Month: February 2014

Everyone seems passionate about Ludlow’s Youth Centre except Conservative politicians. On 18 February, Ludlow’s MP Philip Dunne and Conservative councillor Gwilym Butler met with youth centre users. Despite ardent pleas from young people and disability groups, the politicians refused to concede that converting half the Youth Centre into offices is the wrong thing to do. Butler was given a tough time by young and disabled users. He urged everyone present to make their views known through a consultation. That’s a farce. Office workers are due move into the Youth Centre the day after the consultation ends on 31 March. Builders are already in the building converting youth space into offices. The decisions have already been made. As far as Ludlow is concerned, the youth consultation is nothing other than a sham. The reduced youth space is not fit for purpose. It will not be long before the Conservative administration decides young people and offices do not mix. The chances are the council will then sell the building. We should get the Youth Centre registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act. That will at least give us a right to raise money to buy the building that…

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This is from the front page of Ludlow North Focus, now being distributed around Ludlow North. “We love this town… but there are problems” You say that you want affordable housing for young people and families. But you don’t want badly planned sprawl beyond the bypass. You want dog mess tackled. You want action on antisocial behaviour. Sometimes, you are frightened by yobbish behaviour in town at night. You love the new bus service – unless you live at the bottom of Old Street or out on Bromfield Road where you don’t get served. You say problems with care workers’ parking, disabled access to homes and broken pavements need fixing. You tell me that Ludlow is not getting fair deal for the council tax we pay. We are losing our tip, Stone House, exhibition space in the library and half of our youth centre. Too many services and jobs are being concentrated in Shrewsbury at the expense of Ludlow. You say conservation of the environment is important and you believe energy conservation is vital. I agree. We should be looking after our fragile planet for future generations, not exploiting it for quick profit. Most of you want kerbside collection of…

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A big thank you to everyone who turned out to the Ludlow bus users meeting on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon on 2 February. With more than one hundred people in the hall, many having to stand, we are sorry that many people had to be turned away. The numbers alone show the concern, passion and need that Ludlow residents have for their buses. What you told Shropshire Council was: You like the new buses but the timetables and routes need reconfiguring. You want to be consulted about any future changes to services. You want better information on changes that happen, including up-to-date timetables on bus stops. The timing of the buses needs to be altered so that they don’t serve some areas of the town within minutes of each other. The bus stop at the bottom of Old Street must be served – not just by the town buses, but also by the Kidderminster and Shrewsbury services. You want bus shelters, especially at the railway station, Aldi, Tesco, Co-op, Sheet Road, top of Corve Street and Riddings Road. The town’s park and ride must be served by a direct service every 15 minutes, otherwise tourists and shoppers will be…

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