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£200,000 PA For Just 3 People - Herefordshire Council Jobs

18 Aug 2014

Posted by Paul Jones in Open Forum

It appears that Herefordshire Council have plenty of money what with this recent £90k per annum job and now these two jobs, almost £200,000 in wages for just 3 people!

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Petition: Reverse Decision To Reduce Grass Cutting

22 May 2014

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I have been asked by several people if I would create a petition about the lack of grass/verge cutting in the County due to severe cut backs in Herefordshire Councils budget. 


We the undersigned want Herefordshire Council to REVERSE it's decision to reduce grass cutting frequencies from 7 times a year to just 3 times a year in this years budget. This is a massive reduction of almost 60%!! Yet Herefordshire Council has  increased the Council Tax by almost 2%.
The Old Market shopping centre has recently opened at a cost of over £90 million, which will hopefully attract more people to Hereford and grow our local economy, however, Hereford looks a mess, all the grass and verges are overgrown and this will lead to treble the amount of work required when they eventually get around to it, which is false economy. 
This online petition has been launched in a bid to persuade Herefordshire Council to reverse the decision and restore Hereford back to a more attractive standard.
Why is this important?
We believe that this is a necessary course of action in order to attract investment and economic benefit back to Hereford.
The state of our Herefordshire also discourages potential investors and tourism alike from visiting the County, this is potentially an economic disaster for Hereford.




You Can Sign The Petition HERE

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Hereford Council Budget for 2014/15 - Help us please!

14 Nov 2013

Posted by dippyhippy in Open Forum

I am absolutely exhausted with this constant crap! Just when you thought someone had some integrity and your faith is restored someone comes along and kicks you in the guts! We are totally wasting our time, we will never achieve anything other than notoriety for being persistent moaners and groaners who will never beat this administration. The very instant someone asks for some positive action everyone goes conspicuously quiet! Only to return when the proposed action dies a death!  I will be at the first demonstration organised to stand up to these idiots who are devoid of any moral conscience but until then I'm done! Trust me I have more to lose than most and not once did I not pledge my support,  have fun going round in circles you won't achieve anything until you organise yourselves. On the forums you're a formidable force and you all have my respect but you achieve nothing! 


My warmest regards to you all and my apologies if I've upset anyone this is not ment as personal attack but I have to be honest with myself.

Oh Flam, don't be disheartened - there are quite a few of us who are prepared to stand up and be counted, myself included. Timing, I feel, is everything. We will have our day, don't you worry.

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Police and Social Media.


Posted by dippyhippy in Police & Crime

According to a report on The Hereford Times, 13 police officers have been investigated for inappropriate use of social networking sites.


(Sorry I cannot provide a handy link!!)


Thoughts please!

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Decision notice. The Bullying of Disabled Council Staff


Posted by WirralPC in Open Forum

Hello All,


I'm Paul Cardin from Wirral.  Here's a decision notice from the ICO referring to bullying of disabled people and pay offs in public money to Herefordshire County Council staff.  I believe a number of senior people have been encouraged to depart the council.


The ICO for their part are standing behind the council, and appear to be insisting that the disabled persons affected have been consulted, and don't want their data released or their personal privacy breached.  Is this true?  Some local people out there might know different.


This DN can be challenged and I believe the deadline is 10th September, if my maths is correct.


If it's going to be challenged, it needs to be QUICK !  My contact details should be relatively easy to track down with a search engine.



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Search for two missing in River Wye at Swainshill

28 Aug 2014

Posted by Ubique in Police & Crime
From BBC Hereford and Worcester ,update 0733

River Wye search for two missing people near Hereford
A search is under way for two missing people in the River Wye, Hereford Fire & Rescue Service has reported.

The alarm was raised during the night and firefighters were called to the river in Swainshill at about 03:40 BST.

Police have closed the A438 near Hereford while a search is carried out.

Traffic is being diverted between the turn for Bridge Sollers and the A480.

