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BBC Question Time to broadcast from Hereford

15 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

BBC 'Question Time' programme will be broadcast live from Hereford on the 18th January 2018.




David Dimbleby will host the show with a selection of guests from all political backgrounds - location still to be confirmed.
If you would like to be a part of the audience and put your questions to the panel then please visit HERE

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Trampoline Arena plans approved


Posted by ragwert in Planning

A trampoline arena together with a cafe & five B1 business units have been given the go ahead

on the old Joseph Ash site in Burcott Road.
They will use and adapt the existing buildings on the site for the trampoline arena and build a cafe & five

B1 use units.

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Hereford City Link Road Opens Monday 11th December

05 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

The City Link Road will open to the public on Monday 11 December 2017.


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The road opens in time for the busiest Christmas Shopping period

The road will mark a significant milestone in the regeneration of Hereford City following on from the successful opening of Old Market in 2012.
Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will remain on-site for some weeks to undertake some final minor works and to finish the associated works to Barr’s Court Road.
Once open the new road will provide an east to west route and a direct walking and cycling link from the Great Western Way to the hospital, railway station and colleges.  The road’s opening will also reinstate a second entrance to Merton Meadow car park in time for the Christmas shopping period.
Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said:

“I am delighted to announce that the road is opening on time and within budget and I would like to thank Alun Griffiths for the professional delivery of the road. More importantly, I would like to thank residents near to the road and the travelling public for their patience during the works.
The road marks another milestone in Hereford’s regeneration and we now look forward to making further improvements to High Town next year and Commercial and Blueschool Streets in the near future.
The new road unlocks previously unseen and under-utilised inner city land for development and plans can now be taken forward for the site to build new homes, a transport hub at the Hereford Railway Station, new public services buildings and university accommodation.”


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What happened to the Hightown Veg Lady?

14 Dec 2017

Posted by moretvicar in Open Forum

Does anyone know why the lady who had a fruit and veg stall in Hightown has left?

I visited last week to find a poor replacement instead - fraction of the range and noticeably more expensive.

Anyone know where she went to?

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Cyclists on Footpaths!

15 Aug 2017

Posted by Frank Smith in Open Forum

Cyclists on Footpaths!


Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?


I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road.


I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore.


I have just seen this article on Sky news http://news.sky.com/...-hears-10989512


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What a lovely gesture from The Wellington Pub

12 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

This is for anyone who may be spending Xmas Day alone....

This is lovely gesture from The Wellington Pub Hereford, well done guys
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Petition to Increase Parking Times in Hereford

08 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Please sign Our Petition to Cllr Barry Durkin in an attempt to persuade him to reconsider and increase the on street parking times. Some streets such as Castle Street are limited to just 30 mins! We need at least 2 hours and by signing this petition you agree and are offering your full support to our local independent traders here in Hereford.


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Bill Norman Suspended

18 Jul 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum
Second senior management suspension as Cheshire East Council investigates misconduct allegations

Second senior management suspension as Cheshire East Council investigates misconduct allegations


A SECOND member of Cheshire East Council's senior management has been suspended as a result of an internal disciplinary investigation.

Bill Norman, the council's director of legal services and monitoring officer, has been absent from his post since April and has now been officially suspended.

The decision follows the suspension of council CEO Mike Suarez on April 27.

A CEC spokesman said: “The Investigation and Disciplinary Committee reconvened on Friday, July 14, 2017. The committee is considering allegations relating to the conduct of senior officers.

“As a result of Friday’s hearing, the decision has been taken to suspend the director of legal services and monitoring officer in order than an independent investigation is undertaken."

The chairman of the committee said: “We would stress that this suspension is a neutral act taken in the interests of both the council and the director of legal services and monitoring officer.

“It is very important that this investigation is undertaken objectively and therefore it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage.”

In line with arrangements made by the staffing committee on April 27, an interim officer is covering Mr Norman’s role.

As confirmed in April, CEC has made temporary appointments for its positions of chief executive, section 151 officer, and monitoring officer and head of legal services.

