Ten days left to comment on Shropshire Council’s parking proposals

Shirehall is putting forward proposals to change the parking regime across the county. It proposals will lower some costs and significantly raise others. According to the council leader Peter Nutting, the aim is to raise more than £2 million to pay for cash-strapped services. That’s on top of the £2.4 million the council already makes across the county.

The proposals don’t work for Ludlow. The last day to respond is 17 October, just ten days from now.

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We should merge Ludford & Ludlow councils if plans for housing south of Rocks Green are to succeed

Next Wednesday, Claremont Planning Consultancy is to present their outline plans for 200 homes south of Rocks Green to Ludlow Town Council. The development is in Ludford parish. The town council has little to no influence over the development. Most future development is expected to be in Ludford, not Ludlow. We need to merge Ludford and Ludlow councils to ensure that the future of our town is planned coherently.

Here is what we know so far on the application, followed by my comments of getting planning better organised for Ludlow.

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Please join us at Ludlow Peace Memorial, 11am Monday for the national minute’s silence

Ludlow Town Council has issued this statement:

The Buttercross flag was set at half-mast on Friday and will remain at half-mast until Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy.

Our hearts are with the survivors, those who witnessed the tragedy and the emergency services, who risked their own safety to try to save others.

There will be a national minute’s silence at 11am on Monday 19 June. Please join us at the Peace Memorial by Ludlow Market at 11am. The silence will be led by a vicar from St Laurence’s Church.

Protecting your computer against ransomware and why you need to

I am aware that several people who read this blog and my newsletter are running rather ancient computers. Many feel there is no need to upgrade, don’t have the cash to upgrade or don’t want the hassle of learning a new operating system. The ongoing cyberattack shows that this may be unwise, particularly if you are using Windows XP, and many people still are.

To the best of my recollection, this is my first article on computer viruses nearly 30 years (more on that below). Computers are better protected than then. But the threat is greater than ever.

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