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    Would you like to see Beryl E-Scooters available in Hereford?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Beryl has welcomed the latest announcement from the Government on the future of e-scooter legislation – which could see e-scooters become legal on the UK’s roads.


    The Government said that the Transport Bill, which was announced during the Queen’s Speech, will help them take the steps they need to make e-scooters safer and they will now consider how best to design future regulations.

    While riding a privately owned e-scooter on public land is currently illegal, there are a number of Department for Transport-sponsored trials including the Beryl trials in some cities in the UK.

    These were sanctioned to help the DfT to better understand the benefits of properly regulated, safety-tested e-scooters and their impact on public space.

    Currently, e-scooters sold for private use are unregulated and can only be used legally on private land with the landowner’s permission.

    Have you ever used E-Scooters?

    Congratulations to The RNC Football Team on Winning the FA Disability Cup!!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Huge congratulations to The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) football team on winning the FA Disability Cup final today on penalties but also commiserations Brighton for playing such a great game.


    Fabulous televised coverage from BT Sport, thank you for broadcasting these wonderful matches.

    Congratulations RNC!


    Golden Valley Garage Nostalgia

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    This is a really lovely story that I have just read in the HT and thought I would add it to our forums for discussion.



    photo courtesy of HT


    A UNIQUE filling station in the Golden Valley which is believed to be one of the oldest in the country is to sell fuel once again following a refurbishment.

    Robert Wilding has been running West End Garage, in Vowchurch, since the 1990s when he took over from his dad, Hedley.
    The garage has been refuelling motorists since 1923 when Mr Wilding's grandfather, James Charles, was granted a licence to sell petrol.
    Widely believe to be one of the oldest filling stations in Britain, Mr Wilding is now taking steps to upgrade the tank so that he can continue his family's legacy.
    He said: "My grandfather started selling fuel in 1923. He died in 1948 and my father and uncle took over the business then. I have grown up here.
    "I am only using one petrol pump now and trying to keep the tradition up of selling petrol in the Golden Valley.
    "I haven't been selling since last June but have been helping people out with petrol should they get stuck. But I am going to start again in the next fortnight."
    There are two petrol pumps in the front garden, one a Wayne and the other an Avery.
    Large enamelled advertisement plates for Raleigh bicycles and one for Castrol can be seen on the front facade of the house, which dates from the early to mid twentieth century.
    Sales take place in the front room of the cottage which has a sales counter for sweets, newspapers and small motoring supplies.
    But the traditional appearance of the filling station won't change with the refurb and works are taking place to change the tank to a fiberglass liner with new plastic pipes.
    "If the work hadn't been carried out I would have had to have had it filled with concrete or had the tank taken out," Mr Wilding, 67, said.
    "So it was one or the other and I decided to carry on. I'm not going to make much money out of it but it's a traditional way of life."
    The pump will supply motorists with petrol but Mr Wilding is also able to help anyone who needs diesel.
    Speaking about why his grandfather decided to start the business, he added: "He just went into everything. He was a coffin maker, he did building work, he did cycle repairs. He had the first radio in the district, he was just a pioneer, he was a marvellous man that I never met."

    What Can I Recycle in Herefordshire?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    ♻️ Below shows us what we can and cannot recycle ♻️



    Herefordshire council engaging in racketeering with new parking measures

    By Cambo,


    now I don’t have a problem with people who contravene the Highway Code being fined but where I do have a problem is bring in unnecessary parking charges to raise revenue it’s tantamount to racketeering in my opinion 


    Councilor Harrington 

    “A further £100,000 will go on plans to extend Hereford’s on-street pay-and-display parking areas, both in the areas covered and the rates charged.

    This will be used to develop a business case, draft the legal measures, and potentially install new ticket machines. The council expects the plan to yield £41,000 over two years.

    But the council insists the parking measures will be to “manage demand”, with income from the scheme “a consequence and not the purpose”.

    Coun Harrington said extending parking zones “will prevent residential streets from being clogged with commuter parking”.

    sorry John that’s absolutely boloney & you know it it’s a scam….so tell me when did Herefordshire council becoming a mafia organisation?

    So my opinion is I totally disagree with this & find it disappointing that you are even considering milking the almost empty udders of the cash cow paying Herefordshire taxpayers once again

    maybe if you didn’t go wasting our money in the first place you’d have no need to treat us with utter contempt by rinsing us the populace of this fair county out of or own hard earned earnings time & time again to waste time & time again!

    News | McDonald's Drive-Thru Restaurant, Belmont Road, Hereford Reopens After Significant Refurbishment.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The restaurant temporarily closed for the scheduled work to take place at the end of May and reopened their doors earlier today.


