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    MPs and County Councillors Get Free Parking Passes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    HEREFORDSHIRE’S MPs and county councillors are among the lucky few who do not have to pay to park at county council car parks, a freedom of information request has revealed according to this article in the Hereford Times


    Access to information officers also revealed that Herefordshire Council has allocated a total of 547 staff business passes for the last financial year.

    County MPs Bill Wiggin and Jesse Norman have been given permits for use while on business along with the Countess of Darnley, Susan Bligh, who is the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

    All 53 county councillors are issued with free parking permits which the council says can only be used while on council business but one member admitted it could be open to abuse.A councillor, who did not wish to be named, said:


    “Personally, I wouldn’t particularly mind if we had these passes removed.

    “I expect some councillors stretch it to some extent as the allowance is very low for councillors in Herefordshire, the parking permit is one of the few perks of the role.

    “You could attend a meeting that is three hours long and use a car park for five and go about doing other things.”

    An information access officer said the 547 staff business passes had been allocated can only use them when on council business. 

    She said:


    “It should be noted that some of these are issued to council fleet vehicles and some of these passes have been returned by staff who have left and a replacement issued to the new staff member.”

    The officer explained that the parking permits were issued to remove the necessity of claiming back car parking charges while on business.She added:


    “A parking permit pass may only be issued where there is an expectation that an employee needs to have continual access to their own vehicle on each day they are contracted to work, in order to deliver off site planned or reactive council services to clients, residents and businesses.

    “This definition is very specific and there must be no deviation from the intention.

    “When deciding if staff have a need for a parking permit in each case, the service manager must expect this particular member of staff to have their own car with them at work every day and that if they did not have their own car, then services could not be delivered as there is no other way to do so, for example by using a pool vehicle, without significant inefficiencies.

    "They must also be able to explain the rationale.”


    Freedom Church Back In The News.

    By dippyhippy,

    I meant to post this last night, but forgot!

    I see that Freedom Church is making headlines once again, for all the wrong reasons. Over at HT an article states that they have been asked to leave Swansea University Campus, after blitzing it with leaflets, and holding religious services on site.

    Not the first time their recruitment methods have been questioned. Anyone else remember the campaign which saw lollipops handed out to children outside the school gates? Tactics which at best could be described as showing a complete lack of judgement, at worst, rather sinister.

    I also seem to recall being told that at one point in the not too distant past, a company whose staff consisted of  several leading lights within this church, had been given a contract to deliver sex education to pupils in some Herefordshire Schools. 

    I have real concerns about this pay to pray organisation. 

    How do others feel?

    Where will the money come from in 2020???

    By Cambo,

    In 2020 central government are stopping funding to local authorities…so how are this LA's going to fund service? Where will the money come from? How many of them will go bang? & if that happens what then?…after Theresa May's pathetic attempt at Brexit?…you have to wonder at the governments thinking,behind cutting the local LA's funding too?!…will this be the straw that breaks the camels back?

    Lost Opportunity


    It is probably fair to say that over the next eight days of the Three Choirs Festival, more people will admire the front elevation of Hereford’s 144-year-old City Library on Broad Street than at any other time of the year. This handsome Grade II-listed building, overlooking Cathedral Close, has just undergone a second emergency building operation. Two years ago it was dreaded asbestos removal. This time it is the steeply-pitched slate roof that needed fixing (‘joined-up-writing’ has never been practised at Plough Lane).


    But when the huge and costly (probably no change out of 30K) scaffolding structure was removed just four days before the festival opened, keen-eyed conservationists noted that the 10 stone gargoyles which line the roof’s parapet had been left uncleaned and are seriously stained with grime and algae. The decorative friezes which run across the four-storey building’s main façade are also intricate and unusual. And filthy.

    Using the existing scaffold platform, an extra two days expert water washing could have restored these unique carvings in time for the City Library’s 150th anniversary celebrations. That’s if Harry Bramer hasn’t sold it off as multi-storey car park.

    Overgrown hedges.

    Raymond Sysum
    By Raymond Sysum,

    As a frequent walker to town, I have noticed that, probably due to a wet spring and a magnificent summer, the hedgerows are more prolific than ever. Thus reducing a 5ft pavement to a little over 2 ft wide in places. This is extremely hazardous when meeting other pedestrians with pushchairs and children. Someone usually has to step into the road. I believe there is a local bye-law against allowing hedges to project beyond your boundary. I am afraid that this does not seem to be enforced.

