TOWN councillors in Wem have accepted plans for new businesses on the high street, despite uncertainties over the nature of the businesses.

Two applications have been submitted to Shropshire council for businesses in High Street, one at the former NatWest bank for a tanning salon and one next door to the Old Post Office for a tattoo parlour.

At the town council's full council meeting, held virtually on Thursday, September 24, councillors discussed the proposals.

Despite the uncertainty over the sort of businesses being set up in Wem, councillors agreed it was good to have new businesses being set up in the town.

Councillor Peter Broomhall was the first to suggest supporting the new ventures.

"I think we should support it, opening up businesses in Wem," he said.

Cllr Edward Towers was in agreement, and was encouraged by the willingness for people to trade.

"I reluctantly agree with peter," he said. "I would like to see something else but it's all we've got at the moment.

"It's a change in our high street. I want flexibility on the high street, it's still a place for trading.

"There are eight empty shop windows so we still have a way to go."

Cllr Pauline Dee also commended the potential new business owners.

"We have to congratulate anyone setting up a business at this time, they must be very brave," she said. "They are to be congratulated and supported. And it isn't compulsory to have a tattoo."