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    McDonalds Drive-Thru Reopening Today

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    McDonalds drive-thru on Belmont Road Hereford is due to re-open at 11am today.


    There are some changes in place ie; No breakfast Wraps or Shakes.

    • Limited menu and reduced staff levels.
    • Maximum of £25 where possible using contactless payment
    • Reduced opening hours 11.00-22.00


    College Road Railway Bridge ~ Pothole

    By Roger,

    Noticed this weekend (just gone) that there's a large pothole, inbound, on the Barrs Court side of the metal bridge. Went over yesterday (Monday) and it's got 50% bigger and deeper in a couple of days ... So be careful if you are using that bit of road! If you hit it full on there's a potential to do some damage! 

    Community Hub at the Oval?

    By megilleland,

    Is there going to be a Community hub at The Oval? Time is passing by and most probably will be forgotten.

    New community hub

    Decision    - Approved with Conditions

    Applicant name    Keepmoat Homes/Herefordshire Housing

    Applicant address    Keepmoat Homes/Herefordshire Housing Regeneration House (Old House) Gorsey Lane Birmingham West Midlands B46 1JU

    Decision date    Wednesday 18 September 2013

    The second associated application is for the construction of a community hub. This application
    is in outline form, and the application site is located to the north of the site to the west of the
    retail units. The proposal is for an 800 m2 building with the remaining area being used for
    landscaping and car parking. The proposed building would be three storey and would
    accommodate a reception area, restaurant/café, offices and public facilities.

    Plans Submitted for Repairs to the Black & White House in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for the proposed repair and replacement of timber-frame infill panels and both externally and internally at the Black & White House Museum in Hereford city centre.


    The Black & White House Museum, formerly the Old House Museum, is a Grade I listed, timber-framed merchants house, constructed in 1621, and situated in its original location in High Town, Hereford.

    Its external and internal fabric has experienced several phases of change over the preceding centuries with the most comprehensive changes occurring in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Further maintenance is now required.



    Kingstone Fire Destroys Cars and Garages

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at Kingstone.


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    Upon arrival they were faced with a double garage with two vehicles well alight and the fire had spread to the roof space of the adjoining house with crews quickly bringing the fire under control using hose reels and BA.

    Six pumps and a water carrier together with crews from Hereford, Peterchurch, Eardisley and Ewyas Harold fire stations all attended the scene.

    As can be seen from the photo the garage and two cars were completely destroyed.

    Crews were left on scene dampening down hot spots with an inspection organised later in the evening.

    All persons were accounted for with no injuries reported.

    What's going to happen after Coronavirus?

    By megilleland,

    What's going to happen after Coronavirus

    Where are we going when Coronavirus fades away and the government has run its course in keeping us at home.The sheer economic disaster coming and affecting everyone is already being discussed by some MPs. One remedy is to impose a one off wealth tax. The idea is that everyone – households and businesses, rich and poor – has to pay a sum equivalent to a chunk of their net assets. This would reverse taxation regimes across the world which tax income far more than the taxation of wealth.

    Ed Conway, the economics editor at Sky News, writing in the Times, roughly calculates that a one-off 10 percent levy on all household net wealth in the UK would generate over £1 trillion ($1.24 trillion) of revenues. That would be enough to pay off all the costs of Covid-19. It would provide for the NHS for generations and reduce the national debt from wartime levels to something more like normality. 

    The government reduction plans for local authority council funding on the basis that the shortfall can be made up with councils keeping the collection of business rates now looks a dead duck.

    The desire to give us all an identity card accompanied with a vaccination certificate looks pretty certain. Get ready for all citizens to be given a free smartphone and be fined if not carried on one's person at all times to enable tracking at all times.

    This quote says it all:

    “The telephone was not his favorite object, and more than once he had considered getting rid of his. What he disliked most of all was its tyranny. Not only did it have the power to interrupt him against his will, but inevitably he would give in to its command.”
    ― Paul Auster, City of Glass

    Body found confirmed as Chris West

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police have confirmed that sadly a body believed to be that of Chris West has been found at the Bromyard Downs.

    Chris, who was 44 years-old, went missing from Bromyard on Friday 29 May.

    Detective Constable Andrew Curson said:


    We are sad to report that Chris was found on Sunday 31 May and has now been formally identified. His family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this tragic time.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public who shared our appeals and helped in our search for Chris.

    Chris’ death is not being treated as suspicious.

    Rachel Jones appointed Assistant Chief Constable at West Mercia Police

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Rachel Jones has been appointed as the Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing and Operations at West Mercia Police and will join the force in the middle of June 2020.


