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    Planning system in England is ‘not working well’

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    The latest National Audit Office report concludes planning system in England is ‘not working well’

    (extracts from The Guardian article today)

    Targets for new homes are likely to be missed by half of England’s local authorities, according to a damning assessment of the government’s housing strategy, while increasingly profitable building companies are getting away with paying less for infrastructure and more than half of councils have failed to draw up adequate plans to solve the housing crisis.

    The National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that the planning system in England is “not working well” and says councils are struggling to negotiate successfully with developers, leaving swaths of the country vulnerable to either housing shortages or situations where the wrong homes are built in the wrong places. Since 2010 there has been an almost 40% real-terms cut in spending on planners, according to the public spending watchdog.

    Government figures show that while the average contributions agreed with developers for public infrastructure such as schools, health centres, roads and social housing remained at about £19,000 per new home between 2012 and 2017, average house prices increased by 31% in that period. The top five developers’ average operating profit margin increased from about 12% to 21%.

    Planning for new homes
    Background to the report
    This report assesses how effectively the Department supports the planning regime to provide the right homes in the right places.

    More facts and figures of financial sustainability of local authorities 2018 with visualisations from NAO.

    Information on:
    Revenue Spending Power
    Service Spending (net current expenditure)
    Social Care
    Reserves
    Budget vs Outturn (service spending)


    Making ends meet

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    The Slog - 31st January 2019

    (extract)

    New figures out this morning confirm what The Slog has long predicted: around the world, Sovereign debt, neoliberal economics, QE, wild consumer borrowing and State-sponsored wage suppression have produced consumers who can no longer consume, and governments that can no longer protect them. We are well on the way along the outer spiral of a mortally vicious debt circle that will change everything, and destroy the fabric of our societies. 

    The facts laid out below make things look very grim indeed for UK Waspi/2020 women and other vulnerable groups.

    The research I feature today shows that the fiscal shortfalls, increased utility services costs and personal debt levels ‘push-to-shove’ moment is coming ever-closer…..and at a frightening rate of acceleration.

    The Research from FairMoney.com unearths truly startling realities about the ‘strong’ economy Theresa May claims to have created.

    Starting with the costs of getting through this winter,

    The average winter fuel bill is £288.40
    The average Brit needs an extra £73.60 per month
    The average December credit card bill was £486.10 
    The average debt value excluding a mortgage is £640.90

    Don’t forget, these are only averages: for anyone old, vulnerable, on a fixed income or waiting for State pensions stolen from them under SPA “reforms”, they represent an impossible overheads structure.

    Happy times ahead courtesy of Conservative policies.


    The Genius Of The EU and Stupidity Of People.

    bobby47
    By bobby47,

    During the early part of the twentieth century big business would arrive in a Village, a Town or City and use the areas location and it’s resources to create themselves wealth. What they did do, other than exploit the labour of the people, was to invest in the community that was to accommodate the workforce. As one sided as the arrangement was, and it wasn’t perfect,  big business built houses for the workforce, parks for the people to enjoy their leisure time, a working men’s social club, schools and other social amenities that became a partnership of sorts between the workers, their families and the wealthy businessmen who were there to make huge profits. Locally in our County, companies such as Cadbury and Bulmers spring to mind who like so many older business brands did much to invest in people and their communities.

    That was then. Roll on many decades later and there is now no requirement for big business to invest in anything. All they have to do is tip up, create a business and a job and the ignorant and often poorly informed peopled workforce do the rest by paying for everything that can maintain a lowly paid workforce. For big business, their only social responsibility is to creat a job and pay the minimum wage. Nothing else! The entire venture is subsidised by the taxpayer.

    This is the genius of the European Union and its slavish following of an economic ideology of globalisation. The wealthy propose a business. The European Union provide the cheap labour, the Government of the day  provide the ability to move the workers unhindered from one place to another and then the final bill falls into the lap of the indigenous people who then pay for housing, the education, the health needs, social benefits and all the other stuff that makes it all work and allows the one sided wealth creation exercise to continue unabated.

    And it a genius. As much as I despise the European Union, Globalisation and Capitalism, you’ve got to give them their due. To move millions of people around Europe and get the host Country and it’s citizens to pay for it all is genius.

    Mind, that’s only the half of it. The real brilliance of the EU lies beyond 13 billion quids worth of fiscal governmental transactions that we in Britain pay to the EU every year.Nigh on 6 billion of that money gets spent on the countries who’ve dispatched their citizens West to become our cheap source of labour. It’s genius, especially if you are not the host country.

