Local Election Oswestry

10 December 2015

The Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party have taken prompt action to ensure an election is held for the Shropshire Council seat in Oswestry recently vacated by Keith Barrow.

Duncan Kerr, a Green Party councillor on Oswestry Town Council, explained “In his press statement Keith Barrow gave an account of why he could no longer continue as Leader of the Conservative group but offered no explanation to the people of the town of why he, like Martin Bennett earlier this year, has resigned his Council seat. His decision leaves a vacant chair in the Council chamber that will shortly be making very important decisions regarding Oswestry's future. These include whether to allow housing alongside the historic hill fort, who in Oswestry and Shropshire will suffer most from the £77m cuts, and whether developers will be allowed to maximise profits by building inappropriate ugly schemes like the one we have only just headed off for Salop road/Stewart Road.

The Green Party believes in effective local representation and has therefore initiated the legal process to call the election in South Oswestry to ensure the town is properly represented. It is understood that this election will be in mid to late January.