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    The Right Worshipful 643rd Mayor of Hereford for the Year 2024 – 2025 Cllr Kevin Tillett

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Kevin has lived in Hunderton for over 30 years and was elected to represent the Hinton and Hunderton ward on the City Council in 2017. Since 2019, he has also represented the same ward on Herefordshire Council.


    He is a trustee of the Kindle Centre and RSPCA Herefordshire and is a governor of Riverside Primary School.

    He studied biology at university and was a secondary school science teacher, including at several local schools. He has also worked in the court service and as an actor, trainer and presenter.

    Hereford Voice - Congratulations Kevin, have a fabulous year! 👏

    Victim of fatal collision named

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The man who sadly lost his life after a fatal collision on Saturday morning (18 May) has been named by his family as Jake Campbell.


    The collision happened at around 12.40am on the A44 at Docklow in Herefordshire.

    Despite best efforts by emergency services, the 26-year-old was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.

    An investigation into the collision is on-going.


    General Election 4th July 2024

    By megilleland,

    Is everyone looking forward to change the status quo? I don't think I will be voting for the Tories. 

    Former Debenhams store in Hereford under offer!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    It looks like the Old Market shopping centre may have tenant soon for the 83,000 sq ft empty building formally occupied by Debenhams.


    The Old Market has 32 - retail and leisure units owned by British Land Company PLC.

    (Rumours are that is could possibly be Primark who are looking to expand their operation in the UK, but that is only a rumor)

    Who would you like to see occupy this building in such a prime location in Hereford ?


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    Cabinet Member visits Ross-on-Wye following flood

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Following the recent flooding event, Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet Member for Roads and Regulatory Services, has visited Ross-on-Wye to hear from local people and follow the ongoing investigation.


    Broad Street has now been reopened to traffic, however, for safety reasons some parts of the walkways remained closed. Brookend Street is open to traffic and most of the shops are trading, which is good news. It is important to support businesses, especially with this type of emergency event, so that they are able to function effectively and get back to normality as soon as possible. Most of the shops along both streets are open and a letter has been hand distributed to properties affected by the flooding event, providing further information and advice.

    The initial response phase is now coming to a close and Herefordshire Council has undertaken all of the work that it can, until investigations and work by Welsh Water are completed. We will now be working closely with Welsh Water going forward, to determine how and when to commence the recovery phase.


    When appropriate, permanent works will need to be undertaken to the highway along Broad Street and the walkways to be made safe. However, we are constrained from the issuing of permanent works until Welsh Water are able to confirm that they have reviewed and dealt with their sewer issues. Without that assurance, it would not be appropriate or prudent to issue a programme of permanent works. Once confirmed the Council will commence this phase as soon as possible to enable a permanent programme to be issued and Broad Street to be reinstated at the earliest and safest opportunity.

    Cllr Durkin, following his visit to Ross-on-Wye, said: “On Tuesday I visited shops along Brookend Street to better understand how they were individually impacted by the flood event. It was heart rending to see the damage caused and the effect of the disruption to shop owners and their premises, by the events of Sunday’s storm and sewer collapse, but importantly, Ross-on-Wye remains open for business. The emergency response to these events by Balfour Beatty Living Places was exemplary and their work has been much appreciated and indeed their ongoing work attending to issues remains first class. Further, my thanks to members of the Town Council for their reporting of events locally as they occurred for social media. I spoke with a town council member today and listened to her immediate concerns regarding the substrate of the footpaths; which has been investigated.

    “I have spoken with a number of shop owners and residents and seen some of the remaining damage to their shops and houses, caused by the heavy storm water and the collapse of the sewer, running down Broad Street and through Brookend Street. The collapse in a section of one of the sewers that runs down Broad Street has been found and Welsh Water are working to investigate and repair those sections identified.

    “Cross-organisational work continues between Herefordshire Council, Welsh Water, and the Environment Agency officers each carrying out their individual assessments and assessing works required. Drainage investigation work has been undertaken by Herefordshire Council, with highway gullies and associated pipework being checked and cleansed. As soon as possible and in conjunction with Welsh Water’s upcoming work programme, a permanent repair programme to reinstate the Broad Street highway and walkways will be implemented.”

    Three Hereford cocaine dealers sentenced at court

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Three drug dealers were sentenced at court yesterday (Monday 13 May) for running an operation supplying cocaine into Hereford.

