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  1. Following on from the recent 'food hygiene rating of zero' at the Jalsagor Indian Restaurant in St Owen St Hereford. We placed a request for a copy of the officers report under the freedom of information act. Herefordshire Council's response as follows: Full Report attached: R - GKE00359.pdf
  2. Crest Nicholson (Midlands) Ltd have submitted plans to create a development of 52 homes on land to the east of the A49 Holmer Herefordshire HR4 9RG. Planning Application P193296/RM
  3. Thomas Cook has ceased trading, how will this affect local people from Herefordshire? Thomas Cook has confirmed that all the companies in its group have ceased trading, including Thomas Cook Airlines. As a result, we are sorry to inform you that all holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating. All Thomas Cook's retail shops have also closed. The Government and the Civil Aviation Authority are now working together to do everything we can to support passengers due to fly back to the UK with Thomas Cook between 23 September 2019 and 6 October 2019. Depending on your location, this will be either on CAA-operated flights or by using existing flights with other airlines. If you are already abroad you will find all the information you need about your arrangements to get home on this website. If you are due to depart from a UK airport with Thomas Cook Airlines, please do not travel to your UK airport as your flight will not be operating and you will not be able to travel. This repatriation is hugely complex and we are working around the clock to support passengers. Customers already abroad If you are currently abroad and your flight was with Thomas Cook we are providing new flights to return you to the UK. These repatriation flights will only be operating for the next two weeks (until 6 October 2019). After this date you will have to make your own travel arrangements. From a small number of locations, passengers will have to book their own return flights. For further advice and details of your return journey please read I am currently abroad. Please note that repatriation flights are only available for passengers whose journey originated in the UK. If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK after 6 October 2019, please read the additional information section. If you are ATOL-protected and are having difficulties with your hotel, please read managing difficulties with accommodation. PLEASE NOTE: Some of Thomas Cook's package holiday bookings include flights with airlines unrelated to the Thomas Cook Group. If your return flight is not with Thomas Cook's airline, it will still be valid. However other elements of the package, such as accommodation and transfers will be affected. Customers yet to travel out of the UK We are sorry to inform you that all future holidays and flights booked with Thomas Cook are cancelled as of 23 September 2019. If you are booked on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight, please do not go to your UK airport, as your flight will not be operating. The Civil Aviation Authority’s repatriation programme will not include any outbound flights from the UK. If you choose to book a new flight with another airline out of the UK, you will not be eligible for a repatriation flight. PLEASE NOTE: Some of Thomas Cook's package holiday bookings include flights with airlines unrelated to the Thomas Cook Group. If your return flight is not with Thomas Cook's airline it may still be valid. However other elements of the package, such as accommodation and transfers might be affected. Further information is available at I have a future booking and have not traveled yet.
  4. Plans have been submitted, which if approved, would see a completely new service station, demolishing the existing Harvest Energy Service Station on Commercial Road and replacing it with a new modern facility. Plans and Graphics - Adcocks Associates The new garage would include a new larger shop and an additional two car parking spaces taking the number of spaces for cars to six as well as disabled, motorcycle and cycle parking. There would also be a new forecourt and canopy, as well as a three-pump starter gate, and three jet washes. If plans are approved the new facility would create two full-time roles and four part-time positions. Planning application P193011/F
  5. Here is another in Eign Gate planning number P193209/F
  6. The Jalsagor Indian Restaurant in St Owens Street Hereford was visited in August and given a food hygiene rating of zero, which is the lowest possible score. Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times. This includes: Handling of food How food is stored How food is prepared Cleanliness of facilities How food safety is managed The food hygiene rating scheme does not provide information on the following factors: Quality of the food Customer service Culinary skill Presentation Comfort For suspected food poisoning, seek medical advice from your GP and contact your local environmental health or food safety team. Understanding ratings The rating shows how well the business is doing overall, based on standards found at the time of inspection. The ratings can be found online and on stickers which are displayed at business premises. The back of the sticker and the online rating will also show the date of the inspection by the local authority’s food safety officer. Ratings are typically given to places where food is supplied, sold or consumed, such as: restaurants, pubs and cafes takeaways, food vans and stalls canteens and hotels supermarkets and other food shops schools, hospitals and care homes A food safety officer from the local authority inspects a business to check that it follows food hygiene law so that the food is safe to eat. At the inspection, the officer will check the following three elements: How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored the physical condition of the business –including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities how the business manages ways of keeping food safe, looking at processes, training and systems to ensure good hygiene is maintained. The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future Exemptions There are two groups of exempt businesses which are inspected by the local authority food safety officer but are not given a food hygiene rating: Businesses that are low-risk to public health, for example, newsagents, chemist shops or visitor