Protest on Ludlow parking charge hike confirmed for 6pm Tuesday on Castle Square – please join us

Ludlow Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that there will be a public protest on Castle Square next Tuesday evening against Shropshire Council’s plans to hike parking charges in Ludlow. Please come along and support the case for changes to parking charges that will damage our town centre. Shrewsbury has got concessions, so why shouldn’t Ludlow get them?

Details of the protest are here.

The morning after the protest, I will be at Shropshire Council cabinet arguing for changes to the proposed regime.

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Ludlow is shafted by the Mayor of Shrewsbury on parking charge hikes

The Mayor of Ludlow and I held a meeting with Shropshire Council’s portfolio holder for transport, Steve Davenport, on Monday to discuss proposed increases in parking charges.

We were not told by Councillor Davenport that the final cabinet papers on charges had been agreed more than three hours before he arrived in Ludlow. Those papers say that proposed charges in Ellesmere, which Davenport represents, will not go ahead. They give concessions on charges in Shrewsbury, as demanded by Peter Nutting, leader of Shropshire Council. Coincidentally, Councillor Nutting is also the Mayor of Shrewsbury.

Ludlow has been shafted. Utterly shafted.

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Is it too late for a constructive approach to parking in Ludlow? Probably

It’s disappointing that there hasn’t been a more constructive approach to parking by the authorities to parking in our historic market town. Shropshire Council has been hell bent on imposing a standardised model of parking operations. Ludlow Town Council is taking an over-the-top approach to parking in the market area, including banning motorcycles.

This is driven by an obsession with regulation at the expense of a coherent plan for managing the town centre.

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OUT! DAMN BIKERS! is the wrong approach for our town centre

I was rather surprised to find myself challenged three times walking through the market today about my support for a ban on motorcycles parking on Castle Square. I have never agreed with this ban sponsored by Ludlow Town Council. I cheer the weekend bikers’ gatherings. I think it is great for the town. It’s great for traders. Today I signed a petition against the council’s proposed ban.

I just don’t agree with the ban. Ludlow Town Council has got this one wrong.

The most important thing is to let Ludlow Town Council know your views. The council says it will accept responses until the middle of next week (6 June).

You might also like to vote on my poll.

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