Last night at about 5pm she received a tele call from a man who had found a very small hedgehog near to the hospital , He was asking if Mrs U has room for it - she of course had room ! He then went onto say that he didn't have transport but was hoping that his neighbour could deliver it to us . ( I was out ) at 7.15 pm door bell rang , it was a Taxi ( driver ) who had been hired to deliver this hedgehog to Mrs U because neighbour was working late . The finder of the little hedgehog had paid the Taxi driver £15 to deliver it to Mrs U , some 4 miles from the City .
Of course some might say that it was a waste of money which could have been spent more beneficial but hopefully others would say that this was a very kind act by somebody who could have crossed the road and ignored this little hogs plight.
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Liscard's Christmas tree among 'worst' in Britain
LISCARD'S Christmas tree has made it onto a list of the worst Christmas trees in Britain.
The town's festive display was given a spruce-up earlier this month after residents set up a Facebook page complaining about the "depressing" tree.
The page, called Liscard Christmas Lights, showed the solitary tree - donated by nearby Primark - surrounded by a metal fence, secured in concrete blocks.
A post on Facebook said: “We know we are not Liverpool or Birkenhead, but as a community and customers of all the local shops in Liscard all year round we deserve better from Wirral council and the businesses.”
While the tree is now adorned with a set of colourful new lights, complemented with decorated lampposts - following £9,500 funding from Wallasey constituency committee - the display has still made it onto BuzzFeed's list of "The 13 Worst Christmas Trees in Britain".
Coming in seventh place, BuzzFeed's new reporter Patrick Smith writes: "It now has some fancy lights but the festive health-and-safety fence remains."
While Liscard may not have the most glamorous festive display, BuzzFeed shows that is by no means the worst with Haddenham in Cambridgeshire, Streatham, north Oxford, Oakham, Mottram and Mier in Stoke-On-Trent all considered "worse".
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In the Hereford Times this week(?) there's a piece on the new black bins that will be delivered and a picture of some **** councillor.
It states - and is corroborated on the council website*, that these black wheelie bins must;
Not exceed 4 black bags
Each black bag to not exceed 15kg
Each bag should not exceed 410 x 760 x 915mm
Are you having a f+">:** laugh? Can we get some councillor's input on this please? Maybe the bellend in the paper who thinks this is a good idea.
4 black bags per FORTNIGHT, some families have that per week, this is absolutely ridiculous.
And let me guess, if we exceed the "limits" you'll leave the rubbish on our doorstep with a note, leaving it for 4 weeks just to refuse it again because now it's double.
I tell you what, my rubbish goes in my bin, I pay you pricks to collect it, if you refuse to collect it, I'll be making missed rubbish calls to get you back out and that's going to start to cost you a hell of a lot more.
Also, as I never had response to this before, explain to me what's going to happen as central government are planning to make fortnightly collections illegal.
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The gutting of Barnet council means even births, deaths and marriages are managed elsewhere. Your town hall may be next.Ignore the economists quibbling whether public spending is returning to the era of George Orwell. If you want to see the future of your local public services, it’s already here: in the north London suburb of Barnet. I visited last week – and it’s not pretty.Not that there’s anything wrong with the area. I’ve known Barnet forever; it has provided me with countless walks, and the odd Saturday job. It remains the home of Jewish grandmothers holding forth on both Keynesianism and why you haven’t finished your supper, and second-hand record shops run by greying Don Quixotes.But what’s fast changing in Barnet is how residents access their local services – everything from parking tickets to paying council tax to how their corpses are disposed of. In the past few years, the Tory-run council has taken almost every public service it can lay its hands on – and outsourced it.Between January 2012 and October 2013, Barnet farmed out its care for people with disabilities, legal services, cemeteries and crematoriums, IT, finance, HR, planning and regeneration, trading standards and licensing, management of council housing, environmental health, procurement, parking, and the highways department.This evening, a full council meeting will vote on whether to consider cuts and “alternative delivery models” for another tranche of services, including libraries, rubbish collection, street gritters and children’s speech therapy, among others. Should they go the way of the rest and be outsourced, the local Unison branch calculates that Barnet council will shrink from having 3,200 staff in September 2012 to just 332.That is one hell of a municipal disappearing act. Residents now find it easier to list what their council doesn’t directly provide