centres selling pre-wrapped goods that do not require refrigeration, childminders and businesses that offer caring services at home. The rating scale The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale: 5 is top of the scale, this means the hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law 0 is at the bottom of the scale, this means urgent improvement is necessary To get the top rating, businesses must do well in all three elements which are referenced above. If the top rating is not given, the officer will explain to the business the necessary actions they can take to improve their hygiene rating. A breakdown of the three elements making up the food hygiene rating for business is also provided with the online rating. This information is available for businesses inspected since April 2016 in England and Northern Ireland and for businesses inspected in Wales since November 2014. Detailed information is included in the food safety officer’s inspection report. If you want to see this you could make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request (Opens in a new window) to the local authority that carried out the inspection. You can find the local authority’s contact details by searching for the business and then clicking on the name of the business. The local authority will consider your FOI request and will usually send you a copy of the report. In some cases, the local authority may decide that they cannot do so but will let you know this and explain why. Any concerns relating to a business's food safety can be reported to the local food safety team who are responsible for the business. You can find the local authority’s contact details by searching for the business and then clicking on the name of the business. Ratings can be displayed in an obvious location within the business’ window or door. You can also ask a member of staff what rating was given at the last inspection. Putting a hygiene rating on show is a good advertisement for businesses that meet the requirements of food hygiene law. If the rating is low you can then choose to buy your food or meal from a place with a higher rating. ENGLAND Businesses in England do not have to display their rating at their premises but are encouraged to do so. WALES Businesses in Wales are legally required to display their ratings in a prominent place, like the front door, entrance or window of the business. All businesses in Wales must provide information on their rating verbally if requested in person or over the phone. The scheme applies to businesses who sell to businesses including food manufacturers and wholesalers. Takeaways must include a bilingual statement on menu leaflets and flyers which tells consumers how to find details of the rating on our website. NORTHERN IRELAND Businesses in Northern Ireland are legally required to display their ratings at or near each customer entrance like the front door, entrance or window of the business. Stickers must be displayed in a location where they can be readily seen and easily read by customers before they enter the establishment when it is open for business. All businesses in Northern Ireland must provide information on their rating verbally if requested in person or over the phone. Differences between online ratings and rating sticker displayed There may be temporary differences between the rating displayed at a business and online rating for which there are valid reasons, such as: The business has appealed its latest rating and is awaiting the result. The local authority is in the process of uploading the new rating to our website. Even if a business achieves the top rating there can be a short delay while the local authority updates the website. Local authorities upload ratings at least every 28 days. If you cannot find a rating for business then you will need to contact the local authority responsible for inspecting the business. You should also contact the local authority if you are concerned that a business is deliberately displaying a higher rating to the one on the website to suggest it has higher hygiene standards than it actually does. Businesses with poor ratings Businesses which are given low ratings must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards. The local authority food safety officer has several enforcement options available as well as giving advice and guidance to make sure these improvements are made. The food safety officer will also tell the business how quickly these improvements must be made and this will depend on the type of issue that needs to be addressed. If the officer finds that a business’s hygiene standards are very poor and there is an imminent risk to public health, when food may be unsafe to eat, the officer must act to ensure consumers are protected. This could result in stopping part of the business or closing it down completely until it is safe to recommence. Frequency of inspections A new rating is given each time a business is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. Each local authority plans a programme of inspections every year. The frequency of inspections depends on the potential risk to public health. The assessment takes account of the following factors: Type of food that is handled The number and type of customers, for example vulnerable groups Types of processes carried out before the food is sold or served Hygiene standards seen on the day of the last inspection Businesses that pose a higher risk are inspected more often than businesses that pose a lower risk, for example a small retailer selling a range of prepacked foods that only need to be refrigerated. The time between inspections varies from six months for the highest risk businesses to two years for lower risk businesses. For some very low risk businesses, the interval between inspections may be longer than two years, however there may be some exceptions to this. In between inspections, local authorities may also monitor businesses in other ways to ensure they are maintaining hygiene standards. If these checks reveal anything that might indicate that hygiene standards have deteriorated, the officer will carry out an inspection and the business will get a new rating. If the local authority receives a complaint or new information about a business that they are not due to inspect, and this suggests hygiene standards are not being maintained, the local authority will investigate and may inspect the business and give it a new hygiene rating.
