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In the public session of the latest meeting of the Parish Council, held in Harmer Hill Village Hall on Wednesday November 2nd.  Councillor A. Woodthorpe from Baschurch gave an informative talk on the Baschurch Station Campaign and asked Members to consider supporting the plans.

In the full meeting which followed Members dealt with a wide range of issues from across the whole Parish including:                                                                                                                                             

Street Lights: 
The massive increase in the cost of electricity which continues to affect everyone had been addressed to a certain extent by switching off the lights at mid-night and by becoming part of a consortium with Shropshire Council. Together these actions will save the Council over £1,000.00 each year. The Clerk reported that one complaint had been received about the new timing of the lights but Members thought  it seemed likely that a further increase in the cost of power was highly likely.                                                                                                                                                    

Road Safety: 
It was agreed that a VAS unit should be purchased and erected on Ellesmere Road in Harmer Hill following agreement from Shropshire Council. The unit will be solar powered and can be programmed to display a variety of messages and the cost of the project will be paid from Community Infrastructure Finance, received by the Council following past building projects.

Member were pleased with the 40mph buffer zone which had been created on Ellesmere Road travelling from the Myddle direction which appears to be having the required impact on vehicle speed.

There was still concern that the passing bay on Lower Road was still being used by some residents as a parking area, causing problems for residents living in The Pines. However because it is not an official parking area, the police are unable to take legal action but it was noted that criminal action had been taken by someone painting out the signs.

Play Areas:
Cleaning and re-painting plus some minor repairs had been carried out by Mr. Armando Meci and a Mr. Ray Parry, who installed the Play Areas, has been asked to deal with a few outstanding equipment repairs.

Jubilee Seats:
The Chairman reported that the two seats purchased to celebrate the late Queen’s Jubilee had arrived and would be placed on site in Harmer Hill and Myddle when suitable sites and hard standing had been identified and constructed. It was agreed that the plaque on the seats should now be a Memorial message rather than a Jubilee one.

It was recorded with regret that no volunteers had come forward to take responsibility for chairing a group to try and establish some allotments in the Parish and that consideration for development would have to be put on hold for the time being.

As always Councillors had been asked to consider and respond where necessary to well over sixty items of correspondence and telephone messages, received by the Clerk since the last meeting.

Planning Applications: 
Five new applications, mainly concerned with extensions or alterations had been received for consideration since the last Council meeting and no objections were raised. It was noted that Shropshire Council had approved five previous applications but had refused approval for a small caravan site in Yorton and the change of use for a property in Myddlewood.

External Audit:
Each year the audit carried out locally has to be inspected by Government appointed officers who are currently based in London and the Clerk confirmed that no concerns had been raised about the financial and overall management of the Council.

Baschurch Station
Members considered the request made by Baschurch Councillor Andy Woodhead at the start of the meeting and agreed that in principle they gave support to the development of a new railway station in Baschurch.

 A detailed copy of the minutes of the meeting can be found on the Council’s web site as always the Clerk can be contacted by email or by ‘phone on 01743 236810.                                   


The next Council meeting is in Myddle Village Hall on January 4th at 7.30pm.


The latest Council meeting was held in Myddle Village Hall on Wednesday, September 7th when

Community Police Support Officer Jamie Robinson was in attendance at the start of the meeting and commented on items which had been raised by Councillors and members of the public. He pointed out that Wem and the surrounding rural area were covered by one police officer supported by one full-time and one part-time community support officer, which made it difficult to attend meetings regularly. He stated that the Parish had a very low level of crime compared to other areas but promised to look at the way statistics were recorded and would see if action could be taken over certain highway issues.


