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    US manufacturer expands in Hereford offices developed by Priority Space

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A US surgical equipment manufacturer is expanding its UK headquarters in Hereford following a 25 per cent increase in UK sales.

    LeMaitre Vascular took new offices at Stirling House in Centenary Park, just 18 months ago and is now expanding in response to growing demand for its specialist products.


    The offices, developed by Priority Space in partnership with the Hunt Group and Herefordshire County Council, are part of Skylon Park, Hereford Enterprise Zone.

    LeMaitre Vascular supplies devices for the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease to surgeons worldwide. It originally took up office suites covering 2259 sq. ft. The additional 1338 sq. ft will enable the team to manage and distribute more stock to hospitals across the UK as Lemaitre increase their product range. Lemaitre have recently employed a new warehouse operative as part of the expansion.

    Lemaitre’s Director of Northern Europe Helen Goulding said: “Having a base in the UK has enabled us to deliver a much better level of service to our customers in the UK and Ireland.  As a leading global provider of devices for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) we have seen the necessity for our products increase in line with the rise of diabetes and open vascular surgery.  

    “We occupy a suite of offices and warehouse together with a conference facility at Stirling House from where we are able to train surgeons virtually and hands on, however less so in these unprecedented times. Conveniently located close to distribution networks, Stirling House has proven to be an exceptional base where we can meet demands as the business continues to grow.”

    Adam Richardson, co-director at Priority Space, said: “It’s great to see LeMaitre Vascular expanding its UK headquarters in Hereford so soon after moving into Stirling House. We wish them continued success.”Andrew Manning Cox, chair of the Hereford’s Enterprise Zone, said:



    “We’re delighted that LeMaitre has expanded in Herefordshire. The Enterprise Zone was set up as a catalyst for business growth and job creation and we have worked hard to prepare land ready for development.

    “This necessary infrastructure work is part and parcel of what makes Skylon Park so attractive to businesses when they are looking for the best location to locate and grow their operations.”


    Stirling House is a high spec 14,708 sq ft office development with suites of different sizes available to buy or let. It is part of the first phase of Centenary Park, located in Skylon Park, a major development of speculative office, industrial and warehouse units in the Government-backed Hereford Enterprise Zone.

    LeMaitre Vascular’s neighbours in Stirling House include the SureCare Group and the Hereford Times.

    Priority Space is committed to developing sites across the UK to create high-quality and sustainable workplaces which stimulate regeneration and economic growth.

    St Owens Street proposed re-vamp

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Here is another one!  Please can we have a grand tidy up first before spending a fortune on these hallucinations 


    £50 Fix Your Bike Voucher

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    If you have a bike that’s gathering dust, you could get help from the government’s ‘Fix Your Bike’ scheme to get your bike back on the road. Apply for a £50 voucher today & enjoy the benefits of cycling this spring.


    More details here 

    Hereford Planners Refuse Application for Modern Billboard

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A planning application to replace very tired 48 sheet billboard on the A465 Belmont Road Hereford with a new modern electrical billboard has been refused by city planners.

    Showcase Outdoor Limited made the application in September 2020 - Application P204376/A 


    Land adjacent, 22 Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7JW
    Proposed upgrade of existing 48 sheet advert to support digital poster and removal of adjacent advertisement display.

    Existing Billboards

    Planners would prefer to leave the tired twin boards in place above with the paper constantly hanging off, rather than replace them with a single modern version, similar to the one pictured below"

    New Modern Electronic Billboard

    Refusal Notice

    THE COUNTY OF HEREFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL hereby gives notice in pursuance of the above Act and Regulations that CONSENT has been REFUSED for the display of the advertisements described above for the following reasons:

    The proposed signage is clearly designed to attract the attention of road users travelling south down the A465 by virtue of its sitting, orientation and scale; at this point in the public highway drivers need to take more care as the south bound carriageway has a signalised junction and splits into two lanes. The application is considered to detrimentally impact the safe operation of the public highway and thus would negatively impact public safety, it is therefore contrary to policy MT1 of the Herefordshire Local Plan – Core Strategy, Paragraph 132 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the provisions of the Planning Practise Guidance.

