Here we go again – another consultation on parking – this time for off-street parking in Ludlow

Here is the fourth and penultimate of the consultations on the new parking regime which is expected to come into force in September. It is a mixed bag of changes. There will be free parking on Sundays but the council has reneged on its promise to only apply charges from 9am in the morning. Charges will apply from 8am to 6pm. Users can stay for as long as they want subject to a maximum charge of eight hours.

Castle Street car park will cost £1 an hour, half price on Sundays. The top deck of Upper Galdeford will cost £0.50 an hour, free on Sundays. The lower levels of Upper Galdeford and Smithfield will cost £0.30 an hour, free on Sundays.

Season tickets will be available except in Castle Street.

The consultation will close on 6 June, later than the others because Shropshire Council began the consultation without publishing the Traffic Order it is consulting on.

Hourly rates and residents

Monday to Saturday
hourly rate

Sunday
hourly rate

Residents’ annual season ticket

Castle Street

£1.00

£0.50

None

Upper Galdeford top level

£0.50

Free

£320

Upper Galdeford lower levels

£0.30

Free

£192

Smithfield

£0.30

Free

£192

Season tickets

1 week

1 month

3 months

6 months

12 months

Castle Street

None

None

None

None

None

Upper Galdeford top level

£17

£58

£150

£250

£400

Upper Galdeford lower levels

£10

£35

£90

£150

£240

Smithfield

£10

£35

£90

£150

£240

HGV season tickets

One day

1 month

3 months

6 months

12 months

Smithfield

£10

£105

£270

£450

£720

Coach parking in Smithfield will remain free.

6 thoughts on “Here we go again – another consultation on parking – this time for off-street parking in Ludlow

  1. Fine charge us more….now give us what you will give us in return for fleecing us?

    Oh yes, a £47,000 pay increase for the top bloke…I see…..

  2. I still consider the new 5 minutes free parking, plus 10 minutes “no man’s land” proposal ludicrous. You can just about lock and unlock your car in 5 minutes. If this proceeds I see nothing but aggravation all round. Either have a minimum 15 ‘proper’ minutes – or not at all, for the sake of clarity to users and enforcers alike, if for no other reason. Why do we continually make such simple things so complicated in this country? It is all totally unnecessary. Is there a seat of learning where this type of lunacy is being promulgated?

  3. Andy, does this mean that the proposal to carry on charging until 7 or 8pm in the evening in the town centre that would catch all visitors to Assembly rooms, other events and early diners thus hitting Ludlow’s evening trade, is no more?

  4. Psychologically the extra charge for visiting the Assembly Rooms is a big mistake but for a party of two it adds 50p to each ticket. If you arrive for a meal and park in Galdeford then the extra for a couple is 25p each. The longer walk for MOST people will do them good. But what will happen to the extra revenue raised apart from pay for the Chief Executive’s salary rise? Will there be any money left over to fix the pot holes?

  5. A longer walk might do most people (including me) good – the question is though – will they (and I) choose to make it? Also why should those who those who find it a challenge – but do not qualify for ‘disabled’ parking – pay extra. Frankly, I think taking money off people who actually utilise the town centre putting money back into the economy and supporting local jobs is counter productive. Surely, we would be better removing economic inhibitors (like parking charges), encouraging local businesses, local jobs, local life and seeing extra ‘fair’ tax revenues from those businesses and employee incomes – which should be reinvested in local infrastructure (not just town centre).

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