Shropshire

Coronavirus: Update (Mon 3 Aug 5.45pm) re Craven Arms caravan site outbreak

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 18:00

Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners including West Mercia Police to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms.

As of today (Monday 3 August 5.45pm), no additional positive cases have been identified in the wider Craven Arms community.

There are now only a small number of individuals on the Long Lane site who are being asked to self-isolate after testing positive. Individuals that are contacts of cases are required to complete their 14-day period of isolation.

Officers from both Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police were present in Craven Arms over the weekend to offer reassurance and advice to residents and businesses.

We want to reiterate that the risk of catching coronavirus in the Craven Arms community is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

Superintendent Mo Lansdale, Shropshire Local Policing Commander with West Mercia Police, said:

“We understand this has been a concerning time for many people and I would like to thank local residents and the wider community for their patience and support.

“Over the coming days we will have a visible police presence in Craven Arms to offer reassurance to the local community, anyone who does have concerns or questions can speak to an officer on patrol.

“Throughout the outbreak we have worked closely with Public Health England and Shropshire Council and will continue to do so, to ensure we work together to maintain the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone in Craven Arms and throughout Shropshire.”

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“Once again I would like to thank both the residents at the Long Lane site and the wider Craven Arms community for their ongoing support and understanding.

“The news that there have been no positive tests in the wider community is encouraging, and shows that the prompt measures we have put in place are helping to control the spread of the virus.

“Letters have been given to those residents who have completed their isolation period and are no longer infectious. We continue to engage with all residents at Long Lane to remind them of the importance of following Government guidance when they leave the site.

“Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police will continue to have a visible presence in the community throughout this week. The risk to the general public remains low, but we ask everyone to remain alert – wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, and use a face covering to help protect yourself and others. If you develop a fever, persistent dry cough, or have a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please go online or call 119 to arrange a test.”

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to shops and other enclosed public places, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Shropshire Council have also put together a series of FAQs regarding the Long Lane site outbreak.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation and social distancing is available from the Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information for media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. Due to the significant decrease in positive cases at the Long Lane, we will now issue figures in relation to testing towards the end of the week.

If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Stay Alert to Stay Safe

Further information

As of today, people who have tested positive or are showing symptoms must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm sold out for reopening on 7 August

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:23

Families will soon be able to visit Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as the popular attraction gets ready to reopen its doors on Friday 7 August.

Tickets went on sale last week with the first day of opening, 7 August selling out immediately.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be reopening on 7 August.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is closed over the winter months meaning it has been closed to the public since November 2019 as government imposed lockdown restrictions prevented it from reopening earlier this year.

The health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors is the top priority. Measures including limited numbers, social distancing queuing systems, enhanced cleaning of toilets and touch points, and signage have been put in place to create a safe environment.

To keep staff and visitors safe, face coverings must be worn when inside the shop and Bailiff’s cottage. When in the open-air farm, visitors may remove their masks should they wish to do so.

Visitors can enjoy historic farming demonstrations and see rare breed animals in the farms’ beautiful South Shropshire setting.

Opening hours will also be reduced. The Working Farm will be open Friday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm until 1 November 2020.

The School House Café will be offering a take-away service only to those who would like refreshments.

You can book your tickets by visiting the website, including family tickets for just £25.

Fay Bailey, manager of Shropshire Museums, said:

“Every year we close during the winter so we have perhaps been closed a little longer than most.

“Tickets went on sale last week and have been selling really quickly which shows how well valued Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is.

“As you can imagine, this has made us really excited to be able to finally reopen our doors to our visitors again and see the children’s faces when they meet our farm animals.

“We have been working really hard to put COVID measures in place like pre-booking, hand sanitiser, enhanced cleaning and social distancing, to make sure our visitors can feel safe and relaxed when with us and  can get the most from their experience.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is hugely popular and is a wonderful day out for families. It’s fantastic to see it reopening, especially in time for the school summer holidays!

“Along with the Shropshire Hills AONB, Acton Scott is one of the must see attractions in south Shropshire for locals and visitors so I’d encourage you to get online and book your tickets.”

If you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home. If you have already booked tickets, please call 01694 781307 or email acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk to re-book or request a refund.

For more information about Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, visit the Shropshire Museums website.

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Coronavirus: News from our partners – Local healthcare partners unite to discharge patients safely from hospital in record time

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:36

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local healthcare partners have joined up to improve the hospital discharge process for patients, reducing the time patients wait for discharge support services by an average of two-and-a-half days. 

In March 2020, the Government published new discharge guidance for NHS Trusts to follow until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance set out the immediate actions that had to be taken to enhance discharge arrangements, and the provision of community support to deliver safe and rapid discharge for people who no longer need to be in a hospital bed.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust logo

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (Shropcom), Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have united to enable a successful multi-agency and multi-disciplinary process for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

An Integrated Discharge Hub was launched to provide rapid access to discharge services once a patient is ready to leave hospital. All referrals are now made by telephone, triaged and discharge arrangements organised by the multi-professional team, with the aim of discharge taking place on the same day whenever possible.

For the first time, all partners working as part of the Integrated Discharge Hub are co-located at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and the service is provided seven-days-a-week. This new way of working provides an enhanced discharge process and the support offered will improve patient experience.

To date, the Hub has received 1,367 complex discharge referrals, and the team focuses on a ‘home first’ philosophy. Many patients are able to return home with wraparound support, within hours of being told by the doctor they are able to be discharged. For those who need complex health and social care support the team has achieved a 67% improvement in the time patients wait to be discharged, reducing the average waiting time from four to one and a half days. This reflects a huge improvement in supporting people to leave hospital as soon as safely possible, and to the right place of care.

