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Traffic Lights Campaign - Part -Time Lights 7pm-7am

Yesterday, 08:31 AM

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I have today implemented phase II of our traffic lights campaign and that is in the form of a petition from the very start!


[Please note that this is totally separate to our lights out campaign. This petition deals only with the traffic lights at night]




We would like both the Highways Agency and Herefordshire Council to allow the traffic lights at the junctions
where the A465 meets the A49 (Asda roundabout/junction) and
where the A49 meets the A438 Newmarket St (Old Market roundabout/junction)
to become part-time signals during non peak times from 7pm-7am
with exception to the pedestrian crossings which would still be in operation for the safety of pedestrians.
All of these traffic lights are relatively pointless during off peak times and often motorists become frustrated and impatient while being forced to sit at red lights, this can often be at 2am when there are clearly no other vehicles in sight!
By signing our petition you are in strong favour of these signals being changed to PART-TIME status from 7pm-7am


Please read the petition and you can offer your support by simply signing it. 


Part-Time Traffic Lights Petition Here

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HEREFORD UNITED your local club

28 Mar 2014

Posted by silent bull in Open Forum

I'm a massive Hereford supporter, have been for a long long time but how many 'locals' have been to watch your 'professional' club??



It's heart breaking to think that the last few home games maybe the last that will be played at Edgar street.
I'm not going to bore you with the details because I'm guessing you've all read about what's going on already but to be frank its the same old story with a small club
Club gets taken over
New owners promise the world
New directors overspend
Bad management
Bad leadership
Supporters lose patient's
Now there's quite a lot going on to try and SAVE HEREFORD UNITED to raising money to a March through the city centre starting from the 'Victory' pub
'Yes' its not much (or not enough) but we CAN'T GIVE UP! !!
But the one thing that 'will help' is to get as much bodies through the turnstiles so please PLEASE for these last few games TURN UP BUY A PROGRAMME BUY A PIE even TRY THE SPICY SOUP! !

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Harry Bramer

16 Apr 2014

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
I've been looking at his photograph. You can tell an awful lot by staring at the image of a local Councillor who's about to destroy something good and of importance to the people of Hereford.
For a starters, his eyes are to close together. I've never trusted a man whose got those eyes that imply, 'don't sit down and play three card brag with me because I'm a rotter, a cheat and a bloody big ninny.'
Course that ain't the whole lot. Not at all! You'd be a strange fish if you went around disliking everyone simply because their eyes were not to your liking. Im sure his loved ones would say, 'well, we like his bloody eyes just the way they are and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot and shouldn't have unfettered access to a keyboard.'
No! It's more than that. Much, much more than that. His head for example. Whilst its not overly huge, it ain't small and I don't like his hair cut. Where I come from you get a basin shoved on your cranium and the shears do the rest. This man takes great pride in his hair cut and that's another reason why I've come to the conclusion I wouldn't want to break bread with him. Anyone who takes that sort of pride in his hair cut instead of sitting down with a bowl on his head and getting his hair sheared off like the rest of us ain't to be trusted.
And I've been speaking to folk about Harry. He's not liked. I've yet to speak to anyone who says they like spending time with him fishing for barbel on the Wye. To a man, they say he's tight. Mean! So mean and tight, he'll turn the gas off when he turns the bacon over. That's bloody tight for you!
No! The facts here are speaking for themselves. This is a man with eyes set to close together, there's something about his head that I don't like, he ain't getting his hair cut like me and he's a man who's tight with his money.
Then there's the personality. Good grief! This poor man must have been badly scarred by his days as a child treading the boards playing King Herod every year until he reached puberty. It couldn't have been easy sat there when the teacher shouted, 'you boy. The one with the eyes set to close together. In all my days of producing Nativity Plays you are the best Herod Ive ever seen and whatsmore, if ever we decide to stage an Easter Play, you are my Pontius Pilate.
Yeah! You can tell an awful lot about someone by simply studying their photograph. And if you're reading this Harry, and you will be, unless you change course Im going to write you a part in a lurid tale about a man elected into Office who kept scurrying up my drainpipe demanding demanding something that I've yet to decide upon!
Leave the Working Boys Home be, build the Firestation that we don't need in some other place and stop destroying our heritage. Then, and only then will your torment end!

