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    Petition 'Turn Off Lights At Asda Junction Hereford'

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have created an online petition to turn off the traffic lights at the Asda junction in Hereford (Where the A465 meets the A49) as the traffic flows much better when they are off!!
    if you agree, please sign the petition below.

    Click Here To Sign The NEW Petition 

     

    (Please ALL sign the new petition as the original council petition has since been removed from their website)

    This will only take you a minute, Do It today!!
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    Interested? Talk to us..

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    European Election Candidates 23 May 2019

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    There are 7 main parties in the upcoming EU Elections 23 May 2019 with 7 seats in the West Midlands up for grabs.

    There are 49 candidates being put forward to represent the region.

    When people go to the polls, it will only have the parties on the ballot paper for people to vote for NOT the person. 

    Based on the % of votes each party gets that will determine how many seats they have attained.

    Once the votes are through the Party Chair will choose which candidates get a seat.

    Of course if the government manage to reach a Brexit deal by the 22nd of May the vote will be called off.

    Here are the party candidates:

    BREXIT:
    Rupert Lowe
    Martin Daubney
    Andrew Kerr
    Vishal Khatri
    Nikki Page
    Laura Kevehazi
    Katherine Harborne 

    LABOUR:
    Neena Gill
    Sion Simon
    Julia Buckley
    Ansar Ali Khan
    Zarah Sultana
    Samuel Hennessy
    Liz Clements

    TORY:
    Anthea McIntyre
    Daniel Dalton
    Suzanne Webb
    Meirion Jenkins
    Alexander Phillips
    Mary Noone
    Ahmed Ejaz

    LIB DEM:
    Phil Bennion
    Ade Adeyemo
    Jeanie Falconer
    Jenny Wilkinson
    Jennifer Gray
    Lee Dargue
    Beverley Nielsen

    CHANGE:
    Stephen Dorrell
    Charlotte Gath
    Peter Wilding
    Amrik Kandola
    Joanna McKenna
    Victor Odusanya
    Lucinda Empson

    UKIP:
    Ernie Warrender
    Paul Williams
    Graham Eardley
    Paul Allen
    Nigel Ely
    Joe Smyth
    Derek Bennet

    GREEN:
    Ellie Chowns
    Diana Toynbee
    Paul Woodhead
    Julian Dean
    Louis Stephens
    Helen Heathfield
    Kefentse Dennis

    Any of these local or linked to or interested in Herefordshire?


    Morrisons Hereford

    Mackenna
    By Mackenna,

    I've just received a parking ticket from Hereford Morrisons for a total time of 2hrs 51 minutes. I was given a parking ticket from a lady with about an hour and a half on. I used the ticket and then returned to my car an hour later to put a 2-hour ticket on. Is this insufficient?

    Someone help please!


    Accident at Asda

    Glenda Powell
    By Glenda Powell,

    With two accidents this week Monday at St Martin Street and tis morning by Asda do you not think we should start up again for lights to be off or remove altogether and go  back to having a roundabout system, also consideration of a tram line down GWW. Glenda


    Local Election Results

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Conservative Party has lost overall control of Herefordshire Council.

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    The Tories won 13 seats in total, losing half the amount they previously held.

    The feeling among many of the Conservative candidates was that the national picture, and in particular the handling of Brexit had badly affected their results.

    Herefordshire Independent Group Leader Bob Matthews has said it is an "excellent result" that was "better than expected".

    New Council make-up following results;

    Independent: 18
    Conservative: 13
    It's Our County: 8
    Green: 7
    Lib Dems: 6

     


    Money's too tight too mention

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Well not for some it seems. Looking at the expenditure of Herefordshire Council for June 2018 and surprised they paid out £32,088,600.02

    The following top 20 payments totaled £20,419,153.81

    £6,900,000.00      Worcestershire County Council
    £2,629,744.71      Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd
    £1,962,747.78      Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd
    £1,349,077.00      West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
    £1,349,077.00      West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
    £1,279,250.00      Hoople Ltd
    £955,141.94        Worcestershire County Council
    £953,819.45        Worcestershire County Council
    £560,874.30        Hereford & Worc Fire & Rescue Service
    £334,010.22        Fcc Environment Services (uk) Ltd
    £327,465.66        Fcc Environment Services (uk) Ltd
    £280,380.82        Integral UK Ltd
    £268,452.87        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £262,325.10        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £259,793.10        Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd
    £254,283.84        Integral UK Ltd
    £246,355.01        Whitecross@Stepnell Ltd
    £246,355.01        Whitecross@Stepnell Ltd

    On a lighter note secret video footage taken in the finance department confirms dodgy goings on.

