Shropshire Council’s next meeting has a zero agenda – it’s a waste of money and should be cancelled

I have higher hopes for the new Tory administration under Peter Nutting than his predecessors, Malcolm Pate and Keith Barrow. But he is starting on the wrong foot by ordering a special council meeting with nothing of importance on the agenda.

Seventy-four councillors and dozens of officers will be involved in a meeting next Thursday in Shirehall. What will this meeting achieve? Pretty much nothing.

I don’t know how much a full council meeting costs but this meeting is not worth a brass farthing. The agenda is so thin it wouldn’t make a decent slice of toast.

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Network Rail drop-in sessions on July A49 corridor rail and road closures next week

Network Rail will be holding a public drop-in session at the Bishop Mascall Centre, Ludlow on Tuesday 13 June, 3-7pm. Their team will also be in Onibury on Wednesday and Craven Arms on Thursday. The sessions are to brief the public on the full closure of the A49 to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists between Saturday 1 July and Sunday 9 July. The rail line will be closed all day on the weekends of 1-2 July and 8-9 July with an hourly bus replacement.

This is in addition to previously planned weekend rail closures on 17-18 June and 24-25 June. That means that Ludlow’s rail line will be closed for four weekends in a row during the peak tourist season.

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Ludlow centre was closed today by stuck coach and HGV after badly planned roadworks

It was a day of traffic chaos. I spotted a tourist coach going past the Ludlow Assembly Rooms at 12:33pm. There was no way it was going to get out of the town centre. Brand Lane was closed – and will be for the next two days. I’d arrived back at Mill Street after a call from Tim Gill, Ludlow’s mayor, who had told me that an HGV was stuck in the town centre because of the Brand Lane closure.

This was a conundrum indeed. The official diversion route is down Dinham and over the Whitcliffe. There was a danger that the HGV would tip on the hairpin bend. But we soon learnt this huge truck was not even going to be able to negotiate Dinham to get to the bridge. The coach would probably have grounded out on the hairpin. It was a no go for both vehicles. It took us hours to get them out of town.

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Ludlow Town Council tells Shropshire Council to urgently rethink town centre exit closure next week

The town council has made a last-ditch attempt to prevent the closure of Brand Lane next Monday to Wednesday until a better plan for managing the resulting traffic chaos is in place. The closure is for three days, 24-hours a day to connect electricity and water to a single house. This is excessive. Buses and HGVs are to be rerouted over the Whitcliffe, a proposal that will not work.

The town council’s letter to Shropshire Council is reproduced in full below. It ends by saying: “The Town Council demands that Shropshire Council recognises the importance of the tourism economy of Ludlow and finds an alternative way forward.” That’s spot on.

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New Ludlow mayor sets out council’s agenda on services, parking and road closure

Last Wednesday evening, Councillor Tim Gill was installed as the new mayor of Ludlow at the Assembly Rooms. Anyone who knows Tim, knows that when he speaks about local issues, he tells it as it is. His inaugural speech was no different.

Mayor Gill said taking on services from Shropshire Council remained a challenge for the town council. He condemned the council’s continuing clampdown on evening parking in the town centre and the planned closure of Brand Lane for three days.

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