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Traveller invasion thwarted

04 Jul 2015

Posted by ragwert in Open Forum

Travellers moved onto Widemarsh common this afternoon causing traffic chaos...But not for long  :Grin: 
They were soon spotted by Keith and mates from the lads club and with support from the police they were booted off.
Police were keeping an eye out whilst Keith & Mark repaired the fence which was damaged.

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Help Blackmarston School. Please read this!

04 Jul 2015

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
Dear friends, Blackmarston School is an extraordinary great place of care and learning and it provides a great education for our little ones who have disabilities that prevent them from attending a mainstream place of education.
I hope you'll all fully understand that a place like Blackmarston is unlike most places of learning that most of you will have encountered in your lives. Because of the many needs of the pupils, many of whom require a great deal of care and attention, the staffing levels are considerable higher than all mainstream Schools and consequently, when it comes to adequate funding, it's near on impossible to compare their needs and their staffing levels with any other typical School. Indeed, the largest slice of this Schools funding is spent on staff and whilst, in these hard times of austerity, mainstream Schools can withstand cuts in spending, a place like Blackmarston cannot without it having an extreme impact upon the pupils, the staff and the parents and carers.
The last three years have been hard on Blackmarston because the funding to support the School has remained static and it's anticipated that for the next five years there will be no increase in funding from the Government which means, sadly, through no fault of the School or its Administration, they will no longer be able to continue with the number of staff that are required to deliver the care and education our little ones need and deserve. Quite simply, based upon the funding that the School currently receives and is likely to receive throughout the next five years, their position is untenable unless the axe is wielded and staff are cut from the budget.
My Grandaughter is a pupil at this wonderful School and because of her special needs, she requires constant supervision, care and attention in just about any area of daily life that you can think of and so, I'm hoping that you will all make your comments, support this School and if at all possible communicate your views of concern to the Headteacher Mrs Sian Bailey who, on the 10th, July will be meeting our MP Mr Jesse Norman who is and will continue to be a great supporter of the School.
Her email is...[email protected] The postal address is....Blackmarston School, Honddu Close, Hereford.
The aim? Simply to push the Government and the Local Authority into rethinking their low level of funding to Blackmarston School. This is not just a School! These are not just typical pupils and the staff who are now aware that their jobs may be threatened are not just ordinary Teaching Staff. The School, the pupils, the staff and all who are connected with this wonderful place of care and learning are far from ordinary. Extraordinary is the word I'd use! They are the best of the best and they deserve to be properly and fully funded so that the little ones receive the very best that we can offer, so, please communicate your support and views to the Head of this wonderful School Mrs Sian Bailey.

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Southern Link Road Preferred Route

08 Nov 2014

Posted by megilleland in Planning
Herefordshire Council Newsroom 7th November 2014
 
 
On Thursday 13 November Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet will consider route SC2 as the preferred route for the Southern Link Road.
 
A total of eleven route options for the new road have been considered and appraised by the council’s consultants Parsons Brinkerhoff and the results are set out in a preferred options report which will be considered by cabinet.
 
The assessment has concluded that in order to address the transport problems and promote growth within the South Wye area, a new Southern Link Road from the A49 to the A465 (with a link to B4349) is necessary. 
 
Public consultation took place in July and August 2014 looking at four shortlisted routes. Following consideration of the feedback, a detailed appraisal of a three alternative routes suggested by the public and third parties also took place.
 
Each of the three additional routes were appraised to the same level of detail as the four options consulted upon. Each of the final routes were appraised in terms of engineering considerations, economic outcomes, impact to the environment, and an assessment of the social implications.
 
The Southern Link Road forms part of the South Wye Transport Package, which aims to promote economic growth within Hereford while tackling specific problems in the South Wye area.
 
If Cabinet approve the SC2 route, a planning application will be submitted before the end of the year.  The cabinet report and the preferred option report can be viewed on the council’s website.

