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Lighting up the Quarry

Victoria Avenue got a whole lot lighter following the installation of 21 solar lights along the 1km stretch of river from Kingsland Bridge to Greyfriars Bridge. 

The footpath and cycle way running through the Quarry has previously been unlit and a cause for local concern given the numbers using it and its proximity to the river.

Battle of Britain Sunday - 80th Anniversary

This Sunday sees Shrewsbury commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The annual civic event will follow a revised layout this year. In line with current social distancing measures, a reduced number of personnel from RAF Shawbury will form up in the Quarry from 10.30am for a short pre-recorded service. 

Quarry Events Cancelled for 2020

Whilst more places in Shrewsbury are starting to open up, Shrewsbury Town Council has confirmed that all its planned events in the Quarry have been cancelled for the rest of this year.

Councillor Kevin Pardy, Chairman of the Town Council’s Recreation & Leisure Committee, said: “We are slowly starting to see some elements of the town re-opening, but in line with official advice, the Town Council has made the difficult decision that its event programme for the Quarry should be cancelled for the rest of this year.

Bellway's Blooming Business Sponsorship

A new sponsor has been unveiled at a prime site in the town as part of Shrewsbury in Bloom’s scheme to maintain its reputation as the “Town of Flowers”.

Bellway Homes Limited (West Midlands) is the new sponsor of the main flower bed at the entrance to Shrewsbury’s award-winning Quarry park.

Marie Richards, sales director of Bellway Homes Limited (West Midlands), said: “We are proud to be associated with the great floral traditions of Shrewsbury and feel that this is a wonderful way of showing our support to help make the town look its best for its residents and visitors.

Damage Sustained to Town's Floral Features

Shrewsbury Town Council’s summer bedding planting programme around the town was completed last month, with the floral features providing a warm welcome to visitors to the town centre.

The award-winning Dingle gardens are now open to the public each day from 10am until 4pm with social distancing measures in place.

Whilst most people appreciate the added floral colour, the Town Council has reported that damage to flowers has been sustained in planters along Smithfield Road.

Baby Swings and the TikTok Challenge

Fire crews in Shrewsbury were called out to rescue a teenage girl trapped at one of Shrewsbury Town Council’s play areas last week.

The young female had to be freed from a baby swing by fire officers at the Moston Road/Meadow Farm Drive play area in the north of the town.

A number of similar incidents have been reported across the country in copycat challenges where teenagers film themselves using children’s swings before getting stuck.

Greenfields Recreation Ground

Following a motion unanimously agreed by Shrewsbury Town Council on 18 May 2020, an independent investigation has commenced into the sale of land on Greenfields Recreation Ground in 2017.

The investigation follows a Judicial Review and subsequent Public Interest Report from the Town Council’s external auditor which identified “serious governance failings within Shrewsbury Town Council” in regards to them failing to establish the legal status of the land and hence, not publically advertising their proposal to sell.

Town Council Play Areas Re-opened

As Shrewsbury starts to emerge from the Coronavirus partial lockdown, the Town Council has begun to open up more of its facilities. 

Play areas at three locations in the town were re-opened on Saturday [July 4].

The Town Council has had to ensure that strict conditions have been met before opening the play areas in the Quarry, Greenfields and Monkmoor.

Town Council Support for Local Businesses

Shrewsbury Town Council has pledged to back local businesses in light of the ongoing economic crisis. 

The Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown has seen many businesses in Shrewsbury and Shropshire struggle with some being challenged by declining order books and many closing operations down to protect their workforce and many business have become fearful of the future.

To show its commitment to help, the Town Council has advertised its application process for local businesses to be added to their contractor list.

Shrewsbury's Sunday Market Set to Re-open

With the lifting of some of the Coronavirus restrictions from June 1, the Government has given the go-ahead for a range of activities to recommence. 

This includes the re-opening of outdoor markets and this Sunday [June 6] sees Harlescott Sunday Market back up and running from 8am until 1pm.

The organisers have worked closely with Shrewsbury Town Council and traders to ensure that the relevant social distancing rules are followed.