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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Consultation on Church Stretton tax rise to keep services running

Shropshire Star

The people of Church Stretton will be asked whether taxes should be raised to keep services such as a library and swimming pool.

Church Stretton

Weather: A warm evening and mild night ahead

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We've got a warm end to the day, but tomorrow should be cloudier and cooler.

Work officially starts on new dairy research centre

Work has officially started on a new £750,000 dairy research centre at Harper Adams University.

It's one of three being built in the UK (the other two are in Somerset and in Galloway) as part of a partnership called Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation.

Turf cutting
Harper Adams University

The three hubs will work with 76 farms, processing facilities and other organisations around the country to develop new technologies.

A key concept will be developing technology that facilitates cow choice, as research has shown this can improve milk production efficiency, as well as improving animal welfare

Mark RutterProfessor of applied animal behaviour

New Telford travellers’ site set to be approved

Telford Journal

Plans to turn a former recycling centre into a home for travellers are set to be approved by councillors.

Telford and Wrekin council

'Shop' fridge found dumped near Edgmond

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

This must be one of the larger items fly-tipped in Shropshire - a large fridge; the sort used to display chilled goods in shops.

It was found by a cyclist on Newport Road just outside Edgmond, this morning.

Abandoned fridge
Newport Police

The police say they want to speak to the driver of a dark blue van that was seen parked in the layby at 22:00 yesterday.

Headlines: Housing development fear; fewer first class carriages proposed; Telford land Villa friendly

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this evening:

- Fears that housing development could 'swamp' Lilleshall

- Proposals for fewer first class carriages to London

- AFC Telford United land Villa friendly

Husband of 'incredible' Debbie Barlow wants Whitchurch to continue her legacy

Whitchurch Herald

The husband of an “incredible” Whitchurch woman who died of cancer after raising thousands of pounds for charity wants people to remember her legacy by following in her footsteps.

MP wants A&E decision taken at a national level

Shrewsbury's MP wants the future of the county's NHS to be decided at a national level and not left to local commissioners. 

Earlier this week, the Shropshire organisations trying to modernise services couldn't agree on a way forward.

Daniel Kawczynski

Daniel Kawczynski says the county should keep both its two accident and emergency departments.

Travel: Delays in Wellington after accident

BBC Travel

Haygate Road, in Wellington, is closed at the Walker Street junction, because of an accident.

The police are directing traffic.

Watch: Weather balloons launched from Shropshire

BBC Midlands Today

Twenty five weather balloons have been launched into space from Shropshire today.

Each is carrying two small cameras and they took off at about 10:00 from a site near Bridgnorth.

They're part of a science and maths competition being run for teenagers in Staffordshire.

Football: AFC Telford sign defender Bailey

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have added another defender to their squad.

They've signed Ben Bailey from Hednesford (that's him on the right, playing against Telford earlier this season).

Ben Bailey
Mike Sheridan

Watch: Proposals for fewer first class carriages to London

BBC Midlands Today

The Department for Transport is suggesting more first class carriages should be converted to standard, to ease overcrowding on the West Coast Mainline, which connects Shropshire to London.

The government is also proposing trains stop at fewer stations. 

It's all part of a consultation on a future 'InterCity' rail franchise.

Fears that development could 'swamp' Lilleshall

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Lilleshall Parish Council is worried a "massive new urban estate" could be built nearby which would "swamp" the village.

It has concerns about proposals put forward by Telford and Wrekin Council, which would allow homes to be built on the edge of Muxton (the area marked Muxton site H1 below).

Lilleshall map
Telford and Wrekin Council

The plans are going on display at the Lilleshall Memorial Hall this Saturday and the parish council insists nobody in the village has been consulted so far.

Headlines: Council asks minister for more money; van thefts warning; Bridgnorth shed rescue

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our headlines this evening:

- Shropshire Council pleading government minister for more money

- Police warning about van thefts

- Elderly Bridgnorth man rescued after getting wedged behind his shed

Council leader insists £45m computer upgrade is affordable

The leader of Shropshire Council insists the authority can afford a £45m upgrade of its computers, despite having to cut £60m from its budget over the next three years.

Cabinet members at the Conservative-run authority have voted in favour of the move, despite concerns from opposition groups it is too expensive.


The upgrade will involve handing over control of council servers to a private company and some job losses.

We've got funds earmarked in reserves for transition to IT, which was put in some months ago. And we can get the money, we won't be borrowing it

Councillor Malcolm PateLeader of Shropshire Council

New rail timetable

Train operator, London Midland, introduces a new timetable from Saturday which includes services running through Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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Parish councils could be asked for money to run Ludlow libraries

Parish councils around Ludlow could be asked to help fund libraries in the area.

Shropshire Council wants to stop paying for them and is looking for other councils to take them over.

Library shelves

But Ludlow Town council says it could be two years before it's in a position to do this and it wants financial help from neighbouring parishes.

Fire service rescue man stuck behind shed

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

An elderly man has been rescued by Shropshire fire service after getting stuck in a gap between his house and the garden shed.

The 69-year-old man, from Stretton Close in Bridgnorth, wasn't hurt.

Fire engine

Police warn about van thefts

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Van owners are being warned to be careful after a number of thefts in recent months.

Since the start of February, 22 have been broken into in the Bridgorth, Shifnal and Broseley areas, with power tools the main target.