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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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19 Feb 2014

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
Many observers say that if ever there is another World War it'll start in the Middle East. My view is that there is more chance of it starting off in Europe.
History in Europe is beginning to repeat itself. The First and Second World Wars began within our Continent because of expansionist ideologies that began during times of economic hardship and nationalistic feelings that created an 'us' and 'them' feeling which eventually spiralled out of control resulting in War.
Today, the very same expansionist policies are being pursued by the European Union creating the movement of vast numbers of people who want what the others have got. These times we are now living in are not that different to those of the twentieth century that wreaked havoc upon the world.
Some nations, more notably the Greeks are being ruled by the mandarins of the EU. This great nation of people are suffering because they were swallowed up by the promise of expansionist ideals that saw them and their tiny economy trying to compete with the mighty Deutch Mark and the EU desire to strip them and everyone else of their sovereignty.
In the United Kingdom, more people arrived in our Country at the beginning of the last decade than they did between the Battle of Hastings and the few years following World War Two. As a result, some seventy per cent of British people want immigration stopped or controlled. Far right groups all across Europe are springing up simply because they choose to keep their sovereignty, they do not want to be ruled by Brussels and they are feeding upon the very natural human emotion that makes people feel threatened and frightened by things they no longer understand.
The Ukraine? Half their population wants to be tied and bound to Putin and Mother Russia, while the other half, notably the younger generation, want to become a part of the West. Throughout it all, the EU are wooing and seducing the people of the Ukraine in the hope that yet another state will become a part of the United States of Europe.
The Ukraine is only a short step away from outright Civil War and despite all their woes, all the bloodshed and the frightening images we see on the tv, still the mandarins from Brussels are orchestrating chaos and madness in their pursuit of expansionist ideology.
Mother Russia is on the rise and before to long I see the Ukraine government inviting Putin to aid them. Then? God knows what will happen. The Russian military will move into Ukraine, the EU and the United States will react and its not beyond the realms of possibility that other Central and Eastern European nations will begin to fragment and join this bonfire of madness.
We've got to get out of the European Union. The EU is rapidly developing into a totalitarian communist styled base of managing people that are no longer British, Greek, Ukraine or anything else. Nationality, the place of your birth and your heritage and culture will become silly things of the past and seen as outdated and pointless labels that are meaningless to the collusus that is the European Union.
Not so long ago, the great Mikael Gorbachev commented, that he was amazed that European political leaders appear to be intent upon creating another Communist style form of rule. These comments should not be quickly dismissed. The EU is now preparing to Hoover up poverty stricken nations like Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo and when Gorbachev suggests we should be frightened I believe we should start paying attention and understand that history is repeating itself and this social engineering experiment that is the EU is going to bring us all misery and national unhappiness.
Many of you will read this and think it to be rubbish. You'll say, 'ridiculous. They'd be mad to allow another War to happen'. Well, perhaps your right. But, if you ain't, and they are mad then we are in the eye of a storm. The greatest man made catastrophe since we sat back and allowed the Nazis to gobble up all the living space they wanted together with the freedoms of millions of people.
The advance of the European Union has already resulted in Countries losing their young people, their bright clever and gifted citizens to the lure of the West and the continued movement of people will continue leaving places like Romania and the Ukraine empty economic shells, asset stripped by the madness of the EU.
There will be a price to pay for this foolhardy pursuit of expansion and it'll be met by us and our brothers and sisters within Continental Europe who'll wake up one morning and see that their future, namely the gifted and educated kids have all left to pick bloody fruit and process chicken in Hereford. Then they'll say, 'if only we had been told that this would happen to our homeland. Stripped bare by unelected power hungry idiots who've destroyed us all because they paid no attention to history and the folly of communism and destroying sovereignty.

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Barrs Court Special School

16 Jul 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

This situation has been referred to in other threads but it seems to be reaching the end game.  I am not party to all the details and facts but I do know some - and I do know some that I shouldn't know.  



A council Assistant Director called Kathy Roberts left her post in 2011 with a large pay-off : the Hereford Times reported it as over £70k.  When she left the building she was under investigation for wrongdoing.


She took up the post of deputy head of Barrs Court a month later.  The head of Barrs court was known to be nearing retirement


In September 2013 she became head of Barrs Court.


