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4th March 2021

Shropshire Council hold limited stocks of sandbags for collection by the public at our Highways Depots around the County. The location of your nearest depot can be found herePrior to collection please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006 to ensure that sandbags are available for collection at your nearest depot.

Supply is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and limited to 10 sand bags per collection. Please consider the needs of others when collecting sandbags and don’t take more than you need. Please ensure that your vehicle is suitable to transport the weight of sandbags you are collecting.

If you are collecting sandbags outside of office hours, Shropshire Council maintain a limited supply outside of the site compound. As above these are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will only be replenished during office hours.

14th December 2020

2021 Census in Shropshire

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) will carry out the 2021 Census on 21st March 2021. The

Census will provide a picture of England and Wales, revealing the size and characteristics of the population and providing valuable information that will be used to inform policy development, funding allocations and future service planning. The 2021 census will be predominantly an online Census with paper forms made available to people that are unable to take part online.


Each household in Shropshire will receive a postcard during the 22nd-27th February 2021 raising awareness of the 2021 Census, followed by an initial contact pack (during the 3rd-12th March 2021) requesting each household to complete the Census questionnaire online or by requesting a paper questionnaire. 


Help will be available to Shropshire households via support centres located in the libraries in Shropshire’s largest six market towns (Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Whitchurch), via online guidance, a national helpline and via trained field staff. The questionnaire can be completed using a mobile phone.


ONS 2021 Census plans will be responsive to the latest guidelines from central government on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and so may be subject to change.

3rd December 2020

Pontesbury & Worthen Medical Practice




  • Will you remain a NHS practice, offering a broad range of ‘private’ treatment; or is this the beginnings of a ‘private medical care’ practice?

Yes we will absolutely be remaining as an NHS practice, there is no intention of becoming a private medical practice.


  • Will a satisfactory level of autonomy be maintained, both for the administration and for the medical aspects of a GP practice when you combine the clinical and administrative teams?

The structure is being looked at so everyone has appropriate line management, but as in any practice a degree of autonomy is required to carry out day to day duties.


  • Will there be resultant job losses when the amalgamation is finalised?

There are no redundancies planned.


  • Will best practice be implemented across both sites?

We will be looking at all our processes at both sites with the plan to take the best from each practice going forwards.  We have already started to identify areas where each practice has strengths and how we implement them across both sites. By merging, the expectation is that services will be strengthened for patients.  Patients will still be able to access the health care they need at either site and should have a greater degree of flexibility of when or where they are seen and a greater choice of clinicians.


  • Will telephone triage be undertaken and applied when booking appointments? 

With the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to adapt to a very different way of working in order to keep patients safe and this has meant a big change to how we run our appointments system.  This has been accepted by patients and we have found that telephone triage is working well. 


  • Will we be able to a doctor of our choice e.g. the one we are used to seeing?

As the practices are merging all doctors will be working for the new “Pontesbury and Worthen Medical Practice”, but you are perfectly entitled to be seen by whichever doctor you choose, subject to availability and your clinical need at the time, and you will have greater choice of appointment and location being able to be seen at either site.


  • For those with transport issues, will it be possible to see a Pontesbury G.P at the Worthen Medical Centre? What sort of service is envisioned for the Worthen practice?

Both sites will run as part of the merged practice, and GPs will run surgeries at both sites, though obviously Worthen can only house one GP surgery at a time, patients will be able to attend  either site. There will however be occasions where demand is high, and choice at either site may be limited. As such we would, on occasion, be likely to have urgent assessments being done on one site.

Home visiting is only available for patients who are bedbound, or housebound for medical reasons. Generally patients who can attend hospital outpatients would also be expected to have arrangements in place to allow them to attend the surgery.

11th November 2020

Households in Westbury Parish will soon be receiving a free SmartWater kit purchased uniquely for your household by your local parish council working alongside the We Don’t Buy Crime team and West Mercia Police to protect your home from burglary.

Due to the current restriction of Covid-19 and the need to self-isolate, this kit has been safely pre-registered to your address and this solution is now unique to your home. This procedure is in line with Royal Mail general data protection regulations / guidelines, however should you wish to opt out of this initiative simply email and we will remove the kit/your record from the initiative.

Why protect your items with SmartWater?

If your items were stolen, the police could trace them back to you.  By SmartWater protecting your items you deter burglary.

The We Don’t Buy Crime team work vigorously to encourage all organisations who buy items off the public; retailers, scrap metal merchants, auction houses, antique and jewellery dealers to check for SmartWater therefore sabotaging the re-sale avenue of stolen goods. We have over 200 businesses that are actively doing this.

In a court of law, SmartWater is sufficient evidence to convict a criminal with 100% conviction rate in court to date – since 1995 over 1000 SmartWater convictions have taken place and a far greater number of burglaries prevented in our neighbourhoods and SmartWater protected areas see an average reduction in burglaries of 65%

What’s in SmartWater?

SmartWater is made up of 85% Water, 10% polymers plus a unique mix of rare earth metal traces which make every bottle unique.

SmartWater is invisible in daylight but fluoresces under UV light and cannot be removed once fully adhered to its surface.

What if I do not receive a kit?

We will be sending out over 400 kits.   If you are aware your neighbour has received a kit and you have not, please contact the parish council and advise the clerk.


22nd October 2020

We are keen to share with the community updated information regarding local Covid Testing. Shropshire is at critical point in the battle against COVID-19. On Monday 19th October, Public Health England put Shropshire’s case rate at 90.4 per 100,000.

Please see interactive map for information on the current Teir level in Shropshire -

People with symptoms of coronavirus - no matter how mild - should book a Covid-19 test as soon as possible. Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell. People who are unsure if their symptoms are Covid-19 can visit  or call 111 where advice will be given.

Testing is available at the following sites: 






London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND


22nd October – 27th October


Beatrice Street, Morrisons Oswestry, SY11 2HT


22nd October – 27th October






London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND


28th October – 4th November


Highways Depot, Craven Arms, SY7 8NR


28th October – 4th November



How to book a test

  • To book a test visit: If you have other problems using the online service, call 119.


  • You can also book a test through the NHS COVID – 19 app. For further information please click here.

When to get a test

  • If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done within the first five days of showing symptoms.
  • Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you can't get to a test site.

  • On days one to four of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home.

  • If you're ordering a home test kit on day four, do it by 3pm. On day five, you need to go to a test site. It's too late to order a home test kit.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

  • You must stay at home (self-isolate) if you have symptoms. Do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home. A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.

  • Getting a test is important. If you have symptoms and do not get tested, you will still need to self-isolate for at least 10 days, and your household or bubble for 14 days. Please see 


What the test involves


  • This test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
  • It checks if you have the virus now.

  • You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.

  • Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

Getting a test for someone else

  • If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to three of them.
  • If you're applying for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they're happy for you to get a test for them.

Getting your test result

  • While you are waiting for your test results you must self-isolate.
  • You'll get a text or email with your result when it's ready
  • If you use the NHS Covid-19 app, you may also get your result in the app.
  • Most people get their test results the day after taking the test. Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.


Many Thanks



Hannah Thomas

Current role: Community Reassurance Team Lead for North West Shropshire

Substantive role: Specialist Advisor

Public Health, Health Checks Team


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