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    Corporate Peer Challenge Herefordshire Council

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Plenty to digest in this report across a variety of issues

    Corporate Peer Challenge Herefordshire Council - 6th – 9th February 2018 - Feedback Report

    item 7. Capital project management and control internal audit progress

    To update the committee on progress in implementing the recommendations raised in the Internal Auditor’s audit findings report regarding project management of the joint customer services hub (Blueschool House) capital project presented in September 2017.


    Appendix 1 - Corporate Peer Challenge feedback.pdf


    Hereford River Carnival Weekend

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Hereford River Carnival starts this evening for an action packed weekend of fun on and surrounding the banks of the river Wye.

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    The awe inspiring Mappa Mundi Awakening procession starts things off in just over an hour at the Cathedral at 8:30, leading down to the Bishops Meadow.

    Saturday's fun starts at 10am with loads going on at Castle Green.

    There will be a dog show, food, Nozstock's live Music Stage and Street Carnival.

    On the River - the floats will be parading along with the Roundtable Duck race.

    There will be Dance Central, fun fair, stalls and food at Bishops Meadow.

    Come down and join the fun from 8:30pm tonight and Saturday 10am on the banks of the Wye in Hereford!

    http://www.rivercarnival.org/


    Hereford River Carnival LIVE!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    What a fantastic atmosphere at this years 'Hereford River Carnival'. The weather is absolutely perfect and it is great to see so many people in Hereford.

    We had a wonder along the river banks in anticipation of the river floats heading along the river towards the Victoria Bridge.  Here is a live video that we published on our Facebook Page and you will find the others we filmed over the past few days all on our YouTube Channel.

     


    Why can't we have a Parador?

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    So says a very thought provoking article in the May edition of the Broad Sheep

    http://www.broadsheep.com/

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    Healthwatch Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Healthwatch Herefordshire – the local health champion for health and social care has launched a new online engagement tool called The Feedback Centre, created by Midlands based software specialist Ekko, to help people in Herefordshire share their experiences about local health and care services.

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    Healthwatch Herefordshire’s job is to ensure that the voice of patients, carers and service users is at the heart of improving health and social care services. Healthwatch gathers the views of the public views and represents those views to local organisations and makes sure they are taken account of.


    The new online Feedback Centre will strengthen the voice of people in Herefordshire. It is accessible on a variety of devices including mobile phones, desktop PCs and tablets, just by going to the Healthwatch Herefordshire website. People will be able to easily rate and share experiences of services in an engaging and simple way from wherever they are and receive responses from providers.
    Healthwatch Herefordshire believes that by helping patients and service users to easily express their views we can gather more feedback to improve health and social care services.


    Christine Price, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Herefordshire, said: ‘The Feedback Centre tool will support our engagement plans. We have much to be proud of with the health and social care services of Herefordshire that people use every day, we should recognise and celebrate this. But sometimes things go wrong and need improving, so the voice of our community must be heard to help get things right.’


    ‘Healthwatch Herefordshire’s aim is to make sure that the
    patient voice comes through loud and clear to the professionals who plan and deliver our local health and social care services. That is why we have developed a simple yet powerful system that is accessible to the widest possible group of people from wherever they are.’
    ‘Millions of people every day use online review systems to give their opinion about other services or products they have bought or used. We want to harness that behaviour to get patients, service
      
    users and their families to give us vital information about the health and social care. As an independent organisation, Healthwatch Herefordshire hopes to gain the trust of the public to tell us their full experiences of local services: the excellent and the good, as well as where things need to improve. We hope that by creating a familiar tool that we will be able to engage many more people in celebrating and improving health and social care here in Herefordshire.’

    All reviews are vetted before appearing online to ensure an honest representation of each service provider is given, and service providers can submit a response to each review if they wish.

    Healthwatch will work with health and social care providers to create a transparent online forum and culture of using customer feedback to improve services and celebrate good services. It is hoped providers will also signpost patients to the feedback centre and post the feedback centre widget on their websites, to encourage openness and transparency.

