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    Positive Hereford | Resurfacing Works Completed at Leintwardine in Herefordshire.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on the U92211 - Watling Street, Leintwardine in Herefordshire.

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    Beryl Bikes Herefordshire Achieve 10,000 Registered Users

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Congratulations to Beryl bikes Herefordshire has now hit 10,000 registered users for the scheme with the end of May seeing a huge 1,908 journeys in just one week. With bays placed throughout the city, you'll always find a bike, join the cycling revolution 👉http://orlo.uk/wjIeW

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    Knife Angel Arrives in Hereford on Monday!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The powerful sculpture created from over 100,000 knives is due to arrive in Hereford on Monday as a stark warning of the impact of knife crime.

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    The Knife Angel will be on display outside Hereford Cathedral for a month long visit and will highlight and raise awareness around knife crime and the devastating effects that it can have for those victims and their families.

    During the month there will be a series of events and workshops taking place. We have drawn up a complete and comprehensive list of venues, dates and times etc, which you can find here 👉 https://hfd.news/em9

    Hereford Voice is proud to be an official 'Working Partner' with this fabulous charity.

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    The Southside 'Stronger Hereford' Project

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have to keep congratulating the fabulous Stronger Hereford team for their excellent campaign and winning bid securing over £22 million for some wonderful projects for Hereford.

    To put into context just how incredible it is to achieve £22.4m, Hereford MP Jesse Norman said

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    “This is the largest amount awarded in the region, which reflects the incredible amount of local consultation and sheer hard work from everyone involved."

    Below is another new project that will benefit from this huge 'Towns Fund'

    The Southside project will be located in Newton Farm in South Wye and is a collaboration between Growing Local is Going Local CIC, Belmont Wanderers Football Club and NMITE.

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    Their common goal is to improve the future health, wellbeing, life chances, and employment skillsets of the people of Hereford.

    Alongside a main building, this project StrongerHereford will develop 3G and 4G pitches, a wheelchair-accessible plot, a community market garden, and an educational garden to help engage the individuals in this area.

    You can read more about it here 👉 https://hfd.news/5f4 


    Riverside railings need repairing as a matter of urgency

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The riverside railings were severely damaged during the floods of early 2020 and again this year.

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    As you can see from these photographs the railings are clearly unsafe and look like they could fall into the river at anytime.

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    The gap that has been exposed is clearly dangerous even though Herefordshire Council contractors have placed barriers across but this needs addressing as a matter of urgency and we will be pushing the Council for an answer this week on when the public can expect these railings to be repaired.


    B4224 Fownhope Road repair work has been complex and substantial

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The B4224 Fiddler's Green to Fownhope road is due to reopen to traffic tomorrow (Friday 25th March)

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    Mairead Lane, Head of Infrastructure Delivery, said:

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    "Our challenge has been to safely reopen the B4224 at Fownhope as soon as possible. The work needed to repair and safely reopen the B4224 at Fownhope has been complex and substantial. The engineered solution, particularly to the retaining wall at the Stone Cottage site, has taken an incredible amount of work and we have needed to ensure we provide a long-term, reliable repair.

    "We are pleased that works are now complete, but we appreciate that the length of time this has taken has been hugely frustrating. We are sorry that the works have taken longer than originally anticipated, and would like to thank local residents and motorists once again for their patience."

     

     


    RTC on A438 Portway Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    RTC on A438 Portway, outside Oakchurch Garden Centre, lorry with hazardous waste with broken axle and spill on road, police are controlling the heavy traffic, motorists are advised to find an alternative route as recovery will take several hours.

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    £22.4 million secured towards the future of historic Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Congratulations to the StrongerHereford team for a fabulous and successful campaign.

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    The StrongerHereford board, backed by the council was responsible for putting the bid together, which includes;

    TOWNS FUND PROJECTS

    1. Soil from the City

    2. Electric Buses

    3. Greening the City

    4. NMITE Future of Work Hub

    5. School of Creative Digital Futures

    6. Maylord Library and Learning Resource Centre 7. Holmer Extreme Sports Hub

    8. Castle Green Pavilion

    9. The Marches Experience (Museum)

    10. Meadow Arts (Station Approach)

    11. Encore Music Hub

    12. Powerhouse

    13. Digital Culture Hub

    14. River Wye infrastructure

    15. Southside

    EXISTING PROJECTS

    A. City Centre Improvement Package B. Integrated Transport Hub

    C. Hereford Enterprise Zone

    D. NMITE University

    E. Urban Village Development

    Twenty six towns in England will benefit from their share of over £610 million. Hereford is to receive £22.4 Million. Hereford MP Jesse Norman said it is fantastic news for Hereford.


