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    Hereford City shopkeeper fined for selling illegal tobacco

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards carried out a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy operation


    A Hereford City shopkeeper has been fined for selling illegal tobacco in a case taken to court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service.

    Adam Ibrahim, 26, of Bank Street Dudley, pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 1 October 2018) at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to six offences of possession and sale of illegal tobacco, all of which was non UK duty-paid. The former owner of the Zabka shop at Eign Gate, Hereford, was fined and required to pay costs totalling £2472. Mr Ibrahim is the fourth consecutive owner of the Zabka shop in four years to be convicted of selling illegal tobacco. 

    In January 2018, Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police undertook a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) operation. 1580 packets of illegal cigarettes and 132 pouches of illegal hand rolling tobacco were seized; products were found in sophisticated concealments hidden in the floor and in false backs to large fridges.

    Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory & Development Management Services, said:


    “The sale of illegal tobacco severely damages honest local businesses, as well as costing the tax payer £2 billion nationally. We will continue to work in partnership with the police to clamp down on this organised crime which is often associated with other criminal activity. This case was yet another successful outcome supported by multi-agency targeted enforcement which clearly shows the value of working in partnership with other agencies.” 

    Sergeant Duncan Reynolds from West Mercia Police said:



    "The trade of illegal cigarettes and other commodities is not only harmful to health, it is the type of crime that can be linked to organised crime groups working across our county borders. Serious and organised crime has a devastating effect on communities. I would urge members of the public to work with the police and Trading Standards to recognise the signs and report them so they can be investigated thoroughly.

    "This is yet another example of successful partnership working to tackle organised crime in our community. Alongside MATES, West Mercia Police’s Protect campaign will see neighbourhood officers continuing to work closely with other organisations using all the powers available to bring offenders to justice.”


    There is further information about Herefordshire Trading Standards on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards


    Hereford Skate Park Featured in Co-op TV Advert

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Hereford Skate Park has bee featured in the latest Co-op TV Adverts, check it out;

    Co-op food that helps fund local causes #ItsWhatWeDo like the Hereford Skate Park.

    Lugg Meadow ground work activity.

    By greenknight,

    Well hello...it's been a while but I'm liking the revamp.

    Been away with work and doing a bit of my own rebuilding and I guess that brings me to the topic in question.

    Does anyone know what's going on in the fields next to the Barrett new development and opposite the road that leads out from the old Herefordshire Nature Trust building ?

    Council Changes May 2019

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Surprised nobody else has posted the changes at Herefordshire Council following the recent local elections so here goes:-

    Herefordshire Council’s Leader and Chair elected and committee chairs appointed.

    Full Council has today announced how Herefordshire Council will be governed in the 2019/20 municipal year.

    Councillor Hitchiner has been elected Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Bowen is Chairman of the Council and Councillor Guthrie is Vice-Chairwoman of the Council.

    Full Council also appointed Herefordshire Council’s committee chairs, confirmed as:

    Adults and wellbeing scrutiny committee    

    Chair: Councillor Swinglehurst                         Vice-Chair: Councillor Bartlett

    Audit and governance committee       

    Chair: Councillor Shaw                                     Vice-Chair: Councillor Bolderson

    Children and young people scrutiny committee     

    Chair: Councillor Gandy                                   Vice-Chair: Councillor Toynbee

    Employment panel committee  

    Chair: Councillor Hitchiner                                Vice-Chair: Councillor Johnson

    General scrutiny committee     

    Chair: Councillor Lester                                    Vice-Chair: Councillor Bowes

    Planning and regulatory committee   

    Chair: Councillor Hardwick                               Vice-Chair: Councillor Seldon

    Licensing sub-committee         

    Chair: Councillor Seldon

    Published: Friday, 24th May 2019


    Councillor David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, has today announced his Cabinet member appointments and the portfolios they will be responsible for.

    The Leader will continue to direct the council’s corporate policy and strategy and have overall budget responsibility.

    Cabinet members are:

    Councillor Felicity Norman (Deputy Leader): Children and Families

    Councillor Gemma Davies: Contracts and Assets

    Councillor Pauline Crockett: Health and Wellbeing

    Councillor John Harrington: Infrastructure

    Councillor Ellie Chowns: Economy and Communications

    Councillor Ange Tyler: Transport and Regulatory Services

    Councillor Liz Harvey: Finance and Corporate Services


    Councillor David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said:

    “Herefordshire is a proudly independent and ingenious county. I look forward to drawing on best practise, using our strengths and talents, to be a council that serves and works with the people of Herefordshire, with openness and imagination at its heart. Our Cabinet Members bring a variety of skills and some new experience- I am confident that working together we will do well for the county we all love.”

    Published: Friday, 24th May 2019

    Wishing them well in their new roles and look forward to some positive moves

    That's all for now!



