Update on roadworks at top of Station Drive – a response from Western Power

Councillor Tracey Huffer and I have expressed our frustration at the length of time it is taking for roadworks at the junction of Station Drive with Upper Galdeford and Gravel Hill. Most of the time there are no workers on the site – except for the operative who sits in a van all day in case the temporary traffic lights fail. Town buses inbound to the town centre are being diverted via Weeping Cross and Old Street in an attempt to keep to timetable.

Now Western Power has responded to our complaints. Here is the company’s statement:

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Ludlow Town Council needs heritage champion to save town walls – they collapsed four years ago today

On Saturday, it will be four years to the day since the town walls behind St Laurence’s church fell collapsed. Almost nothing has happened to get repairs underway. The town council has missed the 2017 funding cycle. There must now be doubt whether the council can get funding in place by 2018. It should appoint heritage champion to ensure that there are no further delays in getting the walls repaired. Otherwise, I fear it will be years before the repairs start.

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No contractors in sight as Ludlow traffic blocked by roadworks

For more than two weeks, works by Western Power have been disputing traffic at the junction of Station Drive, Upper Galdeford and Gravel Hill. This is essential work to replace power cables. That’s fine but there are usually no contractors on duty.

Along with everyone else, we have got very annoyed by this. This is what we told the press earlier today.

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It is time to save lives by defining where you can park your car or market stall in Ludlow

It’s been something of a nightmare. Since the clampdown on parking in the market area was launched last spring, people have been fined because it is simply not clear where you can and cannot park in our town centre. We also have a problem with vehicles blocking access to Quality Square, College Court and Church Street. More than 50 people live beyond the Quality Square arch, most of them elderly. We must guarantee fire and ambulance access to Quality Square throughout the day and night.

Market stalls sometimes spread onto the access area as well, especially outside White Stuff.

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