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Good (ish) news update on the damage to Ludlow Buttercross and closure of King Street

The repairs to the Buttercross could be quicker than I first thought. Ludlow Town Council is meeting potential contractors on Tuesday to give them a briefing on tendering. Shropshire Council’s conservation team has confirmed that any like for like repairs will not need Listed Building Consent. The repairs must be of Grinshill sandstone, which is still available. On the advice of structural engineers, King Street must remain closed to create space for Heras fencing. That fencing was put in place yesterday evening to create a safety zone for pedestrians and prevent any further damage to the Grade-I listed building. King Street will be closed for several weeks to come as a result.

Ludlow Buttercross – an ace museum with a nice town attached

Last night saw the official opening of Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross. It is fair to say that this project has taken much longer to bring to fruition than anyone thought it might. But it now looks likely that the museum will be fully open from mid-August. That’s good news because this is a great little museum. This Saturday, 30 July, the museum is hosting a free public open day from 11am to 3pm. It will be well worth paying a visit. I like this museum. I like the way the exhibits have been displayed. I like that the exhibition area is not overcrowded. I like the entrance price – £1 for adults and 50p for children over five.

Two Ludlow historic monuments remain on Heritage at Risk Register maintained by English Heritage, the town walls and the Buttercross. Ludlow’s Buttercross The Buttercross is described as: “Repair scheme in progress… Functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.” The building is in the lowest risk category (F on a scale of A to F). Nevertheless, I am disappointed that the Buttercross is still on the at risk register. Ludlow Town Council has been doing an excellent job of repairing and converting the building into a heritage centre. The building is no longer at risk. I’ll write to English Heritage asking them to remove the building from next year’s edition of the risk register.

The master of spin was Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s media supremo who issued the dodgy dossier on Iraq. But Campbell is now being challenged. This morning Shropshire Council made a bid for Campbell’s title as spin master supreme. It issued a press release on changes to the Tourist Information service at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms claiming that vicious cutbacks are “exciting times”. Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said: “There are exciting times ahead for Ludlow Assembly Rooms and the Buttercross. It is great that we are able to work with the Trustees and the Town Council to secure a bright future and continue to offer valued services to visitors and locals alike.” I have read some rubbish press releases in my time but this amongst the very worst. The news about the Buttercross restoration and museum is not news. We have had a lengthy row about getting the funding for the Buttercross back that Shropshire Council once awarded, cancelled, re-awarded, procrastinated over and then gave back to the town council. There can be no better exemplar of this council’s love of pettifogging bureaucracy than this. The Buttercross is a great project and I fully…

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“It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change,” said Alice in Wonderland. The funding for the Buttercross heritage centre has finally been approved, but Ludlow Town Council has only to November to complete the project. This is despite Shropshire Council earlier saying work in the Grade I listed building could extend to until the end of March 2015. Shropshire Council’s leader Keith Barrow has said many times that the council must become more business-like. No business would tolerate this dilly-dallying around and confusion over a small contract like this. Shropshire Council is now setting a deadline that will be really hard to meet because of the delays its own tortured bureaucracy has created.

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