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    Article: Jul 28, 2015

    There seems to be only one topic in Ludlow at the moment. Last Friday, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust announced that the current Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital will close.

    Since then, there has been a whirlwind of comment online and in the media. People are scared that this move presages the closure of our hospital.

    It's hard to pinpoint the truth about what's happening. Why was no one consulted? Is the change permanent? Has the number of beds been reduced?

    Is Stretton Ward actually being closed? Not according to the Community Health Trust, which says Stretton and Dinham are simply joining together. It's all about patient safety.

    The Clinical Commissioning Group - the body that provides the cash for Ludlow Hospital - seems happy with the move.

    But I can speak for councillors across the Ludlow area in saying that our phones have not stopped since the community learnt of this decision on Sunday. Our email inboxes have been flooded.

    Ludlow Town Council last night voted to oppose the closure of Stretton Ward. The council has joined with Shropshire Council's Local Joint Committee to host a meeting to get all parties together. We need to find out what is happening and discuss the consequences.

    Join us at that meeting. It's going to be an open debate.

    Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, will be joining us. The CCG has been invited. Locals GPs are coming along. We have asked Philip Dunne if he will attend.

    But mostly this is about you, your opinions and your experiences.

    Join us at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Broad Street at 7pm on this Thursday. Doors open from 6.45.

    Andy Boddington

    Lib Dem Councillor for Ludlow North

  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    Heatherr has condemned as 'taxation by the back door' a move by Shropshire Council to get Parish Councils to pay for the library service in their area.

    Heather said: "Pontesbury Library serves a wide area of the County from Plealey down to Worthen and Snailbeach. Following a very well attended meeting in the Library on 28th April, Shropshire Council agreed to come back to the community with a series of options for the future of the library. After pressure from Councillors the Council finally published these options in late June."

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    Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Heather has called on the Council to sack its roads contractors unless they rapidly improve the quality of their work.

    She made her remarks after the Council admitted that there were serious shortcomings in the service at Thursday's full council meeting.

    Heather said "The shortcomings of Ringway and Eurovia are legion. For example, they have taken four attempts to resurface the road through the village of Marton. I am glad that the Administration is at long last recognising that radical action is required to sort this problem."

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    Article: Jul 19, 2015

    Chirbury: Village Shop Saturday 1st August 10.00 - 11.00am

    Stiperstones Inn Monday 3rd August 6.00 - 7.00pm
    Priest Weston: Miners Arms Tuesday 4th August 7.00 - 8.00pm
    Marton: Sun Inn Wednesday 5th August 7-8pm
    Brockton: Cock Inn Thursday 6th August 7.00 - 8.00pm

    Bentlawnt: Stables Inn, Drury Lane Tue 11th August 7.00 - 8.00pm

  • Article: Jul 5, 2015

    Heather has expressed anger and dismay after a roads contractor made a shambles of the repair and refurbishment of the road through Marton for the THIRD time.

    Heather said: "I cannot believe that they can foul up a recently straight forward resurfacing operation for the third time. I know that residents and council officers are equally dumfounded.

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    Article: Jul 2, 2015


    Clun Councillor Nigel Hartin, along with fellow Councillors Charlotte Barnes and Heather Kidd, have won the support of 'The Honest Truth Partnership' to set up a scheme to persuade young people to dive more safely in our area.

    Nigel said "This is a joint partnership with Local Authorities, Police and Fire and importantly local driving instructors. The partnership seeks to reduce the instances of road traffic collisions by making small changes to young people's behaviours, especially when they are behind the wheel for the first time

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    Article: Jun 27, 2015
    Mark Williams MP, Shadow Lib Dem Welsh Minister and MP for Ceredigion visited Ludlow on Thursday (25th) June as guest speaker at Ludlow Lib Dems General Election 'Thank You' event for helpers at supporters.
    Speaking at the event (held in the Assembly Rooms) Mark spoke about MEMBERSHIP SURGE In immediate period following the general election. Some205,000 people joined the Liberal Democrats in an unprecedented surge in membership in 2 months.
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    Article: Jun 21, 2015

    Roger Evans, Shropshire Councillor for Hanwood and Leader of the Lib Dems on the Council, has strongly challenged Shropshire Council's assertion that the ' The Connecting Shropshire programme remains in a very positive position with delivery on schedule to cost and timescale.'

    In an open letter to the Council, Roger said that it was patently clear from the report to the Cabinet this week (Capital Outturn Report 2014-15 - see below) that the whole scheme is running behind schedule.

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    Article: Jun 13, 2015


    Two pictures from my eldest daufghter's( Fiona) wedding last Thursday!

    Best wishes


    Ps a lot more on facebook!

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    Decisions on education funding taken in the last 12 months may well spell the death knell of some of our Community Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres. Over the years schools funding helped run buildings such as SpArC and the Church Stretton Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre. This meant schools had good sports facilities and the community could also use them for recreation and exercise on prescription.