CABINET control of Herefordshire Council could be over ahead of the next local elections.A groundbreaking motion to abolish cabinet will be put to a full council vote on September 26.The motion is proposed by Cllr Terry James, Lib-Dem group leader, who headed the council’s first cabinet in 1999.Support for the motion is expected from the Independent group and It’s Our County (IOC).A combined opposition vote would defeat any Tory attempt to defend cabinet.The Tory group currently controls the council – through cabinet – as a minority.Should the abolition motion succeed, the council would have to prepare for the end of cabinet ahead of the local election in May.That will most likely mean a complete re-write of the council’s constitution.Alternatives to cabinet include a wider ranging committee system and more voting power for the full council.Cllr James said successive cabinets had come to forget their purpose to appear as little more than a body delegating decisions to officers rather than running the council.“We see millions of pounds being spent on setting up new offices at Plough Lane and Hereford Shirehall while grass doesn’t get cut to save a few thousand,” he said.Dissatisfaction with the cabinet system has simmered on the council’s “backbenches” for some years.Many members believe cabinet stifles their voice and diminishes the role of ward councillor.Equally long-running are concerns over “closed doors” when key or sensitive decisions are discussed.IOC leader councillor Anthony Powers said his party was already “actively exploring” alternatives to cabinet that could be presented as policy.“There is a need to re-build the council’s decision-making processes. Cabinet leaves too many decisions to too few, more councillors should be getting a greater say in decisions,” said Cllr Powers.Cllr Bob Matthews, Independent group leader, said his members wanted “changes in some form” to decision making ahead of the election.Those changes, said Cllr Matthews, centred on ideas around a system that was based more around specific committees than a single cabinet – spreading the scope of representation.Cabinet, as such, could be made up of the committee chairman with the council leader getting the casting vote, he said.The role of scrutiny is widely seen as in need of an overhaul too.In May, the Independents and Tories took control of the overview and scrutiny committee, ousting the IOC chairman and deputy chairman.That move brought fears over the political and strategic function of scrutiny - as a body specifically set up to challenge cabinet decision making – to the fore.The concept of a cabinet was one the first executive issues to face Herefordshire Council from its start in 1998.Then legislation outlined in a government white paper outlined the abolition of traditional committee and sub-committee systems, seen as diffusing responsibility and leaving voters unclear as where decision making powers lay.The then group leaders were united on the idea of a cabinet that met only behind closed doors – as the white paper allowed.Arguments in favour of closed doors cited the “openness” offered by mixed party scrutiny committees responsible for specific service areas.The Hereford Times led calls for cabinet to open its doors, but resistance to the body meeting in public continued to 2000 ahead of a reform motion being put to full council .In January 2000, that motion was headed off in the chamber, with the then council leader Cllr James conceding that cabinet proceedings would go public.The size of cabinet, and the roles available within it, has fluctuated since with opposition leaders allowed a say at each meeting and local members when issues specific to constituencies were discussed.
About time - Bill Tanner is the Hereford Times.
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Planning application P142315/F (why I just cannot copy and paste the link I don't know)
I did some of my formative drinking in the British Oak usually before popping off to Edgar Street to see HUFC.
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I am sure that a couple of posters will give good and valued reason why there are no Uniform Police Officers in High Town area but I will refer back to the last line of the previous paragraph.
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Works on Whitecross Road, Hereford
31 August to 3 September 2014
Whitecross Road will be resurfaced from the entrance to Homer Street to the entrance to Plough Lane as part of a £40 million investment in Herefordshire’s road network over the coming year. The work taking place requires heavy plant and machinery and a large enough space to ensure staff on site can work safely. For this reason a full road closure is required.
Works are scheduled to start on Sunday 31 August 2014 and to finish by Wednesday 3 September before the start of the new school term. To minimise disruption all works will start at 6pm and finish at midnight each day.
If weather conditions are good, it may be possible to complete the works a day earlier.
