Lawley and Overdale Parish Council

Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Local issues update

Speeding awareness

Members of Lawley Community Speedwatch getting ready for their first speed monitoring operation on Dawley Road. The four people are standing next to each other on a footpath next to a pedestrian crossing, wearing high-visibility jackets. One of them is holding a speed gun, and two "Community Speed Monitoring" signs are placed in front of them.

One of Telford’s first Community Speedwatch Groups began operating in Lawley this year, and was formed after almost 8 years of campaigning by its members. The group can only monitor roads which have been highlighted as areas of concern by data received.

If you’d like to get involved with Lawley CSW, you can contact them by messaging the Make Lawley Village’s Roads Safer Facebook page.

Police update

Sgt Richard Jones and his team are at present working to put together a Community Confidence Plan which will be shared with all.

Operation Rough Park

South Telford has suffered motorbike nuisance for a number of years. The Rough Park area is made up of bridleways and footpaths that are consistently abused by the illegal use of motorcycles. These motorcycles are behaving in an anti-social manner and recent intelligence suggested that these bikes were being used to transport drugs around Telford.

On Friday 26th October 2020 South SNT officers executed Operation Rough Park in order to try and combat this criminal behaviour. The operation was very successful and resulted in the seizure of four bikes, and one male was arrested for dangerous driving with a quantity of drugs seized.

Further operations are being planned by South SNT officers to continue to disrupt youths on bikes causing ASB in the future.

Lawley & Overdale Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)

The SNT wants to work with our community, listen to your needs and is ready to act upon your concerns, with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour and crime.

SNT Officers are aware of the harm that can be caused within our communities, and will strive to make our communities a safer and better place to live, work and play.

Please feel free to contact your local policing team – in an emergency ring 999, if not ring 101.

You can also contact the SNT by email.

  • Sergeant: Richard Jones
  • PC: Sian Evans
  • Police Community Support Officer: Mark Bailey
  • Police Community Support Officer: Stephen Lloyd
  • Police Community Support Officer: Scott Ellis

Lawley Village Green

The footpath around the pond on Lawley Village Green had been in a dangerous state of disrepair for over a year. Residents had been raising concerns over a period of time and these were escalated by the Parish to Telford & Wrekin Council.

After a delay due to COVID-19, we were pleased to announce that the repair work was completed in August 2020.


A number of issues have been raised by residents and Councillors, with many already acted upon by Telford & Wrekin Highways Department or are in the process of being actioned:

  • Damson Drive, The Rock, road resurfaced
  • Traffic calming measures on Station Road – these will be put in place on completion of Phase 11.
  • Speed monitoring is taking place along Bellpit Road as concerns had been raised as this is being used as a bypass to access the retail parks.
  • Issues with cars parked on road outside Wrekin View pub and the Co-op on Milners Lane rather than using the car park.
  • Give way road markings now in place on Glendale and Arleston Lane junction
  • Dawley Road pedestrian crossing was installed in February 2020
  • Following concerns over speeding on Glendale and The Meadows, automatic traffic count will be put in place in the near future.

Carpenter Centre

We would like to thank local residents for completing the Carpenter Centre survey regarding usage by and for the local Community.

Suggestions raised will be discussed with Telford & Wrekin Council, Ward and Parish Councillors, and the Linden Centre, to see what can be done to bring this great facility back into community use once again.

We will post updates and hold a drop-in session when restrictions allow to work alongside local residents to achieve this.

Dawley Baptist Church

Builders began to dig the foundations of the new community facilities on 1 March, but sadly a week later an unexpected watermain was hit. This, together with lockdown, made progress impossible for several months. However, the pipe was moved at the end of September with work re-commencing in November with a planned completion for Easter 2021.

Once finished this will be an excellent venue for celebrations, children’s clubs and classes for the local community to enjoy. Further information is available on the Dawley Baptist Church website and the Dawley Baptist Church Facebook page.

Lawley Community Centre

We had to take the very difficult decision to close Lawley Community Centre at the end of March, in line with Government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

We were able to open again at the beginning of June, but only for our primary users – Puddleducks Under Fives nursery provision.

Sadly, this is still the current situation, and we have not been able to re-open for our usual evening users or for weekend use. Hopefully, early 2021 will see a return to normal activities, but we thank all users for their understanding during these difficult times.

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