The council confirmed that Jan Willis is being paid £1,025 a day, which will be reduced to a monthly salary of £10,626, as acting section 151 officer so current officer Peter Bates can ‘focus on other responsibilities’.

Kath O’Dwyer has been appointed as acting chief executive follow the suspension of Mr Suarez over ‘officer conduct’ in April, and Daniel Dickinson has taken on the responsibilities of Mr Norman.

Mr Dickinson will be paid £2,621 a month on top of his existing salary for the duration of Mr Norman’s absence.

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Ice & Snow - Take it Slow

10 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Ice and Snow Take it Slow!


Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
Bus stuck at Lugwardine now and queues of traffic stuck coming up the hill into Hereford.

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No gritting again!

21 Dec 2010

Posted by Colin James in Belmont
This is the main bus route into Belmont Abbotsmead Road taken at 12noon today.


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This is the junction of Whitefriars Road

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This is Sydwall Road leading into Glastonbury Close

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This is Glastonbury Close, which is on a slope and as you can imagine it's like a sheet of glass.

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I have also driven around the estate and it's the same story all over, including all the main bus routes.

The same in Dorchester Way, Waterfield Road and Brampton Road, Newton Farm.

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Christmas Lights Collapsed at Old Market

10 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid and Courtyard Theatre

The Christmas lights at the Old Market shopping centre have collapsed from the weight of the snow this morning.


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Photo courtesy of Tracy Bowes

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Brexit Is Finished.

17 Oct 2017

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
Friendless, despised by the French, treated with contempt by the European Commission, the majority of Parliament against our exit, the wealthy and famous constantly lining up to tell us how stupid we are, giant business conglomerates determined that we continue to fund their wealth, the French, the Germans, the Spanish and Italians determined not to up their payments to cover our 13 Billion contribution, the poor countries of the East of Europe desperate not to receive any less because of our wish to leave, the BBC, the Clintons, Obama, Branson and bloody Geldof repeatedly telling us what we should think and Juncker, Verhofstadt and Barnier joyfully sitting back happily watching our great nation being ripped apart because we chose not to remain aboard their failing federalist expansionistic policy.
They demand we pay them nigh on 100 Billion pounds to exit the Union and provide all the economic migrants who've settled here, were once resident here, together with all their close and extended family members who've yet to come to Britain and all of their unborn children who may never visit our Country must be guaranteed full rights that allow every single one of them to receive their free health care, their education, their housing and all the financial benefits that our ancestors worked so hard to win for us their indigenous British White, Black and Asian descendants.
No matter the absurdity of these demands from the EU Commision, which is essentially their dishonourable way of extracting money from us, the Commision will happily destroy our great nation so that no other member state will dare ever contemplate a life outside their totalitarian, neo communistic authoritarian federal state that rules from the centre by unelected politically lightweight British hating surfs to the will of Germany and France.
Despite the ongoing negotiations,the outcome is now unavoidable predictable. Unless some other member state brings about some other unforeseen challenge to the Commision that brings about the fall of this empire of dirt, we in Britain will now never leave this Union. Our money and our sovereign wealth will continue to be diverted Eastwards so that the poor nations will become richer and the Western nations poorer so that the logical outcome will be attained. Every single EU nation, with the exception of Germany and France, who are by design our future continental leaders and power brokers, will all become an economic area where big business can flourish on the back of Free Movement Of People and federalism of Europe will be complete. Cheap labour is the key and in Europe we have millions of people who are content to become a component part of this highly profitable economic excercise that sees the poor people paying for its existence and the rich and wealthy business giants reaping the rewards of the emerging economic markets that our money is now creating in the East of the EU zone.
Once the negotiations are done, and the demands will be nigh on impossible to accept, there will be a second referendum and the British people will understandable give up, surrender their sovereignty, concede defeat and give the ruling elite exactly what they wanted and expected in the first bloody place. A vote to remain in!

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Is this the best way to fund a University?

09 Dec 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

Meeting: General scrutiny committee

Meeting date: Monday 11 December 2017
Title of report: Public Accountable Body for NMiTE
Report by: Cabinet member finance, housing and ICT

Purpose and summary
To review proposals that the council act as the accountable body for the new Hereford University, NMiTE (new model in technology & engineering), during its establishment phase.

