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Following the resignations of Cllr David Spicer and Cllr Alyson Lister there are two casual vacancies on the Parish Council. No by-election has been requested by the Ruyton electors so the Parish Council is now able to co-opt people to fill the vacant seats.

The guidance states that the seats should be filled as soon as reasonably practicable. The Council has set the application deadline to 29th October 2023. Please send completed applications to the Parish Council Chairman before the deadline of 9pm on Sun 29th October

You can download the application form below and may wish to check out the Good Councillors Guide as an introduction to what being a Councillor involves. You are also very welcome to have an informal chat with any of your existing councillors. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria please contact the Clerk.

Download the Councillor application form

View the Good Councillors Guide

Following the resignations of Cllr David Spicer and Cllr Alyson Lister there are two additional casual vacancies on the Parish Council. Including the existing vacancy (following the resignation of Cllr Bob Edwards) that means there are now 3 vacant seats to be filled.

The Council would like to express their utmost gratitude to Cllr Spicer and Cllr Lister for all their hard work and dedication to the Parish Council and wider community over the time they have been councillors.

In their respective roles as Chairman and Vice Chairman, both Cllr Spicer and Cllr Lister have been closely involved in a broad range of matters and projects, including War Memorial name plaques, tree planting, declaring the Cliffe a Local Nature Reserve, organising a maintenance agreement for the Arboretum, preparing and delivering surveys during the cost of living crisis, the Safer Roads Group, Ukraine war donation drives and supporting refugees living in Ruyton, policing matters, checking the community defibrillator, moving the Council emails to a new provider, and much, much more. They leave very big shoes to fill and will be sadly missed. We wish them both the very best for the future.

14-day statutory period to request by-election – ends 26th Sept

For these two most recent vacancies, Ruyton electors have a 14-day period during which they can request a by-election to fill one or both of the vacant seats. This 14-day period ends on 26th September 2023. If no by-election is requested during that time, then the Parish Council will be able to co-opt someone to fill the vacant seat(s).

More information is available on the Casual vacancy notices below:

Cllr D Spicer casual vacancy notice 

Cllr A Lister casual vacancy notice

Council extends deadline for applications for existing casual vacancy

No by-election was called for the existing casual vacancy (following the resignation of Cllr Bob Edwards) so the Council must fill this seat by co-option. This seat has not yet been filled, and as the guidance states that the seat should be filled as soon as reasonably practicable, the Council has decided to extend the application deadline until Sun 24th Sept and re-open this vacancy to new applications.

Please send completed applications to the Parish Council Clerk before the deadline of 9pm on Sun 24th Sept.

You can download the application form below and may wish to check out the Good Councillors Guide as an introduction to what being a Councillor involves. You are also very welcome to have an informal chat with any of your existing councillors. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria please contact the Clerk.

Download the Councillor application form

View the Good Councillors Guide

Ruyton XI Towns Traffic Calming Scheme Proposals.

We have now received confirmation from Shropshire Council that the public information drop-in session regarding the Traffic Calming Proposals will be at St John the Baptist Primary School on Church Street on Friday 1 September. This will include a display of large format print-outs of the drawings, plans, and visualisations for the proposed traffic calming measures, so that residents can examine these in detail. This information can still be viewed online here on the Shropshire Council website.

Public information session.

This will take place in St John’s Primary School on Church Street, on Friday 1 September 2023. On this date, you can drop-in anytime during the following hours:

  •  Between 10am and 2pm Shropshire Council and WSP Highway Engineers will be available to answer questions about the proposals.
  •  Between 2pm and 6pm the displays will remain available to view.

Any questions or comments can be emailed to Shropshire Council at strategic.highways@shropshire.gov.uk and if your email requires a answer, Shropshire Council Officers/WSP engineers will reply to you directly.

Deadlines for receiving feedback.

So that the Parish Council can gauge public opinion on the proposals before the next Council meeting on 5th September, please make sure you copy in the Clerk to any emails you send to Strategic Highways before the end of the day on 4th September.

Shropshire Council have stressed that, from their perspective, there is no official cut-off point for receiving feedback from the community on this project, and that they will continue to monitor comments and feedback received during the delivery period and after completion of the project as well, to see how things are working. However, if the project is to go ahead during October half -term, then Shropshire Council and WSP will need to allow approx. one month before the the works start so that they can factor in any changes that may have become necessary as a result of community feedback.

