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)
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) -
TELFORD & WREKIN DISTRICT
Telford & Wrekin district now has its own section on the website, here:
Contact: Connor Furnival (Chair) -
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.
Recent campaigns/successes include:
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
CPRE Shropshire ran a successful Green Clean event in Autumn 2019.
Contact: Susan Lockwood (Acting secretary): 01743 791082 & 07854 110271 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrewsbury's St Chads from the Dingle on a winter's afternoon
(c) Sarah Jameson
Contact: Stella & David Voysey via