Shropshire Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

Counting complete. After 74 of 74 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 43
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -6
    • Councillors overall total 43
  2. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 14
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 14
  3. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 9
  4. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +3
    • Councillors overall total 4
  5. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 4
  6. Independent Health Concern

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 0
  1. Owen Paterson: MPs have 'ripped up the rule book'

    The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has branded a vote to allow one of Shropshire's MPs to avoid punishment for misusing his position as "a dark day for public life".

    Owen Paterson

    Conservative Owen Paterson was spared a parliamentary suspension for now after the government ordered its MPs to back a review of standards investigations on Wednesday.

    Shaun Davis, the council's Labour leader, said: "The Conservatives have decided there is one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us.

    "Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, the system which the Conservatives set up themselves found wrongdoing, because the Conservatives didn’t like the answer they’ve decided to rip up the rule book."

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    Video caption: Commons votes to change rules on investigating MPs

    Mr Paterson was found to have "repeatedly" used his position as an MP to benefit two companies who paid him as a consultant. However, he has denied wrongdoing.

    Wednesday's vote in Parliament has divided opinion, and elsewhere in Shropshire the Conservative leader of the unitary council said Mr Paterson should have the right to appeal against the watchdog's findings.

    “MPs, in my view, should be entitled to the same legal process as anyone else in the workplace or in a court of law," Councillor Lezley Picton said.

  2. Plans for shopping centres won't go on display

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Plans to redevelop two of Shrewsbury's shopping malls won't be going on show to the public today, as originally planned - instead they will be discussed behind closed doors by councillors.

    Shropshire Council's current proposal is to demolish the Pride Hill centre and replace it with a multi-storey car park and hotel, while the Riverside centre would be replaced by council offices.

    The authority also plans to replace the Raven Meadows car park with a restaurant.

    Pride Hill centre

    Shropshire Council bought the town's three shopping centres for £51m three years ago and members will discuss the latest proposals next week.

    Councillors will be asked to back a feasibility study on the new plans that could cost more than £1m and be realised by next spring.

    The authority is yet to say why the plans won't be on public show.

  3. Council-owned shopping centres lose nearly £40m in value

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Three shopping centres which were bought by Shropshire Council for £51m in 2018 are now valued at just £12,350,000.

    The authority bought the Charles Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside centres while under its previous leader, Peter Nutting, with the aim of improving shopping in Shrewsbury.

    It said the fall in value was due to a change in retail habits across the UK, and added the pandemic was also partly responsible.

    Darwin Centre

    The council said it would continue to spend money on improving the centres and that footfall was starting to approach 2019 levels again at the Darwin Centre.

    At the same time, it intends to go ahead with the demolition of the Riverside centre and to put the Pride Hill centre to new use.

    The whole county, the authority said, would benefit from the change and from the extra visitors it would bring.

  4. Council to spend £1m on solar farm

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    With all the sunshine at the moment, it's a good day to be announcing a solar farm - and that's what Shropshire Council has done today.

    It's intending to spend more than £1m on a former landfill site on Maesbury Road, on the edge of Oswestry, if the scheme gets planning permission.

    Solar panels

    The power generated, enough to supply 500 homes, will be sold to the packaging company Arla.

    The council believes it will make enough money to cover build costs within 30 years.

    The authority adds the farm won't generate much of a profit, but if the project is successful, it will look at repeating it elsewhere in the county.