Parking consultation – keeping Castle Street short-term and extending Smithfield car park

Shropshire Council is proposing a major overhaul of parking arrangements and charges across the county. The consultation creates an opportunity for us to reorganise our car parks and on street parking. This post reviews how we might use our off-street parking most efficiently at the Castle Street and Smithfield car parks.

In my view, Castle Street should remain a short-term car park and not become indefinite-stay as Shropshire Council is proposing. One option we might consider is to extend Smithfield to include the Youth Centre car park at weekends.

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Parking consultation – should we rejig Upper Galdeford car park to create more short-term parking?

Shropshire Council is proposing a major overhaul of parking arrangements and charges across the county. I have said before that this scheme is wrong for our town and will damage trade.

Parking in Shropshire is a profitable business for the council. We need to ensure that whatever changes are approved for Ludlow, they are aimed at benefitting our town.

Although the consultation on parking changes poses a threat, it also creates an opportunity for us to reorganise our car parks and on street parking. This post looks at how we might use our off-street parking more efficiently, especially the Upper Galdeford car park.

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Leaking 1,000 litres of fuel into water table won’t matter, says Ludlow petrol station developer

The backer of a proposed petrol station on the junction of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue has submitted a new report to support their case for underground petrol tanks. In a submission published last week, the developer’s adviser says that due to the design of the proposed underground petrol tanks, “the maximum volume that could be foreseeably lost would be limited to less than 1,000 litres of fuel.” The adviser says this “would impact the aquifer in the immediate proximity to the tanks only.”

I doubt this judgement. Oil and petroleum seep insidiously. The Corve is just 60 metres away and the Teme site of special scientific interest within half a kilometre.[1] We need a second petrol station in Ludlow but not at the expense of our water supply and the delicate ecology of our river systems. Fifty petrol tanks of fuel leaked straight into the water table is never going to be good news.

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Should Ludlow have a multistorey car park? Perhaps a Hanging Gardens of Ludlow? Vote now…

In the Shropshire Star yesterday, Ludlow Chamber of Commerce made the case for a multistorey car park in Ludlow. In an attack on Shropshire Council’s proposed car parking strategy, Tish Dockerty, secretary of the Chamber said:

“What Shropshire Council has failed to realise is that Ludlow needs more parking spaces. The most effective way of making more money for their coffers is to build a multistorey car park which could be filled a hundred times over. However there has been no or little investment of this type by Shropshire Council.”

Do we need a multistorey car park? Do we want one? Are there alternatives? Please vote below.

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Telford, Hereford, Worcester – almost everyone takes the new pound coins in parking machines but us

It will be weeks before Shropshire Council coonverts Ludlow’s parking machines to accept the new £1 coin.

Yesterday, I heard from Hereford and Telford and Wrekin councils. They confirm that all car parking machines in their areas accept the new £1 coins. They join Worcester council, which was boasting that all its charging machines had been converted at the beginning of March. Machines in Stafford were revamped last summer and you’ll have no trouble with the new coinage in Powys.

Alas, Shropshire is way behind. Yesterday, it issued a vague promise that its payment machines will be converted later in August. That includes Ludlow.

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