Ludlow residents’ parking permits shoot up to £100 on Monday – down the road it costs £30

From Monday 19 September, residents’ permits for parking in the red and blue zones will double in cost from £50 to £100 a year. The council says this is to cover administration costs but it has provided no details of why it costs £100 to issue a permit. Other councils charge far less.

Only one permit will be allowed for each household.

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A pop, shop and fine jamboree in Ludlow as Shropshire Council refuses leeway

From Monday, the parking regime changes in Ludlow. A few charges are lower but mostly people will pay more on street and in central car parks. The council decided to issue its press release at midday on Wednesday, knowing full well it was too late for the Ludlow Advertiser and South Shropshire Journal. Issuing a press release just days before a major change is introduced is at best bad management. In practice, it will be a pop, shop and fine jamboree from Monday.

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New parking charges in Ludlow come into force next Monday, 19 November

New parking charges come into force in Ludlow next Monday, 19 November 2018. Shropshire Council says this will be better for Ludlow.

In the town centre, it will cost £1.80 an hour to park from 8am until 6pm, seven days. Pop and shop will be reduced from 15 minutes to five minutes. Castle Street car park charges will rise to £1 an hour and stay will be unlimited, working out at £8 a day. Around the town centre, on-street charges rise as does the maximum stay. Costs in Smithfield and Upper Galdeford car parks will go both up and down.

New residents’ permit charges will come in from Monday. The cost will be £100. There will be only one permit for each household.

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Shropshire in crisis: Health special measures and service cuts, future could be “Armageddon” – is it safe to live in Shropshire?

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is in special measures because patient safety is being compromised. Telford A&E will close overnight for safety reasons. Rural maternity units, including Ludlow, are closed for live births. For safety reasons. Shropshire Council is axing £4 million from its public health budge despite the opposition of the director of public health. The council’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health is predicting “Armageddon” in public health services.

Soon, the medics will be saying its not safe to live in Shropshire. It is beginning to feel that way.

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Shropshire in crisis: Don’t spend £25 million on Shirehall, council staff should work around the county

Shropshire Council is one of the largest employers in our county. Yet it has concentrated most of his staff in Shrewsbury. That sucks jobs and expenditure from the rest of the county. It also means that its view of Shropshire is dominated by Shrewsbury and rural areas barely get a look in.

There is a different model. Back office operations could be devolved around the county to give the rest of the county would get an economic and democratic boost. Shirehall should be knocked down and replaced with a mix of offices and homes.

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