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Hereford Medieval City Walls Left To Ruin

19 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Historical Hereford

Why are our beautiful Medieval City Walls being left to ruin?


I have mentioned this in the recent topic about a number of increased weeds in our city but I do think this justifies a unique topic.


Just look at the weeds growing from the top of this section along Gunners Lane.


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Hereford Voice is highlighting just how bad this has become in an attempt to provoke some action and possible restoration. The Hereford City Council need to look at having the weeds removed and also look at cleaning and repairing any unstable sections of the City Walls.


The survival of our Medieval City Walls is very important, this is our heritage and therefore should be protected for future generations to come, after all this site is a scheduled monument protected by law.  


There was a study of Hereford's City Walls back in September 2011 details here and details about the Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) can be found here


A map of Hereford Area of Archaeological Importance, Hereford city wall conservation management plan documents and archaeology supplementary planning guidance can be found here and here

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Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?

15 Aug 2017

Posted by Frank Smith in Open Forum

Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?


I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road.


I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore.


I have just seen this article on Sky news http://news.sky.com/...-hears-10989512


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Local Election

16 Aug 2017

Posted by Ken Baynham in Open Forum

I recently received a Herefordshire Council poll card enabling me to vote for a councillor to represent my parish on the 7th. September.


Can anyone tell me how I can find out which parish I live in, who are campaigning to be elected  and reasons I should vote for them?  


I have asked many of my neighbours but none seem any better advised than me. 

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Graham Powell

04 Apr 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

I have known for several weeks about this and it may not be news to any of you guys but here goes.


Two points I will make at this stage.


 Firstly I truly believe it was a great shame that Graham P did not manage to knock Johnson off his throne.


Secondly Indies and IOC please this time do not try to compete talk and think carefully how you are go to play this. If you 2 compete we will end up with another Con in on the Ward.  Get the strategy right this time!! 

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Fire Damaged 'Alban House' New Plans Submitted

19 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Planning

At Last! 


The monstrosity left behind following a major fire that damaged Alban House in High Town Hereford is finally going to be given a new lease of life.


This eyesore has been left untouched ever since the fire back in 2010.


Plans have been submitted this week for alterations and extensions to form 2 ground floor retails units with 10 residential units above with 6 additional apartments at the rear facing onto East Street and a further 3 townhouses also at the rear.


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Proposed alterations and extensions to form 2 no. ground floor retail units with 10 no. residential units above following major fire damage.Proposed erection of 6 no. residential apartments facing East Street. Demolition of redundant outbuilding and construction of 3 new townhouses to rear courtyard area.





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Widemarsh War Memorial

15 Aug 2017

How wonderful to see that the Widemarsh War Memorial has been restored.


The restoration work was instigated by Hereford City Council - Ward Councillor Paul Stevens after he had been contacted by local veteran Mr David Williams. 


Councillor Stevens instructed stone mason Si Hudson to carry out the work, and as you can see from these photographs has done an absolutely fantastic job of bringing back to life the names of the soldiers who gave their lives. There are over 70 names on the memorial in total and their names are now being revealed once again inlaid with black paint. The restoration work will be complete within the next few days.


Councillor Paul Stevens is attempting to contact any known relatives of these soldiers and he has already had some success and has managed to contact several people in time for a rededication ceremony.


Widemarsh War Memorial.jpg  Widemarsh War Memorial 1.jpg  Widemarsh War Memorial 4.jpg

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Hereford Duck Pond Clean Up

14 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Castle Green

A few months ago we were walking past the duck pond and noticed how dirty and full of algae it had become and I commented at the time on how it had deteriorated over the years. A few days later I noticed a new Facebook group that has only recently been set up by local chap Keith Marston called

'The Duck Pond Hereford clean up' and I thought what a great idea, I joined the group immediately and said that Hereford Voice would help out and publicise this idea as much as possible. Cllr Jim Kenyon is also doing what he can to raise awareness. 


I took this photograph today, the pond is absolutely covered in green algae, a lot of this is because people are feeding these ducks with bread, most of us think this is kind but in reality, bread can makes ducks ill and certainly does not contain the right calories and nutrition to keep ducks warm during the winter months. Rotting bread pollutes the water and encourages bad surface algae which kill the fish and causes diseases in ducks as well making the water smell. 


I also thought long term could we have a food vending machine like the one in the photo below installed and the proceeds from any profits made to go towards the maintenance of the duck pond...


Hereford Duck Pond.jpg  Duck Pond.jpg

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Terrorist Attacks In Spain

17 Aug 2017

Posted by Steve Major in Open Forum

Another terrorist attack in Europe today, this time in Barcelona.


