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No. 161 - Wednesday, 22nd August 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Belarus youngsters get sneak preview of new police station
A group of young children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear
disaster were the guests of honour of police in Leominster
recently, when they became the first people to take a look
round the town’s brand new police station. The group of
youngsters from Belarus made the visit to Leominster as
part of a summer holiday they were enjoying, organized by
the Chernobyl Children’s Project. The
UK charity runs around 30 groups across the country, organizing
recuperative holidays for children, teenagers and mothers
former Soviet state, Belarus was among the worst hit areas
by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster
in 1986 and some two million people still live on land poisoned
by the fallout. Holidays abroad give the children a chance
to get away from this environment and forget their worries,
as well as enjoying the chance to travel and experience
a different culture.
. . .
The group celebrate their visit with PC Andy Varden at the new Leominster
PC Andy Varden shows Artsem how to use the radio in one of the patrol
a number of the children staying with families in the area,
the Leominster Local Policing Team took the opportunity
to meet with the group and show off their new state-of-the-art
police station. During the visit to the Enterprise Way site,
the children and their interpreter got to see the new custody
block as it undergoes some final finishing touches before
becoming operational. They also had the chance to use police
radios, try on handcuffs for size (and have them removed!)
as well as having demonstrations of how other police equipment
is used. As a final treat the children got to check out
some of the police vehicles, complete with sirens and flashing
blue lights, while one of the group - whose father is a
police officer back in Belarus - was presented with a child-sized
West Mercia replica helmet.
is incredible to think that the Chernobyl disaster should
still have an incredible impact on children who were born
more than a decade after it happened,' said PC Andy Varden,
who organized the visit. 'It was great to see that they
were all enjoying themselves during the visit. This was
clearly evident from the number of smiles and laughs we
got while going around the station - we didn't need an interpreter
to explain that to us!'
Members of the public will be able to see the new police
station for themselves on Saturday, 8th September, when
a special open day is held as part of West Mercia Constabulary’s
40th Anniversary Celebrations. All are welcome to visit
the police station at Leominster Enterprise Park, to celebrate
40 years of local policing. As well as tours of the facility,
there will be lots of family fun with competitions and quizzes
for children, police vehicles from the past and present
on display, the police helicopter (weather and operational
commitments allowing), a self-defence display, mock crime
scenes and ID parades, police dogs and displays showing
how uniform and equipment has changed through the ages.
People from across the whole of Herefordshire are invited
to come and see for themselves the county’s newest police
facility between 10.30am and 4pm on the day.
Varden shows the group inside one of
Herefordshire Division’s police vans.
tries on a uniform for size.
New Venue for Hereford's Bank Holiday Market
Herefordshire Council has agreed to let Hereford's popular
Bank Holiday Market go ahead at the Merton Meadow car park
on Monday, 27th August.
avoid possible conflict with foot and mouth restrictions,
the usual site of the cattle market is unlikely to be available
for vehicle access and crowds of people. The 140 stalls
expected to attend could therefore not be housed on the
open market site alone and the only other option would have
been to cancel the event.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'This market has been
part of the city's calendar for the past four years and
we decided to act now to make sure it could still go ahead
despite the foot and mouth restrictions. I know many people
enjoy attending the market. Although some parking spaces
will now be lost at Merton Meadow, there will still be plenty
of free parking available at the multi-storey, Garrick surface
and the two cattle market car parks.'
market will not revert to its normal site now, regardless
of the situation regarding foot and mouth. Alternative HGV
overnight parking on Sunday will be signed to the south
area of Merton Meadow.
Tractor highlights cost of putting food on the table
Griffiths, chairman of the Herefordshire Farmer's
Market Group, with the CASE CVX 160 tractor.
Farmer's Market Group had a tractor in High Town at their
most recent market to highlight the cost of producing food
and emphasize it is business as usual for the county's food
and drink producers despite the July floods and foot and
into High Town by L. Evans and Son (Hereford) Ltd from Canon
Pyon, the CASE CVX 160 tractor, which costs £70,000 to buy,
attracted a lot of interest from people attending the popular
farmer's market. Mr. David Griffiths, Chairman of the Herefordshire
Farmer's Market Group, said, 'This tractor was brought to
the farmer's market today so that our customers can see
the machinery that is needed by the farmers to cultivate
the fields to grow food for their tables. We wanted people
to be aware there are all types of expensive machinery needed
to do cultivating and harvesting before farmers can then
sell their produce to the public'.
