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    Hereford Business Expansion Plans Approved With Move To Skylon Enterprise Zone

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford planners have approved a proposed new office and manufacturing building and associated development including external timber storage racking, car parking and landscaping for Taylor Made.

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    Plans | Collins Designs & Build & Project Management Pontrilas Hereford

    The company have outgrown their current premises in Twyford Road, Rotherwas in Hereford where they employ over 30 staff however, this new facility located on the Skylon Enterprise Zone will give the firm much needed additional factory space for machinery, and enough yard space for extra storage as well as creating over 10 new jobs in the future.

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    Plans | Collins Designs & Build & Project Management Pontrilas Hereford

    Tailor Made Designs Ltd specialise in the design and manufacture of Roof Trusses and Posi-Joists with a nationwide delivery service. Their customers include individual home owners, builders, developers and builder merchants.


    News | A Man Has Died Following RTC At Harewood End

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    At 12 noon today the A49 remains closed in both directions following a fatal accident early this morning.

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    A force spokesman told Hereford Voice - "Officers from West Mercia Police were called to a single-vehicle collision on the A49 at Harewood End shortly after 7am this morning (Wednesday 17 November).

    The car has hit a wall. Ambulance crews also attended and treated the male driver of the vehicle but sadly he died at the scene.

    His next of kin have been informed. Road closures are in place for investigation work but are expected to be removed shortly.

    Anyone who has any information is urged to call 101 or visit our website, quoting incident 063i of 17 November 2021 or report it online via our website www.westmerciapolice.uk/tua/tell-us-about/

    Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

    It is 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or IP address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111."


    🎅 Festive News | Festive freebies and fairs

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    FREE PARKING, travel and late night shopping on offer in the run up to Christmas

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    Free parking is available on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December, when the council’s public car parks in Kington waive their fees.

    Herefordshire Council have been working with town councils, Hereford City Council and Hereford Business Improvement District to offer free parking in council car parks for the following events:

    Kington winter food and drink festival: Saturday 4 December (the event has hired the car parks for a second day of free parking on Friday 3 December)

    • Ledbury Christmas lights switch on: Saturday 4 December
    • Leominster Victorian Fair: Saturday 11 December
    • Support Ross on Wye shopping: Saturday 11 December

    Hereford late night shopping: after 4pm in Hereford on Wednesdays 8, 15 and 22 December (including the Old Market).

    This includes all council public car parks and on-street pay and display bays. The free parking offered does not apply to any private car parks unless stated.

    As usual, it is free parking in the market towns every Sunday and after 6pm.

    More seasonal events across the county www.herefordshire.gov.uk/events.

    Cllr Harrington says:

    “We have liaised with the city and town councils and key stakeholders to offer some free parking in the run up to Christmas.

    “I encourage all those who can to visit your local shops and support them after what has been a challenging period. As well as the free parking on certain days and evenings, it’s worth reminding people to take advantage of our free weekend bus travel.”


    Herefordshire tops roadworks league in the past two years!

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    By megilleland,

    Herefordshire tops the national city league with 105,614 roadworks in the last two years. 

    The west English county of Herefordshire has seen the most road and street works undertaken in the past two years by the council and utilities. With over 100,00 it is the only council area of any type in the country with a six-figure number of roadwork projects. Furthermore, it is almost 90,000 more than the national average for the same period.

    On average it is estimated that UK motorists lose 28 hours a year due to being stuck in traffic caused by roadworks, and almost everyone in the country has been impacted by them at some point.

    Even small works in the UK can feel like they take an eternity compared to other countries.

    For example, in 2016 a major road in the Japanese city of Fukuoka was completely destroyed by a massive 15-meter deep sinkhole, this was completely repaired and reopened in six days.


    Breaking News | Hereford Taxis Could Be On Strike This Christmas

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Taxis are on the verge of strike action over flawed policies which Herefordshire Council licensing teams are trying to impose and are refusing to engage with the drivers and the Hereford Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Association over these policies.

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    Licences from next April could be refused for cars more than five years old. The age of the vehicle shall be determined by the date of its first registration, as shown on the registration document.

