Few can have missed the main story in town over the last ten days. Ludlow’s town walls are falling down, or at least a substantial section has fallen and is under threat of falling. Fortunately we have a responsive council. Shropshire Council organised an immediate response, making safe collapsed areas and shoring up areas under threat of further collapse. Shropshire is fortunate is having heritage expert Colin Richards as its Historic Environment Manager at a time when many local authorities are making their heritage teams redundant. Hiring in consultants can be no substitute for having in-house expertise.