In the full meeting which followed Members received and considered the following items:

  • The long-awaited introduction of a 40mph buffer zone on the Ellesmere Road leading into Harmer Hill from the direction of Myddle had been put in place.
  • The dropped kerb had been constructed on the Wem Road in Harmer Hill.
  • Shropshire Councillor Brian Williams stated that he had been informed that work to construct the pavement alongside the Bridgewater Estate on Wem Road should be underway within a couple of weeks.
  • The Safer Road Partnership had sent the Council details of covert checks on traffic speed carried out over a two-week period on Wem Road. The results indicated that there was good compliance with the speed limit with an average speed of 42 mph. recorded. Checks were now planned for Ellesmere Road in Harmer Hill.
  • Members were considering the type of VAS sign for erection on the designated site on Ellesmere Road in Harmer Hill and it was hoped this would be in place within the next few weeks.
  • The police had promised to investigate the problem caused by vehicles parking in the passing bay on Lower Road, opposite the entrance to the Pines.
  • Owners of the site at Harmer Hill Reservoir had failed to take voluntary action over an enforcement order regarding development at the site and legal action was now being proposed by the Enforcement Officer at Shropshire Council.
  • The Chairman reported that two seats had been ordered to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee and these would be placed at suitable locations in Harmer Hill and Myddle.
  • Shropshire Council had promised to investigate the request by the Parish Council to purchase the Myddle playing field and the adjacent woodland.
  • Seven planning applications had been received since the last meeting none of which related to the construction of new properties but objections were confirmed over two of the proposed developments.
  • The Clerk had received over seventy items of correspondence since the last meeting and these had been forwarded to Members for consideration and comment.
  • It was agreed to make a donation of £500 to enable sections of the Messenger to be printed in colour for a trial period.
  • The Mid-Year Statement of Accounts, which indicated that the Council’s finances were in a healthy state, were adopted and would be published on the Council website or could be obtained on request from the Clerk.
  • Finally Members considered a review of the Community Led Parish Plan which had been published and adopted in 2009. The review by the Chairman and the Clerk highlighted the wide range of improvements that had been carried out throughout the Parish but also noted areas that still need to be considered and improved. It was agreed to give the review wider publicity and to start addressing areas that needed to be improved. Public responses will be welcomed.

As always the minutes of the meeting will be published on the Council web site comments or issues can be sent to the Parish Clerk by email at myddlebroughtonclerk@talktalk.netor by ’phone at 01743 236810.



The March meeting was held in Harmer Hill Village Hall when as usual a substantial programme of business was conducted, starting with the co-option of a new Member to replace Miss Whittingham who resigned earlier in the year. The person selected was Mr. Marshall Andrew a Harmer Hill resident and he was able to participate in the meeting which followed his co-option.

Speeding Traffic:

Members considered a wide range of issues and foremost was responding to the many complaints about speeding traffic that are regularly brought to the Council’s attention. Unfortunately the Council has no powers to enable them to deal with what is unfortunately a National issue. However a small group of Members meet frequently with Shropshire Council’s Highways safety officer to discuss these issues and suggested improvements are then passed to the area Police Road Safety Officer for consideration and possible action, Earlier in the year the following proposals had been made – changing the speed limit from 40 to 30mph on Wem Road, Harmer Hill; introducing a buffer zone of 40mph entering Myddle on the Baschurch Road; speed restrictions on the Baschurch Road at Myddlewood; a 40mph limit on a section of the A528 by the new development at Hillcrest and the turning into Brookside in Myddle; a 40mph limit on Shotton Lane Harmer Hill and an extension of the 30mph limit on Lower Road Harmer Hill.                                                                                 Of these, the only ones to gain full support from the police were the Shotton Lane and Lower Road proposals. Shropshire Council will try and include these in their future plans and will also consider providing advisory signs at Myddlewood and improvements to the gateway into Myddle from the direction of Baschurch. It was unanimously agreed by Council Members that the Council will continue to press for the other issues to be dealt with.

One successful outcome is that the plans  for the improvements at the junction of the  Ellesmere Road and the road to Newton on the Hill including a 40mph buffer zone should be undertaken in the near future after a wait of well over two years.