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Councillors Responses To Lights Out Trial

17 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

We had a meeting on December 6th 2014 in the Hereford Town Hall Chambers with MP Jesse Norman together with Paul Hillman and Andrew Butterfield of the Highways Agency, to discuss the possibility of a 'traffic lights out' trial along a short corridor on the A49/A465 in Hereford. 


The highways agency indicated that they were prepared to look into funding a micro simulation and MP Jesse Norman offered to assist with finding funding if required.


Jesse Norman also suggested that it would be a good idea if we contacted all of the local councillors in an attempt to get their support for a trial, we agreed and also thought it would be courteous and help our cause to have the local councillors support.


Cllr Jim Kenyon kindly arranged for our group (Hereford Reunited) to give a brief presentation to the Hereford City Planning Committee on January 15th which was also held at the Hereford Town Hall. Details of this meeting can be found in the Hereford Traffic 'Lights Out' Meeting Topic. In general, our presentation was received well by the majority of the committee even though the chairman on the day Cllr Bob Preece explained that the committee had no powers to implement a trial and could only make a recommendation to the HA at best. 

The Lord Mayor Cllr Phil Edwards also offered a letter of support from the Mayors Office.


Following this meeting and several weeks later John Harrington (Hereford Reunited) wrote an excellent letter to all the Cabinet which was published in the Lights Out Campaign Letter Topicasking if we could present our case to them, a copy is attached below. Several weeks passed with no replies from any councillor!

I then sent a bulk email to all of the Hereford Voice members on April 14th. Cllr Mark Hubbard and Cllr Jon Norris to be fair responded immediately and copied in all of the local councillors, now we have started to receive their replies and decided to publish each and every one of them as arrive on Hereford Voice for you all to read and comment on, they are as follows:


Attached File  Cllrs Lights Out Letter.pdf   42.01KB   14 downloads

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Edgar Street Roundabout Junction

Yesterday, 02:32 PM

Posted by Biomech in Edgar Street Grid

The other week I noted a lorry coming out of that side hole in the OLM on edgar street and realised that if they need to go North they have to manouvere their artics across 3 lanes of traffic to get onto the roundabout. The one I saw do this had some difficulty with the high levels of traffic.


So what's the deal there?


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Cannot Purchase Hot Food In Hereford City After 1.30am

09 Sep 2012

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

How pathetic that you cannot buy hot food in Hereford after 1.30am!


This stupid idea of Hereford Council I assume is designed to prevent a build up of people coming out of nightclubs...well guess what? It does not work! Because now people que at the sandwich bar in Commercial Road or in the 24 hour garage.
So why can we not buy hot food? It's no wonder many people think the nightlife and everything else is so poor and choose to avoid Hereford altogether! This Council needs to have a rethink and get into the 21st Century!
Hereford is becoming like a ghost town both during the day and night!

I have written to the Hereford Times expressing my opinion and quite a lot of other locals too

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Old Market Shopping Centre Delayed For 2 Weeks!

03 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid

I have heard from a very reliable source that the Old Market Shopping Centre will not be ready by the 17th and the opening has been delayed by 2 weeks! New opening date is May 9th.


The developers will have penalties of up to £60,000 per day.

Remember we're you heard it first!

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Cycle Lanes - Why Green AND Red?

11 Apr 2014

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

I was going to ask the difference, but had a quick look online.


It appears that cycle lanes can be coloured either green or red - but why do we have both in Hereford? Why is there no consistency?


Clearly green would be the better option, but I see red in town and on some suburban roads and then I was down near Sainsbury's the other day and the cycle lanes are all green.


So what's up with that?

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Tupsley 10k Race

10 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Tupsley

Right folks can you get behind this community event please spread the word "runners run" or "volunteer's" Marshall the route let's show folks that Tupsley can put on a do!!!


Tupsley 10k Race.jpg


Do the run, get the T shirt! 10 days to the Tupsley 10k, sponsored by Tupsley Dental Practice. Pre register online at the following link for £10 or register on the day for £15. Please share and come along on Sunday 20th April! http://e-voice.org.uk/ctcg/

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Beware Bogus Housing Advisors

17 Apr 2014

Posted by Mick in Open Forum
Taken from the HH blog here

Beware Bogus Housing Advisors
April 17, 2014
There’s many complexities around housing today. I remember when I started working in this field many years ago, there were two tenancy types. Now we’ve been overtaken with assured tenancies, assured short hold tenancies, periodic tenancies, starter tenancies, probationary tenancies … I could go on. It’s too much to take in. And with each tenancy type there are different rights and responsibilities for both the landlord and the tenant.
So beware bogus advisors who claim they can help you. You don’t know their motivation nor what they are going to do with your personal information. At Herefordshire Housing we have a variety of colleagues trained to give good advice who will protect your details, and if you want someone more independent, the Citizens Advice Bureau, your local councillor or your MP can help. Take care, don’t share with bogus advisors.