Getty Images

The police say they've been given vehicle registrations of suspicious vehicles seen in the areas where the crimes were committed.

Bridgnorth homes lose water supply after burst pipe

Shropshire Star

Homes in Bridgnorth have been left without water after a burst pipe in the area.

BBC Weather Watchers: Great view across the south Shropshire hills

BBC Weather Watchers

It's going to be another warm day and despite the early morning haze, we've had some great photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers.

This one was taken near Ludlow a couple of hours ago.


Headlines: Council pleads for more funding; van thefts warning; Telford get Villa friendly

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Shropshire Council meets government minister to plead for funding

- Warning over van thefts

- AFC Telford United arrange Villa friendly

Football: Telford to face Aston Villa in pre-season friendly

BBC Sport

Aston Villa will be coming to the New Bucks Head on 16 July for a preseason friendly.

Telford have also got home fixtures lined up with Huddersfield and Wrexham.

Aston Villa
Getty Images

Aston Villa have promised to send a strong side for the match, which is one of six friendlies for the Bucks.

Special task force set up over closure of Shropshire's Clive Barracks

Shropshire Star

A new task force will be launched to ensure the closure and redevelopment of Shropshire's Clive Barracks runs smoothly, after it closes in 2020.

Entrance to barracks
Shropshire Star

Weather: Sunny and warm this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Enjoy your afternoon, it should be warm and sunny.

Balloons launched into atmosphere for weather experiment

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Twenty-five weather balloons carrying cameras have been launched from Bridgnorth this morning.

They're being sent 20 miles (32km) into the atmosphere to teach teenagers about the effects of altitude, wind speeds and freezing temperatures.


The project is being run by a Newcastle-under-Lyme company, KMF, which runs an annual young engineer of the year competition.  


Football: Telford offer new deals to players

Nick Southall

AFC Telford United reporter, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have offered new deals to Curtis Tilt and Zak Lilly. 

Tilt is attracting a lot of interest from clubs in the National League.

The Bucks have also decided not to offer a new deal to striker John Cofie.

Graham Hutchinson
Mike Sheridan

The club also spoke to Graham Hutchinson (pictured above), who was on loan at the Bucks Head last season, but the defender has accepted an offer elsewhere.

Appeal to repair Shifnal church window

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

An appeal has started to fund repairs to a Shifnal stained glass window, after it was smashed by vandals.

The reverend Chris Thorpe says £500 is needed to pay the insurance excess and St Andrew's Church will need better protection for the window - costing another £300.

smashed church window
Paul Warrender

There will be a collection tin at Jackson's butchers.

Travel: A5 cleared after lorry accident

BBC Travel

The A5 eastbound is clear again between Preston island, at Shrewsbury, and Wellington, after an earlier lorry accident.

Pollen levels are high

BBC Weather

If you suffer from hay fever, be warned - you may be sneezing today as levels are high.

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New Mayor of Oswestry determined to do a good job

James Bond

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Paul Milner takes up the post and is keen to represent the residents of the town. He's aiming to address a number of issues including keeping A&E services in Shrewsbury and improving trade in Oswestry.

Paul was born at the Oswestry & District Hospital back in 1971 and has lived in the town all his life.

Mayor posing with officials
Oswestry Town Council

It's a privilege and an honour, I'm humbled, to be honest, I really am

Paul MilnerMayor of Oswestry

Headlines: Government minister to visit Shropshire over funding; parish council may be asked to support Ludlow libraries

The headlines:

- Shropshire Council pleading for extra funding because of higher pressures on adult social care

- Ludlow Town Council says neighbouring parishes may have to chip in if it takes over library and other services 

- A seven-year-old boy's been rescued after getting stuck up a tree at Stirchley, in Telford

Your pictures: Hazy start in Telford

BBC Weather Watchers

Take a look at this snap sent to us showing the sun burning the mist away this morning.

Got a lovely pic you want to share? Email us, tweet, or send it to our Facebook page.

Hazy sunshine
Weather Watchers: megspics

Shropshire Council will ask Government minister for 'fairer' funding deal

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clarke is visiting Shrewsbury today. The Council will be asking him for what it calls "fairer funding". 

The Secretary agreed to visit over claims that rural authorities are getting a raw funding deal. MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham Daniel Kawczynski is supporting the appeal. 

Major priority for me is to secure additional funding for @ShropCouncil and today's visit by @gregclarkmp is part of this process

Shropshire teacher competes against other 'supersavers' on Channel 4

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Mother of two and blogger Julie Squire, from Baschurch, is featuring on the money saving programme Sun, Sea and Supersavers on Channel 4 tonight. 

Family photo in greece
Julie Squire

The show pits families against each other to make the best savings when travelling. The Squire family travelled to Majorca for £1,200 - the show says she saved £1,300.  

Headlines: Council to ask for more funding; Ludlow could take two years to take over libraries

The morning's headlines:

- Shropshire Council will ask the local government minister Greg Clarke for fairer funding during a visit to Shrewsbury today

- Ludlow Town councillors say they'll need two years to put everything in place if they're to take over library and other services

- What's claimed to be a world record number of weather balloons will be launched at RAF Cosford this morning

Weather: Cloud to lift with increasing sunshine

BBC Weather

Looks like it could be a warm day, here's Charlie Slater with the latest forecast.

Travel: No major problems on the county's roads so far

BBC Travel

Routes around Shrewsbury and Telford are moving well; to get the latest use the travel map.