    Lee Jones, 37, of Whitecross Road, Hereford, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was sentenced to three years at Worcester Crown Court.

    Lewis Hughes-Cound, 26, of Hever Road, Lower Bullingham, Hereford pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of cocaine and was sentenced to 33 months.


    Emelia Lal, 24, of Whitecross Road, Hereford pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was given a 21-month suspended sentence.

    Jones and Hughes-Cound were arrested by police after suspected drug dealing was reported in the city centre. Officers from Hereford Proactive CID located them in a local pub.

    Hughes-Cound was found in possession of class A drugs and Jones was found with cash.

    A search of addresses linked to the suspects resulted in the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine with a street value of £11,500.  Police also recovered scales, cash, deal bags and other drug supply paraphernalia.

    All three were arrested on Monday 11 March, charged, and pled guilty at court.

    Detective Constable Verity Farr, of Hereford CID, said: “We welcome yesterday’s sentencing which reflects the severity of offending.

    “The supply of controlled drugs into our communities causes misery and suffering and destroys lives.

    “Officers from the proactive CID team work tirelessly to combat drug supply and work with partners to ensure those who cause harm to our communities are relentlessly pursued and brought to justice.

    “Jones, Lal and Hughes-Cound were involved in a drugs supply operation benefitting financially from the suffering of others.

    “Their imprisonment simply marks another step in the fight against drug supply, and officers continue to track those who operate at the highest level of criminality.”

    Ross-on-Wye Street Storm Damage Update

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Highways Update 5pm 13/05/24 | Broad Street and Brookend Street, Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire


    "Our teams continue to make every effort to safely reopen the areas of Ross-on-Wye closed after flooding and storm damage yesterday.


    Brookend Street reopened earlier this afternoon after clean-up works were completed, however further safety checks and repairs are required before Broad Street can be reopened to traffic.

    Dwr Cymru Welsh Water are on-site supporting ongoing investigations into a collapsed combine sewer pipe at the top end of the road (outside Peacocks). The outcome of these investigations will determine what further works are needed before the road can be reopened.

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    Areas of the collapsed block paving on the footway are being cleared and prepared for temporary reinstatement, which will be done using asphalt until a permanent repair can be put in place. Pedestrian management barriers are being installed to ensure all properties can be accessed by tomorrow morning.


    Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the next 24 hours predicts more rain. We are monitoring the situation and have provided sandbags for the area in case of further flooding. Waste cage trucks are also on site to support those who have been affected by the flooding with their clear up efforts"

    📷 Herefordshire Highways

    Restraining Order For Swimming Pool Underwear Thief

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Leominster man was last week found guilty of theft and handed a restraining order after an incident at the Halo Leisure Centre in January.


    Daniel Dixon, 36, from High Street, Leominster was attending a public swimming session at the leisure centre on Wednesday 17 January when he secretly and intentionally stole underwear from a woman’s locker. He followed his victim and loitered in the same area as her until she left. His victim notified police of the incident and an investigation was started, resulting in his arrest.

    Dixon was later charged and was found guilty at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (7 May) where he was also sentenced.

    He was ordered to pay £500 compensation, a victim surcharge of £114 and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work as well as being handed a restraining order to stay away from his victim which lasts until 2027.

    Police Constable Adam Stobbart, from Leominster Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This incident was very upsetting and understandably, no one should have to experience this type of behaviour.

    “It was concerning for them to not only have a such an intimate and personal item taken but to then feel scared and intimidated seeing the perpetrator and being followed.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the strength and resilience that the victim has shown throughout the investigation which help obtain this positive result.”

    BREAKING NEWS | Hereford Scout HQ Official Opening

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The new facility looks fabulous!


    All welcome on Sunday 19th May for the Grand Opening of Scouts Corner

    The Trustees of South Marches District Scout Council warmly invite you to the grand opening of our new District Scout Headquarters on Sunday 19th May.

    There will be a formal opening ceremony at 10am where His Majesty’s Lord of Lieutenant of Herefordshire will formally open the new building. The hall will stay open for tours until 2pm and light refreshments will be provided.

    Please note that there will be no parking on site.

    This is not only the Hereford Scouts HQ but a community hub with some excellent facilities including a fully equipped kitchen with a double oven and fridge and rise and fall sink and hob for all to access. Here is a sneak preview! 



