Whitchurch skatepark back on track after environmental survey

Reporter:

Barrie White

Whitchurch Town Council and Shropshire Council are expecting to be able to allow contractors to present public workshops for a proposed skatepark.

The park, which will be in Jubilee Park, has already secured funding for youngsters to have a permanent place to skate but there was a delay in planning as environmental studies were carried out.

But at Thursday’s full council meeting, town clerk Nicola Young – who was a prominent player in raising funds for the park in a previous role – told councillors it is expected for the workshops to happen in half-term in February.

The first successful contractor will present in the Edward German Room in the Civic Centre from 10am until midday on Wednesday, February 21 while the second contractor will present from 1-3pm.

Meanwhile, at the meeting, councillors acknowledged a letter from Councillor Andrew Eade on behalf Mark Pritchard MP, plus others, calling for the exploration of a third option in the long-running stand-off about health provision in Shrewsbury and Telford.

Deputy mayor, Cllr Bev Duffy, criticised the proposal, saying health bosses have talked too long about where people will be treated in future, but added that Shropshire needed a trauma hospital to attract more doctors.

A long-standing item of improving town signage was delegated to the town’s tourism working group as councillors discussed ways in which signs could be improved towards the town centre.

Councillors were expecting to hear from Nicky Wilde, from Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, but ms Wilde, who is director of primary care, emailed ahead and apologised for absence.

She told the clerk that while they were still finalising details for developing plans for primary care development in the town, it would be prudent to speak at a later date.

Meanwhile, Community Support Officer Chris Hirons reported there were 281 incidents requiring police action over the last month, with 86 recorded as crimes.

He also reported there is an event in Whitchurch on January 13 to mark bicycle equipment. He also warned older residents not to fall for scams over the telephone and not to ever give their card details out.

Email:

barrie.white@nwn.co.uk

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