Ludlow town council tonight voted against proposals for an out of town supermarket at Rocks Green. Ludlow’s mayor Paul Draper opened the short debate. He said an out of town supermarket would be “disastrous for the town centre.” Pointing to the problems they had caused in other towns, he said: “Just look at Kidderminster and Leominster. And it won’t be long before Hereford follows them.” Councillors Tim Gill and Jim Smithers agreed, describing the way that out of town supermarket’s had destroyed town centres across the country. Councillor Smithers said the supermarket would not just affect trade at Ludlow’s shops but also the markets. Councillor Glen Ginger told the meeting: “I am 100% against this proposal.” He said that a lot of purchases in town centres are impulse buys, and impulse buys rely on footfall. “If you take away the footfall, you remove the impulse.” He pointed to the 200 car parking spaces at the proposed store, saying people would not come into Ludlow once parked there.