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The Matabeau Hereford

13 Jan 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

They are saying over on Facebook that The Matabeau Hereford has today shut up shop.  Speculation is that they have gone bankrupt.  This I find incredibly sad it was the one cafe that I would have a cup of coffee in(they served coffee in a cup and saucer!) and their food was always pretty good.  Great shame.

The Chadds staff used to congregate there in the morning prior to going to work - sad old times

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Robert Owen Free school

25 Jun 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

The £3 million pound renovation of the £1 million pound land and building at Blackfriars that the council handed over is continuing - it should look good but to spend this much money on so few children (20 to 30 at the moment) - is questionable.


As mentioned on previous threads, the Principal (headteacher) resigned in January after one term in charge and an interim from Manchester was put in charge.  They advertised for a new Principal and now have announced who has been selected.


It is a Mr Andrew Hubble.


Coincidentally, a Mr Andrew Hubble resigned as principal of an academy in West Walsall earlier this year after it was found by ofsted to be inadequate in nearly all respects including leadership and management.  I wonder if this is the same Mr Andrew Hubble.  And, if so, what the kids at the school have done to deserve someone with that track record. 


Still,  the nearby Barrs Court School appointed a principal with a very dodgy reputation and track record and has had to suspend her so it seems that some schools for vulnerable kids who can't fit into mainstream education can provide a dumping ground for failed leaders.  I say `some' because I know that other special schools and Pupil Referral units have excellent leaders and they and their staff do a great job that should continue. 


Normally the Hereford Times would trumpet any development at the ROVS - they have been strangely quiet on the new appointment.

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Business rates revaluation 2017

21 Feb 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Following on from the Matabeau topic and its possible effect on the independent trader and local shopping scene.

(extracts from article)
Starbucks is to open its fourth coffee shop on one street - just 300 yards from an independent coffee shop set to be ‘bled dry’ by the business rates overhaul.
The coffee giant yesterday unveiled plans to open its fifteenth store in Cardiff, and its fourth along the city’s busy Queen Street – the most on any one street in Britain.
The four Starbucks shops will be just 350 yards apart, within a five minute walk of each other.
Yesterday Charlotte Barker, the owner of neighbouring Coffee Barker, condemned the announcement as an example of the Government’s failure to stick up for smaller traders in the face of punishing rate hikes.
Starbucks ran into a tax controversy in the UK in 2012 when it was accused of paying no tax on sales of £1.2bn in this country over the previous three years.
Mrs Barker said it was ‘heartbreaking’ that multi-national companies ‘seem to get away with murder in their tax bill’ while smaller businesses like hers are forced to the wall.
‘We are waiting to hear how big our rate rises will be. But it could tip people like us over the edge. The taxman already gets 20 per cent VAT, PAYE and income tax from us along with the rate rises.
‘I’m sure people look at my shop and think it is a dream to run that. But, believe me, it is an uphill battle every day and the Government are making it even more difficult for small traders.
Dr Eleri Rosier, a senior lecturer in marketing at Cardiff Business School, told how a number of vacant units and short-lived discount shops along the street is a symptom of high-rental costs.
She said: ‘They move in to quickly make their money and then leave. We have lots of empty units that can be really off-putting. Obviously seeing everything closed isn’t the most attractive.’
MPs fear independent shops be wiped out from Britain’s high streets under planned rate hikes from April. It is feared the larger, multi-national companies will stay because they can easily afford to stay open. 



I am sure we are going to hear a lot more of this from small businesses.

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Hinton Community Center


Posted by Hinton Hitman in Police & Crime

Any idea what is happening at Hinton Community Center?, 5 Police vehicles in attendance.

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Building next to the Nuffield

21 Feb 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Having spent a few days at the Nuffield there is a beautiful building next door on the same side of the road.  I know it was a Care Home but is now closed down.  I am sure this was discussed on here and I have asked several people who know of it but nothing really about it.  


To satisfy my curiosity does anybody know anything aboutthe building  and who actually owns it. 

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9 Months Since Accident On Notorious Hereford Junction

01 Jan 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

On April 15th last year there was this accident on the Asda (A465) junction Belmont Road Hereford in which a cattle trailer carrying sheep overturned, killing all 20 sheep onboard. 


I took this photograph this morning and as you can see, we are 9 months on and NOTHING appears to have been done with regard to replacing the broken lights?? How long does it take to put things back as they were?


 Belmont Road.jpg

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Herefordshire Heroes wanted for Great British Spring Clean

21 Feb 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Herefordshire Council Newsroom: 21 February 2017

Herefordshire Council is backing a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities throughout March 2017.
The brand new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time in 2017, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.
TV wildlife presenter and children’s favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by the key anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.
Many other organisations will also be supporting the clean up including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses. Local company The Helping Hand Company from Ledbury are the official supporters of the campaign.
Herefordshire Council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter that blights our streets, parks, roads and beautiful countryside.
Councillor Rone, Cabinet member for Transport and Roads, and the instigator of the ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign, from Herefordshire Council said:
‘We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part. It will also support our own Stop the Drop litter campaign”.
To take part in the campaign and set up your own clean up event visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk, you can also register on our website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop  so you can advertise your event locally and encourage family, friends and neighbours to join in.
As soon as you have registered to organise a litter pick you MUST let Balfour Beatty know by ringing 01432 261800 so they can arrange to collect your bags of litter after your litter pick.
Balfour Beatty also have a limited number of litter packs available that can be borrowed free of charge. The Helping Hand Company are sponsoring the campaign by donating some of these packs.
Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.  Herefordshire Council spends just over £1 million a year on street cleaning.
Follow  #GBSpringClean for all the latest news.
Let’s all work together to keep Herefordshire beautiful.