    The proposed signage is considered to harm the visual amenity of the area as it would be an entirely alien addition to the locale by virtue of the scale, illumination, changing imagery the negative impacts of which are exacerbated by the prominent nature of the proposed advertisement; thus harming the general characteristics of the locality. Therefore the application is considered to be contrary to Policies SD1, SS6 and LD1 of the Herefordshire Local Plan – Core Strategy, Paragraph 132 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the provisions of the Planning Practice Guidance


    McDonalds working with the local community in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Good to see support from the manager at McDonalds Belmont however, litter has to be down to their customers not the restaurant...



    The traffic is a real issue in both directions when they are busy and this needs to be addressed before there is an accident.


    PCC puts some spark in policing with new electric bikes for West Mercia Police

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    25 electric bikes will be whizzing their way across West Mercia following investment from the PCC.


    In a bid to make police more visible and accessible to communities and reduce the impact of policing on our environment, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion allocated £25,000 to fund electric bikes for policing teams across West Mercia*.

    The bikes will enable officers to police harder to reach areas, such as town centres, alleyways and river and canal paths. The bikes will also help improve police visibility as they tackle community concerns like anti-social behaviour and drug use.PCC John Campion said:



    “As Commissioner, I have always promised to ensure that West Mercia Police is as efficient and effective as it can be in tackling the issues that matter most to our communities.

    “I have listened when communities have said that they want to see an increase in officer visibility as well as a reduction of the impact of policing on the environment and these additional electric bikes are a great example of this commitment in action.”




    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Moovit4u is a award winning removals & transport company

    Based in Herefordshire. Moovit4u was voted best of Hereford business of the year and  best of the UK’s removals and transport business of the year, you can be sure you’re in safe hands when you come to Moovit4u. Specialising in both domestic and commercial removals, we are very proud of our reputation locally and have worked hard to establish ourselves as being very reliable and professional but friendly and affordable too.


    Moovit4u are specialists when it comes to the transportation of high end goods and we have plenty of experience when it comes to moving larger items such as pianos and grandfather clocks etc. Fully insured, we also feature same day delivery / collections both locally and nationally, weekdays or weekends, 24/7 within mainland UK.

    Caught Red handed

    By ragwert,

    Really dismayed and not for the first time today at the lack of Police response to a crime being commited.
    I was one of quite a few people that witnessed two youths spraying a large  graffiti tag on a wall in Mortimer Road.
    Called police whilst they were still spraying the wall and kept sight of them for over 20 mins with no police to be seen.
    Just seems to be a pointless excersise ringing them & feels like I'm wasting my time.

    Appeal for information following Hereford sexual assault

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Officers are appealing for information following a sexual assault in Hereford.


    At around 3.40pm on Wednesday 10 March a teenage girl was walking through an underpass that goes underneath Victoria Street (from the Sainsbury side to Tesco) when she became aware of a man trying to speak to her.                                                                                                                                                                                

    The man, who is described as around 6ft tall and in his early 20s, then sexually assaulted her. He left the scene when a member of the public walked into the underpass.                                                                                                                                                       

    The suspect is described as wearing a face mask, hoody, a black puffa coat and is slightly chubby. It is believed he had walked from the direction of Tesco.                                                                                                      

    Investigating officer, Police Sergeant Mark Jones said:



    “While incidents like this are extremely rare, officers are in the area supporting and reassuring the local community and an investigation is under way.

    “We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the suspect or recognises the description of him. Anyone with information is urged to contact 101 quoting reference 526i of 23 March, or alternatively information can be reported online through the Tell Us About section of our website.”


    Anyone who believes they may be a victim of a sexual assault and needs support can contact West Mercia's Victim Advice Line. It is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit the Victim Advice Line and do not have to have reported the offence to the police.


