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Spate of Road Works in Hereford City at the moment.


Posted by John Harrington in Open Forum
Does anyone else find it odd that so many roadworks are being carried out around the city at the moment?
I know the Council has just been bailed out to the tune of millions by Central Government allowing resurfacing works (which perversely instead of embarrassed about the Cabinet are taking all credit for) but there seems to be literally dozens of other road works (with little indication as to what they are for). Whitecross Rd this week has been a nightmare, especially eastbound, which is unusual. I found the culprit not far from the Tesco Express/Old Buckingham Pub.Can anyone tell me why the lights are still there? The only obvious reason is a stretch of tarmac 2 foot a foot (ish), see photo. I lifted the cone, nothing dramatic lurking under it. The paint is bone dry and the tarmac is solid (and will only benefit from impaction). So what is going on. Is there an agenda to deliberately screw up traffic in Hereford further than it already was?

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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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Bang on Target - Shops raided AGAIN


Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

"Hereford Magistrates heard that the haul of non-duty paid, smuggled, and fake foreign labelled cigarettes seized at European Fresh Foods, Eign Gate, was worth around £13,000 at street value."




And, of course, I draw your attention to these threads;




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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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Tony Johnson Tells H & W Radio Building On Football G...

22 Oct 2014

Posted by chrisbull in Open Forum

Tony Johnson was asked today on radio what was going to happen to Hereford United in the future and he said he did not care who owned the leases and that the barrister at mondays court hearing in London had tried to get the club closed down and when questioned on development at the ground he made it clear both ends will be developed hence no future for Hereford United remember me over 18 months ago making a statement the council want to move the ground well i was right the council has wanted to develop that area for over 20 years remember the chairman Peter Hill he tried hard when he sold the leases to developers now you will soon see some big back handers going on do not kid yourself Hereford council has been doing it for years people like Tony johnson make me sick they spin one story telling you they support the club and then turn things around when it suits them this is now the end of football at edgar street when on December 1st the next appearance at the high court will seal the fate of a football club that has put Hereford on the map and the council could not give a damn private companies are running this county not people for the county i suggest we all vote UKIP at least we will get a response to the pertinent questions regarding expenses and private company costs acting for the council.

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Hererfordshire landmark parent's rights case


Posted by megilleland in Police & Crime
The Independent 30th October 2014 by PAUL GALLAGHER

