The former Budgens Store on Upper Galdeford has been for sale for several months. In the last couple of days, it has been boarded up with OSB sheets. The contractors tell me there are no plans to paint the boarding. It is an utter eyesore and makes this part for the town centre look like a rundown inner city district. The boarding is also an open invitation to fly-posting and graffiti.
If it is to remain boarded up, it should be painted as a giant mural.
I have contacted the property agents, Sanderson Weatherall to find out what their plans are. I will also raise the matter with Shropshire Council’s conservation team. The building is just outside the Upper Galdeford Conservation Area but does have a major impact on it.
Ultimately, the building needs knocking down and rebuilding, perhaps as smaller shops and apartments above. But the retail market is very slow, with national chains shutting stores or concentrating on larger prime sites.
More immediately, we need to find a way to improve the look of this building, which is damaging to the reputation of the Galdeford and Tower Street area, and to Ludlow’s reputation as an historic town.