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  1. The City Council working with the County Council would be a first - they've been at each others throats for 21 years now. Only now, when it suits a political argument, are we hearing about muti-million pound repair costs. Are these even realistic? What are they for and how have they been arrived at? This Council has demonstrated beyond doubt that they are incapable of managing large (or any) construction projects, so why should we believe anything they say about this one? We saw how they managed a very minor repair to the Porch of the Town Hall - scaffolded for 2 years was it? The Council seem happy to throw millions at the Shire Hall yet not at the Town Hall - perhaps because the City Council are there? No, this is a public building for the City of Hereford, built with our money for us. It must not be sold.
  2. Out of interest, I had a look around - you are right, I think that branch of the NHS is fast disappearing. Kyrle St Dental Practice offered something called 'NHS Dental Prototypes – Dental Contract Reform England' - although it sits under a NHS banner it is, it seems, paid for treatment. "The practice is taking part in the NHS Dental Prototype Scheme, this is being implemented by the NHS and the Department of Health to look at new ways of providing the care you need to improve your oral health." I think the ways of providing care are well established - it’s the charging for something which I've paid into all my life - via tax and NI - and then being asked to pay again that's new.
  3. Trolleywise links takes you to https://www.wanzl.com/en_GB/360-degree-service/TrolleyWise Works for me. Statistics are staggering; 520,000 abandoned shopping trolleys returned to UK supermarkets in 2017 (1,400 per day). Industry estimates actual abandoned shopping trolley numbers closer to one million per year. Cost to British business is £35m per year (more than £95,000 every day). 40% of UK shoppers do not think there is a problem with trolley theft.
  4. After much perseverance by the Ward Councillor, the historic Booth Passage, an ancient right of way, has been reopened, with the gate padlocked open. This gate wasn't shown on any planning drawings, nor the artists impression shown above, and it does not have planning permission Next job is to find the light switch ...
  5. Yet another example of the appalling driving that we see all the time now, as well as being drunk, drugged and having no licence, mot, tax or insurance, take your pick. It's fast becoming like the wild west, we need some Sheriffs!
  6. I'm not sure that's full disclosure by the Council - where is the weekly/monthly hire cost for the scaffold itself? It's very unlikely that they bought it at the outset, that's just an erection cost (as they say). Further, those figures don't accord with those in the Hereford Times report. Given the length of time that has elapsed, I would say the Council have a duty to reassess the situation, just as long as BBLP and a certain local builder don't get involved!
  7. Approval isn't automatic and certainly isn't when the buildings are listed or in a conservation area. All of the work opposite Steels needed planning permission and I've complained to the Council that the as built doesn't accord with the approved scheme, but with no response. Enforcement is now practically non-existent.
  8. If only they would start delivering at least some of their last election pledges instead of plotting for the next election. Turning off traffic lights anyone?
  9. Property Services and Balfour Beatty prepared a survey and scheme of repairs and applied for listed building consent last year - this was withdrawn, after the Civic Society amongst commented that it was inadequate for a building of such importance. It looks like the Council have now done the right thing and gone to one of the leading conservation practices in the Country. Let's hope the usual suspects don't get to do the actual building work.
  10. I raised the issue of these yellow lines with the ward councillor - they are the wrong pattern for a conservation area. They should be the thinner (50/50/50mm pattern rather than 100/100/100mm) and paler buttercup yellow, as stipulated by all the heritage bodies. I see they made the same error in Ledbury. The response basically was that the Council isn't consulted (they don't need to be, it's good practice) and BBLP are essentially autonomous and lack expertise to deliver what could be reasonably expected. For a minimum of £20m a year, that doesn't seem acceptable in any form to me.
  11. To keep it on thread, the ruling parties were voted in because people wanted to see something happening about the City's frustrating traffic problems. They said they would address it, they had the answers, lights would be turned off. They have failed to deliver. More consultants have had more money for no demonstrable benefit to the City. I do wonder if there isn't some hidden payoff for all these traffic lights - like a never ending lucrative maintenance contract for instance.
  12. Having waited for a ridiculous time on my bike at the equally ridiculous Link Rd/Commercial Rd lights this morning, I was reminded that there's no reason why traffic lights could not have been turned off/resequenced throughout the City - last year's lockdown would have been the perfect time to do it and give people time to get used to it. But, yet again, the Council seem to be paralysed in the headlights, unable to do anything. Cllr Harrington really needs to do something, anything, and now.
  13. Well, a referendum was never going to happen, no matter who was promising it. The present ruling group have delivered very little of what was promised two years ago, yet another disappointment. I know they're up against entrenched and belligerent officers, and an autonomous BBLP, but ultimately that should be firmly dealt with.
  14. Yes, look at the Canary Bridge and the Greenway - I did report the graffiti there for a while but no one took any notice - ward councillors make it clear BBLP are autonomous and the Council simply have no say or control of what they do (or don't) do. There were lots of requests for cctv at the time the Canary Bridge was being designed, but they were disregarded. It's death by a thousand cuts for the County, I don't see how we can ever pull it back.
  15. Resurfacing roads that barely see any traffic is all well and good, but what about the main infrastructure, especially in the City, which is in a terrible state and taking 000's of vehicles every day? Not to mention the hazards it presents to cyclists. It seems a skewed process to me.
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