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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:

 

 

Views and experiences of using local taxi services

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin have recently received feedback regarding people’s views and experiences of using local taxi services, and are now keen to explore what is working well and what requires improvements.

They have produced a very short survey which can be completed in minutes and invite you to take part. If you have a disability and/or sight or hearing impairment or are a wheelchair user and use taxis in the Telford & Wrekin area, it would help Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin learn more about the problems people experience.

To take part in the on-line survey, click on the link below:  https://www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/disability-and-sight-impairment-taxi-survey

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone or would prefer to email you can contact Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin using the details below: 

  • Telephone: 01952 739540
  • Email: info@healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk

 

Views and experiences of using local taxi services

Start Date:
28th May 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
1115

End Time:
2359

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin have recently received feedback regarding people’s views and experiences of using local taxi services, and are now keen to explore what is working well and what requires improvements.

They have produced a very short survey which can be completed in minutes and invite you to take part. If you have a disability and/or sight or hearing impairment or are a wheelchair user and use taxis in the Telford & Wrekin area, it would help Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin learn more about the problems people experience.

To take part in the on-line survey, click on the link below:  https://www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/disability-and-sight-impairment-taxi-survey

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone or would prefer to email you can contact Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin using the details below: 

  • Telephone: 01952 739540
  • Email: info@healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk

Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
23rd October 2021

End Date:
23rd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Wolverhampton with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Starring Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

To watch a trailer click here: https://youtu.be/7LDRk27jwY4

To book tickets click here https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray/book/441650/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at a Audio Captioned  performance:  https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

Sound of Metal (with subtitles and Audio Description)

Start Date:
11th June 2021

End Date:
12th June 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2210

Event title: Sound of Metal (with subtitles and Audio Description)
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: Note: Rating 15, strong language and sex references.

About the film: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

Watch a trailer at this link: https://youtu.be/uZpilm43dW0

Book your tickets at this link for Friday 11th June https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/sound-of-metal/kinokulture-cinema/117852123 or at this link for Saturday 12th June https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/sound-of-metal/kinokulture-cinema/117852124

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30′s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in  place   https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)

Start Date:
5th June 2021

End Date:
5th June 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
1000

Event title: Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)
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: N/A
Event description: Note: This film has sexual scenes.
About the film: Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

Watch a trailer at this link: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/311629_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/ammonite/kinokulture-cinema/117484875

Tickets cost £8.60

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30′s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in  place   https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

Nomadland (Audio Described and Subtitles)

Start Date:
22nd May 2021

End Date:
22nd May 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2145 approx

Event title: Nomadland (Audio Described 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: N/A
Event description: Note: This showing is audio described and has subtitles. It is 12A, has infrequent moderate bad language and references to suicide.

About the film: A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

To watch a YouTube trailer click here: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/287879_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/nomadland-1/kinokulture-cinema/117484712

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30’s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)

Start Date:
4th September 2021

End Date:
4th September 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
1700

Event title: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hyppodrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Audio Described Performances-
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the show: Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally, It’s Raining Men, Go West and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

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.
  • Limited availability.

NB: Seating for this production is based on a socially-distanced model at this moment in time. Please note that this may change depending on Government guidance closer to the performance date, meaning that some people may be sat next to you if it is deemed safe to do so by the latest guidance.

Ticket holders will be contacted via email ahead of the production date with full details of our latest audience safety procedures and requirements. The safety of our audiences, performers and staff remains our uttermost priority.

Please note, this is a new run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you had a booking for the show in 2020, it is no longer valid and you will need to book new tickets. Please call our Ticket Sales team if you have any questions. 

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

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
2nd October 2021

End Date:
2nd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: Note- The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd October will have Audio Description. You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

You can also book tickets at this link: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/and-then-there-were-none/book/497644/
Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

About the film: Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear . . . “We are all being hunted.”

Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, Love from a Stranger), this brand-new production of the bestselling crime novel of all time will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
9th October 2021

End Date:
9th October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 20th January will have Audio Description.

The smash-hit musical comes to Wolverhampton, featuring West End star Layton Williams, EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle and Shobna Gulati as Ray all reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production.
Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

The appearance of any particular cast member cannot be guaranteed.

Age Guidance: Recommended 12+ (Contains some strong language and mild sexual references)

Watch a trailer at this linkhttps://youtu.be/dYevjWmiMnU

To book tickets click here: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/everybodys-talking-about-jamie/book/353046/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/plan-your-visit/box-office/access-information/visually-impaired-2/