Nigel Lee, Chief Operating Officer at SaTH, said:

“As soon as a patient is deemed medically fit, there should be no delay in getting them home. Any hour spent in hospital without needing to, is an hour too many.”

Claire Old, Senior Responsible Officer for Discharge, said

“All our staff have recognised how important it is to help our patients to return home as quickly as possible, and they have worked so hard to facilitate this. Our patients and relatives have also been part of our team and have understood the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community teams, local care homes and domiciliary agencies have pulled out the stops to support our patients when they get back home or to their normal place of residence. We’ve all be so proud to be part of this caring health and social care system.”

Mike Carr, Deputy Director of Operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said:

“At Shropcom, we were fully committed to this important initiative, and redeployed colleagues from a variety of services to create this enhanced discharge offer for patients. Now we must all look at how we can build on this together over the weeks and months ahead as we look to shape healthcare beyond the pandemic. Our desire is to take the positives from this crisis and develop our services accordingly.”

Tanya Miles, Shropshire Council’s assistant director  – adult social care and housing, and Sarah Dillon, Director – Adult Social Care at Telford & Wrekin Council, said:

“Both councils are really excited to be working as part of this initiative with our health colleagues. We are committed to getting the best outcome for patients, and this new way of working puts patients at the centre of our activities and promotes true person centred outcomes. The Integrated Discharge Hub has given us the opportunity to move beyond organisational barriers, and develop a new way of working that maximises opportunities for collaboration with our partners and give better outcomes to patients, their families and their carers.”

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Community COVID-19 testing in Craven Arms finds no new cases

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 17:30

Drop-in testing sessions that took place in two locations in Craven Arms yesterday, found no new cases of coronavirus.

Since 25 July 2020, Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands have made testing available to Craven Arms residents, regardless of whether they had symptoms, following the COVID-19 outbreak at Long Lane travellers’ site in Craven Arms.  As of today (1 August 2020), no-one in the wider Craven Arms community has tested positive.

The number of people infectious at the Long Lane site has decreased significantly in recent days with now only seven individuals on the Long Lane site being asked to self-isolate after testing positive.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of Public Health said:

It is very encouraging to learn that all of yesterday’s test results came back negative. We will however continue to watch the situation in Craven Arms carefully and take the necessary actions to protect the public. Testing continues to be available for the travellers’ site and everyone in the local community – I’d like to encourage people to take up testing, keep complying with social distancing rules and practice good hand hygiene. Whilst the results from yesterday are good news, it is vital that we do not become complacent.

If you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available every day at Craven Arms Business Park from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information for media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

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Coronavirus: Update (Fri 31 July 5.30pm) on Craven Arms caravan site outbreak

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:29

Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms. A large number of individuals from the site were tested yesterday, and we are grateful for their co-operation. Testing is still available to all residents at the site and the local community.

The number of people infectious at the Long Lane site has decreased significantly. There are now only seven individuals on the Long Lane site who are being asked to self-isolate after testing positive. Individuals that are contacts of cases are still required to isolate. A large number of residents on the site have now completed their isolation period in line with Government guidance and are no longer infectious.

Testing for the wider community has been in place since 25 July 2020 and no-one in the wider Craven Arms community has tested positive yet. The total number of positive cases linked to the outbreak at Long Lane is 29.

We want to reiterate that the risk to the public is low and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Drop-in testing sessions also took place today at Craven Arms Business Park and the Halo Community Centre.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“Shropshire Council, Public Health England and our partners have acted quickly to prevent and control the spread of the virus. Prompt testing on the Long Lane site has allowed us to understand the transmission and protect the wider community.

“We’re aware that local residents are concerned, but the risk to the general public remains low. I am also pleased that the wider Craven Arms community has also taken up the offer of testing.

“As of today (Friday 31 July) it’s encouraging that testing of the wider Craven Arms community has not identified any positive cases so far. Testing, tracing and monitoring of the situation continues, and along with our partners we will take all actions necessary to protect public health.”

Most residents at the site have been co-operating, and we would like to thank them for their patience during the past week. We are aware that there have been incidents where individuals who should have been self-isolating have left the site. Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police are now considering taking appropriate enforcement action against those individuals who have breached this guidance. Further enforcement action will be considered where non-compliance with COVID-19 risk has been found.

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information for media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

Further information

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Positive response to Saturday closure of Bridgnorth High Street

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:47

Bridgnorth market on Saturday 25 July 2020

The closure of Bridgnorth High Street on Saturdays to allow social distancing during market trading hours has received a positive response from many traders and shoppers in the town.

And, with High Street set to be closed for three Saturdays, Shropshire Council says it will do all it can to minimise any inconvenience, and gain the support of those who have been critical of the closure

High Street closed to vehicles for the first time last Saturday (25 July 2020), between its junctions with Whitburn Street and Listley Street, from 5am until 4.30pm – and will be closed at the same times again this Saturday (1 August).

The closure will allow the necessary arrangements to be made for continuing to comply with social distancing in Bridgnorth.

Following last Saturday’s first closure, comments from traders and stallholders included:

  • “It was a great idea”.
  • “it was calm, relaxed and I love the changes”.
  • “What a lovely relaxed atmosphere and so much more room in Bridgnorth this morning. I love it”

And comments from visitors and residents on social media included:

  • “I think it’s such a great idea and would welcome it to stay this way on Saturdays”
  • “It was so much better in so many ways… great for shoppers and hopefully therefore more trade too.”
  • “Came to Bridgnorth from Halesowen today was really impressed with the new market layout and pedestrianised street”
  • “It was fab walking around today and I’m a local resident, felt very safe.”
  • “It was wonderful walking in town today, thank you.”
  • “Just visited the High Street on a Saturday for the first time in years. Genuinely nice experience, I hope this is a permanent arrangement.”