    Scouts Corner,
    Eign Rd,
    HR1 2RX

    Local Volunteers Invited To Garden Party At Buckingham Palace

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mrs Lyndsey Evans was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the Community in South Wye in the New Years Honours list and she will be presented with her medal in Hereford in June by lord lieutenant, (who is king’s representative in Herefordshire)

    Today Lyndsey and her husband John today at Buckingham Palace. 

    Also today 4 amazing volunteers were also invited to the Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition for their year's of volunteering at The Kindle Centre and in the community.


    Cllr Kevin Tillett for Hinton & Hunderton , Luz Trinidad Perez Andrew Bridges and Cissy Smith

    Herefordshire Council to receive £750,000 from Arts Council England

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council will receive £750,000 from Arts Council England, thanks to its Government-funded Capital Investment Programme.

    The funding is going towards supporting the major refurbishment and extension of Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, located on Broad Street, to create a state-of the-art museum and art gallery for Herefordshire.


    The redevelopment of Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is a flagship project for the Herefordshire Council and Stronger Hereford. Once complete, the redeveloped museum and art gallery will significantly enhance the county’s cultural offer, support community engagement and attract new visitors to the area.

    The project will extend and transform the Grade II-listed museum building on Broad Street. The new museum and art gallery will include new galleries and display spaces, temporary exhibition spaces, the restoration of the historic Woolhope Club Room and new commercial areas. All areas of the museum will be fully accessible with lifts and full flat access throughout.

    Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member community services and assets, said:

    “This funding will enable us to continue providing high quality creative and cultural experiences for people in Herefordshire. Museums are no longer just repositories of artefacts; they are dynamic spaces for learning, creativity and social connection. This funding will ensure that our county museum is the cultural centre it has always aspired to be.

    “When it opens, the new museum and art gallery will offer visitors a new experience with a variety of exhibitions and events, and showcasing remarkable collections such as the Herefordshire Hoard. We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England and our other funders, whose investment is enabling the transformation of Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.”

    The refurbishment of the museum and art gallery has also received funding from Herefordshire Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Stronger Towns Fund.

    The Capital Investment Programme supports the Arts Council’s mission to ensure communities across the country have the infrastructure where creativity for everyone can thrive.

    Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

    “This infrastructure investment will help a whole range of different cultural organisations across England to flourish, increasing opportunities for people to enjoy creatively excellent cultural events close to where they live. It’s particularly important that we’re making this happen in communities where cultural investment has historically been low.”

    Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Libraries, said:

    “Cultural venues enrich our lives, and it’s vital that their infrastructure matches the excellence of the creative work that goes on inside them.

    "Our funding is helping both to create new venues and to adapt existing ones to make them more accessible, helping to deliver the Government’s plan to make sure that everyone, no matter where they live or what their background, has access to excellent, life-changing cultural opportunities.”

    New public and changing places toilet opened at Maylord Orchards, Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A new large accessible toilet with specialist equipment such as a hoist, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers has been opened at Maylord Orchards centre in Hereford.


    The changing places toilet is in addition to the public toilets that have been brought back into use with a new, modern look.

    The toilets have been provided thanks to funding from Herefordshire Council and grant funding from the Department for Levelling up Housing and Communities working with Muscular Dystrophy UK.


    Councillor Carole Gandy, Cabinet member adults, health and wellbeing, said:

    “I’m delighted we’ve opened this Changing Places Toilet in Maylord Orchards, providing much needed facilities for visitors to Hereford.

    “People who need Changing Places Toilets will now be able to visit our City with confidence that they will have the facilities to enable them to be out and about without restrictions.”

    There are more than 2,350 Changing Places Toilets registered across the UK and this one will offer a safe space for users to enjoy everything Hereford City has to offer, with adjacent parking facilities.

    Hereford's Wildwood Restaurant At Risk Of Closure

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The firm behind the Wildwood chain - which has a restaurant in the Old Market Hereford revealed plans to shut a raft of sites as part of a major restructuring.


    Tasty, which also runs locations under Dim T brand, said it plans to exit around 20 loss-making restaurants after a “challenging” start to the year.

    Under the plans, the group would shut 18 branches, with two of these sites already closed to diners.

    Tasty currently operates 43 Wildwoods and six Dim-T pan-Asian restaurants, as well as two non-trading sites and three sub-let venues.

    The group's board has put forward a restructuring plan it said would help ensure its long-term survival.

    Tasty's 43 Wildwood restaurants serve pizza, pasta, burgers, and steak and occupy a number of heritage buildings.

