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  1. Herefordshire Council has announced a countywide free parking pilot event. The pilot will enable residents and visitors to enjoy free parking for up to 4 hours after 10am on all council car parks in Herefordshire (except Friar Street, Hereford) on Saturday 9 February 2019. Monitoring and information-gathering will determine the wider impact of parking concessions on businesses, traffic flow and car park usage. Parking Enforcement Officers will observe traffic and parking patterns, but customers will not be required to purchase tickets. The event does not apply to on-street paid for parking. Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet member transport and regulatory services, said:
  2. HEREFORDSHIRE Council made £1.9 million profit in car parking charges in 2013/14 - more than £300k than the previous year. In figures released by the RAC Foundation, Herefordshire Council was 89th out of 353 authorities in the amount it made from parking tickets, permits and penalties. It collected £1,880,000 in the last tax year compared to 1,563,000 in 2012/13. Overall in 2013/14 councils in England made £667 million from their day to day, on and off street parking operations. After capital charges the net surplus was £549 million. By law any surplus must be used for transport projects. The figures are taken from an RAC Foundation report - based on financial returns sent from local councils to the government While some of the increase in surplus is down to rising income, there is also evidence many councils are cutting operating costs. The authority with the largest surplus in 2013-14 was, once again, Westminster with £51 million. From this HT article
  3. As a recent first time visitor to Hereford is there anyone out there who can lend a hand? On a very wet weekday recently I struggled, no doubt like many others, to find a parking place near the City centre. Eventually finding a (hugely expensive) space in the Little Berrington Street NCP park I was beaten by the confusing payment instructions and took my car away to a more remote place to park. Sadly NCP chose to issue me with a parking fine, or notice as they like to call it. I want to appeal the notice, but NCP now refuse to tell me what the payment instructions were on display on the payment/ticket machine which leaves me unable to argue my corner. I would go and take a photo myself but I live in London. I would love to visit Hereford again another time to explore its charms some more, but this experience has put me off! Is there any kind person who can send me a photo of the instructions on this particular NCP machine? In anticipation of your very kind support.
  4. From Herefordshire CC 23/3/18 On-street Pay & Display parking times to be extended to support local business Herefordshire Council is proposing changes to Hereford City on-street Pay & Display, following feedback on the recently implemented scheme. The changes will allow visitors to stay longer and encourage use of nearby businesses. The changes proposed include: To extend the maximum stay to 2 hours across the whole charging zone, with an extended tariff structure (up to 30 mins - 50p, up to 1 hour - £1 and up to 2 hours - £3); To extend Pay & Display parking to include St Ethelbert Street and selected parking places in Castle Street, with a standardised operating period of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with a continued exemption for permit holders; Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said: “Our proposed changes to on-street Pay & Display in Hereford City centre show that we have, and will continue to, listen to feedback from local business and shoppers. The proposals meet the council’s transportation aims to reduce traffic congestion caused by short car journeys and to encourage extended visits within the city centre. But we also want to ensure that any changes to on-street parking continue to support the economic vitality of Hereford and its city centre, and protect parking provision for residential permit holders.” Mike Truelove, Operations & Marketing Manager at Hereford BID, said: “The Hereford Business Improvement District welcomes the council’s willingness to listen and respond to the concerns of businesses, many of whom are struggling in the testing economic climate we are in. It is therefore critical that the right parking structure is created, that not only meets environmental objectives, but is also viable to our traders and appealing to shoppers – many of whom are being fought for by other towns and cities, not to mention the competition that comes from online shopping. We urge all businesses to actively feed into this consultation and have their say.” The legal process requires public notices to be published setting out the proposed changes. The notices will explain how members of the public can submit representations for, or against, the proposals. Subject to considering any representations received, it is anticipated that the changes would be introduced in June this year. The public notices will appear in the press after Easter, will be displayed in affected areas and are available to view online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/tro The temporary voucher scheme for free parking, introduced in partnership with the Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) team, will remain in place until June. Retailers who would like to receive vouchers for customers should contact Hereford BID on 01432 376830. Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018
