Jump to content

    FORTHCOMING PM ELECTION

    SON OF GRIDKNOCKER
    By SON OF GRIDKNOCKER,

    Well, folks, seems it will soon be time to focus on the Leadership election, as Mrs May has now indicated that she’ll be jumping ship in June. Let’s not go into the boring detail of who the aspirants for this lucrative job are, save to point out that the casting votes in the second round of the contest (the first round is restricted to the 330 serving Conservative MPs in the Commons) are vested only in paid-up members of the Conservative & Unionist Party of the UK. And at the last count there were a mere 125,000 of them – mostly with Bus Passes and many with limited life expectancy.

    Against a UK population of just over 66 million. So the next British Prime Minister will be elected by just under 2% of the population. Does that sound fair to you?

                                                                                                             ANYONE BUT BORIS

     


    Morrisons Hereford

    Mackenna
    By Mackenna,

    I've just received a parking ticket from Hereford Morrisons for a total time of 2hrs 51 minutes. I was given a parking ticket from a lady with about an hour and a half on. I used the ticket and then returned to my car an hour later to put a 2-hour ticket on. Is this insufficient?

    Someone help please!


    Accident at Asda

    Glenda Powell
    By Glenda Powell,

    With two accidents this week Monday at St Martin Street and tis morning by Asda do you not think we should start up again for lights to be off or remove altogether and go  back to having a roundabout system, also consideration of a tram line down GWW. Glenda


    Prefab Bungalows Will Soon Be History

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The prefabricated bungalows in Beattie Avenue Hereford will soon just become a pile of rubble once the demolition work begins.

    77013130_BeattieAve.thumb.jpg.0aef305ef74247fe20081fd90053720a.jpg

    Hereford Voice previously reported on plans submitted by Hereford Housing back in March of 2018 in this topic 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.

    1239706554_BeattieAve2.thumb.jpg.d7af49bdabc746da732ea5c7cb992ad9.jpg


    Local Election Results

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Conservative Party has lost overall control of Herefordshire Council.

    election-results-banner-01.thumb.jpg.3d19bfb6a0efd79236d4a2e2430e9548.jpg

    The Tories won 13 seats in total, losing half the amount they previously held.

    The feeling among many of the Conservative candidates was that the national picture, and in particular the handling of Brexit had badly affected their results.

    Herefordshire Independent Group Leader Bob Matthews has said it is an "excellent result" that was "better than expected".

    New Council make-up following results;

    Independent: 18
    Conservative: 13
    It's Our County: 8
    Green: 7
    Lib Dems: 6

     


    European Election Candidates 23 May 2019

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    There are 7 main parties in the upcoming EU Elections 23 May 2019 with 7 seats in the West Midlands up for grabs.

    There are 49 candidates being put forward to represent the region.

    When people go to the polls, it will only have the parties on the ballot paper for people to vote for NOT the person. 

    Based on the % of votes each party gets that will determine how many seats they have attained.

    Once the votes are through the Party Chair will choose which candidates get a seat.

    Of course if the government manage to reach a Brexit deal by the 22nd of May the vote will be called off.

    Here are the party candidates:

    BREXIT:
    Rupert Lowe
    Martin Daubney
    Andrew Kerr
    Vishal Khatri
    Nikki Page
    Laura Kevehazi
    Katherine Harborne 

    LABOUR:
    Neena Gill
    Sion Simon
    Julia Buckley
    Ansar Ali Khan
    Zarah Sultana
    Samuel Hennessy
    Liz Clements

    TORY:
    Anthea McIntyre
    Daniel Dalton
    Suzanne Webb
    Meirion Jenkins
    Alexander Phillips
    Mary Noone
    Ahmed Ejaz

    LIB DEM:
    Phil Bennion
    Ade Adeyemo
    Jeanie Falconer
    Jenny Wilkinson
    Jennifer Gray
    Lee Dargue
    Beverley Nielsen

    CHANGE:
    Stephen Dorrell
    Charlotte Gath
    Peter Wilding
    Amrik Kandola
    Joanna McKenna
    Victor Odusanya
    Lucinda Empson

    UKIP:
    Ernie Warrender
    Paul Williams
    Graham Eardley
    Paul Allen
    Nigel Ely
    Joe Smyth
    Derek Bennet

    GREEN:
    Ellie Chowns
    Diana Toynbee
    Paul Woodhead
    Julian Dean
    Louis Stephens
    Helen Heathfield
    Kefentse Dennis

    Any of these local or linked to or interested in Herefordshire?


