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  1. Over £13million in grant funding has been paid to help support local businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak, and a further £2.7million is currently being processed – with a further 320 payments being made today. Due to the pandemic, businesses are operating through a period of unprecedented economic uncertainty. The Government recently announced a package of business support, and Herefordshire Council has been working to identify local businesses that will be eligible for grant funding. There is no need for businesses to contact us. We will be in contact with you directly and will work with you throughout this time. We appreciate that emails asking for bank details may be concerning, so we can provide your property reference number if required or we can send you a cheque if you provide the payee name on the business account.Cllr Ellie Chowns, Cabinet Member for Environment, Economy and Skills, said:
  2. A wonderful tribute to the NHS embossed into the Hereford FC pitch. See the clubs message from their Twitter page below;
  3. The Power of Social Distancing: The steps we take as individuals will limit the impact on the #NHS in the coming weeks. It may seem like you are doing nothing by staying at home 'where possible' but in fact this is the most important thing you can do to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. If you need to work or have to leave your home for shopping etc please take sensible precautions and 'WASH YOUR HANDS REGULAR' however, If you do not need to go out, stay home folks. #HerefordVoice #Coronavirus
  4. Hereford River Carnival have announced their decision to postpone this year's event and move it from May to September 4. A message on their Facebook Page:
  5. Joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 case in Herefordshire Herefordshire Council, PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England West Midlands, said: Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire Council, said:
  6. I have just been reading the article on the HT website about this second proposal for these stations. Its great news that they have withdrawn the working boys home application but the new application site prop0sed is smack bang in the city centre, would it not make more sense to have these stations just outside town for all around quicker access. If there is a fire at Newton Farm for example these emergency vehicles will have to negotiate the terrible congestion that we all face daily, I appreciate that there will always be traffic but if they built these stations near Rotherwas or even the other side near the cattle market at least they can decide to take alternative routes in order to save time and lives potentially, surely being in the city centre the are almost cocooned to a degree.
  7. Herefordshire Council requests “vital support” from government following floods. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the immediate cost of repairs following Storm Dennis to be around £10m Herefordshire Council has written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request an extension to the Bellwin scheme and to request further “vital support” from central government following February’s unprecedented flood events. The letter dated 28 February 2020 was signed by Herefordshire Council’s Chief Executive Alistair Neill, Leader of the Council Councillor David Hitchiner and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport Councillor John Harrington. In the letter, it was stated that the cost of repairs following Storm Dennis is currently estimated to be around £10m. A three month extension to the Bellwin period has been requested to account for the scale of flooding and assessing its impact. As of 3 March 2020, 405 residential and 102 business properties are understood to have been affected by February’s flood event. It was argued that the government could do more to support the recovery operation and the financial consequences of responding to the major incident caused by widespread flooding. Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council, Alistair Neill, said: Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner, said: Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: The open letter to the Prime Minister is attached Letter to Boris Johnson Feb 2020.pdf
  8. Sandy's Food Bar - Wickes Hereford wrote on their Facebook page that unfortunately they will close for the last time this Saturday.
  9. Communities across Herefordshire have begun the clean up after Storm Dennis brought widespread flooding to the county. Unfortunately rogue traders see this time of vulnerability as the perfect time to target those affected by the floods. Herefordshire Council Trading Standards Service are warning owners of flooded properties to beware of rogue traders and cowboy builders exploiting the devastation and misery caused by the recent record flooding. David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, says: Anyone concerned about the activity of a trader, cold caller or doorstep seller is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. Citizens Advice will give advice on what to do next and report the matter to Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards team for investigation. Residents and businesses are also reminded that applications for the community flood recovery grant can only be made directly to Herefordshire Council. For more information visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods
  10. The River Wye reached record breaking levels of 6.111 metres!! The previous record was set back in 1998 at 5.66 metres. As a result the Old Bridge has been closed to traffic and the Victoria bridge is virtually submerged underwater. The flood defence wall along Hinton Road is also threatening to collapse under the sever pressure.
  11. The construction of new student accommodation at Station Approach, Hereford, will be moving to the next phase in the coming week. The next phase of the exciting project will involve the delivery of 127 modular ‘pods’, which link together to form the building. These bedrooms and study spaces have been built off site using an innovative construction method and will be assembled as they arrive. These ‘pods’ will be transported as large loads, some with escort vehicles, and delivered to the site over four weeks, starting on 10 February 2020 until w/c 9 March 2020. There will be six deliveries each week day (seven on the final day) between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The large vehicles will be travelling to the City along the A49 – the majority from the M50 at Ross travelling north, with around 27 of the largest loads travelling along the A49 from Shrewsbury. The traffic lights on Station Approach by the railway station will be controlled so that the modules can manoeuvre safely.Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: Work on the 178 bed purpose-built facility, being developed by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE and Cityheart Partnerships should be complete in time for higher education students to move in for the academic year starting September 2020. Source
  12. 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!
