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  1. To be honest TWG why would you expect anything else?? As to them being"temporary measures" that is the classic Council excuse. To get around public complaints they will be able to say if it is all removed that they have listened and changed their mind. Why do they not have a conversation with cyclists as to what could be provided - we want better facilities but also do not want motorists and others to blame us in any way. We all have to try to co-exist. And no we do not need any expensive consultants appointed to produce a plan which maybe in 5 years will be implemented.
  2. Being a time served cyclist I am very much in favour of better cycling provision. I am also used to coping with traffic. One of the Council's changes is to introduce a cycle lane on Blueschool Street and Newmarket Street - this in principle is good as it is dodgy for cyclists along there. But what happens for cyclists at the Tesco roundabout - Unless I have missed something - bugger all as far as I can see. So you have to take your chance and it is really quite dangerous. Why have a cycle lane on Bridge Street when the Old Bridge is closed to vehicles And as TWG pointed out elsewhere what about St Owens Street? This is just poorly thought out
  3. Agreed. But if they are claiming the money back under the Bellwin Scheme then presumably they ramp it up to how much they think they can get away with. That said it still comes out of our pockets. And nobody is ever held to account for lack of maintenance which perhaps contributed to the issue in the first place
  4. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/business/2020/04/24/watchdog-to-examine-councils-spending-on-commercial-property/ https://www.expressandstar.com/news/property/2020/02/13/concern-over-council-debt-after-risky-shopping-centre-purchases/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/02/29/cash-starved-councils-face-big-bills-buying-shopping-centres/
  5. So they are to buy back something they sold a few years ago What does this actually mean "Council officers say the purchase would give them the opportunity to develop the site in line with their plans to grow the county’s economy". Did they not read the article in the Times/Sunday Times a few weeks ago which reported that Council's up and down the country who had bought shopping centres had seen their investment plummet But then I guess the Cabinet knows what is best for us
  6. Project will include: a cafe/sandwich bar; a community larder; affordable clothing outlet; meeting and counselling rooms with all profits going to ETHOS - reg. no. 1177809. Will they be selling cigarettes?
  7. Probably got better things to do than answer silly questions Covid19 - Public Footpaths - Common sense In any event such a question should properly be addressed to the Council who are the responsible authority
  8. I was only slightly concerned about Covid19 but now as it seems that the Council is involved I am starting to panic!!! Looking at their website it seems they are just parroting the advice of the government Perhaps Karen can enlighten us as to what the Council are actually doing?
  9. It was one of a number of replacement trees in the area. The one outside the Freedom Church survives to date. The one outside KFC in Stonebow Road has also been vandalised When trees were planted during the refurb of Commercial Street solid steel tree guards were included. Why those dumbos at the Council thought that these did not need similar protection is probably beyond the wit of all of us
  10. I do wonder if the Planning Committee really understood the scale of this monstrous building?
  11. Fuel Duty will raise £28billion in 2019/2020. When we are all required to use electric vehicles where will the taxman get his money
  12. Talking of easy wins. The development of the transport hub is now really just a joke. It has been talked about since the decision to build the link road. Just how long does it take to design a place where buses, taxis and cycles can interchange? You could almost design it on the back of the proverbial *** packet. Of course we are promised a public consultation on it but I cannot see any actual construction for a couple of years. It's just more money spent (loads for consultants) but no progress. And in the background is that once its built the bus station will be available for development. It just shows the ineptitude at the heart of the Council - a lack of leadership and direction
  13. That route is smooth when compared to Folly Lane especially on the downhill at speed.
  14. Ah! Politicians don't you just love them Whether you want no bypass or one to the east or one to the west after decades what we want and expect is a decision Countless studies and reports have been made so why do they need more Instead of making a decision they fudge it. What do you expect of gutless politicians?
  15. For some obscure reason there is not a bay at the hospital?
  16. Frankly I was not very impressed with design of the HHA flats but compared to this they are an architectural gem. Setting aside the design the choice of the colour of the brickwork and the finish are truly awful
  17. I'm a bit confused. I thought all of you on here were full on hard brexiteers so had assumed that of the two candidates Boris was the man for you as he wants us out without a deal?
  18. So it has changed already. Perhaps in time we will discover what their policies are. Or will it be made up on the hoof as the three political parties can't agree? Councillor David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, has today announced changes to his cabinet member portfolios. The Leader will continue to direct the council’s corporate policy and strategy and have overall budget responsibility. The changes to cabinet member portfolios are as follows: Councillor Felicity Norman (Deputy Leader): Children and Families Councillor Gemma Davies: Commissioning, Procurement and Assets Councillor Ange Tyler: Community and Place-based Services Councillor Trish Marsh: Environment, Economy and Skills Councillor Liz Harvey: Finance and Corporate Services Councillor Pauline Crockett: Health and Adult Wellbeing Councillor John Harrington: Infrastructure and Transport Councillor David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “The initial cabinet appointments enabled business continuity within the council and provided me with time to explore the skills and interests of the cabinet team. The revised cabinet portfolios better reflect these skills and interests, as well as grouping areas together in a more logical way. Tourism has been added as an area of responsibility given its importance to the local economy. Other changes reflect emerging priorities, such as our commitment to the climate emergency and community engagement. The holistic approach to the new portfolios ensures there is a breadth of coverage of key services across the whole cabinet.”
  19. TWG - I thought you had learnt your lesson about disagreeing with Glen! I'm no particular fan of Bob but should he retire at 80? You can stand for election at any age I thought - even at 74! Some people think they know all about the detail of local politics when perhaps they have not been on the Council for many years It will be illuminating to see how the disparate parties agree on a policy manifesto for the next four years.
  20. TWG the lesson here is that despite what it says on the planning application it is best not to argue with Glen!!
  21. It is over a week now and still the public have no idea who will be running the Herefordshire Council. I hear that various parties/councillors are arguing over who gets which job etc. So much for the supposed alliance which seems to have hit the skids Perhaps we were better off for all their faults with the Conservatives?
  22. Well I was only going on what Glen printed and she is always in the know
  23. Well if Bernard Hunt, who is totally useless, can get elected it really does not say much about the voters in Newton Farm and/or the other candidates. But of course if you believe the conspiracy theorists he and others may be disqualified soon.
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