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The White Lion in Llynclys

Is it time for a public meeting about Llynclys Crossroads?

Following the most recent collision at Llynclys crossroads earlier this week, a spokesperson for Highways England said: “Our thoughts are with those involved in the collision.

“Highways England is committed to making safer roads and encouraging safer driving behaviours. We have reduced the speed limit on this stretch of road and will continue to monitor collisions at this junction.”

As we previously reported, a petition was launched before this latest collision to ask Highways England to install traffic lights at the junction to avoid more collisions.

The White Lion in Llynclys
The White Lion sits at the junction of the Llynclys Crossroads

As it currently stands, over 2,800 people have signed the petition online. Highways England are aware of the petition and hopefully at some point will make a public statement about their opinions of the benefits or otherwise of traffic calming measures such as traffic lights or a roundabout.

Local residents have many ideas for the crossroads and the idea of a public meeting with Highways England has been suggested recently.

Pant Today put this idea to Highways England and they have responded that if residents would like to invite Highways England to a meeting they should write to the Route Manager at the address below and it will be considered through the usual channels.

Robert Jaffier
Route Manager
Operations Directorate (Midlands)
Highways England
The Cube
199 Wharfside Street
Birmingham B1 1RN

The crossroads lies on the junction of the main trunk road into mid-Wales with two other roads, both of which are important routes in their own right.

According to the Shropshire Star newspaper, a number of people have been in touch with Highways England following the latest collision, including the local MP and Shropshire and Oswestry councillors. With Mike Coppock saying speed cameras should be installed, like those in Shotatton.

He said: “They have certainly slowed up the traffic at that junction, which used to be notorious for the amount of accidents it had.”

As well as writing to the Route Manager to suggest Highways England hold a public meeting with local residents and businesses, you can still sign the online petition if you agree by clicking this link – https://www.change.org/p/highways-agency-llynclys-crossroads-needs-traffic-lights

The White Lion in Llynclys

Llynclys Crossroads petition launched

For residents of Pant and surrounding villages – as well as many visitors to the area – Llynclys Crossroads can be a by-word for traffic delays and dangerous driving.

The White Lion in Llynclys
The White Lion sits at the junction of the Llynclys Crossroads

Now an online petition has been launched which calls on Highways England to install traffic lights at the junction to reduce traffic speeds and make crossing the junction safer.

The crossroads lies on the junction of the main trunk road into mid-Wales with two other roads, both of which are important routes in their own right. The petition, entitled ‘Llynclys Crossroads needs traffic lights’, is available to sign at https://www.change.org/p/highways-agency-llynclys-crossroads-needs-traffic-lights

Over the past few years, there have been numerous accidents at Llynclys crossroads, some of which had fatalities. The speed limit was reduced to 40 mph six years ago, but there are still issues with traffic pulling out in front of oncoming traffic as they turn off the A483.

An online search for Llynclys Crossroads will result in numerous articles in the local media about crashes at the junction, including cars, buses and lorries. Luckily, most accidents are relatively minor – although they can lead to major delays – but anything to make the junction safer must be welcome.

One of the advantages with traffic lights at the junction rather than a roundabout or other traffic calming measures, is that there is the opportunity for a pedestrian crossing to be built into the scheme. This would be particularly beneficial to allow people to walk from the White Lion (pictured) to the Cambrian Railway, which are currently on either sides of the A483, as well as allowing bus passengers to cross the busy road more easily.

A Highways England spokesperson said: “We take safety extremely seriously and we are monitoring collisions at this junction. We have already reduced speed limits on this stretch of road and we’d remind drivers to make sure that they remain vigilant and drive to the conditions.”

You can read the petition and sign if you agree by clicking this link – https://www.change.org/p/highways-agency-llynclys-crossroads-needs-traffic-lights

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council logo

Llanymynech and Pant Annual Parish Meeting

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council logo

All residents of Pant and Llanymynech are invited to the annual parish meeting on Wednesday 1st May.

The meeting, to be held at Llanymynech Village Hall is the opportunity for residents in the parish to find out about the work of the Parish Council over the past 12 months.

One of the items on the agenda for the meeting is the launch of a new Facebook page focusing on traffic issues in the parish, especially on the A483 and at Llynclys Crossroads.

In its Parish Report, the Parish Council highlights a number of other issues that they have considered.

