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  2. It's previously been reported on this Forum that the rear structure was deemed to be unsafe.
  3. The Twitter is being bombarded with begging requests ..... Despite the winner NOT having a Twitter Account. As detailed by Wales Online .... A story oblivious to the HT!
  4. Yesterday
  5. The evidence seems to suggest we have too many shops. We either have empty shops or they are turned into a barbers or charity shop. In contrast we have a housing crisis. So I'm never gonna put up too much of an argument to defend change of use planning applications in most circumstances.
  6. That one is horrific - 12 rooms, reminds me of a factory farm. Lots of points don't comply with Building Regs either(not that that stops Planning).
  7. Another application went in last weeks for the storage building next to and back of British Heart Foundation shop in Commercial Street to be turned into a HMO. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=190882&search-term=registered in the last 7 days&search-service=recent&search-source=items&search-item=registered in the last 7 days
  8. EU MELTDOWN? Anti-EU party's victory in Dutch elections sends SHOCKWAVES to Brussels elite THE EU establishment have been plunged into yet another crisis after a shock victory for an anti-EU Dutch party in crunch elections this week. A populist eurosceptic party has stunned the political establishment in the Netherlands and sent shockwaves across the European Union after a stunning election victory. The Forum for Democracy (FvD), which campaigns for a Dutch exit from the EU, won the most votes in elections for the upper house of parliament earlier this week. This has plunged the country and EU leadership into crisis, just as Brussels struggles with more deadlock over Brexit. Thierry Baudet, who leads the FvD, which was only launched three years ago, told supporters: “We stand here in the rubble of what was once the most beautiful civilisation. “We won because the country needs us. We are being destroyed by the people who are supposed to be protecting us. “The voters in the Netherlands have spread their wings and shown their true power.” He claimed that the “stupidity and arrogance” of the elites had been punished. Only want Italy to tell the EU to get off when they are hoping to sign a Chinese trade agreement this week and then the EU will realise the people come first and not the bureaucrats and their henchmen.
  9. Soon there will be no shops and then wait for the moaning, personally, I do not think change of use of many if these shops should be granted, it is a shopping retail area, there are plenty of places around for flats, this will end up being bedsits, you mark my words
  10. I know someone who could give better clarification as to what's happening so I'll ask
  11. Theoretically yes. Practicality no. Until there is affordable, efficient and effective transportation throughout any city to coincide with my 24hr lifestyle, it's not going to happen - either way!!!!
  12. Posted March 8 From the Council's 2019 contract register Jacobs Court scaffolding Reference Number: N/A Contract Title: Jacobs Court scaffolding Directorate: Economy and Place Department: Building control Brief Description of Contract: No entry Supplier: Lyndon Scaffolding PLC Supplier Status SME / VCS: N/A Company and/or Charity Registration Number: 934513 Estimated Contract Value: £52,800 Estimated Annual Value: £4,800 VAT not recoverable: N/A Start Date: 22/05/2015 End Date: 31/08/2020 Review Date: 31/08/2019 Option to Extend: Yes Extension End Date: TBC Quotation or Tender: Quotation Nature of Contract: Services Funding Source: Council funded Sector Type: Private Register Entry Comments: This is an on-going maintenance contract for a scaffold to support Jacobs Court that has been determined to be in a dangerous condition. The scaffold was initially erected to make the building safe, and requires monthly maintenance in line with the HSE guidelines. No scaffolding inside the building so presume it's either the fitting of the window frames, cladding or metal frame structure. Didn't the building inspector check at the various building stages?
  13. 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?
  14. Would you give up your car? I already have - only hire one when I need it to travel further afield. Motorists will be paid up to £3,000 to leave their car at home and take a bus or ride a bike in government plan to cut congestion and air pollution Motorists will be given cash credit for public transport and electric cars They will have to hand over their cars for a period in a bid to reduce emissions Trial, which will take place in Coventry, could be rolled out nationwide Drivers who promise to give up their cars will be given £3,000 a year as part of a scheme to reduce pollution. A pilot scheme, which will be launched in Coventry, West Midlands, later this year, will see motorists given cash credits for public transport, electric car and bike hire. Those who agree to leave their cars at home are set to gain as much as £3,000 a year, according to a report in The Times. The plans were approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority on Friday and will see credit added to a smart card with the aim of encouraging motorists to 'give up their private vehicles in exchange for a limited time period of support'. Documents presented at the meeting said the aim was to 'stimulate a long-term sustainable shift in travel behaviour' among drivers, who will be asked to surrender their car for a period. John Seddon, head of transport and innovation at Coventry City Council, told the newspaper around 100 people would initially take part in the trial, funded by a £20 million Department for Transport award. 'We see it as a variant of scrappage schemes of the past but rather than trading in an old car for a newer one, it is trading in the car for the ability to use other modes of transport,' he told the paper. Ah I see a problem - "other modes of transport"
  15. As one commentator states; Jonathan Pie has gone from being satire to actually just being a genuine commentary on real life?