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Last week’s first Saturday closure went well and I want to thank all involved in ensuring things ran smoothly on the day. It’s great to hear positive feedback from traders and visitors. We know that this necessary closure will inconvenience some residents, shoppers and businesses, and council officers will be on site again on Saturday and will do what they can to minimise disruption – whilst ensuring that the market is laid out in a way that allows safe access to the market stalls and surrounding residential and business premises.

“If  people do have any concerns or questions about the work, we ask them to contact us so that we can look to address or answer them.”

The ‘No Entry’ at the junction of High Street and Cartway is to be suspended during this closure.

To report any issues or for further information, please contact Shropshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006 or email socialdistancingmeasures@shropshire.gov.uk.

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Coronavirus: Self-isolation period increased from 7 to 10 days

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:51

People who develop coronavirus symptoms, or test positive, will now be asked to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

The latest advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers means the period of isolation has been extended by three days from the previous minimum of 7 days. The new advice is in line with World Health Organisation guidance.

People must self-isolate if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

“We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of this virus. That’s why it’s so important that people in Shropshire follow the latest Government guidance.

““This is about protecting yourself, your family, and the wider community – and avoiding a second peak and further lockdown restrictions.

““We ask Shropshire residents to continue to follow the national advice to protect themselves and others from the virus.

“Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.”

Stay Alert to Stay Safe

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

Further information

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Coronavirus: Last chance to apply for Covid-19 business grants

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:42

Shropshire businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 have just over two weeks left to apply for a Government grant to support them through the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications close on Friday 14 August.

Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief may qualify for a small business grant of £10,000. Business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 that qualify for the enhanced retail, hospitality and leisure relief may qualify for a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on their rateable value.

The scheme – which opened in early April – has so far benefited over 6,685 of the county’s businesses and provided £79 million of grants into Shropshire’s economy, helping businesses to continue in their premises, re-open to the public and replenish their stocks.

Analysis of those awarded grants so far show that the distribution of money has been spread equally across the county, with businesses in the north, south and around Shrewsbury all accessing the government funding on offer.

However, there is still funding left that can be awarded so Shropshire Council is encouraging more businesses to check their business rate bills and and apply before it is too late.

The Secretary of State for business has now written to all local authorities to say that any outstanding grants need to have been paid by the end of August 2020 and the scheme wound up. This means that any businesses who receive a business rates bill from Shropshire Council with a rateable value of less than £51,000 and in receipt of a qualifying business rate relief need to consider applying to the scheme via the council website as soon as possible.

Steve Charmley, deputy Leader of Shropshire Council and Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration said:

“We have many smaller businesses in the county with a rateable value of less than £15,000 that qualify for small business rate relief. Many of these will not pay business rates at all but they can still qualify for the small business grant.

“These businesses can apply to the scheme for £10,000 grant and while most schemes are competitive, this one is not. As long as you are eligible for small business rate relief you will most likely qualify for a small business grant.”

David Minnery, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate support, said:

“This is the last push as the scheme will close to applications on Friday 14 August so we want to ensure all our businesses that qualify have applied to receive the grant.

“Our teams have worked hard to process as many applications that we know of from our rating lists, and from applications so far but we still believe there are businesses who have still not applied – and we don’t want businesses to miss out on this funding”

Details of the main COVID-19 grant schemes can be found on the Shropshire Council website.

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Shrewsbury held up as “outstanding example” for work developing Big Town Plan

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 09:31

Shrewsbury has been held up as an “outstanding example” for its work developing a long-term vision for the town centre through the Big Town Plan.

Hayley Owen, growth programme and strategy manager at Shropshire Council, and member of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, was a speaker at a national webinar led by the High Streets Task Force about the future of UK town centres, attended by a live audience of more than 550 people.

Simon Quin, executive director of the High Streets Task Force, said Shrewsbury Big Town Plan was a beacon for others to follow on effective development of a collaborative vision for a town centre.

He said:

“Shrewsbury is among a small number of outstanding examples of visions which demonstrate why it is so important to have an agreed vision for a town or city.

“But these examples are the exception rather than the rule. You would think there would be many examples around the country, but we did some research a few years ago looking at visions that existed for towns and cities, and they are very hard to find.

“Visioning is not only important on a strategic level, but it is also now vital to secure funding, as a sound strategic vision is now required by the Government when considering funding distribution.

“It was great to have Hayley on our panel talking about the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, which really does illustrate many of the principles that we think are important.”

During the webinar, Hayley outlined how the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan has developed since 2016, with a clear vision agreed by Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID about how the town can evolve to enable a thriving town centre.

Peter Nutting, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“It’s testament to the excellent partnership work taking place here in Shrewsbury that the Big Town Plan is being recognised on a national level.

“The High Streets Task Force were particularly keen to hear about how we have been using the principles of the Big Town Plan when implementing the temporary interventions to make the town safe and welcoming during the coronavirus crisis.

“We are looking forward to continuing to discuss with residents, businesses and stakeholders how the interventions are working, and how the movement strategy in Shrewsbury can develop in the future.”

Alan Mosley, Leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, said:

“Shrewsbury really is leading the way when it comes to this kind of joined-up working, and we should all be proud of the work that has been done to get us to this point.

“However, we are now moving into an even more important phase when we start to think about making the vision a reality.

