Zero waste centre plan for Ludlow bites the dust as Shropshire Council sells site (updated)

Update

Shropshire Council is currently completing sale of the site to Flowfit, a local business which supplies hydraulic components and hydraulic systems.

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Perhaps it was inevitable. Certainly there was hope for a while. But yesterday we heard that plans for an environmental enterprise and education zone on Coder Road won’t go ahead because Shropshire Council has sold the site. This is not the end to Cwm Harry’s involvement in Ludlow or Coder Road. But once again, Shropshire Council has gone for the cash.

Adam Kennerley of environment charity Cwm Harry has been coordinating plans for a Zero Waste Enterprise and Education Zone on the former highways depot site for several months. He gained the backing of Ludlow’s MP Philip Dunne, as well as us four unitary councillors for Ludlow and Clee and host of environmentalists. Continue reading “Zero waste centre plan for Ludlow bites the dust as Shropshire Council sells site (updated)”

Ludlow knows how to party – and how to recycle while partying

Update 2 December

In the main article below I say: “Four years ago, 32 skips of waste left the castle on the Monday after the festival, all heading for landfill. This Monday, there will be two skips max heading towards landfill.” This is wrong. It’s much better than that:

cwm_harry_medieval_fayre_tweetThanks again to Cwm Harry Zero Waste and everyone involved in the festival.

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It’s been a brilliant, lively and fun weekend here in Ludlow. Continue reading “Ludlow knows how to party – and how to recycle while partying”

Time for Shropshire to come clean on why fly-tipping is growing and the costs of clearing it up are soaring

For several years fly-tipping has declined. Now it’s rapidly rising. Here in Shropshire, the number of fly-tipping incidents is rising faster than the rest of England. And the cost of clearing up the mess in this county has shot up by a third.

Around the country, local authorities dealt with a total of 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, an increase of 20% since 2012/13. The bill for cleaning this up is an eye-watering £45 million pounds. Nearly two thirds of fly-tipping is household waste.

Three years ago, there were 1,129 fly-tipping incidents across Shropshire. Last year there were 1,660 cases. That’s a whacking 47% increase, with fly-tipping incidents going up 26% last year alone. Fly-tipping incidents are now higher than at any time since Shropshire unitary authority was created.

Continue reading “Time for Shropshire to come clean on why fly-tipping is growing and the costs of clearing it up are soaring”

Ludlow’s Coder Road: a centre of excellence for a town that thinks green?

So what’s the future of Coder Road? The biodigester is shut down. The recycling centre is closed. And at the beginning of October, the highways depot shuts when the Ringway team moves to Craven Arms.

140805_Star_Hopes_for_recycling_park_to_be_discussedShropshire Star 5 August 2014

But, as reported recently in the press, there is hope that this sector of Ludlow could become a “recycling park” or at least something like that. Tonight, Ludlow MP Philip Dunne hosted a meeting at the biodigester. The meeting was organised by Adam Kennerley of Cwm Harry who drew together local councillors and key actors in social enterprises, green businesses and education around Ludlow.

The meeting was exactly held under Chatham House rules of confidentiality, but it wasn’t a public meeting and I can’t report it in detail.

This was a very constructive meeting. It discussed the potential for the three sites: the biodigester, currently inactive but managed by Cwm Harry; the former recycling centre, also managed by Cwm Harry; and the highways depot.

Coder Road site map

The dissenting opinions came from those unlikely to be directly involved. The divergent views were healthy, looking at different ways of making a scheme work.

As the meeting closed, it seemed to me there is every possibility of a project emerging that will create a centre of excellence in the green economy, perhaps centred on anaerobic digestion. What we need is a little bit of patience from Shropshire Council to allow time for ideas to develop. If they go for a quick sale, they could undermine these fledgling plans which could put the stamp on Ludlow as a town that thinks green and works green.

To be clear, although many of the ideas expressed last night concerned recycling and the circular economy, there are no plans to recreate the recycling facility and tip on Coder Road that we so miss. People from Ludlow and Clee will still have to take their bulky recyclables and waste to Craven Arms.