Mary Kidson said questions need to be asked about the 'monopoly' the NHS has on child medical care
A mother cleared of poisoning her daughter after taking desperate measures to treat a chronic condition has said that the case should be used as a landmark for other parents finding care for their children outside the NHS.
Mary Kidson said questions need to be asked about the “monopoly” the health service has on child medical care. Her circumstances echo the way Ashya King’s parents were treated when they left the UK last month to seek proton therapy for their young son, and will add to the debate whether the NHS should improve access to alternative therapies.
Speaking to the Independent on her first full day of freedom following her acquittal on Wednesday at Worcester Crown Court, Ms Kidson said she felt anger and relief, adding that she could not wait to finally be reunited with her 16-year-old daughter.
“I was tense, very tense in those moments before the verdict,” she said, having faced a jail term of up to 10 years if found guilty. “I didn’t know how it would end until just before we went into court.”
Her barrister, the former Conservative MP Ken Hind, gave her the good news moments before she returned to the dock to hear the jury’s verdicts and told Ms Kidson the prosecution were not going to appeal. She bowed her head and wept.
“I let some of the emotions out before I went back in. I just sobbed outside in the waiting area. When the verdicts were read it out, it was amazing, absolutely amazing. In some ways it was quite surreal. Not guilty was always the verdict that would be the just verdict, I just never knew what would actually happen.”
It had been a three-week trial but an 18-month nightmare for the 55-year-old, who stood accused on three counts of poisoning her daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, through unnecessary medication. She had been accused by prosecutors of “doctor shopping” by touring hospitals and clinics in Britain and abroad until she received a diagnosis for conditions which NHS tests showed were not present in her daughter.
In 2012 she travelled with her daughter, then 14, to the Brussels clinic of Dr Thierry Hertoghe, a Belgian physician and expert in hormone therapy, or so-called “anti-ageing medicine”, desperate for help. The girl was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome that had left her virtually bedridden.
Once under Dr Hertoghe’s supervision, the prosecution also said Ms Kidson administered toxic levels of three hormones prescribed over a five-month period in which the Belgian physician said all but one of the teenager’s ailments improved. However, when Ms Kidson’s ex-husband John Guilding discovered what was happening he called the police.
“On 5 March 2013 they just turned up at my house with social services, arrested me and took my daughter away,” said Ms Kidson. “I’d never had any previous involvement with any of them at all.” 
Ms Kidson, a specialist in special needs education who ran an online tutoring company that helps children with autism, dyspraxia and auditory processing disorder from her farmhouse in Ledbury, Herefordshire, has been separated from her daughter ever since. In January this year she was charged under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act with poisoning her daughter with thyroid extract, oestrogen and hydrocortisone. 
Ms Kidson was then only allowed two hours supervised contact a fortnight with her daughter, until her daughter suffered a breakdown after the pair had been separated and was detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act. Ms Kidson has still not been given a date when the pair can reunite.
She said: “My daughter’s on other medication at the moment but she does appear to be physically fit and well which is great. Her health has improved dramatically and she’s on the verge of discharge, but I still haven’t been told when I can see her. 
“I’m very angry with the way the Crown Prosecution Service, social services and the police all dealt with this. I don’t know who they’ve been listening to. It appears they formed an opinion of me without even meeting me. There was no contact at all until they knocked on my door.
“This whole case raises the question of a parent’s right to go and find treatment outside the NHS for their child. It seems that the NHS has a monopoly on children’s medical treatment. Adults have total freedom to go where we want in the world [for healthcare] but when you’re a child it appears that only the NHS can treat you. This raises the whole question of the ethics around that.”
An attempt by her daughter to contact her in April led to a breach in Ms Kidson’s bail conditions, and she was remanded in custody at Eastwood Park, a closed category women’s prison in Falfield, Gloucestershire. Ms Kidson immediately used her teaching skills for the benefit of fellow inmates.
“It wasn’t the hugely negative experience I was expecting,” she said. “I tried to make the best of my time there. I got involved with the education department and helping people on a one-to-one basis with their maths and reading.”
Dr Hertoghe said last night Ms Kidson’s trial “should never have taken place” and called for widespread NHS reform to allow parents greater choice over their child’s medical care. 
“What a mess everyone has made,” he said from Brussels. “Two lives have been broken. I don’t think the NHS doctors who gave evidence [against me] are untypical of other doctors in the NHS in their way of thinking. The whole system needs reform. We have to give people the right to choose their doctor without fear of prosecution.
“What Mary and her daughter went through is exactly the same as what Ashya King and his family endured. Doctors are not gods; they can make faults. People shouldn’t have to go private and pay a lot of money for specialised treatment.”
Dr Neil Fraser, the paediatrician in charge of child safeguarding in Herefordshire and also a specialist in hormonal disorders, said in a report for the trial that he strongly disagreed with the Belgian physician’s methods. Dr Hertoghe, the author of an internationally accepted guide on hormone therapy, told the court his treatments were based on redressing imbalances which he claimed are disregarded as medically insignificant in Britain.
Already head of the 3,000 member International Hormone Association, Dr Hertoghe told the Independent he is now planning to set up an organisation akin to Amnesty International for anyone seeking hormone therapy.
“I want to set up a ‘Hormone Rights International’ so people have a right to that treatment and doctors have a right to prescribe it, because cases like Mary’s are failures of the system. The NHS is decades behind its time and its doctors are too traditional.”
Sue Hind, practice manager at Ms Kidson’s defence team Newham Chambers, called it a “David and Goliath” case. She said: “It was a privilege to be part of Mary Kidson’s tiny defence team in the face of Hereford police and social services. Mary showed great dignity and stoicism throughout the trial but was passionate about the world understanding she wanted only the best for her daughter. It was a bit like David fighting Goliath so thank goodness sense prevailed.” 
Ms Kidson paid tribute to those who pulled her through her ordeal. “My sister, all my cousins, all of my friends – I can’t thank them enough,” she said. “They have all been absolutely amazing."
Another familiar face pleased to see Ms Kidson following her acquittal is that of Daisy, her cavalier King Charles spaniel, who had been staying with friends of the family while she was in custody.
“I’m just looking forward to relaxing for the rest of the day, talking with friends and family and catching up on six months’ of post which has piled up; and, of course, taking Daisy for a walk. I haven’t done that for quite some time.”



