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14 Nov 2015

Posted by Roger in Open Forum

RIP ..... :-(

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New Oval Houses Built Too Quickly

20 Nov 2015

Posted by Colin James in The Oval

Taken from this article in the Hereford Times


A SINGLE mum has criticised the way new houses have been built at The Oval because of the stress she has faced with issues at her new build home.

Kelly Jackson, 25, moved into a home in Vortex Way in Newton Farm last December and rents it from Herefordshire Housing, a not-for-profit group which provides affordable homes for county residents.
But she said she has had numerous problems with the house, which have taken months to fix.
Miss Jackson, who is a part-time hairdresser, said: "I am more than happy I have a roof over my head and it has a garden- that's great. But all the trouble I have been having has caused me so much stress."
She said the garden was on a slope when she moved in and wooden slats, which could easily break, were put around the edge of the grass.
A crack which appeared in her upstairs bedroom window took four months to fix, she said, and there was not enough vinyl covering to cover the kitchen floor.
Miss Jackson, who is mum to two-year-old son, Reuben, said the finish is substandard with paint left around the house on light fittings and uneven ceiling edges.
She said: "They get more than enough rent for this place. Why do I have to pay for all these problems? I have got to work and earn this money.
"They are being put up too quickly. You wouldn't get away with it if you were buying it."
The Herefordshire Housing Oval Regeneration has involved demolition, new build and refurbishment.
Spokesman for the group, Samantha Baker, said: "We have been working closely with Miss Jackson to try to overcome the problems she has faced at her new build property and we have appointed a designated member of the team to help her through this process.
"It is common for new build properties to have minor defects, this is due to the component parts within properties settling down, e.g. woodwork, plaster work.
"At The Oval, a few minor issues have arisen but we have successfully worked with tenants and our onsite contractor, Keepmoat, to resolve these quickly and to their satisfaction."
Since April, 50 properties at The Oval project have become homes to tenants, with one complaint. Ms Baker said through satisfaction surveys, 90 percent of these tenants have been happy with their new homes.



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The Spread Eagle

23 Nov 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Saw this on Facebook very surprised none of the city dwellers on here have picked up on this


The Spread Eagle is to open up as a Fish & Chip bar but we've heard reports that people who had bookings for Christmas meals at the Spread Eagle haven't been contacted despite menus being sent out.

UPDATE: The Spread Eagle is now a fish and chip bar. The current owners decided on a new venture. Customers who booked Christmas lunches however weren't notified of the likely change. We are led to believe this will happen over the coming days as the bar is expected to still serve a Christmas menu.



Even more surprised that they can get away with that colour of paint is it really in keeping with the rest of the street?

The Spread Eagle in #Hereford is to become a fish and chip bar. What do you think of the change?



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Work Begins On New Skate Park

10 Nov 2015

Posted by Colin James in Newton Farm

The work on the new skate park in the fields at the top of Newton Farm has begun. Contractors had already fenced off the old park and have starting dismantling it today. This skate park was built in the 90's and is well used and in much need of replacing. 


The project is being funded by Hereford Housing as it is their land.


Skate Park 1.jpg

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Shame of EU wasn't it?

14 Nov 2015

Posted by Steve Major in Open Forum

I remember the topic that bobby47 started called the Shame Of The European Union...It should be renamed to the European Union SHAME! 


Angela Merkel - this is blood on your hands.


One of the Paris terrorists passed through Greece in October as a Syrian refugee! So where are all the looney left wing tree huggers now?

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Coffee#1 Opening In Hereford

26 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

Plans have been submitted this week for change of use at 4/5 High Town from retail to coffee shop. Coffee#1 are a national company with over 50 stores nationwide.




Coffee#1 opened its first store on Wood Street Cardiff in 2001. Since then, we’ve spent the last twelve years making a name for ourselves, serving up the finest ethical, gourmet coffee around South Wales, South West and the South Coast.

We now have nearly 50 coffee shops sprinkled across Wales, South West and the South Coast. We’ve picked up two BSA awards along the way and won the title ‘Best UK Coffee Chain’ the past five years in a row!
In our coffee shops you’ll find beautifully handcrafted coffee made with passion and skill served up in cosy coffee houses with lashings of character and cheer. Our beans are ethical and our milk is sourced from local dairy farms!
Pop in for buttery teacakes, a wholesome bowl of porridge or a breakfast bap to accompany your morning coffee; ‘Protect’, ‘boost’ and ‘cleanse’ yourself with our freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable ‘Super Juices’ (a refreshing way to start your day!!) or be tempted by the aroma of a freshly baked pastry.
Fancy a spot of lunch? Try out our new fine selection of lunch time goodies, we’ve got something for everyone. For that light bite, we’ve delicious wraps, savoury croissants and sandwiches but if you’ve worked up an appetite our toasted ciabattas and artisan barra gallegas will definitely hit the spot!!
We have the most marvellous array of teas and scrumptious cakes not just for afternoon tea but an all day temptation.

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New temporary library opening in Hereford Town Hall

23 Nov 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

The temporary Library at the Town Hall on St Owen Street is due to open Tuesday 24 November at 9.30

The Town Hall Library will offer a selection of titles and provide access to the whole of the county’s library stock. Titles on the Herefordshire Library catalogue may be reserved free of charge online.


Town Hall Hereford.jpg


The opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 to 5pm; Friday 9.30 to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. On a Saturday, customers can ring a bell to be given access to the library.

