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    Hereford's Main Post Office Relocating into WHSmith

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford's main Post Office in High Town will be operating from inside WHSmith from next month from April 11th.

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    The existing Post Office on St Peter's Street, will close.

    Plans have already been submitted for new signage here


    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 

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    Questions from members of the council

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Council Friday 8 March 2019 10.00 am

    Agenda item no. 6 - Questions from members of the council

    Question Number: MQ 1

    Questioner
    Councillor PJ Edwards, Newton Farm

    Question
    In the absence of an accurate response to my question put to Council meeting 12th October 2018 regards the BBLP contract and selling of Grounds Equipment, please may all Members be informed of vehicles and machines which Herefordshire Council own in relation to the BBLP contract?

    Question to
    Cabinet member transport and regulatory services

    Response:
    The query that you raised in relation to the Leader’s report to Council in October did not receive an inaccurate response. Your query, as recorded in the minutes, was whether Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) would be able to deliver their responsibilities to maintain the council’s open spaces and verges given that it was understood that they had sold the equipment they owned required for these tasks and would therefore be reliant on third party contractors. The response confirmed that BBLP remained contracted to deliver this work, which is
    the case. A further query requested confirmation of the amount of money raised from the sale of equipment; this information was provided on 29 October 2018 (for ease of reference the amount was £21,548.40).

    As you will appreciate there is a significant amount of machinery and vehicles the council owns in relation to the BBLP contract; rather than produce a lengthy list here I would ask any member wishing to inspect the relevant asset register to email Laura.Lloyd@herefordshire.gov.uk who will be able to assist.

     

    Be interesting to see who is cutting what grass - BBLP, Council. Hereford Housing and/or private contractors. We get all of these in Muir Close during the year.
     


    Planning Sense

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Letter in Hereford Times - 10th March 2019

    ON a recent visit to the County Hospital I was surprised find half of the main car park covered with portable medical units. After waiting a while for a space to park my car, I managed to arrive for my appointment on time. I guess that part of this problem is due to the demolition of the old huts to make room for the new building.

    But is the hospital going to be able to cope in the future with the population increasing due to the building of hundreds of new homes, which many could be people retiring, and wishing to settle in our beautiful county? Who can blame them? And they in many instances in become involved. with local activities.

    In order to earmark land should the hospital need it, the land that comes to mind is the bus station. Move the bus station to next to the rail station. The new Group Surgery could occupy part of what has been the bus station.

    The proposed new university could be built at Rotherwas with a rail link to the main line which is close by and students would be able to travel to Barry Court Station.

    This may even help people travelling on the A49 who wish to get to the Aylestone side of the city park and ride, and. arrive at Barrs Court and then complete their journey on foot or by bus.

    This is just a thought, our leaders will do their best for our city we hope.

    Ed Thompson


    Hereford Woman Wins £125,000 on 'Who Want To Be A Millionaire'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Hereford woman has won £125,000 on TV's 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'

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    Katy Chambers, a human resources officer, won £125,000 this week on the show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson.


    Yevette Cooper & Brexit

    Cambo
    By Cambo,

    A little while back I decide to email a number of MP’s about my concerning regarding their behaviour towards Brexit...so today I revived my first & only response  so far from Yvette Cooper which I have to admit my surprise at.

    she was asking in the email if I would take part in a survey regarding Brexit with a link to said survey....below is a copy of my email to Yvette & her response to said email also with the link for anyone wanting to take part in her survey 

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    Litter - A clean sweep

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    In the Hereford Times today:
     

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    Campaign hopes to tackle litter by making it socially unacceptable

    MORE than £1m of taxpayers' money is spent on collecting litter and emptying bins but a group of like-minded campaigners want to change this.

    The first Herefordshire Litter Forum was held this week and brought together more than 40 pro-active litter picking groups, businesses and organisations

    The Stop the Drop Litter Pledge campaign was launched which aims to get at least 100 pledges from individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to organise litter picks around their premises and to promote measures to stop litter being dropped in the first place.

    Cllr Barry Durkin, Herefordshire's Council's cabinet member for transport and regulatory services, said at the forum: "It is not a one-off. I want this to be a collaboration and a movement forward and spread it into the community.

    "We spend £1m of council taxpayers' money picking up litter and emptying bins which could be spent elsewhere."

    Cllr Elissa Swinglehurst has pushed for the council to write to central government to propose a tax on fast food (take away) outlets, confectionary and crisp manufacturers, alcohol and soft drink companies and tobacco companies since these are the main items which are littered. She said the money can then be used to clean and tidy the streets and countryside.

    Jane Denny, from Herefordshire Council's Stop the Drop campaign, said the council is aiming to address the problem of littering by educating the public.

    She said: "We need to generate a culture where it is not acceptable to drop litter."

    She has spoken to 59 assemblies across the county and reached 10,000 young people.

