Bad parking has long been an issue in the market area. When there is not a market on Market Square, cars squeeze between the stalls to avoid paying parking charges. They litter Events Square much of the time and create an ugly setting for the castle. Post Office Square, which is the bit between the market stalls and Harp Lane, is notorious for penalty tickets being slapped on parked vehicles.
A scheme from Shropshire Council that aimed to end this was rejected by Ludlow Town Council.
Now Councillors Ginger and Pote have come back with a completely different scheme. They want demountable bollards and chains around Events Square and Market Square.
Councillors have long criticised the practice of cars parking in the market area’s squares (even though some councillors have been seen do this themselves). A draconian proposal to resolve the issue was presented at the January meeting of Ludlow Town Council. It would have led to yet more penalty charge notices and prevented any vehicle access to Harp Lane. It was thrown out by a slim majority of councillors.
Street traders have been prevented from trading on Events Square because of the parked vehicles. And vehicles left overnight have sometimes got in the way of market traders setting up their stalls earlier in the morning.
Councillors Pote and Ginger are proposing posts and chains on both Events Square and Market Square. However, the town clerk and the market manager are uncertain that this scheme will work for Market Square. On Monday, 9 March, town councillors are being asked to agree the following:
- To seek in principle agreement from Shropshire Council to put posts and chains around Events Square
- To arrange an informal meeting with Shropshire Council to further discuss the possibilities of a Traffic Restriction Order on the Market Square & Post Office Square
- To further research the posts and chains proposal for the market square and consult with the market traders.