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    Breaking News | Tudors Kitchens & Bathrooms Re-Locating to Former Gibbs & Dandy Unit

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Voice can now reveal that Tudors Kitchens and Bathrooms will be re-locating to the former Gibbs & Dandy unit on Widemarsh Street in Hereford.

    The company have outgrown their current unit at Sweetmans Yard just off Harrow Road and will be moving to the new bigger unit, (dates still to be confirmed) hopefully before Christmas. 

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    We originally broke the news that Tudors had been bought out by Robert Price Builders Merchants back in December 2021 in our article here 👉 http://hfd.news/Ds4

    The acquisition of Tudors Building Supplies, and its two specialist branches (Roofing and Kitchens, Bathrooms & Landscaping), will see the Robert Price network expand to 27 branches across South East Wales, and now Hereford too.

    As the largest independent builders’ merchants in the South East Wales region, Robert Price run multiple traditional merchants branches, as well as a selection of specialist divisions for roofing, timber, insulation and agricultural supplies.

    Although Tudors are integrating into the Robert Price Group, the acquired building suppliers will continue to trade under the Tudors name. Customers will also experience some additional benefits, which include access to other branches in the Robert Price network, their additional specialisms, an increased range of stock availability, and the Robert Price group expertise.

    “We are delighted to welcome such a trusted and respected local merchant, and its team, into the group” Marketing Director at Robert Price, Molly Pike, explains.

    “Both businesses share many of the same service priorities: a commitment to our loyal customer base, reliability, and integrity within our communities.

    “Tudors have an excellent reputation for service, and Robert Price is looking forward to expanding our business on the other side of the border.”

    It will be good to see the empty unit re-opening with news kitchen and bathrooms displays.

    Remember where you heard it first..😉


    Witness appeal following rape in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police are appealing for witnesses following reports that a woman was raped in Hereford.

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    Between 12am and 1.30am this morning (Sunday 31 July) a 20-year-old woman reported that she had been raped by a man as she walked along a river path in Hereford.

    The incident took place opposite the rowing club between The Old Bridge and Great Western Way. After the incident the suspect then fled from the scene along the pathway in the direction of Luard Walk or the Hunderton Estate.

    The suspect is described as male, with tanned skin, of a slim build and around 6ft tall.

    Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peters, said: "As part of the investigation we are now turning to the public for your help in identifying this man, by appealing to anyone who may have captured CCTV or dashcam footage in the areas of Bridge Street, King Street or the Hunderton Estate at around 12am and 1.30am.

    "We would also appeal to anyone who may have used the river path between those times to come forward, no matter how insignificant you feel your information could be.

    "We understand that this incident will be very worrying to the local community and I want to reassure the public that we have been, and continue to take it very seriously, and that there is likely to be an increased police presence in these areas whilst we continue with our investigations.

    "The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and is being kept updated as the investigation progresses."

    Anyone with information, dashcam or CCTV footage that may help with the investigation is asked to contact police by calling 101 or visiting  https://www.westmercia.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/ quoting incident 58i of 31 July, 2022.

    Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


    At Last!! It appears work started on repairing fencing on river path near the Old Bridge today.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Work began this afternoon and it is looking much better already with all the debris from the floods of storm Dennis back in February 2020 removed however, there is still a long way to go.

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    (Saracens Head, Old Wye Bridge – Bridleway Closure

    Bridleway closed from Tuesday 23rd August 2022 to (and including) Thursday 25th August 2022.

    Bridleway closed between 8am and 4pm each day for 'Trial Pits')

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    Remember where you heard it first..


    Large Fire in Hunderton Overnight

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Hereford Fire Station were mobilised to a large fire at the rear of a property in Hunderton during the early hours of this morning. A shed was well alight when the crews arrived but the fire was swiftly extinguished.

    📸 Sebastian Olzyk


    Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man has been charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon following an incident in Kington, Herefordshire on Friday.

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    Alexander Stone, 37, of Bridge Street, Kington will appear at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

    He is remanded in custody.

     


    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Herefordshire.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police were called to an address in Kington earlier today (Friday 22 July) in response to a report of a woman being assaulted.

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    The woman was taken to hospital but is expected to be discharged shortly.

    The man was arrested and taken into custody where he remains at this time.

    Det Sgt Jim Moore said: "This was a nasty incident but fortunately the injured woman is expected to make a full recovery.

