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View over Shropshire from Llanymynech Rocks - Pant.Today

New Year walking in Pant

The New Year is often a time when we decide to make resolutions about our health – especially after the eating and drinking that some of us rather overindulge in over the Christmas period.

But for those of us lucky enough to live in or near Pant, help is at hand with an outdoor gym that is totally free to access. But for visitors or those new to the area, we hope this article will encourage you to pull on your walking shoes or boots and get walking in Pant and explore the area.

There’s always a temptation to put off a walk in the countryside until the summer ‘when the weather is fine’, but there’s a lot to be said for taking a walk on a crisp winter’s day. Cold weather needs a few extra layers, but the clear air means you can get some spectacular views. Walking in Pant can be a joy whatever the weather.

Looking down on Pant Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill

Looking down on Pant, Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill

We have listed some of the things to do in Pant elsewhere on this website  and a number of them include a walk onto Llanymynech Rocks.

The rocks are a popular haunt for dog walkers, climbers and bird watchers and they offer walks to suit a variety of abilities.

There are footpaths and bridleways crisscrossing the rocks and if you start from Llanymynech Wharf Heritage Centre you can pass under the busy A483 by way of a pedestrian stone tunnel and then ascend the English Incline to the top. This is a fairly steep ascent, while an easier ascent can be made by starting in the car park in Underhill Lane in Pant and following the signs.

Even gentler walks can be had along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal.

Montgomery Canal in Pant - Pant.today

The Montgomery Canal still needs restoration, this water is only from the rain

At this time of year, it can be muddy and in places there are stiles to navigate, if you join the canal towpath at the Penygarreg Lane end and walk towards Llanymynech there are stiles to navigate but the walk is well worth it.
Pant Wharf - Pant.Today
In the other direction, a walk starting at School Lane Bridge will take you along the towpath in the direction of Crickheath and Maesbury. The School Lane bridge, by the way, is the last bridge in England to pose an obstacle to the reopening of the Montgomery Canal and plans are being advanced to rebuild the bridge in the near future – take a look at this link to find out more. Again there are stiles on the sections nearest to Pant.

We would really like to feature some detailed walks – as well as other outdoor pursuits – on pant.today, so if you would be willing to write one up and send it to us along with photos, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

New faces at the Cross Guns Inn

You will see new faces at the Cross Guns Inn in Pant from this week.

The Cross Guns Inn in Pant will have new faces behind the bar from this week as Sarah Hopkins takes over the reigns at the pub with Gazz Handley and Steve Bedford as her managers.

Gary and Charlotte, who have run the pub for the past year, are moving to a new pub in the Manchester area.

Gazz and Steve have confirmed that both next month’s pub quiz and Pant Lunch Club will be going ahead.

New faces at the Cross Guns: Gaz left and Steve with Gaz's sister.

New faces: Gazz (left) and Steve with Gazz’s sister.

The Cross Guns is owned by brewer Marston’s and as well as serving the locals in Pant and surrounding areas, the Cross Guns is a popular stopping off point for travellers on the A483 from Oswestry and the North to Mid Wales.

The pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value by Shropshire County Council in recognition of its value to the local community. This followed an application by an informal group of regulars at the pub and other residents of Pant.

Sarah has already posted on the Cross Guns’ Facebook page that they will be recruiting new kitchen and bar staff and although experience is preferable, it is not essential as full training will be given.

Anyone interested in applying is asked to go to the pub’s Facebook page and contact Sarah by direct message.

 

Tirgwynt wind farm

Tirgwynt wind farm community funds inviting applications

Tirgwynt wind farm fully operational & community funds inviting applications

One of the wind farms constructed with components that passed through Pant on their way to the construction site is now fully operational and community organisations are now being invited to apply for a share of funds totalling £49,200 a year.

Tirgwynt wind farmDeveloper Awel Newydd is pleased to announce that the construction of Tirgwynt wind farm, between Carno and Cefn Coch, is complete and the turbines are fully operational and generating enough renewable electricity for the equivalent of 13,600 typical homes.

