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    Cllr Polly Andrews Talking Rubbish!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    County Councillor for Widemarsh Polly Andrews in her recent new letter has criticised the fantastic work achieved by the City Council in providing a memorial bench sited at the recently restored War Memorial on Widemarsh Common.

    How anyone in her position can possibly justify complaining about a beautiful bench? Which is a place for contemplation of our lost heroes during the two World Wars.

    We visited the memorial shortly after Armistice Day to see the recently added names from World War II and took these fabulous photographs in the Autumn sunshine and as you can clearly see there is no litter in site.

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    New Cinema With Table Service & Comfy Sofas Opening In Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    New Cinema with table service and comfy sofas opening in Hereford next week!

    The Loft Cinema is opening on December 19 in West Street.
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    Fiona Bain and Jon Jones are the brains behind the new venture in the space which was formerly AJ's pool and snooker venue.
    The first film to be shown on Wednesday is Pulp Fiction.

    There are 14 sofas to sit on, which works out at about 35 seats.

    There will also be a bar serving alcohol and drinks can be brought to your seat.

    They are also considering running screenings which include a meal during the movie break. For example, having a Sunday lunch from the nearby Stables during a Sunday screening of a classic film.

    Prices include £12 for a two-seater sofa at the front up to £26 for a three seater recliner at the back.

    To find out more go to @loftcinemahereford on Facebook.


    HC Social Care Fiascoes

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Whilst looking on the HC News website for confirmation of something I heard about NMITE (which I failed to find) I happened across the 2 links relating to the Social Care recent cases. 

    Thought I would post them before they are mysteriously removed

    https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/76.html&query=(WR0007/18)

    https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/72.html&query=(WR18Z00057)

    I have not yet read them but feel they will make for very uncomfortable and worrying reading

     


    Elevate Property Group Purchase The Booth Hall

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Elevate Property Group (developers of Alban House) have purchased the Booth Hall.
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    Work will soon begin to build 18 residential dwellings and two ground floor retail units.

    Initially, The Booth Hall will be used as a site office and storage facility for the overall project, once completed the developers will then look to restore the interior and bring it back to life.

    Below is an illustration of how Alban House will look once completed.
    (Photo courtesy of Elevate Property Group)
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    Full details can be found here on the developers website: 


    So much for late night shopping

    Steve Major
    By Steve Major,

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    So much for late night shopping in Hereford city centre, most closed at 8pm! Did I imagine it or something because I thought late night shopping was until 9pm? I was kicked out of Millets, then I went to Regatta and the door was shut as I approached, I went into M&S got upstairs and was then told by a member of staff that they were closed. JD Sports and Boots all closed.

    There were many people who thought the same thing, I wish I had stayed at the Old Market now because that was all open for business. 

     


    Volvo Crashed Into St Nicholas Church Wall

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Volvo car has crashed into the wall at St Nicholas Church in Barton Road this afternoon. We are not sure how the vehicle managed to crash into the wall with the car facing in the wrong direction...We understand that an elderly couple were in the car.IMG_3910.thumb.jpeg.3ff8e2c79c88c82120b735921260e5fb.jpeg

    There is a recovery truck on site and we do not believe anyone was seriously injured.

    So our question now is should people have a mandatory re-test every two or three years once they reach the age of 70-75?


    Merry Christmas

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Possible £1.5m Investment for Former Rehabilitation Centre

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council is proposing to invest £1.5m to convert the former Hillside Rehabilitation Unit to nurse residents with dementia.

    The Redhill centre, which was run by Wye Valley NHS Trust, Hereford Voice reported on it's closure in April after clinical commissioning group representatives said the move would save some £500,000 which would be re-invested in healthcare provision in the community.

    But now the council, who owns the site, hopes to use it to plug the county’s dire need for nursing facilities for residents with dementia.

    In a report to this week’s adults and wellbeing scrutiny committee leader Jonathan Lester said: “There is not enough current capacity to meet the high demand for nursing/elderly mental infirm placements.

    “The risk of not undertaking the redesign of Hillside will exacerbate the current situation by putting a greater strain on the adults budget and will not plan effectively for the expected increase in future demand.”

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    Butter Market gets Alcohol Licence

    George Armstrong
    By George Armstrong,

    Herefordshire Council’s licensing committee granted the permission on Wednesday (December 5) for the sale and consumption of alcohol on and off the Maylord Street premises from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

    This permission is subject to stallholders abiding by terms and conditions and signing a register.

    Source Article

     


    Carillion

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    According to the FT Carillion could well go into Administration as early as tomorrow which could well mean the loss of thousands of jobs not just direct employees but also the thousands of sub contracted employees.

    Should this be allowed to happen?

    Should the Government bail them?

    There are so many unanswered questions not least of all why have the Government continued to give them contracts when they should have known about the Company's financial state - due dilligence? 

    The Banks have continued to prop them up why?

    Whichever way this goes it will affect the whole country

    Government holds crunch meeting with Carillion - Financial Times

    11 hours ago - The fate of Carillion, one of Britain's largest construction companies, looks set to be decided at a crunch meeting with government figures at 10am on Sunday. The meeting was brought forward as Downing Street grappled with the implications of the potential collapse of the group, which has numerous 

    Christmas Dinner

    Roger
    By Roger,

    We're going to the Bunch Of Carrots for Christmas dinner. Dec. 25. My wife has cooked 36 Christmas dinners' in a row and she needs a break! 


    Hereford's Commercial Street Refurbishment Paused For Xmas

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s ongoing refurbishment of Commercial Street has been paused for the festive season.

