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Stone delivery for the Montgomery Canal

Road diversions for canal restoration

As many people will know, work has started on preparation for the reinstatement of Schoolhouse Bridge over the Montgomery Canal between Pant and Crickheath.

In the first week of November, contractors will be drilling an underground route through the fields and under the canal bed, avoiding the bridge site, ready for Severn Trent Water to make the connection to the existing main and to cut off the supply across the bridge site later in the month.

Severn Trent has notified residents in the immediate area that they may close the road while the connections are being made. And they have suggested an alternative route via the A483 and B4398 but those with local knowledge may use alternative routes through lanes by the canal. Residents should, however, be aware that there may be extra traffic on these lanes for a short period.

How a future Schoolhouse Bridge could look

The project to reconstruct the bridge is scheduled to start next spring and will involve closing the lane while the bridge is rebuilt to modern highway standards.

After the crops were harvested last month, the bridge restoration team were able to access the final field by the bridge site. They fenced the area to be used for the project and then created a bypass track for the use of any heavy goods vehicle which would not be able to use alternative routes past the bridge site when the road is closed.

The work involved volunteers using hired machines to drive fence posts, lay the track and roll the track surface. The materials for this work were generously supplied by the Tudor Griffiths Group at cost as will those for the bridge itself next year. Tudor Griffiths himself has been interested in the restoration for a long time: he provided the land for the nature reserves by Aston Locks, near Queen’s Head, and many years ago he volunteered when the Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group was restoring the locks themselves.

Speaking for the Restore the Montgomery Canal! group, Chairman Michael Limbrey said: “This final stage of this year’s volunteer effort at Schoolhouse Bridge has been a modest project compared with what we shall be doing next year but it has shown what canal volunteers can do.

“The main work starts next year. We have to excavate the old embankment across the canal and construct the reinforced concrete base and abutments for the bridge. Contractors will then install the bridge arch – and it will be really exciting when they crane the arch into position. The final stages will involve building up to road level, surfacing, kerbing and landscaping. This will be one of the major canal restoration projects of 2021 and it has to be completed in a matter of months.

“We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to help us next year, especially anyone with construction site experience – though that’s not essential. With enough volunteers signed up we would not need everyone on site every day and of course the project will only be running for a limited period. It would be great to hear from anyone who would like to help this exciting project.

“We are particularly keen to bolster the site management team for next year: this could be valuable experience for a younger person looking to build up a CV, or an opportunity for someone between jobs or retired or approaching retirement.

“We are very grateful to local landowners for generously allowing us to use their land and to Shropshire Council and the Canal & River Trust for their support and assistance over the years we have been planning this project. The rebuilt bridge will remove a major obstruction to our ambition to reopen the canal to Llanymynech and into mid-Wales, restoring the connection to the national canal network that was lost over eighty years ago.”

The Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal is run by the local canal charities supporting the Montgomery Canal restoration: the Friends of the Montgomery Canal, Shropshire Union Canal Society and the Inland Waterways Association.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact project team member Ken Jackson via email on kgjackson@btinternet.com.

Meanwhile, readers may well have seen the Charity Garden Stall in Pen-y-Garreg Lane and the organisers want to say a very big thank you to everyone who contributed to or made a donation. £200 has now been paid into the Restore the Montgomery Canal campaign, and as a donation is eligible for gift aid making a total of £250.

The organisers still have a few of the donated books which hopefully will be sold at canal events next year and if still locked down they will be reopening the stall next Spring!

Road through Pant, Shropshire

Pant bypass – update

2020 Update – In the Budget in March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced funding towards the Pant and Llanymynech bypass project. The funding will enable consultation on the plans and there are still many issues to be addressed including the actual route of any new road.

As in previous consultations, there are many views in favour of a bypass, including from local MPs, Shropshire Council and Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council but residents will be able to put their comments forward about any negative aspects, not least the replacement of a 30 mph road with a much louder one with a probable national speed limit.

PROs cited include: Less traffic through the villages, fewer accidents and delays, less pollution along the A483 and a quieter village.

However, so villages list CONs including building on a floodplain, increasing noise in the environment due to higher speed traffic and less potential trade at the pub and shop.

Once details of the consultation are announced, and how residents can have their say, we will publish them here.


Road through PantOCTOBER 2014: News that the Welsh Assembly Government has commissioned a new feasibility study has reignited the prospect of a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech.

It was 13 years ago that the UK and Welsh Governments first agreed to put forward bypass plans to reduce traffic through the two villages on the A483, but nothing came of them. Now, Welsh Assembly Transport Minister Edwina Hart AM has given the go-ahead for a new report, which could lead to a Pant bypass.