    Torrential Rain Leaves Thick Mud on Road in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Emergency road works taking place on the Kingstone Road and Brampton Road, Madley due to a thick layer of lying mud following torrential rain yesterday washed off the nearby fields.

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    Herefordshire Highways operatives are working to remove, delays likely all day, where possible, please avoid the area.


    One Week To Go Before Knife Angel Arrives at Hereford Cathedral

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Knife Angel Hereford

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    Who are we?

    Alison Davies lost her son Mark to knife crime in December 2018 and together with Meryl Cain and a small group of friends wanted to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact violent crime has on individuals, families and communities. The team’s involvement with this project is carried out on a voluntary basis. The group are known as The Knife Angel Hereford Team.

    What is the Plan?

    The Knife Angel is coming to Hereford on June 14 – July 12 2021 hosted by Hereford Cathedral. During the Knife Angel’s visit we will run a series of workshops and interactive events. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford. The majority of host towns & cities to date have had a knife amnesty whilst the Angel is in situ. We will have a general weapons amnesty, with the approval of West Mercia Police. There is a “weapon surrender” secure bin which travels with the Angel.

    Events

    During the Knife Angel’s stay in Hereford, there will be;

    • Series of free public workshops and events at The Cathedral and venues in the City.
    • National Conference, engaging with professionals in related spheres. This will be an online, ticketed event.
    • Youth Conference, identifying young people’s needs and issues which they feel have a negative impact on them and their community.
    • Weapon amnesty in operation for the duration of the Angel’s visit, approved by West Mercia Police, a secure weapon surrender bin travels with The Angel.
    • Opening Ceremony and Closing Vigil.

    Funding

    Knife Angel Hereford need to raise funds to cover the cost of workshops, conferences, promotional campaigns and literature, printing costs, lighting, plus 24-hour security and insurance for this valuable and unique statue.

    Donate

    Please follow our unique link to donate via JustGiving 👉 https://hfd.news/u4c

    or via a Bank Transfer

    Please send your BACS transfer to:

    Nat West Bank

    Account name: Knife Angel Hereford

    Account no: 62399004

    Sort code: 53-50-41

    Hereford Voice is proud to be a 'Working Partner' for this brilliant charity.

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    #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #PositiveHereford


    Lest We Forget | 77 Years On, We Remember Them All

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Today we remember those that gave everything for the freedom we have today and we need to remember the sacrifices made by one of the bravest generations.

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    77 years on, we thank and remember them all.


    What's going to happen after Coronavirus?

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    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


    E-Scooters, legal or Illegal?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    E-Scooters | We have been asked this question many times.

    Why in some cities and towns across the UK these E-Scooters are completely legal to use and yet in other cities and according to the law, they are illegal to use in public areas.

    We noticed these in Kettering earlier this week..

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    Witness Appeal Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Police would like to speak to this male about an incident at the Old Market which occurred just after 9am on Thursday 3rd June. Reference is 00144_i_03062021 or call 101 with any information.

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    Thankyou.


    Hereford Missing Man - Body Recovered from River Wye

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Police officers searching for a missing 47-year-old man can confirm that a body was recovered from the River Wye in Hereford on Tues. Formal identification confirms that it is sadly Steven Tattum from Hereford. The death is not being treated as suspicious, the Coroner has been informed.

    Our thoughts go out to Steven's family and friends at this difficult time.


    Revitalised Shell Store is open for business

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford’s flagship business incubation and innovation centre officially opened by Secretary of State 

    Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), cut the ribbon today (4 June) on Hereford’s Shell Store, newly refurbished into a modern business incubation and innovation centre.

    The Shell Store has a rich history, having been built in the First World War and used as an ordnance site during the Second World War. The project has developed commercial space within the existing building footprint (it is not a listed building), retaining much of the original factory including its steel roof structure.

    The £7.3m refurbishment of the building has established more than 2,100 sq metres of employment space, with room for new and growing businesses to set up and expand alongside facilities for development and innovation.

    The 25 business incubation units are forecast to generate around 128 new jobs by 2023, rising to more than 450 by 2031.

    The building also provides access to modern, accessible business meeting and conference space, as well as an onsite café, providing facilities to encourage networking and collaboration. The building was designed with specialist input from other successful business incubation facilities across the country to build on best practice elsewhere.

    The Marches Growth Hub, Hereford Enterprise Zone team, and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce will be located on site providing businesses with access to advice and support services.

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    Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for MHCLG, said: 

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    “If you think back a decade ago, this was a derelict brownfields site and behind me was an incredibly historic building but one that was in poor condition. What has been achieved here is phenomenal. Half of the site is now full of businesses, and that is creating well-paid, interesting jobs for local people and is attracting business into the wider region as well.