    There is a new car park layout with repainted lines, separate entrance for delivery drivers from Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo etc..

    New touch screens and collection point, with fresh contemporary but subtle decor in the restaurant with new tables and chairs.



    Sign of the Times?

    By megilleland,

    Hereford Times 4th June 2022

    Sign of the Times?

    Not a suitable site for advertising at a busy road junction. People trying to get into the right lane, reading directional signs, changing traffic lights all addto the confusion. Plus those motorists trying to read their smart phones. All in all a complete no no.

    Two previous applications were quite rightly refused at 

    Land adjacent 22 Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JW


    69-71 Edgar Street Hereford Herefordshire HR4 9JP

    640th Mayor of Hereford Inaugurated

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Congratulations to our 640th Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Mark Dykes!


    Taking over from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Paul Stevens, Mark Dykes was yesterday (9th May) inaugurated into the historic role.

    Read more HERE

    McDonald's Hereford Drive-Thru Refurbishment

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Hereford's popular drive-thru restaurant on Belmont Road is currently closed for a substantial refurbishment, which is part of the companies 'Convenience of the Future' project which includes a huge £250M national programme spanning the next 4 years.

    The last time that this restaurant in South Wye was refurbished was back in January 2018.

    The drive-thru is scheduled to reopen in June once the work is complete.

    Migrant fruit pickers charged thousands in illegal fees to work on UK farms

    By megilleland,

    Another example of overseas seasonal workers being exploited to pick fruit and vegetables - not by the farms, but recruitment companies.

    The Guardian 27th May 2022

    Migrant fruit pickers charged thousands in illegal fees to work on UK farms, investigation shows
    Evidence appears to show illicit payments taken from workers harvesting produce for M&S, Tesco and Waitrose


    Ditya, a single mother from Nepal, is used to travelling abroad for work. For years she has made a living as a migrant farm worker, where she can earn several times what she would in her home country. Last year she applied to become part of the UK government’s seasonal worker visa scheme, picking fruit and vegetables on a farm in Herefordshire that supplies fresh produce to Marks & Spencer (M&S), Tesco and Waitrose.

    Ditya got the job, but it came at a huge cost. In order to secure it, she says she had to pay more than £3,000 – almost a third of what she earned during the six-month post – to recruitment agents.

    Some of that money covered the cost of her flight and visa application. The rest appears to include illegal fees that labour rights experts describe as “exploitative and extortionate”.

    A joint investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and the Guardian can reveal that as many as 150 Nepali workers who came to work at Cobrey Farms in Herefordshire as part of the government scheme may have paid similar amounts, many of them claiming they paid agents working for a UK-licensed recruitment company.

    The UK government launched the seasonal workers pilot scheme in 2019 to address concerns that the withdrawal from the EU would cause a shortage of labour for harvesting jobs on farms. Its rules state that workers should only pay a visa application fee of £259 (£244 until April this year) and travel costs. Any additional recruitment fees are illegal under UK law and can result in a labour provider being stripped of its licence.

    Feedback sought on new measures for cyclists and pedestrians in historic street.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Consultation to focus on Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) in St Owen's Street

    Herefordshire Council is encouraging local people to take part in a consultation around the details of improved measures for cyclists and pedestrians in St Owen's Street, Hereford.


    An earlier consultation on whether to introduce the contraflow proved that there is strong support for the proposed scheme. This consultation does not revisit that question but is a necessary next stage in the process where Herefordshire Council is legally required to consult on elements of the scheme.

    The St Owen's Street cycle contraflow scheme will create a safer cycle route from the east of the city, promoting sustainable and active travel, while at the same time improving safety for pedestrians and motorists.

    The scheme is part of ongoing improvements in Hereford city centre to create a more attractive environment for residents, visitors, shoppers, workers and local businesses, encouraging people into the city and ensuring they have a great experience when they are there.

    As part of the work to introduce the scheme, Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are required, which in turn requires a statutory consultation. The changes to the TRO cover the permitting of cyclists to travel in both directions on the one-way street, adjustments to parking, loading and bus stop layouts to incorporate the physical features of the scheme, and the introduction of areas of raised carriageway on St Owen's St.

    Cllr John Harrington, cabinet member infrastructure and transport said: “In these difficult times it is more important than ever to support businesses with measures that will promote the economic success of the city. The proposed improvements in St Owen's Street will hopefully be a boost to our measures to allow people to use alternatives to the car to travel into and through the City. Contraflows can decrease journey times for cyclists compared to those travelling by car by providing more direct, safer, travel routes, and can also reduce inappropriate cycling on the pavement.

