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Hereford Library & Museum Update

07 Mar 2016

Posted by M. Preece in Historic Hereford Buildings

Copied from the Herefordshire Council website:

Herefordshire Council has agreed to extend the time frame for the Hereford Library Users Group to formulate their proposals for the refurbishment of the library and museum building.


The group has been campaigning for many years for a better library facility for Hereford and proposals include transforming the building into a centre for recreational, public and cultural services.


In December, the council’s Cabinet committed to work with the users group as they come up with future options for the library building, which also houses the Museum and Art Gallery and the Woolhope Club.


Since then the users group has been engaged in extensive consultation to find out if a major redevelopment is possible and feasible.  This included a public meeting where overwhelming support was expressed for exploring a major improvement scheme to turn the building into a cultural centre for Hereford.


John Faulkner of the Hereford Library Users Group, said:


“We have received considerable support for pursuing a significant development of the site and the council has agreed for us to have an extension of time until the end of March, to formulate the proposals in more detail.”



A report on the initial options for the future operation of the museum service, based on a recent independent service review, will be discussed by Cabinet this month. The report is available on the Cabinet agenda webpage.



Work to remove the asbestos is under way by Hereford Asbestos Services and it’s anticipated to be completed later this month.



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Unnecessary Traffic Queues in Hereford

21 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Last night we had a very brief reprieve from the weeks of road works and traffic queues on the Belmont Road in Hereford. The traffic lights were removed! Today I drove into the city with no traffic whatsoever, traffic lights and roadworks were completely gone however, on my return late this afternoon, I was surprised to be sat in traffic again.


Can someone please explain to me why oh why we have traffic lights for a few traffic cones that surround fresh air? If more roadworks are going to be started this week, why could they not just set up the lights and cones at the same time? Do we really need traffic lights on a Sunday? This also came as a surprise because there has been no work carried out on a Sunday since these roadworks began, yet some clown was working today in order to cause this chaos, this is totally unnecessary.


On another note, I see that the cyclist thinks that the traffic lights do not apply to him...


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Just to be clear, these traffic lights are currently facing the Oval shops, there is a zoomed out photo below


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Redevelopment of former Records Office, Harold Street

28 Jun 2016

Posted by twowheelsgood in Bartonsham

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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Finally! They Have Cut The Grass in Sydwall Road

22 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in Belmont

Well, after several conversations with Cllr Tracey Bowes and in turn conversation that she has had with other people finally, the overgrown grass in the field in Sydwall Road was cut today! Balfour Beatty had to use a brush cutter initially to lower the height of the grass as it was way to high for their mower to tackle. 


It was lovely to see some kids playing football again on here this afternoon.


Here are a few photographs that I managed to take while grass was being cut.


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We do however have large bails of what looks like straw now scattered around the field but hey this is still  excellent news.


Thank you Cllr Bowes for all your help in getting this grass cut.  :Thumbs-Up:

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Bishops Meadows

15 Aug 2016

Posted by DILLIGAF in Hereford City
After visiting Swansea/Mumbles over the weekend, I realised what an under used area the Meadows is. Why does it not get utilised more, especially during the summer months? Singleton Park has a boating lake, mini fun rides and bouncy castle for U12s, play park with NO LITTER and no damage, various groups of different ages doing different activities, and food & bar caravans. Not one copper or litter picker in sight! Oh and I didn't even have to pay for parking all day...

What have we got........
Scorched grass where childhood memories lie and extortionate parking charges.
Yes I had to explain why the pool disappeared.
Yes she would like it back! So would I!


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The Beryl and John Trust Application

10 Apr 2016

Posted by Colin James in Belmont

The Beryl and John Trust (Charity 1158993) Grant Application Form.


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Do you qualify for a grant?


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Attached File  Beryl & John Trust.pdf   3.09MB   51 downloads


Original discussion can be found here.