    International Women in Engineering Day (INWED )

    By Ubique,

    Today is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

    INWED is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

    I copied the above from an Armed Forces Group , believe that the proposed Engineering University in Hereford have missed an opportunity to spread the word further on this special day - you might be aware that the Armed Forces have numerous opportunities for Women in Engineering.

    New Cyber Security Centre Rotherwas

    By ragwert,

    A new purpose built security centre is to be built at Skylon Park Rotherwas in a joint venture between Herefordshire Council and the University of Wolverhampton. The University of Wolverhampton has approved £1.5 million to contribute to the centre as well as successfully securing grant funding of £4 million from the Marches LEP Local Growth Fund and £1.16 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  Herefordshire Council has approved funding of £3.5 million to contribute to the Centre for Cyber Security



    Planning Granted for New Student Accommodation

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been granted for a new student accommodation block at Station Approach.

    The application was submitted by the council’s development partners, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE and Cityheart Partnerships, for purpose-built student accommodation at Station Approach. 

    Hereford College of Arts (HCA), which has a proven need for good quality student housing to support its growth plans, will be the main customer of the Station Approach project. There will also be rooms allocated for students of NMiTE, supporting its development.


    Station Approach is part of Herefordshire Council’s Development and Regeneration Programme (DRP) in partnership with ENGIE which will deliver the programme over the next 10 to 20 years. The programme will support the council’s economic vision for the county which includes support for the delivery of the new university and Hereford’s existing colleges.

    The site is located at the heart of Hereford’s transport system, to the north east of the new Hereford City Link Road and provides easy access to Hereford College of Arts (HCA), Hereford station and the city centre.

    Along with accompanying hard and soft landscaping, cycle parking, and accessible parking with fast charging points for electric cars, there will be public art designed and made by the students. 


    Cllr Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets, said:


    “After the incredible hard work that has gone into the application and designs for Station Approach, it is fantastic news for Herefordshire that Station Approach has been granted planning permission. This is a wonderful example of a collaborative development, with the council, ENGIE, Cityheart, Hereford College of Arts and NMiTE all working together to progress this exciting project.

    “We are delighted to see momentum building behind the DRP, which is a key part of our commitment to supporting the growth of our local economy and championing Herefordshire as a great place to live, work, study and visit.”

    On working with Hereford College of Arts and NMiTE, Cllr Bramer concluded: “I would like to thank the staff and students of HCA and NMiTE for their feedback on the initial designs, which will help us to deliver one of the most vibrant and well-designed student accommodation projects in the country, and contribute to moving Hereford forward as a great place for higher education.” 

    Jake Fellows, Major Projects Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said:


    “We’re delighted that these exciting proposals have been approved. This new development will help to cement Herefordshire’s place as a top destination for students over the coming years, and we’re looking forward to starting work on the site later in the year

    “With plans for Station Approach progressing well and work about to begin on Ross Enterprise Park, the Development and Regeneration Programme is now really starting to gather pace, and this is thanks to the vision and commitment of Herefordshire Council and its partners.”

    Abigail Appleton, Hereford College of Arts, said:


    “This opportunity plays an important role in our plans to attract more students than ever before to Hereford for creative degree courses at Hereford College of Arts.  We are also excited about the way that student and staff  artwork will help make this building an inspirational gateway to the city and represent our city’s great creative heritage and future.  

    “We believe that collaboration between HCA, NMiTE and Herefordshire Council will help promote Hereford across the UK and beyond as a centre for exceptional specialist education.”


    Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, CEO of NMiTE, added:


    “We are fully supportive of these exciting proposals and delighted to be partnering with HCA as customers for this purpose-built accommodation which will, we hope, make an important contribution to our requirements for our September 2020 intake of learner engineers”.


    Saving the planet

    By megilleland,

    What's all this nonsense about saving the planet.

    It all started to go downhill when schools dropped home economics in the 1970’s with a switch to computer and design technology, so that all you need to know now is how to handle a tin opener. The demise of home economics skills (cookery, laundry and budgeting) result in a scruffy mindless herd eating on the streets and throwing their tins, wrappers, plastic bottles and lottery tickets anywhere but into a waste bin. The specialty disposal method favoured locally is to deposit waste into someone’s garden hedge.

    What does this mess (not politics) tell us about our future citizens and their minds. This is the outcome of the Liverpool and Tottenham match in Madrid. No wonder the Spanish get the wrong impression of British tourists.


    New Tram/Light Rail in Hereford

    By Mick,

    I have just read this article: It is a pity that there is mention of Colin or Hereford Voice within any of this publication.


    HEREFORDSHIRE Council leaders say they will consider proposals for ultra-light rail to reduce congestion in the city

    The Herefordshire Sustainable Transport Group has submitted evidence to the Department for Transport answering its call for submissions on opportunities to introduce new light rail systems into towns and cities in England.

