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    Rogue Traders targeting vulnerable flood victims in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Communities across Herefordshire have begun the clean up after Storm Dennis brought widespread flooding to the county. 


    Unfortunately rogue traders see this time of vulnerability as the perfect time to target those affected by the floods. Herefordshire Council Trading Standards Service are warning owners of flooded properties to beware of rogue traders and cowboy builders exploiting the devastation and misery caused by the recent record flooding.

    David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, says:



    “We are worried that some of the more unscrupulous traders may try and take advantage of the victims of the recent flooding. This is an upsetting time for all those who have suffered damage to their homes, and we don't want anyone to be taken advantage of whilst in this vulnerable state.

    “If your insurance company ask you to find traders yourself then make sure you do not deal with any cold callers, on the phone or at the door. In addition be very careful when choosing traders from online recommendations- rogue traders will often have numerous fake positive reviews.

    “Use a builder who belongs to a reputable trade association and check they accept staged payments and the keeping back of a significant part of the cost until the repair job has been satisfactorily completed.”


    Anyone concerned about the activity of a trader, cold caller or doorstep seller is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. Citizens Advice will give advice on what to do next and report the matter to Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards team for investigation.

    Residents and businesses are also reminded that applications for the community flood recovery grant can only be made directly to Herefordshire Council. For more information visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods

    Sandy's Food Bar at Wickes to Close Saturday

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Sandy's Food Bar - Wickes Hereford wrote on their Facebook page that unfortunately they will close for the last time this Saturday.


    It is with much sadness that I have to announce that
    Sandy's food bar at Wickes will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday 29th February at 3.30pm
    I would like to thank all our customer's past and present that have supported us over the last 6 and half years it's been a blast.
    We will be keeping the Facebook page going as we still have a mobile van so just message for details.
    Thank you 


    Dunelm Hereford Offering 15% OFF For Customers Affected By The Floods

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Dunelm Hereford have been in touch with us this morning and would like to help their customers who have recently been impacted by the floods within their area and are kindly offering '15% OFF' as a good will gesture. 

    Anyone that has been affected regardless of where you live can claim their discount at any of the branches listed below.


    All you need is proof of address/photo to present at the till.
    (does not apply to Dunelm.com excludes Gift Cards and Pausa- Max spend £1000)

    Effective in Hereford | Worcester | Pontypridd | Carmarthen from 22/02/20 - 18/04/20 - #HerefordVoice


    Storm Dennis: Floods Across Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The River Wye reached record breaking levels of 6.111 metres!! The previous record was set back in 1998 at 5.66 metres. As a result the Old Bridge has been closed to traffic and the Victoria bridge is virtually submerged underwater. The flood defence wall along Hinton Road is also threatening to collapse under the sever pressure.



    Student accommodation taking shape

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The construction of new student accommodation at Station Approach, Hereford, will be moving to the next phase in the coming week.

    The next phase of the exciting project will involve the delivery of 127 modular ‘pods’, which link together to form the building. These bedrooms and study spaces have been built off site using an innovative construction method and will be assembled as they arrive. 


    These ‘pods’ will be transported as large loads, some with escort vehicles, and delivered to the site over four weeks, starting on 10 February 2020 until w/c 9 March 2020. There will be six deliveries each week day (seven on the final day) between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

    The large vehicles will be travelling to the City along the A49 – the majority from the M50 at Ross travelling north, with around 27 of the largest loads travelling along the A49 from Shrewsbury. The traffic lights on Station Approach by the railway station will be controlled so that the modules can manoeuvre safely.Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said:



    “We’re delighted to see the Station Approach project progressing. Developing Higher Education in the county is a vital step to delivering jobs and opportunities, attracting new investment and helping local businesses to flourish.

    “A number of large vehicles travel through Herefordshire and the city each day without issue, and transport has been planned to minimise disruption. Moving such large items is a big undertaking, and while this is a fantastic development for Hereford and the wider county, it would be worth allowing a few extra minutes for your journey. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”


    Work on the 178 bed purpose-built facility, being developed by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE and Cityheart Partnerships should be complete in time for higher education students to move in for the academic year starting September 2020.




