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20th November 2023

News from our partners: Plans to create new health and wellbeing centre in Highley
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News from our partners NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin / Integrated Care System

Plans to create a brand new health and wellbeing centre at Severn Centre in Highley have taken an important step forward, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

The development, which will see Severn Centre reconfigured to accommodate Highley Medical Centre and additional health and care services, has received the green light from NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the Halo Leisure Trust Board, the social enterprise and registered charity that runs Severn Centre. The retrofit work is anticipated to begin in early 2024.

Funding for the project has been received from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Halo Leisure, and NHS England, with direction for the project provided by an equal partnership approach.

Key partners include Shropshire Council, Highley Parish Council, Bridgnorth Medical Practice, the South East Shropshire Primary Care Network (PCN), Halo Leisure (Severn Centre) and NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

The project has benefitted from support across all levels of the Government and has been championed by Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, and Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and communities.

The brand-new Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre will not only maintain and expand essential GP services in the area, but will also include a broader range of health and care services provided by the local Primary Care Network (PCN), complementing the activities on offer at Severn Centre.

Bridgnorth Medical Practice took over GP provision for Highley in July 2023 and has been operating from a temporary building on Severn Centre car park whilst a long-term solution was secured.

Dr Jessica Harvey, South-East Shropshire PCN Clinical Director, said:-

“Improving GP access and patient experience is a national and local priority, and the direction of travel for GPs is to become more integrated with wider community services, councils and the voluntary and community sector.

“The Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre is a pioneering example of this, and I am delighted to see steps being taken towards its development.”

Cecilia Motley said:-

“I am so pleased to see The Shropshire Plan coming to life with a focus on health and wellbeing. This partnership approach is directly working to improve services for our rural communities.

“Our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment told us that people in Highley are vulnerable to the cost of living crisis and access to services. Therefore, bringing these vital services closer to where people live is of utmost importance for the wellbeing of our communities. By working together, we can share resources and truly start to integrate, making best use of our workforce and assets.”

Mark Williams, local Shropshire Councillor for Highley said:-

“This new surgery will be able to offer many additional services that our previous and even current provision simply couldn’t, meaning that many people who struggle with transport won’t have to travel to Bridgnorth or even Telford for many of their treatments. The benefits of having this new facility here in the centre of the village are going to be huge.

Our grateful thanks go out to all of those that have been involved in making this happen and I am so proud to have been able to be one of them.”

”Philip Dunne MP said:-

“I have been proud to play my part in helping drive this project to create real change and improvement in meeting the health needs of the local community.

“All the partners in this project came together effectively with residents in Highley and the surrounding area. Everyone has worked hard to understand their health needs and adapt approaches accordingly. It has been a great example of how all those involved in delivering health and wellbeing services across tiers of local and national bodies can work together to achieve such a transformative outcome for current and future generations.”

Tom Quinn, Chair of Highley Parish Council, said:-

“Highley Parish Council is delighted to have been able to assist this fantastic project to ensure the health provision within the village is what our parishioners deserve.”

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda and will provide £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK, investing in communities and place, supporting local business, people, and skills.

For more information on UKSPF, please visit:

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new developments to help fund supporting infrastructure across Shropshire. The CIL was introduced within the National CIL Regulations which are available to view at: and is managed by Shropshire Council.

17th November 2023

We have received a number of reports overnight of fraudsters in Shropshire claiming to be from various police services around the country. Criminals are pretending to be police officers in attempt to defraud people and scam them into handing over or transferring money, or sharing PIN information.

The crime, known as ‘Courier Fraud’, has seen elderly and vulnerable people targeted in Shropshire. However, anyone anywhere can be a victim to this crime. We would urge everyone to pass on the information about bogus callers to relatives, friends and neighbours who may be at risk to such scams.

Always remember that no police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to hand over money or transfer funds, regardless of their name or unit. I would like to reassure the community that we are investigating these crimes and want to hear from anyone who has been contacted in this way.

This scam can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don't be pressured. Give yourself time to stop and think.

If the crime is still in progress, because for example, you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash or are going to visit your bank or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, you should call the police on 999.

You can find more information on fraud from our website here

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16th November 2023

If you're being disturbed by noise in your area, for example dogs barking or loud music, we always recommend that you try to resolve the problem informally first, before you contact Shropshire Environmental Protection. Most issues can be resolved informally without the need for their involvement.

You should speak to the person making the noise and explain politely what it is that you're being troubled by, and try to explain calmly how and why the issue is affecting you. You may find this difficult, but often people are unaware that they're causing a problem, and will be glad to do what they can to reduce it. However, approach the matter carefully if you think the person might react angrily.
If you don't feel able to approach the person directly, consider using our template letter in the related documents section :

If you contact them, then they may ask if you've tried to resolve the problem yourself first by speaking to the person making the noise before they get involved.

Contact Environmental Protection:
0345 678 9000
Shropshire Council
Abbey Foregate

30th October 2023

To whom it may concern,
Please find enclosed details of a temporary road closure:
Road Closure: A4169 Much Wenlock Road, Buildwas
Start Date: 8th January 2024
End Date: 19th January 2024

Purpose: Pre-dressing Patching Works - approximately 1,713m2
Works Promoter: Shropshire Council
Works Promoter Ref: UJ214PDP-596770
Enforcement pattern for A4169 Much Wenlock Road, Buildwas:
Monday - Friday 09:30 - 16:00
You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:
Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on
Yours Faithfully,
The Street Works Team
Shropshire Council

30th October 2023

We are delighted to invite you to take part in our annual Crime and Community survey. The survey is in its fourth year, and we want to hear your views on crime, community, and your experience of Neighbourhood Watch. The survey is open to everyone across England and Wales, regardless of whether you are a Neighbourhood Watch member.

All responses will be anonymised and aggregated, and everyone who completes the 5 – 10 minute survey can choose to opt-in to the prize draw to win one of three £25 Amazon vouchers.

The results will enable us as a charity to better understand crime and fear of crime, benchmark whether membership in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area impacts crime levels, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together. This information is vitally important to ensure we can better target our work to meet your crime and community needs and concerns.

Last year our survey received a great response, providing us with rich and useful data.

Please complete our survey and share it via email and social with all the various communities you belong to, whether they be a Neighbourhood Watch community or other such as sport, religious or work community. This will help us receive a good balance of responses from members and non-members, enabling us to compare experiences between these two groups. Alternatively, reshare our social posts (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to your channels.

The survey closes on 17th November.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

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