Parking enforcement loses £10 a ticket in Shropshire. Parking money mostly goes to buses. Did you know that?

Are you surprised by this headline? I certainly am.

In 2017/18, Shropshire Council took nearly £640,000 from Ludlow’s car parks and on-street parking machines. That’s three per cent down on the year before, probably due to bad weather over the winter. The ‘profit’ after operating costs was £373,000. Most of the profit is spent on subsidising buses. And, in what may come as a surprise to many people, those hated yellow screen stickers lose money. A loss of around £10 a ticket across Shropshire.

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Plans for “sheer decadence” Mortimer Forest cabins are cancelled (updated)

If you go down to the woods today, you won’t find hot tubs. At least not near Ludlow.

The application from Forest Holidays for cabins in Mortimer Forest is not to go ahead. The project’s webpage has been deleted. That’s great. But we need to think about how to manage tourism in the Mortimer Forest in the longer term.  

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Network Rail thinks Ludlow is in Oxfordshire – it’s a joke – oh no, it’s not! (updated)

In what must be one of the most bizarre actions by an office bound railway official, Network Rail has written to residents in Steventon on the outskirts of Ludlow telling them that it needs to undertake work on parish’s railway bridge.

So far, so good. But Ludford residents became suspicious when they read references to the High Street. A High Street in Steventon, a hamlet on the outskirts of Ludlow? Hardly.

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An update on the Mortimer Forest Cabins – is the tide turning against this project?

This is a brief update to collate a few diverse matters relating to this project. They concern the review by Defra, delays in submitting the planning application and doubts about whether the Forestry Commission is achieving value for money by its relationship with Forest Holidays.

The breaking news is that English Heritage has withdrawn from its promotion of Forest Holidays under pressure from a Ludlow resident.

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The Ludlow mural project in images

We did it. Five weeks from conception to completion. Just ten days on site. An eyesore is now a head turner. Below are images of the project in progress and completed.

Our thanks to Morris Property for funding the project. Also to Shropshire Council for providing youth workers for the Young Zone. A huge part of our community contributed to this project. Thank you all.

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