The big Ludlow health and services debate is tomorrow at 7 o’clock – please join us

Tomorrow night at 7pm, we are expecting a huge crowd at Ludlow School for a public meeting on the future of health and council services in Ludlow and Shropshire.

The headline act is Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and Health Minister in Theresa May’s government. Philip is due to speak first, after which he will take questions.

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Plans submitted for redevelopment of One Stop on Tower Street

Macham Investments Ltd have published plans to redevelop the ugly One Stop site at 9 Tower Street (16/04032/FUL). This site needs developing, though I am concerned that the company could be trying to cram too much onto the site.

The plan is for a retail unit or café on the ground floor with 10 apartments on the first floor. Above those will be two floors of offices. A ground floor annex will also house offices.

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Third set of plans published for new retail unit on Buftons site, Lower Galdeford

It is common for developers to revise their plans after submitting them to Shropshire Council for approval. This allows the developer to take on board early comments, especially from experts within the council. This application though, has been revised more than most.

This is the third set of plans for the Lower Galdeford site; the fourth if a revision of plans for the boundary wall is included (earlier plans).

The principle of the development remains the same. A new retail unit will be built alongside the existing building (formerly South Shropshire Glass). It will be accessed via the new entrance. The stone wall will be rebuilt with iron railing rising from ground level behind the wall.

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Shropshire’s single A&E planned to be at Shrewsbury, says Defend Our NHS

For once I find myself in agreement with Lucy MP, MP for Telford and Wrekin, when she told BBC Radio Shropshire this evening that the Future Fit programme has been an “extraordinary saga.” The latest twist in this tortuous process is a leaked report on the first stage decision on the closure of one of our county’s A&Es.

BBC Radio Shropshire and the Shropshire Star reported this morning that Shropshire and Telford Clinical Commissioning Groups favour a single A&E at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The Women and Children’s Centre at the Princes Royal Hospital will move back to Shrewsbury. This department opened just two years ago at a cost of £28 million. Planned treatment and surgery will be carried out at Telford.

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Rumours of Ludlow Wetherspoon quashed as clothes and bears company moves into Legion

I have lost track of how many times I have been told that the Wetherspoon pub chain is coming to Ludlow. When Woolworths closed, the gossips were certain that a Wetherspoon would open up any day. We got a Spar instead. When plans were touted to rebuild One Stop on Tower Street, the quidnuncs of Ludlow said it could only be a Wetherspoon. It won’t be.

And when the British Legion on Mill Street closed, the chatter in the bars of Ludlow was that Wetherspoon was at last on its way to Ludlow. Alas for those that enjoy the cheap beer and food upon which J.D. Wetherspoon has built its reputation, along with inconvenient upstairs toilets, the Legion will not become a pub.

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Henley Hall solar farm to be reduced in size

Shropshire Council planners have approved a reduction in the area of the solar farm due to be constructed off Squirrel Lane. The new plans are an improvement and will reduce the visibility of the scheme, which was approved by a planning inspector after the original plans were rejected by the South Planning Committee.

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