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    RTC BROAD ST HEREFORD

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Yesterday Tuesday 8th October an RTC occurred in Broad St Hereford  . From what I know it happened near to the RSPCA Charity Shop.

    it appears that an automatic car driven by an elderly driver ( guessed  at +80 ) reversed out of a parking bay by the Oxfam Shop and for whatever reason kept reversing and swerved into a car which had just parked in a bay by the RSPCA  shop , in doing so also hit another car in another bay . So its three cars damaged . The driver of the stationary car banged into is complaining of neck injuries. Ambulance and Police called .

    Cut a long story short , NO POLICE ATTENDANCE ........AMBULANCE ATTENDED 90 minutes AFTER THE RTC........ By this time one of the vehicles had been recovered by the insurance company on a low loader and the apparent injured person was fed up with waiting to be assessed had left the scene ............

    IS THIS IS THE WAY AHEAD ? ....IF SO PLEASE TELL US .


    Calling all 1950's ladies

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,
    Petition: Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women

    Any ladies reading this and born in the 1950's please sign the petition

    A group of ladies have set up an action group called the WASPI's and have so far got 92000 signatures they need to reach 100000 signatures before it can be debated in Parliament.  So please gents if you know of a lady who has been affected by this please pass the word on.  I am personally affected and having to wait 3 and half years before I can draw my state pension even though I qualified at 60! 


    WMP and Warwickshire Police Alliance

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Reading the BBC News this evening to learn that the Alliance between West Mercia Police and Warwuckshire Police is coming to an end .

    West Mercia Police have"  decided to withdraw from the current strategic alliance " it has with Warwuckshire Police . It appears that Warwickshire Police disagree with the breakup stating that it has saved more than £35 million and that they were hugely disappointed.

    The Forces merged firearms , dog handlers ,IT and Control in 2013  .

     Just wondering how much it's going to cost WMP to " un merge " the Units . The break away is due to be completed by 8th October 2019

     

     


    The 2020 Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) judgement

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    The 2020 Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) judgement

    I haven't heard many women talking about this.

    They had been campaigning against what they see as unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950s as the age they receive their pensions rises from 60 to 65, in line with men.

    An estimated 3.8 million women are affected, and some will lose £50,000.

    Article in Daily Mail today:

    The Slog says:

    The 2020/WASPI judgement can snatch victory from the jaws of Brexit defeat

    The British Ruling Class has made the fatal error of putting down too many just causes at once. The victims should now join together and teach the Establishment a life-lesson.


    Did I say Herefordshire or Hertfordshire?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Story today in Daily Mail:

    Four metal detectorists 'stole £3million haul of Anglo Saxon coins and jewellery after finding it in a field and tried to sell it on the black market'

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    Four metal detectorists are on trial after failing to declare £3million in Anglo Saxon coins and jewellery they found in a field and allegedly selling it on the black market instead.

    George Powell, 38, and Layton Davies, 51, found at least 300 coins, a gold ring, a bracelet, a ninth century silver ingot and a fifth century crystal ball pendant when they were out with their metal detectors in Hertfordshire in June 2015. 

    They discovered the treasure underground near Eye Court Farm near Leominster.

    The prosecution claim instead of declaring the haul, as the law requires, they conspired with Paul Wells, 60, and Simon Wicks, 57, to sell the goods for a profit. 

    All four went on trial today accused of conspiring to conceal treasure at Worcester Crown Court. 

    Article places Leominster in Hertfordshire - not surprised!

     


    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!


    Freedom of Information Request 'Jalsagor Restaurant' Food Hygiene Inspection

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Following on from the recent 'food hygiene rating of zero' at the Jalsagor Indian Restaurant in St Owen St Hereford. We placed a request for a copy of the officers report under the freedom of information act. Herefordshire Council's response as follows:

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    Dear Sir,

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

    Further to previous correspondence, your request for information has now been considered and the council’s response is set out below:

    Q1 Following on from the latest food hygiene inspection at the:

    Jalsagor Indian Restaurant
    60 St Owen Street
    Hereford
    HR1 2PU

    Date of inspection: 12 August 2019 Hereford

                A. Please find attached a copy of the inspection report. 

    We have considered the public interest in releasing this information, and have found the balance in favour of disclosure. The public have a right to know the state and safety of food establishments that they may choose to use and release of this type of information into the public domain provides further impetus to food establishments to increase their compliance with legislation that seeks to protect the public, outweighing the reputational risk to the establishment caused by disclosure. 

