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Shrewsbury hospital changes on the agenda at meeting in Llanfairwaterdine

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The next meeting of the Bishop’s Castle, Chirbury and Worthen, and Clun Local Joint Committee (LJC) takes place on Thursday 10 October 2013 starting at 7pm at the Everest Hall in Llanfairwaterdine.  The meeting will focus on the challenges of delivering services in rural areas of Shropshire.

The main speaker at the meeting will be Dr Caron Morton from Shropshire Care Commissioning Group (CCG), who is the lead officer on the ‘Sustainable Clinical Services Strategy – A Call To Action’ at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals.  Dr Morton will be discussing the proposed changes to services at the hospitals, and what the impacts of the changes might be for communities such as Llanfairwaterdine.  The presentation will include details on how people can have their say on the proposed changes.

The meeting will also hear an update on the Connecting Shropshire broadband project, and receive a presentation from the police on how rural businesses can protect themselves against crime.

Councillor Nigel Hartin, the chair of the LJC, said:

“We are pleased to be holding the meeting at Llanfairwaterdine, as it is important we as a council are aware of, and reacting to, the needs of our rural communities.

“The possible changes to hospital services in Shropshire are very significant issues for residents of south west Shropshire, who already face long journeys to Shrewsbury.  We are delighted that officers from Shropshire CCG will be attending the meeting and discussing with local people what the impacts are likely to be.”

The meeting will also review the latest requests for grant support from the LJC; which includes support to develop a new cycle club at Grange Road in Bishop’s Castle, and help to set up a community garden scheme in Worthen.

There will also be updates on the replacement services for the ShropshireLink bus, and a chance for members of the public to ask questions to their local councillors.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and join in the discussions.