Month: March 2020

Shropshire Council has joined councils around the country, including Telford and Wrekin, in offering a council tax holiday for households whose cash flow is suffering from the Covid-19 outbreak. The deal is that you can delay council tax payments due on 1 April 2020 to 1 June 2020. At that point you can either pay the entire bill or the usual ten months of payments. If you already have payments spread over twelve months, this scheme will make no difference to you.

On Monday, we had two buses serving Ludlow making around 30 trips a day. But the world we live has been changing by the hour. Yesterday, we had just eight bus trips. From today, there will be just six bus trips a day. Most shops in Ludlow are closed. Supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and health food stores are open. The new Ludlow timetable is very limited and will be reviewed before the end of April. The 435 Ludlow Shrewsbury service – via Craven Arms, Wistanstow, Dorrington and Condover – has been suspended. The 552/553 service Bishop’s Castle Shrewsbury service has also been halted for the duration. The 292 Ludlow Kidderminster service via Clee and Cleobury Mortimer was running yesterday, as was the 740 Ludlow Knighton service.

Ludlow Community Hospital currently has two closed wards. In community discussions led by GPs, our community has agreed to call for the wards to be reopened to relieve pressure on acute services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princes Royal Hospital. We are not suggesting these would be used for Covid-19 patients but for other patients that might otherwise increase the pressure on acute services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust’s hospitals.  

Ludlow is at its best, despite an almost silent socially distant town #coronavirus

It’s been incredibly quiet in town today. For those that need to shop and pick up prescriptions, there has been a significant shift in behaviour. People queue in quiet respect at a social distance. What a change from the crowded aisles and cramming together we saw at the weekend. In a crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes, Ludlow is pulling together. Stitching together stronger community support. Building more respect for each other. Who knows what will happen in the coming weeks? But I am confident that Ludlow will come out of this as an even stronger community.

Ludlow Town Council today reversed its decision to hold an open air market even though this is permitted under government regulations. The socially distanced market was a good reaction to the growing crisis. It gives an alternative to supermarket aisles where social distancing isn’t possible. As the crisis grows, our town bus services are being cut back by around 90% tomorrow and some communities will no longer be served. We could have put in place a better service if Shropshire Council had not dithered about emergency subsidies to bus companies. The 435 service between Ludlow and Shrewsbury, travelling through Craven Arms, Wistanstow, Dorrington and Condover is still running on a Saturday timetable but that will be reviewed daily. Stay indoors is the rule. But we are not in total lockdown and many people still need to get out to shop and go to the GP and pharmacy within the permitted rules.

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