  16. Our next Eurovision Song Contest entry. Some people may be offended by expletives used in this song sorry. Maybe we can get Jesse and Bill to sing along with the chorus.
  17. Last week
  18. That newsagents (closed for some time) has a very low ceiling. It is not very fit, in it's current state, to reopen as a shop. I would sooner it was turned in to housing as opposed to it opening up as a dodgy tobacco outlet. SuperSam is next door tho so I suppose that might be why it has been vacant for ages ......
  19. That website is always offline and a nightmare to navigate, too many adverts
  20. I see this happening all the time, good to see this article, soon these NEW residents will be complaining about noise or something coming from their retail neighbours no doubt.
  21. I notice that the Hereford Times website if offline yet again, it has been down for several hours. It was offline a few weeks ago too, very odd, you would think a website like that would be more rigid and reliable
  22. Over the past few years, we have noticed more and more planning applications to change use from shops to flats. Again today plans have been submitted here for 145 Eign Street Hereford shops are slowly disappearing and Herefordshire Council are often granting these plans. We will attempt to start highlighting each of these applications to show the scale of this trend from the Council. How plans were passed in Eign Street for this lot previously is beyond comprehension, how is this in keeping with the surrounding area? These buildings bricked up look horrendous!
  23. Rather pointless as some of them may be out of a job in less than 2 months time! I hear Harlow isn't standing again anyway.
  24. From Sunshine Radio Herefordshire Council does not rule out criminal investigation Thursday, March 21st, 2019 8:29pm By Carmelo Garcia - Local Democracy Reporter Herefordshire Council officers are not ruling out that a possible criminal investigation is the reason past accounts at the local authority cannot yet be signed off. A leading councillor resigned from a committee last week over growing frustration surrounding the enigmatic issue preventing external auditors Grant Thornton from issuing a certificate of closure for 2016/17 accounts. Auditors say the matters related to a single issue which they cannot disclose due to confidentiality requirements. This matter is preventing them from issuing the certificate, but they said it had no direct implications for the current audit of the council. Monitoring officer Claire Ward said in a report to the audit and governance committee on March 19 that the council cannot say what the matter relates to. She said the exempt information ‘falls within many of paragraphs 1 to 7 in schedule 12A’ of the Local Government Act 1972. The authority would not rule out if the issue relates to a potential criminal investigation and would also not comment when pressed on which specific paragraphs of the schedule applied. Councillors have so far been unsuccessful in prizing answers out of officers at four different meetings. It’s Our County co-leader Liz Harvey said councillors were none the wiser despite setting a deadline for answers this month – she resigned with immediate effect during the meeting on Tuesday. “It says quite clearly that the council set a deadline for whoever it is who is providing with external advice,” she said. “Is it the police? “This is almost the final straw. Once again this is kicked down the road, beyond the next election. “Are we waiting for somebody not to be elected? Are we waiting for somebody to die? “Are we waiting for somebody’s contract of employment to run out so that we can say they are no longer an employee of this council?” Deputy monitoring officer Annie Brooks said the action was with a third party and they could not put the information in the public domain. Conservative chairman Paul Newman asked again why the certificate had not been issued and asked how long would it go on for. Chief finance officer Andrew Lovegrove could not say. “The process that is in place needs to conclude and once the conclusion is reached then we will follow another course of action which will come to an end and Grant Thornton can issue their certificate of completion,” he said. “I appreciate that is quite cryptic, but the issue is quite a complex one and we are reliant on external experts to do things.” A council spokesperson said external audit is an important part of ensuring the authority has effective governance arrangements in place. “External auditors Grant Thornton have given their opinion of ‘satisfactory assurance’ and signed off the accounts for 2016/17, however they are unable to issue a certificate of completion due to a remaining area of work,” he said. “No part of the report to the audit and governance committee was exempt, however the nature and details of this remaining area of work must remain confidential. “Once the matter is concluded Grant Thornton will be able to complete their processes and issue the certificate. “Due to ongoing processes there is information which needs to remain confidential at this time as its disclosure may affect the ability to bring the matter to a conclusion. “While it is rare that information is withheld when doing so we always consider whether the reasons for withholding the information outweigh the public interest in making the information public. “It is in the public interest that this matter is able to be brought to a conclusion.”
  25. The Twitter account is now 'suspended'. I would guess that it was a totally rogue account. I obviously never 'followed' or retweeted the content!
  26. EU blinked tonight and took their 'condition' off the table. However how has TM's deal changed from when it was last offered up for a vote? The Speaker is against offering up the same deal for another vote. The EU offering up a new carrot to vote for a deal does not change the deal on offer. I hope Bercow is consistent in his approach.
  27. The question about the Kinnock's (and numerous other eurocrats) must be what have they achieved over 15 years that merits being paid such colossal amounts of public money?
  28. I wonder what Blair has got out of the EU over the years. It's amazing what you can do with a socialist upbringing.
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