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Tom Morton of the Shropshire Star reports very good news on De Grey’s. Tasty, the company currently refurbishing the building, has told the newspaper it intends to keep not only the De Grey’s name, but also the traditional tearoom and bakery. The report says that Tasty will probably trade as “Wildwood at De Grey’s.” Jonathan Plant of Tasty Plc. told the newspaper: “We’re going to continue the tea room theme at the front, with a bakery and deli, pretty much in the same style. The big difference will be at the rear where there will be a kitchen doing our high-end pizza, pasta and grill menu.” I’ve asked Tasty’s agent whether the company is planning any changes to the hanging sign over Broad Street. I hope not. That’s the elephant in the room for me. Update 4 August More good news. The agent for Tasty has emailed to say: “I can confirm that the client will be keeping the iconic De Grey’s sign in its existing format and location.” Three cheers for that! The De Grey’s sign has long been part of the Broad Street street scene and changing it or removing it would be intolerable. It’s great news that…

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Will you become a friend of your local play area and its play equipment? The play area on Normandie Close is threatened with closure and others are set to lose equipment as Shropshire Council budgets cuts bite. Friars Close is will not be closed but the elephant is threatened. Lifted tiles at Fishmore View Most of Ludlow’s play areas are owned and managed by Shropshire Council. Although they are inspected regularly, they are showing growing signs of lack of investment. Yesterday, Councillor Viv Parry and I met up with Shropshire Council officers to inspect the play areas and discuss their future. For the most part, the ten play areas are in a fair to very good condition. But there are problems with ageing equipment and with the deteriorating wet-pour and rubber tile play surfaces that surround swings and rides. Shropshire Council will repair these in coming months. Much of the equipment needs painting. That will be undertaken by the Probation Service. Save Our Park poster at Friars Field Residents on Friars Field are fearful that their play area is threatened with closure. We arrived at the site to find children’s posters strung along the fence, pleading for the site to…

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