Peak tourist season begins – so let’s close Shropshire’s transport network down

What do you call it? A cacophony of road and rail closures? A collision? Or perhaps a conspiracy?

Get ready for closure of the A5 overnight for three weeks. The A49 will be shut at Onibury 24-hours a day for ten days. Drivers will be directed via Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. The main exit from Ludlow town centre will be blocked for three days, so HGVs and coaches will be sent over Dinham Bridge and Whitcliffe. South Shrewsbury is already often gridlocked as the “hamburger” – served without fries – is installed at Meole Brace and Reabrook roundabout is resurfaced. Arriva Wales is stopping trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe for five hours just because there is a football match on. That’s on top of two weekend line closures.

This is truly a “chaos” of closures.

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Fishmore View footbridge finally gets formal approval to be removed from plans

Seven months after it was submitted, a planning application to delete plans for a footbridge over the Corve to Fishmore View has been formally approved. I don’t know what the delay was as we have known of the decision since the end of January. But it is good to have it confirmed in writing.

The officer report accompanying the decision gives full support to dropping the footbridge from the plans (16/04545/VAR). It questions the reasoning applied by the planning inspector who approved the housing scheme and is critical of his failure to consider the scale and visual impact of the bridge.

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Fears for post office after permission granted for redevelopment of One Stop site

Shropshire Council has granted permission for the demolition and redevelopment of the One Stop building at 9 Tower Street, Ludlow. The building also houses the town’s main post office. The replacement building will probably house a café or restaurant on the ground floor with ten apartments above.

There is no doubt that this site needs something doing with it. It is possibly the ugliest building in Ludlow town centre. But I am concerned that we are losing a second convenience store in the main shopping area. I am even more worried about the future of the post office.

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Welcome for temporary tree protection order for trees planted by residents on Sidney Road

Tracey Huffer, councillor for Ludlow East, is welcoming an application by Ludlow Town Council for a tree protection order on three trees on a green between Sidney Road and Charlton Rise in Ludlow. She is also asking for information about the planting of the trees, which are believed to have been paid for by local residents.

Last October, one of the trees on the green was cut down without notice by Shropshire Housing Group (SHG). A second tree was saved after intervention by Tracey and the councillor for Ludlow North, Andy Boddington. At the time, SHG said its aim was to reduce maintenance costs to its tenants on Sidney Road. Now it has submitted proposals to cut down a second tree and build seven bungalows on the green space.

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