    The group says it was encouraged by Hereford MP Jesse Norman, who they say has been instrumental in preparing and instigating the call for evidence.

    Chairman Carole Protherough said: “HSTG has paid close attention to important land use changes in the city, the need for regeneration especially of the urban core and the availability of potential ultra-light rail routes already in public ownership.

    “Working with representatives from the light rail industry and environmentalists the HSTG response is a significant step forward in future transport planning for the city.”

    Council infrastructure cabinet member John Harrington said they would explore the options for ultra-light rail in Hereford.

    “The council is determined to respond to and work within the principles of the climate emergency declaration that was unanimously supported by all parties early this year.

    “It is important that we have the city’s case for ultra-light rail properly examined.

    “The solution to reducing congestion and promoting access and movement around Hereford through sustainable modes of transport will be multifaceted, and ultra-light rail will be considered as part of that approach.”

    Coun Harrington also thanked Herefordshire’s voluntary transport organisations for contributing to the development of the county’s transport plans.

    Mr Norman said he was pleased to be able to publish the call for evidence on light rail when he was a transport minister..

    “There is a real potential opportunity not just for the county but for the country as a whole, through the creation of a new light rail industry.”


    Didn't last long then..

    VE Day 2020 75th anniversary

    By Ubique,

    Sounds  like an excuse for a Party ....     

    Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
    May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.
    VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.
    The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.
    They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

    Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
    May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.
    VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.
    The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.
    They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

    ( From BBC Website ) 

    Cyclists on Footpaths!

    Frank Smith
    By Frank Smith,

    Cyclists on Footpaths!


    Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?

    I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road.

    I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore.

    I have just seen this article on Sky news

    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.


    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


    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.

    Jesse NormaN

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    he Ross Gazette liked

    Jesse Norman‏Verified account @Jesse_Norman 2h2 hours ago


    Very honoured and delighted to have appointed Minister of State at @transportgovuk. My portfolio remains as is, with additions.

    Plans to demolish the Broadleys Pub!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans to demolish the Broadleys Pub!  - ( 3 years on from the original proposal here ) 

    Co-Op proposal dampens the Christmas Spirit.

    Residents are up in arms that the Co-Op have drop leaflets to their houses this evening with proposals to demolish their local The Broadleys Pub and replace it with a Co-op store! 


    Tonight is the annual community carol service which is always well attended by the community and disappointment in the Co-Op is palpable.

    Mark Haslam from Herefordshire CAMRA said:


    “This is a very disappointing development. There is no need for another convenience store, but there certainly is the need for a pub to serve the local community. What is more, to leaflet local residents on the day of their annual carol service is nothing short of contemptible. We will be helping the local community fight these proposals.”


    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!!

    Interested? Talk to us..

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    European Election Candidates 23 May 2019

    By megilleland,

    There are 7 main parties in the upcoming EU Elections 23 May 2019 with 7 seats in the West Midlands up for grabs.

    There are 49 candidates being put forward to represent the region.

    When people go to the polls, it will only have the parties on the ballot paper for people to vote for NOT the person. 

    Based on the % of votes each party gets that will determine how many seats they have attained.

    Once the votes are through the Party Chair will choose which candidates get a seat.

    Of course if the government manage to reach a Brexit deal by the 22nd of May the vote will be called off.

    Here are the party candidates:

    Rupert Lowe
    Martin Daubney
    Andrew Kerr
    Vishal Khatri
    Nikki Page
    Laura Kevehazi
    Katherine Harborne 

    Neena Gill
    Sion Simon
    Julia Buckley
    Ansar Ali Khan
    Zarah Sultana
    Samuel Hennessy
    Liz Clements

    Anthea McIntyre
    Daniel Dalton
    Suzanne Webb
    Meirion Jenkins
    Alexander Phillips
    Mary Noone
    Ahmed Ejaz

    LIB DEM:
    Phil Bennion
    Ade Adeyemo
    Jeanie Falconer
    Jenny Wilkinson
    Jennifer Gray
    Lee Dargue
    Beverley Nielsen

    Stephen Dorrell
    Charlotte Gath
    Peter Wilding
    Amrik Kandola
    Joanna McKenna
    Victor Odusanya
    Lucinda Empson

    Ernie Warrender
    Paul Williams
    Graham Eardley
    Paul Allen
    Nigel Ely
    Joe Smyth
    Derek Bennet

    Ellie Chowns
    Diana Toynbee
    Paul Woodhead
    Julian Dean
    Louis Stephens
    Helen Heathfield
    Kefentse Dennis

    Any of these local or linked to or interested in Herefordshire?

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      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
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      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.
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