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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.

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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 is Thursday 31 January 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 Thursday 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.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

New hallway coming to Pant Memorial Hall

Work is taking place at Pant Memorial Hall to remove the wooden flooring in the entrance hall and replace it with a solid floor.

Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Shropshire

Thanks to the award of a Big Lottery Fund grant of £9,500, work on the hallway, as well as a new wheelchair-accessible ramp from the fire exit, can now start, with the balance of the costs being met from hall funds.

The floor in the entrance hall and two store rooms will be removed and the void filled in with hardcore and concrete with a layer of insulation, which should help keep the entrance to the hall warmer in the winter.

During the works – from Monday 20th August to Friday 7th September – the hall is completely closed, with no public access.

After that date, it is possible that there will a period when the hallway is untiled, as the concrete needs time to dry out completely before tiling can start.

Over the past couple of years or so, the committee at the hall have been focusing on investing in the hall to ensure it remains a well-maintained space for villagers to hold and attend events. As well as the hallway improvements and fire escape access for disabled people, recent work has included updating the emergency lighting and installing a fire alarm.

According to Shaun Fisher, Treasurer at the hall, there are plans to further update the hall, subject to finance, including repainting and improving the bar area.

“As a community asset, it is important that we regularly invest in the hall to ensure it meets the needs of the community,” he said.

Villagers will have a chance to see the progress of the hallway refurbishment at this year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar which takes place in the hall on Saturday 6th October from 2 – 4pm.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

It’s summer, but not too early to think about Pant Autumn Bazaar!

It might be hot at the moment, but it’s time to start thinking about Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016Yes, we know it is only just summer, but volunteers are already being sought to build on the success of last year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Organised by Pant Memorial Hall, the Bazaar is now in it’s fourth year and aims to bring local people together in the village hall while raising vital funds for the upkeep of the hall.

Everyone in the village is welcome to become part of the organising group for the Bazaar – you don’t need to be a regular hall user – so that all views and ideas are represented.

The first meeting will be held in Pant Memorial Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 24th July and new ideas for activities during the Bazaar will be most welcome.

In previous years, the Bazaar – which takes place on the first Saturday afternoon in October – has featured a range of local stalls selling items from local honey to soap and plants, a tombola to raise funds for the hall and tea and cake. This year, the hall committee is keen that villagers let them know of any suggestions that will improve the event further.

Said Shaun Fisher, treasurer at the hall: “Over the past couple of years we have been investing in the hall to improve it for villagers and the Autumn Bazaar is a major fundraising activity that helps us keep it going. We are looking forward to putting on another successful event and to welcoming as many villagers as possible.”

If you want to attend the planning meeting, there’s no need to book, just turn up to find out more and see how you can contribute.

Once plans for the Bazaar have been finalised, you will be able to find details on the Pant Today website as well as at www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

Pant Memorial Hall celebrates £9,500 in National Lottery funding

Pant Memorial Hall has received a £9,500 grant from the National Lottery for essential maintenance work and to improve disabled access.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

The latest round of National Lottery funding, which has just been announced, sees over 2,300 community projects across the UK receiving a share of over £45 million. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Pant Memorial Hall is our popular village hall which also serves as the village war memorial, built as it was to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who did not return in World War One. It is a registered charity run by volunteers for the community.

The funding will be used by the hall to help pay for the refurbishment of the entrance hallway. The floor of the entrance hall, which has been in place for over 30 years, is affected by woodworm and needs to be completely replaced. Part of the money will also be used to improve disabled access to the hall by building a ramp from one of the fire exits.Big Lottery Fund logo

Shaun Fisher, Treasurer of Pant Memorial Hall, said: “This is great news for the village! Pant Memorial Hall has served the community of Pant for almost 100 years and we’re now at the stage where some major repair work needs to be done to the hallway. The National Lottery funding will help us to pay for this major undertaking and will also enable us to improve disabled access.

