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Street signs spruced up

Today, 08:32 AM

Posted by megilleland in Tupsley
Hereford Times: 6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014 in News By James Forrest

Street signs spruced up by helpful locals in the Tupsley area of Hereford

DIRTY and damaged road name signs have proved an unconventional inspiration for community action in the Tupsley ward of Hereford.
Residents are picking up the slack left by council funding cuts and renovating the signs themselves in a show of civic pride.
Senior citizens from The Rose Garden independent living village are cleaning and repairing the plates in their workshop while members of the Central Tupsley Community Group are painting them.
The project aims to improve the area’s image and appearance, and is the brainchild of Councillor Jim Kenyon.
He said: “This is one simple way we can help ourselves and improve the place we live in.
These are the sort of jobs that would have been done years ago but these days there simply isn’t the money available.
“We are filling the gap and this work shows the spirit of the community.”
Red-tape has been bypassed after Balfour Beatty, the firm responsible for road sign maintenance, gave permission for the repairs and donated paint, brushes and materials.
The residents are currently renovating their first four signs which they hope to complete shortly.
Councillor Kenyon hoped other areas would see what the project was achieving and follow its lead.
The Hereford Times recently reported a similar example of residents taking on responsibility for public works in the face of local authority budget cuts.
In Abbey Dore, a family has been digging roadside ditches and cleaning blocked drains to help prevent potholes appearing on roads near their home.


I think the money is available - it's just spent elsewhere.

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Hereford makes the National Press

Today, 07:36 PM

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

Slightly sensationalised of course




Patients were advised to go to Asda for urgent medical care after NHS units shut due to staff shortages

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Harry Bramer

16 Apr 2014

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
I've been looking at his photograph. You can tell an awful lot by staring at the image of a local Councillor who's about to destroy something good and of importance to the people of Hereford.
For a starters, his eyes are to close together. I've never trusted a man whose got those eyes that imply, 'don't sit down and play three card brag with me because I'm a rotter, a cheat and a bloody big ninny.'
Course that ain't the whole lot. Not at all! You'd be a strange fish if you went around disliking everyone simply because their eyes were not to your liking. Im sure his loved ones would say, 'well, we like his bloody eyes just the way they are and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot and shouldn't have unfettered access to a keyboard.'
No! It's more than that. Much, much more than that. His head for example. Whilst its not overly huge, it ain't small and I don't like his hair cut. Where I come from you get a basin shoved on your cranium and the shears do the rest. This man takes great pride in his hair cut and that's another reason why I've come to the conclusion I wouldn't want to break bread with him. Anyone who takes that sort of pride in his hair cut instead of sitting down with a bowl on his head and getting his hair sheared off like the rest of us ain't to be trusted.
And I've been speaking to folk about Harry. He's not liked. I've yet to speak to anyone who says they like spending time with him fishing for barbel on the Wye. To a man, they say he's tight. Mean! So mean and tight, he'll turn the gas off when he turns the bacon over. That's bloody tight for you!
No! The facts here are speaking for themselves. This is a man with eyes set to close together, there's something about his head that I don't like, he ain't getting his hair cut like me and he's a man who's tight with his money.
Then there's the personality. Good grief! This poor man must have been badly scarred by his days as a child treading the boards playing King Herod every year until he reached puberty. It couldn't have been easy sat there when the teacher shouted, 'you boy. The one with the eyes set to close together. In all my days of producing Nativity Plays you are the best Herod Ive ever seen and whatsmore, if ever we decide to stage an Easter Play, you are my Pontius Pilate.
Yeah! You can tell an awful lot about someone by simply studying their photograph. And if you're reading this Harry, and you will be, unless you change course Im going to write you a part in a lurid tale about a man elected into Office who kept scurrying up my drainpipe demanding demanding something that I've yet to decide upon!
Leave the Working Boys Home be, build the Firestation that we don't need in some other place and stop destroying our heritage. Then, and only then will your torment end!

