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Extraordinary Meeting of Lydbury North Parish Council

To be held Tuesday December 12 2017 - At 7.30pm Lydbury North Village Hall

 7.30pm – 7.45pm – Public Open SessionAny members of the public present will be invited to address councillors on any subject.  At the commencement of the meeting itself, 7.45pm, members of the public are welcome to stay but may not take any further part in the proceedings.  It should be noted that, if an answer to a specific query is urgent, the earlier the clerk has an indication beforehand of the nature of the question, the more likely information can be provided at the meeting itself. NB If there are no issues raised the council meeting will begin before 7.45pm.


  1. Members present

  2. Apologies for absence

  3. Declarations of Interest - Members are requested to declare any personal and/or prejudicial interests they may have in matters to be considered at this meeting in accordance with the terms of the Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) (England) Order 2001 issued under Section 51 Local Government Act 2000 as follows:

a.    Declarations of personal interests

b.    Declarations of prejudicial interests

  1. To receive input form the Principal Policy Officer for Shropshire Council in regard of the Shropshire Local Plan review and consider the response of Lydbury North Parish Council

  2. To confirm date of next meeting

2016/17 Annual Finance Return.


Click on the links to view reports will open in a new window


Annual Return Section 1
2016 - 2017

Annual Return Section 2 2016-2017

Annual Return Internal Audit


Superfast BT Infinity has landed in your area

Contact your broadband provider for more information
Not all lines in Infinity-enabled areas can support the Infinity service

BUS consultation

Shropshire Council have developed a new bus strategy on which they are seeking consultation. The strategy can be accessed here (PDF opens in new window) or by clicking on the following link:
If you would like to respond you must do so by 13th February 2016 by sending the completed attached questionnaire to the following address: 
Shropshire Council,
c/o Mouchel Ltd,
Abbey Foregate,

OR email to: 

Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire online via the strategy link above.

Water Mains Renewal

I am sure many of you will have experienced the disruption caused by the restrictions and diversions put in place between Bishops Castle and Lydbury North by Amey on behalf of Severn Trent Water whilst water mains renewal takes place. The information below details the work and restrictions to be put in place which some of you may have received, although I am aware many did not including the Parish Council. The actual signage put in place on Tuesday 30th August did not reflect what was proposed and following several complaints from member of the public and the Parish Council, pragmatism appears to have prevailed with the road closures and diversions having been removed today (Wednesday 31st August) except for vehicles over 7.5 tonne. However, if you are still experiencing problems please let me know and do use the contact given in the information provided by Severn Trent Water.

 Severn Trent Information (opens in new window)

I will update this page if there is anything further to add as the work progresses. 

Andy Boak

Police Notice

West Mercia Police is appealing to the communities of South Shropshire to remain vigilant following a spate of rural burglaries in the area, which have targeted outbuildings, insecure barns and sheds during the hours of darkness.  Tools, farm machinery, and diesel are just some of the items which have been stolen by the criminals, and Crime Prevention Officers are urging residents to follow these simple security measures in order to reduce the risk towards their property.

· Ensure that all outbuildings are locked when not in use. Try using weatherproof padlocks and reversing the hinges on shed doors so that they cannot be unscrewed.

· Ensure tools and machinery are locked away and out of sight when not in use. As well as being at risk of theft, tools can be used to gain access to surrounding buildings.

· Do not leave keys or valuables in farm vehicles/machinery.

· Keep gates padlocked shut.

· Install solar-powered dusk-to-dawn lighting on outbuildings to deter intruders.

· Ensure any tools or valuables are security marked and display signs around your property to inform potential thieves 

Sgt Murdoch of the Shropshire Harm Reduction Team stated "The police are conducting extra patrols in these areas to provide reassurance to the victims and the communities as a whole. To assist us in our efforts to apprehend these criminals I would appeal to the residents of these rural areas to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see to the police”

In an emergency call 999, For non-emergencies call 101

Annual Return Notice 2016
(This is a copy, originals of both the notice and the annual return can be viewed by contacting the Clerk)


To view the Annual Return click on the following links (pages will open in a new window)