So if you want your views to be taken into account by Shropshire Council and WSP before plans are finalised and before the provisional start date of October half-term, please do email strategic.highways@shropshire.gov.uk by Sunday 10th September.

Resurfacing on B4397 will now take place from 21st August to 15th September.

[Info provided by Shropshire Council Streetworks]

Please find enclosed details of a temporary road closure:

Road Closure:  B4397, Ruyton XI Towns

Start Date: 21st August 2023

End Date: 15th September 2023

Purpose: Site 22-15. Capital resurfacing.

Works Promoter:  Shropshire Council

Works Promoter Ref: UJ211RS-1823202-6/7/8

Enforcement pattern for B4397, Ruyton XI Towns:
Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16:00

View the closure and diversion route here.

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Shropshire Council Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or email the Street Works Team.

Weekday shuttle bus timetable now available

Many of you will be aware that the Baschurch roadworks that were originally scheduled to start last week were delayed until 8th August due to level crossing works further down the road needing to go on longer than planned. The road will now be closed from Aug 8th to Aug 20th inclusive.

The bus operator Tanat Valley has put together a temporary shuttle service during this closure, which will allow passengers travelling between Oswestry and Shrewsbury to connect at the Admiral Duncan in Baschurch. The weekday timetable for this 576 shuttle can be found below:

576 temp shuttle timetable (weekdays only) during Baschurch road closures

We are waiting for confirmation of the Saturday bus timetable and will share that when it becomes available.

A considerable amount of Parish Council time and effort has gone on in the background to ensure a continuation of the bus service during the Baschurch road closures, and Ruyton Councillors have spent a lot of time riding the bus back and forth today to make sure that the timetable works correctly and that connections in Baschurch can be made in good time. However, please note that the 576 bus service is ultimately the responsibility of Shropshire Council (not the Parish Council), so if you have any queries about this temporary shuttle or timetable, please contact the Shropshire Council bus department on the contact details below:

Call: 0345 678 9006

Email: buses@shropshire.gov.uk

 

Update on public information session.

Following the previous update posted on 25th July, Parish Council representatives have chased Shropshire Council about rescheduling the postponed public information session on the CIL project in Ruyton XI Towns.

Whilst the date is not yet finalised, Shropshire Council’s intention is that the rescheduled public info session will take place in early September. Their current plan is for this to be a drop-in session, where project plans and drawings will be on display for residents to inspect. Staff from Shropshire Council and their contractors WSP (who have designed the proposals) will be on hand to answer questions about the proposals and take note of any feedback.

Shropshire Council are also in the process of printing off some basic information about the project and how to share your views, and this information is expected to be delivered to all households in the parish.

As soon as the public info session date is confirmed, we will share this with the community.

How to share your views.

As mentioned in the previous CIL project update, to share your views on the Ruyton XI Towns proposals, you can send an email to strategic.highways@shropshire.gov.uk and please copy in the Parish Council clerk (parishclerk@ruytonxitownsparishcouncil.org.uk). If your email requires an answer, then Shropshire Council/WSP will reply to you directly. Thank you very much  to everyone who has sent their feedback so far.

Deadlines for receiving feedback.

Shropshire Council have stressed that there is no official cut-off point for receiving feedback from the community on this project, and that they will continue to monitor comments and feedback received during the delivery period and after completion of the project as well, to see how things are working. However, if the project is to go ahead during October half -term, then Shropshire Council and WSP will need to allow approx. one month before the the works start so that they can factor in any changes that may have become necessary as a result of community feedback.

So if you want your views to be taken into account by Shropshire Council and WSP before plans are finalised and before the provisional start date of October half-term, please do email strategic.highways@shropshire.gov.uk by Sunday 10th September. NB. The Parish Council will next be discussing the Ruyton XI Towns CIL project on Tues 5th Sept, so if you would like the Parish Council to consider your views at that meeting, please make sure to copy us into your email to Shropshire Council before the end of the day on Mon 4th September.

Shuttle buses will connect at Admiral Duncan during Baschurch road closure

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council has been working very hard in the background with both Shropshire Council and the bus operator Tanat Valley Coaches to ensure continuation of the 576 bus service during the forthcoming road closure in Baschurch, from Tues 1st to Sun 13th August.

