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    Shanty town

    By megilleland,

    Taken from "Have your Say" Hereford Times this week:


    I WISH to draw your attention to the potentially dangerous situation at the junction of Goodrich Avenue and Waterfield Road.


    For no obvious reason a number of container-type cabins, presumably used for storage, are parked on the greensward adjacent to the fairly new police sub-station opposite the entry/exit of the service road for Millard Close.

    For the activities involved in using these cabins – which, in themselves, obscure or distract attention from other traffic approaching that junction – vehicles service the cabins and are parked on one or both sides of Goodrich Avenue and Waterfield Road, with workers moving to and fro.


    That no incident has already occurred is, I think, entirely fortuitous.

    It has occurred to me that the siting of these cabins might and certainly ought to have incurred an application for at least temporary planning consent as I doubt whether it would have been granted in view of the hazardous situation they cannot avoid causing.


    DAVID J JORDAN, Millard Close, Hereford




    I think he has got a valid point. This area of safeguarded open space has been turned into a large builders compound. Herefordshire Housing sure know how to ruin a decent green area for local people. No doubt they have plans for other open spaces bearing in mind the present governments approach to relaxations of development rules. It is a pity that they can't keep their estates tidy - the whole area is sinking fast. The area once had a youth club and church - useful community assets.

    PC Minutes - August 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the parish council meeting held on August 2nd 2012


    August Minutes.pdf

    PC Minutes - June 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the parish council meeting held on June 28th 2012


    June Minutes.pdf

    PC Minutes - May 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the annual parish council meeting held on May 17th 2012


    Annual Meeting May.pdf


    Annual Meeting May2.pdf

    PC Minutes - April 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the parish council meeting held on April 12th 2012


    April Minutes.pdf

    PC Minutes - March 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the parish council meeting held on March 1st 2012


    March 12 Minutes.pdf

    PC Minutes - January 2012

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Please find attached the minutes from the parish council meeting held on January 19th 2012


    January 12 Minutes.pdf

    Police & Trading Standards

    By bobby47,

    During the past few years I've noticed a worrying increase in the use of children by the Police and the Local Authority, who are recruiting kids, giving them money and tasking them to enter a licensed premises store and purchase alcohol in order to gain evidence to support either a Licence being revoked or a criminal prosecution.

    These Test Purchases are conducted under the control of the Police and the Trading Standards and at some point following a successful Test Purchase of alcohol, these kids must presumably provide witness statements and their personal details or false names must be incorporated into a file of evidence that will support a criminal prosecution.

    For all intents and purposes these kids become Covert Intelligence Sources and I suppose, must be filed and logged as Police Informants.

    Now I ain't no expert on any of this but I do ask myself, 'is this entirely necessary' given that the Police and Trading Standards could quite easily carry out a successful prosecution by simply carrying out observations on the shop and catching a few kids who have purchased alcohol from the Licencee.

    My worry is that to save the Police and Council a lot of man hours doing these observations, they are taking the easy option and using children.

    My personal view is that we shouldn't be exploiting children in this way. I accept that some would say the kids are volunteers but when they are that age, do they really know and understand what is being asked of them?

    I felt this for a long time and I'd bet anybody that one day the wheel is going to come off and this will become a major Policing issue and will be something that we will, with hindsight regret ever doing.

    I say, leave the kids out of it and get your evidence in another way.

    White Cube Mountain Bike Stolen - Masefield Ave

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Shed Broken into last night at Masefield Avenue. A white cube Mountain bike was stolen. Blue writing black seat.

    Any info please contact our local police.

    Dead Posts St Martins

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Here are a few from St Martins and Putson

    This first one is along Hinton Road

    This one is just outside the funeral directors

    Vortex Youth Centre?

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    What is happening about a new youth centre for Newton Farm? there was some talk of the former vortex site, but not heard anything since?


    Can anyone give us an update?

    Extraordinary Meeting

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Extraordinary Meeting of Belmont Parish Council

    Will take place on

    Friday 2nd November 2012


    Belmot Community Centre

    Eastholme Avenue, Belmont,


    Commencing at 7.30pm

    For the sole purpose of discussing and making comments on plnning application reference S122747/0, being outline planning consent for a development of 85 homes on land at Home Farm Hereford.

    Complete Incompetence!

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    What the hell is wrong with Amey? Are they not capable of getting anything right? more importantly making things SAFE!


    Apparently they have informed Cllr Powell that the dead posts are not hazardous...


    I have heard back from Amey this morning in their opinion the posts are not hazzardous! and have been put in a program of work to be carried out JANUARY 2013, I have told them I DO NOT ACCEPT THIS TIMESCALE!!!! I also pointed out ALL works I have asked for to the Inspector from Amey that came out on a site visit / walk around of all of Newton Farm / GWW this morning.


    Then we were told

    I invited Amey inspector Neill Davies to come with me on my ward walkabout which he did last week, I have given him an extensive list of things to be done, and some have been done including some of the posts have been taken away as a start, I am going up onto the GWW in the next hour to check up there.


    Then we were told

    Amey has responded to my various requests 5 posts on GWW have been removed, and grass cut. tree in Muir Close been cut, hedges and dead tree removed in Waterfield Rd, hedges cut in Treago Grove, weeds hedges cut in Blakemore Close grass cut at the Oval. Further work is to be carried out in coming weeks in Newton Farm, Hunderton and down Belmont road from Clehonger turn coming forward.


