More bump, crash and injury – Shropshire Council is to slow down pothole repairs and pavements will be more dangerous

More people will trip on Ludlow’s pavements and end up in hospital. More cyclists will be tipped into the carriageway. More cars will have their wheels wrecked.

These are just a few of the consequences of a proposed new policy for highway repairs, which Shropshire Council slipped out for consultation without so much as a press release.

I have no doubt these policies will come in. Shropshire Council is beholden to the motor car. And it has cut back the highways budget so severely that reductions in the repair schedule are inevitable.

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Tesco bashes Ludlow town centre on way from Bridgend to Pontefract to deliver cakes

The damage to the historic fabric of Ludlow is almost as old as the buildings themselves. The damage has got worse over the years as permitted lengths and weights for HGVs have increased. But if you want to get Cakes to Pontefract, a current Tesco slogan, the best way to do it is through the centre of Ludlow. That moving advert for Tesco has slightly damaged a bollard with more significant damage to the truck.

I am lost for words here. Tesco has been a world leader in gathering computerising information on customer habits. It ensures its shelves are restocked the moment they empty. But it seems they don’t know where their stores are. Satnav anyone? A paper map? Or perhaps a Tesco mobile phone will help.

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Former Budgens store in Ludlow is now an eyesore

The former Budgens Store on Upper Galdeford has been for sale for several months. In the last couple of days, it has been boarded up with OSB sheets. The contractors tell me there are no plans to paint the boarding. It is an utter eyesore and makes this part for the town centre look like a rundown inner city district. The boarding is also an open invitation to fly-posting and graffiti.

If it is to remain boarded up, it should be painted as a giant mural.

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Put me in the stocks – I am being threatened by council officers who are scheming Ludlow’s future in secret

Officers have threatened me with a complaint to the council’s monitoring officer if I leak a word of secret conversations on future development sites around Ludlow. When I get a minute, I’ll write on the details and why they are fundamentally flawed. But if I do so, I am told I will be reported to the “monitoring officer”. This is the equivalent of being dragged out of class by the ear when I was an infant and made to stand before the head teacher (that happened a few times).

Welcome to Shropshire Council 2018. Huge telescreens dominate Shirehall pumping out non-stop propaganda. Officers threaten councillors for being outspoken and championing democracy. In Shropshire Council, every step it takes forward is followed by two steps back.

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Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting needs to change his attitude to our hard working council staff

I am appalled at the remarks that Shropshire Council leader made on BBC Radio Shropshire this morning. His response to the failure of the council under his leadership to work within budget has led to a recruitment freeze. That means we won’t have the staff to deliver services. What does Nutting say? Staff will have to run a little faster. Why shouldn’t they. That’s the world we live in.

This is the same Peter Nutting that refused to come Ludlow to discuss the row over parking charges because he needed a week off. It’s deckchairs on the beach for Nutting. But it is a speeded up treadmill for staff.

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