Category: Ludlow

Barclays in Ludlow to close on August 26 leaving more than 250 customers without a local bank (updated)

Customers of Barclays have received a letter today (20 May) stating that Barclays on King St Ludlow is to close on August 26 at 12:00pm. This bank doesn’t just serve Ludlow. It caters for a very broad hinterland. Having banks is one of the things that makes Ludlow town centre tick. People come to bank and then they shop. We have already seen the loss of HSBC, which is being converted into Specsavers. With the loss of Barclays, we will be down to three banks. Lloyds, Nationwide and NatWest. How long will those survive? Banks that close their branches say people should do their transactions online. Many people, particularly older people, are not comfortable with digital technology. There are also many businesses in Ludlow that deal with cash. Barclays says cash can be paid in at the Post Office. But the Post Office service in Ludlow is very poor. The Post Office counters in our two One Stop shops, part of the Tesco Group, often closed due to lack of staff. The closure of Barclays is yet another nail in the coffin of our high streets. Ludlow town centre is resilient. It has survived the trend towards shopping online. It…

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Shropshire Council’s increase in car parking charges will hit Ludlow

Everyone is feeling the squeeze of rising food and fuel costs. The cost of electricity, gas and heating oil has soared and without action from the government, will soar further in October leading to a cold and miserable winter for many people. The Bank of England says that inflation could hit 10% this year. Yet Shropshire Council wants to increase car parking charges at the very point when people have less to spend on our high streets. Shropshire Council argues that costs must increase with inflation. I don’t buy that argument. The council has not made a case for additional funding for the car parks and the team that supports them. The largely automated system of charging for parking on streets and in car parks has reduced costs. The council should be cutting its budget not heaping more costs on shoppers, tourists and workers. Our retail and visitor economies were hit hard during the pandemic. Ludlow is bouncing back. The last thing we need is a hike in car parking charges. Shropshire Council’s consultation on the hike in charges ends this Friday, 20 May. You can comment here.

The Bull Ring is the most polluted street in Ludlow

Modelling data has recently been made available for air pollution across the UK. It allows us to map pollution around Ludlow. The modelling in many respects tells us what we already know. That the air pollution hot spots in Ludlow are on Corve Street, the Bull Ring, Old Street and much of the town centre. But it provides numbers on the estimated level of pollution, data that we can use to use in planning the transport future of the town. The data come from the Central Office of Public interest (COPI), which describes itself as a “creative industry alliance running the national awareness campaigns government should be running.” COPI has created a website at addresspollution.org where everyone can look up the estimated air pollution at their home, workplace or play area. I have used this site to compile a map of air pollution in Ludlow.

Tanc Barratt responds to my article on Golden Moments planning application

Yesterday evening, Tanc Barratt responding to article two days ago. who is proposing to convert 50 Broad Street into a town house leading to the closure of Golden Moments. The long established and popular business has not been able to find alternative location. And why should a business have to move because the new owner of the freehold doesn’t want it next door to him? Mr Barratt says in his response: “This planning application is not about closing a business, it is about adapting with the times.” The times are for more places to eat, drink and relax in town centres, not closing them down. Ludlow’s town centre has survived when so many others have fallen by the wayside. We still have good shops. A vibrant market. Lots of great places to eat. Places to live. What we don’t need are planning applications that will lead to businesses closing.

How to comment on the planning application to close Golden Moments on Broad Street

There is a lot of anger about the plans to force the very popular Golden Moments restaurant to close and for it to be converted back to a town house which it hasn’t been for more than seven decades. Many will wish to comment on the application. I would encourage you do so. You don’t need to know anything about planning. Just give your views. As a member of the Southern Planning Committee, I can reassure you that committee members and planning officers read all comments. To comment, you must be registered on Shropshire Council’s planning portal. Click this link and either register, or login if you have commented before. Then you need to find the application by clicking this link 22/01790/FUL or conducting a simple search for “Golden Moments”. Providing you are logged in, you can comment under public comments. Unless you are a heritage expert, you do not need to comment on the parallel application for listed building consent 22/01791/LBC. If the application for full planning permission is rejected then the listed building consent automatically falls.

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