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    Club’s tenancy at Edgar Street secured until 2030

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has completed the lease of Edgar Street stadium to Hereford FC. The ten year lease will secure the club’s tenancy at the Edgar Street stadium until 2030, enabling the club to proceed with plans to return the ground to a four-sided stadium.

    Left to right Ken Kinnersley and Council Harry Bramer

    The wider area has undergone substantial redevelopment in the last four years, with the opening of the Old Market shopping development in 2014 and the construction of the City Link Road in 2017. The proposed ‘Urban Village’ project, part of the Hereford 2020 Edgar Street regeneration, could potentially mean joint investment from Herefordshire Council and Hereford FC for a new stand and facilities at the Blackfriars Street side of the stadium, with the opportunity for nearby retail outlets.

    Councillor Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, said:


    “The security of the club’s tenancy until 2030 is a real boost for the club and for the fans. Herefordshire Council is looking forward to working with Hereford FC to build on this year’s league success by planning and investing in the stadium - potentially transforming the Edgar Street area and providing new opportunities for retailers.

    “Hereford FC continues to make a great contribution to the city and the wider community. Many local traders benefit from increased trade on match days and the football club is an important employer and contributor to the local economy.”

    Hereford FC Chairman Ken Kinnersley said:


    “The lease extension now means we have security until the summer of 2030, which will justify continued investment in the stadium by the club and, hopefully, set at ease any concerns about security being felt by any of our supporters.

    “The directors believe the lease extension is a clear endorsement by Herefordshire Council of the commercial stimulation every match day at Edgar Street brings to the city centre and that officers feel that the club is being managed both effectively and efficiently as a business.”

    “On behalf of Hereford FC, I would like to express sincere thanks to Herefordshire Council for their support and co-operation and the positive working relationship that has been built since the original lease was agreed back in 2015.”


    Flavours of the World’ Market coming to Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A market of international traders selling top quality artisan-produced foods and craft products from around the world will visit Hereford in April.

    Flavours of the World, made up of 20-30 carefully selected stalls, will be in Hereford High Town, Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April, 9am – 5.30pm.

    Touring different themed markets in the UK annually for over a decade, Savoir Fayre’s latest market, Flavours of the World is crafted to stir the senses and appeal to locals and tourists alike. The organisers have worked hard to create an international atmosphere so people can enjoy exotic flavours and unusual aromas and delight in products they might not otherwise see or buy every day.


    The range for Hereford includes stalls selling Italian sweets and biscuits and delicate nougats; unusual cheeses not easily found in the UK which reflect the cultural and culinary traditions of rural France, and a stall which sells cured meats and scrumptious rustic saucisson sourced from every corner of Europe. There are also specialist stalls offering an unrivalled choice of ground coffee and mustards.

    Beyond the stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market has traders who showcase the beauty of international craft traditions. They include bowls and ornaments carved from Moroccan marble; Baltic amber set into handcrafted jewellery; finely woven Italian clothing; and rugs and throws from Morocco and Turkey. One stall sells an astonishing 60 varieties of beauty bars and natural soaps derived from olive and argan oil.

    Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:


    “We are delighted to welcome back a continental market to Hereford High Town. The wonderful range of artisanal foods and beautiful crafted items is great news for the vibrancy and diversity of Hereford.”


    Man has died after falling from bridge in Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    A man has died after falling from bridge along the Great Western Way Hereford.



    Inspector Mark Peters of West Mercia Police said:

    Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the concerns for the safety of a man who is reported to have fallen from a bridge on Great Western Way at 6.19am this morning.
    Officers attended and the man was sadly pronounced deceased.
    Police are conducting enquiries at the scene and the coroner has been notified.
    The police cordon has now been removed.

    Do Not Leave Your Dog In Your Car When It Is HOT

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,



    Now that the weather is getting hotter, we'd like to remind people not to leave dogs in cars, even 'just 5 minutes' can be fatal.

