About the Road Closure

From mid-May until June, Mardol Head will be closed for essential gas works.  The exact works will be taking place from the corner by Joules down to Natwest.

A vehicle diversion will be in place from the bottom of Wyle Cop to divert through traffic along Town Walls. Access for deliveries will be maintained for Wyle Cop and High Street businesses.  Businesses on Shoplatch will be able to use the loading bays after the Market Hall on the Domino’s Pizza side of the road, there will also be space for delivery vehicles to pull in on the Ashley’s side of the road by the bus stop.  Access to the loading bay at the end of High Street will also be maintained.

About Shoplatch Park

Shrewsbury BID has worked in partnership with Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council, contractors and the Police to agree the setup of ‘Shoplatch Park’ – a temporary public park using the road and loading bays between Natwest and Ashley’s on Shoplatch – which will include astroturf, fencing, deck chairs, picnic benches and parasols during the upcoming town centre road closure.

We are wanting to create an enjoyable family friendly space to attract people into Shrewsbury during the road closure and encourage visitors to dwell for longer in the town centre benefiting the businesses community.

Who is setting up Shoplatch Park?

Shrewsbury BID are managing the setup of the space and will be promoting the project through its Original Shrewsbury channels. For more information, please contact emma@shrewsburybid.co.uk

Who is co-ordinating the programme for Shoplatch Park?

Lucy Murphy (The Salon) and Chloe (Market Hall) are co-coordinating a programme of activities for the park which – will be run by local businesses and community groups. Activities might include live music, yoga sessions, business showcases etc. If you would like to organise an activity in the space, please get in touch with Lucy and Chloe at shoplatchpark@originalshrewsbury.co.uk

Park Rules

The park will operate between 10am and 7.30pm, 7 days a week. (Outside of these hours all equipment except the AstroTurf and fencing will be removed.)

No glass allowed in the park and takeaway must only be in plastic and disposable containers. (Bins will be provided and emptied daily)

No smoking allowed in the park


If you are a business with an off-sales license, customers can purchase items from your business and consume within the park (as they would any other public space) providing the take-away service is in disposable cups/plates and plastic glasses. Businesses should check the exact details contained within their premises license.

If you are a business with an on-sales license, your normal licensing rules will apply and you will need to ensure that customers are not consuming alcohol purchased from your premises in the park. Businesses should check the exact details contained within their premises license.

Businesses on Shoplatch will be regularly patrolling and monitoring the park which will also be under CCTV surveillance.

Street trading and Temporary Event Notices

The current town centre license stipulates that street trading is not permitted at any time (including as part of a temporary event notice).

However businesses are allowed to showcase with an outdoor exhibition, information stand, activities or samples. Any trading (money changing hands) needs to be done inside your premises. Any specific licensing enquiries should be sent to licensing@shropshire.gov.uk

Can I extend my pavement permit?

No, it is not possible for businesses to extend pavement licenses into the Shoplatch Park area.

Is it against the law for people to consume alcohol on the streets?

It is not against the law, but there is a regulation within Shrewsbury’s Public Space Protection Order stating that authorised officers can ask people to stop drinking alcohol and hand over any containers if the officer has reason to believe that that person is causing or is likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to another person.

Antisocial Behaviour

Neighbouring businesses should take co-ownership of the space to prevent and deter anti-social behaviour and crime. No members of staff should put themselves at risk to prevent crime or anti-social behaviour, but businesses should work together to show that the space is being monitored. If there is an issue, any crime or anti-social behaviour should be reported to 999 (if it is an emergency), or on 101.