It’s the pits – Shropshire Council slaps a yellow ticket on a local bus

The talk of the town today has been the slapping of a parking ticket on a bus. This happened yesterday. The bus was a scheduled service parking outside the Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Mill Street. It is a parking bay dedicated to local buses.

But this seems to matter not one jot to Shropshire Council’s civil enforcement officers. One in four of their yellow tickets are cancelled. But they remain slap happy.

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Major closure on Sheet Road set to disrupt traffic at the end of October (updated)

I cannot remember a week in the last few years when Ludlow has not suffered roadworks. They are becoming as much a part of the character of our town as its historic buildings and the collapsed town walls.

Update 15 October. After this article was published agreement was reached to allow buses through the roadworks at all times, though there may be delays.

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Parking enforcement loses £10 a ticket in Shropshire. Parking money mostly goes to buses. Did you know that?

Are you surprised by this headline? I certainly am.

In 2017/18, Shropshire Council took nearly £640,000 from Ludlow’s car parks and on-street parking machines. That’s three per cent down on the year before, probably due to bad weather over the winter. The ‘profit’ after operating costs was £373,000. Most of the profit is spent on subsidising buses. And, in what may come as a surprise to many people, those hated yellow screen stickers lose money. A loss of around £10 a ticket across Shropshire.

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Network Rail thinks Ludlow is in Oxfordshire – it’s a joke – oh no, it’s not! (updated)

In what must be one of the most bizarre actions by an office bound railway official, Network Rail has written to residents in Steventon on the outskirts of Ludlow telling them that it needs to undertake work on parish’s railway bridge.

So far, so good. But Ludford residents became suspicious when they read references to the High Street. A High Street in Steventon, a hamlet on the outskirts of Ludlow? Hardly.

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No lifts in Ludlow station upgrade. No fully accessible taxi in town. We should stop treating the disabled as second class

Major works are underway at Ludlow station. The scheme is to put a temporary footbridge in place while the old footbridge is repaired along with the steps leading up to it. There are no plans to install lifts for those who are disabled or have limited mobility. A couple of weeks before, Shropshire Council refused a licence for the only fully disabled access taxi in Ludlow because it did not meet the Euro 5 standard. You can’t get into a Ludlow Town Council meeting if you have severe mobility problems.

In Shropshire, the disabled remain second-class citizens. We must change this.

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