  5. Free Parking The council’s Plough Lane car parks will be open to the public and free to park in on Saturday 31 March, 7 and 21 April, if you’re heading into the city centre to shop or watch the football. Postcode for the car park is HR4 0LE
  6. On Monday 29th January, 5.30 - 7pm Hereford BID members are invited to attend a parking meeting to discuss/ reflect and hear about the parking situation in Hereford. Many businesses have been touched by the changes made to waiting times/ meters introduced whilst both publicly and behind the scenes HBID have been constantly working on your behalf to ensure your views are heard and that we have a parking system that attracts visitors and shoppers. For more information and to download the monthly parking vouchers go here feel free to sign our petition here
  7. Supporting Local Independent Traders in Hereford FREE PARKING 2 hours FREE parking in Castle Street and 3 hours FREE parking at Greyfriars or the Town Hall car parks with the new vouchers, you can also park for 2 hours FREE along Conningsby Street. #hvshoplocal #herefordvoice
  8. Herefordshire Council has today issued vouchers for free parking to encourage customers to visit independent businesses in Hereford this Christmas. The scheme is in partnership with the Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) team and aims to promote independent businesses during the busy Christmas period. Cabinet Member for Transport & Regulatory Services, Cllr Barry Durkin said: The parking vouchers are available for local independent businesses to issue to customers. They can be used throughout December for 3 hours free weekend car parking at the Town Hall car park (access via East Street) and Greyfriars overflow car park (the section under the bridge) on Saturdays and Sundays. They can also be used for 2 hours free parking (Monday to Saturday) in the limited waiting bays on Castle Street. These locations are a short walk from the Independent Quarter on Church Street and the surrounding area. Retailers who would like to receive vouchers for customers should contact the Hereford BID team on 01432 376830. Don’t forget: Herefordshire Council car parks in Hereford city centre, including the Old Market and on-street pay & display, are free for shoppers after 4pm every Wednesday until Christmas.
  9. I have just read this article in the HT.
  10. I was parked in the Welsh Club car park for no more than about 10 minutes early this morning, while I dropped off my son to play football on the meadows, when I got back there was a guy putting a ticket on my car. I have been told by a friend now that I should not pay it because it is not a penalty, can anyone else through any light on this please?
  11. It has come to my attention that there has been a considerable amount of anger & frustration at the regeneration of 'The Oval' over on Mybook Facespace or whatever it is? In particular, construction traffic and muddy roads etc. As I have been briefed, the case is, that someone will get run over by the construction traffic, excessive amounts of mud on the roads and health and safety issues amongst others; One jolly fellow even posted the site managers phone number and email , the disbelief! Its not that hard to find!! As I live on said construction site, in their defence, they have two sweepers constantly on the go daily, one is done by the forklift drivers with a big brush, the other is a contracted Wye Valley scarab thingy! The construction traffic will always allow traffic to pass where feasible, and wait if you are approaching. The trouble is really from other road users who have no consideration when parking at the oval and those who are racing around the site trying to short-cut the Belmont road traffic; many times I have had a near miss from oncoming traffic, who are speeding and unaware of the the Highway Code. Then you have the school walk folk moaning about how their kids are going to get knocked over on the road! Hello! - What are they doing on the road in the first place? As I too do the nursery ride, I use the lines, gaining entry from Newman Close, avoiding most of the construction traffic and using the highway code, and not using the Belmont road entry as most of these 'moaners' do. There is also the Ethelstan Crescent entry for those that live further up. As for Health and Safety, quit the fags, do more exercise than just walking the kids to school and keep your kids under control; You may live longer and keep your kids safe in the process! There are frequent site visits from H&S personnel, and I’m damn sure if there were any issues they will be dealt with immediately. Oh and as of Monday 11th the Oval road will be shut. So you'll have to walk further or use Goodrich Grove. The Oval Shops will be open for business as normal. Rant over. If someone would like to share to the Facespace page please do. Rich, Neil, Dave and the Keepmoat team have kept me happy.
  12. Well here is one topic that gets me every time. According to the latest media reports our relatively small hospital is now only second to Guildford for the most expensive 'first hour' in England.
  13. We have recently returned from Calella, which is a very busy and popular town on the Costa Brava. While travelling around we could not help but notice that in most of the very busy streets particularly around the commercial centres that there were very few disabled parking bays (unlike the UK where there are far too many in my opinion) and where there were disabled bays they seemed to be always empty. It was the same in Barcelona. So am I to believe that there are less genuine disabled people in Spain or are there just more scammers here in the UK?