Some nutter in a van mowing down innocent people and tourists on Las Ramblers in the heart of the city. Reports are that at least 13 people have died and another 50 or more are injured.


A white van mounted the pavement of Las Ramblas, the main tourist area in the city, and struck several people, police said.

It came to a halt at the entrance to the Liceu metro station and the occupants escaped and ran off into the streets nearby, according to one newspaper
Just have to wait now for the mandatory flag colours to appear on the Eiffel Tower and other major landmarks.

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Fly Tippers Fined

08 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council has won an enforcement case against two builders found guilty of fly tipping by the River Lugg.

Samuel Cooper, 31, from Hereford and Matthew Taylor, 28, from Staunton-on-Wye, were both found guilty of failing to transfer controlled waste to an authorised person at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 4 August 2017. Mr Cooper was also found guilty of transporting the waste without a waste carriers licence.
Mr Cooper received fines totalling £2382.50 and Mr Taylor received fines totalling £1882.50.
The fly tipped building waste – which weighed in at 720kg - was reported to Herefordshire Council by an Environment Agency Officer at the River Lugg, which is a site of special scientific interest and conservation.
Kay Champion, who heads the Environment Agency’s West Midlands waste crime team, said:

“We are very pleased to have been able to help Herefordshire Council in taking this prosecution forward, and of course we’re pleased at the outcome. Fly tipping is not just an anti-social blight on our communities, it costs councils and landowners millions of pounds every year to clear up.
“We hope this case will send a very clear message to anyone thinking of breaking the law in this way.”
The maximum penalty for fly tipping is a £50,000 fine and/ or 5 years imprisonment.
Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services, said:

“Action will be taken against any trader, business or person which illegally disposes of their waste or does not ensure that their waste is collected by a registered waste carrier.
“We would encourage anybody who sees fly tipping in action to report the details directly to Herefordshire Council.”
The Community Protection Team will investigate fly tipping cases that are reported via the Herefordshire Council website or by calling 01432 261761. For further information visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flytipping

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Parking Meters In Hereford

30 Jul 2015

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

I have just read this article in the Hereford Times.




ON-STREET parking charges could soon be coming to Hereford city centre.

Herefordshire Council is going out to consultation on a plan for 22 kerbside parking meters within the city’s historic core.

The Hereford Times has learned that the consultation on the £350,000 scheme – potentially worth up to £295,000 a year to the council – was signed off at cabinet level this week.

Also proposed is an overall increase in off-street parking charges across the county – effective from October and expected to raise an additional £1 million a year for the local authority.



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Hereford Times Offline Again?

14 May 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Hereford Times Offline Again?

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Shops raided arrests made

02 Dec 2016

Posted by Bilbobobby in Hereford City

Once again the HTIMES have ignored the positives by the local cops and council. 2 shops raided - Mila in Belmont Road and Supersam in Eign Street. 2 illegal immigrants arrested. 250k of contraband/illegal cigs plus large quantity of illegal alcohol. Both shops owned by the same man. Others arrested as well...3 days later alcohol licenses suspended. Not seen as a current story by the HTIMES disappointing

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Dogs off the lead in Hereford

15 Aug 2017

Posted by Auron111 in Open Forum

Hi everyone 


New here, first post and its not a happy one sadly. 


Around the King George V Playing field / Bishops meadow area I am seeing a lot of dog owners letting there dogs run loose when there is a sign stating dogs must be on its lead, just before the Victoria Bridge,.

As far as I know it is not a designated area where dogs are allowed to run off the lead, also the typical response from the owner is "he isn't dangerous, he wont bite"


As someone who goes jogging in the area I pay special attention to any dog that is running wild, I am not a dog person due to bad experiences with them in the past that I am not willing to listen to any owner who claims there dog is friendly. 

If I am jogging and a dog comes out of nowhere bounding towards/ after me, I will kick it away. I have already done this more than once and as always the owner blames me he his inability to control his dog. 


Has anyone else has this kind of things happen to them in the area or other places in Hereford ? 

I have spoken to a police officer and been told I am fully within my right to defend myself in situations like this, also should the dog be injured or die due to defending myself it's the owners fault. 

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Weeds verging on the ridiculous

01 Jul 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible.

In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically  this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free.


Belmont Road Hereford:

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Tents on Edgar Street roundabout

01 Jul 2017

Posted by adamski in Hereford City

I see there are people camping where the willow used to be this morning!


Camping Hereford.jpg

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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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