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Saving The Working Boys Home *UPDATE*

13 Mar 2014

Posted by dippyhippy in Hereford City

The OLM is due to open soon - an ugly building, which in my opinion will split the city in two, and most certainly have a detrimental effect on High Town.

It has been built with no thought for the environment in which it sits, and is regarded by many as a blot on the landscape.


We have some truly beautiful buildings in our city, and one of them is now at great risk of being demolished. I know many of you will not give two hoots about it, but I do! So much so, that I have challenged myself to write my very first thread!

The Working Boys Home was erected between 1878 and 1895. English Heritage has refused to recommend its listing on the questionable grounds that it is "not sufficiently intact or of sufficient architectural merit". It is within a designated Conservation Area, and is close to several other significant buildings with "Venn" connections. That's John Venn - surely one of this cities greatest ever citizens.

Many believe, myself included, that this building would lend itself to a sympathetic conversion for residential housing, in much the same way as the former General Hospital, and Eye Hospital.

Although I have made several phone calls, and spoken to a number of people, I have been unable to discover if Herefordshire Council has even invited offers from property developers.


Here is where it all gets a tad murky for my liking. Whether you care about this building or not, the following should ring alarm bells.

The notorious "land swap" deal between Herefordshire Council and the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority has been stitched up, for want of a better phrase, between Cllr Johnson, and a Cllr Podger - who is the chair of Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

From what I can find out, this has been without the local ward councillor - Mark Hubbard - either being present, or even consulted!


This is an extremely one sided deal.

HWFA get an enormous 1.6 acre site.

Herefordshire Council get a site half that size, plus the bill for demolishing the existing fire station! Then, yes you guessed it, it will become a surface level car park!


This is not a good deal by anybodys standards!!


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Traffic Lights Campaign - Part -Time Lights 7pm-7am

18 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I have today implemented phase II of our traffic lights campaign and that is in the form of a petition from the very start!


[Please note that this is totally separate to our lights out campaign. This petition deals only with the traffic lights at night]




We would like both the Highways Agency and Herefordshire Council to allow the traffic lights at the junctions
where the A465 meets the A49 (Asda roundabout/junction) and
where the A49 meets the A438 Newmarket St (Old Market roundabout/junction)
to become part-time signals during non peak times from 7pm-7am
with exception to the pedestrian crossings which would still be in operation for the safety of pedestrians.
All of these traffic lights are relatively pointless during off peak times and often motorists become frustrated and impatient while being forced to sit at red lights, this can often be at 2am when there are clearly no other vehicles in sight!
By signing our petition you are in strong favour of these signals being changed to PART-TIME status from 7pm-7am


Please read the petition and you can offer your support by simply signing it. 


Part-Time Traffic Lights Petition Here

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Councillors Responses To Lights Out Trial

17 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

We had a meeting on December 6th 2014 in the Hereford Town Hall Chambers with MP Jesse Norman together with Paul Hillman and Andrew Butterfield of the Highways Agency, to discuss the possibility of a 'traffic lights out' trial along a short corridor on the A49/A465 in Hereford. 


The highways agency indicated that they were prepared to look into funding a micro simulation and MP Jesse Norman offered to assist with finding funding if required.


Jesse Norman also suggested that it would be a good idea if we contacted all of the local councillors in an attempt to get their support for a trial, we agreed and also thought it would be courteous and help our cause to have the local councillors support.


Cllr Jim Kenyon kindly arranged for our group (Hereford Reunited) to give a brief presentation to the Hereford City Planning Committee on January 15th which was also held at the Hereford Town Hall. Details of this meeting can be found in the Hereford Traffic 'Lights Out' Meeting Topic. In general, our presentation was received well by the majority of the committee even though the chairman on the day Cllr Bob Preece explained that the committee had no powers to implement a trial and could only make a recommendation to the HA at best. 

The Lord Mayor Cllr Phil Edwards also offered a letter of support from the Mayors Office.


