Ten days left to comment on Shropshire Council’s parking proposals

Shirehall is putting forward proposals to change the parking regime across the county. It proposals will lower some costs and significantly raise others. According to the council leader Peter Nutting, the aim is to raise more than £2 million to pay for cash-strapped services. That’s on top of the £2.4 million the council already makes across the county.

The proposals don’t work for Ludlow. The last day to respond is 17 October, just ten days from now.

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Councillors call for a fair deal for retired women and an economic duty for Shropshire Council

At the next meeting of Shropshire Council on Thursday, Councillor Heather Kidd is calling on Shropshire Council to support women campaigning for fairer pension arrangements after their state pension age was raised in 1995 (see the WASPI campaign). I have tabled a motion calling for the council to adopt an economic duty and report on the economic impacts of its policies. Tracey Huffer had submitted a motion on gender neutral titles in council paperwork. This has been agreed in principle without the need for council discussion.

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Why were nearly 20 parking spaces coned off in Ludlow today?

Everyone knows that parking spaces are a precious commodity on this town. Today was a typical September Saturday. The park and ride bus was busy and car parks began filling up from before 10am. But bizarrely, someone had decided to cone and tape off nineteen spaces on the top deck of the Upper Galdeford car park.

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Shropshire Council leader to join debate on services and parking in Ludlow on Thursday, 14 September

Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting will be travelling to Ludlow for a public discussion on public services in the area. The meeting will be hosted by the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee on Thursday 14 September from 7pm. From 6pm, the meeting will also feature an exhibition on proposed changes to car parking charges and length of stay in Ludlow.

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Incomplete roadworks could create chaos during Ludlow Food Festival

Ludlow’s Mayor Tim Gill and Shropshire Councillor Andy Boddington are warning that incomplete roadworks in Ludlow could create havoc during next week’s Food Festival.

Tim Gill explains:

“Shropshire Council surface gritted Corve Street several weeks ago. This is one of the two main roads that lead into the town centre. But the council hasn’t repainted any white or yellow lines. The chaos has led to bus and loading bays being full of parked cars. That has prevented buses safely discharging passengers. Delivery lorries have blocked the highway causing tailbacks because the loading bays are full of cars.

“Given what it is like now, the prospect for the Food Festival this weekend is dire. Buses will be unable to safely discharge and collect people without the road being blocked to other traffic.”

“We need the Food Festival to work well. Shropshire Council must step up to mark and it must do it quickly. I see no signs of it doing so.”

Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, says:

“We get hour by hour updates on roadworks in Shrewsbury. But is impossible to get any information from Shropshire Council on what is happening in Ludlow week in week out.

“The council tells me that it has a serious problem with its highway contractor Ringway. The council says it has no clue what is happening day to day on road repairs. It can take two to three days for officers to get a response from Ringway. Yet this company is being paid millions from the public purse to keep the county’s roads up to scratch. Anyone driving around will know that our roads are not up to scratch.

“Taxpayers’ money is quite literally going down the drain in late and incompetent repairs. One street in Ludlow has had to be resurfaced three times because the contractor failed to get it right. I do not know why Shropshire Council continues to pay its highway contractors when they are not delivering the road maintenance this county needs.”