Electoral Registration

Message from the Elections Team, Shropshire Council: 

Canvass forms have already been sent out and reminders will be following shortly.   In order to make everyone aware of the necessity to register we should be grateful if you would display this poster either on your electronic website or on your Town/Parish Council noticeboards. 

“It’s that time of year again where residents living in the Shropshire Council area will have received a communication either by email or in paper format asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.  The form ensures that Shropshire Council can keep the electoral register up-to-date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.”

Claire Porter, Electoral Registration Officer at Shropshire Council said:

“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from us, which this year for many people, will be in the form of an email, rather than a form through the post.  The email will contain a two-part security code and a link to a secure registration website.  Electors should carefully follow the instructions contained in the voter registration message, so that Shropshire Council can make sure that they have all the right details on the electoral register for every address in its area.  Voters are being encouraged to complete their online registration but may, if they prefer call our Customer Services Team on 0345 678 9015, who can assist them with their registration over the telephone.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you need to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working hard to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

Parish Council Grant scheme 2020-21

The Covid 19 pandemic has had a major impact on many aspects of life in Selattyn and Gobowen. The Parish Council awards grants, at its discretion, to organisations that can demonstrate a clear need for financial support to benefit the parish and its residents by:

  • Providing a service
  • Enhancing the quality of life
  • Improving the environment
  • Promoting the parish of Selattyn and Gobowen in a positive way
  • Improving recreation / sports

The grant must be used for the purpose for which the application was made and written proof to the council must be made within one year of the grant being awarded.

Who can apply?

  1. Local Clubs / Societies
  2. Regional / National Charitable Bodies providing a service which will benefit the local community

Only one application for a grant will be considered from any organisation in one financial year. Ongoing commitments to award grants in future years will not be made. A fresh application will be required each year. This will be at the discretion of the council. Grants will not be made retrospectively.

Organisations will normally be expected to have clear written aims and objectives, a written constitution and a separate bank account controlled by more than one signatory.

for further information contact the Parish Clerk at clerk@selattyn-gobowenpc.org.uk

Adult Social Care in Shropshire – survey

‘Shropshire Council is commissioning its adult carer support service in Shropshire and would like to hear the thoughts and ideas of carers to help shape these services.

It’s important to the council that the services we provide are well-designed for the people who will be using them. The feedback we receive will help us to do this. We are hoping to hear from adult carers with a wide range of personal experiences and different circumstances; we know that everybody’s story is unique.

If you look after someone who could not manage without your support please complete this survey and tell us what matters to you. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCCarerSupport

Bereavement Support for Shropshire Residents Call 0345 678 9028

 A new service has been launched to support people who are experiencing and suffering from bereavement and loss. The offer is open to any Shropshire resident who has been bereaved by either a recent death or previous loss.  The Bereavement Support Service is operated by Shropshire Council and community voluntary partners Samaritans, CRUSE, Severn Hospice and Crane Quality Counselling.  The service can be accessed through self-referral by calling 0345 678 9028.

The Bereavement Support Service has also produced two booklets:

  • grief and bereavement during COVID19 which provides a compassionate overview of coping with loss, feelings that may be experienced, supporting others who are grieving and links to help and information. 
  • A practical guide for the process following a death and what has changed due to the pandemic.

Digital versions of these resources are available from the Shropshire Council website bereavement page at: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/bereavement-services/support-and-resources-for-those-recently-bereaved/

Severn Trent Water – water mains renewal

Planned Works for Derwen – The Bryn Junction to Gornal, Iron Mills junction via The Bryn to Ebnal Hall Junction, Iron Mills to Ebnal Lodge Junction, Junction with B5009 to Iron Mills Junction, Gobwen

Severn Trent have confirmed that the work, originally planned for August 2019, will now commence August 2020,  and they expect these vital works to be completed December 2020. A detailed programme of works has been planned and this information will shortly be communicated with the local and surrounding community. 

BIKE TRAIL AT BRYN y CASTELL COPPICE

The Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council has noted the construction of a Bike Trail at Bryn y Castell Coppice (BYCC). There are no permissions in place for this trail.

The BYCC Conservation Group has worked hard to maintain and develop the Coppice, planting saplings, maintaining and encouraging a habitat for all forms of plant and animal life. Sadly, the trail has had a detrimental impact on this work and the use of the trail is impacting on the residents in Fernhill Lane, which backs onto BYCC, and other members of the local community.

The Parish Council recognises that everyone is entitled to ‘quiet enjoyment’ of their surroundings and that provision needs to be made for outdoor activities of many kinds. Seeking to balance these is often problematic. However, the development of such provision needs to take place in a suitable location, with appropriate consultation, which protects the interests of residents and provides a safe place for recreational activities.

The Council wishes to work with those seeking to use the trail, residents, and Shropshire Council and to ensure that all interests are considered and achieve a satisfactory outcome, and invites anyone with an interest in improving the arrangements for recreation (for children, young people and adults alike) in the Parish to contact the Parish Clerk, preferably by email at clerk@selattynandgobowenpc.org.uk.