    Use Trams On Great Western Way

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have for a long time campaigned to have the traffic lights on the southern routes into Hereford to be turned off becuase from evidence obtained in various formats it has been proved that the traffic certainly flows better when these traffic lights have been off or out of order. They could certainly been made to operate part-time at off peak times 8pm-7am

    I have also pondered on how to take some of the pressure from these main roads and after a lot of thought I suggested turning the Great Western Way into a road, then after debates with some other members we came up with an even better idea, use a tram system! Back and forth still allowing room for pedestrains and cyclists.

    TramHFD.jpg

    The GWW in Hereford runs right from the top of Redhill/Newton Farm and could go all the way down through Hunderton and over the river bridge past the rugby club and Sainsburys, continuing down parallel with Edgar Street at the back of the Theatre, continuing past Currys and almost to the back of Dunlem opposite the Leisure Centre. I am not 100% sure where the track ends but I will take a walk this weekend, weather permitting and have a look.

    Campaign For Better Transport Website
     

    Quote

    While trains move lots of people quickly over a long distance and buses move smaller numbers of people, and for shorter journeys, trams are more flexible than trains - because they stop more often - and faster and more reliable than the bus.

    Mr Albert Heijn from the Left Bank, I beleive once offered some years ago to fully fund such a project but from my undersatnding the HC refused the idea.

    As most of the traffic, according the the HA is 90% for local trips back and forth surely this is an option worth consdering especially as we already have the old railway line available with some work to bring it up to date of course.

    Your thoughts on this idea/campaign would be appreciated.


    Money's too tight too mention

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Well not for some it seems. Looking at the expenditure of Herefordshire Council for June 2018 and surprised they paid out £32,088,600.02

    The following top 20 payments totaled £20,419,153.81

    £6,900,000.00      Worcestershire County Council
    £2,629,744.71      Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd
    £1,962,747.78      Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd
    £1,349,077.00      West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
    £1,349,077.00      West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
    £1,279,250.00      Hoople Ltd
    £955,141.94        Worcestershire County Council
    £953,819.45        Worcestershire County Council
    £560,874.30        Hereford & Worc Fire & Rescue Service
    £334,010.22        Fcc Environment Services (uk) Ltd
    £327,465.66        Fcc Environment Services (uk) Ltd
    £280,380.82        Integral UK Ltd
    £268,452.87        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £262,325.10        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £259,793.10        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £254,283.84        Integral UK Ltd
    £246,355.01        Whitecross@Stepnell Ltd
    £246,355.01        Whitecross@Stepnell Ltd

    On a lighter note secret video footage taken in the finance department confirms dodgy goings on.

     


    Hereford Urban Village Masterplan

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    To approve the expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan

    Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

    Decision status: Recommendations Approved

    Is Key decision?: No

    Is subject to call in?: No

    Decision:
    Approve expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan, the work will be delivered through the Council Development and Regeneration Programme using its appointment Development Partner

    Contact: Peter Clasby, Growth Programmes Technical Manager Email: Peter.Clasby@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 261968.

    Publication date: 29/04/2019

    Date of decision: 29/04/2019

    Accompanying Documents:


    College Road Campus Development

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    04/03/2019 - Strategic Acquisition of a Development Opportunity Site known as College Road Campus in Hereford ref: 5986    

    Recommendations Approved

    Find out more about this decision (item 13)
    Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

    Decision published: 30/04/2019

    Effective from: 04/03/2019

    Decision: The College Road campus (as shown in appendix 1 on the red line boundary map – Southern Campus Only) is purchased for a sum of £5.395m (five million, three hundred and ninety five thousand pounds).

    The anticipated costs associated with the purchase are:

    Land Purchase 5,395,000
    Stamp Duty 259,250
    Professional Fees 92,500

    Lead officer: Sonya Morris

    Accompanying Documents: Plenty of glossy graphics here.


    Local Elections 2019

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    About time a forum was opened for this.

    It is fairly public now Jon Johnson for Wormside is not standing again.

    I do not think David Harlow is standing either.


    Jacobs Court Scaffolding

    Alastair
    By Alastair,

    Does anyone know the history behind why there is scaffolding around the stair and lift tower behind Jacobs Court on Commercial Street?

    Research shows that planning permission for this tower was granted in 2005 but was found to be in contravention of building regulations sometime after that. The scaffolding has been in place for many years now which is a shame as the main building is quite beautiful both inside and out.

