners would like the council to prioritise for action. This is not just true of Ruyton XI Towns, but is typical of many villages across Shropshire.

The Parish Council has installed gates at the western end of the village to remind motorists that they are entering a residential area with a 30mph speed limit, which of course reduces to 20mph in the vicinity of the school.

In addition to this, a Community Speedwatch team has been established, with a very simple aim – to reduce the speed of vehicles through the village. Although the details of speeding vehicles are recorded and shared with the police, the primary objective is not punishment, but to raise awareness of and reinforce the speed limits, and increase driver’s awareness of their speed.

The team is formed of trained volunteers, and they will be undertaking speed monitoring sessions in the coming weeks and beyond. The sessions will take place at different days and times in order to raise awareness among different driver groups, and at various locations throughout the village.

More volunteers are needed to sustain this effort, and the clue is in the name – this is for the community, by the community. If you are concerned about traffic speeds within Ruyton XI Towns, and would like to be part of the solution, please contact Councillor Bob Edwards or Councillor Scott Denyer for more information. This is not a Parish Council scheme, although a number of councillors participate – but the more volunteers we have from the wider community, the better!

New team to save lives

You may know that we have a defibrillator at the school and also that we have people trained in its use both in the school and in the community. The next major development is to form a team who can respond to local emergencies when contacted by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The Parish Council have paid for training and David Shearan, from the community, has volunteered to lead the formation of the team. More information will follow. If you are interested in joining the team then please use the contact form on the website.

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives.


New NHS number for out of hours care

NHS 111 set to take over as the only number patients will need From Tuesday 17 July people across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire who need urgent out-of-hours medical help or advice will need to call 111.

In Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, the NHS 111 service will replace the current out-of-hours telephone access service provided by Shropdoc in line with national policy to provide a consistent, integrated approach to urgent care; but any patients that need to see a clinician out-of-hours will still be seen by a local GP or other appropriate clinician

BBC Radio Shropshire-Ruyton XI Towns Litter Picking Campaign

Ian Perry from BBC Radio Shropshire visited Ruyton XI Towns to talk live on air to Parish Councillors Ryan Harrison and Andrea Hall about the Parish Council’s wage on litter campaign, with the kind help and assistance of Karen Rooney, proprietor of Cafe Eleven and village resident David Shearan.

The radio station had heard that the Parish Council had recently purchased some litter picking equipment.  In a follow up to a news article broadcasted the previous day, about how the Shropshire Wildlife Trust is cleaning up stretches of the River Severn, the station asked to meet up with representatives from the Parish Council and also Karen from Cafe Eleven and village residents David Shearan and Colin Case.

The interview talked about how the project came about, with a demonstration of the litter pickers from Andrea, listeners were invited to get involved if they fancied taking part in litter picks and the Parish Council is actively encouraging local residents to organise litter picks.  All of the equipment is available to borrow and can be collected from Cafe Eleven.

The interview can be heard by clicking on the attached link (at 2hours, 42 mins and 50 seconds)

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Do you see rubbish lying around and want to pick it up? Well now you can. The Parish Council has bought a litter picking kit which is being stored by Karen at Cafe Eleven. Any time the cafe is open you can pop in, borrow what you need and go litter picking.

There are high vis vests, 10 litter picking grabber tools, sets of gloves and black plastic bags. Karen will give you a sign out sheet so you can check out and check back in what you use. Bring your own gloves if you prefer.

There are no arrangements for Shropshire Council to take away what you collect but if this stays low key with small groups then the suggestion is that you use your own bins/recycle boxes.

Check out this BBC article ‘Rubbish job: why don’t we just pick up litter?

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