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    Driving Lessons

    Slim
    By Slim,

    Probably showing my age, but when I learnt to drive you were taught not to park on corners or opposite junctions. As I live on the test "Route", I am incensed by the sheer number of Driving Instructors who have their pupils pull up anywhere! Surely part of the Highway code is to have respect for other road users. People park where you cannot see round the corner and even facing the wrong way i.e.  towards oncoming traffic when they have to pull right out before they can see if the road is clear. Oh, and why can't people be taught that the spare stick on the steering wheel works those funny coloured lights on the corners of their car! 

    From a grumpy old bloke who holds an Advanced Licence and HGV +C.


    Copper kettle/waterstones?

    adamski
    By adamski,

    Has this disappeared, or am I just not seeing it? Thought it was an ancient thing, that had to remain in place?


    Herefordshire housing record

    Hereford Labour
    By Hereford Labour,

    Since April 2011, a total of 2,379 new houses have been completed in Herefordshire as against the County Council strategy to build 3,850 new homes. The target figure shows a shortfall of nearly 1,500 homes or just 62% of the Council’s target for new homes were completed during the past six years.

    The provision of affordable homes also shows a derisory outcome. Over the past six years just 29% of completed homes were “affordable” according to the Council’s published figures. Under 700 affordable homes in six years, just an average of 115 homes per year.

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    Hereford Voice. Use it or lose it

    bobby47
    By bobby47,

    With the exception of only a small handful of members, and I'm not one of them, nobody else seems to care or bother with this forum nowadays. From where I'm sitting it's a shadow of its former self and if this rot continues in its current direction, which shows all the signs of travelling downwards, your man Colin could just as easily throw his hand in and quit leaving us all with nothing but the Hereford Times for our source of what's going on in the shire.

    Rather than just read a piece, make a comment. Throw the author a bone and offer up some encouragement. This here place, Hereford Voice, was once the 'must read' social network site for every single member of the Council hierarchy. Why? Because it and we mattered. Many were frightened to death of us and consequently were desperate to know what we were saying and then understand the possibilities that our views might gather momentum influence others and ultimately place them in a poor light.

    This should matter to everyone. Cast your minds back to the former Council Offices in Bath Street. If it hadn't been for Hereford Voice and it's more vociferous commentators, notably Dippy, Gridknocker, Cambo and Amanda Martin, then these bast.ards who's mouths are permanently stuck solid to the publics fiscal teat, they'd have flattened it and built a Firehouse on its site. Only because of this place has the old working boys home survived and has the chance of providing the city with a much needed accomadation resource.

    Use it or lose it! Do something yourselves before the rot becomes irreversible and people stop visiting this site because like us all they can't be bloody bothered anymore.

     

     


    Swarovski store closed down

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    Swarovski shop on the old market has shut up shop.

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    Can you help?

    Hereford Labour
    By Hereford Labour,

    THE LABOUR party in Hereford is hoping readers may be able to help locate the whereabouts of the Sydney Box Trophy.

    The trophy, pictured, was established by the Trades Council in memory of Sydney Box, the first parliamentary Labour candidate for Hereford in 1918 and founder of the Hereford Workers' Union.

    It was awarded annually to the best apprentice at Hereford College.

    Roger Windsor from Hereford and South Herefordshire Labour Party said: "When the Trades Council disbanded the trophy appeared to go missing and we should like to re-introduce it in connection with the Herefordshire and Ludlow College and the Chamber of Commerce but we cannot find it."

    He is appealing for help to find it. Do you know anything about it? If you can help, email roger@mailwindsor.co.uk.

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    Lance Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis VC

    Aylestone Voice
    By Aylestone Voice,

    Friday 21 September 2018

    100 years ago Allan was killed in action during WW1 and as a result of his bravery was awarded the Victoria Cross. He is the only Herefordshire born person to have been awarded a VC

    This Friday there will be two events to commemorate Allan.

    At 10.00am in the Lady Arbour Garden at Hereford Cathedral a plaque will be dedicated in his honour.

    At 11.00am at the Old Market shopping centre a statue of Allan will be unveiled.

    Please try and take some time out to attend these events.


    Change at the Council

    Aylestone Voice
    By Aylestone Voice,

    Looks like Geoff Hughes has resigned

    (awaits list of conspiracy theories!)


    Another raid in Commercial Road - surprise surprise !

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    From HCC News 

    Environmental Health team, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police officers worked in partnership to carry out the planned action at Munchies and Maxii on Commercial Road, Hereford. 

    Illegal cigarettes seized outside Maxii, Hereford

    Trading Standards seized approximately 8,000 cigarettes from a vehicle outside Maxii.

    Housing Enforcement entered under warrant, and found persons living in the first floor prohibited accommodation above Munchies, and a further enforcement notice will be issued prohibiting sleeping in the ground floor commercial  areas.

    Enforcement notices are being issued by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service against Munchies for non compliance with previous advice.

    One Iraqi Kurd male was arrested an suspicion of being an illegal overstayer since 2011; he was passed on to immigration.


    Plans for 75 Dwellings in Marden Refused

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans for 75 dwellings on the land adjacent to the Volunteer in Marden have been refused.

    Full details here

    The original application dates back to October 2016


    Union Passage & St Peters Square Improvements

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Union Passage & St Peters Square Improvements

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    Work has been taking place over the past week by Hereford Business Improvement District to make Union Passage (The gateway to Union Street) much more attractive to shoppers. Walls have been repainted to help make the passageway appear lighter.

    Union Street has so many great local businesses including Music Plus, Papaya and The Kup-cake Kitchen.


