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Whitehouse Pub

23 Oct 2014

Posted by dippyhippy in Tupsley

Does the Tupsley Community Group now own the old "Whitehouse Pub" up at Whittern Way?? Or is it owned by some other group??


I ask, because it is an absolute eye sore....a magnet for vandalism and appears to have been empty for months if not years with no clear plan for what it's future holds. I had a conversation today the gist of which was the good folks who run The Cock Of Tupsley very successfully, have enquired about buying it, as they would like to re open it, and run it as an extension to their thriving business.


No. Was the answer. Apparently just one person gets to say "No". No committee meeting, no vote, just one persons say so.(Who does that remind you of???)


So whoever does own this.....either get it tidied up, and open....or let someone else do it!!!


Letting it fall into an even greater state of disrepair should not be an option!

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Seasonal street traders in Hereford

19 Nov 2014

Posted by Bilbobobby in Open Forum

It's that time of the year when the city is decended upon by the various seasonal street traders who take up position in the High Street (and nearby) selling 'tat' from a shopping trolley or store combi trolley.

Do you think its right that they are allowed to do this - bearing in mind they do not pay for a street traders licence from the council, pay no buisness rates to the county and are likely taking away trade from the various shops in and near the city centre?

I've asked the question of the council, who say that they have a pedlars licence and as long as they keep moving and don't cause an obstruction, its okay for them to trade.

Now my understanding of a pedlers licence (certificate) is that it is issued by the police and it allows an individual to travel from town to town - door to door on foot - selling goods.  2 'traders' have taken up a position at the junction of the High Street and Widemarsh Street and guess what - they don't move until they pack up for the day.


My point is unless they are paying a licence fee to the council - as the many do who run the market stalls in High Town - they should not be operating in the city taking trade away from the shops.  AND they are not allowed to trade in Gloucester, Cheltenham or Worcester and I would guess never in the Maylord Orchards or Old Livestock Market complexes.



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Petition: Reverse Decision To Reduce Grass Cutting

22 May 2014

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I have been asked by several people if I would create a petition about the lack of grass/verge cutting in the County due to severe cut backs in Herefordshire Councils budget. 


We the undersigned want Herefordshire Council to REVERSE it's decision to reduce grass cutting frequencies from 7 times a year to just 3 times a year in this years budget. This is a massive reduction of almost 60%!! Yet Herefordshire Council has  increased the Council Tax by almost 2%.
The Old Market shopping centre has recently opened at a cost of over £90 million, which will hopefully attract more people to Hereford and grow our local economy, however, Hereford looks a mess, all the grass and verges are overgrown and this will lead to treble the amount of work required when they eventually get around to it, which is false economy. 
This online petition has been launched in a bid to persuade Herefordshire Council to reverse the decision and restore Hereford back to a more attractive standard.
Why is this important?
We believe that this is a necessary course of action in order to attract investment and economic benefit back to Hereford.
The state of our Herefordshire also discourages potential investors and tourism alike from visiting the County, this is potentially an economic disaster for Hereford.




You Can Sign The Petition HERE

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Who is running one's life - certainly not you!

21 Nov 2014

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Hereford Times News 20th November 2014

