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  1. Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible. In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free. Belmont Road Hereford:
  2. Robust Pothole Plan Rolled Out Across Herefordshire £1.25m additional funding will help to tackle the issue Balfour Beatty Living Places has scaled up their approach to combat the county’s potholes through the delivery of a proactive pothole repair plan. Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor recorded over five times the number of potholes in March 2018 compared with the previous year, mainly due to the combination of water on the network and extremely cold temperatures caused by the prolonged winter weather. The challenge of tackling the increased number of potholes across the UK has been acknowledged by government, and Herefordshire Council recently secured £1.25m of additional funding to help tackle the issue. This is in addition to the £5m successful funding bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, which will see the second phase of road improvement work on the A4103 and A438 begin in August 2018. Balfour Beatty Living Places’ pothole repair teams have been working hard to overcome the high number of road defects and, since January 2018, have repaired over 13,700 defects, compared to around 3,000 this time last year. The pothole repair plan sees more operational pothole gangs out on the network, and the use of a ‘jetpatcher’ machine enables higher volumes of potholes to be repaired quickly and effectively. Andy Williams, Balfour Beatty Living Places Contract Director, said: Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:
  3. The second phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre will begin on Monday 14 May 2018 with the refurbishment of Commercial Street. Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will carry out refurbishment works on the Commercial Street area of High Town with neighbouring traders kept informed of progress throughout the works. The work is the second phase of a refurbishment project that will be consistent with the look of Widemarsh Street and High Street. Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member for highways and transport said: The work will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and shoppers. All access to frontages will be maintained. Work will continue through 2018 with a break for the busy Christmas shopping period. The Commercial Street phase of the scheme will be completed in early 2019.
  4. We notified Balfour Beatty about our second action day weeks in advance, yet a week after all of our hard work I find myself picking up some of our own litter from the bags we left last weekend. Yes it is all still there! Nothing has been collected! All these volunteers have given up their day and time to commit to this fantastic project and it feels like we are unappreciated with this lack of response, not impressed at all. I am also waiting for promised emails and the results from the tree survey which took place weeks ago, I am starting to realise why things take so long in this city, well I am not going away, on the contrary, I will just increase the volume!
  5. A few months ago we were walking past the duck pond and noticed how dirty and full of algae it had become and I commented at the time on how it had deteriorated over the years. A few days later I noticed a new Facebook group that has only recently been set up by local chap Keith Marston called 'The Duck Pond Hereford clean up' and I thought what a great idea, I joined the group immediately and said that Hereford Voice would help out and publicise this idea as much as possible. Cllr Jim Kenyon is also doing what he can to raise awareness. I took this photograph today, the pond is absolutely covered in green algae, a lot of this is because people are feeding these ducks with bread, most of us think this is kind but in reality, bread can makes ducks ill and certainly does not contain the right calories and nutrition to keep ducks warm during the winter months. Rotting bread pollutes the water and encourages bad surface algae which kill the fish and causes diseases in ducks as well making the water smell. I also thought long term could we have a food vending machine like the one in the photo below installed and the proceeds from any profits made to go towards the maintenance of the duck pond...
  6. Would anybody know who maintains the equipment there. I ask, because I took my daughter there last weekend and the little trampoline had gone and had been replaced by Tarmac! There were also some loose wire strands poking out from one of the climbing frames and nettles around one of the slides. Many thanks in advance.
  7. Belmont Road works postponed until 3 August National Grid statement We would like to advise motorists that the planned gas mains replacement work on Belmont Road in Hereford has been postponed for two weeks. The work will now start on Monday, 3 August and is expected to take four weeks to complete. During that time, there will be two-way traffic lights to control the traffic on Belmont Road by the junction with Walnut Tree Avenue. Herefordshire Council
  8. Well, after several conversations with Cllr Tracey Bowes and in turn conversation that she has had with other people finally, the overgrown grass in the field in Sydwall Road was cut today! BB had to use a brush cutter initially to lower the height of the grass as it was way to high for their mower to tackle. It was lovely to see some kids playing football again on here this afternoon. Here are a few photographs that I managed to take while grass was being cut. We do however have large bails of what looks like straw now scattered around the field but hey this is still excellent news. Thank you Cllr Bowes for all your help in getting this grass cut.
