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The Gorge Parish Council meets twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday. On the first Tuesday of the month the meeting concentrates on discussing planning applications. Parish Councils are statutory consultees on all planning applications in their Parish. The Gorge Parish Council looks at approximately 200 applications each year. Comments are passed on each application. Telford and Wrekin Council are the planning authority for The Gorge Area.

The third Tuesday of the month is Full Council where the main business of the council is carried out. The Gorge Parish Council provides the following services in the Parish:
  • The Gorge Gazette newsletter sent to every household and most businesses
  • The Gorge Parish Council Website
  • Provides grants to a range of community groups
  • Planters in the centre of Ironbridge
  • Notice boards throughout the Parish
  • Environmental works, such as clearing paths, removing litter and clearing back vegetation
  • Public Session at the beginning of each meeting to allow residents to talk to the Parish Council about any subject they wish.
  • Annual meeting for residents.

The Gorge Parish Council also represents the community on many organisations:
  • World Heritage Site Strategy Group
  • Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
  • Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Community Centre Committee
  • Clerks Forum with Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Woodside Allotments
  • Lightmoor Village Community Group

The Gorge Parish Council also works in Partnership with several organisations to benefit the residents of The Gorge:
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
  • Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
  • The Greenwood Centre
  • Bourneville Village Trust Lightmoor
  • West Mercia Police
  • Severn Gorge Lions
  • The Gorge Bridge Builders

The Gorge Parish Council
Also reviews consultation documents from many statutory bodies on behalf of the community. The Parish Council also provides grants to local organisations and groups. The Parish Council's grant policy and application form can be found elsewhere on this website.

Because of the number of trees in The Gorge the Parish Council works with Telford and Wrekin Council to provide extra leaf sweeps in the winter. The same partnership has provided the new litter bins seen around the Parish. Work in Jockey Bank Gardens/Galleon Park is also being funded from this partnership.

The Parish Council has also started a Parish Plan with a steering group nearing the completion of the plan. A copy of the plan will be distributed to every household. The plan is already having results with the WHS strategy group using it in the review of the WHS Management Plan. Telford and Wrekin Council has used the findings in their future plans for South Telford. This is only the start the plan will be used to help the Parish Council plan its future vision and work.
Mission Statement

The Gorge Parish Council purpose is to represent the interests of the communities of Coalbrookdale, Coalport, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Lightmoor by providing strong links, assistance and support to all residents.


To maintain and develop all that is worthwhile within the community.


The Gorge Parish Council will provide a high quality service and will be professional, accountable, proactive and responsive, inclusive and transparent.

Parish History

The Gorge Parish Council was formed in 1988 when the urban area of Telford and Wrekin Council was “parished”.

The Gorge Parish is in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and sits on the southern border with Shropshire.

The Parish is made of five different and diverse communities:
  1. Coalport
  2. Coalbrookdale
  3. Jackfield
  4. Ironbridge
  5. Lightmoor
The five communities are divided into three different wards for election purposes.
  • Coalport and Jackfield represented by two councillors.
  • Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge – ward known as Ironbridge represented by three councillors.
  • Lightmoor represented by three councillors.
Most of the Parish is part of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and is in The Severn Gorge Conservation Area.

The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site is a very special place where history and nature have combined over many years to produce a landscape and environment of great beauty. 

Nature endowed the area with many of the raw materials of industry - coal, limestone, wood, iron ore, clay and water. Combine with that the genius and entrepreneurial skills of people like Abraham Darby and John Wilkinson and it is no surprise that this once rural area was transformed in the 18th century into "the most important industrial area in the world".

The Ironbridge Gorge is now often referred to as the Birthplace of Industry because it was here that in 1709 Darby perfected a technique for manufacturing iron using coke which enabled, for the first time, the mass production of high quality iron. 
The iron works of Coalbrookdale and surrounding area gave the world the first iron rails and iron wheels and in 1779, the famous Iron Bridge, the world's first bridge constructed from iron and now an internationally recognised symbol of the Industrial Revolution.

What are World Heritage Sites?

The 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention is an international agreement based on the understanding that certain natural and cultural places on Earth are of outstanding, universal value and as such, should form part of the common heritage of humankind. The splendour of these sites enriches our lives and illustrates the diversity of the plant and its inhabitants. They are ours to cherish and respect, and their disappearance would be an irreparable loss. 

The World Heritage List contains over 800 sites including places as unique and diverse as The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and closer to home, Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, the Cities of Bath and Edinburgh and of course the Ironbridge Gorge which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986. 

The Ironbridge Gorge Was included in the World Heritage List because of its unique role in the birth of the Industrial Revolution which originated in Britain in the eighteenth century and later spread across the World. 

For more information about World heritage visit the UNESCO website

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