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  1. Had a good morning out last Thursday with the Hereford Walking Group. Meet at Drybridge House Day Centre every Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm. Stay for refreshments (suggested £1 donation!) Good company walking and chatting along river to The Waterworks at Broomy Hill (open Tuesdays 11am to 4pm) and back to Drybridge House for warm bowl of soup and cup of tea/coffee. Worth calling in as other activities are being organised througout the week. Working in partnership with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Age UK.
  2. An excellent illustrated talk about the history and use of the apple throughout the world. Apples & People explores the astonishing story of the apple through forty-six Apple Stories. Connecting its diverse history to humanity and culture. Based upon a specially commissioned Apple World Map which traces the network of stories from the ancient world to the present day. This online programme and associated social media reveals just how significant and iconic this humble fruit has become. https://applesandpeople.org.uk/
  3. Thursday 18th January 2024 - 7pm - 9pm at the Kindle Centre (talk starts at 7.30pm) when our speaker is Dr David Marshall (Associate, the Brightspace Foundation), speaking on "Apples and People” The global story of the apple, illustrated with art from collections around the world. Sorry it's short notice.
  4. Sorry Adrian approving this would be a great mistake just to save a few pennies on your shopping. My objection to development lodged first time round - copy herewith: P221090/O Hybrid application for demolition of existing hotel and associated structures and erection of Class E foodstore with associated access, parking, servicing, drainage and landscaping (full permission sought) and erection of drive-thru unit with associated internal access and circulation (outline permission sought). I wish to strongly object to the hybrid application P221090/O for demolition of existing hotel and associated structures and erection of Class E foodstore with associated access, parking, servicing, drainage and landscaping (full permission sought) and erection of drive-thru unit with associated internal access and circulation (outline permission sought). The demolition of a perfectly good building serving the local community is a pure act of corporate vandalism. Downgrading the environment, increasing traffic flow with the related pollution problems and potential accidents and loss of amenities for affected residents. There are adequate supermarket facilities next to the application site and further facilities for local shopping at The Oval and along Belmont Road. The encroachment of the workings of the site for those living next door ie noise from constant shopping traffic and delivery vehicles, light pollution from the car park at night will bring a lower quality of life. If the hotel does close, without proper investigation as to the opportunity for new proprietors to take over, then the Council should consider the benefits for the local community of the building being utilised for alternative uses. The council is I believe looking to finance a new care home. This building has 60 bedrooms and with relocating the doctors surgery and possible the pharmacy with the addition of a dentist and other medical facilities onto this central site, better use will ensue for local residents in some of the most deprived areas of Hereford. If the medical and health facilities were transferred to this site and building, the vacated units at Eastholme Avenue could become a small business hub. Should this application be approved the Planning Committee will have done a great disservice to the local area and its residents and therefore the Planning Committee should reject this application. ************************************************************ Air Quality Report Three Counties Hotel Belmont Hereford HR2 7BP Exceeds two WHO limits LEVELS & HEALTH EFFECTS Pollutant one: PM2.5 At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 8.67mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3. These particles, which are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, can cause asthma, respiratory inflammation and even promote cancers. Pollutant two: PM10 The reading for PM10 at this address is 14.76mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3. PM10 can cause wheezing, bronchitis and reduce lung development. Pollutant three: NO2 The reading for N02 at this address is 12.04mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3. Long term exposure to even low levels of this toxic gas increases mortality rates and contributes to the development of asthma, and other respiratory issues. https://addresspollution.org/results/c23864b2-142e-44b2-8141-84687c25bbde National Planning Policy Framework (extracts) Planning policies and decisions should play an active role in guiding development towards sustainable solutions, but in doing so should take local circumstances into account, to reflect the character, needs and opportunities of each area. The planning system should be genuinely plan-led. Succinct and up-to-date plans should provide a positive vision for the future of each area; a framework for addressing housing needs and other economic, social and environmental priorities; and a platform for local people to shape their surroundings. To provide the social, recreational and cultural facilities and services the community needs, planning policies and decisions should: a) plan positively for the provision and use of shared spaces, community facilities (such as local shops, meeting places, sports venues, open space, cultural buildings, public houses and places of worship) and other local services to enhance the sustainability of communities and residential environments; b) take into account and support the delivery of local strategies to improve health, social and cultural well-being for all sections of the community; c) guard against the unnecessary loss of valued facilities and services, particularly where this would reduce the community’s ability to meet its day-to-day needs; The creation of high quality, beautiful and sustainable buildings and places is fundamental to what the planning and development process should achieve. Good design is a key aspect of sustainable development, creates better places in which to live and work and helps make development acceptable to communities. Being clear about design expectations, and how these will be tested, is essential for achieving this. So too is effective engagement between applicants, communities, local planning authorities and other interests throughout the process. Your submission reference is 821607 *******************************************
  5. The government and the majority of their minions are looking after themselves regardless of those vulnerable sectors it should be representing.
  6. Do we live in a democracy? https://www.ukcolumn.org/video/uk-column-news-25th-october-2023 Andrew Bridgen presents Bill preventing UK Government from signing Pandemic Preparedness Treaty without a referendum 00:24 Andrew Bridgen (YouTube): 10 Minute Rule Bill—Parliamentary Sovereignty (Referendums) Bill Andrew Bridgen (on X): "YouTube have taken down the speech I gave in Parliament today. I am an elected member of the UK Parliament. The speech was given in the Chamber of the House of Commons and responded to by a Government Minister, what chance has anyone else got of putting their views on YouTube?" All part of the control and surveillance of the UK public as directed by the US CIA.
