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Bill Norman Suspended

18 Jul 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum
Second senior management suspension as Cheshire East Council investigates misconduct allegations

Second senior management suspension as Cheshire East Council investigates misconduct allegations


A SECOND member of Cheshire East Council's senior management has been suspended as a result of an internal disciplinary investigation.

Bill Norman, the council's director of legal services and monitoring officer, has been absent from his post since April and has now been officially suspended.

The decision follows the suspension of council CEO Mike Suarez on April 27.

A CEC spokesman said: “The Investigation and Disciplinary Committee reconvened on Friday, July 14, 2017. The committee is considering allegations relating to the conduct of senior officers.

“As a result of Friday’s hearing, the decision has been taken to suspend the director of legal services and monitoring officer in order than an independent investigation is undertaken."

The chairman of the committee said: “We would stress that this suspension is a neutral act taken in the interests of both the council and the director of legal services and monitoring officer.

“It is very important that this investigation is undertaken objectively and therefore it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage.”

In line with arrangements made by the staffing committee on April 27, an interim officer is covering Mr Norman’s role.

As confirmed in April, CEC has made temporary appointments for its positions of chief executive, section 151 officer, and monitoring officer and head of legal services.

The council confirmed that Jan Willis is being paid £1,025 a day, which will be reduced to a monthly salary of £10,626, as acting section 151 officer so current officer Peter Bates can ‘focus on other responsibilities’.

Kath O’Dwyer has been appointed as acting chief executive follow the suspension of Mr Suarez over ‘officer conduct’ in April, and Daniel Dickinson has taken on the responsibilities of Mr Norman.

Mr Dickinson will be paid £2,621 a month on top of his existing salary for the duration of Mr Norman’s absence.

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Less disabled people in Poland compared to the UK?

17 Jul 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

We have just returned from yet another wonderful week in Poland. As in this topic here are we to believe that here are less disabled people in Poland compared to the UK? Or is it that we just have more scammers making a mockery of our benefits system...I took photographs virtually overtime we passed a car park and as you will see, there are only one or two disabled designated bays and guess what, each time they were empty! 



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Tents on Edgar Street roundabout

01 Jul 2017

Posted by adamski in Hereford City

I see there are people camping where the willow used to be this morning!


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SAFFA ( The Armed Forces Charity )


Posted by Ubique in Hereford City
SSAFA Forcesline
Since 1997, we have offered our confidential, free and non-judgemental helpline for the Armed Forces Community. During 2016, the team answered more than 25,000 calls and emails. Contact Forcesline on 0800 731 4880 - lines are open between 09:00 and 17:30 Monday-Friday.

SSAFA also have a drop in Help Desk at Franklin House Council Customer Services . This is covered by SSAFA Volunteers on a Tuesday between 1000 and 1400 . The volunteers are there to help and assist Serving members of our Armed Forces , their families and of course Veterans and their families.

If you know of somebody who needs SSAFA help please tell them to phone the FORCESLINE or phone the County SSAFA. 24/7 help line on 01432 273932

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Italy and the migrants.


Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
There are nigh on two hundred thousand Meditteranean migrants currently languishing in camps in southern Italy.
Italy is going the same way as Greece. High unemployment, a Banking system near to collapse and an emergence of populism that wants out of the European Union. Like Greece, Italy is one of western Europes cultural jewels in its crown and yet, despite all that Italy has given the world, nobody wants the migrants and nobody now wants or can help.
Worse, the migrants are going to still keep coming in the hope that they can get a better life in the West and if you take any notice of the socio political and economic forecasts, the movement of people from Asia and Africa to the west of Europe will continue for decades to come. This problem is not going to go away.
I fully appreciate that many of the East European countries will never ever accept these people into their closed societies and whilst this reality is uncomfortable to deal with and problematic to understand to modern western countries, its left to the West to do what needs to be done. And it can be done. Britain as much as any other nation has proven that it can absorb high numbers of migrants within a very short space of time. Difficult yes, but not beyond the extraordinary talents of the British.
You only have to see that since 2004, which is only a short time ago, Britain has received somewhere between three and four million migrants from the EU. Despite it all, despite our limited housing, we have been good hosts to these millions of people allowing them free and immediate access to housing, education, health care, employment and all our other public services. Yes it's a strain and yes at times it's a burden but Britain did it. We managed to achieve its aims and welcome people who wanted to escape their poverty and get a better life in the West.
And so, if we can do all these wonderful good and kind things for that group of migrants, we can most certainly do it for the people now languishing in Italy. Italy needs Europes help and unless we provide it Italy will be destroyed. Like Greece they've enough problems to deal with and we in Britain should help them.
Germany provided the lead on this issue. It's been at a cost I know but better to try and fail than turn your back and do nothing at all. Britain should extend the hand of friendship to our Italian cousins and accept willingly and freely without the use of any leverage or bargaining chips, all the Meditteranean migrants currently left in limbo in southern Italy. Despite the high numbers we in Britain could achieve wonderful things. We've done it with the millions of EU migrants and we can most certainly do the same thing for the two hundred thousand in Italy.

