Flood Risks on or from new housing estates. Talk by Telford and Wrekin Flood Risk Officer.

A joint meeting of Newport Civic Society and Sustainable Newport Shropshire (previously known as Newport 21), is being held on Tuesday 26th February 2019, at which John Bellis, the Flood Risk officer at Telford and Wrekin Council, will give an insight into his role supporting households in a ‘flood prone zone’ together with how the potential flood risks are assessed in planning applications and what measures can be taken to reduce the risk of flooding either on a new proposed development or to existing adjoining properties/land or further down stream of any developments.

Everyone is welcome. The presentations will be held on Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7.30 pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.

A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

‘Plastic free Newport’ plus ‘What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’

What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’ plus ‘Plastic free Newport’. A joint meeting of Newport Civic Society and Sustainable Newport Shropshire, previously known as Newport 21, is being held on 29th January.

Cath Edwards, of Sustainable Newport, will give an update on the Sustainable Newport project ‘Plastic free Newport’ with the elimination of single use plastics by the local businesses and how the rebranding of their organisation has brought new impetus and fresh membership to their group. She will give brief details of other subjects that the group is involved with and answer questions.

This will be followed by a discussion led by David Griffin of Newport Civic Society on ‘What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’, with examples of how Newport has lost significant buildings over the last 40 years to developments which in hindsight would now be considered as unsuitable. The prime example being the Vine Vaults Hotel next to the Market Hall becoming the Central Square development.

This talk is a preamble to the February subject of Conservation & Regeneration to be given by Ian Harvey, Executive Director, Civic Voice (formerly The Civic Trust) and is part of the Society’s focus on conservation for this year. The Society is working in conjunction with the Newport History Society and Telford & Wrekin’s conservation officers on completing a long overdue review of the existing Newport Conservation Area. Other local groups, schools etc. are welcome to have input to this task and have suggestions to potential changes to the boundaries of the Conservation Area -please contact the Society via prchadwick353@gmail.com if you wish to participate in the project.

Everyone is welcome, the presentations will be held on – Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.30 pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.

A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

David Austin Roses Past, Present & Future

Newport and District Civic Society will be holding its third presentation of its membership year on the 27th November, the speaker will be Di Perry.

Di will provide an insight on the preparations required for a winning exhibition at the Chelsea or Shrewsbury Flower show. She will also show how David Austin has moved with the changes to product marketing required to be successful in the modern world and the changes to the business model over the last twenty years that has ensured that David Austin has maintained its synonymous relationship with roses.

This will be followed by a question and answer session where I am sure the horticultural issues of growing roses will come up.
Everyone is welcome, the presentation will be held on –

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

Newport South/Chetwynd Aston -Second Consultation on proposed Parish boundary changes.

Following on from the article posted on 25 October 2018, in which the Shropshire Star reported that the T&W Boundary Review Committee had rejected the proposed boundary extension to the south of Newport, only days after the decision a second period of consultation closing on 6 January 2019 has now been launched by T&W.
Details of the second consultation can be found from the link below. The document called Draft Recommendations: Newport CGR – Report appears to be the most relevant in describing the details of the Second Consultation :-

http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20107/elections/634/parishes_in_the_borough_community_governance_reviews

Friends Against Scams

Newport and District Civic Society will be holding its second presentation of its membership year on the 30th October, the speaker will be Janine Loxton.

Scams are the fastest growing type of crime in the UK. More than 50% of the population aged over 65 has been targeted by a scammer , yet just 5% of victims report the fact. There are many types of scams, and approaches are continually changing, the four main types are postal, telephone, doorstep and online.

It is just not the over 65’s who are targeted, identity theft now accounts for 56% of fraud ,and the greatest increase of this type of fraud is in the 21 -30 age group. We have seen customers as young as 13 ‘sell’ their bank account details for a small payment, unaware that they will be continually contacted by the criminals behind the scam.

Natwest is proud to be a founding partner of the the ‘Friends against Scams’ programme together with the National Trading Standards. The aim of the programme is simple – to reduce the number of people falling victim to criminal scams. Janine as Natwest’s Community Banker for Shropshire, Wolverhampton, and the Black Country hosts regular events across the community to educate people on being financially fit , living in the digital world, and preventing fraud. She has been a Community Banker since March 2018 and has worked within Natwest Branch Banking for the last 10 years.

