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  1. Election of a District Councillor for the area of Whitecross Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of Herefordshire Council, at the address shown below, on any working day after the date of this notice, between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm but before 4:00pm on Friday, 14th June 2019 The poll will take place on Thursday, 11th July 2019 between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm Herefordshire Council Electoral Services Town Hall St Owen Street Hereford HR1 2PJ
  2. Debating the tram issue again on H&W radio this morning - Jesse having his say. As Colin says start with turning off the traffic lights. Hereford Civic Society this Friday: Friday 7 June 2019 at 6.00pm De Koffe Pot, Left Bank, Hereford Sustainable Transport Options for Hereford's Future Jesse Norman MP, Highways Minister A chance to hear from our MP about his transport ideas for Hereford with time for questions and debate.
  3. What's all this nonsense about saving the planet. It all started to go downhill when schools dropped home economics in the 1970’s with a switch to computer and design technology, so that all you need to know now is how to handle a tin opener. The demise of home economics skills (cookery, laundry and budgeting) result in a scruffy mindless herd eating on the streets and throwing their tins, wrappers, plastic bottles and lottery tickets anywhere but into a waste bin. The specialty disposal method favoured locally is to deposit waste into someone’s garden hedge. What does this mess (not politics) tell us about our future citizens and their minds. This is the outcome of the Liverpool and Tottenham match in Madrid. No wonder the Spanish get the wrong impression of British tourists.
  4. While they are counting the votes here is something to recall recorded 42 years ago. Sounds familiar today.
  5. From The Slog today 26th May 2019: Doesn't matter which PM we get, it will always end in LIES. Roll on an election and clear the lot out.
  6. To approve the expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place Decision status: Recommendations Approved Is Key decision?: No Is subject to call in?: No Decision: Approve expenditure of up to £200k to undertake feasibility work for the Hereford Urban Village Masterplan, the work will be delivered through the Council Development and Regeneration Programme using its appointment Development Partner Contact: Peter Clasby, Growth Programmes Technical Manager Email: Peter.Clasby@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 261968. Publication date: 29/04/2019 Date of decision: 29/04/2019 Accompanying Documents:
  7. 04/03/2019 - Strategic Acquisition of a Development Opportunity Site known as College Road Campus in Hereford ref: 5986 Recommendations Approved Find out more about this decision (item 13) Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place Decision published: 30/04/2019 Effective from: 04/03/2019 Decision: The College Road campus (as shown in appendix 1 on the red line boundary map – Southern Campus Only) is purchased for a sum of £5.395m (five million, three hundred and ninety five thousand pounds). The anticipated costs associated with the purchase are: Land Purchase 5,395,000 Stamp Duty 259,250 Professional Fees 92,500 Lead officer: Sonya Morris Accompanying Documents: Plenty of glossy graphics here.
