Day: 3 September 2014

The Ludlow Hydro Co-operative will be holding a consultation exhibition on the proposed community hydro scheme on the Horseshoe Weir in Ludford, prior to seeking planning permission for the scheme. 4-7pm, Friday 5th September in the Gallery, Ludlow Assembly Rooms. The scheme, three years in the planning, will operate as a co-operative with the capital raised a community share issue. It will save about 65 tonnes of CO2 annually, generating enough electricity for around 40 households. Further information from jeremy@shareenergy.coop

The master of spin was Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s media supremo who issued the dodgy dossier on Iraq. But Campbell is now being challenged. This morning Shropshire Council made a bid for Campbell’s title as spin master supreme. It issued a press release on changes to the Tourist Information service at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms claiming that vicious cutbacks are “exciting times”. Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said: “There are exciting times ahead for Ludlow Assembly Rooms and the Buttercross. It is great that we are able to work with the Trustees and the Town Council to secure a bright future and continue to offer valued services to visitors and locals alike.” I have read some rubbish press releases in my time but this amongst the very worst. The news about the Buttercross restoration and museum is not news. We have had a lengthy row about getting the funding for the Buttercross back that Shropshire Council once awarded, cancelled, re-awarded, procrastinated over and then gave back to the town council. There can be no better exemplar of this council’s love of pettifogging bureaucracy than this. The Buttercross is a great project and I fully…

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