Month: November 2014

Update 2 December In the main article below I say: “Four years ago, 32 skips of waste left the castle on the Monday after the festival, all heading for landfill. This Monday, there will be two skips max heading towards landfill.” This is wrong. It’s much better than that: Thanks again to Cwm Harry Zero Waste and everyone involved in the festival. Main article It’s been a brilliant, lively and fun weekend here in Ludlow.

Update 31 May 2015 A geophysical survey of a site on the Linney has failed to find evidence of a suspected kiln. Last November, archaeologists dug trial trenches and found medieval remains (see below). Some of the pottery sherds were ill-formed, possibly wasters from a kiln. County archaeologists asked for a geophysical survey using twin-magnetometers (known as a gradiometer). This arrangement is ideal for picking up evidence of burning The archaeologists found some evidence of activity on the site but no clear indication of a kiln. Main article As a former archaeologist, I was really excited to find an archaeologist hard at work on the Linney a week or so ago. Archaeological digs aren’t as public as they were when I was young. But then I was government funded (with in-kind private sponsorship). Now, as in this case, digs are funded by developers. They tend to be minimalist and private affairs, though the results are always public. This dig was sponsored by McCartneys who have planning application in for two houses on the site. The commencement of archaeology doesn’t mean that permission will be granted for this site. It is simply the developer wanting to get ahead of the game…

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I’d like to tell you that watching a planning public inquiry is fascinating – but my nose would grow out of control. So why did I spend half of last Thursday observing a planning inquiry? I needed to do so because they were discussing SAMDev, the county’s blueprint for housing and employment sites. And specifically the inquiry was discussing development in Ludlow and Ludford (see what the SAMDev plans say about Ludlow).

In a guest post, Shropshire’s MYPs Laura Sheldon and Rhys Hart talk about their days in the House of Commons, how civilised it was compared to bear pit of debates by mainstream MPs, but how difficult it can be to get to speak on your first day in the House. The debate was not just a talking shop. Motions were selected for support over the next year. And Health Minister Norman Lamb invited those involved in the mental health motion, including our Shropshire MYPs, to the Department of Health to discuss their concerns and how young people can help tackle mental health issues. It was pitch black outside when my alarm went off on Friday 14 November, writes Laura.  3.30am isn’t exactly bright and early. It’s just early. A taxi was picking me up at 4.45 and I needed time to wake up, eat and get ready for one of the most exciting days of my life. I was off to the House of Commons to debate issues voted for by over 800,000 young people from across the UK, including over 7,500 from Shropshire alone, in the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Update 28 November: Blue Boar to remain closed Shropshire Council licensing officers say they understand that there will not be a new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) application made for the time being. They have advised that the premises will need to remain shut until a DPS application is made and approved. The notice for the Expedited Review of Premises Licence for the Blue Boar has been published on Shropshire Council’s website. The deadline for comments and information to support the review is 9 December. Please contact Adrian Woolley (details below) or write to: Licensing Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND. The review will take place on 16 December at Shirehall at 9.30am.

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