    Healthwatch will distribute a freepost card feedback options to local services over the coming weeks for those people who aren’t able to access online. We will continue to offer our service on the telephone, social media, visiting groups around the county and go to events where we can talk to people face to face and listen to their views.
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    Make a difference today and rate and review your latest health or social care experience go to Healthwatch Herefordshire


    Rogue Trader Fine £20,000 for Deceiving 87 Year Old Resident

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Rogue company and director fined for deceiving 87 year old Herefordshire resident with unnecessary roofing repairs

    A rogue company and director, which preyed on elderly residents in Herefordshire, has received fines for ‘unfair trading’ in a case taken to Hereford Magistrates Court, concluding on Friday 27 April 2018.

    GER (Southern) Ltd and its director Martin Hancox, 43, from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to unfair trading charges following a case taken to Hereford Magistrates Court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards team. GER (Southern) Ltd and Hancox received fines and costs totalling £20,343.

    The company used databases to cold call elderly residents, and one victim was an 87 year old gentleman from Bartestree, Hereford. In 2014, the gentleman was mis-sold spray foam insulation work at the inflated cost of £5,000. A further unsolicited phone call followed in June 2017, where the gentleman was coerced into agreeing to an appointment where he was falsely told that moss on his roof had caused a leak. Eventually he was deceived into agreeing to further work to the value of £3,200, when in fact the work was unnecessary and worthless.

    Director Martin Hancox stated to the court that he was unaware of the incident and it was the actions of rogue staff in his company that led to the offences, but as director he felt he had to take responsibility.

    Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services, said:

    “The way that vulnerable elderly home owners are sold roof and wall coatings is a scam - this case is just one in a series of rogue trader prosecutions our Trading Standards team have recently pursued. This particular case demonstrates the aggressive sales technique and price inflation that rogue companies use to scam our residents into agreeing to unnecessary or poor quality work.

    “GER (Southern) Ltd are one of a string of companies that target the elderly for unnecessary spray foam insulation. To make matters worse, this company returned to a previous victim to deceive them for a second time.

    “We want family, friends and neighbours to remain vigilant in protecting elderly residents who are often the target of such scams. I would urge people to never respond to unsolicited telephone calls, mail shots, text messages or door-to-door selling. By responding to this unsolicited contact, victims are likely to be put onto a mailing list and have their information sold to other scammers.”

    There is further advice on being scam aware at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/scams and those who believe they have been affected by rogue trading can call Herefordshire Trading Standards on 01432 261761.


    Royal Bank of Scotland Hereford to Close

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Royal Bank of Scotland have confirmed the Hereford branch will close later this year.

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    The Broad Street branch shown above will close on Wednesday 8th August 2018

    RBS customers will be able to bank in person at Natwest instead.


    Traffic Lights Edgar Street Hereford May Be Turned Off!

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Cllr. Jim Keynon has had a meeting with Hereford Council and it seems that they may have agreed to turn off the temporary traffic lights on the Edgar Street roundabout southbound for a week, it's now down to the Highway's Agency, so fingers crossed. At least if they trial this for a week we will know if my idea works but I am confident that it will be a lot better with them turned off. Nice one Jim!!

     

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    Blandford fly cases reported in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    As the weather warms up and we head towards the summer, the number of Blandford fly cases is increasing.

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    The Blandford fly is a 2 to 3mm bloodsucking black fly, which lives near areas of water and gives a particularly nasty and painful bite.  The fly normally bites ankles and legs, as it flies low to the ground and is most common during May and June.

    Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said:

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    “As the weather starts to get warmer, it is likely that we will see more cases of Blandford fly bites across the county. 

    “We encourage people to take precautions if they’re out and about on our rivers and streams, especially over the forthcoming bank holiday weekends, by covering up and using a good quality insect repellent.  If you do get bitten, it can often feel very uncomfortable with swelling, blistering, joint pain and sometimes a high temperature.  However, there’s normally no need to visit a GP. 

