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    By locallady,

    Today a leaflet came through the door from Lib Dems. Says agreement regarding residents' parking permits could not be reached with residents of various roads. One of which was Belmont Court. It may not be common knowledge, but Belmont Court is privately owned by owners of properties in Belmont Court and is maintained by them, not the Council. Surely the Council have no rights in deciding parking there?

    HC Made £1.9 Million Profit From Parking Charges!

    Bill Thomas
    By Bill Thomas,

    HEREFORDSHIRE Council made £1.9 million profit in car parking charges in 2013/14 - more than £300k than the previous year.


    In figures released by the RAC Foundation, Herefordshire Council was 89th out of 353 authorities in the amount it made from parking tickets, permits and penalties.
    It collected £1,880,000 in the last tax year compared to 1,563,000 in 2012/13.
    Overall in 2013/14 councils in England made £667 million from their day to day, on and off street parking operations. After capital charges the net surplus was £549 million.
    By law any surplus must be used for transport projects.
    The figures are taken from an RAC Foundation report - based on financial returns sent from local councils to the government
    While some of the increase in surplus is down to rising income, there is also evidence many councils are cutting operating costs.
    The authority with the largest surplus in 2013-14 was, once again, Westminster with £51 million.

    Yankee Candle coming to the OLM

    By ragwert,

    A new Yankee Candle business is due to open a new store at the Old Market.

    They will be taking the former Swarovski crystal store


    West Mercia Police Appeal Following Hereford Accident

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A49, Ross Road in Hereford at around 3.50pm yesterday afternoon.The collision involved a Honda XL 125 motorcycle and a silver Volvo S80 car.

    The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

    Road closures were in place whilst emergency services were in attendance.

    Investigating officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision.

    If you have any information, please call 101.

    Two Women Arrested in Hereford Following Warrant

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Two Women Arrested in Hereford.

    Two females were arrested after a search warrant was executed in a property on Commercial Street in Hereford today in response to information received by the local community.

    Officers arrested a 53-year-old female on suspicion of managing a brothel, and she is currently helping police with their enquiries.

    A 45- year-old female was also arrested during the warrant on suspicion of immigration offences.

    The warrant executed by the Hereford safer neighbourhood team, Local Policing Priorities Team and proactive CID working to tackle serious and organised crime in Herefordshire under West Mercia's Protect campaign. 

    The premises in Commercial Street Hereford, has been closed down.

    Timpson Retail Pod Application for Asda

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for a proposed retail pod at Asda store. 

    The Timpson retail pod if approved will be positioned just outside of the entrance to Asda in Hereford.


    Application P182499/F

    Plans submitted for Uni & HCA accommodation

    By ragwert,

    Planning application for a 178 bed accommodation campus on the car park Station App have been submitted.
    The accommodation will be for Hereford College of Arts & Uni students.
    An application for a stand alone ancillary commercial element will be submitted at a later date.
    There will also be somewhere in the grounds art work possibly sculptures made by HCA students.

    Application P183841/CD4



    By bobby47,

    Today, its my understanding that the head of Hoople has resigned. Yes, Mr Mike Dearing has thrown his hand in. How this ends up being dressed up, I've no idea but one thing is for sure, things are not going well for this private limited company that was created by the Council hierarchy.

    If, as I hope, this is the beginning of the end for this entirely unsatisfactory commercial venture, I hope it begins the beginning of the new reality that this Council must face up to, grasp and act upon.

    That is, they've got to stop haemorrhaging jobs and services to Hoople, they've got to stop funding the chaos that surrounds this company, and simply allow the Council to deal with these services directly instead of employing the middle man.

    It's never profitable. It's never in our interests. It's not helpful to staff who don't know what's going on and it makes no commercial sense to fund this stupidity any longer.

    I say, cut the cord. Cast Hoople adrift. Safeguard our much cherished public services and the jobs of the Council front line staff and lets return to a place where commonsense reigned and the Council and their employed staff delivered the things our society needs to prosper and recover from these past years of mismanagement of public funds, staff and our public services.

    Debenhams Plans to Axe 50 Branches

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Update 25th October 2018: Debenhams has unveiled plans to axe up to 50 high street shops, putting around 4,000 jobs at risk, as profits plunged at the struggling department store chain.

    I have just read this article about Debenhams chief executive considering closing 10 of their stores.

    debenhams 1.jpg

    First of all, let us hope that this does not happen and that nobody looses their job but more importantly how does the Hereford store stack up against the other 176? 


    Debenhams will consider closing up to 10 of its 176 stores under a review announced by its new chief executive, Sergio Bucher.

