Ludlow Maternity Unit closes for two weeks – welcome to Shropshire’s version of Groundhog Day

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has decided to lose Ludlow Maternity Unit  for two weeks. Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East says:

I have completely lost track of how often we have heard that Ludlow Maternity Unit is to close temporarily. A few days later, it reopens. And not long after that, the health trust, SaTH, announces the maternity unit is to close yet again. Maternity services in rural Shropshire look like they are stuck in a Groundhog Day.

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Rocks Green housing plans to be decided by South Planning Committee, Tuesday 13 March

Back in November, developers submitted plans for 200 homes at Rocks Green on the outskirts of Ludlow in Ludford parish. The proposal will be considered by the South Planning Committee next Tuesday. The scheme is recommended for approval. I am not expecting the committee to reject it, though it might ask for modifications.

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Mortimer Forest cabins – here is the result of the vote and my comments

Proposals for 68 up market cabins on Juniper Hill in the heart of the Mortimer Forest have divided opinion in Ludlow and the countryside to the south. Over five days, I took a straw poll of opinion. The poll attracted nearly 600 votes and the results show more support for the scheme than I was expecting.

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No trains through Ludlow again for a third day – expect the same tomorrow and early Monday (at least)

Updated 9.00am. Live updates for Saturday are now here.

It looks like there will be no trains through Ludlow today (Saturday). You can expect the same on Sunday. On Monday, trains are expected to be “highly impacted” first thing in the morning. Other than a few bus services last Wednesday, there have been no replacement buses and none are yet announced for today.

Arriva Trains Wales has announced at 8.45am the routes it is running today. The list doesn’t include trains through Ludlow on the Manchester to Cardiff line.

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Slip, slither, slide – great fun in Ludlow today amid rail chaos

It was a day off for many in Ludlow and Shropshire. All schools in our town were closed, along with a few shops. The market began a five day shutdown. Many people were forced to begin a long weekend.

Train spotters had a dismal day. Not a train in sight. But Minsterley kept a basic town bus service running. Thanks guys!

But, hey! It was a day for the kids. A great day for the kids.

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