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Council venues seek your views on accessibility

Shropshire Council has opened a public consultation asking for your views on accessibility to Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema in Shrewsbury. Shropshire Council has opened a public consultation asking for your views on accessibility to Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema in Shrewsbury.

The consultation gives you the opportunity to give your feedback on proposed changes to the ways you can access the services at Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema and suggest improvements.

Shropshire Council is looking to improve access to both venues for people with less visible conditions like anxiety, autism or dementia.

New proposals are being made to help create a more inclusive experience for all at both venues. This includes making it easier to book tickets for Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema by providing online booking to all. The consultation also asks for your views on the current offer at both venues for people who may need further assistance.

Your feedback will help to shape future policy around making Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall more accessible.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said “Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall are continuing to grow in popularity attracting over 250,000 people to Shrewsbury in 2018. However, it is highly important that we ensure both venues are open and inclusive for people with conditions that are not always visible and I’m pleased that measures are being put in place to improve access. I would strongly encourage you to take part in this consultation and help us shape accessibility to both venues.”

The consultation will be open 8 weeks and will be available to complete online.

You can take part in the consultation online by clicking here. Alternatively, you can visit the Theatre Severn or Old Market Hall websites. Paper copies are also available from both Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall.

Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall are owned and managed by Shropshire Council.

Consultation on update to Shropshire Libraries strategy

A public consultation about refreshing the library strategy has been launched so the new version can reflect local priorities and needs.

The consultation will be available to complete online and will run until 8 November 2019.

A series of consultation events will also be held at libraries across the county during Libraries Week, from 7–11 October 2019.

  • Oswestry Library – Monday 7 October, 10am to 3/4pm
  • Bridgnorth Library – Tuesday 8 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Ludlow Library – Wednesday 9 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Shrewsbury Library – Thursday 10 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Whitchurch Library – Friday 11 October,10am to 1pm
  • Market Drayton Library – Friday 11 October, 1pm to 4pm

The current library strategy includes a three-tier system which informs how resources would be financed and managed over a five-year period.

Two years on it has been identified that a refreshed strategy, that offers a robust vision with clear priorities for the library service of the future, is needed.

We would like to seek your views so that the new library strategy can reflect local priorities and needs.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member culture, leisure, waste and communications, said “Shropshire Council recognises that there is a need for a new library strategy following a period of significant change for our library services. This is a great opportunity for you to help shape the library of the future and help us deliver a dynamic and inclusive library service for the people of Shropshire.”

If you would like to have your say on the future of Shropshire Libraries, follow this link to complete the survey.

You can find more information about Shropshire Libraries on the website.

For more information about events during the Libraries Week celebration, click here.

“Your service, your voice – your opinion counts”

Views sought on proposed changes to Shropshire’s parking strategy

People are being asked for their views on some proposed changes to Shropshire Council’s new parking strategy.

The six-week consultation begins today – Monday (23 September 2019) – and will run until 3 November. The consultation questionnaire is on the council’s website – on shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved – and hard copies are available on request.

Drop-in information sessions are also being held in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow as part of the consultation.

Shropshire Council’s parking strategy determines the way that the council manages and runs its car parks and on-street parking. The new strategy was introduced in early 2018 and a number of changes have since been implemented.

However, a number of issues have since been raised and a number of amendments are being proposed to address these issues and concerns. [See notes for further information about each proposal].

Proposal 1 – Changes to the geographical boundaries for qualification for residents on-street permits to the existing Red zone and Blue area residents parking schemes in Ludlow.

Proposal 2 – To allow residents who hold on-street parking permits to also park within approved specified car parks that are in close proximity.

Proposal 3 – That all loading bays across the county excluding shared use bays should operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Proposal 4 – That when the number of on-street parking spaces available in any residents’ parking scheme is less than the number of properties, the on-street residents’ parking permit criteria be increased to two permits per property.

Proposal 5 – That the specified maximum number of resident permit and season ticket thresholds for all off street car parks are combined to give an overall maximum threshold for each car park.

Proposal 6 – That annual permit concessions be provided for holiday let properties located within an on street residents’ parking scheme.

