Wem TOWN COUNCIL is set to co-opt a new member onto its team at the September full meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

Councillors will consider applications made to join the council from the public at the meeting, which starts at 7pm in Edinburgh House, and it is hoped the successful applicant will take their place.

The meeting will begin with its usual 15 minutes of public participation, allowing members of the public and concerned residents the opportunity to come forward and raise any issues with the councillors, as they see fit.

The minutes of the previous meeting – held in July – will also be approved by councillors.

Town clerk Penny O'Hagan will deliver her monthly progress report, including highways issues, CCTV, an update on the play area and an update about plans for a community-wide project for poppies as part of the First World War commemorations.

There is one planning issue for councillors to consider with an application for the change of use of a hair salon at 104 Lowe Hill Road into a domestic garage.

Updates on previous planning applications will also be considered.

Minutes from the recent meetings of the finance and accounts plus amenities and services committees will be rubber-stamped while councillors will then discuss wider issues with highways.

They will be asked to consider a quote for the supply and installation of additional signs in the town to deter Heavy Goods Vehicles from travelling through Wem, which has been a long-term issue.

There is also correspondence regarding parking problems in Ellesmere Road, which as been included at the request of town and Shropshire councillor Pauline Dee who has also placed an item about a youth advocate on the agenda

Councillors will be asked to improve a price increase at the Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre while there are three issues for discussion regarding the town's plans to mark the end of the First World War on November 11.

This includes the possible lighting of a beacon on the recreation ground, the location of a memorial seat and consider correspondence.

The working party appointed to explore new uses for the soon-to-be empty Barclays Bank building in the High Street will also report back to members.