than what it does. Which means that if you want to see what the next five years of cuts hold for your local services – whether David Cameron or Ed Miliband get in will make little odds for town halls – you’d best pay close attention to what Barnet is doing.And a tour of the neighbourhood teaches you that when cuts reach a certain magnitude, it’s not just services you lose; it’s an entire democratic institution. Residents can show you lots of missing services: the borough is right now consulting on plans to squeeze the vast majority of libraries to around 540 sq ft, or the size of a Hampstead Garden Suburb living room.But the really big change is that the new-model commissioning council is no longer a local arm of government but an agglomeration of mostly privately provided services. And the two biggest contracts, worth around £500m and lasting 10 years apiece, have gone to Capita. The £7bn FTSE 100 giant now handles everything from council tax collection to new roads.For those who live and work in Barnet, their local affairs are now handled remotely by people hundreds of miles away, who know nothing about them or the area. Payroll for what remains of council staff is done in Belfast, while for schools it’s Carlisle. Pension queries go to Darlington. Benefits end up in Blackburn. Parking notices come from Croydon. Calls to the local library are first directed to Coventry. Even births, deaths and marriages are managed in Brent.Got a complaint? Then you have speak to someone you’ll never see – that is, if you can speak to them at all. Capita has admitted previously “capping” phone calls: throwing callers off the line when things get too busy. So rather than rely on their local institutions, residents increasingly depend on their councillors to intercede.A Labour councillor, Paul Edwards, has just finished a case for a woman who wanted to pay for a bench to be installed on a local hill in her parents’ name: what should have been an easy bequest ran aground on the confusion of a call centre employee who knew nothing about either the hill or how to handle such gifts. Edwards also recalls the sick woman whose council tax arrears had been overestimated by thousands – but whose outsourced case worker wasn’t interested in discussing the issue. It went to court, and the woman won, at a huge cost both to her own mental health and the council.This is what happens when you lose locally accountable public servants. It’s also the cost of losing local expertise. Take the legal department, now run out of Harrow. The result was that in early summer, Barnet councillors were given the wrong reports to vote on. The resulting mockery led to the commissioning of an independent report that stated on its first page: “There is no one who understands local government law in depth at Barnet. Barnet employs no lawyers.”Yet, however broken their new structures, Barnet residents are stuck with them. Those two Capita deals, for instance, will carry on for at least the next decade, with many of their details shrouded in “commercial sensitivity”. Whoever locals vote for in the next two council elections, they will get Capita. And given that the local authority is now shedding its own staff, winding down its own IT systems and moving out of its offices, it’s hard to see how any new administration could take back control even if it wanted to.The rationale for all this outsourcing is to save money – a million pounds a month, claims council leader Richard Cornelius. He rightly points out that lots of other authorities are now following Barnet’s lead: just last month, Tory-run Northamptonshire declared it would outsource 95% of its work and go down to a skeleton staff.So, a case of cutting coats according to cloth? Two snags with that argument. First, the outsourcing proposals were first floated by local Tories even before Lehman Brothers collapsed and Britain’s crisis began. Second, these deals are always touted as saving money, and they rarely do.Dexter Whitfield, an economist, points to Sefton, in Merseyside, which launched an outsourcing deal with Capita in 2008. It was meant to deliver £70m savings and 100 new jobs. When neither unicorn materialised, the contract was transferred back to the council last year.Meanwhile, the costs of the outsourcing are already being felt by the likes of Tony and Janet Solomons. Their son, Benjy, has severe learning disabilities and can neither walk nor talk. He attends a local day centre, where he gets close personal attention from “excellent, remarkable” staff. But the service was outsourced a couple of years ago, with some fantasy business model.When it promptly collapsed, careworkers were hit with a near-10% pay cut. Employees I spoke to reported “morale on the floor”; one former care assistant admitted to taking on two more jobs to make up the shortfall. As the Solomons point out, such cuts in service, and employees under stress, are bound to affect Benjy’s level of care.“How will a new agency worker understand his routines, or when he wants to go to the toilet?” asks Janet. Yet Benjy can’t report back, and his parents will never know for sure what’s happened. Unknowable, unaccountable and potentially costly: a stark metaphor for Barnet’s outsourcing regime.
