Month: June 2014

“We are furious that there is to be another cut to Ludlow’s bus service. We are just as angry that there has been no public consultation or a public announcement about the cuts.” That’s the view of Councillors Vivienne Parry and Andy Boddington after Shropshire Council sneaked out a new timetable for the town’s 722 service. From Tuesday 1 July, the bus service will be cut back from a half-hourly to an hourly service in many parts of the town. The new service will be run by Minsterley Motors, who took over the service last January. Vivienne Parry says: “We were shocked to see this new timetable. Services to Parys Road have been halved to one an hour. The same is true of Rocks Green. There is no mention of the 722 serving the popular bus stop on Tollgate Road. The new timings will make it hard for people to…

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A date for your diary. Community Connect, which is fronting proposals for an out-of-town supermarket at Rocks Green, Ludlow, is holding a drop-in session and exhibition on 4 July and 5 July at the Rockspring Community Centre. Here’s the letter they have sent to town residents: 18th June 2014 Re – proposed new supermarket and petrol station at Rocks Green, Ludlow Our client, Blackfriars Developments Ltd, is working on a planning proposal that would see a new supermarket and petrol station developed on land commonly called Dun Cow at Rocks Green, Ludlow off the A49. The store would create in the region of 250 new local jobs, increase choice and competition for local people and strengthen Ludlow’s role as a retail destination. We believe that there are significant benefits to the local economy as a result of this proposal. Before a planning application is submitted to Shropshire Council we want…

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The Environment Agency has given a waste company extra time to clear a waste pile in Ludlow but warns of smells over the next couple of weeks. Ludlow Skip Hire inherited a huge pile of waste when it purchased the site earlier in the year.  As the weather got hotter up, the rubbish pile began to stink. People were also getting worried about the fire risk. Councillor Vivienne Parry and myself asked Shropshire Council to contact the Environment Agency to get the problem dealt with. The agency gave the skip hire company five weeks to clear several hundred tonnes of waste on the site, which is only licenced for storing 66 tonnes of waste. The company hasn’t quite made the deadline. It has moved around 500 tonnes of waste wood, soil, and mixed waste. But there is a lot of mixed waste, including domestic waste, remaining. The Environment Agency has…

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Members of the South Planning Committee yesterday asked for plans for up to 215 houses in Ludlow to be revised and clarified before they will consider granting outline planning permission. Referring plans for the site off the Bromfield Road back to officers, councillors said they wanted to know more about plans for a new roundabout on the A49. They were concerned about safety because the railway cuts through the site. They also spoke of their concerns that rainwater running off the roofs, roads and driveways of the new development will lead to flooding of existing houses in the town. The planning meeting had not started well. The planning committee had tried to visit the site in the morning. Council officers had contacted Network Rail for permission to cross the railway line near the leisure centre. Permission was refused. So the planning group, attended by the developers and members of the…

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