New date to be set for for Wem Economic Forum as councillors support planning

Reporter:

Barrie White

A new date will be set for the Wem Economic Forum as the original meeting scheduled for last week was postponed because of snow.

Councillors in Wem were due to receive an update from the forum at Thursday’s town council but Councillor Pauline Dee confirmed the meeting had been postponed because of the recent adverse weather.

In other items, councillors gave their support to a planning application for the building of one dwelling and associated works at 1 Cordwell Villas in Aston Road.

Three of 10 applications Wem councillors were awaiting a decision on were granted by Shropshire Council, including the building of one pair of semi-detached dwellings and car spaces in Cordwell Park and the building of four dwellings following the relevant demolition of 16 in a conservation area at the rear of the White Lion in the High Street.

Meanwhile, a councillors training statement of intent, put together by Cllr Phil Moyse, was formally approved by members. The plan covers a commitment to training, training needs, identifying training needs, resourcing training and measuring the impact on members.

Councillors also responded to correspondence from an unnamed Wem resident criticising the survey put together by the town council regarding the Development Plan.

The letter submitted claimed the Wem Rural Parish Council’s similar survey was of a higher standard and that the town council’s was designed to use the bypass as a bait to increase development.

However, town mayor, Cllr Edward Towers disagreed. He said: ”What worked for Wem rural worked for them and similar for us. The proof is in the pudding after Monday’s meeting (to discuss the findings).

“I would take offence at the suggestion that the survey was ‘cobbled’ together. It wasn’t; a lot of thought went into this.”

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barrie.white@nwn.co.uk

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