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Ludlow Registrars Office could close. You may have to go to Shrewsbury to register a death

Nothing can be more exciting than recording a birth, though finding time to do it can be hard. Nothing can be more painful that registering a death, which needs to be done with dignity and without fuss. We might soon have to go to Shrewsbury to register a death, as well as a birth.

Shropshire Council is eyeing up reducing hours at Ludlow Registrars Office or closing it altogether. Of course the council needs to save money. Times are hard. But at the same time it wants to centralise services. It was ever thus. But to force people to take a sixty mile round trip to register the death of a loved one is cruel. And its assessment of how the changes will affect people with disabilities and mobility problems is badly flawed.

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On birds and trees, planning and police – when can developers chop down trees?

When can developers chop down trees? The short answer is anytime. Unless they disturb nesting birds, fall foul of Tree Preservation Orders or the work is extensive enough to require a licence from the Forestry Commission.

This article is about disturbing birds. It follows two recent incidences of tree cutting on developments in Ludlow during the nesting season. I am making no suggestion that birds or their nests have been harmed during these operations but I thought it would be useful to clarify what the rules are. I can’t comment on specific cases until I get further information from officers.

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Shock at Capita job losses in Ludlow

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Unemployment has been dropping in the Ludlow area for a while, but today there is bad news from the Eco Park. Capita Medical Reporting has told its staff that the company is making a round of redundancies. Up to 30 jobs are to go. This is a blow to the town and surrounding area, and of course for those losing their jobs.

I hope that the people being made redundant are able to find jobs quickly. As I know from being unemployed myself a few years back, it can be hard to get a new job in rural areas, especially in middle age.

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Experts says heritage statement needed for Rocks Green supermarket proposal

A Shropshire Council conservation officer has called for a heritage assessment of the impact of the proposed supermarket at Rocks Green.

In the clunky language of planning, the Rachael Parry says:

The proposals include the demolition of historic buildings… The impact of their removal is seen to be a significant detriment due to their positive contribution to the traditional and rural character and visual appearance of this area.

She notes the site is not in a conservation area but warns:

It is important to ensure that the Historic Environment is fully appreciated and the impact of the scheme is assessed in relation to the entrance/boundary of the town.
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At last Ludlow is to get a second petrol station

Since the Shell garage on Temeside closed a few years ago, Ludlow has had only one petrol station in the town. That has led to long queues for fuel at the Co-op on Foldgate Lane (formerly Harry Tuffins). This is about to change. Yesterday the South Planning Committee approved plans for a petrol station and convenience store on the corner of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue.

The petrol station could be open 24 hours if the retailer wishes to do so. The maximum store opening hours will be from 6am to midnight. There are conditions in place that will allow 24 hour opening providing the retailer puts in place a management plan to ensure there is no night time disturbance. Continue reading

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Concerns grow for safety and heritage at St Julian’s Well, Ludlow

We are growing concerned about the wellbeing of historic St Julian’s Well on Livesey Road, Ludlow. The well is a Grade II Listed Building.

A small number of stones at the base of the well cover have been damaged. The well is in the middle of the road and it is not clear whether this is from passing traffic, from grit and salt spread on the road, or just because the monument is decaying with age.

Teenagers sometimes sit on the cover at night and that might be why the cover seems to be sinking. We don’t want the cover to collapse into the space beneath and people to be hurt.

As the photographs below show, the monument has notably decayed in the last two years.

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