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    Judge Criticises Herefordshire Council's Past Practice

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    Council receives judgment from Family Court


    Herefordshire Council has received a judgment from Family Court, which highlights specific past failures in the application of section 20 of The Children Act 1989 (which applies to Looked After Children and their parents). Herefordshire Council deeply regrets these past failings and has changed its practice to reduce the likelihood of similar cases occurring in future.  Herefordshire continues to work to keep children in Herefordshire safe and give them the best start in life.

    Director for Children’s Wellbeing, Chris Baird said:


    “In the past, Herefordshire Council has lacked a consistent focus in achieving permanency for children held under section 20 of The Children Act. We undertook a comprehensive review of our practice during 2016/17 and developed new guidance and processes to ensure children's needs are appropriately met.

    “Herefordshire Council now has a clear approach to managing and reviewing children admitted to care under section 20, which involves legal advice at the start and ensures children do not remain under section 20 for extended periods.”

    Mr Justice Keehan acknowledged the recent changes in our approach which should reduce the likelihood of similar cases in future and was positive about the current approach in Herefordshire.

    WIN a Taster Climbing Gift Voucher Worth £105

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    By Hereford Voice,

    WIN a taster climbing session gift voucher for 6 participants

    We have teamed up with our good friends over at 'Green Spider Climbing' in Hereford to offer this fantastic PRIZE for the WINNER of our latest competition:

    The winning package includes a gift voucher for a full taster climbing session with an instructor for 6 people! 
    (at least one adult) - Prize value £105 

    To enter simply head over to Facebook:
    1. LIKE Hereford Voice and Green Spider Climbing Facebook pages AND this topic. ✴️
    2. SHARE this post. ✴️
    A winner will be selected at random from all valid entries on Sunday 25th March. Good luck! #hvcomps

    BIG DAY @ The Butter Market

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Some really good events going on at the BIG DAY @ Hereford Butter Market today.



    Hereford Voice Upgrade and Changes

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    By Hereford Voice,

    We are in the process of changing hosts and upgrading the whole website.

    Hereford Voice Ugrade.jpg

    You may see some big changes taking place on the website over the next few days and the website may actually go offline for a short period of time while the transfer takes place. This will not actually happen until Friday or Saturday but we just need to give you notice incase you think something is wrong.

    If you cannot login, please find us on Facebook and Twitter until everything is up and running again.

    Thank you 

    Asda Hereford Multi Million Refurbishment

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Asda is currently investing in a multi-million pound revamp to improve facilities for shoppers in their Hereford store.

    This will include the removal of over 7 checkouts to make way for self scanning facilities and a new look 'Fish & tips' counter.

    Kids eat for FREE in the in-store café 
    (subject to conditions)

    Plus a lot more besides, completion is scheduled for May 2018


    Planning Approved for 65 Bed Premier Inn Hotel in Blackfriars St

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been approved (with conditions) for a 65 bedroom Premier Inn hotel with ancillary restaurant, car park and associated works in Blackfriars Street Hereford.

    Once complete the hotel will employ around 25 people.



    Application P174776/F

    Hereford Bypass Meeting - Belmont Rural Parish Council

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    By Hereford Voice,

    All residents of Belmont are invited to an extra ordinary meeting of the Parish Council on 16th March at 7 pm at the Three Counties Hotel Hereford to discuss the issues, meet council officers, councillors and view the presentation.


    Please share the date and time with your neighbours.

    The Weeping Window at Hereford Cathedral

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Weeping Window at Hereford Cathedral is looking fantastic.


    This magnificent waterfall of thousands of individual ceramic poppies will be on show from 14 March 2018 until 29 April 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.

    This is a must visit and we are looking forward to supporting this beautiful display in our stunning Cathedral.
    (Photo courtesy of Herefordshire Council).

    Professor Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

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    By Hereford Voice,

    'We have lost a National Treasure'

    Professor Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 and was one of the most brilliant scientists of his generation.


    The man who made astro-physics understandable

    His most famous book 'A Brief History of Time' explained the origins of the universe in terms a non scientist could relate to. Published in 1988, A Brief History of Time became a huge hit, selling 10 million copies and being translated into 35 languages.

    He had visited Hereford several times, most recently in 2015 when the Professor dropped in on a Roller Derby training session and also back in 2014 as one of a party of eminent physicists visiting the city’s cathedral, where they saw the famous Mappa Mundi. 

    Following the cathedral visit, Professor Hawking and his colleagues visited Saxty's bar for a champagne tasting event.


    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    According to the FT Carillion could well go into Administration as early as tomorrow which could well mean the loss of thousands of jobs not just direct employees but also the thousands of sub contracted employees.

    Should this be allowed to happen?

    Should the Government bail them?

    There are so many unanswered questions not least of all why have the Government continued to give them contracts when they should have known about the Company's financial state - due dilligence? 

    The Banks have continued to prop them up why?

    Whichever way this goes it will affect the whole country

    Government holds crunch meeting with Carillion - Financial Times

    11 hours ago - The fate of Carillion, one of Britain's largest construction companies, looks set to be decided at a crunch meeting with government figures at 10am on Sunday. The meeting was brought forward as Downing Street grappled with the implications of the potential collapse of the group, which has numerous 

    Think About Your Parking - Emergency Vehicle Access

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Think about your parking in case of an emergency.


