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Update on roadworks on Foldgate Lane and Sheet Road and the A4113 at Bromfield

No one is looking forward to this but there will be a road closure on Foldgate Lane from 26 February and three way lights on the Foldgate Lane Sheet Road junction from the end of March. The Foldgate Lane works are essential to connect the latest phases of the Ludlow Green development (Crest Nicholson) to the sewerage network. The traffic lights were due to be in place over the Easter holiday but after I said that was unacceptable, Shropshire Council’s highways team negotiated for the lights to be lifted from 28 March to 2 April. Even so, these works will cause significant disruption to traffic entering and leaving the town on Sheet Road, including the 722 park and ride service. The A4113 works are in preparation for resurfacing over the summer. The A4113 will be closed at Bromfield from Tuesday 20 February to Wednesday 28 February, 9.30am to 4.00pm. No […]

Licencing application for Gather at Ludlow Community Hospital approved

The news late yesterday was that at Licencing Subcommittee has approved the application for a licence to serve alcohol in Unit 2 of the former maternity unit at Ludlow Community Hospital. Many who have studied the application and got to know the project will applaud this decision. Others who remain opposed to any alcohol in this location will condemn it. The licence has extensive restrictions, agreed with Gather. They met my requests for restrictions. These are given in detail below. The main points there are restrictions on hours and a requirement for ticketed member or member events. This is the right decision for East Hamlet, one of the most socially deprived areas in Shropshire and among the 10% most socially deprived areas of England. At last, we have investment in an area of town that has been neglected.

Rickards building to get a makeover as the store becomes a nostalgic memory

Rickards will be no more and Ludlow will lose one of its most distinctive independent retail shops. Rickards has sold hardware and domestic wares since 1864. Now, the property is up for sale and the vendor is inviting anyone who wants to also buy the business to contact them. An application for planning permission has been made to allow a wider variety of uses for the ground floor. The next use could be anything from a café to a financial adviser. The vendors have a clear preference for “a mixed space which will incorporate retail, spaces for local artisan crafters to utilise, sale of drink and food from local suppliers, spaces to hire for meetings and small events and the display of historic artifacts associated with Rickards and Ludlow.”

Update on lift installation at Ludlow railway station

People in the neighbourhood of Station Drive and councillors have received an update on the work to install a lift on Platform 1 at the railway station. Network Rail now hope to complete the work by the summer, pushed back from the previous estimate of completion by March. Station Drive will be closed overnight on three Saturdays, 10, 17 and 24 February to lift the lift into position. Problems with turning out of Tesco have been eased by moving the lights. The overnight road closures will not have a significant impact on the town but I will be asking for the lane closure on Station Drive to be lifted before Easter, which beginning of the main visitor season in our town. The extension means that the closure of park of Galdeford car park and on the station car park will continue for longer. This work is essential to ensure that […]

Costa Coffee to return to Ludlow at Rocks Green

Costa Coffee closed its King Street shop in May 2023. Now it is coming back to Ludlow, this time on the outskirts of the town. The planning application for the new site at Rocks Green will be submitted towards the end of February. We are releasing this news ahead of time because the proposal has been leaked. The new Costa Coffee will be on the vacant plot next to Sainsbury’s. This was once destined to be petrol filling station but fuel retailers weren’t interested in the location, the town already having two petrol stations, with others not far away at Woofferton and Craven Arms. The site is being promoted by Blackfriars Property, which is working with WSP on the designs. Blackfriars says the site is unsuitable for a takeaway such as KFC. The unit will be too small. The plot is also next to a residential area and drive through […]

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