The small market town of Craven Arms in Shropshire, blessed with a setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Welsh border, is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Marshes”. Indeed, the Welsh Marshes line and the Heart of Wales line join at the town’s small railway station.
To the north of the town there are the Shropshire Hills for hiking and mountain biking, bird watching and landscape painting – to the south lies the fortified manor of Stokesay Castle and the major tourist attractions of Shrewsbury and Ludlow are within easy driving distance, too. The aristocratic Craven family, who once owned Stokesay Castle, gave their name to the Craven Arms Hotel, which in turn was responsible for becoming the town’s name in later years.
An initially small settlement began to flourish in the mid-19th century, when the railway line was built. Today it is mainly tourism which brings employment to the inhabitants of Craven Arms. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre exhibits mainly local historical finds, while the Stella Mitchell’s Land of Lost Content Museum provides visitors with an entertaining snapshot of 20th century consumer habits thanks to its collection of memorabilia. Families with children can enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Family Play Barn, a much loved local attraction.
Being located in the floodplain of the River Onny means the town is restricted to the east with regard to commercial and residential development. Hoping to become the second most important market town in Shropshire after Ludlow, Craven Arms and South Shropshire District Council have announced ambitious plans for commercial development in the north of the town, which leads on to the A49.
Deliberately building in floodplains has shown to bring nothing but misery to homeowners and proprietors of businesses. Over the past few years, Britain has been plagued with severe weather conditions and widespread flooding occurring repeatedly in some areas of the country. Unable to insure their properties in many parts of Britain, homeowners and owners of businesses are also unable to sell their properties. With frequent, quite substantial repairs being necessary after repeated flooding, who could blame property owners for cutting a few corners?
If someone had an accident because somebody used inadequate building materials to do up their business or illegally carried out building works that later caused a major accident, the accident victim can seek compensation.
Horror stories of DIY excavations in somebody’s basement leading to a property’s collapse make the news every so often. If you queued up for stamps in your local shop and the ceiling dropped on your head thanks to an illegal loft conversion, you can claim money for your pain and suffering, loss of income and any expenses you paid as a result.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Craven Arms?
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to an advisor who can allocate your claim to an accident solicitor in Craven Arms or other specialist. All Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors offer no win no fee* services, which means an accident solicitor in Craven Arms or other legal representative will start work right away without you having to make an upfront payment to start your claims process.
Date Published: 17th July 2013