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  1. My Green Bin collection falls on a Wednesday which is Boxing Day. Obviously not much Public Service activity on that day. It has been moved to Saturday 29.12.18. Fair play. That is good service.
  2. This premises is applying for a booze licence ..... Application Hours applied for are 0800 - 2200 7 days a week ..... Address is 22 Eign Gate ....
  3. Herefordshire council currently has two active LOBO loans, these loans are scandalous. The next time your hear someone from the council moaning about money just ignore them. Details of the loans: 1. Danske Bank A/S2 (2.11.2004): 50 years; £6,000,000.00 @1.60% * 2. Dexia Credit Local (02.02.2004): 50 years; £6,000,000.00 @2.85% ** Please note: *Interest rate 1.60% p.a. until 24 November 2006 then 4.50%p.a. **Interest rate 2.85% p.a. until 04 February 2006 then 4.50%p.a
  4. Motions to consider: Code of Conduct, Verge Parking, Video Casting and Eastern River Crossing Agenda Council Friday 9 March 2018 10.00 am Will they consider these items. I doubt it.
  5. Having pointed out the iniquity of the council tax system in Hereford Voice in 2014, The Guardian has done a piece on the latest situation comparing Westminster with other parts of the country. The top band H (properties over £320,00) will be paying £1,376 this coming year 2017 to 2018. Your Council Tax for 2017 to 2018*: Band Westminster City Council Greater London Authority Total A £272.08 £186.68 £458.76 B £317.43 £217.79 £535.22 C £362.77 £248.91 £611.68 D £408.12 £280.02 £688.14 E £498.81 £342.25 £841.06 F £589.51 £404.47 £993.98 G £680.20 £466.70 £1,146.90 H £816.24 £560.04 £1,376.28 *The council has increased its own general council tax requirement by 1.9%. Westminster council tax also includes a charge for Adult Social Care as proposed by central government costing an additional 2.0%. The GLA have increased their council tax requirement by 1.5%. compare this with Hereford City Council Hereford City Council including the Police & Fire precepts Band A £1,184.17 B £1,381.54 C £1,578.89 D £1,776.26 E £2,170.98 F £2,565.72 G £2,960.43 H £3,552.52 I leave you to digest the figures. Each parish has a different council tax figure - Ewyas Harold tops the charts with a Band H figure of £3661.76 and Stoke Edith, Dinmore and Hampton Bishop pay the least at £3445.84
  6. Went by this place today. New signage. Seems to have some new windows out the back. Same or similar staff working by the back door. Unlikely it is open currently but I don't know for sure. Previous establishment was closed down in July 2017. It was known then as Abbey Grange Care Home. Closed down over safety concerns. https://www.vennslanecarehome.co.uk/
  7. Please sign Our Petition to Cllr Barry Durkin in an attempt to persuade him to reconsider and increase the on street parking times. Some streets such as Castle Street are limited to just 30 mins! We need at least 2 hours and by signing this petition you agree and are offering your full support to our local independent traders here in Hereford.
  8. This is a letter that I have sent to to our councillor today in the hope that I receive a response. I am sure that is also an issue in other areas, but when you are not even trying to join the que and waiting excessively, something needs to be done. As for the road surface saga - well its just a joke considering it’s a “new†development! I’ve driven on smoother farm tracks. I am writing to you in the hope that you may be able to help resolve some issues we are having on Woodward Avenue (formally Broxash Drive) Every weekday morning we have problems with traffic using the street as a rat run on to Belmont Road which is causing queues of traffic on our street and problems for residents not being able to manoeuvre vehicles on or off driveways. This morning the traffic was particularly bad on the street and vehicles were queuing up as far as the top of the road next to the children's playground and blocking every driveway. I came out of the house this morning with my 5 year old to take her to school in Madley and despite all the traffic seeing me getting in my car, not one car left me any room for me to pull off my driveway. When the traffic started moving I slowly started to pull of my driveway only for another car to then pull forward, blocking me again, and refusing to move for me to be able to come off my drive, despite me telling them I wanted to go in the opposite direction to them. When I was eventually given space to reverse off the drive I was unable to see down the road to see if anything was coming the other way as the vehicles were obscuring my view, I was lucky that there wasn't a car coming as there would have been no way I would have seen them, or them see me. There are also problems with drivers speeding down the road, especially towards the earlier part of the morning before the majority of the traffic builds up on the street. The road itself is an utter mess with major potholes all along the street and the extra traffic using the road is only going to make things worse, we have been told by the highways agency that despite this area being classed as a new development, there are no funds available to resurface this road. Unfortunately I think at some point in the future if these issues are not addressed there will be an accident on the street, whether due to speeding vehicles, poor condition of the road, or queuing traffic obscuring residents view/access off or on driveways.
