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    And yet our Council Tax continues to rise

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Looks like we are to see continued austerity in Herefordshire. I happened to see this on Twitter yesterday. I wonder what the Jess and Bill have anything to say about this! We are blessed with 2 Con MP;s and yet we are to suffer a cut in our funding 

     https://t.co/sMgyd8GAbS?amp=1


    No Second River Crossing In Hereford For At Least 7 Years!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Breaking News:

    We have been reliably informed that a western river crossing crossing in Hereford won't be achieved (via current plans, being reviewed at the moment by the new administration) for at least 7 years - or longer! - what should be done in the short to medium term to solve our congestion issues? Should we look at other options or concentrate on a bypass?

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    The focus for the new council is to seek alternatives to a bypass in the short term, such as a better infrastructure for cyclists, electric buses serving the city and surrounding towns and villages. 

    Developing popular schemes like turning off a number of traffic lights (not pedestrian lights) as part of a trail in an attempt to reduce the daily congestion within the city.

    None of the above is diverting from a bypass but in reality, even if the go-ahead was given tomorrow morning for a second river crossing, there are many time consuming procedures that have to be followed, for example; Consultations with government bodies and various departments and also the local residents whom would live within area of the new bridge. A business plan has to be presented then an application for planning which alone can take 18 - 24 months, following all of this, if planning permission is finally granted, then the council need to look at compulsory purchases, again, this can take several years. Finally, once all signed off the bridge and roads need to be built!

    We are currently running a simple yes/no poll on Hereford Voice to see whether local people believe Hereford needs a bypass and from almost 2000 votes in less than a week the results clearly show an overwhelming 89% of people want a bypass, which comes as no real surprise however, as you can see from the explanation above, it's not likely to happen before 2030, with this in mind, perhaps we should embrace and explore all other alternatives in the meantime..
    #HerefordVoice #Herefordbypass #Hereford


    Volunteers adopting their street to keep it free of litter

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    In The Hereford Times 25th January 2020

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    Volunteers adopting their street to keep it free of litter

    MORE THAN 30 people have been getting involved in a community group's new initiative to make sure Hereford is kept tidy and free of litter.

    Hereford Community Clean Up Group has a new plan which will see volunteers look after a designated area of the city, as opposed to helping anywhere across a larger area.

    The group now wants more people to get involved with the group and adopt or look after the street or area where they live.

    "It is a great way of covering more of the city leaving the group events to concentrate on areas that are not being looked after," Emma Jones from the group said.

    "We currently have 34 people who have come forward to volunteer to adopt the street/area where they live, which is fantastic.

    "We still require more people to look after areas of Putson, Hunderton, Moor Farm, Venn's Lane and College Estate.

    For more information contact the group on Facebook or email;  hccug1@gmail.com.

     

    I pick up litter once a week in an area around where I live, usually on Monday as any cans or plastic bottle and any other recyclable items can go in my green bin before the dustmen empty it on Tuesday. It does make a difference to the street scene. The other thing that needs doing is clearing the kerbs of weeds - this does make the area looked after. To get an idea of the problem on the estates look at my previous posts under I told you it would get worse!


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    Traffic Lights Out Trail Featured On ITV News

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Traffic Lights Out Trial Hereford.


    Hereford Voice have been campaigning for years to have some of the traffic lights in Hereford (not pedestrian lights) turned off, as most agree with our motto, 'The Traffic Just Flows' when the lights have been out in the past.
    It is looking like we may have a trial sometime this summer.

    This was featured on this evenings ITV News 

    #HerefordVoice


    Herefordshire Council Website

    Hinton Hitman
    By Hinton Hitman,

    Tried to log onto the Council website to report a pot hole, again, getting some very strange error messages from the website and warnings from my web security, tried the link through Voice and the same happened, running my security scans just incase.

    Just to let you know.


    Petition 'Turn Off Lights At Asda Junction Hereford'

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have created an online petition to turn off the traffic lights at the Asda junction in Hereford (Where the A465 meets the A49) as the traffic flows much better when they are off!!
    if you agree, please sign the petition below.

    Click Here To Sign The NEW Petition 

     

    (Please ALL sign the new petition as the original council petition has since been removed from their website)

    This will only take you a minute, Do It today!!
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    Six More Months Before Transport Review Completed

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A decision paper has been published (16 January 2020) that outlines the work that will take place to assess the Hereford bypass and Southern link road schemes while carrying out a wider review of the transport strategy for Hereford.