  9. Jim asked me if I would post the responses to his questions. Cllr Kenyon Contract Management queries 1.Strategic partnering board "who sits on it"? No cllrs This detail is in the contract data Director EEC (Geoff Hughes) Assistant Director PBC (Richard Ball) The Service Manager (Clive Hall) No Cllrs sit on the board, as the management of the contract is not a political function. 2.Need site of the annual plan for this year A presentation to members is planned, also a report to Cabinet member / director re internal governance There is no annual plan for this year (2013-14); due to the contract starting part-way through the year. The plan is being developed for the future in accordance with the contract. 3.Clause 31 ten year extension seems stacked in BB favour who sets the performance acceptability and can that be adjusted during the length of the contract. These clauses allow for a ‘rolling extension’ to be awarded in return for continued acceptable performance. They are designed to keep the provider incentivised throughout the contract term, as opposed to ‘winning all extension in one chunk’. The term can be reduced in performance not maintained. The Employer also has options to reward more, and might do so to: Give time to re-procure; In return for an investment (fleet, roads); Some other reason that is not foreseen at this time. 4.So far have there been any dispute's with BB and if so how many and what cost. No disputes, but early warning and compensation events have/are being processed. To date 16 Early Warnings and 22 Compensation Events have been raised by both parties. Of these, 11 Early Warnings have been closed, or are in the process of closure at a value of £40,163, which is made up of increased costs for commissioned design and build works, and 5 remain live. Of the 22 Compensation Events, 3 have been cancelled, 10 have been accepted and closed, at a valuie of £182,480 and 9 remain live. 5.Direct fee % is 9.83% Sub-contracted fee is 9.83% unless open book 25% less or less £10,000 or less spent in one year net of vat (my info) Management agent fee 2.60% (my info) The fee is 9.83% the application of this through the various payment mechanisms should be understood. The payment mechanisms are, lump sum (a tendered price, adjusted for the following years, in each year’s annual plan), target cost (pain/gain share, this incentivises improvement), Cost reimbursable (the cost +fee). With Lump sum the risk transfers to the Provider, but the Employer will pay for the risk in the lump sum. With target cost the risk is shared, this is a healthy partnership approach. In cost reimbursable the risk is retained by the Employer, this works well for ‘events’ that are difficult to quantify prior to them happening, such as the response to severe weather. 6.What is enhanced third party margin 0% up to £25,000 then 50% A way of HC benefiting in enhanced third party work (work for other clients) and the way that this will spread their business overheads. 7."Good industry practice" how do we bench mark against who? There are various benchmarks, nationally, regionally and locally. Some to be developed further, for example with other BBLP contracts. For example there is on-going benchmarking using the National Highways and Transportation annual survey (approx. 75 LAs) and participating in their CQC (cost, quality, customers) pilot. Aligning performance measures with other BBLP contracts will enable us to compare. 8.Performance Indicators "Need to See" agreed list (seen) Note strategic and operational indicators, purpose of each and the fact that these are not the only measures used in the delivery of service. Strategic measures are used to help determine future contract extension. First measurement period 2014/15 – 2015/16. Operational measures are used to determine payment of 25% of their fee percentage each month. Other performance measures are being developed by BBLP using their asset management system (Confirm) which is accessible to the Contract Management Team. 9.Recognised sub-contractors where is the list and how do local business's get on that list. Sub-contractors used by the previous provider formed the basis of the BBLP list; further suppliers have been added to the list since the 1st September. BBLP have consulted the Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on the potential of the local supply chain and will also be holding a supplier open day in March. Subcontractors are required to go through a stringent vetting process before they can be engaged on the Herefordshire Contract and BBLP are actively providing assistance to some of the smaller subcontractors to get through this process. The Councils Contract management have full visibility of BBLP approved sub-contractor list. 10.With new and existing staff what responsibility would Herefordshire council have regarding pensions etc TUPE applies to transferring employees, see schedule 7 for detail . This is a complex area. BBLP have admitted body status, but broadly comparable pension schemes can be provided. Note pension fund shortfalls on termination fall to the Employer; this is equitable way of dealing with this risk.
