Month: October 2014

Shropshire Council’s planning officers approved an extension to Ludlow’s Portcullis surgery today. That’s excellent news. The approval has gone through in near record time. That’s particularly good because the project is dependent on funding from NHS England and the work must be completed by the end of the financial year. This will be a great improvement to health services in the centre of Ludlow. It will give patients better facilities, including more privacy at reception. And the GPs will be able to expand the ranges of services they provide.

I get differing reports about Ludlow residents’ experience of Halloween. Many people love it. Others find trick and treating disturbing. Guy Fawkes night has faded somewhat here and few people burn a guy anyone. Festivities have moved towards Halloween. A few years back, I used to love being in Los Angeles at Halloween. Kids and adults created incredible displays in their gardens, full of witches, warlocks and ghouls. Trick and treat was strictly controlled and pre-booked, but after all, this was Los Angeles. In Ludlow, I get reports about trick and treat being aggressive. I know people who don’t open their doors on Halloween night. Some leave chocolates outside. Others grow frustrated at the repeated knocking and banging. The tradition of bumming treats or a bit of cash is not new to our culture. In my boyhood we collected “a penny for the guy”. And yes, it was always me…

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I like to boast that my fortnightly newsletter and blog gives a lot of information about policies and actions that affect Ludlow, especially my patch, Ludlow North. I try also to give a bit of background information. In last night’s newsletter, I provided a bit of background information that has tickled people pink. Thanks to all those who have pointed out the typo. I wrote: “Shropshire Council’s planning meetings these days are often arduous. In October the South Planning Committee ate for five hours.” Of course, I meant to write that the “committee sat for five hours”. But this is probably the best typo I have made for a long while! The planning committee I was writing about only got back to Shirehall 15 minutes before the meeting started. Committee members had to bolt sandwiches in a secretary’s office. Our late return from site visits has happened before. On a…

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For the last few years, we have had a fabulous display of fireworks on Gallows Bank. It’s a great community event, funded by local organisations and donors. It only happens because a lot of people volunteer their time. This year, the display kicks off at 7 pm. I suggest you arrive early to get a good view. The best viewpoint is at the bottom of the field. It also gets very crowded at the top of the bank. Last year, there was a pedestrian traffic jam along Dark Lane. If you can enter the site through Sidney Road and Charlton Rise, that will ease congestion and you will get the better view. After the event, there will be hot dogs and drinks in the Rockspring Community Centre. The fireworks are free. The event is sponsored by local organisations and run by volunteers. A good number of youngsters from Ludlow and…

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Ahead of the national youth parliament in the House of Commons on 14 November, Shropshire MYP Laura Sheldon writes a guest post on the issues of most concern to young people in Ludlow and Shropshire. After being elected as a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in February 2013, it has become very clear to me how important it is for young people to have their say on issues that affect them, locally, regionally and nationally, and it is my job to provide a platform for those opinions to be heard.

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