Telford Updates

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Future Fit Consultation – Have your say on the future of our Hospital services

Telford & Wrekin Council is urging residents to have their say. We cannot lose our 24hr A&E and Consultant-led Women and Children’s Centre.

The NHS’ plan called Future Fit wants to have planned care at one of Shropshire’s two main hospitals and emergency care at the other. The Future Fit preference is for emergency care to be based at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Option 2 would mean the Princess Royal Hospital keeps the vital services such as those at the Women and Children’s Centre that Telford and east Shropshire need.

Option 2 would also mean shorter average emergency travel times because the full 24-hour A&E would be at Telford – a journey most will make by ambulance.”

Option 2 would provide the rest of Shropshire and our neighbours in mid Wales with Shrewsbury as a more accessible place for planned operations. This is better for those who find it difficult to drive to their planned operations, such as older people.

Option 2 would cost the NHS £62 million less. Option 2 would also save at least an extra £3.3 million a year in debt repayments. The NHS could spend this saving on more doctors and nurses, even a second state-of-the-art cancer centre without having to resort to voluntarily fundraising for it.

Read more at https://nhsfuturefit.org

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Pride in the Community is a true success story

£7.5m earmarked for improvement schemes in Telford and Wrekin

The 2018/19 capital programme will see the money invested in another 340 improvement schemes across the borough.

The year-long programme includes road safety schemes and creating another 400 plus parking spaces in neighbourhoods.

It involves road improvements and resurfacing, road markings and signage, footpath improvements, drainage works as well as work on highways structures such as bridges and retaining walls.

A £600,000 upgrade of Hollies Road and the surrounding area in Wellington is among the more major schemes happening.

Work there will include improvements to roads, paths, drains and the installation of traffic calming measures in response to issues raised by residents.

All of the projects are in response to feedback from residents, councillors and town and parish councils, or as part of the council’s rolling maintenance work.

In addition to the planned 2018/19 projects, the council says it is on course to complete its two-year programme to upgrade 20,000 street lights to new, more energy efficient LEDs. It will also carry out reactive works on issues such as potholes as they arise.

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Telford Land Deal bolsters local economy by £236 million in 18 months

This Labour run scheme has created 988 jobs since April 2016 · £23million worth of land has been sold, set to stimulate building of 86,754 m sq of commercial floor space and 597 homes

Telford Land Deal bolsters local economy by £236 million in 18 months

The Telford Land Deal – an innovative investment scheme run by Telford & Wrekin Council, has attracted £236 million of investment to the area since April 2016. The initiative has sold £23 million worth of land – in deals set to create 988 new jobs as well as stimulating the construction of over 86,000 square meters of commercial floor space.

Telford & Wrekin Council manages and invests in sites on behalf of landowner, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), acting to remove barriers to development and attract potential investors.

Working through its inward investment and business support service Enterprise Telford, the council ensures businesses and property developers have a ‘soft landing’ and that suitable sites are available for immediate development. The team provides logistical assistance in improving site access, utility provisions and drainage, as well as helping to secure planning certainty prior to sale.

The Land Deal has proved instrumental in helping the region to secure record levels of Foreign Direct Investment, most notably a multi-million pound injection from Magna International, a supplier of aluminium castings to nearby Jaguar Land Rover. The firm’s state-of-the-art, 250,000 square meter plant is due to open in Spring 2018, creating 300 jobs and is thought to be one of the biggest, new overseas investments in the UK in the last ten years.

Other businesses supported through the deal include Austrian reinforced plastics supplier Polytec and German plastics and polymer specialist Craemer Group as well as expanding Telford businesses such as Wrekin Pneumatics and Midlands-based company Rosewood Pet Products which is moving into the borough.

Aside from supporting commercial sites, the Land Deal is also speeding up development of residential property, releasing six sites which are due to produce 597 new homes.