WEM Town Council is to move to a new home as talks continue over plans to build homes on its current site.

The town council held its last meeting in Edinburgh House in New Street on Thursday, February 23 prior to a move into new premises in the town next month.

Recently, Wem residents were consulted over plans to knock down Edinburgh House, which is owned by Connexus Homes, and replace it with 18 new homes, although no planning application has yet been submitted to Shropshire Council.

The town council is confident that it will complete its move into its new premises by the end of next month and that it will function as normal.

It has not yet revealed where its new offices will be.


Wem mayor Councillor Geoff Soul said: "We have had a long association with Edinburgh House and it does feel strange to be moving.

"We understand that we are only tenants.

"Connexus is the owner of the building and it lets to Shropshire Council who then sublet to us.

"We have know for a while that this was possibly going to happen.

"It has happened rather quickly, but we are in the process of moving to new offices.

"We hope to be in by the end of March and we are confident all our business will be able to continue as normal."

Cllr Soul thanked town clerk, Penny O'Hagan in helping identify new offices for the town council to move into.

He added: "We are only lease holders.

"The lease has been terminated so we have no choice.

"We have had to work very quickly.

"I would like to pay tribute to our town clerk, Penny O'Hagan.

"She has done tremendous work in identifying potential new offices."

Planning consultancy, RCA Rengeration, has been involved in the consultation process with Wem residents and a spokesperson confirmed the consultation phase has finished.

They added: "The consultation period has recently ended.

"We are considering the comments from people who spoke to us during the consultation at the moment.

"We are going through them at the moment and raising important issues."

You can follow Wem Town Council via https://www.wem.gov.uk/