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  1. Plans for 600 homes to be considered

    Plans for 600 new homes in Shrewsbury are due to go before Shropshire councillors next week.

    Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes want to build them on land between Preston Street and London Road, around the back of Shrewsbury College and have also submitted proposals for access roads.

    House building

    A report drawn up by council officers recommends the proposals, which include footpaths and cycle ways, should be approved.

    The developers are initially applying for full planning permission for 353 homes, with outline permission for the other 247.

  2. Another cold and wet day forecast for tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We are forecast more rain tomorrow and it's going to remain chilly, with temperatures only just rising above freezing.

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    Video caption: Friday is forecast to be cold and wet in the West Midlands
  3. Town crier to make a comeback

    Oswestry is going to get its town crier back.

    The town has been without one for 30 years, but the town council voted last night to start the search for a new one.


    It will be a voluntary post and the traditional costume, hat and bell will be provided by the council.

  4. Environmental passions of killed girl 'to live on'

    Efforts are being made to to keep alive the memory of Olivia-Violet Reeves from Shrewsbury, who was knocked down and killed by a drunk driver last year.

    It would have been her 12th birthday in March and family friend Tracey Morgan said she wanted to mark that by organising a month-long campaign to tackle litter and pollution.

    Olivia-Violet Reeves

    Ms Morgan said Olivia was keen to save the oceans. Ms Morgan has called on people to use the #helpLivhelp hashtag on social media and make donations to a Just Giving page, with the money going to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

    Quote Message: She's a light you cannot extinguish really. She will still get to do the work she wanted to do. We can still help Liv help the world, help the oceans and be that change she wanted to be." from Tracey Morgan
    Tracey Morgan
  5. Brexit forecasts bad news for West Midlands growth

    Parts of the UK that backed a Leave vote would face the heaviest hit as a result of Brexit, according to estimates by government officials.

    The forecasts, seen by MPs, model the 15-year impact of the UK staying in the single market, doing a trade deal with the EU or leaving without a deal.

    Factory workers

    They suggest that in England, the North East and West Midlands would see the biggest slowdown in growth.

    The government said the document did not represent its policy.

  6. Saxon hall could be 'very high status' site

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Archaeologists digging at a secret location in Shropshire say they believe a large Saxon hall or palace was built there, dating back to the time of King Offa, and that it was a "very high status site".

    The dig leader, Roger White from Birmingham University, believes it was one of only 10 of that size in the country and appears to have been inhabited for some time.


    The site, dating back to the 8th Century, has been known about since 1975, but is protected and this is the first time it has been examined by archaeologists.

    Mr White said the state of the clay there suggested it had burnt down and he wants to have the remains carbon dated, to get a more exact age.

  7. BreakingA&E units bottom of four-hour wait table

    Shropshire's two acute hospitals are now the worst in the country when it comes to meeting the government's target of waiting less than four hours for accident and emergency treatment.

    The latest figures, covering 133 NHS trusts, show a third of patients visiting A&E at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust now having to wait more than that.

    Shropshire A&E beds

    The trust is struggling to recruit enough consultants. Contingency plans to temporarily close Telford's A & E overnight, unless the situation improves, have been passed at a meeting today.

    Hospital chief executive Simon Wright told a board meeting this afternoon that at the busiest times the hospitals have seen an extra 105 patients needing beds - that’s equivalent to an extra five wards.

  8. MP writes to rail operator to call for non-stop service

    The Telford MP says she has written to West Midlands Railway to call for an extra train an hour which doesn't stop at stations between Telford and Wolverhampton.

    Lucy Allan told BBC Radio Shropshire: "Telford is by far and away the biggest centre for transport and population" and that "if you choose to live in a rural area you know you're going to get a less good service than if you live in a big centre like Telford".

    West Midlands Railway line Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street

    Currently, one train an hour runs direct between Telford Central and Wolverhampton without stopping, with journey times varying between 15 and 18 minutes on those services, compared with 28 minutes on slower trains calling at smaller stations in between.

    The MP, who says she travels on the line twice a week, explained again that she was talking about her hopes for the extra service that was promised by West Midlands Railway when it won the franchise.

    She reiterated that she doesn't want existing services to change, but that it would be "absolutely wrong" for the new service to stop at the towns between Telford and Wolverhampton.

    Lucy Allan
    Quote Message: What I want to be really sure, and I make no apologies for this at all, is that extra train per hour is not a stopping service at little Shropshire villages." from Lucy Allan MP for Telford
    Lucy AllanMP for Telford
  9. Hospital plans being considered for funding

    Plans to reorganise Shropshire's main hospitals are among six currently being considered for funding by the Department of Health.

    It has taken more than four years and millions of pounds for health bosses in the county to agree a preferred option and they need the government's approval before they can put the plans to public consultation.

    PRH A&E

    The plans would involve making Shrewsbury the county's only centre for emergency medicine, with planned operations moving to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and specialist maternity care moving to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    Quote Message: We know that all of the information that was required of us by NHS England, we have answered, and we are in that final stage where we expect to hear something and be able to go into public consultation." from Simon Wright Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust chief executive
    Simon WrightShrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust chief executive
  10. Snow and ice warning extended

    The yellow warning for snow and ice has now been extended across most of the West Midlands, starting 04:00 tomorrow.

    Weather warning map

    The Met Office said roads and railways are likely to be affected by falling temperatures following a spell of rain and hill snow.

  11. Loan debt rises by almost 30% across region

    The West Midlands as a whole has seen personal debt rise by almost 30% between 2013 and 2017.

    That's despite average wages growing by just 6%.


    The data published by UK Finance covers 60% of personal loans made by banks and building societies in the UK - it excludes student loans, credit cards and payday lending.

  12. Clock tower fenced off over safety concerns

    Fencing has been erected around the clock at Priorslee's clock tower roundabout in Telford.

    Telford and Wrekin Council said it made the move after concerns were raised about its condition.

    Clock tower

    Discussions are under way with a view to carrying out repairs and securing its future.

  13. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Following a dry and cold start it is expected to be milder and cloudy today with some outbreaks of rain this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  14. Council wants rail service 'which suits all communities'

    Responding to comments from Telford's MP about railway stations in "little Shropshire villages", Telford and Wrekin Council has said it wants "to see a service delivered which suits all communities".

    Its cabinet member responsible for transport, Angela McClements, said the authority had held a meeting with West Midlands Railway last week, to discuss the future of the line and that the meeting was "very productive".

    Telford council offices

    Mrs McClements also said "the council would not support a move which reduced trains to smaller stations".

    She added: "Shifnal is a town which is seeing major growth, and Cosford holds major events every year and residents rely on services to help them attend.

    "We have got to support use for those as well and develop services for all communities.”

  15. Another overnight closure for rural maternity units

    Another Shropshire maternity unit is set to close overnight.

    Services at Oswestry Midwife-Led Unit (MLU) will be temporarily suspended from 20:00 until 08:00 Thursday because of staff sickness

    Women who are due to give birth at the hospital will be contacted directly by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

    Oswestry Midwife-led unit is based at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital

    It is the second MLU to close this week, with the unit at Bridgnorth Hospital closed overnight on Tuesday, also due to staff sickness.

    During the closure, women will be able to give birth at other county MLUs or the Consultant-Led Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford

  16. Weather: Another cold night ahead

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Largely staying dry through tonight with clear spells and a little more cloud at times. Chilly once more with a frost developing. Minimum Temperature -3C to 0C (27-32F).

    Find out what the next few days have in store.

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for West Midlands