Month: June 2021

Roadworks and train delays across Ludlow and Craven Arms over the summer (updated)

Update. King Street will not be closed on 2 and 3 July. The Broadgate roadworks are expected to be completed on 5 July. It is roadworks season. Longer days. Better weather. The need to catch up after the epidemic. The Conservatives election pledge to fix the county’s potholes. Work to connect developments to the road system. Much needed maintenance of rail networks. All are contributing to a summer surge of fixing and upgrading. The Broadgate has been closed for emergency works. And it is not known when they will be complete. I have asked that King Street is not closed at the same time. There will be closures on Sheet Road and Sandpits, as well works to patch up poorly executed resurfacing on Dinham and Linney. The level crossing on Long Lane in Craven Arms will be closed for an upgrade, leading to disruption to rail services and traffic.

Green wall planned to stabilise cliff face at Fishmore Quarry housing development

Shropshire Homes has submitted new plans for stabilisation of the mudstone quarry face. The southwest section of the face will be stablished with a green wall created with wire boxes filled with granular material. A slope above the wall will protect housing on Castle View Terrace. However, the critical issue of how to stabilise the quarry face below the Castle View Terrace meadow have not yet been resolved. Previously, the top of the face was to be reprofiled with the loss of part of the meadow. The developers are still working on a solution and I fear it may still involve loss of some meadow.

Ludlow Town Councillors appointed three councillors to join them on the council on 16 June. One co-opted councillor has since proved to not have been eligible to stand. After legal advice, the council has decided it must rerun its selection process. There will be no opportunity to stand. The rerun will involve councillors choosing between four of the five councillors that originally stood. The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Zoom at 7pm on Monday 28 June 2021. This is an opportunity for residents to raise concerns and ask questions about the work of the council and issues that matter to our town. The deadline for questions is today. Details below.

Covid Watch 147: Ludlow testing centre move and continued King Street closure

The government has decided that Coronavirus restrictions will not be lifted from tomorrow. That means that social distancing measures across Shropshire will remain in place for another month, or until Boris Johnson lifts the restrictions. In Ludlow this applies to King Street which will be closed during the middle of the day on Fridays and Saturdays. Local infections remain very low. The full scale testing site has been dismantled and Ludlow will now be served by a mobile testing unit based at the Eco Park.

Chesham & Amersham Lib Dem victory: What it means for Ludlow

Yesterday Lib Dems were in a state of high excitement have won the Chesham and Amersham by-election by a mile and a half. Although I don’t often publish national political stuff on this blog, the result was game changer. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention it. And the comments made by the defeated Tory candidate show how of touch the Tories have become. How arrogant they have become. There was a 25% swing to the Lib Dems in Chesham and Amersham on Thursday. That is huge. Ludlow constituency has been Lib Dem in the past. We would need a swing of 23.5%. That now look achievable. A big challenge. But achievable.

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