Council ready to rebuild and boost flood defences

As parts of Shropshire were hit by major flooding for the third time in 12 months earlier this year, one area continued to suffer away from the spotlight.

Flooding at Melverley. Photo: Chris Aitken
Flooding at Melverley. Photo: Chris Aitken

While the attention is naturally drawn to the impact on the county town of Shrewsbury, or the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, residents in Melverley on the Powys border were left completely cut off in some cases.

A notice from Shropshire Council suggests that some work is being done to tackle the issue, with the authority announcing the closure of a public footpath to allow work to take place to “rebuild and strengthen” flood defences in the area.

The council said that the footpath, number 14 on the rights of way list, will be closed for up to six months.

A notice published by the authority said: “The order will come into operation on May 4 2021 for a period of up to six months and is required so that works to rebuild and strengthen existing flood defences can be carried out.”

People who are still walking in the area have been advised of an alternate route.

The notice said: “There is an alternative route available for use on foot using the right of way network and a small section of Gooserun Lane.”

Telford & Wrekin Council meanwhile has published notice of a major proposal for one of the county’s major industry sites.

Planning permission is being sought to build 101 houses on the site of the former Aga Rayburn works at Coalbrookdale.

The proposal is a significant development for the site, which stopped operating as a foundry in 2017.

The application has come from Shropshire Homes with a decision to be taken by Telford & Wrekin Council.

Shropshire Council meanwhile is being asked to consider an application from the Hundred House Hotel in Norton.

The plan asks permission to put a permanent eight metre by 12 metre marquee in place, as well as a portable toilet unit.

Sutton Wharf Caravan site is requesting approval to extend its site through a change of use application, which has also been submitted to the authority.

Planners will also be asked to consider approving a plan for a ground-mounted solar farm, including installation of ancillary infrastructure at Bubney Farm, Grindley Brook, Whitchurch.

Other applications include a conversion of the upper two stories belonging to 19 Mardol in Shrewsbury, which includes the creation of a roof terrace.

A footpath will be closed while council officials carry out repair work to rails. Shropshire Council said that the order, which relates to Footpath 14 at Church Stretton started on April 30. The order will be in place for six months.

The council said that there is no alternative route available.

People wishing to find out more information about rights of way closures in Shropshire can contact the Outdoor Partnerships at or our on 0345 678 9006.

Meanwhile, a road will be closed until later this month for work to put a new gas main in place.

Shropshire Council has published a notice highlighting that Weston Lane in Oswestry will be shut for the work.

The order started on April 26, and is expected to be in place for 18 days.

Traffic will not be able to use the road during the work, which is being carried out in collaboration with Severn Trent Water.

A diversion route will be in place.

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