    Is there a plan to have the work completed or will it stay like this forever?

    Scaffolding.thumb.JPG.feff30da087da1cafef44cf2406295ea.JPG

    Jacobs Court.JPG

    Interior.jpg


    Hereford Tip - I am surprised that there is not more fly tipping!

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    My son recently moved out and I decided to redecorate his old room. I will purchase a double bed and keep it as a guest room. I removed his old tiny 2.6 small single divan and thought I would take it to the tip yesterday (Sunday 27th January). If only I know what a palaver I was in for I would not have bothered! 

    I drive a people carrier (Mercedes Vito), like the one below complete with rear seat and glass rear doors as per the photograph. We arrived at the tip at Rotherwas and I was asked by a chap who's name was Tim, what I had to tip, I replied just my sons single bed, he told me it would need to go into land fill and showed me where to park. As I parked up he then seamed to change his mind and asked me if I had a permit? A permit? I have not been to the tip in years so I was not sure what permit he was referring too, I explained that I was driving a people carrier and I was tipping just a bed, he then went to his little office and came out with a lithograph and pointed to a commercial van, I again explained that I have glass panels and seats in the back, he said you cannot tip here without a permit, I asked where do obtain a permit? Because I had the bed loaded already. He explained that it takes a few weeks and that I need to apply online but basically I could not tip this bed, I was frustrated and told him I would dump it on the side of the road (clearly I was not going to do that but I was angry). 

    29039379.thumb.jpg.49e875f902a963f9b277a1f05a3a04c5.jpg

    mwRXoFu.thumb.jpg.1e136727ff9e177130b714cc829897e0.jpg

    I telephoned a friend and he told me to take it to Ross on Wye, yes Ross on Wye! So I drove to Ross and I was told I could park outside and carry the bed onto the site, which is exactly what I did, how pathetic is this?? 

    It is no wonder we so much fly tipping when they make it so difficult to take our old items. 

    I am also confused as to how they expect anyone to drop off a bed in the absence of a larger vehicle of a van, you could not get it into a average car anyway, so had I not have the vehicle I would of borrowed my mates van anyway...


    Brexit Is Finished.

    bobby47
    By bobby47,

    Friendless, despised by the French, treated with contempt by the European Commission, the majority of Parliament against our exit, the wealthy and famous constantly lining up to tell us how stupid we are, giant business conglomerates determined that we continue to fund their wealth, the French, the Germans, the Spanish and Italians determined not to up their payments to cover our 13 Billion contribution, the poor countries of the East of Europe desperate not to receive any less because of our wish to leave, the BBC, the Clintons, Obama, Branson and bloody Geldof repeatedly telling us what we should think and Juncker, Verhofstadt and Barnier joyfully sitting back happily watching our great nation being ripped apart because we chose not to remain aboard their failing federalist expansionistic policy.

    They demand we pay them nigh on 100 Billion pounds to exit the Union and provide all the economic migrants who've settled here, were once resident here, together with all their close and extended family members who've yet to come to Britain and all of their unborn children who may never visit our Country must be guaranteed full rights that allow every single one of them to receive their free health care, their education, their housing and all the financial benefits that our ancestors worked so hard to win for us their indigenous British White, Black and Asian descendants.

    No matter the absurdity of these demands from the EU Commision, which is essentially their dishonourable way of extracting money from us, the Commision will happily destroy our great nation so that no other member state will dare ever contemplate a life outside their totalitarian, neo communistic authoritarian federal state that rules from the centre by unelected politically lightweight British hating surfs to the will of Germany and France.

    Despite the ongoing negotiations,the outcome is now unavoidable predictable. Unless some other member state brings about some other unforeseen challenge to the Commision that brings about the fall of this empire of dirt, we in Britain will now never leave this Union. Our money and our sovereign wealth will continue to be diverted Eastwards so that the poor nations will become richer and the Western nations poorer so that the logical outcome will be attained. Every single EU nation, with the exception of Germany and France, who are by design our future continental leaders and power brokers, will all become an economic area where big business can flourish on the back of Free Movement Of People and federalism of Europe will be complete. Cheap labour is the key and in Europe we have millions of people who are content to become a component part of this highly profitable economic excercise that sees the poor people paying for its existence and the rich and wealthy business giants reaping the rewards of the emerging economic markets that our money is now creating in the East of the EU zone.