    Korean BBQ set to open at the Old Market Hereford

    By ragwert,

    A Korean BBQ restaurant is soon to open at the old market ocupying the former ChimiChanga restaurant.

    Shopfitters are currently inside transforming it ready for opening soon.

     Korean barbecue or ‘gogi-gui’ is about cooking marinated meats at the table on charcoal or gas grills.

    The meats come in a variety of cuts, such as bulgogi, thin slices of sirloin or tenderloin, which are very popular and can be flavoured with a variety of marinades among the likes of soy, garlic, and chilli. Another crowd-pleaser, which you may see often on Korean menus, is galbi, which are short ribs,


    Hereford Voice Councillor Sessions - Cllr. Liz Harvey Part 4

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    🔷 How much do Councillors get paid? 🔷

    In this session Councillor Harvey explains about Councillors allowances.

    Councillor Harvey will be answering more of the questions from our previous topic here in her last few sessions this week.

    More Councillors will be engaging with you this year as part of our 'exclusive' Hereford Voice 'Councillor Sessions'

    Follow Hereford Voice for more Councillor Sessions coming soon

    #herefordvoice #hereford #herefordshire #hfdvcs

    Road Reopens Along Beattie Avenue After 8 Months

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Beattie Ave was reopened to all traffic again earlier this week after parts of the first phase are near completion. The road was closed to traffic on the 15th June 2020 for eight months whilst residential development and highway modification works are completed by Harper Group. 


    The construction of 71 bungalows and houses with associated parking, private amenity, access and alterations to highway including new houses and bungalows as part of the redevelopment. 





    Hereford and Leominster Mayfair 2021 Postponed Until the Summer.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Following a meeting of Herefordshire’s Safety Advisory Group, it has been determined and agreed with the event organisers that due to the pandemic, it would not be prudent to hold the Leominster and Hereford Mayfair events in their usual slots at the end of April/beginning of May.


    Instead, they are planned to be rescheduled as follows:

    • Leominster: Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 July inclusive
    • Hereford: Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 August inclusive

    The Hereford May Fair will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the granting of its charter in 2021, while the Leominster Fair can be traced back to the 17th century, and both events attract many residents and visitors every year. Events and activities are being organised to celebrate Hereford’s 900th anniversary and details of these will be available on the Herefordshire Council website in the next few weeks.Dean Deakin, Chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland Section of The Showman’s Guild, said: 


    “All our members are pleased and eager to still be able to bring our fair to Hereford this year. We look forward to providing our usual thrills and excitement in a safe, outdoor environment, with the 900 year anniversary representing a significant and proud milestone for us.”

    Abie Morris, on behalf of the Morris family, said: “We are delighted that the tradition of Leominster fair should still be able to take place in 2021 and take real pride in being able to once again deliver this event for locals and visitors”.

    The streets come alive during the three-day festivals each year as crowds flock to enjoy their unique festival atmosphere and myriad of entertainment.  

    On behalf of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Tyler, Cabinet Member Housing, Regulatory Services & Community Safety said,


    “Whilst it is disappointing that these popular events in Leominster and Hereford will not be able to take place on their original dates this year, it is pleasing that alternative dates have been identified for later this summer, so that these fun filled events can be enjoyed once more.”


    Knife Angel Hereford 14 June - 12 July

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    British irons Works -  It’s official, we’re sending the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the Knife Angel, to Hereford to be displayed from the 14th June 2021 for one intensive month of education and awareness raising.

    New Date - 14 June - 12 July

    This work will be carried out through youth work and education 🖤 


    #knifeangel #knifeangelhereford #britishironworkcentre #hereford

    Hereford FC Secure Place in FA Trophy Final at Wembley

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford FC have booked their place in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley with a 1-0 victory against National League side Woking at Edgar Street today.