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Merry Christmas every one, thank you for your support this year, best wishes, Glenda
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Firstly, I said to the lads, 'lads thank you for nominating me to play Jesus for the second year running. Now, before I climb up into this Manger, wrapped in these nicely bound swaddling clothes and start snuggling up to Nora who's playing me Mother Mary, I want to make it clear that I'll be damned if Nora breast feeds me again this year.' I told the lads, 'lads, I dont want to be breast fed again, Nora is eighty and she cannot possibly lactate and whilst she and I fully appreciate your artistic direction, we've both agreed not to do the breast feeding scene'.
Course, the lads weren't happy. The Shepherds, the three bloody wise men and the Angel Gabriel were just about to kick off when all of a sudden there came a hollering and a yelling, 'I'm King Herod and Im here to kill the first born'. Course, cognisant that we didn't have a bloody Herod in the cast, I raised me fat face from beneath Nora's busums and yelled, 'who comes yelling something about killing the first born, or in this case, bloody me laid here in this Manger?'
And who was it? Bloody Bill Norman that's who. I said, 'clear off Bill. This is the Commercial Nativity Play and nobody cast you as King rotten Herod. Be gone. Get back to Plough Lane and join your own Nativity celebrations thank you very much.'
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Changes to the Social Fund
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Well I have been campaigning for a 'relaxation' in the way hot food licenses have been restricted to no later than 1.30am in Hereford for a long time, but today I have been given some really really encouraging news!
Fancy a curry after a night out in your local nightclub at 2am? Well now you may be able too...
I have had a very interesting conversation with a good friend of mine and a very reliable source this afternoon, who informs me that the previous licensing issues with regard to hot food are being relaxed and that positive changes are a foot.
From my understanding, any existing restaurant/pub/club can now apply for a late license and providing they can prove that they will have no impact on CIZ or increase criminal activity because they are staying open later there is a good chance that permission will be granted or rather no objections will come from the police etc..
The applicant may need to apply initially for a Temporary Event Licence in the interim but if after a period of say a few months there is no significant increase in crime, there should be no real reason for the council or police to challenge their application.
I have never understood why some of these food establishments have been prevented from still offering a home delivery service after 1.30 but that's by the by now.
So if you or anyone you knows has a take away, restaurant, pub or club get them to apply for a late licence if they so desire and lets see whats happens.
It would be interesting to see what happens if McDonalds in town re-apply now.
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I'm Paul Cardin from Wirral. Here's a decision notice from the ICO referring to bullying of disabled people and pay offs in public money to Herefordshire County Council staff. I believe a number of senior people have been encouraged to depart the council.
The ICO for their part are standing behind the council, and appear to be insisting that the disabled persons affected have been consulted, and don't want their data released or their personal privacy breached. Is this true? Some local people out there might know different.
This DN can be challenged and I believe the deadline is 10th September, if my maths is correct.
If it's going to be challenged, it needs to be QUICK ! My contact details should be relatively easy to track down with a search engine.