“It’s therefore vital that we continue working together – local councils, businesses, interest groups and the community – to ensure Shrewsbury can continue to be an enjoyable, sustainable and welcoming town centre, both now and for future generations.”

Joining Hayley on the panel was retail expert Bill Grimsey, author of The Grimsey Report into high streets, and one of the leading voices on how town centres need to adapt to survive and thrive in the future.

He spoke about the importance of councils and business leaders working together on a collective vision for their town or city, with the key aim of making town centres a desirable place for people to live and spend time together, rather than relying on their historic role as a marketplace or retail centre.

The webinar is available to view at

https://www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/transformation-routemap-webinars/repositioning-developing-collaborative-inspiring-visions-that-achieve-change-3-5/

For more information on Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, visit the website at www.shrewsburybigtownplan.org.uk

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Coronavirus: Update (Thurs 30 July 4pm) on outbreak at Craven Arms caravan site

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:59

Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms. The total number of positive cases linked to the outbreak is now 29. Testing is still available to all residents at the site.

Those residents who have tested positive for coronavirus have been asked to self-isolate in line with Government guidance.

We want to reiterate that the risk to the public is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

Most residents at the site have been co-operating, and we would like to thank them for their patience during the past week. We are aware that there have been incidents where individuals who should have been self-isolating have ignored guidance and have left the site. Each case is being treated on an individual basis and we are working with West Mercia Police to ensure that everyone is taking the appropriate public health advice.

As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Drop in testing sessions will be available in two locations tomorrow (Friday 31 July). No prior booking is required:

  • Drive-through at the Craven Arms Business Park testing site (Highways depot) from 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • Walk-in at the Halo Community Centre: 10.30am – 1.30pm

A poster and more information can be found here.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“At this phase of the pandemic, we still expect to see cases in the community and within settings where people are closer together.

“Our focus remains the health and wellbeing of residents while we work to contain and control the spread of COVID-19. We continue to support everyone on the Long Lane site,  and we are working with West Mercia Police and other partners to reinforce the importance of following the measures put in place to keep everyone safe.”

Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, has provided a video update for the local community. You can view this here.

As of today (Thursday 30 July 2020):

  • To date 51 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.

Craven Arms Medical Practice update

In light of the outbreak, Craven Arms Medical Practice has taken the decision to only offer telephone appointments with GPs.

This is to ensure the safety of both patients and practice staff, and to help to manage the situation in the best way possible.

To make an appointment at Craven Arms Medical Practice:

  • Please call to make an appointment before attending the practice
  • Don’t turn up at the practice unless you have a pre-booked appointment
  • You may be offered a telephone or video consultation
  • Many issues can be dealt with via online consultation, which is available from the practice website: cravenarmsmedical.nhs.uk

If you think you may have coronavirus or any of the symptoms, further information is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or the UK Government website.

This means you can quickly and easily get help and advice without leaving home or potentially putting others at risk.

There is also information on a wide range of health issues and conditions at 111.nhs.uk, along with details on how to treat symptoms and where to get help.

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information for media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

As of today’s change in Government guidance, people who have symptoms, or have tested positive, must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets, and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

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The future of Pride Hill Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury – an update

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:38

The current retail climate has meant that Shropshire Council has had to reassess the best uses for the Pride Hill Centre and to transform the Darwin Centre into the primary retail destination in Shrewsbury.

The council’s vision is for the Darwin Centre’s retail mix to evolve into more of a community-led shopping centre with more regional and independent stores, while retaining some popular national brands.

Plans are now moving ahead to repurpose the Pride Hill Centre, which will create more flexible town centre space for the future. Steps have been taken and discussions are underway to relocate several businesses to the Darwin Centre. Over time this will minimise on-going operational costs in the former Pride Hill space and pave the way for a new future for the building, though no decision has yet been made about the future use of the centre.

As part of this work we will soon be relocating a number of the Pride Hill Centre’s independent businesses to a new specially created trading space in the Darwin Centre called The Collective. Located in the former QVC unit, The Collective will become home to up to 10 independent stores who will benefit from the regular centre footfall and trading alongside established brands. There’s more information here.

Formal landlord negotiations are in progress to ensure all parties understand the repurposing intentions for the Pride Hill Centre.

Individual negotiations are underway with occupiers to manage the process of relocation and to ensure that they are kept up-to-date. These discussions are continuing and we will ensure that we allow our tenants the time that they need for these negotiations.

It is important that the Pride Hill Centre tenants are the first to know about our future plans and what it means for them, and that they hear it from us. This will continue to be the case.

Shropshire Council is offering flexible and favourable terms to independent and national brands relocating to the Darwin Centre from the Pride Hill Centre. All individual discussions are confidential.

We expect to have more news in the coming months regarding the timeline for the Pride Hill transformation. Currently we are focussing on relocating businesses from the Pride Hill Centre to the Darwin Centre.

By adapting and evolving the retail, leisure and lifestyle offer across Shrewsbury town centre we are developing a destination for the future which could include a wide variety of uses designed to encourage sustainable and commercially-successful businesses. This will encourage more footfall to the town and create relevant floorspace. All these actions benefit Shrewsbury town centre and make it a more vibrant and thriving town, which in turn improve the future value of the schemes.

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Shrewsbury’s Meole Brace park and ride to operate from Monday 3 August

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 17:38

 

The Meole Brace park and ride service in Shrewsbury is to begin operating again next Monday, 3 August 2020, to help people access Shrewsbury town centre.

It follows the running of a trial service on the Harlescott park and ride service since 1 June.

From Monday buses will run from the Harlescott and Meole Brace sites every 20 minutes.