Following this meeting and several weeks later John Harrington (Hereford Reunited) wrote an excellent letter to all the Cabinet which was published in the Lights Out Campaign Letter Topicasking if we could present our case to them, a copy is attached below. Several weeks passed with no replies from any councillor!

I then sent a bulk email to all of the Hereford Voice members on April 14th. Cllr Mark Hubbard and Cllr Jon Norris to be fair responded immediately and copied in all of the local councillors, now we have started to receive their replies and decided to publish each and every one of them as arrive on Hereford Voice for you all to read and comment on, they are as follows:


Attached File  Cllrs Lights Out Letter.pdf   42.01KB   14 downloads

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Cllr Jim Kenyon Q&A Balfour Beattie Contract

09 Mar 2014

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Jim asked me if I would post the responses to his questions. 


these are some answers to my questions I asked of the council contract managers of the  Belfour Beatty contract.
Cheers Jim  


Cllr Kenyon Contract Management queries


1.Strategic partnering board "who sits on it"? No cllrs

This detail is in the contract data

Director EEC (Geoff Hughes)

Assistant Director PBC (Richard Ball)

The Service Manager (Clive Hall)

No Cllrs sit on the board, as the management of the contract is not a political function.


2.Need site of the annual plan for this year

A presentation to members is planned, also a report to Cabinet member / director re internal governance

There is no annual plan for this year (2013-14); due to the contract starting part-way through the year. The plan is being developed for the future in accordance with the contract.


3.Clause 31 ten year extension seems stacked in Balfour Beatty favour who sets the performance acceptability and can that be adjusted during the length of the contract.

These clauses allow for a ‘rolling extension’ to be awarded in return for continued acceptable performance. They are designed to keep the provider incentivised throughout the contract term, as opposed to ‘winning all extension in one chunk’. The term can be reduced in performance not maintained. The Employer also has options to reward more, and might do so to:

  • Give time to re-procure;
  • In return for an investment (fleet, roads);
  • Some other reason that is not foreseen at this time.

4.So far have there been any dispute's with Balfour Beatty and if so how many and what cost.

No disputes, but early warning and compensation events have/are being processed.

To date 16 Early Warnings and 22 Compensation Events have been raised by both parties.

Of these, 11 Early Warnings have been closed, or are in the process of closure at a value of £40,163, which is made up of increased costs for commissioned design and build works, and 5 remain live.

Of the 22 Compensation Events, 3 have been cancelled, 10 have been accepted and closed, at a valuie of £182,480 and 9 remain live.


5.Direct fee % is 9.83% Sub-contracted fee is 9.83% unless open book 25% less or less £10,000 or less spent in one year net of vat (my info) Management agent  fee 2.60% (my info)

The fee is 9.83% the application of this through the various payment mechanisms should be understood. The payment mechanisms are, lump sum (a tendered price, adjusted for the following years, in each year’s annual plan), target cost (pain/gain share, this incentivises improvement), Cost reimbursable (the cost +fee). With Lump sum the risk transfers to the Provider, but the Employer will pay for the risk in the lump sum. With target cost the risk is shared, this is a healthy partnership approach. In cost reimbursable the risk is retained by the Employer, this works well for ‘events’ that are difficult to quantify prior to them happening, such as the response to severe weather.


6.What is enhanced third party margin 0% up to £25,000 then  50%

A way of HC benefiting in enhanced third party work (work for other clients) and the way that this will spread their business overheads.


7."Good industry practice" how do we bench mark against who?

There are various benchmarks, nationally, regionally and locally. Some to be developed further, for example with other BBLP contracts.

For example there is on-going benchmarking using the National Highways and Transportation annual survey (approx. 75 LAs) and participating in their CQC (cost, quality, customers) pilot.

Aligning performance measures with other BBLP contracts will enable us to compare.


