Society's Newsletter October 2012

Following previous successful public meetings, which had attendances way beyond our expectations and showed that residents are very keen to improve the appearance of our villages and district, we have organised another:-
Public Meeting & AGM at the Red House, Albrighton
Bar Open 7pm meeting starts 7.30pm
Monday 8th October 2012

Speakers will provide updates on current projects and topics including:-

Proposed Signage Scheme – speakers from Traders Association.

How the £40,000 grant received will be used to provide signs to encourage visitors into Albrighton. Proposed “Brown signs” at entrances to Albrighton and on the M54 to show we have services to offer. Many new signs in Albrighton with information on local historic or important buildings and sites of interest. This project is supported by the Civic Society

Albrighton/Donington Community Plan – this Plan will provide recommendations for the developments over the next 15 years. Civic Society is a member of the Steering Group.

Come and have your say – this will help form the Civic Society’s input into the Plan.

What do you want our district to look like? How many houses do you want? Do you want land allocated for more light industry? - and where. Should the Public Convenience be closed as proposed by Shropshire Council? Do you want more parking in the centre? ...etc etc.

Station Heritage Centre - The Society’s proposal to take the Station Building out of dereliction, refurbish it as a centre for Arts & Crafts Exhibitions & Demonstrations and sale of local artists & crafts people’s wares, Local Museum and a Tourist Information Point. Heritage Lottery Fund has given preliminary approval but more planning work to be done. Together with Albrighton PC we have lobbied Network Rail to refurbish the 2 bridges and platforms. Options for increased parking both for the Station and Heritage Centre have been reviewed.

Restoration of The Shrewsbury Arms and The Old School – hear from the owners what they have done and see photographs of the results.

The Society’s other projects may also be discussed including –
o Improving the appearance of the Village Entrances Scheme
o Planters in public places & Hanging baskets in conjunction with the Flower Show
o Civic Society Awards for Local Schools – see the superb work of our youngsters
o Local eyesores such as:- neglected streets & weed covered pavements, need to paint lamp posts & street furniture,
The Old Smithy, Lea Manor Hotel.

Question & Answer session and suggestions/contributions from the floor.

We would be pleased to receive any suggestions for topics for the discussion session - either at the meeting, or if sent to us a few days prior to the meeting may allow us to get someone to address the matter more formally.

All residents welcome to attend, we hope to see you there

Part of the meeting will be the Annual General Meeting of the Society where a new committee (and its Officers: Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer) will be elected. In accordance with the Constitution nominations for the election of Officers and Committee Members should be sent to the Secretary (Elwood House, Cross Rd, Albrighton WV7 3RA) in writing together with the nominee’s written consent at least 7 days before the Annual General Meeting. Such nominations shall be supported by a seconder and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The proposer, seconder & nominee shall be Society members. The nomination shall be by letter or on a form available from the Secretary.

For more information please see www or contact:

Peter Woodman –Chairman (T: 372225) 31/32 High St or Rod Smith -Secretary (T: 372765)