  14. 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.
  15. Since when have Keepmoat been in a position to dictate who can park on the public highway?
  16. 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 ....
  17. See here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/3921502/car_park_notice_of_variation_of_charges_feb_2016.pdf
  18. I am not sure of the circumstances here but surely the police should be setting an example to the general public. This is not safe parking...
  19. Have you ever had a penalty charge notice placed on your car windscreen for parking in a Supermarket, KFC or private car park by some company who attempts to claim money from you by making these invoices look like some sort of parking ticket? I hate these SCAMMERS! Because in my opinion that is what they are, so I have decided to put together some articles and advice on what to do if you have a speculative invoice placed onto your car windscreen and links to various other sites offering similar advice. It is down to YOU, whether you decide to accept this advice but at the very least it will give you options that you may not thought were available. I recently won my appeal to POPLA against Corporate Services Parking Management, you can read the whole article and various comments in the topic 'Should I Pay A Private Parking Ticket'
  20. Disabled badge stolen from car A DISABLED parking badge has been stolen from a car which was parked in Whitchurch. A couple left their vehicle unlocked in the car park at the Old Court Hotel in Whitchurch on October 12. HT
  21. From the letters page in the HT: WELL done, Herefordshire Council, another brilliant decision with the proposal to raise the Merton Meadow parking charge with a whopping 67% increase from £3 to £5 per day (On-street parking charges on way? Hereford Times, July 30). I would accept an increase is due, but I think an increase of 50p, taking the charge to £3.50 per day, would be acceptable. Who in Hereford (councillors excepted) could afford to pay £5 per day? I would hazard a guess those requiring full-day parking Monday to Friday are mainly city centre workers, many of whom are on minimum wage levels of pay and for whom such a charge would have a devastating effect on already overstretched incomes. We are a county town where, in many instances, public transport is not an option, leaving most people no choice but to travel by car. Which leads to another aspect, that of attracting visitors/shoppers to the city’s both old and new shopping centres. If the aim is to entice visitors to linger and part with their cash, I doubt a £5 charge would prove much of an incentive or encouragement. GRAHAM BURTON Carless Close, Hereford
  22. I saw today that yellow signs have gone up at Penn Grove Road indicating that traffic regulation is proposed between Moreland Ave and Admirals Close. That's where the commuters/students/hospital people park for free just beyond where the existing yellow lines stop. The details of the restrictions are not yet on the relevant Council page (link here) but they are sure to appear soon and will probably stop people parking on that section of road full stop. I'll be quite pleased if this happens as the current free for all makes driving along there inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. This follows on from existing proposals to stop all that dodgy parking on Aylestone Hill (lines are yet to be painted) and a Public Meeting which was held at Brockington Towers on 30th January: Hereford Times Report When the lines do appear the cars that do end up getting shifted are sure to clog up somewhere else because the drivers' are obviously looking for free parking. Even using the new Council car park at Station Approach for £3 a day adds up to £60 a month (20 working days) which is certainly not cheap. Certain people think the Council are bringing on these parking issues themselves. Such as causing the fiasco outside the Leisure Centre where all the car park has emptied out onto the adjacent A49 ...
  23. So you have to pay an addtional 30p in order to pay for your parking? Do I understand this correctly? But you do receive free texts NOT! (You have paid 30 p for the privilege) From my understanding the previous service which was provided by PayByPhone was subscription free, so I am confused as to why Herefordshire Council have opted for this more expensive company? I see Oxfordshire Council have done the same see this article In London the Council have opted for the reverse, The London borough of Southwark have changed from RingGo to PayByPhone, see this article So what's the difference between these two company's other than one being free?
  24. Shoppers and visitors will be able to park for free in city centre car parks this Christmas as part of an ongoing campaign to promote Hereford as a Christmas shopping destination. Full Details
  25. The Herefordshire Council have an online survey about the parking in Hereford. In my opinion, there are far too many disabled bays along broad street and in King Street and Bridge Street they they could increase the maximum parking time to 2 hours, at least this way you have a little more time to shop etc.. The traffic wardens are too keen to issue tickets too, all of this does not encourage people into our city. This of course is just my view but there is an online survey which I think is worth completing, see below.
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