Shropshire Council launched a wide-ranging consultation on its draft local plan on 3rd August 2020. Here we explain what it’s about, summarise the proposals for South East Shropshire, and describe how to find out more and how to comment on the proposals. The deadline for comments is 30th September 2020.
Bridgnorth Sunday Handmade Market re-opened on 2nd August after a gap of nearly 4 months. The market is held underneath Bridgnorth Town Hall and safety precautions are in place – usual opening hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Bridgnorth’s landmark Cliff Railway has reintroduced a daily service from 1st August. The railway runs between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. with frequent departures. As Covid 19 safety precautions face coverings must be worn and seating capacity has been reduced.
Coronavirus has changed the face of shopping. Shops in Bridgnorth have been working hard to adapt to new safety requirements. Changes have been made to the Town’s Saturday outdoor market in the High Street too.
The move follows the government giving councils new powers to protect public health. Shropshire Council has closed the High Street to all traffic at peak periods on Saturdays so there’s more space for shoppers to spread out. The changes were made at the end of July. The full road closure is a temporary measure and is expected to last for 3 to 4 weekends.
Stopping the traffic has enabled the market layout to be altered to give more circulation space. Stalls which are normally set up on the footpath have been moved into the roadway. It has also enabled stalls to be moved further away from the pavement or turned around.
Bridgnorth Town councillor David Cooper said:
“Bridgnorth’s Saturday market is very popular, especially in the Summer. Initial feedback is that the atmosphere is more relaxed and welcoming. There are some drawbacks but it does feel as if Bridgnorth is safe and open for business!”