DISTRICT GROUPS

The Shropshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is represented locally by several district groups. Although we do not have active committees or groups in every part of Shropshire, CPRE Shropshire will respond to planning applications of concern anywhere in the county.

The active districts are as follows (click on them for more information)

OswestryTelford & WrekinShrewsbury / Bridgnorth

 

OSWESTRY DISTRICT

The Oswestry District of CPRE Shropshire covers the old Oswestry Borough Council area.  Although this is the smallest of the five pre-unitary Districts by geographical area, it contains Oswestry which is the second largest town, by some margin, in the Shropshire Council area.

The District has a very small number of active campaigners and more would always be welcome.  There is a committee which meets intermittently to arrange talks and garden evenings. 

 

We held our latest AGM and Garden Evening on Sunday 1st September 2019

 

Notable campaigns have included:

  • Obtaining compensation via the Local Government Ombudsman for development that the Local Authority had improperly allowed
     

  • Winning one of CPRE’s national Marsh Awards for our role in the Oswestry Superstores war.  Ironically, the winner of that “war” was the Smithfield site which now lies derelict, with little to show of benefit to the town from the millions that Oswestry Town Council received from the transaction.
     

  • Failing to prevent the demolition by Aldi of the Telford tollhouse on Salop Road, despite taking the Council to the Local Government Ombudsman.
     

  • Being at the heart of the Anglo/Welsh team opposing the combined windfarm and pylon plans for mid Wales and north Shropshire.  On-shore wind power en masse has the unfortunate consequence that in order to try to save the planet one has to destroy the landscape. See the windfarms page for the latest on this one.

We also support other local groups including the Oswestry Old Hillfort campaign and Trefonen Rural Protection Group.

Contact: Charles Green (Chair) - charleswgreen@msn.com

 

TELFORD & WREKIN DISTRICT

Telford & Wrekin district now has its own section on the website, here:

Contact: Connor Furnival (Chair) - cpretelfordwrekin@gmail.com

SHREWSBURY DISTRICT

 

The Shrewsbury Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England meets quarterly in the meeting room of Bear Steps (with kind permission of the Civic Society). At present, there are twelve members.

 

Campaigns/successes achieved in summer 2018 include:

  • The chair and secretary of the Shrewsbury Branch attended a Planning Workshop in Stafford organised by central office CPRE in April.​

  • On behalf of Charles Green (a member of the Oswestry Branch of CPRE and an honorary attendee at the July Shrewsbury Branch meeting), Susan (as a constituent) forwarded his comment on national housing targets to the MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham, Daniel Kawczynski, who has responded.​

  • At the Shrewsbury Branch meeting in July, the committee expressed its concern re a planning application to build on community open land (Mousecroft Lane Fields) in Radbrook Ward. The county councillor for this ward is being approached re residents’ concerns and a front-page article in the Chronicle was achieved 

  • Susan is encouraging the county councillor for Rea Valley to agree to run a CPRE Green Clean programme this Autumn

Contact: Susan Lockwood (Acting secretary): 01743 791082 & 07854 110271 - susanlockwood345@btinternet.com

Shrewsbury's St Chads from the Dingle on a winter's afternoon
(c) Sarah Jameson

 

BRIDGNORTH DISTRICT

 

The Bridgnorth district 2019 AGM was held on Wednesday 1st May at Tasley Village Hall.

Contact: Stella & David Voysey via admin@cpreshropshire.org.uk

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