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  1. 3 points
    With the exception of only a small handful of members, and I'm not one of them, nobody else seems to care or bother with this forum nowadays. From where I'm sitting it's a shadow of its former self and if this rot continues in its current direction, which shows all the signs of travelling downwards, your man Colin could just as easily throw his hand in and quit leaving us all with nothing but the Hereford Times for our source of what's going on in the shire. Rather than just read a piece, make a comment. Throw the author a bone and offer up some encouragement. This here place, Hereford Voice, was once the 'must read' social network site for every single member of the Council hierarchy. Why? Because it and we mattered. Many were frightened to death of us and consequently were desperate to know what we were saying and then understand the possibilities that our views might gather momentum influence others and ultimately place them in a poor light. This should matter to everyone. Cast your minds back to the former Council Offices in Bath Street. If it hadn't been for Hereford Voice and it's more vociferous commentators, notably Dippy, Gridknocker, Cambo and Amanda Martin, then these bast.ards who's mouths are permanently stuck solid to the publics fiscal teat, they'd have flattened it and built a Firehouse on its site. Only because of this place has the old working boys home survived and has the chance of providing the city with a much needed accomadation resource. Use it or lose it! Do something yourselves before the rot becomes irreversible and people stop visiting this site because like us all they can't be bloody bothered anymore.
  2. 2 points
    This is very good news for Hereford and Broad Street.
  3. 2 points
    Agreed, the building is hideous, and far removed from the expensive design guide and masterplan the council commisioned to give Rotherwas some cohesiveness. That said most of what has been built recently is pretty basic/grim/pedestrian, so we should not be surprised. The last 'joint venture' the Council did was Blueschool House, and look how that turned out (and still no report on where the money went). We're endlessly told there is no money for essential services (despite having paid for them through Council Tax) and yet £3.5m is seemingly found for this. Skewed priorities methinks - the market should pay for this if they want it, not the Council Tax payer.
  4. 2 points
    If you had told me this was a Russian KGB Torture Centre on the outskirts of Moscow, circa 1970, I'd have believed you!
  5. 1 point
    I see a bright and shiny kettle back in place!
  6. 1 point
    The Office of National Statistics has recently published new figures that show the projected rise in number of households is not nearly as great as previously thought. I think that means that the total number of new homes Herefordshire Council wants to get built doesn't need to be so high. But we do need so-called "affordable homes". We definitely need more flats/apartments/small homes close into town so people can easily walk or cycle to shops, jobs, schools etc. and not spend their wages on transport. Developers don't make their usual huge profits on those though! See: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationprojections/bulletins/2016basedhouseholdprojectionsinengland/2016basedhouseholdprojectionsinengland#the-number-of-households-is-projected-to-grow-in-nearly-all-local-authorities-by-2041
  7. 1 point
    Are the discounted rents coming to an end ? If so a few more will disappear in time . Hereford was boxing well above its weight thinking this development would be a success.
  8. 1 point
    Friday 21 September 2018 100 years ago Allan was killed in action during WW1 and as a result of his bravery was awarded the Victoria Cross. He is the only Herefordshire born person to have been awarded a VC This Friday there will be two events to commemorate Allan. At 10.00am in the Lady Arbour Garden at Hereford Cathedral a plaque will be dedicated in his honour. At 11.00am at the Old Market shopping centre a statue of Allan will be unveiled. Please try and take some time out to attend these events.
  9. 1 point
    After a little bit of digging I have found that the Uni Campus looks set to be built on the Station Approach car park. The car park will be closed from August 28th til September 7th for intrusive ground surveying. See here
  10. 1 point
    This will no doubt go to Appeal. Interesting that one of reasons is that 75 houses will take it over the number of houses proposed in the Core Strategy for Marden. One rule for one village etc etc ............
  11. 1 point
    I do not agree, this hotel is smack in the city centre and if done right will be the centre piece hotel, good to see people investing locally.
  12. 1 point
    The Cathedral would be fairly high up on the to visit list surely
  13. 1 point
    I am full of admiration for Ragwert's investigative skills, but if Colin has any more job vacancies I think he should appoint Cambo as this site's Roofing Cost Consultant.
  14. 1 point
    They need to employ someone to advise on the weather! Are you serious? My iPhone is pretty accurate, I will do it for a lot less money.
  15. 1 point
    The Council have decided, probably highly likely, but just as unlikely and probably wrongly, to fully exploit and to utilise their abilities to predict and monitor the local weather, thus throwing thousands of pounds more of our public money down the bloody plug hole, to take full advantage, and who can bloody blame them, I bloody don't, of the Skylon satellite that was launched last Pan Cake Day from Dinedor bloody Hill when Johnson, Jackson and any one else's bloody son, directed the programmer of the aforementioned bloody satellite that now orbits the good old Earth giving us here in Hereford a better and quicker chance of gritting our potholed roads far quicker than our economic competitors, that include, Albania, the Wirral bloody peninsular and a bunch of places with Z'eds in their name that I can barely pronounce, to let us in quick shi.te time know before anyone else just how bad it's going to p.i.ss down, freeze or snow on us and render us unable to bloody log in, create a Google search asking, 'what's the weather like tomorrow comrade'. It wouldn't be so bloody desperately bad if it were not true. To think that it's come to this. Bloody Hell! Mark my words, not that anyone will, this decision is a short hop away from a Plough Lane Council Weather Team equipped and burdened with a Manager, a Supervisor, a Team Leader and six tw.a.t.s who's salaries I'd drown my cat for.mi bloody despair. That it's come to this! My God!
