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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 158 - Wednesday, 1st August 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
begins on new primary school for Sutton
has begun on the construction of a new eco-friendly primary
school at Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford.
existing building is the original Victorian school house
constructed in 1874. This has been extended over the years
to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers. There is very
little space for children to play, both inside and outside,
and with new family housing planned for the area the temporary
buildings desperately need to be replaced.
cost of the new school is being met from a government grant,
Herefordshire Council capital funds and a £200,000 contribution
from the community towards the new hall.
to accommodate 84 children, a pre-school and after school
club, the new building will consist of three classrooms
and a community hall for shared use. The school will be
built with the environment in mind - natural lighting and
ventilation will minimize the need to consume energy. A
special feature will include a rainwater harvesting system
so that rainwater can be conserved and recycled.
The school is contributing to the project by kitting out
the new building with contemporary furniture and state of
the art ICT equipment.
Box, acting head teacher, said: 'We have just received this
year's results which indicate that Sutton St. Nicholas Primary
School is one of the most improving primary schools in the
country. 100% of our key stage two children achieved level
4 in English, reading and writing with 91% in maths and
91% in science. 100% of these children also managed to get
a level 5 in reading which is unprecedented. 'This goes
to show what a strong, successful school Sutton St Nicholas
is, despite the poor existing accommodation. 'We are delighted
that the children are going to get the new, modern school
Over the last few weeks, preparatory work has been undertaken
by C J Bayliss who have been contracted to build the school.
The first brick was laid on Friday 27th July by Councillor
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people
at 2.30pm. Councillor Hyde said, 'Herefordshire Council
is committed to providing the very best education we can
for our children, and we are keen to make sure the buildings
children learn in are good quality. 'The school's performance
has improved dramatically recently. The children, staff
and parents are celebrating some incredible key stage one
and two results at the moment in spite of the poor surroundings.
Soon the children will be able to enjoy learning in new,
modern buildings which is what they deserve.'
new school will be completed by Easter next year.
Councillor, Jenny Hyde lays the first brick.
Fifteen Homes Approved at Kingsland
Planning permission for 15 new homes to be built on land
at Croftmead, North Road, Kingsland, near Leominster, was
approved by Herefordshire Council's Northern area planning
subcommittee on Wednesday, 25th July. The application was
deferred at the meeting on June 27 for a site visit which
took place on Tuesday, 10th July.
development is made up of nine detached four bedroom homes,
one detached three bedroom home and five affordable homes
in the form of two separate terraces of two bedroom units.
letters of objection were received.
Halo offers changing places for disabled people
Leominster Leisure Centre manager Haydn Roberts and Jonathan Hunt
changing rooms specially designed for use by disabled people.
Herefordshire Council has come to an agreement with Halo
leisure centres over providing easily accessible changing
places for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.
designed changing areas at Hereford Leisure Pool in St Martins
Avenue and Leominster Leisure Centre in Coningsby Street
are to be made available for use by disabled people, even
if they are not using the leisure facilities. Both of the
centres have toilets with enough space for disabled people
and their carers, and the right equipment, including a height
adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
Olwyn Barnett, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
social care adults and health, said: 'We are extremely grateful
to Halo for offering this service which will greatly increase
independence for disabled people. 'It will enable these
people to enjoy a day out in Hereford or Leominster to go
shopping or for a walk without their carers having the worry
of finding suitable changing facilities. At present, the
only option is to use public toilets which are not adequately
present there are no dedicated public changing rooms for
disabled people and, ultimately, Herefordshire Council would
like to see ones set up in Hereford city and the five market
towns of Ross, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington and Leominster.
Roberts, manager of the Leominster Leisure Centre, said:
'As part of our commitment to allowing all people to access
leisure facilities in the county, we have specially equipped
changing rooms at Hereford Leisure Pool and Leominster Leisure
Centre and we are happy to offer these facilities to all
disabled people. All we ask is that people telephone us
in advance so we can make sure the facilities are not already
being used and hopefully this will give carers extra freedom
so they can enjoy a day out without worrying about finding
suitable changing rooms.'
