Month: August 2017

Designs for Ludlow’s new pub, the Blood Bay, published – they look good

The Son of Saxon, the company behind the Dog Hangs Well and the Ludlow Ledger, has published more details of its plans for 13 High Street (17/03922/LBC). The pub sign is a work of art in the style of mid-nineteenth century animal painter John Frederick Herring Snr. It features a blood bay Grand National winner owned by a 1930s Ludlow mayor and bookmaker. The rest of the treatment of the exterior is suitably traditional, boasting “noted ales”, along with pale, best and mild.

Ludlow councillors to hold drop-in consultation on new parking regime on 5 September

Ludlow’s unitary councillors[1] are inviting residents, shoppers and visitors to a drop-in session to learn about Shropshire Council’s proposals for parking in the town centre. This will be held between 2pm and 6pm on 5 September at the Women’s Centre, Church Street, Ludlow. The council is consulting on a wide range of changes to parking charges around the county. Although some parking in Ludlow will be cheaper under the scheme, many charges will go up. “There are a lot of proposed changes to car parking rules,” says Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for the Ludlow North, which includes the town centre.

It has been a curious week for Ludlow. No one could have predicted that a local spat over a donation over a £2,500 would have led to a national row that went viral on social media and was splashed across print media. Just about all the national broadcast stations have covered the story. I have seen reports on ITV, debates on BBC and LBC, and coverage in almost every national and regional newspaper. It is time for Philip Dunne to speak. He should tell us whether he stands on fundraising and expression of gender in the NHS.

Environment Agency okays underground tanks for new Ludlow petrol filling station

The closure of the Co-op on Foldgate Lane for more than eight hours yesterday after a burglary shows how desperately we need a second petrol filling station Ludlow. The nearest alternatives are at Craven Arms and Leominster. But a second filling station for our town cannot come at any cost. Plans for a petrol filling station on Bromfield Road, along with a convenience store, have split opinion. I only gave my support for the project after an assurance that the fuel tanks would be above ground to minimise damage from any leakage. But now the Environment Agency has withdrawn its objections to the scheme. That’s makes it all but certain the development will go ahead with fuel tanks sunk into the water table.

Ludlow to get new intelligent parking meters in 2018

Parking is very much the talk of the town right now. Shropshire Council is consulting on major changes to parking charges and arrangements across the county including in Ludlow. In the last few days, our parking meters have been upgraded to accept the new pound coin. That’s good news as we haven’t seen the old coins in town for some while. One of the next steps will be to replace the existing pay and display parking machines with flexible, eco-friendly models. We don’t know yet the full capabilities of the machines that will be installed in Ludlow but I think they could benefit our town.

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