After the elections at the beginning of the month, Ludlow Town Council is seeking to fill three councillor vacancies by co-option. Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 16 June 2017.
Last Wednesday evening, Councillor Tim Gill was installed as the new mayor of Ludlow at the Assembly Rooms. Anyone who knows Tim, knows that when he speaks about local issues, he tells it as it is. His inaugural speech was no different.
Mayor Gill said taking on services from Shropshire Council remained a challenge for the town council. He condemned the council’s continuing clampdown on evening parking in the town centre and the planned closure of Brand Lane for three days.
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.
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.
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.