Annual Return Section 1 2015-16

Annual Return Section 2 2015-16

Annual Return Section 3 2015-16

 Annual Return Internal Audit 2015-16

The Pauline Clark Award for young people
Pauline Clark was the one time editor of the Ludlow Advertiser and the Award was set up in her memory.
The Award is managed by the Trustees of local Youth based charity —South Shropshire Youth Forum, who usually meet about once a month when they will consider new applications for the Award.
The Award is a small amount of money set aside to be used applied for by and to help the young people (aged 16-25) in South Shropshire to move on. Applicants preferred are those that need
help towards costs of training or qualifications who normally can’t afford them.
In the past we have helped young people to pay towards the costs of books for College, with transport and travel costs to work and specialist equipment required for training or for employment.

More information Here (opens in new window)

Application Form  (opens in new window)


Highways England Pin No 554668 - A49 Stapleton to Condover Pavement
Highways England Pin No 537538 – A49/B5477 Church Stretton Resurfacing
Highways England Pin No 538062 – A49/A489 Henley Lane Resurfacing

I wish to inform you that Kier will be carrying out essential resurfacing works on the A49 at various locations from the A489/A49 Junction to the north of Craven Arms to the Condover junction just south of Bayston Hill.

For your information, the details of the projects are summarised below:

A49 Stapleton to Condover Pavement

Planned Start Date: 20th June 2016
Planned Completion Date: 22nd July 2016
Hours of work: 20:00 to 0600 Hours

A49/B5477 Church Stretton Resurfacing

Planned Start Date: 15th August 2016
Planned Completion Date: 20th September 2016
Hours of Work: 20:00 to 06:00 Hours

A49/A489 Henley Lane Resurfacing

Planned Start Date: 26th September 2016
Planned Completion Date: 13th October 2016
Hours of Work: 20:00 to 06:00 Hours

These dates are subject to change, dependent on weather conditions and possible programme improvements. However, we can assure you, that you will be kept fully informed of any amendments to the works schedule.

Thefts from Vans in Shropshire 2016

High value tools and other items have been stolen from vans in the Shropshire area in 2016.


Since the beginning of the year there have been a number of vans broken into the Shropshire area. The offenders have been using a number of different methods to gain entry to the vans, then stolen items of high value from within. Most of the thefts have been of power tools and other items that can be disposed of by selling them on as "second hand". For details of west Mercia's campaign to deter the selling of stolen property, please check out our "We Don't Buy Crime" page on the Website.
West Mercia Police have been passed a number of registrations of suspicious vehicles seen in the area when some of these crimes were committed. If you see a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, please call 101. We rely on members of the public to report their suspicions to assist us in deterring or apprehending these criminals.
If you have any other information that you believe may assist Police in the apprehension of those involved in the thefts from vans, please call 101. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.
You can follow the Safer Neighbourhood Team on Twitter @SouthShropCops for updates to this and other incidents in the area.

Shropshire Council Local Plan Supplementary Planning Documents Consultation

 Following Cabinet approval (10th Feb 2016) Shropshire Council will, today, publish for consultation three draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) between 18 March 2016 and 5pm on 29 April 2016. The SPDs provide more detailed advice and guidance on the policies included in the Local Plan (the adopted Core Strategy and SAMDev Plan). The draft SPDs cover issues relating to: the Type and Affordability of Housing, the Natural Environment and the Historic Environment.


What is being consulted on?

·         Draft Type and Affordability of Housing SPD – guidance for the  implementation of housing policies relating to the type, mix and design of housing, affordable housing contributions and exception sites, agricultural workers dwellings, houses in multiple occupation and Gypsy and Traveller accommodation;

·         Draft Natural Environment SPD – guidance for the implementation of policies to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment. Guidance is provided on: assessing the effects of development proposals on Shropshire’s natural assets; the type of information needed to support a planning application to ensure significant adverse effects are avoided, mitigated, or compensated for; background to the interaction between nationally and internationally protected areas, sites, species, features and the planning system.

·         Draft Historic Environment SPD - guidance that expands upon and explains historic environment policies.  Guidance is provided on how to assess the effects of proposed developments on heritage assets; background on both designated and non-designated assets and what to do if harm is likely to cause an adverse effect on the significance of a heritage asset(s).


