With the A49 and Brand Lane closures, we have about had our fill of road closures in Ludlow this year. But there is one more scheduled closure to come. The top end of Lower Galdeford and Upper Galdeford will be closed from 6 to 16 November during the day to resurface the road surface. There will be temporary traffic lights on the junction of Upper Galdeford, Station Drive and Gravel Hill for one day the week before. This work is essential and has been already delayed to avoid the tourist season.
Viv Parry, Tracey Huffer and myself have responded to Shropshire Council’s consultation on parking charges and length of stay.
We must balance the needs of car drivers with those without a car. The vitality of Ludlow depends on meeting the needs of traders and businesses. Residents need somewhere to park. Our town, which is set to see considerable expansion, must build its future around sustainable transport. Nothing else will work in a town enlivened and constrained by its historic fabric and environmental context.
The town council is asking people what they think of the town and what services should be funded in the future. The responses will contribute towards the rewriting of the town plan and setting the budget for the next few years. A short online survey on the town plan asks what people like and dislike about Ludlow and what they would like to change. The council will also host consultation events. Questionnaires on the budget for are being delivered to every household. Again, there is an online survey.
Tomorrow night, Monday 9 October, Ludlow Town Council will meet to discuss its response to Shropshire Council’s parking proposals. It is unhappy with what Shropshire Council is proposing. The draft document says:
“The unique qualities of Ludlow, its distance from the County Town and the current destination of parking revenues mean that the temptation to treat the town as a ‘cash cow’ for the Unitary Council must be resisted at all costs.”
In June, I received an email from a resident suggesting that too many trees are being felled in central Ludlow. Thinking the resident could be right, I have been reviewing the data. Until now, we have not been able to see the wood for the trees because summary statistics weren’t available.
Because of my analysis, we now know that in the last three years, 126 trees have been felled in Ludlow’s urban conservation areas. At least 34 trees were planted to replace them. A further 163 trees underwent management work such as crowning and pollarding.
Ludlow Town Council objected to nine applications to fell trees. Shropshire Council upheld only one of these objections.