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

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    “We need to ensure any major transport scheme has a positive impact on the county to address congestion and air quality, and is consistent with the council’s declaration of a climate emergency. We have also broadened the scope of the review to examine alternative transport options in light of the changing national and local policy context. These schemes have a permanent impact upon the environment which last for generations to come, so we must make the right decision.”

    “This review gives us the opportunity to consider options that deliver improvements more quickly, including the possibility of an eastern link road and river crossing, removal of traffic lights on key routes, emergency response arrangements to remove breakdowns on the A49, an electric bus fleet for the urban bus network and improvements that provide safer routes to school.”

     

    While the review is under way a number of transport and travel schemes will be progressing, including the development of a high quality transport hub at Hereford railway station and improvements to public spaces and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians across the city.

    The decision will be taken by Cllr Harrington on Friday 24 January 2020. The review is expected to take around six months to complete and will include consultation with the public and stakeholder organisations.


    Hereford Bypass Proposed Routes and River Crossings

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Bypass proposed routes and river crossings video in full HD showing the proposed western bypass.

     

    It is suggested that the bypass will include 6,500 new houses, 6,000 jobs, a new university and the expansion of the Hereford Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas.

     
    The bypass will also include improving air quality, reducing HGV's vehicles travelling through the city, thus reducing congestion, encouraging walking, cycling, bus use and improving public space, reducing maintenance costs and improving safety on the A49.
     
    The video also claims that once complete the bypass will reduce morning peak hour traffic on the A49 northbound by eight minutes and five minutes southbound.
     
    The council has released a budget estimate with the most costly route listed as The Black 2 route at £135m to £140m. This is a preliminary estimate for the project.
     
    The consultation exhibition is at Hereford library until March 20.

    Fred "Ike" Morris

    DILLIGAF
    By DILLIGAF,

    No doubt many of you know of him, with many a story to share. Known by many for trading as City Spares 'scrapyard' down Watery Lane.

    It has came to my attention tonight, that he has passed away.

    No further information at present.

    Sympathy with his family and friends at this tough time.


    NMITE announces Hereford based Oakwrights winner of design competition

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    'NMITE which is working towards transforming engineering higher education, announces Hereford-based, oak-framed building specialists, Oakwrights, as the winner of its competition to help create the designs for three new buildings on the Skylon site.'

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    Full Story

     


    Lights Out - 'Traffic Just Flows' in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Voice - Turn Traffic Lights Off! Campaign:

    Traffic Lights Out! Guess What...NO DELAYS!!

    'The Traffic Just Flows'

    Councillor John Harrington kindly just send us this video, which clearly shows at 'rush hour' with the traffic lights out how smoothly the traffic just flows!! 

    Please continue to support our long campaign to trail turning these lights off, sign our petition:
     


    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.

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    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
     

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    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.


    Outline Planning for 175 New Homes in Ross on Wye

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Edenstone Homes have submitted outline planning permission on land east of the A40 at Ross on Wye for the erection of up to 175 dwellings together with associated development (all matters reserved except access).

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    Spectacular Fireworks Display Overlooking the Duck Pond

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Photography: A spectacular photograph of the fireworks overlooking the duck pond from last nights new year celebrations at the Castle House Hereford.

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    Thank you Chris Bridges Photography for this superb shot which really captures the moment.

     


    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!


    Principality Building Society Opening in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Principality Building Society will be opening a branch in the newly build Alban House development in High Town Hereford. 

    They currently have a branch in St Peter's Square.

    Planning permission for advertising consent has been submitted.

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    This will breath new life into the former building which was fire damaged and left undeveloped for years. 


    Hereford Civic Society January meeting

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

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    TRANSFORMING SPACES, INSPIRING PLACES  

    Fusing the best of the old and the new to make buildings to enjoy and endure

    Thursday 16th January 2020

    Speaker Alex Coppock, RIBA, Director of the award winning local architects Communion, will talk about their work and how they strive to make Herefordshire a better place 
     at the Kindle Centre adjacent to ASDA  HR2 7JE 

    Refreshments available from 7.00pm
     I hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you

    Members: FREE (included in your subscription)
    Guests and Non-Members: £3. 


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    • SON OF GRIDKNOCKER

      This is the profile of a new terrace of brick-built houses near Birmingham city centre (designed by the Courtyard's architect Glen Howells) which is due to be unveiled later this month by the developer Urban Splash. What a pity something as architecturally well-mannered as this couldn't have gone up on the ex-Rockfield DIY site alongside Hereford Station, which will shortly be playing host to a student accommodation block which looks more like a STASSI training centre!

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      Bloody Quality Street in Tesco's already, its August not Xmas!
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      Time for a nice glass of red 
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