With social distancing capacity reductions, the vehicles have an advisory capacity of seventeen passengers – although the drivers won’t leave vulnerable passengers and will carry over the advisory capacity if required to do so.

Face coverings must be worn by all passengers, unless they fall within one of the exempt categories.

The Meole Brace site is being tidied up and the bus shelter ‘deep cleaned’ before the service starts to operate again on Monday.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“The trial operation of the Harlescott park and ride has gone well and I’m pleased that we can now extend the service and reopen the Meole Brace site to enable more workers and visitors to travel in and out of the town centre.

“The health and safety of drivers and passengers is a priority and all appropriate guidance will be followed to ensure that people can use the service safely. We can also assure people that we will tidy up the site and deep clean the area before the buses start to operate again on Monday morning.”

Buses will run from both sites every 20 minutes from 7.20am until 6.45pm. The last bus leaves the town centre at 6.30pm. For more  information visit the Shropshire Council website.

All three Shrewsbury park and ride sites temporarily closed after the last journey on Saturday 28 March.

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Coronavirus: Update (Wed 29 July 5pm) on outbreak at the Long Lane caravan site in Craven Arms

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 17:02

Shropshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands continue to work with key partners to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms. The total number of positive cases linked to the outbreak is now 25. Testing is still available to all residents at the site.

We continue to arrange food and essential supplies for residents during the ongoing period of isolation. Several residents have completed their period of self-isolation and are able to leave the site. We want to reiterate that the risk to the public is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available. A test site at Craven Arms Business Park is open every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Drop in testing sessions will be available in two locations this Friday (31 July). No prior booking is required:

  • Drive-through at the Craven Arms Business Park testing site (Highways depot) from 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • Walk-in at the Halo Community Centre: 10.30am – 1.30pm

A poster and more information can be found here.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health said:

“We recognise there has been a level of anxiety within the wider Craven Arms community and that’s why we are offering local people the opportunity to get tested

“The best way to do this is by contacting the NHS; however, people can also attend the mobile testing unit this Friday without an appointment.

“A face covering will need to be worn, and social distancing must also be followed at all times when at the site.

“Wherever a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, close contacts of the case are identified and followed up through Test and Trace. This includes anyone who may have come into contact with confirmed cases within the local community.”

Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, added:

“I cannot praise the local community enough for the understanding and support they have shown during this outbreak. The risk to the Craven Arms community is still very low, and at this stage in the pandemic we still expect to see more outbreaks as the virus continues to circulate within communities both locally and across the West Midlands, as well as nationally

“I would like to remind everybody that it is important to wash your hands, maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering to help protect others.”

As of today (Wednesday 29 July 5pm):

  • To date 47 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.

Community support

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team (CRT) continue to work with the residents and local businesses to offer support.

David Evans, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, said:-

“Craven Arms is still open for business and we want residents and visitors to enjoy everything our wonderful town has to offer. Our Shropshire Hills are part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and everyone who visits our community will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

“We all have a vital role in preventing the spread of coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others and washing hands regularly.

“I am pleased that drop-in testing sessions are being offered to residents. As well as making it easier for people to get a test, it will also help Shropshire Council and Public Health England gain further insight into the local situation.”

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information

For media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have been tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 7 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

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News from our partners: Major project at Ercall Mill Bridge in Roden to close B5062 for 12 weeks

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 11:46

News from our partners Telford & Wrekin Council

A major project to fully repair a bridge will close one of the main entrances to Telford and Wrekin for up to 12 weeks.

The work, which starts on Monday 3 August 2020 at Ercall Mill Bridge, will close the B5062 between High Ercall and Shrewsbury at the village of Roden.

It will involve the full reconstruction of two retaining walls, the installation of new safety barriers on both sides of the road and resurfacing of the carriageway.

The work will be carried out by Telford & Wrekin Council’s highways contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places, and is part of the Pride In Our Community Structures Capital Programme to keep Telford moving.

It follows the collapse of the original retaining wall when floods took place in November. Temporary stabilisation works were carried out at the time.

Work will be carried out between 8am and 4pm on weekdays, but the road will be closed around the clock. Diversions will be in place.as well as VMS signs. Residents and businesses in the area have been written to.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, said:

“We realise that this has the potential to cause significant disruption and we apologise in advance for that.

“These works are essential but we have waited until the school summer holidays before starting on site and we aim to get it completed as quickly as possible. We will also strive to keep disruption to a minimum, but at the end of the day it involves the closure of a busy B road that is used by a lot of traffic.”

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B4373 near Broseley: road closure from 10 August for repairs to Deans Culvert

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:19

The B4373 between Broseley and Bridgnorth will be closed for up to two weeks from Monday 10 August 2020 to undertake essential repairs to Deans Culvert which carries the B4373 over the Dean Brook near Broseley.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 10 August 2020 and is programmed for four weeks.

To ensure that the works are carried out as safely as possible a full 24-hour road closure will be required from Monday 10 August to Sunday 23 August.  The remaining duration of the works will be carried out under temporary traffic lights.

When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted via B4373 to Bridgnorth, A458 to Walton Grange then the B4376.

Access over the structure for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists, and access to properties within the closure, will remain available throughout the works.

The work will be undertaken by Terra Solutions Ltd, with supervision by the council’s term consultant WSP.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:-

“It is appreciated that this road closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”

Simon Harris, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for highways and transport, and local Shropshire Councillor for Broseley, said:-

“I know that these repairs and improvements to our road network are essential: this is a main road between Bridgnorth and Broseley, it will mean an inconvenience, but I hope the public will understand and bear with us.”