    “We want to make sure we build back strongly from the pandemic, and this building will play a part in that because it provides really high quality space for businesses, conference spaces, and spaces for incubation of new businesses. I think the future is very bright for the Shell Store.”

    Cllr David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said:

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    “The Shell Store is a unique and historic building, and it is fantastic to see it refurbished as a key part of the council’s economic aspirations for the county.

    “The people of Herefordshire are extraordinarily entrepreneurial, and this has contributed to the County being home to a thriving tech industry. The Shell Store will support the growth of this key sector by providing space and facilities for innovative new and young enterprises to flourish, helping to create local jobs and build skills and expertise. It has been a difficult time for local business, so it is brilliant to see the opening of this exciting new hub of incubation and innovation, which we are confident will make a vital contribution to driving local growth and supporting the economic recovery of the county.”

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    Andrew Manning Cox, Chair of the Hereford Enterprise Zone, said: 

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    “The Shell Store offers exactly the sort of high-quality start-up and grow-on space which Hereford needs to enable us to nurture the next generation of businesses.

    “We were delighted to show the Secretary of State how we have brought new life back to this amazing building which will contribute to the continuing economic recovery post-pandemic in the county.

    “New, innovative and growing enterprises will benefit from being part of Skylon Park’s thriving business community with support on-site provided by the Enterprise Zone team and the Marches Growth Hub.”

    Mandy Thorn MBE, Chair of the Marches LEP, said:

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    “The Shell Store is an excellent example of the LEP delivering on its promise to work with our partners to create the conditions for economic growth and sustainable job creation across the region.

    “We have supported this project through a £2.4m loan from the Marches Investment Fund because it is vital for the long-term success of our economy that we work to encourage and nurture young businesses, help support innovation and provide a business ecosystem which fosters growth. We look forward to the Shell Store having a long and successful future.”

    The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Herefordshire Council and a loan from the Marches LEP’s Marches Investment Fund.

    For more information on The Shell Store, please visit the Skylon Park website.

     


    It's Nearly Time for Knife Angel

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    After 18 months of preparation and anticipation, the Knife Angel will finally be arriving in Hereford City Centre in less than a fortnight.

    Also known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, this magnificent 27ft statue built from 100,000 confiscated knives and blades will come to the city on Monday 14 June and will remain in place outside the West door of Hereford Cathedral until 12 July.

    Thanks to generous grant awards from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police, The National Lottery Community Fund, High Sheriffs of Herefordshire (2020/1 & 2021/2), Eveson CharitableTrust, Community Safety Partnership and the Clocktower Foundation, the Knife Angel team has been able to organise an exciting range of free-to-attend events to accompany the Knife Angel’s visit and in order to stimulate discussion on the devastating impact violence has on all our lives. These include:

    • A full day virtual conference, entitled ‘Knife Angel Hereford: Crime in 2021 – From Knowledge to Practice’ (see: HERE for further information and bookings)
    • A comprehensive selection of workshops to be held in locations throughout Hereford City from 21 June to 11 July. Subjects range from ‘Managing post-lockdown stress’ to interactive medical workshops and creative activities.

    Further details of these free-to-attend events and booking information can be viewed on the Knife Angel’s website here

    Direct Workshop booking link: https://www.facebook.com/knifeangelhereford/events

    • Two walks (22nd and 27th June), arranged as part of the Herefordshire Walking Festival, which include the Knife Angel as part of their route (see: https://www.herefordshirewalkingfestival.co.uk/our-walks for further information).
    • A weapons amnesty, approved by West Mercia Police, where knives, blades and other weapons can be safely disposed.

    The team responsible for bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford is headed by Alison Davies, who lost her son, Mark, to knife crime in 2018, and Meryl Cain.

    Alison Davies comments:

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    “After more than 18 months of planning, we are delighted that the Knife Angel will arrive in Hereford later this month. We encourage everyone to come and see this magnificent statue and to get involved in the events we have organised.

    “The statue is incredibly moving to see and we are hoping that it will stimulate debate and discussion around the subject of violent crime and how to prevent it. Even after the Angel has left us, we are hoping to continue with a programme of legacy events, so that important messages regarding the futility of violent crime are continued into the future.

    “We are truly grateful for all the support that we have received from our partners, sponsors and volunteers.”

    The Knife Angel will be located outside the cathedral and will be free to visit with no need for visitors to book in advance. Relevant precautions, including a one-way system around the Knife Angel and volunteer stewarding teams, will be in place during the day to help welcome and guide visitors. 

    For further information about the Knife Angel’s visit to Hereford, please visit the dedicated website: https://knifeangelhereford.co.uk/

     


    Positive Hereford | Resurfacing Works Completed at Michaelchurch Escley in Herefordshire.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on the U75016 - The Glibes, Michaelchurch Escley in Herefordshire.

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