 

According to the report and Hereford Times this route will cost £25 million which appears amazingly cheap when compared with the costs for the city Link Road. Note that this route is furthest out from the city - no doubt so it can be infilled with housing. The loss of woodland at Grafton Wood should be compensated with planting of trees and screening along route.

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Robert Owen Free school

25 Jun 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

The £3 million pound renovation of the £1 million pound land and building at Blackfriars that the council handed over is continuing - it should look good but to spend this much money on so few children (20 to 30 at the moment) - is questionable.

 

As mentioned on previous threads, the Principal (headteacher) resigned in January after one term in charge and an interim from Manchester was put in charge.  They advertised for a new Principal and now have announced who has been selected.

 

It is a Mr Andrew Hubble.

 

Coincidentally, a Mr Andrew Hubble resigned as principal of an academy in West Walsall earlier this year after it was found by ofsted to be inadequate in nearly all respects including leadership and management.  I wonder if this is the same Mr Andrew Hubble.  And, if so, what the kids at the school have done to deserve someone with that track record. 

 

Still,  the nearby Barrs Court School appointed a principal with a very dodgy reputation and track record and has had to suspend her so it seems that some schools for vulnerable kids who can't fit into mainstream education can provide a dumping ground for failed leaders.  I say `some' because I know that other special schools and Pupil Referral units have excellent leaders and they and their staff do a great job that should continue. 

 

Normally the Hereford Times would trumpet any development at the ROVS - they have been strangely quiet on the new appointment.

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Freedom Church Back In The News.

17 Jan 2015

Posted by dippyhippy in Open Forum

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 Hereford Times 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?

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Fraudulent banks, utility companies and corrupt courts

11 Jun 2014

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Support For Guy Taylor Needed
 
On today's UK Column News - https://www.youtube....h?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....h?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.

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Hereford Rogue Garden Worker In Court

03 Jul 2015

Posted by Roger in Police & Crime

With the launch of the national campaign ‘Don’t be rushed, Don’t be hushed’ and Herefordshire’s trading standards focusing heavily on rouge traders and cold calling over the next 12 months, Herefordshire residents are asked to be vigilant.

 

On Friday 26 June at Hereford Magistrates Court, in a case taken by Herefordshire Council’s trading standards service, 18 year old Sam Janes of Pontypool, Gwent pleaded guilty to three consumer protection offences. He was conditionally discharged for 12 months and was ordered to pay £745 towards costs and other financial penalties imposed.

 

Janes deceived an elderly couple into paying a £250 deposit for tree and fencing work and then failed to return to undertake the job. He gave a false address on the receipt and his mobile number was disconnected so there was no way of contacting him. Fortunately the consumer had taken his van registration which was traced. After police contacted Mr Janes he quickly went back to the consumers’ property and trimmed the hedge while they were out. He then falsely claimed the only contract was for cutting the hedge.

 

Janes had only been trading a few months as Evergreen Tree & Garden Services back in April 2015 when he committed the offences and told the court he is no longer trading.

 

Mike Pigrem, head of trading standards & licensing said, “Rogue gardeners generally operate by ‘cold calling’ or by dropping flyers through your letter box. We are finding that it is a common way for rogue traders to make initial contact, especially at this time of year. The public should not respond to either forms of communication, as you are almost certainly going to be vastly overcharged for poor quality work and are likely not to be given any statutory ‘cooling off’ period. Inevitably they will do the work straight away and then disappear with your money.

 

Consumers should only use reputable and trusted gardeners and qualified tree surgeons who can provide references before starting. Herefordshire Council has its own ‘Trader Register’ and we would recommend that you always visit this site first. The trader register can be found at:www.traderregister.org.uk/herefordshire

 

We will continue to work in partnership with the police to tackle all forms of rogue trading to ensure that the most vulnerable within the county are protected.”

 

Trading standards would encourage consumers to call our ‘rogue trader emergency line’ directly when a rogue trader incident is in progress on 01432 261761 or the police non-emergency number 101. 

 

 

Herefordshire Council

 

Be alert to these time wasting cold callers' !!!