“The hall is a vital asset for the community offering a wide range of classes to local people as well as providing a popular venue for parties and get-togethers. The National Lottery funding will, we hope, help us to carry on for many more years.”

James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Whether in a village, town or city, National Lottery funding is helping to make a difference, bringing communities together to help people lead happier and healthier lives.”

To find out about the Big Lottery Fund and the latest round of National Lottery funding, click here. For more about Pant Memorial Hall visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

Guide Dog named thanks to Cross Guns quiz goers

Regulars at the Cross Guns Inn in Pant have now raised enough money through their monthly quiz to name a guide dog.

Guide Dogs logo

At the quiz on 19 January, locals at the pub decided on a name for ‘their’ puppy. After a number of possible names were put forward by the teams at the quiz, a show of hands at the full pub led to the name being chosen as Dougal.

Chris and Jayne Richards have been organising the monthly pub quiz at the Cross Guns for the past four years and have seen the popularity increasing. Each month they raise around £80-100 and they have now collected £2,500 for Guide Dogs.

Said Chris: “We are really glad that the quiz has become so popular with villagers over the past few years and it’s a real milestone being able to name our first dog – Dougal.”

But the work doesn’t stop there, Chris and Jayne are carrying on fundraising for Guide Dogs and the next quiz date is already in the calendar – 23rd February 2018 at 8pm.

Fundraising has already started for the next dog!

View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, by Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

Montgomery Canal photo exhibition in Pant

A photo exhibition about the Montgomery Canal takes place at Underhill Farm in Pant on 1 October.

View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, by Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, courtesy of Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

Everyone is welcome to come along and see the exhibition which will include photos from 1969 to the present day. It offers a unique chance for local people and others to see different aspects of the Montgomery Canal through the eyes of all the generations.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to vote on their favourite photos in the exhibition. The first ten will be used on merchandise which will be sold to raise funds for the wider canal restoration effort.

This is a touring exhibition which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be taking place at Underhill Farm in Pant on Sunday 1 October between 2pm and 5pm.

To find our more, please visit the event website.

Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal photo exhibition – call for entries

The Canal and River Trust are seeking photographs of the Montgomery Canal for an exhibition to celebrate the canal, its wildlife and its heritage which will be staged at Underhill Farm in Pant.

Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal

Open to amateurs and professionals of all ages, villagers of Pant are especially welcome to send in their photographs as the first exhibition will be at Underhill Farm in Pant on Sunday 1st October, as part of its Big Draw family day.

Underhill Farm and Nearly Wild Exploration are helping the Trust create an exhibition celebrating the canal and its heritage, which will then be shown at a number of locations along the canal from the Newtown to Oswestry areas. The Trust also hope to produce some postcards of the canal.

Please submit photographs (maximum of two per person) preferably by September 1st, and no later than September 11th, by email to enquiries@underhillfarm.org.

Please note that, by entering, you are agreeing to the photographs you submit being used by the Canal and River Trust for both the exhibition and to promote the restoration work of the canal.


Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Date set for third Pant Autumn Bazaar

Note the date: Saturday, 7th October 2017 sees the third Pant Autumn Bazaar taking place in Pant Memorial Hall.

Pant Memorial Hall has been the venue for an Autumn Bazaar for the past two years and the committee of Pant Memorial Hall have agreed to hold the third Pant Autumn Bazaar this October.

The previous two Bazaars attracted a good turnout and proved to be significant fundraising events for Pant’s village hall.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016To be held on the first Saturday of October, from 2pm to 5pm, organisers hope that the success of the previous events, which saw hundreds of people from Pant and the surrounding area come to the hall, will be repeated. The Bazaar in 2017 will build on the success of the last two bazaars, with a mixture of stalls from local craftspeople, stalls raising funds for the Memorial Hall and a continued focus on activities for children.

Currently, plans for the Bazaar are well underway and many of the stalls have already been allocated but it might still be possible to accommodate new stallholders. If you are interested, please get in touch with us using our contact form.

