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    Plans for Delicatessen and Cafe for Heggies

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans for Delicatessen and Cafe for Heggies 


    A planning application has been submitted by Mr Heggie for the proposed change of use of shop (A1) to Delicatessen and cafe (A3). With internal and external works. (Plans are for the property opposite the current shop, previously the Solo army surplus store) 

    The cafe would have a limited seating area of 22m2.


    Application P180732/PAA

    Building next to the Nuffield

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    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 about the building and who actually owns it? 

    Motion for Eastern Bridge in Hereford Rejected

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A motion put forward by It's Our County for an Eastern Bridge in Hereford was rejected at a full council meeting this morning.


    The motion, was also backed by MP Jesse Norman (MP for Hereford & Herefordshire South) was put forward as an attempt to help ease the constant congestion issues within the city. 

    The idea was to have a bridge linking Rotherwas with the A438 Ledbury Road.

    Pre Fab Bungalows in Beattie Ave to be Demolished

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Housing have submitted plans for the proposed demolition of 41 existing (pre fab bungalows) in Beattie Avenue Hereford.

    Construction of 71 bungalows and houses with associated parking, private amenity, access and alterations to highway.

    An extract from the Hereford Housing website reads:


    The decision has been taken to redevelop the prefabs on Beattie Avenue (story here). These prefabs weren't designed to last, the past 30 years have been a compromise between the costs of sustaining the properties vs the costs to redevelop them. The time when we need to consider the latter has come. At this stage no plans other than the decision to redevelop has been made.

    Application P180694/F

    Work is scheduled to begin as soon as May.

    Concerns for Hereford Motorcycle Legend Bob Gallier

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    UPDATE: Thank you to everyone, good news to report is that Bob Gallier has been found dafe and well.

    There are concerns for the safety and whereabouts of Hereford motorcycle legend and businessman Bob Gallier. 

    Tonight there are growing concerns for Mr Gallier, at 19:00 Bob Gallier walked out of Hereford hospital with no phone, possibly no wallet. He is in a distressed mental state.

    If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has seen him this evening please contact Hereford Police.

    Bob Gallier speaking last week said he is “cut to pieces” following a court order recently that his business has to close.

    Mr Gallier has been forced to sell his property in Berrington Street as well as the vast stock of bikes and accessories as part of a divorce settlement.

    Mr Gallier said the decision has caused him great distress. Last weekend he was treated in Hereford County Hospital’s trauma unit, and Mr Gallier admitted he had been on “suicide watch”.

    He opened his motorbike shop in Bastion Mews in 1968 before moving to East Street and finally to the current location in Berrington Street in 1976.

    Hereford Voice Instagram Photos

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    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



    Planning Committee Approves Southern Link Road

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Herefordshire Councils planning committee has approved the Southern Link Road (SLR) planning application today, Monday 6 June 2016.

    The SLR marks the first phase of a bypass for the city and will assist in delivering new homes and jobs.
    The roads construction will also facilitate the implementation of active travel measures in South Wye. Plans include prohibition weight restriction on Belmont Road, shared use cycleways, new pedestrian crossings on Belmont Road and new speed restrictions in residential areas.
    Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member infrastructure said:
     Todays decision is a significant move forward as it is the first step towards a long-awaited bypass. Hereford can now move towards a more financially sustainable future, with the provision of more homes and jobs.
    We still have far to go, but this decision is the vital first step forward and allows us to continue to develop in line with the countys emerging economic master plan. The Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas can now develop with the right infrastructure in place to support it. Although, to fully build out the Enterprise zone there is a requirement to have in place the bypass as planned; todays decision goes some way towards that aim. This is good news for business and for Hereford as a whole.
    The SLR is scheduled to be completed by summer 2019. The rest of the bypass will be completed when further funding can be secured from the Government. Subject to funding the bypass in its entirety will be constructed between 2022 and 2027. The council has secured £27m of Central Government funding for the SLR.