    Cllr Powell has also been informed that 5 posts from the GWW have been removed, well guess what? Only 1 post has been 'so called' removed but actually as you will see in the following images the 'non hazardous post' has now become extremely dangerous! As usual Amateur Amey are clearly not capable of doing this job properly, instead of REMOVING the post as you would expect, they have merely taken an angle grinder and cut it off near the base, which has now left a sharp dangerous piece of metal as you can see



    Traffic Improvements For Herefordshire

    Glenda Powell
    By Glenda Powell,



    Central Government announcement at their conference in Birmingham on 8th Oct 2012.


    Central Government has announce funding for Herefordshire Council road improvements schemes at Belmont Road and Edgar Street which are:


    A49 / A465 Belmont road junction to reduce delays on the A49 northbound approaches to the Belmont road junction, the junction will be realigned to create a separate approach to accomodate A49 southbound movements into Asda's store, and u-turn movements from St. Marins street toward A49 northbound from the right turn movement into A465 Belmont road. It will be traffic signal controlled and co-ordinates with the Belmont road right turn. Scheme start 2013 completed 2013.


    A49 / A438 Edgar street. The A49 southbound approach into Edgar street roundabout is a major cause for delay on the A49 route. To increase capacity this approach will be widened to create a third lane. In order to create the space for the new lane the pedestrian crossing will be slightly relocated. Scheme start 2014 to be completed 2014.



    Litter, litter everywhere!

    By megilleland,

    I delayed posting this comment due to the Christmas and New Year Break, but feel that attention should be raised to the piles of litter which I see, not only on my estate, but also around the city generally and in particular along the A465 verges between Wormbridge and the city. Is anyone going to pick it up or is it just a case of waiting until spring/early summer and hope it gets hidden in the long grass. One particular bad part of the city which I walk through every day is the lane joining Canal Road and the back of Morrisons. I know it is a private road, but it is public litter that has been dropped and together with the graffiti overlooking the burial ground, the complete scene is an eyesore. I have yet to see a human road sweeper in the city with a brush and shovel keeping on top of this problem. If it can't be reached from the comfort of a mechanical sweeper no one bothers. Also the debris that was reported at the back of Charles Witts Avenue and bordering the Great Western Way is still there after one year. How does everyone else feel about this constant problem?

    Herefordshire Council may privatise more services

    By megilleland,

    From BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio today:



    Herefordshire Council may privatise more services


    Herefordshire Council has said it is looking at outsourcing a further 38 services including planning to a private company in order to save money.


    In 2003 the authority employed company Amey to take on several of its services, including street cleaning, highways maintenance and grass cutting.


    It said that as that 10-year contract was coming up for renewal, it was looking at what else could be included.


    The council said it was not "looking at any redundancies at the moment".


    If the extra 38 services, which include car parking enforcement, housing development, planning, archaeology, environmental health and pest control, bereavement services, licensing, markets and catering, are also privatised, the contract could potentially be worth £1bn over 10 years.


    Council officials said the plans were only at their "very early stages" and were only looking at the possibility of outsourcing further services.


    Richard Ball, from the council's commissioning department, said: "We are not looking at redundancies at the moment.


    "This is very much about making sure we get the right quality of services. We are not under a commitment to any other outsourcing."


    'Big experiment'

    Steve Akers, regional Unison organiser for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said it was important the council remained "transparent" over any decisions it made.


    He said: "It's a big experiment.


    "The spin is that this is about value for money and good quality services, but there are no guarantees of that."


    The authority said it would be starting a consultation process over the plans, and will be holding a series of events from 20 September to explain them.


    The Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce has backed the proposals, saying they could potentially be good for the local economy.


    Is this plan going to be any good for council tax payers. I don't like the privatisation of planning. What is lacking with this council is transparency and accountability.

    Road Traffic Signs Hidden From Overgrown Tree's & Bushes

    Victor Wright
    By Victor Wright,

    I have just driven into the City from the Abergavenny side and a lot of the road signs are hidden becasue of overgrown tree's and bushes, in particular in the roundabout sign on the left just after the Haywood Lane turning heading in towards Hereford, you cannot see it until you are more or less on it becasue the tree's are so overgrown, the same with quite a few of the road signs. All along the main road the tree's seem to have got out of hand, it will not be long before we have a canopy formed, can these not all be cut back? it looks a right mess coming into town, this continues all down the Belmont Road to the iron bridge.

    New 'Ducks Crossing Signs'

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    As a daily user of Haywood Lane, I have been concenced for sometime at the lack of warning signs about Ducks and Swans crossing the road between the Belmont Pools, So I was delighted to here that some New signs had been installed...



    Please forgive me for complaining but they are useless in their current position!

    This is the view travelling from the Callow towards Belmont, I am now driving at a legal spped of 40mph and less than 20 metres from where the pools are...Can you see the sign yet?


    Ok, now lets get really close and move my position over to the opposite lane and yippee!! now you can see the sign


    Too late they are all dead !!


    First of all, you DO NOT see these signs until you are on top of them

    (so can someone please explain how do these serve as a good warning in order to slow drivers down?) and secondly they are far far too close to the pools and where these animals cross the road.


    Driving at the legal speed limit, stopping distance at 40mph is 30 metres (120ft) which makes these signs USELESS as they are much much closer than that and I am assuming that drivers are within the speed limit which more often than not they are not! Why are these simple mathamatics not put into practice prior to any insallation?

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