Ludlow Town Council elections 2017: The results

Elections took place in two wards, Hayton and Whitcliffe. Candidates in five wards were elected unopposed. Three councillors will be co-opted into vacancies.

Hayton Ward. Erica Garner topped the poll with 170 votes. Mark Clark gained 158 votes and Kevin Newbold 123. Garner and Clark are elected.

Whitcliffe Ward. Tim Gill topped the poll with 334 votes. Nicola Paton gained 148 votes and Jim Smithers 110. Gill and Paton are elected.

There are three new faces on the council, Erica Garner, Nicola Paton and Robin Pote.

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Thirteen candidates for Ludlow Town Council elections on 4 May

Shropshire Council today published the list of candidates for the town and parish council elections on 4 May. In Ludlow, there are 14 candidates standing for 15 seats in seven wards. Eight candidates will be elected unopposed. A further three will need to be co-opted after the election.

There are more candidates standing than four years ago. All but one of the current 15 councillors were either elected unopposed or co-opted. But only three of the current candidates are new to the council, the rest are sitting councillors. I am disappointed with this, particularly after the efforts by the town council and the People’s Alliance for Ludlow to attract new blood.

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Seven bungalows proposed for green space at the bottom of Charlton Rise

Last October, Shropshire Housing Group (SHG) felled a healthy sycamore tree on the green space between Sidney Road and Charlton Rise. A second tree was saved after hurried negotiations. Now SHG has submitted plans to cut down the second tree and build seven bungalows on the site.

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Ludlow Town Council needs heritage champion to save town walls – they collapsed four years ago today

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.

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The big Ludlow health and services debate is tomorrow at 7 o’clock – please join us

Tomorrow night at 7pm, we are expecting a huge crowd at Ludlow School for a public meeting on the future of health and council services in Ludlow and Shropshire.

The headline act is Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and Health Minister in Theresa May’s government. Philip is due to speak first, after which he will take questions.

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