Ludlow Town Council launches Community Led Plan survey – have your say today

Now is the time to have your say on Ludlow’s future. Ludlow Town Council is leading work on a community led plan for the town and its environs. The idea is to involve the whole community so that becomes our perspective on Ludlow’s future, not just the council’s view.

A questionnaire is being delivered to every home in Ludlow. You can also complete the questionnaire online. This is way to take part if you live outside the Ludlow council area, for example in Rocks Green or Ludford. Online responses will also save time for the volunteers working on the plan. If you do go down the paper route, there are nearly 30 collection points around the town. The deadline is 21 May. Responses will be anonymous.

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Ludlow Town Council to hike its share of council tax by 20%

It’s the season for deciding the council tax we will pay from April. Last year, Ludlow Town Council raised the precept, it’s share of your council tax, by 24%. This year the rise will be 19.5%. That means that the precept will have gone up by half in just two years. As with last year, this looks to be largely an anticipatory rise to cover the cost of taking on services from Shropshire Council and extra staff. But so far, the town council has yet to take on these extra services or appoint a deputy town clerk.[1] That, along with delays to vital repairs to the Guildhall, seems to be the main reason why the council has failed to spend 25% of its budget this year.

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Council tax bills set to rise next year as everyone passes the buck on who funds services

We don’t yet know how much council tax will rise next year. That will be decided in February but we have some early clues. Shropshire Council’s financial plan assumes a rise of 3.99%, though it may be tempted to take advantage of a government offer made just before Christmas to add an extra 1% to the bill.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing an increase of 4%, though the government has since said he would be allowed to raise half as much again. The Fire Service and Ludlow Town Council have yet to declare their plans.

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Ludlow Town Council launches consultations on future services

The town council is asking people what they think of the town and what services should be funded in the future. The responses will contribute towards the rewriting of the town plan and setting the budget for the next few years. A short online survey on the town plan asks what people like and dislike about Ludlow and what they would like to change. The council will also host consultation events. Questionnaires on the budget for are being delivered to every household. Again, there is an online survey.

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We should merge Ludford & Ludlow councils if plans for housing south of Rocks Green are to succeed

Next Wednesday, Claremont Planning Consultancy is to present their outline plans for 200 homes south of Rocks Green to Ludlow Town Council. The development is in Ludford parish. The town council has little to no influence over the development. Most future development is expected to be in Ludford, not Ludlow. We need to merge Ludford and Ludlow councils to ensure that the future of our town is planned coherently.

Here is what we know so far on the application, followed by my comments of getting planning better organised for Ludlow.

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