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Shrewsbury Town Centre-Road Restrictions

New road restrictions are now in place in Shrewsbury Town Centre. Shropshire Disability Network are aware some of our members who have blue badges have been issued with fines regarding the changes that came into place on 9th July 2021. The experimental changes could last up to 18 months. As these changes are experimental, so it is extremely  important that if you,  your family and friends are affected, that you let Shropshire Disability Network know by emailing membership@shropshire-disability.net and if you can also tell Shropshire Council about your concerns that is important too.

What are the restrictions? Shropshire Council website says “This prohibition of motor vehicles, no right turn, and changes to the waiting and loading restrictions order is proposed to trial a potential reshaping of the physical public realm and traffic management arrangements within Shrewsbury town centre, promoting pedestrian safety, active travel alternatives and movement around the town.

What locations are affected? Dogpole, High Street, Mardol Head, Milk Street, Shoplatch, The Square, Wyle Cop – Shrewsbury

What about Buses and Taxis? Shropshire Council website says “Buses and taxis will be allowed to travel on weekdays only, with no motor vehicles allowed at the weekend. Changes to the waiting and loading restrictions are also proposed, reducing the number of vehicles in the town and providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists during the main trading hours.

The above aims to provide both improved safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community, and will be applied on an experimental basis for up to 18 months”

A Consultation was started on Friday 9th July 2021 and ends on Sunday 9th January 2022. SDN says “If you are affected by these changes, please respond sooner rather than later to the consultation.

The details:

THE SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL (VARIOUS ROADS, SHREWSBURY) (VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2021

On 9 July 2021 Shropshire Council made an experimental order to place the following restrictions on various roads in Shrewsbury Town Centre:

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except Buses, Taxis, and Refuse Vehicles) Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except for Refuse Vehicles) Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (no exceptions) Every Day 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Milk Street In its entirety

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Access to Premises allowed Midnight–11am and 4pm–Midnight

  • The Square (south east side) In its entirety

No Right Turn Except Buses, Taxis, Cycles, and Refuse Vehicles Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

No Right Turn except Cycles and Refuse Vehicles Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

Restricted Zone – No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 51 metres south-east of its junction with Dogpole

No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Milk Street (both sides) From its junction with Princess Street and Belmont to a point 12.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street.

Loading Only 7:30am-11am and 4pm-8pm Restricted Zone No Waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between points 80.8 meters and 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between points 10 metres and 31 metres west of its junction with Dogpole
  • High Street (south-west side) Between a point 40.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street to a point 61.2 metres south-east of its junction with The Square.
  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 6 metres and 33 metres south-east of its junction with Mardol Head.
  • Mardol Head (south-east side) Between points 20 metres and 36.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street
  • Shoplatch (south-east side) Between points 30 metres and 50 metres north-east of its junction with Market Street
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 28.6 metres and 50.9 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone

Disabled Badge Holders Only – Midnight to 11am and 4pm to Midnight Restricted Zone No waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 16.8 metres and 37.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street.
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 75.6 metres and 95.6 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone
  • Any existing restrictions at the above locations are suspended for the duration of the order.

This Order comes into effect on 19 July 2021 and will operate for a period of up to eighteen months.

The Council will consider in due course whether its provisions should continue in force indefinitely.

If you wish to question the validity of the order, or of any of its provisions, on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the Order you may, within six weeks from 9 July 2021, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

How to give feedback to Shropshire Council: If you wish to raise an objection, express support, or make any other comments about these proposals, please send an e-mail to traffic.engineering@shropshire.gov.uk  or write a letter to Traffic Engineering Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND by 9 January 2022. You may also ring 0345 678 9006 for more information.

Please note that, for legal reasons, objections must be made in writing or by e-mail, and should state the grounds on which the objection is made. Objections cannot be accepted over the phone.

Useful documents to download in relation to the above:

 

 

Highways England partner with AccessAble – Motorway Access Guides

Highways England Partner with AccessAble to provide Motorway Access Guides.

