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    Town Hall Rich List 2019

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Town Hall Rich List 2019

    In 2017-18: 

    There were at least 2,454 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000. That's 148 more than in 2016-17.

    608 council employees earned over £150,000.

    A total of 28 local authority employees received remuneration in excess of a quarter of a million pounds in 2017-18.

    The local authority with the greatest number of employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 was Essex council with 55 employees in total earning over this amount. Essex also had the highest number of employees earning over £150,000 at 13.

    The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) presents the Twelfth Town Hall Rich List, the only comprehensive list of its kind, with council-by-council breakdown. Praised in the past by politicians from across different political parties, it is the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals. It details the full remuneration and many of the names of all local council employees whose remuneration exceeds £100,000.

    Many senior managers at local authorities have performed well in tough financial times. There are many reports of residents seeing no difference in the services they receive despite the necessary savings being made. However, the Town Hall Rich List also showcases the executives who have overseen failing departments, or received bumper pay-offs after poor performance in the job.

    THE REPORT

    COUNCIL BY COUNCIL BREAKDOWN OF DATA

     

    Salaries £278,603,551    
    Expenses £1,106,790    
    Bonuses £654,920    
    Compensation £8,710,473    
    Pension £38,528,461    
    Total £329,948,787

    Herefordshire's top 6"earnt" £713,500

    Wonder how many of these were women.


    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. 

    #trafficlightshfd

     

    Part-Time Traffic Lights Petition Here

     


    Hereford City Centre Shrinking!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Over the past few years, we have noticed more and more planning applications to change use from shops to flats. Again today plans have been submitted here for 145 Eign Street

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    Proposed variation of condition 2 of planning permission 163094 (Proposed change of use of shop to two flats and new dormer window to south elevation) minor changes to layout and change from Dormer to roof extension.

    Hereford shops are slowly disappearing and Herefordshire Council are often granting these plans. We will attempt to start highlighting each of these applications to show the scale of this trend from the Council.

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    How plans were passed in Eign Street for this lot previously is beyond comprehension, how is this in keeping with the surrounding area? These buildings bricked up look horrendous! 


    Hereford River Wye Floods

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Here are a few photographs taken along the river path opposite the Hereford Rowing Club this evening.IMG_5195.thumb.JPG.117397dffdf452ab6783b5d479a7ec78.JPG IMG_5185.thumb.JPG.6beb5d2f6e2786436ef0fb43d2ac48f6.JPG


    Herefordshire Council to Invest £150k Improving Car Parking

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has approved expenditure to invest £150k in improving car parking across the county.

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    The council operates 43 car parks throughout Herefordshire and as these are well used and important assets in local economies it is vital that they remain fit for our visitors and ensure continued growth countywide.

    Herefordshire Council, as a member of the British Parking Association, considers factors such as accessibility and car safety as a priority when promoting the use of a car park in a local area.

    The programme of enhancement works we are carrying out include works to improve signage and accessibility at Maylords car park, particularly for those parking with children – including 12 new parent/child spaces; Improving the car park surface and signage at Merton Meadow car park; Improvements to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve safety at Garrick Multi-Storey Car Park, as well as a new lighting system at the heavily used Plough Lane car parks.

    Several car parks in locations throughout the county have also been identified as being in need of some minor enhancement, such as surface repairs, line markings or replacement drainage.

    Chris Jenner, Assistant Director for Technical Services, said:

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    “The council is always striving to improve the general amenity of public car parks in a positive way for local communities. Car parks are an essential part of our vibrant local economic centres and it is critical that they are accessible, safe, convenient and easy to use.

    “We are members of the British Parking Association and subscribe to the values of the Positive Parking Agenda, and so our priority with these works has been improving accessibility for parents and ensuring an environment where car park users feel safe.

    “We are committed to improving your car parks, and we are delighted to announce this programme of works.”

     

     


    Would you give up your car?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Would you give up your car? I already have - only hire one when I need it to travel further afield.

    Motorists will be paid up to £3,000 to leave their car at home and take a bus or ride a bike in government plan to cut congestion and air pollution

    Motorists will be given cash credit for public transport and electric cars 
    They will have to hand over their cars for a period in a bid to reduce emissions 
    Trial, which will take place in Coventry, could be rolled out nationwide
     

    Drivers who promise to give up their cars will be given £3,000 a year as part of a scheme to reduce pollution.

