Drop-in meetings and tours this week for plans to end 'rat-running' in Shrewsbury streets

Drop-in meetings and 'walkabouts' are taking place to discuss plans to try and take cars out of two areas of the county town.

Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury. Photo: Google
Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury. Photo: Google

Residents in the Copthorne and Porthill areas of Shrewsbury are being invited to go on a walkabout this week to find out more about plans to make them ‘liveable neighbourhoods’ for a trial period of up to 18 months.

A liveable neighbourhood aims to make neighbourhood streets safer and more appealing for residents, cyclists and pedestrians by removing rat-running traffic.

Three walkabouts are taking place this week – each led by Shropshire Council officers and local councillors Rob Wilson and Julian Dean.

The area of Copthorne that would be covered by the trial

They will take place from 8am to 9.30am, and 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday, and from 10.30am to noon on Sunday, October 16.

Each walkabout starts from Porthill Bridge.

Three community drop-in sessions are also being held this week where people can find out more about the plan and ask questions.

They take place from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday at The Beacon, and from 4pm to 6pm at The Bricklayers Arms.

The area of Porthill that would be covered by the trial

There will be another session from noon to 2pm on Saturday, October 16.

The walkabouts and drop-in sessions are part of a public engagement exercise that runs from Monday 4 October until 1 November 2021.

To find out more about the projects visit https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/active-travel/.

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