Highways England has partnered with AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of detailed accessibility information, to help motorists plan where to stop for a break at any one of the 114 motorway service areas across England, for better, safer journeys.

This is good news as for many years disabled people and carers using AccessAble have been asking for these guides, so it will make a  huge difference to have comprehensive accessibility information to help when planning a trip.

The new guides, available online at this link https://www.accessable.co.uk/searches?query=Motorway+Services&location_query=&commit=Search  or via the free AccessAble app, providing 100 per cent facts, figures, and photographs to help motorists plan their visit. They cover key areas including parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops, and restaurants, with detailed information on everything from staff training and hearing loops, to walking distances and Changing Places.

In addition, the two organisations have worked together to create virtual route guides. This new type of guide, which uses 360-degree imagery, will enable visitors to ‘virtually’ explore routes to key facilities like accessible toilets and Changing Places, so they can find out exactly what to expect when they arrive.

People with disabilities and carers know how important it is to plan their journey and to know where there are facilities that they can access. Highways England encourages everyone to plan before setting off. Planning for some people isn’t as easy as for others so these guides will help many of the UK’s disabled people and their carers. Disabled drivers represents five per cent of the driving population, so it is encouraging that these access guides are one of many new services Highways England is introducing to break down barriers and help people reliably plan and feel confident about their journeys.

“The new access guides will not only give people all the information they need to plan a trip but also support Highways England and motorway service operators to see how facilities could be improved in the future.”

All Access Guides are available free of charge on the AccessAble website. and on the AccessAble App.

You can watch and listen to a YouTube video here on what these Access Guides will mean to people https://youtu.be/MeV-08LSxLc

Shrewsbury Town Centre-Road Restrictions (Consultation)

Start Date:
9th July 2021

End Date:
9th January 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

New road restrictions are now in place in Shrewsbury Town Centre. Shropshire Disability Network are aware some of our members who have blue badges have been issued with fines regarding the changes that came into place on 9th July 2021. The experimental changes could last up to 18 months. As these changes are experimental, so it is extremely  important that if you,  your family and friends are affected, that you let Shropshire Disability Network know by emailing membership@shropshire-disability.net and if you can also tell Shropshire Council about your concerns that is important too.

What are the restrictions? Shropshire Council website says “This prohibition of motor vehicles, no right turn, and changes to the waiting and loading restrictions order is proposed to trial a potential reshaping of the physical public realm and traffic management arrangements within Shrewsbury town centre, promoting pedestrian safety, active travel alternatives and movement around the town.

What locations are affected? Dogpole, High Street, Mardol Head, Milk Street, Shoplatch, The Square, Wyle Cop – Shrewsbury

What about Buses and Taxis? Shropshire Council website says “Buses and taxis will be allowed to travel on weekdays only, with no motor vehicles allowed at the weekend. Changes to the waiting and loading restrictions are also proposed, reducing the number of vehicles in the town and providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists during the main trading hours.

The above aims to provide both improved safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community, and will be applied on an experimental basis for up to 18 months”

A Consultation was started on Friday 9th July 2021 and ends on Sunday 9th January 2022. SDN says “If you are affected by these changes, please respond sooner rather than later to the consultation.

The details:

THE SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL (VARIOUS ROADS, SHREWSBURY) (VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2021

On 9 July 2021 Shropshire Council made an experimental order to place the following restrictions on various roads in Shrewsbury Town Centre:

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except Buses, Taxis, and Refuse Vehicles) Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except for Refuse Vehicles) Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (no exceptions) Every Day 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Milk Street In its entirety

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Access to Premises allowed Midnight–11am and 4pm–Midnight

  • The Square (south east side) In its entirety

No Right Turn Except Buses, Taxis, Cycles, and Refuse Vehicles Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

No Right Turn except Cycles and Refuse Vehicles Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

Restricted Zone – No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 51 metres south-east of its junction with Dogpole

No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Milk Street (both sides) From its junction with Princess Street and Belmont to a point 12.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street.

