Here we go again – another consultation on parking – this time for off-street parking in Ludlow

Here is the fourth and penultimate of the consultations on the new parking regime which is expected to come into force in September. It is a mixed bag of changes. There will be free parking on Sundays but the council has reneged on its promise to only apply charges from 9am in the morning. Charges will apply from 8am to 6pm. Users can stay for as long as they want subject to a maximum charge of eight hours.

Castle Street car park will cost £1 an hour, half price on Sundays. The top deck of Upper Galdeford will cost £0.50 an hour, free on Sundays. The lower levels of Upper Galdeford and Smithfield will cost £0.30 an hour, free on Sundays.

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I want to tell you about Joe from the Windrush Generation – he helped shape my life

I was seven years old. I was a sicky child. In the proudest moment of my life up to that point, an ambulance drew up outside our council house. Instead of being the undoubted weakling on the street, kids rushed to wonder at my sudden importance. I was taken to somewhere that seemed so far away. There I made my first black friend, a friendship that endured for years and widened my perspectives. Joe came on a boat from Jamaica. The Windrush Generation.

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Shropshire Council throws £51 million at Shrewsbury shopping centres – it is the wrong investment

Late last month, Shropshire Council concluded its controversial deal to purchase three Shrewsbury shopping centres from an offshore trust. The price was £51 million. The Shropshire Star called the deal “an extraordinary and historic purchase” and described the council as “brave”. Bravery is one thing but I suspect this purchase to be unwise. If I had £51 million in my pocket, I wouldn’t invest it in shopping centres. I’d use the money to improve the social fabric of our county by building council housing.

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Old Bodder’s Almanac gives improbable predictions for 2018

Just a bit of New Year’s fun. Please add your own humorous predictions in the comments section 🙂

January. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agrees a job swap with President Trump. After Donald Trump complains his tweets are being censored by the North Korean military, the entire world celebrates. Kim Jong-un imposes a strict dress code on Washington. Department stores run out of pyjamas.

February. The Pope announces that Barak Obama is to be fast tracked to sainthood. Jeremy Corbyn complains he was overlooked for the role.

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Snow and ice update – Ludlow returns to normal. Wednesday (updated 12.00pm) #ludlowisopen

Morning and it’s a better one. Ludlow is returning to normal today and we are expecting all services to be open. The market is back in operation and pavements in the town centre have been cleared. Buses are expected to operate near normally. Ludlow schools are open. Some rural schools are closed or on limited hours. Snow and ice will remain on side streets and pavements, where it may still be very slippery. Car parks have yet to be cleared. Some cold temperatures between 7am and 9am and around teatime may lead to refreezing. There is a possibility of sleet this evening.

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