Day: 26 January 2020

The proposed exclusion zone for vehicles in Ludlow’s town centre will benefit no one except Shropshire Council’s coffers from yet more parking fines. It is overkill. Heavy handed regulation of the type in currently vogue in Shirehall. We don’t need this. There is a recognised problem with inconsiderate parking in the market area. There is also a problem with drivers not knowing where they can park or where they will get a penalty charge notice. But this doesn’t need to be solved with the over the top scheme Shropshire Council is proposing.

Plans for Budgens redevelopment get slammed by Historic England

An inspector for Historic England has laid into the plans to redevelop Budgens with retail units on the ground floor and apartments above (19/05380/FUL). The conservation watchdog wants the developer, Morris Property, to “bring forward a more sympathetic scheme better suited to this prominent site.” The intervention from Historic England is surprisingly strong. It usually does not more than remind councils of their legal responsibilities. There are some merits in its complaints. But it doesn’t seem to understand the need for a prominent building on this important gateway into Ludlow town centre.

Ludlow Town Council to discuss plans for prohibition of parking in the market area tomorrow night

Shropshire Council is planning to ban parking in the market and castle area at all times. It also wants to prohibit loading between 10am and 2pm. The restrictions will not apply Castle Street from outside cancer Research through to Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Council are suggesting creating a one way system from Spar to Betfred and Pizza Express. They also want to make Church Street and Harp Lane one way. These proposals will be discussed at the town council meeting on Monday, 29 January, 7pm at the Guildhall. Members of the public can address the chamber for a maximum of three minutes each, at the discretion of the deputy mayor, Robin Pote, who will be chairing this meeting.

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