Loading Only 7:30am-11am and 4pm-8pm Restricted Zone No Waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between points 80.8 meters and 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between points 10 metres and 31 metres west of its junction with Dogpole
  • High Street (south-west side) Between a point 40.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street to a point 61.2 metres south-east of its junction with The Square.
  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 6 metres and 33 metres south-east of its junction with Mardol Head.
  • Mardol Head (south-east side) Between points 20 metres and 36.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street
  • Shoplatch (south-east side) Between points 30 metres and 50 metres north-east of its junction with Market Street
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 28.6 metres and 50.9 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone

Disabled Badge Holders Only – Midnight to 11am and 4pm to Midnight Restricted Zone No waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 16.8 metres and 37.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street.
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 75.6 metres and 95.6 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone
  • Any existing restrictions at the above locations are suspended for the duration of the order.

This Order comes into effect on 19 July 2021 and will operate for a period of up to eighteen months.

The Council will consider in due course whether its provisions should continue in force indefinitely.

If you wish to question the validity of the order, or of any of its provisions, on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the Order you may, within six weeks from 9 July 2021, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

How to give feedback to Shropshire Council: If you wish to raise an objection, express support, or make any other comments about these proposals, please send an e-mail to traffic.engineering@shropshire.gov.uk  or write a letter to Traffic Engineering Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND by 9 January 2022. You may also ring 0345 678 9006 for more information.

Please note that, for legal reasons, objections must be made in writing or by e-mail, and should state the grounds on which the objection is made. Objections cannot be accepted over the phone.

Useful documents to download in relation to the above:

 

National Garden Scheme (Albrighton Moat & Gardens)

Start Date:
29th July 2021

End Date:
30th July 2021

Start Time:
1100

End Time:
1500

Event title: National Garden Scheme (Albrighton Moat & Gardens)
Venue: Albrighton Trust Moat & Gardens, Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton, WV7 5FL
Weblink: https://www.albrightontrust.org.uk/
Name: National Garden Scheme
Email: moat@albrightontrust.org.uk
Telephone: 01902 372441
Event description: Albrighton Moat and Gardens are delighted that they have been accepted in the National Garden Scheme for 2021. They are looking forward to welcome a broader range of visitors to their gardens for the first time and know they have a lot of hard work ahead of us them to ensure the gardens fully represents the hard work and determination of the many who turned a disused field into the beautiful gardens of today.

Thee National Garden scheme dates are Friday 25th & Saturday 26th June and Friday 30th & Saturday 31st July 2021. They will be open from 11 am to 3 pm. Come along and walk around our accessible landscaped and natural gardens including, sensory and cottage gardens and ponds. There will be refreshment’s and homemade cakes available to purchase. They will also be selling handmade woodcraft items on their woodcraft stall.

Why not put these dates in your diary now and make sure to visit and see the wonderful work that goes on at Albrighton Trust and Moat. You can book your tickets on-line at this link:  https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42148?fbclid=IwAR3t5QnC64pHy5NlEwXzvhv8J1zZ0VxnkjcqlT1J3NHzivrbBiUyRinsL_Y

For further information call 01902 372441 or email moat@albrightontrust.org.uk or visit their website.

To find out more about the work of Albrighton Moat and Gardens, click here: https://shropshire-disability.net/albrighton-moat-and-gardens-including-the-me-you-project-2/

To find out more about the National Garden Scheme click here: https://ngs.org.uk/

TNS Walking Football sessions have resumed in Oswestry

The New Saints (TNS) FC Foundation provides a range of diversionary activities to ensure that all in the community have the opportunity to participate, adding enrichment to their lives regardless of gender, disability, age or social-economic factors.