    When the temperature is 20 degrees outside, in just 10 minutes the inside of a car can reach 27 degrees and can get to an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

    Leaving the windows open and parking in the shade will not stop a dog overheating and it can take just a few minutes for a dog to die of heat stroke.


    Halfords Hereford Rubbish Responsibility

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This is Halfords rubbish on the Spur Retail Park that has AGAIN blown all across the car park and onto Perseverance Road. 


    There is one odd cage which is open with cardboard in from Hobby Craft next door but 99% of this rubbish belongs to Halfords. We have seen this many times and nothing is ever done about it.

    Halfords really do need to be aware of their surrounding area and neighbours and secure their waste cardboard and rubbish more securely in a compound. 

    We are aware that environmental services have spoken with them in the past but this is the total mess evident again today.

    The Hereford Community Clean Up Group only cleaned around this area a few weeks ago, come on Halfords you can do better than this! You have a responsibility to keep your immediate surrounding area clean, we will speak with the store manager today and highlight this issue.


    On Street Pay and Display parking

    By Ubique,

    From Herefordshire CC  23/3/18

    On-street Pay & Display parking times to be extended to support local business

    Herefordshire Council is proposing changes to Hereford City on-street Pay & Display, following feedback on the recently implemented scheme. The changes will allow visitors to stay longer and encourage use of nearby businesses.    

    The changes proposed include:

    To extend the maximum stay to 2 hours across the whole charging zone, with an extended tariff structure (up to 30 mins - 50p, up to 1 hour - £1 and up to 2 hours - £3);

    To extend Pay & Display parking to include St Ethelbert Street and selected parking places in Castle Street, with a standardised operating period of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with a continued exemption for permit holders;

    Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:

    “Our proposed changes to on-street Pay & Display in Hereford City centre show that we have, and will continue to, listen to feedback from local business and shoppers. The proposals meet the council’s transportation aims to reduce traffic congestion caused by short car journeys and to encourage extended visits within the city centre. But we also want to ensure that any changes to on-street parking continue to support the economic vitality of Hereford and its city centre, and protect parking provision for residential permit holders.”

    Mike Truelove, Operations & Marketing Manager at Hereford BID, said:

    “The Hereford Business Improvement District welcomes the council’s willingness to listen and respond to the concerns of businesses, many of whom are struggling in the testing economic climate we are in. It is therefore critical that the right parking structure is created, that not only meets environmental objectives, but is also viable to our traders and appealing to shoppers – many of whom are being fought for by other towns and cities, not to mention the competition that comes from online shopping. We urge all businesses to actively feed into this consultation and have their say.”

    The legal process requires public notices to be published setting out the proposed changes. The notices will explain how members of the public can submit representations for, or against, the proposals. Subject to considering any representations received, it is anticipated that the changes would be introduced in June this year.

    The public notices will appear in the press after Easter, will be displayed in affected areas and are available to view online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/tro

    The temporary voucher scheme for free parking, introduced in partnership with the Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) team, will remain in place until June. Retailers who would like to receive vouchers for customers should contact Hereford BID on 01432 376830.

    Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018

    Weeping Window , Hereford Cathedral 2018

    By Ubique,

    The below is a resume of a recent meeting organised by the Council which I thought you would be interested in .

    Weeping Window - Hereford Cathedral 2018

    About the weeping window: This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. It will be open to the public from the 14th March 2018 to the 29th April 2018.

    Why Hereford Cathedral:

    Herefordshire WW1 story is different from the other locations; focus on Home Front.
    Geographical location as first time in the West Mids.
    Home of the Mappa Mundi.
    Quality of bid.

    Benefits for Herefordshire:
    Increased visitor numbers; this is a unique opportunity.
    People will have learnt about our WW1 heritage.
    Events programme including working with schools and community.
    Volunteering opportunities, leading to ongoing volunteering.
    Plan to signpost visitors to other sites such as the Museum & Library, All Saints, Black and White House Museum and Town Hall.
    We want to spread the benefits!

