Sad news that one of the team members Alex Evans has died.
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Paul Keetch has died at the age of just 56
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The PM has announced her intention to call a General election on 8th June
saying it is the only way to guarantee certainty & security for the Country during our
exit from EU
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It has come to my attention that there has been a considerable amount of anger & frustration at the regeneration of 'The Oval' over on Mybook Facespace or whatever it is? In particular, construction traffic and muddy roads etc. As I have been briefed, the case is, that someone will get run over by the construction traffic, excessive amounts of mud on the roads and health and safety issues amongst others; One jolly fellow even posted the site managers phone number and email , the disbelief! Its not that hard to find!!
As I live on said construction site, in their defence, they have two sweepers constantly on the go daily, one is done by the forklift drivers with a big brush, the other is a contracted Wye Valley scarab thingy! The construction traffic will always allow traffic to pass where feasible, and wait if you are approaching. The trouble is really from other road users who have no consideration when parking at the oval and those who are racing around the site trying to short-cut the Belmont road traffic; many times I have had a near miss from oncoming traffic, who are speeding and unaware of the the Highway Code.
Then you have the school walk folk moaning about how their kids are going to get knocked over on the road! Hello! - What are they doing on the road in the first place? As I too do the nursery ride, I use the lines, gaining entry from Newman Close, avoiding most of the construction traffic and using the highway code, and not using the Belmont road entry as most of these 'moaners' do. There is also the Ethelstan Crescent entry for those that live further up.
As for Health and Safety, quit the fags, do more exercise than just walking the kids to school and keep your kids under control; You may live longer and keep your kids safe in the process! There are frequent site visits from H&S personnel, and I’m damn sure if there were any issues they will be dealt with immediately.
Oh and as of Monday 11th the Oval road will be shut. So you'll have to walk further or use Goodrich Grove. The Oval Shops will be open for business as normal.
If someone would like to share to the Facespace page please do.
Rich, Neil, Dave and the Keepmoat team have kept me happy.
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Is this going to be a 2 horse race in South Herefordshire? I suspect it will be unless the others can come up with something a little more inspiring.
We have yet to see any manfiestos perhaps they are all still thinking. Hopefully in their quest to win nobody will be called a mugwump!
We have had a Con PM for 7 years - a Con Leader of Herefordshire Council for 14 years and 2 Con MP's for 16 and 7 years respectively. Whose fault is it? Is it complacency? Are we satisfied with our lot? Or is it just fate?
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People may be interested to read the detail behind the national parties manifestoes. Not many weeks left to arrive at a reasoned decision when it comes to vote. It is not so much what they are spouting on about what we hear and see courtesy of the biased British media, but what their ideas are under the surface and to be implemented after the election.
The answers lie within:
Conservative Party Manifesto
Labour Party Manifesto
Liberal Democrats Manifesto
Green Party Manifesto
UKIP Party Manifesto
From Herefordshire Council News - 12th May 2017
The Report of the Herefordshire Independent Remuneration Panel will be considered at next week's Council meeting.
Herefordshire Council has published the Report of the Herefordshire Independent Remuneration Panel, making recommendations on Councillor’s allowances, to support the new constitution, which is due to be considered by Full Council on Friday 19 May.
The independent panel has reviewed existing arrangements and made recommendations on the allowances that may be payable. The report includes analysis of allowances paid by similar unitary councils across the country for comparison. The council must have regard to the report when making or amending the scheme. Any decision will be taken by a vote at Full Council.
The recommendations are based on the principles of the Councillor’s Commission, which aim to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to serve as local Councillors, to compensate Councillors for their work and have regard to the full range of commitment and complexity of their roles, while providing transparency and observing benchmarks.
The recommendations made by the panel include:
• Increasing the basic annual allowance that all Councillors received from £7,400 to £8,489 (14.7% increase - 53 councillors @ £1,089 = £57,717 increase )
• That the Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) for the role of the Leader of the Council be set at 4 x the new Basic Allowance (£33,956 per year)
• That the SRA for the role of Cabinet Member be set at 1.75 x new Basic Allowance (£14,856 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of Chairman of the Council, Scrutiny Committee Chairman, and Chairman of Planning and Regulatory Committee is set at 1.25 x new Basic Allowance (£10,611 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of Chairman of Licensing Sub-Committee, Chairman of Audit and Governance Committee, and the Council’s Member representative on the Adoption Panel be set at 0.75 x new Basic Allowance (£6,366 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of the Cabinet Support Member remain as an allowance of up to 50% of the Cabinet member allowance, subject to the total budget currently allocated for individual cabinet members not being exceeded.