Walking Football has started again at The TNS Foundation at Oswestry. Their disability projects increase the self-esteem, health, personal and social skills of all participants. They also provide activities and a Healthy Living Programme that uses exercise to fight age-related illness.

They can provide multi-sport sessions in house and in the community to disability service users. They include:

  • Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Smash-up Badminton
  • Football Mash-up
  • Boccia
  • New Age Kurling

Take a look at this page on The TNS Foundation to see if there are any activities you would like to do. Here is a link to the page: https://www.tnsfc.co.uk/foundation/disability-sport-and-senior-saints/ Activities take place in other areas apart from Oswestry!

They also hold activities weekly for children and teenagers. Download a leaflet here: TNS_ALL_IN_MultiSport_5_2_18

For more information, please contact shelly.mcglinchey@gotothevenue.com

Six (BSL Performance)

Start Date:
15th September 2021

End Date:
15th September 2021

Start Time:
1800

End Time:
1920 approx

Event title: Six (BSL Performance)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: BSL British Sign Language Interpreted Performances
Sign-language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression and body language. Within Britain the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language (BSL). Seats are assigned close to the signer.

This show on Wednesday 15th September at 6pm has BSL Interpreters.

About the show: Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sellout international smash hit SIX is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

It’s time they told their story.

Think you know the rhyme, think again…

Watch a Trailer here: https://youtu.be/4mzottveELM

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

The Father (with audio description and subtitles)

Start Date:
24th July 2021

End Date:
24th July 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2140

Event title: The Father (with audio description and subtitles)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: 01691 238167
Event description: This film is 12A, has upsetting scenes, domestic abuse and strong language.

About the film: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

To watch a trailer click here https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/305523_high.mp4

Book tickets at this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/the-father-1/kinokulture-cinema/117485942

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in place to help keep our customers and staff safe https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

First Cow (with audio description and subtitles)

Start Date:
19th June 2021

End Date:
19th June 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2200

Event title: First Cow (with audio description and subtitles)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: 01691 238167
Event description: This is a 12A film.
About the film: A skilled cook has travelled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

Watch a trailer at this link: https://youtu.be/kD84LbtlW7s

Book tickets at this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/first-cow/kinokulture-cinema/117484989

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in place to keep out customers and staff safe https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

Derwen College Summer Virtual Open Day

Start Date:
26th June 2021

End Date:
26th June 2021

Start Time:
See content for details

End Time:
See content for details

Event title: Derwen College Summer Virtual Open Day
Venue: On-line
Weblink: https://www.derwen.ac.uk/
Name: Derwen College
Email: enquiries@derwen.ac.uk
Telephone: 01691 661234 ext 401
Event description: On Saturday 26th June we will be holding two online open day events.

Both events will take place on GoToWebinar.

We look forward to seeing you at the summer Virtual Open Day events.

If you have any questions about other virtual events we are attending, or for more information about applying to Derwen College, please visit the Admissions page https://www.derwen.ac.uk/about-derwen/admissions/. You can also contact the Admissions team on: 01691 661234 ext 401.

Open Harmony CIC music for wellbeing

Open Harmony CIC is gathering evidence about how the power of music, especially when enjoyed in small groups with like-minded people, can be very beneficial for those who are suffering due to their mental health and/or isolation.  

This survey is for everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities because we can all enjoy music, even if it’s just listening to or enjoying our own music collection at home.  Please share this with your family and friends as it all helps build a picture of the need in the local area that we can then use to grow and reach many more people. 

It’s called Music for wellbeing, only takes 2 minutes, you can stay anonymous and any personal data you choose to give will not be shared: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y78Y9LB

Open Harmony CIC promotes:

  • Connection: strengthening relationships

  • Happiness: increased health and wellbeing and

  • Purpose: confidence and contribution

through music and the creative arts (e.g. dance, visual arts, drama) They are inclusive, passionate and strive for excellence, to find out more have a look at Open Harmony CIC website https://www.openharmony.co.uk/