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  1. The Centre, which is owned by the Council and managed by Social Enterprise and Registered Charity Halo Leisure was forced to close in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The original plan was to reopen in August 2020 along with all other leisure facilities, however, this wasn’t possible due to severe and deliberate damage caused to the roof of the Centre through vandalism. Since then the contractors working on behalf of the Council have made the building watertight and repaired the substantial water damage caused by the vandalism. The Centre is now due reopening ahead of schedule today. Alex Haines, Halo Partnership Manager said: Cllr Gemma Davies, Cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, said:
  2. Supporting Local Business | Sensory & Rye are opening in the former 'British Heart Foundation' shop opposite the Kerry, but they need a little bit of local support... Over the last 6 years we have seen the incredible rise in Herefords food scene and they have been right at the heart of it. Based in Bastion Mews they have built this creative, beautiful restaurant, packed with good vibes, stunningly beautiful food and some of the best coffee in Hereford! Bastion Mews has been their original home, but they are restricted by size and their ideas, passion and creativity needs space to grow! They are moving into the British Heart Foundation building, just across from where they are now and they are already in the process of turning it into the most incredible restaurant! The additional space will Sensory & Rye to offer a dinner menu, live music, breakfast, brunch and lunches as well as many more ideas that they have secretly kept up their sleeves. Their small team have made huge strides in the renovations, but they need local support to help them to complete the journey. If you would like to help, full details https://bit.ly/3wWxEu8
  3. In a post on their Facebook page Hereford Police wrote; Unbelievable that some people think it's okay to leave animals in vehicles, particularly in this extreme heatwave
  4. Cabinet members in Herefordshire Council are facing a slew of questions after the city’s major road project careered out of control. Furious residents want answers and have submitted numerous questions to the cabinet about the City Link Road which faces a £6 million overspend, jeopardising the Transport Hub and improvements the Commercial, Newmarket and Blue School Street elements, as well as flood mitigation measures in Hereford. Image | Google The ruling Coalition leaders will meet on Thursday to discuss the matter and have expressed grave concerns about the ‘casual culture of overspend’ they say was the hallmark of the previous Conservative administration's approach to the delivery of major capital projects. Cabinet member for transport, John Harrington, said At a public Cabinet meeting this Thursday, 22nd July, members will debate a report which they say highlights a litany of errors and possible cover-ups which took place at the council under the Conservatives between 2015-2019. The current administration say previous cabinet members and officers played down the ballooning cost of the compulsory purchase orders needed to deliver the road element of the Hereford City Centre Transport Package. Coun Harrington claims the public and opposition councillors who challenged promises that ‘the most expensive piece of tarmac in England’ was delivered on time and to budget, were misled. Coalition members committed themselves to unearthing the overspend on the city road scheme during a purge to improve project management and governance of major infrastructure projects in the council. Cabinet Member for Finance, Liz Harvey said: How Did Hereford’s City Link Road Spiral Out of Control? Investigations commissioned by the current cabinet into value for money around council capital projects have concluded that land block purchases at the station end of the road created an early £3.8m overspend on the Link Road. The Coalition administration say this hole in the project’s finances was masked by combining the original stand-alone City Link Road project with an entirely separate Marches LEP funded project intended to deliver a transport hub at the station, public realm improvements on Commercial Road, Blueschool Street and Newmarket Street, providing much needed safe walking and cycling routes from the city to the railway station. The GP hub and new student accommodation along the Link Road were included and the combined project was rebranded as the Hereford City Centre Transport Package. Coun Harvey said she believed that combining of separate projects: ‘allowed Peter to rob Paul, and spiralling City Link Road costs were paid for with budgets originally set aside for the transport hub and other public realm improvements.’ Of particular concern to the current administration is the unusually high level, over 100, of 'compensation events', according to Coun Harrington, that saw contractors, Balfour Beatty Living Places, revise upwards their original bid to deliver the projects. Coun Harrington said: ‘I am not suggesting that BBLP deliberately underinflated their bid to secure the HCCTP contract, but so many compensation events during the delivery of a project raises questions about how the council managed this contract and how realistic BBLP's original bid was. We simply must not operate like this again in the future and, alongside senior officers, we have put in place procedures to ensure that all major capital projects are run by one corporate department from now on, with cross cutting responsibilities ensuring we do not ever again get the kind of silo working that I believe has led to some of the missteps that have dogged this project.’ Prior to Thursday’s cabinet meeting to discuss the matter Coun Harrington said that Coun Harrington said: Coun Harrington added: Finance member, Coun Liz Harvey, commented:
  5. Disruption between Hereford and Worcester Foregate Street expected until 10:00 Ledbury Train Station A fire next to the track at Ledbury is causing disruption to journeys between Hereford and Worcester Foregate Street. Services may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Natioanl Rail anticipate disruption will continue until 10:00. Alternative travel advice for West Midlands Railway customers: Replacement road transport has been requested to run in both directions between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill, however, this is not expected to arrive at Hereford until at least at 08:30. 📷 Wikimedia Commons
  6. The future of Hereford’s Town Hall lies in the hands of those who love it, according to Coalition councillor Gemma Davies. Councillor Gemma Davies Regarding news that Herefordshire Council can no longer afford the Town Hall, Councillor Davies said: Councillor Davies said:
  7. Councillor Gemma Davies - Cabinet Member - Commissioning, Procurement and Assets will taking your questions in our next Hereford Voice 'Councillor Sessions' over the next few weeks See our previous sessions by following the hashtag 👉 #hfdvcs
  8. The incident happened around 11.15pm last night (Friday 16 July) in High Street. A 29 year old man attended hospital for lacerations caused by a knife. A 26 year old man and a 23 year old woman have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are currently in police custody. Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for witnesses, in particular two people seen on CCTV in the area at the time. Detective Sergeant Jim Moore, from Hereford CID, said: “We believe we have identified two people we have on CCTV who may have witnessed the assault and would ask they get in contact with us.” Witnesses can contact Hereford CID on 01432 347399 or alternatively online under the Tell Us About section of West Mercia Police’s website (quote reference 00192_I_17072021). If you do not wish to speak to police direct you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  9. In line with government advice on the removal of many Covid-19 restrictions, Herefordshire Council will begin the process of removing some Emergency Active Travel Measures following the 19 July 2021. Some measures will be removed in the weeks following the 19th July, whilst the removal of others will follow after the summer to allow a more sensible and balanced return to pre-Covid streetscapes. The initial elements to be removed are: Footway widening in High Street Bromyard, Broad Street and King Street Hereford Temporary 20mph limits in Hereford and the Market Towns Highway Covid warning signage in Ross on Wye & Kington Friday closure of High Street Leominster Extension to closure time of Widemarsh Street Hereford Elements to be removed at the end of September: Old Wye Bridge Closure Hereford Footway widening in Bridge Street Hereford The following elements are to remain for the time being: Closure of Aubrey Street Hereford Advisory cycle lane on Ledbury Road Hereford Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet member for Infrastructure and Transport, said:
  10. Good to see West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner, John-Paul Campion out on the streets with Hereford Police last night.
  11. Hereford Voice understands today that the Showman's Guild have pulled out of bringing the May Fair to Hereford in August due to lack of its members willing to change their current commitments. We previously reported back in March here 👉 https://hfd.news/ry1 that due to the Coronavirus pandemic the original 900th May Fair was rescheduled to arrive in the city from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th August 2021. It was also due to arrive a few days earlier in Leominster from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 July, which we understand has also been cancelled. The Hereford May Fair will celebrate the 901st anniversary as usual in May 2022.