    The new proposals would also require existing drivers to complete a geographic knowledge and navigational skills test (also required for new applicants) which is proving to be extremely difficult and only has a 20% pass rate which potentially would result is losing 80% of existing drivers.

    In an email to the trade from Herefordshire Council they state the following sentence;

    “To make it clear you will not be able to discuss or argue any proposed changes you would like to see made to the policy”

    The consultation period has now been extended until the 6th of December however if things remain as they are, it is increasingly likely that the association will have to pay heed to its membership and organise strike action in the very near future and a strike could be in place this Christmas!

    The original draft policy is attached together with a revision copy below;

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    Revision below

    Revised conditions 2021.docx


    Fire Crews from 3 Fire Stations Tackled House Fire at Stoke Prior

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Kingsland Fire Station were called to a house fire at Stoke Prior in Herefordshire just after 5pm yesterday evening they were needed to back up their colleagues from Leominster Fire Station who were already at the scene and tackling the blaze.

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    Photo courtesy of Kingsland Fire Station 

    3 teams using breathing apparatus were used to fight the fire and cut away to stop it spreading further. Further assistance came from Bromyard Fire Station fire fighters.


    Local Services for Domestic Abuse Escapees 'As Good As It Gets'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A group supporting women through domestic abuse has praised the way the service has been supported by Herefordshire Council

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    Members of the council’s adult scrutiny body were given an update on Herefordshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy in a report which highlighted that: ‘Domestic abuse is a complex and pervasive issue which cannot be addressed fully by any single organisation. The overall purpose of the strategy is to provide direction to partner organisations on how they can work collaboratively to prevent, identify and respond to domestic abuse.’ The strategy will also enable compliance with new legislation in this year’s Domestic Abuse Act.

    West Mercia Women's Aid has been involved in reviewing the Domestic Abuse Strategy. CEO, Sue Coleman, said: ‘Herefordshire Council has been supporting domestic abuse services for some time,’ adding that the services in the county were such that those escaping domestic abuse could be offered safe and secure accommodation.

    Over the past year support for services has significantly increased the capacity to support victims and their children in an enhanced safe accommodation offer, with specialist support for those with multiple complex needs.

    Referring to the new women’s refuge in Hereford Sue Coleman said that the refuge was: ‘As good as it gets across the country and we are very proud of it.’ She told the council’s Adult Scrutiny Committee that families who had used the refuge were very appreciative of the combined privacy and community support alongside the quality of service at a difficult time.

    West Mercia Women's Aid have also been working with Connexus and Herefordshire Council to develop satellite properties across the county that would allow greater flexibility and support for families escaping domestic abuse.

    Ms Coleman told councillors that any strategy must ensure that children are also considered as victims where domestic abuse has occurred and that the aid group was working with the council’s children’s department to ensure children got the right support when they needed it.

    The committee heard a first-hand account of how damaging emotional abuse can be, often with little evidence, and how counselling services must be made affordable as it was often through counselling that women were signposted to support services – and unaffordable counselling discriminated against the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

     


    📣 News | A Jewel of a Heritage Town

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    New attractive art displays promoting Ledbury’s Heritage now greet passengers at Ledbury Railway Station. The displays, in three sections, give a history of Ledbury’s heritage buildings in original calligraphic script, original artwork of the buildings surrounding a location map and a history of the coming of the railway. The whole display is the work of three local artists: Caroline Owen Thomas who is the calligrapher, Jeanette McCulloch and Cheryl Davies who shared the artwork.

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    The displays are located in an attractive three bay glazed cabinet mounted in a landscaped planter. The project has been managed by Gareth Calan Davies of Rail & Bus for Herefordshire and funded by the West Midlands Railway ‘Your Community, Your Fund’ scheme with assistance from Ledbury Town Council and Ledbury Civic Society.

    Fay Easton, Head of Community & Stakeholder at West midlands Railway commented:

    "The Heritage Information Board for Ledbury is a triumph for the designers and organisers. The board itself is beautiful, way beyond the functional information boards at stations up and down the country, this is a work of art as are the contents. The quiet determination of the project leaders to 'get this done' has been impressive and from WMR perspective the community leads have been a joy to work with. Not only Lovely Ledbury brought to life on that stunning board, but Lucky Ledbury in its community champions."

