Crematorium dilemma

A TRUE dilemma faced Shropshire Council when considering permission for an officer-supported new crematorium in Nesscliffe.

The problem was the application was close to the RAF helicopter training camp, where simulated battles were also staged. The RAF argued curtailing flights because of a cremation, could jeopardise its very future.

Equally, they observed, who would want to say goodbye to a loved one with choppers buzzing, plus the sounds of battle!

The RAF claimed approving it would cause “irreversible and detrimental effects” on both its Nesscliffe helicopter training centre and that at RAF Shawbury.

In the same week, a gliding club sought to be near busy Exeter Airport, where abundantly the two appeared incompatible!

One suggested solution could have been the crematorium sited comfortably in a corner of Oswestry’s planned business park at Mile End.

Then it would have been even more on the doorstep of the town it purports to serve.

Roundabout woes

AFTER further smashes on Llynclys crossroads, the time is ripe to push for the ultimate solution – and that’s a roundabout!

At going to work and coming home times it is near to impossible to join the busy Oswestry to Welshpool A483 – so folks take a chance and this black spot claims another victim.

In 2013 the 60mph limit was reduced to 40mph, with negligible effect.

But with a small roundabout here, drivers on each side would only have to look out for priority vehicles from their right – and roundabouts slow traffic down naturally.

Parking rethink

OSWESTRY seriously needs to reconsider free parking to both save our high street as well as radiate a welcome to shoppers.

Why pay to park in the town centre, when it’s free at B&M’s out of town store, at Halfords, Stans, Morton garden centre, Aldi and Lidl and at both Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s, who refund your fees.

Shrewsbury’s out of town parking costs nothing, in contrast to £2.40 an hour on the town centre streets!

Sadly, when a town centre loses independent shops, charity shops, discount stores and fast food outlets move in.

Which is where the Future High Street Fund can come in, by swinging that balance back through subsidised town centre facilities.

Hall needs builders

ARE you a builder with the odd weekend free – and can you help Pant Memorial Hall create a mini ‘Armistice100 garden’ at the hall?

The hall will supply all the materials, but now just needs some skill, to build the memorial.

If you can help, get in touch with the hall supporters on 07913 565708.

Train service

THIS May a direct train service starts from Wrexham to Lime Street, Liverpool - while later Shrewsbury to Birmingham trains are planned alongside pressure growing for a third direct service to Euston from Shrewsbury.

Gobowen and Chirk, as ever, are the ignored piggies in the middle?