Shropshire Council

Election 2017 Results

CON HOLD
Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change

PartyConservative

Seats 201348 Seats 201749 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 201312 Seats 201712 Change-

PartyLabour

Seats 20139 Seats 20178 Change−1

PartyIndependent

Seats 20134 Seats 20173 Change−1

PartyICHC

Seats 20131 Seats 20171 Change-

PartyGreen

Seats 20130 Seats 20171 Change+1
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Latest Updates

  1. Bailiff threat made to 2,500 residents in error

    More than 2,500 Shropshire residents have incorrectly received a threatening letter from bailiffs working on behalf of the council.

    Shropshire Council house

    The company, Bristow and Sutor, has apologised after telling 2,622 residents they would be attending their homes to remove goods within seven days in payment for unpaid council tax.

    The letters should have informed residents that the council had obtained a liability order to collect outstanding council tax - the first stage in the reclaim process, with bailiffs only the very last resort.

    Calling it a "serious oversight", the leader of Shropshire Council, Peter Nutting, said the authority had asked the company to suspend activities while an investigation was carried out.

    “This kind of mistake is unacceptable at any time, but during a pandemic and at Christmas, when families have been hit hard in so many ways, it is beyond belief," Mr Nutting said.

  2. Council faces £70m budget shortfall

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in Shropshire has been covering these stories:

    • Shropshire Council will be left with a shortfall of nearly £70m in its finances within five years unless the government gives it more money, the authority has said. The council's latest financial forecasts expect it to have a shortfall of £40m in 2021-22 due to the soaring cost of social care and limits on how council tax is set. It expects the funding gap to then grow by £7m each year.
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    • Coronavirus screenings were missed on patients at hospitals in the county and contributed to a string of outbreaks, a report said. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust's nursing director said tests on in-patients were meant to happen on the day of admission and the fifth day after, but were missed in some areas. Ten wards saw outbreaks of Covid-19 in October and November.
    • A town councillor who left the Conservative Party in September has announced he will stand for the Greens in next year’s Shropshire Council elections. Councillor Jay Moore was elected to the town council in 2017 but left the Tories and said he was not happy with the expectation to “toe the party line”.
  3. Parking charges lifted in attempt to boost local trade

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Car parking charges are being lifted for some of the day for more than a month in parts of Shropshire.

    Shropshire Council said fees would not apply in its car parks between 11:00 and 18:00 from 3 December to 17 January.

    It said it hoped the move would get people shopping locally over the Christmas period.

  4. Political party disbands due to lack of support

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    A political party hoping to stand candidates in next year's Shropshire Council election has disbanded after failing to attract more members.

    Polling station

    The Shropshire Party was formed to look at local issues and its founder Robert Jones stood for it in last year's ceneral election.

    He's now left to join the Liberal Democrats.

  5. Covid-19: Workers urged not to share cigarette lighters

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Workers in Shropshire are being urged not to share cigarette lighters and cups during breaks, to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    A cigarette lighter

    Shropshire Council said it had seen outbreaks in many workplaces and, with cases increasing, the county was at a "critical point" in trying to avoid tougher restrictions.

    Other items staff are being told not to share during their breaks include mobile phones, cutlery and plates.

    People are also being told by the council not to car share if they can avoid it.

    The rate of new cases of coronavirus in the area has increased from 75.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to 8 October to 84.8 the following week.

  6. Council HQ won't get protection of listed status

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Shropshire Council's headquarters in Shrewsbury is a step closer to demolition, after Historic England decided not to list it.

    The Shirehall building in Shrewsbury is striking but it fails to meet the criteria for protection, the agency, which champion's England's heritage, said.

    Shirehall

    Campaigners had claimed it was an important example of post-war architecture which should be kept.

    The authority wants to sell the site for housing and move to smaller premises with a greater use of remote working.

  7. Possible £11m bill to improve shopping centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Shropshire Council could have to pay £11m to transform one of Shrewsbury's shopping centres, a report has revealed.

    It plans to spend £16m on the Pride Hill centre, which it bought with two other centres for £51m in 2018, and has been given a grant of £5m by the government.

