Tomorrow evening (17 March), Ludlow Town Council will meet to “consider confidential legal advice from a barrister relating to Ludlow Town Walls”. Members of the public and unitary councillors will be allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting, then the council will go into private session.
I am not a member of the town council and have not seen any details of what is to be discussed about the town walls beyond the simple statement above.
I visited the site on Friday. I am shocked by the state of the collapsed area. There are sycamores and a buddleia growing out of the rubble of the collapsed wall. All vegetation needs removing as a matter of urgency to prevent further damage to the wall. Next February, will see the tenth anniversary of the wall’s collapse.
The security fencing is partly collapsed. The site is an eyesore. That’s not fair on nearby residents. The area needs tidying up immediately.
There is security fencing blocking off part of the Garden of Rest above the collapsed wall. This area has been allowed to go wild. It should be a wildflower meadow. But even wildflower meadows need to be maintained with mowing once a year.
This saga has been going on for nearly 10 years. It is time for the town council to act.
This long saga needs to end but frankly I am not confident of it being resolved and the wall rebuilt within five years. The cost to the town council will be astronomical, perhaps up to third of its annual budget.
When the walls collapsed in 2013, there were a wide range of heritage grants available. With the tightening of public finances, and set to get tighter according to the latest Chancellor this weekend, it will get much more difficult to get a grant.