Yet another burglary in our town – we have a 44% higher burglary rate than the rest of Shropshire

The night before last, Busybodies Childcare Centre next to the police station in Lower Galdeford was broken into. Fortunately, nothing was stolen though a door was badly damaged. The police response, when the crime was reported this morning, was swift. An officer came from Kidderminster and scene of crime officers were also dispatched to the site.

It is always bad when a crime occurs. People feel violated and less confident. Along with businesses, they are also hit in the pocket. It is a shame then, that Ludlow has a higher rate of crime per head than the rest of Shropshire.

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Appeal for information on serious fly-tipping incidents in Ludlow

At the end of last week, domestic furniture and junk appeared outside a house in Lower Galdeford. Around the sound time, household goods were dumped on the Eco Park. There is good reason to believe that these two incidents are linked.

I have asked Shropshire Council to investigate with a view to prosecution. I would be grateful if any with knowledge of these incidents could share it with me or the council in confidence.

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Detailed plans for houses Foldgate Lane submitted by Crest Nicholson – they are good but need improvement

The saga of the proposals for 137 homes on Foldgate Lane has been a long and difficult one. The final proposals have now been submitted. Overall, they look good. There some details to be resolved and some to challenge. These include access arrangements to Foldgate Lane and public transport.

Putting aside that this development being in the wrong place and the problems of access, this application for detailed planning permission has been well put together. The housing is at a low density and the layout is spacious and green. One quarter of the housing will be affordable.

Permission for this development cannot and will not be refused. Our task now is to improve its sustainability.

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It’s time for South Shropshire be designated a national park

Living here in South Shropshire most of us know what an AONB is. Or at least I hope we do. But that’s not true elsewhere, even when the name is spelt out in full as “area of outstanding natural beauty”. And in my experience, not that many people know how an AONB stands operates or protects the landscape, even when the name is spelt out.

But almost everyone knows what a national park is. Almost everyone knows they are the nation’s most cherished landscapes.

The government is suggesting that it might create more national parks. So why don’t we grab the opportunity? I think it could be time to designate much of south Shropshire as a national park.

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A big change is coming to 999 ambulance services in Ludlow – response times will grow

From the end of May, ambulances and paramedics will no longer work out of Ludlow. We don’t have a formal ambulance station here but staff are based at Ludlow Community Hospital between call-outs. Even then, only 28% of top priority calls get a 999 team arriving within eight minutes in the SY7 area. The response time is 18 minutes on average. Sometimes it takes an hour.

Quick response times are crucial in saving lives and preserving the quality of life. Several minutes will be added to response times when the 999 crews move to Craven Arms.

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