There are now three defibrillators in the parish at sites in Pant (village shop and Cross Guns pub) and Llanymynech at the Village Hall. There is also a machine on the wall of the Dolphin Inn provided by Carreghofa Community Council. In 2018 training in the use of the machines took place in April in Pant and later in the year at Llanymynech. These machines are vital life savers and are all registered with both West Midlands and Dyfed Powys Ambulance service. If an incident occurs and the emergency services are called, the operator gives the caller the location of the machine and the code for the cabinet lock, so that the defibrillator can be used while the paramedics and ambulance are on their way.

Last year the Council decided to change all the street lights in the parish to LEDs which provide a much brighter light without any heat, thereby saving energy. This will be a costly change, but a necessary one, as most of the current lights will not be supported by spares after 2020. The lanterns will make the light shine down, so that will help keep the night sky dark. Another benefit of the changeover will be the reduction of costly repairs as well as lessening the frustration of residents when a light goes off. The cost of this change will be met by the funding the Council receives from building developments in the parish, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Shropshire Council’s Planning Review has progressed to consideration of some of the preferred sites. The site in Pant at the northern end of the village on the eastern side of the A483 for a possible 47 homes did not find favour with the Council or the residents and many objections were forwarded to the Planning Strategists at Shropshire Council. In Llanymynech the preferred sites were considered appropriate, as one was the site of the former coal yard.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm on 1st May and light refreshments will be available.

Minutes of previous meetings are available here – http://www.llanymynech.org.uk/html/agendas_and_minutess_2019.html

AGENDA

  1. APOLOGIES.
  2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. To receive declarations of pecuniary interest.
  3. MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL PARISH MEETING held on the
    26.4.2018.
  4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES.
  5. PANTLLAN REPORTER. To receive the Parish Council Annual Report.
  6. SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL REPORT. Report from Cllr. Matt Lee.
  7. LAUNCH OF PARISH COUNCIL FACEBOOK PAGE.
  8. SAFER ROADS PETITION. Discussion on a format for an online petition.
  9. SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL PLACE PLANS – To note/comment on the
    Place Plan for the Parish.
  10. SEVERN TRENT RESILIENCE PROJECT. To make any comments on
    the work taking place to install the water main to Pant pumping station.
  11. ANY OTHER ITEMS RAISED BY ELECTORS OF THE PARISH
  12. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS.
Severn Trent logo

Water supply improvements in Pant

Severn Trent are going to be working in the Pant area over the next few months to improve the water supply and a drop-in session is being held at Pant Memorial Hall for residents to find out more.

Severn Trent logo

The new water main will be laid mainly in private land but some of it will also have to be laid along public roads. The roads affected are Briggs Lane, Hillside, Rockwell Lane, Bronwylfa and U2052 (to Pen y Foel) . Severn Trent will have road closures in place to allow them to work quickly and safely, and the closures will either be daytime or full closure. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Roads will be affected as follows:

  • U2052 – start date 23/02/19, finish date 24/02/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Bronwylfa – start date 11/03/19, finish date 29/03/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Briggs Lane – start date 15/04/19, finish date 03/05/19: road closure
  • Rockwell Lane – start date 15/04/19, finish date 10/05/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Hillside – start date 15/04/19, finish date 26/04/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm

Please note that the above dates may be subject to change depending on progress.

Severn Trent is holding a drop-in session at Pant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 5 February from 3.30pm to 6.30pm for local people to find out more about the plans, ask questions and to provide their input and feedback.

Other ways to keep up to date with the work in our area include:

  • By phone: Amey Customer Service Centre on 0800 521660
  • Online: Severn Trent website www.stw.works

Please quote project reference 6127372.

If your call is about your water supply or sewerage service, call the Severn Trent Customer Operations Service Centre on 0800 783 4444.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Parish Council wants your views on housing

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council are interested in your views about the Preferred Sites for Pant and Llanymynech  identified by Shropshire Council in its Local Plan Review.

The review identifies proposals for new housing developments across the county, including 95 new houses in Pant and Llanymynech.

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council logo

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council’s next meeting to be held on Thursday 24th January at 7.15 will include a discussion about the Local Plan Review after which the Parish Council will prepare a response. This meeting will be held at Llanymynech Village Hall and there will be a short time for the public to ask questions.

The consultation sets out the preferred sites to deliver the scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the period to 2036.

In Pant, a parcel of land along the main A483, to the north of the village, backing on to Penygarreg Lane, has been identified as the proposed site for 45 houses. In Llanymynech, land to the east of Barley Meadows has been earmarked for 50 houses.