  8. Weren't Fisher German handling this?
  9. But aren't they just the legal team, has it been sold to a developer?
  10. March 2019 council expenditure published with some interesting figures. Davitt Jones Bould (DJB) is a national law firm that specialises entirely in real estate law. Appointed as real estate lawyers to the largest landowners in the UK Cyber Quarter Limited - Note Richard Ball is a Director of this Private Limited Company linked to University Of Wolverhampton The top 20 suppliers single payments: £5,395,000.00 Davitt Jones Bould £3,500,000.00 Cyber Quarter Limited £2,345,689.90 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £1,973,007.27 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £1,349,077.00 West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner £797,946.29 Worcestershire County Council £770,067.94 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £733,603.03 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £577,357.64 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £560,874.30 Hereford & Worc Fire & Rescue Service £454,303.20 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £340,499.42 Fcc Environment Services (uk) Ltd £288,341.98 Western Power Distribution £277,987.88 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £268,452.87 Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd £259,250.00 Davitt Jones Bould £246,355.01 Whitecross@Stepnell Ltd £233,052.11 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £207,843.98 Wye Valley NHS Trust £151,793.47 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd Add in all payments to the above suppliers £7,760,733.01 Balfour Beatty Living Places Ltd £5,654,250.00 Davitt Jones Bould £597,086.30 Hereford & Worc Fire & Rescue Service £289,759.58 Shaw Healthcare (Herefordshire) Ltd £1,402,126.75 West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner £945,748.29 Worcestershire County Council £252,377.19 Wye Valley NHS Trust Expense Areas Total Sums £9,948,220.33 Economic Development Delivery Board £1,451,141.63 Major Infrastructure Delivery Board £4,346,513.17 Public Realm Delivery Board but only £2,285,862.98 Highways & Transport £26,812,473.66 Total expenditure for March 2019 £20,730,503.29 Top 20 suppliers accounted for 77% of total expenditure
  11. For the benefit of Newton Farm Residents does Mr Bernard Hunt have a point of contact ie address, telephone or email where they may bring matters to his attention. I understand he has business premises in Whitecross, however I doubt whether people may want to go there and find he is out or not available.
  12. Cabinet members ousted so far Councillor H Bramer OUT Councillor BA Durkin IN Councillor DG Harlow (didn't stand, but his position gone) OUT Councillor JG Lester IN Councillor PD Price OUT Councillor P Rone IN Councillor NE Shaw IN Councillor EJ Swinglehurst Cabinet support Councillor AW Johnson IN Councillor RJ Phillips IN Quite right two wheels. Councillor EJ Swinglehurst - any news on her position? Voting results on Council's website.
  13. Well done John Harrington.
  14. Cabinet members ousted so far Councillor H Bramer OUT Councillor BA Durkin Councillor DG Harlow Councillor JG Lester IN Councillor PD Price OUT Councillor P Rone Councillor NE Shaw Councillor EJ Swinglehurst Cabinet support Councillor AW Johnson IN Councillor RJ Phillips IN
  15. Cabinet members ousted so far Councillor H Bramer OUT Councillor BA Durkin Councillor DG Harlow Councillor JG Lester IN Councillor PD Price Councillor P Rone Councillor NE Shaw Councillor EJ Swinglehurst Cabinet support Councillor AW Johnson IN Councillor RJ Phillips IN
  16. Newton farm ward result 2nd May 2019 Independent Bernard Hunt wins Newton Farm with just 171 votes. The turn out was a tiny 18.6% in the Hereford seat. Other candidates included Jacqueline Carwardine (Lib Dem 147) Labour's Margy Whalley (101) Glenda Powell (Democrats & Veterans Party 92) Jeremy Chapman (Conservative 43). In this ward 81.4% didn't, couldn't, wouldn't vote shows the state of local politics in Hereford/Herefordshire.
  17. In The Daily Express today: Farmers deal with fly tipping on their land directly.
  18. "The European Commission is keeping secret details of talks between EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici, former UK prime minister Tony Blair and Hungarian-US billionaire George Soros, about a second Brexit referendum. The commission told EUobserver in reply to an access to documents request that the need to protect the EU's decision-making process weighed heavier than any public interest in what was discussed last January in Davos". Tony and George with fingers in the pie. Of course Tony and George are acting for our benefit in trying to keep us in the EU - you plebs don't understand it's for your own good and for lining our own pockets.
