Category: Ludford

Lengthy road closures on Temeside as Seven Trent Water tackles sewage overflows

Temeside will be closed between Old Street and the former gasworks from 6 June to 26 June. This is to allow work by Seven Trent Water (STW) to investigate the subsoil prior to a major scheme to stop sewage overflows from the sewerage works on Temeside into the Teme river Site of Special Scientific Interest. These works will involve deep trial holes to investigate the subsoil conditions and any issues with services such as gas and telecoms. At a later date it is expected that Temeside will be closed again to create greater capacity for dealing with storm overflows. These works are essential. We can’t keep flushing the stuff in our toilets into the river every time there is heavy rainfall, which is fairly normal around here. The disruption however will be significant. Temeside will be closed for three weeks. The 722 bus service will not be able to serve the stop at the bottom of Old Street. I have asked Minsterley Motors if they can reconsider this.

Third solar farm planned east of the A49 Ludlow bypass – and it is huge!

Anglo Renewables is seeking to build a 49-hectare solar farm on Rock Farm, south of Rocks Green. To give an idea of the scale of this proposal, if it was built in Ludlow it would stretch from New Road to Temeside and from the Castle to the Ludlow Mascall Centre. The scheme will generate around 49.95MWp, enough to power around 9,000 homes when the sun shines. It will also have 12MW of energy storage to supply power when the sun doesn’t shine. With the existing solar farm off Squirrel Lane and another planned by Locogen, we will probably have enough capacity from the 80 hectares (200 acres) of solar panels to power all the homes and businesses in Ludlow from solar energy alone on bright days. The downside of Anglo Renewables scheme is that it will industrialise a rural landscape and will significantly damage views from the Titterstone Clee towards Ludlow. It could also disrupt long term expansion of the town east of the bypass.

Latest plans for Foldgate Lane housing add an extra 42 homes to scheme

Crest Nicholson has submitted detailed plans for development of Phase 5 of the Foldgate Lane scheme (21/05961/FUL). This is the housing area nearest the retail park. Forty-two homes will be built, of which eleven will be affordable. Four of the homes will be bungalows. The total number of houses on the development has been increased from 137 to 179 dwellings. I have asked planners whether this can be done without a variation to the original outline planning permission which caps the number of homes at 137. The additional homes will increase traffic at the new T-junction onto the A49. However, we desperately need more affordable homes in Ludlow and there will be an increase in the number of affordable houses on the development from 33 to 44. I am expecting this scheme to be approved by council planning officers.

Excessive noise from vehicles is a problem in most of the market towns in Shropshire, and in many villages too. The noise comes from several sources including cars with modified engines and exhausts and motorbikes revving up to maximise noise. In Ludlow, as in other towns, we have long had issues with young racers rushing around the town and the Eco Park and with a minority of motorcyclists making excessive noise. Last Thursday, Shropshire Councillors agreed to seeking funding for an acoustic camera trial in Shropshire, with a view that is the scheme is successful, it would be rolled out across Shropshire. It is unlikely that Ludlow will host the trial, though I will bid for that, but we could seek funds from bodies such as the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office or draw on community infrastructure levy monies for our own scheme.

After the preview last night, many of us were back for the official opening by Councillors  Viv Parry and Imogen Liddle at 8.30am this morning. We were not alone and around 100 people were queuing by the time the store opened its doors. The video of Viv Parry’s speech is below. The other highlight of the morning was the awards to three children from Ludlow Primary School on Sandpits Road. They had submitted designs for the hessian bags that are de rigueur for any retail outlet these days. The winner was five year old Lottie with a great sketch of Ludlow Castle.

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