The main entrance to the Town Hall is at the front of the building on St Owen Street, with an accessible entrance to the rear of the building.

There are additional public computers available for use at the Courtyard on Edgar Street and Herefordshire Housing, The Learning Box at Brierley Court, off Turner Lane in Hereford.

The book drop off box at Shirehall will still remain available until Friday December 4.

A timetable of works, costing in the region of £86k, for the safe removal of asbestos from the building, can now be put in place.

For more information on library services please go to www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries

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Saracens Head Open Again

08 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

It is good to see The Saracens Head open again. It looked busy too to be fair.



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Cleaning Road Signs

31 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I was out bright and early this morning doing my bit for the community, cleaning more road signs.







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Hereford Times Imposter!

23 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Hereford Times - Someone Using Same Name As Hereford Voice.




They have registered using the names Herefords Voice and also Hereford Voices (Notice the S) 


I have written to Clive at the Hereford Times as someone has registered as Herefords Voice on their website, notice the S on the end of their name.


We are Hereford Voice

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Like Radio

13 May 2015

Posted by Roger in Open Forum



A fledgling new Radio Station is being set up in Hereford (covers Worcester as well) .... For info ... They are aiming to broadcast on the internet and DAB radio .... 


Like Radio - Radio for the 21st Century!
We are Like Radio, a radio station who is striving to provide truly local radio within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Radio across the 2 counties in our opinion in now starting to sound bland, boring and be of little relevance to the area. We believe radio in the two counties needs personality, localism and our station will bring this back! The station will truly be for the 21st Century using the latest technology and techniques to integrate and interact with the audience, and of course promote local businesses. We are even creating a way that listeners can help decide our weekly playlist!
We are an experienced team with our 30 combined years experience in the media and most importantly the radio industry, with one team member Ian Davies, being a popular presenter within our target area for the past 8 years. 
Our Campaign
Ask yourself these questions:
- Fed up of presenters sounding like robots?
-Fed up of hearing the same songs day in, day out?
-Fed up with presenters not knowing anything about the area they cover?
-Most importantly, do you like radio? 
We are going to bring truly local radio for the 21st Century to Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The majority of our programming will be produced from our studio and premises in Hereford. We are going to provide a new format and formula which gives the listeners more control than any other radio station within our area. We will have full interaction with the listeners throughout the core times of the day, many request programmes, all topics relevant to our core area and we are building a voting platform for the listeners to decide what should be on our A-List.
We believe this is important as it will show the big groups that local radio can still work and that networking is not required. We also want to build this station so similar stations by us could be rolled out across the country in the future.
Like Radio will show how radio for the 21st Century should be done!


Like Radio Crowd Funding Page




DJ Ian Davies is heavily involved. 

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Freedom Church Back In The News.

17 Jan 2015

Posted by dippyhippy in Open Forum

I meant to post this last night, but forgot!


I see that Freedom Church is making headlines once again, for all the wrong reasons. Over at Hereford Times an article states that they have been asked to leave Swansea University Campus, after blitzing it with leaflets, and holding religious services on site.


Not the first time their recruitment methods have been questioned. Anyone else remember the campaign which saw lollipops handed out to children outside the school gates? Tactics which at best could be described as showing a complete lack of judgement, at worst, rather sinister.


I also seem to recall being told that at one point in the not too distant past, a company whose staff consisted of  several leading lights within this church, had been given a contract to deliver sex education to pupils in some Herefordshire Schools. 


I have real concerns about this pay to pray organisation. 


How do others feel?

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Restricted Road Access

08 Nov 2015

Posted by DILLIGAF in The Oval

Keepmoat & Contractors will be digging up the highways around the Oval (shop circle) over the next few days/weeks. This is to install new services to cooperate with the existing ones. This will cause obvious disruptions around that area. Certain areas will be closed off completely during scheduled works. Restricted access in places. Please use alternative routes as necessary.
The main disruptions will be the school run as Goodrich grove recieves more thoroughfare, could I ask Drivers using the A465 to be a little more considerate and allow a vehicle or two to exit in front at Goodrich grove? I also know that traffic volume on westholme rd will also increase. Please do keep the Tesco roundabout clear. Thanks.
This may also be the time to recampaign to switch off the traffic lights, to elevate the volume.

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Rented HA garage broken roof.

02 Jun 2015

Posted by DILLIGAF in Newton Farm
So the roof pours when it rains. I've rented it for years and years and it's just degraded over time. My stuff will be ruined when it's in there as I need storage for an imminent move. I only previously had my trailer in there, no biggie, yet been leaking at the back for years, now it's all of it! Phoned HA today, response was, "not priority, and they are only for car storage!" We'll send someone to look.
Well no1, nothing in the contract States it's purpose, no2, you can't get a modern car in it and no3 it was patched with a blob of silicon here and there many years ago!!
Where do I stand on this one? It's not fit for purpose, it hasn't been maintained in many many years previous phoned about roof again, nothing done, and the roof is asbestos? Yet I'm still expected to pay a monthly rent! Am I within my right to withhold rent until the roof is replaced?

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Another fatal accident A49s

20 Nov 2015

Posted by DILLIGAF in Open Forum
Two fatalities in as many months. Almost in identical spots.
I knew Smiler........ Rip my friend.

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Christmas lights switch on date change

27 Oct 2015

Posted by ragwert in Hereford City

Back to Sundays again for some absurd reason. Sunday Novermber 15th at 5pm. Also posting comments has been blocked on this topic,I wonder why 


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