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Belmont Library

21 Oct 2016

Posted by Andy Myatt in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council's proposal for the Belmont Library in Financial Year 2017-18, commencing

1 April 2017, is that the library reverts to opening hours of 22.5 per week, staffed by professional librarians and South Wye Community Association is not to receive any payment from them for renting  this facility.


How SWCA is expected to meet the overheads of the Belmont Community Centre, when a large part of its facilities is occupied by a non-paying guest, consuming its resources, is literally the £10,000 question.


SWCA is a registered charity, constituted to undertake "good works" in the South Wye Area, but whether its remit extends to baling out Herefordshire Council, and gifting them a free ride in part of the Belmont Centre, may be stretching the Association's constitutional, best intentions a league too far.


So there is no misunderstanding, the trustees and volunteers of South Wye Community Association want to retain (and develop) the Belmont Library for the benefit of the wider local community. It currently has a footfall of 40,000 visitors per year, of all ages residing in the City, Belmont Rural Parish and most of the villages in the South of Herefordshire.


However, I recognise the  unsubtle difference between symbiosis and parasitism, and there is no such thing as a free meal!.


The proposal is unacceptable. I maintain that the Association should not be required to voluntarily bleed itself to death financially, by Herefordshire Council, in order to support the latter's own inadequacy, and to establish a Belmont Community Library.


All is yet not lost.. SWCA, including the writer, will try hard to get alternative income to keep the library open, but the clock is ticking.


This is my opinion and not that of the other SWCA trustees.


Andy Myatt

Trustee & treasurer SWCA.



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A drone's view over the river today


Posted by Colin James in Open Forum
Some superb views over the river wye taken today by Mr A Nonymus using his drone.

Hereford 3.jpg

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Corporate governance - who’s running the ship?

05 Sep 2016

Posted by twowheelsgood in Open Forum

There is a statutory requirement for a Section 151 Officer in every local authority - arguably the single most important post in the Council, with huge responsibility for corporate management, financial management, supporting the democratic process etc, etc.

Here in sleepy Herefordshire Council, this has been the job of one Peter Robinson, who came to us from Bristol Council with a well reported, shall we say, ‘history’ - google it, you might be surprised, clearly those doing the appointment didn’t.
Well, as we know from the Hereford Times, PR’s whereabout’s have been a mystery for some 5 months now, seemingly triggered by Cllr Bob Mathews asking some pertinent questions about accounts for the link road, which were some £10m adrift, prompting wider wider questions to be asked, not the least by the Hereford Times in the form of a FOI request to the Council, which wasn’t answered. 
As we know now again from the Hereford Times, a secret meeting had been called by the Council for last week - press and public to be excluded - to discuss the conduct of a senior officer. On the eve of the meeting, we understand PR resigned, having been on paid ‘gardening leave’ for the last 5 months. In his absence, we must assume that the statutory responsibility fell to his Deputy, Josie Rushgrove, and we hope she had her salary increased for the additional burden. We now understand Ms Rushgrove herself is to take an extended leave for personal reasons.
So, with no Section 151 Officer or Deputy, who is running the ship? We’ve seen councillors sitting on their hands yet again and not reacting to this latest scandal to engulf the Council. No doubt this latest one has cost us dear, yet no one is called to book. A rudderless ship will in the end flounder on rocks - is anyone looking out for them?

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Hereford Link Road

26 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid and Courtyard Theatre

They have now demolished the BP garage in Edgar Street. Here are a few pictures I took over the weekend.


Link Road 3.jpg

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20k cap for financial officer recruitment drive

21 Oct 2016

Posted by Eymerk Hunt in Open Forum
Yet another financial target im predicting will never be met by the council. With the reputation of Herefordshire Council and the history of it's management they are going to need a van and some chlorophyll to get anyone decent into the post. Even with the rates of pay on offer.

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Planning Application No 162770F Stoney Street Madley

18 Oct 2016

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Planning

An application has been submitted for an electricity generating plant in Stoney Street Madley.  On viewing the application it was generally felt that this was a small fry operation but the enormity of it is just hitting home to many me included.  To get a better picture of it I suggest anybody interested should read the objections and in particular the one from John and Anne Harrison.  Herefordshire Council have set a target determination date for this PA as Friday 28th October 2016.  It is thought the block housing the generator will be bigger than Madley Parish Church with 10 chimneys at a height of 13 metres - now that will be a blot of the landscape!!