The company would like to express its thanks to the local communities for their continued support during this process, and to the local councils for their co-operation during the build.

Andy Black, Operations Director for Awel Newydd, said: “It is wonderful to have Tirgwynt fully up and running. We greatly appreciate the support of the local communities and authorities and our excellent, hard-working contractors who have made delivery of this project possible. It is fantastic that Tirgwynt is providing clean energy to so many local homes, helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. Thank you to everyone involved.”

The wind farm owners are also offering a community benefit fund of £49,200 (index-linked) per year for its lifetime. The fund will be shared among the host communities of Dwyriw and Carno, which already have operational community funds, and the seven communities affected by the turbine delivery route, including Pant.

Awel Newydd has assisted in setting up a new community fund for the delivery route communities of Castle Caereinion, Carreghofa, Llanymynech & Pant, Llandrinio & Arddleen, Llandysilio, Llanfair Caereinion and Welshpool. They are now accepting applications for the first round with a deadline of 31st May 2017.

Carol Davies, clerk to Llandrinio & Arddleen and Landysilio Community Councils, said: “We are pleased that the Tirgwynt community benefit funds are now up and running and look forward to receiving grant applications from local residents and groups. If you have a well deserving project that will benefit the wider community, please get in contact for more information and an application form”.

Application queries for the community fund should be directed to the following Tirgwynt Community Fund (delivery routes): Carol Davies – davies1.thecrest@btinternet.com

Tirgwynt has 12 turbines with an installed capacity of 24.6 MW, generating enough renewable electricity for the equivalent of c13,600 typical homes and saving ca. 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Wind technology is popular in Wales and in the UK. A poll by YouGov in 2014 found that 62% of people in Wales said they supported the development of wind power with 64% saying they were in favor of large-scale wind projects in their council area. This compared favourably to other technologies with just 22% of people stating the same for shale gas, and 31% for nuclear. DECC’s latest Public Attitudes Tracker survey (April 2016) showed that onshore wind is supported by 69% of the British public.

Road through Pant, Shropshire

45 foot mobile phone mast for Pant?

Plans for 45 foot mobile phone mast for Pant

Plans have been submitted to Shropshire Council for a 45 foot high mobile phone mast and telephone cabinet boxes to be sited beside the path on the north side of Stargarreg Lane entrance, opposite the Cross Guns Inn in Pant.

According to Bob Hardy, who lives in Pant, Stargarreg Lane is already difficult enough to drive out from onto the A483, without two more obstacles put in the line of sight of traffic.

Bob Hardy - Pant Today

Bob Hardy is one of a number of Pant residents with concerns over the siting of the telecom mast

Says Bob: “These two additions will seriously impede safety as drivers attempt to get onto the A483 from Stargarreg Lane.

“In fact, the area around this junction should be cleared of all signs and hedges. Putting these boxes and this mast here by the bus stop for the school buses and where the pavement is already narrow is a recipe for disaster.”

The 15 metre monopole mast is needed, according to documents submitted to Shropshire Council on behalf of Telefonica UK, to provide improved 2G and 3G services for 02 and Vodafone customers, as well as introducing a 4G service. 4G allows customers to use ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos or sending emails and offers faster downloads.

Bob, along with other villagers, have suggested that the mast would be better suited in another location in the village. The proposed location is in the heart of the village, opposite Bryn Offa School, the village green and the Cross Guns pub.

Adds Bob: “This is a potentially dangerous location and visually a disaster for the village. Surely there must be a less sensitive site in the village for this mast?”

Anyone can make their comments about the proposal known to Shropshire Council by registering on their website, where you can also find details and location plans of the proposed new mast.

Road through Pant, Shropshire

Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm turbine delivery trial run on 5 August

A trial run for turbine delivery to the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm in Powys takes place on Friday 5 August and will be passing through Pant on the A483.

res powering change logoThe timings of the trial run are dependent on a number of factors including police availability. Updates will be published on the project website (www.garreglwydhill.co.uk/turbine-deliveries/trial-run) as and when the timeframes become known, so please do check the website the day before the scheduled trial run for the latest information on when it is expected to begin.

