• Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Shropshire Council has been undertaking a 'Big Conversation' with Shrewsbury residents, to find out which services are most important, and whether Council Tax should be increased. You can find out more about the big conversation on the Shropshire Council Website.

    On its website, Shropshire Council says 'We know the services we provide are important to you. As part of this Big Conversation we want you to tell us your views on the services you value, the services you don't and the services you and your community may consider delivering yourselves' and 'Your views are really important to helping us prioritise our future budget'.

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    Article: Feb 10, 2016

    On today's Shropshire Star website we read that Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski is going to support the Government's Council funding plan, after it pledged another £8.5 million. Previously the MP had said he would oppose the government.

    This £8.5 million is a one-off settlement, spread over 2 years. That's £5million this year and £3.5 million next year. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the £35 million the Council needs to find this year alone, and the £21 million needed for next year. Our MP has not fully understood the swingeing nature of the cuts to services that Shropshire residents face. This paltry offer will do nothing to keep our leisure centres, libraries and museums open, will not save our bus services, and will not stop reductions in services such as street cleaning, grass cutting and road gritting.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    I've recently had the task of chairing a group of Councillors to examine next year's budget. We were invited to the process rather late in the day, but we did our best to find out what impacts budget cuts are likely to have for residents, and whether the budget can be delivered without cutting services to unsafe levels. You can find the full report here:

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    Article: Oct 14, 2015
    By Cllr Hannah Fraser

    Shropshire Council's cabinet met today and agreed that future decisions over the fate of our libraries would be made by a single cabinet member, in decision making sessions that are closed to the public.

    Shropshire Council is redesigning Library services, and a paper brought to cabinet outlined the approach that will be taken, including consultation with the public and commissioning of services to third party enterprises. Opposition to the proposals was voiced by Mr Green of 'Shropshire Libraries YES Campaign'. Representatives from Ellesmere and Shawbury library supporters also brought questions to the meeting, highlighting concerns over the Council's proposals and a lack of engagement with local communities.