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    Hereford Town Hall Work Complete

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The scaffolding erected at the Town Hall in Hereford in December 2015 was finally removed today after almost three and a half years! 

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    The entrance canopy has undergone extensive repair work as it had settled by approximately 50mm and required additional strengthening steel rods to be placed in order to give additional support and a large part of the canopy has been completely replaced together with remedial terracotta and stone work.

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    There is still some cleaning to be done to complete the project but this fine iconic Hereford building is almost back to its former glory.

     


    New Timber Walkway Haywood Lane

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The new timber walkway construction on the embankment of Belmont Pools (to improve the safety of pedestrians/cyclists across the causeway) has now been completed and looks fabulous! 

    We originally broke this story back in April on our Facebook Page here but forgot to add it to our forums, so here are the photographs we took at the time.

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    Jeffery Epstein rearrested many vip’s must be nervous

    Eymerk Hunt
    By Eymerk Hunt,

    Huge story from over the pond with the re arrest of Jeffery Epstein. He was the billionaire who had a private island getaway. Where he used to fly in v v v famous people on his private jet the Lolita express. Names such as Bill Clinton, prince Andrew, Stephen hawking, woody allen,the crown prince of Saudi, and many more.

     He is arrested on child exploitation charges and child sex trafficking. Basically he flew the rich and famous there so they could have fun with kids and some other very sinister things . Away from the eyes of the world.  This is going to be an interesting story. If he squeals then big names could fall. 

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    Plans to convert Sullivan House into Apartments

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Sullivan House Widemarsh Street Hereford, proposed change of use of redundant commercial building B1(a) to C3 residential incorporating 10 no. apartments of 6no. 1 bedroom units and 4no. 2 bedroom units. The proposal includes bin and cycle storageand 5 no. car parking spaces.

    Planning Application P192324/PA2


    Shop on Belmont Road/ Hereford Times

    locallady
    By locallady,

    As someone who occasionally buys things from the corner shop on Belmont Road/Avenue. I was shocked to see the photo and report online this morning. The staff there are always polite and friendly. The customers are not all boozers. I often see older people who don't want to walk as far as Asda.  I really think the Hereford Times should get their act together when publishing photographs of the wrong place (not the first time) The people who run this shop deserve a proper apology.

    Also, the real shop in question was previously a newsagents before Asda opened, then selling washing machines etc. I have seen no planning applications for change of use to allow selling food etc. . If the licensing people object, why has no change of use been approved.


    Hereford restaurants that serve Halal

    Paul Jones
    By Paul Jones,

    I enjoy good food but I refuse to eat in restaurants where I am aware that they serve Halal meat.

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    Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For a meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)

    The slaughter of a halal animal is called “zabihah” and there are certain guidelines to follow:

    Allah’s (God’s) name must be pronounced during slaughter.
    The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter. The animal must be slit at the throat.
    The animal must not be unconscious
    The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is not halal.
    These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable.
    The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products

    I am aware that both the Mary Gold and Mowchak restaurants serve Halal meat, which other restaurants in Hereford serve Halal? 

     

     


    FORTHCOMING PM ELECTION

    SON OF GRIDKNOCKER
    By SON OF GRIDKNOCKER,

    Well, folks, seems it will soon be time to focus on the Leadership election, as Mrs May has now indicated that she’ll be jumping ship in June. Let’s not go into the boring detail of who the aspirants for this lucrative job are, save to point out that the casting votes in the second round of the contest (the first round is restricted to the 330 serving Conservative MPs in the Commons) are vested only in paid-up members of the Conservative & Unionist Party of the UK. And at the last count there were a mere 125,000 of them – mostly with Bus Passes and many with limited life expectancy.

    Against a UK population of just over 66 million. So the next British Prime Minister will be elected by just under 2% of the population. Does that sound fair to you?

                                                                                                             ANYONE BUT BORIS

     


    Weeds verging on the ridiculous

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible.

    In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically  this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free.

     

    Belmont Road Hereford:

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    Planning Approved for 65 Bed Premier Inn Hotel in Blackfriars St

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been approved (with conditions) for a 65 bedroom Premier Inn hotel with ancillary restaurant, car park and associated works in Blackfriars Street Hereford.

    Once complete the hotel will employ around 25 people.