A recent circular from Scottish Power has indicated that from March 1st.  they were increasing the cost of electricity for the street lights from 12p to 47p per kWh, which means the annual cost for the Parish would rise from just over £500.00 to approx £2,000.00. The Clerk was asked to seek other quotations and to see whether it would be beneficial to join the Shropshire Council streetlight consortium.  We have also been informed by E.On who manage the lights that they are currently not in a position to take on any column replacement work or additional column installations in the Scottish Power area.

Increased Fuel Costs:

Concerns were expressed regarding the effect the increased fuel prices would have on many residents and it was felt that the most appropriate way to help initially was to provide information on the range and type of support which is currently available. It was suggested that a detailed article could be published in The Messenger, which was delivered to most properties in the Parish and Councillor Mrs. Jackson offered to oversee the project.


Each year the Council budgets a small sum of money to enable it to give grants to charities or organisations that apply for help and this year has given grants of £180.00 to each of the following charities - Hope House, The Hospice and  Crane Counselling.

Youth Club:

Members were pleased to hear that the Youth Club in Myddle will be re-started following its demise during the pandemic and the Council will be giving moral and financial support to the organisers.

Shropshire Council:

The Council, like many organisations and individuals is frequently critical of the lack of response from Shropshire Council to issues that are raised but the following report was recently given to Clerks and highlighted by Shropshire Councillor Brian Williams:

Shropshire Council is disappointed about the National delay in addressing Social Care where in Shropshire 79% of the total budget last year was spent in dealing with this area of work, which only deals with about 3% of the population. Most of that money was spent on adult social care although the numbers of children in care had risen from 240 to 600 during the pandemic.

Ukraine Crises:

Before the meeting closed there was unanimous support for the following message to be sent to the Leader of Shropshire Council:

‘Council Members are united in their support of any actions taken by Shropshire Council in efforts designed to appease the suffering and hardship of those refugees from Ukraine, whose lives have been decimated by the invasion of their homeland by Russian forces’.



As always the full minutes of the meeting can be found on the Councils web site –



The November Council meeting was held in Harmer Hill Village Hall when Members were joined by three residents who raised several actions they wanted to see undertaken in Harmer Hill. These included ensuring that Shropshire Council took legal action to have the long-awaited pavement installed from Shotton Lane to the entrance of the Bridgewater Estate and a reduction of the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph on Wem Road. Other items included a request for additional streetlights on Shotton Lane together with an extension of the 40mph speed limit.

It was pointed out that Shropshire Council had already started legal action over the footpath and that the Parish Council had asked Shropshire Council and the Police to review the speed limit on Wem Road.

Members agreed to consider the requests for Shotton Lane and seek advice and estimated costs which would be considered in detail at the next Council meeting.

The full meeting followed and a range of items were considered including:

Traffic and Transport:

A Road Safety Meeting had been held with the Shropshire Council’s Highways Safety Officer and the Chairman confirmed that the Officer was considering the issues raised and would be reporting back. The main items considered were:

1. Safety Measures for Myddle School.

2. Up-date on the introduction of the 40mph speed limit and additional signing on Ellesmere Road at the junction with Newton Road, Harmer Hill.

3. Review of Parish speed limits on Wem Road and a section of the Ellesmere Road at Myddle.

4. Approval for installing the proposed VAS signal on Ellesmere Road, Harmer Hill and

5. Concerns raised by residents regarding speeding traffic on Baschurch Road, Myddle with suggested methods of control.

Finance and Audit:

The external auditor’s report, which indicated no concerns over the financial and overall management of the Council, was considered and adoptedand a mid-year financial statement was also tabled and approved.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment:

Following a request at the Annual Parish Meeting for some provision, a suitable site had been identified on Myddle Playing Field but as yet no site has been identified in Harmer Hill.

Members had been forwarded details of the range and price of various items of equipment and it appeared that installing a set of about eight pieces of equipment would cost in the region of £10,600 (+VAT) at each site

Attempts are being made to see how well this type of provision is being used in other small Parishes and to try and identify if there is sufficient local demand, so it was decided to postpone any further discussion until the January meeting.