    Once the negotiations are done, and the demands will be nigh on impossible to accept, there will be a second referendum and the British people will understandable give up, surrender their sovereignty, concede defeat and give the ruling elite exactly what they wanted and expected in the first bloody place. A vote to remain in!


    Who owns and controls the UK media

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    No wonder the government want to pursue surveillance and control of social media and the press - just a word in a dozen ears is all it would take to get their message across.

    The UK media is dominated by a handful of corporations

    Media Reform Coalition produced their first comprehensive report on media ownership in the UK back in 2015 when they argued concentrated ownership was a significant problem for any modern democracy. Four years later, they have produced an updated version that suggests that, not only does concentrated ownership persist but that the problem may be getting worse.

    This report shows that just three companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group and Reach) dominate 83% of the national newspaper market (up from 71% in 2015). When online readers are included, just five companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group, Reach, Guardian and Telegraph) dominate nearly 80% of the market, slightly up from our last report. In the area of local news, just five companies (Gannett, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and Archant) account for 80% of titles (back in 2015, six companies had the same share). Two companies have 46% of all commercial local analogue radio stations and two-thirds of all commercial digital stations.

    The digital landscape is hardly less concentrated. Google dominates search while popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, itself the most popular social media site. New, digital-only news sites have emerged as a significant force since our last report but these are overshadowed by the continuing grip of legacy news and, especially, national newspaper titles.

    The BBC remains a powerful presence in online and broadcasting but its budget has been massively cut by the last two licence fee deals and its room for manoeuvre has been limited by commercial competition and political pressure to be mindful of its impact on the wider commercial market.

    They believe that concentration in news and information markets in particular has reached endemic levels in the UK and that we urgently need effective remedies. Concentrated ownership creates conditions in which wealthy individuals and organisations can amass vast political and economic power and distort the media landscape to suit their interests. Urgent action is needed in order both to address high levels of concentration in particular media markets and to protect against further concentration in others.

    They hope that this report will provide data and arguments that will be useful to all those who want to campaign for a more pluralistic media in which a genuine diversity of views, voices and opinions are aired.

    To see the full report, click here.

    For the executive summary, click here.

    For all the data sheets, click here.

    Hereford Times is owned by Gannett. Generally there is no investigative journalism undertaken now and the worse for democracy.


    Additional Funding for Road Repairs and Potholes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire’s highways network is set to benefit from an additional investment in road repairs.

    Potholes.jpg.db44e2e28dae7049b9bbe9bcda154e17.jpg

    The Department for Transport this week (12 November) announced an extra £43.5 million to tackle potholes and other road defects in the West Midlands – including £5,108,000 for Herefordshire.

    There are over 2,000 miles of roads in Herefordshire, and more than 23,000 jobs were raised for carriageway repairs in the last financial year, with the council’s contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places carrying out repair works totalling £1.77 Million.

    The money will allow HC, working in partnership with BBLP, to improve the condition of more than 50 B, C and U class roads in the county. A scheme of works is currently being planned.Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:

    Quote

    “We are delighted with this additional investment from the Department for Transport, which will help us to ensure that Herefordshire continues to have the best highways network possible for our motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

    “Good roads are vital to ensure the continued growth and strengthening of Herefordshire’s economy, and tackling defects on our roads leads to improvements in journey time, quality and safety, for all road users. We also continue to improve the condition of our highways with planned maintenance, reducing the need for reactive repairs, which minimises disruption and leads to higher quality and better value throughout the full life of the roads.”

    In response to a fivefold increase in defects reported on the county’s roads this year following the harsh winter, there have been more pothole crews working on the network, and the use of a spray injection repair machine has enabled higher volumes of potholes to be repaired quickly and effectively.

    The announcement also comes shortly after Herefordshire Council, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places, completed seven roadwork schemes along stretches of the A4103, A438 and A465 as part of the ‘Challenge Fund’. The works will bring benefits of over £146 million to Herefordshire’s economy by restoring 38.9 miles of key routes to good condition.

    The new high-quality surfaces will improve road safety with the new road material designed to last for at least 30 years, reducing future costs and disruption in these areas.

    The Challenge Fund works are part of an investment of more than £25m (in addition to the extra investment of £5,108,000) in the county’s road and public spaces in 2018/19. Further Challenge Fund works along different stretches of the A438 and A4103 will take place next year.

    Herefordshire Council is also encouraging local people to make use of our easy-to-use online pothole reporting facility to highlight any that they are aware of. This will support the council’s own inspection team that examines all A roads monthly and all roads within the county at least once every year. All reported potholes are professionally inspected and repaired within agreed service times.