  19. No wonder the government want to pursue surveillance and control of social media and the press - just a word in a dozen ears is all it would take to get their message across. The UK media is dominated by a handful of corporations Media Reform Coalition produced their first comprehensive report on media ownership in the UK back in 2015 when they argued concentrated ownership was a significant problem for any modern democracy. Four years later, they have produced an updated version that suggests that, not only does concentrated ownership persist but that the problem may be getting worse. This report shows that just three companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group and Reach) dominate 83% of the national newspaper market (up from 71% in 2015). When online readers are included, just five companies (News UK, Daily Mail Group, Reach, Guardian and Telegraph) dominate nearly 80% of the market, slightly up from our last report. In the area of local news, just five companies (Gannett, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and Archant) account for 80% of titles (back in 2015, six companies had the same share). Two companies have 46% of all commercial local analogue radio stations and two-thirds of all commercial digital stations. The digital landscape is hardly less concentrated. Google dominates search while popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, itself the most popular social media site. New, digital-only news sites have emerged as a significant force since our last report but these are overshadowed by the continuing grip of legacy news and, especially, national newspaper titles. The BBC remains a powerful presence in online and broadcasting but its budget has been massively cut by the last two licence fee deals and its room for manoeuvre has been limited by commercial competition and political pressure to be mindful of its impact on the wider commercial market. They believe that concentration in news and information markets in particular has reached endemic levels in the UK and that we urgently need effective remedies. Concentrated ownership creates conditions in which wealthy individuals and organisations can amass vast political and economic power and distort the media landscape to suit their interests. Urgent action is needed in order both to address high levels of concentration in particular media markets and to protect against further concentration in others. They hope that this report will provide data and arguments that will be useful to all those who want to campaign for a more pluralistic media in which a genuine diversity of views, voices and opinions are aired. To see the full report, click here. For the executive summary, click here. For all the data sheets, click here. Hereford Times is owned by Gannett. Generally there is no investigative journalism undertaken now and the worse for democracy.
  20. Glenda - The Forest of Dean is in South Gloucestershire.
  21. Start of another week of Brexit fudging. Does anyone remember E F Schumacher's book "Small is Beautiful - a study of economics as if people mattered" published 1973, an international best seller. He was a follower of author Dorothy L Sayers who wrote the Lord Peter Whimsey detective novels, but she was also a student of classical and modern languages and her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy was considered to be her best work. By the mid-fifties E F Schumacher had developed an interest in Dante, and through Dante, had been introduced to the writing of Dorothy L. Sayers. Schumacher described Sayers as ‘one of the finest commentators on Dante as well as on modern society’ and quoted at length from her Introductory Papers on Dante, which had been published in 1954: Dante's Inferno "That the Inferno is a picture of human society in a state of sin and corruption, everybody will readily agree. And since we are today fairly well convinced that society is in a bad way and not necessarily evolving in the direction of perfectibility, we find it easy enough to recognise the various stages by which the deep of corruption is reached. Futility; lack of a living faith; the drift into loose morality, greedy consumption, financial irresponsibility, and uncontrolled bad temper; a self-opinionated and obstinate individualism; violence, sterility, and lack of reverence for life and property including one’s own; the exploitation of sex, the debasing of language by advertisement and propaganda, the commercialising of religion, the pandering to superstition and the conditioning of people’s minds by mass-hysteria and ‘spell-binding’ of all kinds, venality and string-pulling in public affairs, hypocrisy, dishonesty in material things, intellectual dishonesty, the fomenting of discord (class against class, nation against nation) for what one can get out of it, the falsification and destruction of all the means of communication; the exploitation of the lowest and stupidest mass-emotions; treachery even to the fundamentals of kinship, country, the chosen friend, and the sworn allegiance: these are the all-too-recognisable stages that lead to the cold death of society and the extinguishing of all civilised relations". Sounds like our present lot of politicians. Nothing changes.
  22. More election talk from Conservative cloud cuckoo land. He needs to get out more especially to Herefordshire and check our council tax for a start.
  23. Once the votes are through the Party Chair will choose which candidates get a seat. Therefore if they have a local candidate elected then I am sure they will choose another name on the list. Of course if all were standing as local candidates and all got elected then there would be a problem. Based on the % of votes each party gets will determine how many seats they have attained and therefore this situation unlikely, but we will see.
  24. I shall be voting against the Conservatives in the local elections and against the EU mafia in the European elections. To not vote in both elections will not change the status quo and we will continue down the road to subjugation both sides of the English Channel. Sitting on the sidelines is not the answer.
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