New group set to boost Oswestry by delivering key projects
A new group has been set up to review the priorities within Oswestry’s 2020 Neighbourhood Plan and to help deliver activities and projects that will benefit the town, its residents and its businesses.
Made up of representatives from Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID) the Future Oswestry Group held its inception meeting on 2 May  at the town’s Guildhall.
The group will help to deliver each organisation’s activities and projects through working more closely together.
Key members of the group include: Councillor Steve Charmley and Councillor Robert Macey representing Shropshire Council; Councillor Chris Schofield and Councillor Sandy Best representing Oswestry Town Council; and Adele Nightingale and Ian Follington representing the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID). Support is provided by officers from Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council.
Regular meetings will be held for the group, which will now look to agree its aims and objectives, and develop a programme of activities.
Councillor Steve Charmley, deputy leader of Shropshire Council and Cabinet member for economic growth, said:
“This new group is great news for Oswestry. Our first meeting was really positive and by meeting on a regular basis we’ll be able to ensure that we all work together for the benefit of Oswestry, and all who live, work or run a business in the town.”
Adele Nightingale, Oswestry BID manager said:
“The BID sees this as a great opportunity to work with both Shropshire and Oswestry Town councils, to ensure a joined up and co-ordinated approach for the future of Oswestry. We are very keen to deliver projects in the short and medium-term whilst always considering the longer term plans. Exciting times are ahead for Oswestry!”
Councillor Sandy Best from Oswestry Town Council, said:
“This was a positive meeting and the Town Council looks forward to working with Shropshire Council and the BID to develop and deliver projects that will make a tangible difference in the town. It is important that the community are aware of this work and have an opportunity to contribute to it.”