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  • BBC Shropshire: Election includes land referendum
    A referendum will be held on the same day as the European elections to ask about using a plan over land development in Much Wenlock.
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  • Shropshire Council: Residents urged to make their metals matter this Easter

    A new campaign has been launched to urge people living in Shropshire to make their ‘metals matter’ by encouraging them to recycle more of the estimated 80 million tins, cans, aerosols aluminium foil trays and wrapping foil they use in their homes every year.

    Shropshire Council has been promoting the campaign, which was launched in March 2014, and were on hand to spread the recycling message when children from St Laurence’s Parent and Toddlers group in Church Stretton took part in their annual Easter egg hunt this week.

    Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management, said:

    “We’re calling on local residents to make their metals matter and help increase the county’s recycling performance- particularly over Easter.

    “We are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and we hope the campaign will encourage our residents to recycle more of the metal packaging they use every day.  Every can recycled saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours, and small actions like putting your foil wrappers in your recycling box can make a big difference.”

    The metal packaging manufacturing industry, recyclers and fillers have teamed up with Shropshire Council to launch the ‘make your metals matter’ recycling campaign, following research that shows people aren’t always aware that their used metal packaging will be transformed into new valuable everyday items when collected for recycling.

    Used metal packaging can be recycled endlessly into new products at a far lower cost to industry, and the environment, than making them from raw materials. The new campaign aims to help people understand what can be recycled and explain what happens to the metals collected.

    If all the metal packaging used in Shropshire each year was collected for recycling it would save around 4,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to taking 835 cars off local streets.  Aiming to spread this message throughout the county , the communications campaign will target all 120,000 households with leaflets sent to every home, messages on recycling vehicles and a programme of awareness events and roadshows over the next three months.

    Rick Hindley, Executive Director of project managers Alupro, said:

    “We have done extensive research into recycling habits and found that it is often the uncertainty of how to recycle, and what happens to the items recycled that prevents people from doing more.  Campaigns like this allow us to take the recycling message into people’s homes and highlight exactly how they can help just by recycling more of the packaging they use every day.”

    The campaign across Shropshire is being jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging and contractor Veolia.  MetalMatters is run by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) on behalf of the funding partners.

    For further information contact: Jessica Smith at Citypress on 0121 314 9458 or jessica.smith@citypress.co.uk.

    in the photo are: frontToby Westall; back – left-to-right – Eowyn Lowe, Isobel Lowe, Kat Halstead of Shropshire Council, Rhys Farrow, Joe Halstead.

    Further information

    About MetalMatters

    MetalMatters was developed and is funded by the metal packaging manufacturing industry, reprocessors and fillers.  The programme works in partnership with local authorities and their waste collection partners to promote metal packaging recycling, and thereby improve capture rates for metal packaging at the kerbside.  The MetalMatters programme is supported by WRAP.  MetalMatters is being managed on behalf of the funding partners by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

    For details of MetalMatters campaigns and case studies visit www.metalmatters.org.uk.

    About MetalMatters

    MetalMatters was developed and is funded by the metal packaging manufacturing industry, reprocessors and fillers.  The programme works in partnership with local authorities and their waste collection partners to promote metal packaging recycling, and thereby improve capture rates for metal packaging at the kerbside.  The MetalMatters programme is supported by WRAP.  MetalMatters is being managed on behalf of the funding partners by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

    For details of MetalMatters campaigns and case studies visit www.metalmatters.org.uk.

    MetalMatters funding partners

    Industry organisations:

    Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro)

    Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME)

    British Aerosol Manufacturers Association (BAMA)

    Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA)

    European Aluminium Association (EAA)

    Metal Reprocessors

    Novelis UK Ltd

    Tata Steel

    Foil container manufacturers

    Coppice Alupack

    Nicholl Food Packaging

    i2r Packaging Solutions

    Household foil manufacturers

    Wrap Film Systems

    WrapEx Ltd

    ITS

    Metal Packaging manufacturers

    Ardagh Group

    Guala Closures

    Packer/fillers

    Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd

    Unilever

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  • Shropshire Council: Majority of Shropshire pupils going to preferred primary schools

    More than 95 per cent of Shropshire pupils have been allocated their first preference of primary school in 2014.