    Project Leader Gareth commented ‘We have worked hard over the year as an art team to get this up and running and have received tremendous support from Fay Easton who is Head of Community and Stakeholder at West Midlands Railway. The result is a stunning display. We are also grateful for the assistance we have received from Ledbury Town Council, Ledbury Civic Society and Sustainable Ledbury. The project is part of a wider remit to promote Ledbury tourism and strengthen the link between town and railway. Brochures depicting the project are also being produced for distribution through the West Midlands’.


    📣 Police Appeal | Windows Smashed After Pumpkins Thrown

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after two properties near to Longworth Lane, Bartestree in Herefordshire had pumpkins thrown at windows and doors at approximately 00:40am. This woke the occupants up, where laughing and giggling could be heard.

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    The second property had two of its windows smashed.

    Anyone who can provide information please contact the police using reference - 00265_06112021


    Positive Hereford | 'HEREFORD LIVE'

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Our first HD Webcam has already been LIVE Streaming for a month!

    Sponsored by Hereford Voice - Hereford's first 'Hereford LIVE' HD Webcam started streaming at the beginning of October. A few weeks later we began LIVE Streaming from the heart of our fabulous city centre and WOW what a success it has been!

    Combined we have had over 51,000 unique visitors viewing, how is that for promoting our beautiful city!!

    Check out the bird's-eye view of The Victoria Bridge and the River Wye hosted by our good friends at The Pavilion, Castle Green in Hereford

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    LIVE FEED https://hfd.news/k17

    A superb panoramic view of High Town and the The Black and White House Museum hosted by our good friends at WorkHere: Community Workspace, Hereford

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    LIVE FEED https://hfd.news/q7a

    Hereford Voice is now part of the Skyline network of high definition panoramic webcams scattered around the world with the sole goal of promoting tourism, art and culture!

    Statistics | You will be able to see how many people are online as well as how many visitors there have been viewing our fantastic city.

    Web | www.herefordlive.uk

    River Wye Hosts | https://www.castlegreenpavilion.co.uk

    High Town Hosts | https://www.workhereford.co.uk

    If you have a great view in Herefordshire that you would like to share and are interested in having a LIVE webcam sponsored by Hereford Voice please get in touch.

    Premium | If you would like to view any of the cameras on the network it is completely FREE but there is just one 5-10 second advert however, for a small fee of €9.50 per year you can go Premium. The Premium option allows access to features and services that will render your navigation experience on SkylineWebcams more exciting. (These small fees are nothing to do with Hereford Voice and a purely an optional service which is provided by Skyline Webcams)

    With Premium you can explore the site without ads, view webcams in Full Screen mode, quickly access your favourite webcams, take pictures and share them on the site, communicate with other users thanks to the chat, travel from one corner of the globe to another in just a few seconds with the interactive map and the search engine.

    More exciting news coming soon!


    Tupsley Quarry Firework Display

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Good atmosphere and plenty of people tonight at the Central Tupsley Community Group Firework Display at Tupsley Quarry Hereford.

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    Resident Fined for Fly-Tipping

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Guilty plea after Herefordshire Council enforcement officers investigate fly tipping in the countryside

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    Nicola Sheehan pleaded guilty to a breach of the Environmental Protection Act at a hearing held at Hereford Magistrates Court in October.

    Sheehan was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £34 for dumping waste in Herefordshire.

    Magistrates learned by video link how the former Hereford resident had unlawfully tipped domestic waste in woodland in Aconbury. During the investigation by the council’s community protection team, Sheehan denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the enforcement officers. However, evidence was shown that led to this successful prosecution last month.

    David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service manager, said:

    “Unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping costs council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds each year. Residents and businesses should ensure they are transferring the waste to an authorised person who will dispose of the waste legally. Anyone found fly tipping will be prosecuted.”

    Herefordshire Council’s community protection team regularly carry out spot checks on waste carriers. They investigate unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping cases reported via the council’s website or by calling 01432 261761.


