Shropshire Council

Election 2017 Results

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'It would be good to have a helpline that actually works'

BBC Shropshire

A woman who has helped several drivers stuck in floodwater in Shropshire said she had struggled to get in touch with Shropshire Council for help on Sunday.

Flooding in nearby Clun
BBC

Jane Allsop lives on the B4367 between Broome and Clungunford, near Clun, and said she also managed to clear one blocked drain.

She added: "Unfortunately I haven't been able to get to the grids on three other sections of flooding to try and clear them with a spade and I've failed to get any help really from the local council.

"It would be really good to have a helpline that actually works, where we could contact Shropshire Council. It would be excellent if we could get hold of somebody."

Shropshire Council's chief executive admitted this morning to BBC Shropshire that teams had been "overwhelmed" by the weekend's flooding but vowed to help individuals more from today.

'We were overwhelmed' council admits

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has defended itself over criticism it didn't give people enough information about the flooding situation in the county over the weekend.

Compared with councils in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin, less information seemed to be shared on Shropshire Council's website or social media about road closures, evacuations and the extent of flooding - that was despite a major incident being declared and the Environment Agency saying there was a "risk to life".

Flooding in Ludlow
BBC

Callers to BBC Radio Shropshire also complained about delays in providing support on the ground, a lack of access to sandbags and no answer on the council's advertised Highways flood line.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council's chief executive, described it as an "unprecedented weekend" with the worst flooding centred around Ludlow, Clun and Ashford Carbonel.

He said teams had faced a lot of demand for help over the past two days.

"The priorities are to first protect life, the next priority is to protect major infrastructure and then the third priority is around assisting people, but obviously things yesterday, we were overwhelmed by the first two," he told BBC Shropshire.

Cuts to youth services put on hold

Funding cuts to youth centres in Shropshire have been put on hold, to allow groups to make other arrangements.

Shropshire Council is due to withdraw £200,000, which it plans to reinvest in six youth support workers, but agreed to wait another 12 months.

Shropshire Council
BBC

The Conservative-run local authority has warned that after March next year there will be no help.

Decision on green-belt development delayed

A decision on whether to build up to 3,000 homes on green-belt land near Tong has been put back until May.

Shropshire councillors had been due to discuss the principle of developing the land, just off junction three of the M54, on 12 February.

The council said it was "in light of further recent evidence published by the Black Country authorities regarding their ability to meet their own housing and employment needs".

Tong
Google

Shropshire Council previously said the development was being considered with the needs of neighbouring authorities in mind.

But the idea appeared to be dead in December last year after those authorities failed to follow up their interest.

At that time, Shropshire Council Conservative leader Peter Nutting said the development was "very unlikely" to go ahead.

Pothole problems: Council defends £1,000-a-day consultant

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has defended its decision to pay a consultant £1,000 a day to "get a grip" on road maintenance.

Pothole
PA Media

There are 35,000 complaints in the system and the council's contractor Kier is being scrutinised over its working practices.

Councillors have raised concerns over the company's work.

Steve Davenport, the councillor in charge of roads, said the new role would cost about £130,000 for six months, but it would be money well spent.

"It's all down to doing more for less - we know there are better ways of doing it and we've just got to get there," he said.

String of night closures for A5 roadworks

BBC Shropshire

Part of the A5 near Shrewsbury will be shut overnight this week for roadworks.

The route either side of the Edgebold Island will be closed by Shropshire Council between the Dobbies and Woodcote roundabouts.

The authority is putting down new road markings and will carry out the work every day from 20:00 to 06:00 until Friday.

Pothole repairs 'can improve'

BBC Shropshire

The leader of Shropshire Council admits more can be done to fix the county's potholes problem.

It comes after resident Ian Field told BBC Midlands Today the cost of car damage was tantamount to a tax on people living in rural areas.

He said he had to replace four tyres in December alone.

One of the potholes around Beckbury
BBC

Shropshire Council says it's rolling out a new, faster way of repairing potholes.

I do accept there have been problems in highways. We've made massive improvements to the roads structure in Shropshire but there's a lot more work to do. We're bringing in new people all the time to look at the way we operate. I think our service is good but I think it can be better."

Councillor Peter NuttingLeader, Shropshire Council