Ludlow town walls unrepaired 18 months after collapse

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The walls collapsed on 18 February 2013, just days before a second stretch fell down on nearby Corve Street

A section of ancient town wall in Ludlow remains unrepaired 18 months after it collapsed.

The 10m-long stretch of wall, dating to the 13th Century, fell down in February 2013, causing some people living nearby to be evacuated from their homes.

They were allowed to return about a week later.

Ludlow councillor Andy Boddington said a dispute over ownership meant the walls remained untouched, which he described as a "disgrace".

"It's still propped up with sandbags, some of which are splitting," he said.

"The walls use a lime mortar and you can't use that in winter, certainly on this large a stretch, it doesn't set.

"If we're going to apply for funding that can take up to a year, so I'll probably be a very old man by the time the walls are repaired."

"People are talking about £450,000 to repair them."

'Complex dispute'

The area includes a section of the graveyard of St Laurence's Church and Mr Boddington said human remains had been initially exposed, although they were now covered by sheeting.

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Ludlow North said the "complex" dispute involved Shropshire Council, the Parochial Church Council and the town council.

Shropshire Council said discussions were taking place about the ownership of the collapsed section.

In a statement, the local authority said: "In order to move things forward, we are proposing to undertake a preliminary archaeological and environmental survey in the near future."

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