EMERGENCY funding has had to be found by Ludlow Town Council to pay for clearing waste from a town centre car park.

The Council is trying to resolve a problem with a contractor but in the meantime has had to deal with waste including fly-tipping in Castle Street car park.

Traders using the market have been told that they will have to take away rubbish in bin bags that have been provided by the Council.

Stall holders who fly tip have been warned that they could face a charge as the Town Council looks to deal with a problem that has threatened to be a health hazard.

Rubbish that has been dumped on the car park includes fish waste and other food that has been giving off a nasty smell as it rots.

Because Ludlow Town Council is not a waste disposal authority it has had to pay Shropshire Council to remove waste from the car park.

Earlier this year Vivienne Parry, who is a town councillor and represents Ludlow South on Shropshire Council, said that she had seen rats foraging in the car park in day light.

There is concern that as well as the potential for a health hazard the rubbish will create a bad impression as Ludlow works to bring back visitors.