Month: September 2017

BBC Radio Shropshire reveals second incident of Legionella bug in Ludlow

Coming just days after the Feathers Hotel was closed after a guest died from Legionnaires’ disease, this is a worrying development. What we know so far, we only know from the BBC. It is saying that this is a different strain from the Legionella at the Feathers and no one is at risk. I have been emailing public health and Shropshire Council officials since before 11am this morning. There has been no response. That’s shameful.

Call for urgent council inquiry into Legionnaires’ death in Ludlow

Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, is calling for Shropshire Council to hold an urgent scrutiny meeting to review the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. She says: “This is a very rare event. The hotel has responded by closing for the time being. But we need to ensure that lessons are learnt and there is no repeat anywhere else in Shropshire.

The decision to abandon a comprehensive park and ride service for last weekend’s Ludlow Food Festival was bizarre. If you want to put off people coming to Ludlow Food Festival, this was the way to do it. Many people I spoke to complained of how far it was to walk, especially on their way out of town. People with limited mobility struggled with the journey. Those leaving on Saturday and Sunday afternoon were treated to typical Ludlow rainstorms. Depending on their fitness and where they had parked their cars, it would have taken between 20 and 40 minutes to return to vehicles.

Shropshire Council leader to join debate on services and parking in Ludlow on Thursday, 14 September

Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting will be travelling to Ludlow for a public discussion on public services in the area. The meeting will be hosted by the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee on Thursday 14 September from 7pm. From 6pm, the meeting will also feature an exhibition on proposed changes to car parking charges and length of stay in Ludlow.

Ludlow’s Mayor Tim Gill and Shropshire Councillor Andy Boddington are warning that incomplete roadworks in Ludlow could create havoc during next week’s Food Festival. Tim Gill explains: “Shropshire Council surface gritted Corve Street several weeks ago. This is one of the two main roads that lead into the town centre. But the council hasn’t repainted any white or yellow lines. The chaos has led to bus and loading bays being full of parked cars. That has prevented buses safely discharging passengers. Delivery lorries have blocked the highway causing tailbacks because the loading bays are full of cars. “Given what it is like now, the prospect for the Food Festival this weekend is dire. Buses will be unable to safely discharge and collect people without the road being blocked to other traffic.” “We need the Food Festival to work well. Shropshire Council must step up to mark and it must do it quickly. I see no signs of it doing so.” Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, says: “We get hour by hour updates on roadworks in Shrewsbury. But is impossible to get any information from Shropshire Council on what is happening in Ludlow week in week out. “The council…

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