In January 2014 she was suspended for alleged wrongdoing.


She has now "resigned".


Some questions:

- On how many occasions during her 2 years in the council were there serious grievances and/or compensation paid to those working under her?  

- Was Barrs Court aware of any of the above either in 2011 or 2013?

- Has the alleged wrongdoing at Barrs Court been the subject of a completed investigation - ?

-Has she been allowed to resign before being held accountable?

-Has a compromise agreement been signed?

-Has money been paid to her in relation to her resignation?

-If so, who has paid it?

- What role did the council (who wanted to keep the whole situation top secret) play in the last 6 months?

-Why is the Hereford Times joining the council in keeping it all secret?

- Would anyone at all, from the school, the council or the governors like to explain and justify this whole sorry saga of failure and wrongdoing being rewarded and hidden, and vulnerable children being shortchanged - I suspect not.


Whilst not comparable in detail to this situation, the principle of allowing people suspected of wrongdoing to quietly move on rather than being held accountable has led to some dreadful situations in this country.  Yet it still, seemingly, goes on.  And no amount of temporary social workers can cure a mindset that safeguards managers as a top priority.






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28 Aug 2014

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Am I correct in thinking that Brockington used to be the HQ for Tate & Lyle or British Sugar Corporation or something to do with sugar production?  At one time not so long ago a lot of sugar beet was grown in this county. Having lived in Hafod Road once upon a time I remember walking past this building and looking at it in awe.


I think it is a magnificent building and hope beyond hope that it is listed.  

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T4C - Time For Change

24 Feb 2014

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Hereford Voice has teamed up with Paul Daykin from T4C, I have offered to help and support his projects where possible.


Paul is keen to meet up and discuss how we could possibly work on some joint ventures particularly south of the river in Hereford to add to the existing Hereford projects that are already completed or ongoing.


Please check out the excellent T4C Website for all the details of this and other projects.



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Questions For Cllr Johnson

26 Aug 2014

Posted by flamboyant in Open Forum
I would like to ask Cllr Johnson,

Since January 2013

How many new management positions have been created and what is the combined salary?

How many new posts have been created which command a salary of £30,000 but with no line management responsibility?

How many existing managers received a pay increase?

How many front line staff were made redundant and what was the salary savings?

Finally how much money did the Council save by reducing the grass cutting?

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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.
Old Crow Cottage.jpg
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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More £50k jobs at Herefordshire Council

26 Aug 2014

Posted by twowheelsgood in Open Forum

Not a clue what a 'Category Manager' is or does, and none the wiser for reading the following (written by the jargon machine I suspect), but it pays a good wedge ... what would 'a range of employee benefits' include do you think?



Job description
Salary: £44,344 - £49,365 Per Annum
Hours: 37 per week
Herefordshire Council’s Commercial Services team are seeking 2 category managers, one on a permanent basis and one on a fixed term basis for 12 months, to drive innovative Commissioning and Procurement strategies and deliver increased improvement and efficiency from the authority’s commercial activities, specifically focussing on Adult Social Care and Public Health.
Reporting to the Head of Commercial Services, you will work with key stakeholders across the authority to develop and deliver a portfolio of category strategies. In addition, you will also support the delivery of a number of cross-cutting initiatives, including the development of lean procurement systems and processes, improved management information and market intelligence, plus, a capacity and capability building programme which will include the delivery of a council-wide internal training and development and a range of strategies to support local trade and voluntary sectors. A centrally-led approach to Contract Management is also a major theme for the team.
Herefordshire Council offer a range of employee benefits and a Relocation Package may be available to the right candidates.
Closing Date for Applications: 7th September 2014

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Tutorial: How to link to a site

25 Nov 2012

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

To link to an external site simply type the word you want to see or display.



Simply type or enter your text like this - Click Here To Visit The Two Share Website then highlight that whole word or words with your mouse then click the link icon

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and it will appear like this Click Here To Visit The Two Share Website but remember to highlight your words first, then click the link icon and copy/paste or type the full address (url) of the website that you want to link.

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