Archive for November, 2016
I recently referred to the Boundary Commission’s exercise to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and the proposal to split the current Ludlow constituency – of which Much Wenlock is part.
Having taken soundings locally, and also being asked by Much Wenlock Town Council, I spoke at the Boundary Commission hearing in Shrewsbury on 7th November. I made the case for Much Wenlock to be part of the new Ludlow & Leominster constituency with changes to the proposals to exclude two Bromyard wards. This counter-proposal means that the new constituency elector numbers would still satisfy the required criterion. See www.bce2018.org.uk.
Our MP, Philip Dunne, spoke along similar lines in the same session and we were supported by Lord (Jeff) Rooker, the former Labour minister, who nowadays lives in Ludlow. The comments on the consultation will be published in early 2017 as part of the secondary consultation.
On Friday five of us set off from The Square armed with bags and pickers to find more litter around the town. Farley Road, as ever, yielded most but the usual selection of discarded bottles, cans and packets from around the town swelled the bags which Shropshire Council provides.
Unusually for our tidy-ups, it would be possible to identify the culprit of one bit of detritus that was found this week – a vehicle number plate that seems to have become detached from a 2011-registered Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van. I suspect that the owner didn’t drop it at the side of the road – it’s most likely to have come loose unintentionally.
The next litter pick will be held on Monday 5th December, starting at The Square at about 10:15am. We’re holding this, unusually, on a Monday because it’s immediately following the Christmas Fair. The organisers always arrange a tidy-up after the Fair has cleared away but we expect to be able to carry out a second “sweep” to good effect. If you’d like to join us, just turn up as arranged. Hi-viz jackets and pickers are provided but, if you have your own, bring them along and wear a pair of gardening gloves. Sue and Jo at Tea On The Square kindly provide us with a complimentary cuppa to reward our efforts when we finish.