  13. Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk. Rescue teams along Hinton Road, photograph courtesy of Herefordshire Council Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation. There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents. All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at: Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye Further rest centres will be made available as required. The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said: “The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk - avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.” Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said: Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice. Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or www.herefordshire.gov.uk Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.
  14. The first phase of the demolition of the prefab bungalows along Beattie Ave began this morning. These prefabs weren't designed to last, the past 30 years have been a compromise between the costs of sustaining the properties vs the costs to redevelop them. The demolition of this first phase is due to be completed within 3 weeks. Hereford Voice previously reported on plans submitted by Hereford Housing back in March of 2018 for the proposed demolition of 41 existing (prefab bungalows) in Beattie Avenue Hereford and the subsequent construction of 71 bungalows and houses with associated parking, private amenity, access and alterations to highway.
  15. Electric vehicles charging in the council’s off-street car parks will soon be entitled to 30 minutes of free parking. The changes will take effect from Monday 16 March 2020, from which date drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles that need to plug in and charge will be able to obtain a free 30 minute parking ticket to display in their vehicle. Council electric vehicle charge points are available: Hereford; Garrick Multi Storey Car Park, Plough Lane, Shirehall and Venn Close Car Parks Kington; Mill Street Car Park Ledbury; St Katherine’s Car Park Leominster; Etnam Street Car Park Ross; Red Meadow Car Park New rapid charging points are also to be installed in February 2020 at Edde Cross Street Car Park in Ross, St Martins in Hereford and Broad Street in Leominster. These will be capable of delivering an 80% charge to a vehicle in 20 minutes. Electricity supplied to the council's charging point network is produced from 100% renewable energy. Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: Herefordshire Council declared a climate emergency last year, and will publish its new Carbon Management Plan in April this year. The document will outline the council’s plan to reduce carbon emissions over the next five years and set an interim target for its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030/31.
  16. The possible opening of a Shisha Bar near to Asda in Hereford have been blocked because plans have been refused. The location for a Shisha Bar would have been at the rear of number 8 Belmont Road (behind the Dino Asian market). Plans were refused by virtue of the siting of the proposal in close proximity to residential properties, it is considered that there would be an unacceptable adverse impact upon the properties from air pollution and noise.
  17. A great view of this iconic building occupied by Laura Ashley as you leave the passage leading to Gilbies Bar, (St Peters Close)
  18. We have received several complaints from motorists in Hereford who have used Herefordshire Councils chosen parking partner app 'RingGo' The complains appear to focus of the wrong parking location at the point of payment, we are not sure if this is a glitch with the app or simply down to the app showing the nearest location number 'at the top' which most people would automatically select rather than the correct location number for the street that the motorist is parked in. This has resulted in genuine people paying for their parking only to find a parking ticket on their vehicle when they return. Upon investigation they may well have paid for parking but if they are shown as parking in the next street they still end up with a ticket. When this has been challenged with Herefordshire Council more often than not the Council still enforce the ticket and fine, even though you cannot park the same vehicle in two separate streets at the same time, we have given an example below: Motorist parks their vehicle in Broad Street (location number 85598) near to the Library and pays £3.36 for 2 hours parking however, when they have paid the location selected was for King Street (location number 85995). Ticket is issued. Is Herefordshire Council being unfair here by insisting that the motorist still pays the parking ticket fine, even though the motorist has actually paid to park for 2 hours?
  19. Breaking News: We have been reliably informed that a western river crossing crossing in Hereford won't be achieved (via current plans, being reviewed at the moment by the new administration) for at least 7 years - or longer! - what should be done in the short to medium term to solve our congestion issues? Should we look at other options or concentrate on a bypass? The focus for the new council is to seek alternatives to a bypass in the short term, such as a better infrastructure for cyclists, electric buses serving the city and surrounding towns and villages. Developing popular schemes like turning off a number of traffic lights (not pedestrian lights) as part of a trail in an attempt to reduce the daily congestion within the city. None of the above is diverting from a bypass but in reality, even if the go-ahead was given tomorrow morning for a second river crossing, there are many time consuming procedures that have to be followed, for example; Consultations with government bodies and various departments and also the local residents whom would live within area of the new bridge. A business plan has to be presented then an application for planning which alone can take 18 - 24 months, following all of this, if planning permission is finally granted, then the council need to look at compulsory purchases, again, this can take several years. Finally, once all signed off the bridge and roads need to be built! We are currently running a simple yes/no poll on Hereford Voice to see whether local people believe Hereford needs a bypass and from almost 2000 votes in less than a week the results clearly show an overwhelming 89% of people want a bypass, which comes as no real surprise however, as you can see from the explanation above, it's not likely to happen before 2030, with this in mind, perhaps we should embrace and explore all other alternatives in the meantime.. #HerefordVoice #Herefordbypass #Hereford
  20. Traffic Lights Out Trial Hereford. Hereford Voice have been campaigning for years to have some of the traffic lights in Hereford (not pedestrian lights) turned off, as most agree with our motto, 'The Traffic Just Flows' when the lights have been out in the past. It is looking like we may have a trial sometime this summer. This was featured on this evenings ITV News #HerefordVoice
  21. A decision paper has been published (16 January 2020) that outlines the work that will take place to assess the Hereford bypass and Southern link road schemes while carrying out a wider review of the transport strategy for Hereford. Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: While the review is under way a number of transport and travel schemes will be progressing, including the development of a high quality transport hub at Hereford railway station and improvements to public spaces and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians across the city. The decision will be taken by Cllr Harrington on Friday 24 January 2020. The review is expected to take around six months to complete and will include consultation with the public and stakeholder organisations.