    Rachel’s first twelve years’ service were in Gloucestershire Constabulary, where she undertook a wide range of uniformed, detective and business related roles, as well as tactical firearms, public order and major incident command, including Gold Control for the 2007 floods and subsequent loss of water to 350,000 people for two weeks. Culminating in the positon of Director of Intelligence, as South West Regional Lead for Intelligence, she oversaw the creation of the then South West Regional Intelligence Unit prior to transferring to West Midlands Police in 2008.

    Working in Local Policing, Programme Change and Child Protection in her first few years in West Midlands Police, in 2012 Rachel was appointed Head of Professional Standards where she led the development and implementation of the Force Integrity Programme.

    Rachel became Local Policing Commander for the North of Birmingham in 2013. Reframing the role of the Partnership Team, she worked with partner agencies and communities to uplift services to vulnerable people. She also led on delivery of the Troubled Families Programme and proposals for broader adoption of early intervention and prevention practices across the Force and partner agencies regionally. This resulted in her appointment in 2016 to lead the West Midlands Combined Authority Public Service Reform Programme with responsibility for developing the framework for more joined-up working across the public sector. She also held complementary positions of Force Intervention and Prevention lead and Commander for Corporate Integrated Offender Management.

    As Head of Force Criminal Investigations Department, Rachel delivered a change programme which brought all investigative functions, from Homicide to those previously delivered by Local Policing Commands, into a Force-wide investigative model and saw the creation of additional disciplines focusing on harm prevention, diversion and vulnerability. Later as Temporary ACC for the Crime Portfolio, Rachel had responsibility for Forensics, Criminal Justice Services; Force CID; Public Protection and Intelligence.  

    Most recently, Rachel has been working for the NPCC on police pay and conditions, pay reform and the Police Uplift Programme. 

    Rachel lives in Worcestershire with her partner and young daughter.

    Disturbing Amount of Rubbish and BBQ's on Malvern Hills Trust Land

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Disturbing seeing rubbish being left on the hills, commons & car parks of Malvern Hills Trust land. 

    If you can't leave it the way you find it then politely consider staying away and not spoiling it for others. 

    Malvern Cops spotted a few youths having a BBQ and made to tidy up.


    More people were also removed from Gullet Quarry yesterday.

    Details of those breaking Malvern Hills Trust bylaws taken for potential enforcement. 

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    The owners of the disgusting amounts of rubbish left behind couldn't be identified.

    What is wrong with some people?

    First of all people shouldn't be having BBQ's particularly with all of their dry weather we have been enjoying these past few months and it is forbidden on Malvern Hills Trust land. 

    There are been many field and bush fires reported recently across the county by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service including another one just today!

    Crews from Evesham, Ledbury, Pershore, Tewksbury and Worcester have extinguished a barn fire at Bredon near Tewksbury involving 50 hay bales. 

    Herefordshire Council could purchase Maylord Orchards shopping Centre for £4.5m

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council leaders have agreed in principle to spend £4.5m on buying Maylord Shopping Centre in Hereford


    Council officers say the purchase would give them the opportunity to develop the site in line with their plans to grow the county’s economy.

    They expect the rental income from the property to cover maintenance and running costs, leaving a surplus cash return for the council to meet its key priorities.

    According to council documents the cost of purchasing the premises and paying stamp duty amounts to £4.25m while the purchasing costs and legal fees amount to £200,000 and £50,000 respectively.

    The council’s decision report says it will need an agent to manage the site who would provide a fully managed service dealing with the rental and the maintenance requirements.

    They say an agent would provide them with the expertise for managing the commercial elements of the site.

    They believe the management company’s fees would be covered by the rental income.

    However, a number of councillors are concerned about purchasing properties at such an uncertain time for the economy when the valuation at present and immediate future is questionable.

    The decision to purchase the freehold premises is subject to the chief finance officer being satisfied that appropriate heads of terms have been agreed, due diligence has been completed and the purchase provides value for money.

    The director economy and place, in consultation with the cabinet member commissioning, procurement and assets, has been authorised to complete the acquisition and to take all operational decisions necessary to appoint a management company.

    Source: Sunshine Radio

    Is the subscription system killing off internet and publishing interest?

    By megilleland,

    As you now have to pay for most things in life it comes as no surprise that the Internet is now a cash cow. Companies which once put information and news into the public domain to attract business from potential clients now expect you to pay up front to tell you they can help you. I have always said that before the internet if you were interested in something, you went out of your way to specifically find out more information or purchase the item. Now the marketing pattern has evolved in that these businesses now throw everything at you and you have to waste more time sifting through a tsunami of irrelevant matter which you have no interest in. The pressure to take out subscriptions and register means that we now have to be particularly discerning onto what we log on to. Having gone to so many sites with articles masked out and increased pop up ads, I now only bookmark about half a dozen sites and these will most probably be censored in the coming year as these corporations working with the government regulators/agencies only allow sites to promote their own narratives. It won't be long before we will watching sponsors' programmes with possibly some news or entertainment thrown in. Everything will be presented by celebrities, with political leanings, to inform us what is proper and correct - even the BBC is showing a lack of impartiality through its news reporters and commentators.