    "We would like to reassure local people that this was an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any danger to the wider community."


    Three Choirs Festival Returns to Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The marquee is up and ready for the start of the wonderful Three Choirs Festival in Hereford.

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    The festival runs for a week from 23-30 July 2022 with world-class music-making, choral and orchestral concerts, services, recitals and talks.

    For all the details visit 👉 HERE


    Wheels of Change

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Food waste to be collected by bike

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    Following on from our breaking news article from yesterday http://hfd.news/GyP 

    Herefordshire Council expects to become the first local authority in the country to have food waste collected by bike.

    Cabinet members yesterday (Thursday 21 July) agreed a new waste service specification, including that Herefordshire’s food waste will be collected weekly by bike. Cabinet gave pedal-powered collections the green light after debating the idea during today’s meeting.

    Cargo bikes pushing ahead

    A cargo bike food waste collection will begin in central Hereford. The zero-carbon approach will see kitchen scraps turned into compost. While this is a first for any UK council, similar approaches have already been adopted elsewhere. A BBC report shows food collection by bike is already underway in Paris. Meanwhile, online retailer Amazon is reported to be launching a fleet of e-cargo bikes to replace van deliveries in London.

    New waste collections mandatory

    This environmentally-friendly step is part of a new waste and recycling collection service for Herefordshire that will also include a fortnightly garden waste collection service, which councils must introduce as part of new government legislation.

    The new enhanced service will provide much more recycling capacity and will improve both the quantity and quality of recycling. Residents will keep the bins they already have for general waste and recycling. The council will meet the one-off cost of additional bins needed to separate different types of waste. This will be offset by savings made every subsequent year in reduced disposal costs.

    Losing sleep over climate emergency

    Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, says:

    “I am absolutely thrilled with this. Not just that we’re introducing this environmentally-friendly collection service but also that we expect ours to be the very first council in the country to do so. How good it is to lead in the critical race to combat our climate emergency. Making these changes is a very useful way for us all to get involved in helping our environment. I’m grateful to all the members who supported this plan and I’m confident Herefordshire residents will also get behind it. The change will benefit us all.”

    Getting it right

    Residents are being encouraged and supported to make good choices to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ through the councils ‘Getting it right’ campaign. This encourages people to put the right items into the right bins. Reducing contamination (putting the wrong things into the wrong bins) will improve recycling rates.  

    Other waste reduction measures include the incredibly successful reusable nappy scheme, which is helping residents with young families reduce nappy waste. Its popularity meant the scheme had to end just 30 days after its April launch date.  Herefordshire Council also recently announced funding grants for setting up or extending existing repair cafes to discourage people from throwing away repairable household items.

     


    Bartonsham Meadow Management Plan

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Good idea to improve the environment.

    Bartonsham Meadow Management Plan

    Vision
    The vision of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows is to transform a small, suburban, riverside farm from intensive agriculture to outstanding natural habitat delivering a broad range of social and environmental public goods. Our focus centres on biodiversity and regenerative land-management practices to deliver benefits such as:

    Flood mitigation
    Carbon sequestration
    Biodiversity
    Improved river water quality
    Leisure and quality of life
    Sustainable agriculture and food production
    The management plan highlights how we could deliver these public goods.

    See the plan here:


    Hereford Suspected Murder

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    An investigation has been launched following the death of a 20-year-old woman in Hereford.

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    Shortly after 5am on Sunday morning (17 July) police were called to Green Street following a report of a concern for safety.

    Officers attended along with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

    On arrival it was found that a 20-year-old woman had sustained unexplained injuries and sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Her next of kin has been informed.

    A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

    Detective Inspector Mark Walters, said:

    “This is an incredibly sad incident and our thoughts go out to the family of the young woman who has lost her life.

    “I understand that incidents of this nature can be alarming, but would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to the public.

    “You may see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as our investigation continues.”

    The woman's family has asked for privacy at this time.


    Breaking News | Herefordshire Council could be first Council in the Country to use 'Cargo Bikes' for waste food collections

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council could be the first Council in the country to use cargo bikes to collect and dispose of food waste if a decision is given the green light later today.

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    It’s ground breaking innovation

    Today Herefordshire Council will be making a decision on future waste collection procurement and part of that procurement will be about using cargo bikes on a few thousand houses in Hereford City.

