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    Anyone else been asked to complete survey by Jesse?

    By magicroundabout,

    This afternoon I had an invitation to complete Jesse Norman's survey " How am I doing".  Checking for feedback - impressive!! 


    Quote:  "I am sending it to you as you have previously contacted me about casework or an issue of government policy that concerns you."


    One of the survey questions was "Jesse puts constituents before his career"

    Do I strongly agree; agree; neither disagree or agree; disagree; strongly disagree?


    The other questions were more realistic.     :Hmm:  :Happy_32:   :Winky:



    Hereford Burglary CCTV Appeal

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    CCTV Released In Hereford Burglary Investigation

    Police officers are releasing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at a Co-operative store in Hereford.

    The incident happened at the Co-op shop in Ledbury Road on Saturday 14 December between 2.15am and 3am.wmp__1389184516_Ledbury_Road_suspect.jpg

    CCTV image

    The stock room was broken into and then there was an attempt to enter the shop and office which were locked.

    A man captured on CCTV at the premises is described as having dark hair, aged between 28 and 40 years, he has a large wide nose and possibly had a black swollen eye at the time of the offence. He was wearing a dark hoody with white cords in the collar and a grey hoody over the top with black writing on the right upper arm.

    PC Cathryn Blake of Hereford Police said: “We would like to hear from anyone who knows this man or recognises him from the CCTV picture. We would also like to appeal to the man himself to contact us.”

    Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Blake at Hereford police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quoting incident number 136s 141213.

    Alternatively, please remember that information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.


    Full Details Here

    The biggest Scam so far

    By flamboyant,

    The following link makes interesting reading





    Well Done Terry Jenkins Reaching The UK Open Final 2014

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Congratulations to my mate Terry Jenkins reaching the UK Open final 2014. Good luck, I will have my fingers crossed for you mate!


    Terry Jenkins.jpg

    St Francis Saviour Demolished

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Well the end of on era, St Francis Saviour no more...


    St Francis Saviour.jpg

    River Wye Hereford

    By K.Butt,

    I have just found this, lovely photo.  :Thumbs-Up:

    Bus service review 6 March to 21 April 2014

    By megilleland,
    How to respond to the bus review
    Why we are undertaking this review
    Around 39 per cent of the 3.1 million bus journeys made each year in the county are supported by a subsidy from the council. The total cost of the subsidy is around £1.6 million. The remainder of journeys are made on services run commercially by bus operators.
    The council spends an additional £1.4 million reimbursing bus operators for concessionary travel - free travel on the bus network for older and disabled people.
    You will be aware that public services are facing significant financial pressure as central Government reduces funding to local councils as part of its austerity measures. Facing significant cuts in our budget, we are reviewing all of our activities.
    At a meeting on 23 January 2014, the cabinet considered a report on the review of transport services. It agreed to undertake a detailed review to save £1 million over the next two financial years (2014/15 to 2015/16).
    What the bus review covers
    We are working closely with bus operators to explore how we can make savings through more efficient services and journey planning.
    This includes looking into: 
    * Integrating some contracts, therefore, increasing the efficient use of vehicles and drivers.                 Examples of integration include:
         - Incorporating school transport services within the wider bus network
         - Retaining some limited rural or market day services as feeder services which link to the core         bus network (key transport corridors with regular, higher frequency services)
    * Whether or not some supported services might operate commercially and without subsidy
    * Reducing the frequency of some services
    However, it is unlikely that we will achieve £1 million savings purely through efficiencies. Therefore, we will have to consider withdrawing subsidy for some services. 
    We carried out a comprehensive consultation in 2011, which asked about your bus service priorities. We would like to update that consultation because of this significant budget reduction and to help guide the decisions we will have to make following contract negotiations with operators.
    We will carry out further consultation with local communities as we finalise what operators are prepared to provide with lower levels of subsidy.
    Further information
    If you have any queries, need help to complete the questionnaire or would like it in another format or language, please call 01432 260211 or email publictransport@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Nightmare On Edgar Street


    As we will shortly be approaching the 'moment of truth' for what we are all now being encouraged to call 'Old Market', I thought I'd go and take a really good look at it yesterday (perhaps Colin could treat us to one of his excellent pics later in the week?).  Well, peeps, the optimum vantage point is a few paces north of the entrance to the Moorfields Surgery at the top of Edgar Street; and the optimum viewing time is 4.30pm - especially if its sunny.


    Ranged in front of you is a vast curving windowless wall, already seriously stained with what building surveors call 'efflorescence' (salts being leached out of the bricks through the warmth of the sun) - first spotted by the ever-vigilant King Bobby last Decermber.  It will get worse before it gets better.  Towering above this inhuman Alcatraz-like 'cliff', Stanhope's talented designers have chosen to place a row of five irregularly-profiled metal-clad rooftops.  Why five?  Why metal?  Why lop-sided?  Who knows.  Just architectural whimsey, I suppose.