Rose Hunt, whose son Jonathan, 22, has profound disabilities
said: 'My son is striving to have a life like everyone else
and this is one more step towards that and means he doesn't
have to come home to be changed but can instead spend all
day in either Leominster or Hereford.'
Leominster Leisure Centre manager Haydn Roberts in the changing
rooms specially designed for use by disabled people.
Affordable Homes for Kington Approved
Plans to demolish a residential care facility and build
12 affordable homes at Kingswood Hall, Kingswood Road, Kington,
have been approved by Herefordshire Council's Northern area
planning subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, 25th July.
application by South Shropshire Housing Association was
deferred at the meeting on 29th May for a site visit to
be carried out. A Kington Housing Needs Survey published
in July 2004 identified a need for 61 affordable homes.
An information day was held on Friday, 20th July 2007, when
Herefordshire Council's strategic housing team met Kington
residents to discuss their need for affordable homes. The
affordable homes to be provided on the site will be a mix
of rented (six) and shared ownership (six) flats, homes
The site ceased use as a residential care home in 2003 because
much of the accommodation had become obsolete and failed
to meet the necessary standards. Before this, the site was
used by the Kington Poor Law Union Workhouse until about
letters of objection were received.
Pupils from Lord Scudamore with Councillor Julie Woodward, Councillor
David Benjamin and
Nigel Fox, manager of the Hereford Sainsbury's store.
Sainsbury's in Barton Road, Hereford, has become the first
supermarket to sign up to Herefordshire Council's Streetscene
campaign to keep the county clean. Streetscene signs have
been put up at entrances to the supermarket and the Duty
manager Nigel Fox, aided by pupils from Lord Scudamore Primary
School, carried out a clean sweep of the approach to the
store from the Great Western Way on Tuesday, 17th July.
Fox, Sainsbury's Duty manager, said: 'We are looking forward
to working with the Streetscene campaign and hope that,
by ensuring our store's surrounding area is kept as clean
as possible, it will enhance the shopping experience for
our customers as well. 'As a supermarket, we like to work
with the local community and it is nice to work with youngsters
as well. As a store we have been involved with all sorts
of community initiatives including donating sports equipment
to nearby schools through the Active Kids campaign'.
pupils from Hereford's Lord Scudamore School were issued
with special graptors (animal-headed litter pickers) and
'Streetscene' fluorescent vests to help with the cleanup.
The school is also the first to sign up to the Streetscene
Charter which requires a commitment to keep the school grounds
litter free and, where possible, work with the local community
to promote a better, cleaner environment.
Scudamore School has been a Streetscene Nozone - NO litter,
NO chewing gum, NO graffiti, NO dog fouling - for some time
and is a committed eco-school. The cleanup will be followed
by clearing and tidying the grassy areas at the approach
to the rear of the store from the Great Western Way.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment and strategic
housing, said: 'I would like to thank both Sainsbury's and
the pupils at Lord Scudamore School for supporting Streetscene
in this practical way. As a council, we are committed to
making the environment as pleasant as possible and hope
that if people see this area, which is popular with both
walkers and cyclists, is clean and tidy then they will try
and keep it that way.'
Councillor David Benjamin with some of the Lord Scudamore pupils
during the litter pick outside Sainsbury's in Hereford.
Councillor Julie Woodward and Lord Scudamore pupils, from left,
Rhiannon Jenkins, Abby Proctor, Zoe Staunton, Lauren Meredith and
Approval Given for 425 New Homes in Leominster
A scheme to build 425 homes at Barons Cross Camp, Cholstrey,
Leominster, was approved by Herefordshire Council's Northern
area planning subcommittee on Wednesday, 25th July. The
application was deferred by the committee on Wednesday,
27th June, following a request from councillors for a public
meeting to be held. This
meeting was held on Wednesday, 18th July.
Taylor Woodrow Developments Limited is to build 57 one-bedroom
homes, 154 two-bedroom homes, 158 three-bedroom homes and
56 homes with four or more bedrooms on the site. Within
the development there will be 140 affordable homes, 41 of
which will be for shared ownership and 99 of them will be
were received from the Council for the Protection of Rural
England, Leominster Civic Society, the Leominster branch
of Herefordshire Green Party and eight members of the public.
Outline planning permission was granted on October 10, 2006.
