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Ten days left to vacuum up a powerful cleaner

21 Aug 2014

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
From BBC Business News today:

 
Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month. 
 
From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts.
 
In one recent study, five of the top seven cleaners had motors of more than 1600 watts.
 
The new European rules are part of the EU's energy efficiency directive, designed to help tackle climate change.

 

Just checked mine - 1800 watts. Why not put 1200cc engines in all cars as well. I can see the EU bringing back the peoples' car endorsed by previous dictators.

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Cabinet control of Herefordshire Council could end soon

21 Aug 2014

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Thursday 21st August 2014 in News Hereford Times by Bill Tanner

 
CABINET control of Herefordshire Council could be over ahead of the next local elections.
 
A groundbreaking motion to abolish cabinet will be put to a full council vote on September 26.
 
The motion is proposed by Cllr Terry James, Lib-Dem group leader, who headed the council’s first cabinet in 1999.
 
Support for the motion is expected from the Independent group and It’s Our County (IOC).
 
A combined opposition vote would defeat any Tory attempt to defend cabinet.
 
The Tory group currently controls the council – through cabinet – as a minority.
 
Should the abolition motion succeed, the council would have to prepare for the end of  cabinet ahead of the local election in May.
 
That will most likely mean a complete re-write of the council’s constitution.
 
Alternatives to cabinet include a wider ranging committee system and more voting power for the full council.
 
Cllr James said successive cabinets had come to forget their purpose to appear as little more than a body delegating decisions to officers rather than running the council.
 
“We see millions of pounds being spent on setting up new offices at Plough Lane and Hereford Shirehall while grass doesn’t get cut to save a few thousand,” he said.
 
Dissatisfaction with the cabinet system has simmered on the council’s “backbenches”  for some years.
 
 Many members believe cabinet stifles their voice and diminishes the role of ward councillor.
 
Equally long-running are concerns over “closed doors”  when key or sensitive decisions are discussed.
 
IOC leader councillor Anthony Powers said his party was already “actively exploring” alternatives to cabinet that could be presented as policy.
 
“There is a need to re-build the council’s decision-making processes. Cabinet leaves too many decisions to too few, more councillors should be getting a greater say in decisions,” said Cllr Powers.
 
Cllr Bob Matthews, Independent group leader, said his members wanted “changes in some form” to decision making ahead of the election.
 
Those changes, said Cllr Matthews, centred on ideas around a system that was based more around specific committees than a single cabinet – spreading the scope of representation.
 
Cabinet, as such, could be made up of the committee chairman with the council leader getting the casting vote, he said.
 
The role of scrutiny is widely seen as in need of an overhaul too.
 
In May, the Independents and Tories took control of the overview and scrutiny committee, ousting the IOC chairman and deputy chairman.
 
That move brought  fears over the political and strategic function of scrutiny - as a body specifically set up to challenge cabinet decision making – to the fore.
 
The concept of a cabinet was one the first executive issues to face Herefordshire Council from its start in 1998.
 
Then legislation outlined in a government white paper outlined the abolition of traditional committee and sub-committee systems, seen as diffusing responsibility and leaving voters unclear as where decision making powers lay.
 
The then group leaders were united on the idea of a cabinet that met only behind closed doors – as the white paper allowed.
 
Arguments in favour of closed doors cited the “openness” offered by mixed party scrutiny committees responsible for specific service areas.
 
 The Hereford Times led calls for cabinet to open its doors, but resistance to the body meeting in public continued to 2000 ahead of a reform motion being put to full council .
 
In January 2000, that motion was headed off in the chamber, with the then council leader Cllr James  conceding that cabinet proceedings would go public.
 
The size of cabinet, and the roles available within it, has fluctuated since with opposition leaders allowed a say at each meeting and local members when issues specific to constituencies were discussed.

 

About time - Bill Tanner is the Hereford Times.

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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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Should I pay a private parking ticket?

17 Feb 2013

Posted by H.Wilson in Hinton

I was parked in the Welsh Club car park for no more than about 10 minutes early this morning, while I dropped off my son to play football on the meadows, when I got back there was a guy putting a ticket on my car. I have been told by a friend now that I should not pay it because it is not a penalty, can anyone else through any light on this please?

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That bomb-site in High Town!

15 Dec 2013

Posted by Harry Beynon in Hereford City

As a new member, I am not sure whether this has been aired before . . . but is anyone else sick and tired of looking at the scaffolding in High Town?

It is now three years since the fire at the River Island site and there is still no sign of a re-build. This inertia is particularly annoying at a time when the Council continue to give their unstinting support to the Old Livestock Market scheme - a project which will in itself challenge the viability of the historic city core.

I have repeatedly asked Herefordshire Council why they are not taking enforcement action in order to insist on the repair and refurbishment of these buildings but they are unable to reassure me beyond saying they are 'encouraging' the owners to re-build.