A MOTHER cleared of trying to poison her daughter is pleading with the authorities to reunite the pair.
Mary Kidson has not seen her 16-year-old for seven months, after the teen was taken into care when her mother was jailed ahead of her trial.
The 56-year-old, from Ledbury, was acquitted of giving her daughter unnecessary medication this month following a three-week trial.
But she has been left furious at the actions of Herefordshire Council, who she accuses of ruining her child’s life.
“I just want my daughter home,” said Ms Kidson. “I haven’t seen her since April and am only allowed a 15-minute phone conversation every fortnight.”
She says the council has let her family down throughout the process, starting by not telling her that concerns had been raised about her care of her daughter.
Why Herefordshire Council acted as they did is still totally unbelievable and completely out of order,” she said.
“They have ruined my daughter’s life and torn our family apart.”
Ms Kidson, who specialises in helping children develop reading, language and learning skills, said her daughter has a history of health issues including a form of general dyspraxia, plus speech problems and weight issues.
She went to NHS doctors in search of a cure but said they couldn’t help her child, leading to her looking online.
This led to her and her daughter visiting a doctor in Brussels, Dr Thierry Hertoghe, who prescribed the youngster with medication not offered by the NHS doctors, causing a “dramatic improvement” in her condition.
“In her own words, she felt better than ever,” said Ms Kidson. “Her speech issue had gone.”
The first Ms Kidson knew of any problem was in March 2013 when police and social services arrested her before taking her daughter away.
“It was a huge shock and totally out of the blue,” she said, adding she later learned the girl’s father, to who she is estranged, had sent letters to health professionals citing concerns over her treatment.
“I just wish he had told me,” she said. “My daughter just wanted to be fit and well.”
She was later charged and remanded in custody from April this year.
However, she says her time in prison wasn’t as bad as first feared. She became a maths mentor helping out fellow inmates, and says she struck up friendships with others inside.
But she admits the thought of spending 10 years behind bars, the maximum sentence should she have been convicted, was “horrendous”.
“When I heard about the acquittal, I sobbed my heart out,” she said.
Since being cleared, a friend of hers launched an online petition calling for the mother and daughter to be reunited.
It has already attracted almost 2,000 signatures.
Ms Kidson says she has gained a great deal of solace knowing people have supported her throughout her ordeal.
A Herefordshire Council spokeswoman said the authority is aware of the petition.
“Decisions on placing a child in care and ending a period of care are taken by the family court, not the council,” she added.
“The family court reaches its decisions after considering evidence presented by a range of experts and interested parties, including parents and the young person involved.
“The council is in contact with both parents about the next steps.”
* A court order that was made ahead of the trial prevented the press from naming Ms Kidson's child but ruled that she can be identified as her daughter.


Slowly society is moving into a world of police state regulation, after considering evidence presented by a range of experts and interested parties. In Scotland it is planned that every child will have a dedicated social worker to keep an eye on the parents. And Herefordshire Council expect us to believe that they didn't instigate proceedings and present evidence to a secret court - it just happened, but then if anything goes wrong, there is no one to blame is there.

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Islamic Centre Hereford Application Rejected.

20 Nov 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hinton

Herefordshire Council have rejected an application for an Islamic Centre in Holme Lacy Road Hereford.


THE COUNTY OF HEREFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL hereby gives notice in pursuance of the provisions of the above Acts that PLANNING PERMISSION has been REFUSED for the carrying out of the development described above for the following reasons:

1.The proposal fails to provide safe, convenient access and parking provision within the site and would therefore be detrimental of highway and pedestrian safety contrary to the requirements of policy DRS and CF5 (4) of the Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan and to guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.
2.On the basis of the information provided, the proposed use is likely to significantly impact upon the amenities of neighbouring residents contrary to the requirements of policy DR2 and CF5 (3) of the Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan and with the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Full details of this application here


Original application form and Decision notice attached.


Attached File  AppForm.pdf   519.08KB   17 downloads


Attached File  Decision Notice 167100.pdf   1.88MB   19 downloads

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The High Town Bomb Site

07 Apr 2014

Posted by Aylestone Voice in Open Forum
Is it not about time that something was finally done. A short time ago the owners did some tidying up but this included taking off the temporary roof thus opening up the building to the elements.
Is there nothing really that can be done?
Do the Council not have the powers either to require the site to be developed or to CPO it?