    Why genius? Well it it. All across East and Central Europe, for over a decade, British earned money has and is being spent in providing Britain with a future economic competitor. We’ve paid for thousands of miles of roads, Airports, Rail networks and factory buildings all across this region.Many of these places are now ready and prepared to receive and host British businesses that will soon relocate for cheaper labour and to increase their profits. And it’s all been paid for by Britain’s workers!

    Dont believe me? Just take a look at Jaguar Landrover and their plans to relocate to the Czech Republic leaving behind thousands of British redundant jobs. Essentially, without putting to finer point on it, we’ve actually paid the Government and the European Union enough money for us to lose our own jobs and get those jobs transferred to another Country that we bankrolled.

    As to people raising any objections? They’ve sorted that as well. They own and control the media and that’s why you dare not ever question anything for fear of being labelled a populist, a nationalist, a neo fascist or someone who’s just thick. No! All in all whichever side you stand ,you’ve gotta give the EU and our ruling elite their due praise. It’s brilliance at its best and it’s all paid for by the people who’ve been socially engineered into doing exactly what they’re told to do without a glimmer of resistance.

     

     

     


    Police Advise People Not To Give Money To Rough Sleepers

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Interesting article in the Hereford Times

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    POLICE in Hereford have advised people against giving money to rough sleepers.

    Officers claim that a study this winter showed that all of those sleeping out in the city had been offered accommodation – and turned it down.

    Sergeant Duncan Reynolds, from Hereford City Northside Team, last month spoke to every person he could find who was living on the streets and also spoke to housing teams at Herefordshire Council.

    He said that “every single person saying they were homeless” had a house or flat being offered to them but turned it down.

    “Sixteen people I know were sleeping on the streets and not one of them was genuinely homeless,” he added.

    Sgt Reynolds said a homeless person in Hereford can earn £70 begging over six or seven hours.

    Police want members of the public to resist giving cash directly to people begging and to text a donation line instead, as they are concerned the cash is spent directly on drugs and alcohol.

    Vennture, a Christian cross-church initiative which has volunteers who aim to offer practical, direct support, has a text donation line that is supported by West Mercia Police.

    Officers believe these donations will go to a better cause – as opposed to the cash donations made to beggars which often, the police claim, soon find their way into the hands of drug dealers.

    He said: “Out of that group, a small number of them engage in antisocial behaviour.

    “From the police’s point of view, we are taking a robust view and have imposed criminal behaviour orders (CBO).”

    A CBO focuses on more serious offenders, who engage in criminal activity as well as antisocial behaviour. It often bans people from certain areas.

    The police say the high profile areas where antisocial behaviour occurs include the plinth near All Saints Church, Eign Gate and the Castle Pool Duck Pond.

    The areas outside St James’ Church, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Square and the Old Burial Ground in Commercial Road were also listed.

    The CBOs aim to protect the public, in particular businesses, which have to deal with antisocial behaviour.

    He said: “Every morning the businesses clear up urine, excrement, food, bedding, needles left behind. It’s one of the most complaints we get.”

    Sgt Reynolds acknowledges it is a difficult situation as the police are seen to be targeting vulnerable people, but he said there is help available at every turn, including help for drug addictions and alcohol dependency.

    He said: “They are where they are but won’t take the help, so we are left in the situation where enforcement is the only option left.”

    He added: “We have got shelters open. Everyone is welcome in there. The churches, between them, offer hot food every day. There is no need to be homeless or hungry.

    “The one gap we do have is a day centre for homeless to go to to relax and stay warm.

    “But no person should be sleeping rough in the city centre at any time. If you want to help the homeless then give responsibly.”

    To donate to Vennture, text HERE03 £1, £3, £5 or £10 to 70070.

     

     


    FREE Parking Event

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has announced a countywide free parking pilot event.

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    The pilot will enable residents and visitors to enjoy free parking for up to 4 hours after 10am on all council car parks in Herefordshire (except Friar Street, Hereford) on Saturday 9 February 2019.

    Monitoring and information-gathering will determine the wider impact of parking concessions on businesses, traffic flow and car park usage. Parking Enforcement Officers will observe traffic and parking patterns, but customers will not be required to purchase tickets. The event does not apply to on-street paid for parking.

    Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet member transport and regulatory services, said:

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    “It is reported that town centres are struggling right across the nation, and we are working with local stakeholder groups including residents and businesses, to consider ways that we can encourage people to come into our town centres.”  “We have carefully considered the impact on parking income in approving this which enables us to undertake this free parking day.”

    “There is a strong need to understand the benefits of free parking to help inform a review on future concessions. I encourage local residents and visitors to make full use of the free parking by enjoying a day out and about in our city and town centres, visiting local shops and businesses, enjoying the county’s leisure facilities and our vibrant public spaces.”

