Coronavirus: Second phase of business grants launched

A second phase of grants for businesses impacted by coronavirus has been launched by Shropshire Council.

The additional discretionary grant fund has been set up to support firms who have been hit by the second coronavirus lockdown, and has gone live on Shropshire Council’s website.

The scheme will follow the same level of grant payments that the recently launched Local Restrictions Support Grant does, but will also be available to eligible businesses who are not the business rates payer, and those operating from residential premises.

The first phase has already helped hundreds of businesses in the county, with thousands of pounds of grants already being processed.

Businesses within the events and retail, hospitality and leisure supply chain will be treated as priority, and businesses that cannot show losses of more than 30 per cent will not be considered.

The scheme is being limited to a three week period and will close earlier should funds be allocated more quickly.

Grants will be awarded at three levels as follows:

  • A grant of £1,334 for:
    • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
    • Where businesses are not the business rates payer.
    • Where a business operates from a residential premises.
  • A grant of £2,000 for properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k.
  • A grant of £3,000 for properties with a rateable value of £51k or over.

To be eligible through this scheme, details on impact will be required to ensure grants go to those businesses most in need.

To apply, visit:

Funding through the Local Restrictions Support Grant is also available and can be accessed by visiting the following site:

Police in Hodnet 2nd December 2020

The mobile police station is starting up again in December. It will be in Hodnet between 1 and 2pm on Wednesday 2nd December, outside Hodnet Stores.

We all pay for the Police – let’s make use of them.

Coronavirus Support Grants

Almost £7 million has been made available to help businesses hit by the second coronavirus Lockdown. Eligible businesses across Shropshire are being urged to apply for this latest round of coronavirus support grants.

Business that can apply are those who have had to close during this 28-day lockdown period, including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care (such has hairdressers and nail salons), entertainment, sports facilities and hospitality.

Three levels of grants are available depending on the rateable value of the business. Those with a rateable value under £15,000 can apply for £1,334; those between £15,000 and £51,000 can apply for £2,000; and those with a rateable value over £51,000 can apply for £3,000.

A series of business support programmes and discretionary grant funding are also being developed to support businesses falling outside of these categories, and is due to be announced in the coming days. The discretionary grant funds will be used to support businesses who have seen significant losses during the pandemic. Further details of the scheme and application process will be made available as soon as possible.

Business can apply by visiting:

You can also email:

Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update (30 October – 5 November 2020)

This is taken directly from the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from  30 October –  5 November 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 677 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 157 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 209.5 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 304.1 per 100,000
  • For England it was 240.5 per 100,000
  • 108 cases relate to 20-29-year olds
  • 87 of cases relate to people aged 70+
  • We have seen an increase in outbreaks linked to schools and workplaces
  • During the last week 42% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 24% were in North Shropshire
  • 34% in South Shropshire
  • There are positive cases in every ward across Shropshire

The testing rate in Shropshire is still lower than many places across the country. People with symptoms of coronavirus – no matter how mild – are being encouraged to book a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

Local testing sites can be found at:

  • Beatrice Street Car park,, Oswestry, SY11 1QW
  • Whitchurch Rugby Club, 21 Edgeley Road, Whitchurch SY13 1EU
  • London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6NS

Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus.

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.

Shropshire Covid-19 update (23-30 October 2020)

The following is taken directly from the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from 23 October to 30 October 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 576 new cases were reported
  • This was an increase of 244 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 178.3 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 204.6 per 100,000
  • Infection rates in the over 60s have increased significantly in the last 7 days
  • 76% of cases were not related to outbreaks or clusters (i.e. one or two cases)
  • 6% were linked to care homes
  • Over the past 7 days, we saw positive cases in all but one of Shropshire’s electoral divisions

We are now in a four-week national lockdown, so it is important that people follow the guidance to help stop the spread of the virus .

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in private gardens with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.
  • Individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place.
  • Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

You can also help to stop the spread by:

  • Washing your hands
  • Wearing face coverings when required
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Stay safe, look after each other – and thank you for stepping up Shropshire.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (16-22 October 2020)

The following is taken directly from Shropshire Council:

During the 7-day period from 16 October to 22 October 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 332 new cases of coronavirus were reported
  • This was an increase of 73 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven day infection rate for Shropshire was 102.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 204.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 207.2 per 100,000
  • 77 cases related to people aged between 20-29
  • The average age for positive cases was 42
  • 36 cases were reported in work settings
  • During the last week 34% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 32% were in North Shropshire
  • 29% in South Shropshire
oronavirus cases in Shropshire between 16th October -22nd October

We have also seen a rise in the number of cases in the over 70s.

