About 1,600 runners have now signed up to take part in Shrewsbury’s inaugural half marathon on June 23rd and a further 900 will run the full marathon.
Final preparations are taking place for the first- marathon and half-marathon on June 23.
The race will start from the Statue of Hercules in The Quarry before snaking around the town centre via Smithfield Road, Castle Street, The Square and Town Walls.
It will continue through Longden Coleham and Kingsland before returning to the finish line in The Quarry, with four laps of the course due to be completed by runners. Water stations will be set up every two miles.
Crowds are expected to line the streets along the route with live music planned as part of the event.
Shrewsbury Brass Band will be playing in The Quarry, while there will be additional music in The Square.
Council planners have recommended approval of a £7m, 459 space car park on land between the Pride Hill and Darwin Shopping Centres.
Councillors on planning committee will have the final decision on the site in a meeting at Shirehall on Thursday at 2pm.
The nine-level building would have a pedestrian walkway to Pride Hill. It would be built in Raven Meadows in place of an existing 70 space pay and display car park.
English Heritage had earlier expressed concerns that the plans would block the view of a 15th century medieval hall, which is home to the town centre’s McDonald’s restaurant. The plans have been revised to remove the top floor and add a large glass-fronted viewing platform to allow shoppers to see the hall.
Shrewsbury town centre roads and parts of Longden Coleham, Longden Road and Kingsland areas, roads will be closed on Sunday 23rd June 2013 (approximately 5.00 am to 3.00pm) to allow the Shrewsbury marathon to take place.
Parking will be prohibited on many of these roads and car parking at some town centre car parks will be disrupted however, many of the larger car parks are to remain open.
Motorists are to get 15 minutes free parking in an attempt to boost trade in Shropshire’s high streets 20th May 2013.
The plan was also welcomed by John Hall, from Shrewsbury’s Shop in the Loop group.
He said: “It is a very significant step in the right direction. Anything is welcome. It would be churlish not to welcome it.”
The 15-minute grace period will apply to designated pay and display car parking bays at all council-owned surface car parks across the county, apart from those which already have a free period of parking and on-street pay and display parking bays.
It will not operate in the Raven Meadows multi-storey car park in Shrewsbury, as drivers have to pay when leaving. It also does not include restricted parking areas, like loading bays and double-yellow lines. Parking is not allowed in disabled bays without a blue badge.
Just one of the videos from a series titled ‘Hidden Shrewsbury’ made by STCRA members and produced last year as part of the LJC funded tourism project. All the videos can now be seen at www.visitshrewsburymap.co.uk – just tick the box called ‘In the know’ and they all appear on the map.
A lot of objections to the design of the new waiting room at Shrewsbury station as reported in the Shropshire Star tonight.
The following comment was sent to the planning department at Shropshire Council on behalf of STCRA: We wish to support the proposed improvements to the services provided on the platforms inside the station.
We do consider the slate-cladding to be a mistake, since it is too out of keeping with the style of the station, which is Victorian Gothic. There may be some argument to expect the new structures to be distinct from the original structures on the platform, but this new surface is far too alien and not appropriate. Provided there is no Gothic decoration on the windows and doors, using brick perhaps of a slightly different colour would ensure that the new-build will be distinct.
The design of the new waiting area is somewhat congested. When the waiting area is crowded, passengers with luggage may have difficulty in negotiating access and egress. The service block has two areas for ‘Staff Use’, so it seems excessive to use a considerable space adjacent to the waiting room for yet more ‘Staff Use’, space that could be best made available to waiting passengers.
We hope that the officers could negotiate these changes, so that the new build will be recognised as new and not clash with the rest of this Grade 2 listed building.
The weekend of April 20/21 saw the first event on Shrewsbury croquet club’s calendar, the annual Short Croquet tournament. On Saturday the high handicapped players were in action and Isobel Ellerslie took the winner’s trophy.
The line-up left is of Sunday’s more advanced croqueteers, with John Jennings holding the Ludlow Mallet, awarded to the day’s winner, while Edward Knapton came second in a tight contest. Manager Tony Hudson is on the right. In one month’s time the 14 point weekend will be held.
Organisers said this year’s Shrewsbury Regatta, which will take place on the weekend of May 11 and 12, would be the largest in the show’s history – which spans more than 100 years.
In 2012, the regatta was called off for the first time in its history after safety concerns were raised over rising water levels on the River Severn. Thousands of people were due to attend the two-day extravaganza, which was abandoned little more than 36 hours before the first race was due to start.
Last night there was an article in the Shropshire Star on parking in the town and this is a quote from that article:
In Shrewsbury, Chris Evans has been a parking enforcement officer for the last five years – a job he says he enjoys.
“I am not here to make it worse. I am here to make it better,” he says as he patrols the streets of Shrewsbury.
Consistency is key says Mr Evans, and everyone who contravenes traffic regulations is given the same treatment. He says: “We allow every vehicle a 10-minute observation period – most authorities allow five minutes, so it is generous.”
If in that 10 minutes, the motorist has returned to their vehicle, they are given a warning rather than a PCN – a parking charge notice.