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                        UPDATE ON THE WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT

It’s been a while since we consulted all residents about creating a War Memorial for the Parish – we have been busy behind the scenes since the location was agreed by you all to be on the grassed area behind the Grazing Cow public house.

We obtained planning permission and we received several positive comments about the design that was approved.

You would think that having the location and design ready to go would mean we could move forward and appoint a fabricator to make our vision a reality and get the groundwork’s started wouldn’t you? How difficult could it be? Very difficult is the answer!

We approached a number of companies to quote for the making/installation of the Memorial and they were either prohibitive due to additional hidden costs for further CAD drawings or some didn’t want to know, and then we were let down by British Ironworks with whom we had a verbal agreement, but, with no formal contract forthcoming from them we could not proceed.

By chance we came across a company called Art Fabrications based in Nuneaton and we haven’t looked back since.

We visited their workshops last week to see what progress has been made to date and were impressed with what we saw. It is works in progress but is great to see the Memorial finally taking shape! Lots more work to be done on all the paint finishes/laser cutting etc but it’s looking good so far!








The location also proved to be problematic! Not only is it the location of the old West Centre Way that was filled in and moved to its current location, it also contains all the mains services for the area – including the biggest water main in Telford! We had to undertake surveys from all the utility suppliers and Telford & Wrekin Council to establish the feasibility of being able to locate the Memorial in the chosen location. We are pleased to report that we have been given the go-ahead by all the service providers!

Over the next few weeks you will start to see groundworks being undertaken to prepare the site ready for the Memorial to be placed at its agreed location.

We are all excited to see this legacy project finally in situ to honour those people of the Parish that gave their lives for our tomorrows – We will remember them.










Residents will recall that in November 2018 Telford & Wrekin Council refused Morrison’s application to limit the parking on the community car park

Their decision was due to the impact that the proposals would have on the retailers in Lawley Square and specifically:

  • the consideration that Lawley as Sustainable Urban Extension was granted on the provision that this was a community car park for the area, without restriction
  • the change of restriction from an unrestricted car park would therefore have a detrimental impact on local residents and businesses
  • its potential harm to highway safety and the economic viability of existing shops
  • and that, because of the lack of alternative available parking within Lawley, losing the unrestricted car park would worsen the current situation.

We have now been informed that Morrisons have lodged an appeal with the National Planning Inspectorate to overturn this decision, and at the same time have submitted an application to Telford & Wrekin Council to put up signage referring to the ANPR cameras that have previously been refused

Since the development was first planned and given planning permission in 2004 the car park has been designated as the car park for the use of the wider community

The Design and Access statement for the whole Lawley development refers to this as the designated car park for all of the retail units in the Square aswell as the residents who live in Parkes Court

Retail units in the Square and Parkes Court residents have parking facilities on this car park written into their leases.

Every subsequent planning application in the Lawley Square area approved by Telford & Wrekin Council has referred to the “unrestricted parking on the adjacent community car park” as a justification for not having to provide further parking in the area.

Telford & Wrekin Highways signs are prominently displayed on local roads directing visitors to Lawley Square to park on the community car park.

Until Morrisons planning application last year there has never been any issue with the car parking arrangements set out in the original Lawley plans.

Morrisons propose to limit parking to 2 or 3 hours and enforce this via ANPR cameras.

This would prevent Parkes’ Court residents, volunteers in the Charity Shops, and staff from the retail units, the Medical Centre, Lawley Dentist and the Extra Care Centre from parking on the car park, as they have done since the Square and Morrisons was built

They will inevitably have to park on local residential roads, causing issues for local residents and making it even more difficult for vehicles, including the local bus service, to travel around the area.

The Parish Council have tried to engage with Morrisons both locally and nationally since the first application was submitted last Summer. Unfortunately, they have refused to meet us to discuss local concerns.

The last application was refused by Telford & Wrekin Planning Committee following a strong campaign by the Parish Council, local residents, local retailers and Lawley Running Club – who will all be directly affected by Morrisons attempt to limit use of the community car park.

In the coming weeks we would ask the local community to once again show their opposition to Morrisons proposals by:

  • objecting to the application for signage

Details can be found at

  • submitting objections to the National Planning Inspector

Further information on the timescale for the National Planning Enquiry will be provided as soon as we have them.



#GBSpring Clean 24th March 2019 – Overdale

Well done ladies! Cllr Joy Francis with local residents Rupal Karpe, Ellen and her daughter – thank you all!

A sunny but cool morning -and pickers at the ready!

Thank you! Cllr Jayne Greenaway, Cllr Joy Francis and Rupal Karpe








What a mess! Thank you ladies for your efforts – every bit helps – much appreciated by the local residents!


All bagged and ready to go to the tip! Thank you all!

#GBSpring Clean 24th March 2019 – Dawley Bank











A clean up around Dawley Bank today – three bags of rubbish picked up  and a bag of plastic to be used to create an art piece by Arty Farty with all the plastic picked during the #GBSpringClean.

Many thanks to to Cllr Darren Blackburn and Gary, who is a street champion already, for their efforts which are much appreciated by all in the local area. Well done and thank you!

#GBSpringClean 24th March 2019

We are taking part in the #GBSpringClean on Sunday 24th March starting at 11am  in two areas of the Parish:

Meeting at Dawley Bank Premier shop and The Carpenter Centre on Overdale.

The litter pick will be led by Councillors and anyone wishing to take part can join them from 11am – litter pickers and hi-vis vests will be provided.

All volunteers are welcome and local Street Champions have been invited so come and join us! #Prideofpatch