At a recent consultation event for the Oswestry area a number of people from Pant attended and gave their views about the plans for the site, north of the village.

A common theme of comments was the problems with access to the A483, especially as new housing is likely to bring with it an increase in car usage. Other comments have been left on this website and you can see them here. https://pant.today/say-almost-100-new-houses-proposed-pant-llanymynech/#comments

It was made clear at the meeting that comments need to be made in writing to Shropshire Council and as well as attending the Parish Council, it is important that opinions are left using the link before Friday 8th February 2019 – https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/local-plan-review-preferred-sites-consultation.

The site in Pant is currently agricultural land and, as the consultation document acknowledges, faces a number of constraints as a location for housing development, such as water pressure issues, protected species and the local historic environment.

The full consultation document can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11266/00-preferred-sites-consultation-full-document.pdf. The Oswestry Place Plan Area document, which also includes plans for Kinnerley, Knockin and other local communities, can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11252/15-preferred-sites-consultation-oswestry-place-plan-area.pdf.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Have Your Say: Almost 100 new houses proposed for Pant and Llanymynech

As part of its Local Plan Review, Shropshire County Council has launched its Preferred Sites Consultation outlining proposals for new housing developments across the county, including 95 new houses in Pant and Llanymynech.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

The consultation sets out the preferred sites to deliver the scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the period to 2036.

In Pant, a parcel of land along the main A483, to the north of the village, backing on to Penygarreg Lane, has been identified as the proposed site for 45 houses. In Llanymynech, land to the east of Barley Meadows has been earmarked for 50 houses.

The site in Pant is currently agricultural land and, as the consultation document acknowledges, faces a number of constraints as a location for housing development, such as water pressure issues, protected species and the local historic environment. Access to the A483, managed by Highways England, is also likely to be an issue, as 45 new houses is certain to see an increase in traffic.

The site in Llanymynech faces the challenges of existing accessibility issues along Station Road, where it is already congested with a weight-restricted bridge over the former railway line, as well as protected species issues and the local historic environment.

The consultation allows local people, businesses and other interested groups to have their say on these major proposals, and responses are invited in the form of a questionnaire via the Shropshire Council website: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/local-plan-review-preferred-sites-consultation/. The deadline for responses to the consultation has been extended to Friday 8 February 2019.

The full consultation document can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11266/00-preferred-sites-consultation-full-document.pdf. The Oswestry Place Plan Area document, which also includes plans for Kinnerley, Knockin and other local communities, can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11252/15-preferred-sites-consultation-oswestry-place-plan-area.pdf.

A consultation event for the Oswestry area is due to take place at The Marches School at 7pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019. This is a public meeting which anyone can attend and, as well as providing the opportunity to find out more about the housing plans for our villages, which will affect the future development of our communities, will allow local people to have their say.

This meeting will then be followed up with a discussion at the Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 24th January at 7.15 after which the Parish Council will prepare a response . This meeting will be held at Llanymynech Village Hall and there will be a short time for the public to ask questions.

The White Lion in Llynclys

The White Lion in Llynclys to reopen ‘soon’

The White Lion in Llynclys which has been closed for the past few weeks, is due to reopen in ‘the next few weeks’, according to a spokesperson for Admiral Taverns.

Speaking to Pant.Today, a spokesperson said that someone has already been identified to take over the pub and that final handover should take place in the next few weeks – well ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year rush.

The White Lion in LlynclysAccording to the Admiral Taverns website, the company has been looking for applicants who have experience in catering and have either run their own pub or have management experience. They have also been looking for a new licensee who will need to understand the area and clientele and have the marketing skills to drive the White Lion pub forward through extensive online presence including Facebook, Twitter and Trip Advisor.

The pub is predominantly a destination food pub benefitting from passing trade passing the Llynclys Crossroads on the A483 and A495. According to Admiral Taverns, 75% of the pub’s sales are made up from food, with the remainder coming from sales of drink. Food is served daily, with Sunday lunch being very popular, and food sales often doubling in the summer months, from the 40 or so covers available in the restaurant.

The White Lion in Llynclys also has a large field to the rear which is used by caravans and campers throughout the warmer months. Electric hook ups are provided as well as toilets and a shower block. The website says that the camping field with five electric hook ups could potentially be developed further, to increase revenue for the pub.

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.

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