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I was parked in the Welsh Club car park for no more than about 10 minutes early this morning, while I dropped off my son to play football on the meadows, when I got back there was a guy putting a ticket on my car. I have been told by a friend now that I should not pay it because it is not a penalty, can anyone else through any light on this please?
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Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts.In one recent study, five of the top seven cleaners had motors of more than 1600 watts.The new European rules are part of the EU's energy efficiency directive, designed to help tackle climate change.
Just checked mine - 1800 watts. Why not put 1200cc engines in all cars as well. I can see the EU bringing back the peoples' car endorsed by previous dictators.
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As a new member, I am not sure whether this has been aired before . . . but is anyone else sick and tired of looking at the scaffolding in High Town?
It is now three years since the fire at the River Island site and there is still no sign of a re-build. This inertia is particularly annoying at a time when the Council continue to give their unstinting support to the Old Livestock Market scheme - a project which will in itself challenge the viability of the historic city core.
I have repeatedly asked Herefordshire Council why they are not taking enforcement action in order to insist on the repair and refurbishment of these buildings but they are unable to reassure me beyond saying they are 'encouraging' the owners to re-build.
It is clear to everyone that the owners will not re-build voluntarily. They have pocketed the insurance monies and have no interest in re-investing in High Town at a time when the Old Livestock Market development is sucking up all potential new tenants in the city. In fact, the owners have a further motive for not refurbishing in so far as the buildings will remain rates-free while ever they are unusable.
This continuance of this eyesore is a scandalous dereliction of the Council's duty. At a time when the historic centre needs all the support it can get, the Council are allowing this carbuncle to remain while polishing it's new crown jewels at the OLM.
Please, Please, Please try and shake our Councillors out of this nightmare!
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Since I live up here, I may as well post in here, if anyone will see it is another thing. Roads around here are being resurfaced, about time as some of them are awful.
Not sure what ones, I know Kingsway is being done by the Co-op and up a little bit and I see they are doing some work in Queensway.
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A former Hereford pub could be turned into a Tesco Express according to this article in the Hereford Times.
The supermarket giant has bought the lease of the former Buckingham Inn pub and has set the wheels in motion to turn it into a convenience store - creating up to 20 jobs.
The Buckingham on Whitecross Road will go the way of the Game Cock pub after the latter was converted into a Tesco Express on Holme Lacy Road in 2010.
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Over the last few years, locals have even reported to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage might be haunted.
The last occupant was killed in a car crash on the road outside the home.
Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured inside after reading about its history online.
Dan, 28, from Manchester says: 'The cottage has been in the same family for many years and it looks like each generation has filled the house with their possessions.'
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A plea on behalf of British potato producers. When buying potatoes and anything containing potato please make sure you are buying British. Some supermarkets (not all) are sourcing their potatoes from overseas. Thousands of tons of British potatoes this year will not be used because supermarkets are buying cheaper pots from abroad same old story. British potato producers have invested millions to produce the potato the public want and are in danger of going out of business. Yes I know they can be a bally nuisance on the roads at certain times of the year they are only doing their job and are under such tight time constraints they have to keep pressing on. Yes I know they receive huge subsidies but agriculture is hugely important in this county and many parts of the country.
Generally if you can buy British food if you don't use it you will lose it!
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Services to protect children in Herefordshire "require improvement", Ofsted inspectors have concluded.
The grading is one better than in 2012 when services were branded "inadequate", the lowest rating in the four-point scale.
It means there are no serious failures but the authority is not delivering good protection, help and care for children, young people and families.
The council said it was on target to achieve a "good" rating by 2016.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children's wellbeing for Herefordshire Council, said: "We are very pleased that following our recent inspection we are no longer rated as inadequate and reassured that Ofsted are stating that no children being cared for in Herefordshire are at risk of harm."
Ofsted said the leadership and experience of care leaders "requires improvement" but rated the authority's adoption performance as "good".
The grading follows an inspection last month.
The latest Ofsted report was published today and is available to read in pdf format here (37 pages)
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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: email@example.comBy 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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