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    Commercial Street Hereford Refurbishment

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Commercial Street Hereford to undergo refurbishment in May.

    The second phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre will begin in May 2018 with the refurbishment of Commercial Street, High Town.

    Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will carry out refurbishment works on the Commercial Street area of High Town from early May.

    The work is the second phase of a refurbishment project for the city centre that will create a consistent look with the recent refurbishment of Widemarsh Street and High Street. Future phases will include an enhanced walking and cycling environment. 

    Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member highways and transport said 


    “This project is key to the success of the city as a regional shopping destination, with longer term plans to improve Commercial Road and Blueschool Street, it will further enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.

    Hereford has never looked as positive and vibrant as it does today and we need to build on the successes of the last few years and continue to support existing retailers and continue to attract new traders to ensure Hereford is a regional shopping destination of choice.”

    The work will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and shoppers. All access to frontages will be maintained. Work will continue through 2018 with a break for the busy Christmas shopping period. The Commercial Street phase of the scheme will be completed in early 2019.

    £1.25 Million Towards Pot Hole Repairs

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire roads badly affected by the recent severe weather will benefit from an additional £1.25m of central government funding for repairs.

    This funding, which totals £1,252,647, will be used to repair more roads, addressing the equivalent of 23,000 potholes and build in protection to help make the county’s roads more resistant to future severe weather.

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


    “This winter has seen exceptional weather in Herefordshire, and the prolonged freezing temperatures have had a detrimental impact on the county’s roads. We have seen an 84% increase in dangerous potholes and our teams have been working hard to remedy this problem.

    “We welcome this additional central government funding which will be used to enhance our response to the challenges brought by the severe weather.”


    Historic England's view on Herefordshire

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,



    Not sure if this has already been shown on HV but this report makes some interesting and thought provoking points 

    New measures to curb dog fouling

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    New measures to curb dog fouling and prevent problems with out of control dogs across Herefordshire came into force on 27 March 2018.

    The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, which has replaced the previous dog control orders, gives council enforcement officers and police officers powers to deal with dog owners who fail to properly control or clean up after their dogs in public open spaces.

    Measures include offences requiring dog owners and walkers to:

    • Clear up after their dog

    • Keep their dog on a lead in some areas

    • Put their dog on a lead when asked to

    • Keep dogs out of some areas

    People with assistance dogs are exempt from this PSPO.

    Responses received during a consultation period last year show support for the rules contained in the order.

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


    “The majority of dog owners are responsible and keep their dogs under control and clean up after them, this order will allow action to be taken against the minority who do not’’.

    Herefordshire Council asks members of the public to report incidents of dog fouling via the link so that appropriate action can be taken.

    More power for Police dealing with beggars

    M. Preece
    By M. Preece,

    Police want better powers to deal with beggars in Welsh city centre.


    A public consultation has been launched on measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in Newport which could see a blanket ban on begging in its city centre. 

    The city’s council is looking to update its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which was put in place in 2015 to prevent individuals and groups from committing anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

    The order sought to prohibit street drinking, touting for services and donations, aggressive begging, fly-posting and dogs not being kept on a lead. A breach of the order could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

    But now Newport council is considering a blanket ban on begging in the city centre after Gwent Police said the wording of the current order had proved “ineffective”. 

    Speaking at Newport council’s overview and scrutiny committee hearing on Monday, Gwent Police’s Newport city centre inspector John Davies said: “In regards to aggressive begging, there has been an enormous amount of interest. If you look at the PSPO, it’s how do you legally state that someone is acting aggressively.

    “We’re reverting back to legislation from the 1800s when dealing with begging rather than having something which is a workable solution. To prove aggressive begging is something that is difficult.”

    He added: “There are several strands to the begging issue. We have genuine homeless people. In the last count in November we had 18 rough sleepers and that increases coming up to Christmas.

    “But when you start looking at the number of people who are begging who have homes but are using begging as a source of income, there’s a difference.

    “I would say there’s a 50/50 split, 50% will be genuinely homeless and the other 50% will have addresses known to us in Newport.

    “We’re working with the council and the Rough Sleepers group to give assistance to the people who are most vulnerable. The ones who don’t want to engage with us are using begging as a source of income and the PSPO will allow us to deal with that.”

    Full article 

    This is a difficult subject but I am aware that are more and more professional beggars. We have recently just come back from a trip to Bristol we had for a few days and we were approached twice by quite aggressive beggars asking for us money. We do give to charities but personally, it is quite intimidating being approached in the street, especially, when we rarely carry cash anyway. One of these guys was sat more or less under the ATM outside a shop.

    Hair Salon and Education Centre in Former Möben Shop

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for proposed hair salon (A1 use) that will occupy 30% of the building withan education and training centre (D3 use) for students of hairdressing to take up the remainder of the premises in the former Möben shop in Commercial Street Hereford.


    Planning application P174605/F

    Hopefully if these plans are passed it will encourage other businesses back to this forgotten area of our city.

    The only negative here is that the rates are higher than the rent! 



    The premises are available on a new effectively full repairing and insuring lease at £25,000 per annum exclusive, on terms to be agreed. Alternatively the freehold interest is also available for £245,000 plus VAT.


