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Minsterley and Pontesbury Councillors, Clerk and Highline with one of the new solar lights installed on the cycleway linking the two villages
23rd September 2021

Solar Light Success


Working together Pontesbury and Minsterley Parish Councils have secured funding from Shropshire Council for improvements to the lighting along the pathway between the two villages.

Developed in response to safety concerns raised by residents, the project will involve the installation of 32 lighting columns with PIR activated solar powered lighting. 

Although already well used, it is the ambition of both Parish councils to encourage increased use of the path, reducing road journeys between the villages and providing a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists.  It is also hoped that parents will feel more confident in their children walking or cycling to and from school, particularly during darker winter months.

As well as improving safety increased use of the pathway will contribute to the carbon reduction ambitions of both councils; Cllr Duncan Fletcher, Chair of the joint working group said “the use of solar lighting is an integral part of achieving a sustainable, cost-effective solution to improving this essential route connecting the villages’.

Cllr Geoff Rogers, Chair of Minsterley Parish Council commented that he was delighted with the outcome after all the hard work undertaken by all those involved in the project.

Following a competitive process, the contract for installation has been awarded to Highline Electrical, work on the project will start during the first week of September and should take two weeks to complete.

Shropshire Councillor Nick Hignett, who is also a member of Minsterley and Pontesbury Parish Councils said, “I am extremely proud of the way Minsterley and Pontesbury parish councils’ have worked together to deliver a project which will benefit residents in both villages.”




20th September 2021


The Parish Council has a vacancy and wishes to co-opt a new councillor for the Pontesbury ward.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk for further details. Further information about the role of a parish councillor is included below;

Email: clerk@pontesburypc.org.uk       Phone: 01691 661157


26th August 2021




that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for Pontesbury Ward of Pontesbury Parish Council, following the resignation of Councillor Paul Bradbury

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.


The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish [ward] in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends on 16 September 2021


What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?


Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.  If you are interested in applying to be a councillor please contact the Parish Clerk before 30/09/2021.


The Returning Officer’s address is:


Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,

The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND


The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.


This notice is dated 26 August 2021.



Debbie Marais, Parish Clerk   clerk@pontesburypc.org.uk  01691 661157



*           There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – www.shropshire.gov.uk - under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses. 


**             In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.



12th July 2021

Pontesbury Parish Council is aware of comments made on Facebook by a former member of the parish council.  These comments are made by an individual and do not represent the views of this council.  We find these comments strongly offensive and will not tolerate racism nor discrimination of any kind. 


The Council have reported this serious matter to the Police and are currently assisting them with their enquiries.


The Council disassociates itself with these comments and can report that the Chairman has today accepted this Councillor’s resignation from Pontesbury Parish Council.


If you have any questions or wish to make further comment please either get in touch with the Deputy Clerk on deputyclerk@pontesburypc.org.uk  or the Local Policing Team, by calling 101.


11th May 2021

We are pleased to announce the re-election of the following Shropshire Councillors that serve on Pontesbury Parish Council


Longden:   Cllr Roger Evans

Rea Valley:  Cllr Nick Hignett


Police & Crime Commissioner - John Campion