     


    Hereford Urban Village Masterplan

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    To approve the expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan

    Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

    Decision status: Recommendations Approved

    Is Key decision?: No

    Is subject to call in?: No

    Decision:
    Approve expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan, the work will be delivered through the Council Development and Regeneration Programme using its appointment Development Partner

    Contact: Peter Clasby, Growth Programmes Technical Manager Email: Peter.Clasby@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 261968.

    Publication date: 29/04/2019

    Date of decision: 29/04/2019

    Accompanying Documents:


    College Road Campus Development

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    04/03/2019 - Strategic Acquisition of a Development Opportunity Site known as College Road Campus in Hereford ref: 5986    

    Recommendations Approved

    Find out more about this decision (item 13)
    Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

    Decision published: 30/04/2019

    Effective from: 04/03/2019

    Decision: The College Road campus (as shown in appendix 1 on the red line boundary map – Southern Campus Only) is purchased for a sum of £5.395m (five million, three hundred and ninety five thousand pounds).

    The anticipated costs associated with the purchase are:

    Land Purchase 5,395,000
    Stamp Duty 259,250
    Professional Fees 92,500

    Lead officer: Sonya Morris

    Accompanying Documents: Plenty of glossy graphics here.


    Local Elections 2019

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    About time a forum was opened for this.

    It is fairly public now Jon Johnson for Wormside is not standing again.

    I do not think David Harlow is standing either.


    Jacobs Court Scaffolding

    Alastair
    By Alastair,

    Does anyone know the history behind why there is scaffolding around the stair and lift tower behind Jacobs Court on Commercial Street?

    Research shows that planning permission for this tower was granted in 2005 but was found to be in contravention of building regulations sometime after that. The scaffolding has been in place for many years now which is a shame as the main building is quite beautiful both inside and out.

    Is there a plan to have the work completed or will it stay like this forever?

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    Hereford Tip - I am surprised that there is not more fly tipping!

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    My son recently moved out and I decided to redecorate his old room. I will purchase a double bed and keep it as a guest room. I removed his old tiny 2.6 small single divan and thought I would take it to the tip yesterday (Sunday 27th January). If only I know what a palaver I was in for I would not have bothered! 

    I drive a people carrier (Mercedes Vito), like the one below complete with rear seat and glass rear doors as per the photograph. We arrived at the tip at Rotherwas and I was asked by a chap who's name was Tim, what I had to tip, I replied just my sons single bed, he told me it would need to go into land fill and showed me where to park. As I parked up he then seamed to change his mind and asked me if I had a permit? A permit? I have not been to the tip in years so I was not sure what permit he was referring too, I explained that I was driving a people carrier and I was tipping just a bed, he then went to his little office and came out with a lithograph and pointed to a commercial van, I again explained that I have glass panels and seats in the back, he said you cannot tip here without a permit, I asked where do obtain a permit? Because I had the bed loaded already. He explained that it takes a few weeks and that I need to apply online but basically I could not tip this bed, I was frustrated and told him I would dump it on the side of the road (clearly I was not going to do that but I was angry). 

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    I telephoned a friend and he told me to take it to Ross on Wye, yes Ross on Wye! So I drove to Ross and I was told I could park outside and carry the bed onto the site, which is exactly what I did, how pathetic is this?? 

    It is no wonder we so much fly tipping when they make it so difficult to take our old items. 

    I am also confused as to how they expect anyone to drop off a bed in the absence of a larger vehicle of a van, you could not get it into a average car anyway, so had I not have the vehicle I would of borrowed my mates van anyway...


    Who owns and controls the UK media

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    No wonder the government want to pursue surveillance and control of social media and the press - just a word in a dozen ears is all it would take to get their message across.