We encourage anyone wanting to find more about keeping themselves, community groups, their family and friends safe from fraudsters to come along to the talk. If you want to join the Society, an annual subscription of £10 gives free entry to each speaker meeting.

Everyone is welcome, the presentation will be held on –

Tuesday 30th October 2018, 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

AGM 2018 plus speaker on Victoria County History Shropshire: Present and future projects

Newport and District Civic Society commences its new membership year on 25th September 2018, with a presentation by Dr. Judith Everard on’’VCH Shropshire’.
If you want to join the Society, an annual subscription of just £10 a year gives free entry to each speaker meeting, so come along on 25th September 2018 and join.
The Society will be holding a short AGM following the presentation by Dr. Everard.

Since its re-launch in 2014, ‘VCH Shropshire’ has been working on both Shrewsbury and Wem with the aim of producing the hallmark VCH ‘red books’ on North Bradford hundred.
The next area of interest is Newport and the Weald Moors. Dr Judith Everard will present findings from her work on Wem and ideas for the project’s future regarding a Newport scoping study, which is the first part of writing the ‘short’ History of Newport .
Help will be needed from local people to start researching and writing the new and definitive History of Newport and it is understood that Newport Town Council have given money to help with the cost of the scoping study.
Come and hear details of the recent work on the VCH Shropshire and how you could help with the History of Newport

Dr Judith Everard is a medieval historian by training. She has worked as contributing editor for Victoria County History Shropshire since 2015.

The presentation will be held on –
Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs & refreshments.

NEWPORT REGENERATION PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES THE NEWPORT INNOVATION PARK PROJECT

Newport Regeneration Partnership is committed to continuing its work to represent Newport and the local community especially as we work towards the Newport Innovation Park.

The Partnership has, over many years, led the way and has built up a successful relationship with its partners and has delivered on a number of successful projects.

Members remain proud of this exciting project, not only for Newport and the surrounding areas, but for Telford & Wrekin and for Shropshire and we are confident that our continued efforts to secure the right type of jobs are important. We have appreciated the support of MPs, Ministers and MEPs, many of which have visited the site, and together we have driven our objectives which will see Agri-Tech and Scientific employment on the new site.

Harper Adams University and Telford & Wrekin Council representatives have attended our meetings since 2013, which has demonstrated the effectiveness of the Newport Regeneration Partnership. This was recognised by the Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council in his press release, which acknowledged the enormous amount of work undertaken by the Partnership and our partners so far.

Our partners come from a variety of organizations, everyone has been welcomed and has played an important role in the progress made to date. We are grateful to Newport Town Council and the surrounding Parishes, Newport Town Team, the Civic Society and many more, for their commitment and dedication and we will be sharing this with the Project Information Group when it meets early in September.

Councillor Eric Carter, Chairman of Newport Regeneration Partnership said “Our Masterplan for Audley Avenue remains our focus for the site and we, with our Partners, will strive to bring this forward. It is a very exciting time for Newport, and for our Communities and for Telford & Wrekin.”

Issued on behalf of Councillor Eric Carter, Chairman

Petition against development of land off Station Road

Jessica Steen of The Den in St. Mary’s Street has started a petition against the building permission for the land just south of Springfield Industrial Estate/off Station Rd.
Link to the petition below:-

https://www.change.org/p/telford-and-wrekin-council-stop-telford-a-wrekin-council-building-on-newport-s-historical-land?recruiter=886312149&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook_link&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page

Government selling large amount of land around Telford

On pages 16/17 of the document in the link below you will see an awful lot of land to be disposed of in Telford :-

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/719469/June_2018_LDDP_-_final_180526.pdf

TWC/2016/1152 – Site of Parkland House, The Car Auction Ltd & Land north of Audley Avenue Industrial Estate – Outline planning application for up to 68 dwellings

Revised application with the number of houses reduced from 98 to 68 will go before T&W Plans Committee on 13th June 2018, with a recommendation to approve. Details in the Plans Committee agenda from the link below :-

http://apps.telford.gov.uk/CouncilAndDemocracy/Meetings/Meeting/MTYxMg%3d%3d