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    Businesses in trouble

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Toys R Us


    Chimi ................. eating place in the OLM

    The first 2 have gone into administration and the last one closing places throughout the country and those are the ones that have been announced today.  What is causing these hard times?  Should the Cons be worried that a recession is on it's way?

    It would be very interesting to know how many jobs in this country have been lost since Christmas and how many jobs have been created.

    Flavours of the World’ Market coming to Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A market of international traders selling top quality artisan-produced foods and craft products from around the world will visit Hereford in April.

    Flavours of the World, made up of 20-30 carefully selected stalls, will be in Hereford High Town, Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April, 9am – 5.30pm.

    Touring different themed markets in the UK annually for over a decade, Savoir Fayre’s latest market, Flavours of the World is crafted to stir the senses and appeal to locals and tourists alike. The organisers have worked hard to create an international atmosphere so people can enjoy exotic flavours and unusual aromas and delight in products they might not otherwise see or buy every day.


    The range for Hereford includes stalls selling Italian sweets and biscuits and delicate nougats; unusual cheeses not easily found in the UK which reflect the cultural and culinary traditions of rural France, and a stall which sells cured meats and scrumptious rustic saucisson sourced from every corner of Europe. There are also specialist stalls offering an unrivalled choice of ground coffee and mustards.

    Beyond the stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market has traders who showcase the beauty of international craft traditions. They include bowls and ornaments carved from Moroccan marble; Baltic amber set into handcrafted jewellery; finely woven Italian clothing; and rugs and throws from Morocco and Turkey. One stall sells an astonishing 60 varieties of beauty bars and natural soaps derived from olive and argan oil.

    Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:


    “We are delighted to welcome back a continental market to Hereford High Town. The wonderful range of artisanal foods and beautiful crafted items is great news for the vibrancy and diversity of Hereford.”


    Advertising refusal at Hereford FC

    By ragwert,

    I have just seen this refusal for advertising at Hfc.

    THE COUNTY OF HEREFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL hereby gives notice in pursuance of the above Act and Regulations that CONSENT has been REFUSED for the display of the advertisements described above for the following reasons: 1 The proposed location of the hoardings next to a busy section of road, which also features signalised junctions and pedestrian crossing points, is considered inappropriate owing to the potential for advertisements to distract driver's attention. The proposals would therefore have a detrimental impact on highway safety and are thus contrary to Policy MT1 of the Herefordshire Local Plan and Section 7 of the NPPF.

    So how come it was OK for the advertising on Newmarket roundabout ?

    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.

    Plans Submitted for Drive-Thru McDonalds in Leominster

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for a Drive-Thru McDonalds in Leominster.


    The proposal for the erection of two storey restaurant with drive-thru, car parking, landscaping, play place and associated works. Installation of2 No. COD (Customer Order Display) with associated canopies on the land at Morrisons car park Baron's Cross Road Leominster.


    Planning Number P181448/F


    Cleaning Road Signs

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I was out bright and early this morning doing my bit for the community, cleaning more road signs.





    Man has died after falling from bridge in Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    A man has died after falling from bridge along the Great Western Way Hereford.



    Inspector Mark Peters of West Mercia Police said:

    Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the concerns for the safety of a man who is reported to have fallen from a bridge on Great Western Way at 6.19am this morning.
    Officers attended and the man was sadly pronounced deceased.
    Police are conducting enquiries at the scene and the coroner has been notified.
    The police cordon has now been removed.

    Club’s tenancy at Edgar Street secured until 2030

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has completed the lease of Edgar Street stadium to Hereford FC. The ten year lease will secure the club’s tenancy at the Edgar Street stadium until 2030, enabling the club to proceed with plans to return the ground to a four-sided stadium.