    The UK media is dominated by a handful of corporations

    Media Reform Coalition produced their first comprehensive report on media ownership in the UK back in 2015 when they argued concentrated ownership was a significant problem for any modern democracy. Four years later, they have produced an updated version that suggests that, not only does concentrated ownership persist but that the problem may be getting worse.

    This report shows that just three companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group and Reach) dominate 83% of the national newspaper market (up from 71% in 2015). When online readers are included, just five companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group, Reach, Guardian and Telegraph) dominate nearly 80% of the market, slightly up from our last report. In the area of local news, just five companies (Gannett, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and Archant) account for 80% of titles (back in 2015, six companies had the same share). Two companies have 46% of all commercial local analogue radio stations and two-thirds of all commercial digital stations.

    The digital landscape is hardly less concentrated. Google dominates search while popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, itself the most popular social media site. New, digital-only news sites have emerged as a significant force since our last report but these are overshadowed by the continuing grip of legacy news and, especially, national newspaper titles.

    The BBC remains a powerful presence in online and broadcasting but its budget has been massively cut by the last two licence fee deals and its room for manoeuvre has been limited by commercial competition and political pressure to be mindful of its impact on the wider commercial market.

    They believe that concentration in news and information markets in particular has reached endemic levels in the UK and that we urgently need effective remedies. Concentrated ownership creates conditions in which wealthy individuals and organisations can amass vast political and economic power and distort the media landscape to suit their interests. Urgent action is needed in order both to address high levels of concentration in particular media markets and to protect against further concentration in others.

    They hope that this report will provide data and arguments that will be useful to all those who want to campaign for a more pluralistic media in which a genuine diversity of views, voices and opinions are aired.

    To see the full report, click here.

    For the executive summary, click here.

    For all the data sheets, click here.

    Hereford Times is owned by Gannett. Generally there is no investigative journalism undertaken now and the worse for democracy.


    Additional Funding for Road Repairs and Potholes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire’s highways network is set to benefit from an additional investment in road repairs.

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    The Department for Transport this week (12 November) announced an extra £43.5 million to tackle potholes and other road defects in the West Midlands – including £5,108,000 for Herefordshire.

    There are over 2,000 miles of roads in Herefordshire, and more than 23,000 jobs were raised for carriageway repairs in the last financial year, with the council’s contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places carrying out repair works totalling £1.77 Million.

    The money will allow HC, working in partnership with BBLP, to improve the condition of more than 50 B, C and U class roads in the county. A scheme of works is currently being planned.Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:

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    “We are delighted with this additional investment from the Department for Transport, which will help us to ensure that Herefordshire continues to have the best highways network possible for our motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

    “Good roads are vital to ensure the continued growth and strengthening of Herefordshire’s economy, and tackling defects on our roads leads to improvements in journey time, quality and safety, for all road users. We also continue to improve the condition of our highways with planned maintenance, reducing the need for reactive repairs, which minimises disruption and leads to higher quality and better value throughout the full life of the roads.”

    In response to a fivefold increase in defects reported on the county’s roads this year following the harsh winter, there have been more pothole crews working on the network, and the use of a spray injection repair machine has enabled higher volumes of potholes to be repaired quickly and effectively.

    The announcement also comes shortly after Herefordshire Council, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places, completed seven roadwork schemes along stretches of the A4103, A438 and A465 as part of the ‘Challenge Fund’. The works will bring benefits of over £146 million to Herefordshire’s economy by restoring 38.9 miles of key routes to good condition.

    The new high-quality surfaces will improve road safety with the new road material designed to last for at least 30 years, reducing future costs and disruption in these areas.

    The Challenge Fund works are part of an investment of more than £25m (in addition to the extra investment of £5,108,000) in the county’s road and public spaces in 2018/19. Further Challenge Fund works along different stretches of the A438 and A4103 will take place next year.

    Herefordshire Council is also encouraging local people to make use of our easy-to-use online pothole reporting facility to highlight any that they are aware of. This will support the council’s own inspection team that examines all A roads monthly and all roads within the county at least once every year. All reported potholes are professionally inspected and repaired within agreed service times.


    Link Road car park to close.

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    The car park on the former Rockfield DIY site will close at the end of the month in readiness for the start of construction of the new HCA & Uni accommodation in June.Work is also about to start around the same time on the new super surgery.

