Rumours of Ludlow Wetherspoon quashed as clothes and bears company moves into Legion

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.

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Plans for refurbishment of Ludlow’s picturesque Church Inn published by Bosi’s

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.”

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Design for Joules in King Street looks good but do we need a Ludlow town centre design guide?

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.

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We’ve put forward St Julian’s Well tree in Ludlow for a national award

Update 4 September 2016

Alas, our bid has not been shortlisted by the Woodland Trust. That’s a shame becasue this is such a fine tree.

Main article 5 August 2016

Every year, the Woodland Trust runs the Tree of the Year competition. Rather at the last moment, we councillors decided to put forward the horse chestnut at St Julian’s Well as a candidate. The tree itself is striking and its symbiotic association with the medieval well makes it very unusual.

Among our aims in entering the competition are to publicise the tree and its friendship with the ancient well. We talk to a lot of people who don’t realise that St Julian’s is the well that supplied Ludlow. Some don’t even know the well is a well.

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Crew Clothing has submitted new plans for its Ludlow store, they are not an improvement

The clothing chain Crew Clothing is having a corporate makeover. And, as too often happens with corporate ventures, the proposed design is simply unacceptable in our historic conservation area (16/02226/LBC).

The building at 6 King Street probably dates to the 17th century. The frontage is 19th century. It is Grade II listed.

The new proposal is only a little changes from the plans submitted in May. Two of the three doors will now be grey, but one remains a garish yellow.

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