Monthly Archives: September 2019

Book your Free Electric Blanket Test

Stay safe this winter, book one of the FREE appointments by calling 01743 260200 office hours. Testing of your electric blanket will take place on the following dates, times and places.

  • Tuesday 1st October-Shrewsbury Fire Station SY1 2 HJ, 9 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October- Wem Fire Station SY4 5DR, 9 am-1 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October-Oswestry Fire Station SY11 1BB 10 am-12.15
  • Wednesday 2nd October-Market Drayton Fire Station T9 3AL, 2 pm-5 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Church Stretton Fire Station SY6 6AZ, 9 am -1 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Bishops Castle Fire Station SY9 5AF, 2pm-5 pm and
  • Thursday 4th October Leegate Community Centre, Leegomery TF1 6 NA, 9 am -1 pm

Book that appointment now and be ready for colder nights ahead.

Anyone interested in Cricket?

Do you have a disability? Are you interested in cricket? Then come along to the only Disabled Cricket Club in Telford! St George’s cricket training is held on a Saturday at Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Rd, Wellington, Telford TF1 2NP from 9.30 am till 11 am.

Come and have a go! We cater for any age boy girl, man or woman. We play in a local indoor league and are members of the CFPD (Cricket Foundation for People with Disabilities) association

Come along this Saturday 28th September! who knows you could be the next Ben Stokes or Jimmy Anderson of the disability World?! For more information please ring Ian Halford on 07773155840

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Amendments to Shropshire Council’s parking strategy-Consultation

Start Date:
1st October 2019

End Date:
31st October 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
2359

Shropshire Council provides car parks and on-street parking across the county. The way that they manage and run car parks and on-street parking is determined by a parking strategy.

This consultation considers seven proposed amendments to the council’s new parking strategy.

Parts 1 and 2 of the new parking strategy proposals were approved by Shropshire Council Cabinet on 17 January 2018 and 11 April 2018 respectively. To date, 17 of the 22 ‘part 1’ recommendations have been implemented, the new on-street residents parking policy has been adopted in Ludlow and a detailed feasibility proposal exercise for on street residents parking has been completed in Bridgnorth.

New pay and display parking machines have been installed across the county. All new machines have facilities for cash, card and contactless payments. Digital permits and tickets are also being rolled out through the Mipermit system.

Improvements to the parking service include improved ease of enforcement, improved customer satisfaction and more streamlined service with a large increase in chip and pin, contactless payments and digital ticketing.

Shropshire Council reports: “The data available in the period following implementation and observations on the ground give evidence of a change in parking habits with an outward migration from on street parking bays to outlying off street carparks.

However, a number of issues have been raised following rollout including concerns with regards to increases in tariffs, the impact on the local economy, concessions for holiday lets and the reduction of on street resident permit provision.

These proposed amendments are intended to further refine the parking service, support ongoing development of Transport Mode Hierarchy and reduce environmental impact in our market towns.

The recommendations were agreed by the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee following a six month review of the Parking Strategy, and endorsed by Cabinet on Wednesday 3 July 2019. On 4 September 2019 Cabinet agreed that these seven proposed amendments go out to consultation”.

Useful links: Cabinet report – 4 September

Ways to take part in this Consultation:

To comment on this proposal, click on this link: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/amendments-to-shropshire-council-s-parking-strategy/

Copies of the questionnaire are also available on request as follows:

Drop-in information sessions are to be held, as follows:

  • Shrewsbury. Wednesday 2nd October – 2 pm to 4 pm Big Town Plan unit, Darwin Shopping Centre
  • Bridgnorth. Wednesday 9th October – 2 pm to 4 pm Bridgnorth Library
  • Ludlow. Wednesday 16th October – 4 pm to 6 pm Mascall Centre

What Shropshire Council are proposing and why

Shropshire Council are proposing seven amendments to our new parking strategy. 

For each of the following proposals, tell us whether you agree, and let us have any comments.