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HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role and extended the interim contracts of two top bosses – one of which is worth £147,000 a year.That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance.The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities.Chief finance officer Peter Robinson and Director of Adults Well-Being Helen Coombes have had their interim contracts with the council extended to September next year. All three changes have been backed by the council’s employment panel.The panel was told that the changes were necessary to “ensure continuing effective leadership” of a large proportion of the council’s key services undergoing significant change.In 12 -15 months’ time the council expects to be on “firmer foundations” with many of the ongoing changes delivered, the panel heard.This, the panel heard, was likely to “clarify” the roles in future and ensure that the posts are attractive – with greater stability – to “high calibre” internal and external candidates in future.The council’s former finance boss left in September last to be replaced, as an interim appointment, by Peter Robinson, formerly director of finance for Bristol City Council.The budget situation Mr Robinson inherited was described as “difficult and challenging” with the council having overspent in its previous financial year and forecasting a £4.5m overspend in 2013/14.External auditor, Grant Thornton had rated the authority as “red” over its reserves.Subsequently, the council has agreed a three year financial plan to deliver significant savings and replenish its reserves. It has also spent within its budget for 2013/14.Mr Robinson has also led on negotiations with Defra in securing agreement for the Waste PFI contract with Worcestershire, re-structured the council’s finance and re-procured the internal audit contract.Recently, he took on responsibility for ICT strategy and the management and client role for the ICT element of the council’s contract with Hoople.Mr Robinson is contracted through a management service provider called NEPRO. The contract for these services equates to £147,000 a year including on costs such as employers national insurance contributions and pension - on costs for council employees are in the region of 30%.The contract does not cover sickness or leave. NEPRO charge 1% of the contract cost, which is approximately £1,500 per year.Helen Coombes was appointed to her interim role in July last year to stay in post until mid 2014. She stays on to see Adults Well-Being through major social care service changes. Her total remuneration is £108k compared to a full time equivalent of £120k.The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management.Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.Additional costs for the Chief Financial Officer, approximately £30k - £15k in both 2014/15 and 2015/16 - include ongoing payments to the managed service provider, although a significant discount has been agreed for these and for a four day A week consultancy element of the contract with NEPRO.The council says the additional cost can be managed from additional savings achieved in the 2014/15 budget.The costs of continuing the current arrangements for the Director of Adults Well-Being are within the approved budget of a permanent Director post.Additional costs associated with the re-grading of the Assistant Director, Governance - including on-costs - is £13k a year with these costs met by deleting the Head of Governance post.In July last year, the council confirmed changes to its senior management structure that were expected to save nearly £200k.
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They'll do all these things. They'll even grasp your hand, shake it firmly, smile sympathetically and say, 'we feel your pain', but, when the going gets tough and the so called tough stand up and fight their corner, do the representatives of Unison really want to stand shoulder to shoulder with someone who ain't getting treated fairly in the public service sector?
Me? I've got serious doubts. I ain't so sure that our Trade Unions haven't gone the same way as our once great Labour Party, who, nowadays, thanks to the liar Blair, are a shadow of their former selves.
Me? I actually believe that Unison have lost their way. Swallowed up by the madness of New Labour and becoming increasingly isolated from their membership, I believe that Unison no longer care enough about the little guy. The little guy who's perhaps getting a kicking in the workplace.
It's easy to stand on a box and shout fiery rhetoric to the membership proclaiming, 'we'll fight your corner and we'll never forget our purpose', but are they really capable any longer of walking into a room full of 'suits' and defending one of their own and have the skills and the power of personality to trade blows with those who seek to demean, bully and undermine their staff.
I fear Unison have had their power and purpose diluted by past political events and I no longer believe that they are deserving of our faith. In short, for whatever reason they've lost their teeth, lost their way and lost their ability to properly fight the corner for the little guy.
As for more recent events within the public sector, namely the bullying issue that took place within Plough Lane, Id like to think that Unison fought the good fight and gave comfort to their membership, but realistically, I think they may have ducked it and left the bullied staff to fend for themselves.
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HEREFORDSHIRE Council made £1.9 million ‘profit’ in car parking charges in 2013/14 - more than £300k than the previous year.
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List of planning public notices affecting the cityIt 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 & 73Application Types:P - Planning permissionL - Listed Building ConsentAC - Conservation Area ConsentSL - Affecting the setting of a Listed BuildingAC - Affecting a Conservation AreaD - Not in accordance with the provisions of the Development PlanRW - Affecting a public right of wayT - For a telecommunications mastProvision 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, HerefordExtension to changing room at Bowling Club Rear Of Asda, Belmont Road, Belmont, HerefordInsertion of windows to the north, east and west elevations at Left Bank, Bridge Street, HerefordMaking safe existing garden and boundary walls at Hereford Cathedral School, 29 Castle Street, HerefordSite 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, HerefordIf 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 formBy e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.orgBy post to: - Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford, HR1 2ZBANDREW 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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With reference to this article that I know a number of you have read.
"MORE than £3m of “disputed items” remain to be resolved overHerefordshire Council’s service provision contract with Amey which ended last month."
Am I to understand that Amey owes "us" £3million.... however..... they bailed the council out at a cost of 2 million previously so they will be paying back around £1million to the council? £885k + £166k
("he council currently expects some £885k of income from Amey - for which provision has been made in the previous years’ outturns - and additional expectation of £166k for the five months to August 31").
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