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.
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.
Questions are invited for Thursday’s public discussion of health and council services in the Ludlow area.
We are very pleased that Ludlow MP and Health Minister Philip Dunne will attend the meeting.
The line-up includes Councillor Cecilia Motley, a nationally recognised champion of rural services. They’ll be joined by Shropshire Council’s director of place and enterprise, George Candler, and Gill George from Defend Our NHS. We are awaiting confirmation of the representative from Future Fit.
It’s time that Shropshire Council gave town and parish councils a fairer financial deal. On Thursday, I am calling for the unitary authority to use part of the proceeds from the sale of redundant buildings to help councils prepare to take on amenities such as youth, library, museum and leisure services, along with parks and play areas.
Shropshire Council’s estate is shrinking and buildings are being sold off around the county. In Ludlow, the former council offices at Stone House are due to be sold to Purcell Developments for an undisclosed but substantial sum. Part of the receipts from Stone House should be transferred to Ludlow Town Council to help it take on extra services.
Health service and council budgets are under unprecedented pressure. Ludlow Town Council and the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) will be hosting a public debate on 29 September on health and public services.
Health minister and Ludlow MP Philip Dunne will join a panel for a debate on the future of services in the south of the county. He’ll be joined by Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for rural services, and George Candler, the council’s director of place and enterprise.