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  8. ‘Hereford Free Week’ to celebrate Beryl Bikes success In just the first month after launching its hybrid bike share scheme in the cathedral city, Beryl’s distinctive green bikes have been cycled well over 8,000km in Hereford. To celebrate this success, Beryl and Herefordshire Council are bringing riders a free week of trips across the city. Funded by a grant from the Department of Transport, all rides ending in a Beryl Bay will be free of charge from Monday 9th to Sunday 15 of September. “Hereford Free Week” will enable more residents and visitors to choose a more environmentally-friendly means of transport. Beryl CEO Phillip Ellis says, Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport at Herefordshire Council, expects the Hereford Free Week to encourage even more people to hop on a Beryl bike for commuting or leisure rides. Beryl’s hybrid bike share is an innovative scheme where its bikes, that are available to hire through the Beryl app, can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’. Riders have a payment choice of Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 5p per minute), Minute Bundles (no unlock fee and bundles starting at 100 minutes for £5) or Day Passes (24 hours of unlimited riding for £12). Once their ride is complete, users simply close the lock on the bike to complete their ride and make it available for the next person to use. For more information on Beryl, please visit beryl.cc.
  9. Hereford Voice Instagram: Church Street, Hereford - a brief history. Church Street dates back to around 800 AD and is split into two parts; the wider section from the Cathedral Close up to East Street, and the narrow passage which leads from there into High Town and which was the beginning of what, in the thirteenth century, was called ‘Cabochelone’ or Cabbage Lane. (Unlike the position of cabbage today, the privileged Norman/French churchmen ate their meat with choice vegetables like the cabbage which would have been purchased in the street, along with exotic herbs and spices.) In the fifteenth century the two parts were separately identified as Brode Cabeige Lane and Narowe Cabeige Lane, which was gentrified in the eighteenth century to Capuchin Lane. The nineteenth century saw it become Church Street with the narrow section being called, rather confusingly as it was furthest from the river, Lower Church Street. Church Street was in St. John’s Parish, where parish officials in the post reformation period applied the laws of settlement to exclude the lame, lazy and sick, thus providing for a ‘polite society’ and maintaining the area’s wealth. However, this did not stop a number of public houses and subterranean drinking dens flourishing in the area. There were three in Narrow Cabbage Lane alone. The first Herefordshire Directory, published in of 1835, lists 26 distinct trades and specialists such as a butcher, baker, fishmonger, tailor, bookseller and milliner. Church Street was seen as a street of commerce and refinement – a position it still holds today. Source
  10. Appeal for witnesses to armed robbery - Hereford We are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Hereford. The incident happened at around 10pm on Thursday, 29 August at the Tesco Express store on Holme Lacy Road. Two males wearing balaclavas are believed to have entered the store and threatened staff with a knife before making off with a quantity of cash and alcohol. Investigating officers have arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in connection with this incident and have seized a knife. The two boys remain in police custody at this time while they assist officers with their enquiries. Officers have also retrieved what is believed to be the stolen cash and alcohol. Detective Sergeant Frank Real from West Mercia Police said: Anyone with any information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 787s of 29 August 2019. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
  11. This is absolutely unbelievable and beyond words!! Beryl Bikes set on fire near to the skatepark at Newton Farm Hereford. We received this email just:
  12. Yes unbelievable the lengths that someone will go in order to ruin it for others. We did pick the bikes up and place them back on their stands after we took these photographs, we also reported the damage etc to the Beryl support team, this was the nice reply that we received back:
  13. We appreciate that they should not have to park these bikes in stands but maybe that's the only way to prevent these bikes becoming wrecked!
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