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Calls for infrastructure provision to aid Shrewsbury's development

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Business | Published:

A call has been made urging Shrewsbury's MP and Shropshire Council to provide the infrastructure to support the mass development which is underway in the county town.

Shrewsbury town centre

Shrewsbury Business Chamber has lobbied for the economic expansion of the town through the Local Plan Review, support for the North West Relief Road, direct London trains and other associated matters.

The body is now pressing Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury & Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski on the need to follow this through and provide the roads, schools, medical facilities and public transport to support this development.

Committee member Charles Howell said: "To date much of the expansion has been housing construction; land zoned for employment has not yet been developed through a lack of roads and other services. Delays in bringing forward employment space makes it very difficult for Shrewsbury-based firms to expand, attract new business to the town and also recruit staff, especially in high value sectors such as engineering, telecoms and medical services.

Aerial view of Shrewsbury

"Much of the infrastructure is funded through a tax on the proceeds of house sales, but in practice - other than roads to serve the houses – development and the supply of these support facilities lag some way behind occupation of the houses. This creates cross-town congestion and a strain on existing educational and medical facilities.

"Looking to the wider area, members of the chamber executive will be attending one of the regular discussion meetings with our Member of Parliament scheduled for February 28. We will be pressing him for details of the government's proposed Marches Infrastructure Fund to improve England/Wales cross border road and rail links, and also his thoughts concerning HS2, aware that the latter is supported by West Midlands and Northern business and political organisations. We would be interested in Shrewsbury Business Chamber members' thoughts concerning this proposal – should it go ahead despite the ever increasing cost?

"Flybe, the UK’s largest regional airline, providing business and leisure access to all parts of the British Isles and ‘nearest Europe’ is seeking financial support from the Government. Is this justified? Or could other airlines provide the same service (to businesses in particular) without the subsidy? Again , we would be interested in Chamber members’ views – please come along to the next meetings and let us know."

For more details on the meetings visit shrewsburybusinesschamber.com

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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