Ludlow is a town of one hundred A-Boards – should we make retailers pay for using the pavement like Liverpool?

A-Boards can be a hazard to the blind and partially sighted. They can be a problem for families with child buggies. But they are also essential for local businesses, many of which are on side alleys or not immediately in sight.

For the best part of a decade, we have endured a debate between “Love A-Boards” and “Hate A-Boards” in Ludlow. That debate could be moving towards an end after a Shropshire Council meeting next Friday.

I walked around the town centre yesterday and counted 98 A-Boards – 74 were on the public highway and 24 on private land. The debate is now on whether this is right for our town. The urgency of the debate is driven by Shropshire Council’s wish to regulate all A-Boards in the county and to charge retailers for the privilege of putting the signs on the highway. What the council is proposing comes across as overregulation.

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New development sites for Shropshire – housing proposals for Ludlow, Ludford and the area

Shropshire Council expects to build 28,750 new homes between 2016 and 2036. Of these, 1,175 will be built in Ludlow (including Ludford), Clee and Burford. After existing permissions and site allocations are considered, we are looking at finding space for another 268 homes by 2036.

But there is a caveat to that. If any of the existing permissions and allocations is not built, we will have to find extra sites. Or we could find we have sites imposed on us by the planning inspectorate.

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Final plans for more than homes off Bromfield Road, Ludlow announced – generally good but improvement needed

Days before the deadline, final plans for 213 homes between Bromfield Road and the A49 were submitted to Shropshire Council. The site will be accessed from a new roundabout on the A49 and a pedestrian footbridge over the railway line. All housing will be above the floodplain. A retail store will be built on Bromfield Road.

The principle of housing development on this site is accepted. It is now a question of making it as good as possible. It must boost its affordable housing to meet Shropshire Council’s requirement of 15% affordable housing in Ludlow. A suggestion from planning officers that the footbridge to Fishmore View should be reinstated in the plans is unacceptable.

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Innovative Ludlow Young Health project to launch in February 2019

Last night, Councillor Tracey Huffer announced an important project to help young people with mental health and wellbeing issues in the Ludlow area. For some time, we have been saying that if no one else will help our town, we must help ourselves.

Ludlow Young Health is a project run by Ludlow Youth Partnership with the Children’s Society. Its initial aims are to provide informal drop-in advice sessions for young people (aged 0-25). We are the first market town in Shropshire to fund our own project with the Children’s Society. We are on a steep learning curve. But we have hopes that we can expand the project in the future. We are thinking big.

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Shropshire Council issues an upbeat press release on parking in Ludlow – it should relax and let the new scheme settle in

In a press release today on last week’s changes to car parking in Ludlow, Shropshire Council said:

“Early indications are that the changes have had a positive impact and been well received. Initial observations indicate a noticeable shift from on-street to off-street parking — in line with the aims of the strategy – plus positive feedback from residents about the reduction in parking congestion and ability to park close to their homes.”

You cannot judge a parking scheme based on a seven-day period during which the weather was often poor. A seven-day period when town centre roads were closed over the weekend for the Medieval Fayre.

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