Snow and ice update for Ludlow – roads, schools, buses and more. Tuesday (updated 11.00am)

The weather is expected to improve. I’ll provide updates tomorrow but we are expecting just about everything to be operating normally. But beware early morning ice from the half melted snow.

Morning. It’s been a bitterly cold night with temperatures expected to plummet to as low as -12C by 8am. All schools in the area remain closed. Roads and pavements are often hazardous. Buses will try to serve as many areas as they can but both the 701 and 722 are having difficulties accessing some streets. Side streets are gradually being cleared by gritters and tractors. Shropshire Council teams will work on town centre paths today. More updates as they come in and let me know if you have information the public needs to know. Take care but enjoy the snow if you can.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… It’s fun in Ludlow and we have our very own snow dog

This severe weather event has been great fun for kids and adults alike.

For the last two days, Gallows Bank has been the training ground for future Winter Olympic champions. And snow people are appearing around the town. They include the best snow dog I have ever seen. It’s in Ludlow Market Square.

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Snow news for Ludlow – schools, buses, bins, GPs… (updated at 16.00pm)

This post is no longer being updated but more tomorrow as the big freeze continues.

The snowfall is over, maybe the occasional flurry. But the packed snow and ice will be with us for some days. The BBC is suggesting temperatures as low as -11C tonight. Stay safe. Stay warm. Please check on your neighbours. All schools in the area are closed on Monday and other services are disrupted. I’ll update this as news comes in. Non-stop updates on BBC Radio Shropshire from 6am. @shropcouncil is tweeting like mad, putting out more than 150 tweets yesterday alone. If there is any message you want to get out, let me know.

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Question, questions, questions at Shropshire Council on Thursday but fewer in future

One of the main ways councillors and the public can find out what is happening in Shropshire Council, and make political points, is to ask questions or deliver petitions. There are several interesting questions at next Thursday’s Council meeting, including on affordable housing, recycling and business rates. The council will also consider plans to limit public questions at future meetings.

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Should we run a county lottery to replace community funds that Shropshire Council won’t now provide?

Public funding for the community sector is sinking fast. Our youth budget is miniscule. Discretionary grants are evaporating. Faced with similar gaps in funding, some councils have launched local lotteries giving up to 60% of the ticket price to local good causes chosen by residents. It is time that we considered running a lottery for Shropshire. At next Thursday’s Shropshire Council meeting, I will be asking council officers to investigate the case for a countywide community lottery.
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