It is clear to everyone that the owners will not re-build voluntarily. They have pocketed the insurance monies and have no interest in re-investing in High Town at a time when the Old Livestock Market development is sucking up all potential new tenants in the city. In fact, the owners have a further motive for not refurbishing in so far as the buildings will remain rates-free while ever they are unusable.

This continuance of this eyesore is a scandalous dereliction of the Council's duty. At a time when the historic centre needs all the support it can get, the Council are allowing this carbuncle to remain while polishing it's new crown jewels at the OLM.

Please, Please, Please try and shake our Councillors out of this nightmare!

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road resurfacing

20 Aug 2014

Posted by Adrian symonds in College

Since I live up here, I may as well post in here, if anyone will see it is another thing. Roads around here are being resurfaced, about time as some of them are awful.

Not sure what ones, I know Kingsway is being done by the Co-op and up a little bit and I see they are doing some work in Queensway.

 

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The Nell Gwynne (aka The British Oak) - Adieu

06 Aug 2014

Posted by Aylestone Voice in Open Forum

Planning application P142315/F (why I just cannot copy and paste the link I don't know)

 

I did some of my formative drinking in the British Oak usually before popping off to Edgar Street to see HUFC.

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Buckingham Pub To Become A Tesco Express

20 Mar 2014

Posted by Colin James in Whitecross

A former Hereford pub could be turned into a Tesco Express according to this article in the Hereford Times.

 

The supermarket giant has bought the lease of the former Buckingham Inn pub and has set the wheels in motion to turn it into a convenience store - creating up to 20 jobs.

The Buckingham on Whitecross Road will go the way of the Game Cock pub after the latter was converted into a Tesco Express on Holme Lacy Road in 2010.

 

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Haunted Old Crow Cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire

11 Mar 2014

Posted by Mick in Open Forum
I have just read this fascinating article, have a read it's a little spooky.
 
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Inside the haunted cottage with tragic past which has been left to rot with more than 300 years of valuables...clothes, pictures, clocks all left untouched
Last owner of Old Crow Cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire, was tragically killed last year
David Edward Penny, 72, died in a car crash on the road outside the house in October, 2013
Locals claim to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage is haunted
The Grade II-listed cottage was built in the 17th century and had been a village pub
 
The haunting signs of lives once lived still echo from every room in this long-abandoned ramshackle ruin.
Old Crow Cottage, a Grade II listed building, now stands eerily abandoned since 2009 - the clothes, pictures and other remnants from former inhabitants are untouched and lying under a thick layer of dust.
New photographs from inside the dilapidated cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire, reveal the eerie atmosphere within the building which would once have been a family home.
 

Over the last few years, locals have even reported to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage might be haunted.

The last occupant was killed in a car crash on the road outside the home.

Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured inside after reading about its history online.

Dan, 28, from Manchester says: 'The cottage has been in the same family for many years and it looks like each generation has filled the house with their possessions.'


 
Read More: HERE
 
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Save the British Potato

21 Aug 2014

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

A plea on behalf of British potato producers.  When buying potatoes and anything containing potato please make sure you are buying British.  Some supermarkets (not all) are sourcing their potatoes from overseas.  Thousands of tons of British potatoes this year will not be used because supermarkets are buying cheaper pots from abroad same old story. British potato producers have invested millions to produce the potato the public want and are in danger of going out of business.  Yes I know they can be a bally nuisance on the roads at certain times of the year they are only doing their job and are under such tight time constraints they have to keep pressing on.  Yes I know they receive huge subsidies but agriculture is hugely important in this county and many parts of the country.  

 

Generally if you can buy British food if you don't use it you will lose it!

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Herefordshire Council's children's services '...

30 Jun 2014

Posted by Roger in Open Forum

Services to protect children in Herefordshire "require improvement", Ofsted inspectors have concluded.

 

The grading is one better than in 2012 when services were branded "inadequate", the lowest rating in the four-point scale.

 

It means there are no serious failures but the authority is not delivering good protection, help and care for children, young people and families.

 

The council said it was on target to achieve a "good" rating by 2016.

 

Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children's wellbeing for Herefordshire Council, said: "We are very pleased that following our recent inspection we are no longer rated as inadequate and reassured that Ofsted are stating that no children being cared for in Herefordshire are at risk of harm."

 

Ofsted said the leadership and experience of care leaders "requires improvement" but rated the authority's adoption performance as "good".

 

The grading follows an inspection last month.

 

BBC

 

The latest Ofsted report was published today and is available to read in pdf format here (37 pages) 

 

Ofsted Herefordshire

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Weekly list of planning public notices affecting the city

18 Apr 2014

Posted by megilleland in Planning

List of planning public notices affecting the city

 
It is a legal requirement for the council to give public notice of certain types of planning application and other planning matters by the display of an advert in a local newspaper.
 
If you wish to comment, please follow the advice contained in the notice.
 
