The Old Smithfield Development.
The Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its petition to the planning officer at Shirehall on Tuesday 9th August, the current official deadline given for objections. The petition has now been gathered together and we have over 6,500 signatures at the last count. Journalists will be present for the handover and an interview with Chairman Steve Robbins will be broadcast live on Radio Shropshire the morning before from the Old Smithfield site where the development is proposed to be built.
We are very aware of the serious concerns that many members have regarding the proposed development, the Chamber acted swiftly as soon as we were made aware of it, and believes the petition will send a strong message out about the feelings of those who shop in the town.
There has been much discussion locally, and on social media, regarding what is and what isn’t eligible criteria for a planning application to be refused. The Chamber would like to advise members that it put together a sub committee to co-ordinate its challenge to the proposals, giving it access to as much historical information on the site as is possible to get, and the very best legal advice on planning matters.
In addition to the petition, substantial legal questions have now been raised which will need to be addressed. For obvious reasons we cannot discuss these matters, but we would like to reassure members that we are working hard on your behalf and certainly do not consider this a lost cause. The Chamber anticipate it is unlikely that there will be any further developments before September at the earliest.
Park & Ride Open For Flying Scotsman Visit
The Chamber of Commerce are operating the Park and Ride Service every day that Flying Scotsman is running at the Severn Valley Railway from Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th September. Parking is £3 for the day and a free coach shuttles between the car park and the station from 7am to 7pm.
About Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce
The Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce exists to connect and support local businesses which are registered within Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas. All businesses, large and small, are encouraged to apply to join the Chamber.
The aim of Chambers of Commerce is to promote, advance and protect the commercial, professional and general interests of the community and the local economy. A Chamber of Commerce has existed in Bridgnorth for over 40 years, and has been instrumental in protecting the rights of the town’s historic market, which is protected by Royal Charter. Bridgnorth received the earliest Charter granted to a Shropshire Town by Henry II in 1157.
Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce relaunched itself in November 2014 with a newly elected Council determined to grow the membership and work on new initiatives to support them. Monthly social meetings now take place on the last Thursday of the month, where members can drop in and network with other members in a more informal setting, and discuss any issues with the officers of the Chamber.
Affiliation with Shropshire Chamber opened up the opportunity for members to attend the breakfast meetings held at Bridgnorth Golf Club, with all the County wide networking opportunities that gives.