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  1. This bell was cast, in 1470, by Robert Handley of Gloucester. It has been in the care of Herefordshire Museum Service since 2012 after the demolition of St. Francis of Assisi church. It is finally returning to their original home St. Michael church, Dewsall, near the Callow.
  2. I have taken an abandoned ASDA trolley off my street and placed it in my garden. Children have been using it to get on the garage roofs. To get the trolley picked up I started by going to the Herefordshire Council Website - report an abandoned shopping trolley. To report an abandoned trolley, please identify the retailer it belongs to, then call the relevant collection service below. In this case a company called Trolleywise deal with ASDA trolleys. So I sent a report to Tolleywise only to receive an email saying that: Good morning Martin, Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we are not contracted to collect ASDA trolleys anymore. You need to contact your local store for organising the collection. Kind regards, Trolleywise team Before I rang the store I called Herefordshire Council to tell them the information on their website was not up to date, and that maybe the other supermarkets contracted to Trolleywise were in the same situation. The lady at the council also said contact ASDA direct to recover the trolley. When I rang ASDA T: 01432 346300 this is what you hear: Thank you for calling ASDA Hereford. To keep improving our service we may record or monitor your calls. If a customer press 1 If a colleague press 2 If a supplier or contractor press 3 press 1 and you get this: Due to unprecedented demand we cannot connect your call to our store. Please visit our website. This takes you to the Trolleywise section on the website which states: Have you found an Asda trolley in your community that has been taken from our store? Let us know exactly where it is and we’ll come and collect it and return it back to Asda. Ha Ha technology overpowers humanity again. It is impossible to speak to a human being when resolving problems nowadays. Oh I have just taken another abandoned trolley off the street. I now have got two trolleys in my garden. I better report this to the council ! ! ! ! I have a better idea - the local scrap dealer comes round the street every Sunday so if the the trolleys are not picked up by then he can have them.
  3. It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Councillor Bernard Hunt, on Tuesday 6 October 2020. There will be a minute’s silence at Full Council on Friday 9 October 2020. Bit of a shock. Had an email from him about a local matter only 10 days ago saying that he would very much like to attend that meeting. Always found him responsive. Condolences to his family over his sudden death.
  4. Revealed: The least and most deprived neighbourhoods in Hereford By Carmelo Garcia, Local Democracy Reporter, Hereford Times - 4th October 2020 HEREFORD has one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the UK, according to council statistics on deprivation. The latest figures show that there are 18,500 people living in deprived households across the county – this is about a tenth of the population. There are 11 places in Herefordshire that are within in the 25% most deprived nationally, which feature in The Indices of Deprivation 2019 report published by Herefordshire Council. The most deprived are south of Hereford and in Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and Bromyard. Golden Post-Newton Farm in Hereford is the most deprived area in the county and is the only one to be in the 10% most deprived nationally. Other deprived parts of the city include Hunderton, Redhill-Belmont Road, Newton Farm-Brampton Road and Hunderton-Bishop’s Meadow. In Leominster, 28% of people in Ridgemoor are living in income deprived households and the Grange and Gateway areas are also among the county’s most deprived places. The John Kyrle area in Ross also appears in the council’s report along with Bromyard Central. Newton Farm councillor Bernard Hunt says local people feel overlooked when it comes to crime and access to housing. “Police can be very slow to respond to complaints about the bad behaviour of a minority of young people,” he said. “They feel a bit overlooked. When it comes to drugs, they will report people who are selling drugs but isn’t followed up. “When it comes to access to housing, Herefordshire Council have been generally good, but they are restricted due to a lack of central government funding.” Coun Hunt said one of the benefits people have in Newton Farm is access to good transport links. This is something he says many other rural areas struggle with. Around 3,900 children are living in income deprivation across Herefordshire, that’s about 12% population aged under 16. And around 6,100 older people are living in income deprivation across Herefordshire. Of the 29 most deprived areas in the county, 15 are in Hereford city, eight are in the market towns and six are located in more rural areas including Fromes Hill, Greater Weobley, Kingsbridge, Greater Docklow, Greater Bosbury and Kington Doughnut. Hereford city also has some of the least deprived areas, particularly in the north of the river, as do rural areas surrounding the city. Other less deprived areas are found within Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye, as well as rural areas in the east of the county around Ledbury and Cradley and to the south of Bromyard. Herefordshire Lower Layer Super Output Areas that are amongst the most deprived nationally according to income domain of the index of deprivation 2019: 1 Golden Post-Newton Farm: 29 % living in income deprived households 2 Leominster-Ridgemoor: 28 % living in income deprived households 3 Leominster Grange: 25% living in income deprived households 4 Leominster-Gateway: 25% living in income deprived households 5 Hunderton: 23% living in income deprived households 6 Ross-John Kyrle: 22% living in income deprived households 7 Bromyard Central: 20% living in income deprived households 8 Newton Farm-Brampton Road: 20% living in income deprived households 9 Redhill-Belmont Road: 20% living in income deprived households 10 Hunderton-Bishop’s Meadow: 20% living in income deprived households Agree with Cllr Hunt concerning “Police can be very slow to respond to complaints about the bad behaviour of a minority of young people” I gave up calling 101 after 16 minutes on hold and 10 mins calling Herefordshire Housing to say that youths who regularly use the top of our garages as a meeting place are now climbing up scaffolding at Sherborne Close. Someone is going to injure themselves badly if they fall. I think the police did turn up eventually, but by this time they had moved on to somewhere else.
