Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers has launched a campaign for a Public Right of Way at the old Buildwas Power Station, and over one of the bridges leading to it. We are seeking the support of other local community groups and organisations, as well as all walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Already we have had expressions of support from Shropshire Council Division Councillors David Turner (Much Wenlock), and Simon Harris (Broseley), Buildwas Parish Council, Much Wenlock Town Council, Broseley Town Council, Telford & Wrekin Local Access Forum, Telford Bridleways Association, British Horse Society, Wellington Walkers, Shropshire Council's Central Walking Forum, Shropshire's Great Outdoors Team
The power station is being decommissioned, the towers and chimneys demolished and the site will be sold to new owners. Planning permission will be needed for any new re-development. We don't wish to stop or compromise any new projects or buildings, however, it is hard to imagine any new future use that is incompatible with negotiating a path for walkers, riders and cyclists either through or alongside it.
The Severn Gorge is probably the most important area for walking, tourism and leisure in Shropshire and Telford. Many local communities are currently separated by the twin barriers of the power station and the Severn. At the power station boundary riders, cyclists and walkers have to use steep sloped paths which make it very difficult for the less fit and families with small children. Many important long distance walking, riding and cycling routes pass nearby including the Shropshire Way, Jack Mytton Way, Severn Way, Silkin Way and Mercian Way. It would be a real benefit for all, local people, visitors and tourists alike, to create public access and new linear and circular routes here and improve connectivity for non motorised transport.
We have written to the key decision makers at Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils, you can read our letter here.
Follow these links to read our proposals and see a map of the site with suggested new paths plus photos. If you would like to support these ideas or comment, you can send our Chair a message via the conatct us tab on this website.
The photo shows a new riverside path on what used to be a brownfield site near Maws Craft Centre in nearby Jackfield. We hope that soon you will be able to walk, cycle or ride all the way along the south of the Severn from Bridgnorth to Buildwas Abbey. This route now ends (below) on the disused railway at the entry to the power station.