Friday, 2 June 2017

Your New  Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council 

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council e-newsletter
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Mr Trevor Allison....................Tel  260899          E :

Mr Andrew Johnston…………Tel  260991          E :

Mr David Spicer......................Tel  260163          E :

Mrs Avi Sanders Royle ...........Tel 261262          E :

Mr Mick Berry .................…… Tel 260407          E :

Mrs Andrea Hall................. 07713 520245         E:

Your Parish Councillors are happy to speak to you about any local matters you may have concerns about. All above land line telephone numbers are prefixed with STD code 01939.

Following the local elections on May 4th the new Parish Council is in place. Andrew Johnston was elected as the new Chairman of the Parish Council, with Mick Berry as Vice Chairman. Unfortunately, following the elections we have insufficient councillors to fill the quota we are allowed.
We are therefore looking for new parish councillors. Ideally we need another 5 members, so if you would like to get involved and help make decisions about local issues please contact Sue Hackett, the Clerk to the Council, (her contact details can be found below), who can provide more information and the name of one of the councillors who will be happy to provide details of what's involved in being a councillor.
If we have 5 or less volunteers the likelihood is that they will simply be co-opted on to the Council. If there are more than 5, then each volunteer will be asked to give a very brief presentation to the Council to explain their reasons for wanting to participate and the council will select the most suitable candidates.
Many thanks are extended to those who chose not to stand as parish councillors again. Mike, Mary, Ros, Colin and Anita will be missed as their contributions to the community and Council over the years are legendary; however business goes on and the Council look forward to new ideas and initiatives which will make our parish a great place to be.
The Parish Council with help from those who generously  donate provide many of the Village's Hanging Baskets each year which can be seen up and down the village centre.Villagers and businesses kindly maintain these for us ALL to enjoy.
This year the  Parish Council has decided to  sponsor a competition for the Best Hanging Basket; which will be anonymously and independently selected in August and a prize awarded to the lucky home/business owner at the The Local Home Grown show in September.

So please look after your hanging basket; as it may reward you!
30 MAY 2017 - 9 JULY 2017
BETWEEN 20.00-06.00 MON - FRIDAY

During works between Wolfshead roundabout and Sandford junction; Shotatton junction will remain open; but a temporary traffic light system will be in operation.
Please follow the signposted diversion route for further details contact 
Highways England Tel 03001235000 or visit
Road to be closed:            Pound Lane Ruyton-X1-Towns  
Grid Ref:                               339361,322050
Date:                                      03 July 2017                            
Times:                                    3 days (24 hours)                      
Purpose:                               Pipe renewal       
Applicant:                             Severn Trent Water                  
If you require any further information please contact the Street Works team:

PC 3194 Mark MOTH,   PCSO 6165 Kurt Mabe,  PCSO 6424 Charlie Iremonger
The Safer Neighbourhood Team
Oswestry Rural South
Tel: 101 - Ext: 5221
A Local Issue Parking on Pavements
We have received complaints of vehicles parking on pavements within the village.  Parking on the pavements is not necessarily an offence in itself unless the local council have been granted a Bye Law on the matter, stating that it  is  an offence to park on the pavement in that area causing a full or partial obstruction. If a Bye Law does exist then the council  are  also  obliged to place signs in that area to advise motorists.
There is also an offence of 'driving on a footpath' but for that offence to be enforced the offender/driver has to be 'found committing' the offence by police.
The offence of  ' Unnecessary Obstruction '  is what police usually use for parking on the pavement. However, this too comes with certain exceptions - ie: if a  mobility scooter or  wheel chair can still safely pass by on the pavement without having to go onto the road,  then the offence is not complete and the vehicle can remain on the pavement. So, if you have no option but to park 'partially' on the pavement please ensure that you leave enough room for a wheel chair to pass by with ease.  If you do leave plenty of room on the foot path then there is far less chance that your vehicle will get damaged by a mobility scooter passing by.
If you feel the street or area in question would benefit from 'yellow lines' to restirct the parking then the matter will have to be raised at the monthly Parish Council meetings, and the Parish Council can then subsequently approach Shropshire Highways.
Needless to say, we will continue to patrol the village and monitor the issue, but please be warned……if your vehicle is found causing an Unnecessary Obstruction you will be dealt with accordingly.

As mentioned by Cllr Mick Berry if there are community minded people who are willing to volunteer for a local Community Speed Watch Team, please pass on your details to the Clerk and we will sort out the training side of things. You may have a noticed a team working in Baschurch...very effective!
A Message from Assistant Chief Constable
Martin Evans, West Mercia Police

The UK threat level has been increased to critical and Operation Temperer, the deployment of military personnel alongside and in support of firearms officers, has been initiated.
West Mercia Police has an established plan in place to manage the receipt and deployment of military personnel alongside firearms officers, if necessary, at key locations, crowded places and for pre-planned events. Whilst at this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat in Herefordshire/Shropshire/Telford/Worcestershire, Operation Temperer is a national operation and military personnel could be deployed to an area where there is no specific threat.
Our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing across the county. For reassurance there will be increased visibility of policing and operationally it has been determined that increased resources will be deployed at iconic sites, transport hubs and at pre-planned events.
We are advising the public to remain vigilant, to be alert and not alarmed and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit and we would be grateful if you could share this important message with your workforce.
Ruyton Parish Council Safer Roads Group update
Our Safer Roads group have met several times to examine possible measures for traffic calming in the village. We met with Shropshire council traffic advisors to look at costings and to discuss the practicalities of taking action to reduce traffic speeds in the village. We will continue to discuss various options and will keep you informed with progress. Once we have a number of clear options  we will consult with you as to the most appropriate way forward.
In the meantime the local PCSO has carried out a number speeding checks in the 20 MPH zone and several £100 penalty tickets have been issued, the majority of which were to local residents.
To help with enforcement we intend to carry out speeding surveys using a speeding gun provided by the police. To do this we need volunteers to carry out the checks. They will be in teams of 3 so we really need at least 6 people to form the teams.
Will anyone interested in volunteering please contact the Clerk to the Council Sue Hackett; whose contact details can be found below.
Mick Berry   Vice- Chairman