David Turner, local Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock, said;-

“Hopefully local residents will understand the importance of this scheme, which is being carried out during the school holidays to minimise inconvenience. Nonetheless, there will be some disruption to journeys and I’d urge local residents to factor in sufficient time for a longer journey during this period.”

Christian Lea, a local Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts, said:-

“The closure of the B4373 Bridgnorth to Broseley road will obviously cause local residents some inconvenience having to take the diversion route. Repairs being carried out to Dean’s Culvert are essential though, and every effort will be made to get the work completed as soon as possible and the road reopened.”

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Coronavirus: Update (Tues 28 July 5pm) on outbreak at caravan site in Craven Arms

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 17:10

Shropshire Council, along with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands, local NHS, West Mercia Police and other key partners continue to work with residents at the Long Lane site Traveller site in Craven Arms, and the wider community, to contain a coronavirus outbreak at the site.

Officers from Shropshire Council have been in Craven Arms daily, both onsite and in the town, to offer support to residents, local businesses and the wider community.

Support for people on site includes:

  • Delivery of essential items including food, toiletries and fuel
  • Offers of testing
  • Distribution of PPE equipment, hand sanitisers and cleaning products to residents on the site
  • Providing residents with information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, what symptoms to look for, and what to if they are feeling unwell, with signposting to other support
  • Supporting residents with queries and concerns
  • Delivery of prescriptions to residents.

As of today (Tuesday 28 July 2020, 5pm), there have been no further positive cases identified, and the total number of confirmed cases remains 23. Offers of testing to all residents at the site continue.

All residents were initially asked to self-isolate for 14 days as the site was being treated as a bubble, due to residents on the site being treated as close contacts to allow for contact tracing to be undertaken. As with any outbreak, this is undertaken to help stop any immediate spread of the virus into the wider community. We have been working closely with the residents and monitoring the situation on the site on a daily basis to help reduce the risk of transmission.

Those residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 were asked to self-isolate for a minimum 7 days from the time they started showing symptoms or from when they took their test. If those who have been in self-isolation for the minimum 7 days are now well enough, they can finish self-isolation and leave their home. This means that initial positive cases will finish isolation this week.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health said:

“We continue to support residents at the Long Lane site and encourage people who have tested positive to self-isolate in line with Government guidance. We are also asking all residents to follow all the measures put in place to protect both themselves and loved ones. Shropshire Council continues to arrange food and essential supplies for residents on the site.

“A number of residents are nearing the end of their period of self-isolation and will be able to leave their homes and the Long Lane site.

“At this stage in the pandemic we expect outbreaks, as the virus continues to circulate within communities locally and nationally. Whilst there have been no further confirmed positive cases as of today, we still expect to see the number of local cases increase in the following days as we await the results of further testing.

“Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should go online or call 119 to arrange a test.”

Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, added:

“Local outbreaks such as this are not unexpected during a pandemic and we have seen cases across the county. Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community. Shropshire Council, along with Public Health England and our NHS partners, and the police, have responded quickly to the outbreak at Long Lane and it has allowed us to understand transmission and control the spread of infection.

“I appreciate that this outbreak has caused a lot of anxiety for residents at Long Lane and I would like to thank them for their co-operation and understanding. It hasn’t been easy, but they are playing a crucial role in helping to control the spread of the infection.”

Dr Carol Chatt, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with PHE Midlands, said:

“We are continuing to work closely with the local council and NHS partners to support residents on the caravan site at Craven Arms, and to reduce the risk of infection on site and within the wider community. Following testing of residents we are working with public health partners on contact tracing and advising on infection control measures, to reduce risk of further spread.”

Local test site set up

To help prevent further transmission into the wider community, a test site has been established in Craven Arms for local residents.

The test site at Craven Arms Business Park was set up on Saturday 25 July and will be open for the next two weeks every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Testing is by appointment only, and Craven Arms residents are being asked to book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Drop in sessions at the testing site will be available on Friday 31 July, which means people can arrive by car but without having to book.

Who can get a test?

You can get a test:-

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
  • have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery.
  • As an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms and do not have symptoms, you can also apply for a test by via NHS Test and Trace online or by calling 119.

Health protection

Shropshire Council and our partners continue to provide health protection, advice, support and guidance to the residents on the site and the wider community in Craven Arms. As soon as the council were notified of the first cases, it arranged immediate testing with residents from the site to allow us to understand transmission and help control the spread of infection.

As of today (Tuesday 28 July 2020):

  • To date 42 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.

Community support

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team (CRT) continue to work with the residents and local businesses to offer support. The team have been arranging food and essential supplies for residents on the site, whilst residents self-isolate. The team have been working with partners including the police, NHS, Public Health England and businesses to engage with the public and provide reassurance and support to the community.

David Evans, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, said:

“Once again, I would like to ask people to respect the privacy of everyone at the Long Lane site during what has been a very challenging few days.

“We are aware of the concerns being shared by people in the wider community. We have seen cases across Shropshire since this pandemic began and the risk to the general public remains low. Everyone has to play their part and we encourage people to continue to wash their hands regularly, keep your distance and use face coverings to help protect yourself and others.”

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information

For media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have been tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 7 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible) • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

Further information

Stay updated with the latest news about coronavirus and Shropshire Council services by signing up to our email bulletins

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Twmpath Bridge near Gobowen – road closure from Monday 3 August for up to two weeks

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 14:15

Twmpath Bridge near Gobowen will be closed for up to two weeks from Monday 3 August 2020 to undertake repair works to the north-west brick pilaster, following vehicle impact damage to the bridge parapet.

