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Mayor Jim Kenyon has put forward his idea's of additional river crossings for Hereford to help reduce the city's congestion problems.

 

See HT article below:

 

The city's Mayor Jim Kenyon is bringing forward a motion tomorrow (Friday) to Herefordshire Councillors for an eastern river crossing to be built in addition to the favoured western option.

 

The bridge, costing £30 million, would act as a fundamental link to go between Ledbury Road in Tupsley and the B4399 at Rotherwas.

 

Despite the eastern bridge failing to form part of Herefordshire Council’s Core Strategy, Cllr Kenyon wants it be considered along with a western route via Breinton.

 

He said: “This bridge would ease traffic in the city and is not instead of the western bypass but as well as.

“The former city Mayor said 50 years ago that within 10 years we would need one or two more bridges.

 

“So let's not settle for one bridge. Let's get both of them as that’s what we need.

 

"The national government says that in Hereford we need more housing so if that’s the case we need money for the western bypass and at a local level for the eastern bridge.”

 

Cllr Kenyon said that a new road leading to the bridge would be built through the middle of the joint housing and rugby development off Hampton Park Road.

 

The Mayor says that this ‘protected road route’ has always been earmarked for an eastern link and would be built alongside the Hereford Rugby Club development.

 

He says that the need for two more bridges in the city was proven only last Thursday when Greyfriars Bridge was closed due to safety fears at Asda petrol station.

 

“An hour after the bridge was re-opened nobody was in the city centre or the shops which cost businesses money,” he added. “Everytime the city centre is gridlocked people hear about it and simply don’t come.”

 

Herefordshire Council has given its backing to a western route near Breinton but the smaller city council agreed in January to start a pressure group pushing for an eastern crossing.

 

Cllr Kenyon’s motion requests that the council’s ‘executive’ support his idea and to bring it forward to the Board of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with the view to it being included in the LEP’s funding bids to government. 

 

“We need the eastern bridge to be in Herefordshire Council’s Core Strategy and I think that’s it’s ridiculous that it is not already,” added Cllr Kenyon â€œThis isn’t a bypass but a bridge to ease congestion and it will act as an alternative for traffic around the city.”

 

I was unable to attend the meeting on Friday due to work commitments however I understand that only 11 voted in favour with 34 voting against it and 1 abstention.

 

Okay let's start naming those who objected for a start! 

 
A lot of this is more to do with with some councillors not liking others! It is a complete joke and these councillors should be working for the people of Hereford and not their own ego's!
 
Fair play to Jim Kenyon for trying...
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When is this bloody Council including Jim Kenyon going to WAKE UP and realise that out traffic problems are caused by too many

traffic lights,most that work on a generic loop?
And who's idea was it to install yet more traffic lights in Edgar Street & Widemarsh Street on the new link road?What's wrong with

a roundabout

All these Councillors should sack themselves,you are all a disgrace

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Mayor Jim Kenyon has put forward his idea's of additional river crossings for Hereford to help reduce the city's congestion problems.

 

See HT article below:

 

 

I was unable to attend the meeting on Friday due to work commitments however I understand that only 11 voted in favour with 34 voting against it and 1 abstention.

 

Okay let's start naming those who objected for a start! 

 
A lot of this is more to do with with some councillors not liking others! It is a complete joke and these councillors should be working for the people of Hereford and not their own ego's!
 
Fair play to Jim Kenyon for trying...

 

 

It was a named vote, so it will be in the minutes in due course.

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When is this bloody Council including Jim Kenyon going to WAKE UP and realise that out traffic problems are caused by too many

traffic lights,most that work on a generic loop?

And who's idea was it to install yet more traffic lights in Edgar Street & Widemarsh Street on the new link road?What's wrong with

a roundabout

All these Councillors should sack themselves,you are all a disgrace

 

Although the traffic light in Hereford are my biggest bug bare as you are all aware, an additional bridge is essential too! The population of Hereford has grown over the past 40 years and yet we still only have the Greyfriars bridge for all of the traffic going through Hereford, this is ridiculous, we definitely need at least one more bridge if not two.

 

Something else that would help would be if they turned off some of these stupid traffic lights! It has worked in other cities yet we cannot even seen to get a lights out trial here? It is clear that the traffic flows much better when the lights are out of order. We need roundabout's not traffic lights, let's keep the traffic flowing.

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Although the traffic light in Hereford are my biggest bug bare as you are all aware, an additional bridge is essential too! The population of Hereford has grown over the past 40 years and yet we still only have the Greyfriars bridge for all of the traffic going through Hereford, this is ridiculous, we definitely need at least one more bridge if not two.

 

Something else that would help would be if they turned off some of these stupid traffic lights! It has worked in other cities yet we cannot even seen to get a lights out trial here? It is clear that the traffic flows much better when the lights are out of order. We need roundabout's not traffic lights, let's keep the traffic flowing.

When I asked the Highways agency about turning off the lights on Newmarket Roundabout the excuse as to why they could not be turned off

was because there was a pedestrian crossing close to it.When I replied that the crossing was there way before the traffic lights were installed I got no

response.

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When I asked the Highways agency about turning off the lights on Newmarket Roundabout the excuse as to why they could not be turned off

was because there was a pedestrian crossing close to it.When I replied that the crossing was there way before the traffic lights were installed I got no

response.

 

We have had several actual meetings with them at the Town Hall. John Harrington and Jim were both present, they were going to do a simulation, I have the guys from the HA names somewhere Paul Butterfield or something like that was one of them.

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When the "New Bridge" was built, the then mayor said that another river crossing/bridge would be needed within 10 years. That was 40+ years ago, and councillors are still oblivious to the issue.

The housing developers at Whitecross anticipated this, however nothing was ever done - to this day!

 

Ever wondered why Wordsworth Road is so wide? The roundabout with a vacant exit and nothing beyond? This was the anticipated second river crossing route North\South joining the B4349/A465.

 

Hereford 2020 or City of Culture 2021 they really are delusional!!

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  • 2 weeks later...

The minutes of the last full council meeting are now published - here is who voted for and against or not at all;

 

Eight members present at the meeting demanded a recorded vote.

The motion was lost with 11 votes in favour, 34 against and 1 abstention.
For (11) Councillors TL Bowes, PE Crockett, PJ Edwards, EPJ Harvey, JLV Kenyon, MD Lloyd-Hayes, MN Mansell, SM Michael, AJW Powers, D Summers, A Warmington.
Against (34) Councillors PA Andrews, BA Baker, JM Bartlett, WLS Bowen, H Bramer, CR Butler, ACR Chappell, PGH Cutter, BA Durkin, CA Gandy, KS Guthrie, DG Harlow, EL Holton, JA Hyde, TM James, AW Johnson, JF Johnson, JG Lester, RL Mayo, MT McEvilly, PM Morgan, PD Newman, FM Norman, CA North, RJ Phillips, GJ Powell, PD Price, P Rone, NE Shaw, WC Skelton, J Stone, EJ Swinglehurst, DB Wilcox, SD Williams.
Abstentions (1) Councillor A Seldon
Councillor RI Matthews left the meeting prior to the voting.
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