    Joey Butlin was the hero as his 21st minute header fired the Bulls into the showpiece final against Isthmian Premier Division side Hornchurch who beat Notts County on penalties.

    Josh Gowling made no changes to the side that won at Aldershot in the Quarter Finals last month but new signing Maziar Kouhyar was named amongst the substitutes. 

    With so much at stake it was a nervy opening to the game with neither side able to keep hold of possession and build any attacking momentum.

    Woking threatened first when the towering Moussa Diarra wastefully headed over the bar when well-placed after being expertly picked put by Jamar Loza’s teasing cross.

    French defender Diarra came to his sides rescue with two vital blocks to deny Tom Owen-Evans certain goals after good work down the left by Michael Bakare and Lewis Butroid.

    The crucial moment came when Butlin deftly guided his header past the despairing dive of Woking ‘keeper Craig Ross from Bakare’s pinpoint cross for his first goal for the club.

    The Bulls continued to press forward and piled on the pressure with a series of dangerous Chris Camwell set pieces causing panic among the Cards defence.

    After seeing little action in the early stages birthday boy Brandon Hall remained alert to maintain The Whites lead when he produced a smart save to palm away Sam Ashford’s low drive.

    Versatile forward Bakare came close to adding second just before half-time when he cut in from the wing before firing in a left footed shot which was pushed wide by Ross.

    Defensive lynchpin Jamie Grimes almost made it a perfect start to the second half when he powerfully met Camwell’s corner but Ross did well to punch clear.

    The Bulls survived a major scare on the hour when Ashford nodded into the empty net after Hall failed to claim Charlie Cooper’s free kick but it was ruled out for offside.

    Hereford looked to make the most of the let off with Owen-Evans playing in Bakare whose goal-bound shot was blocked by Diarra before Butroid volleyed the follow up wide.

    More chances to kill the tie off came and went when Owen-Evans drive was beaten away by Ross before Kyle Finn blazed the rebound over the bar after a poor clearance by Diarra.

    Butlin should have put the game to bed with seven minutes remaining when he beat the offside trap to race in on goal but a poor touch allowed the grateful Ross to recover.

    Three times Trophy winners Woking brought on forwards Jonte Smith, Malachi Napa and Niko Muir as well as pushing Diarra into an auxiliary striker as they looked for a way back.

    But the Bulls stayed resolute with Grimes and Luke Haines putting their bodies on the line to produce vital blocks late on while Hall stood strong to claim a number of dangerous high balls.

    Deep into stoppage time Woking had one last chance to equalise when the unmarked Diarra was picked out at the back post but he blazed his shot wildly over the bar.

    The Bulls held on to secure their place under the famous arch with the FA Trophy Final against Hornchurch scheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd May.

    Source Hereford FC

    Resurfacing and Drainage works complete at Orcop and Rowlestone Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on the A466 to Pendiggott, Orcop, Herefordshire.



    Contractors have also completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on the A465 to The Vroe, Rowlestone, Herefordshire.






    Free cycle stands for county businesses.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Businesses and organisations in the county can apply for a free bike stand, courtesy of Herefordshire Council and cycling charity ‘Life Cycle UK’.


    Herefordshire Council declared a climate emergency in March 2019, strengthened in December 2019 to a ‘climate and ecological emergency’. The council is committed to promoting and encouraging healthy and sustainable forms of transportation, such as walking and cycling, which are better for the individual and the environment.

    According to the Government, cycling has risen by around 200% since the first lockdown, and to support this momentum, Herefordshire Council has funded Life Cycle to provide up to four free cycle stands for workplaces, complete with free installation through its Take a Stand® scheme.

    The scheme will provide cycle parking to help people on bikes better access local jobs and services. The benefits to businesses can be huge, to their staff, and with the resulting rise in footfall increasing retail spending by as much as 500%.

    To apply and for further information please visit www.lifecycleuk.org.uk

    Resurfacing at Green Croft Hereford Complete

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works at Green Croft, Redhill, Hereford.




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