Maybe Herefordshire Housing can get some of their tenants to tidy up around Sherborne Close.

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26 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

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Hereford Voice Instagram Photos

27 Mar 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Here are just a couple of recent photographs I created using Instagram. If you would like to follow Hereford Voice on Instagram Click Here


Old Market.jpg


Neil Powell Butchers.jpg



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Hereford University Presentation

16 Feb 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Planning Hereford: how to get it right


An illustrated lecture by John Bothamley CBE FRSA BA(Hons)


Thursday 23 March 2017


Arrival from 7.00pm, for 7.15pm start, and a 8.30pm close

at, The Events Suite, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Folly Lane, Hereford


Expanding on the views of Sir Terry Farrell, and the Farrell Report of April 2014, John will consider how our built environment is created by site owners and developers rather than the community. A quick run through of the history of the creation of Hereford and how we can best look forward to creating a unique city that we all enjoy. Following the forum, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.


RSVP by Thursday 16 March to Julia Davis

email: [email protected]<script data-cfhash='f9e31' type="text/javascript">/* */</script>, or tel: 01432 365431. 



Attached File  Annual Civic Society Lecture - March 2017 - Planning Hereford - how to get it right.pdf   399.66KB   23 downloads

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29 Jan 2017

Posted by DILLIGAF in Open Forum
Let's face it, Herefordshire Council have no money, Balfour Beatty can't be bothered and Highways Agency pass it back to local authorities; so we have Bob's cousin, No Hope!!!
I have started this thread to make us all aware in advance of the potentially dangerous situations of potholes on our roads. Keeping us safer, unnecessary repairs and avoiding them where possible. Most if not all would have been reported to Herefordshire Council directly anyway.
Please post locations and position i.e. nearside, centre, offside. Photos if possible (not if you're driving). Only edit post with FIXED when appropriate. Pease do not digress.

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Hereford Express

11 Jan 2016

Posted by ragwert in Hampton Park and Tupsley

I think someone might be in a wee bit or trouble with Tesco's  :Grin: 

hfd express.jpg

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Public Parks under threat

13 Feb 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
The Communities and Local Government Committee launched an inquiry (11th July 2016) into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.
Terms of reference: Public parks
This week 11th February 2017
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised. 
Important points made in the report about an essential aspect of town and city life
Why do parks matter?
The role of parks
Children and young people
Physical and mental health and wellbeing
Active travel
Community cohesion and identity
Biodiversity and access to nature
Local economy and growth
Climate change and the environment
The diverse role of parks
Assessing the value of parks
What is the state of Hereford's parks and open spaces?

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Asda GP Walk-In Centre To Close - Petition

28 Jan 2016

Posted by Colin James in Asda

I have heard from several reliable sources that the GP walk-in centre at Asda is to be closed.




Please SIGN the petition here


Cllr Glenda Powell managed to get over 700 signatures on a petition to prevent it being moved to the A&E department at the hospital back in 2010. (See this topic)

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Ross Shopekeeper Fined For Selling Illegal Cigarettes

21 Dec 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum






Herefordshire Council’s trading standards service, in partnership with West Mercia Police, carried out a joint raid at the Europe Quality Food shop in Ross-on-Wye. This resulted in the arrest of Mr. Karzan Elias.

Officers found a secret compartment of illegal tobacco products hidden behind a magnetised stock room fuse box. Most of the cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco were counterfeit and all goods had evaded UK duty.

Karzan Elias, trading as Europe Quality Food, pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on 16 December to selling illegal fake and smuggled tobacco products. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £2900.

Marc Willimont, head of development management and regulation for Herefordshire Council, said: “This year alone Herefordshire Council’s trading standards service has seized nearly half a million illegal cigarettes and will continue to target those criminals involved. The sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco harms honest local businesses and costs the UK tax payer up to £2bn a year[i].

“Although all tobacco is harmful, the cheap price of this illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking, as we find these shop keepers rarely care about who they it sell to. We are finding that fewer people are prepared to turn a blind eye to this practice and Herefordshire Council will therefore work with its partners to keep the pressure up on those who continue to sell it. I would ask anyone with any information on this sort of trade to make a real difference in keeping illegal tobacco off the streets by reporting it us."

If anyone has any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco within Herefordshire, please contact trading standards on 01432 261761.



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Yoga Class - BromYoga - Bromyard - Every Thursday - 8pm

10 Feb 2017

Posted by onofriomilitello in Open Forum

Hello everyone,


There is a Yoga Class at the Bromyard Public Hall, every Thursday - 8pm - £2.50.


Please share with anyone who you feel may be interested as these events can only run through local support.


All welcome.


Feel free to contact me on: 07968544452 or on facebook: search for BromYoga for further details.


Hope to see you there.


Kind Regards



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