Where to view the documents:

The draft SPDs are available to view on the Council’s the ’Get involved’ web page via:


Paper copies of the draft SPDs will be available for inspection during normal opening hours at our principal office:


 And during normal opening hours at:


 How to respond:

Please respond between 18 March 2016 and 5pm on 29 April 2016. Responses received after 5pm on 29 April will not be considered.  Please respond via e-mail to: with the name of draft SPD you are commenting on in the subject heading and the particular SPD chapter/paragraph/ section you are commenting on quoted in the text. Alternatively please respond via post to:


Planning Policy Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND.


Andy Mortimer, Policy Manager, Planning Policy Team
Tel: 0345 678 9004



 Road/ Bridge Closure

 Contact Tim Rees Evans   Our Ref :1053039/043/TTRE

Tel01743 276312

Fax01743 276301


We are writing to inform you that work at Eaton No 3 Bridge, which carries the Eaton to Hardwick road over the River East Onny, is programmed to start on Tuesday 3rd May

2016 and is expected to last for up to 10 weeks. The work will involve removing the existing bridge deck and constructing a new

reinforced concrete deck. The deck will utilise the existing abutments in order to minimise disruption to the public. The opportunity will also be taken to undertake bank

reinstatement works upstream of the bridge.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the works being undertaken and the narrow nature of the road the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic. During this time traffic will be

diverted via Newton and the A489. Access around the works for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists/ equestrians will be available throughout the work.

The works will be undertaken by the Council’s Term Maintenance Contractor Ringway Construction Ltd, who will be supervised by Mouchel on behalf of Shropshire Council.

Should you have any queries or concerns relating to the proposed work, please feel free to contact Tim Evans of Mouchel on the above number.


Property Flood Protection Assessment - Free Service

Shropshire Council offers a free residential property flood protection assessment, for properties which may be at risk of flooding or where flooding has previously occurred.

Assessments will be carried out by an approved surveyor who is independent of manufacturers of flooding related products. An assessment will be made of the likely routes of ingress for flood water entering a property, and measures that could be used to prevent or mitigate flood damage to the home will be discussed.

After visiting, the surveyor will issue a brief report outlining their findings. The report can then be used to help the property owner plan the most suitable protective measures for their property.

Property owners who may be interested please contact Shropshire Council via email at or via the website page:

Visits can also be requested via the Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.

Road Closure

Road to be closed:          Birches Mill, Llanhedrick between Argoed House and Argoed Farm                          

Date:                                     03/05/2016 to 06/05/2016 (24 hours)

Purpose:                             Drainage Works

Applicant                             Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd – Shropshire


If you require any further information please contact the Street Works team:


Current and forthcoming road works can be found at:




Shropshire Council: Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan: Adoption Statement 

Notice of adoption of the SAMDev Plan – December 2015


In accordance with Regulation 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is given that Shropshire Council formally adopted its SAMDev Plan on 17 December 2015


The SAMDev Plan covers the administrative County of Shropshire (excluding the Borough of Telford and Wrekin) and sets out proposals for the use of land and policies to guide future development in order to help to deliver the Vision and Objectives of the adopted Core Strategy for the period up to 2026. Together with the Core Strategy, the SAMDev Plan forms the Council’s Local Plan.


The SAMDev Plan has been subject to an Examination in Public by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  The adopted Plan incorporates the recommendations set out in the Planning Inspector’s Report and accompanying appendix.


The adopted SAMDev Plan, Sustainability Appraisal and the Inspector’s Report with accompanying appendices and this Adoption Statement are available to view on the Council’s website: and paper copies of the Plan documents will be available for inspection during normal opening hours at our principal office:


and during normal opening hours at: 


Copies of the accompanying Policies Maps are available to view on the Council’s website and paper copies will be made available at locations above as soon as reasonably practicable in January 2016. 

For further information please contact Planning Policy on 0345 678 9004 or Any person aggrieved by the SAMDev Plan may apply to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) for leave to challenge the validity of the Plan on the grounds that:

·         The document is not within the appropriate power;

·        A procedural requirement has not been complied with.

