Ludlow’s second petrol filling is at last coming – it will be cheaper and could open by October

There are two major complaints about petrol and diesel in Ludlow. The Co-op is expensive and motorists have to suffer long queues. Now, Applegreen is coming to Bromfield Road in Ludlow. The petrol station and store could be open by October.

This could not be better timed given the chaos caused by the Co-op suddenly reducing its opening hours.

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Ludlow Co-op will be opening later for some time after planning permission error

It is likely to be a several weeks before the Co-op returns to early morning opening – at 6am Monday to Saturday and 7am on Sunday. Current planning permission for the store restricts opening time to 7am, 8am on Sunday. Midcounties Co-op will need to apply for new planning permission before the opening hours can be extended.

It is pretty unbelievable that Midcounties Co-op did not know it needed planning permission to extend its hours.

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Blow for motorists and early birds as Co-op cuts its opening hours

The Midcounties Co-op on Foldgate Lane – formerly Harry Tuffins – has reduced its opening hours. It will open one hour later, from 7am Monday to Saturday and from 8am on Sunday.

This is the only petrol station in town and many people need to get away before 7am in the morning. So, woe betide you if you fail to top up after a long day at work or commuting. You won’t be able to fill your tank or grab a bacon butty to sustain you on your journey.

This move is also likely to increase the queues for the petrol pumps at the Co-op.

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Rocks Green supermarket gets planning permission after government declines to intervene

Yesterday, 2 March, Shropshire Council planners approved a 21,000 square foot supermarket on the edge of Ludlow at Rocks Green. This follows a decision by Sajid Javid, the local government and communities minister, not to call the application in for his own determination.

Whether the supermarket is good for the town, as many argue, or whether it will destroy our unique town centre, as others claim, this scheme will change Ludlow more than any other planning application approved in recent years.

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Government must remove “squeeze in the middle” for retailers facing business rate hikes

Yesterday, the communities and local government minister, Sajid Javid, made a Commons statement on business rates. He defended the changes in rateable values being introduced on 1 April. These rises have led to protests across the country, including here in Ludlow. Our town has featured in the national media several times in recent weeks.

The government must grasp the opportunity to address the “squeeze in the middle”. This squeeeze threatens the future of independent shops and pubs, here in Ludlow and across the country.

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