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  1. Harry Beynon

    That bomb-site in High Town!

    As a new member, I am not sure whether this has been aired before . . . but is anyone else sick and tired of looking at the scaffolding in High Town? It is now three years since the fire at the River Island site and there is still no sign of a re-build. This inertia is particularly annoying at a time when the Council continue to give their unstinting support to the Old Livestock Market scheme - a project which will in itself challenge the viability of the historic city core. I have repeatedly asked Herefordshire Council why they are not taking enforcement action in order to insist on the repair and refurbishment of these buildings but they are unable to reassure me beyond saying they are 'encouraging' the owners to re-build. It is clear to everyone that the owners will not re-build voluntarily. They have pocketed the insurance monies and have no interest in re-investing in High Town at a time when the Old Livestock Market development is sucking up all potential new tenants in the city. In fact, the owners have a further motive for not refurbishing in so far as the buildings will remain rates-free while ever they are unusable. This continuance of this eyesore is a scandalous dereliction of the Council's duty. At a time when the historic centre needs all the support it can get, the Council are allowing this carbuncle to remain while polishing it's new crown jewels at the OLM. Please, Please, Please try and shake our Councillors out of this nightmare!
  2. Herefordshire Council have chosen the 'Red Route' for the £129 million bypass. Five homes are set to be demolished to make way for the new road.
  3. I see the Council have awarded a contract for the repair of the Hereford Library/Museum roof - £99K plus £20K As usual the work is to be done through the Council's privatised service company Integral but the work will be carried out by S C Joseph. I am sure it is all above board but just how many Council building contracts do S C Joseph receive? Their bid was £10K below those of the other bidders. Perhaps they know something the others do not.
  4. Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet is due to consider reports and recommendations regarding the Hereford Transport Package. This will include considering a preferred route for the bypass at a meeting on Friday 27 July 2018 at 10am. In advance of this, the council’s General Scrutiny Committee has called in the decision for pre-decision scrutiny; and will consider the issue on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 10am. Both these meetings will be held in public at the Shire Hall in Hereford, and anyone is able to attend to observe the proceedings. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in advance of these meetings and the audio of the meetings will also be broadcast live. Details of how to submit a question and how to attend or listen to the meetings online are available on the council’s website These meetings follow Cabinet approval of a short list of route options for the bypass in January this year which was the subject of public consultation in February and March. The reports detailing the results of the public consultation and the technical work undertaken to assess the options will be included within the agenda papers for the meetings. The agenda papers for the first of these meetings, General Scrutiny Committee, will be published on the council’s website on the evening of Tuesday 10 July 2018. The council is ensuring that potentially affected residents and landowners are made aware of these meetings and how to access the agenda papers and reports.
  5. Cabinet agreed a number of measures to ensure the future sustainability of museum, library and archive services Herefordshire Council has expressed its commitment to museums, libraries and archives as the cabinet committee today agreed a number of measures that includes developing a business case for investment in Hereford library and bringing new facilities for users, and funds to promote the Black and White House to boost visitor numbers and tourism along with measures to make the archive more available. The recommendations also included starting a procurement process to see if there is a partner organisation who would run the services on behalf of the council including generating income and bringing in new people to use the centres. The councillors stressed this should only happen if there was a benefit and would not reduce quality of services, with a final decision only made when proposals have been fully evaluated. Councillors at the meeting fully recognised the contribution of parish councils, volunteers and community groups in supporting the council with changes it has made including 6 out of 11 libraries now operating as community run libraries. There was also mention of the significant investment the council has made in these services in the last three years - something unusual amongst authorities facing financial challenges. These include a new library in Ledbury, new archive and record centre, refurbishment of the libraries and investment in the Black and White House museum. Councillor Harry Bramer, Cabinet Member for contracts and assets said:
  6. SON OF GRIDKNOCKER