    The BBC is holding interviews for a new Director General, supposedly this coming month, with four applicants on the interview list. I predict that one applicant looks highly likely to get the job - Will Lewis, the outgoing chief executive of the publisher of the Wall Street Journal. In 2010, following his time at the Telegraph, Mr Lewis became group general manager of News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publishers of the News of the World and the Sun, and was there at the height of the phone hacking scandal. Today he is accused of aiding the concealment and destruction of millions of emails relating to phone hacking at the News of the World and the Sun. It is ironic that News Group newspapers is owned by Rupert Murdoch who has shown interest in "taking over" the BBC and Mr Lewis could be the man to help achieve his. Ironically the government also has a say in who can be appointed to the BBC. So maybe we will be subscribing for individual programmes authorised by our government.

    Mr Lewis, while editor of The Daily Telegraph, did expose the Expenses Scandal in 2009 when a person unknown in a government office copies an entire terabyte of data from a classified computer to a portable hard drive, which is then whisked away from under the noses of colleagues and security alike and ­spirited out of Westminster. That hard drive contains revelatory material – all the expense claims made by 646 members of parliament over the last five years. Two million documents in all, including copies of expense claim forms, handwritten comments scrawled in margins, even attached sticky notes. 

    That the person who gave the files to The Daily Telegraph in 2009 had connections with Hereford shows that there are people who are willing to expose a system, rotten to the core and able to expose the corruption. Whether they do it for purely moral/ethical reasons or for personal gain is not important. In the future we are less likely to get real news and the truth behind government and corporations financial motives.

    So it does look true that no news is good news. 

    4.5 Tonnes of Litter Removed from A 40 in Herefordshire

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Well done to the Herefordshire Council street cleansing teams who have been making the most of the lower levels of traffic on the network on the A40. In just 3 days, 4.5 tonnes of litter and road debris was removed by their sweepers and litter pickers. 


    Please help keep it this way, take your litter home!

    Local News from Hereford Voice

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    By Hereford Voice,


    National Speed Operation is now in full swing for the next 2 weeks.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The NPCC National Speed Operation is now in full swing for the next 2 weeks.


    West Mercia Police aim is to educate people on the dangers of speeding to reduce the amount of people dying on our roads.

    Please, watch your speed.

    McDonalds Drive-Thru Reopening Next Week

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    McDonalds Drive-Thru Reopening Next Week🍔🍟🥤

    We have been reliably informed that the Belmont Road 'Drive-Thru' could reopen from as early as Monday or Tuesday, initially offering a limited menu. 

    This follows the news that KFC will reopen in Hereford next Wednesday.

    Have you missed your fast food in Hereford and which is your favourite?

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    Large Barn Fire near Kingsland, Herefordshire

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews called to a large barn fire at Lawton near kingsland. 

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    6 pumps from 3 brigades worked through the night to stop the fire spreading. Crews will remain on site today.

    Thank you to Covid-19 support in Herefordshire group.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A huge thank you to everyone at Covid-19 support in Herefordshire. You have given local people across our county a invaluable service for the past 10 weeks.

    Give yourselves a massive round of applause 👏👏👏

    📄 A statement on their page reads; 👇


    It's been a great privilege supporting those in need within Herefordshire during the COVID-19 pandemic but unfortunately we are suspending our services from Sunday 24th May.

    Don't worry, for anyone still in need of cooked meals please contact Meals on Wheels, Herefordshire by Bake and Create.

    We will be sending out menus and information flyers with tomorrows delivery so PLEASE READ!!!

    We have delivery around 4480 cooked meals, desserts and approximately ,plus’s 400 food packages to people in need!!!

    So a big thank you to all those that have donated produce, money and time to the cause over the last 10 weeks.

    All the best COVID-19 Support in Herefordshire Volunteers!


    Light Aircraft Crash Landing Near Kingsland.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Light Aircraft Crash Landing Near Kingsland.


    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service with crews from Kingsland, Leominster, Hereford fire stations all attended the light aircraft incident, near Shirl Heath, Kingsland.

    Crews from Droitwich and Malvern stood down en route when the scale of incident was assessed by initial crews.

    The incident involved light aircraft crash landing on field. One person self rescued prior to arrival, uninjured thankfully.

    Aircraft has been made safe.


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