The news has been welcomed by Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid and West Wales, Llanymynech Councillor Arthur Walpole and Dilys Gaskill, Chair of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council.

A bypass brings with it the prospect of safer roads and less noise for the village, but the downside may be that local businesses which rely on the passing traffic may suffer and even close. What do you think?

Please do let us know your thoughts on the bypass and/or what else could be done to improve our village!

 

BBC Children in Need & The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to come through Pant

BBC Children in Need & The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to come through Pant

Team Rickshaw returns for the ninth year and their challenging 400 mile route from Holyhead to London is due to pass through Pant and Llanymynech on Sunday 10 November.

BBC Children in Need & The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to come through Pant
The new Rickshaw for 2019

The annual challenge, which is now in its ninth year, will see a team of six young people and The One Show’s Matt Baker take on the eight-day challenge.

It will begin on Friday 8th November in Holyhead and the team will travel across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Llanymynech, and then eventually making their way down to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15th November during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show. The rickshaw will come through Llanymynech first and then Pant on day three of the challenge, which is the Machynlleth to Oswestry stage.

The team’s progress will be broadcast live on The One Show throughout the week, as Matt’s co-presenters back in the studio follow the team on their 400 mile journey. This year’s route will see the team tackle the highest village in the UK – Flash in the Peak District, and the steepest street in the world in Harlech, Wales.

Last year, a new custom rickshaw was built by a team of engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre to make the rickshaw accessible to a wider range of riders. An innovative seat-post system allowed team members with a range of mobilities to join the team. This year, McLaren has gone one step further and created an innovative solution that enables visually impaired and blind riders to take part in the challenge. A recumbent guide-trike, which fixes to the front of the Rickshaw allows steering and braking to be managed by a guide rider whilst a visually impaired rider pedals from the main driving seat of the Rickshaw.

The team taking on the challenge this year is made up of six young people, Adelle, 17, from Belfast, Emma, 18, from Nottingham, Josh, 17, from Carnforth, Lancashire, Kelsey, 17, from Watford, Thomas, 17, from Swindon and Uche, 20, from London.

Matt Baker with Thomas

Matt Baker, Presenter of The One Show who will be joining the team on the road, said of the challenge: “I can’t believe that in just a few weeks’ time we’ll be heading back on the road again for the ninth year of the Rickshaw Challenge!

Emma with Pudsey

“We have a truly inspirational team joining us on the road, and we’re looking forward to seeing all those friendly faces who will be cheering us on from the roadside, as we battle the elements and complete the 400 mile journey from Wales to Elstree.”

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £25 million for BBC Children in Need, with donations going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, The Hunter Foundation (THF) has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge, helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.

The One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress on the show each day, but the full route – including a real-time update of the rickshaw’s progress once it sets off – is also available here.

Mile End Roundabout from the air

Have your say on Mile End Roundabout

A public consultation about proposed improvements to Mile End roundabout in Oswestry is to begin next week, and aims to gather people’s views before a planning application for the work is submitted.


A consultation event is being held at Mile End Golf Club on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September [2019] from 11am to 8pm each day

As part of the consultation, the proposals – and a questionnaire – will also be available to view on the council’s website from 24 September and at Oswestry Library from 2 October to 1 November. An additional meeting is also being arranged with parish and town councils, to give them the opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Under the plans, a new second roundabout would be constructed on land owned by Shropshire Council – the Oswestry Innovation Park site – and then be connected to the existing strategic road network on the A5 and A483, therefore minimising the disruption to the network during the construction phase.

Subject to planning permission, work to construct the new ‘dumbbell’ roundabout could begin in July 2020 and be completed by March 2022.

Proposed new layout at Mile End Roundabout
Proposed new layout at Mile End Roundabout

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said: “The development of housing and employment land within Oswestry has been heavily constrained by the existing capacity of the road network.

“These planned improvements will improve the capacity of the road network on the A5 at Mile End, and improve the viability of planned housing developments.

“Improvements have been made to the Mile End junction in recent years but these have only addressed existing traffic issues. The subsequent, significant increase in traffic means these further improvements are vital so that much-needed additional housing and employment can be delivered in the area.”

The planning application is due to be submitted in December 2019, before a final design is published in June 2020.

The preferred design option for Mile End has been agreed in principle through ongoing discussions with Highways England and is based on detailed traffic modelling work to assess future traffic requirements.

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.

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