The purpose of the trial run is to undertake a drive through of the delivery route with an empty ‘Abnormal Indivisible Load’ (AIL) vehicle to confirm the roadworks along the A483 which have been ongoing over the past six months are suitable and that the turbine components can be delivered to site with minimal disruption.

It is also an opportunity for the police to finalise the escorting arrangements for the delivery of the turbine components, which will travel from the Port of Entry in Liverpool to the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm site, located between Felindre and Llanbadarn Fynydd in Radnorshire, Powys, starting in September 2016.

The upcoming trial run has been arranged to specifically test the turbine delivery route for RES’s Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm, which is a separate project to Awel Newydd’s Tirgwynt Wind Farm (the turbine deliveries for which began on 25 July). The full turbine delivery programme for RES’s Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm (which shares the same route as Tirgwynt Wind Farm through Wales until it splits at Welshpool) is anticipated to begin on 12 September 2016.

Road through Pant, Shropshire

Tirgwynt wind farm turbine deliveries start on 25 July

Turbine deliveries start

Awel Newydd Cyf, the developers of Tirgwynt wind farm between Carno and Cefn Coch in Powys, have confirmed that turbine deliveries, travelling through Pant around noon each day, will begin on Monday July 25th.

Deliveries will have a full police escort. Current plans are for one delivery per day up to six days a week, which would take approximately two months, until mid-September. Awel Newydd aims to shorten this period by increasing both the frequency (to two deliveries) and size of the deliveries (to a maximum of three Abnormal Load vehicles), subject to police deeming it safe to do so.

Dates of key local events and the August bank holiday weekend will be avoided.

Residents wishing to know the timings of the deliveries are advised to check the project website which will be kept updated with the latest information.

Wind turbine bladesPete Thomas, Construction Manager, Awel Newydd Cyf, said: “Months of preparations have gone into this, working with our experienced hauliers and the local police, and we feel confident that the deliveries will run smoothly and cause minimal disruption to the public.
We are very grateful to the local community for their patience and support during this next phase of construction of the wind farm. The best source of information about the planned schedules for deliveries is our website, www.tirgwyntwindfarmclg.co.uk.”

Convoys consisting of two abnormal load vehicles with a full police escort will start from Goole in Yorkshire, travelling along major trunk roads and will pass through Pant, travelling south along the A483.

Tirgwynt wind farm will have 12 turbines with an installed capacity of 24.6 MW, generating enough renewable electricity for the equivalent of c13,600 homes and saving c25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. It is due to be fully operational by December 2016.

The project will include a community benefit fund of £2,000 per MW per year, which equates to an annual payment of £49,200 (index-linked) distributed to the host communities and those along the delivery route up to Pant.

 

A483 speed limit review

A483 speed limit review

We understand that there will be a review of the speed limits on the A483 that runs through Pant in Shropshire from its junction with the A5 to the border with Wales.

Road sign in Pant Shropshire

A review of traffic speed limits is planned for next year

Residents and visitors to Pant will know that the A483, the main road that runs through the village, attracts a very large volume of traffic each day, much of it using the road as a major route between North and Mid Wales.

At times the road is very busy. Recent road improvements include the installation of a pedestrian crossing near to the Memorial Hall and the Co-operative shop as well as the siting of two traffic speed indicators, in the village near to the Cross Guns Inn.

Either side of the village the speed limit is 40 mph while in the village itself, the speed limit is 30 mph. However, traffic driving through the village often sets off the speed indicators showing that the vehicles are travelling faster than the speed limit of 30 mph.

EM Highway Services, which maintains the A483 in the West Midlands on behalf of Highways England has confirmed that in the next financial year (2016/17) there will be a review of the current speed limits on the road.

According to EM Highways Services this review will look at the existing speed limits and take into account volume of traffic, speed of vehicles, collision history etc.

It will also consider if the current speed limit is appropriate, if it should be reduced or if additional measures are required to assist in compliance with the speed limit.