    “We are asking for the views of local people around the specific details of the Traffic Regulation Orders, which are vital components of the street layout that will allow us to implement the scheme in the most effective way.”

    The consultation starts on 19 May 2022, and runs to 16 June 2022.

    People can find full details and take part in the consultation via the Herefordshire Council website.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the online form, you can post a written response to: BBLP St Owen's St Consultation, Balfour Beatty Living Places, Unit 3 Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, HR2 6JT.

    Responses to this consultation must be received on or before 16 June 2022.

    If you require any further information on this scheme, please contact by email: StOwensSt@balfourbeatty.com.

    Changing South Wye, Changing the World!

    By megilleland,

    Changing South Wye, Changing the World!

    At this time of political and economic turmoil, our communities are facing challenges which will affect so many of us.

    In 1844 the Rochdale Pioneers used their earnings to found their community co-operative.  This was to provide what was required by the people.

    A democratic process had begun and life improved over time for many.  At the heart of this was communities.  They worked hard for one another, with each other and the times, not unlike today, were challenging.  To tackle today’s problems, we will require that same level of commitment from communities.

    Fresh Start, in partnership with the Robert Owen Society, are realistic about what can be achieved and that the roots of our solutions are in identifying what the communities require.

    We are creating models for problems and identifying strategies.  We are moving quickly now behind the scenes. This has been hard work but Fresh Start is confident that by bringing communities together, we can create with the people, a way forward.

    Our interviews with those who could help us begin this Thursday 26th May 2022. If you feel that your skill or knowledge could contribute to helping South Wye in any way, then we would like to hear from you. 

    Please contact us at freshstart@robertowen.org


    Seems like a good idea and would work well together with the The Southside Project a groundbreaking initiative which will transform 35 acres of green space south of the river in Hereford. It will open up a wide range of opportunities for local residents of all ages and will be a space where the community can connect.

    Council Tax Is Not Funding City Centre Improvements

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A political row has broken out after plans to improve England’s most expensive piece of tarmac with tree planters was linked to council tax increases.


    Conservative Herefordshire councillor Ann-Marie Probert has slammed the proposals to install tree planters along Hereford’s City Link Road as ‘disgusting’, arguing that the money should be used for other purposes, including lowering council tax but Independent for Herefordshire's Cllr John Harrington said: ‘The City Link Road, which Coun Probert criticises, perhaps not realising was a Conservative led scheme, was badly designed and badly thought out and has cost £30 million for less than a mile of tarmac, with no segregated cycle path and a huge ugly central reservation.’

    ‘We have managed to secure funding to put tree planters along the road that can be re-used when we are able to put in a proper tree planting system. This is not money raised through council tax, this is capital funding, raised and ring-fenced, that can only be used for this purpose - I know Ann-Marie is a relatively new councillor but she needs to get her basic facts right.’

    The furore has been caused by calls from the Conservative councillor to ‘help residents first’. Defending the decision Coun Harrington said: ‘We have done exactly that. We have trebled the support for anyone who is struggling with council tax, but we cannot divert money from capital projects specifically for identified works, into revenue pots for running services. If Ann-Marie wants to help residents first then she should lobby her political masters in Westminster who have told councils they must ‘wash their own faces’ and ensure that services are funded by local taxes.’

    ‘We've lost £100 million a year in revenue coming in when you compare 2022 to 2010 and both her Conservative MPs voted for those devastating cuts - has she expressed her disgust towards them? This is not our decision; this is Conservative Party policy. We know how hard increased cost of living will be for many and therefore set aside wide-ranging support for anyone struggling.’

    Coun Harrington said that deadlines for spending £6 million budget, half of which was from a grant from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, for the city centre improvement scheme were looming. ‘I took the decision not to dig up High Town, as planned by the previous Conservative administration, because I couldn’t justify two years of disruption to traders as a building site moved around High Town simply to replace a surface, that needs minimal repair, with a complete excavation and relaying with several millions pounds worth of Chinese granite.’

    Coun Harrington said he had instructed that some of the funds were diverted instead to make improvements to the Widemarsh pavements which ‘have long been overdue and which the Conservatives refused to address’. The funds also ensure the Cycle Contraflow proposals for St Owens Street go ahead and improve the street scene around Hereford. Tree planters were chosen as they could be moved for the May Fair in the City and would give planners time to consider where to plant the planned increase of trees in the ground.

    ‘This has nothing to do with council tax’ said Coun Harrington, adding: ‘every councillor should know that. This is about spending funds ring-fenced for specific jobs that are important to Hereford, have been identified as needing attention for many years, and will start the process of improving air quality and the aesthetics of the county’s important mother city.’

