Month: July 2016

Shropshire Council has begun a consultation into what leisure and sports facilities it is going to fund across the county. Ludlow looks okay. But this strategy is dire for SpArC at Bishop’s Castle and for Church Stretton. The aim of a strategy should be improve the quality of life for Shropshire residents through increased participation and access to sport, leisure and physical activity. I don’t think this draft document will achieve that. This is a car based policy. It is about driving to get fit.

Are we getting too many parking fines in Ludlow? This is your opportunity to comment and vote. We councillors have received a number of complaints about fines slapped on cars parking around the Market Square area in the evening. There have been early morning fines too. Ludlow pub landlord, Adam Tutt, recently had a rage on Facebook about the fines: Two parking tickets this week one at 10 am Sunday outside my house the other in a loading bay whilst dealing with issue at work. Its profiteering clear and simple creeping around at night stopping people working or relaxing in town! On the other side of the debate, people tell us that bad parking is creating problems for access to properties. What do you think? Please comment and vote below.

The clothing chain Crew Clothing is having a corporate makeover. And, as too often happens with corporate ventures, the proposed design is simply unacceptable in our historic conservation area (16/02226/LBC). The building at 6 King Street probably dates to the 17th century. The frontage is 19th century. It is Grade II listed. The new proposal is only a little changes from the plans submitted in May. Two of the three doors will now be grey, but one remains a garish yellow.

We must win Ludlow Foldgate Lane housing appeal next week – it’s vital for our town and county

The public inquiry into plans to build 137 homes on green fields either side of Foldgate Lane begins on Tuesday morning, 2 August. It is bound to be both challenging and, at times, tedious. This inquiry is important not just for Ludlow but for the county as a whole. The promoters of this scheme want to get their money by obtaining planning permission to develop the site. In doing so, they want to smash apart local planning rules and create a free-for-all for housing development. This would be a disaster for planning in Shropshire. That is why Shropshire Council has engaged a top flight barrister, Gary Grant, to fight its case. The appeal has been launched by developer Richborough Estates, supported by planning consultants Turley.[1] Richborough’s stated aim is to get planning permission for the site and then sell it on to a housing developer. This is a dangerous situation for us, not just because of the company’s ambition to take the money and run.

Ludlow Buttercross – an ace museum with a nice town attached

Last night saw the official opening of Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross. It is fair to say that this project has taken much longer to bring to fruition than anyone thought it might. But it now looks likely that the museum will be fully open from mid-August. That’s good news because this is a great little museum. This Saturday, 30 July, the museum is hosting a free public open day from 11am to 3pm. It will be well worth paying a visit. I like this museum. I like the way the exhibits have been displayed. I like that the exhibition area is not overcrowded. I like the entrance price – £1 for adults and 50p for children over five.

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