.. it just took to get from The Victory to the Police Station. I'm getting so ******* sick of this.
Consequently, the items that I had due for pick up from local shops have now been cancelled and ordered elsewhere online for delivery. I'm not ******* sitting through that again.
I really do pity those local trades people who have to drive around this **** hole on a daily basis.
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Why are all of the schools in Hereford now only running until 2pm ? All this week when I've be out the school kids are all leaving at 2 - 2.15pm and going home. I suppose it's now inhumane to have them do a full day of education.
30 jobs to be shed to improve services! ~ I can't link to the actual story on the Hereford Times as it's been removed. It was only up for a short time ...
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Every year, first quarter, these shops get raided, found to be in possession of countless articles of illegal imports etc. They then either get a fine or shut down and then open up again under someone elses name from the group.
We know who they are even if the Hereford Times are censoring that part of the information and, surprise surprise, disabling comments again.
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CCTV Released In Hereford Burglary Investigation
Police officers are releasing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at a Co-operative store in Hereford.
The incident happened at the Co-op shop in Ledbury Road on Saturday 14 December between 2.15am and 3am.
The stock room was broken into and then there was an attempt to enter the shop and office which were locked.
A man captured on CCTV at the premises is described as having dark hair, aged between 28 and 40 years, he has a large wide nose and possibly had a black swollen eye at the time of the offence. He was wearing a dark hoody with white cords in the collar and a grey hoody over the top with black writing on the right upper arm.
PC Cathryn Blake of Hereford Police said: “We would like to hear from anyone who knows this man or recognises him from the CCTV picture. We would also like to appeal to the man himself to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Blake at Hereford police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quoting incident number 136s 141213.
Alternatively, please remember that information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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There are some more pretty big potholes around the Tesco bus exit area of the big roundabout in town.
The one on the left lane at the traffic lights / cross roads at the end of the city wall just before you get onto the new bridge is a lot deeper now as well, hit that with any speed and it's going to cause problems!
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The Herefordshire Council have an online survey about the parking in Hereford. In my opinion, there are far too many disabled bays along broad street and in King Street and Bridge Street they they could increase the maximum parking time to 2 hours, at least this way you have a little more time to shop etc.. The traffic wardens are too keen to issue tickets too, all of this does not encourage people into our city.
This of course is just my view but there is an online survey which I think is worth completing, see below.
We are undertaking a review of on street parking arrangements in the historic core of Hereford city centre. National good practice indicates that we should review on-street parking restrictions periodically in order to check that they continue to meet the needs of all road users. In addition the review will aim to support current schemes in the historic core including street de-cluttering through rationalising existing signage, 20mph zones and more cycling facilities.
We are consulting with businesses, residents and visitors who use on street parking in the historic core of Hereford. Questionnaires for residents and businesses will be delivered to properties within the city centre area. In addition our survey staff will be out in the city centre talking to people who are using on street parking and providing them with questionnaires. Surveys can be returned via the Freepost address supplied.
Alternatively you can complete the questionnaire online.
The closing date for responses is 17 March 2014.
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The following link makes interesting reading
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Over the last few years, locals have even reported to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage might be haunted.
The last occupant was killed in a car crash on the road outside the home.
Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured inside after reading about its history online.
Dan, 28, from Manchester says: 'The cottage has been in the same family for many years and it looks like each generation has filled the house with their possessions.'
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Jim asked me if I would post the responses to his questions.
these are some answers to my questions I asked of the council contract managers of the Belfour Beatty contract.Cheers Jim
Cllr Kenyon Contract Management queries
1.Strategic partnering board "who sits on it"? No cllrs
This detail is in the contract data
Director EEC (Geoff Hughes)
Assistant Director PBC (Richard Ball)
The Service Manager (Clive Hall)
No Cllrs sit on the board, as the management of the contract is not a political function.
2.Need site of the annual plan for this year
A presentation to members is planned, also a report to Cabinet member / director re internal governance
There is no annual plan for this year (2013-14); due to the contract starting part-way through the year. The plan is being developed for the future in accordance with the contract.
3.Clause 31 ten year extension seems stacked in Balfour Beatty favour who sets the performance acceptability and can that be adjusted during the length of the contract.
These clauses allow for a ‘rolling extension’ to be awarded in return for continued acceptable performance. They are designed to keep the provider incentivised throughout the contract term, as opposed to ‘winning all extension in one chunk’. The term can be reduced in performance not maintained. The Employer also has options to reward more, and might do so to:
- Give time to re-procure;
- In return for an investment (fleet, roads);
- Some other reason that is not foreseen at this time.
4.So far have there been any dispute's with Balfour Beatty and if so how many and what cost.
No disputes, but early warning and compensation events have/are being processed.
To date 16 Early Warnings and 22 Compensation Events have been raised by both parties.
Of these, 11 Early Warnings have been closed, or are in the process of closure at a value of £40,163, which is made up of increased costs for commissioned design and build works, and 5 remain live.
Of the 22 Compensation Events, 3 have been cancelled, 10 have been accepted and closed, at a valuie of £182,480 and 9 remain live.
5.Direct fee % is 9.83% Sub-contracted fee is 9.83% unless open book 25% less or less £10,000 or less spent in one year net of vat (my info) Management agent fee 2.60% (my info)
The fee is 9.83% the application of this through the various payment mechanisms should be understood. The payment mechanisms are, lump sum (a tendered price, adjusted for the following years, in each year’s annual plan), target cost (pain/gain share, this incentivises improvement), Cost reimbursable (the cost +fee). With Lump sum the risk transfers to the Provider, but the Employer will pay for the risk in the lump sum. With target cost the risk is shared, this is a healthy partnership approach. In cost reimbursable the risk is retained by the Employer, this works well for ‘events’ that are difficult to quantify prior to them happening, such as the response to severe weather.