  12. Exceptional photographs again from our good friend Jon Simpson, the Knife Angel Monument looks even more incredible in the rain, we're just loving the reflections and another set of extraordinary images that Jon has managed to create. Jon wrote; Reflecting on the Knife Angel. The Knife Angel Hereford is free to visit and on display outside Hereford Cathedral until 12 July. Created by Alfie's Art and the The British Ironwork Centre, to highlight knife crime and educate young people of the harmful effect violent behaviour can have on their communities. It was absolutely chucking it down when I took these and despite the rain people were still stopping on their walk home from a night out to stand for a while and take it in. The 2nd photo is the reflection in the water on top of the Knife Bank Amnesty Bin, and is among my favourite photos I've ever taken. 👇
  13. Today (Sunday 11 July) is the final day to see Knife Angel Hereford before it returns to The British Ironwork Centre The project has truly had a massive impact on our community - as of this weekend we are approaching 100,000 visitors, 250+ weapons have been handed in and the project has worked with over 600 schoolchildren. So many people have been involved in bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford so we have spoken to just a few members of the team to share their experiences. Knife Angel Hereford Summer 2021 | Farewell Video.mp4
  14. Embrace Hereford | It's the last weekend before the magnificent Knife Angel Hereford leaves us. Have you visited this magnificent ‘National Monument Against Violence and Aggression’? The fabulous thought-provoking Knife Angel Hereford has had a huge impact on the city with plenty of daily visitors. Hereford Voice is so proud to have been able to promote and support the Knife Angel Hereford project for many months leading up to the arrival of the statue in Hereford last month and would like to thank Alison Davies, Meryl Cain and the whole team behind the scenes for being hugely successful in highlighting the devastating impact violence has on all our lives and for boosting tourism in Hereford by bringing this fabulous statue to our city. Even after the Angel has left us, Hereford Voice will continue to support the Knife Angel Hereford project who are hoping to continue with a programme of legacy events, so that important messages regarding the futility of violent crime are continued into the future. For further information about the Knife Angel’s visit to Hereford, please visit the website https://knifeangelhereford.co.uk/. Donate to support Knife Angel Hereford 👉 https://hfd.news/u4c #EmbraceHereford and please make time to visit this thought-provoking 'Knife Angel' statue before it leaves us. 📷 Official Knife Angel Hereford photographer Jon Simpson #herefordvoice #positivehereford #herefordnews
  15. Embrace Hereford | There are plenty of superb things to celebrate about our wonderful city. The fabulous thought-provoking Knife Angel Hereford has had a huge impact on the city with plenty of daily visitors. The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression will be on display until 12th July and there is a month-long programme of events. Hereford Voice has drawn up a complete and comprehensive list of interactive medical workshops and creative activities, venues, dates and times etc 👉 https://hfd.news/em9 Hereford Voice is so proud to have been able to promote and support the Knife Angel Hereford project for many months leading up to the arrival of the statue in Hereford and we would like to thank Alison Davies, Meryl Cain and the whole team behind this fabulous project for all of their hard work for the past two years leading up to this fabulous event. There is more good positive news! We have more new shops that have opened recently! Ga&Bi Polish Shop have been open for the past few weeks, check out their delicious fresh Polish cakes! you will find their shop in Bewell Street. En BBQ Hereford have recently opened their superb new Korean restaurant within the Hereford Old Market Shopping Centre where you will also find other fabulous restaurants, coffee bars and shops. Wonderful to see Saxtys Bar & Club thriving once again and if you have not been yet it is a must visit! A new Tapas restaurant is also on the horizon and with the fantastic winning bid from the StrongerHereford team our brilliant city has a lot more new and exciting projects on the way! We love our city and county and we like to shout about it and promote everything positive. It's all too easy to moan but we are privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the World. We will continue to promote local business and encourage people to visit Hereford and Herefordshire. Join us in our campaign and 'BE POSITIVE' about this fabulous city of ours. 'Positive Hereford' and 'Embrace Hereford' #PositiveHereford #EmbraceHereford #HerefordNews
  16. Go ahead given to priority City transport improvements Priority improvements for transport in Hereford have been confirmed with funding for the further development of key schemes, including safer routes to school, walking and cycling network and a new river crossing to the east of the City, approved by Cabinet today (Thursday 24 June). Funding of £1.24m has now been allocated to take forward these schemes, which were identified in the Hereford Transport Strategy Review, to help increase low carbon active travel options and also to provide an alternative to the single river crossing. The council has also secured government funding to develop proposals for improved bus services across the county. Government published its National Bus Strategy in March and has confirmed that it intends to provide more funding for councils to improve bus services in partnership with local operators.Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport said:
  17. Following on from our original discussion which began on our forums back in 2017 here ➡ https://hfd.news/k6f we are asking the question "Should Cyclists Be Insured?" particularly when we see ridiculous manoeuvres like this one which must be difficult for any decent cyclist to justify #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Hereford