    Cllr. Jonathan Lester Elected Leader of Herefordshire Council

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Councillor Jonathan Lester has been elected the new Leader of Herefordshire Council at Full Council today (Friday 9 March 2018).

    Councillor Lester has served with the council since 2011. He is Ward Member for Three Crosses and has been a Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing since 2015. More recently, Councillor Lester was Deputy Leader of the Council.

    Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council

    The new Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Jonathan Lester, said:


    “It is a great honour to be elected Leader of Herefordshire Council. These are challenging but exciting times and I am really focused on the tasks ahead, such as improving the health and wellbeing of our citizens, providing them with greater opportunities, and ensuring that we continue to invest in our economy.

    “Herefordshire is a wonderful place to live, filled with innovation, creativity and a determination to succeed. I look forward to building on what has already been achieved so that everyone in Herefordshire can thrive and reach their full potential.”

    Councillor Tony Johnson is retiring following five years as Leader of Herefordshire Council, and wishes the new Leader well:


    “When I became leader in 2013, the council made the difficult decision to make £87m of savings by 2019/20, meaning we had to prioritise essential services alongside the ambition to improve. Whilst many councils have struggled with reduced income, Herefordshire has been agile, operationally focussed, had a clear strategic direction, strengthened its finances, and has delivered. I am confident that Councillor Lester will build upon this in the coming years and wish him well as the new Leader.”


    New Peterstow Village Stores & Post Office

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Peterstow Village Stores (Near Ross on Wye)

    Peterstow Village Stores.jpg

    Plans have been submitted for the proposed demolition of existing shop premises with post office and provision of new shop, post office with accommodation over.

    New driveway road with two semi detached affordable houses and two detached houses.

    Planning Application P174522/F

    Blue Badge Fee Waived for Ex-Forces

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Blue Badge application fee and renewal costs waived for eligible members of the Armed Forces community

    Herefordshire Council has today approved the decision to waive the Blue Badge application fee and renewal costs for eligible members of the Armed Forces community.

    A motion was put forward to Full Council by Councillor Mark McEvilly, a champion for the Armed Forces community and member of the Civilian Military Task group. The motion called for the Blue Badge scheme to offer greater support to Armed Forces veterans in receipt of disability pensions and was passed by Full Council on 26 January 2018.

    This decision reflects the council’s commitment to the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant which recognises the contribution personnel, veterans and their families have made to Herefordshire and the wider country. 

    Armed forces veterans who receive a war pensioners’ mobility supplement or receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces scheme are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge from 1 April 2018.

    Councillor Nigel Shaw, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Corporate Services said:



    “Thank you to Councillor McEvilly for putting forward the motion to Full Council. Herefordshire Council continues to support the military covenant by waiving the Blue Badge application and renewal fee for eligible Armed Forces members. This decision recognises the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces, especially those who were injured or bereaved.

    “By waiving the Blue Badge costs, we’re enabling veterans to keep their independence for as long as possible. We will also continue to support the delivery of healthcare, accommodation and education to the Armed Forces community through our support of the covenant.”


    Waived application and renewal fees for eligible Armed Forces veterans will take effect from 1 April 2018.

    Check Your Vehicle is Secured Overnight

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police have had reports of people trying to open van doors in the Belmont area overnight.


    Please make sure your vehicles are secured and valubles removed.

    The Ship Inn Proposal

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    The Ship Inn site could look like this if the new proposed project is accepted.

    As part of our on-going commitment to provide affordable housing, we are always exploring new sites and developments. We are currently considering the following schemes, but will not begin work until after a period of detailed feasibility studies and consultation.

    Ship Inn

    The Ship Inn has been closed for a number of years and has suffered from vandalism. We are looking to redevelop the site by creating around 35 new 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.