  10. I'm not sure what I think about this, I do think its a good idea but are we not already paying a contractor to do this???
  11. Noticed this weekend (just gone) that there's a large pothole, inbound, on the Barrs Court side of the metal bridge. Went over yesterday (Monday) and it's got 50% bigger and deeper in a couple of days ... So be careful if you are using that bit of road! If you hit it full on there's a potential to do some damage!
  12. Cllr Jim Kenyon, a county councillor for the Tupsley ward, has helped arrange a litter pick and community day this Sunday, which he hopes will bring community spirit to the area. He said: "The encouraging thing for me is people from across the city want to sort this problem out and reclaim the lines and make it safe to use. "It is a thoroughfare from the south of the city to the north of the city. What we want is to make it a safer route." Cllr Kenyon said the bushes alongside the path are overgrown and this week Herefordshire Council's contractor, Balfour Beatty, is cutting it back over three days. This extra work is funded by the city council and match funded by the county council. Cutting back the bushes will reveal a lot of litter, so this is where the community can step in this Sunday and take part in a litter pick- bags and litter pickers will be provided. Help is also needed to cut back bushes by the exit and entry points to the lines- Cllr Kenyon asked for people to bring any spare loppers or hand saws. He said there will also be an update on the day about the LED lighting and the CCTV camera, which is due to be installed this month. Community groups are involved including Close House and everyone is welcome to join in. Parking is available at Hereford Rugby Club and there will be free refreshments at the rugby club at 2pm and the chance to talk to police and councillors. Cllr Laura Hall, from the city council, said she grew up in Hunderton and wants people to realise what a nice area it is. Meet at the rugby club at 11am. If you would like any more information call Cllr Kenyon on 07711 316013 or Cllr Hall on 07860 929863
  13. Herefordshire locality stewards are celebrating a year of significant success as they mark their first year anniversary. The ground-breaking team, launched by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) for Herefordshire Council, has taken huge strides to improve local roads and public open spaces. The 13 locality stewards, who cover every ward in the county, have raised more than 32,000 jobs to fix problems from potholes to blocked gullies and dangerous trees to litter picking. Cllr Paul Rone, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The locality steward team has made a really positive impact since they started working across Herefordshire last year. The stewards are very knowledgeable about their localities and have developed a good understanding of local needs and priorities. They provide a valuable link between the service delivered by BBLP, Councillors, Parish Councils and the community.” In the past 12 months the team has inspected more than 12,000 miles of local roads to inform the Council’s two-year, £20 million road maintenance programme. Now in its final year, BBLP is on track to fix more than 67,000 potholes and complete resurfacing more than 120 miles of roads. Full Article Here
  14. Installation work for the new CCTV on the Hunderton Bridge has begun. A tree to the one side has been removed, I assume to give a better view but a lot more clearing up needs to be done. There are so many overgrown trees and bushes, there is almost a canopy in some parts making it dark during daylight hours.
  15. Well I will be the first to put up my hand and say that BB have done a fantastic job of clearing the overgrown bushes in Glastonbury Close once and for all. I spoke with the guys doing the work just before 8am on Friday morning and after a chat they agreed that just a trim was obviously not going to be enough and if you going to do a job at least do it right! This teams whole attitude was spot on to be fair and now we can see around the corner again. I believe in giving credit where credit is due and to be honest I cannot fault these guy's, 100% better than it has been for many years. Thanks must also go to CVP for taking my complaint to BB and getting this job listed. Well done everyone!
