Last Update: 21st October 2019
In 2018, AUDLEM acquired ownership of the 11.5-acre parcel of land adjacent to Green Lane, the Shropshire Union Canal and Shropshire Street. Not only does this ensure that there will be no housing or unwanted development but it is intended that it should offer a variety of recreational uses for villagers and visitors, e.g. wildflower and conservation areas, seating, picnic area, walking etc.
Its name stems back from the historical Toll-House that existed at the junction of Green Lane and Whitchurch Road.
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Already it is proving to be very popular with walkers — with and without dogs! The southern end has a long established public right of way from the stile at Lock 11 to Green Lane adjacent to Grey's Bridge and can now be more easily accessed though a new pedestrian gate installed close to the canal bridge on Shropshire Street.
As Audlem has become more popular the pressure on parking has significantly increased. In the future a relatively small area of the field is intended to become a "Green" car park, i.e. using a mesh system so as to preserve its grassy appearance.
To help plan and manage the development of the land, the Turnpike Field Working Group (TFWG) has been formed comprising of several Audlem Parish Councillors, aided and abetted by volunteers from the community.
Councillors: Steve Boyes, David Higham, Lynette Hopkins, Ralph Warburton and Nigel Mottershead.
Community volunteers: Michael Cookson, Steve Elliott, Judy Evans, Neil Goodyear and Adrian Leighton
As plans for the field (which will be based on the inputs from Audlem village) are formulated, additional helpers will be undoubtedly be required.
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