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  1. MPs took control of parliamentary business for a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Jesse Norman and Bill Wiggin supported Boris. However 21 Conservative MPs went against Boris and will be collecting their P45's. Let's hope the British public don't screw up when the election is called and get Brexit finalised ie OUT.
  2. Boris, Brexit and Bullshit: 'Saving Democracy' - The Real Agenda David Icke, former Hereford United goalkeeper turned conspiracy theorist, gives his stance on the threat to democracy and remaining tied to the EU. Very clear explanations on the mess that we have had to endure over the last 3 years. Worth 25 minutes of your time to watch before we all became stitched up forever by non elected officials.
  3. And the crossings for pedestrians are very poor, especially the ones between Royal Mail and the Railway Station.
  4. In The Hereford Times 31st August 2019 Grafton Lane Development Framework Plan
  5. And now armed robbery with a knife at Tesco, Hoarwithy Road.
  6. Continuing expenditure on Plough Lane offices. It is the council’s intention to vacate other council properties in 2020 and relocate the staff into the Plough Lane Offices. The new additional emergency evacuation facility is therefore required to accommodate the additional capacity from other council buildings, which would otherwise make Plough Lane non-compliant. 20/08/2019 - Decision to spend from the 2018/19 Corporate Accommodation Capital Budget and the Property Services Estates Capital Programme 2019/20 ref: 6223 Recommendations Approved Find out more about this decision(item 16) Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services Decision published: 21/08/2019 Effective from: 20/08/2019 Decision: To authorise spend of the total budget of £200k allocated to provide additional emergency evacuation facilities at Plough Lane from the 2018/19 Corporate Accommodation Capital Budget along with a spend of not more than £250k from the £500k Property Estates Enhancements Works element of the Property Services Estates Capital Programme 2019/20. Lead officer: GianCarlo Paganuzzi
  7. Brexit Party selects general election candidate for Hereford From The Hereford Times today: With the current mess fermenting daily the need to clear out the parliamentary remainers has never been so urgent. As The Slog says in his latest post: Doesn't look bright does it?
  8. West Mercia Police recruiting now Let's hope they get some worthy candidates. It appears that the police only respond once a crime has been reported. We need more police on the ground to get local intelligence to resolve and prevent these incidents happening. They need to regain the trust of the public. West Mercia Police are creating a new website - you can view some of the new features by clicking the link.
  9. I am surprised that no provision was made for bike stands to prevent damage to bikes and to reduce the risk of them being thrown down on the ground. This rack only costs £20 and can be bolted to the ground, a small cost to safeguard the value and prolong the life of the bikes.
  10. The other bike without a saddle was outside the shop on corner of Kilpeck Avenue and Brampton Road.
  11. Noticed two bikes have had their saddles removed or pinched. There is one in this picture.
  12. I have just got BBLP contractors to cut the garage strip mentioned above. They said the verge isn't on their list, but it only took them 5 mins to strim it. These separate bodies - Muir Housing, Herefordshire Housing and BBLP need to get together and sort out this grass cutting and street maintenance . It is a pity that for the large open space Argyll Rise that they don't collect the grass so the area is suitable for families and children to play on - it just looks a mess. The verges on the estate roads are also neglected. It is amazing that such basic maintenance can't be done with a sense of pride. These organisations have got personnel within them who should get out of the office and walk round and check the state of these blighted areas.
  13. A month later and I have cleared the alley way as it is apparent that no one else is going to do it. The grass verge at the back of the Muir Close garages has never been cut this year and is still a mess.
  14. Just cycled down the resurfaced Yazor Brook route, Lovely surface. Shame that some idiots thought it would be a good idea to throw the contractor's wire panels and cones into the brook.
  15. Years ago the problem was fly posting, although today all the advertising banners seen at supermarket entries and car parks are just as bad. Blight is everywhere and it drags down the quality of life around us.
  16. Back on my bike and cycling across the city. Newton Farm to Bodenham Road daily and surprised the roads are as bad as they are for cyclists. My list includes tree roots beginning to lift the surface of Great Western Way, Canonmoor Street (pitted road surface and nice pothole just before Edgar Street), Blackfriars Street from the traffic lights to Widemarsh Street (forcing you to cycle in the middle of the road to find a smooth surface), Canal Road (patchwork of repairs), Southbank Road leading into Bodenham Road (pitted and rough surface - a real boneshaker downhill on the return). I suppose no problem if you are on a BMX and running wide tyres. How's your ride - nice and smooth?
