Category: Ludlow

Single coronavirus case at Ludlow CE School – Year 7 sent home – it was the right move

As many people in the town will know by now, there had been a single case of a Year 7 pupil at Ludlow School testing positive for Covid-19. This was always going to happen. It will undoubtedly happen again. Yesterday, the way the report of a positive test was dealt with at Ludlow School was exemplary. As soon as the positive test was confirmed, Year 7 was sent home. That decision was difficult for the students. It was difficult for their parents. But it was the right thing to do as we fight the pandemic locally and across the world. Below is yesterday’s press release from Shropshire Council, Ludlow CE School and Ludlow unitary councillors.

Planning committee unanimously approves Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ludlow, Rocks Green

At 3.20pm this afternoon, Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee unanimously decided to approve a Sainsbury’s supermarket and Argos at Rocks Green. The development will also include a petrol filling station and four EV charging points. This is a decision that will divide our town. In my last straw poll, 59% thought Sainsbury’s will be good for Ludlow. They wanted a greater choice of shopping. But just over a third of respondents thought the supermarket would be bad for Ludlow. They were concerned with the survival of Ludlow’s town centre. Make or break our town, we are going to get what one councillor described as a “gruesome supermarket building”.

Sainsbury’s statement to planning committee ahead of a decision this afternoon

This afternoon Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee will decide on the application to construct a supermarket and petrol filling station at Rocks Green. Í am expecting the scheme to be improved but it could be better. The meeting starts at 2pm. Sainsbury’s is second on the agenda. Members of the public can view the meeting using the link on the agenda.

Castle View Terrace development never had much credibility – it now has no shred of credibility left

Shropshire Homes, already facing massive opposition from residents, has been clarifying its application to build seven homes on Castle View Terrace. At the back of the housing scheme the developer proposes a linear area of public open space. Shropshire Homes this week has explained that it plans to cut three metres off the top of the quarry face, leaving a slope of 45 degrees above an even steeper drop into the quarry. People will need to negotiate a difficult slope to access the so-called public open space. The proposed profiling of the site will wreck biodiversity on the site. This scheme never had much credibility. It now has no shred of credibility left.

Ludlow Sainsbury’s: My statement to the Southern Planning Committee Tuesday 22 September 2020

Tuesday is a big day for Ludlow. I am expecting a decision on whether a Sainsbury’s and Argos can be built at Rocks Green shortly after 3pm. That decision, providing councillors approve the scheme, will conclude six years of debate. I am expecting a vote in favour of the scheme but planning decisions can be unpredictable. Neither Viv Parry or I will be voting at the committee for different reasons. The Southern Planning Committee will meet at 2pm on Microsoft Teams. Members of the public are invited to attend but cannot speak during the meeting under current temporary planning committee rules. To comply with current planning rules, I have submitted my statement to the committee in advance. You can read that below.

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