    Wendy Harvey regularly carries out litter picks in Grafton Lane. She said: "I have always been amazed at the amount of litter. I can't understand how people do it so regularly when it just makes such a blight everywhere for everybody else."

    She said communities are getting fed up of seeing so much litter and groups across the county need to join forces so they do not feel alone in fighting the problem.

    Ms Harvey said they need to make dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink drinking and not picking up dog mess.

    Emma Jones from the Hereford Community Clean Up Group spoke about their work around the city. The group regularly goes out and carries out litter picks: they are all volunteers.

    Linzy Outrim, from Balfour Beatty Living Places, said Cusop Parish Council agreed to have their litter bins removed which actually reduced the amount of litter as she said people took their litter home with them.

    Dave Hough, from the council's community protection team, explained how littering is a criminal offence and there are four enforcement officers. People who drop litter can be fined £80. Officers need to observe the litter being dropped or have credible eye witness accounts. Since April 2017, 37 fixed penalty notices have been issued for littering.

    You can plan your own litter pick. To borrow a litter pack call 01432 261800. Go to herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop to find out litter picks in your area and to sign up to the pledge or call 01432 383449.

     

    I hope they have moved those bins in Cusop to a more deserving area.


    Former Council Office , Bath St.

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    The sale of Herefordshire Council’s former county office in Bath Street, Hereford has officially completed today (Monday 9 April), with Herefordshire Housing taking ownership of the city centre site.

    The site will be re-developed by Herefordshire Housing to create 75 new apartments, including 28 affordable units, within walking distance of Hereford’s historic city centre.

    The council office closed in September 2014, when staff moved to alternative buildings in order to reduce the number of council properties across the county.  The property was formally placed on the open market with Gloucester based Bruton Knowles in February 2016, with a sale initially agreed with Herefordshire Housing in September 2016.  The not for profit housing provider has spent the last 18 months developing its proposal and obtaining planning permission, which was granted in February 2018.

    PARKING 

    | In order to allow building work to commence, the car park located on the Bath Street site will close to the public from Friday 27 April.  To find your nearest alternative car park, please visit the council car parks webpage: http://socsi.in/CB54K


    Graffiti

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have noticed all this new graffiti locally, some will claim it is street art but the bottom line here is that this is plain criminal damage to someones property and this criminal damage costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds for the local council to clean it up.

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    This has popped up at the Oval and along the Belmont Road over the past week.

     


    Pepe's Piri Piri looking to open in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Pepe's Piri Piri to open in former Matabeau Café in Commercial Street Hereford following a new letting agreement.

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    A planning application to extend opening hours to 11pm at the vacant unit.

    The company's application said: "The proposed extension of hours will allow the business to open until 11pm serving customers with healthy grilled food, coffees and teas."

    If this planning application is approved, the restaurant will be open from 11am to 11pm seven days a week and will create 8 jobs.

    The consultation period will end on April 4.

    Pepe Piri Piri currently has 88 restaurants nationally with a menu offering Burritos, Wraps, Burgers and the famous Piri Piri Chicken plus many other items.

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    Where Are These Economic Migrants Coming From?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Where are all these people coming from?

    Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

    The net inflow from the EU is still roughly the size of the British Army despite cries of alarm from industry over Brexit. Meanwhile, non-EU net migration at 248,000 is astonishing. It is the highest for 14 years and the result of the Government's failure to take effective action to reduce it over recent years.

    Meanwhile

    More British citizens leave the country than arrive

    72,000 arrive against 124,000 leave. 

    Table 1: Latest Migration Statistics, Year Ending March 2018

                                  All Citizenships    British    Non-British    EU             Non-EU
    Immigration          614,000                72,000    542,000         226,000     316,000
    Emigration            344,000              124,000    219,000         138,000       81,000
    Net Migration       271,000              -52,000    323,000          87,000      235,000

     

    10 Key Points on Mass immigration and Population Growth

    1.The current scale of migration to the UK, 330,000 a year, of which roughly half is from the EU, is completely unsustainable.

    2. As a result of this mass immigration our population is projected to rise by half a million every year – the equivalent of a city the size of Liverpool – for as long as immigration is permitted on the present scale.

    3. England is already twice as crowded as Germany and 3.5 times as crowded as France.

    4. The additional population growth makes congestion worse and adds to the pressures on public services. This comes at a time when public spending is being reduced.

    5. One in four children born in England and Wales is to a foreign born mother. The rise in the number of births has put pressure on NHS maternity services.

    6. It has also led to a shortage of school places. 60% of local authorities will have a shortage of primary school places by 2018.

    7. The UK has a serious housing crisis. Mass immigration is the main reason for the additional demand. If it continues at current levels, we will need to build 135,000 new homes a year just to house new migrants and their families. This is 370 per day or one home every four minutes.

