“I personally think that’s a great disappointment councillors. I think we’ve missed an opportunity. Never mind. That is democracy.” Those were the words of Ludlow’s mayor Tim Gill at the end of a short debate on Monday night on increasing the number of market stalls from 30 to 35. The market manager had made a clear case for five extra stalls to bring new traders in, to increase the variety of traders and provide flexibility in allocating stalls. Mayor Gill spoke in favour but was countered by the hawkish Glen Ginger who proposed no change. The debate was short. There were only nine councillors present and only councillors Gill, Ginger, Parry and Sheward spoke. Councillor Ginger’s motion was passed after some confusion by five votes to four.