Similar to closures in previous years, there is due to be a shuttle bus running between Oswestry and Baschurch that will terminate at the Admiral Duncan, where passengers will be able to transfer to another shuttle bus running between Baschurch and Shrewsbury. The Parish Council has had confirmation from Shropshire Council Streetworks department that the Oswestry shuttle buses will be able to bypass the closed section of road in Baschurch, in order to connect with the Shrewsbury shuttle at the Admiral Duncan.

Tanat Valley Coaches are currently in the process of completing final amends and checks of the revised timetables, and Parish Council representatives have been closely involved in this process to make sure the proposed shuttle service will run smoothly. The Parish Council will publicise the temporary timetables as soon as we are able, but in the meantime we wanted to reassure residents that this is being dealt with as a priority.

CIL project design maps, plans, and artist’s impressions now available to view online

Shropshire Council has prepared some information on the proposals for the CIL road safety and streetscape project for Ruyton XI Towns. This project is provisionally scheduled to take place during October half term, and is therefore separate to the resurfacing work scheduled to take place from Aug 14th – Sept 8th. More information on the resurfacing work and associated road closures can be found here. 

You can find more information about the CIL proposals on the Shropshire Council Community Infrastructure Levy webpage, which includes design maps, streetlighting plans, artists impressions, and some FAQs.

It was originally intended that Shropshire Council and WSP officers would attend a public information session in July to talk to residents and answer any questions on these proposals, but unfortunately Shropshire Council has had to postpone the event for the time being. The Parish Council will update residents as soon as we have confirmation of a new date for the public information session.

In the meantime, residents are very much encouraged to have a look at the project information on the Shropshire Council website to familiarise yourselves with the proposals. If you have any feedback, comments, or questions, please do email these direct to strategic.highways@shropshire.gov.uk and copy in the Parish Council Clerk at parishclerk@ruytonxitownsparishcouncil.org.uk, as this will help the Parish Council keep track of public opinion on the proposals. If your email requires an answer, then Shropshire Council/WSP will reply to you directly.

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Dates for the resurfacing have been amended to 21st August – 15th Sept**

The Parish Council has received info from Keir (Highways contractors for Shropshire Council) regarding the road resurfacing on the B4397. The Parish Council has no updates about the impact on bus service yet.

Please note all road closures are organised through Shropshire Council, who can be reached by phone on 0345 6789006, or you can email the Streetworks Team here.

Where is the work?

We will be undertaking this work with a road closure on the B4397. Please note access/egress for properties within the closure will be maintained when safe to do so. Please see the attached image at the bottom of this post for a map of the closed section and diversion route.

 

When will this work take place?

This work will take from Monday 21 August to Friday 15 September (amended dates) and we will be working Monday to Friday between 9 30am and 4pm

Please note that all our planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be displayed on the yellow advanced warning signs and https://one.network/

 

How will this affect traffic?

Signs will be erected on the road before starting the work and the work will be completed as quickly as possible. A signed diversion route will be in place.

During the closure we would advise all motorists to use the signed diversion route, which has been agreed with Shropshire Council as we’ve carefully chosen this with suitability and safety in mind. We would also encourage all drivers to adhere to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. If you are travelling during this time, please make sure you plan in advance and allow extra time for your journeys.

Please note that all our planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. We’ll maintain access to businesses and residential properties within the closure.

Full details of work to be carried out in the area can be found on https://one.network/

 

Will there be access to my property/business?

Yes, if you are looking to access a property or business with the closure, we will provide access for you when safe to do so. If your property falls out of the closure area a signed diversion route will be in place to follow.

We will have staff on site who can assist with access. Our priority is to keep you and our staff safe, this means that there may be a bit of a wait while we make the site safe for you to travel through the closure or direct you to another entry point.

During the work access to the works area will be restricted to:

  • Essential highway personnel
  • residents who live and reside within the road closure
  • Businesses located within the closure (if applicable)
  • Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and equestrians
  • Emergency service vehicles

 

How can you help us?

It would be appreciated if you could ensure vehicles are not parked on the road during the day whilst the work is in progress. Please be mindful that we can only provide access for properties/businesses within the work area. Should this cause any problems or concerns then please do not hesitate to call the number below or speak to our team on-site.

 

Find out more

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to contact Shropshire Council’s Highways Customer Services Centre on 0345 6789006. Full details of work to be carried out in your area can be found on https://one.network