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    Application P174776/F


    Beautiful Architecture in Commercial Street Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A great view of this iconic building occupied by Laura Ashley as you leave the passage leading to Gilbies Bar, (St Peters Close)

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    Prefab Bungalows in Beattie Ave to be Demolished

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Housing have submitted plans for the proposed demolition of 41 existing (prefab bungalows) in Beattie Avenue Hereford.
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    Construction of 71 bungalows and houses with associated parking, private amenity, access and alterations to highway.
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    An extract from the Hereford Housing website reads:

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    The decision has been taken to redevelop the prefabs on Beattie Avenue (story here). These prefabs weren't designed to last, the past 30 years have been a compromise between the costs of sustaining the properties vs the costs to redevelop them. The time when we need to consider the latter has come. At this stage no plans other than the decision to redevelop has been made.

    Application P180694/F

    Work is scheduled to begin as soon as May.


    Hereford Skate Park Featured in Co-op TV Advert

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Hereford Skate Park has bee featured in the latest Co-op TV Adverts, check it out;

    Co-op food that helps fund local causes #ItsWhatWeDo like the Hereford Skate Park.


    International Women in Engineering Day (INWED )

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Today is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

    INWED is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

    I copied the above from an Armed Forces Group , believe that the proposed Engineering University in Hereford have missed an opportunity to spread the word further on this special day - you might be aware that the Armed Forces have numerous opportunities for Women in Engineering.


    New Cyber Security Centre Rotherwas

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    A new purpose built security centre is to be built at Skylon Park Rotherwas in a joint venture between Herefordshire Council and the University of Wolverhampton. The University of Wolverhampton has approved £1.5 million to contribute to the centre as well as successfully securing grant funding of £4 million from the Marches LEP Local Growth Fund and £1.16 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  Herefordshire Council has approved funding of £3.5 million to contribute to the Centre for Cyber Security

     

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    Planning Granted for New Student Accommodation

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been granted for a new student accommodation block at Station Approach.

    The application was submitted by the council’s development partners, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE and Cityheart Partnerships, for purpose-built student accommodation at Station Approach. 

    Hereford College of Arts (HCA), which has a proven need for good quality student housing to support its growth plans, will be the main customer of the Station Approach project. There will also be rooms allocated for students of NMiTE, supporting its development.

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    Station Approach is part of Herefordshire Council’s Development and Regeneration Programme (DRP) in partnership with ENGIE which will deliver the programme over the next 10 to 20 years. The programme will support the council’s economic vision for the county which includes support for the delivery of the new university and Hereford’s existing colleges.

    The site is located at the heart of Hereford’s transport system, to the north east of the new Hereford City Link Road and provides easy access to Hereford College of Arts (HCA), Hereford station and the city centre.

    Along with accompanying hard and soft landscaping, cycle parking, and accessible parking with fast charging points for electric cars, there will be public art designed and made by the students. 

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    Cllr Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets, said:

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    “After the incredible hard work that has gone into the application and designs for Station Approach, it is fantastic news for Herefordshire that Station Approach has been granted planning permission. This is a wonderful example of a collaborative development, with the council, ENGIE, Cityheart, Hereford College of Arts and NMiTE all working together to progress this exciting project.

    “We are delighted to see momentum building behind the DRP, which is a key part of our commitment to supporting the growth of our local economy and championing Herefordshire as a great place to live, work, study and visit.”

    On working with Hereford College of Arts and NMiTE, Cllr Bramer concluded: “I would like to thank the staff and students of HCA and NMiTE for their feedback on the initial designs, which will help us to deliver one of the most vibrant and well-designed student accommodation projects in the country, and contribute to moving Hereford forward as a great place for higher education.” 

    Jake Fellows, Major Projects Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said:

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    “We’re delighted that these exciting proposals have been approved. This new development will help to cement Herefordshire’s place as a top destination for students over the coming years, and we’re looking forward to starting work on the site later in the year

    “With plans for Station Approach progressing well and work about to begin on Ross Enterprise Park, the Development and Regeneration Programme is now really starting to gather pace, and this is thanks to the vision and commitment of Herefordshire Council and its partners.”

    Abigail Appleton, Hereford College of Arts, said:

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    “This opportunity plays an important role in our plans to attract more students than ever before to Hereford for creative degree courses at Hereford College of Arts.  We are also excited about the way that student and staff  artwork will help make this building an inspirational gateway to the city and represent our city’s great creative heritage and future.  

