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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Three bungalows planned for Whitefriars off Henley Road, Ludlow

McCartneys has submitted plans for three open market bungalows on the former Daycoft builders yard and workshop off Henley Road, at the back of 28 & 29 Whitefriars. The site will include parking for two cars at each bungalow and a native hedgerow on the south boundary.

The site has had planning permission since 2009, most recently for two terraced houses. This brownfield site needs developing and bungalows are much in demand in Ludlow. I cannot see any objection to this proposal.

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Hike in car parking charges for Ludlow confirmed as scrutiny at Shropshire Council fails

I felt physically ill when I sat down at Shropshire Council’s Performance Management Scrutiny Committee last Wednesday. We were there to yet again to argue against a damaging rise in parking charges in Ludlow from next September. It was the second time the matter had come to scrutiny. The last meeting looked like a stitch up. I knew the moment that I walked in at this meeting we were due a repeat. And it proved to be so. We are get charges until 8pm on the streets in the town centre and they will be set at £1.80 an hour, the highest outside Shrewsbury. There is no justification for this.

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Dealing with emergencies in Ludlow – we need to ensure our community is prepared

Snow, flood, fire. They are the obvious emergencies that have and could occur again in Ludlow. There is the unexpected too. A coach or rail crash. A bridge demolished. There are also the things we tend not to think about. A flu pandemic. A shutdown of the countryside due to disease in livestock. Disruption of food supply chains. Loss of power.

The whole point of emergency planning, contingency planning, call it what you will, is that we must be prepared for routine events and exceptional events. That means local preparation as well as working alongside the blue light services and Shropshire Council.

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