The bridge carries Twmpath Lane over a disused railway line near Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

Due to the nature of the repairs a 24-hour road closure will be required for the duration of the works. When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted via the A5, A495, B5009 and Twmpath Lane.

Access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available throughout the works.

The work will be undertaken by the council’s term maintenance contractor Kier, with supervision by the council’s term consultant WSP.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:-

“It is appreciated that this road closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”

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Coronavirus: New pavement licence introduced to help businesses over the summer

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 13:50

Following the implementation of the Business and Planning Act 2020 on 22 July 2020, Shropshire Council is now accepting applications for temporary pavement licences. Any business can now apply to the council for a pavement licence, to put removable furniture such as stalls, counters, tables, chairs, umbrellas, barriers and heaters on the highway adjacent to their premises for the following purposes:

  • Use of the furniture for the licence-holder to sell or serve food or drink supplied from, or in connection with relevant use of, the premises; and
  • Use of the furniture by other people for the purpose of consuming food or drink supplied from, or in connection with relevant use of, the premises.

Under this new regime the council is issuing a pavement licence initially for a period of three months. Any business may apply for a pavement licence for a new area, or to temporarily extend the area that already has a valid pavement permit in force.

Before applying to use any open space, businesses must ensure the following:

  • The proposed space takes into account the need to provide adequate social distancing
  • That any street furniture does not cause an obstruction to pedestrian and vehicular access, especially emergency services
  • The needs of all users of the space are met, in particular those with disabilities, including those with mobility difficulties and visual impairment, and for those caring for babies/children
  • The use of an area does not cause any nuisance, eg unacceptable noise, build-up of litter, etc, to local residents or other businesses
  • You do not use an area that already has an established use (eg a Saturday market or another trader’s permitted area)
  • You have adequate public liability insurance
  • That you do not endanger the health and safety of the public; particular attention needs to be given to road crossing points and footway width
  • That any street furniture is suitable.

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing operations manager, said:

“With recent developments to the road network in many of Shropshire’s town centres, which includes the widening of pavements, road closures and other temporary measures to facilitate social distancing, there are now additional opportunities for local businesses to use some of this newly created space and other areas that would ordinarily be unsafe to use. We want to support businesses to do this safely in order to protect their staff and the public, in particular those with disabilities and those caring for children and the more vulnerable in our communities.

“We must also ensure that the potential for any increased adverse impact on our town centre residents and the wider business community is minimised. It is for these reasons that the application process is necessary; however, we are committed to helping businesses navigate this as quickly as possible.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:

“The new legislation introduces a new streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a licence to place tables and chairs on the highway. We want to encourage our businesses to explore the use of additional open space in our town centres to help them trade more efficiently, and at the same time maintain adequate social distancing measures and operate safely for both their staff and customers.

“Clearly, the more space businesses have available to seat and serve customers outdoors, the greater the opportunities will be to increase much needed income over the summer months, which we hope will protect as many hospitality jobs as possible. I would encourage businesses to check out our website for all the details about the new licence, and if unsure about any of the requirements to seek further advice from our licensing team who will be very happy to help.”

The cost for a three-month pavement licence is £40 and, providing the space to be used remains the same and the council is satisfied that the licence remains appropriate, the licence can be extended for further periods of  three months at a cost of £20 for each extension up to September 2021.

Full guidance and how to apply for a pavement licence can be found here.

If any business wants to apply for our normal 12-month pavement permit, or renew an existing permit, instead of, or in addition to a pavement licence, further details are available here.

For any further advice please contact the licensing team on licensing@shropshire.gov.uk or 0345 678 9026.

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Coronavirus: Update (Mon 27 July 5.30pm) on outbreak at caravan site in Craven Arms

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/27/2020 - 17:35

Shropshire Council, along with Public Health England West Midlands, local NHS and other key partners, continue to work with residents at the Long Lane travellers site in Craven Arms, and the wider community, to contain a coronavirus outbreak at the site.

As of today (Monday 27 July 2020 5.30pm), there have been two further positive cases identified, bringing the total number of cases on the site to 23. Offers of testing to all residents at the site continue, so we may see some further cases in the coming days, before infection control measures and social distancing start to take effect.

Those residents who had tested positive for coronavirus were asked to self-isolate for a minimum 7 days from the time they started showing symptoms or from when they took their test. If those who have been in self-isolation for the minimum 7 days are now well enough, they can finish self-isolation and leave their home. This means that initial positive cases will finish isolation this coming week.

Officers from Shropshire Council have been on site daily to offer support to residents. We are also working with the community to keep those who have tested positive for coronavirus on site, along with their immediate households.

Those who have not had close contact with symptomatic residents are able to leave their homes, in line with the latest Government guidance.

While new visitors are being discouraged, they are allowed on site in line with the latest Government guidance. All visitors and residents are being asked to follow the measures we have put in place to help protect both themselves and others.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“We can confirm that there have been two further positive cases today and we may see the number of cases increase in the following days as we await the results of any further testing.

“Cluster outbreaks are not uncommon during a pandemic and we would like to reassure people that the risk is still very low. We are continuing to provide Long Lane residents on-site support, as well as guidance to help keep them and their loved ones safe.

“Our priority remains protecting the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community. Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should go online to arrange a test or call 119.”

Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, added:

“I appreciate that this will be of concern, and I want to reassure people that we have put robust measures in place since the start of the outbreak keep everyone safe.

“Where local positive cases develop, we must find them and act quickly to prevent further spread and we are grateful to Public Health England and local partners for their support.

“We ask Shropshire residents to continue to follow the national advice to protect themselves and others from the virus.

“Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.”

