My name is Karen and I am a town councillor and Mayor in Bishop’s Castle. I am also a Community Champion and involved in a project to look at revitalising our near empty business park. I chaired a campaign to oppose a biomass power plant which was going to take up the vast majority of the business park for many very valid reasons and concerns which the community had. However some years down the line and the business park is still empty of any businesses. We are therefore looking to work alongside Shropshire Council to see if it is feasible for the community to take over the running of the business park. We have a number of partners within this process made up of local organisations.
Like all areas we are facing massive cuts to our budgets. By working with a local organisation we will hopefully maintain our library service but we have massive concerns about the medium to long term future of our leisure centre. Living in a rural community this is essential for the health and well being of residents.
Therefore through this process I hope that we can move forward with our business park and also gain any ideas which could be passed on to the management committee of our leisure centre.