    After I'd got my breath back from witnessing this architectural monstrosity (a passer-by offered me a tot of brandy from a hip flask), I came up with the following solution.  Before all the big cranes are taken off the site, McAlpines should fix five projecting gibbets from the five roof 'peaks'.  On each would be suspended a life-size fibreglass effigy of the five 'culprits' responsible for this Nightmare on Edgar Street.  My nominations would be: Jonathan Bretherton, Roger Phillips, John Jarvis, Stanhope's Managing Director and the senior partner of designers Allies & Morrison.

    Brownfield sites

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    I found this on the Facebook Hands Off Our Village it makes interesting reading





    New Traffic Lights Running - A49N Now GRIDLOCKED

    By Biomech,

    Can someone please, for the love of f***, explain to me how the people running this city STILL maintain that they are doing the right thing?


    Please, I cannot comprehend the ignorance.


    We've had several weeks without lights Northbound on the A49 and traffic flowed perfectly.


    Today the city is in gridlock because the lights have been put back on. Queuing starting at the Broadleys on Ross Road (I didn't dare venture up Belmont Road), all the way down to Currys. Locked, cars sitting with their ignitions off.


    You do not need a masters degree in traffic architecture to see that the lights are making things WORSE.


    Are you people that ******* blind and that ******* ignorant that you think this is acceptable?


    For f*** Sake.

    Oval Regeneration Demolition Begins...

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I notice that work has started on the demolition of the flats in Beattie Avenue and St Francis Saviour Church.


    Beattie Ave 2.jpg


    I also notice that the demolition contractors are DES who are based in Henley in Arden Warwickshire, was there not a suitable local Hereford company able to carry out these works?

    Kings Caple Sink Hole

    By Roger,



    Anyone got any pictures of this hole in Caple Avenue? 

    Hereford Starlings

    By Roger,



    I never knew the Council had a starling distress caller to lend out! ... I'm not sure if this is a joke or whether Marc Willimont (head of environmental health at Herefordshire Council) is sub letting this bird control device out as he said previously that the Council would not get involved ... 'Marc Willimont, head of environmental health at Herefordshire Council, said: "Starlings are protected wild birds so Herefordshire Council will not take any action to harm or control them."' ~ is the quote from the bbc website ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-26340928

    Hutchinsons HiFi in Cheltenham Closing after 28 Years

    By Biomech,



    I mention this for 2 very good reasons.


    1: There is a new development making it's way into Cheltenham ("The Brewery") which is said to be driving local traders out. At the new development you can find such names as Nandos, Chiquitos and Frank & Benny's, as well as a new multiscreen cinema (sound familiar?)


    2: Hutchinsons owns the Sony center in Hereford. Hutchinsons also owned the Panasonic Store in Hereford which, as I'm sure you are aware, closed down as the OLM began.


    I also note this comment at the bottom of the page which makes a lot of sense:

    "Expensive town centre parking charges are the main reason why so called "out of town" shopping areas do so well. There is NO parking cost. There are NO over zealous "Traffic Enforcement Officers" slapping a ticket on your car. Car drivers are welcomed with open arms, something which local Councillors fail to see, everytime thy raise parking charges."

    Poundstretcher - Pet Hut

    By Biomech,

    I heard on the radio this morning that Poundstretcher are opening a shop at Brook Retail Park (I believe this is Blockbuster?)


    So I'm assuming the shop in Eign Gate is going/gone?

    Protecting the vulnerable within our society.

    By bobby47,

    Our colleague, Councillor Chris Chappell has been appointed 'champion' for our fellow citizens who are disabled because of Learning Disability.

    This is really good news for those of us who understand this issue and I know that this appointment is an excellent one and one which will provide a great deal of comfort to Moms, Dads, Siblings and Carers who devote their lives to caring and providing love and support.

    Having been the recipient of his biting teeth, I am confident that our Chris Chappell will fight, bite and snarl to protect those less fortunate than you and I and I congratulate him on this appointment and wish him luck during the forthcoming months which will require a great deal of challenging decisions to ensure we provide the proper care for those who have this disability.

    For my part, if there is anything that I can do to assist and help Councillor Chappell in this role, I'll do all I can to support him and his colleagues. Congratulations Mr Chappell.

    Screwfix Opening in Hereford

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Home Bargains has opened, there are some real bargains on branded products to be had but there is also some tat in there too, but certainly worth a visit. I purchased a few items, in particular a small bottle of Diet Pepsi for 29p!

    Herefordshire Housing Looking To Purchase Ship Inn

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Herefordshire Housing looking to purchase The Ship Inn, Hereford. The Ship Inn has been closed for a number of years and has suffered from vandalism. They are looking to create around 35 new 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.


    ship hereford.jpg

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