The story is headlining on BBC Radio Shropshire right now and I guess we’ll see it in the Shropshire Star when it is published around 9.30am. I think that when Shropshire Council leader Malcolm Pate demanded that town and parish councils agree to take over a range of services by September this year, or they would be scrapped, he didn’t expect such a strong reaction. Local councils are not rolling over and playing dead. They are insisting on more time to put staff structures and finance in place. And, led by Ludlow’s mayor, they are demanding that Shropshire Council holds a countywide referendum on raising council tax above the 1.99% allowed without a vote. (To this, you must add the 2% adult social care tax.). Councillor Pate and his staff have been running ahead of themselves on service transfers. They are constantly correcting the list of services to be transferred and arrangements for making the transfers. The process has been so rushed with so few staff to support it that it has been more chaotic than managed. The press release from Ludlow Town Council, reproduced below, says it just right.