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Hereford Floods


Posted by Colin James in Open Forum
The highways agency were out in large numbers tonight, just seen at least 6-8 guys in hi viz jackets walk onto the Old Bridge armed with their torches checking the river levels, never seen these guys out at 12.30am before. They wondered off down past the Saracens Head towards the Victoria Bridge.
I took these photographs.



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Cleaning Road Signs

31 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

I was out bright and early this morning doing my bit for the community, cleaning more road signs.







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£10,000 Reward To Find Christian's Killer

12 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Police & Crime

BBC Crimewatch tonight at 9pm.


The senior investigating officer (SIO) of the investigation, DCI Leighton Harding, said:

“We are offering this reward to encourage people to come forward with information to help us identify those responsible for Christian’s death.
“I firmly believe that someone has information which could lead us to those responsible for Christian's death but has not yet come forward. My appeal to them is to think about the impact Christian’s murder has had on his family, in particular his young daughter who faces a life without her father, and to do the right thing by contacting us.
“If you have any information it is imperative you come forward to police and allow Christian’s family the justice they deserve.”





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Like Radio

13 May 2015

Posted by Roger in Open Forum



A fledgling new Radio Station is being set up in Hereford (covers Worcester as well) .... For info ... They are aiming to broadcast on the internet and DAB radio .... 


Like Radio - Radio for the 21st Century!
We are Like Radio, a radio station who is striving to provide truly local radio within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Radio across the 2 counties in our opinion in now starting to sound bland, boring and be of little relevance to the area. We believe radio in the two counties needs personality, localism and our station will bring this back! The station will truly be for the 21st Century using the latest technology and techniques to integrate and interact with the audience, and of course promote local businesses. We are even creating a way that listeners can help decide our weekly playlist!
We are an experienced team with our 30 combined years experience in the media and most importantly the radio industry, with one team member Ian Davies, being a popular presenter within our target area for the past 8 years. 
Our Campaign
Ask yourself these questions:
- Fed up of presenters sounding like robots?
-Fed up of hearing the same songs day in, day out?
-Fed up with presenters not knowing anything about the area they cover?
-Most importantly, do you like radio? 
We are going to bring truly local radio for the 21st Century to Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The majority of our programming will be produced from our studio and premises in Hereford. We are going to provide a new format and formula which gives the listeners more control than any other radio station within our area. We will have full interaction with the listeners throughout the core times of the day, many request programmes, all topics relevant to our core area and we are building a voting platform for the listeners to decide what should be on our A-List.
We believe this is important as it will show the big groups that local radio can still work and that networking is not required. We also want to build this station so similar stations by us could be rolled out across the country in the future.
Like Radio will show how radio for the 21st Century should be done!


Like Radio Crowd Funding Page




DJ Ian Davies is heavily involved. 

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Best Site For Tourist Information Centre


Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

I have been reading this article in the Hereford Times and Mayor Charles Nicholls is correct, the city could benefit from a Tourist Information Centre and as you can see he has suggested a good location with this empty shop in Widemarsh St.

I thought we had once had one in King St but the funding was stopped sometime ago and it closed?


charles nicholls.jpg


However, I believe there is a better alternative and it is smack opposite our Cathedral.


King St.jpg

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Flood Warning For Hereford


Posted by Glenda Vaughan-Powell in Open Forum

The Environment Agency has issued two  flood warnings for the River Wye. Water levels are expected to peak in Hereford tomorrow. While riverside paths are being closed off this evening (Monday 30th Nov).

Agency officials warned people who use the footpaths to find other routes on their way to school and work tomorrow morning.

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Lorry Overturns Near Lugg Bridge

29 Nov 2015

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

A lorry has gone over on Ledbury Road by Lugg Bridge.




Photo courtesy Ian Davies



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Treacle Mine Pub Closed

31 Aug 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hinton

I noticed that the Treacle Mine Pub is closed. There is a paper sign in the window that just states 'closed until further notice' Can anyone throw some light on this?


Treacle Mine.jpg

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ASDA's Planning application for a petrol station

26 Nov 2015

Posted by Chris Chappell in Open Forum
I am now at the point where as ward councillor, need to seek views of others on this item. I will be meeting with ASDA representatives shortly and they have been in discussions with planners and Highways England.

I understand there will be public consultation at ASDA by their representatives in the lead up to Christmas.
I understand that ASDA's consultants believe that there will be an increase in traffic movements on this junction of 40% at peak times. 48 vehicles an hour extra.

Would like to hear the views, not just of local people, but from anyone who regularly crosses the river either way and uses Ross Road or Belmont Road. I will not have a public view until I have consulted more widely, heard from ASDAs consultants, heard back from their in store consultations and talked to other interested people.

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Beefy Boys Opening Soon...

03 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid

The Beefy Boys are opening their new unit at the Old Market very soon.


Beefy Boys Unit.jpg

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Addaction Opens Across Herefordshire


Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

New Addaction Centre For Hereford.