Government Earmarks Twenty Million for South Wye High School
Herefordshire Council has been informed that the government
has earmarked £20million to transform Wyebridge Sports College
in Hereford to a new state of the art academy by 2010.
Department for Children, Schools and Families approved the
principle of a co-educational academy for approximately
900 11-16 year olds in the South Wye area of Hereford earlier
this year. The approval came when an anonymous benefactor
gave a donation of £1.5m to sponsors, Diocese of Hereford.
This money will be used as an endowment fund, providing
ongoing support for the school and its students in the future.
academy will specialize in sport, science and health. It
will help to create new educational standards by offering
courses linked closely to the needs of individual students
and by increasing the involvement of parents and the wider
community. Wyebridge Sports College has dramatically improved
GCSE results over the last few years and it is anticipated
that significant capital investment will result in further
improvements. Elsewhere in the country academies have seen
improved GCSE results and increased rates of young people
staying on to continue their education at a sixth form.
new academy will be leased to and managed by a trust which
will include representatives from the Diocese. Proposals
for the academy do not alter the administrative arrangements
of the school and no places will be offered on denominational
grounds. The school will continue to serve the South Wye
area and the admissions policy will stay the same.
£20million will be used to rebuild the existing school with
the exception of a teaching block built in the 1990s. The
sponsors are talking to staff, children, the local authority
and the local community about the sorts of facilities that
will be needed. Their vision for the new academy will go
out to consultation in September.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said: 'Becoming an academy provides the school and its community
with lots of new opportunities. The financial commitment
from the government and the Diocese means that South Wye
children will be able to enjoy new, modern, well equipped
buildings and facilities, together with an innovative school
curriculum to help raise levels of achievement. It is hoped
to complete a feasibility study and consultation exercise
by the end of this year so that plans can be drawn up and
a contractor appointed for September 2008.
Temporary Loss of Car Parking Space
Herefordshire Council is advising motorists that an area
of the Wye Street car park will be closed off to vehicles
because of work being carried out on the Belmont flood defences.
contractors, Morrison Construction need an area of the car
park for working and access during construction of the part
of the proposed flood defence wall which runs next to the
car park on the Bishop's Meadow and King George's Playing
Field boundary side.
of the 81 spaces on the car park will be unavailable for
public use for a three to four week period from early August
but will be reinstated to car park spaces on completion
of the works.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'I would ask motorists
to bear with us while this section of work is carried out
because the health and safety of the workers on site must
be our top priority.'
Extra Car Parking in Hereford Available Soon
Hereford motorists will soon be able to benefit from 60
extra car parking spaces in the city centre after Herefordshire
Council reached agreement with the landowner to manage the
permission for a car park with 60 spaces at 15 - 17 Kyrle
Street, Hereford, formerly The Car Centre, has been granted
on condition the facility is managed by Herefordshire Council
in accordance with its overall transport policy.
Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation,
said, 'This is an area where there is significant demand
for parking, because it is close to shops in Commercial
Road and the County Hospital. Demand for parking in this
area often exceeds supply on a daily basis and we have been
able to gain agreement with the landowner to manage the
car park and in return, will receive a proportion of the
income from it.'
notices have now been published for an Order which will
enable Herefordshire Council to manage the car park at Kyrle
Street. It will be a pay and display car park and the usual
disabled vehicle and local elderly concessionary exemptions
will apply. Any objections to the Order for the car park
must be made in writing to Alan McLaughlin, Head of legal
and democratic services, Herefordshire Council, Brockington,
35, Hafod Road, Hereford. HR1 1SH and must be received by
Friday, 17th August 2007.
is currently taking place on site and it is hoped that the
car park will be open to the public in a few weeks time.
For further information on the car park contact Herefordshire
Council's parking manager Mick Morris, on 01432 383276.
Dig That! at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Archaeology is the focus of a new exhibition at Hereford
Museum and Art Gallery, which will run until Monday, 3rd
September. Dig that! is in the foyer case display and highlights
some of the museum's archaeology collections. These include
materials from the Roman occupation, Iron Age, Palaeolithic,
Bronze Age and medieval period. Particular
high points of the collection are Iron Age material from
Croft Ambrey and Sutton Walls hill forts as well as Romano-British
finds from Kenchester Roman Villa.