Number P162770/F Historic Reference Number   Current status Valid Type Planning Permission Location Land off Stone Street Nr Madley Hereford Proposal Small Scale Gas Fired Energy Reserve Facility and Ancillary Infrastructure Parish Madley Ward Stoney Street

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Robert Owen Free school

25 Jun 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

The £3 million pound renovation of the £1 million pound land and building at Blackfriars that the council handed over is continuing - it should look good but to spend this much money on so few children (20 to 30 at the moment) - is questionable.


As mentioned on previous threads, the Principal (headteacher) resigned in January after one term in charge and an interim from Manchester was put in charge.  They advertised for a new Principal and now have announced who has been selected.


It is a Mr Andrew Hubble.


Coincidentally, a Mr Andrew Hubble resigned as principal of an academy in West Walsall earlier this year after it was found by ofsted to be inadequate in nearly all respects including leadership and management.  I wonder if this is the same Mr Andrew Hubble.  And, if so, what the kids at the school have done to deserve someone with that track record. 


Still,  the nearby Barrs Court School appointed a principal with a very dodgy reputation and track record and has had to suspend her so it seems that some schools for vulnerable kids who can't fit into mainstream education can provide a dumping ground for failed leaders.  I say `some' because I know that other special schools and Pupil Referral units have excellent leaders and they and their staff do a great job that should continue. 


Normally the Hereford Times would trumpet any development at the ROVS - they have been strangely quiet on the new appointment.

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26 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

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South Wye Transport Package

05 Sep 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is seeking views on a range of possible active travel improvements (including walking and cycling) in the South Wye area of Hereford.

Holme Lacy Road, view towards the Enterprise Zone
Holme Lacy Road improvements (I am not sure I would agree that these are improvements! More Traffic Lights!!)
The South Wye Transport Package (SWTP) comprises the Southern Link Road (SLR) and a complementary package of active travel measures. Planning permission was recently granted for the Southern Link Road and the project delivery continues. The council is now committed to progressing the complementary active travel measures in the South Wye area and will run exhibitions on the following days, at the following venues to set out the proposals and obtain as much feedback as possible:
Wednesday 14th September at Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP.
Wednesday 21st September at Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, Hereford, HR2 6JL.
 Monday 26th September at The Kindle Centre (next to Asda Supermarket), Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7JE.
All sessions will run between 10am and 8pm. Council and BBLP staff will be available to explain the proposals and answer questions. Following these exhibitions there will be an information display at Tesco Superstore, Abbotsmead Road, Belmont, from the 29 September until 12 October. The information will then be displayed at Hereford Leisure Pool, St Martins Avenue, Hereford, from the 19 October until the consultation closes on Tuesday 25 October 2016.
Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member infrastructure said:
“The proposals for the South Wye area complement the construction of the Southern Link Road which is also the first phase of the Hereford Bypass.
We are committed to improving cycling and walking infrastructure in the area, making it easier for children to walk to their local school, reduce traffic, improve air quality and health for everyone.
The proposal will also improve access to the Hereford Enterprise Zone, making life easier for those who choose to walk or cycle to work at the zone.
The problems in the South Wye area have mainly been caused by the level of congestion along the A465 and the A49. This has resulted in poor levels of air quality and noise and has resulted in large numbers of short distance trips being made by car. The proposed improvements will help to counter this.”
The consultation will be available for completion on line from 14 September until the 25 October HERE   

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Redevelopment of former Records Office, Harold Street

28 Jun 2016

Posted by twowheelsgood in Bartonsham

Disposal of the former Records Office in Harold Street - selling it to Cathedral School - was put to and approved by Cabinet in November last year, and we now hear that the Cathedral School are shortly to submit a planning application to clear the historic site and build a 40+ bed accommodation block for foreign students. 


More details when we have them!

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Herefordshire Council Parking

19 Oct 2016

Posted by greenknight in Open Forum
Now I know this is a frequent topic of conversation but actually I want to thank Civil Enforcement for applying common sense.

