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Tree Planting at Monkmoor River Ground

Row of new trees planted by Shrewsbury Town Council's Countryside and Greenspace Team at Monkmoor River Ground

Shrewsbury Town Council’s Countryside and Greenspace Team have planted 2,780 trees on the Monkmoor River Ground this winter.

Matt Wilcoxon, countryside and greenspace manager for the Town Council, said: “Our team has done an amazing job by planting so many trees this winter, and we’ll be planting another 300 this week, bringing the total to over 3,000 trees.

Going Green in Town

Shrewsbury Town Council's new electric vehicle

Shrewsbury Town Council has taken delivery of a new electric vehicle to add to its existing fleet, taking it a step closer to becoming carbon neutral.

The Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and made a commitment to ensure its activities and operations were carbon neutral by 2030.

Helen Ball, Town Clerk, said: “We have looked at our activities within the Town Council and identified areas where we can make an immediate impact on our carbon footprint.

Town Council Support for Cycle Hub

Shrewsbury Town Council supports Shropshire Cycle Hub with a Grant of £3000

Shrewsbury Town Council has supported a local initiative to get more people using bicycles as a sustainable form of transport with the award of a grant for £3,000.

At a recent meeting of the Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, Councillors agreed to provide a grant to help Shropshire Cycle Hub continue with their work renovating bicycles in Shrewsbury.

Work to Improve Town Council Footpaths

STC737 - Improvement work to Shrewsbury Town Council's Countryside Footpaths

Shrewsbury Town Council’s Countryside and Greenspace team have been busy repairing footpaths on its land.

Over the course of the winter, the team has continued to improve the Town Council’s footpath network on its sites across Shrewsbury.

Working with contractors R F Gardiners, footpaths have been improved at Mousecroft Community Woodland, Hillside Drive and the Old Canal, whilst the Countryside Team have completed the work in the Rea Brook Valley.

Town Council Helps to Fund New IT for Academy

Two Shrewsbury Town Councillors have provided funds to enable a local school ensure that their students have access to online learning.

Councillors Kevin Pardy and Mrs Becky Wall have utilised their Councillor Grants to provide support to Shrewsbury Academy in Sundorne, enabling the school to provide assistance for the local community and ensuring that children can continue with their education during the current lockdown.

Shrewsbury Town Council has also helped with finance towards the project with a £500 grant from its Coronavirus Fund.

New Interpretation Boards for Rea Brook Valley

One of the Boards at Rea Brook Valley Nature Reserve

NEW INTERPRETATION BOARDS AT LOCAL NATURE RESERVE

Shrewsbury Town Council has installed new interpretation boards at five locations across its Rea Brook Valley Local Nature Reserve to help guide visitors around the site.

The Town Council looks after over twenty sites around the town, ranging from large Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest to small Community Woodlands.

Warning About Social Distancing at Town Council's Play Areas

Shrewsbury Town Council has issued warnings to users of its parks, play areas and open spaces about the need to follow national guidelines in light of increasing levels of Coronavirus in the county.

The Town Council has faced increasing calls to close its play areas during lockdown measures, after numerous complaints were received about parents and children using the sites in large numbers and failing to follow the current government guidelines of keeping safe distances, using masks and sanitising hands frequently. 

Redesign for Town Council's Website

Shrewsbury Town Council will soon be quicker and easier to get in touch with after councillors approved plans for a new website.

Members of the Town Council’s Finance & General Purposes committee recently appointed Shrewsbury based company, The Web Orchard, to re-design the existing site following a robust selection process.

The brief was to make the existing website simpler to use, and more responsive, ensuring that visitors will be able to find what they are looking for within a few clicks.

Shrewsbury's New Mayor Takes Office

New Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Gwen Burgess

The new Mayor of Shrewsbury has been elected for the remainder of the Civic year until May 2021.

In a change from the usual Civic format, Councillor Gwen Burgess was officially sworn in as Mayor at the Full Council meeting of Shrewsbury Town Council last night. [MON]

With Coronavirus restrictions imposed in March, the annual Mayor Making ceremony had to be postponed in May, with the incumbent Mayor agreeing to continue for a further six months.

Works at Monkmoor Meadows

Work on a major project is nearing completion at Monkmoor Meadows to improve access and habitat to this popular riverside area alongside the River Severn to the east of Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Town Council has teamed up with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, this project will see the construction of several access features, including paths, a bridge and a picnic area in addition to three bankside structures for the public to use.

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