Stone House sale funds should be used to improve Ludlow services

It’s time that Shropshire Council gave town and parish councils a fairer financial deal. On Thursday, I am calling for the unitary authority to use part of the proceeds from the sale of redundant buildings to help councils prepare to take on amenities such as youth, library, museum and leisure services, along with parks and play areas.

Shropshire Council’s estate is shrinking and buildings are being sold off around the county. In Ludlow, the former council offices at Stone House are due to be sold to Purcell Developments for an undisclosed but substantial sum. Part of the receipts from Stone House should be transferred to Ludlow Town Council to help it take on extra services.

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MP Philip Dunne to join debate on local health facilities and services

Health service and council budgets are under unprecedented pressure. Ludlow Town Council and the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) will be hosting a public debate on 29 September on health and public services.

Health minister and Ludlow MP Philip Dunne will join a panel for a debate on the future of services in the south of the county. He’ll be joined by Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for rural services, and George Candler, the council’s director of place and enterprise.

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Shropshire Council’s customer service hours could be cut by a quarter in Ludlow

Shropshire Council is planning cuts of 25% to the opening hours of the customer service desks in Ludlow Library. The cuts, from 40 to 30 hours a week, were revealed in a consultation published this morning. The proposals follow a 60% drop in the numbers of people obtaining advice face to face over the last five years.

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Shropshire Council publishes plans to close down rural sports and leisure centres – Ludlow safe

Shropshire Council has begun a consultation into what leisure and sports facilities it is going to fund across the county.

Ludlow looks okay. But this strategy is dire for SpArC at Bishop’s Castle and for Church Stretton.

The aim of a strategy should be improve the quality of life for Shropshire residents through increased participation and access to sport, leisure and physical activity. I don’t think this draft document will achieve that.

This is a car based policy. It is about driving to get fit.

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Ludlow Library opening hours cuts are wrong – it should remain open on Saturday afternoons

Shropshire Council has published the results of its Library opening hours review.

The library will close on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons, but get an extra hour on Monday evenings.

I am very disappointed that the cuts to opening hours at Ludlow Library have been largely confirmed. I am quite angry that the library will be closed on Saturday afternoons. This is a busy time for the library. There a lot of people who use its facilities then who have been out at work all week.

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