Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Police appealing for witnesses to motorbike crash on the Silkin Way

West Mercia Police are asking for witnesses to a motorbike crash on the Silkin Way in Aqueduct on Sunday.

The 25 year old rider was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital suffering serious injuries and a 13 year old girl riding pillion was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital with a hand injury after the motorbike crashed into a post on the footpath.

Hopefully the police are looking for witnesses so they can decide which charges to bring against the rider for riding his motorbike on a footpath in the dark, presumably without lights or at speed if he failed to notice or avoid the post in the middle of the footpath.

Riding a motorbike on a footway is a criminal offence and if he was riding it with no lights, with excessive speed or carelessly then that's an even more serious criminal offence. People walk on the Silkin Way at all hours of the day and night and riding a motorbike on it is dangerous. If you have and information you can contact the police on 030003333000 (cheaper than 101) quoting reference 720S of May 24th.

One of our local policies at UKIP Telford & Wrekin was to step up patrols of the Silkin Way by the police and park rangers and to introduce lighting along currently unlit lengths.

This is the fate that awaits your motorbike if you're caught riding it on a footway

Fly tipping and "Project Depression"

This morning I was having surgery on my knee (again) and this afternoon I was back on councillor duties!

This afternoon I have reported an overflowing bin next to the leaning bus stop opposite Briarwood, spoken to the company managing 112 Burtondale which is plagued with fly tipping and been briefed on "Project Depression" which is a project to tackle the collapsing roads around the borough.

I don't know when the overflowing bin will be emptied but it should be done within 24 hours.

112 Burtondale is a bit of a tricky one. The company that is managing the property on behalf of the reluctant owner is based in Essex and they say they can't get it cleared up for another couple of weeks. I have left them a message letting them know that it's being fly tipped regularly and the longer they leave it, the more they will have to clear up assuming it doesn't get set on fire in the meantime. I suspect they might find someone to clear it up a bit quicker than the second week in June!

Project Depression is a project to sort out the collapsing roads around the borough, including (but not limited to) Castlefields Way by the traffic lights outside Aqueduct Primary School, Parkway between Aldi and the Court Street traffic lights in Madeley,, Dunmaster Way in Stirchley, Colliers Way outside McDonalds by the Forge Retail Park, the A4169 by the care home at Lightmoor and the road into Kynnersley. The council have a geophys technician investigating the problem sites to find out why the roads are collapsing and which sites are a priority. Those priority sites will be addressed this year once money has been found to pay for it.

In the last few days I've also reported two lots of fly tipping in Beaconsfield, one on Brookside Avenue by the Briarwood/Birchmore underpass and another on Parkway by St Mary's Primary School in Madeley. I've also reported an abandoned shopping trolley on the footpath alongside the A442 by Telford Central train station.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Annual Electors' Meeting and Full Council

Tonight was the Annual Electors' Meeting for Stirchley & Brookside followed by the first meeting of full council since the election.

The parish council has been supporting efforts by a young Stirchley resident by the name of Luke to tidy up the area around Stirchley skate park and to put on a big skateboarding event on 13th June. Apparently the skate park at Stirchley is quite famous amongst skateboarders and is considered to be one of the best in the country. Luke has set up a community group with the help of Community Organiser, +Leigh Ricketts, called Youth of Today, Adults of Tomorrow. You can help him in his bid to secure funding to improve the park by supporting his bid for a share of Aviva's Community Fund.

At the full council meeting I was voted back onto the Neighbourhood Services, Planning, Policy & Resources, Emergency and Personnel committees. One of the points I raised at the meeting was regarding parking outside both primary schools in Brookside. There is persistent illegal parking on the zig zags outside Windmill School and irresponsible parking opposite the school entrance at Holmer Lake. Certainly at Windmill School, taxis are repeat offenders with the same cars parking illegally and dangerously outside the school gates.

100% positive feedback for draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Stirchley & Brookside Neighbourhood Plan Committee, which I'm vice chair of, met last week and reviewed feedback from the Grow your own day held recently at Stirchley.

Feedback from residents was 100% positive with all residents who filled in a questionnaire agreeing with everything the committee has pulled out of the various consultations that have been conducted.

The Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory planning document which means that it has to be considered by law when assessing a planning application. The draft plan identifies areas in the parish that should not be built on as well as identifying areas that should and the mix of housing that should be built. It also identifies services that the parish needs if a new development is brought forward.

Once the draft plan is finished it will be examined by a planning inspector to ensure that it doesn't conflict with national and local development plans before being put to a parish referendum to approve or reject the plan.

If you would like to get involved in the neighbourhood plan then you can either contact me or the Parish Clerk, Gillian Bailey.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Election results

I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me in the elections and especially to those people who came and talked to me at the polling station on the day.

Myself and Lynda sadly didn't get elected to the borough council but we did get 24% of the vote between us. However, we were both returned to the parish council with the third and fourth highest number of votes which is fantastic.

It was a very strange night at the count with David Wright losing his MP seat to the Tory candidate Lucy Allan and the Tories unseating a lot of the Labour councillors. This really was one of the most unpredictable elections I've seen.

So here were the final results:

Arnold EnglandLabour93121.66%
Jackie LoveridgeLabour86920.21%
Mike WilsonConservative66015.35%
Ishbel LapperConservative63114.68%
Lynda HoggerUKIP59113.75%
Stuart ParrUKIP45310.54%
Jacob LongGreen1643.81%

Arnold EnglandLabour1,06614.65%
Jackie LoveridgeLabour1,05914.56%
Lynda HoggerUKIP1,05114.45%
Stuart ParrUKIP97713.43%
Jim LoveridgeLabour92612.73%
Robert FaganLabour89812.35%
Malcolm RandleLabour76410.5%
Lynn HoldshipIndependent5337.33%

Tuesday, 5 May 2015



On the 14th April 2015 a burglary dwelling was committed in BEMBRIDGE, BROOKSIDE, TELFORD.

Did you notice anything suspicious or do you have any CCTV?

If so, it would be very helpful if you could ring your local Police Station on 101.

Please quote crime reference number: 22GA/24261V/15

If you don't want to give us your name, please consider ringing the Crime Stoppers number instead. You don't have to give your name and you could get a reward.

0800 555 111

Saturday, 2 May 2015

360° photo of the shops and Brookside Central

The security fencing has been taken down from around the shops and community centre and it looks fantastic!