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  1. When Mayor of Hereford, Kath Hey, was invited to join the independent Town’s Fund board, she welcomed the chance to work towards an ambitious vision where Hereford’s unique rural heritage would complement sustainable future development. The Towns Fund board, called #StrongerHereford, is made up of local leaders, businesses and communities who have put forward a bid for £25 million to Central Government. The bid was the culmination of months of extensive engagement with people across Hereford and it was instrumental for the City Council to be part of that process to ensure a strategic and
  2. 🔷 Budget and Council Tax Setting Explained 🔷 Herefordshire Council tax setting meeting is tomorrow (Friday 5th March) which is formally ratifying all the parish precepts, the fire authority and police charges and the county council tax rise which have each already been debated and agreed by their respective authorities. Councillor Harvey will be answering the questions from our previous topic here over the weekend. #herefordvoice #hereford #herefordshire #hfdvcs
  3. The Knife Angel Hereford team is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Alison Davies and Meryl Cain are joint leaders of the KAH Team bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford, Alison said: Plans are progressing well to bring the Knife Angel to Hereford Cathedral this summer. In the event dates have to be adjusted in line with Public Health England’s advice, further announcements will be made. Throughout its time in the city, people will be able to visit the Knife Angel (socially distanced or as required by C
  4. Max and Simon in the Masons' Yard (2019) Simon Hudson, of Hudson Stonework Ltd based in the Cathedral Close, has been awarded 'The Master Craftsman Certificate' by The Worshipful Company of Masons in 2021. Simon in the Masons' Yard With over two decades of working as stone mason and carver in Herefordshire, Simon’s work can be seen not just at Hereford Cathedral but also many churches and heritage sites within the county and further afield. Hudson Stonework Ltd has been a resident of the Cathedral Close for ten years and its location means that the art of this traditional
  5. We published this article in May 2020 on a A £2 billion package to create new era for cycling, walking and trials for e-scooters. Last Thursday we published another article here highlighting that Beryl Bikes had recently launched e-Scooters and e-Bikes and trials for e-scooters across some cities in the UK were already taking place. We can today reveal that Herefordshire Council have been unsuccessful in their first bid for e-Scooter trials however, all is not lost because the council have been advised that they are still being considered for any expansion of the trials. #h
  6. The riverside railings were severely damaged during the floods of early 2020 and again this year. As you can see from these photographs the railings are clearly unsafe and look like they could fall into the river at anytime. The gap that has been exposed is clearly dangerous even though Herefordshire Council contractors have placed barriers across but this needs addressing as a matter of urgency and we will be pushing the Council for an answer this week on when the public can expect these railings to be repaired.
  7. Herefordshire Council’s project provides new state of the art facilities for pupils and staff at Marlbrook Primary School New state of the art facilities opened for pupils and staff at Marlbrook Primary School at Green Croft this week following a £6 million investment project by Herefordshire Council. The council funded sustainable scheme has provided six new classrooms, a new hall and a special hygiene and physio room. The school has also benefited from new netball courts and improvements to the car parking area. Local company, Morgan Sindall Construction, were contracted by the c
  8. Hereford City Council approved a grant of £1,510.38 for Hereford Canoe Club, which will go towards purchasing another two canoes for use of the club’s members. Hereford Youth Canoe Club is a voluntary club providing boat-loads of positive paddle-sport opportunities for the young people of Herefordshire. Vic Gamage, representing the Canoe Club, explained to City Councillors that the application covered the costs of two canoes large enough for their teenage members; the existing canoes simply cannot support the members and larger ones are needed. The Canoe Club has unfortuna
  9. 13 year old Frank has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Frank has osteosarcoma a rare bone cancer and is having intense treatment in Birmingham and Hereford Hospitals. Let's help Frank achieve his bucket list and give him and his family all the love and support that we can. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joanne-smith-659?utm_term=pEYkxxNAM Frank has already received some wonderful messages of support from celebrities and football starts including - Sir Kenny Dalglish, Matt Lucas, Phil Neville, Alan Shearer, Jamie Carragher to name just a few and the list is growing r
  10. Having Your Say | Hereford Voice 'Councillor Sessions' Q&A Continued - Part 4 - Emergency Active Travel Measures across the county inc the closure of the Old Bridge in Hereford At Hereford Voice our slogan has always been 'Having Your Say' and through our network we are going to give you the opportunity to ask your questions to some of our Councillors. Cabinet Member - Infrastructure and Transport Councillor John Harrington agreed to be put under the spotlight and to answer as many questions put to him in our first exclusive 'Councillor Sessions' series here https://hfd
  11. Staff at Wye Valley NHS Trust will stand shoulder to shoulder on Friday this week in honour of a colleague who sadly died recently. Dave Morgan, logistics team leader in the theatres team at Hereford County Hospital, died on Thursday, January 28, having tested positive for COVID-19. Dave Morgan - a much loved colleague at Wye Valley NHS Trust who will be missed by everyone His funeral is to take place this Friday, February 19, at Hereford Crematorium. The hearse bearing David’s coffin will drive along Stonebow Road and through the County Hospital grounds where staff will h
  12. We have received a number of reports in the past few days advising that us that people were having problems trying to use Beryl Bikes in Hereford. We have been informed that both Wednesday and early yesterday morning there was a connectivity issue with Beryl Bikes in the city however, we have been assured by the team at Beryl that everything is now back to normal. In an email to us this morning Jack from Beryl Bikes wrote: #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford
  13. Part 2 - B4224 - Fiddler's Green - Fownhope At Hereford Voice our slogan has always been 'Having Your Say' and through our network we are going to give you the opportunity to ask your questions to some of our Councillors. Cabinet Member - Infrastructure and Transport Councillor John Harrington agreed to be put under the spotlight and to answer as many questions put to him in our first exclusive 'Councillor Sessions' series here https://hfd.news/eec Cllr Harrington will do this in a series of short videos over the coming week, here is the second video in the series; Part 2
  14. Herefordshire Council are helping you to stay safe while casting your vote in this May's elections On Thursday 6 May residents in Herefordshire will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Police and Crime Commissioners elections, plus various local by-elections and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums. While the elections are not until May, they’re already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote. There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someo
  15. At Hereford Voice our slogan has always been 'Having Your Say' and through our network we are going to give you the opportunity to ask your questions to some of our Councillors. Cabinet Member - Infrastructure and Transport Councillor John Harrington has agreed to be put under the spotlight to answer your questions in the first of our 'exclusive' Q & A sessions. Rules: Abuse will Not be tolerated and offensive comments will be deleted and may also result in that person being banned. Please ask sensible questions on any subject that Cllr Harrington maybe able to address
  16. The public riverside footpath which runs down alongside the Saracens Head Pub has bee closed to the public since February 2020. Rone Properties who own the Saracens Head from our understanding are responsible for the cellars underneath which support the footpath. Whilst the council has responsibility for the top layer of a footpath like this the sub base is the responsibility of landowner, in this case, the owners of Saracens Head. We understand that the landlords of the pub believed that the cellars were no longer their responsibility but Herefordshire Council disagreed.
