Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Fwd: Play Area Improvements & Other News

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council e-newsletter
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Pictured above the new basket ball play area at Doctors Meadow; which has been well used by our young people during the summer holidays.

The installation has been financed by your Parish Council; following a request from our young people.

Total cost of the project to date; £5,371 part  funded by grants from:
£1,000  Severn Trent
£   500  STAR Housing
£   500  Shropshire Council.

Since its installation local people have commented on the need to improve/change equipment at other local play areas located in the village, why not let your local parish councillor know your views. Your views are  important and will help to shape the future of our local play areas.
(Pictured above  is one over grown hedge on School Road before it was cut.)

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council is active in keeping the communal areas of the village environment tidy.  We'd like to remind residents that they have a responsibility too, to keep any boundary they share with the pavements and road clear from vegetation, like nettles, over hanging branches, and hedges. 

Please keep these cut back to enable pedestrians to walk freely without venturing into the road.  It's particularly important for those with restricted mobility, for pushchairs, and wheelchair users. 
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and many thanks to those of you who do keep your hedges and verges tidy.

These branches are clearly the result of tree pruning and the large planks are anybody's guess. These were dragged out of the river Perry approximately a week ago. The dumping of garden waste and the like in the river will lead to reduced flow and possibly result in flooding for properties upstream - apart from being illegal and contaminating wildlife! Given that the Environment Agency seldom visits, the Parish Council would ask that all residents be reminded of their obligations regarding the disposal of garden and other waste.  Shropshire Council provides an excellent green bin and recycling service please use it!

Please help us to maintain our local open spaces; which we can all enjoy!

As you may know from the various media reports Shropshire Council's budget has been reduced over recent years due to reduced funding from Central Government. In addition in recent years Shropshire Council decided not to increase Council Tax – despite the fact they were allowed a 2% increase by the Government. This means that their income is some 15% less than it could have been.These decisions, combined with the reduced contribution from the Government to local Councils means that they have a shortfall  in their budget.

Shropshire Council's solution to this problem is to invite Town and Parish Councils to take on responsibilities for some services they currently provide. This includes maintenance of our recreation areas such as Doctors Meadow, (grass cutting, safety inspections etc) but could also include leisure centres such as those based in Oswestry and Shrewsbury even contributions to subsidised bus routes.

It is not clear how this would work in practical terms – the 576 bus route passes through several Town and Parish Council areas and the leisure centres are used by people from a large geographical area including Ruyton XI Towns.

This means that the Parish Council will in all probability need to take on some of these duties.Clearly taking on financial responsibility for these services can be very expensive. Just taking on the cost of maintaining our recreation grounds could result in us doubling our Precept which is currently £18,000; obviously this is a substantial increase which we felt you should be made aware of.

We, the  Parish Council are considering the way forward with our neighbouring Councils. We will keep you informed as discussions progress.

Our 2015/16 accounts have been verified as accurate by the external auditors Mazars and can be viewed via the link below:


The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 5th September 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

Venue:  The Victoria Room, Ruyton XI Towns

The detailed meeting agenda can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:


A public session is held at each meeting to encourage local participation, your input and feedback is valued.
The Home Grown Show Programme can be downloaded from:


Start of works: 30 August 2016.                  End of works: 1 September 2016.

Hours of work: Night works 2000hrs to 0600hrs.

Location of works:

Both resurfacing schemes are located on the A483 single carriageway with two way traffic between A483/B4398 junction and A483/B5069.

Detail of works: Resurfacing works.

Traffic restrictions:

Traffic management to be used for the scheme shall be in the form of total overnight closure of the A483 single carriageway with an appropriate diversion route between the A483/A458 Roundabout (Buttington junction) A5/A483 Mile End Roundabout.

There will be no access to the through traffic between A458/A483 Roundabout (Buttington Junction) and A5/A483 Mile End Roundabout. However, access to the frontages up to the points of closure will be available at all times.

Overnight closure of the A483 single carriageway shall be between the hours of 20:00 to 06:00 to carry out the resurfacing and lining works.

Existing footway within the works area will be available and maintained during the closure of the A483 carriageway.

The full information on road works in Shropshire please take a look at the Shropshire Council  website at shropshire.gov.uk/roadworks

Experiencing a Power Cut !
Starting from the 6th September 2016 you will be able to call the new 105 service for help and assistance. More information to follow later.

Alternatively find out more at www.energynetworks.org/info/powercut105.html
John Campion has unveiled his Safer West Mercia Plan for consultation with communities and partners across West Mercia.The plan sets out the Commissioner's specific aims for the next four years and how he will create a safer West Mercia, working in partnership with the police, communities and other agencies.

A copy of the draft plan can be found on the Ruyton XI Towns PC website.Other formats of the draft plan are available on request, please telephone 01905 331656.Once you have read the plan, there are a number of ways to take part in the consultation.You can email your comments to opcc@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
Write to: John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SP
Or, click on this link to send your comments via the internet. This should only take a couple of minutes.

The consultation is open until 23:59 on Friday 16th September 2016
Thank you very much for taking part. Your input has been vital in shaping the Commissioner's draft plan and will be important in ensuring the final version represents the most important priorities local communities face

Reductions in Local Government funding are placing at risk services you take for granted. Your Town or Parish Council could step in and fill the void in your community and could benefit from your skills & enthusiasm.

Why not become a Local Parish Councillor and help to make a difference

Elections for Shropshire Town & Parish Councils will be held in May 2017

If you would like to be involved in shaping the future of your local community, why not stand for election? Find out more talk to a Parish Councillor or the Clerk, their contact details can be found on the Ruyton XI Towns PC website just a click away

Alternatively the Clerk Sue Hackett can be contacted by email on: ruytonxitownspc@btinternet.com or by tel 01743 719012

Ruyton XI Towns are trialing the start of an e-newsletter campaign,  which will contain the latest local news and information relating to our Parish. We expect to send out emails when local news arises to keep you informed.

The Parish Council are very grateful in the excellent work Yoland Brown does keeping residents informed and would like to say a special thank you to her for her efforts; without her assistance the newsletter would not be viewed by many; currently 67 people have signed up to the newsletter.

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