Oswestry BID were approached last year by a number of businesses on Mile Oak Ind Estate regarding the amount of vehicles that were being parked along both sides of the carriageway making it very difficult for anyone trying to access premises. It was made even more difficult for HGVs making deliveries/collections and extremely dangerous to all drivers and pedestrians who were having to navigate there way through with very poor visibility due to parked vehicles about oncoming traffic, as one business put it ‘it was an accident waiting to happen’.

The BID set up a meeting with businesses from the area and representatives from Shropshire Council’s Highways Dept.  All the issues were discussed, parking, access, loading bays etc and ideas put forward on how to resolve this pressing matter.  Shropshire Council came up with a number of options and the BID organised a meeting to review these where a final option was agreed.  This then went through to consult, which was extended due to the pandemic but closed in June.  As there were no objections raised it was just a case of getting the new signage in place and lines painted.

BID ManagerAdele Nightingale said: “Due to COVID there have been many other priorities for Shropshire Highways, which we understand, but BID kept pushing for this work to be completed and we are pleased to say that work commenced this week.

This just does show what can be achieved by working as a ‘team’ and how the BID pulled the businesses and Shropshire Council together to find a solution and then made sure that the work got completed.

I would like to thank the businesses for their contribution during his process and I have already had several of them on Mile Oak email to say how much this has been appreciated and how this will make a real difference to their operations.  A success story!

Next we turn our attention to Maes-Y-Clawdd where we have already started the process to review the traffic regulation orders there.”