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    Trampoline Arena plans approved

    By ragwert,

    A trampoline arena together with a cafe & five B1 business units have been given the go ahead

    on the old Joseph Ash site in Burcott Road.
    They will use and adapt the existing buildings on the site for the trampoline arena and build a cafe & five

    B1 use units.

    Hereford Civic Society

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    The Winter 2016/17 Place magazine is now available to view online.  There is quite a well informed lengthy article on the trees in King George's PF alongwith much else to read and inwardly digest


    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

    Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

    New bridge 'a distraction to motorists' says Highways England

    By ragwert,

    I have just seen someones reply to an e-mail to Highways England regarding the state of the railings over the New bridge.


    What do you think, back in November I wrote to Highways England in connection with Greyfriars Bridge asking when they would re paint or replace the railings. Suddenly a week ago they called me, they had commissioned a report into the state of the railings, they agree that it needs repainting and this is planned for 2020/21 financial year, so I success I thought, until I read the report that they emailed me. As part of the report there is also a report from there Health and Safety people. ‘ the open aspect of the bridge is seen as a distraction and they plan to solve this by blanking off the railings over the bridge where you can see the river and also add a further fence on top of the railings so that nobody will be distracted by the river as they cross the bridge’ from that I read that a 6’ to 8’ fence would be erected the length of the bridge. I have asked both the Hereford Times and Your Herefordshire to further question Highways England over their proposal, but interested to hear what residents of Hereford feel about this proposal.


    Hereford Duck Pond Frustrations

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I am very frustrated today, some vile idiot has removed the donated duck feeding advice sign from the wall at the duck pond and thrown it into the pond. 

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    I am also quite concerned as there are a several large dead fish both in the water and one on the side near to where the bamboo is located. (not sure what fish these are?) Possibly eaten and killed by Otters
    The pond is fairly shallow and clear and I spotted a number of big fish swimming around which has confirmed to me there are plenty of fish in the water however, I do have concerns over what has caused these others to die.
    I still have additional signs at home and it looks like we will have to house tase in a enclosed notice board. I am aware that there are a few scattered about the city no longer being used that we may be able to use going forward. 
    There is also still a lot of discarded rubbish, can and signs still in the water which needs removing, so another clean up will be required once the weather improves, I will advise a mutually agreed date in the coming months. In the meantime have a look at the photographs that I took today.

    Emergency Services Called Out to Car in River

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Multi emergency services called out to reports of a vehicle in river Dore next to B4347 near Pontrilas.

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    Emergency crews from West Mercia Police, firefighters from Ewyas Harold, Hereford, Ross, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the scene.

    No persons were found in the vehicle.
    The driver was later located at home safe and well by West Mercia Police and it turns out that the driver had not reported the accident, which had happened overnight...

    River Wye Floods

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The river Wye in Hereford is very high with flooding already along the river path with no access to the Old Bridge.


    This photograph was taken at 0800 this morning.


    The river is expected to peak this evening.



    Group launches ambitious running challenge for 2018

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Darren Gibbons is leading the 12 in 12 challenge for St Michael's

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    A growing band of Hospice supporters are gearing up for a busy year after agreeing to complete 12 runs in as many months.
    The ‘Runathon 12 in 12’ challenge is being led by Darren Gibbons who will attempt a world record at one of the events when he aims to complete the Swansea Half Marathon in record time while blindfolded.
    He hopes the ‘12 in 12’ idea will raise around £5,000 for St Michael’s Hospice.
    Darren knows all about the work of St Michael’s as his mother-in-law sadly died at the Hospice a few years ago.
    ‘I’m really looking forward to the Runathon 12 in 12,’ he said.
    ‘It’s great that so many people are on board, and I’m grateful and proud of them all.
    ‘Hopefully it will be a year to remember, and one which sees us raise around £5,000 for St Michael’s Hospice.’
    So far, 15 fundraisers have signed up for the 12 in 12 challenge. Those taking part can choose whichever events they would like to complete, but they are all planning to enter the Hospice-led RUN Hereford in May, which features a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.
    The team have signed up to a variety of runs including 10k’s, Half Marathons and Marathons, with Darren’s world record attempt taking place in June.
    To sponsor the 12 in 12 team, visit https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Runathon12in12
    To join the 12 in 12 Team, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/12in12runathon

    Hereford City Link Road Opens Monday 11th December

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    The City Link Road will open to the public on Monday 11 December 2017.


