Month: December 2018

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Phase 2 about to commence

When Severn Trent Water announced 22 Weeks of Roadworks in Wollerton, Phase Two (on the old A53, Lostford) was scheduled to commence on 7 January 2019. That date is still shown on the relevant page of the STW website.
Today, has circulated an email alert containing information stating that the second phase of work will now begin on Wednesday, 2nd January. It is not clear if the starting date for Phase Two has been brought forwarded because Phase 1 was completed ahead of schedule, but if local residents were expecting the work not to start this week they should be aware that STW’s plans seem to have changed.
The three notices (here, here and here) all cover the dates of 2 to 15 January, a period when there will be 4 way lights controlling traffic at the junction of Drayton Road, Mill Road and Wood Lane. These will not only inconvenience local residents, but anyone who uses this route to travel between Hodnet and Tern Hill.

Health Advice over Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays 2018/19

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has published details on its website of where and when residents can obtain health advice over the coming holiday period. Full details are available on the page, in summary areas covered are:
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Call 111 for urgent medical advice but not emergency care.
GP surgeries in Shropshire will be closed on three Bank Holidays. However, GP extended access will provide registered patients with access to a limited number of routine GP appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. These appointments require booking in advance through your own GP practice during their normal opening hours.
Pharmacies may have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year so people are advised to order and collect repeat prescription in plenty of time. Shropshire pharmacies open on a rota basis on the Bank Holidays; a full list can be downloaded as PDF.
Locally the following pharmacies have the following one hour openings times:
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(N.B. Above times and dates as published in above PDF.)
Walk In Centre (Urgent Care), Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be open every day from 8am to 8pm including the bank holidays for anyone who needs urgent medical attention if they cannot get an appointment with their own doctor or are not registered with a GP practice. No appointment is necessary.
Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for critical or life threatening illness or injury.
Information on taking action to stay well this winter is available at

Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites Consultation

At the end of November 2018 Shropshire Council launched its Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites Consultation. The consultation will be open until 31 January 2019. [Update – 10 January: Shropshire Council has announced that the consultation has been extended by a week. The new closing date is Friday 8 February.] More recently, through its Newsroom website it has announced local meetings in Highley and Bridgnorth in early January. At present there are no details of when a similar meeting will be held in the Market Drayton area.
Hodnet is included in the Market Drayton Place Plan Area as a Community Hub along with Hinstock, and Woore. Copies of the full Consultation and Questionnaire are available, as are separate sections for each of the Place Plan Areas. Documents for Market Drayton are:

The image below is taken from p.114 of the Consultation document and it shows two proposed sites for residential developments, one to the side and the other to the rear of Hodnet School. The text states:

Over the period to 2036, it is considered Hodnet should provide around an additional 52 dwellings to supplement the existing committed sites. This moderate level of additional growth will provide an opportunity to deliver a range of accommodation types to help meet local housing needs and support investment in community facilities and infrastructure improvements where these are required as a result of development.


Delivery will primarily be through development of a site to east of Shrewsbury Road on land adjacent to the primary school for around 40 dwellings. The balance will be delivered through infill and conversion opportunities within the development boundary, along with affordable housing exception schemes for local needs.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the consultation should read the information on the main Consultation page and then respond via the email address on the “How to get involved” tab.


Consultation on Shropshire's Local Recycling Sites

Shropshire Council LogoRecently Shropshire Council launched a six week consultation on the future of local recycling sites, such as the one near Hodnet Club, which they now refer to as “Recycling Bring Sites.” Details of the consultation are available on the Council’s website. A statement on that page reads:

Bring banks are currently provided at 120 sites across Shropshire by Shropshire Council and Veolia, to enable people to recycle household waste including cans, glass, paper, clothing and drinks cartons.
The council is proposing to remove the bring bank sites to help reduce fly-tipping and littering, to increase recycling rates, and to save money, as outlined below.

It is important for anyone who regularly uses these sites, and believes they should remain available, to respond to this consultation, which closes on Friday, 25 January. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete once respondents have read the explanation of why the Council is proposing closing these sites. The survey can be accessed via the “How to get involved” tab.

Shrewsbury Street Roadworks – 18 to 20 Dec. 2018 has posted information about three days of roadworks on Shrewsbury St. in Hodnet. Scheduled to last from Tue. 18 to Thu. 20 December, they will situated near the junction with Station Rd.
The full notice states:

Roadworks SignShrewsbury Street, Hodnet, Shropshire
18 December — 20 December
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From 24 to 26 Hodnet, Shropshire, TF9 3JB
Works description: MJ Quinns are to run approx. 25m of ducting from pcp floor box to DSLAM floor box
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC005MQ1W00000HODNETPCP2

Peplow Community Walk – January 2019

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday January 13th
Meet at 1:15pm for a prompt 1:30pm start.
Circular walk starting at Knighton, near Cheswardine.

The route includes the Shropshire Union Canal tow path, as well as footpaths through woods and across open fields. If recently wet suitable footware is recommended.

Meet and park (by permission) in a farm yard to the NW of Knighton – please email for directions.
Children welcome, as also are dogs on leads.
In case of bad weather on the day please call Randall on 01952 540970 after 11:30pm on the day.

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Update: 15 December 2018

For full information about 22 Weeks of Roadworks in Wollerton please see the main story.
Update: 15 Dec. 2018
The following update has been sent to the webteam by Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison Officer. Amey are the contractors carrying out the work for Severn Trent Water.

Mill Rd, Wollerton
Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison OfficerAll the pipework has been installed,there are a small number of connections still to complete.
The barriers will remain in place over the weekend but next week reinstatement work should be completed. The site should be clear in the village by the end of that week. The expectation is, all being well, we will be finished in the village in time for Christmas (ahead of schedule).
Work on the main road toward Lostford, will start in the new year.

New Page Listing Local Broadband Suppliers

Over forty people attended a meeting at Peplow Chapel on 29th November to learn more about the provision of broadband in the area. The majority of those present were from Peplow, but Marchamley, Wollerton, High Hatton and Ollerton were also represented. All seemingly were suffering with slow, rural broadband.
Philippa Blackburn of Airband explained her company’s aim to provide radio broadband to many of the properties unable to access Broadband via fibre-enabled cabinets in the locality.  She answered audience questions about the service and displayed maps showing postcode areas where Airband should be able to supply a connection – provided of course that a property had a clear line of sight to one of their transmitter masts.
In response to the high level of local interest, a permanent page has now been added to this site giving more information about alternative broadband suppliers in our area and the services they offer. Find out more.

Wanted – People with Enthusiasm

The Original Hodnet Webteam
The Original Hodnet Webteam in 2010

After many years almost single-handedly creating and maintaining the Hodnet website, Randall Hardy is stepping down in the coming months. The Parish Council is therefore looking for someone who would be willing to take forward the roles of webmaster and editor for this excellent Parish resource.

Whilst Randall has combined the roles of technical development and reporting, there is no reason why these two aspects cannot be done by different people, or even a small team – the latter being the early vision behind the site.

The voluntary position of webmaster in its current form takes up around three hours a week on average, including reporting. It requires someone with enthusiasm and either existing IT skills, or the motivation to develop them. The website currently use the WordPress platform.

If this is something where you feel you could make a contribution, in either role, to keeping the village website going forward, and would like to know more about the current arrangements, please contact Randall email or 01952-540970.

If interested in taking the Hodnet community website forward, volunteers will need to make themselves known to the Parish Council by contacting the Parish Clerk, Ian Cruise-Taylor, email.

Read about the launch of the website as reported in the Market Drayton Advertiser.