Shropshire remains in Tier One (Medium risk), under which the Rule of Six and a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues is in place.

But tougher coronavirus restrictions are now a step closer to being implemented in Shropshire due to the huge surge in the number of positive cases.

We are asking people to consider limiting the number of people you come into contact with – the fewer people you see, the less chance you have of catching and spreading the virus.

Coronavirus: Further restrictions ‘a step closer’ as Shropshire’s coronavirus cases continue to rise

Tougher coronavirus restrictions are now a step closer to being implemented in Shropshire following a huge rise in the number of positive cases.

The number of cases in Shropshire has surged again this week, at one point reaching a rate of 128.74 per 100,000 over 7 days.

Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Stick to a maximum group of 6 people when meeting socially – indoors or outdoors
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will meet people you do not normally meet.
  • Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.
  • You can book a test by calling 119 or click here

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at

Have you ever walked/ridden between Peplow and Ollerton? If so please read.

From Stoke Upon Tern Parish Council.

WANTED – People who have walked or ridden between Ollerton and Peplow

For many years some residents of this area have used a route (indicated A – B on the accompanying map) to walk, cycle or ride horses between Peplow Chapel and Ollerton Lodge, and vice versa.

In 2016 (conscious that the described route does not appear on official maps as a recognised public right of way) Stoke upon Tern Parish Council lodged an official claim with Shropshire Council to have this route legally recognised – and thus protected for future use.

The legal process involves examination of historic documents, but rests heavily on past users of the route completing a simple ‘user statement’ – covering matters such as the route used, the years it was used and whether or not its use was effectively ‘as of right’. Some 28 statements were submitted, which the Parish Council felt was a considerable number from a small rural area.

Recently Shropshire Council completed their official investigation, but unfortunately turned down the application. Their reasons for this appear to centre partly on a lack of historical evidence but, more importantly, also from a stated lack of user statements from people who have no connection with Peplow Hall’s tenanted homes or previous owners/occupiers of land at Ollerton Park.

The Parish Council feels that the case for this route being recognised is fairly strong and that, for various reasons, Shropshire Council’s decision is flawed. Accordingly we have lodged an appeal to have the case reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate. This process provides a brief opportunity* to submit new/further evidence, and with that in mind we URGENTLY need EVERYONE who has ever used this route, and may wish to do so again, to complete a user statement.

If you have not already completed a statement please do get in touch with the Clerk (details below) immediately and the necessary forms will be sent to you. After completion they can be scanned and emailed back or posted. In either case the Clerk will arrange for them to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

Any documentary evidence/photos of the route in past use would also be welcome, especially any relate to claims already received of past use by the military, e.g. troop movements between Peplow Railway Station and RAF Peplow (aka Childs Ercall/Eaton upon Tern airfield) during and after WWII.

If you’d like to help secure this route for future generations please consider whether you or others in your household could complete a statement, or if you know of relatives, friends or neighbours who may have used it and could do so– even if they’ve since moved away.

*Documents need to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by 27thNovember 2020.

If the appeal is lost there will be no opportunity to revisit the subject, so please don’t delay ACT TODAY!

Graham Bould.

Clerk – Stoke Upon Tern Parish Council

Email: or Phone: 01952 594758

Claimed route is shown in black.
Note FP 9 is rarely used and officially ends by the river.

Have your say!: Shropshire Council leisure and culture consultations

The following leisure and culture strategies are all out for public consultation. Make sure you have your say:

Visiting to all wards suspended at Shropshire’s acute hospitals

Visiting has been suspended to all wards at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, said the decision to suspend visiting had not been made lightly and aims to reduce the number of people coming into the hospitals, to protect patients.

The changes are now in effect across all wards and will remain in place until further notice.

There are some exceptions to the restrictions which are:

  • Children’s Ward
  • Maternity
  • Neonatal unit
  • End of life care patients

Full details concerning the restrictions are available on