Eight planning applications had been received for consideration and the only one that raised concern was further hangar development at Sleap Airfield. It was understood that were no legitimate reasons for objecting to it but a response was sent pointing out the number of concerns and complaints received from local residents about the increasing number of low flying aircraft using the airfield.

Web Site:

As always the full minutes of the meeting can be found on the Council’s web site if you would like to comment on any of the issues please contact the Clerk at myddlebroughtonclerk@talktalk.netor on 01743 236810


The next Council meeting is in Myddle Village Hall on January 5th. 2022 at 7.30 pm.


Parish Council Election:

Following the decision by six existing Members not to stand for re-election only eight residents sought election for the available ten seats. This meant that there were two vacancies which the Council could fill by ‘adopting’ members who would have the same rights as elected Members. Following some publicity, two applications were received and both people were co-opted at the meeting meaning that there is now a full Council.

Council Meeting – May 13th.

Changes to the regulations governing Council meetings meant that this month’s meeting could not be held on line using Zoom, so for the first time in twelve months the meeting was held in the Myddle Village Hall under strict Covid distancing rules. This meant that it was not possible to allow members of the public to attend and raise issues without an appointment and the same regulations will apply to the meeting in June, which will be held in Harmer Hill Village Hall.

As this was the Annual General Meeting of the Council the first business was the election of officers and representatives. Councillor Colin Ruck was re-elected un-apposed as Chairman with Councillor Ian Anderson appointed as Vice Chairman also un-apposed. Councillors then took on board responsibity for attendance at various committees and details of these can be found in the draft minutes which are already posted on the Council’s web site.

Items considered at the meeting included:

Wem Road pavement

Members were advised that this pavement had been included in the plans for the housing development that had taken place on Wem Road but had not been constructed by the developer. The Parish Council had put pressure on the planners and the developer to have the work completed but no action had been taken.

Shropshire Councillor B. Williams had been giving support for the past eighteen months and confirmed that the issue was now going to be subject to an enforcement order.

Play Area Inspections:

It was reported that Shropshire Council had appointed a new Play Ground Inspector and an annual contract had been agreed with Shropshire Council for six two monthly inspections and an Annual RoSPA inspection.

Under Covid restrictions some swing seats had been removed at both sites and it was agreed that a request should be made for these to be replaced.

Annual Litter Pick:

The Chairman reported that because of the on-going Covid lock down regulations it had not been possible to arrange the litter pick again this year. However residents could borrow the equipment and carry out a project in their own locality.


Planning Applications:

Details of five application had been received for consideration, mainly for extensions to existing properties and it was noted that plans for development on the Red Castle Public House site had been refused by Shropshire Council.

Council Members:

The following is a list of current Council Members and the wards they represent:


Mr. C. Ruck          Myddle

Vice Chairman:

Mr. J. Anderson     Broughton


Ms. J. Bienek         Myddle

Mr. G. Harding       Myddle

Mr. A. Harris           Broughton

Mrs. J. Jackson      Myddle

Mr. G. Miller           Myddle

Ms. H. Morgan      Harmer Hill

Miss. K. Row         Harmer Hill

Ms. C. Whittingham      Harmer Hill


Shropshire Councillor:

Mr. B. Williams                                                       

Individual Members may be contacted via the Parish Clerk.


If you have any issues or comments please phone the Clerk on 01743 236810 or Email him on myddlebroughtonclerk@talktalk.netand note that there is plenty of information on the Council’s web site –


At the next Council meeting which is being held   on Thursday, May 13th. there will be a welcome for four new Members who are replacing Russell Purslow; John Heath, Liz Hodge, Roger Jones, Ray Tiernan and Lawrence Foulsham, who have all decided not to seek re-election. These Members have all given dedicated and committed service to the Council and the Community, several of them for over forty years but now feel it is time to hand over to new people. Most of them will be known to you and on behalf of all the Community we extend sincere thanks and wish them future good health and happiness.