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 
Order 2010 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Sections 67 & 73 
 
Application Types: 
P - Planning permission 
L - Listed Building Consent 
AC - Conservation Area Consent 
SL - Affecting the setting of a Listed Building 
AC - Affecting a Conservation Area 
D - Not in accordance with the provisions of the Development Plan 
RW - Affecting a public right of way 
T - For a telecommunications mast 
 
Provision of a pedestrian and cycle link between the southern end of Station Approach and the northern end of Canal Road. Requiring demolition of existing store building in builders merchant. Proposal includes street lighting and associated landscaping at Jewson Builders Merchant, Canal Wharf, Canal Road, Hereford 
 
Extension to changing room at Bowling Club Rear Of Asda, Belmont Road, Belmont, Hereford 
 
Insertion of windows to the north, east and west elevations at Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford
 
Making safe existing garden and boundary walls at Hereford Cathedral School, 29 Castle Street, Hereford 
 
Site for the development of up to 135 homes (including 46 affordable homes), public open space, new access (including demolition of 144 Aylestone Hill). Structural landscaping, sustainable drainage including balancing ponds and infrastructure and associated works at Land at 144 Aylestone Hill and land to the east of Aylestone Hill, Hereford 
 
If you wish to make representations or comments you can during the period of 21 days beginning with the date of the publication of this notice quoting the relevant number: 
 
By the Website: Using the online comment form 
By e-mail to: planning_enquiries@herefordshire.gov.uk 
By post to: - Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford, HR1 2ZB 
 
ANDREW ASHCROFT (Assistant Director) – 10th April 2014 

 

Interesting applications concerning Left Bank, Cyclelink and land to the east of Aylestone Hill. Not sure where you find the online comment form?

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Ruckhall Bridge to reopen on 1 September 2014

21 Aug 2014

Posted by megilleland in Belmont
From Council News today 20 August 2014:

 
After seven months work by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) and their contractors, Ruckhall Bridge will re-open to traffic on 1 September 2014.
 
Despite severe access difficulties and adverse weather during the early part of the work, the failed wing wall has been completely rebuilt to current standards and clad in stone to preserve the appearance of this listed structure
 
A further 20m long section of retaining wall supporting the road on the northern approach to the bridge has been robustly reinforced and clad in stone. This was achieved using a system of ties and plates that avoided the need to reconstruct the existing wall
 
Kerbing and highway drainage have been added to protect the structure going forward. The road has also been re-fenced and resurfaced in the vicinity of the bridge.
 
BBLP has worked closely with the local community to deliver a high quality piece of work in keeping with the grade 2 listed bridge structure.
 
Residents of Ruckhall village welcomed the news. Ray Christopher, chairman of the parish council, said “We are very pleased to see the work completed and the bridge re-opened. The patience shown and the time and effort from local residents during the whole process is much appreciated. We are grateful to Balfour Beatty and their contractors for all of their work in what has been a complex project.”
 
While Ruckhall Lane has been closed BBLP has taken the opportunity to carry out minor highway improvements to the south of the bridge
 
I am sure that this will be welcomed by many people. However not repaired as quick as this road following earthquake in Japan!
 
 

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Hereford Police Seize Cigarettes From European Shop

29 Jul 2014

Posted by Colin James in Police & Crime

Police were loading bags of cigarettes seized tonight from the European shop in Eign Gate.

 

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I ain't paying my Council Tax anymore.

27 May 2014

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
I ain't paying it anymore. What's the point paying for something that you ain't getting. If I went to my local Fishmonger and said, 'A Kilo of your finest Cornish Clams my good man' and I then paid the sum of money required and he suddenly went all quiet refusing to hand me my Clams, I'd be within my rights to kick off and shout, 'You thieving Barstard of a Fishmonger. Give me my Clams'.
That's the way of business. Two agents. One the Seller and me the customer and if one ain't getting what the other is required to hand over then its not a financial transaction you'd ever wish to repeat.
This bloody Council have an agreement with you and I. In return for our money, the very least they can do is cut me bloody grass, clean me streets and empty me bloody bins and that's it. Nothing else. It's all very straightforward as far as I can see and if, as a result of fiscal difficulties, their money pot is slightly down then they should start culling the suits until there is enough money made available to deliver the things that they agreed to provide us.
So I ain't paying them a penny piece more. They can dispatch me to Gloucester Prison and it'll be of no concern to me. I'll happily languish there without a single care in the world. And when they open the cell door and say, 'Your three months us up. Out you go', I'll say, 'Clear Off I ain't coming out. I enjoy being buggared every time I venture down into the shower block'.
Im serious! I ain't paying it anymore. Why pay for something you ain't getting and by the looks of it, you won't be getting ever again.
I don't want to fuel a team of Council employees investigating the mysteries of Carbon Emissions, Democratic Services, Drugs and Alcohol services, Reducing Crime and promoting Road bloody Safety and all the 'Partnership' gibberish they shovel out proclaiming its saved me millions. I want my bloody grass cut. Nothing else.
I ain't paying them anymore money. I've got absolutely no problem at all in facing the consequences of my actions. They and I are done! I no longer wish to involve myself in a financial transaction with them.
Not while I've got a repeat prescription for diazepam and the ability to still think for myself.

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