LUDLOW will host the first in a series of outreach meetings to be held by Lezley Picton, the leader of Shropshire Council.

Council Leader Lezley Picton is to host a first Meet the Leader session in the county later this month.

She will be at Ludlow Museum and Resource Centre, for the two hour session on Tuesday, October from 10am to 12pm midday.

Anyone can come along to this and sit down with her to share their ideas to help make Shropshire an even better place. Slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“When I was elected Council Leader in the summer, I made clear that how important it is that get out and about, meet with and listen to people of Shropshire and their ideas to help make Shropshire a better place for all our communities,” said councillor Picton, who became leader of the Council following the elections last May when the previous leader Peter Nutting was not returned to the council.

“I can’t promise solutions for every suggestion, but I do promise to listen and, wherever possible, see how we can get behind the best ideas from the community that will benefit Shropshire.

“One of the most important steps is to get out, meet people and hear what’s most important to them.”

The council leader can be expected to face questions about a range of issues.

One of these is likely to be the future of youth services and of Ludlow Youth Centre.

It has been suggested that the Council may seek to sell the land on which the youth centre stands.

The other issues that may well come up include the effect of parking charges on the town as it struggles to retain its independent shops.

There is also a feeling that Ludlow and the south of the county has had to play second fiddle to Shrewsbury and the north when it comes to council priorities over the years.

Anyone who can’t make it to a Meet the Leader session can email their ideas to Lezley Picton at