    Glenda Powell
    By Glenda Powell,

    I was contacted this afternoon  Welsh Water to advised there is a boost water main in the Newton Farm and Belmont area, we will either lose our water supply or the pressure will be reduced.

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    NEW - No Comment of the week

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    By Hereford Voice,

    New 'No Comment' Section. We will use our 'No Comment' logo for when something is truly ridiculous or there are no words required from us and if we are really stuck for words to describe a topic. 

    *** Please still continue to leave your views and comments ***


    Our first topic will follow shortly..

    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! 

    Something to think about when you next use your smartphone

    By megilleland,

    In a quarter of a century, Amazon has propelled Jeff Bezos from online bookseller to tech titan. He's the richest man on the planet, and the company he founded is one of the most powerful. Panorama investigates Amazon's rise to corporate superpower and asks whether there is a dark side to our love affair with the company. Former high-level insiders describe Amazon's huge, obsessive data-gathering operation, which enables the company to use what it knows about us to shape not only the future of retail but the workplace and technology too. On both sides of the Atlantic, politicians and regulators are beginning to question Amazon's power and to explore ways to rein it in. But some of Amazon's most senior executives say the company is a force for good, inventing new ways to serve customers and maintain their trust.  

    Panorama documentary: Amazon: What They Know About Us

    iPlayer download. Duration 59 mins First shown 8:30pm 17 Feb 2020 Available for 11 months

    Or watch this

    Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism | VPRO Documentary

    The average person, including myself, were always in awe how certain people were blessed in making a lot of money, paraded as successful entrepreneurs and held in high esteem by worldwide leaders. So much money that I thought they must have a unique selling point/product or were part of a gangster/protection racket. I thought that if you worked hard, maybe long hours, your efforts would be rewarded and the money would flow in. Usually this wealth was produced in manufacturing and distribution - getting your product to the marketplace. But surprisingly today that wealth is generated with little effort, 24 hours day, by using data collected from us and resold to third parties - other businesses and governments. You may not realise the full consequences of using your smart phone, but watch these two documentaries to understand what really is going on. Already on its way to becoming your worldwide identity card and a means to strip every item of wealth and privilege you possess.

    River Wye record breaker

    By ragwert,

    The river Wye at the Old Bridge is expected to rise to 5.8 mtrs tomorrow which would make it the highest level in living memory
    surpassing the 5.66 mtrs it rose to in 1998.
    Only the flooding in the 1700's with an unoffical level of 6.1 is higher.


    Herefordshire flooding response

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk.

    Rescue teams along Hinton Road, photograph courtesy of Herefordshire Council

    Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation. 

    There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents.

    All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at:

    Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford

    thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford

    Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster

    Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye

    Further rest centres will be made available as required.

    The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:

    “The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk - avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”

    Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said:


    “We are grateful to our local community for stepping up at this time of need, offering help and support to residents and our emergency response teams, including council officers- who have been working day and night. Herefordshire has never seen flooding like it and together with partners, we are doing all we can to ensure residents are safe. Thanks also to the local community groups who are opening their doors to residents who need localised shelter and support. Please keep checking the Herefordshire Council website for the latest information.”

    Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice.

    Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or www.herefordshire.gov.uk

    Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.


    Council Tax Increase Protest Today

    By Helen,

    No linked to this subject, but support is needed at 10:00am today (8th feb) outside Town Hall Hereford. Campaign against yet another proposed high increase in CT of 4%. Please support if you feel we are already paying too much in Herefordshire.

    Beattie Ave Prefab Demolition Begins..

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The first phase of the demolition of the prefab bungalows along Beattie Ave began this morning.


    These prefabs weren't designed to last, the past 30 years have been a compromise between the costs of sustaining the properties vs the costs to redevelop them. 

    The demolition of this first phase is due to be completed within 3 weeks.