Note: THIS CONSULTATION CLOSES ON SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2019

Amendments to Shropshire Council’s parking strategy-Consultation

Start Date:
23rd September 2019

End Date:
3rd November 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
2359

Shropshire Council provides car parks and on-street parking across the county. The way that they manage and run car parks and on-street parking is determined by a parking strategy.

This consultation considers seven proposed amendments to the council’s new parking strategy.

Parts 1 and 2 of the new parking strategy proposals were approved by Shropshire Council Cabinet on 17 January 2018 and 11 April 2018 respectively. To date, 17 of the 22 ‘part 1’ recommendations have been implemented, the new on-street residents parking policy has been adopted in Ludlow and a detailed feasibility proposal exercise for on street residents parking has been completed in Bridgnorth.

New pay and display parking machines have been installed across the county. All new machines have facilities for cash, card and contactless payments. Digital permits and tickets are also being rolled out through the Mipermit system.

Improvements to the parking service include improved ease of enforcement, improved customer satisfaction and more streamlined service with a large increase in chip and pin, contactless payments and digital ticketing.

Shropshire Council reports: “The data available in the period following implementation and observations on the ground give evidence of a change in parking habits with an outward migration from on street parking bays to outlying off street carparks.

However, a number of issues have been raised following rollout including concerns with regards to increases in tariffs, the impact on the local economy, concessions for holiday lets and the reduction of on street resident permit provision.

These proposed amendments are intended to further refine the parking service, support ongoing development of Transport Mode Hierarchy and reduce environmental impact in our market towns.

The recommendations were agreed by the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee following a six month review of the Parking Strategy, and endorsed by Cabinet on Wednesday 3 July 2019. On 4 September 2019 Cabinet agreed that these seven proposed amendments go out to consultation”.

Useful links: Cabinet report – 4 September

Ways to take part in this Consultation:

To comment on this proposal, click on this link: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/amendments-to-shropshire-council-s-parking-strategy/

Copies of the questionnaire are also available on request as follows:

Drop-in information sessions are to be held, as follows:

  • Shrewsbury. Wednesday 2nd October – 2 pm to 4 pm Big Town Plan unit, Darwin Shopping Centre
  • Bridgnorth. Wednesday 9th October – 2 pm to 4 pm Bridgnorth Library
  • Ludlow. Wednesday 16th October – 4 pm to 6 pm Mascall Centre

What Shropshire Council are proposing and why

Shropshire Council are proposing seven amendments to our new parking strategy. 

For each of the following proposals, tell us whether you agree, and let us have any comments.

Note: THIS CONSULTATION CLOSES ON SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2019

Amendments to Shropshire Council’s parking strategy

Shropshire Council provides car parks and on-street parking across the county. The way that they manage and run car parks and on-street parking is determined by a parking strategy.

This consultation considers seven proposed amendments to the council’s new parking strategy.

Parts 1 and 2 of the new parking strategy proposals were approved by Shropshire Council Cabinet on 17 January 2018 and 11 April 2018 respectively. To date, 17 of the 22 ‘part 1’ recommendations have been implemented, the new on-street residents parking policy has been adopted in Ludlow and a detailed feasibility proposal exercise for on street residents parking has been completed in Bridgnorth.

New pay and display parking machines have been installed across the county. All new machines have facilities for cash, card and contactless payments. Digital permits and tickets are also being rolled out through the Mipermit system.

Improvements to the parking service include improved ease of enforcement, improved customer satisfaction and more streamlined service with a large increase in chip and pin, contactless payments and digital ticketing.

Shropshire Council reports: “The data available in the period following implementation and observations on the ground give evidence of a change in parking habits with an outward migration from on street parking bays to outlying off street carparks.

However, a number of issues have been raised following rollout including concerns with regards to increases in tariffs, the impact on the local economy, concessions for holiday lets and the reduction of on street resident permit provision.

These proposed amendments are intended to further refine the parking service, support ongoing development of Transport Mode Hierarchy and reduce environmental impact in our market towns.

The recommendations were agreed by the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee following a six month review of the Parking Strategy, and endorsed by Cabinet on Wednesday 3 July 2019. On 4 September 2019 Cabinet agreed that these seven proposed amendments go out to consultation”.