    The hospitality group said on Tuesday its financial performance"continues to be inhibited by a tail of underperforming sites".

    A spokesperson said:

    “The use of a restructuring plan is considered the most effective means to reorganise the group to return it to profitability and secure its long-term future which should change the financial viability, profitability profile and long-term prospects of the group."

    Tasty said it expects to operate around 30 restaurants by the end of the current year.

    But, it hasn't yet confirmed the locations of the sites earmarked for closure or when they could shut.

    Here is the full list of Wildwood sites at risk:

    • Dim T, Charlotte Street, London
    • Dim T, Hampstead, London
    • Dim T, Victoria, London
    • Dim T, Whiteley, Hampshire
    • Dim T, Winchester, Hampshire
    • Wildwood, Epping
    • Wildwood, Bicester
    • Wildwood, Braintree
    • Wildwood, Maidstone
    • Wildwood, Taunton
    • Wildwood, Market Harborough
    • Wildwood, Crawley
    • Wildwood Skipton
    • Wildwood, Lincoln
    • Wildwood, Billericay
    • Wildwood, Birmingham
    • Wildwood, Salisbury
    • Wildwood, Whiteley
    • Wildwood, Peterborough
    • Wildwood, Kingston
    • Wildwood, Canterbury
    • Wildwood, Gerrards Cross
    • Wildwood, Newmarket
    • Wildwood, Bournemouth
    • Wildwood, Chichester
    • Wildwood, Ely
    • Wildwood, Rushden Lakes
    • Wildwood, York
    • Wildwood, Llandudno
    • Wildwood, Plymouth / Royal William Yard
    • Wildwood, Hornchurch
    • Wildwood, Cambridge
    • Wildwood, Wantage
    • Wildwood, Chelmsford
    • Wildwood, Brentwood
    • Wildwood, Didcot
    • Wildwood, Hereford
    • Wildwood, Stratford-Upon-Avon
    • Wildwood, Port Solent
    • Wildwood, Telford
    • Wildwood, Hinckley
    • Wildwood, Cheam
    • Wildwood, Nottingham
    • Wildwood, Seven Dials
    • Wildwood, Northwich
    • Wildwood, Liverpool
    • Wildwood, Covent Garden

    The Wildwood restaurant opened in Hereford's Old Market Shopping Centre in May 2015, see our original article - https://hfd.news/HX9i6


    John Campion has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mr Campion’s campaign focused on fighting crime, supporting victims and putting policing back in the heart of communities.


    Following the result, which was announced at the Tennis Centre in Telford & Wrekin, Mr Campion said:

    “I would like to thank communities across the three counties who have once again put their trust in me to deliver a Safer West Mercia.

    “I am proud of what I have achieved as your PCC over the last eight years, but I know there’s much more that needs to be done.

    “My promise is a simple one, to work hard to ensure you are safe and feel safe.

    “Committed to putting your voice at the heart of policing, I will build on the significant investment I have made and will continue to support and challenge your police force to deliver on your policing priorities.”

    Council’s trading standards team are working to tackle the illegal tobacco trade in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    All tobacco products are damaging to health, however Illegal tobacco products can have additional harms. The products sold are often counterfeit and do not meet the safety standards required by law, and the illegal trade also has an impact on local, legitimate businesses.

    The council’s trading standards team are committed to tackling illegal tobacco sellers in the county, carrying out targeted enforcement operations. This may then lead to the prosecution of those involved in illegal activity.

    To report a seller of illegal tobacco in Herefordshire, please contact Trading Standards on 01432 261761.


    Recent prosecution

    A director of a Hereford shop was recently given a 12 month community order for offences relating to illegal tobacco in a case taken to court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service.

    Iulian Alexandru Mirica from Hereford, pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the supply of illegal tobacco. He was caught in possession for sale of 497 packets of cigarettes and 12 pouches of hand rolling tobacco, none of which complied with UK health warnings and plain packaging requirements. A large percentage of the illegal tobacco products were also found to be counterfeit.

    The illicit products were located by officers inside two purpose built concealments, one inside a commercial fan unit operated by electromagnets and another by a hydraulic ram built into a partition wall. 

    The 12 month community order included 15 rehabilitation days, 150 hours of unpaid work and an order to pay costs of £1,114.