Any such application for leave must be made before the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day after the date of the adoption of the Plan, which is 17th December 2015



Andy Mortimer

Policy Manager

Planning Policy Team

Shropshire Council


Abbey Foregate





Tel: 0345 678 9004




Watch the Big Conversation video and tell us what services are important to you

As part of its Big Conversation, Shropshire Council has today (Monday 14 December 2015) released an animated video encouraging residents to get involved and tell us what council services are important to you.

The video, produced by the council and posted on YouTube, illustrates the financial challenges Shropshire Council faces over the next few years. The Big Conversation video also explains how the council is funded, how its budget is spent, and asks Shropshire residents what they can do to help Shropshire Council’s £77 million budget deficit.

Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation comes in light of continuous Government cuts which, in five years’ time, will leave only one quarter of the current funding that pays for over 150 services. This is a reduction of 75% from the £100m the council currently spends on these services, and means it will have to stop delivering some services.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for the Big Conversation, said: “Like all public services, we face spending cuts in the coming years and we’re looking at ways to address this challenge. “We’ve already had a great response to our Big Conversation with over 1,700 people taking part in the survey so far. However, we still want to ensure all local people have the opportunity to share their views, and urge those not yet involved to watch our video and take part in our survey.”

Watch the £77m budget challenge video now to find out more about the Big Conversation and how you can get involved.

The Big Conversation survey will run until Monday 4 January 2016, and will be followed by further conversations with local people, partners, community organisations and businesses across Shropshire in 2016.

Since the conversation began, over a third of residents who’ve taken part in the surveys have expressed an interest to be involved in further conversations with the council. If you know someone who does not have access to a computer, you can either print a copy off for them, or you can pick a paper copy up from your local library or customer service point. Alternatively you can call us and request one, or complete the survey over the phone.

For more information and to get involved visit:,
follow us: @shropcouncil #Shropbc
0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)


The Lydbury North Parish website even gets read in Australia!

 The Parish Clerk received an email from a Mrs Cathy Hill of Queensland, Australia asking for any information about her ancestors for a book she is writing on her family history.

Cathy's  great, great, great grandmother, Ann Owen (pictured below), was born  in Lydbury North in 1799 and went to Australia in 1825 aboard the first ever ship to take an entire compliment of free settlers to the then colony.
Cathy wrote 'Quite how she came to be among such a select few we don’t really know, but an entrepreneur called Richard Jones from Chirbury took with him a group of skilled workers to assist in what became a vast and varied business enterprise in Australia'. Cathy wondered if she might have worked at the Hall (I assume Cathy means Walcot Hall) and that Richard Jones recruited staff from there?

Ann Owen's father was a Robert Owen and Anne's death certificate identifies him as an overseer at Lydbury North on Ann’s eventual death certificate. Anne's mother died when she was only 3 weeks old and she is buried along with her brother Robert Jnr. from Down (presumably Lower Down) in the churchyard.

If anyone can shed any light on how Ann got to be chosen to go to Australia as a free settler or knows anything more about her father's job as overseer or have any other information relating to the family Cathy would be delighted to hear from you and you could get a mention in the book!

Please send any information you have to the Clerk at and we can, with your permission add this to the news page.


Shropshire Health & Wellbeing Consultation

 Tell us what you think about how we can work together to improve our health and wellbeing, and our health and care services in Shropshire. This current consultation is open until Sunday 29th November 2015.

 The draft Health & Wellbeing Strategy outlines how health and care organisations in Shropshire are planning for the future. It describes how people in Shropshire can work together to make the county a happier and healthier place. 

Particular focus is paid to three priorities: 

·         Health promotion and resilience: encouraging people to make good decisions at all stages of life and making sure that the right support is available when needed.

·         Promoting independence at home: planning support so that people are able to stay in a place that is familiar to them and where they can have the assistance of their community to keep well.

·         Promoting easy access and joined up care: making sure that people experience care that meets their needs and that they have the right information at the right time to help themselves or to get support from others.

To put these priorities into action, and to improve how we help people to become resilient and remain independent, three key project areas have been suggested, these are: 

·         Healthy weight and diabetes care

·         Carers

·         Mental health

These topics would then become focus areas for development over the coming years. 
This is just the beginning of developments, and there is still time to help shape and decide the future of health and wellbeing in the county. We want to hear from you.
Have your say on developments in Shropshire and help to shape the future for you, your family and friends. Click here to take a look at the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Then have your say by completing the survey here: 

(Click on ‘How to get involved’ to access the survey). 

