English Heritage – Iron bridge Conservation Project:
Interpretation boards have been installed to provide information on the Conservation Project, which is great news as I know this was of concern to some residents. I am also delighted to confirm that English Heritage have installed pedestrian lighting on the bridge following representations from myself the Gorge Parish Council and members of the local community. Conservation in action tours will begin in the New Year and English Heritage has had a good number of volunteers come forward to support, which is excellent news. As you will have seen English Heritage launched its first ever crowd funding campaign and have already received over £40,000 towards the Iron bridge project which is absolutely amazing news!
It was a challenging few weeks in December with the amount of snow we experienced but the community has really rallied together to support one another and certainly demonstrated our community spirit. Over these days I worked closely with residents and officers at Telford & Wrekin Council to ensure that issues were prioritises and alerted to the Council, to ensure we addressed the challenges as quickly as possible to keep everyone updated as much as possible on road and grit updates. Following on from this, I have written to officers at Telford & Wrekin Council to express my thanks to all officers involved and am working with them on continuing to build an action plan for the Gorge moving forward in an effort to proactively address some of the issues raised.
Tree Clearance work
Sadly the snow was damaged a large amount of trees and this has made a lot of our walking routes and trails impassable - the clean-up operation is going to cost the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust thousands of pounds. I made contact with The Severn Gorge Countryside Trust and have agreed to commit some of my Cllrs Pride Funding to this as the funding will be used towards the clearing of a large number of trees that have fallen (due to loading by snow and ice) onto key walking routes and trails throughout the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. It certainly won’t cover the total bill but hopefully goes some small way to help.
The Shropshire Star covered the story here.
In December I had the honor of being asked to do a reading at the Civil Carol Service. This event delivered by Telford & Wrekin Council in association with Telford Christians Together was a really well attended with over 500 people and it was a great privilege to be a part of such a wonderful occasion. In Ironbridge, I attended the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at St Luke’s Church which was as ever a beautiful and highly engaging service. On Christmas eve I along with the community also gathered for Carols by the Iron Bridge, which was a truly memorable occasion.
2017 was a fantastic Year and here is to an even more brilliant 2018!!
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