Day: 19 March 2013

The councillor sat alone in the witness box looking across the court, looking at times as though he had been brought there for trial. Several times during the meeting, he might well have been justified in thinking that was the case. Ludlow Town Council’s meetings take place in the historic eighteenth century Magistrates Court, a building like so much of Ludlow steeped in history. Was history made as this meeting? Only time will tell but last night might just have marked the beginning of the end of the Sunday car parking charges debacle. The former Magistrates Court was packed out for the meeting, which also saw excellent presentations for Ludlow Car Club and Ludlow in Bloom. The evening sparked into life when Rai Fisher stood in the jury box to speak on behalf of many of the town traders. Her voice cracked with anger as she read out a list of charges, accusing Martin Taylor-Smith and his co-defendants Rosanna Taylor-Smith and Shropshire Council of imposing the scheme against local wishes. Rai told the assembly that more than 1,000 signatures had been collected against the scheme. Informing the courtroom that visitor numbers to Ludlow are down 30%, she pleaded that “Ludlow…

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