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    VE Day 2020 75th anniversary

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    Sounds  like an excuse for a Party ....     

    Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
    May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.
    VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.
    The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.
    They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

    Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
    May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.
    VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.
    The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.
    They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

    ( From BBC Website ) 


    Use Trams On Great Western Way

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    I have for a long time campaigned to have the traffic lights on the southern routes into Hereford to be turned off becuase from evidence obtained in various formats it has been proved that the traffic certainly flows better when these traffic lights have been off or out of order. They could certainly been made to operate part-time at off peak times 8pm-7am

    I have also pondered on how to take some of the pressure from these main roads and after a lot of thought I suggested turning the Great Western Way into a road, then after debates with some other members we came up with an even better idea, use a tram system! Back and forth still allowing room for pedestrains and cyclists.

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    The GWW in Hereford runs right from the top of Redhill/Newton Farm and could go all the way down through Hunderton and over the river bridge past the rugby club and Sainsburys, continuing down parallel with Edgar Street at the back of the Theatre, continuing past Currys and almost to the back of Dunlem opposite the Leisure Centre. I am not 100% sure where the track ends but I will take a walk this weekend, weather permitting and have a look.

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    While trains move lots of people quickly over a long distance and buses move smaller numbers of people, and for shorter journeys, trams are more flexible than trains - because they stop more often - and faster and more reliable than the bus.

    Mr Albert Heijn from the Left Bank, I beleive once offered some years ago to fully fund such a project but from my undersatnding the HC refused the idea.

    As most of the traffic, according the the HA is 90% for local trips back and forth surely this is an option worth consdering especially as we already have the old railway line available with some work to bring it up to date of course.

    Your thoughts on this idea/campaign would be appreciated.


    Jesse NormaN

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

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    Very honoured and delighted to have appointed Minister of State at @transportgovuk. My portfolio remains as is, with additions.


    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.”

     


    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.


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