• That the SRA for the role of Group Leader remain unchanged at £1,634 (plus £124 per group member) provided group membership exceeds 10% of the Council’s total membership.
• That the current scheme in relation to payment of no more than one SRA per Councillor (with the exception of the Group Leaders’ SRA) remain unchanged.
There are further recommendations on childcare and dependants’ careers scheme, travel and subsistence scheme, which remain unchanged, although it is recommended that claims be made within a year of the spend.
Meanwhile Matt Whittaker, chief economist at the Resolution Foundation, said:
“Pay is now expected to be £320 lower this year than was predicted just three months ago, and more than £900 lower than the Bank thought this time last year.
“The pay squeeze we’re currently experiencing is set to continue throughout the year, resulting in a renewed phase of living standards stagnation over the coming years.”
Nice to know we are all in this together! As only 8 councillors in the Cabinet appear to make all the decisions and never listen to the public and ratepayers, why not get rid of the other 45 councillors and save a possible £382,005. They can then run the authority as a dictatorship. Oh, they already do!
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Holmer trading est will be demolished and replaced with 120 new homes.
Part of the Hereford to Gloucester canal will also be restored
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Well these new smart artificial intelligence sensor traffic lights look promising...Herefordshire Council take note.
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Disposal of the former Records Office in Harold Street - selling it to Cathedral School - was put to and approved by Cabinet in November last year, and we now hear that the Cathedral School are shortly to submit a planning application to clear the historic site and build a 40+ bed accommodation block for foreign students.
More details when we have them!
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Traffic westbound today has been a total nightmare - Ledbury Road into town - I gave up this morning after moving 200 yards in 20 minutes and tried again this afternoon. For some reason the right turn into Widemarsh Street has been shut and this seemed to be the cause of it. Incredible that traffic continues to be balanced on such a knife edge. Obviously the traffic lights weren't re-sequenced to take into account the closure. The cost to business and the environmental pollution is mind boggling, but, as ever, the Plough Lane pen pushers were safely ensconced in meetings, happy that they will be paid handsomely no matter how badly they do their jobs.
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In the news yesterday was the, in my opinion, frankly astounding news regarding our glorious PM's views on fox hunting.
I, personally, find this story abhorrent that in this day and age, the Prime Minister of our country can actually believe that hunting foxes with hounds is acceptable and is prepared to give parliament a free vote n order to repeal the ban.
It makes me wonder what our current MP feels about this?
I have contacted him asking that question, not that I am expecting a reply any time soon.
Also, what are the views of Jesse's most likely possible replacement, Mr Kenyon?
Is Mrs May that confident in the run up to the election that she feels she can say anything, knowing that however backwards it may seem to civilised people, she will still win the upcoming election?
If the Tories win again, I see very dark days ahead...
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Any news affecting the Wye Valley NHS Trust?
The Daily Mail says there are 45 NHS trusts affected, but their location map only shows 37.
There is a general statement on the NHS website.
Nothing on the Hereford Times website, obviously waiting for the office to open on Monday.
Latest (Sunday 13th May)
Item on BBC H&W radio say there are no hospitals affected in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
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Hereford Times Offline Again?
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On a more positive theme there have been some encouraging discussions about new stores opening in Hereford.
Ragwert has informed us that the designer store Flannels is one of those shops due to open in the former H&M store in Commercial Street
photo courtesy of ilovenewcastleuk
Who else is opening in High Town Hereford?
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Herefordshire Council’s electoral services have published the ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’, which details the constituency candidates standing for the UK General Election on 8 June 2017.
North Herefordshire Constituency:
- Ellie Chowns – The Green Party
- Arthur St John Devine – Independent
- Jeanie Falconer – Liberal Democrats
- Sasha Rose Alicia Norris – Independent
- Roger William Page – Labour Party
- Bill Wiggin – The Conservative Party
Hereford and South Herefordshire Constituency:
- Anna Coda – Labour Party
- Lucy Ann Hurds – Liberal Democrats
- Jim Kenyon – Independent
- Jesse Norman – The Conservative Party
- Gwyn James Price – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
- Diana Stella Toynbee – The Green Party
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