I understand that Hereford will soon be having black wheelie bins and refuse collections reduced to once a fortnight.
Half the rubbish bags that are over a week old stink and that's if the local wildlife has not already opened them and dragged the contents along the streets. Not the best idea in my opinion.
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The following link makes interesting reading
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The body of a man has been found in the park beside Castle Pool pond, Hereford, this morning.
Police have sealed off the area with a crime scene team at work on Cantilupe Street.
The death is currently being investigated as "unexplained". A passer-by found the body just before 7am this morning.
From Hereford Times
The Gardens, off Cantilupe Street next to the Castle Pool duck pond, were sealed off this morning while a crime scene team searched for clues.
As yet, police have not formally identified the deceased - a middle-aged man - or confirmed a cause of death.
Work is underway on tracing the movements of individuals matching the description of the deceased through the city yesterday. A post mortem is planned for either tomorrow or Monday.
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Good bloody grief! I'd sooner eat the placenta of Kerry Katona's latest birth than submit myself again to this devilish practice.
This is what happens. You go down to the Hospital and in my case my bloody wife went with me to make sure I didn't run off. You go in, your'e met by bloody shiney, happy clappy people who thrust a form in front if you that moreorless says, 'you gave us permission to do this terrible thing to you and, if you come out of it a vegetable and unable to control your bloody bowell movements, its not our rotten fault.'
Course, I didn't want to sign it but bloody 'she' insisted I did or else she'd hit me in the face with a frying pan when she got me home. Then they say, 'you've got two bloody options. Firstly we drug you so that you're literally out of your mind or, if you choose,we can spray the back of your throat with a spray that'll give you a small anaesthetic. Having then learned that the drug was Rohypnol, commonly known as the preferred choice of Date Rape Drugs, I decided to have the spray. My thinking was I didn't want to end up on Youtube being violated by a dozen well endowed men who had me in the starring role of Bobby Does Hereford.
Then, after the form filling and some bloody encouraging words, they sit you down in the waiting room where you get to listen to all those who are ahead of you in this process. It's like a bloody abattoir! My God, the sounds! Grunting noises, screams of, 'save me Jesus' and 'I want my bloody Mommy' all mixed up with the sound of people gagging on their own vomit.
Then, I saw this sweet lady leave me and enter the room. Bless her! She'd handed her false teeth to the nurse. I saw this sweet child of God go in but the same person didnt come out. The woman who eventually emerged looked the same, probably was the same woman, but this woman I gazed upon had left her spirit and her soul behind in that godforsaken room. When it was my turn, I said, 'I've changed me bloody mind. I ain't going in. Never. I'll be damned if I allow this procedure to take place.' Course, she said, 'get in there you big Jesse if you know what's good for you'. I said, 'you rotten old cow' and I entered the room.
Once therein, there were four of them. Two to hold you down, one to shove the entire camera crew down your bloody throat and one to tell you to 'breathe normally' while the equipment and the film crew travel down your gullet and onwards and downwards to your stomach opening.
I'd like to say that I swore to find them all after I'd recovered from this dreadful ordeal but you can't swear. You can't bloody speak. All you can do is grunt, heave, gag and gurgle as the film crew hit four gag reflexes on their journey of violation. It's horrendous!
You'd think that when they reached the bottom and the end of their journey you'd be relieved. You bloody ain't, because they then rotate the rotten camera and hit all four gag reflexes again as they begin the journey back up toward the entry point that is your bloody mouth.
And then once it was done and I was invited to sit up and breathe for the first time in ten bloody minutes I looked all four in the eye, delivered them a volley of obscene expletives and left the building accompanied by my wife of forty years who had the temerity to tell me that, 'you made an awful lot of noise. I was so embarrassed'.
If your General Practioners ever invites you to go to the Hospital for this procedure tell them to get stuffed! No good comes of it.
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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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Who is the council appropriating the land from and transfering it to whom? Looks like another piece of green space disappearing into the hands of the developers for next to nothing. Argyll Rise all over again.
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Since the article in The Hereford Timesalerting citizens that Herefordshire Council has overwhelmingly backed the principle of passing its offices and other estate on to the county’s university project, I have discovered the New University - Herefordshire website which provides further interesting information.
The groundbreaking motion went through with just one abstention and no votes against at full council this morning (Friday). Support for the motion means fundraising for the project can begin in earnest.
STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
The New University-Herefordshire is being conceived as a not-for-profit institution, with mixed funding, and operating with input from The John Lewis Partnership model. The assets and endowments of the university will be held in trust by The Herefordshire Tertiary Education Trust.A working Development Team has been in place since late 2012, and is comprised of local business people and educators.The Trust Board of Trustees will initially be comprised of nationally and internationally recognised educators and business leaders drawn from Herefordshire and from around the world. This group will have a 2-3 year mandate to design and fund the university and identify and retain the initial executive leadership team.With seed financing of £3-4 million and an additional £10-13 million to open the university in 2017, the Board will be tasked over succeeding years with securing an additional £50-£75 million in financing; integrating resources from personal and corporate philanthropy, the social capital market, private investment, UK & EU Government funding, public sector asset transfers, and industry sponsorships.The New University will be working in close collaboration with Herefordshire College of Arts, Hereford & Ludlow College, and the Royal National College for the Blind to ensure that Herefordshire is recognized as a national centre of excellence in education.
My first thought - money no object. Where did the seed finance come from? Not the council I hope as they will have to have parking meters along all the roads of Herefordshire to bring in any money to support this. Can any councillors explain as they all voted for this worthy cause, except one who abstained.
Noticed that the Blackfriars building used by the council has been vacated and fenced off completely. Did someone mention that the Robert Owen school was to be given the building?
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Until I retired recently, I was a care worker, and I also have a close relative who has learning difficulties so I have some experience.
I am currently visiting day centres, speaking to care providers, etc. I need the public, you, to let me know if you have come across any problems, if you have a relative who has learning difficulties and has experienced difficulties.
I am a great believer in communication and information gathering but if I do not know of a problem I may not be able to solve it. If I am to hold the council to account, and adults with learning difficulties to hold me to account for them, I need to hear from everyone one who believes they have a contribution to make. Hereford Voice is a great way to get information out, to hear people's views, swap ideas and get a feel for a situation. Hope you can help me help a vulnerable group of people who often get overlooked when budgets are set!
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2:37pm Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerA DEAL that seals the site for a new fire station in Hereford could be done by next month.Forward plans prepared for Herefordshire Council show that a decision to dispose of the council's Bath Street - or County - offices rests with Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets.Coun Bramer will consider the decision after next Friday (Feb 27).The forward plan specifically outlines the disposal of land and buildings at the County Offices site as being for Hereford to the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to enable a new fire station for Hereford.Earlier this month, heritage campaigners failed to get the offices, formerly the Hereford Working Boys Home, listed by English Heritage.Alternatives to a fire station include a campus site for the county’s proposed university , an “innovation" or retaining the sites features as a frontage for flats.The cash-strapped council is keen on selling the site to HWFRS for a much-needed new fire station for Hereford.
10:25am Friday 21st February 2014 in News By Bill TannerHEREFORDSHIRE Council is in talks with a “community group” looking to take over two of the county’s top natural attractions.Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake nature reserve could both be transferred out of council control.The council confirmed this morning (Friday) that it had been approached by an as yet un-named community group over assuming responsibility for both sites.In a statement, the council said: “As part of our community asset transfer process, we have asked the group to complete a business case which outlines how it would operate the locations and how this would benefit the public, along with providing various assurances around competency and financial viability.”The council will consider the proposed transfer once a copy of the business case has been received.In June last year, the council faced calls for “clarity” over its proposals for the future of Queenswood Country Park.Opposition councillors wanted a guarantee from the local authority that the site on Dinmore Hill called one of county’s “most precious public assets” would not be sold off.Then, the council said no decisions had been made on the overall future for its parks and countryside service ahead of a related savings plan.The 170- acre Queenswood is managed by the council and the Queenswood Coronation Fund.Forty-seven acres are made up of more than 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. Another 123 acres is spread over semi-natural woodland designated as a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve.Queenswood survived a privatisation scare in 1988 when the then Hereford and Worcester County Council was forced into a denial of any plan to privatise its country parks after reports suggested it could happen.Originally part of the Hampton Court estate, Queenswood has a history of public access dating from 1935 when it was bought by public subscription through an appeal organised by the then Council for the Preservation of Rural England.It was handed over to the then county council “to look after for the people all the time” and prevent development that planning law at the time did not protect it from.Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of varied habitat including riverside meadows, veteran orchard, newly planted orchard, a 'gravel' area and wet woodland. The lake itself is the largest area of open water in the county.
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This story was on the front page of the Hereford Times website today for about 15 minutes before it was pulled - the link is here, as are my comments. Bill Tanner is doing some excellent work on the Futiles at the moment - we all suspected (and knew) that we were being stitched up - now we are starting to see by just how much and measures being taken to try and withhold the facts.
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