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New link for Bromfield Parish Council extraordinary meeting on closure of post office, tomorrow (Tuesday) 18:30 on Zoom

With apologies, I have had to move the online meeting for Bromfield Parish Council tomorrow night (14 July). This is because I had set the original meeting up on a free account, not my paid account. The free account would have limited the meeting to 40 minutes. The new link to join the Zoom meeting is https://bit.ly/BromfieldPO. The Zoom ID for the meeting is 884 4034 4756. The meeting begins at six thirty in the evening and will end by 8 o’clock at the latest. I’m aiming for 7.30pm Ludlow Farmshop has sent an explanation on why it will be closing the post office and village shop. I reproduce this below. My aim in calling the meeting is to seek clarity on the proposals and to hear the views of people who use the post office and shop. I hope to see you online.

Urgent parish council meeting to discuss closure of Bromfield Post Office and Village Store (updated)

The location of the online meeting has been moved to https://bit.ly/BromfieldPO. More information here. As I reported on Friday, Bromfield Post Office and Village Store is to close at the end of August. This doesn’t just affect Bromfield. Emails and calls to over the last few days have demonstrated how important this rural post office is to the area between Ludlow and Craven Arms. We need to have a democratic debate about the closure. We need to examine whether the current services can be maintained, which seems unlikely, or replaced by an outreach service. A post office a few hours a week. Two days a week? One day? We need to debate that. This is the most important community issue for Bromfield since the Food Centre was built. That’s why I have asked for an urgent meeting of Bromfield Parish Council on 14 July. We have asked Ludlow Farmshop if a representative can attend to ensure we understand the pressures it faces. We would like as many people who use Bromfield Post Office and Village Store to attend also. There will be more details before the meeting. We don’t meet in the physical world during the Covid-19 emergency. But you…

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Bromfield Post Office and Village Shop to close from the end of August – we need to think of alternative provision

Ludlow Farmshop has announced that Bromfield Post Office & Village Shop will close permanently on 31 August 2020. This is a big loss to Bromfield parish, whose residents have benefited from the convenience of a local store, along with postal and banking facilities. But the operation has been loss making for several years. Those losses, funded by the Earl of Plymouth trustees, have increased. Covid-19 has been the final blow. With the temporary closure of The Clive and Ludlow Kitchen, and reduced trade on these reopening, no more losses can be sustained. It is expected that post office staff will be transferred to other parts of the business. I don’t think we should give up on a post office service in Bromfield. The parish has an elderly population and many rely on the shop for newspapers and groceries, as well as post office services. Commenting as Shropshire Councillor for the parish and chair of the parish council, I think we should explore options for a post office service for at least a few hours a week in Bromfield.

BT plans to remove well used phone box outside former Budgens store

BT is progressively removing little or unused phone kiosks around the country. The number of calls from phone boxes has fallen. Some have not been used in the last year, even longer. Some have been vandalised. The result is that several Ludlow phone kiosks have been removed in recent years. Now, BT wants to remove the phone box on Upper Galdeford outside the former Budgens store. This is wrong. The box was used for 435 calls in the year up to September 2019. That’s not huge. I am sure it is not profitable for BT. But the phone kiosk is still in active use and should be maintained.

Shropshire Council budget: Cuts are targeted at the health of our county and planet

Shropshire Council has cut £48 million from its budget over the last three years under pressure of government cuts. It will need to cut, or in its words “save”, £18.5m next year. The council has now set out details of the proposed cuts and is asking for public comments. Under the proposals, recycling will get more difficult and households will pay twice over for garden waste. This is bound to cut the proportion of waste that is recycled, a proportion that is already falling. The council is also proposing cuts to the planning team, along with culture and leisure services.

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