Day: 30 April 2013

Last Thursday, BBC Radio Shropshire’s political correspondent, Liz Roberts interviewed five of the six candidates standing here in Ludlow North. The green candidate was unavailable. You can catch up on the interviews on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p017gp5s/Eric_Smith_Shropshire_Breakfast_Henry_Olonga/ The first segment is at 1:16 into the recording: Independent: Jennifer Leyton-Purrier UKIP: Chris Woodward The second segment is at 2:11: Lib Dem: Andy Boddington Labour: James Hooper Conservative Rosanna Taylor-Smith I talked about buses. The original plan was to record the interview on a bus in transit. But for the second time that day, the town bus had broken down. This is a normal occurrence here in Ludlow, and is just one example of how out of touch Shropshire Council is with what really matters in this town.

A couple of days ago, I published a blog supporting criticism by The Ramblers of swingeing cuts to Shropshire Council’s rights of way budgets. In a discussion on Twitter, Council Leader Keith Barrow tweeted: “We have around 3,500 miles of footpaths. Well used ones keep clear.” He is wrong. Well used footpaths don’t keep clear. Keith is right that The Ramblers help a great deal, as do Parish Paths Partnerships and other groups. Many people just clear paths on their own. But he doesn’t understand why well used footpaths block or become unpleasant to walk. This point is best illustrated by an example. I keep a stretch of the Shropshire Way clear. It’s the sunken way at SO569749, south of Knowbury church on the south west slopes of Clee Hill. I guess I spend around 7-8 hours a year getting it clear and a rather more on nearby paths. This is a well-used path. The Shropshire Way is our premier walking route and hundreds if not thousands of people tramp up from Ludlow to the top of the Titterstone Clee. But the sunken way becomes impassable without clearance. This happens for a very simple reason. Once the soil and air…

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