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    The road opens in time for the busiest Christmas Shopping period

    The road will mark a significant milestone in the regeneration of Hereford City following on from the successful opening of Old Market in 2012.
    Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will remain on-site for some weeks to undertake some final minor works and to finish the associated works to Barr’s Court Road.
    Once open the new road will provide an east to west route and a direct walking and cycling link from the Great Western Way to the hospital, railway station and colleges.  The road’s opening will also reinstate a second entrance to Merton Meadow car park in time for the Christmas shopping period.
    Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said:

    “I am delighted to announce that the road is opening on time and within budget and I would like to thank Alun Griffiths for the professional delivery of the road. More importantly, I would like to thank residents near to the road and the travelling public for their patience during the works.
    The road marks another milestone in Hereford’s regeneration and we now look forward to making further improvements to High Town next year and Commercial and Blueschool Streets in the near future.
    The new road unlocks previously unseen and under-utilised inner city land for development and plans can now be taken forward for the site to build new homes, a transport hub at the Hereford Railway Station, new public services buildings and university accommodation.”


    Acid spraying on cars!

    Chris Chappell
    By Chris Chappell,

    I am hearing rumours that some cars in Newton Farm have been sprayed with acid over the Christmas break. Does anyone know what had happened ? I hear the police have been involved but I can not get more information. The story is that a women was seen spraying acid on cars in Charlton Avenue, anyone know what has occurred?

    Housing Plans - Keepmoat Appointed As Preferred Bidder

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Herefordshire Councils ambitious plans for growth are a step closer to delivery with the appointment of Keepmoat Homes Ltd (Keepmoat) as a preferred bidder to become the councils partner developer at cabinet today, Thursday 27 July 2017.


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    Keepmoat, once officially appointed, will contribute to the delivery of 800 homes for Hereford city centre and to the housing targets set for the county, of which a significant number will be enabled by the Hereford Bypass.
    As a partner developer, Keepmoat will use local labour and the local supply chain, creating jobs, apprenticeships, training and education opportunities in the construction industry.
    Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets said:
    The appointment of Keepmoat as our preferred bidder and subsequently our partner developer means that the council retains its ability to raise capital from the councils land holdings, whilst controlling the nature, speed and character of the countys development.
    Keepmoat will provide support for local businesses, third sector groups and the community as well as improving skills and educational attainment through training and apprenticeships. This in turn will enable the development of new economic activity to address the problem of low wages in the county.
    The council has appointed its preferred bidder and reserve bidder after a competitive tender process.

    WIN a £30 Gift Voucher for The Glass Tandoori

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    WIN - £30 Gift Voucher for The Glass Tandoori Restaurant!

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    Peter Andre and Midge will be Performing at Edgar Street

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    POP stars Peter Andre and Midge will be performing at an all day concert at Hereford FC's Edgar Street ground this May!


    The line up for the Hereford FC Live concert that will take place at Edgar Street on 12th May has been confirmed!

    Peter Andre
    Midge Ure
    The Real Thing
    Cheeky Girls
    American Four Tops
    The concert will kick off at midday and run until 11pm.
    General admission adult tickets are £35 plus booking fee
    10years and under – £10 plus booking fee
    Children 2 years and under go free of charge
    Peter Andre:
    Peter Andre is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter. He gained popularity as a singer, best known for his successful singles “Mysterious Girl” and “Flava”. He is also known for appearing on the third series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. The song “Mysterious Girl” reached the top of the charts in New Zealand and number eight in Australia, and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
    Midge Ure:
    Midge Ure enjoyed success in the 1970s and ’80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox, where he scored international hits like “Vienna” and “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”. He is also known for being co-writer of the enduring charity single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. The ex-Ultravox singer wore a kilt for the occasion at Buckingham Palace. Ure was awarded his OBE for both his music and charity work.
    Five are an English boy band from London. They were formed in 1997 by the same team that managed the Spice Girls before they launched their career. Sold a minimum of 1.6 million copies of their albums and 2.4 million copies of their singles in the UK alone. The band subsequently were signed by Simon Cowell and BMG/RCA for a six-album deal. In November 1997, Five released their debut single “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)“, which debuted at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
    The Real Thing:
    The Real Thing are a British soul group formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song “You to Me Are Everything“, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. By number of sales, they were the most successful rock/soul act in England during the 1970s.
    N-Trance are a British electronic music group who were formed by Kevin O’Toole and Dale Longworth in 1991. The group has sold over 5 million records worldwide and some of their hit singles include “Set You Free“, “Forever”, as well as covers of the popular 1970s disco songs “Stayin’ Alive“, “D.I.S.C.O.” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?“.
    Cheeky Girls:
    The Cheeky Girls are a Romanian-born British-based pop duo consisting of twin sisters Gabriela and Monica Irimia. They achieved success in the charts with four top 10 hits between 2002 and 2004. They are best known for their debut single, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)“, which has sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide.
    American Four Tops:
    This phenomenal quartet are keeping the legendary Four Tops music alive worldwide. They’ll take you through the hits – Reach Out, Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie), Standing in the Shadow, Bernadette, Walk Away Renee, Loco in Acapulco and plenty more from Platters, The Stylistics and the Temptations.
    With their high stepping choreography and the original harmonies from that era; the show is explosive. The group have toured extensively and are particularly well known in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain and Ireland.
    You can purchase your tickets HERE