    It will mean that the household food waste will be collected by cargo bike, resulting in ZERO Carbon collection.

    The waste that is collected can then be transformed into the highest quality compost, which can then be sold or even better used to enrich our Herefordshire soil ,which will be a small but 'significant' step to help with the phosphate issues we are experiencing in our beautiful rivers and support our farming communities.


    Would You Like A Lido in Hereford?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    With the warm temperatures each year do you think it would be good to open an Lido in Hereford or Herefordshire?

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    Lido Ponty in Pontypridd

    There are a few really good Lido's across the UK and these were very popular in the 1930's many have been restored and are thriving!

    Rhondda Cynon Taff council told Hereford Voice that more than 80,000 people visited the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty in Pontypridd since it was able to re-open last May following Covid restrictions up to September 2021. This year the numbers have almost doubled.

    The grade II listed lido was refurbished in 2015 using National Lottery money and has heated pools while restored features include the 1920s turnstiles and wooden cubicles.

    A new Lido could attract even more visitors to Hereford and would be a great day out for friends and families.

    Have you visited a Lido?

    Photograph courtesy of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


    Hunderton Community Gardens Association Mural Progressing Well

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Hunderton Community Gardens Association mural is coming along nicely!

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    A lot of work from members of the community all working on this showcase wall which is brightening up the area big time!!

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    Well done to everyone involved, we can't wait to see the completed masterpiece

    📸 Cllr Kevin Tillett


    Asda Object to Lidl Planning Application

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Asda object to Lidl planning application at the Three Counties Hotel on Belmont Road Hereford.

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    Jigsaw planning wrote a letter on behalf of Asda Stores Limited to object to the planning application (P221090/O) submitted to Herefordshire Council. This objection is based on two main points, which are discussed in more detail below, and are summarised as follows:

    Loss of Community Facilities

    • Retail Impact
    • Loss of Trees
    • Loss of Community Facilities

    The proposed development will see the demolition of the Three Counties Hotel which is a trading business. The applicants Planning Statement references policies from the Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy at section 5.8 onwards. One policy it refers to is Policy SCI which relates to social and community facilities. The Planning Statement dismisses this policy as not being relevant to the proposal as hotel does not fall within the list of facilities listed in the supporting text. It should be noted that the supporting texts states "social and community facilities can include:" (our emphasis). It does not therefore seek to provide an extensive list of facilities that can be covered by the policy.

    The hotel's website www.threecountieshotel.co.uk confirms that the hotel has a restaurant, bar and offers weddings as well as providing traditional accommodation. The website confirms that the bar facilities are for "residents and non-residents alike". It is clear from this that the hotel offers facilities for use by the local community through the bar and restaurant as well as hosting weddings and conferences. This is also confirmed by some of the representations to the application which confirm local residents opposition to the loss of the local facility.

    As such it is considered that the proposal should be assessed against policy SCI. The policy states:

    'Policy SCI - Social and community facilities

    Development proposals which protect, retain or enhance existing social and community infrastructure

    or ensure that newfacilities are available as locally as possible will be supported. Such proposals should be in or close to settlements, have considered the potential for co-location of facilities and where possible be safely accessible by foot, by cycle and public transport.

    New development that creates a need for additional social and community facilities that cannot be met through existing social facilities -will be expected to meet the additional requirements through new, or extension of existing, provision or by developer contributions which meet the relevant tests of paragraph 204 of the NPPF.

    Proposals involving the provision or expansion of social and community facilities will be expected to provide publicly accessible toilets (including facilities for disabled people and baby changing).

    Existing facilities will be retained, unless it can be demonstrated that an appropriate alternative facility is available, or can be provided to meet the needs of the community affected; or it can be shown that the facility is no longer required, viable or is no longer fit for purpose; and where appropriate, it has been vacant and marketed for community use without success. Viable alternative facilities must be equivalent to those they replace. In terms ofsize, quality and accessibility."

    There is no information to indicate that the existing facilities are no longer required, viable or fit for purpose. The proposal is therefore contrary to this policy.

    Retail Impact

    Planning law requires that applications for planning permission be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The National Planning Policy Framework 2021 ("NPPF") is a material consideration in planning decisions. NPPF carries a presumption in favour of sustainable development albeit this does not change the statutory status of the development plan as the starting point for decision making. Chapter 7 of the NPPF seeks to ensure the vitality of Town Centres.

