CAR parking charges have been reintroduced in Ludlow although the town’s park and ride bus service is still not operational.

There is concern that making people pay to park may put a dent in things as the town seeks to recover and bounce back.

“This could not be worse timed. Ludlow is beginning to recover from lockdown but it is a long haul ahead,” said Andy Boddington, Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North.

“Social distancing is a challenge everywhere but more so in a historic town with narrow streets and pleasantly ancient pubs, restaurants and cafes. Free parking in the Galdeford and Smithfield car parks should be part of Ludlow’s offer over the summer.”