Day: 24 July 2015

Earlier in the week, I reported that the Diamond Bus Company had been awarded a new contract to run the 2L bus service between Kidderminster and Ludlow. I said: Not everyone will be happy with the decision to allow Diamond to retain the contract. Several people have complained to me about unreliability and breakdowns. It turns out that Simon Jones, the Shropshire Council portfolio holder for transport is not happy either. Answering a question from Councillor Madge Shineton at yesterday’s council meeting, he said Shropshire Council would certainly not have renewed Diamond’s contract. He held out hope that the contract might be terminated if services don’t improve.

Chief Constable to review policing in Ludlow area

David Shaw, the chief constable of West Mercia police has announced that he is reviewing policing operations in North Herefordshire and South Shropshire, including Ludlow. This review is very welcome. Since the summer of 2013, policing for Ludlow has been provided from Leominster police station, with our police station only used as a base when officers are working in the town. The front counter service closed last autumn. I have never been convinced that we would get such a good service and response times if police officers are based twelve miles away. Yesterday, David Shaw told a meeting of Shropshire Council he was currently looking at how policing works in our area. Two and a half years ago, we had to review services. We made a move which particular affected South Shropshire in a way by moving one of our bases to Leominster which covers North Herefordshire and the south part of your county. We will revisit that. We may not have got that completely right.

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