    A pilot scheme, which will be launched in Coventry, West Midlands, later this year, will see motorists given cash credits for public transport, electric car and bike hire.

    Those who agree to leave their cars at home are set to gain as much as £3,000 a year, according to a report in The Times.  

    The plans were approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority on Friday and will see credit added to a smart card with the aim of encouraging motorists to 'give up their private vehicles in exchange for a limited time period of support'.

    Documents presented at the meeting said the aim was to 'stimulate a long-term sustainable shift in travel behaviour' among drivers, who will be asked to surrender their car for a period.

    John Seddon, head of transport and innovation at Coventry City Council, told the newspaper around 100 people would initially take part in the trial, funded by a £20 million Department for Transport award.

    'We see it as a variant of scrappage schemes of the past but rather than trading in an old car for a newer one, it is trading in the car for the ability to use other modes of transport,' he told the paper.

    Ah I see a problem - "other modes of transport"


    A spanner in the works

    SON OF GRIDKNOCKER
    By SON OF GRIDKNOCKER,

    SETTING: Early morning in the kitchen of the Speaker’s Residence, Houses of Parliament.

    Rt Hon J Bercow: “Sally dearest, I do wish you would come in properly attired. A torn pair of pink knickers bearing an unsmiling emoji across the crotch is hardly appropriate for the Speaker’s spouse. Anyway, what time did you get it?”

    Mrs Bercow: “Just after 4.00 a.m. Is there any Merlot left?”

    Bercow: “I think I’d switch to Nescafé if I was you. Can you please pass me that tool kit under the sink?” (The chimes of Big Ben striking 9 o’clock ring out, causing the whole kitchen to shudder. With difficulty, the Speaker’s wife delivers the heavy tool box.) Mr Bercow lifts its twin lids, mumbling to himself: “It HAS to be Imperial. Metric would never do!”

    Mrs Bercow: (pouring herself the last of the Merlot): “What on earth are you on about, John?”

    Bercow: (Furiously rummaging through the contents of the tool box): “I’m looking for the 16” adjustable with the chromed handle. I need it for tomorrow morning. Before the Prime Minister’s final Brexit statement.”

    Mrs Bercow: “What are you planning to fix? My bathroom shower?”

    Bercow: “I’m not planning to fix anything, my dear.” (Triumphantly waving aloft a large mole wrench.) “THIS is to be my final Spanner in the Works!”


    £71 million pound lottery winner

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    I can't seem to post a comment on this topic in the Hereford Times today. I am not sure what it is that the HT do not like so I am posting the comment on here.

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    I feel that there should be a maximum prize of £10 milllion. There is only so much an individual needs to live on, the rest is wasted on meaningless bling usually suggested by family, friends and advisers. £70 million split across more winners (say 10), the money would enter the local area and stimulate the economy. One big winner will spend maybe £10 million and then be advised by the vultures in the city to put the rest in funds boosting their bonuses.

    The net worth of the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans almost equals that of the bottom 90% combined.

    The combined wealth of Zuckerberg ($62.3 billion), Bezos ($131 billion), Brin ($49.8 billion) and Page ($50.8 billion) is larger than the combined wealth of the bottom half of the American population.

    Is this what we all wish for?

    They have posted comments I have made concerning the above.


    Hereford Times Offline

    Mick
    By Mick,

     I notice that the Hereford Times website if offline yet again, it has been down for several hours. It was offline a few weeks ago too, very odd, you would think a website like that would be more rigid and reliable


    New Hereford Leader Announces Cabinet Changes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Leader of Herefordshire Council strives for continuity across the Cabinet portfolios 

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    Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, has announced changes to Cabinet and support members today.

    The Leader will continue to direct the council’s corporate policy and strategy and have overall budget responsibility. Councillor Roger Phillips will support the Leader’s national relationships, such as with the Local Government Association and County Council Network. Councillor Tony Johnson will support the Leader’s regional relationships, such as with the Midlands Engine.

    Councillor Nigel Shaw will step up to Deputy Leader and represent the Leader of the Council in his absence. This will be in addition to his role as Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Corporate Services with a breadth of responsibility from leading the revenue and capital budget setting process, to wide-ranging corporate issues such as legal and democratic services, human resources and health and safety.