     


    Mamma Jammas Nightclub Closing Down

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mamma Jammas Closing Down!
    Sad news to learn that Mamma Jamma's nightclub in West Street Hereford will close their doors for the lats time on Saturday February 9th 2019.

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    The club made this announced on their Facebook Page:

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    Eight and half years. They bet we wouldn't last 2 weeks. However it is with great sadness we announce that Mamma Jammas last night will be Saturday 9th February. Through many ups, and the odd down, we've all persevered, however everything must eventually give way to time and the changing of tastes. We thank you all for your custom, your loyalty and most of all your company. Thank you to every member of staff we've ever had, for your endeavours and your hard work. Our main aim has always been, and will continue to be, a good night out. So looking forward to the next phase we wish you all well and hopefully you'll join us at some point on the next part of our journey. 

    Good luck to them with the next phase of their journey!

    A new beginning awaits..


    Plans to demolish the Broadleys Pub!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans to demolish the Broadleys Pub!  - ( 3 years on from the original proposal here ) 

    Co-Op proposal dampens the Christmas Spirit.

    Residents are up in arms that the Co-Op have drop leaflets to their houses this evening with proposals to demolish their local The Broadleys Pub and replace it with a Co-op store! 

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    Tonight is the annual community carol service which is always well attended by the community and disappointment in the Co-Op is palpable.

    Mark Haslam from Herefordshire CAMRA said:

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    “This is a very disappointing development. There is no need for another convenience store, but there certainly is the need for a pub to serve the local community. What is more, to leaflet local residents on the day of their annual carol service is nothing short of contemptible. We will be helping the local community fight these proposals.”

     


    Car crashes into The Range front entrance

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

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    A car has somehow landed up crashing into the front entrance doors of The Range store in Three Elms Hereford.
    Emergency services have been called to the scene

     

     


    residents parking

    locallady
    By locallady,

    Today a leaflet came through the door from Lib Dems. Says agreement regarding residents' parking permits could not be reached with residents of various roads. One of which was Belmont Court. It may not be common knowledge, but Belmont Court is privately owned by owners of properties in Belmont Court and is maintained by them, not the Council. Surely the Council have no rights in deciding parking there?


    Hereford twinned with Polish City Jaworzno

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford is twinned with Polish City Jaworzno, so are there plans in place to update our Welcome to Hereford signs etc? 

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    Application to convert former Chadds building into flats

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    A planning application has now been submitted for a proposed conversion of retail units into 17 dwelling flats.

    Former Chadds building Commercial Street Hereford.
     
    The proposal seeks planning permission for the residential development of 17no. apartments, over 3 floors, with a new dedicated ground floor entrance, together with the rationalisation of the existing ground floor retail unit.
     
    The Proposal
     
    Although not of high architectural significance the character of the existing buildings is extremely well suited to its location. Rather than demolish and replace the buildings therefore a strategy has been adopted to convert and refurbish the existing property to contribute to the long term desire to revitalise of the area.
     
    The lack of retail or commercial interest in the building over a number of years confirms that it is no longer suitable for similar use on its existing scale. Realistically this is the case for much of Commercial Street. Failure to address this would see the building continue to be unoccupied for a prolonged period of time further negatively impacting on the character of the area.
    To assist in the re-invigoration the proposals aim to provide 17 self-contained apartments within the upper 3 storeys of the building. In effect this will bring people to the heart of the area facilitating increased footfall to the benefit of local business and enterprises. Additionally it may allow the ground floor retail element of the existing property to potentially be offered as smaller scale units more suited the location making this far more attractive to potential retail tenants and business owners ultimately making it increasingly likely that this will help spur occupancy and therefore start to again create a vibrancy to the street.
     
    The new proposals will include the provision of two new dedicated entrances off Union Street to serve the residential apartments. The most northerly existing ground floor entrance along Commercial Street will also be utilised likewise. These will provide direct access to stairs which lead to the upper floors of the building.
    The Apartments will be distributed as follows:
     
    First Floor
    Second Floor
    Third Floor
    - 6no one bedroom apartments. - 2no two bedroom apartments - 4no one bedroom apartments. - 3no two bedroom apartments - 1no one bedroom apartments. - 1no two bedroom apartments
    Each apartment will also contain a living dining kitchen together with a bathroom. All residencies will be of contemporary design and be of high quality standard and finish. New replacement windows will be provided to all existing openings to ensure they meet current regulation performance requirements. Two new window openings will be created for one apartment at second floor level but neither of these will be street facing. New Velux windows will also be provided to habitable rooms at third floor level. All dwellings are designed to comply with DCLG space standards.
     
