Another historic Ludlow bridge has been damaged. On Friday, a blue vehicle whacked into the north parapet of Ledwyche Bridge, a Grade II listed bridge on Squirrel Lane. Is it too much to ask drivers to respect the historic environment they are driving through?
But at the same time, Kronos Solar said it wanted construction traffic to access the site near to housing at Lower Ledwyche. The original plan had been to access the solar farm via an existing concrete track well away from housing.
Nearby residents were quite rightly furious with the plans, which would have caused considerable local disruption.
BT wants to close 214 payphones around Shropshire. Thirteen of these are in the Ludlow and Clee area. One is the second most used phone on the countywide closure list and is used on average once a day. But, in an age of mobile phones, do we still need phone boxes? I think we do as several of these phone boxes are in mobile phone not spots.
Shropshire Council is consulting on the removal of these and other payphones around the county. It is asking for views by Monday 28 November 2016. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the list of payphones in the Ludlow and Clee area that are proposed for closure.
Shropshire Council planners have approved a reduction in the area of the solar farm due to be constructed off Squirrel Lane. The new plans are an improvement and will reduce the visibility of the scheme, which was approved by a planning inspector after the original plans were rejected by the South Planning Committee.
Update 26 February 2016
The planning inspectorate has appointed Philip Major as inspector for the appeal.
Update 21 February 2016
On the day, our submission to the planning appeal was accepted (see below), Kronos Solar lodged a hasty code of conduct complaint against me for publishing a letter from its director Alexander Arcache. The letter had asked if I would help him get the application through South Planning Committee. It goes without saying that I am not going to advise or help any developer on an application where I have a vote. The complaint was rejected but I accept that I should have sent the letter to Shropshire Council for publication on the planning portal.
Main article 1 February 2016
There will be a lot of Ludlow people in Craven Arms on 5 April. We’ll be at the Gateway for the appeal hearing into Shropshire Council’s refusal of an application for a 5MW solar farm at Henley Hall on Squirrel Lane. The four of us unitary councillors for Ludlow and Clee will be there, along with residents from the area.
We’ll be facing Kronos Solar, the applicant, which is determined to get this scheme approved. Kronos, based in Munich, has at times taken an unusual approach to this application. Members of the South Planning Committee were rung by a lobbyist acting on behalf of Kronos, who pressed the case for the scheme so hard I put the phone down on him. Alexander Arcache, the managing director, emailed me asking if I could advise him on how to get the application through the South Planning Committee. Of course, I declined. I also declared and read out the email at the planning committee meeting.