Major closure on Sheet Road set to disrupt traffic at the end of October (updated)

I cannot remember a week in the last few years when Ludlow has not suffered roadworks. They are becoming as much a part of the character of our town as its historic buildings and the collapsed town walls.

Update 15 October. After this article was published agreement was reached to allow buses through the roadworks at all times, though there may be delays.

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Do we need apostrophes? A polemic about “St Laurence View” and “St Larry’s Beer up”

The Foldgate Lane housing development is to be named “St Laurence View”. No apostrophe, no “s”. I am sure this is the future of spelling. If there is an awkward apostrophe, avoid it. In another awkward moment, St Laurence’s Church is to hold an “Ale Wife” beer festival. It a great idea but I demand that next year we have an “Ale Husband” festival. (Should that have an apostrophe and “s”?)

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Public meetings to be held on Ludlow’s emerging Town Plan

The data from the Ludlow household survey conducted earlier in the summer has been completed.  It gives some clear ideas on what is wanted in Ludlow over the next five years.

Town councillor Erica Garner is leading development of the Community Led Plan and is holding three public meetings, two on 12 September and a third of 13 September. Further details below.

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Shropshire Council is consulting on restricting and doubling cost of residents’ parking permits in Ludlow

In mid-August Shropshire Council launched yet another consultation on the new parking regime. As is normal these days, the council decided not to announce the consultation, just put it on a back page of its website.

The council’s plans to double the cost of a resident parking permit to £100 a year. Each household will only be allowed one permit.

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Trends in local crime: Clun is one of the quietest places under the sun and Oswestry is the county’s crime hotspot

Recent press headlines screamed that some crime is rising nationally, especially violent crime. What is the situation in our neighbourhood and county? We are overall a low crime county. But we have hotspots. Ludlow is mid-ranking on the crime scale with the northern towns experiencing higher crime rates, especially in their central districts. Deeply rural towns like Church Stretton and Clun are so much quieter.

Reported crime is increasing at half the rate in Ludlow compared to Shropshire as a whole, and at just a quarter of the national rate. Any level crime is unwelcome and there are some troublesome hotspots around the county. But overall, Ludlow and Shropshire remain safe places to live.

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