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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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14th October 2020

Good Afternoon

Healthwatch Shropshire are working with Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin to gather patient, family and carer experiences of several areas of health care during the pandemic. We want to hear about what is working well and where things could be improved so that lessons can be learnt and changes made to improve processes and patient experience.


Hospital Discharge

Since March hospitals have been working closely with community health, social care partners and local councils to improve the discharge process. Triggered by Covid-19, the aim has been to make sure no one is in hospital longer than they need to be.

We are gathering people’s experience of discharge under the current arrangements and have worked with local hospital trusts, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils to develop a short questionnaire.

We want to hear about what is working well and where the experience of leaving hospital could be improved.


Out of hours Palliative Care

We would like to know about the experiences of those who have received 'out of hours' palliative care since the beginning of March 2020. Out of hours is during evenings, weekends (from Friday evening to Monday morning), and public holidays.

We would like to gain an understanding of the needs and experiences of palliative care patients and their carers in order to help ensure that out-of-hours care is both effective and efficient.

If you or any of your family, friends or contacts have had experiences, good and not so good, and are willing to share them it would be very helpful.


Kind Regards



Brian Rapson

Information Officer


6th August 2020


The purpose of the Shropshire Local Plan is to determine the course of housing development across the county until 2038, to determine the actual and potential needs of the population, requirements for infrastructure improvements, to support economic and sustainable growth throughout Shropshire. Four stages of public consultation have already been undertaken over the last few years, as part of the ‘Regulation 18’ stage of preparation, and Shropshire Council’s Cabinet has now approved a Pre-Submission version of the Local Plan for a period of public consultation, in order to seek representations on the soundness of the plan. This will take place over a period of eight weeks, commencing August 3rd, 2020 and all are encouraged to make their feelings known. Many of you have already participated in public consultation on the Local Plan over the last couple of years, but this is the first time that the Local Plan has been published in its entirety, and it is available for your scrutiny below.

For information Worthen and Brockton have been designated as a ‘Hub’ and 55 houses could be built during the plan period.  Chirbury with Brompton, also designated as a Hub, and could see 45 houses built in the plan period.   This will impact on services and road use.  

Once this final stage of consultation has been undertaken, it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be submitted to the Government for examination in January 2021, and it is thought that this phase of the process will require at least twelve months; it is therefore realistic to expect that the Local Plan, subject to a successful examination process, will come into force at some time in the first half of 2022. This is the final opportunity for communities to submit their comments on the soundness of the Local Plan, and we urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity, through the link below.


Link to the Public Consultation


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