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King Street closed 24×7 for weeks after significant damage to the Buttercross last night – should it be closed forever?

The suspicion is that it was a lost truck driver trying to get around the overnight closure of the A49. Whatever vehicle it was, it must have been severely damaged. Trucks like the one that hit the Buttercross last night are here today and scrapped tomorrow. The Buttercross has been a central feature of our town for more than two and a half centuries. It has been knocked about in the past but nothing like the damage last night. We are on the verge of a permanent closure of King Street. The latest news from Shropshire Council is that it is not concerned about the stability of the building. But Heras fencing will need to be erected and King Street will be closed seven days a week and 24 hours a day. If you have any knowledge of what happened, please contact Ludlow Town Council, kate.adams@ludlow.gov.uk. Or ring 101 or Crimestoppers.

Storm Dennis floods Ludlow homes and businesses

Temeside and Lower Corve Street are flooded. Other areas also. The water has rushed in through doors, flooded basements and pushed sewerage out of toilets. It is not yet known how many houses are flooded but it must be around 20. Water is lapping at the doors and back gates of many other properties. This is almost the worst flood since July 2007. Then water reached a height of 5.22m on the Teme. Today, the river seems to have peaked at 5.20m. But no one threatened with river water pouring into their home cares about whether this is a record flood or not.  

Emergency shuttle bus between Ludlow and Cleobury Mortimer today

Last night, I published notice of the cancellation of Ludlow to Kidderminster bus services from 9.30am to mid-afternoon today. I have been trying to get an emergency timetable in place for much of the week to prevent Cleobury Mortimer and Clee being cut off. At 9:23am this morning, Shropshire Council emailed me a schedule for a shuttle bus from Ludlow to Cleobury Mortimer. This is such short notice, I don’t know whether it will get any passengers. For example, the morning buses from Cleobury Mortimer to Ludlow are at 8:56am and 10:56am. But the replacement bus is 10:04am. Make of it what you will. I must rush to a meeting. On a bus about buses!

Half the country will celebrate tonight but only history will show whether Brexit was the right decision

What are you streaming tonight? The 1740s Rule Britannia with its jingoistic slavery era language? “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves. Britons never will be slaves.” Or the slightly later Ode to Joy, an anthem that celebrates collaboration over conflict: “This kiss to all the world!”? Ode to Joy is the theme of a united Europe that has put wars within our continent behind it and is a force for good in the world. It’s also currently No 1 on the UK download charts. Perhaps instead you are singing Auld Lang Syne, which reverberated around the European Parliament two days ago after the withdrawal bill passed. We must put the rancour and division of the last few years behind us. But we can’t go back to the future. We need to forge a new role in the world. A role that is neither divisive nor self-centred. Protecting our own interests but working for the wider good of our planet. Tackling climate change, inequality, violence and war. We had more strength to achieve those aims within the EU. Now, we are on our own, desperately wanting to be in the company of others but no longer in their company.

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