    In terms of retail impact, the applicant suggests that Lidl's trading philosophies differs from a traditional supermarket by selling from a limited core range (compared to other supermarkets) of mainly exclusive own labels. Flowever, whilst this may have been the original philosophy of the 'deep discounter' it is evident that there has been a slow but steady change towards that of a traditional supermarket when considering store size, ranges on offer, proportion of comparison goods, and labelled goods. This would be reflective in the turnover being more akin to that of other foodstore operators. The applicant has overstated the difference between the proposed operator and the existing supermarkets in the area. The proposed will compete with the town centre stores and therefore the Council must set aside the 'discounter' case which the applicant relies so heavily on.

    The Council need to be content that they are approving a certain level of food retail floorspace which

    could ultimately be occupied by any retailer. The Council also need to be aware of the new Class E of the Use Classes Order which ultimately means that whilst they are focusing on a retail development, the proposed development could be utilised for other services within Class E.

    Loss of Trees

    Policies LDl 'Landscape and Townscape' and LD3 'Green Infrastructure' require development proposals to enhance green infrastructure through the preservation and delivery of new green infrastructure. We note that the Senior Landscape Officer and the Tree Officer both object to the proposal on the grounds that it does not accord with these policies or the aims of the NPPF paragraphs 126 and 130 on high quality design. Asda support the position of these officers.

    Given the concerns set out above, Asda consider that the application should be refused. We would be grateful if you could provide confirmation of receipt of this representation.

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    A motorcyclist has died today following a RTC with a lorry in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Midlands Air Ambulance

    West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a RTC which involved a collision between a motorcyclist and a bin lorry on the A44 in Bredenbury, Herefordshire just after 10am this morning (Wednesday 20th).

    West Mercia Police advised that the A44 between Bredenbury and Bromyard was closed due to a serious RTC and that the road will be closed for some time.

    Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene.

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

    “When ambulance staff arrived, they found the motorcyclist, a man, being given CPR by an off duty doctor and bystanders. The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”


    Former Debenhams Unit in Hereford Planning Application Approved For MandM Direct

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission granted, paving the way for MandM Direct to move into former Debenhams unit in Hereford.

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    Carney Sweeney planning consultants submitted a planning application on behalf of MandM Direct for a variation of use at the former Debenhams unit at the Old Market Shopping Centre in Hereford by changing the upper floor space into offices earlier this year.

    MandM Direct previously said that if the plans were approved that they would move from their current head office in Leominster to the shopping centre in a bid to attract staff.

    Herefordshire Council has now given the green light for these changes, which will also see new windows overlooking Newmarket Street and a new doorway. The featured escalator inside will be removed altogether.

    FREE Staff Parking: 119 parking spaces allocated to staff to park for free on weekdays.

    Planning application P221678/O


    📣 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 | 𝗟𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police attended a fire on the field behind Vernon's Williams Close in Newton Farm, Hereford last night.

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    There have been a number of similar incidents which Hereford Cops (SNT) are monitoring and all have been very dangerous.

    If you have any information regarding this, please contact 101.


    Save the River Wye!

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Save the River Wye! Demand moratorium on all new poultry units in Powys

    Kate Bull started this petition to Powys County Council

    Every summer now, the River Wye is turning a putrid green and its delicate ecology is being destroyed by algae blooms that are caused by effluent from poultry farms flowing into it. If this goes on, we will lose everything that we treasure about the Wye. It will turn a horrible, ugly green every time it gets sunny. The fish will go, and they will be followed by our kingfishers, our dippers and our herons. It is very, very worrying.

    There are now 116 intensive poultry units (IPUs) in Powys, each raising more than 40,000 birds. With an estimated 8.5 million chickens on permitted units in the county, that is 64 times more chickens than people.

    Powys County Council and Natural Resources Wales have a legal responsibility to protect Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) such as the Wye. They have, however, been apparently unwilling to use the existing laws to protect the river from the damage caused by a proliferation of poultry units in the county. When granting planning permission, the Council has consistently refused to consider the impact of new poultry developments individually and cumulatively on the local environment, including the county's rivers and water courses.

    Enough is enough. We call on Powys County Council to instate an immediate moratorium on planning permissions for new or extended poultry units in the county until the full environmental - and community - impacts of those we already have can be assessed and reduced.

    Sign petition here.


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