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.

The Gorge Parish Council

The Gorge Parish Council meets monthly, the dates are shown elsewhere on the website. All Full Council meetings may be preceded by Planning Sub-Committee meetings. Agendas for both are posted on the website and in Parish Notice Boards showing the items to be considered.

Parish Councils are 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 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
  • 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 such as:

  • World Heritage Site Strategy Group
  • Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
  • Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Community Centre Committee
  • 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
  • Bourneville Village Trust Lightmoor
  • West Mercia Police
  • Ironbridge and Severn Gorge Lions
  • Ironbridge Business Consortium

The Gorge Parish Council also reviews consultation documents from many statutory bodies on behalf of the community. The Parish Council’s grant policy and application form can be found elsewhere on this website.

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 www.unesco.org/whc