    The Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing will be Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, who will focus on her responsibility for children and young people’s wellbeing, safeguarding, education and attainment.

    Councillor David Harlow will continue as Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications with a focus on economic development and regeneration, and will now be supported by Councillor Jon Johnson.

    Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said:

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    “Cabinet changes have been kept to a minimum to reflect the good work achieved by Members in the lead up to my election as Leader of the Council. I would like to welcome Councillor Swinglehurst to Cabinet, filling my previous role as Cabinet Member for Young People and Children’s Wellbeing. She is committed to keeping children and young people safe and giving them the best start in life and I look forward to seeing her leadership across the range of council children’s services.”

    The full list of Cabinet Members and their support members as of 13 March 2018:

    Councillor Jonathan Lester Leader of the Council / Corporate strategy and budget

    National external liaison support: Councillor Roger Phillips

    Regional external liaison support: Councillor Tony Johnson

    Councillor Nigel Shaw

    Deputy Leader / Finance, housing and corporate services
     

    Councillor Harry Bramer 

    Contracts and assets
     

    Councillor David Harlow 

    Economy and communications
     

    Economy and communications support member: Councillor Jon Johnson

     

    Councillor Paul Rone 

    Health and wellbeing

     

    Councillor Philip Price 

    Infrastructure

     

    Councillor Barry Durkin
    Transport and regulatory services

     

    Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst

    Young people and children’s wellbeing

    Young people and children’s wellbeing support member: Councillor Jenny Hyde


    Changes in Waste Collections

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Some residents will see changes to their waste collection day from 18 March

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    There will be changes to the waste collection day or week for many Herefordshire residents from Monday 18 March.

    Collection times across the county could be affected, so everyone’s bins should be put outside by 6.30am on collection day, or the evening before.

    Herefordshire Council will write directly to residents who will see a change to their collection day, the majority of which are around the Ross and Ledbury areas.

    Herefordshire Council has been working with FCC Environment to make collection routes more efficient, and to prevent missed collections. Very few changes to collection routes have been made since 2014 but many new properties have been built across the county since then so changes are needed. Collection areas have been grouped together to ensure that all the waste in that area is collected on one day, rather than over several days.

    In the long term, this will mean that we reduce vehicle emissions and save fuel. The time saving also means there will be more flexibility to cope with seasonal changes in the amount of waste and recycling being collected, and create more capacity to allow for future housing developments.

    Residents can check their bin collection days, download a collection calendar and find answers to further questions online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bincollection


    NHS DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Mrs Ubique has just phoned our Doctor to make an appointment which is not classed as urgent but needs to be seen fairly quickly . Some members will know that a couple of months ago she had surgery at the County.

     

    The first available appointment they can offer her is the 26th July !

     

    We are now driving upto the Drop in Centre at Asda - if she has to wait a couple of hours it's better that over 2 weeks.


    Confirmation of Compulsory Purchase Southern Link Road Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed the compulsory purchase and side road orders for the southern link road in Hereford.

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    The southern link road, which will be constructed from the A49 to the A465 and linking to the B4349 Clehonger Road, will provide easier access to the Hereford Enterprise Zone, and looks to reduce congestion on current routes and increase capacity at key junctions, bringing significant improvement especially to the Belmont and Lower Bullingham areas.

    The construction of the new road will commence later this year when the necessary statutory process are completed and will be complemented by improved walking and cycling routes so that residents can make healthier choices about how they travel.

    The confirmation of the orders has been received following the outcome of a public inquiry held in late October / early November 2018.

    Copies of the confirmed orders and associated plans will be available to view from Thursday 21 March 2019 at Blueschool House in Hereford, HR1 2LX.  There is the opportunity to appeal the validity of the orders or the decision-making process (not the decision). Any appeal must be submitted by 16 May 2019.


    Hereford Town Hall Scaffolding

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    It's coming up to 18 months since scaffolding appeared at the front of town hall, surely on such a significant building in Hereford this should have been sorted by now.

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    This and the scaffolding in high town my walk into town was pretty depressing & made worse by Talk Talk canvassers preying on every single person in their sight including me.