Cllr Karen Calder, Portfolio Holder for Health, said: ‘It’s really important that Shropshire residents get to have their say on developments in our local area. Health and wellbeing is so key to our everyday life yet sometimes we don’t think about our health until after we’ve become unwell or need help. We want to work with Shropshire people to plan for the future and to make sure that people can support themselves to be as healthy and well as possible.  This is just the beginning of the conversation, but we want everybody to have the opportunity to share their thoughts on health and wellbeing priorities for Shropshire’

Find out more information here:  

Charlotte Cadwallader
Health and Wellbeing Officer
Public Health
Shropshire Council,
Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

01743 253971


Annual Return Notice
(This is a copy, originals of both the notice and the annual return can be viewed by contacting the Clerk)



To view the Annual Return click on the following links (pages will open in a new window)


Annual Return Section 1

Annual Return Section 2

Annual Return Section 3

Annual Return Section 4



Link to Site

What are your views on police response in your area?
How does crime and the fear of crime impact your community?
Are you concerned about threats to wildlife?

As resources become scarcer, it is vital that the voice of the countryside is heard and understood. The National Rural Crimes Network champions a better understanding of crime in rural areas, new effective ways to help keep rural communities safer.


Consultation on Revised Plan 

The Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan Schedule of Main Modifications is being published for a six week consultation period from Monday 1 June until 5pm Monday 13 July 2015.
The Inspector is now inviting comments on the Main Modifications as part of the examination into the Shropshire Council SAMDev Plan. The Main Modifications have been identified by the Inspector as those necessary to make the policies in the SAMDev Plan sound.  The Inspector will take account of all representations received relating to the modifications before finalising her report to the Council.

Making representations and viewing documents

Representations must be made to the Programme Officer and received by 5pm on Monday 13 July 2015. Representations received after this time will not be accepted or considered by the Inspector. 

Representations can be made by:
email to:

post to: Daphne Woof - Programme Officer, c/o Planning Policy Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
The Schedule of Main Modifications is available to view on the Council’s website

The ‘SAMDev Main Modifications Response Form’ is also available on the website and you should use this form to submit your comments to the Programme Officer. Guidance on how to complete the form is available in the ‘SAMDev Plan Main Modifications Guidance notes’.

Comments will only be accepted and considered by the Inspector that relate to a proposed Main Modification.

A reference copy of the SAMDev Plan Schedule of Main Modifications is available for inspection during normal opening hours at our principal office: Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND. A copy is also available for inspection during normal opening hours at: 

Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AW

Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2PG

Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN

Wem Library, High Street, Wem, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5AA

Submission of the Shropshire Council Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan to the Secretary of State


Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (As Amended)

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 - Regulation 22


Notice is hereby given under Regulation 22(3) of The Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that Shropshire Council submitted the Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 1st August 2014 for independent examination. 

The SAMDev Plan Pre-Submission Draft, Submission Policies Map, Sustainability Appraisal, Consultation Statement and addendum, Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes, representations received, Summary of the Main Issues Raised in the representations and submitted evidence base can be viewed on our website via: from midday on Friday 22 August 2014.   

Paper copies of the SAMDev Plan Pre-Submission Draft, Submission Policies Map, Sustainability Appraisal, Consultation Statement and addendum, Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes and Summary of Main Issues Raised in the representations are available for inspection at our principal office at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury during normal office hours. Paper copies are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:



Examination of the SAMDev Plan 

Inspector Claire Sherratt DIP URP MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the SAMDev Plan is sound. 

The examination is a continuous process running from submission through to the receipt of the Inspectors report. Part of the process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend, will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Inspector. Once information on the hearing sessions is confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available online and sent to all respondents. 

The Programme Officer for the examination is Daphne Woof. Daphne can be contacted by e-mail via or telephone on 07580 523237 for all SAMDev Plan examination matters. For general planning policy matters please contact

Kind regards


Andy Mortimer

Policy and Environment Manager