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14th November 2017

“6.  Open Forum discussion concerning the effects of the frequent closures of the A49, its effects on the fabric of the B4368 and the disruption caused to communities fronting the highway.   In attendance will be Mr Gary Parton, Traffic Manager of SC, Mr A Keyland       of S.C. Highways and Mr Robert Jaffier of Highways England, the body responsible for the maintenance of the A49.”

If you have any concerns or wish to voice any opinions concerning Item 6 on the Agenda please attend and participate in this meeting.

11th November 2017

I am writing to inform you about works that are due to commence in your area, please pass this information to areas of your business that you feel need to know.

There are four separate drainage schemes which will be programmed and undertaken consecutively. The schemes are located on the A49 to the south of Shrewsbury and to the north of Ludlow, between Church Stretton and Wistanstow. The schemes consist of remediation works to the A49 highway drainage network, in order to reduce the potential for flooding of the carriageway, they will be broken down as follows:

  1. A49 Church Stretton to Little Stretton
  2. A49 Marshbrook to Little Stretton
  3. A49 Felhampton
  4. A49 Wistanstow

Start of works: 16 October 2017

End of works: 19 January 2017

Hours of work: 2000hrs to 0600hrs

Location of works: Works are located on the A49, both carriageways between Church Stretton and Wistanstow

Detail of works: The majority of the works involve internal repairs to the underground highway drainage pipework, and replacement of manhole covers.

Traffic restrictions and Diversion detail:

The majority of works will be carried out using traffic signal control overnight, we will need to implement some full carriageway closures for works that involve excavation and replacement of collapsed pipework.

When full closures are in place the following diversion routes will be in place:

Northbound Traffic

Northbound traffic will be diverted from the A49 at Craven Arms onto the B4368 heading eastbound. Traffic will continue east on the B4368 towards Morville and its junction with the A458. It will then turn left onto the A458 heading north west. Traffic will then remain on the A458 continuing to its junction with the A5, where it will join the A5 westbound. It will then continue to the roundabout with the A49 where it will take the exit to join the A49.

Local traffic wishing to access Church Stretton will be diverted onto the B4371 at Much Wenlock. It will continue heading westbound to the junction with the A49.

Southbound Traffic

Southbound traffic will be diverted at Bayston Hill onto the A5 eastbound. Traffic will then turn right onto the A458 heading south east. It will then continue on the A458 to Morville and its junction with the B4368 where it will turn right and head west. Traffic will continue westbound on the B4368 to its junction with the A49 at Craven Arms, where it will re-join the A49 southbound.

Local southbound traffic already travelling on the A49 will be diverted onto the B4371 at Church Stretton. It will then head east and continue to the junction with the A458 where it will turn right and join the main diversion route as detailed above.

Emergency vehicle access will be maintained for the duration of the works, if you need to enter the works area in an emergency situation please drive carefully through the works area and comply to the site speed limit.

I hope that this information helps, if you need any further clarification please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Andy Wilson

Area 9 Stakeholder Liaison Manager

11th November 2017
11th November 2017

Please find information below regarding an initiative being developed in Ludlow to try and increase the number of qualified youth workers in the South Shropshire area. It is for anyone interested in working with young people or already working with young people (teaching assistants etc) but wanting to gain a formal qualification.

31st July 2017

 

Development Management South West Team           27th July, 2017

 

Shropshire Council

 

The Gateway

 

The Auction Yard

 

Craven Arms

 

Shropshire

 

SY7 9BW

 

 

Dear Sirs

 

Re:  17/03071/TEL – application by Vodafone Ltd and  CTIL for the installation of a 15 metre high monopole, accommodating 3 x antennas and 2 x 600mm dishes and 3 equipment cabinets all located within a 7 metre by 7 metre stock proof fenced compound at the Severn Trent Pumping Station at The Moors, Diddlebury SY7 9JZ

 

Diddlebury Parish Council considered this application at its meeting last night and now comments as follows.

 

In drafting this response the Parish Council has considered the objections and concerns raised by Diddlebury residents and has considered the Development Management Report drafted by planning officer Mr. Tim Rogers, which will form the basis of the Southern Planning Committee’s decision at its consideration of this application on Tuesday 1st August 2017.  We note his recommendation is that permission should be granted as Prior Approval is Not Required due to government legislation (which is set out in his report) and on the financial implications of refusing permission.

 

In his report Mr Rogers fairly sets out the views of the Parish Council when it considered this matter as a pre-planning application on 17th May 2017 and he sets out at length the concerns of the headmaster and teachers of Corvedale Primary School, which is located 240 metres from the proposed mast.  He also sets out the concerns and scientific data put forward by local residents, particularly those of The Moors who will be living – with some 25 children in total – within 80 metres of this proposed mast.

 

Despite the very evident health and safety concerns of the inhabitants of Diddlebury, Mr Rogers has been constrained in his decision by government policy which he sets out at paragraph 6.3.2 of his Report, vis:

 

“Local planning authorities must determine applications on planning grounds.  They should not seek to prevent competition between different operators, question the need for the telecommunications systems or determine health safeguards if the proposal meets International Commission guidelines for public exposure.”

 

 It is evident that the government requires planning authorities to completely disregard human health factors and the genuine concerns of the electorate, in stark contrast to the protection it will afford to reptiles, amphibians, hedgehogs, newts and bats (see Appendix 1 of the report).

 

DPC strongly oppose this application based on the grounds of overwhelming public concern despite the approved health acceptance rating and the consequences that this concern could have on the future viability of the local primary school and feeling of wellbeing for the residence of the village, especially those living in the affordable housing in The Moors, due to their proximity to the proposed mast. This is compounded by the fact that no real alternative sites have been explored where the above fears and concerns could be alleviated despite the existence of these sites and in one case the apparent willingness of the landowner to accept a mast.

 

A second strand of opposition is based on the negative impact that the visibility of the mast will have in an area renowned for its scenic attraction to visitors.

 

DPC strongly supports the principle of the erection of a mast to improve reception but feel that its placement should fit in with the wishes of the local community. It would urge Shropshire Council to look beyond the principle of permitted development and prior approval not being needed, to support the local community in this.

 

 Yours faithfully

 

 Jean de Rusett

 

Clerk to Diddlebury Parish Council