1 in 5 affected by addiction


ADDACTION, one of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol treatment charities, is opening its doors to people in Herefordshire on Tuesday (December 1) having been commissioned by Herefordshire Council.
The charity has been awarded a £5million contract to provide its services to people across Herefordshire, taking over from DASH. Under the five year contract, Addaction will expand the options open to adults and young people recovering from alcohol and drug issues.
The main hub for the service will be at 6 Bridge Street, Hereford, with additional premises opening in the next few weeks at The Old Chapel, Cantaloupe Road, Ross-on-Wye and at Bridge Street Leisure Centre, Leominster.
Addaction offers support, advice and treatment for anyone aged 11 and upwards affected by a drug or alcohol issue and their families and carers. People can drop in during opening hours and see a duty worker or be referred by their GP.
Implementation manager Claire Morris said:
“1 in 5 people are affected by addiction and we’re here to help people understand the issue and find support. The service covers everything from advice for a parent about the new drugs around or, helping someone reduce their alcohol consumption, to supporting an adult to recover from a long-standing addiction.”
As part of the new service, peer support work will be expanded, staff will develop links within the community to offer service users opportunities to build life skills and a comprehensive volunteering programme will be implemented.
Addaction has been working hard with the existing providers to make sure there is a smooth transition of staff and resources.
To find out more visit www.addaction.org.uk find Addaction Herefordshire on Facebook and Twitter or call 07773 633324.

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The Spread Eagle

23 Nov 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Saw this on Facebook very surprised none of the city dwellers on here have picked up on this


The Spread Eagle is to open up as a Fish & Chip bar but we've heard reports that people who had bookings for Christmas meals at the Spread Eagle haven't been contacted despite menus being sent out.

UPDATE: The Spread Eagle is now a fish and chip bar. The current owners decided on a new venture. Customers who booked Christmas lunches however weren't notified of the likely change. We are led to believe this will happen over the coming days as the bar is expected to still serve a Christmas menu.



Even more surprised that they can get away with that colour of paint is it really in keeping with the rest of the street?

The Spread Eagle in #Hereford is to become a fish and chip bar. What do you think of the change?



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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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Hereford Train Services

13 Jan 2015

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum
Monday 12 January 2015 in Hereford Times News by Bill Tanner

Service now handling 3.5 million passenger journeys faces review
WITH over 3.5 million journeys now taken on the rail link between Hereford and Shrewsbury, a users group is long overdue.
Now, such a group has arrived in the guise of the Marches Rail Users Alliance (MRUA).
And MRUA has wasted little time in signalling its intentions.
This week, ahead of a review of Arriva Trains Wales as the operating franchise, MRUA has identified four key issues with the line that it is “keen to discuss” with Arriva, the Department for Transport and the Welsh Assembly.
They are:
1. Provision of an hourly stopping train between Hereford and Shrewsbury
At present, says MRUA, the pattern is irregular with a “considerable imbalance” at certain times of the day.
Examples are cited as a gap from Church Stretton to Shrewsbury between 1504 and 1655 and another between 0938 and 1138 southbound from Craven Arms to Hereford. 
MRUA wants an hourly stopping train interspersed with faster limited stop services.
2. Capacity Management
Members of MRUA’s constituent groups find increasing overcrowding on certain trains.
MRUA wants most trains to be made up of three cars with additional capacity to meet the heavier passenger flows.
3. Connections
MRUA has picked up on frustration at apparent poor connections at Hereford (for the Worcester line), Shrewsbury (for Wolverhampton and Birmingham) and Newport (for London and the West).
Passengers at smaller stations are said to face waiting areas that are “very basic” and a cafe at Hereford that closes at 18.00 when the station is still busy.
4. Integration for onward travel
MRUA says this could be improved at most stations at modest cost and in some cases may be deterring travel.
Cited as examples of scope for improvement are: pedestrian approaches at Hereford and Ludlow, car parking at Leominster and  bus service information generally.
MRUA represents an alliance of the Rail User groups along the high capacity rail link between Hereford and Shrewsbury, which has a population of 200,000 living within easy distance of six stations.
Current rail use is high with over 3.5 million trips made into or out of Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton and Shrewsbury and passenger numbers have increased because of  early improvements by Arriva Trains Wales.
But MRUA says the service provided has not kept up with this growth.
MRUA chairman Professor Leslie Lumsdon said: "Given the continued annual fare rises, we deserve better. It is important for passengers to make their views known to the train operating company and others responsible for delivering our rail service. These views can be fed through to the companies interested in bidding for the Wales and Borders franchise in 2018."
Responses to the issues raised by MRUA can be put to its secretary Ian Slater, at [email protected] or Prof Lumsdon at [email protected] or 01584 877588.


Are the lifts operating yet on the station. I was last told they would be working by the end of June 2014, but the scaffold bridge is still in place.

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Labour Leadership Result - Jeremy Corbyn

12 Sep 2015

Posted by Glenda Vaughan-Powell in Open Forum



Labour Leadership Results:


Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn   - 251,000 votes - 59.5%.


Deputy Leader  Tom Watson - after third round votes - 50.7%.

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Housing and Land Availability HC Nov 2015

30 Nov 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

This may be of interest to some of you 


Herefordshire Housing Land Assessments 2015 ...
Herefordshire Housing Land Assessments 2015Hereford Housing and EconomicLand Availability Assessment (HELAA). The Hereford HELAA (Housing and ..



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