Is it too late for a constructive approach to parking in Ludlow? Probably

It’s disappointing that there hasn’t been a more constructive approach to parking by the authorities to parking in our historic market town. Shropshire Council has been hell bent on imposing a standardised model of parking operations. Ludlow Town Council is taking an over-the-top approach to parking in the market area, including banning motorcycles.

This is driven by an obsession with regulation at the expense of a coherent plan for managing the town centre.

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New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)

Update 17 June 2018

I asked KeolisAmey for some details of the trains to run through Ludlow. Here is the response:

1)            What model of trains will you be running on the line from Cardiff through Ludlow to Shrewsbury and further north? How will these be powered?

We will run brand new CAF Civity Diesel Multiple Units, built in Newport. They will feature state of the art passenger provisions, with reduced noise compared to the trains they are replacing.

2)            What is the planned date for the introduction of this model of train?

These new trains will be introduced between July 2021 and May 2022, replacing existing trains and providing additional services such as direct services to Liverpool. Continue reading “New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)”

Traders vans to be banned from parking in town centre without paying full rates

Currently market traders can purchase a waiver to allow all day parking in the town centre car parks. In a consultation slipped out announced, Shropshire Council is to withdraw all waivers. Traders will need to pay £1 an hour, £1.80 an hour on street. Or park outside the town centre. Anyone who has run a market stall single handed will know that is not practical. The danger is that traders will be put off coming to our market.

I have received one comment in on this already: “Is the Council trying to kill off the market. Are they economic illiterates?”

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Ludlow and Shropshire Councils are consulting on restricting parking in the market area

Ludlow Town Council and Shropshire Council are investigating a scheme to restrict parking in the Market Square and Castle Square. The restricted zone would also cover Harp Lane, Church Street and College Street. It would operate seven days a week, either between 7am and 7pm or for 24 hours. The proposals follow complaints about inconsiderate parking by car and van drivers, and motorcyclists. Ludlow Town Council says: “Visitors are getting a poor impression of our beautiful town!”

The consultation closes on 6 June 2018.

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