Dr Carol Chatt, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with PHE Midlands, said:

“We are continuing to work closely with the local council and NHS partners to support residents on the caravan site at Craven Arms, and reduce risk of infection on site and within the wider community. Following testing of residents, we are working with public health partners on contact tracing and advising on infection control measures, to reduce risk of further spread.”

Local test site set up

To help prevent further transmission into the wider community, a test site has been established in Craven Arms for local residents.

The test site at Craven Arms Business Park was set up on Saturday 25 July and is open for the next two weeks every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Testing is by appointment only, and Craven Arms residents are being asked to book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Who can get a test?

You can get a test:-

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
  • have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • as an additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms and do not have symptoms, you can now also apply for a test by via NHS Test and Trace online or by calling 119.

Health protection

Shropshire Council and partners continue to provide health protection, advice, support and guidance to the residents on the site and the wider community in Craven Arms. As soon as the council were notified of the first cases, it arranged immediate testing with residents from the site to allow us to understand transmission and help control the spread of infection. Since the start of the outbreak a comprehensive range of measures have been put place, some of which include:

  • Asking all residents to remain in their homes during the period of isolation and stay within household groups, to reduce risk of spread within the site and the wider community
  • Testing of residents on the site, with daily monitoring of symptoms
  • Distribution of PPE equipment, hand sanitisers and cleaning products to residents on the site
  • Safely providing essential services and supplies
  • Providing residents with information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, what symptoms to look for, and what to if they are feeling unwell, with signposting to other support.

As of today (Monday 27 July 2020):

  • To date 41 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.
  • Essential items including fuel have been delivered to the site
  • We have set up a test site for all residents in Craven Arms
  • We have temporarily closed the playground and outdoor gym on Newington Way to help reduce social contact and transmission
  • We are responding to community enquiries, and issuing information and advice.

Community support

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team (CRT) continue to work with the residents and local businesses to offer support. The team have been arranging food and essential supplies for residents on the site, whilst residents self-isolate. The team have been working with partners including the police, NHS, Public Health England and businesses to engage with the public and provide reassurance and support to the community.

In the last three days CRT officers have been out in the community delivering essential supplies and prescriptions to the residents on site and were joined by David Evans, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, to offer support to residents and businesses in the town and distribute community posters to the wider community.

David Evans, a local Shropshire Councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, said:

“Once again, I would to thank the Craven Arms community and businesses for their support and co-operation.

“This has understandably been an anxious time for everyone at the Long Lane site, and we ask the wider community and media to respect the privacy of all concerned.

“As the self-isolation period will be coming to an end for some people on the site, we are once again asking residents to follow the national guidance to help keep themselves and others safe. We can’t enforce this ourselves, and we continue to rely on everyone to do their part and take the necessary precautions.”

Shropshire Council’s public health team would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people. Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 helpline on 0345 678 9028 or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

More information about coronavirus, testing, self-isolation, and social distancing is available from the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further information for media

We will be providing daily updates on the current situation at Craven Arms on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have been tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 7 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible) • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets and in other close settings where possible.

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to reopen on 28 July with free entry

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/27/2020 - 14:08

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) is to reopen on Tuesday 28 July 2020, and will be also offering free entry to visitors until the autumn.

The Government announced that museums and art galleries could reopen from 4 July, and staff have been working tirelessly to make the museum safe for all ahead of reopening.

Visits to SM&AG typically last up to two hours. To enable social distancing to be followed, a maximum of 50 people will be permitted entry into the museum in the morning, and another 50 in the afternoon.

Medieval Gallery at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tickets must be pre-booked for each person in your party, including babies and children. This is so museum staff are aware of how many people will be visiting and to make sure social distancing can be followed, to give all visitors a safe and relaxing experience while journeying through the galleries.

You can pre-book your visit by visiting the website.

Fay Bailey, museums service manager at Shropshire Council, said:

“We are delighted to be reopening the museum again in time for the school summer holidays. Our staff have worked so hard, and we can’t wait to welcome people back and continue to share the stories of Shropshire. As a welcome back offer, we are offering free entry for a limited time, which we’re very excited about.

“We have put a number of measures in place in line with Government guidance so things may look a little different. These have been done to keep you safe, and we kindly ask that people follow these when visiting. You will find further details on the museum website and at the point of booking.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“Whether you are local to the area or visiting, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is one of the ‘must see’ visitor attractions in Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

“It is fantastic news that the museum is now able to open in time for the school holidays, and for those looking stay in the UK for their summer holidays this year. I would urge everyone to visit this stunning museum and support the county’s community assets.”

During your visit

Visitors will be able to journey through five stunning galleries within the historic Music Hall and see the highlights of the permanent displays, including the launch of the ‘10 must see’ objects.

The Evolving Shropshire exhibition invites you to experience millions of years of the Shropshire landscape.

Stop. café bar, with measures in place to keep you safe, will be open for visitors to get refreshments… and they have signed up to the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme which will make things a little cheaper too!

Although it has been necessary to remove interactive exhibits, an all-new Maximo Mouse trail will keep families entertained as they explore the galleries.

Keeping you safe

A number of important safety measures have been put in place to help achieve our top priority – to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors.

When visiting you will notice signage, screens and social distancing queuing systems in place, as well as a clearly marked one-way system around the museum.

Toilets and touch points will also be cleaned more regularly, with hand washing facilities for visitors and staff readily available. Toilets are also only available to customers of the Museum and stop. café bar, to limit the number of people in the building and help keep them clean.

Uniformed staff will also be available to help ensure safety measures are being followed. But they’re also very knowledgeable about the collections so feel free to ask them any questions too!

For more information, visit the website.

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