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    Fraudulent banks, utility companies and corrupt courts

    By megilleland,
    Support For Guy Taylor Needed


    On today's UK Column News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1v_ntEj7qs - Guy Taylor gave an update on his continuing battle with fraudulent banks, utility companies and corrupt courts.


    To give a little background, Guy's fight began when a Barclays Bank manager allegedly created a fraudulent loan in Guy's name using a forged signature. Details of this can be seen in an episode of our documentary series Insight which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehklozL6b90


    Recently events came to a head when Guy had Bodenham Manor, a property bought by his father for cash and for which there is no outstanding debt, stolen from him when bailiffs, supported by 50 or more police evicted him and his tenants from the property. 


    Guy has demonstrated that all this has happened on the basis of fraudulent documents, and as he showed on the UK Column News today, he has confirmation from the court where the latest documents were apparently issued from that they did not issue them and no hearing took place there.


    Now they are attempting to steal his own home, on which, again, there is no outstanding debt.


    So we are asking everyone who can possibly do it to come to Guy's home on Tuesday to support Guy in his efforts to see off this unlawful intimidation. We need as many people on site as possible equipped with cameras, video cameras and notebooks to record events as they happen. 


    The eviction is due to start at 11am on Tuesday the 17th June 2014 at Pear Tree Farm, Carey, Hereford HR2 6NG.


    We hope to see you there, but whether you can get there or not, please pass this to as many people as possible, and keep an eye on our lunchtime news programmes for updates.

    Open Day - Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Open Day - Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum

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    The Three Choirs Festival Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Three Choirs Festival has begun in Hereford and is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.


    At the heart of the modern festival are the large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which has been resident at the festival since 2012. The main festival’s packed schedule of daytime events is augmented by a community programme which varies slightly in style in each city.

    The Three Choirs Festival is run by dedicated voluntary committees in Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester, supported by a small professional management team based at the Three Choirs Festival Association’s office in Gloucester.

    The Three Choirs Festival, which was first held in 1715, is probably the oldest music festival in the world. The Festival is held in turn in one of the three cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. This year the Festival takes place between 28 July and 4 August and, by rotation, it will be hosted by the cathedral and city of Hereford.

    Click HERE for tickets and more details.

    Rubbish and Overflowing Bins in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This is how High Town Hereford looks and this is the scene that visitors and tourists will remember about our city...

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    'Stop The Drop' they say, how about we start our own campaign called 'Rid The Trash' to encourage the council to start emptying the bins more often throughout the day, particularly at the weekends.  

    Where has the pride in our beautiful city gone? 


    We have wonderful community groups all volunteering their own time to clean up our city, but rather than cleaning up AFTER people have dropped the litter maybe we should concentrate efforts more towards encouraging the council to start issuing fines and using the CCTV facilities in order to catch these people. We are also in favour of 'Naming and Shaming' people who drop rubbish and litter.


    Shop Keeper Jailed for 25 Months for Selling Illegal Tobacco

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A former Hereford trader has been jailed for 25 months after Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Officers seized a record haul of counterfeit tobacco


    A former Hereford trader has been jailed for 25 months for selling illegal tobacco.

    Hemin Jamal, 37, the former owner of the Hereford shops, Supersam on Eign Street and Mila on Belmont Road, pleaded guilty to eight offences in June, and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Monday 23 July for selling illegal tobacco and for being in possession of a large amount of counterfeit tobacco products.

    The case was taken to court by Herefordshire Council, after the illegal tobacco was discovered at Mr Jamal’s shop premises in November 2016, by the council’s trading standards team.

    Officers seized a total of 360,000 illegal cigarettes and 25kg of fake hand rolling tobacco.  The fake and smuggled products were found hidden in containers hired by Mr Jamal and were concealed in instant barbecues in a bid to avoid detection.  The record haul equated to £130,000 in duty tax evasion.

    Investigations unveiled that almost half of all customers entering the Supersam convenience store at Eign Street, were purchasing illegal tobacco products, which were retrieved from the flat above the shop by members of staff.

    Mr Jamal owned both shops for over a year, until new owners took over both premises in February 2017.

    Marc Willimont, Head of Development Management and Regulation, said:



    “The sale of illegal tobacco severely damages honest local businesses, as well as costing the tax payer £2 billion nationally.

