New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract

We have been waiting for this for a while. Arriva Wales seemed to have given up on improving its service through Wales and the Welsh Marches. Now a new company, KeolisAmey, will take run the trains from October. It is an overdue change but we don’t have any details of the new service yet. But I have a shopping list of improvements.

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OUT! DAMN BIKERS! is the wrong approach for our town centre

I was rather surprised to find myself challenged three times walking through the market today about my support for a ban on motorcycles parking on Castle Square. I have never agreed with this ban sponsored by Ludlow Town Council. I cheer the weekend bikers’ gatherings. I think it is great for the town. It’s great for traders. Today I signed a petition against the council’s proposed ban.

I just don’t agree with the ban. Ludlow Town Council has got this one wrong.

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Shropshire council top execs to get up to 50% pay rises while giving their staff 6%

It wasn’t the finest day in Shropshire Council’s history. Last Thursday, Conservative councillors, supported by many of the Labour group, give the chief executive an increase in pay from £103,000 to £150,000 a year (46%). The directors that report to the chief executive will get a pay increase from £101,000 to as much £130,000 (up to 29% increase).

The rest of the staff will get an average of 6% increase, as part of a national pay award and to bring Shropshire pay rates in line with national rates for council employees.

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Here we go again – another consultation on parking – this time for off-street parking in Ludlow

Here is the fourth and penultimate of the consultations on the new parking regime which is expected to come into force in September. It is a mixed bag of changes. There will be free parking on Sundays but the council has reneged on its promise to only apply charges from 9am in the morning. Charges will apply from 8am to 6pm. Users can stay for as long as they want subject to a maximum charge of eight hours.

Castle Street car park will cost £1 an hour, half price on Sundays. The top deck of Upper Galdeford will cost £0.50 an hour, free on Sundays. The lower levels of Upper Galdeford and Smithfield will cost £0.30 an hour, free on Sundays.

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