  17. Council Tax set to rise by 4.99% as council faces long-term Covid-19 cost pressures on its budget Full Council has approved the 2021/22 budget today (12 February 2021). This includes the setting of Herefordshire Council tax rates which will come into effect from April 2021. The final budget takes into account the 2021/22 final local government finance settlement announced by central government. This includes: A new ‘Lower Tier’ Services Grant of £0.25m Revenue Support Grant funding of £0.6m New Homes Bonus funding of £1.7m Rural Services Delivery Grant of £5.
  18. These are the plans said Infrastructure and transport cabinet member John Harrington and work on this will begin immediately. The original Western link road would have taken at least 10-12 years so this is the best and fastest option. #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford
  19. New ‘Kickstart’ scheme will benefit local businesses and give 16-24 year olds the opportunity to gain work experience Herefordshire Council is set to support local young people and businesses through being a gateway organisation for the delivery of the government’s Kickstart scheme in the county. Across the UK younger people have been some of those worst affected economically by the pandemic. In Herefordshire there has been a 108% increase in people aged between 18 and 24 claiming out of work benefits since March 2020. As part of the Covid-19 recovery programme, the Kickstart sc
  20. Stronger Hereford This scheme is part of the collective proposed projects planned for Hereford (see pdf attachment) and will establish a transformational world-class contemporary facility in the heart of Hereford with the capacity to accommodate our globally and nationally significant heritage assets such as the Magna Carta, Herefordshire Hoard and collections of antiquities dating back to the Ice Age, in addition to hosting national and international exhibitions. The redevelopment will embrace the latest technologies such as Virtual Reality to tell the story of Herefordshire a
  21. Alister Walshe has announced he is stepping down as Chair and Trustee of St Michael’s Hospice. Mr Walshe has been involved with the Bartestree-based charity for over 17 years but says the time has come to hand over to someone else. Mr Walshe started offering his experience as a volunteer in the gardens and then became a Trustee. For the last 11 years he’s been the Chair of the Trustees. Mr Walshe, who owns Hereford-based estate agency Stooke Hill & Walshe, said so many people help to make the Hospice a success. Mr Walshe’s successor will be announced b
  22. The Castle Green Pavilion project will enhance a much-loved but neglected community asset, open up access to the River Wye and add significantly to the infrastructure of Hereford’s visitor economy. The refurbished pavilion will provide a revitalised home for the Youth Canoe Club, cafe facilities, a multifunctional and flexible community meeting space and a gallery celebrating local arts and heritage. The Pavilion has the potential to become the heart of creative and innovative youth development in the city. RATIONALE Developing the Pavilion brings a “whole day offe
  23. Adoption Central England – celebrating three years of supporting children and families in Herefordshire Adoption Central England (ACE) is celebrating three years as a regional adoption agency supporting families in Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire to provide children with a loving permanent adoptive home. In the past year ACE has launched its independent and confidential support service for birth relatives called Family Connexions. The service is available to any birth family member where children in the family have been adopted and supports birt
  24. Hereford City Council have successfully bid for a project for free electric buses to link significant locations around the City, together with the Herefordshire Bus Users Forum. The Railway Station, Hospital, the new Primary Health Centre at Station Approach and the city centre shops and tourist attractions will be linked as part of the Stronger Towns Fund bid to Government. The service will cross over the Old Bridge and stop in the car park by the swimming pool to support the ongoing development of the river as a tourist attraction and link with buses from the south of the city.
  25. Hereford Cathedral has bid a digital farewell to The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, after 19 years of leadership and ministry. The Dean had originally planned to lead a series of farewell services on Sunday 31 January but, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, those plans were thwarted. Instead, the cathedral community and many around the county came together online on Sunday morning with a pre-recorded video service sharing memories of Michael’s time in Hereford. As well as messages of thanks from members of the cathedral community, the Archbishop of Canterbury sent h
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