The pavements in Ludlow have been lethal. Is it time to set up a snow warden scheme?

The pavements in Ludlow, and across much of the county, have been lethal in the last few days. The snow partially melted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It then refroze. Pedestrians were at great risk. Several slipped over and I was among them.

There will be a review of gritting priorities in Ludlow early in the New Year. But this will not change the reality that Shropshire Council doesn’t have enough resources to clear every road and path in this huge county.

We need to think about we work together as a community to get the paths clear. I think it is time to look at a neighbourhood snow warden scheme. Many councils have schemes in place, including neighbouring Telford and Wrekin.

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Severn Trent to replace water pipes along A49 between Ludlow & Bromfield in January (updated)

The company is planning to replace two kilometres of water pipes between Ludlow Food Centre and finish near Felton Farm. The work will start on 9 January and continue for 5 months. A drop-in session will take place in the Board Room at The Clive near Ludlow Food Centre on Wednesday 13 December between 3pm and 7pm.

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No water in half of Ludlow today after mains pipe burst

Update: 11.30 am, 1 December 2017

Severn Trent Water have been working flat out since the early hours to fix the leak at the Rocks Green Roundabout. There are around a dozen water tankers at Rocks Green and the Eco Park waiting to refill the pipes. Water should be coming out of taps anytime some. You may need to run a little through to take the greyness off the water but it will be fine immediately for washing up.

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Charade of a review will close Ludlow Maternity Unit for live births – this makes a mockery of public consultation

“After this people will have no trust in public consultation.” That’s the view of Councillor Tracey Huffer after the Clinical Commissioning Groups decided to downgrade Shropshire’s rural maternity units. The plan, still subject to confirmation, is that only prenatal and postnatal services will be offered at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry maternity units. Babies will have to be born somewhere else. As we have seen in Ludlow, that will sometimes be at home without medical support. This downgrading of rural services has been described by one medical professional as “a real and exciting opportunity”.

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Highways, conservation and ecology objections delay approval of 200 homes at Rocks Green (updated)

Plans for 200 homes south of Rocks Green have met significant objections. Highways England has ordered that the scheme is not approved for at least three months while its concerns over analysis of traffic impacts are addressed. Shropshire Council’s conservation team has objected to the plans, which it describes as “disappointing”. The council’s ecologists have recommended that the development is refused unless more information on the impact on protected species is provided.

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