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Southern Link Road preferred route

08 Nov 2014

Posted by megilleland in Planning
Herefordshire Council Newsroom 7th November 2014
On Thursday 13 November Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet will consider route SC2 as the preferred route for the Southern Link Road.
A total of eleven route options for the new road have been considered and appraised by the council’s consultants Parsons Brinkerhoff and the results are set out in a preferred options report which will be considered by cabinet.
The assessment has concluded that in order to address the transport problems and promote growth within the South Wye area, a new Southern Link Road from the A49 to the A465 (with a link to B4349) is necessary. 
Public consultation took place in July and August 2014 looking at four shortlisted routes. Following consideration of the feedback, a detailed appraisal of a three alternative routes suggested by the public and third parties also took place.
Each of the three additional routes were appraised to the same level of detail as the four options consulted upon. Each of the final routes were appraised in terms of engineering considerations, economic outcomes, impact to the environment, and an assessment of the social implications.
The Southern Link Road forms part of the South Wye Transport Package, which aims to promote economic growth within Hereford while tackling specific problems in the South Wye area.
If Cabinet approve the SC2 route, a planning application will be submitted before the end of the year.  The cabinet report and the preferred option report can be viewed on the council’s website.


According to the report and Hereford Times this route will cost £25 million which appears amazingly cheap when compared with the costs for the city Link Road. Note that this route is furthest out from the city - no doubt so it can be infilled with housing. The loss of woodland at Grafton Wood should be compensated with planting of trees and screening along route.

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When is a Director of Law not a Director of Law?

16 Jul 2014

Posted by flamboyant in Open Forum

When is a Director of Law not a Director of Law? When he's on a suspension...


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New Black Bins, Max 4 Bags a Fortnight - f*** Off

04 Aug 2014

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

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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Rotherwas Rail Proposal

15 Oct 2014

Posted by megilleland in Planning
Herefordshire Council News 13 October 2014 

Herefordshire Council hosted the first meeting with rail industry stakeholders to discuss rail proposals for Rotherwas on 7 October.
The meeting which included representatives from Network Rail and London Midland train operating company brought together a cross party discussion around how emerging proposals to re-introduce rail facilities into Rotherwas might be progressed.
Councillor Bob Matthews, leader of the Independent Group, set out the proposals which would include passenger services and potential for rail freight for the discussion, said ‘We have had a very productive and constructive meeting with key stakeholders and the next steps will be to get more detailed feedback on how the proposals should be developed. The Independent Group is committed to seeing this scheme delivered but appreciate that it will need a sound business case before funding can be secured.’
Cllr Johnson, Leader of the Council, chaired the meeting and commented, ‘The meeting was very productive and we have secured the support of Network Rail and London Midland (train operating company) to assist us with reviewing these proposals. Based on the advice and feedback from the rail industry experts, the production of a business case and the identification of funding sources, we intend to develop a plan for how the proposal might move forward.’


Full steam ahead or will it hit the buffers?

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Arial View Of Belmont

20 Nov 2014

Posted by Colin James in Belmont

A friend kindly sent these couple of photographs showing a birds eye view of Belmont taken last weekend.


Arial View Belmont.jpg


You can see Tesco and the garage in this photograph.

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Police and Crime Commissioner won't stand again

20 Nov 2014

Posted by Roger in Police & Crime

Police and Crime Commissioner tells "farcical" meeting that he won't stand for re-election




by Bill Tanner, Senior Reporter


WEST Mercia police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore has confirmed that he will not be standing for re-election in 2016.


The confirmation was one of the few answers Mr Longmore gave to a Q&A session with Worcestershire County Council  described by turns as “heated, farcical and bizarre.”


The £75,000 a year figurehead appeared before a meeting of the council for the first time in 18 months to be grilled by politicians.


Amid the scenes that followed:


- Mr Longmore turned up late for the meeting, meaning his appearance had to be delayed by around an hour.


- He asked his unelected deputy Barrie Sheldon to answer questions for him, leading to furious exchanges in the chamber.


- Mr Longmore then got into a dispute with Labour councillors, where he accused them of "sniping at him" and suggested they were trying to smear the police as "racist".


- The chairman of the council, Councillor Pam Davey, apologised to him for "discourtesy" and said the rows in the chamber were "showing a bad example to children".


Cllr  Richard Udal got things started saying: "It's been about 18 months since you were last here, at the time you said there are 'no racist police officers' and that racism in the police 'didn't exist'.