  7. The Guardian 8th Sept 2023 Call for UK ban on single-use vapes as more than 5m discarded each week Five million single-use vapes are being thrown away in the UK every week, a fourfold increase on 2022, research has found. This amounts to eight vapes a second being discarded, with the lithium in the products enough to create 5,000 electric car batteries a year. The not-for-profit organisation Material Focus, which conducted the research, said the problem was out of control. The findings come after a series of calls for a ban, with councils and leading paediatricians among those demanding action on vapes because of health and environmental concerns. Scott Butler, the executive director at Material Focus, said the “problem with single-use vapes has gotten further out of control” since the organisation published research last year. “Single-use vapes are a strong contender for being the most environmentally wasteful, damaging and dangerous consumer product ever made,” he said. The number of young women vaping in the UK has more than tripled in the past year, government figures show. I can confirm this on my litter picks. Packet, instructions, plastic top and battery just thrown down in the street after use. And youngsters damaging their brains sucking in this poison by the age of thirty.
  8. Had problems uploading the images to highlight the first paragraph above. If I hadn't found the knife none of this would have happened. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, near Oswestry, Shropshire, England is a specialist orthopaedic hospital which provides elective orthopaedic surgery. Marvellous hospital with excellent staff - almost like an upmarket hotel - I enjoyed my two week stay there.
  9. Following a shattered elbow at the end of March I have been confined to the house, not able to drive, ride my bike and do little else except help my partner. Even she is getting cheesed off with me. All this came about after discovering a carving knife in an outside drain, which the police weren't interested in and deciding to tell a neighbour to be careful who they talk to, tripped over some spare tyres in the dark and caused the injury. However things are slowing improving with my physio and daily readings of the Slog. All things move slowly, but we all hope for a better time to come. Our problems are caused by a minority of individuals on our planet who wish to control and coerce us into their way of thinking. I thought it would be interesting to look at the figures behind our state of affairs. Quoting from various sources in 2022 the number of countries run by tyrannical dictators were 57 - surprisingly none by women. Definition of a dictator - the ruler of a land rated “Not Free” as in the site below: https://planetrulers.com/current-dictators/ and https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/dictatorship-countries These people want to run affairs that suit them and their minions only and have total disregard for everyone else. This has resulted in mass migration of people who cannot exist in these countries and they have to flee to escape the ‘manual of repression’ shared by modern tyrants: https://english.elpais.com/international/2023-07-20/the-manual-of-repression-shared-by-modern-tyrants.html So the world is changing for the worst. With the exception of Mongolia there is no democracy from the EU borders to the Sea of Japan. Most of Africa is in the same boat (no pun intended). Pushing people westwards, putting them up in hotels, military camps and now in floating bulwarks off our coast exasperates the future condition and opportunities for UK citizens who now have to integrate with these new boys on the block. At £6 million pounds a day to house the masses including criminals many tourists can't find a bed for the night and the money they could spend is ‎lost to the local economy. As things progress we will probably end up being run by one global dictatorship possibly the United Nations. However who pulls the strings above this lot can only be assumed to be a Mafia.
  10. In the Daily Depress today: By RICHARD ASHMORE 15:30, Sat, Mar 25, 2023 | UPDATED: 16:06, Sat, Mar 25, 2023 ‘Bored’ asylum seekers say living in £6.8m taxpayer funded hotels is like ‘living in jail’ Nearly 400 hotels are now being used to accommodate more than 51,000 migrants hoping to claim asylum in the UK. Asylum seekers living in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms across Britain are "bored", upset with the "bad food" and say it’s like "living in jail". Migrants reaching the UK via small boats across the English Channel are frequently sent to hotels which are being turned into refugee centres funded by Government incentives. It’s estimated it costs the taxpayer £6.8million a day to fund the Home Office scheme which has housed more than 51,000 migrants in around 395 hotels, the Mail Online reports. A Government announcement is expected in coming weeks for plans to stop the practice in favour of using converted disused military sites. Home Secretary Suella Braverman has signalled she wishes the "unacceptable" migrant hotel housing scheme to end as the strategy nears maximum capacity and as it does not represent good value for money. Using hotels has also thrown up controversy in the cities, towns and villages where migrants have replaced guests.
  11. Daily Depress today: Military families forced from their homes as asylum seekers look set to replace them EXCLUSIVE: A mother living at an MOD facility said families on the former RAF base had been told to leave, as fencing is erected 100m away 'for asylum seekers'. Military families living on an historic air base have been told they have to leave their homes, as the Home Office looks set to move asylum seekers onto the former RAF facility in a matter of days. A source living on MDP Wethersfield told Express.co.uk the deputy head of establishment at the base has informed families that asylum seekers will be brought onto site next week - on April 1.
  12. I have done and they have told me to dispose of it!
  13. 13 inch stainless steel knife conveniently dropped into road drain. Noticed while litter picking Sunday12th March 2023. Hope it wasn't used on anyone! Contacted police that morning. No reply so far.
  14. What has the hotel said? The Three Counties Hotel has refused to speak to the Hereford Times, despite being contacted for comment.
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