Accountable body status means that the council will be accountable for funding allocated to the new university project by central government. Accountability involves receiving funds from central government, ensuring those funds are allocated and spent in accordance with any funding conditions specified, and providing reports on that expenditure.
The council has been approached by NMiTE to provide this role and, if approved, would work to support independence as soon as practical.

(a) the committee determine any recommendations it wishes to make to the executive to consider when determining whether to act as accountable body for public funding to support establishment of a new university in Hereford.

(b) the chief finance officer be authorised, following consultation with the monitoring officer and cabinet member corporate strategy and budget, to enter into such legal documentation as are appropriate to protect the Council’s interests.




3. On 26 October the Department for Education (DfE) announced up to £15m funding over three years to support the establishment of the new university in Hereford, NMiTE (New Model in Technology & Engineering). In addition to this funding, NMiTE is due to receive further funding, £8m, through the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The recommendation is for the council to act as the accountable body for the DfE funding announced and a project accountable body role in support of the Marches LEP funding.

18. No council funds will be payable to NMiTE however the management of the flow of funds between the accountable body and NMiTE will require resourcing. The cost of resourcing these additional operational tasks is to be financed from a share of the grant allocation.

Risk management
23. The legal documentation will clarify the risks of entering this arrangement. Ultimately the Department for Education could require the Council to repay the grant funding that it has been received and which it will have paid to NMiTE. Whilst this obligation will also be passed down to NMiTE through the flow-down agreement, it is possible that NMiTE would not be able to make any required repayment, which would therefore leave the Council out of pocket. The risk of any claw-back can be managed/mitigated by ensuring compliance with the grant funding terms through the monitoring and reporting obligations that will be put in place.

24. In addition the council needs to be aware that if ineligible expenditure is incurred by NMiTE this would not be covered by the grant and could therefore cause a cashflow concern to NMiTE which may lead to a reputational risk.  

25. These risks will be identified and monitored within the corporate finance risk register.

26. The draft MoU has a right for the Council, the Department for Education and NMiTE to terminate on giving not less than three months’ notice. However, this document is not expressed to be legally binding and  appropriate rights of termination will need to be included in the legally binding funding agreements that will also be entered into


What could possibly go wrong with £23 million pounds under the council's management?

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Supporting Local Independent Traders in Hereford

05 Dec 2017

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

Supporting Local Independent Traders in Hereford


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2 hours FREE parking in Castle Street and 3 hours FREE parking at Greyfriars or the Town Hall car parks with the new vouchers, you can also park for 2 hours FREE along Conningsby Street.


#hvshoplocal #herefordvoice 

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City of Culture? Don't make me laugh

06 Jul 2017

Posted by SON OF GRIDKNOCKER in Open Forum

Admittedly Hereford has been heavily 'marked down' by the bookies as an unlikely winner of the City of Culture 2021, the short list for which is due to be announced this month. Coventry is currently enjoying the shortest odds of the 11 competing conurbations. And is it any wonder they're favorites? They've pumped £250,000 into their bid submission. Hereford's paltry investment? 22K. Less than Council Leader Tony Johnson's take-home pay. And although the official government prize is only £3-million, current Culture City Hull estimates that incoming revenue from tourism will top 20 times that amount by the end of the year.

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Old Market Gateway

28 Oct 2017

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid and Courtyard Theatre

Breaking News | Old Market Gateway.


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The proposed development will comprise up to 13,000 sq ft (1,208 sq m) of retail accommodation with 38 dedicated parking spaces.
The property has planning consent for A1, A3 or A5 retail use (Herefordshire Council Planning Ref: P161446/F)
Rental/Lease Terms
Available as a single unit, or in a combination of smaller individual units. New lease(s) will be offered on F.R.I terms. Rental on application.
The unit(s) will be built to a developer’s shell speci cation with capped off services. A specification is available on request.
Business Rates/EPC
To be assessed following completion of works.
This is opposite the Old Market next to the Merton Meadow.
Completion expected Easter 2018
Full details can be found here

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