Brexit prospects for business

BUSINESSES, you can put boring old Brexit on the backburner if Cllr Joyce Barrow is right that this is the perfect time for you to develop – not only in the UK but right here in Shropshire.

Shropshire council’s place overview committee reveals many companies have said they want to set up here!

“It is an exciting time for Shropshire, at the moment, in terms of business. Thing are moving forward in so many ways,” reveals Cllr Barrow.

"It is the perfect time to come to Shropshire and develop – as we have big plans in the business and tourism sectors.”

Let’s hope this enthusiasm both negates Brexit – and brings jobs by the thousand to our planned business park.

Hillfort reassurance

RELIABLE source Councillor Paul Milner, former Mayor of Oswestry, reassuringly posted a message on Twitter the other day which simply read: “Seven sites earmarked for potential housing developments near an historic hillfort, won’t be adopted into a council’s local plan.”

That’s a fact which should quell all the negative fake rumours!

Additionally he posted: “It was necessary to postpone the carriageway resurfacing .. that was programmed to take place at Upper Brook Street, Oswestry on Sunday March 24 and and 31. It was reprogrammed for last and next Sunday April 7 and 14.”

Water plant woes

THERE’S water, water everywhere at the new £54-million water purification plant – above Oswestry up Broomhall Lane – and every drop very fit to drink.

But sadly it totally bypasses our town that hosts it – to go downhill by gravity alone all the way to Prescot in Liverpool. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful – after our once-lovely water from the Pen y Gwely reservoir was mothballed – that planning permission for this massive new plant was conditional on Oswestry getting its fair share of the beautiful soft water we used to enjoy from Lake Vyrnwy.

Wilfred Owen book

AUTHOR Dave Andrews lives near Oswestry and has published nine books.

But it is his tenth, Wilfred Owen: Poet of Oswestry, that’s very special; including references to Plas Wilmot and all the Owen family.

You can both hear Dave talk about it, as well as meet him, tomorrow at Oswestry & District Civic Society’s talk in St. Oswald’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm.

Entry, which is free to members, is just £4 and include refreshments.

Historic hotel upgrade

LLANGOLLEN’S historic Royal Hotel is to be snapped into the 21st century with a major revamp. Crafty businessmen Matt Jones and Tom Bellis plan to exploit the Royal’s fabulous town centre position, bordering the Dee.

They plan to create a ‘grand vision’ to upgrade the building as well as add fine dining and a luxury spa. Matt reflected: “This is a really major development, not only for Llangollen, but also for the region and even nationally.”