Month: April 2016

Shropshire Council has recently been awarded a cool £1 million from the government’s Pothole Action Fund. Just maybe this has gone to the council’s head. One million pounds will pay for the elimination of 19,500 potholes from our county’s highways at fifty quid a time. Hurrah! But not at 3.30am in the morning. Last night, Shropshire Council arrived on the Galdeford corner, by the Co-op and the Queens, to start drilling out potholes and patching them. Local residents and visitors in holiday cottages were awakened by the noise. They were not happy.

I’ve had another update from Mouchel, Shropshire Council’s consulting engineers. All being well, the bridge is set to reopen on 29 April. I’m still hoping a day or so can be shaved off this timetable. This would mean that the bridge is open for the Mayfair, which begins on 28 April. To date, there have been eight working days for the stonemasons. One day, 11 April, was lost due to heavy rain. The stonemasons are laying around one course each day and six courses have been laid. Quoins are being dressed on site to marry into the existing stonework. If the weather remains good, the coursed masonry should be finished by the end of this week – 15 April. The scaffold will be left in place until the pointing can be “pressed” back. Next week, work will begin on reinstating the parapet. The repair work is on course to finish as originally planned on 29 April.

Five years after it was axed by Shropshire Council, kerbside cardboard collections are to return to Shropshire, with the service for South Shropshire beginning in December. North Shropshire and Shrewsbury get the new collections earlier.[1] Residents will be provided with a new blue bag for paper and cardboard. At the same time, plastics, cans and glass will no longer need to be separated and can be mixed together in recycling boxes. We will also be getting a caddy for our food waste. From December, the new recycling regime will be: Green bins: garden and food waste Recycling boxes: plastics, tins, foil and glass Blue bags: paper and cardboard Black bins: waste to be incinerated.

Many of you will have noticed the quiet conversion of the Wildwood at De Grey’s restaurant on Broad Street. The De Grey’s brand, loved by Ludlovians and tourists alike, has been removed. It’s a bit of our history being painted out of Ludlow by signwriters. It seems there was some dispute over whether Wildwood was allowed to use the De Grey’s brand. The building is rapidly losing its historic glory. My main concern is the loss of the unique De Grey’s sign that hung over Broad Street. It has been taken down for a makeover. I don’t have any details of what will happen to it. Any change will require both advertising consent and listed building consent. So far, neither consent has been applied for.

The clock is ticking. Parish and town councils across Shropshire have been told by Shropshire Council that if they want museums, libraries, buses and street cleaning, they’ll have to take it on themselves. And local councils have just five months to do agree do that, otherwise Shropshire Council will consider scrapping the service from April 2017. For Ludlow Town Council, this could mean picking up a tab of more than £700,000 – the biggest bill in the county outside of Shrewsbury. Even more than Oswestry. Council leader, Malcolm Pate suggests in today’s Star that local councils could hike their precepts to pay for services previously run by Shirehall. This is disingenuous. The government has put on record that it will not allow large local tax rises without a costly referendum. The recent court case over Church Stretton library – which Shropshire Council did not defend – suggests the council doesn’t yet understand how to engage with many communities. I’m not allowed to talk about that after an edict from senior officers gagging all councillors.

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