  16. Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, Good afternoon Please see below an update on work carried out this week in the locality: Belmont Rural Litter Picking : Northolme Road Vegetation - Cut Back Hedges: Stanbrook Road Hedges/shrubs adjacent to footpath: Northolme Road cut back hedges: St Martins Street Hinton and Hunderton Foot way patching 55sq Metre Remove dangers concrete light Colom: Charles Witts Avenue Tupsley pot hole : Lichfield Avenue Some of the matters I have been involved with this week include : Carried out driven statutory inspections Enquiries around the locality Drop Crossing application Redhill walked inspections Parish walk If you have anything for me to look at the best ways are to email me or use the council web site addresses below and that will create an enquiry for me to go and investigate. This means you can plot the issue on the map in the right place. Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps and timetables for grass cutting and pot holes are now available on the Council’s website. Grass Cutting Potholes Public Rights of Way Please feel free to ring or email me at any time and I will be happy to help. Have a lovely weekend. Many thanks Matthew Heeley Matthew Heeley Locality Steward Hereford City South| Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
  17. Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, I would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I have been appointed as the Locality Steward for the Hereford City South Locality. I love working in Hereford City and I hope that I can make a difference. Please see below an update on work carried out this week in the locality: The sink hole on Folly Lane just before the traffic lights – This has been fix and I will keep an eye on this. Works that have been carried out by the reactive teams in the last week: Saxon Gate Norton Avenue Re set Kerb 5 Eign Hill 10mm Wearing Course 1 sq. meter Hinton and Hunderton Remove Mud / 100 meter Drybridge Walk Remove Mud / Spoil 100 meter Newton Farm Empty Overflowing Bin 1 Some of the matters I have been involved with this week include : Carried out driven statutory inspections Closed footpath HER18 running from the sewage works to HER17 ( This will remain closed for the foreseeable future) Enquiries Drop Crossing application Please feel free to ring or email me at any time and I will be happy to help. Have a lovely weekend. Many thanks Matthew Heeley Matthew Heeley Acting Locality Steward Hereford City South| Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
  18. Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, Please see below an update on work carried out this week in the locality: Sink hole on Folly Lane just before the traffic lights - I am sorting the work out and we will be done as soon as we can. National Grid are going to reinstate the patches on Belmont Road and I will keep you updated on this. Works that have been carried out by the reactive teams in the last week: Hinton and Hunderton Remove Mud / Spoil 200 Metres Drybridge Walk 100.00 Linear Metres RIVER WYE CYCLEPATH Tree crowning Saxon Gate Walton Close Re set Kerb 1 Some of the matters I have been involved with this week include Carried out driven statutory inspections Closed footpath HER18 running from the sewage works to HER17 ( This will remain closed for the foreseeable future) Walk inspections Lower Bullingham Sink hole on Folly Lane Please feel free to ring or email me any time and I will be happy to help, have a lovely weekend. Many thanks Matthew Heeley Matthew Heeley Acting Locality Steward Hereford City South| Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
  19. Hereford Weekly Locality Briefing 21/08/2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, Please see below an update on work carried out this week in the locality. The gas works are now completed, but there is an issue with the finish works which we are sorting out with the gas board. Works that have been carried out by the reactive teams in the last week: Aylestone Hill · Bodenham Road Carriageway Edge Damage 3m · Bodenham Road Footway Cracking 2m Hinton and Hunderton · 10mm Wearing Course patching 7.2 sq. · Remove Mud / Spoil 100 Linear Metres Some of the matters I have been involved with this week include Carried out driven statutory inspections Closed footpath HER18 running from the sewage works to HER17 ( This will remain closed for the foreseeable future) Please feel free to ring or email me any time and I will be happy to help, have a lovely weekend. Many thanks Matthew Heeley Matthew Heeley Acting Locality Steward Hereford City South| Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
