Housing Minister decision must be investigated

It has been accepted by the Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick that a decision he took in January to approve a planning application for a large housing development in the Tower Hamlets area of London was ‘technically illegal’. The decision, which went against the recommendations of the government’s own planning inspectors, was made less [...]

Shropshire MPs Fail to Stand Up for Farmers

Shropshire’s MPs voting in parliament yesterday (13/05/20) failed to stand up for British farmers and consumers by refusing to back an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which would have ensured agricultural goods imported into the UK from overseas meet British standards for food safety and animal welfare. Lucy Allan, Owen Paterson, Mark Pritchard and Daniel [...]

Dodgy Developer Given Green Light for 600 Oswestry Homes

On Wednesday (22/4/20) Shropshire Council granted planning permission for 600 homes to the east of Oswestry to developer ‘J Ross Developments’, the same development company involved in the renovation of Brogyntyn Hall and the construction of luxury homes within the grounds of the estate, about which neither Shropshire Council nor the developer have answered a [...]

Budget 2020: Our Response

Much of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget was as to be expected in the circumstances, and whilst there was some good news for Shropshire with announced funding for the Pant-Llanymynech by-pass, and extra money for filling potholes (hopefully to be spent only on pot holes and not pothole consultants or resurfacing councillors’ driveways). But on the [...]

Shropshire Party candidate makes pledge on climate change

Shropshire Party Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire, Robert Jones, today affirmed his commitment to tackling climate change by signing a ‘Climate Action Pledge’ promoted by Friends of the Earth. Robert commented: “Today I signed the ‘Friends of the Earth Climate Action Pledge’. I did so after being contacted by a number of residents and voters [...]

Shropshire Party candidate stands against Owen Paterson in North Shropshire

The Shropshire Party is standing its first ever candidate in the North Shropshire constituency against the incumbent Conservative former environment secretary, Owen Paterson. Robert Jones is a lifelong resident who previously stood for election to Shropshire Council in the Ruyton and Baschurch ward in 2017. Robert Jones, Shropshire Party candidate in North Shropshire Robert commented: [...]

Owen Paterson Accused of Lobbying for Profit

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has once again issued a denial of any wrongdoing in relation to his financial affairs, simply stating that his financial interests have been ‘declared correctly’. But after new information came to light in an article in the Guardian which revealed the extent of Mr Paterson’s activities, lobbying for two firms [...]

SP welcomes rejection of merger

Emblems of Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council. We welcome the commitments of the leaders of Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council to oppose any idea of the two councils being merged. The forced merging of Shropshire’s district, borough and county councils into the behemoth of Shropshire Council unitary authority we have today has done much to [...]