    Hereford Voice previously reported on plans submitted by Hereford Housing back in March of 2018 for the proposed demolition of 41 existing (prefab bungalows) in Beattie Avenue Hereford and the subsequent construction of 71 bungalows and houses with associated parking, private amenity, access and alterations to highway.

    30 Min FREE Parking for Electric Vehicles

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Electric vehicles charging in the council’s off-street car parks will soon be entitled to 30 minutes of free parking.


    The changes will take effect from Monday 16 March 2020, from which date drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles that need to plug in and charge will be able to obtain a free 30 minute parking ticket to display in their vehicle.

    Council electric vehicle charge points are available:

    Hereford; Garrick Multi Storey Car Park, Plough Lane, Shirehall and Venn Close Car Parks

    Kington; Mill Street Car Park

    Ledbury; St Katherine’s Car Park

    Leominster; Etnam Street Car Park

    Ross; Red Meadow Car Park

    New rapid charging points are also to be installed in February 2020 at Edde Cross Street Car Park in Ross, St Martins in Hereford and Broad Street in Leominster. These will be capable of delivering an 80% charge to a vehicle in 20 minutes.

    Electricity supplied to the council's charging point network is produced from 100% renewable energy.

    Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said:


    “As part of the council’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, we are delighted to announce this scheme. It is hoped that this incentive will encourage those purchasing a new vehicle to consider alternatives to petrol or diesel engines and in doing so reduce the impact that harmful nitrous oxide and particulate matter in our town and city centres can have.”

    Herefordshire Council declared a climate emergency last year, and will publish its new Carbon Management Plan in April this year. The document will outline the council’s plan to reduce carbon emissions over the next five years and set an interim target for its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030/31.

    Plans to open is Shisha Bar in Hereford have been thwarted as planning refused

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The possible opening of a Shisha Bar near to Asda in Hereford have been blocked because plans have been refused.
    The location for a Shisha Bar would have been at the rear of number 8 Belmont Road (behind the Dino Asian market).


    Plans were refused by virtue of the siting of the proposal in close proximity to residential properties, it is considered that there would be an unacceptable adverse impact upon the properties from air pollution and noise.


    Plans Submitted to Relocate & Expand Play Planet to Former Gelpack Unit.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted by the owners of Play Planet in Widemarsh Street Hereford for the proposed change of use to D2 (Soft-play) of central section of sub-divided Industrial Unit. (former Vision Gelpack Premises, Faraday Road, Hereford).


    It is understood that Play Planet have been looking for larger premises in Hereford for a couple of years in which to move Play Planet and expand and if approved will create an additional 25 jobs.

    The proposal is to change the use of the two central bays (1028m2 plus ancillary first floor offices) of the former industrial premises.

    The application building has been vacant since March 2019 following the former user entering into administration in March of this year. The building dates from the post-war era and requires significant investment to bring it up to current building regulation standards.

    In addition to maintaining existing jobs at Play Planet, the proposal would ultimately create around 25 positions, also a range of spin-off opportunities for associated businesses which might benefit from a presence at such as facility.

    Planning Application P194006/F



    Shropshire has its own £1,000 a day pothole consultant - Herefordshire next?

    By twowheelsgood,

    Just when you thought the madness couldn't possibly get any madder (another £0.5m bypass review - please), comes this news via the BBC. Shropshire have Kier - we have BBLP, both in a race to the bottom of the potholes.

    Shropshire has its own £1,000 a day pothole consultant

    If you needed reminding of the state of Britain's pothole-laden roads, the BBC report that Shropshire Council have appointed a dedicated 'pothole consultant', charging £1,000 a day. 

    The council say this is “comparable with usual consultancy costs”, and say they hope the appointment will improve their current “unproductive” strategy and speed up repair of the 3,500 reported road defects in the county. Steve Davenport of Shropshire Council claims even though the consultant will earn £130,000 working five days a week over the six month contract, they will actually save millions in the long run by “getting the right people on the ground doing a better job." Pothole repair in Shropshire is currently outsourced to construction and infrastructure company Keir, who the council say have been “allowed to mark their own homework” for too long. 

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