Month: December 2019

Redevelopment of Budgens set to go ahead after detailed plans submitted for retail units and apartments

Just before Christmas, plans were published for redevelopment of the former Budgens supermarket, which was previously a Co-op and Somerfield before that. It is currently derelict and the host of the Ludlow Art Mural Project. The redevelopment will have two retail units with nineteen apartments above. The design is a mixture of traditional and modern.

Plans to convert Castle Lodge in the heart of Ludlow into a boutique hotel are welcome

What to do with Castle Lodge? Standing on the corner of Dinham and Mill Street, the building has had a mixed history. Most recently it was museum of curiosities though much of what visitors saw having been brought in from antique sales and other buildings. Castle Lodge now needs a lot of work to bring it up to modern standards and meet fire regulations. That work will begin once planning permission is obtained to convert the building into a boutique hotel. I welcome this upmarket development. Bats in the attic. Ghosts in the bedroom. Jeeves to look after your car. Who could ask for more?

20mph limits outside schools but council leader blocks wider speed restrictions on residential streets

Most Shropshire councillors arrived at December’s council meeting by car. It seems that habit has conditioned them to be oblivious to the need to calm our streets. To reduce speeds in residential streets. To make them safer. Equally important, to make them more pedestrian friendly. To encourage mutual respect between different ways of travelling. To promote active travel – by foot and on cycles. The council did agree to introduce 20mph outside schools. But most of the Conservatives voted against areawide 20mph limits to slow traffic on residential streets on the instruction of the council leader Peter Nutting. That is a failure of leadership.

Worcestershire and Shropshire Councils have confirmed this morning that Diamond Bus will replace R&B Travel on the 292 service between Ludlow and Kidderminster. The timetable will remain the same from the takeover date of 5 January but could be changed. Shropshire Council is to call a meeting early in January to look at adjustments to the timetable. At present it is too tight, allowing only 58 minutes between the two towns. In bus, that’s hard to achieve with a fair wind behind the bus. But this is a 30-mile route over Clee, where the weather can be bad. Then there are roadworks and the traffic jams into Kidderminster. It is most demanding route in our county. The haul up and down the Clee can wreck the buses. Most buses are designed to run under the stop-start regime of urban centres. Buses like the Optare that operate in Ludlow are not suited to such a big haul. One transport specialist said trying to use a town bus for this route is like trying to drive a city car from Lands End to John O’Groats. Shropshire Council is calling a meeting of councillors and others to discuss details and adjustments of timetable…

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