    Please note that the covering letter to the report contains the names and contact details of third parties which we consider constitutes their personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018. We have therefore redacted that information under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please take this letter as a refusal notice under S17 of the Act for this part of your request. 

    Full Report attached:

    R - GKE00359.pdf


    Thomas Cook has ceased trading

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Thomas Cook has ceased trading, how will this affect local people from Herefordshire?

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    Thomas Cook has confirmed that all the companies in its group have ceased trading, including Thomas Cook Airlines.

    As a result, we are sorry to inform you that all holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating. All Thomas Cook's retail shops have also closed.

    The Government and the Civil Aviation Authority are now working together to do everything we can to support passengers due to fly back to the UK with Thomas Cook between 23 September 2019 and 6 October 2019. Depending on your location, this will be either on CAA-operated flights or by using existing flights with other airlines.

    If you are already abroad you will find all the information you need about your arrangements to get home on this website.

    If you are due to depart from a UK airport with Thomas Cook Airlines, please do not travel to your UK airport as your flight will not be operating and you will not be able to travel.

    This repatriation is hugely complex and we are working around the clock to support passengers. 

    Customers already abroad

    If you are currently abroad and your flight was with Thomas Cook we are providing new flights to return you to the UK. These repatriation flights will only be operating for the next two weeks (until 6 October 2019). After this date you will have to make your own travel arrangements. From a small number of locations, passengers will have to book their own return flights.

    For further advice and details of your return journey please read I am currently abroad. Please note that repatriation flights are only available for passengers whose journey originated in the UK.

    If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK after 6 October 2019, please read the additional information section.

    If you are ATOL-protected and are having difficulties with your hotel, please read managing difficulties with accommodation.

    PLEASE NOTE: Some of Thomas Cook's package holiday bookings include flights with airlines unrelated to the Thomas Cook Group.  If your return flight is not with Thomas Cook's airline, it will still be valid. However other elements of the package, such as accommodation and transfers will be affected.  

    Customers yet to travel out of the UK

    We are sorry to inform you that all future holidays and flights booked with Thomas Cook are cancelled as of 23 September 2019.

    If you are booked on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight, please do not go to your UK airport, as your flight will not be operating. The Civil Aviation Authority’s repatriation programme will not include any outbound flights from the UK.

    If you choose to book a new flight with another airline out of the UK, you will not be eligible for a repatriation flight.

    PLEASE NOTE: Some of Thomas Cook's package holiday bookings include flights with airlines unrelated to the Thomas Cook Group.  If your return flight is not with Thomas Cook's airline it may still be valid. However other elements of the package, such as accommodation and transfers might be affected.

    Further information is available at I have a future booking and have not traveled yet


    Crest Nicholson Submit Plans to Develop 52 Homes on A49 Holmer

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Crest Nicholson (Midlands) Ltd have submitted plans to create a development of 52 homes on land to the east of the A49 Holmer Herefordshire HR4 9RG. 

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    Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval P141487/O - Erection of 52 No. dwellings, parking, landscaping, drainage and other associated engineering works.

    Planning Application P193296/RM


    Jalsagor Indian Restaurant Given Food Hygiene Rating Zero

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Jalsagor Indian Restaurant in St Owens Street Hereford was visited in August and given a food hygiene rating of zero, which is the lowest possible score.

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    Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times.

    This includes:
    Handling of food
    How food is stored
    How food is prepared
    Cleanliness of facilities
    How food safety is managed
    The food hygiene rating scheme does not provide information on the following factors:

    Quality of the food  
    Customer service  
    Culinary skill  
    Presentation  
    Comfort
    For suspected food poisoning, seek medical advice from your GP and contact your local environmental health or food safety team.

    Understanding ratings

    The rating shows how well the business is doing overall, based on standards found at the time of inspection. The ratings can be found online and on stickers which are displayed at business premises. The back of the sticker and the online rating will also show the date of the inspection by the local authority’s food safety officer.