  17. The office planning work will enable Herefordshire Council to assess the opportunity for greater flexible working, allow for improved collaboration within teams and create shared sites in generating efficiencies in the use of office spaces and officer’s time. Internal office planning was considered however it is agreed that this work requires specialist skill and knowledge with an external view to deliver an appropriate solution. Example of Portsdown Office Limited work - quite fitting for the council? How much have they spent on this building - didn't they spend a lot of money on the roof?
  18. 12/08/2019 - Extension of building maintenance and cleaning contract ref: 6193 Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in) Find out more about this decision (item 30) To approve the extension of the existing council building maintenance and cleansing services contract, which has been procured through an open market tender exercise, to the 31August 2020. The extension of the contract will enable time for the strategic service review of the Property Services function to complete, which is being undertaken to ensure a future sustainable service can be delivered. Decision Maker: Cabinet member commissioning, procurement and assets Decision published: 12/08/2019 Effective from: 17/08/2019 Decision: That: (a) The contract with Balfour Beatty Living Places to deliver an amalgamated property maintenance and cleansing service be extended for one year from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 at a total contract value of £12 million. Wards affected: (All Wards); Lead officer: Andrew Husband Not bad for a years work.
  19. Listening to H&W radio this morning and main story about no thought been given to the support infrastructure concerning building 5000 houses around Worcester. The Worcester Royal says a lack of funding £7.7 million from the developers will exasperate the running of A&E, already under pressure. The hospital once a city hospital and now a county hospital, and I predict to become a regional hospital, it seems amazing that there is no overhaul strategy, and if there is, it is drastically in need of life saving attention. Hereford will also end up in this state until it becomes absorbed into a regional Clinical Commisioning Group, already being talked about with Worcester and people will die being transferred 26 miles and waiting in queuing ambulances. Add in housing developments planned all around Herefordshire and the infrastructure will collapse. Building bigger hospitals mean local community hospitals being closed.
  20. Footpath as shown above between 34 Muir Close and Muir garages now totally blocked by shrubs. Grass strip also behind Muir garages and Sherborne Close still not cut. Will no one react at Muir Housing, Herefordshire Housing, or BBLP.
  21. Agree. Building Control have been up to get our extension on a forward course. Fortunately I have taken photos of the building stages and these will help me prove that the work is progressing correctly. My partner is in a care home in Hereford until the work is finished hopefully September, although she is returning to the QE for a further operation in the next few months and this will involve more hospitalisation. She has been away 500 days now since her stroke on the 25th March 2018 and been in hospitals in Birmingham (QE & Moseley Hall), Hereford, Bromyard, Bristol, return to Bromyard and now in care home. I gave my job up completely and at present living off my pensions, savings, but things financially will drastically change in the future. I have had a good insight into the workings of the NHS while visiting her nearly every day and a lot of the problems appear to be at the management end. The Tories continuing plans to privatise the NHS will only compound patients and relatives problems. An inspector falls: what the building control insurance crisis means for the housing sector. Notice issued by Oxford City Council
  22. Aedis Building Inspectors unreachable Just been caught up in this fiasco after having paid £660 to have an approved inspector check my building regulations affecting a new extension being built for my disabled partner. Aedis the company the inspectors were working through has gone into voluntary liquidation as a result of being unable to secure ongoing insurance. Aedis Regulatory Services (ARS) was carrying out building control on around 12,000 projects, which is approximately 5% of the construction industry, according to its boss. Housing industry figures warned the wider crisis has "potential consequences for housing supply". Joe Ayre, managing director of ARS, told Inside Housing: “Without insurance we can’t operate. For six weeks [since it expired], we haven’t taken any business in, we haven’t taken any money in. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel.” I now have to pay Herefordshire County Council £540.00 to check and verify the work. Considering that there are many people affected who acted in good faith it is surprising that no authority has investigated this maladministration.
  23. Since his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in his introductory speeche, he proposes to spend billions on national projects to benefit the economy. Where will this money come from? Following on from my comment above it is worth watching this video - "Steve Baker MP at the historic debate in UK Parliament on Money Creation". Note only a few MPs debating this topic. As someone said if they had been debating a pay rise for themselves the chamber would have been filled to capacity. The government and banks are hell bent on creating a cashless society - its just I think, a system that has been with us already for years. There is no money. Unable to start video at 0.00 scroll back to start at the beginning.
  24. They've been out today at long last and cut the grass all down to their usual standard and left a mess behind them. How do they expect children to play on these areas. I am surprised no one has caught Lyme's Disease the grass was so long. The alley way up the side of the garages next to 34 Muir Close is still blocked by shrubs.
  25. Does the Council and BBLP have a public email address. I can't find one on the council's website. They only want you to use their report forms which are not easy to use if you want to copy in other people.
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