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    Hereford Voice 'Councillor Sessions' - Cllr. Liz Harvey Part 5

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    🔷 Furlough and Purchase of Maylord Orchards 🔷


    In this session Councillor Harvey answers more questions about whether Council staff were furloughed and the purchase of Maylord Orchards for over £4 Million.

    Councillor Harvey will be answering more of the questions from our previous topic here in her final session later this week.

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

    Our 'Councillor Sessions' are not limited solely to the current administration, we welcome 'Sessions' with Councillors from ALL parties representing Herefordshire.

    🔜 Follow Hereford Voice for more Councillor Sessions coming soon

    Lucky Escape for Motorist Carrying Fence Panels

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police in the Forest of Dean dealt with an incident where fence panels had not been secured properly to the roof of this motorists vehicle, resulted in this lucky escape.


    Police reported the driver for an insecure load.

    📷 Gloucester Police

    Beautiful Grass Snake Spotted in the Forest of Dean

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This grass snake was seen in the Forest of Dean this week. The photo was taken from distance but how beautiful to see such a wonderful creature in Herefordshire. 

    Photograph courtesy of F.D.Williams 

    Have you seen any snakes in the County? 

    Riverside railings need repairing as a matter of urgency

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The riverside railings were severely damaged during the floods of early 2020 and again this year.


    As you can see from these photographs the railings are clearly unsafe and look like they could fall into the river at anytime.



    The gap that has been exposed is clearly dangerous even though Herefordshire Council contractors have placed barriers across but this needs addressing as a matter of urgency and we will be pushing the Council for an answer this week on when the public can expect these railings to be repaired.

    Helicopter crash in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police Statement: 👉 https://hfd.news/x0q


    Around 3pm this afternoon (Friday 2 April) we were informed a helicopter had crashed in a field off Bromyard Road in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Emergency services are currently at the scene.

    Two people were on board the helicopter and while the extent of injuries is not yet known, they are not believed to be serious.

    The Beefy Boys Opening New Restaurant in Shrewsbury

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Congratulations to the Beefy Boys who have just announced that they are opening a new restaurant in Shrewsbury.

    The boys wrote of their website


    We can finally announce where we will be opening our new restaurant in the next few months! If do you live in the area and would like to apply for one of the many job opportunities we will have please drop us a email to jobs@thebeefyboys.com


    The Courtyard Hereford has received £276k from the Culture Recovery Fund

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford's Courtyard Hereford has received £276k from the Culture Recovery Fund to help them #RebuildRecoverReignite


    The theatre are extremely grateful to Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and HM Treasury for not only supporting The Courtyard Hereford but for believing in what they do and recognising its importance to our community!



    High Sheriff of Herefordshire Awards £5000 to Knife Angel Hereford Project

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    By Hereford Voice,

    The Knife Angel Hereford project has been honoured with a £5,000 award from The High Sheriff of Herefordshire.


    This is fantastic news for this wonderful charity.

    Hereford Voice is proud to be a 'working partner' with the Knife Angel Hereford project.

    About Knife Angel Hereford

    Alison Davies lost her son Mark Hamilton to knife crime in 2018, together with friends Meryl Cain, Pauline Strong and Jan Jefferies they decided to bring the Knife Angel to Hereford in 2021to help raise awareness of the catastrophic impact of violent crime on communities, families and individuals.



    What is the Plan?

    The Knife Angel is coming to Hereford in June 2021 for 28 Days, hosted by Hereford Cathedral. During the Knife Angel’s visit we will run a series of workshops and interactive events. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford. The majority of host towns & cities to date have had a knife amnesty whilst the Angel is in situ. We will have a general weapons amnesty, with the approval of West Mercia Police. There is a “knife surrender” secure bin which travels with the Angel.


    If you would like to donate please follow this link to donate via JustGiving

    Bank Transfer

    Please send your BACS transfer to:

    Nat West Bank
    Account name: Knife Angel Hereford
    Account no: 62399004
    Sort code: 53-50-41


    Mail a cheque made payable to:

    “Knife Angel Hereford” 

    Knife Angel Hereford
    c/o Alison Davies
    1 Lilac cottage
    HR2 9SL

    Charity ref no: 06100002398

    US manufacturer expands in Hereford offices developed by Priority Space

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    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

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    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.

    Hereford to enjoy new trees

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    By Hereford Voice,

    City Centre trees will help create a greener space and support economic recovery

    When visitors return to Hereford City Centre following lockdown they are set to experience a greener space with dozens of new trees being introduced over the coming weeks.

    The trees, which will be in new planters, will help to create a more attractive environment for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors. The planters which also have seating attached, will ensure the City Centre is a place where people want to stay longer, spend and enjoy leisure time, helping to support the economic recovery of local shops and businesses. The new trees and plants will also support an improvement in air quality and biodiversity.


    The improvements build upon the current refurbishment of the City Centre and the council’s Greener City project which has provided trees for local residents, businesses and organisations. The new trees are set to enhance High Town and the surrounding area including Commercial Street, Eign Gate, Widemarsh Street and Trinity Square. Smaller kerbside planters will also be introduced on St Owen’s Street.

    While significantly increasing the number of trees in the City Centre, all of the planters will be movable to allow for events such as the May Fair and the regular markets held in High Town.

    Work to replace some existing benches with the new planters and seating is due to start from Monday 29 March. It is expected to take around four weeks to get all of the new trees, planters and seating in place.

    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

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    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.


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