Useful links: Cabinet report – 4 September

Ways to take part in this Consultation:

To comment on this proposal, click on this link: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/amendments-to-shropshire-council-s-parking-strategy/

Copies of the questionnaire are also available on request as follows:

Drop-in information sessions are to be held, as follows:

  • Shrewsbury. Wednesday 2nd October – 2 pm to 4 pm Big Town Plan unit, Darwin Shopping Centre
  • Bridgnorth. Wednesday 9th October – 2 pm to 4 pm Bridgnorth Library
  • Ludlow. Wednesday 16th October – 4 pm to 6 pm Mascall Centre

What Shropshire Council are proposing and why

Shropshire Council are proposing seven amendments to our new parking strategy. 

For each of the following proposals, tell us whether you agree, and let us have any comments.

Note: THIS CONSULTATION CLOSES ON SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2019

Action for Children-October Holiday Club 2019

Action For Children will be running this years holiday club for All In members from Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November 2019.

Details of Activities:

  • Arthog – Wellington: -9.30-3.30 Parents to drop off / collect from Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ  or option to meet there Limekiln Lane, Wellington TF1 2JA . Please indicate on the form your preference .
  • Park Hall Farm-9.30-3.30 Parents drop off/collect children at Park Hall Burma Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AS.  Activities include, petting the small animals, tractor ride, pony grooming, pig racing and many more. Packed lunch is required, and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended. 
  • Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ– Our base for the week, two days with activities held at the community hall and two days we will use the building as a drop off and pick up point for the trips.
  • Radbrook Venue Day: 9.30-3.30 A venue day to access the various activities we will provide i.e. arts & crafts sports and games and local walks.
  • Severndale – Hours 9.30 to 3.30 –Parents to drop off and collect at Severndale. We have use of the Hydro pool. The Nurse will be available on the indicated session only.  A Packed lunch will be required. The hydro pool will be used for children / young people who have nursing needs and where other activities i.e. arts & crafts, sports, games etc. are not suitable or they are unable to participate in*.  Wet slings must be provided by Parents/ Carers.
  • Telford- Wheelchair Ice skating / Town park – 9.30-3.30 – Parents to drop off/collect children from Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ.

** Deadline for return of forms is Monday 30th September 2019. Download your information sheet and booking form that must be completed and returned to Action for Children, together with a £10 deposit per session at this link. AFC Oct holiday club

For more information contact  01743 285765 or email  deborah.king@actionforchildren.org.uk or Sarah.beaufoy@actionforchildren.org.uk

 

Family Activities at The Wakes

Forge at The Wakes has received Children in Need funding to offer free family and children art and craft activities for the next three years.

Forge will be starting an after school group meet-up on the 2nd Tuesday of the month 4 pm-5.30 pm  at Forge Community Space at The Wakes. A facilitator and volunteers will be running a range of craft activity from Bug hotels, Halloween Masks and Mobiles, Winter Trees Art, Book Folding and card making.  Children from age 4 to young adults aged 18 can come along (if a child is under 16 they must be with an adult).

The dates for 2019 are:

  • Tuesday 8th October;
  • Tuesday 12th November and
  • Tuesday 10th December

To be eligible for the free after school programme a family needs to be in receipt of family tax credits.  Places will be limited and in order to reserve a free place for a child people can email Ann at communications@forgeurbanrevival.co.uk or call into Forge at The Wakes, Oakengates and ask at the counter or phone 07715667975.

Breaking news: Harley Street eye surgeon struck off

Shropshire Disability Network have been asked to share a letter from the CEO of Macular Society and printed below. If any of our members or readers have been affected, please contact Macular Society using the details at the end of the letter. Thank you.

Dear Pauline,

I am writing to let you know that Bobby Qureshi, the Harley Street ophthalmologist who lied to patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) about being able to restore their sight, has been struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Some of you will know that in 2017 the Macular Society submitted a complaint to the GMC, having received more than 50 telephone calls to our Advice & Information Service about Mr Qureshi. He had carried out operations on dozens of patients, implanting his patented lenses at huge expense to those patients, with false claims that their vision would be significantly improved.