    The council and our partners, Balfour Beatty Living Places, have been working to improve Commercial Street over the last six months, and the project is on track to be completed in spring 2019. The works will be put on hold over December to ensure there is no disruption to seasonal shoppers, and to allow Hereford’s local residents, businesses and visitors to celebrate Christmas.

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    The teams will return in the New Year to complete delivery of a new vibrant shopping area for residents and visitors.

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

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    “The refurbishment of Commercial Street has been progressing well and is on course to be completed in May 2019. This planned pause in the works will enable Christmas shoppers to be able to move about safely whilst enjoying their festive shopping.

    “The refurbishment will tie in with an upgrade to the whole High Town area, and enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.

    “On behalf of Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places we would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

     


    Christmas Bin Collections 2018

    Roger
    By Roger,

    My Green Bin collection falls on a Wednesday which is Boxing Day. Obviously not much Public Service activity on that day. It has been moved to Saturday 29.12.18. Fair play. That is good service. 


    Surviving Winter campaign

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Surviving Winter campaign

    The Herefordshire Community Foundation is launching its Surviving Winter campaign to help local people survive the coldest season. It is keen to help as many people -and the organisations they rely on in the winter – to survive this year.   According to Herefordshire Healthy Housing report in 2012 14% (one in seven) of households were considered fuel poor.   The UK has one of the highest increases in deaths amongst the elderly in Europe.  Each winter one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold.  The campaign originally began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people live well during the winter.

    The cost to the NHS in Herefordshire owing to cold homes is considerable..  Research from the national charity Age UK suggested that the cost of cold homes to the NHS in England and Wales is £1.36 billion a year.  The figure does not include the cost to other services which much be significant.  Considering this national figure, any activity to reduce fuel poverty and its associated effects in Herefordshire is likely to lead to consequential reductions in local health spend, GP referrals and hospital admissions.

    Philippa Spens, CEO of the Community Foundation, said, “This fund is vital, community foundations are one of the few organisations that help with responsive, crisis payments, when people really have nowhere else to turn and are desperate for help.” 

    Last year, 59 year old Jane had recently separated from her husband after 30 years of marriage. Jane wasn’t used to supporting herself independently and fell on hard times. She had no money for food or bills. Jane eventually managed to find a job as a receptionist but had to wait a few weeks before being paid and was at rock bottom. Because she was earning nothing she went to the food bank for help and although they did help a few times, there was a limit to the number of times she was entitled to food from there. She’s also diabetic, and without food, she was struggling to manage the condition. She approached her Community Foundation and they assisted immediately by providing her with food vouchers and money for her electricity bill. This helped tide her over until her first pay check. 

    90 year old Norman benefited from a grant last year. He lives alone and has a serious heart condition. He said that the money he received from the Surviving Winter appeal ‘has taken a lot of worry from me. My electricity bills are so high as I feel the cold so much and have to keep the house warm. Your grant has helped me feel comfortable’.

    Winter Fuel Allowance payments are made in November and December to all pensioners across the UK and is not means tested. If you don’t need yours you can donate it to the Community Foundation and they will help those less fortunate.  There isn't any way to simply divert the payment. Instead, the Foundation is asking for a donation of some or all of the benefit you receive. Even if you don’t qualify for the benefit you can send money. 

    To donate online go to https://www.herefordshirecf.org/donate/#form or you can post a cheque made out to the Herefordshire Community Foundation, The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford HR4 9HP or ring 01432 272550.


    Commercial Road Graveyard - Venns Arch

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    I walked through Venn Gdns / Park between Canel Rd and Commercial Rd a couple of weeks ago and saw that somebody had set up camp  in the corner - quite surprised to see that the camp complete with two occupants is still there .,I fully accept that this is the life some people follow for whatever reason but should they be allowed to remain there ? 

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    Kubus Polski Sklep (Eign Gate, Hereford)

    Roger
    By Roger,

    This premises is applying for a booze licence ..... 

     

    Application

     

    Hours applied for are 0800 - 2200 7 days a week ..... Address is 22 Eign Gate .... 


    HC FARMS

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

     
    Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

    Clehonger Cordoned Off

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Police have cordoned off the whole of Clehonger this evening both ends and motorists are being advised to find alternative routes.

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    We will publish further updates as they come in


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      Time for a nice glass of red 
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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.
      About £22.8 million of the savings will come from losing workers, with the cull set to take place between now and 2015/16.
      And £4 million is due to be saved from sharing IT, reviewing building costs and vehicles.
      West Mercia Police will take the brunt of the cuts, with the force aiming to save £20 million of the total figure.
      Warwickshire’s police authority is meeting today to finalise their side of the alliance, and will be responsible for the remaining £10 million.
      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.
      Simon Payne, of the Police Federation, has hit out at the move, saying: “The key thing for our members is, are we being treated fairly? I think not.
      “The public will rightly be asking who is to blame for this.”
      Councillor Mary Drinkwater, who sits on the police authority, which approved it, said: “I think people want to see police kept on the streets and communities protected. Hopefully, it will work. Over last year police and officers have worked incredibly hard to put this together, it’s been a lot of effort.”
      The majority of the job losses will affect staff in “management and leadership” roles, rather than frontline police officers.
      Both forces will keep their chief constables and deputies, but expect to lose a significant number of other senior positions.
      All police stations have been placed under review, any new vehicles being bought will be funded jointly, and a single firearms unit will be created.
      Both police authorities will be defunct by November, when a new police and crime commissioner will be elected.
      Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP, said: “These are tough economic times and when there is not as much money to go round, prioritising spending on police officers while sharing assets and making back office savings is a better approach.”
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