12/02/2017 Midlands Today


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12/02/2017

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Business leaders in Ludlow say they're worried the town's unique

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High Street could be lost, due to a national change in the way

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Some smaller shops will pay nothing from April -

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but others, including many independent retailers,

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GD Ginger Antiques have been trading in Ludlow for 31 years.

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But over the road, at least three shops will pay nothing.

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It's a system which is totally unworkable.

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Everyone should pay a little, and they shouldn't expect the 40%

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It's a system which is totally unworkable.

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Everyone should pay a little, and they shouldn't expect the 40%

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of shops in Ludlow that are paying rates to subsidise the

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At the Queen's Pub, expansion plans are on hold,

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We've been informed that our rates are going to be increased 130%,

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We're a small pub in a small market town.

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I've looked at the business rates of every shop in town,

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and they're going up four times the national average.

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I don't quite know why that's so, but it's going to affect our

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The Department for Communities and Local Government says

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three quarters of properties will see no change, or even a fall

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The problem is that the quarter that do aren't spread

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Business leaders say they're worried, if independent shops close,

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the character of the town will be destroyed.

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The times I hear, as I walk down the street, "Oh, isn't it lovely?

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People are really valuing what a good high street is,

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because so many other towns have lost it.

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Traders will meet with their MP, Phillip Dunn, next week

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Police are appealing for information about a mother from Dudley who has

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Patricia Lashley, who is also known as Pat or Jade,

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was last seen at a flat in Hall Street in September 1998.

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Her eldest son has recently had a baby of his own who he'd

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Firefighters say they could still be at plastics recycling

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plant in Stoke-on-Trent for a few more days.

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It's now a week since they were called to the blaze

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The fire is under control but crews still need to get access

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to previously unsafe areas to make sure it's extinguished completely.

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Investigations are underway into what caused a fire

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at a suspected cannabis factory in Birmingham.

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Crews were called to a shop in Walsall's Wood's High Street

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Firefighters then contacted the police after finding the remains

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of what's thought to be 15 plants inside.

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Five of the candidates hoping to become the next MP for Stoke

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head in a live TV debate on the Sunday Politics today.

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Key campaigning issues already appear to be,

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the candidates local links to the area, the impact of Brexit

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on the ceramics industries and the problems in the NHS.

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The Green party is the only local political party to put forefront a

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plan. The Labour Party has been protecting beds at the hospital and

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we have been leaving that game. We have been at the public meetings and

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your cup for the election. And you can find a full list

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candidates on the Politics Local politicians have reacted

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angrily to reports in two national newspapers that the US president

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Donald Trump could hold The Stop Trump Coalition,

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which includes the Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood,

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rejected claims that a speech by the US President

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in the region would attract fewer She says Mr Trump is not

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welcome in the city. Time now for the weather

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and are there chilly times to come? A cold and grey Day

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was plenty of rain and very little brightness but through

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tomorrow we start to see a change. It is already starting to take

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effect as we start to get a clearer coming up from the south, the

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temperature holding up underneath the cloud and with that easterly

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breeze ranging between 1-3. SOme mist patches could

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develop but then we start to see things brightening up

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and the sun breaking through the A nagging easterly wind

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so even though the temperature is getting up to 5-6, I am afraid

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that is going to feel more like 2-3. Another day for wrapping a warm

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but at least the sun is coming out. Midlands Today will be back as usual

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tomorrow just after six o'clock. I'm sure most of us are glad to see

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the back of this weekend. It's been cold, bleak and at times wintry. It

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provided some beautiful weather Watchers photos, like Sheffield

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earlier today. I suspect some of the lying snow will be blown around by

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strong winds starting to develop. The odd spot of drizzle into the far

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north-east. The wind strengthening here. Already signs of something a

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little bit miles, temperatures

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