    “We believe that collaboration between HCA, NMiTE and Herefordshire Council will help promote Hereford across the UK and beyond as a centre for exceptional specialist education.”

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    Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, CEO of NMiTE, added:

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    “We are fully supportive of these exciting proposals and delighted to be partnering with HCA as customers for this purpose-built accommodation which will, we hope, make an important contribution to our requirements for our September 2020 intake of learner engineers”.

     


    Saving the planet

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    What's all this nonsense about saving the planet.

    It all started to go downhill when schools dropped home economics in the 1970’s with a switch to computer and design technology, so that all you need to know now is how to handle a tin opener. The demise of home economics skills (cookery, laundry and budgeting) result in a scruffy mindless herd eating on the streets and throwing their tins, wrappers, plastic bottles and lottery tickets anywhere but into a waste bin. The specialty disposal method favoured locally is to deposit waste into someone’s garden hedge.

    What does this mess (not politics) tell us about our future citizens and their minds. This is the outcome of the Liverpool and Tottenham match in Madrid. No wonder the Spanish get the wrong impression of British tourists.

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    Theft of plants from garden

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    For info if you live in a rural area of the County.............

    I fully accept that a person is innocent until proved guilty in a Court of Law ..............

    At about 10.30am today Sunday 14th April 2019 the occupiers of Blossom View, Crowmoor Lane Tillington HR4 8LD ( that's the old Coop farm office opposite the Fruit Farm ) heard a vehicle stop on the road outside their bungalow, looked out of the window and saw a male , 35yrs, medium to stocky build ,with sandy short hair with one of the occupiers plants in his hand , the plant had been planted in their garden which fronts the road . The occupier shouted to the male who dropped the plant in the road and jumped into his vehicle , he was the only occupant . He drove away in a Silver Nissan pickup RegNo.BL03OLJ . 
    Police have been advised , bit  disheartening , it appears that the Call Taker told the Complainant that as the Offender didn't take the plant not a lot the police could do ( What about Attempt Theft for starters ) The plant cost the Complainant £50 . It's not the first time that pants gave been stolen from gardens in the village , recently a householder had 25 laylandi trees stolen .
    If you see this vehicle it or know where it's parked please phone 101 and advise the Call Taker using the West  Mercia Police Ref No 239/N/14.04.19 
    Thank you .


    New Tram/Light Rail in Hereford

    Mick
    By Mick,

    I have just read this article: It is a pity that there is mention of Colin or Hereford Voice within any of this publication.

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    HEREFORDSHIRE Council leaders say they will consider proposals for ultra-light rail to reduce congestion in the city

    The Herefordshire Sustainable Transport Group has submitted evidence to the Department for Transport answering its call for submissions on opportunities to introduce new light rail systems into towns and cities in England.

    The group says it was encouraged by Hereford MP Jesse Norman, who they say has been instrumental in preparing and instigating the call for evidence.

    Chairman Carole Protherough said: “HSTG has paid close attention to important land use changes in the city, the need for regeneration especially of the urban core and the availability of potential ultra-light rail routes already in public ownership.

    “Working with representatives from the light rail industry and environmentalists the HSTG response is a significant step forward in future transport planning for the city.”

    Council infrastructure cabinet member John Harrington said they would explore the options for ultra-light rail in Hereford.

    “The council is determined to respond to and work within the principles of the climate emergency declaration that was unanimously supported by all parties early this year.

    “It is important that we have the city’s case for ultra-light rail properly examined.

    “The solution to reducing congestion and promoting access and movement around Hereford through sustainable modes of transport will be multifaceted, and ultra-light rail will be considered as part of that approach.”

    Coun Harrington also thanked Herefordshire’s voluntary transport organisations for contributing to the development of the county’s transport plans.

    Mr Norman said he was pleased to be able to publish the call for evidence on light rail when he was a transport minister..

    “There is a real potential opportunity not just for the county but for the country as a whole, through the creation of a new light rail industry.”

     


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    • SON OF GRIDKNOCKER

      This is the profile of a new terrace of brick-built houses near Birmingham city centre (designed by the Courtyard's architect Glen Howells) which is due to be unveiled later this month by the developer Urban Splash. What a pity something as architecturally well-mannered as this couldn't have gone up on the ex-Rockfield DIY site alongside Hereford Station, which will shortly be playing host to a student accommodation block which looks more like a STASSI training centre!

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