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Double yellows by Co-op

11 Jun 2015

Posted by Adrian symonds in Holmer and Victoria Park

A order have been put in to have Double yellows by the co-op, about time as well. It is a accident waiting to happen and I am surprised that we have not had one yet, or maybe have.

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BRPC Not Spending Precept - Bank Balance Over £100K

13 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in Belmont

Why is the bank balance of the BRPC showing over £100k?



Why is OUR money Not being used within the Belmont Rural Parish?


The concentration of effort appears to be limited on or around the Jubilee fields.


I requested a Salt Bin back last November for Glastonbury Close and it was refused/deferred now this is something that would cost less than £100 to buy and very little to maintain. I also highlighted the lack of gritting in Belmont way back in 2010 in this topic about No Gritting.


We have overgrown tree's and bushes which the council do not have the money to maintain unless it becomes and health and safety issue. Some of these trees are that tall and overgrown they prevent street light for illuminating the footpath below.


We also have various public open spaces of long grass which has not be cut or maintained for sometime, Sydwall Road is a good example. The long grass and bushes around the length of the brook could do with being sorted out and the rubbish that is in the brook and causing blockages along the route could also be cleaned up with Parish money which is just sat in the bank account.


The BRPC are advertising for a handyman, who could possibly tackle some of these jobs and do this work but from my understanding this position is ONLY for only 5 hours a week! To be totally realistic what is a single person going to be able to do in just 5 hours a week? Why not use some of this money to actually employ someone full time? Pay them a wage!


I am sure that there are many other things that this money that the BRPC are reluctant to spend could be used on, after all, it is OUR MONEY! 


Please add your suggestions and idea's on what this money could be used on within the parish and I will gladly put these idea's forward at a future meeting.

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6 Weeks Roadworks & Hardly Any Work Appears Being Don...

03 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in Hunderton

The only respite we seem to enjoy other than when the traffic lights break down and fail on the Belmont Road in Hereford (A465) is when the kids are on holiday from school. Now we do not have just 2-3 weeks of road works we have the WHOLE 6 weeks that the kids are off replaced with an even bigger nightmare for drivers!  They did exactly the same in the same location last year.


I do not know if this is just me? Every time I have driven and sat in the endless slow queue of traffic on the Belmont Road, I get to the traffic lights expecting to see lots of busy workman trying to complete this work and to be honest, all we see is the exact opposite! The first time we noticed a guy on the digger asleep, yes asleep (maybe he was on his break) and there were 3 other guys chatting. Later the same evening we I returned to Hereford, there was 1 bloke sat with some earphones listening to something connect near the traffic lights but the other men were not to be seen. Yesterday we drove past and saw only 2 guys both were just leaning on a post and chatting, the same again last night. 


We did not see any work being done over the weekend.


Here are just a few random photographs I took this week but I will try and get a few more.


I appreciate that this is essential work but surely, they could reduce this work to a couple of weeks if they had a few more men and reducing the length of time required and in turn opening this busy road again.


Anyone else noticed this?



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Taurus Healthcare.

