Since the article in The Hereford Timesalerting citizens that Herefordshire Council has overwhelmingly backed the principle of passing its offices and other estate on to the county’s university project, I have discovered the New University - Herefordshire website which provides further interesting information.
The groundbreaking motion went through with just one abstention and no votes against at full council this morning (Friday). Support for the motion means fundraising for the project can begin in earnest.
STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
The New University-Herefordshire is being conceived as a not-for-profit institution, with mixed funding, and operating with input from The John Lewis Partnership model. The assets and endowments of the university will be held in trust by The Herefordshire Tertiary Education Trust.A working Development Team has been in place since late 2012, and is comprised of local business people and educators.The Trust Board of Trustees will initially be comprised of nationally and internationally recognised educators and business leaders drawn from Herefordshire and from around the world. This group will have a 2-3 year mandate to design and fund the university and identify and retain the initial executive leadership team.With seed financing of £3-4 million and an additional £10-13 million to open the university in 2017, the Board will be tasked over succeeding years with securing an additional £50-£75 million in financing; integrating resources from personal and corporate philanthropy, the social capital market, private investment, UK & EU Government funding, public sector asset transfers, and industry sponsorships.The New University will be working in close collaboration with Herefordshire College of Arts, Hereford & Ludlow College, and the Royal National College for the Blind to ensure that Herefordshire is recognized as a national centre of excellence in education.
My first thought - money no object. Where did the seed finance come from? Not the council I hope as they will have to have parking meters along all the roads of Herefordshire to bring in any money to support this. Can any councillors explain as they all voted for this worthy cause, except one who abstained.
Noticed that the Blackfriars building used by the council has been vacated and fenced off completely. Did someone mention that the Robert Owen school was to be given the building?
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2:37pm Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerA DEAL that seals the site for a new fire station in Hereford could be done by next month.Forward plans prepared for Herefordshire Council show that a decision to dispose of the council's Bath Street - or County - offices rests with Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets.Coun Bramer will consider the decision after next Friday (Feb 27).The forward plan specifically outlines the disposal of land and buildings at the County Offices site as being for Hereford to the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to enable a new fire station for Hereford.Earlier this month, heritage campaigners failed to get the offices, formerly the Hereford Working Boys Home, listed by English Heritage.Alternatives to a fire station include a campus site for the county’s proposed university , an “innovation" or retaining the sites features as a frontage for flats.The cash-strapped council is keen on selling the site to HWFRS for a much-needed new fire station for Hereford.
10:25am Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerHEREFORDSHIRE Council is in talks with a “community group” looking to take over two of the county’s top natural attractions.Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake nature reserve could both be transferred out of council control.The council confirmed this morning (Friday) that it had been approached by an as yet un-named community group over assuming responsibility for both sites.In a statement, the council said: “As part of our community asset transfer process, we have asked the group to complete a business case which outlines how it would operate the locations and how this would benefit the public, along with providing various assurances around competency and financial viability.”The council will consider the proposed transfer once a copy of the business case has been received.In June last year, the council faced calls for “clarity” over its proposals for the future of Queenswood Country Park.Opposition councillors wanted a guarantee from the local authority that the site on Dinmore Hill called one of county’s “most precious public assets” would not be sold off.Then, the council said no decisions had been made on the overall future for its parks and countryside service ahead of a related savings plan.The 170- acre Queenswood is managed by the council and the Queenswood Coronation Fund.Forty-seven acres are made up of more than 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. Another 123 acres is spread over semi-natural woodland designated as a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve.Queenswood survived a privatisation scare in 1988 when the then Hereford and Worcester County Council was forced into a denial of any plan to privatise its country parks after reports suggested it could happen.Originally part of the Hampton Court estate, Queenswood has a history of public access dating from 1935 when it was bought by public subscription through an appeal organised by the then Council for the Preservation of Rural England.It was handed over to the then county council “to look after for the people all the time” and prevent development that planning law at the time did not protect it from.Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of varied habitat including riverside meadows, veteran orchard, newly planted orchard, a 'gravel' area and wet woodland. The lake itself is the largest area of open water in the county.
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This story was on the front page of the Hereford Times website today for about 15 minutes before it was pulled - the link is here, as are my comments. Bill Tanner is doing some excellent work on the Futiles at the moment - we all suspected (and knew) that we were being stitched up - now we are starting to see by just how much and measures being taken to try and withhold the facts.
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The following link makes interesting reading
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Until I retired recently, I was a care worker, and I also have a close relative who has learning difficulties so I have some experience.
I am currently visiting day centres, speaking to care providers, etc. I need the public, you, to let me know if you have come across any problems, if you have a relative who has learning difficulties and has experienced difficulties.
