Day: 1 July 2014

There are mixed feelings in Ludlow with the news that the 192 bus service to Kidderminster will be saved but the 492 bus to Hereford will no longer serve the town except for the school run. Richard Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Clee, has been lobbying hard for the service from Kidderminster, through Cleobury Mortimer and Clee Village to be retained. The 192 is a vital service for people who live in Cleobury and Clee, and the villages in between, who need to get to the shops, go to school and college, and to visit their friends. Although Worcestershire Council has cut its bus subsidy from £3 million to £1 million a year, it has been able to keep its core network of buses going. That means the 292 will continue running at a similar level to the current service, though there will be some minor timetable revisions from September. This is very good news indeed in this time of heavy cuts which seem to hitting rural areas harder than elsewhere. The news about the 492 service between Ludlow and Hereford is not so good. I am really quite shocked that we are to lose this popular service after August. The…

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This has been a long running issue. The entrance from New Road to New Street is narrow and hazardous for pedestrians. But is also a vital parking space for residents’ cars. Would double yellow lines solve the safety problem? Shropshire highways have drawn up a scheme. The map is below. We are currently conducting a limited survey of the residents most affected. The town council is being consulted. Depending on the results of that, we will decide whether to propose the scheme formally and consult more widely. Let me know your views. Many of you already have. Update 3 August This is one I got wrong. I didn’t conduct enough investigation before beginning a small consultation on yellow lines at the hospital end of New Street. I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of letters and emails, almost none in favour. Many were hostile, some abusive. This scheme will not go ahead. Given the contentious nature of the scheme, it would have been better to call a community meeting to try to find a consensus on solutions rather than put forward the scheme we have now rejected. We are still looking at ten metres of lines at the New…

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