  22. I have for a long time campaigned to have the traffic lights on the southern routes into Hereford to be turned off becuase from evidence obtained in various formats it has been proved that the traffic certainly flows better when these traffic lights have been off or out of order. They could certainly been made to operate part-time at off peak times 8pm-7am I have also pondered on how to take some of the pressure from these main roads and after a lot of thought I suggested turning the Great Western Way into a road, then after debates with some other members we came up with an even better idea, use a tram system! Back and forth still allowing room for pedestrains and cyclists. The GWW in Hereford runs right from the top of Redhill/Newton Farm and could go all the way down through Hunderton and over the river bridge past the rugby club and Sainsburys, continuing down parallel with Edgar Street at the back of the Theatre, continuing past Currys and almost to the back of Dunlem opposite the Leisure Centre. I am not 100% sure where the track ends but I will take a walk this weekend, weather permitting and have a look. Campaign For Better Transport Website Mr Albert Heijn from the Left Bank, I beleive once offered some years ago to fully fund such a project but from my undersatnding the HC refused the idea. As most of the traffic, according the the HA is 90% for local trips back and forth surely this is an option worth consdering especially as we already have the old railway line available with some work to bring it up to date of course. Your thoughts on this idea/campaign would be appreciated.
  23. Hereford Voice Instagram: Church Street, Hereford - a brief history. Church Street dates back to around 800 AD and is split into two parts; the wider section from the Cathedral Close up to East Street, and the narrow passage which leads from there into High Town and which was the beginning of what, in the thirteenth century, was called ‘Cabochelone’ or Cabbage Lane. (Unlike the position of cabbage today, the privileged Norman/French churchmen ate their meat with choice vegetables like the cabbage which would have been purchased in the street, along with exotic herbs and spices.) In the fifteenth century the two parts were separately identified as Brode Cabeige Lane and Narowe Cabeige Lane, which was gentrified in the eighteenth century to Capuchin Lane. The nineteenth century saw it become Church Street with the narrow section being called, rather confusingly as it was furthest from the river, Lower Church Street. Church Street was in St. John’s Parish, where parish officials in the post reformation period applied the laws of settlement to exclude the lame, lazy and sick, thus providing for a ‘polite society’ and maintaining the area’s wealth. However, this did not stop a number of public houses and subterranean drinking dens flourishing in the area. There were three in Narrow Cabbage Lane alone. The first Herefordshire Directory, published in of 1835, lists 26 distinct trades and specialists such as a butcher, baker, fishmonger, tailor, bookseller and milliner. Church Street was seen as a street of commerce and refinement – a position it still holds today. Source
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    Learn to line dance with qualified BWDA & UKDC Instructor. All levels and abilities accommodated. No previous dance experience necessary. Open to all ages - children to be accompanied by an adult at all times. No booking required - just turn up and have fun. Classes run on Fridays at Our Lady Queen of Martyr Catholic Church, Hereford and Mondays at Lion Ballroom, Leominster Absolute beginner level - if you have never danced before, come along to my absolute beginner lessons. Learn the basic steps and you will soon be dancing. Beginner level - once you have an idea of the steps come to the beginner classes to enable you to progress. Most people attending the absolute beginner class also stay for the beginner. Improver / Intermediate level - these lessons are for people who have previous experience of dancing. Whether you already dance on a regular basis or haven't danced in some time, this will be great fun. Absolute Beginners: 6:30 Beginners: 7:00 - 8:00pm Improver / Intermediates: 8:00-10pm Contact Karen Knight for more information on 07977 796582; email: info@sitlinedancing.co.uk; Facebook: SITLineDancing
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