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We are in the middle of a health and economic emergency. What does Shropshire Council do? Send traffic wardens into Ludlow #coronavirus

There was no market in Ludlow today. The image on this bog was from better times. There never is a market on a Tuesday outside December. Anyways, we have no markets at all now. The town centre is quiet. It is like that everywhere. Shropshire Council’s reaction to this has been to send in traffic wardens today to slap yellow tickets on vehicles breaching the confusing rules for parking in our town centre. I asked today council leaders why they were doing this. The response was civil enforcement officers (CEOs) are there “to enforce law and order”. To which was added a statement that CEOs are “working out our cycling walking avenues as instructed by our government.” Ludlow is not lawless or disorderly. Details of the cycling and walking plans would be important. But from what I read, there are no plans to promote cycling and walking in Ludlow. Shropshire Council is just making up excuses for handing out parking fines. It should concentrate its resources on restrating the economy and that must be a greener economy that we have had to date.

Update. Shropshire Council has now ended the free parking deal. Smithfield and Galdeford car parks remain free on Sundays. All Shropshire Council car parks are free from today. That includes all car parks in Ludlow. On-street car parking charges remain in place. We have plenty of space in our car parks now, so please observe social distancing rules. The butchers, bakers, fruit & veg merchant, convenience stores, health food stores and supermarkets are open, along with the pharmacies. All stores are implementing social distancing. Town centre stores are restricting the number of people who are within the building at any one time. The Co-op on Foldgate Lane is doing the same.

Ludlow Town Council to discuss bollards as a solution to market area parking

Bad parking has long been an issue in the market area. When there is not a market on Market Square, cars squeeze between the stalls to avoid paying parking charges. They litter Events Square much of the time and create an ugly setting for the castle. Post Office Square, which is the bit between the market stalls and Harp Lane, is notorious for penalty tickets being slapped on parked vehicles. A scheme from Shropshire Council that aimed to end this was rejected by Ludlow Town Council. Now Councillors Ginger and Pote have come back with a completely different scheme. They want demountable bollards and chains around Events Square and Market Square.

Ludlow Town Council to discuss plans for prohibition of parking in the market area tomorrow night

Shropshire Council is planning to ban parking in the market and castle area at all times. It also wants to prohibit loading between 10am and 2pm. The restrictions will not apply Castle Street from outside cancer Research through to Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Council are suggesting creating a one way system from Spar to Betfred and Pizza Express. They also want to make Church Street and Harp Lane one way. These proposals will be discussed at the town council meeting on Monday, 29 January, 7pm at the Guildhall. Members of the public can address the chamber for a maximum of three minutes each, at the discretion of the deputy mayor, Robin Pote, who will be chairing this meeting.

MPs are calling for a ban on pavement parking across England – I agree

Today the House of Commons transport select committee has called for a nationwide ban on vehicles parking on pavements, except on designated streets. Currently the ban only applies in London. MPs have been examining the issue over the summer. They conclude in today’s report that the government’s inaction on introducing a ban “has left communities blighted by unsightly and obstructive pavement parking and individuals afraid or unable to leave their homes or safely navigate the streets.” I agree with the committee. It is time to reclaim our pavements from thoughtless car and van drivers. I would welcome the extension of the laws that apply in London to the rest of the country. It is, as the MPs say, time to act.

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