Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Assembly and May Parish Council AGM were unfortunately cancelled. The July PC meeting was held on Zoom and our next meeting in September will also be held on Zoom. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to join the meeting.
Councillors would like to thank the volunteers who offered to assist residents needing essential help during lockdown. There has been strong community support for one another in the Parish and Shrewley Stores have gone above and beyond helping residents through this crisis. Thank you to everyone who played their part.
Following a presentation to the PC from the applicants for the Planning Application to construct new replacement buildings at Farm Gate Poultry, Five Ways Road, the PC agreed to support this as the new design will be more environmentally friendly and cleaner, and will also provide significant additional employment.
WDC Report – D Cllr George Illingworth handed over the Chairmanship of the District Council in May and is now the Chairman of the Standards Committee. John Cooke and Richard Hales continue with their Portfolios for Development and Finance with some changes in detailed responsibilities.
There are still funds available to support businesses and organisations weather the Covid-19 Crisis. The schemes now include some businesses which were excluded from the first round and there are also discretionary grants.
The Council will continue for the time being with home working and remote committees although public participation in planning is now established. Some support activities are being wound down and the emphasis is increasingly on recovery with the reopening of shops and now pubs and restaurants under controlled conditions. We are preparing for the reopening of leisure centres and swimming pools in anticipation of the restrictions being lifted in the next few weeks.
Neighbourhood Watch – Residents are warned that burglaries in the parish are on the increase. Please ensure you have adequate security in place.
Highway and Public Footpath/Towpath Maintenance and Repair – Blocked gulleys in Little Shrewley and Hatton Station are awaiting clearing. Pot-holes were reported in Case Lane and promptly filled. A pot-hole in Little Shrewley is awaiting filling. There is a link to reported Highway problems - enter your postcode for local reported problems. http://warwickshire.fixmystreet.com
Warwickshire Rights of Way has an online Fault Report System http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rowreporting and a list of reported public footpath faults in Shrewley Parish can be viewed on www.shrewley.org. from the Parish Council page.
Shrewley Common Traffic Calming – Councillors are investigating the cost of speed gates at either end of the village to try to reduce speeding traffic.
Friends of Hatton Station - The project to establish a wildflower border in the old car park has now been completed. 2016 gave a blank canvas and slowly it has developed to give the wonderful display that you see today. Councillors expressed their thanks to Paul and Daphne Tilley and volunteers for their hard work. Julia Singleton-Tasker, Heart of England Community Rail partnership, visited the site and presented the volunteers with “goody bags.” FoHS was given a £10 garden centre voucher. The old car park has now been resurfaced although Severn Trent have had to dig up part of the approach road to repair yet another break in the foul water pipe that runs from the pump room to the main sewer.
Canal & River Trust - Shrewley towpath volunteers are not currently in action due to not being able to socially distance along the towpath but a reduction in litter has been reported. If any residents would like to find out more about adopting the section from bridge 57 to Hatton Station please contact Lindsay on 01926 842160 for more details.
Village Hall – The Hall has received £10,000 from the WDC Coronavirus Business Grant. The children’s tuition classes will be the first event to start at the Hall with extra handwashing and signage in place. For all Village Hall events see the Parish/ Village Hall notice boards and website www.shrewley.org.
Next Parish Meeting by Zoom - Monday 7th September at 7.45pm
All residents of Shrewley are welcome
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