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29 February 2024
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Oswestry Rural Parish Council 

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Welcome to the website for Oswestry Rural Parish Council where you can find out about the activities of the Council and information about the parish.
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Oswestry Rural Parish is divided into 5 wards: Maesbury with Aston Ward with 580 electors, Morda with Sweeney Ward with 1,548 electors, Rhydycroesau with Llanforda Ward with 197 electors, Sychtyn Ward with 84 electors and Trefonen with Treflach Ward with 1,021 electors making a total electorate of 3,430 (electoral figures taken from the 2016 electoral register).

Parish councils are closest to the people. As the first tier in local government a parish council is an elected body made up of councillors who are volunteers. Parish councils are responsible for the most local matters. They raise funds through a “precept”  which is collected with the council tax each year  and is spent on improving facilities and services for local people.

Parish councils were first created under the Local Government Act 1894 and as they are created in law, they can only act within the law by exercising those powers and functions, which have been conferred on them by Statute (i.e. Acts of Parliament).

The Tony Cheetham Community Service Award for 2022

has been awarded to Will Baker in recognition of the voluntary work he carries out in Maesbury Marsh.  He regularly cuts the grass verges and keeps the locality tidy and in good condition.  Thanks Will and congratulations.

Will (pictured right) receiving his award from Chairman, Cllr. Martin Jones.

The Queen's Green Canopy

In honour of the Queen's Jubilee year the Parish Council has planted 3 trees in Trefarclawdd cemetery, two Oak trees and one Cherry tree.

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police wants your views

You can respond via this link.

History, Charm & Community Spirit

Latest Parish News

Shropshire Council Warning - Cold Callers


February 2024
Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council’s Affordable Warmth & Energy Efficiency team have seen an alarming rise in cold calling and canvassing by companies offering free energy efficiency improvements.

If you or someone you know is in doubt about a letter or a call you or they have received, or to check the authenticity of a scheme or a contractorplease contact Keep Shropshire Warm on

0800 112 3743 or

Sustainable Warmth Shropshire is the name of the council’s own managed energy efficiency grant scheme. To find out more about Sustainable Warmth Shropshire and to see whether you're eligible for grants for energy efficiency improvements, visit

To find out more about Keep Shropshire Warm visit

Press Release Healthwatch Shropshire


February 2024
Healthwatch Shropshire

Healthwatch Shropshire responds to the Government plan to recover NHS dentistry

The NHS and the Government have published a plan to recover NHS dentistry setting out a major new focus on prevention and good oral health in young children, and an expansion of dental workforce.

Healthwatch Shropshire, the local health and social care champion has been receiving feedback for years about how people are struggling to access NHS dental care in Shropshire. They have been sharing this with their parent body, Healthwatch England, who has used it as evidence to support their work to persuade the government to provide NHS dentistry that is more accessible and affordable.

What's in the plan?

  • NHS dentists will be given a ‘new patient’ payment of between £15-£50 (depending on treatment need) to treat around a million new patients who have not seen an NHS dentist in two years or more.
  • People will be able to see which practices in their local area are accepting new patients on the NHS website and the NHS App. The government will roll out a marketing campaign encouraging anyone who has not been seen by a dentist for the past two years to access treatment.
  • A new ‘Smile For Life’ programme will be rolled out to offer parents and parents-to-be advice for baby gums and milk teeth, with the aim that by the time children go to school, every child will see tooth brushing as a normal part of their day.
  • Dental vans will help deliver dental treatment to people in rural and coastal areas.
  • A water fluoridation programme will be rolled, which could reduce the number of tooth extractions due to decay in the most deprived areas of the country. Subject to consultation, the programme would enable an additional 1.6 million people to benefit from water fluoridation, first expanding across the North East.

Lynn Cawley, Healthwatch Shropshire Chief Officer, said, “I would like to thank all of the people in Shropshire who have taken the time to share their experiences of accessing NHS dental care with us. We hope that this plan will improve the ability of Shropshire residents to access NHS dental care. It is early days and we don’t yet know how it will affect services in Shropshire but hopefully this will become clearer. As it does we would still like to hear from people so we can feed their experiences back to the local NHS and to Healthwatch England to help build up a picture of how the plan is working.”

Healthwatch England CEO, Louise Ansari, said "Across England, we have seen major access issues in NHS dentistry. The rising cost of living has had a real impact, with our latest data showing that one in five people have avoided going to the dentist because they can't afford it. A year ago, this figure was one in ten*.

“The dentistry recovery plan is a good start in addressing these serious problems. To widen access to NHS dentistry to those experiencing the greatest health inequalities, it’s vital dentists take up the new premium payments, promote availability of appointments to new patients and prioritise slots to people most in need.

“We also welcome the move to incentivise dentists to work in ‘dental deserts’ with golden hellos, to use dental vans in remote areas and to roll out more prevention schemes for children.

“However, in the long run more radical solutions are needed to get NHS dentistry back on track. We welcome the Government’s to commitment to consulting with the profession on the contract and urge this to happen as soon as possible.”

“We know that people will generally welcome the plan, but ultimately, they would like to be be able to register with a local NHS dentist in the same way as they can with a local GP, developing a trusted relationship with a dentist who can prevent poor oral health and treat any new problems or emergencies.”

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent health and social care champion in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services. It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

* Healthwatch EnglandNHS Dental Recovery Plan - our response | Healthwatch


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