    Friendly and Welcoming

    When I was drafting my submission to HC about the proposed Super Surgery, I took the trouble to consult one or two experts in the medical care field. I showed one of them the artist's impression of what is proposed for Station Approach. The response was: "This is simply hideous! Don't these people realise that an essential criterion of any sort of medical building - be it a giant hospital, a rural hospice or even a small dental surgey - is that it should be perceived as friendly and welcoming." I am attaching an image of a building that, to my mind, is far more friendly. What's more, its roofline adds interest and is not a million miles away from that of the Royal Mail Sorting Office on the other side of the Link Road.
  7. Hereford Voice

    Herefordshire Council Draft Budget

    Herefordshire Council delivers draft balanced budget Herefordshire Council has today published its draft statement of accounts for public inspection. The statements confirm that the council spent within its budget for 2017/18 and has set aside reserves for future years. The detailed performance for the year will be reported to Cabinet in June. The statements of accounts provide an understanding of the financial position of the council and demonstrate that the financial position is sound and secure. The council’s 2017/18 net revenue budget of £145m was matched with equivalent net spend, after transfers to and from specific reserves. Council reserves are proportionately comparable to similar councils and providing resilience as we face the challenges ahead. Capital investment for 2017/18 totalled £49.2 and included investment in the highways network (£13.7m), Hereford City Transport Package (£6.1m), Colwall Primary School (£4.1m) and Hereford Enterprise Zone (£1.8m). No new long-term borrowing was required to be undertaken. Every day the council helps to protect around 2,500 vulnerable adults and 1,000 children and young people (including 300 children in our care). Recent achievements include: Working with external partners to produce a business case which secured £23m of government funding to establish a new university in Hereford, of which the Council is the accountable body, and During the year the council realised the majority of the sale of its smallholding estate and the Council has approved that these funds (in excess of £40m) will be reinvested in regeneration projects throughout the County. The external auditors, Grant Thornton, will commence their audit work to supply their opinion on whether the draft financial statements present a true and fair view of the financial position of the council, its expenditure and income and whether they have been prepared properly in accordance with accounting practice. This work is schedule to conclude in July. The public are invited to view the accounts from 1 June 2018 to 12 July 2018 inclusive, where you may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts. A guide to your rights can be found at https://www.nao.org.uk/code-audit-practice/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/03/Council-accounts-a-guide-to-your-rights.pdf
  8. From Herefordshire CC 23/3/18 On-street Pay & Display parking times to be extended to support local business Herefordshire Council is proposing changes to Hereford City on-street Pay & Display, following feedback on the recently implemented scheme. The changes will allow visitors to stay longer and encourage use of nearby businesses. The changes proposed include: To extend the maximum stay to 2 hours across the whole charging zone, with an extended tariff structure (up to 30 mins - 50p, up to 1 hour - £1 and up to 2 hours - £3); To extend Pay & Display parking to include St Ethelbert Street and selected parking places in Castle Street, with a standardised operating period of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with a continued exemption for permit holders; Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said: “Our proposed changes to on-street Pay & Display in Hereford City centre show that we have, and will continue to, listen to feedback from local business and shoppers. The proposals meet the council’s transportation aims to reduce traffic congestion caused by short car journeys and to encourage extended visits within the city centre. But we also want to ensure that any changes to on-street parking continue to support the economic vitality of Hereford and its city centre, and protect parking provision for residential permit holders.” Mike Truelove, Operations & Marketing Manager at Hereford BID, said: “The Hereford Business Improvement District welcomes the council’s willingness to listen and respond to the concerns of businesses, many of whom are struggling in the testing economic climate we are in. It is therefore critical that the right parking structure is created, that not only meets environmental objectives, but is also viable to our traders and appealing to shoppers – many of whom are being fought for by other towns and cities, not to mention the competition that comes from online shopping. We urge all businesses to actively feed into this consultation