Yesterday I parked up at St.Martin's and dutifully placed my ticket in the window of my trusty transport. Grabbing my gym gear from the boot I headed for Halo ready to thrash out my frustrations on the concept two rowing machine.
On my return to the car I saw that cursed yellow plastic docket and immediately thought why.Looking at the ticket it had clearly turned itself over when I closed the boot. I nearly always check this because the other trick is for it to blow off the dashboard but on this day I did not.

Anywayz I immediately appealed and to be fair these guys have accepted my explanation and cancelled the notice...all within 24 hours.

Now I know our Council gets a lot of grief on this site however this is one member who appreciates their common sense and compassion on this occasion.

I shall probably check the ticket three times now...not good for my OCD.

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Planning Committee Approves Southern Link Road

06 Jun 2016

Posted by Colin James in Planning

Herefordshire Council’s planning committee has approved the Southern Link Road (SLR) planning application today, Monday 6 June 2016.

The SLR marks the first phase of a bypass for the city and will assist in delivering new homes and jobs.
The road’s construction will also facilitate the implementation of active travel measures in South Wye. Plans include prohibition weight restriction on Belmont Road, shared use cycleways, new pedestrian crossings on Belmont Road and new speed restrictions in residential areas.
Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member infrastructure said:

 “Today’s decision is a significant move forward as it is the first step towards a long-awaited bypass. Hereford can now move towards a more financially sustainable future, with the provision of more homes and jobs.
We still have far to go, but this decision is the vital first step forward and allows us to continue to develop in line with the county’s emerging economic master plan. The Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas can now develop with the right infrastructure in place to support it. Although, to fully build out the Enterprise zone there is a requirement to have in place the bypass as planned; today’s decision goes some way towards that aim. This is good news for business and for Hereford as a whole.”
The SLR is scheduled to be completed by summer 2019. The rest of the bypass will be completed when further funding can be secured from the Government. Subject to funding the bypass in its entirety will be constructed between 2022 and 2027. The council has secured £27m of Central Government funding for the SLR.

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Sheltered Housing Belmont Ave Approved

25 Jan 2015

Posted by Colin James in Planning

A 3 storey sheltered housing project in Belmont Avenue Hereford has been approved. The new homes are to be built in the little car park with garages near to the footpath into Asda. I assume the footpath will remain?




West Mercia Housing Group applied to build a three-storey building with 10 one-bed flats, and three off road car parking spaces.


Full planning details here

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11 Cantilupe Street

15 Oct 2016

Posted by megilleland in Castle Green
Have these architects lost their marbles. This monstrosity is proposed to be wedged into Cantilupe Street, a fine street of Victorian houses. Reminds me of the World War II pill boxes and fortifications found along the front line. What next anti-tank traps in the park opposite! The architects must have scanned the Brutalist Period of Architecture to get their unimaginative idea for a pile of bricks. What do you think?
Comments to the Planning Department by Thursday 3 November 2016
Post to: Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford HR1 2ZB

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3 Bed Coachhouse For Rent

17 Oct 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

A well presented modern 3 bedroom coach house available to rent In Hereford at £630.00 per calendar month.                                  


The property has a fitted kitchen and spacious lounge/diner, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and on the ground floor one bedroom with en-suite.


The property has gas central heating throughout, double glazing and allocated parking space.  



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Help identify this man

10 Nov 2015

Posted by DILLIGAF in Police & Crime

West Mercia Police are desperately appealing to the public for help identifying a man who was found wandering in the Credenhill area of Hereford on Saturday evening, 7th November.



The man, who has given his name as Roger Curry, was found by two members of the public and taken to Hereford County Hospital. He is displaying signs that he may have dementia and has not been able to give any more information about who he is. He is saying very little but he speaks with either an American or Canadian accent.

He is white, tall and of slim build. He has grey hair, blue eyes and grey stubble. He squints slighty and so may normally wear glasses. When he was found he was wearing a black hooded top, black jogging trousers, grey and black socks and lace up trainers.

West Mercia Police haven't received any missing person reports a man matching his description or going by the name Roger Curry, but enquiries are ongoing to establish if he has been reported missing by family or friends nationally or internationally.

Officers are eager to hear from anyone who can identify him from his photo. If you have information about his identity please contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 309s of November 8.


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