Stevenson, collections and access officer, said, 'Digging
up past communities, exploration and discovery is what archaeology
is all about and hopefully this display will get more people
interested in finding out more about the county they live
Council Halts Roadworks to Preserve Rotherwas Ribbon
Herefordshire Council has confirmed that it had stopped
work on the Rotherwas Relief Road around the Rotherwas Ribbon
since the archaeological find was discovered and is taking
steps to preserve it for future generations. The council
had its first opportunity on Friday, 27th July 2007 to debate
the significance of the prehistoric find and resolved that
no irreversible action be taken that could prejudice preservation
of the site.
council's plans to protect the Ribbon with layers of protective
membranes and sand are endorsed by English Heritage and
work will be undertaken as soon as site conditions allow.
Several questions from the public were responded to and
after a full debate, the council voted for the cabinet to
consider the most appropriate way of completing the Rotherwas
Relief Road and to address any financial consequences of
council was assured that any decision taken by the cabinet
would be a key one, which meant it could be 'called in'
and scrutinized by other elected members. If the views of
cabinet and the scrutiny committee differ, then the leader
of the council will call a special meeting of the council
to debate the issues.
Council is awaiting a report from English Heritage on whether
or not the site meets the criteria for scheduling as a nationally
important monument but its advice echoes that of the county
archaeological service that the remains should be preserved
where they are and protected from bad weather.
the weekend's storm caused erosion to surrounding areas,
the passage of water across the Ribbon was safely channelled
through existing land drains over the cracked stone pathway.
Temporary measures were not put in place then as this risked
damaging the site if undertaken during the recent bad weather.
The council has shown 1,000 people around the site so far.
am pleased we were able to have a full and informed debate
and respond to questions from the public today', said Councillor
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment. 'The council
is determined to save the Rotherwas Ribbon in line with
best professional archaeological advice and practice. We
believe we have taken all the right and appropriate measures
to communicate the find, protect it and enable people to
see it. The action now is to cover it over with a protective
membrane in order to safeguard it for future generations,
as well as use the latest technology to record information
about the find and present it for current generations to
further information contact Herefordshire Council by telephoning
Taking Play into the Heart of the County
Herefordshire Council is working with Wildplay to take lots
of exciting play based activities into the Golden Valley
and Ross areas over the summer holidays. A series of fun
play days will be run from Herefordshire's play bus "Moby"
which will be parked up at a variety of locations as indicated
playdays are free and aimed at children up to 13 years of
age. Children under the age of five must be accompanied
by an adult, although all adults are welcome to come and
enjoy the activities with their children. Play sessions
last for two hours and flasks, wellies and waterproofs are
Playday schedule is as follows:
Monday, 6th August at 10:30 am - Longtown Primary School.
Moby playbus, face painting and wand or tiara making activity
by Amy Forbes
Monday 6th August at 1:30 PM - Ewyas Harold Primary School.
Wildplay run in conjunction with the existing holiday club
at the school.
Tuesday, 7th August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Bridges Childcare
at Wormbridge. Music for 0-5s in the morning. Craft
activity and Wildplay.
Monday, 13th August at 10.30am - Clehonger village hall
car park and green. Wildplay and face painting or wand
or tiara making activity by Amy Forbes.
Tuesday, 14 August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Clifford community
hall and field. Wildplay, face painting and craft activities
run by Busy Bees nursery.
Monday, 20th August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Brampton
Abbotts primary school. Wildplay.
Tuesday, 21st August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Bridstow
Primary school. Wildplay.
Wednesday, 22nd August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Kings
Caple Primary school hall. Wildplay.
Thursday, 23rd August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Goodrich
Primary School. Wildplay.
Friday, 24th August at 10.30am and 1.30pm - Tudorville
on the green near the youth centre.
Friday, 31st August at 10.30am - Peterchurch Community
Hall. Music for 0-5's, Wildplay, face painting, craft
Friday, 31st August at 1.30pm Local fire-fighters
will provide games, information and a show the children
how their fire engine works.
Further information is available from Elizabeth Davies or
Zoe Woods on 01432 261681.
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