    “We will continue to work in partnership with the Police to clamp down on this organised criminal activity.

    “This sentence sends out a strong message to others who may be selling or could be considering selling illegal tobacco, that the trade will not be tolerated, and if caught legal action may be taken against you.”


    If anyone has any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco within Herefordshire, please contact trading standards on 01432 261761.

    Plans Submitted to Build 6 Apts on the Former Site of the Sportsman

    By ragwert,

    Plans have been submitted to build a single three storey residential building containing 6 no. 2 bedroom apartments, together with associated infrastructure and access, new car parking, bin and cycle storage facilities and landscaped amenity space.

    The will be parking facilities for 12 cars, 2 disabled bays and also space provided for 18 bikes



    Planning Application P182431/F

    Body of 17 yr old found on playing fields

    By ragwert,

    College park has been cordoned off by police this morning after the body of a 17 yr old was discovered this morning.

    Update.old school lane at the end of kingswaY by railway bridge has been cordoned off inc part of playing field.


    Conversion plans for Steamer Trading cook shop

    By ragwert,

    Planning Approved for 65 Bed Premier Inn Hotel in Blackfriars St

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been approved (with conditions) for a 65 bedroom Premier Inn hotel with ancillary restaurant, car park and associated works in Blackfriars Street Hereford.

    Once complete the hotel will employ around 25 people.



    Application P174776/F

    Statue planned for Old Market

    By ragwert,

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    A planning application has been received to erect a commemorative statue of Lance Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis VC 
    in Garrick Lane on the Old Market site next to Wildwood restaurant.

    Young Drivers & Litter - Spur Retail Park Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Young car drivers gather most nights on the Spur Retail Park Holmer Road Hereford. (Halfords | Dunelm | Hobbycraft | Maplin) most of the time they are sat in the car park in their cars.

    Gates were installed only a few months ago and it is down to the last manager to leave the park to lock the gates. This happened during the first few weeks only and now the gates never appear to be locked at night. 

    These drivers sit there for hours and just throw all of their rubbish out onto the floor, this is disgusting! There are bins provided so there is really no excuse. 

    It would be good to catch the culprits and have them prosecuted, I have already taken a few photographs and logged number plates.

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    Hereford Bypass Proposed Routes and River Crossings

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Bypass proposed routes and river crossings video in full HD showing the proposed western bypass.


    It is suggested that the bypass will include 6,500 new houses, 6,000 jobs, a new university and the expansion of the Hereford Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas.

    The bypass will also include improving air quality, reducing HGV's vehicles travelling through the city, thus reducing congestion, encouraging walking, cycling, bus use and improving public space, reducing maintenance costs and improving safety on the A49.
    The video also claims that once complete the bypass will reduce morning peak hour traffic on the A49 northbound by eight minutes and five minutes southbound.
    The council has released a budget estimate with the most costly route listed as The Black 2 route at £135m to £140m. This is a preliminary estimate for the project.
    The consultation exhibition is at Hereford library until March 20.

    Cabinet to Consider Reports Regards Hereford Transport Package

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet is due to consider reports and recommendations regarding the Hereford Transport Package.


    This will include considering a preferred route for the bypass at a meeting on Friday 27 July 2018 at 10am.

    In advance of this, the council’s General Scrutiny Committee has called in the decision for pre-decision scrutiny; and will consider the issue on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 10am.

    Both these meetings will be held in public at the Shire Hall in Hereford, and anyone is able to attend to observe the proceedings. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in advance of these meetings and the audio of the meetings will also be broadcast live. Details of how to submit a question and how to attend or listen to the meetings online are available on the council’s website

    These meetings follow Cabinet approval of a short list of route options for the bypass in January this year which was the subject of public consultation in February and March. The reports detailing the results of the public consultation and the technical work undertaken to assess the options will be included within the agenda papers for the meetings. The agenda papers for the first of these meetings, General Scrutiny Committee, will be published on the council’s website on the evening of Tuesday 10 July 2018.

    The council is ensuring that potentially affected residents and landowners are made aware of these meetings and how to access the agenda papers and reports.


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      Having problems pasting on HV. Have contacted Colin several times, understand he is not well. Can you read this and paste it in the topic WMP and Warwickshire Police Alliance.
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      West Mercia Police agreed to enter into a formal partnership yesterday, a move which is expected to lead to up to 1,000 job cuts in total.
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