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Town Hall scaffolding


Posted by ragwert in Hereford City

It's coming up to 18 months since scaffolding appeared at the front of town hall.
Surly on such a significant building in Hereford this should of been sorted by now.
With this and the scaffolding in high town my walk into town was pretty depressing & made worse by
Talk Talk canvassers preying on every single person in their sight including me.

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Hereford Sony Centre To Close


Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

I heard today the the Hereford Sony Centre (Hutchinsons) is closing?


If this is true it is very sad to hear about the Sony Centre however, I must say that they close on Sundays and every bank holiday (which is fine but not when your clearly struggling) I was only in there last week and I walked in at 5.15 and the first thing the guy said to me was we close in 15 minutes mate and the previous 4 times I have been in the shop nobody could be bothered to serve me, so if this is the way they do business, I can't say I am surprised they are closing...

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Thorntons Hereford Closing

17 Apr 2017

Posted by H.Wilson in Hereford City

I see a notice in Thorntons window today announcing that the shop is closing this month, sad to see another shop closing down.


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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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ATM Machine In The Old Market?

21 May 2014

I am posting from my mobile and we are currently sat in Costa Coffee, can anyone please tell us where the nearest cash point is because we cannot see one?





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The Grapes Tavern

21 Apr 2017

Posted by George Armstrong in Hereford City
Good news at last. Following several months of a protracted battle with Herefordshire Council's Licensing Department, new landlords Gary & Sonia CALDWELL have received their premises licence following the Licensing Department withdrawing their objections earlier this week. The new team received a wealth of support, ranging from other local landlords, the RW Mayor, Hereford BID, Herefordshire CAMRA to name but a few. This lost jewel of an ancient inn is now open, offering a wide range of Irish food, drink and live entertainment. Let's hope that Herefordshire punters can support this new venture by sampling some real Dublin-brewed Guinness etc, all in moderation, of course.

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Concerns' over top Cheshire East Council officials...

21 Apr 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

https://t.co/UkxlMnxsIo                   BBC News - 'Concerns' over top Cheshire East Council officials' conduct

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'Snap Fitness' 24 Hour Gym for Hereford

17 Dec 2016

Posted by Colin James in Planning

Plans have been submitted for change of use of the ground floor below the Travelodge, from a public house (Class A4) to gym (Class D2) use. (formally restaurant) 







  • We are private club open to members only
  • The club is locked at all times, with secure door access only via a unique member ID card
  • Less than 1% of our members workout after 11:00pm and before 5:00am
  • We install and monitor at least 16 surveillance cameras covering all internal and external areas of the facility
  • Duress alarm systems are installed in every club including wearable pendant alarms and hard wired duress alarms that dial direct to a live emergency services operator and are connected by 2-way voice
  • Entry is via an electronic security tag that holds of of the member's information and is recorded in our computer system as well as our security monitoring system every time it is used. The doors are locked 24 hours a day and all members must swipe in even during club staffed hours 

Sound + Lighting

  • We engage regularly sound and acoustic consulting services when working with council during planning applications - example Noise Impact Assessments available on request
  • Considerable effect is placed in taking account of importance of location and type of A/c units, plus flooring and suspended ceiling solutions that mitigate sound and vibration levels
  • Lighting is sensor operated and will automatically turn off when no members are active in the club
  • Lighting levels of 320 LUX


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Snap Fitness Website


See planning application P163878/F here


Landlord Pack PDF

Attached File  Misc.pdf   2.97MB   87 downloads

Remember where you heard it first!

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Debenhams To Consider Closing 10 Branches

20 Apr 2017

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid and Courtyard Theatre

I have just read this article about Debenhams chief executive considering closing 10 of their stores.


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First of all, let us hope that this does not happen and that nobody looses their job but more importantly how does the Hereford store stack up against the other 176? 


Debenhams will consider closing up to 10 of its 176 stores under a review announced by its new chief executive, Sergio Bucher.

The department store chain, whose shares have fallen a third over the last year, said more investment is required to improve its mobile systems, supply chain and store estate.
It is consulting on the closure of the DHL-run Lodge Farm distribution centre in Northamptonshire, which employs 220 staff and would close in two years' time.
Ten smaller in-house warehouses could also close.
Debenhams said it hoped many staff could be redeployed.
The plans were revealed alongside half-year results showing a 6.4% fall in pre-tax profits to £87.8m, though UK like-for-like sales rose 0.5%.
Its shares were down 3% on the news.
Mr Bucher, a former Amazon executive who took over in October, said the overhaul would see the stores potentially closed over the next five years.
As part of his 'Fix the Basics' plan, around 2,000 staff will also be moved to customer-facing roles.
The group will also axe some in-house brands and quit some of its international markets.
Stores will be de-cluttered with a 10% reduction in stock options and stock will be replenished faster.
Mr Bucher said: "Our customers are changing the way they shop and we are changing too.
"Shopping with Debenhams should be effortless, reliable and fun, whichever channel our customers use.
"We will be a destination for 'social shopping' with mobile the unifying platform for interacting with our customers."
The department store said its online performance during the half-year had been driven by a 64% increase in mobile orders.
Mr Bucher added: "If we deliver differentiated and distinctive brands, services and experiences both online and in stores, our customers will visit us more frequently.
"And, having simplified our operations to make us more efficient, we will be able to serve them better and make better use of our resources."
Debenhams, the country's second-largest department store group, employs 19,000 people in its stores



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Theresa May calls General election

18 Apr 2017

Posted by ragwert in Open Forum

The PM has announced her intention to call a General election on 8th June
saying it is the only way to guarantee certainty & security for the Country during our
exit from EU

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Massive Fire in Worcester

20 Apr 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

We are hearing reports that there is a massive fire on the Blackpole Trading Estate in Worcester, early reports suggest that the source could be Arrow Excel (delivery company).


Let's hope that nobody is hurt.



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Hereford (Rotherwas) Household Recycling Centre

26 May 2014

Posted by Roger in Open Forum

Paid my customary Bank Holiday Visit here today ... Very amusing as always! Quirky staff ... Busy! Loads of people getting rid of their 'green' debris! Love this place! 



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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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Where's the money going?

22 Jan 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

Looking through the latest expenditure figures for Herefordshire Council December 2016 and this entry stands out.


£481,700.54 REDACTED / Commissioning Capital (Expense Area) / Capital Expenditure (Cipfa T)


Nearly half a million pounds and we have no idea who is receiving this payment. Is it a person, a business or another? We obviously won't find out. 


A lot of expenses which are redacted are in the following expense areas. Including the above expense, a total of £876,326.27 was paid out in December. The next largest sum paid being £36,875. 


Adults Operations
Central Childrens Directorate Costs
Commissioning Capital
Education and Commissioning
Environment and Place
Growth Capital
Housing & Independent Living Capital
Learning Disabilities
Mental Health
Safeguarding and Family Support
Including the above expense, a total of £876,326.27 was paid out in December - the next largest sum paid being £36,875. This single unknown expense represents 54% of the total redacted expenses paid out. I am sure it was going to a good cause.

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Mould Appearing On Walls Of New Flats In Beattie Ave

15 Apr 2017

Posted by Colin James in The Oval

These flats have not been up 2 years yet and already they have had to repair the roof, now I see mould appearing in different areas on the external walls, see photographs I took this morning.


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Beattie Ave 1.jpg


These flats are starting to look a little shabby already, I wonder how they will look in 5 years time...

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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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