11 Sep 2014

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
Another empire in the making. Not so long ago the great and the good decided quite rightly that the walk in Asda Surgery was a huge drain upon the resources of the City GP Practices. Every single time a patient walks inside the Asda surgery the Practice that the patient is registered with gets the bill. It's hugely costly, its a huge drain upon the NHS resources and as far as Im concerned getting rid of Asda would make financial sense.
But what do they do to rid themselves of this problem? They create Taurus. They grab a hold of Berrows House, get a pile of funding from all the Doctors Surgeries and its decided that their brief will be to take on the responsibility of examining patients who might have an orthopaedic injury. The idea I guess is to get the patient referred from their local doctor, decide whether or not there is a need for a referral to a Consultant and away we go saving us all millions.
Trouble is, they quickly decided that it wasn't working, it was a money loss making machine and so they changed the rules and began carrying out general work dressing it up as taking away the strain and still saving us millions.
Course, to make it all function, you need an empire and that is now whats been done. They've decided that the Asda walk in centre ain't never going to go anytime soon so they've conveniently forgot the original grand and noble cause and simply begun to build their empire by paying the best to get the best. Every day and night of the week the place is staffed by a Doctor who's on two hundred quid an hour, two nurses on eighteen quid an hour, Health Care workers who are on a lump of money and nobody knows where they are. That's right! Nobody knows where the premises are.They are actually to be found in Wargrave House and the staff who are there sit there bored for hours on end because very few patients ever come through the doors. They ain't doing anything. There's little or nothing to do because few people know where they are and the local GP Surgeries can't be bothered to send their patients there because they'd pretty much decided its a huge waste of time and a waste of money.
But that's only the start of it. They are building big. They are recruiting staff at a fast rate of speed and albeit the contracts are for only nine months, they are paying way over the going rate and telling the staff that this little gravey train ain't for stopping and the employment will go on beyond the end of the nine months.
Staff who are working within local Surgeries have signed up on the Taurus recruitment data base so that they can get some evening work doing nothing and getting paid a great deal more than they get normally get paid. The fact that few people ever get through the door to see them is something that seems to be of little concern. They've got their grand titles, their huge hourly rate and pretty soon now, they'll be able to produce you and I a graph that'll show how they are saving us all millions and how they've taken the strain away from all the overwhelmed surgeries who can't cope because there are far to many people registered for care.
It's madness! If you ask any public servant or health care professional how to go about building an empire they'll say build, build quick, pay the best, create pointless tiers of bureaucracy and do it so quickly that it'll be near on impossible to dismantle the madness.
This is the way it is. This is the way of things. You can take some really good and capable Doctors and other Health Care professionals, seduce them with the idea of power and increased wealth and before you know it you've created another slice of pointless rubbish that'll eventually end up filed under, 'Another Expensive Bad Idea' that didnt save us money, didnt reduce the strain on GP Surgeries but made a lot of people a great deal of money doing next to buggar all.

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16 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum


 15th Oct 2015  Midlands  Storm Rannard


A number of defence and security companies are eyeing investment opportunities at Hereford's enterprise zone following an industry event.

More than 45 businesses met with representatives from the Skylon Park enterprise zone at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) at London’s ExCel arena.

It has now been revealed that up to ten businesses are set to enter further discussions regarding the availability of land and existing accommodation at the site.

Bill Jackson, chairman of the Hereford Enterprise Zone, said: "This is very positive news for the zone and Skylon Park, especially as this was the first time that we have been represented at this prestigious event.

"As the only enterprise zone in the UK to have a dedicated defence and security focus, we feel that we have a very attractive offer to these organisations."

Skylon Park is currently home to more than 80 defence and security companies.



 Will this add fuel to the argument for the SLR?

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Police Release Photographs - Christian Bagley Murder

21 Dec 2015

Posted by Colin James in Police & Crime

Christian Bagley was killed on Father's Day in Hereford six months ago today. West Mercia Police have today released two images of people they would like to speak to. Do you recognise yourself in these images? If so, you could hold vital information which could help the police find who killed Christian.