Proposal 7a – That the times of operation of the evening /overnight tariffs on Mondays to Saturdays in Raven Meadows multi-storey car park, Shrewsbury are brought forward to by two hours to apply between the hours of 6pm and 8am.

Proposal 7b – That on Mondays to Saturdays in Raven Meadows multi-storey car park, Shrewsbury a two-hour rather than the existing three-hour tariff cap to the evening/overnight tariffs should apply.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said

“The new parking strategy has greatly improved the way that we manage and deliver parking services. New pay and display parking machines have been installed across the county. All new machines have facilities for cash, card and contactless payments. Digital permits and tickets are also being rolled out through the MiPermit system. Other improvements include improved ease of enforcement, improved customer satisfaction and more streamlined service with a large increase in chip and pin, contactless payments and digital ticketing. However, feedback shows that a few amendments are needed to improve things further and to address concerns that have been raised, and we’re now asking people for their views on these proposed changes.”

All responses to the consultation will be carefully considered before any changes are implemented.

Following the consultation a formal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation and approval will also be required prior to implementation.

Further information

1. The drop-in information sessions are to be held, as follows:

• Shrewsbury. Wednesday 2 October – 2pm to 4pm; Big Town Plan unit, Darwin Shopping Centre
• Bridgnorth. Wednesday 9 October – 2pm to 4pm; Bridgnorth Library
• Ludlow. Wednesday 16 October – 4pm to 6pm; Mascall Centre

2. Copies of the questionnaire are available on request as follows:

a. By emailing tellus@shropshire.gov.uk
b. By calling 0345 678 9077 from Monday 30 September.

3. The proposals, in full, and reasons for them, are as follows. See the consultation survey for the reasons in full.

Proposal 1 – Changes to the geographical boundaries for qualification for residents’ on-street permits to the existing Red zone and Blue area residents parking schemes in Ludlow are assessed and implemented if, after full consultation, any changes are deemed appropriate.
Why? Concerns have been raised and requests received for changes in permit qualification from one zone /area to another for certain addresses within the Ludlow schemes. It is considered that a best fit review should be undertaken to include consultation with residents and the local councillor.

Proposal 2 – To allow residents who hold on-street parking permits to also park within approved specified car parks that are in close proximity.
Why? A number of complaints have been received with regards to the increase in tariffs to the Riverside west elevated car park in Bridgnorth. This car park is unique in that its use is restricted solely for off-street resident permit holders. This issue has been discussed with residents as part of the on-street residents parking review. An amendment to the strategy is recommended that will allow residents who hold on-street parking permits to also park within suitable car parks that are in the vicinity of on-street residents’ parking schemes without having to purchase an additional off-street permit.

Proposal 3 – That all loading bays across the county excluding shared use bays should operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why? It is considered that provision for loading should always be available and that there is a need for consistency across the county in order to avoid confusion. It is therefore recommended that all loading bays within the highway across the county operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Proposal 4 – That when the number of on-street parking spaces available in any residents’ parking scheme is less than the number of properties, the on-street residents’ parking permit criteria be increased to two permits per property.
Why? During the review of residents’ parking schemes in Bridgnorth, it has become apparent that the new policy will only provide one permit rather than two in most existing and proposed schemes. This reduction is of primary concern to residents. Some residents have highlighted that not everyone within a scheme requires a permit, therefore there is potential for relaxation of the policy. Consideration also needs to be given to other highway users, vehicular access, other parking requirements for shoppers and visitors, as well as blue badge holders and access for deliveries etc.

Proposal 5 – To assist with the excessive demand for season tickets in some popular car parks – Innage Lane, Bridgnorth; Galdeford Zone B (Upper), Ludlow; Frankwell, Shrewsbury; Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury – it is proposed that the specified maximum number of resident permit and season ticket thresholds for all off street car parks are combined to give an overall maximum threshold for each car park.
Why? There are four car parks where season ticket issue has exceeded 90% of the maximum allocations determined by the current strategy and specified in the traffic regulation order (TRO): 1. Innage Lane, Bridgnorth; Galdeford Zone B (Upper), Ludlow; Frankwell, Shrewsbury; Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.

