Category: Ludlow

Job Watch Ludlow – Unemployment rises again in our town, especially Ludlow North

This in an unsurprising story. It is not a cheerful story. It is a story that will inevitably get worse. But it is important an important story for our community in Ludlow and for Shropshire. More people are out of work and are signing on for benefits. In Ludlow, the number of claimants – people looking for work – grew by 8% between July and August. This is nowhere near as big a jump we saw at the beginning of lockdown but it is an upward trend in a time when jobs are being destroyed, not created. Over the last year, Ludlow claimants have increased from 155 to 465 people – a 268% increase. This is higher than the Shropshire and national trends, especially in the Ludlow North ward where the annual growth was 344%.

Planners to ask councillors to approve Rocks Green Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station next week

It’s expected to be the final decision. After more than six years of wrangling and discussion, plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket are expected to be approved by the Southern Planning Committee on 22 September. There are still some details to be resolved but there are no fundamental planning reasons for rejecting the scheme. But to me the scheme is not as good as it might be. Bus passengers are treated as second class customers by the developers and planning officers alike. What they long for is cars, cars, cars. This application pays no more than lip service to the climate emergency. A handful of EV charging points. A lower profile to reduce space heating. The application will also urbanise the Rocks Green roundabout and will be a poor gateway for one of the country’s most historic towns.   But this development will go ahead and, love it or hate it, and we will have to live with it for decades to come.

No date yet for Buttercross repairs – King Street to remain closed for a few weeks at least

Ludlow Town Council briefly discussed repairs to the Buttercross on Monday night. Councillors were told that stonemasons had been appointed and work had started on stone in hand. More stone has been ordered from Grinshill Quarry but there was as yet no date on delivery. There was no debate, though Councillor Viv Parry said market traders were giving false information about the closure and asked for someone to tell them to shut up. King Street cannot reopen until the Buttercross is repaired and that looks to be a few weeks away. At least the weather is warm. Lime mortar will not set below 5C and that is another reason for getting this work completed as soon as possible.

Ludlow Town Council again refuses to increase the number of stalls on Ludlow Market

“I personally think that’s a great disappointment councillors. I think we’ve missed an opportunity. Never mind. That is democracy.” Those were the words of Ludlow’s mayor Tim Gill at the end of a short debate on Monday night on increasing the number of market stalls from 30 to 35. The market manager had made a clear case for five extra stalls to bring new traders in, to increase the variety of traders and provide flexibility in allocating stalls. Mayor Gill spoke in favour but was countered by the hawkish Glen Ginger who proposed no change. The debate was short. There were only nine councillors present and only councillors Gill, Ginger, Parry and Sheward spoke. Councillor Ginger’s motion was passed after some confusion by five votes to four.

The curious case of the plans for Linney House (which are now at appeal)

Three homes approved. Four homes expected to be approved. But the developer of the Linney House site is determined to press ahead with his appeal against Shropshire Council’s lack of a decision on his scheme for eight homes. His appeal launched in June is proving to be as complex as the planning history of this site. The developer doesn’t pull any punches during the appeal. He attacks the council for not determining the application and lambasts the council’s tree officer. The council quite rightly refutes these arguments. It bases its case for rejection of the scheme on the impact on ecology, wildlife corridors and trees. However, its case is weakened by an extant planning permission for three perfectly awful homes. A final decision by the planning inspector is expected in the next few weeks.

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