Can I assume that they are referring to this discussion? If so, Its seems that Councillor Vaughan-Powell may have been correct with some of her replies all along.


This extract is from the Herefordshire Housing Facebook page


We wish to remind all our customers of the range of services we provide, including - 
• Repairs
• Debt advice
• Telecare Services
• Aids and Adaptations
• Handyperson
• Anti Social Behaviour
We are your landlord, and are here to help you with any issues affecting your home or tenancy and we welcome and encourage you to talk to us first. 
If you feel unable to approach us for any reason, please seek advice from agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, your local councillor or MP, or your local residents association (if there is one for your area).
Please be cautious about using unofficial advocates / advisors who are not part of a recognised organisation or support body. We are bound by Data Protection law and in most cases would be unable to communicate with you through an unofficial third party.
Our number is 0300 777 4321 and our lines are open 8am - 8pm. Alternatively you can send a message through our website or our Facebook page.



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Weekly list of planning public notices affecting the city

Yesterday, 08:11 AM

Posted by megilleland in Planning

List of planning public notices affecting the city

It is a legal requirement for the council to give public notice of certain types of planning application and other planning matters by the display of an advert in a local newspaper.
If you wish to comment, please follow the advice contained in the notice.
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 
Order 2010 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Sections 67 & 73 
Application Types: 
P - Planning permission 
L - Listed Building Consent 
AC - Conservation Area Consent 
SL - Affecting the setting of a Listed Building 
AC - Affecting a Conservation Area 
D - Not in accordance with the provisions of the Development Plan 
RW - Affecting a public right of way 
T - For a telecommunications mast 
Provision of a pedestrian and cycle link between the southern end of Station Approach and the northern end of Canal Road. Requiring demolition of existing store building in builders merchant. Proposal includes street lighting and associated landscaping at Jewson Builders Merchant, Canal Wharf, Canal Road, Hereford 
Extension to changing room at Bowling Club Rear Of Asda, Belmont Road, Belmont, Hereford 
Insertion of windows to the north, east and west elevations at Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford
Making safe existing garden and boundary walls at Hereford Cathedral School, 29 Castle Street, Hereford 
Site for the development of up to 135 homes (including 46 affordable homes), public open space, new access (including demolition of 144 Aylestone Hill). Structural landscaping, sustainable drainage including balancing ponds and infrastructure and associated works at Land at 144 Aylestone Hill and land to the east of Aylestone Hill, Hereford 
If you wish to make representations or comments you can during the period of 21 days beginning with the date of the publication of this notice quoting the relevant number: 
By the Website: Using the online comment form 
By e-mail to: planning_enquiries@herefordshire.gov.uk 
By post to: - Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford, HR1 2ZB 
ANDREW ASHCROFT (Assistant Director) – 10th April 2014 


Interesting applications concerning Left Bank, Cyclelink and land to the east of Aylestone Hill. Not sure where you find the online comment form?

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Hereford River Carnival

17 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hinton

Hereford River Carnival 3rd May 2014


Hereford River Carnival.jpg


Feel free to download the programme and flyers below


Attached File  River Festival leaflet.pdf   1.75MB   16 downloads
Attached File  Hereford Programme.pdf   127.76KB   21 downloads
Attached File  River Festival Flyers.pdf   1.08MB   12 downloads

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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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Block a topic

16 Apr 2014

Posted by twowheelsgood in Open Forum

Is there a way to block a topic from loading? For instance, I have a link to 'new content' which takes me straight to a list of updated topics. It overcomes the very slow loading front page. However, I don't want to see again and again a thread I have no interest in eg eating after 1.30am in the morning. I'd like to just hide it - is this possible?

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Max Clifford ~ PR Guru

16 Apr 2014

Posted by Roger in Open Forum



Jury has been deliberating for over a day now .... 


Banksy style stuff has appeared as he's in the news ...


If he gets cleared then he has been ridiculed and financially penalised ... So he is on a loser straight away! 


System is strange! 

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