    Head of Regulatory and Technical Services Charles Yarnold, said: 

    “This case demonstrates the commitment by the trading standards officers in tackling illegal tobacco sellers in the county. Not only are the products sold often counterfeit and do not meet the safety standards required by law, but it is imperative that we help support local, legitimate businesses, in these uncertain times, by tackling the criminals."

    POT TRUMPS 'Herefordshire Edition'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Welcome to POT TRUMPS 'Herefordshire Edition'


    Dear Herefordshire Council,

    As we navigate the maze of potholes that pepper our roads, it's time for a game-changing approach to highlighting this perennial problem. Introducing POT TRUMPS 'Herefordshire Edition' – an innovative way to showcase the severity of potholes across Herefordshire while engaging the community in a fun and interactive manner.

    By assigning scores to categories such as 'Pothole Peril,' 'Road Rattlers,' 'Tire Troubles,' and 'Swerve Skills,' this creative initiative not only sheds light on the increasing presence of potholes but also underscores their impact on our daily lives. 

    This light-hearted yet impactful strategy serves as a rallying cry for action, urging you to prioritise road maintenance and invest in long-term solutions to ensure safer and smoother journeys for all Herefordshire residents.

    Let's pave the way to smoother roads together – one 'POT TRUMP' card at a time!

    Hereford Voice

    We are now 'Twinned' with our friends @pot.trumps.chelmsford (Instagram) who have been so kind and we would personally like to thank Nick for all his input and creative advice. 

    It has taken us a while to collate all of the information and images of various potholes around Herefordshire for us to be able to create our unique Pot Trump Cards. (Some of the potholes may have already been repaired as we have reported each one to Herefordshire Council).

    Each card comes with it's own data (might not be completely accurate but is more to highlight the significance of each pothole) if scores reach over 90 they then become a SHINY card, hopefully there will not be many of these.

    We will release new cards every week to add to our collection, here are the first 3.

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    ⚠️ You can report potholes HERE

    Or click on our unique QR Code below 👇


    Planning Application Submitted For New 80 Bed Care Home At Three Elms Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A planning application from Műller Property Group has been submitted to Herefordshire Council for a new 80 bed care home on a 1.9 acre brownfield site in Hereford with car parking, external landscaping and private gardens. 

    (Outline planning application for the development of a care home (Use Class C2), including detail of appearance, access, layout and scale with landscaping reserved for future consideration)

    Illustration courtesy of Müller Property Group 

    The site is located on the outskirts Hereford and benefits from superb transport links, with the A438 connecting to the M50 motorway 16 miles south. Hereford Railway Station is located north-east of Hereford town centre, a 9-minute drive or a 16-minute bus journey to the site. Hereford Station offers direct train services to Birmingham, Worcester, and Shrewsbury. The closest bus stop is a 3-minute walk to the Three Elms Inn which connects a comprehensive bus network to the wider Herefordshire region.

    Hereford is a cathedral city and the county town of Herefordshire. It lies on the River Wye, approximately 16 miles east of the border with Wales. Hereford is commonly referred to as the heart of Herefordshire, with the cities of Worcester and Gloucester both within 25 miles. With a population of 53,000 it is the largest settlement in Herefordshire.

    Land opposite Three Elms Pub

    The proposal for a new 80 bed care home split across two floors will address the needs of Herefords care bed need. Areas of landscaped communal gardens are planned surrounding the care home to promote active lifestyles, comfort, relaxation and stimulation.

    The new build care home will include a number of facilities that will include:

    • A range of Dayspaces/Cinema/Library
    • Hair and Nail Salon
    • Ancillary facilities, offices and staff spaces
    • Spacious bedrooms with ensuite (a handful of bedrooms on ground floor with access to the secure gardens
    • Secure, high quality landscaped gardens for residents

    Bedrooms within the care home feature an en suite bathroom with showers that have been designed for privacy, safety and accessibility for all residents. Ancillary facilities such as nurse stations, drugs stores and treatment rooms have been located centrally, allowing the staff to monitor the residents. Stores and other ancillary facilities have been located throughout the corridors, reducing the travel distance for staff to the reach the essential equipment.

    The proposal has been developed to maximise the benefits of the site, whilst reducing the impact on the neighbouring properties and surrounding context.

    Planning application P240662/O

    Land at Tillington Road, Hereford.
    The site sits to the west of the Three Elms Public House and to the south west of the Gospel Hall.
    Nearest postcode; HR4 9QQ


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