    Left to right Ken Kinnersley and Council Harry Bramer

    The wider area has undergone substantial redevelopment in the last four years, with the opening of the Old Market shopping development in 2014 and the construction of the City Link Road in 2017. The proposed ‘Urban Village’ project, part of the Hereford 2020 Edgar Street regeneration, could potentially mean joint investment from Herefordshire Council and Hereford FC for a new stand and facilities at the Blackfriars Street side of the stadium, with the opportunity for nearby retail outlets.

    Councillor Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, said:


    “The security of the club’s tenancy until 2030 is a real boost for the club and for the fans. Herefordshire Council is looking forward to working with Hereford FC to build on this year’s league success by planning and investing in the stadium - potentially transforming the Edgar Street area and providing new opportunities for retailers.

    “Hereford FC continues to make a great contribution to the city and the wider community. Many local traders benefit from increased trade on match days and the football club is an important employer and contributor to the local economy.”

    Hereford FC Chairman Ken Kinnersley said:


    “The lease extension now means we have security until the summer of 2030, which will justify continued investment in the stadium by the club and, hopefully, set at ease any concerns about security being felt by any of our supporters.

    “The directors believe the lease extension is a clear endorsement by Herefordshire Council of the commercial stimulation every match day at Edgar Street brings to the city centre and that officers feel that the club is being managed both effectively and efficiently as a business.”

    “On behalf of Hereford FC, I would like to express sincere thanks to Herefordshire Council for their support and co-operation and the positive working relationship that has been built since the original lease was agreed back in 2015.”


    Do Not Leave Your Dog In Your Car When It Is HOT

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,



    Now that the weather is getting hotter, we'd like to remind people not to leave dogs in cars, even 'just 5 minutes' can be fatal.

    When the temperature is 20 degrees outside, in just 10 minutes the inside of a car can reach 27 degrees and can get to an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

    Leaving the windows open and parking in the shade will not stop a dog overheating and it can take just a few minutes for a dog to die of heat stroke.


    Overpaid Herefordshire Council Officers

    Herefordshire Council Website

    Hinton Hitman
    By Hinton Hitman,

    Tried to log onto the Council website to report a pot hole, again, getting some very strange error messages from the website and warnings from my web security, tried the link through Voice and the same happened, running my security scans just incase.

    Just to let you know.

    Local Democracy Reporter for the HT

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Hereford Times has now recruited a Local Democracy Report his name is Carmelo Garcia.  Interesting times ahead perhaps!

    Owner Maxii Mini Market Convicted for Selling Contraband

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The owner of the Maxii Mini Market in Commercial Road Hereford has been convicted of selling 4 counts of contraband cigarettes.

    Sentenced to a 12 month community order and 120hrs unpaid work. Costs approx £1500


    New Stores Opening in Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    On a more positive theme there have been some encouraging discussions about new stores opening in Hereford.


    Ragwert has informed us that the designer store Flannels is one of those shops due to open in the former H&M store in Commercial Street



    photo courtesy of ilovenewcastleuk


    Who else is opening in High Town Hereford?

    Poppy Display

    By ragwert,

    Took a few of the poppy display

    pop 2 opti.JPG

    pop opti.JPG

    Former Council Office , Bath St.

    By Ubique,

    The sale of Herefordshire Council’s former county office in Bath Street, Hereford has officially completed today (Monday 9 April), with Herefordshire Housing taking ownership of the city centre site.

    The site will be re-developed by Herefordshire Housing to create 75 new apartments, including 28 affordable units, within walking distance of Hereford’s historic city centre.

    The council office closed in September 2014, when staff moved to alternative buildings in order to reduce the number of council properties across the county.  The property was formally placed on the open market with Gloucester based Bruton Knowles in February 2016, with a sale initially agreed with Herefordshire Housing in September 2016.  The not for profit housing provider has spent the last 18 months developing its proposal and obtaining planning permission, which was granted in February 2018.


    | In order to allow building work to commence, the car park located on the Bath Street site will close to the public from Friday 27 April.  To find your nearest alternative car park, please visit the council car parks webpage: http://socsi.in/CB54K