On Saturday, it will be four years to the day since the town walls behind St Laurence’s church fell collapsed. Almost nothing has happened to get repairs underway. The town council has missed the 2017 funding cycle. There must now be doubt whether the council can get funding in place by 2018. It should appoint heritage champion to ensure that there are no further delays in getting the walls repaired. Otherwise, I fear it will be years before the repairs start.
I quite like the current signage for Hope House but it is the wrong design for a historic thoroughfare. It is simply too bright and busy for King Street. Now the children’s hospice charity has produced a subdued design for the shopfront and has applied for listed building consent (16/05781/LBC). This is much more suited for the location than the existing sign and I will be supporting the application.
Update 9 10 October 2016
I have objected to scheme because the details are not right.
I do not object to the change of use. But I am not convinced by the plan to paint the Victorian frontage mid-grey. The buildings of Mill Street are all light coloured. Dour grey, though currently fashionable, would look out of place. A stone colour might be more suitable. The British Legion sign should be saved and given to the Museum or Museum Resource Centre. There is no need for an illuminated sign on an already well-lit street.
I am disappointed that the company’s agents have not been able to meet me to discuss my concerns but we are trying to arrange a telephone conversation.
Main article 25 September 2016
I have lost track of how many times I have been told that the Wetherspoon pub chain is coming to Ludlow. When Woolworths closed, the gossips were certain that a Wetherspoon would open up any day. We got a Spar instead. When plans were touted to rebuild One Stop on Tower Street, the quidnuncs of Ludlow said it could only be a Wetherspoon. It won’t be.
And when the British Legion on Mill Street closed, the chatter in the bars of Ludlow was that Wetherspoon was at last on its way to Ludlow. Alas for those that enjoy the cheap beer and food upon which J.D. Wetherspoon has built its reputation, along with inconvenient upstairs toilets, the Legion will not become a pub.
Cedric and Amy Bosi, the team behind the Charlton Arms, have submitted their plans for refurbishment of Ludlow’s historic Church Inn (16/03750/LBC). This is a light-touch makeover. The bar will be moved and restored. The floor will be repaired and the building will get a much needed redecoration.
Cedric and Amy say:
“It is important to us to restore this building in a sympathetic manner in keeping with its past for the use of the public once again.”
We have known for a while that the upmarket clothing chain is planning to move into the former Shoe Zone premises on King Street opposite the Bull Ring Tavern. Now, the company has published plans for a new shopfront.
Shoe Zone has long been a blight on our historic streetscape. It was popular for the cut price shoes it sold and we need cheaper clothing retailers in town. But its facia was the ugliest by many a mile.
The design being put forward by Joules is a splendid improvement (16/03568/FUL). But, given the decision to approve an overly dark scheme for Crew Clothing, I think it could be time the town to developer a design guide for shop frontages and street furniture.