I’m Chris Lemon and I am delighted to have been chosen as the Green Party’s candidate for Shrewsbury Town Council in the Radbrook ward at the May local elections. I moved to Shrewsbury to train as a Registered General Nurse and after qualifying in 1996 I worked for five years mostly on the Oncology Ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. I first lived in the Nurses Home on the old South Hospital site, which is now occupied by housing within the ward, and later lived on Ravenscourt Walk, also within Radbrook ward.
I have been part of the small team working hard in Radbrook for three years. I truly appreciate the sense of community and campaigning spirit of people in Radbrook Green, Rad Valley, Darwin’s Walk and Bowbrook Meadows, finding inspiring individuals and groups throughout the ward concerned with many issues that we have been privileged to support.
I was present on election night when Julian Dean became the first Green Party councillor in Shrewsbury. The promise of that evening has been fulfilled many times over with his participation at both councils over the last four years. It would be a huge step forward if he had fellow Greens working alongside him after the election, and I look forward very much to working with him on Shrewsbury Town Council if I am elected in May.
A Shrewsbury Green Party candidate has raised concerns over a proposed new primary school in the Bowbrook Meadows development after a Freedom of Information Request revealed that it will not have sufficient places to meet demand from local families.
The Shrewsbury & Atcham Green Party is celebrating today after a huge win in Radbrook, Shrewsbury last night.
My roots in Radbrook go back a long way having lived in the area for many of my childhood years. I lived on Ravenscourt Walk whilst I trained at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, where I also later worked as a Registered General Nurse, and I still have friends and family living in the ward.
Recently plans were submitted to build 52 new houses on Radbrook Fields next to Mousecroft Lane. Many local people and groups submitted objections to the plans.
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By Julia Evans, Shropshire Councillor for Radbrook, Shrewsbury.
In 2014, planning was approved for the Bowbrook Meadows and Darwins Walk estates. Today in 2022, nearly 8 years later and over a year since the last house was occupied, the estate is still waiting completion. A month after the election, I walked through Squinter Pip Way and took photos of the lumpy, rough roads and pavements, the builders toilet and left over equipment opposite Meadowbout Way and the overgrown wasteland that should have been the wildlife-friendly landscaping that had been promised – including the nature walks completed on the west side but not on the east with ‘the bridge to nowhere’.
Work was recommenced in August last year but only initially two people working to complete kerbing. After a resident wrote directly to the CEO of Bovis and I had sent several emails to managers at Barratt, hedges were cut and two more workers appeared. Progress has been made but it is a very painfully slow progression. There was an apology to all residents of Bowbrook Meadows from Barratt as follows:
Good Afternoon Ms Evans
I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry and, firstly, we do have to apologise to residents for the delays on our estates completion works at Bowbrook Meadows, this has been due to many various factors.
A landscaping company has been tendered and work should begin soon.
This has caused misery for many residents and in one case, an accident. This has been a point of discussion on Social media several times ( thank you to a resident for the title of this piece). After further emails and different Managers at Barratt each time, I wrote to the Shropshire Star – no reply. I then reported, with advice from an Enforcement Officer (with thanks), Barratt and Bovis to the Planning Enforcement Team and hoping this may result with a Completion Notice.
Meanwhile I have asked for a CIL figure (Community Infrastructure Levy) and will be asking residents what they would like to see this spent on – some will be on things such as bus shelters, bins, salt bins as soon as the Council takes over responsibility.
The Shrewsbury & Atcham Green Party is celebrating after a ‘superb’ showing in the local elections with two new Shrewsbury Green Party councillors joining re-elected Porthill councillor Julian Dean.