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Road Resurfacing In Newton Farm

03 Jul 2015

Posted by Glenda Vaughan-Powell in Newton Farm

Over the next few weeks there will be road resurfacing in the following streets across Newton Farm. Starting with Carr Lane, Waterfield road, Then Treago Grove, Ethelstan Crescent, and Trellick Ave. This was worked I had asked for in February this year to be done as the councillor living in Newton Farm.. I would like to thank Belfour Beatty in honouring my requests although I am no longer your councillor.

 

Also I am pleased to report that the CCTV I had arranged with the officers in the CCTV department of the council and the money we received from Hereford City Council earlier this year will be installed on the GWW, in the near future.

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Butter Market Hereford

22 Jun 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Historic Hereford Buildings

Butter Market preferred bidder announced http://bit.ly/1dbhBzr 

 

 

The preferred bidder is Darren Sockett - I know this name but just cannot place it 

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EU referendum - In or Out?

25 May 2015

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

With the General Election now over - there is possibly only two years (2017) before we get a referendum on whether to stay in the EU or get out. Having believed we would have had a change of government, nationally and locally by now, I do not have much confidence that any referendum will be conducted fairly in order that the ruling poitical parties get the result they and the EU want.

 

What are the benefits of being in or out for Hereford and the county? Maybe some information and facts through this topic could help us make a reasoned decision when voting, although I think we will be staying in the EU at any cost. Not for the benefit of the citizens, but for all those entwined in the machinations of the EU political and monetary systems.

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I told you it would get worse!

17 Nov 2013

Posted by megilleland in Newton Farm
Things are steadily getting worse on Hereford's estates with not much activity on the ground.
 
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Here on Newton Farm not only are Herefordshire Housing cutting the bulk of the grass, but also the Council's agents (used to be Amey and now Balfour Beatty), and in the case of our street, we pay a service charge for Muir Group Housing to cut the grass and keep the area tidy. 
 
There is no co-ordination between these bodies, so some grass gets cut and other areas are left to be cut at a later date. This results in an unkempt appearance and local residents not knowing who is responsible for which piece of land. There are pieces of land which have never been cut this year. The problems around the electricity sub-station in Sherborne Close still continue, with fly tipping amd split rubbish bags spewing their contents over the pavements every weekend. Not much hope of anything been done as this has been occuring and visible to anyone passing through this area since the first post here in June 2010.
 
This lack of co-ordination and co-operation to maintain our estates goes back to 2002 when the council handed over most of our green, open spaces to Herefordshire Housing and other Registered Social Landlords, when they got rid of their housing stock. Since then and several recessions later we were told these alterations and efficiency savings would benefit us the council tax payers and be easier to manage in the future. As we can now see this way of working has failed. There should be one contractor to cover the whole area by adopting all the open space. Balfour Beatty having got their £200 million contract with the council, and possibly a phone line connected in the near future, things could be different, but I doubt it.
 
 

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Fiona finally finishes

29 May 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

According to an article in today's printed edition (quickly perused whilst queuing at petrol station),  there is to be a new editor and Fiona is being sent into exile abroad (well, Newport).

 

Does this herald a new dawn of high quality journalism, has circulation been falling?  Is it just time to move on after a few years?

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Perfect Pizza (Chicken)

01 Jul 2015

Posted by Roger in Open Forum

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Anecdotal evidence on the internet that 'Perfect' has not been open for a while .... 

 

Archive photo obtained via google .... 

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Nobody Discussing Healthcare?

24 Apr 2015

Posted by dazza333 in Open Forum
Why are none of you even slightly touching the subject of healthcare? Is it that you are happy to be treated by a hospital that has proven to be substandard? (CQC report on Wye Valley Trust, Oct 14)This hospital is in special measures and a 'Death Tracker' has been implemented by the CQC because it has the highest death rate in the UK..........discuss...

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Mr Chips Closed

18 Jun 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

I was in Commercial Road this evening and noticed that Mr Chips is closed, this is very recent as it was open was I was in town in the last few weeks. 

 

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