 

The findings of the GMC were that Mr Qureshi repeatedly and deliberately misled patients about the benefits of his lens implants, charging them many thousands of pounds, knowing full well that he could not restore their sight.

It has been deeply distressing and shocking to discover that a doctor could exploit vulnerable people who were desperate to save their sight, compromising their safety and wellbeing for his own profit. Mr Qureshi’s patients were willing to part with their life savings because they – understandably – believed his claims that he could restore their sight.

I urge anyone who is considering undergoing any new treatment which claims to reverse the effects of macular disease to speak to their own macular specialist, or contact our Advice & Information Service to check that it is safe.

We still don’t know how useful lens implants might be – and that is why it is imperative that more research is funded. Thanks to your support, the Macular Society is able to fund a clinical trial starting later this year in Northern Ireland which will test a new type of implanted magnifying lens for people with advanced macular disease.

I want to thank the brave families who came forward and spoke to the Macular Society about Mr Qureshi, those who gave evidence at the hearing – your courage under these heart breaking circumstances is truly admirable, and you have helped to stop Mr Qureshi from causing any further damage to people’s lives.

With my best wishes,

Cathy Yelf
CEO, Macular Society

P.S. If you have been affected and would like support please call our Advice & Information Service on 0300 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org

 

Kick Cancer

After the success of the 6-week Kick Cancer pilot programme that took place in May 2018, Shrewsbury Town in the community are launching their new 10 week Kick Cancer programme. They are working in partnership with Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, and have created a multi-sport programme helping those living with or recovering from Cancer in Shropshire. 

The sessions will consist of different group multi-sport exercise sessions followed by a social session.

Speaking of the programme, Naomi Atkin, Executive Officer at Lingen Davies, said 

I am really pleased that Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Shrewsbury Town in the Community are working together on this exciting pilot project.”

“Physical activity can be really beneficial to people during and after their cancer treatment, and this is a great opportunity for people in our community to get back to fitness or try out a new activity to help their recovery.”

“Lingen Davies is the only local charity supporting active treatment and recovery for people affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales; quality of life beyond cancer is a key theme of our £1.25 million 40th Anniversary Appeal, and we’re excited about the contribution that the Kick Cancer programme will make to this.”

Our next Kick Cancer programme will run from Wednesday 25th September – Wednesday 4th December. See below for times and locations.

  • Shrewsbury Kick Cancer – Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm at Reech Community Hub
  • Ludlow Kick Cancer – Wednesdays – 12 pm – 2 pm at Ludlow Football Stadium

To find out more about the programme, please email admin@shrewsburytowninthecommunity.com

Kick Cancer Sept 2019

 

Sunflower Lanyards Launch-7th October 2019 at Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s have announced that they will be launching Sunflower Lanyards in all their stores including convenience stores on Monday 7th October 2019.

We appreciate Sandra, Community Champion from the store at Telford Forge Retail Park for keeping us updated on this great initiative.

So what is this scheme about? It is a scheme to enhance the shopping experience of people with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 

Staff will be happy to provide extra support such as opening a new checkout lane, assisting with finding shopping items or simply giving them more time at the checkout. Lanyards will be available to collect for free and are for each customer to keep so they can wear it every time they come into store. 

Sainsbury’s are the first supermarket to test the initiative, following Gatwick Airport’s successful launch, in which over 10,000 lanyards had been collected up to March 2019. By using the same sunflower lanyards as Gatwick Airport. Sainsbury’s hope to encourage other retailers to follow suit, meaning customers have the option to wear their lanyard in shops across the UK, in the knowledge that store colleagues will recognise what it stands for. 

Friendly Hour takes place at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge Retail Store each Monday from 9.30 am to 10.30 am https://shropshiredisability.net/friendly-hour-at-sainburys-telford-forge-store-18/

Quiet Hour takes place at Sainsbury’s Whitchurch Store each Tuesday from 10 am-11 am https://shropshiredisability.net/quiet-hour-at-sainburys-whitchurch-store-every-tuesday-8/