    Work has also taken place to paint the railings at the War Memorial in St Peters Square ahead of this year Remembrance Parade.

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    University campus on Station Approach

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    After a little bit of digging I have found that the Uni Campus looks set to be built on the Station Approach car park.
    The car park will be closed from August 28th til September 7th for intrusive ground surveying.

    See here


    Green dragon sold

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

     

     

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    The green dragon in Broad Street has been bought by a consortium of local investors who are planning to restore it to its former glory.

    Work will begin on the restoration later this year.

    https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/16589656.county-investors-to-refurbish-green-dragon-hotel/?ref=mr&lp=1

     

     

     

     


    Morrisons car park

    Fox68
    By Fox68,

    Has anyone ever had a parking eye ticket  from Morrisons Hereford?

    heard a lot about ignoring them. Paid the car park fee / ticket. But over time limit as we met a friend in the car park. But nothing criminal. 

    Can anyone help on this?


    Buchanan Trust Bosbury

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    I saw this on Facebook and thought it was more than worthy of sharing and promoting 

     

    Christine Allen shared a link.

    Founding Member · 10 hrs

    Wanted please :) List of items Needed for "Green Farm Bosbury." (Buchanan trust Bosbury) Where A National Trauma Centre for Our Veterans is being built by volunteers from all over the country. There is not much comfort inside the cottage for the Male & Female volunteers. I am unable to help with the physical work So I am on a mission asking for your help with the following items please. PM me or leave a comment and I will contact you Thank you.
    Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer. Fridge/Freezer or Fridge , Freezer, 3 Seater Sofa. Small Sofa, Table & Chairs, Large Catering Teapot. Kettle. Oven trays. Large Saucepans.Chopping boards, Tea, Coffee, Sugar storage containers. .
    Volunteers are also needed for Building, Bricklayers/ Builders/Electricians/ Plumbers/Painters. Tea makers. Digging out the foundations, Cleaning bricks .Help cooking the meals. Help needed some days to clean the kitchen up and prepare and evening meal for the Workforce.
    Large items can be collected by the Volunteers on site. If we are lucky to be offered Large items then we would like to collect all on one trip over. The longer the guys are away then less work they are doing outdoors Thank you Kindly.


    It never rains, but it pours at Plough Lane office

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Urgent improvement roof works at Plough Lane Head office

    Decision to award the contract to carry out maintenance and improvement works to plough lane roof

    To award the contract to carry out the urgent improvement roof works at Plough Lane Head office through the expenditure of the 2018/19 capital maintenance budget.

    The reasons to award the contract to carry out the improvement roof works at Plough Lane offices through the BBLP public realm contract are:-

    (a) The estimate of 249K for the works was provided by Integral (Hereford) Ltd, the council's current provider within an agreed delivery timeframe, however the current maintenance contract with them is due to finish by 1st September. BBLP have been awarded the maintenance and cleaning contract from the 1st September and in order to address the urgency to carry out the work before winter the most expedient course of action is to appoint BBLP to carry out he works through the existing public realm contract.

    (b) there is rain water ingress through the roof   that is causing damage to the finishes within the building

    (c) water ingress damage is causing disruption to services every time it rains

    (d) the water ingress is causing deterioration to the building fabric which will lead to greater cost and losses in the medium to long term if the issue is not resolved and will also ultimately render the building no longer fit for its intended purpose

    Given the nature of the ingress problem equality issues in respect of the working environment have been taken into account.

    The contract with Integral is due to finish by 1st September and therefore they cannot deliver the works hence BBLP is being asked to take on the works through the public realm contract. Timescale for completion is to be agreed and may run into periods of inclement weather.

    Details of any alternative options considered and rejected:    
    Alternative option —do nothing.
    This has been discounted as there is water damage to the finishes within the building and disruption to services every time it rains as well as deterioration to the building fabric leading to greater cost and losses.

    Instigate patch repair.
    This will not provide a comprehensive resolution to the problem and may lead to greater deterioration of the roof in the longer term.

    The cost implication of not completing the work is potentially further damage to the buildings fabric and interior therefore adding to cost overheads. Service delivery will also be affected.

    Haven't they already spent a large sum of money on this office?


    Council award contract for the Weather Forecasting Service

    megilleland
    By megilleland,
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    Council award contract for the Weather Forecasting Service

    A roads focused weather forecasting service is essential in enabling the council’s response to winter. Not having a forecast provider is not an option if the council is to meet its duty to maintain the highway.

    Decision made:
    To award the weather forecasting service for a period of four years at a cost of £17,602 per annum, to support the winter service as described in the council’s winter service plan.

    Under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, the ‘general duty’ on public authorities is set out as follows:

    A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to
    (a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
    (b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
    (c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

    The weather forecasting service enables the council to fulfil the winter service plan in keeping the network safe for all to use including access to key services such as health, education and for services to access vulnerable people in periods of severe weather.

    Signed     Head of Highways and Community Services  Date:   28 August 2018

    Plenty of forward weather information on internet. Surely someone appointed in BB can make a decision based on TV or internet forecast and instigate action as necessary.


    New Cyber Security Centre Rotherwas

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    A new purpose built security centre is to be built at Skylon Park Rotherwas in a joint venture between Herefordshire Council and the University of Wolverhampton. The University of Wolverhampton has approved £1.5 million to contribute to the centre as well as successfully securing grant funding of £4 million from the Marches LEP Local Growth Fund and £1.16 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  Herefordshire Council has approved funding of £3.5 million to contribute to the Centre for Cyber Security

     

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