6.What is enhanced third party margin 0% up to £25,000 then 50%
A way of HC benefiting in enhanced third party work (work for other clients) and the way that this will spread their business overheads.
7."Good industry practice" how do we bench mark against who?
There are various benchmarks, nationally, regionally and locally. Some to be developed further, for example with other BBLP contracts.
For example there is on-going benchmarking using the National Highways and Transportation annual survey (approx. 75 LAs) and participating in their CQC (cost, quality, customers) pilot.
Aligning performance measures with other BBLP contracts will enable us to compare.
8.Performance Indicators "Need to See" agreed list (seen)
Note strategic and operational indicators, purpose of each and the fact that these are not the only measures used in the delivery of service.
Strategic measures are used to help determine future contract extension. First measurement period 2014/15 – 2015/16.
Operational measures are used to determine payment of 25% of their fee percentage each month.
Other performance measures are being developed by BBLP using their asset management system (Confirm) which is accessible to the Contract Management Team.
9.Recognised sub-contractors where is the list and how do local business's get on that list.
Sub-contractors used by the previous provider formed the basis of the BBLP list; further suppliers have been added to the list since the 1st September. BBLP have consulted the Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on the potential of the local supply chain and will also be holding a supplier open day in March.
Subcontractors are required to go through a stringent vetting process before they can be engaged on the Herefordshire Contract and BBLP are actively providing assistance to some of the smaller subcontractors to get through this process. The Councils Contract management have full visibility of BBLP approved sub-contractor list.
10.With new and existing staff what responsibility would Herefordshire council have regarding pensions etc
TUPE applies to transferring employees, see schedule 7 for detail . This is a complex area. BBLP have admitted body status, but broadly comparable pension schemes can be provided. Note pension fund shortfalls on termination fall to the Employer; this is equitable way of dealing with this risk.
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2:37pm Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerA DEAL that seals the site for a new fire station in Hereford could be done by next month.Forward plans prepared for Herefordshire Council show that a decision to dispose of the council's Bath Street - or County - offices rests with Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets.Coun Bramer will consider the decision after next Friday (Feb 27).The forward plan specifically outlines the disposal of land and buildings at the County Offices site as being for Hereford to the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to enable a new fire station for Hereford.Earlier this month, heritage campaigners failed to get the offices, formerly the Hereford Working Boys Home, listed by English Heritage.Alternatives to a fire station include a campus site for the county’s proposed university , an “innovation" or retaining the sites features as a frontage for flats.The cash-strapped council is keen on selling the site to HWFRS for a much-needed new fire station for Hereford.
10:25am Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerHEREFORDSHIRE Council is in talks with a “community group” looking to take over two of the county’s top natural attractions.Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake nature reserve could both be transferred out of council control.The council confirmed this morning (Friday) that it had been approached by an as yet un-named community group over assuming responsibility for both sites.In a statement, the council said: “As part of our community asset transfer process, we have asked the group to complete a business case which outlines how it would operate the locations and how this would benefit the public, along with providing various assurances around competency and financial viability.”The council will consider the proposed transfer once a copy of the business case has been received.In June last year, the council faced calls for “clarity” over its proposals for the future of Queenswood Country Park.Opposition councillors wanted a guarantee from the local authority that the site on Dinmore Hill called one of county’s “most precious public assets” would not be sold off.Then, the council said no decisions had been made on the overall future for its parks and countryside service ahead of a related savings plan.The 170- acre Queenswood is managed by the council and the Queenswood Coronation Fund.Forty-seven acres are made up of more than 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. Another 123 acres is spread over semi-natural woodland designated as a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve.Queenswood survived a privatisation scare in 1988 when the then Hereford and Worcester County Council was forced into a denial of any plan to privatise its country parks after reports suggested it could happen.Originally part of the Hampton Court estate, Queenswood has a history of public access dating from 1935 when it was bought by public subscription through an appeal organised by the then Council for the Preservation of Rural England.It was handed over to the then county council “to look after for the people all the time” and prevent development that planning law at the time did not protect it from.Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of varied habitat including riverside meadows, veteran orchard, newly planted orchard, a 'gravel' area and wet woodland. The lake itself is the largest area of open water in the county.
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I understand that Hereford will soon be having black wheelie bins and refuse collections reduced to once a fortnight.
Half the rubbish bags that are over a week old stink and that's if the local wildlife has not already opened them and dragged the contents along the streets. Not the best idea in my opinion.
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The body of a man has been found in the park beside Castle Pool pond, Hereford, this morning.
Police have sealed off the area with a crime scene team at work on Cantilupe Street.
The death is currently being investigated as "unexplained". A passer-by found the body just before 7am this morning.
From Hereford Times
The Gardens, off Cantilupe Street next to the Castle Pool duck pond, were sealed off this morning while a crime scene team searched for clues.
As yet, police have not formally identified the deceased - a middle-aged man - or confirmed a cause of death.
Work is underway on tracing the movements of individuals matching the description of the deceased through the city yesterday. A post mortem is planned for either tomorrow or Monday.
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This story was on the front page of the Hereford Times website today for about 15 minutes before it was pulled - the link is here, as are my comments. Bill Tanner is doing some excellent work on the Futiles at the moment - we all suspected (and knew) that we were being stitched up - now we are starting to see by just how much and measures being taken to try and withhold the facts.
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