    Burger king coming to Hereford

    Robmozz
    By Robmozz,

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    Does anyone know where this will be situated? I've heard conflicting things. One friend has said it's going in the former Lakeland shop on commercial street and another has said it's going in the former poundworld shop at the Brooks retail park. More entry level employment opportunities can only be good for Hereford 

    Jobs advertised here


    Two New Business to Open in Commercial Street Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Two new businesses will be opening soon in the building formerly occupied by Chadds.

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    Coco Nail Bar is due to open this Friday and a new Barber Shop will also open soon just next door in Commercial Street.

    Hereford's largest independent department store Chadds closed in June 2008 after trading in Hereford for almost 80 years.


    The Admirable Fishmonger

    SON OF GRIDKNOCKER
    By SON OF GRIDKNOCKER,

    Many Voice regulars will remember Dave Benjamin, Hereford Butter Market’s long-time fishmonger and tireless Its Our County councillor. It is hard to believe that he died eight years ago at the age of 56. I attended his funeral, held in Hereford Cathedral, and was impressed by his chutzpah in requesting John Lennon’s Imagine to be played for the coffin’s departure. 

    The council’s cabinet (plus supporting ‘suits’) were there in force that day, doubtless celebrating the demise of one of the leading members of IOC’s Awkward Brigade. And of course they had the last laugh. When a modest brass memorial plaque (sponsored by marker stallholders) was fixed to a back wall of the Butter Market, Hereford Council approved the location of a cash dispenser directly in front of it.

    Memories of The Admirable Fishmonger came coursing back to me recently when I drove past the semi-derelict hulk of Victoria House on Whitecross Road. I realised that it was almost a decade ago that Dave (backed by his St Nicholas Ward supporters) campaigned vociferously for this former residence of the Victoria Eye Hospital’s Chief Surgeon to be rescued and refurbished for the benefit of the local community. From then until now, it has lain abandoned and neglected and is now perilously close to the point of extinction. Yet Herefordshire Council just sits and watches. Doubtless Victoria House will soon be demolished, to make way for yet more student accommodation for the new university.

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    New Bike Share Scheme for Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Travelling around Hereford by bicycle will soon become easier, thanks to the introduction of a bike share scheme in the city

    Herefordshire Council has partnered with scheme operator Beryl, for a two year contract to provide bike share across Hereford.

    The scheme will be launched in Summer 2019, with bikes distributed at key destinations across the city.

    The bikes will be available for hire via the Beryl App, which lets users find a bike and then easily unlock it, simply using their smartphone. The App will be available for download on the Apple app store for iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android users.

    Users will be informed of the location of ‘Beryl Bays’, the preferred parking locations to leave the bikes. However, the scheme is designed with flexibility in mind and will allow users to park the bikes elsewhere for an extra charge, provided they are safely within the scheme area.

    There is no initial or ongoing cost to the council and Beryl will be responsible for supplying the bikes as well as management and maintenance of the service.

    Beryl is a partner to the London bike share scheme and has experience operating two corporate dockless bike share schemes in London and recently announced a scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Beryl is accredited with CoMoUK, which is the agreed standard of best practice for the industry.

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    Marc Willimont, Acting Assistant Director for Regulatory Environment and Waste Herefordshire Council, said:

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    “The bike share scheme is a welcome addition to the other active travel options offered through our Choose How you Move project. Bike share will give more people the opportunity to make short journeys in and across the city by bike, helping to reduce congestion and support increased activity levels.”

    Philip Ellis, chief operating officer at Beryl, added:

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    “We are looking forward to bringing out expertise in bike share to Hereford and opening up cycling to more people. We believe in the power of bringing private and public sector together to collaborate on common goals such as getting more people to choose active transport.”

     


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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
      1,000 jobs set to go in £30m police cuts
      PLANS to shed £30 million from policing costs across the region under a “strategic alliance” between forces in West Mercia and Warwickshire are about to be finalised.
      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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      The exact number of the job losses have yet to be confirmed, but HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) revealed last year more than 1,000 posts were likely to go.
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      The majority of the job losses will affect staff in “management and leadership” roles, rather than frontline police officers.
      Both forces will keep their chief constables and deputies, but expect to lose a significant number of other senior positions.
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      Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP, said: “These are tough economic times and when there is not as much money to go round, prioritising spending on police officers while sharing assets and making back office savings is a better approach.”
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