and have their say.” The legal process requires public notices to be published setting out the proposed changes. The notices will explain how members of the public can submit representations for, or against, the proposals. Subject to considering any representations received, it is anticipated that the changes would be introduced in June this year. The public notices will appear in the press after Easter, will be displayed in affected areas and are available to view online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/tro The temporary voucher scheme for free parking, introduced in partnership with the Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) team, will remain in place until June. Retailers who would like to receive vouchers for customers should contact Hereford BID on 01432 376830. Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018
  9. Cllr. Jim Keynon has had a meeting with Hereford Council and it seems that they may have agreed to turn off the temporary traffic lights on the Edgar Street roundabout southbound for a week, it's now down to the Highway's Agency, so fingers crossed. At least if they trial this for a week we will know if my idea works but I am confident that it will be a lot better with them turned off. Nice one Jim!!
  10. Chris....I have had discussions with someone from highways regarding the SCOOT system.It is broke and has not worked for more than 10 yrs.
  11. Commercial Street Hereford to undergo refurbishment in May. The second phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre will begin in May 2018 with the refurbishment of Commercial Street, High Town. Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will carry out refurbishment works on the Commercial Street area of High Town from early May. The work is the second phase of a refurbishment project for the city centre that will create a consistent look with the recent refurbishment of Widemarsh Street and High Street. Future phases will include an enhanced walking and cycling environment. Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member highways and transport said The work will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and shoppers. All access to frontages will be maintained. Work will continue through 2018 with a break for the busy Christmas shopping period. The Commercial Street phase of the scheme will be completed in early 2019.
  12. Herefordshire roads badly affected by the recent severe weather will benefit from an additional £1.25m of central government funding for repairs. This funding, which totals £1,252,647, will be used to repair more roads, addressing the equivalent of 23,000 potholes and build in protection to help make the county’s roads more resistant to future severe weather. Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:
  13. New measures to curb dog fouling and prevent problems with out of control dogs across Herefordshire came into force on 27 March 2018. The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, which has replaced the previous dog control orders, gives council enforcement officers and police officers powers to deal with dog owners who fail to properly control or clean up after their dogs in public open spaces. Measures include offences requiring dog owners and walkers to: • Clear up after their dog • Keep their dog on a lead in some areas • Put their dog on a lead when asked to • Keep dogs out of some areas People with assistance dogs are exempt from this PSPO. Responses received during a consultation period last year show support for the rules contained in the order. Councillor Durkin, Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said: Herefordshire Council asks members of the public to report incidents of dog fouling via the link so that appropriate action can be taken.
  14. 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: 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.
  15. 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: 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 Infrastructure 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
  16. A motion put forward by It's Our County for an Eastern Bridge in Hereford was rejected at a full council meeting this morning. The motion, was also backed by MP Jesse Norman (MP for Hereford & Herefordshire South) was put forward as an attempt to help ease the constant congestion issues within the city. The idea was to have a bridge linking Rotherwas with the A438 Ledbury Road.
  17. Councillor Jonathan Lester has been elected the new Leader of Herefordshire Council at Full Council today (Friday 9 March 2018). Councillor Lester has served with the council since 2011. He is Ward Member for Three Crosses and has been a Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing since 2015. More recently, Councillor Lester was Deputy Leader of the Council. Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council The new Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Jonathan Lester, said: Councillor Tony Johnson is retiring following five years as Leader of Herefordshire Council, and wishes the new Leader well:
  18. Liberty Veritas