Proposal 6 – That annual permit concessions be provided for holiday let properties located within an on street residents’ parking scheme. Entitlement to be one digital permit per holiday let property at a cost of £100 per permit which is equivalent to the cost of a resident’s on street permit.
Why? A collective of tourist accommodation proprietors in Ludlow are requesting reinstatement of concessions to enable guests to be able to park near their accommodation within the Ludlow shared use pay and display/residents’ parking bays. It is recommended that consideration be given to an amendment of the strategy to allow the issue of annual permits at a cost equivalent to that of a resident’s on-street permit, ie. £100.

Proposal 7a – That the times of operation of the evening /overnight tariffs on Mondays to Saturdays in Raven Meadows multi storey car park, Shrewsbury are brought forward to by two hours to apply between the hours of 6pm and 8am.
Proposal 7b – That on Mondays to Saturdays in Raven Meadows multi-storey car park, Shrewsbury a two-hour rather than the existing three- hour tariff cap to the evening/overnight tariffs should apply.
Why? The opening hours in Raven Meadows multi-storey car park have been extended to 7am to midnight Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 10pm on Sundays and bank/public holidays. The charging hours in Raven Meadows multi-storey car park have been extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a three-hour cap on the parking periods between the hours of 8pm to 8am. The decision to retain free parking within all pay and display parking areas in Shrewsbury from 6pm rather than 8pm was made as a revision to the original strategy, without adjustment to the Raven Meadows multi-storey car park proposals. This combined with the three-hour cap on parking from 8.00pm is resulting in a number of issues.

Views sought on future delivery of Shropshire’s youth support services

Shropshire Council is carrying out an eight-week consultation to ask people how they think youth support services should be delivered in the future to best meet local needs.

The consultation began yesterday (9 September 2019) and ends on 31 October and all interested individuals, groups and organisations are being encouraged to take part.

A review is necessary because the arrangements currently in place in Shropshire are due to come to an end shortly. This local work is taking place alongside a national review – launched on the 10 July 2019 – into how local authorities should secure activities and services for young people.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said “With an increase in youth crime, exploitation and demand on children’s social care, there is a growing focus nationally on the work local authorities need to undertake to ensure the most vulnerable young people can access and receive the support they need. Shropshire Council has been working to review the delivery of youth support in Shropshire, and a councillors’ Task and Finish group has been exploring the delivery of existing support and good practice in youth provision. Before any decisions can be taken – or future plans developed – the council needs to understand the views of local people, children and young people and local services and organisations. This consultation is designed to obtain this important feedback.”

To take part in the consultation, people can complete a short online survey here, provide feedback by email to TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk or write to ‘Youth consultation 2019’ c/o Shirehall, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND.

Council officers will also be visiting different stakeholder groups and attending a range of meetings during the consultation period.

All feedback will be carefully considered and will be used to develop a proposal for the future delivery of youth services in Shropshire. The proposal will be presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on 11 December 2019.

Further information

What other evidence will be used to inform the new strategy?

Work has been taking place to gather together a wide range of evidence including national research and guidance, data about and from local services, and population data. This information, added to the feedback obtained through the consultation, will help to inform future decision making. Key documents include:

  • The National Youth Agency and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs’ inquiry into youth work – available here.
  • A Commons Select Committee report on serious youth violence – available here.

Views sought from residents about SpArC Centre in Bishop’s Castle

Residents of the Bishop’s Castle area are being asked to share their views on a consultation on the changes to the way that the SpArC Centre is operated.

The public consultation, launched on 22 August 2019, runs until Thursday 31 October 2019.

The aim of the consultation is to give residents of Bishop’s Castle and the surrounding areas the chance to have their say on how the centre can be improved and what they would like to see there in the future.

Shropshire Council also wants to better understand how residents currently use the facility to help inform future developments.

You can complete the survey by following this link.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, communications and waste, said “Shropshire Council wants to listen to resident’s views about how we can improve the SpArC Centre and better understand how they currently use it so I’d encourage residents to respond to this consultation. Feedback will be used in consideration when Shropshire Council take over the running of the facility on 1 April, 2020.”

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

For more information about leisure services, click here.

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