    Today (Wednesday 16 April 2014) is the first ever “national allocation day” for primary school places.  Prior to this, each council was free to determine the date when parents learned of their child’s allocated primary school, which led to a wide variation of allocation dates across the country.

    Shropshire Council has been able to offer a place to 95.8% applicants at their first preference school, and 98.5% of Shropshire applicants have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

    Once again this means a very high percentage rate of satisfaction for Shropshire parents and carers.  Those making their primary school application through the council’s online application system has also increased, with 98.3% of parents and carers using the facility.

    Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

    “We are very pleased at the high percentage of pupils being able to attend their first-choice primary school.  It’s also pleasing to see such a high percentage of parents and carers using the online service to apply for school places, as this makes the whole process much quicker and easier for everyone.”

    With the introduction of a national allocation day for primary school places, the Department for Education will collect data from English councils to indicate the number of parental preferences met.

    The method used to measure the statistical return has been standard practice in the measurement of secondary school allocations for many years, but this is the first time that primary school place allocation has been collected in this way.

    Shropshire Council’s figures for Reception 2014 allocations are as follows:

    • Number of on-time applications: 2,748
    • Number allocated first preference school: 2,633 (95.8%)
    • Number allocated second preference school: 69 (2.5%)
    • Number allocated third preference school: 6 (0.2%)
    • Number allocated one of their preferred schools: 2,708 (98.5%)
    • Number allocated an alternative to their preference: 40 (1.5%)
    • Number of applications made online: 2,700 (98.3%)

    The percentage of applicants who were allocated their first preference school in previous years is as follows:

    • 2013: 95.9%
    • 2012: 91.6%
    • 2011: 92.5%
    • 2010: 94%
    • 2009: 93.5%

    Shropshire has not experienced the national trend of rising pressure for primary school places, and the number of children requesting a Reception place has continued at a consistent level over recent years.

    Children starting school in September 2014 will not yet have reached statutory school age so not all parents will have made applications yet.

    As expected, there are a number of schools in Shropshire with places available and they will be able to meet any late requests.

  • BBC Shropshire: Disabled man's rail 'discrimination'
    A train company investigates after a disabled man claimed he was not allowed to board a crowded carriage on a train to Shrewsbury.
  • Shropshire Council: Whitchurch Library to be closed during next week

    The temporary library in Whitchurch Library’s garage will close on Thursday 17 April 2014 at 4pm to allow the staff to move resources back into the main library.

    Due to building work it will be necessary for the library to close for a temporary period from Thursday 17 April 2014 until the week commencing Monday 28 April 2014 – exact reopening date to be confirmed.

    Return items can be left in Whitchurch Heritage Centre whilst the library is closed.

    We apologise for any inconvenience which is caused by this essential building work.

    Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said:

    “We wish to thank our customers for their understanding whilst this building work is being completed.”

  • BBC Shropshire: Jobs could go at two newspapers
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  • Shropshire Council: Further underage sales of alcohol to children uncovered

    Shropshire Council’s public protection service has revealed that two retailers have failed to improve on their recent poor performance, when tested for the second time in recent weeks to determine whether they would sell alcohol to under 18s.

    Visits were made to a number of shops that had made illegal sales in February 2014.  Of the four that were revisited, two again sold alcohol in the form of cans of lager and cider to a 16-year-old boy.  The retailers who sold were in Shrewsbury and Whitchurch.  In both cases, the young person was served, without any challenge, by the owner and licence holder of the shops concerned; as a result, they may now face the possibility of losing their licence to sell alcohol.

    A further sale was made at a recently-opened off-licence in Albrighton.  This premises was targeted following a tip-off from police.  On this occasion the owner and licence holder even offered to sell the volunteer a greater quantity of alcohol, as the lager he had chosen was on special offer.

    Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s service manager for safer and stronger communities within the public protection service, said:

    “We are alarmed by the significant failures made by the owners and premises licence holders who directly made the sales to our volunteer.  Whilst two of the original sellers appear to have learned from their experiences in the last round of test-purchases, the fact that neither of the other two venues that were revisited applied the most basic of checks for identification suggests that they may be unwilling, or unable, to undertake their duties responsibly.  For that reason we are investigating the circumstances that have led to these sales and they may find that their licence to sell alcohol is reviewed and potentially suspended, amended or even revoked.

    “To also find that a further retailer engaged with our volunteer as he queued to pay for his alcohol and actually offered him twice as much for a bargain price, instead of checking that he was of a legal age to make his purchase, is just quite astonishing.  Along with the other licensees who sold to our volunteer, he has been issued with a fixed penalty notice by our police colleagues from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and warned about his conduct.  I cannot stress enough the importance of introducing and implementing systems of work that contribute to and support the key aims and objectives of the Licensing Act 2003, such as the simple task of asking for ID to check the age of any young person who appears to be under the age of 25; the vast majority of retailers are able to do this as a matter of course, and this needs to be delivered 100% across the board.  Whilst we are always willing to work with and advise Shropshire businesses to help them trade within the law, there does come a point when an advisory approach is not sufficient, and we have to take a more robust enforcement line to drive home the message that selling alcohol to children is simply not acceptable.”

    Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for public protection, said:

    “Holding a premises licence is a privilege, and not an automatic right that is granted just because you are an owner or a manager of a retail premises.  The grant of a premises licence carries with it a range of responsibilities, including preventing crime and disorder and protecting children from harm.  Both of these core aims are seriously undermined by selling alcohol to children who can become a danger to themselves and others as well as potentially contributing to the anti-social behaviour that harms the quality of life that Shropshire residents are entitled to expect.  If retailers cannot be trusted to sell alcohol responsibly, then it is absolutely right that our public protection service should challenge those retailers and their privilege to hold a premises licence to sell alcohol, and to present to councillors the options available to them through licence reviews, including revocation, as a mechanism to prevent sales of alcohol to our children.”

    Shropshire Council encourages individuals to contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 if they have any suspicions that offences may be being committed.  Information can be given anonymously and will always be treated in line with the council’s information governance policies.

    Shropshire-based traders who wish to seek further advice on their consumer protection legal obligations or who wish to report any suspicions that offences may be being committed by other businesses can do so by contacting public protection’s business support and locality working team on 0345 678 9000; general business advice and support can be found on the council’s website at http://shropshire.gov.uk/business/.

  • Shropshire Council: Cashless payments now available in some Shrewsbury car parks

    People will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for parking at some Shrewsbury car parks under a new scheme being trialled by Shropshire Council.

    The cashless payment system is available at the short stay car parks in Bridge Street, St Austin’s and The Tannery, and in the Frankwell Main long stay car park.

    Details on how to register to pay using a mobile phone, or Internet-enabled tablet, has been displayed on information signs in each of the car parks from Monday 7 April 2014.

    To start using the service, drivers need to register their vehicle’s registration number, location code of the car park and payment details - it is then very quick and easy to pay using the same details in future.

    A service charge of 10 pence is added to the parking charge for customers wishing to pay in this way, which is normal practice where the cashless payment system is used elsewhere in the country.

    Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

    “We are trialling this system in response to requests from businesses to make car parking as flexible and easy as possible, so we hope it will prove popular.

    “The 10 pence service charge does not go to the council, it is an administrative charge made by the service provider, and is very common where this system is used in other parts of the country.

    “Ultimately, this is about giving people more choice about how to pay for parking, so if you don’t always have the right amount of change available, you can still park and visit the wonderful shops and attractions that Shrewsbury has to offer.

    “We will be monitoring how much the cashless payment system is used during the trial to see if it should be introduced on a permanent basis, and potentially at more car parks.  We would welcome feedback from anyone who uses the service, and comments can be emailed to zoe.mortimer@shropshire.gov.uk.”

    The trial started on Monday 7 April 2014 and will run for 12 months.

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