    The department store chain, whose shares have fallen a third over the last year, said more investment is required to improve its mobile systems, supply chain and store estate.
    It is consulting on the closure of the DHL-run Lodge Farm distribution centre in Northamptonshire, which employs 220 staff and would close in two years' time.
    Ten smaller in-house warehouses could also close.
    Debenhams said it hoped many staff could be redeployed.
    The plans were revealed alongside half-year results showing a 6.4% fall in pre-tax profits to £87.8m, though UK like-for-like sales rose 0.5%.
    Its shares were down 3% on the news.
    Mr Bucher, a former Amazon executive who took over in October, said the overhaul would see the stores potentially closed over the next five years.
    As part of his 'Fix the Basics' plan, around 2,000 staff will also be moved to customer-facing roles.
    The group will also axe some in-house brands and quit some of its international markets.
    Stores will be de-cluttered with a 10% reduction in stock options and stock will be replenished faster.
    Mr Bucher said: "Our customers are changing the way they shop and we are changing too.
    "Shopping with Debenhams should be effortless, reliable and fun, whichever channel our customers use.
    "We will be a destination for 'social shopping' with mobile the unifying platform for interacting with our customers."
    The department store said its online performance during the half-year had been driven by a 64% increase in mobile orders.
    Mr Bucher added: "If we deliver differentiated and distinctive brands, services and experiences both online and in stores, our customers will visit us more frequently.
    "And, having simplified our operations to make us more efficient, we will be able to serve them better and make better use of our resources."
    Debenhams, the country's second-largest department store group, employs 19,000 people in its stores



    University campus on Station Approach

    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

    Traveller Sites - Herefordshire Council Consultation

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,


    Herefordshire Council further consulting on traveller planning policy on the suitability of 2 additional sites:

    Oakfield, Nash End Lane, Bosbury (4 pitches)

    Stoney Street, Madley (10 pitches)

    These would be private rather than council managed. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/664/help_to_shape_herefordshires_future_development …

    The Stoney Street site is scheduled to be sited on the Gelpack site .  

    It's that time of year again

    By ragwert,

    Remember folks




    Folk I encounter on my peregrinations across High Town, sometimes stop me and ask: ‘Vicar – how did you come to be de-frocked?’ Oftentimes, this question is posed in Polish.

    I usually explain to them that I am bound by the terms of a Gagging Order signed by the then-Bishop of Hereford, The Right Rev Greville Chasuble, save to say it was a very minor misdemeanour, of no great import, involving a) an amateur abseiling session down the cathedral tower to raise funds for a hedgehog sanctuary at Tillington; and b) my total absentmindedness in forgetting to put on any underpants that morning.

    It was the graphic telephoto images, broadcast that evening on Midlands Today (which then went viral), which sealed my fate – and caused irreparable damage to the BBC’s Birmingham switchboard. But all that – as the former Mrs Membridge-Tinninges so aptly reminds me, in her annual Christmas card from Antibes – is now in the past.

    As Christ himself put it (in his sermon on the steps of Aldi’s Tel Aviv branch, I think it was): “We should always turn the other cheek - after first checking that a) we are wearing underpants and b) there are no BBC Midlands cameramen lurking nearby”. A happy Hallowe'en to you all.               

    E. Membridge-Tinninges (Rev – defrocked)

    Two charged with attempted murder

    By ragwert,

    Two men have now been charged with attempted murder & robbery following an incident at Addison Court, Hereford on Friday.
    Chaise Healy aged 32 has been chraged with attemted murder & robbery.
    Edgaras  Arlauskas aged 33 has been charged with attempted murder, robbery & possesion of a knife.
    Both are to appear at Kidderminster magistrates court today.

    'Stabbing' on Moor Walk

    By ragwert,

    Police have closed off Moor Walk between Penhaligan Way and Widemarsh Common due to an incident earlier this morning.
    Social media reports of a person pulling a knife on people along the line down to Asda and also of an arrest.

    Fitness and Fun Line Dance Classes

    By Step-In-Time,

    Learn to Line Dance with Step-In-Time Line Dancing Herefordshire.

    Qualified BWDA & UKDC Instructor.

    Modern line dance classes in Hereford and Leominster. The venues are Fridays - Saxon Hall Hereford and Mondays - Lion Ballroom Leominster.

    All classes run from 8pm-10pm and cost £5. Beginner level dances are taught in the first hour with improver / intermediate levels from 9pm-10pm.

    We dance to all types of music from Country to Pop, Latin to Irish and anything in between. 

    All levels and abilities are accommodated. No previous dance experience is necessary. We even cater for those of you with 2 left feet - yes you can still dance!

    If you have not danced for a few years (or more) why not come back, refresh the steps and learn some new dances. 

    If you have never danced before, come along and see what you're missing out on.

    Open to all ages - children to be accompanied by an adult.

    No booking required, just turn up and have fun.

    See attached poster for more details.

    Advertisement - penguins - Revised Oct 18 double-sided.pdf

    River Wye is High in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The river Wye in Hereford is very high and fast flowing this morning. If this rainfall continues for a few more days we may see the river burst its banks. 

    I spoke with my daughter this morning and she tells me the both river bridges in Brecon are closed.

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    A Fantastic Photograph of The Left Bank

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A fantastic photograph of the Left Bank and De Koffie Pot taken at 0130 hrs this morning. 


    All of the lights were left on at the Left Bank in order that this photograph could be taken showing a superb glimmer and reflection across the very high river Wye.

    Thank you to our friend David Barrett for this wonderful shot.

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