    Recently Destroyed Ross Factory Employee Wins Dream Car and £20,000

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    An electrical mechanical engineer employee at the Ross on Wye Laundry firm 'Clean' that was recently destroyed by a devastating fire has just won his dream car and £20,000 cash.

    Presenter Christian Williams with lucky winner Jonathan Smith 

    Jonathan Smith was shocked when the online competitions company BOTB Presenter Christian Williams surprised Mr Smith with his prize while he was at work.

    Jonathan won a brand new Ford Mustang and £20,000 in cash all for £2 entry.

    It is so nice to have a really positive story like this to start the day.

    More details - https://www.botb.com/winners/mw1722/


    Herefordshire Council Panorama Programme Statement

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    BBC Panorama - Statement from Herefordshire Council following last night's programme which aired on BBC1 at 8pm.


    A statement from the Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council made to Panorama as part of last night's episode.

    I would like to apologise to children and families affected by the very serious failings in our Children’s Services.

    Since my arrival I have made it my top priority to ensure we make urgent changes so that children and families in Herefordshire get the quality of support they need.

    We are one year into our three-year plan to improve services for children and families, by reducing caseloads for Social Workers, recruiting more staff for home visits, providing better leadership and supervision for our staff, and by modernising our systems.

    We are committed to supporting families and protecting vulnerable children in our community.

    If you have any concerns about the way you or your family have been treated by Herefordshire Children’s Social Care Services, you can contact us at on our careconcerns webpage or or email careconcerns@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Paul Walker- Chief Executive, Herefordshire Council

    ExploreStation immersive virtual reality Hereford (Shell Store) Rotherwas

    By megilleland,

    ExploreStation immersive virtual reality Hereford (Shell Store) Rotherwas today 16th and I believe 17th May 2022. Went down and had my first experience of virtual reality with a journey on the train and walk around a station. Felt very dizzy and one person couldn't cope with it. Well organised with places available I was told on the 17th May 10am to 6pm. I would just turn up and fit in. There is a first class cafe and the building is interesting. A very good conversion and easy to get to on the bike.

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    Glenda Vaughan-Powell has Passed Away

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    It is with sad news that we inform you that Glenda Vaughan-Powell passed away last Saturday.

    Glenda Vaughan-Powell

    Glenda was an active member on our forum for many years and although sometimes she could be a difficult person, in fairness, she also did a lot of very good things when she was a local councillor in Newton Farm. She campaigned hard to save the Asda Walk-In centre as well as other good projects locally.

    Glenda Vaughan-Powell served as a District Councillor of Herefordshire Council and a Hereford City Parish Councillor until May 2015, elected as an Independent, serving Belmont Ward for 12 years.

    In 2003 she won £744,000 for the Wyes Moves community bus company plus a further £126,000 from the South Wye regeneration Fund, to serve the people of South Wye.

    During her time as a councillor she successfully led a campaign to keep the post office open in South Wye, was responsible for keeping the South Wye police station open and led a campaign to maintain the GP walk-in centre at on the Asda site, as well as acting as a member on the following council advisory groups:-

    • Safer and stronger communities,
    • South Wye Regeneration Partnership.
    • Healthier communities and older people group
    • Children and young people advisory group.
    • Member of the community safety group
    • Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Newton Farm.
    • Member of Herefordshire Housing Steering group for redevelopment of the Oval.

    She was formally Chair of the Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association for Hereford and Belmont, as well as chair of the Friends of Belmont Haywood Country Park.

    In June 2011, as a councillor, Glenda was appointed as a member of the Wye Valley NHS Trust and in April 2012 was invited to become a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group representing Herefordshire Independents at the House of Commons, which she accepted.

    In 2014, again as a councillor, Glenda became a member of the Local Government Association (LGA) Executive group representing all Herefordshire Independents in Hereford and West Midlands.

    Rest in peace and thank your for all the good things you accomplished locally.


    Air ambulance and emergency services attended a serious RTC at Yatton in Herefordshire yesterday

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    There were 3 casualties in the RTC which involved 2 vehicles.

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    Photographs courtesy of HWFRS Kingsland 

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Kingsland fire station and Leintwardine Fire Station had to cut out casualties from one of the vehicles and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity arrived swiftly to give advanced medical treatment at the scene. West Mercia Police and Officialwmas were also in attendance.

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    A spokesperson from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said; "This afternoon we attended a nasty RTC involving a car and a small sports car. We were joined by colleagues from Leintwardine fire station, police and ambulance, but most importantly the Air Ambulance, this arrived swiftly and as always gave the best advanced medical care to a casualty. We are so fortunate to have this service and save countless lives every year"

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