  5. The Fire Brigade and other emergency services dealing with a house fire in Newton Farm. Waterfield Road is closed to allow emergency vehicles to gain access. The fire appears to be under control but fire crews continue to dampen down this evening. There is a lot of damage to the property and traces of smoke continue to come out of the property. Waterfield road is still closed at this time however, this incident is slowly being scaled down. Thankfully the people who live at the address have all been accounted for.
  6. 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.
  7. Things are steadily getting worse on Hereford's estates with not much activity on the ground. Here on Newton Farm not only are Herefordshire Housing cutting the bulk of the grass, but also the Council's agents (used to be Amey and now Balfour Beatty), and in the case of our street, we pay a service charge for Muir Group Housing to cut the grass and keep the area tidy. There is no co-ordination between these bodies, so some grass gets cut and other areas are left to be cut at a later date. This results in an unkempt appearance and local residents not knowing who is responsible for which piece of land. There are pieces of land which have never been cut this year. The problems around the electricity sub-station in Sherborne Close still continue, with fly tipping amd split rubbish bags spewing their contents over the pavements every weekend. Not much hope of anything been done as this has been occuring and visible to anyone passing through this area since the first post here in June 2010. This lack of co-ordination and co-operation to maintain our estates goes back to 2002 when the council handed over most of our green, open spaces to Herefordshire Housing and other Registered Social Landlords, when they got rid of their housing stock. Since then and several recessions later we were told these alterations and efficiency savings would benefit us the council tax payers and be easier to manage in the future. As we can now see this way of working has failed. There should be one contractor to cover the whole area by adopting all the open space. Balfour Beatty having got their £200 million contract with the council, and possibly a phone line connected in the near future, things could be different, but I doubt it.
  8. Problem in Muir Close. A mysterious hedge cutter came down the road and trimmed what I believe is a council hedge. The pieces of the hedge which were thrown over the road I swept up and left in neat piles on the grass verge. No one seems to know who commissioned the hedge trimmer and everyone - Muir Housing Group, Herefordshire Housing and Herefordshire Council deny it's their responsibility to remove the trimmings. The trimmings are still on the verge 3 weeks since the cut. The ownership and responsibility for estate verges and trees has always been a problem see "Adoption of housing estate land by Herefordshire Council" going back to 2012. Hereford Housing made a visit and showed me a map explaining the responsibility for estate verges as they see it, but it is not clear and agreed by the other agencies.
  9. These flats have not been up 2 years yet and already they have had to repair the roof, now I see mould appearing in different areas on the external walls, see photographs I took this morning. These flats are starting to look a little shabby already, I wonder how they will look in 5 years time...
  10. The police cordoned off the new skate park at Newton Farm last night and have been in attendance overnight. A young teenage lad was injured last night from an apparent fall with injuries to his face. Scenes of crimes officers (soco) are there today, so this is not looking good.
  11. The turf has been laid over the past few days surrounding the new skate park and vandals have uplifted it and placed it all over the park, I have no words... Here is a quote from a local person who took this photo. Original discussion I am pleased that it was quickly repaired.
  12. High Tea and Fun Quiz at Belmont Community Centre
  13. The work on the new skate park in the fields at the top of Newton Farm has begun. Contractors had already fenced off the old park and have starting dismantling it today. This skate park was built in the 90's and is well used and in much need of replacing. The project is being funded by Hereford Housing as it is their land.
  14. A builders van was vandalised to gain entry and cleaned out. This happened in broad daylight around 11am a few days ago. The van was parked in Radford gardens near the block of new flats. A HH van was also parked next to it but was untouched. I believe the contents was carpentry related. If you are offered cheap tools or hear something, please inform @southsidecops It appears the culprits left in a white transit van that was a little battered, and seen by a few tradesmen around the site.
  15. I can't help but notice that these new houses at the Oval are going to be very dark inside, they have built them very close to the road compared to where the old flats used to be and directly in front of them is a whole avenue of large trees, great planning.
  16. Anyone shed any light on this? Early evening last night.
  17. I managed to grab these few photo's of phase 4. Kilvert Rd first set of flats. The flats opposite are due to come down next.
  18. Notice of disposal of Public Open Space land at Newton Farm Playing Fields, Hereford The County of Herefordshire District Council intends to grant a Lease of the playing fields, car park and changing rooms at Newton Farm, Hereford. Plan here: Anyone know who may have an interest in this scheme and how long the lease will be?
  19. I have just read this on another site and said that I would post it on here, can anyone confirm if Keith B is correct?
  20. They have demolished one block of flats now they have started on the main blocks facing the Belmont Road, all part of the Oval Regeneration.
  21. West Mercia Police Belmont & Newton Farm Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) OCTOBER 2014 Newsletter I see there is a web chat being arranged in this newsletter.
  22. Monday 15 September 2014 in Hereford Times News: Any advice to keep people out of the clutches of loan sharks is to be commended.
  23. Belmont & Newton Farm SNT Newsletter September 2014 West Mercia Police Belmont & Newton Farm Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) SEPTEMBER 2014 Newsletter
  24. I am not sure I would want to live this close to the police station doors.. These are the new houses being built on the site of the Vortex and St Francis Saviour church
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