    Pride Hill centre

    The authority said it was hoping to find more funding for the project and also had plans to improve the Darwin Centre and to demolish the Riverside Centre.

    The value of the three shopping centres bought by the council has fallen to £17.5m in two years.

  8. Council looks to get around HQ's listed status

    Shropshire Council is trying to get the listed status of its Shrewsbury headquarters waived.

    It wants to demolish the building and sell the land for up to £10m, but the Shirehall's listed status could be a barrier.

    Shropshire Council headquarters

    The council has asked for a certificate of immunity from Historic England.

  9. 'No new Covid-19 cases' at travellers site

    BBC Shropshire

    There have been no new cases of coronavirus over the weekend at a travellers site in Shropshire, the local council has said.

    Sign for Craven Arms

    On Friday, the total number of positive cases linked to the site on Long Lane, Craven Arms, stood at 27 and Shropshire Council said on Saturday no new cases had been found.

    It added only seven people were still being asked to self-isolate.

  10. More libraries reopen

    BBC Shropshire

    Libraries in Shrewsbury, Oswestry (pictured) and Ludlow have reopened their doors today.

    Oswestry library

    Other libraries across the Shropshire Council area will follow in the coming weeks with a number of libraries in Telford & Wrekin already open.

    A click and collect book service, rolled out by Shropshire Council at some libraries earlier this month, will be available to other sites from today as well.

    They include Bishop’s Castle, Market Drayton and Shifnal as those sites will stay shut until 3 August.

  11. Plan for 31,000 new homes set to be agreed

    BBC Shropshire

    Locations where nearly 31,000 homes could be built in Shropshire over the next 18 years are expected to be signed off today and put out to public consultation.

    The former Ironbridge Power Station towers
    Image caption: The former Ironbridge Power Station towers

    Shropshire Council has identified areas for the homes which include the former Ironbridge Power Station, Tern Hill barracks, near Market Drayton and Bridgnorth.

    However, proposals for 3,000 homes near Tong and a garden village near Bridgnorth have been scrapped after opposition from residents and campaign groups.

    The local authority's cabinet is being asked to approve sending the plan out for an eight-week consultation after which the government will examine it early next year.

  12. Move to ban cars at school drop-off and pick up times

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    These stories have been covered by the Local Democracy Reporting Service in Shropshire in the past few days:

    • Cars could be stopped from driving past schools at drop-off and pick up times in parts of Shropshire from September under plans to get more families walking and cycling to school. Shropshire Council is going to consider the move after councillors backed a motion asking for the scheme to be adopted.
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    • A council's pledged to cut its reliance on B&Bs for homeless people and instead spend £1.5m on on houses to be used as temporary accommodation. The scheme will see Shropshire Council take out long-term leases with private landlords and could be expanded in the future if it proves successful.
    • Shropshire's flagship pension fund will be asked by Shropshire Council to move away from investing in fossil fuels within three years. Councillors backed a motion from the local authority's only Green Party councillor, Julian Dean, with only one councillor abstaining and none voting against the idea.
  13. Council looks to spend £1.5m to give homes to the homeless

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Up to £1.5m could be spent by Shropshire Council to provide homes for homeless people.

    The local authority said it was paying for more than 70 families staying in bed and breakfast accommodation, at a cost of £941,000, after government grants were taken into account.

    Shropshire Council

    The council plans to work with housing associations to provide temporary homes, to reduce the annual bill to £116,000.

    It is proposed that the £1.5m, plus the stamp duty and VAT, should come from money paid by housing developers under section 106 agreements.

    The plans will be discussed by councillors next Thursday.

  14. Council-owned shopping centres lose £34m in value

    Three Shrewsbury shopping centres bought by Shropshire Council for £51m two years ago are now believed to be worth just £17m.

    It's another big drop in the value of the Pride Hill, Charles Darwin and Riverside centres, which were believed to be worth £40m last March.

    Charles Darwin Centre

    The council bought the three shopping centres believing they would bring in revenue and allow it to transform the look of the town centre.