Category: Transport

Storm Dennis: Free park and ride in Ludlow on Thursdays in March #ludlowisopen

This is great news. There is a meme going around that Ludlow is out of action due to the floods. Businesses have reported cancelled bookings. But, despite the devastation to dozens of homes and flooding of businesses, our town is trading as normal. We remain the feisty Ludlow we have always been. Trading is never great at this time of the year. We are waiting for the Easter boost to get our Marches town boosted into the high season. But everyone I have spoken to says footfall, which means  people spending money, is down after Storm Dennis. Shropshire Council has now agreed to free park and ride travel on Minsterley Buses (722) for all Thursdays in March. Thursday is a great market day. On 12 March and 26 March, we have Local to Ludlow markets. Our everyday markets are also great. Join us by driving to the park and ride…

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Shropshire Council made national headlines with its decision to pay a highway consultant £1,000 a day to fix its highways management and resolve the plague of potholes. Lib Dem councillors on the council have called for Steve Davenport, the cabinet member for highways, to resign. He says he will not resign and the consultancy money will come from his underspent staff budget. Want he hasn’t explained is why the council has assessed itself as a top performer on highways allowing it to draw down Whitehall funding, even though it has been underspending. If Shropshire Council is a top performer on highways “then I’m a banana”, as Ian Hislop once infamously said.

Brand Lane closed next Tuesday 18 February – buses will operate from Compasses on Corve Street

Brand Lane is the main exit from Ludlow town centre and the route that must be used by large vehicles. Every now and again utilities need to be fixed. We have another closure on Tuesday for Cadent to work on a gas supply. This has been scheduled for half term week and on a Tuesday when we have no market. Although the official diversion is over the Whitcliffe, cars and small vans will find their own way from the town centre through the Broadgate and along the Linney. These routes are not suitable for HGVs which will exit the town centre along King Street. Marshalls will be stationed to temporarily suspend the one way system when needed. Town buses will operate from the Compasses as they do during festivals. That means a change of routing, with the supermarkets only being served on the journey out of town not on the…

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Shropshire Council’s highways leadership wrecked by potholes amid resignation call

The rain is dancng on the roads and pavements and tap dancing on my windows as Storm Ciara hits with full force. If Shropshire Council is to be believed, potholes will be popping up on roads across the county like zits on a teenager’s face. Too much rain is the latest excuse by the council for the pothole menace invading the county. Even Tory councillors are complaining. It has not been a good week for the Shropshire Council cabinet member for highways and transport, Steve Davenport who is having a bumpy ride. Public outrage over the menace of potholes has bounced to a new bumpy height. Shropshire Council is now to pay a consultant £1,000 a day to solve problems that are of its own making. The management of the highways contract has been a mess for years. Now Shropshire Council Lib Dems are calling for Councillor Davenport to resign.

Consultations on changes to car park residents permits and season tickets, also holiday let permits

Last September, Shropshire Council consulted on changes to the parking regime introduced in Ludlow in November 2018 and at various dates around the county. Now, it wants to introduce changes to permits for season tickets and residents permits. The changes are technical. They will increase flexibility and better suit local needs. The council is also consulting on providing on-street permits for holiday lets within Ludlow’s Blue and Red Zones.

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