    The Ground Floor will be largely otherwise unaltered until such time an interested purchaser or tenant is attracted to develop the reduced size units. - Planning application P173885/F

    Hereford Top For Drink Driving Convictions

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Britain's WORST drink-drive towns revealed: Cities in North West and Wales have most drunk drivers while Londoners are better behaved

    Hereford, Crewe, Blackpool and Sunderland are top four towns for worst drink and drug driving convictions

    London dominates the list of postcodes with the lowest conviction rates for the third year in a row

    Analysis looked at over six million car insurance quotes run on MoneySuperMarket over 12-month period

    Plumbers, scaffolders and builders revealed to be among most likely to be caught drink or drug driving.

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    Hereford emerged with the greatest number of drink and drug driving convictions at 2.30 for every 1,000 drivers - with Crewe coming in a close second with 1.86.

    Article source

     

     


    Interested? Talk to us..

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Money for public parks

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, is inviting applications from community groups interested in establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing one. The government has unfortunately given a very tight deadline of 5pm on Friday 25 January for applications but, if you would like to make one, please visit the government's website for full details and an application form.

    Ellen Froggatt (Mrs)
    Office Manager
    Open Spaces Society
    25a Bell Street
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2BA

    Tel: 01491 573535

    Email: ellenfroggatt@oss.org.uk
    Website: www.oss.org.uk


    Happy New Year 2019

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    I would like to wish all of our members at Hereford Voice a very Happy New Year! 

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    Hereford City shopkeeper fined for selling illegal tobacco

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards carried out a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy operation

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    A Hereford City shopkeeper has been fined for selling illegal tobacco in a case taken to court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service.

    Adam Ibrahim, 26, of Bank Street Dudley, pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 1 October 2018) at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to six offences of possession and sale of illegal tobacco, all of which was non UK duty-paid. The former owner of the Zabka shop at Eign Gate, Hereford, was fined and required to pay costs totalling £2472. Mr Ibrahim is the fourth consecutive owner of the Zabka shop in four years to be convicted of selling illegal tobacco. 

    In January 2018, Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police undertook a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) operation. 1580 packets of illegal cigarettes and 132 pouches of illegal hand rolling tobacco were seized; products were found in sophisticated concealments hidden in the floor and in false backs to large fridges.

    Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory & Development Management Services, said:

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    “The sale of illegal tobacco severely damages honest local businesses, as well as costing the tax payer £2 billion nationally. We will continue to work in partnership with the police to clamp down on this organised crime which is often associated with other criminal activity. This case was yet another successful outcome supported by multi-agency targeted enforcement which clearly shows the value of working in partnership with other agencies.” 

    Sergeant Duncan Reynolds from West Mercia Police said:

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    "The trade of illegal cigarettes and other commodities is not only harmful to health, it is the type of crime that can be linked to organised crime groups working across our county borders. Serious and organised crime has a devastating effect on communities. I would urge members of the public to work with the police and Trading Standards to recognise the signs and report them so they can be investigated thoroughly.

    "This is yet another example of successful partnership working to tackle organised crime in our community. Alongside MATES, West Mercia Police’s Protect campaign will see neighbourhood officers continuing to work closely with other organisations using all the powers available to bring offenders to justice.”

     

    There is further information about Herefordshire Trading Standards on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards

     


    Parliament live on TV - Can you spot your MP?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    parliamentlive.tv - House of Commons

    Thursday 10 January 2019 Meeting started at 9.33am

    Better than anything on TV at the moment. See our MP performing in this empty vaccum of a chamber where it would difficult to put together a Parliamentary football team.


    Could fewer bins mean less litter?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    More rubbish from the council and BB trying to do less again, but continually pocketing the cash. I sent a request concerning land ownership of a grass verge on the 9th October 2018 followed by two reminders and I am still waiting for a reply. Every Sunday morning for one hour I fill two bins of litter found lying in the street, shoved in hedges and dog poo chucked up in trees. I have yet to see anyone else living in the area do a litter pick and we have three council bins to use. Complete folly to take any of these away and you don't need consultants and studies to tell you the obvious.

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    BBC H&W local radio - 13th December 2018

    Littering and fly-tipping could be reduced by cutting the number of litter bins, researchers who worked with Herefordshire Council have concluded.

    Balfour Beatty Living Places worked with 10 local authorities on the study and believe that by removing bins, people are encouraged to "take responsibility for their waste" and take it home or dispose of it correctly.

    Herefordshire Council said the results of the research needed further study, but "it is clear that behavioural change is necessary to reduce littering and fly-tipping; not to just simply increase the number of bins on our streets".

     


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