    Other projects include:


    Larkrise Housing, Much Birch

    We are working with the local community to create a co-housing scheme to provide 10 affordable and 10 market sale properties, as well as playground facilities and improved local parking. A planning application for outline permission has now been submitted. If  you have any questions about this project or would like to register your interest in a property, please contact Avril Shaw: 01981 541089 avril.shaw56@gmail.com or Kim Read: 01432 383991 kread@hhl.org.uk

    Larkrise is a group of local people establishing a co-housing initiative at Tump Lane in partnership with Herefordshire Housing.  Herefordshire Housing Ltd (HHL) is a charitable not-for-profit Registered Provider of affordable housing throughout Herefordshire.


    Perrystone Lane, Tupsley

    Proposed development of 17 affordable homes, outlined planning consent, compromising of flats, bungalows and houses. We anticipate this scheme to be on site by Spring 2016.

    There will be a public consultation on Wednesday 26th August 2015 at Hampton Park United Reform Church,Hampton Dene Rd, Hereford HR1 1UJfrom 3pm to 6pm, to exhibit and discuss our plans. Please come along if you wish.


    That bomb-site in High Town!

    Harry Beynon
    By Harry Beynon,

    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!

    NEW - Hereford Voice Projects Forum

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have today created a NEW - Hereford Voice Projects forum.


    This is a sub forum of the Open Forum.

    Over many years Hereford Voice have kick-started various campaigns and initiated local projects as well as being actively involved in community events.

    This forum highlights and promotes the discussion of all of these activities and will lay the foundations for future Hereford Voice Projects in Hereford.

    This new sub forum is where all topics and discussions about previous/future projects and campaigns will reside (all in one place). We have also created a new 'Tag' called simply 'Hereford Voice Projects'

    Weeping Window , Hereford Cathedral 2018

    By Ubique,

    The below is a resume of a recent meeting organised by the Council which I thought you would be interested in .

    Weeping Window - Hereford Cathedral 2018

    About the weeping window: This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. It will be open to the public from the 14th March 2018 to the 29th April 2018.

    Why Hereford Cathedral:

    · Herefordshire WW1 story is different from the other locations; focus on Home Front.
    · Geographical location as first time in the West Mids.
    · Home of the Mappa Mundi.
    · Quality of bid.

    Benefits for Herefordshire:
    · Increased visitor numbers; this is a unique opportunity.
    · People will have learnt about our WW1 heritage.
    · Events programme including working with schools and community.
    · Volunteering opportunities, leading to ongoing volunteering.
    · Plan to signpost visitors to other sites such as the Museum & Library, All Saints, Black and White House Museum and Town Hall.
    · We want to spread the benefits!

    Project Costs: The project is going to cost at least £120,000 and includes the following roles and items.

    · Events Manager
    · Volunteer Co-ordinator
    · Volunteer equipment & expenses
    · Scaffolding
    · Security
    · Barriers
    · Additional toilets
    · Leaflets, posters & banners
    · Fork lift & Cherry Picker for install
    · Art Handlers for install
    · Home Front themed events programme
    · Schools learning programme
    · Closing celebration event

    How can you help? We have secured a total contribution of £60,000 towards the projects costs so far, but are still looking for:
    · Cash donations
    · Sponsorship of items on the list
    · Volunteers
    · Marketing & Publicity
    To discuss a donation, sponsorship opportunity or another contribution please call Clare Wichbold on 01432 374214 or email poppies@herefordcathedral.org

    Alternatively, you can contact Kevin Ebsworth, our Event Manager on 07772 391918.

    Herefordshire Council LOBO Loans

    Liberty Veritas
    By Liberty Veritas,

    Herefordshire council currently has two active LOBO loans, these loans are scandalous.

    The next time your hear someone from the council moaning about money just ignore them.

    Details of the loans:

    1. Danske Bank A/S2 (2.11.2004):

    50 years; £6,000,000.00 @1.60% *

    2. Dexia Credit Local (02.02.2004):

    50 years; £6,000,000.00 @2.85% **

    Please note:

    *Interest rate 1.60% p.a. until 24 November 2006 then 4.50%p.a.

    **Interest rate 2.85% p.a. until 04 February 2006 then 4.50%p.a