    Herefordshire Council LOBO Loans

    Herefordshire council currently has two active LOBO loans, these loans are scandalous. The next time your hear someone from the council moaning about money just ignore them. Details of the loans: 1. Danske Bank A/S2 (2.11.2004): 50 years; £6,000,000.00 @1.60% * 2. Dexia Credit Local (02.02.2004): 50 years; £6,000,000.00 @2.85% ** Please note: *Interest rate 1.60% p.a. until 24 November 2006 then 4.50%p.a. **Interest rate 2.85% p.a. until 04 February 2006 then 4.50%p.a
  19. Hereford Voice

    Herefordshire School Closures

    School Closures for tomorrow (Friday 2nd March) Ashfield Park Primary Ashperton Primary Aylestone High Barrs Court Barrs Court Hub Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat Blackmarston School Bosbury CE Primary Brampton Abbotts CE Primary Bredenbury Primary School Bridstow CE Primary Broadlands Primary Brockhampton Primary Brookfield School Burghill Community Academy Burley Gate CE Primary Canon Pyon CE Academy Clehonger CE Primary Clifford Primary Colwall CE Primary Eardisley CE Primary Earl Mortimer College Ewyas Harold Primary Fairfield High Garway School and the Preschool Goodrich Primary School Hampton Dene Primary Holmer CE Academy Ivington Primary John Kyrle John Masefield High Kings Caple Academy Kingstone High School Kingstone Primary Kington Primary Lea CE Primary and the Preschool Leintwardine Primary Leominster Primary Little Dewchurch Primary Llangrove CE Academy Longtown Primary Lord Scudamore Lucton School Lugwardine Primary Luston Primary Marden Primary Marlbrook Primary Michaelchurch Escley Primary Mordiford Primary Much Birch Primary Orleton CE Primary Pembridge CE Primary Pencombe CE Primary Peterchurch Primary Queen Elizabeth Bromyard Riverside Primary School Shobdon Primary St Francis Xavier St James CE Primary St Joseph's RC Primary and the Nursery St Martin's Primary School St Mary's CE Primary Credenhill St Mary's Fownhope St Mary's RC High St Michael's Primary St Paul's CE Primary St Peter's Bromyard St Thomas Cantilupe St Weonards Primary Staunton on Wye Primary School Stretton Sugwas Academy Sutton Primary Stoke Prior School Trinity Primary Walford Primary Wellington Primary School Weobley High Weobley Primary Westfield School Weston Under Penyard Primary Whitchurch CE Primary Wigmore Primary Wigmore High Withington Primary Whitecross High Full details, updates and travel news can be found at Herefordshire.gov.uk
  20. I have been asked by several people if I would create a petition about the lack of grass/verge cutting in the County due to severe cut backs in Herefordshire Councils budget. #cutgrasshfd You Can Sign The Petition HERE
  21. Recommendations to approve the consultation will be made to Cabinet Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet will next week consider proposals to commence the next stage of public consultation on the Hereford Transport Package, which includes the Hereford Bypass and associated walking, cycling, bus and public realm improvements. The consultation will provide valuable feedback to inform the future decision on the preferred route for the bypass and other travel measures. Subject to Cabinet approving the process, the consultation period will consist of events to provide the opportunity to review proposals and feedback for residents, landowners and the public in early February. Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member Infrastructure said: Douglas Barrat, Chairman Invest Herefordshire added:
  22. In Herefordshire Council latest news Ubique could this be a response to these articles which appeared in the Daily Express and The Sun?
  23. Herefordshire Councils ambitious plans for growth are a step closer to delivery with the appointment of Keepmoat Homes Ltd (Keepmoat) as a preferred bidder to become the councils partner developer at cabinet today, Thursday 27 July 2017. Keepmoat, once officially appointed, will contribute to the delivery of 800 homes for Hereford city centre and to the housing targets set for the county, of which a significant number will be enabled by the Hereford Bypass. As a partner developer, Keepmoat will use local labour and the local supply chain, creating jobs, apprenticeships, training and education opportunities in the construction industry. The council has appointed its preferred bidder and reserve bidder after a competitive tender process.
  24. Colin James

    Clearing The Newton Brook

    Some good work being carried out all this week along the Newton Brook in Belmont. The brook has not really been cleaned out in years so it was good to see a JCB making light work of it. This work was paid for by Herefordshire Council and there is now a program for maintenance along this stretch. This work was undertaken following constant pressure to do something from Cllr Tracy Bowes who has been chasing them for months as this is a flood risk. They tried to clear some of the brook near Jubilee field on the last community action day but the silt was above their wellies. They are monitoring the other parts of the brook and this has been included in the tender for work for next year. December, January and February have been highlighted as good times for tree and shrub maintenance and coppicing but there is a plan now which should see additional work carried out throughout the year.
  25. Do you want to get your driving test fee funded? Learner car drivers in Herefordshire can get their test fee paid for by Herefordshire Council by signing up and attending one of the FREE* half day 2WheelsAware course: February 17th 2018 10am – 2:30pm March 10th 2018 10am – 2:30pm Courses last for a half day and include a practical cycling session as well as a theory module including examples of actual case studies from experienced drivers of all vehicle types: Click Here for full details
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