Day: 4 June 2014

A big, new supermarket for Ludlow could be in the offing, if plans presented to the town council tonight go ahead. Retail consultant Simon Hoare tonight told the town council’s representational committee that his client, Blackfriars Property Group, is looking to develop a site adjacent to Rock’s Green, behind Dun Cow Cottage. The proposal is for a 26,000 square foot supermarket and a filling station. [Ludlow Tesco is 20,000 sq ft.] The store will sell 75% convenience products, food and daily essentials, and 25% comparison goods, things like electrical goods and clothing.

Five years ago today, on 4 June 2009, Shropshire Council was elected for the first time. Within a year, the Conservative administration was faced with a financial crisis due to government expenditure cuts. It has used this as an excuse to undermine local democracy. The transition from four districts and a county council to a unitary authority was unpopular in much of Shropshire. Voters rejected the idea in referendums not just here in South Shropshire, but also in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth. Philip Dunne described the government’s consultation on the unitary proposal as a “complete sham”. He accused Labour ministers of masterminding a “party political plan” to reduce the number of Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition councillors in the county. Along with Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Dunne sponsored a parliamentary Early Day Motion, calling on the government to “to reject the Unitary Bid for Shropshire and instead look at moving to an enhanced two tier system of government in the county.” This was not to be and local views were ignored. The new unitary authority, which was elected with a large Conservative majority, was founded on the “strong leader” model much loved by Tony Blair and John Prescott….

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