However, EM Highways Services  went on to say that the review will be dependent on budgetary allowances, which have not yet been allocated for 2016/17.

Also, at this stage, there is scope for public consultation into the speed limits or the A483 more generally.

The speed limit review is to review current speed limits against the latest guidance on implementing speed limits. This is to ensure the existing speed limits are appropriate, to identify possible areas where revised speed limits may be justified or where extra engineering measures may be required to assist in regulating vehicle speeds.

According to EM Highway Services: “The process is data lead and there is no scope in the review to carry out public consultation. If the review was to recommend a revised speed limit then consultation and advertising of the revised speed limit would be carried out.”

If you have specific concerns about the A483 in Pant, please make them known directly to Highways England, especially as the planned review is not due to start until next year at the earliest.

Highways England is contactable by calling 0300 123 5000 or by email on Area9Hail@emhighways.co.uk.

More roadworks on A483?

More roadworks on A483?

Highways England, the body responsible for maintaining the trunk road network in England, is looking at options for improving the road layout near Pant.

Highways England logo

The junction of Maesbury Road and the A483 just south of Oswestry and about four miles north of Pant, is a very busy junction which has seen a number of collisions over the years.

In spite of a 50 mph section covering the junction, many see this as a dangerous junction. Recent surveying work has been undertaken by Highways England which may lead to a new design for the junction.

Any new roadworks will follow on from a recently completed major realignment of the Mile End roundabout which was undertaken to improve traffic flow, but vehicles leaving the roundabout for the A483 towards Pant and Mid Wales often use the wrong lane on the roundabout.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “We are currently carrying out survey work around the Maesbury Road junction with the A483 near Oswestry, Shropshire.

“This survey will feed into our designs for a new road improvement scheme at this junction.

“At this stage, we are gathering the necessary information to help inform the design for the scheme. We will keep the public informed as this work progresses.”

Publicans’ bypass warning

Publicans’ bypass warning

Of the four pubs in Pant and Llanymynech, two are likely to close if a bypass for the A483 goes ahead, warns Pant publican.

Cross Guns, PantAlison Foden of the Cross Guns in Pant says that she can understand why some residents want a bypass for the village, but warns that a drop in trade caused by people missing the village on their travels could ultimately close the pub.

Speaking recently, Alison said: “We rely on passing trade during the summer to make the pub successful and to support the leaner winter trading months. Between October and March we rely on our locals to break even during these spells.”

The A483 is a popular route from the North through to Mid Wales and in the summer months is used by a large number of tourists in addition to a high volume of commercial traffic.

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

According to Alison, who runs the Cross Guns Inn with partner Iain Jones, if that passing trade of tourists is lost during the summer months, there isn’t enough pub trade in the two villages to keep all four pubs open.

Adds Iain: “We understand the need for a bypass, but I am sure it would kill two of the local pubs.”

A number of other businesses in the two villages, including shops, a café and car wash, might also be affected if a bypass is built, reducing the range of amenities for local people.

Many residents in Pant and Llanymynech are keen for a bypass to be built, even though a recent meeting heard that it is unlikely to be built in the next five years. Other commentators, though, have suggested reducing the speed limit through the village and others have suggested banning lorries and large vehicles on certain stretches of the A483 as a low tech and low cost way of improving safety.

Why you should stop off in Pant

Why you should stop off in Pant

The debate about a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech resurfaced recently as news came in that funding commitments mean it is unlikely to be built before 2020.

Road through PantBypasses for towns and villages though are a double edged sword. On the one hand they might bring relief from traffic to locals but at the same time communities can lose their visitors as tourists skirt round places that otherwise they might stop at and spend money in.

One of the joys of travelling off the motorway or bypass is that you can discover local attractions you might never have heard of.

That is certainly the joy of the A483 through Pant. Pant – and the surrounding area – has a rich industrial heritage and offers some superb views over countryside, some of which could disappear under a bypass!

We have drawn up a list of 10 things to do in Pant to encourage more of those people driving through the area to stop and find out more about our village.

You can read our top 10 things to do in Pant here.

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