"You also said, and I quote 'domestic abuse didn't exist in the 1970s'."


Cllr Udall called the comments "insensitive and inaccurate" and asked Mr Longmore for his views.


Mr Longmore  was also asked a list of questions on budget cuts, the paperwork faced by police officers and the impact turning off street lights could have on crime, before his deputy stood up to try and answer them instead.


Cllr Luke Mallett said: "Nobody in Worcestershire elected Mr Sheldon to any role - he is an unelected aide.


"We all know Mr Sheldon will be putting himself up for election in two years, but it is up to Mr Longmore to answer these questions."


During the row, Cllr Davey intervened and said Mr Longmore has "been invited as a guest" and could stay quiet if he wanted to.


Cllr  Peter McDonald said: "We cannot stand this farce, he didn't say when he was elected that he'd refuse to answer questions.


"We want to hear from the organ grinder, not his monkey."


Mr Sheldon then stood down and Mr Longmore got on his feet to say he had gone to County Hall to "listen, and not be sniped at in every way".


He said Cllr Udall's views on his comments were "completely misconstrued", insisting he meant domestic violence was not reported as widely in the 1970s.


He added: "And to think you've tried to insinuate that West Mercia Police is institutionally racist is just wrong."


Hereford Times

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If it weren't for this bloke, HCC's "legal ea...

05 Oct 2014

Posted by WirralPC in Open Forum

Lazenchenulmen, I give you....


Richard Penn.



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Business Improvement District (BID)

12 May 2014

Posted by megilleland in Hereford City

It will be useful to have information on this scheme here.


Hereford Times - Thursday 1st May 2014 in News
A PROPOSAL to set-up a Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) was launched in the city last night.
A group of like minded businesses in Hereford have decided it is time to make an investment in the future prosperity of the city. A loan has been taken out from the Department for Communities and Local Government to see if a BID can be set up in Hereford.
A BID is a legal entity set up and run by businesses in a specific geographic area and there are now more than 170 of them in towns, city centres and industrial parks across England. The Hereford group has come up with ideas for projects but is looking for feedback from other businesses.
“I recognised a void in Hereford city, with no form of traders association, city centre partnership, or any similar entity to look after the interest of businesses in the city centre," said John Jones, partner at Philip Morris and Son.
"I took the approach that if we were going to do this, we’d do it properly, from zero to best practice in one step. I didn’t want to create a body that had no mandate, no money and no ability to deliver, so set about creating the most effective body possible - a Business Improvement District.”
When BID's are set up a steering group carries out extensive consultation with businesses in a specific geographic area to determine what projects would most help the local economy to thrive. They publish a business plan which sets out a range of projects and how much money will be needed from each business to deliver this plan.
Each eligible business in the area described in the plan gets a postal vote to say whether it is for or against setting up a BID.
If the vote is successful, all the businesses in the area will invest in the BID to deliver the selected projects by paying an annual levy.
The BID will last for five years and at the end of that time a new plan will be developed and businesses will have another chance to vote for or against the proposal. Dan Guerche, general manager at Play nightclub, said the creation of a BID would bring positive benefits to the city.
“The BID will invest time in creating a better town centre to live, work and shop," said Mr Guerche. "This will create employment and that means more customers for us all.”
A survey is the first stage in working out what projects to include in the initial proposals. Over the coming months the group behind the BID will be getting out to meet every business and seek their views on the plans.
But any that would like to be visited straight away can email John Jones on HBID@philipmorrisdirect.co.uk or Georgia Smith, Hereford BID project manager on info@towncrafting.co.uk
The people behind the BID steering group include representatives from Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Council, Visit Herefordshire, Young Enterprise, as well as businesses and other organisations such as All Saints’ Café, Fit Clothing, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Primark, Chave and Jackson, and Hereford Cathedral.



BID map.jpg
The exact boundaries of the BID area in Hereford are being refined as a part of the consultation process. All streets in the shaded area of the map are being considered.

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