Everyone knows that parking spaces are a precious commodity on this town. Today was a typical September Saturday. The park and ride bus was busy and car parks began filling up from before 10am. But bizarrely, someone had decided to cone and tape off nineteen spaces on the top deck of the Upper Galdeford car park.
Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting will be travelling to Ludlow for a public discussion on public services in the area. The meeting will be hosted by the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee on Thursday 14 September from 7pm. From 6pm, the meeting will also feature an exhibition on proposed changes to car parking charges and length of stay in Ludlow.
Ludlow’s Mayor Tim Gill and Shropshire Councillor Andy Boddington are warning that incomplete roadworks in Ludlow could create havoc during next week’s Food Festival.
Tim Gill explains:
“Shropshire Council surface gritted Corve Street several weeks ago. This is one of the two main roads that lead into the town centre. But the council hasn’t repainted any white or yellow lines. The chaos has led to bus and loading bays being full of parked cars. That has prevented buses safely discharging passengers. Delivery lorries have blocked the highway causing tailbacks because the loading bays are full of cars.
“Given what it is like now, the prospect for the Food Festival this weekend is dire. Buses will be unable to safely discharge and collect people without the road being blocked to other traffic.”
“We need the Food Festival to work well. Shropshire Council must step up to mark and it must do it quickly. I see no signs of it doing so.”
Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, says:
“We get hour by hour updates on roadworks in Shrewsbury. But is impossible to get any information from Shropshire Council on what is happening in Ludlow week in week out.
“The council tells me that it has a serious problem with its highway contractor Ringway. The council says it has no clue what is happening day to day on road repairs. It can take two to three days for officers to get a response from Ringway. Yet this company is being paid millions from the public purse to keep the county’s roads up to scratch. Anyone driving around will know that our roads are not up to scratch.
“Taxpayers’ money is quite literally going down the drain in late and incompetent repairs. One street in Ludlow has had to be resurfaced three times because the contractor failed to get it right. I do not know why Shropshire Council continues to pay its highway contractors when they are not delivering the road maintenance this county needs.”
Ludlow’s unitary councillors are inviting residents, shoppers and visitors to a drop-in session to learn about Shropshire Council’s proposals for parking in the town centre. This will be held between 2pm and 6pm on 5 September at the Women’s Centre, Church Street, Ludlow.
The council is consulting on a wide range of changes to parking charges around the county. Although some parking in Ludlow will be cheaper under the scheme, many charges will go up.
“There are a lot of proposed changes to car parking rules,” says Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for the Ludlow North, which includes the town centre.
Shropshire Council is proposing a major overhaul of parking arrangements and charges across the county. The consultation creates an opportunity for us to reorganise our car parks and on street parking. This post reviews how we might use our off-street parking most efficiently at the Castle Street and Smithfield car parks.
In my view, Castle Street should remain a short-term car park and not become indefinite-stay as Shropshire Council is proposing. One option we might consider is to extend Smithfield to include the Youth Centre car park at weekends.