Stallholders will include a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses, offering a unique opportunity to find bespoke products and a wonderful opportunity for an early spot of Christmas shopping. From cakes to candles and cards to crafts, once again there will be something for everyone and plenty to look at and buy. A tombola will take place and there will be a children’s corner with games and other activities for kids.

Upkeep of Pant Memorial hall costs several thousand pounds each year and the Bazaar is an important way of raising much needed funds, for repairs and other investment in the hall.

To find out more, visit this page which will be updated with more information as it become available.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Montgomery Canal restoration – Pant railway embankment removal

On 12 July 2017, the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the North West Waterway Recovery Group, with the support of the Canal and River Trust, took on the project to remove a former railway embankment crossing the Montgomery Canal in Pant.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

The works were part of the project to reopen the dry section of the canal, between the restored section at Maesbury and the Welsh border at Llanymynech, for which an appeal to raise funds was launched recently.

Planning permission was granted on 20 March, with the proviso that the works should be overseen by a suitably qualified and experienced ecologist, to ensure the protection of, and enhancements for, wildlife.

The works were scheduled to take place over a seven day period, and two excavators, three dumpers and a fuel bowser arrived on site, along with members of the North West Waterway Recovery Group and the Shropshire Union Canal Society.

Work begins to remove the waste from the embankment

Work begins to remove the waste from the embankment

Dumper trucks transported the waste to Bridge 90 on the Canal, where a compound was set up so the other excavator could load the awaiting lorries, with banksmen on hand to escort off and onto site. 308 tonnes were removed on the first full day.

The project was completed one day early, with 1114.5 tonnes of waste removed and over 352 volunteer hours recorded.

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers involved and to the Canal and River Trust for their assistance.

For more details about the restoration project and to donate, please visit www.RestoreTheMontgomeryCanal.uk.

Pant Post Office

Pant Post Office – survey on proposed changes

The Post Office is proposing to make some changes to the service it offers in the McColl’s store in Pant and is seeking the views of customers before it finalises its plans.

Pant Post OfficeIn a letter available to customers in the Pant branch, the Post Office explains that it is undertaking an ‘exciting programme of investment and transformation’ across its network to make branches more modern and convenient both for customers and the operators that run them.

The Post Office is talking to McColl’s about changing Pant Post Office to one of their new-style local branches and if this goes ahead it would mean that:

  • Post Office services would be offered from a low-screened, open plan style service post integrated into the retail counter
  • The branch would be open for longer: Mon – Sun 06:00 – 23:00
  • Customers will still be able to get most Post Office products and services, however for a small number of services customers may need to visit an alternative Post Office, go online or telephone the customer helpline
  • To get the new branch ready, it may need to close for up to seven days during September / October 2017 for refurbishment.

The Post Office would like to know what is important to its customers and would like you to tell them what you think, particularly on the following areas:

  • Why you use Pant Post Office and what you like about it
  • What you think about the proposed new-look Post Office
  • What you think about the changes to opening hours
  • If you have any comments about the change to the range of Post Office products and services at the branch if the change goes ahead
  • If you have any comments about the potential closure period during the refurbishment or access to other branches in the area.

For more information about the proposed changes, and to submit your feedback by completing an online survey, visit www.postofficeviews.co.uk and enter the unique code for the Pant Post Office branch: 276641. Please note that the consultation ends on Wednesday 16 August.

You can also find out more and give your comments by email at comments@postoffice.co.uk, by phone (customer helpline) on 03452 66 01 15 (textphone: 03457 22 33 55) or by post at FREEPOST Your Comments (This is the full address to use – no further address or name details are required. Note that items sent by FREEPOST take two working days to arrive and don’t include Saturday or Sunday.)

Once the final decisions have been made by the Post Office, a poster will be displayed in the branch, and information leaflets will be made available, to let people know the final plans.

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