Coronavirus sign mix-up in Market Drayton

Signs suggesting a vaccination centre was about to open were wrongly put up in Market Drayton.

In fact, a coronavirus testing centre is due to open on Monday and the signs were meant to say so.

Roy Aldcroft, mayor of Market Drayton, said "hopes had been raised by negligence".

"For the last couple of months, town and county councillors, members of the public and our MP have been calling for a vaccination centre in Market Drayton," he said.

"Signs had appeared at the swimming pool car park saying it was to be a vaccination centre.

"Unfortunately, someone put the wrong signs up.

"It is opening on Monday as a test centre for Covid but nowhere has yet been allocated in Market Drayton for vaccinations.

"I cannot find words to describe how I feel, so much good work being done then everyone misled and hopes raised by negligence."

A spokesman from Shropshire Council has confirmed a Covid-19 testing unit will be open at Newport Road car park in Market Drayton from Monday.

“Unfortunately, incorrect signage was placed in the car park which mistakenly referred to vaccination centre parking," they said.

"The mistake was quickly recognised, and new signage will be placed as quickly as possible.

“We apologise for any confusion this has caused.”

Testing is available for anyone who has one of the main of Covid-19 symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell.

The council is also encouraging people to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have any less common symptoms, such as a headache, sore throat or shortness of breath.

Tests can be booked online at or by calling 119.

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