Councillors call for a fair deal for retired women and an economic duty for Shropshire Council

At the next meeting of Shropshire Council on Thursday, Councillor Heather Kidd is calling on Shropshire Council to support women campaigning for fairer pension arrangements after their state pension age was raised in 1995 (see the WASPI campaign). I have tabled a motion calling for the council to adopt an economic duty and report on the economic impacts of its policies. Tracey Huffer had submitted a motion on gender neutral titles in council paperwork. This has been agreed in principle without the need for council discussion.

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Why were nearly 20 parking spaces coned off in Ludlow today?

Everyone knows that parking spaces are a precious commodity on this town. Today was a typical September Saturday. The park and ride bus was busy and car parks began filling up from before 10am. But bizarrely, someone had decided to cone and tape off nineteen spaces on the top deck of the Upper Galdeford car park.

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BBC Radio Shropshire reveals second incident of Legionella bug in Ludlow

Coming just days after the Feathers Hotel was closed after a guest died from Legionnaires’ disease, this is a worrying development.

What we know so far, we only know from the BBC. It is saying that this is a different strain from the Legionella at the Feathers and no one is at risk. I have been emailing public health and Shropshire Council officials since before 11am this morning. There has been no response. That’s shameful.

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Call for urgent council inquiry into Legionnaires’ death in Ludlow

Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, is calling for Shropshire Council to hold an urgent scrutiny meeting to review the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. She says:

“This is a very rare event. The hotel has responded by closing for the time being. But we need to ensure that lessons are learnt and there is no repeat anywhere else in Shropshire.

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Ludlow iconic Feathers Hotel closes for now after death from Legionnaire’s Disease

The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow is closed temporarily with immediate effect. This is after Public Health England confirmed that the hotel is responsible for at least two cases of Legionnaire’s Disease. Samples of water taken two days ago confirmed this. One person has died.

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