    This can mean no help for you! Think before you park! Are you blocking a route for an emergency services vehicle?  Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service #NoWayThru

    Hair Salon and Education Centre in Former Möben Shop

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for proposed hair salon (A1 use) that will occupy 30% of the building withan education and training centre (D3 use) for students of hairdressing to take up the remainder of the premises in the former Möben shop in Commercial Street Hereford.


    Planning application P174605/F

    Hopefully if these plans are passed it will encourage other businesses back to this forgotten area of our city.

    The only negative here is that the rates are higher than the rent! 



    The premises are available on a new effectively full repairing and insuring lease at £25,000 per annum exclusive, on terms to be agreed. Alternatively the freehold interest is also available for £245,000 plus VAT.


    We are verbally advised by the Local Rating Authority that the whole premises are assessed for rating purposes as follows:

    Rateable Value: £53,000 UBR (2017/18): 47.9p Rates Payable: £25,387 

    Businesses in trouble

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Toys R Us


    Chimi ................. eating place in the OLM

    The first 2 have gone into administration and the last one closing places throughout the country and those are the ones that have been announced today.  What is causing these hard times?  Should the Cons be worried that a recession is on it's way?

    It would be very interesting to know how many jobs in this country have been lost since Christmas and how many jobs have been created.

    New Hereford Leader Announces Cabinet Changes

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Leader of Herefordshire Council strives for continuity across the Cabinet portfolios 


    Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, has announced changes to Cabinet and support members today.

    The Leader will continue to direct the council’s corporate policy and strategy and have overall budget responsibility. Councillor Roger Phillips will support the Leader’s national relationships, such as with the Local Government Association and County Council Network. Councillor Tony Johnson will support the Leader’s regional relationships, such as with the Midlands Engine.

    Councillor Nigel Shaw will step up to Deputy Leader and represent the Leader of the Council in his absence. This will be in addition to his role as Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Corporate Services with a breadth of responsibility from leading the revenue and capital budget setting process, to wide-ranging corporate issues such as legal and democratic services, human resources and health and safety.

    The Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing will be Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, who will focus on her responsibility for children and young people’s wellbeing, safeguarding, education and attainment.

    Councillor David Harlow will continue as Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications with a focus on economic development and regeneration, and will now be supported by Councillor Jon Johnson.

    Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said:


    “Cabinet changes have been kept to a minimum to reflect the good work achieved by Members in the lead up to my election as Leader of the Council. I would like to welcome Councillor Swinglehurst to Cabinet, filling my previous role as Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing. She is committed to keeping children and young people safe and giving them the best start in life and I look forward to seeing her leadership across the range of council children’s services.”

    The full list of Cabinet Members and their support members as of 13 March 2018:

    Councillor Jonathan Lester Leader of the Council / Corporate strategy and budget

    National external liaison support: Councillor Roger Phillips

    Regional external liaison support: Councillor Tony Johnson

    Councillor Nigel Shaw

    Deputy Leader / Finance, housing and corporate services

    Councillor Harry Bramer 

    Contracts and assets

    Councillor David Harlow 

    Economy and communications

    Economy and communications support member: Councillor Jon Johnson


    Councillor Paul Rone 

    Health and wellbeing


    Councillor Philip Price 



    Councillor Barry Durkin
    Transport and regulatory services


    Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst

    Young people and children’s wellbeing

    Young people and children’s wellbeing support member: Councillor Jenny Hyde

    WIN a Hot Tub for the whole weekend

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    By Hereford Voice,

    WIN a fantastic Hot Tub for the whole weekend! 


    We have teamed up with our very good friends over at 'Hereford Hot Tub Hire' to offer this fantastic PRIZE for the WINNER of our latest competition: 

    The winning package would be a 'full three day weekend hire' available for the weekend of either 16th March or 21st March. 

    Delivered Thursday, collected Monday.
    Gazebo, Tub Lights and Gazebo Lights.
    Delivery, set up and collection included.

    Prize value £175

    To enter simply across to Facebook:

    1. LIKE Hereford Voice and Hereford Hot Tub Hire Facebook pages AND this topic. ✴️
    2. TAG somebody who would love to WIN this prize. ✴️
    3. SHARE this post on your timeline. ✴️

    A winner will be selected at random from all valid entries on Monday 12th.

    Good luck!

    Countrywide go into Administration

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    COUNTRYWIDE, the Worcestershire-based firm supplying products to the rural community, has gone into administration.

    The firm has stores in Herefordshire including Hereford, Bromyard and Ledbury.

    The company is one of the UK's leading suppliers of agricultural goods including a range of farming, equestrian, harvesting and agricultural supplies, and employs more than 700 people and has 48 stores.

    Administrators have been appointed from KPMG, which say no "initial redundancies" have been made.

    On the company's website it says:


    "David Pike, Mark Orton and Will Wright have been appointed as Joint Administrators of Countrywide Farmers Plc (in Administration) on 7 March 2018".

    "It is the Joint Administrators’ intention to seek a purchaser for the business in whole or part and we have appointed Hilco Capital to assist in running the stores whilst we explore and develop available options."