    Ratings are typically given to places where food is supplied, sold or consumed, such as:

    restaurants, pubs and cafes
    takeaways, food vans and stalls
    canteens and hotels
    supermarkets and other food shops
    schools, hospitals and care homes
    A food safety officer from the local authority inspects a business to check that it follows food hygiene law so that the food is safe to eat.

    At the inspection, the officer will check the following three elements: 

    How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
    the physical condition of the business –including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities
    how the business manages ways of keeping food safe, looking at processes, training and systems to ensure good hygiene is maintained. The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future
    Exemptions

    There are two groups of exempt businesses which are inspected by the local authority food safety officer but are not given a food hygiene rating:

    Businesses that are low-risk to public health, for example, newsagents, chemist shops or visitor centres selling pre-wrapped goods that do not require refrigeration, childminders and businesses that offer caring services at home.

    The rating scale
    The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale:

    5 is top of the scale, this means the hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law
    0 is at the bottom of the scale, this means urgent improvement is necessary
    To get the top rating, businesses must do well in all three elements which are referenced above. If the top rating is not given, the officer will explain to the business the necessary actions they can take to improve their hygiene rating.

    A breakdown of the three elements making up the food hygiene rating for business is also provided with the online rating. This information is available for businesses inspected since April 2016 in England and Northern Ireland and for businesses inspected in Wales since November 2014.

    Detailed information is included in the food safety officer’s inspection report. If you want to see this you could make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request (Opens in a new window) to the local authority that carried out the inspection. You can find the local authority’s contact details by searching for the business and then clicking on the name of the business.

    The local authority will consider your FOI request and will usually send you a copy of the report. In some cases, the local authority may decide that they cannot do so but will let you know this and explain why. Any concerns relating to a business's food safety can be reported to the local food safety team who are responsible for the business. You can find the local authority’s contact details by searching for the business and then clicking on the name of the business.

    Ratings can be displayed in an obvious location within the business’ window or door. You can also ask a member of staff what rating was given at the last inspection. Putting a hygiene rating on show is a good advertisement for businesses that meet the requirements of food hygiene law. If the rating is low you can then choose to buy your food or meal from a place with a higher rating.

    ENGLAND
    Businesses in England do not have to display their rating at their premises but are encouraged to do so. 
    WALES
    Businesses in Wales are legally required to display their ratings in a prominent place, like the front door, entrance or window of the business. All businesses in Wales must provide information on their rating verbally if requested in person or over the phone.

    The scheme applies to businesses who sell to businesses including food manufacturers and wholesalers. Takeaways must include a bilingual statement on menu leaflets and flyers which tells consumers how to find details of the rating on our website.
    NORTHERN IRELAND
    Businesses in Northern Ireland are legally required to display their ratings at or near each customer entrance like the front door, entrance or window of the business. Stickers must be displayed in a location where they can be readily seen and easily read by customers before they enter the establishment when it is open for business.

    All businesses in Northern Ireland must provide information on their rating verbally if requested in person or over the phone.
    Differences between online ratings and rating sticker displayed

    There may be temporary differences between the rating displayed at a business and online rating for which there are valid reasons, such as:

    The business has appealed its latest rating and is awaiting the result.
    The local authority is in the process of uploading the new rating to our website.
    Even if a business achieves the top rating there can be a short delay while the local authority updates the website. Local authorities upload ratings at least every 28 days. If you cannot find a rating for business then you will need to contact the local authority responsible for inspecting the business.

    You should also contact the local authority if you are concerned that a business is deliberately displaying a higher rating to the one on the website to suggest it has higher hygiene standards than it actually does.

    Businesses with poor ratings
    Businesses which are given low ratings must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards. The local authority food safety officer has several enforcement options available as well as giving advice and guidance to make sure these improvements are made.

    The food safety officer will also tell the business how quickly these improvements must be made and this will depend on the type of issue that needs to be addressed.

    If the officer finds that a business’s hygiene standards are very poor and there is an imminent risk to public health, when food may be unsafe to eat, the officer must act to ensure consumers are protected. This could result in stopping part of the business or closing it down completely until it is safe to recommence.