    Link Road car park to close.

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    The car park on the former Rockfield DIY site will close at the end of the month in readiness for the start of construction of the new HCA & Uni accommodation in June.Work is also about to start around the same time on the new super surgery.

     


    Misleading The Electorate?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    1766602575_DaveGreenow.jpg.386626cdf271f696dbe28bc97db7c661.jpg

    Councillors talk about transparency, but would you realise that Dave Greenow is a Conservative candidate for Hagley ward based on his letterhead which says ‘Independently minded’. Nowhere in his letter does he state he is a Conservative and there is a danger that some of the electorate will just see the “independently” word as an inference that he’s an Independent.

    488056117_VoteDaveGreenow.jpg.4cff51c41bd26ec6a33b555195c85dfb.jpg

    With Jonathan Lester being in the Hereford Times recently for using images which implied he was involved in certain projects, which was not the case, you would have thought they would have been more careful. Or perhaps they are having their hopes on people thinking they are Independent! Perhaps the Tories are embarrassed about being Tories now


  • Visit Our Facebook Page

  • Follow Us On Instagram

  • Petition For Part-Time Traffic Lights

  • Recommended Links

  • Follow Us On Twitter

  • Upcoming Events

  • Dave James Carpets

  • Popular Contributors

    Nobody has received reputation this week.

  • TRAFFIC LIGHTS OFF - PETITION

  • Belmont Community Centre

  • Glass Tandoori

  • VDS Cleaning

  • Advertise With Us

  • Hereford Voice Community Projects

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Frank Smith

      Time for a nice glass of red 
      · 0 replies
    • Adrian Pitt

      In need of a holiday 
      · 0 replies
    • megilleland  »  Ubique

      Having problems pasting on HV. Have contacted Colin several times, understand he is not well. Can you read this and paste it in the topic WMP and Warwickshire Police Alliance.
      Reminder of why they amalgamated:
      20th June 2012 - Hereford Times
      1,000 jobs set to go in £30m police cuts
      PLANS to shed £30 million from policing costs across the region under a “strategic alliance” between forces in West Mercia and Warwickshire are about to be finalised.
      West Mercia Police agreed to enter into a formal partnership yesterday, a move which is expected to lead to up to 1,000 job cuts in total.
      About £22.8 million of the savings will come from losing workers, with the cull set to take place between now and 2015/16.
      And £4 million is due to be saved from sharing IT, reviewing building costs and vehicles.
      West Mercia Police will take the brunt of the cuts, with the force aiming to save £20 million of the total figure.
      Warwickshire’s police authority is meeting today to finalise their side of the alliance, and will be responsible for the remaining £10 million.
      The exact number of the job losses have yet to be confirmed, but HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) revealed last year more than 1,000 posts were likely to go.
      Simon Payne, of the Police Federation, has hit out at the move, saying: “The key thing for our members is, are we being treated fairly? I think not.
      “The public will rightly be asking who is to blame for this.”
      Councillor Mary Drinkwater, who sits on the police authority, which approved it, said: “I think people want to see police kept on the streets and communities protected. Hopefully, it will work. Over last year police and officers have worked incredibly hard to put this together, it’s been a lot of effort.”
      The majority of the job losses will affect staff in “management and leadership” roles, rather than frontline police officers.
      Both forces will keep their chief constables and deputies, but expect to lose a significant number of other senior positions.
      All police stations have been placed under review, any new vehicles being bought will be funded jointly, and a single firearms unit will be created.
      Both police authorities will be defunct by November, when a new police and crime commissioner will be elected.
      Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP, said: “These are tough economic times and when there is not as much money to go round, prioritising spending on police officers while sharing assets and making back office savings is a better approach.”
      Looks like we drew the short straw paying for this and still expected to pay again for the "divorce". Marvellous savings for the ratepayers!
      · 0 replies
    • LikeRadioUK

      RT @nRadioApp: I am listening to: Sam Feldt - Heart Feldt Radio @ Like Radio Hereford - Like Music Like Radio. ???? ⇨ https://t.co/4WZsZcvWc…
      · 0 replies
    • LikeRadioUK

      RT @nRadioApp: I am listening to: Sam Feldt - Heart Feldt Radio @ Like Radio Hereford - Like Music Like Radio. ???? ⇨ https://t.co/4WZsZcvWc…
      · 0 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

×
×
  • Create New...