Hello, my name is Andrea Hall, for the last 4 years I have lived in the parish of Ruyton XI Towns with my husband Dermot, son Ryan, daughter Katie and our lovely family cat, Milo.

I was born in Wrexham and moved to Ellesmere with my parents when I was 16 years old.  I attended Oswestry College that is now North Shropshire College and after leaving college, instead of following the university route, I opted to fulfil my ambition of working with horses and trained with a three-day-eventer in Melton Mowbray.  Returning back to Ellesmere I still kept up my love of horses and continued to compete at local events and was also a member of Ellesmere Young Farmers.  Following this, I worked for several years at Lloyds Bank in The Square in Ellesmere (now the TSB bank).  

Katie is in Year 8 at The Corbet School and I feel we are extremely fortunate to have such an excellent secondary school that provides an exceptionally high standard of teaching and support for the pupils.  I currently work at Wrexham Glyndwr University, where I am also studying for a Masters degree.  Having previously worked on Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship schemes, I am passionate about ensuring that all children have access to as many opportunities as possible after leaving school, so that they are able to choose the pathway that is best for them.  I have a good understanding of the issues that businesses face, particularly SME's, I ran my own retail business for 13 years and I now run a business with my husband which is currently based in Shrewsbury.

My hobbies include gardening, reading, walking and music and I am very lucky to be able to share my love of music with my husband.  We have been part of the blues rock touring band, Rhythm Zoo, for the last 10 years (I'm the noisy one in the front otherwise known as the singer and Dermot is the noisy one at the back otherwise known as the drummer!).  

I am thrilled to be a councillor for Ruyton XI Parish Council and really looking forward to helping as much as I can with community issues and activities.  I believe that community is at the heart of everything and I am hoping to help promote and encourage more community activities in and around Ruyton XI Towns.

The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project: that as many people as possible across the UK have lunch with their neighbours annually on a Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
This year the mass participation day is 18 June.

To find out more and get lots of help take a look at:        or
    2015/16 2016/17
    £ £
Opening Balance                 37,109                    45,751
Precept                 18,273                    18,000
Other Income                    8,954                       4,253
Staff Costs                    7,746                       8,580
Loan Interest                           -                                -  
Other Payments                 10,839                    18,772
Balc cfd                 45,751                    40,652
Fixed Assets                 66,970                    66,970
Total Borrowing                           -                                -  

Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of electors' rights - Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2-14, and the Accounts and Audit (Engand) Regulations 2015 (SI234)

1. Date of announcement:    2 June 2017

2. Each year the Council's Annual Return is audited by an auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd.  Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contract, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them.  For the year ended 31 March 2017 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:

Sue Hackett; Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Tel 01743 719012 or Email

commencing on 5 June 2017

and ending on 14 July 2017

3.Local Govenrment Electors and their representatives also have:

  • the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounts; and
  • the right to make objections to the accounts or any item in them.  Written notice on an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Clerk of the Council.

The auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between 5/6 - 14/7/2017. 

4. The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulatins 2015 and the National Audit Office Code of Audit Practice.  Your audit is being carried out by Mazars LLP, The Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TS

As announced by Sue Hackett Clerk RFO RuytonXI Towns PC

(A full statement of Accounts, Internal Audit Report etc can be found on the Council's website

Monday 12th June 2017         Monday 24th July 2017
Monday 11th Sept 2017         Monday 9th Oct 2017 

The agenda for the June meeting can now be found on the Council's website,
it provides details of items the Council will be considering which includes planning. To be considered:

Reference: 17/02201/FUL 
Address: Proposed Agricultural Workers Dwelling SW of Shelvock
Proposal: Erection of agricultural workers dwelling with detached double garage with office. 
Reference: 17/02452/TEL  
Address: The Marches, 6 Marches Meadow, Brownhill 
Proposal: The installation of a 20 meter monopole with 3 no. antennas, by Vodafone.
Should you wish to find out more why not come along to the meeting.

All council meetings usually commence at 7.30p.m. and are held at the Victoria Room at Ruyton. A public session is always held at the beginning of the official meeting, which is intended to encourage residents to bring up any local issues. 

Clerk's Contact Details:
Sue Hackett can usually be contacted on Tel 01743 719012 or preferably by email

The official business address of the Council is Gonsal House, Condover, Shrewsbury Shropshire SY5 7EX. If you are unable to contact me please contact the Chairman Andrew Johnston.
Please find below the Police Commissioners April newsletter:
Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council now use an e-newsletter campaign,  which contains local news and information relating to our Parish.

The Parish Council are very grateful in the excellent work Yoland Brown and Margaret Lyccett do in keeping residents informed and would like to say a special thank you to them for their efforts.

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