    Frequency of inspections
    A new rating is given each time a business is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority.
    Each local authority plans a programme of inspections every year. The frequency of inspections depends on the potential risk to public health. 

    The assessment takes account of the following factors:
    Type of food that is handled
    The number and type of customers, for example vulnerable groups
    Types of processes carried out before the food is sold or served
    Hygiene standards seen on the day of the last inspection
    Businesses that pose a higher risk are inspected more often than businesses that pose a lower risk, for example a small retailer selling a range of prepacked foods that only need to be refrigerated. The time between inspections varies from six months for the highest risk businesses to two years for lower risk businesses. For some very low risk businesses, the interval between inspections may be longer than two years, however there may be some exceptions to this.

    In between inspections, local authorities may also monitor businesses in other ways to ensure they are maintaining hygiene standards. If these checks reveal anything that might indicate that hygiene standards have deteriorated, the officer will carry out an inspection and the business will get a new rating.

    If the local authority receives a complaint or new information about a business that they are not due to inspect, and this suggests hygiene standards are not being maintained, the local authority will investigate and may inspect the business and give it a new hygiene rating.


    Plans Submitted to Modernise Harvest Energy Garage on Commercial Road

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted, which if approved, would see a completely new service station, demolishing the existing Harvest Energy Service Station on Commercial Road and replacing it with a new modern facility.

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    Plans and Graphics - Adcocks Associates

    The new garage would include a new larger shop and an additional two car parking spaces taking the number of spaces for cars to six as well as disabled, motorcycle and cycle parking. 

    There would also be a new forecourt and canopy, as well as a three-pump starter gate, and three jet washes.

    If plans are approved the new facility would create two full-time roles and four part-time positions.

    Quote

    Redevelopment of existing petrol filling station to provide new forecourt shop, 3 x pump startergate and canopy, 3 x jet wash bays, 2 x 70,000 litre u/g storage tanks, services bay, car parking and ancillary works

    Planning application P193011/F


    Plans for new GP super surgery to go on display

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    From The Hereford Times - 1st March 2018

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    PLANS for a new GP super surgery in Hereford will go on display to the public next week.

    Work has been ongoing to look at the possibility of merging a number of doctors' practices in the city at a site close to the railway station.

    And the new primary care hub would be the main surgery for patients who currently access GP services at Greyfriars Surgery, Moorfield House Surgery, Aylestone Hill Surgery and Sarum House.

    The engagement event to display plans for the hub takes place next Thursday at Hereford Town Hall from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

    The Hereford Medical Group has been working in partnership with local healthcare property company, Prime and design team One Creative Environments Ltd (One) to develop the proposals for a modern, high quality building to provide patients with the best possible experience when accessing primary care services.

    Representatives from the Hereford Medical Group, Prime and One will be on hand throughout to answer questions.

    No booking is necessary and members of the public are welcome to pop in at any time.

    Dr Andrew Watts said: “Our key priority is providing good quality medical care for our patients.

    "Unfortunately our current premises are outdated and at full capacity and so are no longer suitable, which is why we need new purpose built accommodation.

    "We are keen to share our plans with patients.”

    Bob Smaylen, Development Director for Prime plc, added: “Using our expertise in delivering primary care facilities we are developing proposals which will provide high quality facilities that improve patient experience. We are looking forward to sharing these plans with local residents and hearing their feedback.”

     


    Hereford Rambler video

    atm63
    By atm63,

     


    ‘Hereford Free Week’ to celebrate Beryl Bikes success

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    ‘Hereford Free Week’ to celebrate Beryl Bikes success

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    In just the first month after launching its hybrid bike share scheme in the cathedral city, Beryl’s distinctive green bikes have been cycled well over 8,000km in Hereford. 

    To celebrate this success, Beryl and Herefordshire Council are bringing riders a free week of trips across the city. Funded by a grant from the Department of Transport, all rides ending in a Beryl Bay will be free of charge from Monday 9th to Sunday 15 of September. “Hereford Free Week” will enable more residents and visitors to choose a more environmentally-friendly means of transport.

