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Last year Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council agreed in principle to buy the Sambrook Centre which currently houses the parish council, the library and a Fairshare office.

The decision came about after the space allocated to the parish council in the new school was repeatedly shrunk to the point where it would have been impossible for the parish council to offer an acceptable level of service to the public. Councillors unanimously agreed that the only way to continue to deliver acceptable services to residents was to buy the building from Telford & Wrekin Council.

A lot of work has been done already in securing agreements from Telford & Wrekin Council to put the money they would have spent demolishing the building into carrying out works to reconnect services and disconnect the building gracefully from the remains of the school should the purchase go ahead. However, there is still a lot of work that needs doing to the building to get it into a good state of repair (more on that in a moment).

The council looked at alternatives before recommending that the Sambrook Centre was bought such as relocating to Brookside Central (not enough room), moving to different offices (there aren't any in the parish) or building something from scratch (way out of the parish council's price range).

So what now? As I mentioned, Telford & Wrekin Council have agreed to put the money budgeted for demolishing the Sambrook Centre toward the cost of making it a standalone building. There is a considerable amount of work that will still need doing to the Sambrook Centre to stop it leaking when it rains heavily, beef up the electricity supply, ensure the heating works when it's needed rather than when it feels like it, comply with health and safety regulations, etc., and it won't be cheap.

The parish council has cash reserves that will pay some of the cost but it will be necessary to borrow money to pay for the rest. As a public body, the parish council can take advantage of the Public Works Loans Board which is effectively the bank of the taxpayer. The PWLB offers cheap loans to public bodies for public works which includes the purchase of community assets like the Sambrook Centre. In order to qualify for such a loan the parish council has to show that it can repay the loan, is acting in the best interests of residents and in accordance with their wishes. As part of the parish council's public consultation, an online survey has been created which I would encourage as many people as possible to respond to.

I am very much opposed to councils borrowing money just to make ends meet or to fund pre-election vote winners but this is neither of those. If the parish council doesn't purchase the Sambrook Centre it will close, the library will be homeless and almost certainly close and there appears to be no way for the parish council to maintain a presence in the parish it is there to serve. I could not, in all conscience, vote in a way that would see what I believe is a priceless community asset lost. You may have a different view, of course, in which case I would urge you to make your views known and suggest alternatives.

If you have any questions about the purchase of the building or the decisions that were made then please contact the parish council who can give you the official line rather than my opinion.
Last year Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council agreed in principle to buy the Sambrook Centre which currently houses the parish council, the library and a Fairshare office. The decision came about after the space allocated to...
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I attended a mostly constructive open meeting at the parish council tonight with officers from Telford & Wrekin, cabinet member Cllr Shaun Davies, representatives from local groups and residents about the cuts the borough council needs to make to its budget.

I have never been shy in voicing my criticism of the way the borough council spends money, the debts it is running up and many poor decisions that it makes. However, I felt that tonight's meeting was fairly open and honest and if the approach they told us they want to take with partners to keep services running is what they actually intend to do then we might not see as much pain from the cuts they have to make.



The borough council already has some pretty advanced plans on how parish councils and community groups will run services for them which on one hand is good because it means partners don't need to reinvent the wheel but I worry that it could cause some closed-mindedness when alternative ideas are put to them. We will have to see whether partners can influence decisions in a meaningful way if and when agreements are made.

The primary focus of tonight's meeting was around proposed cuts to libraries and community centres as we have one of each in the parish. The borough council made it clear that Brookside Central is not going to close but they are paying more to run the community centre than a community group would and it can only pay for itself if it isn't run by the borough council. They are also hopeful that the library will stay open but they don't intend to staff it or pay rent so someone else would need to run the library for them. The only libraries that they plan on continuing to operate are Wellington and Southwater as that's where the core development and specialist staff are that they would use to support whoever ran their branch libraries for them.

There is no doubt that there are opportunities for the community and the parish council to protect services that are seen by the community as important such as the library, community centre and youth services. But Telford & Wrekin Council need to ensure they put in enough financial and practical support to make it successful. Cllr Davies said that the borough council has put money aside in the budget to provide that support but there is, of course, a limit to how much they can spend as they're looking to make big savings. My concern with this in particular is that the money may be available next year and the year after and perhaps the year after that but it's not going to be there forever and the support needs to be maintained long into the future.

I have been saying, since the high profile cuts were announced in the press, that they are a false flag that will make residents grateful for the cuts with lesser impact that will replace them. It's clear from tonight's meeting that contingency plans to save services were already made and are at quite an advanced stage. The investment being set aside to support partners delivering services on behalf of the borough council will eat into the savings and other cuts will need to be made to make up that shortfall and it's those cuts that will be presented to us with the "to save the libraries and community centres we had to do this ..." narrative.

All in all I'm feeling positive that as a parish council and as a community we can soften the blow of the cuts being made by the British government and Telford & Wrekin Council.
I attended a mostly constructive open meeting at the parish council tonight with officers from Telford & Wrekin, cabinet member Cllr Shaun Davies, representatives from local groups and residents about the cuts the borough cou...
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And to your and yours! May 2016 be much better than the last! 
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Stirchley Upper first opened in 1976, was renamed the Lord Silkin School, was renamed again to Lakeside Academy and has undergone yet another name change to Telford Park School to go with its new building. The demolition crew...
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A total of 59 members of a drug gang - some living in Brookside - have been convicted of money laundering and supplying class A drugs.

It's great that some of the drug dealers in our area have been taken off the streets but between the 59, they got just 200 years in prison. That's an average of just 3 years and 4 months each for putting dangerous drugs on our streets and ruining people's lives. But some of the sentences were for 8 or 10 years which means most of the people involved in this drug ring will have escaped prison altogether. Is it any wonder drugs are rife in Brookside if you can expect a slap on the wrist for being part of the supply chain?
A total of 59 members of a drug gang - some living in Brookside - have been convicted of money laundering and supplying class A drugs. It's great that some of the drug dealers in our area have been taken off the streets but b...
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I have once again asked Telford & Wrekin Council to replace the zig zags outside Windmill School which have been removed as part of the building work on the new bungalows.

The police regularly carried out checks to stop people from parking on the zip-zags when they were still there but not they're gone there's nothing to enforce.

Parking and performing manoeuvres outside the school gates is putting children in danger. It should go without saying that you don't do three point turns or try and reverse round a corner outside the school gates when children are walking into school but sadly many people put their personal convenience ahead of the safety of other peoples' children.
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Happy Kwanzaa to all our African friends living and worshiping in Brookside and Stirchley and a belated Happy Christmas, Zeusday, Saturnalia, Yuletide, Winter Solstice, Hogswatch, ChriFSMas and Hanukkah.
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Husband, father of 4, Shropshire born and bred, blogger, tweeter, political animal, UKIP parish councillor, eurosceptic, English nationalist.
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Too many drivers who drive and park like a**holes. Fed up of phoning them up to complain about their drivers parking on zig zags outside schools, in disabled parking bays and driving inconsiderately and/or dangerously.
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Old school cinema, reminds me of when I was a kid. My first visit to the cinema was here, we watched ET. That was when it only had one screen and we sat on the top tier of seats.
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