The new Members joining the Council are Alexander Harris, Helen Morgan, Karyn Row and Celia Whittingham but because the Council is losing six Members and only gaining four means that there are still two vacancies and an attempt will be made to co-opt additional residents to fill those seats. So if you were too late with your application; failed to see the advertisement or were not sure what to do, now is your chance. Just get in touch with the Parish Clerk who will tell you what is involved and how to apply and all the applications will be considered at the May meeting.

The May meeting will be the Council’s Annual General Meeting with the election of officers and representatives and we are hopeful of holding it in Myddle Village Hall under the strict regulations issued by the Government which means that if Members of the public want to attend they will have to contact the Clerk beforehand so that arrangements can be made. By the time we hold the June meeting we expect that if the road map progresses as outlined by the Government meetings will be held as normal.

Just to remind you that if you have any issues or comments please make contact with the Clerk who will be more than happy to help. You can telephone 01743 236810 or email and there is plenty of information on the Council’s web site



As has become the norm, this month’s Council meeting was accessed by Members online using Zoom and a full range of issues were considered, including the acknowledgement that this was the last meeting of the current Council. Parish Council elections are planned for May 6th and current Members have to stand for election alongside any other residents who feel that they would like to serve the community. With very few exceptions anyone in the Parish over eighteen years of age can stand for election, so if you have plenty of energy and enthusiasm this is your chance. If you are interested look out for information in the press or give the Parish Clerk a call and he will advise you what you need to do. During the meeting the following topics were considered:


There was disappointment that requests for pavements in Harmer Hill on the Wem Road and by the car park of the old Red Castle Public House had not been progressed further by Shropshire Council but Members welcomed the news that a buffer 40mph zone was to be created on the Ellesmere Road travelling into Harmer Hill from the direction of Myddle.

Village Halls:

It was unanimously agreed that an emergency grant of £1,000 should be given to each of the Village Halls to help them deal with the loss of income because of the lockdowns during the pandemic crisis. The halls provide an essential part of community life in both villages and in normal circumstances are well used for a whole range of activities for residents of all ages.


Each year the Council has a budget to enables it to make small grants to worthwhile charities and this year it was decided to support the Severn Hospice; Hope House and Crane Counselling. All these organisations do exceptional work in the community and exist mainly through voluntary help and sponsored activities all of which have been severely curtailed during the past year.

Planning Applications:

Members felt able to support a wide range of applications across the area, all of which were related to extensions or improvements to existing properties but noted that applications for development at the Old Rectory in Myddle and at Harmer Hill Reservoir had been refused by Shropshire Council’s planning Department.


Since the last meeting well over fifty items of relevant correspondence had been received by the Clerk and forwarded to Members for consideration. These messages included complaints, praise, requests for information, up-dates on the virus and legal reports and when necessary are responded to in appropriate ways by the Clerk acting on advice from Council Members.   

Next Meeting:

The next Council meeting is planned for May 13th and will be the first meeting of the new Council  Maybe there will be some new faces in the team and nearer the time it will be decided if the meeting can be held in a face to face situation or whether we shall need to     continue with Zoom.      


The latest online Council meeting was held on January 6th. when a range of issues were considered including:

The Council Budget for 2021 – 2022.

Members had been forwarded a copy of proposed budget which had been prepared by the Clerk and already discussed with the Chairman and Vice Chairman. Following consideration of some items and an agreed recommendation that the grant to each Village Hall should be increased to £2,000, the budget was approved.

In spite of anticipated inflationary increases it was unanimously agreed not to seek an increase in the precept which could have resulted in an increase in the Community Tax.

Full details of the budget can be found on the Councils web site.


It was noted that following letters of complaint to Shropshire Council’s Leader and C.E.O about the lack of action over reported problems, there had been positive responses to some of the issues that had been raised, although there

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