  20. HEREFORD LOCALITY WEEKLY BRIEFING WEEK ENDING 24th APRIL 2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, I am pleased to report that the reactive team has completed the following works during the last week: 128 square metres of carriageway patching 7 square metres of footway patching 21 gully’s cleaned 2 gully repairs 8 fly tips removed 32 kerb defects fixed 46 footway blocks/slabs re-set 360 linear metres of ditching works carried out. Update from Shane - (City South Belmont, St Martins & Hinton, and Tupsley Wards; Rural Backbury and Hollington Wards) Amongst the above works the following was completed Hollington Ward · Pothole and carriageway patching repairs on C1266 near to Holme Lacy House · Pothole repair Witherstone Lane · Ditching works on C1266 · Fly-tip collected form Chapel Road St Martins Ward · Pothole and carriageway deterioration patching works in Hinton Road · Pothole and gully repair in Holme Lacy Road · Fly-tip collected from Honddu Close Tupsley Ward · Pothole and carriageway deterioration patching works in Church Road · Litter bin repair in Whittern Way Some of the issues I have addressed this week Removal of overhanging, fallen tree along bridleway MF6 Monthly inspection of A roads Monthly inspection of B roads Minor footbridge repairs on PROW HB1 Raised works order for carriageway patching in Hunderton Road Raised order for repairs to chicane in Waterfield Road following road traffic collision damage Raised order for new traffic signs in Belmont Road following liaison with the Police Raised order in respect of blocked gully on A4103 at Shucknall Cut down tree branches overhanging footpath in Ledbury Road Raised works order for pothole repair in Hinton Crescent Raised works order in respect of kerb defect in Hinton Road Approved dropped crossing application in Falstaff Road Carried out litter pick around Northholme Community Centre Various enquiries in respect of trees Update from Mike (City North Aylestone, Central, St Nicholas, and Three Elms Wards; Rural Credenhill and Hagley Wards) This week I have · Completed the monthly A road inspection with Shane · Completed the monthly B road inspection with Shane · Completed the monthly walked City Centre inspection · Attended a multi agency meeting at the Town Hall · Approved a scaffolding license application in Green Street · Raised a number of c/way & f/way repairs in Folly lane · Raised a number of works orders for c/way repairs in Barton Road · Reported on 2 x possible unlicensed skips deposited on the public highway · Raised a works order for repairs to Mill Lane street name plate Credenhill · Raised a works order to replace a damaged pedestrian guardrail Station Road Credenhill · Raised a number of c/way pothole repairs to the C1099 junction with A 480 Credenhill · Raised c/way patch repairs to Sheridan Road · Raised works order for resurfacing works to Welford Green footway · Raised a Cat 1 defect to a dangerous brick wall in Ecroyd Park Credenhill · Made safe and raised a works order for repairs to a damaged drainage cover in Cranwell Drive Credenhill · Raised works order for overgrown vegetation to be cut back Sherrington Drive jct with Yazor Road Phil Pankhurst has sent his briefing separately. Surplus de-icing product BBLP recently trialled a de-icing solution which has subsequently not been taken into routine use as it is not suitable for the type of highway use we require. It is however potentially suitable for use in a number of community type settings, perhaps in churchyards, entrances to residential care homes, and so on. The surplus is available free of charge to any Parish Council/Community Group that thinks they could use it. I’ve attached a data sheet but essentially the solution is most effective when sprayed on footpaths, yard areas or similar when icy conditions are forecast (to prevent ice forming) rather than after the event. The solution comes in 25 litre drums and as it needs to be sprayed any group taking up the offer would need a simple spray container/device. An opportunity maybe to get ahead of the game in preparation for next winter. If you are interested let Mike or I know. Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps for pot holes are available on the Councils website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes We hope the above is of interest. Kind regards Shane & Mike. Shane Hancock | Senior Locality Steward (Hereford City South) Balfour Beatty Living Places | Unit 3, Thorn Business Park | Rotherwas | Hereford | HR2 6JT