    Vandalism Threatens The Closure Hereford City Centre Public Toilets!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mindless individuals have vandalised the newly refurbished public toilets in the Maylord Shopping Centre in Hereford City Centre. 

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    If anyone has any information about who was responsible for this senseless act please contact Hereford Police, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers UK if you prefer to remain anonymous.


    Is COP26 Glasgow just hot air?

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    By megilleland,

    On Twitter today:

    COP coming to Glasgow. Leaders staying at Gleneagles Hotel & 20 Tesla cars (£100K each) bought to ferry them 75km back & forth. Gleneagles has 1 Tesla charging station, so Malcolm Plant Hire contracted to supply Diesel Generators to recharge Tesla’s overnight. Couldn't make it up.


    Positive Hereford | The Courtyard Hereford shop is officially open!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Mayor Cllr. Paul Stevens did the honours by cutting the ribbon earlier this week.

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    They have so many beautiful, original gifts on sale, handmade by their wonderful team of artists.

    Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm

    📸 The Courtyard Hereford


    Hereford LIVE - River Wye Levels Risen Significantly Overnight 'Watch LIVE'

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    By Hereford Voice,

    CHECK OUT OUR LIVE RIVER WYE WEBCAM 👉 LIVE FEED https://hfd.news/k17

    'Hereford LIVE' now have a webcam monitoring the River Wye levels with 24/7 LIVE streaming.

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    Hereford Voice have sponsored 'Hereford LIVE' HD Webcams from the heart of our fabulous city!

    Check out this panoramic view of The Victoria Bridge and the River Wye hosted by our good friends at The Pavilion, Castle Green in Hereford.

    Part of the Skyline network of high definition panoramic webcams scattered around the world with the sole goal of promoting tourism, art and culture!

    Web | www.herefordlive.uk

    Host | https://www.castlegreenpavilion.co.uk

    If you have a great view in #Herefordshire that you would like to share and are interested in having a LIVE HD Webcam sponsored by Hereford Voice get in touch with us.


    Deer Poaching Near Monmouth 🦌

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Gwent Police are investigating the possibility of illegal poaching this morning in our neighbouring county of Monmouthshire, sadly one dog was found deceased on the grounds.

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    Investigations are being conducted by the Police rural team to find the perpetrators.

    Please contact the Police on 101 if you have any information.


    False Black Widow Sightings on the Rise

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A seasonal spike in sightings of False Black Widow spiders is likely to be caused by males in search of a mate, a national trade body has said.

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    The British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is urging people to avoid contact with False Black Widow spiders, but not to panic if they spot one in their home.

    The spiders are not aggressive, but may bite if there is accidental contact.

    Natalie Bungay is Technical and Compliance Manager at BPCA. She said: “Requests for False Widow pest control call-outs tend to peak in October.

    “The spiders increase in numbers during warmer months, but in late summer and autumn they may become particularly conspicuous as the males wander more extensively in search of a mate.

    “False Widow spiders are not aggressive and will not launch an unprovoked attack on people.”

    False Widow spiders are not aggressive and will not launch an unprovoked attack on people.

    Usually sited at least 1.5m off the ground, False Widow webs are a loose tangle of threads with a tube of silk in one corner leading into a crevice where the spider will hide during the day.

    The webs are typically found around window and door frames as well as in eaves, porches and conservatories.

    False Widows are venomous and their bites have been compared to wasp stings, but issues arising from spider bites are more likely to be the result of a secondary infection, than the bite itself.

    The BPCA’s online guide to False Widows includes advice on how to identify them and what to do if you spot one in your home.

    Natalie added: “If you’re concerned about spiders in your home, seek advice from a pest management professional.

    “You can remove a spider from your home by putting a small carton or glass over it and sliding a piece of card between the opening and the surface. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove spiders and their webs if you don’t want to get too close!

    “However, if you’re unsure of the species, or don’t feel confident to tackle the issue yourself, get in touch with a BPCA member.”

    BPCA members are trained, experienced professionals with access to a range of specialist products not available to the public.

    They are trained, qualified and regularly assessed to the British Standard in Pest Management BS EN 16636.

    To find a professional pest controller visit bpca.org.uk/find


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