     


    Misleading The Electorate?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Councillors talk about transparency, but would you realise that Dave Greenow is a Conservative candidate for Hagley ward based on his letterhead which says ‘Independently minded’. Nowhere in his letter does he state he is a Conservative and there is a danger that some of the electorate will just see the “independently” word as an inference that he’s an Independent.

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    With Jonathan Lester being in the Hereford Times recently for using images which implied he was involved in certain projects, which was not the case, you would have thought they would have been more careful. Or perhaps they are having their hopes on people thinking they are Independent! Perhaps the Tories are embarrassed about being Tories now


    Cllr. David Greenhow

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have just been alerted to this Facebook Topic, it names Conservative Cllr. David Greenhow as the suspect in this bizarre act of animal cruelty, which now appears to possibly be a criminal investigation, see what you think:

     

    Beware if you walk your dogs around dinedor as last nite my son in law was playing in an empty field with his dogs just throwing a ball and he saw an old 4x4 heading towards his dog not realising what the person was doing the 4x4 headed for the dog and hit it the dog now has head injuries and a cut to the back leg this man is a local councillor and said it was worrying his sheep as I put earlier in this status the field was empty of sheep please any suggestions of what to do next to protect other people we have called the police and yes you guessed it we were issued with a crime number :0(

     

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    Debenhams Plans to Axe 50 Branches

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    Update 25th October 2018: Debenhams has unveiled plans to axe up to 50 high street shops, putting around 4,000 jobs at risk, as profits plunged at the struggling department store chain.

    I have just read this article about Debenhams chief executive considering closing 10 of their stores.

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    First of all, let us hope that this does not happen and that nobody looses their job but more importantly how does the Hereford store stack up against the other 176? 

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    Debenhams will consider closing up to 10 of its 176 stores under a review announced by its new chief executive, Sergio Bucher.

     
    The department store chain, whose shares have fallen a third over the last year, said more investment is required to improve its mobile systems, supply chain and store estate.
     
    It is consulting on the closure of the DHL-run Lodge Farm distribution centre in Northamptonshire, which employs 220 staff and would close in two years' time.
     
    Ten smaller in-house warehouses could also close.
     
    Debenhams said it hoped many staff could be redeployed.
     
    The plans were revealed alongside half-year results showing a 6.4% fall in pre-tax profits to £87.8m, though UK like-for-like sales rose 0.5%.
     
    Its shares were down 3% on the news.
     
    Mr Bucher, a former Amazon executive who took over in October, said the overhaul would see the stores potentially closed over the next five years.
     
    As part of his 'Fix the Basics' plan, around 2,000 staff will also be moved to customer-facing roles.
     
    The group will also axe some in-house brands and quit some of its international markets.
     
    Stores will be de-cluttered with a 10% reduction in stock options and stock will be replenished faster.
     
    Mr Bucher said: "Our customers are changing the way they shop and we are changing too.
     
    "Shopping with Debenhams should be effortless, reliable and fun, whichever channel our customers use.
     
    "We will be a destination for 'social shopping' with mobile the unifying platform for interacting with our customers."
     
    The department store said its online performance during the half-year had been driven by a 64% increase in mobile orders.
     
    Mr Bucher added: "If we deliver differentiated and distinctive brands, services and experiences both online and in stores, our customers will visit us more frequently.
     
    "And, having simplified our operations to make us more efficient, we will be able to serve them better and make better use of our resources."
     
    Debenhams, the country's second-largest department store group, employs 19,000 people in its stores

     

     

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      Having problems pasting on HV. Have contacted Colin several times, understand he is not well. Can you read this and paste it in the topic WMP and Warwickshire Police Alliance.
      Reminder of why they amalgamated:
      20th June 2012 - Hereford Times
      1,000 jobs set to go in £30m police cuts
      PLANS to shed £30 million from policing costs across the region under a “strategic alliance” between forces in West Mercia and Warwickshire are about to be finalised.
      West Mercia Police agreed to enter into a formal partnership yesterday, a move which is expected to lead to up to 1,000 job cuts in total.
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      The exact number of the job losses have yet to be confirmed, but HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) revealed last year more than 1,000 posts were likely to go.
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      Looks like we drew the short straw paying for this and still expected to pay again for the "divorce". Marvellous savings for the ratepayers!
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