    We are verbally advised by the Local Rating Authority that the whole premises are assessed for rating purposes as follows:

    Rateable Value: £53,000 UBR (2017/18): 47.9p Rates Payable: £25,387 

    FREE Parking in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Free Parking 
    The council’s Plough Lane car parks will be open to the public and free to park in on Saturday 31 March, 7 and 21 April, if you’re heading into the city centre to shop or watch the football. Postcode for the car park is HR4 0LE


    Hereford Voice Upgrade and Changes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We are in the process of changing hosts and upgrading the whole website.

    Hereford Voice Ugrade.jpg

    You may see some big changes taking place on the website over the next few days and the website may actually go offline for a short period of time while the transfer takes place. This will not actually happen until Friday or Saturday but we just need to give you notice incase you think something is wrong.

    If you cannot login, please find us on Facebook and Twitter until everything is up and running again.

    Thank you 

    Glass Tandoori Restaurant

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I would like to welcome the Glass Tandoori Restaurant as one of our latest forum sponsors. 




    If you have not visited this restaurant yet, as a regular visitor myself, I would definitely recommend them!

    Litter - A clean sweep

    By megilleland,

    In the Hereford Times today:

    Campaign hopes to tackle litter by making it socially unacceptable

    MORE than £1m of taxpayers' money is spent on collecting litter and emptying bins but a group of like-minded campaigners want to change this.

    The first Herefordshire Litter Forum was held this week and brought together more than 40 pro-active litter picking groups, businesses and organisations

    The Stop the Drop Litter Pledge campaign was launched which aims to get at least 100 pledges from individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to organise litter picks around their premises and to promote measures to stop litter being dropped in the first place.

    Cllr Barry Durkin, Herefordshire's Council's cabinet member for transport and regulatory services, said at the forum: "It is not a one-off. I want this to be a collaboration and a movement forward and spread it into the community.

    "We spend £1m of council taxpayers' money picking up litter and emptying bins which could be spent elsewhere."

    Cllr Elissa Swinglehurst has pushed for the council to write to central government to propose a tax on fast food (take away) outlets, confectionary and crisp manufacturers, alcohol and soft drink companies and tobacco companies since these are the main items which are littered. She said the money can then be used to clean and tidy the streets and countryside.

    Jane Denny, from Herefordshire Council's Stop the Drop campaign, said the council is aiming to address the problem of littering by educating the public.

    She said: "We need to generate a culture where it is not acceptable to drop litter."

    She has spoken to 59 assemblies across the county and reached 10,000 young people.

    Wendy Harvey regularly carries out litter picks in Grafton Lane. She said: "I have always been amazed at the amount of litter. I can't understand how people do it so regularly when it just makes such a blight everywhere for everybody else."

    She said communities are getting fed up of seeing so much litter and groups across the county need to join forces so they do not feel alone in fighting the problem.

    Ms Harvey said they need to make dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink drinking and not picking up dog mess.

    Emma Jones from the Hereford Community Clean Up Group spoke about their work around the city. The group regularly goes out and carries out litter picks: they are all volunteers.

    Linzy Outrim, from Balfour Beatty Living Places, said Cusop Parish Council agreed to have their litter bins removed which actually reduced the amount of litter as she said people took their litter home with them.

    Dave Hough, from the council's community protection team, explained how littering is a criminal offence and there are four enforcement officers. People who drop litter can be fined £80. Officers need to observe the litter being dropped or have credible eye witness accounts. Since April 2017, 37 fixed penalty notices have been issued for littering.

    You can plan your own litter pick. To borrow a litter pack call 01432 261800. Go to herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop to find out litter picks in your area and to sign up to the pledge or call 01432 383449.


    I hope they have moved those bins in Cusop to a more deserving area.

    Old Hereford Pics Website Closes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Old Hereford Pics Closes Website

    We are very sad to learn that Old Hereford Pics website has now come to an end. :Sad:

    We have contributed many times and enjoyed all the wonderful photographs over the past 10 years, so thank you Chris for all of your hard work, we know all too well how difficult and time consuming running a busy website is and we appreciate all your hard work. 

    We would like to wish our good friend Chris Adcocks good luck for the future.

    Here is the statement from Chris:


    "Well as people say, all things must come to a end. Its been nearly 10 years since I had the idea of finding and posting old Hereford pictures. I must say I've enjoyed it for the biggest part and it has taken a lot of hours out of mine and my family's time over the years. So its time to call it a day and let the other excellent pages now available to have their turn. I must thank everyone who has contributed over the years and I must say I have made some lovely friends along the way. It has taken a while to come to this decision and due to family commitments and not having the hours to keep it up, that's me done. The page will remain for people to view, but I would like to kindly ask that people please now use the other great pages out there to post in future. A very big thank you from me to everybody that has helped over the years.

    Chris Adcocks"


    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'

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    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.

    Cyclists on Footpaths!

    Frank Smith
    By Frank Smith,

    Cyclists on Footpaths!

    Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?

    I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road.

    I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore.

    I have just seen this article on Sky news

    Herefordshire Council Contracts

    Aylestone Voice
    By Aylestone Voice,

    I see the Council have awarded a contract for the repair of the Hereford Library/Museum roof - £99K plus £20K

    As usual the work is to be done through the Council's privatised service company Integral but the work will be carried out by S C Joseph.

    I am sure it is all above board but just how many Council building contracts do S C Joseph receive? Their bid was £10K below those of the other bidders. Perhaps they know something the others do not.