  21. HEREFORD LOCALITY WEEKLY BRIEFING – WEEK ENDING 17th APRIL 2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, I am pleased to report that the reactive team has completed the following works during the last week: 116 square metres of carriageway patching 12.8 square metres of footway patching 35 gully’s cleaned 5 fly tips removed 3 litter picks carried out 9 kerb defects rectified. Update from Shane - (City South – Belmont, St Martins & Hinton, and Tupsley Wards; Rural – Backbury and Hollington Wards) Amongst the above works the following was completed – Backbury Ward · Potholes repaired in Court Orchard, Fownhope · Footway patching in Court Orchard, Fownhope · Fallen tree branch removed in Noverwood Drive · Fly tip removed from Nash Farm Road Belmont Ward · Fuel spill attended to in Flaxley Drive · Fallen tree branch removed in Marcle Walk · Kerb repair and pothole filled in Wigmore Grove · Pothole repaired in Belmont Road St Martins Ward · Fallen tree branches removed in Pine Grove and Grosmont Grove cycleway · Litter pick carried out on Great Western Way · Gully cleansing in Standale Road/Green Croft Tupsley Ward · Pothole repairs carried out in Whitehouse Way, Seaton Avenue, Burden Road, Gorsty Lane, Cilcennin Close and Ledbury Road · Footway patching in Ledbury Road · Fallen tree branches removed in Quarry Road, Ledbury Road and Dartmouth Close. Some of the issues I have addressed this week – PROW enquiries Hampton Bishop Overgrowing hedge in Windsor Road Liaised with Herefordshire Housing with regards to maintenance issues in Shellard Walk Carried out litter pick in Priors Walk Inspected and raised works order in respect of broken kerbs in Laysters Avenue Attended emergency on A465 at Allensmore in respect of fallen sign Carried out enquiries on Great Western Way (rear of Charlton Avenue) in respect of boundary line issues Raised works for 55 square metres of carriageway patching and a number of pothole repairs in the vicinity of Holme Lacy House Inspected and raised order in respect of pothole in Holme Lacy Road Inspected and raised orders for 7 pothole/small patching repairs along Hinton Road Cleared glass and made safe damaged bus shelter in Oakfield Road. Update from Mike (City North – Aylestone, Central, St Nicholas, and Three Elms Wards; Rural – Credenhill and Hagley Wards) This week I have – Raised a number of orders for drainage gully clearance works in Bonnington Drive / Hillary Drive/ Bridgeford Close / Kings Acre Service Road 1-19 Inspected 2 x dropped crossing re adoption requests Carried out 4 x Street works inspections Attended court to represent Hereford Council against a personal injury claim Made safe a damaged street name plate with sharp edges Carried out the monthly variable electronic message signs within the City centre Responded to an urgent damaged drainage cover in Plough Lane Inspected Preston Wynne, Westhide, Withington & Breinton for C/U road pothole works for the lengthsman scheme Inspected overgrown vegetation affecting visibility of traffic signal head in Roman Road junction Canon Pyon Road Raised a number of c/way speed cushion and drainage orders for Barrs Court Road. Phil Pankhurst has sent his briefing separately. Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps for pot holes are available on the Councils website – https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes We hope the above is of interest. Kind regards Shane & Mike. Shane Hancock | Senior Locality Steward (Hereford – City South) Balfour Beatty Living Places | Unit 3, Thorn Business Park | Rotherwas | Hereford | HR2 6JT
  22. I have been asked by several people if I would create a petition about the lack of grass/verge cutting in the County due to severe cut backs in Herefordshire Councils budget. #cutgrasshfd You Can Sign The Petition HERE
  23. HEREFORD LOCALITY WEEKLY BRIEFING – WEEK ENDING 10th APRIL 2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, A relatively quiet week in the locality over the Easter period. The reactive team has completed the following works: 6 pothole repairs 10 gullys cleared 4 fly tips removed 2 litter picks carried out 11 kerb defects rectified. Planned works in April - Hollington Ward Greenway, Holme Lacy (Cycleway Work) now taking place on 15 to 17 April (previously 1 & 2 April) Traffic Management: 2 Way Lights Update from Shane - (City South Belmont, St Martins & Hinton, and Tupsley Wards; Rural Backbury and Hollington Wards) Following an extended Easter break Ive worked only Thursday and Friday this week. Some of the issues I have addressed Cleared broken glass from footpath adjacent to Northolme Community Centre and carried out litter pick Inspected a dropped kerb installation in Brampton Road Approved 3 x dropped kerb applications in Brampton Road, Franks Avenue and Aconbury Avenue Carried out a PROW inspection on HER17 Inspected and raised orders for potholes/patching work in Gorsty Lane, Cilcennin Close, Court Orchard Fownhope, Burden Road, Seaton Avenue, Church Road Arranged for fallen tree branch to be removed from Noverwood Drive, Fownhope Inspected and raised a works order in respect of a blocked gully in Standale Road Arranged for a tree assessment in Hillside Avenue Update from Mike (City North Aylestone, Central, St Nicholas, and Three Elms Wards; Rural Credenhill and Hagley Wards) This week I have · Attended court to defend a personal injury claim against Hereford Council · Met with Westhide parish council regarding culvert / c/way flooding issue · Attended an emergency to remove discarded barbed wire adjacent to a PROW route in Newton Farm · Raised an order for double yellow lines to be retraced in Barton Road · Spoken to a resident about an overgrown hedge causing and obstruction to pedestrians, Scudamore Street · Inspected a tripping incident in Commercial Road for a personal injury claim · Inspected a tripping incident in King Street for a personal injury claim · Raised a sweeping request for the cycle lane Aylestone Hill · Raised a number of ad hoc c/way defect for Aylestone Hill near the copper kettle · Raised a couple of ad hoc c/way pothole defects in Huntsmans Drive · Raised some works orders for loose bocks in Commercial Street and High Street · Prepared an order for a dangerous tree to be felled in Churchill Gardens Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps for pot holes are available on the Councils website – https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes We hope the above is of interest. Kind regards Shane & Mike. Shane Hancock | Senior Locality Steward (Hereford – City South) Balfour Beatty Living Places | Unit 3, Thorn Business Park | Rotherwas | Hereford | HR2 6JT
  24. HEREFORD LOCALITY WEEKLY BRIEFING WEEK ENDING 27th MARCH 2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, During the last week we are pleased to report that the reactive team in the locality completed the following works: 119 square metres of carriageway patching (potholes and other surface deterioration) 53 square metres of footway patching 11 gully’s cleared 4 fly tips removed 3 litter picks carried out 14 kerb defects rectified 24 loose footway blocks/slabs re-bedded. Please see below a summary of our key activities within the Hereford Locality over the last week. Update from Shane (City South Belmont, St Martins & Hinton, and Tupsley Wards; Rural Backbury and Hollington Wards) The above mentioned reactive works included Belmont Ward Carriageway patching (potholes) in Kilvert Road and Charles Witts Avenue Kerb repairs in Westholme Road Hedge cutting in Haylease Crescent Footway and Glastonbury Close Fly-tip removed in Dorchester Way St Martins & Hinton Ward Pothole repair on Ross Road Service Road Footway patching in Holme Lacy Road Kerb repair in Norton Avenue Litter pick in Staddlestone Circle Tupsley Ward Pothole repairs in Old Eign Hill, Quarry Road and Hampton Park Road Gully cleansing in Hampton Street and Harold Street Hedge cutting in Litchfield Avenue and Brookside. Planned works in April - Hollington Ward Greenway, Holme Lacy (cycleway works) scheduled for 1st and 2nd April. Some of the issues I have addressed this week Work order raised for a pothole in Eign Road PROW inspection on HB1A Work order raised for 3 x potholes in Old Eign Hill Work order raised in respect of line markings in Haugh Road Order raised for litter pick along Gatehouse Road Order raised for 3 potholes in Haywood Lane Approved dropped crossing application in Goodwin Way and in Carr Lane Order raised for carriageway patching on B4399 just outside of Holme Lacy village Order raised for edge defect repairs in Witherstone Lane, Bolstone Meetings with two residents in Gorsty Lane with regards to hedge cutting in vicinity of pedestrian crossing Liaised with BT over defective inspection cover in Ridgeway Avenue Order raised for kerb damage in Wigmore Grove Order raised for 2 x potholes in Golden Post Order raised for carriageway patching adjacent to bus shelter in Hampton Bishop Orders raised for gully repairs in Holme Lacy Road and Netherwood Road Carried out 8 NRSWA (street works) inspections I have also been involved in PROW training, and recruitment interviews for a Locality Steward. Please note that due to some annual leave and other commitments I will be unavailable until 9th April. Update from Mike (City North – Aylestone, Central, St Nicholas, and Three Elms Wards; Rural Credenhill and Hagley Wards) This week I have · Completed the City Centre monthly walked safety inspection · Reported a dangerous lamp/col to street lighting Staniers Way · Had a meeting with Aylestone Park Association and walkabout the park to discuss future maintenance works · Raised 8 x ad hoc c/way pothole repairs for Sheridan Road and Moor Farm Lane · Addressed overgrown hedge issues in Three Elms Road and Tillington Road · Inspected a Cat 1 emergency for slippery surface in Yazor Road · Supported a volunteering day for the Brandon Trust · Approved a dropped crossing request (Kingsway) · Raised ad hoc c/way pothole defects for C1129 and Withies Road · Attended a site meeting with Breinton Parish Council, Ramblers assn. and Cllr Powers on the BT1 PROW route Hereford Rural Locality Steward I pleased to update you that following a selection process this week an offer will be made to one of the candidates to fill the vacancy left when Steve Churchill moved to another role. All being well the new steward will be in post from early May. I will confirm details when the offer has been formally made and accepted. Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps for pot holes are available on the Councils website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes We hope the above is of interest. Kind regards Shane, Mike & Phil. Shane Hancock | Senior Locality Steward (Hereford City South) Balfour Beatty Living Places | Unit 3, Thorn Business Park | Rotherwas | Hereford | HR2 6JT
  25. HEREFORD LOCALITY WEEKLY BRIEFING – WEEK ENDING 20th MARCH 2015 Dear Councillors and Parish Clerks, During the last week we are pleased to report that the reactive team in the locality completed the following works: 96 square metres of carriageway patching (potholes and other surface deterioration) 31 square metres of footway patching 13 gully’s cleared 1 gully replaced 10 fly tips removed 735 metres of ditching work 560 metres of public right of way (PROW) vegetation clearance 85 loose footway blocks/slabs re-bedded. Please see below a summary of our key activities within the Hereford Locality over the last week. Update from Shane (City South – Belmont, St Martins & Hinton, and Tupsley Wards; Rural – Backbury and Hollington Wards) The above mentioned reactive works included – Backbury Ward · Carriageway patching on C1292 opposite Sufton Rise · Carriageway patching on B4399 from Dinedor Mill Bridge to B4224 opposite Heathfield House. Belmont Ward Carriageway patching in Northolme Road Fly-tips removed from Newton Brook. St Martins & Hinton Ward Pothole repair in Walnut Tree Avenue Tupsley Ward Pothole repair in Litchfield Avenue Carriageway patching in Eign Road Gully replaced in Ledbury Road Speed restriction signs repositioned and cleaned in Hampton Park Road. Some of the issues I have addressed this week – · Inspected trees in Carwardine Green and arranged for crown reduction on one tree · Attended a fuel spill in Belmont and arranged for granules to be sprinkled in a number of area · Inspected and raised jobs for gully cleansing in Hampton Street and Harold Street · Raised a job for a pothole repair in Quarry Road · Carried out an inspection on PROW FWD4 (Fownhope) and raised an order for repairs to defective steps down to a stream crossing · Carried out an inspection on PROW FWD10 (Fownhope) and raised an order for repairs to the crossing boards on a bridge · Met with landowners at Crow Hill, Upton Bishop, to reach agreement on remedial works required on newly laid fencing · Carried out PROW inspections on LD14 (Little Dewchurch) and AC13 (Aconbury) · Raised a works order for the reinstatement of zig-zag lines outside Marlbrook School · Inspected and raised an order for footway repairs at Croft Close · Raised an order in respect of 6 potholes in Kilvert Road · Carried out 16 NRSWA (street works) inspections – one failed inspection · Carried out statutory inspections of A and B roads with Mike. Update from Mike (City North – Aylestone, Central, St Nicholas, and Three Elms Wards; Rural – Credenhill and Hagley Wards) This week I have – · Commenced the Aylestone annual safety inspection (56 roads) · Raised a number of ad – hoc c/way pothole order for Bath Street, Britten Close, C1189, Three Elms Road, College Road · Raised an order for repairs to steps on PROW path BT10 · Completed the monthly A roads safety driven inspection with Shane · Competed the monthly B roads safety driven inspection with Shane · Carried out 4 x NRSWA street works inspections · Raised gully cleaning orders for College Road · Raised a road sweeping request for Kings Acre Road · Commenced the monthly Hereford City Centre walked safety inspection Update from Phil (Rural – Burghill, Holmer & Lyde, and Sutton Walls Wards) Hereford rural works – This week I have been carrying out statutory inspections and NRSWA enquiries within the Weobley locality. With the exception of a meeting on 18.3.15 for a drive around Marden with our Asset team I have been working exclusively in Weobley. Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information Maps for pot holes are available on the Councils website – https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes We hope the above is of interest. Kind regards Shane, Mike & Phil. Shane Hancock | Senior Locality Steward (Hereford – City South) Balfour Beatty Living Places | Unit 3, Thorn Business Park | Rotherwas | Hereford | HR2 6JT
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