    8. Population growth on this scale renders integration of newcomers virtually impossible.

    9. Three quarters of the public want to see immigration reduced and half of them want it cut by a lot.

    10. To stop the rapid rise in the UK’s population size, net migration would have to be reduced to well below 100,000 a year. It is currently at over 300,000.

     


    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.

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    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. 

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

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    “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:

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    “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:

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    “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.”

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    Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, CEO of NMiTE, added:

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    “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”.

     


    Hereford Tip - I am surprised that there is not more fly tipping!

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    My son recently moved out and I decided to redecorate his old room. I will purchase a double bed and keep it as a guest room. I removed his old tiny 2.6 small single divan and thought I would take it to the tip yesterday (Sunday 27th January). If only I know what a palaver I was in for I would not have bothered! 

    I drive a people carrier (Mercedes Vito), like the one below complete with rear seat and glass rear doors as per the photograph. We arrived at the tip at Rotherwas and I was asked by a chap who's name was Tim, what I had to tip, I replied just my sons single bed, he told me it would need to go into land fill and showed me where to park. As I parked up he then seamed to change his mind and asked me if I had a permit? A permit? I have not been to the tip in years so I was not sure what permit he was referring too, I explained that I was driving a people carrier and I was tipping just a bed, he then went to his little office and came out with a lithograph and pointed to a commercial van, I again explained that I have glass panels and seats in the back, he said you cannot tip here without a permit, I asked where do obtain a permit? Because I had the bed loaded already. He explained that it takes a few weeks and that I need to apply online but basically I could not tip this bed, I was frustrated and told him I would dump it on the side of the road (clearly I was not going to do that but I was angry). 

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    I telephoned a friend and he told me to take it to Ross on Wye, yes Ross on Wye! So I drove to Ross and I was told I could park outside and carry the bed onto the site, which is exactly what I did, how pathetic is this?? 

    It is no wonder we so much fly tipping when they make it so difficult to take our old items. 

    I am also confused as to how they expect anyone to drop off a bed in the absence of a larger vehicle of a van, you could not get it into a average car anyway, so had I not have the vehicle I would of borrowed my mates van anyway...


    Traffic Lights Campaign - Part -Time Lights 7pm-7am

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have now implemented phase II of our traffic lights campaign and that is in the form of a petition from the very start!

    [Please note that this is totally separate to our lights out campaign. This petition deals only with the traffic lights at night]

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    We would like both the Highways Agency and Herefordshire Council to allow the traffic lights at the junctions
    where the A465 meets the A49 (Asda roundabout/junction) and where the A49 meets the A438 Newmarket St (Old Market roundabout/junction) to become part-time signals during non peak times from 7pm-7am with exception to the pedestrian crossings which would still be in operation for the safety of pedestrians.
    All of these traffic lights are relatively pointless during off peak times and often motorists become frustrated and impatient while being forced to sit at red lights, this can often be at 2am when there are clearly no other vehicles in sight!
     
    By signing our petition you are in strong favour of these signals being changed to PART-TIME status from 7pm-7am

    Please read the petition and you can offer your support by simply signing it. 

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    Part-Time Traffic Lights Petition Here

     


    First University academic building plans

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    The former job Centre building in Bath St will be the first building to be converted for University use for 100 students at a cost of 3.4 million and will be ready for September 2019.


    Architects’ drawings, visualisation and a model of the first academic building will be revealed at a public drop-in session at 6a, St Peter’s Street, Hereford on Friday July 27 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Members of the NMiTE team and representatives of the architects, Architype, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the plans before a formal planning application is submitted to Herefordshire Council next month.

    This is the result of the above visualisation 

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    Polly Andrews

    Tom Smith
    By Tom Smith,

    Well she has made Sun, Mail and Express in recent days I'm afraid I can't do the links with her revelations regarding the regiment all having STDs!!

    What is it with this women and the Military?

    First memorial benches now this.

    Sooner she is voted out the better.


    New Walenty Pytel Sculpture

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    To celebrate the 50th anniversay of the erection of the Bulmers Woodpecker, a new sculpture by Walenty will be unveiled this July in Grimmer Road.
    Titled 'The Minnow & the Kingfisher' it  was commissioned by the Cider Meuseum & will stand five metres tall with a two meter span.

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    Widemarsh War Memorial

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    How wonderful to see that the Widemarsh War Memorial has been restored.

    The restoration work was instigated by Hereford City Council - Ward Councillor Paul Stevens after he had been contacted by local veteran Mr David Williams. 

    Councillor Stevens instructed stone mason Si Hudson to carry out the work, and as you can see from these photographs has done an absolutely fantastic job of bringing back to life the names of the soldiers who gave their lives. There are over 70 names on the memorial in total and their names are now being revealed once again inlaid with black paint. The restoration work will be complete within the next few days.

    Councillor Paul Stevens is attempting to contact any known relatives of these soldiers and he has already had some success and has managed to contact several people in time for a rededication ceremony.

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