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    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.


    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.”

     


    Hereford's Main Post Office Relocating into WHSmith

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford's main Post Office in High Town will be operating from inside WHSmith from next month from April 11th.

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    The existing Post Office on St Peter's Street, will close.

    Plans have already been submitted for new signage here


    St Owens Street proposed re-vamp

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Here is another one!  Please can we have a grand tidy up first before spending a fortune on these hallucinations 

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    Questions from members of the council

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Council Friday 8 March 2019 10.00 am

    Agenda item no. 6 - Questions from members of the council

    Question Number: MQ 1

    Questioner
    Councillor PJ Edwards, Newton Farm

    Question
    In the absence of an accurate response to my question put to Council meeting 12th October 2018 regards the BBLP contract and selling of Grounds Equipment, please may all Members be informed of vehicles and machines which Herefordshire Council own in relation to the BBLP contract?

    Question to
    Cabinet member transport and regulatory services

    Response:
    The query that you raised in relation to the Leader’s report to Council in October did not receive an inaccurate response. Your query, as recorded in the minutes, was whether Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) would be able to deliver their responsibilities to maintain the council’s open spaces and verges given that it was understood that they had sold the equipment they owned required for these tasks and would therefore be reliant on third party contractors. The response confirmed that BBLP remained contracted to deliver this work, which is
    the case. A further query requested confirmation of the amount of money raised from the sale of equipment; this information was provided on 29 October 2018 (for ease of reference the amount was £21,548.40).

    As you will appreciate there is a significant amount of machinery and vehicles the council owns in relation to the BBLP contract; rather than produce a lengthy list here I would ask any member wishing to inspect the relevant asset register to email Laura.Lloyd@herefordshire.gov.uk who will be able to assist.

     

    Be interesting to see who is cutting what grass - BBLP, Council. Hereford Housing and/or private contractors. We get all of these in Muir Close during the year.
     


    Planning Sense

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Letter in Hereford Times - 10th March 2019

    ON a recent visit to the County Hospital I was surprised find half of the main car park covered with portable medical units. After waiting a while for a space to park my car, I managed to arrive for my appointment on time. I guess that part of this problem is due to the demolition of the old huts to make room for the new building.

    But is the hospital going to be able to cope in the future with the population increasing due to the building of hundreds of new homes, which many could be people retiring, and wishing to settle in our beautiful county? Who can blame them? And they in many instances in become involved. with local activities.

    In order to earmark land should the hospital need it, the land that comes to mind is the bus station. Move the bus station to next to the rail station. The new Group Surgery could occupy part of what has been the bus station.

    The proposed new university could be built at Rotherwas with a rail link to the main line which is close by and students would be able to travel to Barry Court Station.

    This may even help people travelling on the A49 who wish to get to the Aylestone side of the city park and ride, and. arrive at Barrs Court and then complete their journey on foot or by bus.

    This is just a thought, our leaders will do their best for our city we hope.

    Ed Thompson


    Hereford Woman Wins £125,000 on 'Who Want To Be A Millionaire'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Hereford woman has won £125,000 on TV's 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'

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    Katy Chambers, a human resources officer, won £125,000 this week on the show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson.


    Yevette Cooper & Brexit

    Cambo
    By Cambo,

    A little while back I decide to email a number of MP’s about my concerning regarding their behaviour towards Brexit...so today I revived my first & only response  so far from Yvette Cooper which I have to admit my surprise at.

    she was asking in the email if I would take part in a survey regarding Brexit with a link to said survey....below is a copy of my email to Yvette & her response to said email also with the link for anyone wanting to take part in her survey 

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    Litter - A clean sweep

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    In the Hereford Times today:
     

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    Campaign hopes to tackle litter by making it socially unacceptable

    MORE than £1m of taxpayers' money is spent on collecting litter and emptying bins but a group of like-minded campaigners want to change this.

    The first Herefordshire Litter Forum was held this week and brought together more than 40 pro-active litter picking groups, businesses and organisations

    The Stop the Drop Litter Pledge campaign was launched which aims to get at least 100 pledges from individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to organise litter picks around their premises and to promote measures to stop litter being dropped in the first place.

    Cllr Barry Durkin, Herefordshire's Council's cabinet member for transport and regulatory services, said at the forum: "It is not a one-off. I want this to be a collaboration and a movement forward and spread it into the community.

    "We spend £1m of council taxpayers' money picking up litter and emptying bins which could be spent elsewhere."

    Cllr Elissa Swinglehurst has pushed for the council to write to central government to propose a tax on fast food (take away) outlets, confectionary and crisp manufacturers, alcohol and soft drink companies and tobacco companies since these are the main items which are littered. She said the money can then be used to clean and tidy the streets and countryside.

    Jane Denny, from Herefordshire Council's Stop the Drop campaign, said the council is aiming to address the problem of littering by educating the public.

    She said: "We need to generate a culture where it is not acceptable to drop litter."

    She has spoken to 59 assemblies across the county and reached 10,000 young people.

    Wendy Harvey regularly carries out litter picks in Grafton Lane. She said: "I have always been amazed at the amount of litter. I can't understand how people do it so regularly when it just makes such a blight everywhere for everybody else."

    She said communities are getting fed up of seeing so much litter and groups across the county need to join forces so they do not feel alone in fighting the problem.

    Ms Harvey said they need to make dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink drinking and not picking up dog mess.

    Emma Jones from the Hereford Community Clean Up Group spoke about their work around the city. The group regularly goes out and carries out litter picks: they are all volunteers.

    Linzy Outrim, from Balfour Beatty Living Places, said Cusop Parish Council agreed to have their litter bins removed which actually reduced the amount of litter as she said people took their litter home with them.

    Dave Hough, from the council's community protection team, explained how littering is a criminal offence and there are four enforcement officers. People who drop litter can be fined £80. Officers need to observe the litter being dropped or have credible eye witness accounts. Since April 2017, 37 fixed penalty notices have been issued for littering.

    You can plan your own litter pick. To borrow a litter pack call 01432 261800. Go to herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop to find out litter picks in your area and to sign up to the pledge or call 01432 383449.

     

    I hope they have moved those bins in Cusop to a more deserving area.


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