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We have been notified of the following applications in the Parish:

TWC/2018/0185   Land corner of Colliers Way/Rock Road   Erection of a bar and restaurant with the creation of a new access, associated parking and landscaping.

TWC/2018/0213  Land adjacent and rear of 27 Upper Wood, The Rock   Change of use of public open space to private garden

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number into the link to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Planning website on our main Planning page.


We have been notified of the following applications in the Parish:

TWC/2018/0068  Morrisons, Gresham Drive, Newdale  Installation of various fascia signs and branded vinyl

TWC/2018/0070  Units 1 & 2, Rampart Way, Telford Town Centre  Change of use to accommodate 3 retail units and a gym

TWC/2018/0077  Lawley Phase 11  Reserved matters application to enable engineering works and ground modelling

TWC/2018/0078  3 The Hay, The Rock  Change of use of open land to garden and erection of  shed (retrospective)

TWC/2018/0112  37 Lower Wood, The Rock  Change of use of open land to garden

TWC/2018/0118  Unit 5, Forge Retail Park, Old Park  Installation of fascia signs and poster frames

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number into the link to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Planning website on our main Planning page.


Work was completed in the following areas:

  • Footpath scraped on the footbridge across West Centre Way
  • fly tip removed from the top of Rock Road by Colliers Way
  • litter picked in the Community Garden
  • fallen branch removed from the Wrekin Trundle footpath
  • Pruning on Ironbridge Way
  • litter removed from the pool at Old Park
  • Scraped debris from the alleyway off Grove Road
  • leaves blown from the steps off Acer Close
  • pruned around the car park at Princes End
  • fallen branch removed from the footpath on Old Park Way
  • Leaves and mud removed from the entire length of  footpath along Rock Road from Marlborough Way to Overdale
  • leaves and mud removed from the bus stop on Rock Road


West Mercia Police have launched a series of help and advice pages and downloadable leaflets on their website to assist members of the public to ‘make the right call’ in the event they wish to contact the Police about a specific issue.

Their aim is to reduce the number of inappropriate calls going in to the West Mercia Police Communications Centre, meaning that their staff are available for emergency calls and to reduce the waiting time for anyone calling in on 101.

The issues covered in the leaflets on the website include:

Neighbour disputes
Unless a crime has been committed or someone is in immediate danger, the police are unlikely to intervene in neighbour disputes.

The prosecuting authority in England for noise nuisance is the local authority – Telford & Wrekin Council. The police within England and Wales have very limited powers to deal with noise nuisance.

Highways and road faults
Road related faults and highways enquiries should be directed to the local authority not the Police.

Road traffic collisions
The leaflet explains when an accident should be reported to the police.

Fly tipping
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. Often, this will involve dumping large items that are dumped instead of being legally disposed of at a household waste and recycling centre or commercial site. This should be reported to Telford & Wrekin Council

Civil dispute
A civil dispute can be a disagreement over ownership of property, dissatisfaction with a product or service provided, disputes over debts or bills and many other things where there is a difference in opinion between two or more parties over what was agreed.

Dogs fouling and barking
Information on dog fouling, dog barking and dog incidents are included on the website. Dog fouling and dog barking should be reported to Telford & Wrekin Council

Parking issues on adopted roads are handled by a mixture of local authority and police powers, depending on the situation. The website provides details of what should be reported to the Police

The link below will take you to the “Make The Right Call” Help and Advice pages for each of these topics.

Make The Right Call



West Mercia Police stop 48 motorists in crack down on drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel

In the 72 hours since the start of the national crackdown week (22 Jan – 28 Jan) on people using their mobile phone while driving, West Mercia Police officers have been out targeting those breaking the law. West Mercia Police stopped 48 motorists in the last three days and these numbers are likely to increase by the end of the operation on Sunday evening.

Each motorist stopped received six points on their licence and a £200 fine. They will have been reminded by the officers why they were stopped and why using their phone is so dangerous, and illegal.

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, said: “Driving while distracted by a mobile phone is completely unacceptable and puts everyone on the roads at risk of serious harm. We are making use of the tougher penalties to clamp down on this dangerous behaviour – but we have to be clear that when you get behind the wheel it is your responsibility to stay focused and alert. It’s concerning that we still have drivers out there who are willing to risk driving whilst distracted and it is a year round commitment for us to challenge this behaviour across West Mercia.”

It’s nearly a year (March 2017) since new legislation was introduced, increasing both the fine and licence points if caught using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. Drivers caught twice face a lengthy ban – which could also then lead to a £1,000 fine. While new drivers – those who have passed within the last two years – could have their licence revoked if caught just once. Since March 2017, 1,268 drivers in West Mercia have been caught using their mobile phone whilst at the wheel.

The Department for Transport launched a new national campaign under the THINK! Banner late last year toward the end of October asking drivers to put their phones away by highlighting just what you miss when you glance at your phone The campaign highlights that it only takes a few seconds of distraction to change lives forever. It urges Android smartphone users to download the Car Mode app or if using an iPhone, it’s drive safe mode, which automatically detects when you’re driving, and silences incoming calls and messages.

Superintendent Paul Moxley who is overseeing the operation this week said: “This is some fine work by our officers targeting those putting, not just themselves, but other people at serious risk of injury and potentially far worse. The hope is this deters such reckless driving and means, in the future people will put their phones in their glove box or bag – and never drive distracted.”