    Beryl CEO Phillip Ellis says,

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    “Beryl is extremely proud of the start our bike share scheme has enjoyed in Hereford. 8,000km covered in one month is a positive reflection on the high-quality and safe scheme that is helping people get around Hereford on two wheels.”

    Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport at Herefordshire Council, expects the Hereford Free Week to encourage even more people to hop on a Beryl bike for commuting or leisure rides.

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    “We are absolutely delighted to announce a week of free cycling with Beryl Bikes,” he said.

    “It has been one month since its launch, and support for the scheme has been extraordinary, with thousands of Herefordians and visitors already making use of Beryl Bikes for journeys in and across the city, helping to reduce congestion. By using grant funding from the Department for Transport we are offering a week of free rides, of up to 30 minutes, and hope to encourage even more of you to get on two wheels and enjoy being out and about on healthy, active, sustainable transport.”

    Beryl’s hybrid bike share is an innovative scheme where its bikes, that are available to hire through the Beryl app, can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’.

    Riders have a payment choice of Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 5p per minute), Minute Bundles (no unlock fee and bundles starting at 100 minutes for £5) or Day Passes (24 hours of unlimited riding for £12). Once their ride is complete, users simply close the lock on the bike to complete their ride and make it available for the next person to use.

    For more information on Beryl, please visit beryl.cc.


    Hereford City Centre Shrinking!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Over the past few years, we have noticed more and more planning applications to change use from shops to flats. Again today plans have been submitted here for 145 Eign Street

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    Proposed variation of condition 2 of planning permission 163094 (Proposed change of use of shop to two flats and new dormer window to south elevation) minor changes to layout and change from Dormer to roof extension.

    Hereford shops are slowly disappearing and Herefordshire Council are often granting these plans. We will attempt to start highlighting each of these applications to show the scale of this trend from the Council.

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    How plans were passed in Eign Street for this lot previously is beyond comprehension, how is this in keeping with the surrounding area? These buildings bricked up look horrendous! 


    Police incident

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Update from West Mercia Police
    Officers are currently responding to an incident this morning (Monday 16 September) in  Hinton Road, #Hereford.
    A cordon is currently in place. Please take an alternative route. 
    We will update as soon as possible.


    Herefordshire's New Official Flag to be Revealed in November

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire's new official flag to be revealed early November.

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    The competition deadline has now passed and the voting for Herefordshire’s new official flag will take place in September and the winning design will be revealed on November 2, the Herefordshire Flag Committee announced today.

    The shortlisted entries will be named when the schools go back after the August bank holiday and the county’s residents will then have about a month to make their choice. Everyone aged five and over will be eligible to vote.

    Herefordshire is one of only three of England’s 39 historic counties not to have its own registered flag, alongside Leicestershire and Hampshire.

    This unadopted design below, which you might recognise, features a red background that represents the county's red earth, and a white and blue wave standing in for the River Wye. The gold lion is taken from the City of Hereford arms, and the bull's head is a bovine nod to Hereford Cattle.


    Taylor Wimpey want to build 300 homes on fields north and south of Grafton Lane

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    In The Hereford Times 31st August 2019

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    Taylor Wimpey want to build 300 homes on fields on the outskirts of Hereford.

    Taylor Wimpey UK has submitted plans to Herefordshire Council to develop land north and south of Grafton lane.

    Their proposals for the site include affordable homes, green space and play and recreation areas.

    The scheme would also see a new access created from the A49 Ross road while vehicles will also be able to enter the site from Grafton lane itself.

    Architects working on the plans say the proposals for the more than 32 acre site comply with the council’s core strategy and national planning policies

    Around 19 acres of the site would be used for housing, this works out at an average density of around 39 homes for every 2.4 acres.

    And just over eight acres would be used for public open spaces, a new children’s play area, landscaping and a new network of traffic-free routes.

    The proposals would also include pedestrian and cycle links and architects say the housing estate would be benefit from the existing nearby bus stops on the A49.

    The site itself currently covers four parcels of arable farmland.

    Residents have until September 26 to comment on the proposals.

    Herefordshire Council planning officers are expected to consider the scheme by November 2019.

    Grafton Lane Development Framework Plan


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    • 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!
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