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Weeds verging on the ridiculous

01 Jul 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible.

In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically  this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free.


Belmont Road Hereford:

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Graham Powell

04 Apr 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

I have known for several weeks about this and it may not be news to any of you guys but here goes.


Two points I will make at this stage.


 Firstly I truly believe it was a great shame that Graham P did not manage to knock Johnson off his throne.


Secondly Indies and IOC please this time do not try to compete talk and think carefully how you are go to play this. If you 2 compete we will end up with another Con in on the Ward.  Get the strategy right this time!! 

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Belmont Rural Neighbourhood Plan referendum

23 Jul 2017

Posted by megilleland in Belmont

Belmont Rural Neighbourhood Plan referendum

Information statement

Herefordshire Council gives notice that a Referendum relating to the Belmont Rural Neighbourhood Development Plan will be held on Thursday 7 September 2017.

The question which will be asked in the referendum is:

Do you want Herefordshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Belmont Rural to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?


I had trouble trying to load up documents. To see all click on link above.

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We Need Better Lane Guidance On Hereford Roundabout

22 Nov 2013

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

'Stay In Lane' Signs Would help here.


Note: The NEW 3rd lane in Edgar Street is for traffic heading for Whitecross or for traffic wanting to go all the way around the roundabout and back down Edgar Street ONLY! It is NOT for people to cut back across to go over the bridge! Traffic for Ross Road needs to be in the left lane and traffic for Belmont or Abergavenny please use the middle lane.


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Blueschool House - Will Heads Roll?

20 Jul 2017

Posted by Aylestone Voice in Open Forum

What a shambles - of course it is only our money. 

Blueschool House was after all a perfectly useable building for the previous occupants - if slightly shabby. Now it seems it will be a monument to muddled thinking, poor decision making and failure



http://councillors.h...dget Update.pdf

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Is this how the Edgar Street Grid will turn out?

13 Jun 2017

Posted by megilleland in Planning

'An embarrassment to the city': what went wrong with the £725m gateway to Cambridge?

Initially planned by Richard Rogers, CB1 was to be a world-class arrival point, with park, piazza, heritage centre and affordable homes. Instead, it’s ‘a future slum’ plagued by antisocial behaviour and sex-trafficking.

This article deserves to be read as it looks a carbon copy for what could happen to our city when the developers and planners get together for the Edgar Street Grid.

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26 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

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Hereford Voice Instagram Photos

27 Mar 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Here are just a couple of recent photographs I created using Instagram. If you would like to follow Hereford Voice on Instagram Click Here


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20 Jul 2017

Posted by Clarkester in Open Forum

Last night (not for the first time) I was awoken at around 00:30 by what at first sounded like a midge or other small high-pitched buzzy insect.

As I lay in bed, vaguely swiping at the possible invader to my boudoir, it dawned on me that it was not actually inside at all, but outside.  As I say, not for the first time, we had an aerial visitor flying about for a prolonged period above the area whee I live (Yazor Road area)

This is the first time I have heard it during the night, but previously I have spent about 20 minutes standing in my back garden watching the drone as it flies around, hovering for a while, then flying off a bit more and repeating.

Has anybody on here noticed anything similar in the area that they live?

I'm not sure what the point could be at that time of night - he typed, desperately trying not to be paranoid...

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Canal road to station approach path

22 Jul 2017

Posted by Robmozz in Hereford City
To little or no fanfare the foot/cycle path between canal road and station approach has opened. I'm assuming this happened recently. I used it last week instead of walking up the private road and around Morrisons. Much more direct and very useful but nobody seems to know about it

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IRAQI & KURDISH Owned Shops Raided Again!

08 Dec 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

***** IRAQI & KURDISH owned shops raided again! ***** 


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All of these shops hide behind names such as: Polski Sklep, Zabka, International Food, Kubus and Super Sams to name just a few and to be totally honest NONE of the shops that have been raided over the past few years including those in Eign Gate Hereford mentioned above have ever been Polish owned! 


The Polish community have been unfairly tarnished and labelled causing divide within the community unnecessarily.


This topic has been created to highlight these issues and if you click on ANY of the past police and trading standards raids listed below within this topic, you will clearly see that all of the shops and businesses mentioned are not owned by Polish people and the only connection is the produce that they sell, alongside produce from many other nations. Sometimes the staff employed maybe Polish or European to help sell these products.


Some of these shops even have the cheek to steal their names and the logo's from big corporate legit Polish companies and appear to get away with that too! Names like Zabka, Kubus and Biedronka are all large Polish companies and brands.


The ONLY Polish owned shop in Hereford as far as we are aware is Edysia at the very bottom of Eign Gate (opposite Peacocks) 


Here is a list of previous raids in Hereford along with the names of the people prosecuted or facing prosecution.


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