8.Performance Indicators "Need to See" agreed list (seen)

Note strategic and operational indicators, purpose of each and the fact that these are not the only measures used in the delivery of service.

Strategic measures are used to help determine future contract extension. First measurement period 2014/15 – 2015/16.

Operational measures are used to determine payment of 25% of their fee percentage each month.

Other performance measures are being developed by BBLP using their asset management system (Confirm) which is accessible to the Contract Management Team.


9.Recognised sub-contractors where is the list and how do local business's get on that list.

Sub-contractors used by the previous provider formed the basis of the BBLP list; further suppliers have been added to the list since the 1st September. BBLP have consulted the Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on the potential of the local supply chain and will also be holding a supplier open day in March. 

Subcontractors are required to go through a stringent vetting process before they can be engaged on the Herefordshire Contract and BBLP are actively providing assistance to some of the smaller subcontractors to get through this process. The Councils Contract management have full visibility of BBLP approved sub-contractor list.


10.With new and existing  staff what responsibility would Herefordshire council have regarding pensions etc

TUPE applies to transferring employees, see schedule 7 for detail . This is a complex area. BBLP have admitted body status, but broadly comparable pension schemes can be provided. Note pension fund shortfalls on termination fall to the Employer; this is equitable way of dealing with this risk.

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Former Hereford church for sale

Today, 08:16 AM

Posted by megilleland in Whitecross
Hereford Times: NEWS RSS FEED 
6:02am Sunday 20th April 2014 in News

Former Hereford church for sale.

ESTATE agents are inviting buyers to bid for a Hereford church.
Chandos Methodist Church has been closed since September 2012 after it was deemed surplus to requirements.
Estate agent Sunderlands and Thompsons now has the task of finding a buyer for the Whitecross site.
It is asking for offers in the region of £120,000, which need to be delivered by noon on May 1.
Any prospective purchasers are asked to make enquiries to Herefordshire Council prior to making a bid.
The church was built in 1903 on the corner of Chandos Street and Whitehorse Street.
But, two years ago, its worshippers realised that they could not continue to maintain the building and the decision was taken to close.
The congregation has since moved to St John's Methodist Church in St Owen Street.
Its Minister, Revd David Meachem, said that the move has "revitalised" St John's.
"The reason we closed Chandos Church was because, as what happens with a lot of churches, people worshipping got to the end and the maintenance was beyond their resources," said Revd Meachem.
"They took the brave decision to close it and join St John's.
"I was the Minister of both churches, so I oversaw the transition from old building to new building.
"Everyone who worshipped at Chandos Street moved to St John's and it has revitalised the life of the St John's congregation.
"We have a Sunday school that we didn't have before and most of the people who moved to St John's have active roles in the church.
"It has been like a blood transfusion - a real shot in the arm."
For more information about the sale, call Philip Ashman at Sunderlands and Thompsons on 01432 356161.


Why is this a prerequisite. Is it about planning or finance?

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HEREFORD UNITED your local club

28 Mar 2014

Posted by silent bull in Open Forum

I'm a massive Hereford supporter, have been for a long long time but how many 'locals' have been to watch your 'professional' club??



It's heart breaking to think that the last few home games maybe the last that will be played at Edgar street.
I'm not going to bore you with the details because I'm guessing you've all read about what's going on already but to be frank its the same old story with a small club
Club gets taken over
New owners promise the world
New directors overspend
Bad management
Bad leadership
Supporters lose patient's
Now there's quite a lot going on to try and SAVE HEREFORD UNITED to raising money to a March through the city centre starting from the 'Victory' pub
'Yes' its not much (or not enough) but we CAN'T GIVE UP! !!
But the one thing that 'will help' is to get as much bodies through the turnstiles so please PLEASE for these last few games TURN UP BUY A PROGRAMME BUY A PIE even TRY THE SPICY SOUP! !