    Project Costs: The project is going to cost at least £120,000 and includes the following roles and items.

    Events Manager
    Volunteer Co-ordinator
    Volunteer equipment & expenses
    Additional toilets
    Leaflets, posters & banners
    Fork lift & Cherry Picker for install
    Art Handlers for install
    Home Front themed events programme
    Schools learning programme
    Closing celebration event

    How can you help? We have secured a total contribution of £60,000 towards the projects costs so far, but are still looking for:
    Cash donations
    Sponsorship of items on the list
    Marketing & Publicity
    To discuss a donation, sponsorship opportunity or another contribution please call Clare Wichbold on 01432 374214 or email poppies@herefordcathedral.org

    Alternatively, you can contact Kevin Ebsworth, our Event Manager on 07772 391918.

    Overpaid Herefordshire Council Officers

    By HJ1,

    Herefordshire Council Website

    Hinton Hitman
    By Hinton Hitman,

    Tried to log onto the Council website to report a pot hole, again, getting some very strange error messages from the website and warnings from my web security, tried the link through Voice and the same happened, running my security scans just incase.

    Just to let you know.

    Local Democracy Reporter for the HT

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Hereford Times has now recruited a Local Democracy Report his name is Carmelo Garcia.  Interesting times ahead perhaps!

    Owner Maxii Mini Market Convicted for Selling Contraband

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The owner of the Maxii Mini Market in Commercial Road Hereford has been convicted of selling 4 counts of contraband cigarettes.

    Sentenced to a 12 month community order and 120hrs unpaid work. Costs approx £1500


    New Stores Opening in Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    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?

    Businesses in trouble

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Toys R Us


    Chimi ................. eating place in the OLM

    The first 2 have gone into administration and the last one closing places throughout the country and those are the ones that have been announced today.  What is causing these hard times?  Should the Cons be worried that a recession is on it's way?

    It would be very interesting to know how many jobs in this country have been lost since Christmas and how many jobs have been created.

    Poppy Display

    By ragwert,

    Took a few of the poppy display

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    Former Council Office , Bath St.

    By Ubique,

    The sale of Herefordshire Council’s former county office in Bath Street, Hereford has officially completed today (Monday 9 April), with Herefordshire Housing taking ownership of the city centre site.

    The site will be re-developed by Herefordshire Housing to create 75 new apartments, including 28 affordable units, within walking distance of Hereford’s historic city centre.

    The council office closed in September 2014, when staff moved to alternative buildings in order to reduce the number of council properties across the county.  The property was formally placed on the open market with Gloucester based Bruton Knowles in February 2016, with a sale initially agreed with Herefordshire Housing in September 2016.  The not for profit housing provider has spent the last 18 months developing its proposal and obtaining planning permission, which was granted in February 2018.


    | In order to allow building work to commence, the car park located on the Bath Street site will close to the public from Friday 27 April.  To find your nearest alternative car park, please visit the council car parks webpage: http://socsi.in/CB54K

    Commercial Street Hereford Refurbishment

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Commercial Street Hereford to undergo refurbishment in May.

    The second phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre will begin in May 2018 with the refurbishment of Commercial Street, High Town.

    Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will carry out refurbishment works on the Commercial Street area of High Town from early May.

    The work is the second phase of a refurbishment project for the city centre that will create a consistent look with the recent refurbishment of Widemarsh Street and High Street. Future phases will include an enhanced walking and cycling environment. 

    Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member highways and transport said 


    “This project is key to the success of the city as a regional shopping destination, with longer term plans to improve Commercial Road and Blueschool Street, it will further enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.

    Hereford has never looked as positive and vibrant as it does today and we need to build on the successes of the last few years and continue to support existing retailers and continue to attract new traders to ensure Hereford is a regional shopping destination of choice.”

    The work will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and shoppers. All access to frontages will be maintained. Work will continue through 2018 with a break for the busy Christmas shopping period. The Commercial Street phase of the scheme will be completed in early 2019.