Did we not meet this lady at one of our Voice gatherings at The Victory? Yet again we see the full force of the state come down on an individual trying to do her best for her daughter when everything else was failing. This on a day when a child in the north of England went blind through neglect and the squalor the child was living in went unnoticed by social services for years. It said social workers had several chances to intervene after concerns raised by doctors and a school nurse, but that the boy’s case was closed twice.

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Hereford Fire Station Planning Application

01 Sep 2014

Posted by Aylestone Voice in Open Forum


Sorry I cannot get it to link to the Council site


I also thought it should be a new topic

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New Black Bins, Max 4 Bags a Fortnight - f*** Off

04 Aug 2014

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum

In the Hereford Times this week(?) there's a piece on the new black bins that will be delivered and a picture of some **** councillor.

It states - and is corroborated on the council website*, that these black wheelie bins must;


Not exceed 4 black bags

Each black bag to not exceed 15kg

Each bag should not exceed 410 x 760 x 915mm


Are you having a ******* laugh? Can we get some councillor's input on this please? Maybe the bellend in the paper who thinks this is a good idea.

4 black bags per FORTNIGHT, some families have that per week, this is absolutely ridiculous.


And let me guess, if we exceed the "limits" you'll leave the rubbish on our doorstep with a note, leaving it for 4 weeks just to refuse it again because now it's double.


I tell you what, my rubbish goes in my bin, I pay you pricks to collect it, if you refuse to collect it, I'll be making missed rubbish calls to get you back out and that's going to start to cost you a hell of a lot more.


Also, as I never had response to this before, explain to me what's going to happen as central government are planning to make fortnightly collections illegal. 


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Poisoned chalice anyone?...Bill N? Bobby47?

09 Oct 2014

Posted by WirralPC in Open Forum

A vacancy is soon to arise at Wirral Council:



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Left Bank Is 'Lively'

25 Oct 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

I took this photograph of the Left Bank tonight, a day after the alcohol license was granted. There is an event tonight, its great to see the Left Bank back open and all lit up after several years being closed.


'Lively' by name and tonight it certainly is living up to it's new owners name already.  :Happy_32:


Left Bank.jpg

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Whitehouse Pub

23 Oct 2014

Posted by dippyhippy in Tupsley

Does the Tupsley Community Group now own the old "Whitehouse Pub" up at Whittern Way?? Or is it owned by some other group??


I ask, because it is an absolute eye sore....a magnet for vandalism and appears to have been empty for months if not years with no clear plan for what it's future holds. I had a conversation today the gist of which was the good folks who run The Cock Of Tupsley very successfully, have enquired about buying it, as they would like to re open it, and run it as an extension to their thriving business.


No. Was the answer. Apparently just one person gets to say "No". No committee meeting, no vote, just one persons say so.(Who does that remind you of???)


So whoever does own this.....either get it tidied up, and open....or let someone else do it!!!


Letting it fall into an even greater state of disrepair should not be an option!

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Play Nightclub Hereford

27 Oct 2014

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

Please welcome and support 'Play Nightclub' our latest advertiser at Hereford Voice!



Halloween At Play Nightclub


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Council force repossession and take control of HUFC grounds

24 Oct 2014

Posted by Biomech in Open Forum



Do who didn't see this coming? It's amazing how untransparent this council is yet everyone can see right through them.


Nothing but lies, deceit and plotting behind the scenes at EVERY SINGLE turn.


With November 5th coming up, I think someone needs to go and burn that ******* place to the ground. Nowhere have I seen so much ineptitude, lying, secrecy and ripping off of the public.


Literally putting the CON into Conservatives.

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Bonfire Night Event

20 Oct 2014

Posted by Colin James in Tupsley


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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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