Ever since late last year we’ve been talking about the Neighbourhood Plan which we’re doing with Norton-In-Hales and Moreton Say. Things are moving on quickly: We have a working steering group, we’ve secured funding from “Locality”, we have appointed consultants to help us out and our designated area has been approved by Shropshire Council.
When we held the last Village Meeting we asked everybody a few questions. Did you have your say? If not, now’s your chance. We will be at the next Coffee Morning on February 22nd. We will hold two meetings in the Village Hall on Wednesday 13th March: one at 2:00 in the afternoon and one at 8:00 pm on the same day. There’s tea, coffee and biscuits available and at night the bar will be open.
We will tell you what’s going on and we will bring you up to date with anything you need to know about the Neighbourhood Plan but we really want to hear from you. If you didn’t get chance to answer the questions last time there’s another opportunity at the up and coming meetings. We need your thoughts to inform the Parish Survey which will be coming your way in the summer so it’s really important for you to tell us what you think.
The Three Parishes Neighbourhood Plan covers Norton In Hales, Adderley and Moreton Say. This will give us a say in how our villages develop over the next ten years so it’s an important plan and we all should be part of it.
Work has been underway to get it started over the last few months and we have formally notified Shropshire Council that we wish to develop our own Neighbourhood Plan. Shropshire Council have taken our proposal and put it out for consultation: this is an important first step.
The consultation will run until 24th October and you can see the proposed Designated Area here:
Things are happening on the A529! Shropshire Council have secured funding for safety measures to the A529, a large section of which runs through Adderley parish. Shropshire Council’s funding application can be seen here Road Safety Fund Application . The Sub-Committee have already made contact with Shropshire Council’s Project Team to maximise the funds that are made available to reduce the average speed of traffic through our village. As such a letter has been submitted to outline our initial suggestions taking into account the comments we have already received from parishioners Letter to Shropshire Council re A529 . We will continue to engage fully with Shropshire Council as the project progresses. You can see that we have received a positive response from the Council Submission Response
You will all be aware of the speed monitoring sign which continues to move around the village, collecting data and raising awareness. You can click on the graphs below to see the latest results from Rectory Lane.
We always welcome new members to join our Sub-Committee and value any comments/suggestions from parishioners.
Earlier this year Parish Council’s in the West Midlands were asked to respond to a survey by the Police Commissioner. We are fortunate in that we live in a low crime area however, when crimes do occur we suffer from the low level of resourcing that affects our Police Officers in Market Drayton. The response of the Parish Council is below and it reflects our lack of confidence in levels of policing.
You cannot fail to have noticed that the A529 has been identified as one of the top 50 most dangerous roads in the UK. This is no longer a matter of local opinion it is a matter of nationally recognised fact.
The Parish Council working group is undertaking a Traffic and Road Safety Questionnaire to help build the evidence base for holding discussions with the Local Authority about improvements to the road which cuts through the village.
If you haven’t already done so it is vital that you respond to this questionnaire. Instructions for responding are included in the attached document. Please answer the questions and let us know your views.
In July we installed the speed checker on Green Bank in response to more concerns from Residents about the speed of vehicles travelling towards the A529. we now have the analysis from the two weeks in which the checker was in place.
The speed results for Green Bank 7th July – 18th July 2017:
373 vehicles recorded of which 10.86%, 40 vehicles, travelled at more than 30 mph.
Of these 40 vehicles only 8 were travelling in excess over 35 mph of which the worst was 51 mph Tuesday 18th July between 7 and 8 am.
What next? There is a meeting with Shropshire Council to discuss road safety on the A529 on the 29th/30th August which members of the Parish Council will attend. The A529 between Market Drayton and Audlem has been identified as one of the top 50 roads in the country with the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured. We will take the information from the speed checker on Green Bank and the A529 to the meeting with us.