    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 http://news.sky.com/story/crash-cyclist-charlie-alliston-shouted-at-pedestrian-as-she-lay-fatally-injured-court-hears-10989512


    Brexit Is Finished.

    By bobby47,

    Friendless, despised by the French, treated with contempt by the European Commission, the majority of Parliament against our exit, the wealthy and famous constantly lining up to tell us how stupid we are, giant business conglomerates determined that we continue to fund their wealth, the French, the Germans, the Spanish and Italians determined not to up their payments to cover our 13 Billion contribution, the poor countries of the East of Europe desperate not to receive any less because of our wish to leave, the BBC, the Clintons, Obama, Branson and bloody Geldof repeatedly telling us what we should think and Juncker, Verhofstadt and Barnier joyfully sitting back happily watching our great nation being ripped apart because we chose not to remain aboard their failing federalist expansionistic policy.

    They demand we pay them nigh on 100 Billion pounds to exit the Union and provide all the economic migrants who've settled here, were once resident here, together with all their close and extended family members who've yet to come to Britain and all of their unborn children who may never visit our Country must be guaranteed full rights that allow every single one of them to receive their free health care, their education, their housing and all the financial benefits that our ancestors worked so hard to win for us their indigenous British White, Black and Asian descendants.

    No matter the absurdity of these demands from the EU Commision, which is essentially their dishonourable way of extracting money from us, the Commision will happily destroy our great nation so that no other member state will dare ever contemplate a life outside their totalitarian, neo communistic authoritarian federal state that rules from the centre by unelected politically lightweight British hating surfs to the will of Germany and France.

    Despite the ongoing negotiations,the outcome is now unavoidable predictable. Unless some other member state brings about some other unforeseen challenge to the Commision that brings about the fall of this empire of dirt, we in Britain will now never leave this Union. Our money and our sovereign wealth will continue to be diverted Eastwards so that the poor nations will become richer and the Western nations poorer so that the logical outcome will be attained. Every single EU nation, with the exception of Germany and France, who are by design our future continental leaders and power brokers, will all become an economic area where big business can flourish on the back of Free Movement Of People and federalism of Europe will be complete. Cheap labour is the key and in Europe we have millions of people who are content to become a component part of this highly profitable economic excercise that sees the poor people paying for its existence and the rich and wealthy business giants reaping the rewards of the emerging economic markets that our money is now creating in the East of the EU zone.

    Once the negotiations are done, and the demands will be nigh on impossible to accept, there will be a second referendum and the British people will understandable give up, surrender their sovereignty, concede defeat and give the ruling elite exactly what they wanted and expected in the first bloody place. A vote to remain in!

    Clearing The Newton Brook

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Some good work being carried out all this week along the Newton Brook in Belmont. The brook has not really been cleaned out in years so it was good to see a JCB making light work of it.

    This work was paid for by Herefordshire Council and there is now a program for maintenance along this stretch. 

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    This work was undertaken following constant pressure to do something from Cllr Tracy Bowes who has been chasing them for months as this is a flood risk. They tried to clear some of the brook near Jubilee field on the last community action day but the silt was above their wellies.

    They are monitoring the other parts of the brook and this has been included in the tender for work for next year. 

    December, January and February have been highlighted as good times for tree and shrub maintenance and coppicing but there is a plan now which should see additional work carried out throughout the year.