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Edgar Street Roundabout Junction

18 Apr 2014

Posted by Biomech in Edgar Street Grid

The other week I noted a lorry coming out of that side hole in the OLM on edgar street and realised that if they need to go North they have to manouvere their artics across 3 lanes of traffic to get onto the roundabout. The one I saw do this had some difficulty with the high levels of traffic.


So what's the deal there?


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Cannot Purchase Hot Food In Hereford City After 1.30am

09 Sep 2012

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

How pathetic that you cannot buy hot food in Hereford after 1.30am!


This stupid idea of Hereford Council I assume is designed to prevent a build up of people coming out of nightclubs...well guess what? It does not work! Because now people que at the sandwich bar in Commercial Road or in the 24 hour garage.
So why can we not buy hot food? It's no wonder many people think the nightlife and everything else is so poor and choose to avoid Hereford altogether! This Council needs to have a rethink and get into the 21st Century!
Hereford is becoming like a ghost town both during the day and night!

I have written to the Hereford Times expressing my opinion and quite a lot of other locals too

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Old Market Shopping Centre Delayed For 2 Weeks!

03 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid

I have heard from a very reliable source that the Old Market Shopping Centre will not be ready by the 17th and the opening has been delayed by 2 weeks! New opening date is May 9th.


The developers will have penalties of up to £60,000 per day.

Remember we're you heard it first!

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Cycle Lanes - Why Green AND Red?

11 Apr 2014

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

I was going to ask the difference, but had a quick look online.


It appears that cycle lanes can be coloured either green or red - but why do we have both in Hereford? Why is there no consistency?


Clearly green would be the better option, but I see red in town and on some suburban roads and then I was down near Sainsbury's the other day and the cycle lanes are all green.


So what's up with that?

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Tupsley 10k Race

10 Apr 2014

Posted by Colin James in Tupsley

Right folks can you get behind this community event please spread the word "runners run" or "volunteer's" Marshall the route let's show folks that Tupsley can put on a do!!!


Tupsley 10k Race.jpg


Do the run, get the T shirt! 10 days to the Tupsley 10k, sponsored by Tupsley Dental Practice. Pre register online at the following link for £10 or register on the day for £15. Please share and come along on Sunday 20th April! http://e-voice.org.uk/ctcg/

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Beware Bogus Housing Advisors

17 Apr 2014

Posted by Mick in Open Forum
Taken from the HH blog here

Beware Bogus Housing Advisors
April 17, 2014
There’s many complexities around housing today. I remember when I started working in this field many years ago, there were two tenancy types. Now we’ve been overtaken with assured tenancies, assured short hold tenancies, periodic tenancies, starter tenancies, probationary tenancies … I could go on. It’s too much to take in. And with each tenancy type there are different rights and responsibilities for both the landlord and the tenant.
So beware bogus advisors who claim they can help you. You don’t know their motivation nor what they are going to do with your personal information. At Herefordshire Housing we have a variety of colleagues trained to give good advice who will protect your details, and if you want someone more independent, the Citizens Advice Bureau, your local councillor or your MP can help. Take care, don’t share with bogus advisors.



Can I assume that they are referring to this discussion? If so, Its seems that Councillor Vaughan-Powell may have been correct with some of her replies all along.


This extract is from the Herefordshire Housing Facebook page


We wish to remind all our customers of the range of services we provide, including - 
• Repairs
• Debt advice
• Telecare Services
• Aids and Adaptations
• Handyperson
• Anti Social Behaviour
We are your landlord, and are here to help you with any issues affecting your home or tenancy and we welcome and encourage you to talk to us first. 
If you feel unable to approach us for any reason, please seek advice from agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, your local councillor or MP, or your local residents association (if there is one for your area).
Please be cautious about using unofficial advocates / advisors who are not part of a recognised organisation or support body. We are bound by Data Protection law and in most cases would be unable to communicate with you through an unofficial third party.
Our number is 0300 777 4321 and our lines are open 8am - 8pm. Alternatively you can send a message through our website or our Facebook page.



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