  16. 1 point
    Nice to see Tim back as he's not been well.
  17. 1 point
    And the schemes that have been a great success? London, for instance? A credit/debit card is needed to register for these schemes. If a bike isn't returned then it is charged to that card. I doubt very much that someone would dump a bike if it was going to cost them £££!
  18. 1 point
    Few other bits I have found.It looks likely to be called Herefordshire or Hereford UniverCITY .The name proposed is flexible enough to add the ‘University’ tag in the future once they have degree awarding powers. A city wide bike share scheme called 'Herebike' The scheme is operated via an app on the users mobile phone which unlocks the bike once the hire period has been paid for. All bikes are geo tagged and there is a geo fence area that the bike will not operate outside of.Funding for this scheme has already been given by DOT.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks for digging this out, Ragwert. I hate to be critical but this location does not seem to be the best idea. This car park is well-used for the station, and if folk reach Hereford on a train late at night (especially women) then having a car close by for getting home can be very important. If the Uni campus is built here it will also increase demand for parking considerably, in other nearby car parks. This site is on a busy junction, and increased traffic and pedestrians are likely to slow the flow of traffic from Aylestone Hill into town still further. They have said that all students will use bikes. But where are the cycle paths that would make this work well? I can see that this site is "available" and easy to build on, but isn't there a better option? I think I have heard that they may build a multi-story car park on the country bus station site. In my opinion this wouldn't suit many people, especially the elderly and disabled. Too far from the station, too far from town, - although good for the hospital and, I suppose, the proposed uni campus building.
  20. 1 point
    May I formally propose that Bobby 47 be appointed HC's new Director for Economy and Place. £140k per annum is but a drop in the ocean for the breadth of intellect that this man will bring to the job. Apart from anything else, on his first days work at The Plough Lane Palace, King Bobby will be able to bring in a firm of Silly Name-Making Consultants, with the specific commission of dreaming up an even more absurd (and gramatically-impossible) title for this non-job than Director for Place & Economy.
  21. 1 point
    Maggie I have much respect for all other road users, however in my experience cyclists are even worse in some cases! Particularly in London, they all try to be clever now by wearing head cameras (I understand the reasons why) and a lot will go out of their way to provoke motorists, believe me, I have seen it all. Many also expect the motorist to abide by the highway code, yet when it suits they will go the wrong way around small junctions and bollards, often they will mount the pavement to avoid red lights and once the other side will come back down onto the road, they will often ride 2 or 3 side by side, so it is virtually impossible to pass them in a vehicle. I see guys riding no handed while texting and this is on the pavements. They will often shout abuse too, so they are not as squeaky clean as people may think.
  22. 1 point
    I completely agree with the school of thought that the fairly recent issue of northbound congestion at the top of Edgar St and Newton Rd is likely to be caused by traffic being held on the Steels/Tesco roundabout until a 'wave' is released at once, not unlike the first corner on any Formula One track, causing the bottleneck which seems to begin alongside the Courtyard Theatre. Cllr Chappell, with respect, goodwill as a principle of road use does work. That is why we manage to pull over, flash, wave, wink and smile to other drivers as we let them by and vice versa on country lanes and other roads which have no traffic controls. This very same principle works wonderfully well in the urban environs of Poynton and Portishead in the UK and Bohmte and Drachten on the continent are testament to the principle of unregulated roads working superbly well in practice, with a reduction in congestion and an enormous reduction in accidents (the issue of accidents being something, you explained to me in person, prevented you from supporting the idea of a lights out trails. Once again, with respect, I don't think you know what you're talking about Councillor. I don't know what I'm talking about either but Colin and I and many others (this idea is not unique or something we take individual credit for) are prepared to look at and evaluate the professional opinion of people who are more qualified than us to consider this issue. Keith Firth of SKM Transport believes removing lights from the A49 Central Corridor would work but he needs to complete a micro simulation first to gauge the risks and potential for success. The Highways Agency are prepared to look at it and have even tentatively suggested they will fund the micro simulation which may or may not be followed up with a real live trial. Jesse Norman supports the idea of a trial. The IOC supports the idea of a trial. The list goes on. The only people who seem to oppose the idea are certain councillors like yourself who believe your public service grants you the right to make sweeping, definitive statements about subjects you obviously haven't researched fully. And further believe you view is paramount. I'm afraid it is not. Once again, neither is mine. So lets look to the actual professionals, give them the input we Hereford road users have as daily users of our wretched city roads and see what we can achieve. First micro simulation (as used at Poynton) and then a trial. Lets give it a go. It costs Herefordshire Council absolutely zilch to agree to begin the process. I am surprised at the lack of enthusiasm generally for this idea from councillors. Do they not have eyes and ears? Do they not know how much traffic dominates our lives and affects the way the city works. Rather than telling us we're so lucky we're not in Worcester or Birmingham were the traffic jams are worse, pull your fingers out and look for solutions for your constituents! Right better go, traffic is moving again on Edgar St!
  23. 1 point
    Fingers crossed for you Colin and well done to Councillor Kenyon for his help, lets just hope the the highways agency approve it for a week.