  9. Herefordshire Council News 13 October 2014 Full steam ahead or will it hit the buffers?
  10. Election of Councillors for the Kings Acre Ward DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL Date of Election : Thursday, 26th October 2017 I, Colette Maund, being the Deputy Returning Officer at the above election, DO HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the said election is as follows: Name of Candidates Description Votes Recorded (E = Elected) Anderson, Stuart Paul Conservative and Unionist Party 302 (E) Bushkes, Matthew It's Our County (Herefordshire) 156 Fenton, Clare Jane Independent 162 Hurds, Lucy Liberal Democrats 90 Lewer, David Philip Sharland The Labour Party Candidate 75 The Number of Ballot Papers Rejected was as follows: (a) Want of Official Mark 0 (b) Voting for more candidates than the voter was entitled to 0 © Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified 0 (d) Being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty 1 (e) Rejected in part 0 Total spoilt votes: 1 AND I HEREBY DECLARE that Stuart Paul Anderson has been duly elected. Turnout: 28.74%
  11. How pathetic that you cannot buy hot food in Hereford after 1.30am! This stupid idea of Hereford Council I assume is designed to prevent a build up of people coming out of nightclubs...well guess what? It does not work! Because now people que at the sandwich bar in Commercial Road or in the 24 hour garage. So why can we not buy hot food? It's no wonder many people think the nightlife and everything else is so poor and choose to avoid Hereford altogether! This Council needs to have a rethink and get into the 21st Century! Hereford is becoming like a ghost town both during the day and night! I have written to the Hereford Times expressing my opinion and quite a lot of other locals too
  12. The following could be a worry for the Council if it wasn't for the fact that the Council have appointed Geoff Hughes as project Director? Nothing to worry about he will gather up the usual suspects responsible for the **** up in the first place and they are sure to **** it up all over again! Why because they are ****ing up thinks on a day to day basis! What exactly does it take to trigger a public enquiry? I am confused as to why the auditors haven't been looking into this? http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/11823873.__40_million_legal_dispute_loss_could__finish__Herefordshire_Council___claim/
  13. Paid my customary Bank Holiday Visit here today ... Very amusing as always! Quirky staff ... Busy! Loads of people getting rid of their 'green' debris! Love this place!
  14. 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
  15. Why is the bank balance of the BRPC showing over £100k? Why is OUR money Not being used within the Belmont Rural Parish? The concentration of effort appears to be limited on or around the Jubilee fields. I requested a Salt Bin back last November for Glastonbury Close and it was refused/deferred now this is something that would cost less than £100 to buy and very little to maintain. I also highlighted the lack of gritting in Belmont way back in 2010 in this topic about No Gritting. We have overgrown tree's and bushes which the council do not have the money to maintain unless it becomes and health and safety issue. Some of these trees are that tall and overgrown they prevent street light for illuminating the footpath below. We also have various public open spaces of long grass which has not be cut or maintained for sometime, Sydwall Road is a good example. The long grass and bushes around the length of the brook could do with being sorted out and the rubbish that is in the brook and causing blockages along the route could also be cleaned up with Parish money which is just sat in the bank account. The BRPC are advertising for a handyman, who could possibly tackle some of these jobs and do this work but from my understanding this position is ONLY for only 5 hours a week! To be totally realistic what is a single person going to be able to do in just 5 hours a week? Why not use some of this money to actually employ someone full time? Pay them a wage! I am sure that there are many other things that this money that the BRPC are reluctant to spend could be used on, after all, it is OUR MONEY! Please add your suggestions and idea's on what this money could be used on within the parish and I will gladly put these idea's forward at a future meeting.
  16. Good Morning Just a reminder that The South Wye Transport Package, travel improvements consultation is being previewed at the Three Counties Hotel today between 10 am and 8 pm. Council and BBLP staff will be available to answer questions, you will be able to see the proposals and view a short video, highlighting possible changes. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire on the proposals. It is certainly worth a look and getting your views put across.
  17. I love this, first day this year of any real heat and we are being given government advice on how to protect ourselves from this unusual summer weather.
  18. 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.
  19. Thursday 23 April 2015 / Letters HT Comments were never 'open' on that archive letter. But first hand evidence is being given which seems pretty believable ....
  20. Located at 10, New Street, Ledbury .... Applying for an alcohol licence to sell between 0900 - 2200 7 days a week ... Application
  21. Herefordshire Council Massive drop in parents' getting their first choice of schools compared to last year ..... A reflection of a National trend ...
  22. The venue (Snooker/Pool Hall) is applying for a 7 day a week 0900 - 0500 alcohol licence so as to cater for punters who want to watch big screen sport being played in different time zones from outside the UK ... Application
  23. Please do take the time to fill this in. I was unaware of this until today, whereas only 0.02% of the 56000 people in Hereford have filled it in. It's our county and what needs to be done. Don't complain if you don't fill it in. It even mentions a bypass!! https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=144620162827 Please tell everyone you know to complete it.
  24. See here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/3921502/car_park_notice_of_variation_of_charges_feb_2016.pdf
  25. Monday 12 January 2015 in Hereford Times News by Bill Tanner Are the lifts operating yet on the station. I was last told they would be working by the end of June 2014, but the scaffold bridge is still in place.
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