I am a great believer in communication and information gathering but if I do not know of a problem I may not be able to solve it. If I am to hold the council to account, and adults with learning difficulties to hold me to account for them, I need to hear from everyone one who believes they have a contribution to make. Hereford Voice is a great way to get information out, to hear people's views, swap ideas and get a feel for a situation. Hope you can help me help a vulnerable group of people who often get overlooked when budgets are set!
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Taking a leaf out of Ameys book.
DO THE ******* JOB PROPERLY FOR f*** SAKE
"BBC Hereford & Worcester's Nicola Goodwin taking a look at Holme Lacy Road in Hereford - the road surface was repaired after flooding, but it's not looking good..."
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I wandered into town today and the usual drinkers' were camped on the wall swigging bottles/cans of that strong cider ..... In front of the Church ... Sat on the wall as the seats have been removed ..... I walked by an hour later and they were still there .... Commercial Road ... Not a good advert for Hereford ....
This was approx. 13.45 and 14.45 btw so hardly out of hours for the people who should sort this out .....
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As we will shortly be approaching the 'moment of truth' for what we are all now being encouraged to call 'Old Market', I thought I'd go and take a really good look at it yesterday (perhaps Colin could treat us to one of his excellent pics later in the week?). Well, peeps, the optimum vantage point is a few paces north of the entrance to the Moorfields Surgery at the top of Edgar Street; and the optimum viewing time is 4.30pm - especially if its sunny.
Ranged in front of you is a vast curving windowless wall, already seriously stained with what building surveors call 'efflorescence' (salts being leached out of the bricks through the warmth of the sun) - first spotted by the ever-vigilant King Bobby last Decermber. It will get worse before it gets better. Towering above this inhuman Alcatraz-like 'cliff', Stanhope's talented designers have chosen to place a row of five irregularly-profiled metal-clad rooftops. Why five? Why metal? Why lop-sided? Who knows. Just architectural whimsey, I suppose.
After I'd got my breath back from witnessing this architectural monstrosity (a passer-by offered me a tot of brandy from a hip flask), I came up with the following solution. Before all the big cranes are taken off the site, McAlpines should fix five projecting gibbets from the five roof 'peaks'. On each would be suspended a life-size fibreglass effigy of the five 'culprits' responsible for this Nightmare on Edgar Street. My nominations would be: Jonathan Bretherton, Roger Phillips, John Jarvis, Stanhope's Managing Director and the senior partner of designers Allies & Morrison.
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Here is a link to the Old Market Website, I thought that they would of come up with a more modern attractive name other than 'Old Market' and I was expecting new modern glass fronted buildings, but it looks like it's mainly bricks..
Why on earth has nobody had the sense to built a glass roofed 'footbridge' from the new 'Old Market' complex over the main road directly into Maylord Orchards or somewhere near Tesco's? Thus having the best of both worlds and connecting the City Centre, instead of possibly isolating it. (This is what they have done at Cabot Circus in Bristol and it works perfectly) This would also be safer for pedestrians, and would also not interfere with the traffic flow by having pedestrian lights stopping the traffic.
Anyway, you make up your own minds and have a look at the animation Old Market Hereford - Check Out The Animation
You can also view the webcam
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The Herefordshire Council have an online survey about the parking in Hereford. In my opinion, there are far too many disabled bays along broad street and in King Street and Bridge Street they they could increase the maximum parking time to 2 hours, at least this way you have a little more time to shop etc.. The traffic wardens are too keen to issue tickets too, all of this does not encourage people into our city.
This of course is just my view but there is an online survey which I think is worth completing, see below.
We are undertaking a review of on street parking arrangements in the historic core of Hereford city centre. National good practice indicates that we should review on-street parking restrictions periodically in order to check that they continue to meet the needs of all road users. In addition the review will aim to support current schemes in the historic core including street de-cluttering through rationalising existing signage, 20mph zones and more cycling facilities.
We are consulting with businesses, residents and visitors who use on street parking in the historic core of Hereford. Questionnaires for residents and businesses will be delivered to properties within the city centre area. In addition our survey staff will be out in the city centre talking to people who are using on street parking and providing them with questionnaires. Surveys can be returned via the Freepost address supplied.
Alternatively you can complete the questionnaire online.
The closing date for responses is 17 March 2014.
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I found this on the Facebook Hands Off Our Village it makes interesting reading
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Can someone please, for the love of f***, explain to me how the people running this city STILL maintain that they are doing the right thing?
Please, I cannot comprehend the ignorance.
We've had several weeks without lights Northbound on the A49 and traffic flowed perfectly.
Today the city is in gridlock because the lights have been put back on. Queuing starting at the Broadleys on Ross Road (I didn't dare venture up Belmont Road), all the way down to Currys. Locked, cars sitting with their ignitions off.
You do not need a masters degree in traffic architecture to see that the lights are making things WORSE.
Are you people that ******* blind and that ******* ignorant that you think this is acceptable?
For f*** Sake.
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