Day: 3 July 2016

Debate in Ludlow has paved the way forward for Ludford Bridge – including no ban on HGVs

Last Thursday, our area committee met to discuss the closure of Ludford Bridge earlier in the year. The bridge had been closed for more than ten weeks after being hit by a reversing truck. The closure damaged trade in the town and, at times, strained relations between Shropshire Council and local parish and council representatives. The main conclusion of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) was that we should be prepared for the future closure of any of the four main routes into town – either by planned works or by an emergency. The meeting could also see no case for banning HGVs from crossing the bridge.

Without so much a press release – we unitary councillors had asked for one – Shropshire Council has put the running of Four Rivers Nursing Home out to tender at a price of £24 million over ten years. Shropshire Council is not trying to save money. It is simply fanatically wedded to the idea that all services should be commissioned, not run by the council. I am concerned about this move. We have seen a number of care and private health operations across the country struggle and fail. Shropshire Council will not in the future have the capacity to intervene or rescue a nursing home if a contractor goes into administration or does not deliver a quality service.

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