With Christmas just around the corner help the police to give Christian’s family the justice they deserve. If you have any information call the incident room on 0800 056 0944 or call 101.
£10,000 is being offered for information which leads to the conviction of those responsible for Christian’s death. ‪#‎speakupforchristian‬
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The first man officers are keen to trace is a white man with an Eastern European accent who was seen on the river towpath and entered Costcutter just after 11:30pm the day before Christian was killed (June 20). He is thought to be aged in his mid-20s and was seen wearing an Adidas cap, a dark jacket with a light coloured motif on the front left side, light coloured tracksuit style trousers and trainers with distinctive blue laces.
A second white man was seen on the Belmont Road at approximately 10.20pm on the night Christian was killed. He is thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s with short blond or highlighted spiky looking hair and was wearing smart black trousers, black shoes, a white long sleeved shirt with a dark and silver waistcoat.
The same man was also seen leaning against a wall near Poole Road and walking past McDonald's drive-through on Belmont Road at approximately 11pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said: "These two men were in the area the same weekend Christian was killed and as of yet they are unidentified. We are keen to speak these individuals as they could hold vital information to assist the investigation.
"If you recognise yourself in these pictures please come forward to police as soon as possible.
"Despite it being six months after Christian's death the investigation continues as rigorously as it was in its early stages. We are actively investigating a number of possible scenarios and all additional information could assist in this aspect.
"Christian's family need answers. They are now facing their first Christmas without a much loved family member. I would urge anyone who knows anything which could assist our investigation to look to their conscience, especially at this time of year, and help us bring Christian and his family justice."
West Mercia Police says up to £10,000 is being offered for any information which results in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Christian Bagley.
Anyone with information should call the non-emergency 101 number quoting the incident reference 717s of 21st June or contact the incident room on 0800 056 0944.
Information can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org



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18 Aug 2016

Posted by DILLIGAF in Newton Farm
Today I saw JK in Radford Gardens park, at first I thought he was lost! then I realised he was with a few new recruits litter picking.
The constant litter on this new park is from the same culprits day in day out. Having witnessed and challenged them myself I feel it's time to get the local Bobby round too and make them clear it up. Every little helps; maybe!
The group in question are aged between 13-17 both boys and girls around 8-10 of them. They usually arrive after Tea and vacate around ten, ten thirty pm daily unless it's raining! The mess they leave is disgusting, bottles chip wrappers, sweets etc. I believe them to be localish but not in the direct vacinity of the park. The same group are also responsible for the mindless vandalism around the building site - just for kicks!
So thanks to Jim & co for clearing this mess today it's not even on his patch. Top bloke. Don't forget to drop them sticks off to me Jim. Cheers.

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Saving The Working Boys Home *UPDATE*

13 Mar 2014

Posted by dippyhippy in Hereford City

The OLM is due to open soon - an ugly building, which in my opinion will split the city in two, and most certainly have a detrimental effect on High Town.

It has been built with no thought for the environment in which it sits, and is regarded by many as a blot on the landscape.


We have some truly beautiful buildings in our city, and one of them is now at great risk of being demolished. I know many of you will not give two hoots about it, but I do! So much so, that I have challenged myself to write my very first thread!

The Working Boys Home was erected between 1878 and 1895. English Heritage has refused to recommend its listing on the questionable grounds that it is "not sufficiently intact or of sufficient architectural merit". It is within a designated Conservation Area, and is close to several other significant buildings with "Venn" connections. That's John Venn - surely one of this cities greatest ever citizens.

Many believe, myself included, that this building would lend itself to a sympathetic conversion for residential housing, in much the same way as the former General Hospital, and Eye Hospital.

Although I have made several phone calls, and spoken to a number of people, I have been unable to discover if Herefordshire Council has even invited offers from property developers.


Here is where it all gets a tad murky for my liking. Whether you care about this building or not, the following should ring alarm bells.

The notorious "land swap" deal between Herefordshire Council and the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority has been stitched up, for want of a better phrase, between Cllr Johnson, and a Cllr Podger - who is the chair of Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

From what I can find out, this has been without the local ward councillor - Mark Hubbard - either being present, or even consulted!


This is an extremely one sided deal.

HWFA get an enormous 1.6 acre site.

Herefordshire Council get a site half that size, plus the bill for demolishing the existing fire station! Then, yes you guessed it, it will become a surface level car park!


This is not a good deal by anybodys standards!!


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Keepmoat Control Parking?

04 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in The Oval

Since when have Keepmoat been in a position to dictate who can park on the public highway? 


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Work Begins on New Asda Garage

09 Aug 2016

Posted by Colin James in Asda

The groundworks for the new Asda garage have begun.


The original planning application and discussions you will find here - here and also here


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Here is the original planning application submitted in January 2012

Attached File  AppForm 3854-2.pdf   2.45MB   53 downloads

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