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    Former Council Office , Bath St.

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    The sale of Herefordshire Council’s former county office in Bath Street, Hereford has officially completed today (Monday 9 April), with Herefordshire Housing taking ownership of the city centre site.

    The site will be re-developed by Herefordshire Housing to create 75 new apartments, including 28 affordable units, within walking distance of Hereford’s historic city centre.

    The council office closed in September 2014, when staff moved to alternative buildings in order to reduce the number of council properties across the county.  The property was formally placed on the open market with Gloucester based Bruton Knowles in February 2016, with a sale initially agreed with Herefordshire Housing in September 2016.  The not for profit housing provider has spent the last 18 months developing its proposal and obtaining planning permission, which was granted in February 2018.

    PARKING 

    | In order to allow building work to commence, the car park located on the Bath Street site will close to the public from Friday 27 April.  To find your nearest alternative car park, please visit the council car parks webpage: http://socsi.in/CB54K


    Graffiti

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have noticed all this new graffiti locally, some will claim it is street art but the bottom line here is that this is plain criminal damage to someones property and this criminal damage costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds for the local council to clean it up.

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    This has popped up at the Oval and along the Belmont Road over the past week.

     


    Pepe's Piri Piri looking to open in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Pepe's Piri Piri to open in former Matabeau Café in Commercial Street Hereford following a new letting agreement.

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    A planning application to extend opening hours to 11pm at the vacant unit.

    The company's application said: "The proposed extension of hours will allow the business to open until 11pm serving customers with healthy grilled food, coffees and teas."

    If this planning application is approved, the restaurant will be open from 11am to 11pm seven days a week and will create 8 jobs.

    The consultation period will end on April 4.

    Pepe Piri Piri currently has 88 restaurants nationally with a menu offering Burritos, Wraps, Burgers and the famous Piri Piri Chicken plus many other items.

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    Where Are These Economic Migrants Coming From?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Where are all these people coming from?

    Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

    The net inflow from the EU is still roughly the size of the British Army despite cries of alarm from industry over Brexit. Meanwhile, non-EU net migration at 248,000 is astonishing. It is the highest for 14 years and the result of the Government's failure to take effective action to reduce it over recent years.

    Meanwhile

    More British citizens leave the country than arrive

    72,000 arrive against 124,000 leave. 

    Table 1: Latest Migration Statistics, Year Ending March 2018

                                  All Citizenships    British    Non-British    EU             Non-EU
    Immigration          614,000                72,000    542,000         226,000     316,000
    Emigration            344,000              124,000    219,000         138,000       81,000
    Net Migration       271,000              -52,000    323,000          87,000      235,000

     

    10 Key Points on Mass immigration and Population Growth

    1.The current scale of migration to the UK, 330,000 a year, of which roughly half is from the EU, is completely unsustainable.

    2. As a result of this mass immigration our population is projected to rise by half a million every year – the equivalent of a city the size of Liverpool – for as long as immigration is permitted on the present scale.

    3. England is already twice as crowded as Germany and 3.5 times as crowded as France.

    4. The additional population growth makes congestion worse and adds to the pressures on public services. This comes at a time when public spending is being reduced.

    5. One in four children born in England and Wales is to a foreign born mother. The rise in the number of births has put pressure on NHS maternity services.

    6. It has also led to a shortage of school places. 60% of local authorities will have a shortage of primary school places by 2018.

    7. The UK has a serious housing crisis. Mass immigration is the main reason for the additional demand. If it continues at current levels, we will need to build 135,000 new homes a year just to house new migrants and their families. This is 370 per day or one home every four minutes.

    8. Population growth on this scale renders integration of newcomers virtually impossible.

    9. Three quarters of the public want to see immigration reduced and half of them want it cut by a lot.

    10. To stop the rapid rise in the UK’s population size, net migration would have to be reduced to well below 100,000 a year. It is currently at over 300,000.

     


    First University academic building plans

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    The former job Centre building in Bath St will be the first building to be converted for University use for 100 students at a cost of 3.4 million and will be ready for September 2019.


    Architects’ drawings, visualisation and a model of the first academic building will be revealed at a public drop-in session at 6a, St Peter’s Street, Hereford on Friday July 27 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Members of the NMiTE team and representatives of the architects, Architype, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the plans before a formal planning application is submitted to Herefordshire Council next month.

    This is the result of the above visualisation 

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    New Walenty Pytel Sculpture

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    To celebrate the 50th anniversay of the erection of the Bulmers Woodpecker, a new sculpture by Walenty will be unveiled this July in Grimmer Road.
    Titled 'The Minnow & the Kingfisher' it  was commissioned by the Cider Meuseum & will stand five metres tall with a two meter span.

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    Widemarsh War Memorial

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    How wonderful to see that the Widemarsh War Memorial has been restored.

    The restoration work was instigated by Hereford City Council - Ward Councillor Paul Stevens after he had been contacted by local veteran Mr David Williams. 

    Councillor Stevens instructed stone mason Si Hudson to carry out the work, and as you can see from these photographs has done an absolutely fantastic job of bringing back to life the names of the soldiers who gave their lives. There are over 70 names on the memorial in total and their names are now being revealed once again inlaid with black paint. The restoration work will be complete within the next few days.

    Councillor Paul Stevens is attempting to contact any known relatives of these soldiers and he has already had some success and has managed to contact several people in time for a rededication ceremony.

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    Please Support Little Sofia

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Please Support Sofia! 

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    Lee Michael Richards has set up this fundraising page in order to support the family of a young man who died in an incident at a Hereford factory over the weekend.

    Sofia's father Jamie Allen died while working at Hereford Galvanizers on Saturday morning.

    A joint investigation is now underway between West Mercia Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

    All money raised will go towards supporting his young daughter Sofia. 

    Our thoughts go out to Jamie's family at this very difficult time.


    Not another one

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    Planning application just gone in for change of use of 17 St Peters Street  (next to burned out buildings) from retail to .....Wait for it ...A restaurant.
    Shop is still in use and called Ganesha.

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    Recent application


    Herefordshire Council Contracts

    Aylestone Voice
    By Aylestone Voice,

    I see the Council have awarded a contract for the repair of the Hereford Library/Museum roof - £99K plus £20K

    As usual the work is to be done through the Council's privatised service company Integral but the work will be carried out by S C Joseph.

    I am sure it is all above board but just how many Council building contracts do S C Joseph receive? Their bid was £10K below those of the other bidders. Perhaps they know something the others do not.


    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..


    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?


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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
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      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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