Clarifying Ludlow buses serving the Parys Road area

No change! The 722 service is continuing to serve passengers on Tollgate Road and Parys Road every hour as it has done for a long while. However, an article in the Local Ludlow magazine which has been dropped off at homes in the area during the last few days states: “Minsterley Motors have changed the route of the 701 and 722 without consulting anyone. They now drive straight into town without going down Pary’s [sic] Road without a bus service.” I need to put the record straight. The route hasn’t changed without “consulting anyone”. The timetable and routing remains as it has been for the last few years.

Blows for Ludlow as M&Co to close

M&Co on the Market Square is to close in a month’s time. The adjacent building, the former George Inn which became PizzaExpress, has planning permission for a £2.2 million scheme by Oakman Inns and Restaurants to return the building to a public house (21/04064/FUL). The approved scheme included part of the back of house area of No 12 (M&Co) but rumours on social media that the pub will be expanded into the retail area are not correct. The M&Co area will remain in retail use.

Update on Ludlow Town Wall repairs

Last night’s Annual Town Meeting was fairly well attended with more than 20 residents. The usual question and answer session followed presentations by councillors. Jennifer Gill asked about progress on repairing the town walls behind St Laurence’s Church, which fell nine years ago. Mayor Robin Pote gave the reply. He said the work could cost £3 million, money that many need to be borrowed. This might be borrowed from the Public Works Loans Board. My back of envelope calculation is that would lead to repayments of around £150,000 a year if the loan period was the normal 30 years, roughly a third of the council’s budget. Councillor Pote said: “The wall is owned by St Laurence Parochial Parish Church (PCC). Shropshire Council took the emergency response lead at the time of the collapse. A legal debate between Shropshire Council, the Town Council and PCC commenced in 2015, and Ludlow Town Council agreed to lead those looking for a way of funding the necessary repairs to the collapsed section of the Ludlow Town Wall, next to the Garden of Rest.

More A49 road works and overnight closures between Stokesay and Upper Affcot – May to June (updated)

There barely seems a moment when the A49 is not affected by roadworks. Keir, working for Highways England, will start the latest round on 25 April with the aim of completing the work by 17 June. Update: The commencement of these works has been delayed until 3 May. The aim is still to finish by 17 June. The work will include refurbishing existing traffic signals, which have reached the end of their serviceable life. The new lights will be LED lit to improve visibility, reducing the need for future maintenance and increasing energy efficiency. The road will also be resurfaced, including increasing the roads surface friction, and replacing the road markings and road studs. For a while there will be a temporary road surface in place. The completed work will provide a smoother surface and safer road, including clearer road markings. Repairs to the footpath and kerb will also take place following issues with localised flooding.

Statement from Powis Estates on the Medieval Fayre and Ludlow Castle

Following the announcement that the Medieval Fayre is no longer viable after the impact of the pandemic and Storm Arwen, the castle trustees have issued a statement.   “Powis Estates, who proudly own and maintain Ludlow Castle, are incredibly disappointed that the Medieval Fayre will not be returning to the Castle this year. However in light of Storm Arwen’s devastation, along with Covid-19, the decision is entirely understandable bearing in mind the huge financial losses and the risks involved in putting on future events. “The Castle is owned by Trustees. They remain committed to a five-year £1m rolling programme of maintenance and remedial work to the ruin, in light of its nationally important grade 1 listed status. All profits are reinvested into the ruin to ensure its long-term future.

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