Year: 2014

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Report on the Licensing Review. Licensing Act Sub-Committee Application for an Expedited Review of a Premises Licence Blue Boar, Mill Street, Ludlow Extract of Minute 16th December 2014. RESOLVED: That the decision made by the Sub-Committee held on 26th November 2014 to remove the Designated Premises Supervisor stands; That the Premises Licence is suspended for a period of 1 month effective from receipt of the decision notice; That for a period of 2 months following the suspension of the licence the opening hours of the premises and the supply of alcohol are as follows:

If there was any doubt before, there is none now. The Conservatives can’t be trusted with the NHS, at least not in Shropshire. After one of the most bizarre presentations I have heard in 40-odd years of turning out to committees, yesterday the Conservatives on Shropshire Council voted to wreck a perfectly sensible motion calling on the council to stand up for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The motion from Councillor Alan Moseley read: “Given that the Future Fit programme has reached a critical stage in determining policy and strategy for the future of NHS Services in Shropshire, Shropshire Council strongly believes that the retention and development of full A&E services and facilities at the RSH is essential. Furthermore the Council commits itself to pursuing this objective in every way possible and generally ensuring that there is no reduction in the overall levels of service and quality at RSH which are freely available for residents of Shropshire and neighbouring areas.” It’s a simple motion that asks the council to lobby for emergency and other health provision in Shrewsbury, rather let everything drift to Telford. But the Conservatives really couldn’t stomach such a public commitment to supporting the Royal Shrewsbury.

“We are sorry. We shouldn’t be here. The residents shouldn’t be here. Can I apologise on behalf of Punch Taverns?” Perhaps we weren’t expecting an apology at all. We certainly weren’t expecting such an honest admission and open acknowledgement from Punch Taverns about events at the Blue Boar in Mill Street here in Ludlow. But that statement from the pubco – and a first class performance by town centre residents – meant that Tuesday’s review of the licence came to a sensible agreement on the future of this troubled pub. The Blue Boar will remain shut for a month. When it reopens, it will be under new management, perhaps run by a well-respected pub manager already in Ludlow. On reopening the pub will be on “special measures” for two months with tighter conditions in the long term (the new licence conditions: Blue Boar Ludlow Review Findings). This is aimed at “changing the culture” of the pub, “civilising it” might be a better term. After that, everyone hopes the pub will be a decent place for drinking and eating location just as it used to be. If it does not improve, the review panel made clear it is likely take a…

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How many people are homeless in Shropshire? Shropshire Council answers my questions

As you know, I have been working on housing issues in Ludlow, including homelessness. Next Thursday (18 December), I am will ask a question at Shropshire Council main council meeting on homelessness. The council yesterday published its answer to the question (see below). A few points strike me immediately. Rough sleepers. The estimate of rough sleepers, ten, seems rather low. But it is difficult to estimate this number (see this guide). Cold weather shelter. It is welcome that Shropshire Council is committed to provide temporary accommodation to anyone whom is known to be rough sleeping within Shropshire. This will be available from 15 December until end of February (longer if it’s a severe winter). Emergency accommodation will also be in place if the Met Office predicts the temperature will drop below zero degrees Celsius for three consecutive nights.

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