  18. Monday, June 21 - today the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The sun will rise at 4.52am and set at 9.26pm During the celestial annual journey of the Earth round the Sun, the Summer Solstice is the moment when the Sun is at its furthermost point north of the Equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the 2021 Summer Solstice is on 21 June, at 03:32 GMT. What is a solstice and why does it happen? The Summer Solstice takes place when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt towards the sun, offering the longest period of daylight. In the Northern Hemisphere, that is when the North Pole is tilted towards the sun. In winter we tilt further away from the sun, and the winter solstice takes place when the North Pole is tilting its furthest away. The shortest day of the year will be December 21. Dates for equinoxes and solstices in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are the same, but in opposite seasons. For example, the Summer Solstice north of the Equator is mirrored south of the Equator by the Winter Solstice. Find below precise solstice and equinox dates and times for the Northern Hemisphere, for 2021. Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2021 Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2021 09:37 GMT Summer Solstice (Summer) June 21 2021 03:32 GMT Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 22 2021 19:21 GMT Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21 2021 15:59 GMT
  19. Today we welcome the awesome thought-provoking Knife Angel Statue to Hereford Cathedral and it looks fantastic! Hereford Voice is so proud to have been able to promote and support the Knife Angel Hereford project for many months leading up to the arrival of the statue in Hereford today and wish Alison Davies, Meryl Cain and the whole team behind this fabulous event a very successful month ahead. Hereford Voice have drawn up a complete and comprehensive list of interactive medical workshops and creative activities, venues, dates and times etc https://hfd.news/em9 Donate to support Knife Angel Hereford https://hfd.news/u4c Meryl Cain, Alison Davies and Colin James from Hereford Voice
  20. We have no words for this superb set of photographs of the fabulous Knife Angel Hereford they are just breathtaking! 👏👏👏 Thank you to our friend and fellow official 'Working Partner' and official Knife Angel Hereford photographerJon Simpson for sending in these wonderful images captured brilliantly against Hereford's night sky.
  21. A large group of children from St Thomas Cantilupe Primary School visited the thought-provoking Knife Angel Hereford statue at Hereford Cathedral, a quote on the schools Twitter page simple read;
  22. A planning application to build a three storey apartment building on the site of the former Sportsman Public House Land off Widemarsh Common have been submitted by Reservoir Homes Ltd. Planning Application P211931/F A previous planning application which was eventually withdrawn by Reservoir Homes Ltd was submitted back in 2018 that we reported on here
  23. After 18 months of preparation and anticipation, the Knife Angel will finally be arriving at Hereford Cathedral later today! Hereford Voice is so proud to have been able to promote and support the Knife Angel Hereford project for many months leading up to the arrival of the statue in Hereford later today and wish Alison Davies, Meryl Cain and the whole team behind this fabulous event a very successful month ahead. Knife Angel - Also known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, this magnificent 27ft statue built from 100,000 confiscated knives and blades and will be on display at the Cathedral between Monday 14 June - 12 July. Events | The Knife Angel team has been able to organise an exciting range of free-to-attend events to accompany the Knife Angel’s visit and in order to stimulate discussion on the devastating impact violence has on all our lives. These include: A full day virtual conference, entitled ‘Knife Angel Hereford: Crime in 2021 – From Knowledge to Practice’ (see: etc https://hfd.news/em9 for further information and bookings) A comprehensive selection of workshops to be held in locations throughout Hereford City from 21 June to 11 July. Subjects range from ‘Managing post-lockdown stress’ to interactive medical workshops and creative activities. Further details of these free-to-attend events and booking information can be viewed on the Knife Angel’s website: https://bit.ly/3vSI9in Hereford Voice have drawn up a complete and comprehensive list of venues, dates and times etc https://hfd.news/em9 Two walks (22nd and 27th June), arranged as part of the Herefordshire Walking Festival, which include the Knife Angel as part of their route (see: https://www.herefordshirewalkingfestival.co.uk/our-walks for further information). A weapons amnesty, approved by West Mercia Police, where knives, blades and other weapons can be safely disposed. The team responsible for bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford is headed by Alison Davies, who lost her son, Mark, to knife crime in 2018, and Meryl Cain. Alison Davies comments: The Knife Angel will be located outside the cathedral and will be free to visit with no need for visitors to book in advance. Relevant precautions, including a one-way system around the Knife Angel and volunteer stewarding teams, will be in place during the day to help welcome and guide visitors. For further information about the Knife Angel’s visit to Hereford, please visit the website https://knifeangelhereford.co.uk/. Donate to support Knife Angel Hereford 👉 https://hfd.news/u4c #EmbraceHereford and please make time to visit this thought-provoking 'Knife Angel' statue.
  24. Two perfectly photographed Damselflies mating from our Hereford Voice Studio member Paul Lloyd
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