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Environment Agency objects on fuel pollution concerns to petrol station and supermarket at Rocks Green, Ludlow

The Environment Agency has formally objected to the application for a petrol station and supermarket on the outskirts of Ludlow. The agency is concerned about the petrol filling station (PFS) and the location of fuel storage tanks. In a letter sent to Shropshire Council on 13 April it says:

Whilst we note that this application is outline we seek confirmation on the PFS element of the proposals and, specifically, the location of the associated tanks to ensure no detrimental impacts on controlled waters.

The agency is taking issue because the fuel tanks might be located below ground:

We will object to underground storage on principal and secondary aquifers unless there is evidence of overriding reasons why: (a) the activity cannot take place on unproductive strata, and (b) the storage must be underground (for example public safety), in which case we expect the risks to be appropriately mitigated. Continue reading

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Poll: Will arrival of PizzaExpress in Ludlow chip away at historic character of our town or bring great pizzas with love attached?

I can never think PizzaExpress without recalling love affairs, tangled, sometimes complex, occasionally eased over a well stretched pizza. Now PizzaExpress is coming to our town. I’d like to know your views on whether this is good for Ludlow.

 

Way back in the late 1970s, marauding hoards of archaeologists young and old met in PizzaExpress in Covent Garden on a Friday night to debate the world of the past – and our fears for its future – over glorious pizza. I was there seeking love amid heritage. I stoked my passions for both with carafes of red wine. Continue reading

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Planning application submitted to replace Bankside on Burway Lane

McCartneys have submitted an application for outline permission to replace Bankside on Burway Lane (15/01292/OUT). The house has been unoccupied for a while and undoubtedly needs a lot of work. This proposal is to demolish the existing property, build a new dwelling and create a separate access (the current drive is shared with Lyndon House).

I am a bi puzzled that this is an outline application. McCartneys have drawn up a scheme for the site and submitted it. But planners are not being asked to judge this scheme, just decide whether a replacement house and the new access are acceptable, with matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved until a full application is submitted. It may be that McCartneys are seeking outline permission because they intend to market the site and want to give the purchaser confidence a replacement house can be built. Continue reading

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Five candidates in race to be elected as Ludlow’s new MP

The deadline has passed and we have five candidates standing in the Ludlow constituency.

Three live in the constituency, one over the border in Herefordshire and one in Birmingham.

Liberal Democrats. BARNES, Charlotte Ann. Linley Lane Cottage, Norbury, Bishop`s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5DX.

Conservatives. DUNNE, Philip Martin, (address in the North Herefordshire Constituency).

UKIP. KELLY, David Joseph, (address in the Ludlow Constituency).

Green. PHILLIPS, Janet Helen, 1 Walcot Avenue, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AA.

Labour. SLATER, Simon Clive, 121 Vine Lane, Birmingham, B27 6SY.

Statement of Persons Nominated in Ludlow Constituency.

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New 33 acre solar farm proposal at Henley Hall, near Ludlow

Hard on the heels of a resubmission of proposals for the Whitton solar farm, plans have been announced for a 5MW solar farm off Squirrel Lane, between Lower Ledwyche and Henley Hall (15/01472/FUL).

Today, Kronos Solar wrote to Ludlow and Clee unitary councillors announcing that the planning application for a 13 hectare “solar park” has been submitted to Shropshire Council. The application is currently being validated before being made public.

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Bus Users Shropshire gets improved services between Ludlow and Leominster from 11 May

It is no thanks to Shropshire Council and huge thanks to the energetic team at Bus Users Shropshire for getting a better service between Ludlow and Leominster from May.

The 492 service to Hereford was withdrawn by Herefordshire Council in September 2014 as part of bus service cutbacks. The replacement 490 from Leominster only ran into Ludlow on school day morning and evenings to carry college students. Otherwise it terminated shy of the Shropshire county boundary at Orleton.

This has disadvantaged a lot of people. Many Ludlowians, especially the elderly, used the service regularly to shop in Hereford. Ludlow college students found it valuable to travel in and out of town at lunch time when they were on half days. The service was particularly important for residents living in villages south of Ludlow, including Orleton and Richard’s Castle. For residents of these villages, the 492 provided transport to Ludlow’s GP surgeries, hospital and market. Since the 492 service was cancelled, many of villagers have had to pay £10 each way just to visit the GP. Continue reading