    “If you do feel unwell after a bite, please call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacy for advice on how to ease your discomfort.  For the majority of people, the symptoms will only last a few days before clearing up.”

     

    If you get bitten:

    1. Clean the bite area and dry gently

    2. Don’t scratch the bite, as this can lead to infection

    3. Apply a cold compress or calamine lotion

    4. Antihistamine creams are not recommended, as they can sometimes cause skin reactions

    5. Cover large blisters with a dry dressing

    6. If bites are on the lower limbs, there may be swelling of the ankles and feet for several days.  Don’t worry about this, simply rest with your feet supported on a stool

    You should seek medical advice if you have:

    1. Discomfort, swelling or red lines in the groin or armpit

    2. A fever

    3. A spreading redness or hotness around the bite, which lasts longer than three days

     


    Weeping Window , Hereford Cathedral 2018

    Ubique
    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.


    Weeds verging on the ridiculous

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible.

    In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically  this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free.

     

    Belmont Road Hereford:

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    Halfords Hereford Rubbish Responsibility

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This is Halfords rubbish on the Spur Retail Park that has AGAIN blown all across the car park and onto Perseverance Road. 

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    There is one odd cage which is open with cardboard in from Hobby Craft next door but 99% of this rubbish belongs to Halfords. We have seen this many times and nothing is ever done about it.

    Halfords really do need to be aware of their surrounding area and neighbours and secure their waste cardboard and rubbish more securely in a compound. 

    We are aware that environmental services have spoken with them in the past but this is the total mess evident again today.

    The Hereford Community Clean Up Group only cleaned around this area a few weeks ago, come on Halfords you can do better than this! You have a responsibility to keep your immediate surrounding area clean, we will speak with the store manager today and highlight this issue.

     


    A place of worship in Eign St

    K.Butt
    By K.Butt,

    I notice plans for a new place of worship have been submitted to change of use (A2) office premises to become (D1) place of worship, with site managers living accommodation. 

    I see no more details

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    Plans can be found here


    Traffic Lights Campaign - Part -Time Lights 7pm-7am

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have now implemented phase II of our traffic lights campaign and that is in the form of a petition from the very start!

    [Please note that this is totally separate to our lights out campaign. This petition deals only with the traffic lights at night]

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    We would like both the Highways Agency and Herefordshire Council to allow the traffic lights at the junctions
    where the A465 meets the A49 (Asda roundabout/junction) and where the A49 meets the A438 Newmarket St (Old Market roundabout/junction) to become part-time signals during non peak times from 7pm-7am with exception to the pedestrian crossings which would still be in operation for the safety of pedestrians.
    All of these traffic lights are relatively pointless during off peak times and often motorists become frustrated and impatient while being forced to sit at red lights, this can often be at 2am when there are clearly no other vehicles in sight!
     
    By signing our petition you are in strong favour of these signals being changed to PART-TIME status from 7pm-7am

    Please read the petition and you can offer your support by simply signing it. 

    #trafficlightshfd

     

    Part-Time Traffic Lights Petition Here

     


    Pinch Point Scheme NOT Working at Traffic Lights!

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    Hi,

    I can report that at my request Council Highways Officers have spoken to HA and they, Highways Agency, say they are believe that they have to right the sequence on the traffic lights at ASDA roundabout but are monitoring the situation. Apparently the SCOOT system for controlling the traffic lights across the city, had a fault which now too has been put right.

    Not wishing to tempt fate but hopefully things will go ok from now on.

    Chris Chappell

    Chris....I have had discussions with someone from highways regarding the SCOOT system.It is broke and has not worked for more than 10 yrs.


    Former Magistrates Court sold to NMITE

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    I have been reliably informed that the former Magistrates Court in Gaol St recently used by Elim Church has been bought by Nmite for £495,000 and will form part of the new Hereford University.
    I'm thinking this is a good move by them as the police station will also be a possible use when it moves to Edgar Street.

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