Griffiths, who runs a nursery in Bodenham, said the farmer's
market was growing in popularity all the time and three
new stall-holders are joining from next month selling Mediterranean
foods, smoked salmon and plants. To be part of the market,
all producers should be within 30 miles of the markets and
items sold will have been grown, reared, caught, brewed,
pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stall-holder
want to stress Herefordshire is open for business and the
county's locally grown produce is available to buy at our
regular markets which not only helps to save the environment
by reducing food miles but also benefits the county's economy
by supporting its farmers," he said.
markets are held throughout the county, run in
partnership with Herefordshire Council. Jeff Owen, Herefordshire
Council's manager for Markets and Fairs and street trading,
said, 'The farmer's markets are popular and we would encourage
people to keep on coming and supporting our local producers.'
High Town market takes place on the first Saturday and third
Thursday of every, in Ross on Wye market place, it is on
the first Friday of every month and Leominster's Corn Square
is the venue on the second Saturday of every month.
Free Basket Making and Herbalism Workshops at Madley
Herefordshire Council's learning team is holding two free
workshops in September aimed at giving people a chance to
try something different.
first event is a basket making workshop which will take
place at Madley Environment Centre on Saturday, 1st September
between 10 am and 5 PM All materials and tuition are supplied
and people attending just need to bring a packed lunch.
During this day, people will be taught the various skills
needed to make a basket which they can then take home.
second workshop is an introduction to herbalism which will
again be held at Madley Environment Centre, this time on
Thursday, 20th September, between 7 PM and 9.30 PM This
workshop will explain what herbalism is and how to use herbs
to ease various ailments.
McKelvie, Herefordshire Council's Learning Champion, said,
'These workshops not only offer people a chance to try something
different but we also hope they will inspire those taking
part to look at other opportunities to learn new skills.
Herefordshire Council's Learning Champions can help those
interested by pointing them towards suitable courses.'
book for these events, please contact Louise Murphy at Madley
Environment Centre on 01981 512561 or email email@example.com.
find out more about Learning Champions contact William Dereham
on 01432 383658.
Bridge Closed Due to Safety Concerns
Herefordshire Council closed a railway bridge in Colwall
Green on Wednesday, 15th August due to safety concerns.
bridge on the B4218 has been subject to travel control measures
since an assessment of the bridge by the council's highways
and transportation department revealed doubts about its
capacity. A further assessment by council's consultant Owen
Williams resulted in serious concerns about the capacity
of the bridge.
council apologizes for any inconvenience as a result of
the temporary closure, which is for safety reasons.' said
Clive Hall, highways network manager. 'The council's concern
for public safety is paramount in such situations and closing
the bridge was unavoidable. A further assessment will be
done as soon as practical but the bridge will need to remain
closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, until this
work is done and repairs or other remedial work completed.
Thankfully at this time of year, alternative routes are
in good condition and are safe so we hope residents and
businesses will bear with us until their bridge can be reopened.'
council undertakes the assessment and repair of all bridges
in Herefordshire as part of its local transport plan, which
aims to maintain a high quality, safe road network. Network
Rail has been consulted over the condition of the bridge
and the road closure. The closure will not affect rail services.
to Colwall can still be gained via the B4218 Wyche Cutting
or via the signed diversion route, which uses the A449,
the C1167 at Ledbury and the C1165, Mill Lane, Colwall.
Go Back to School with Cool Recycled Stationery
Herefordshire Council is encouraging parents to consider
kitting their children out with recycled stationery for
the new school term.
county council's waste reduction team is asking mums, dads
and children to think before they stock up on new stationery
and consider choosing recycled options, such as:
Coloured pencils made from recycled CD cases or plastic
Pencil cases made from recycled car tyres
Rulers made from plastic cups or squashed plastic bags
Pens made from recycled computer printers
Notebooks made from recycled paper and circuit boards
Purses made from recycled juice cartons
Backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles
Key rings and notebooks made from squashed plastic bags
Clipboards made from recycled juice cartons and plastic
The waste reduction team is encouraging schoolchildren to
have a waste free day by reusing their lunch box and drinks
bottle daily. It is also encouraging people to make it their
mission to choose items with little or no packaging and
compost their leftover apple cores and banana skins.
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, said,
'Simply replacing a disposable drink carton with a reusable
drink bottle can significantly help to reduce the amount
of waste created.' A
whole host of recycled goods can be found at www.recyclenow.org.uk.
can be in with a chance of winning one of ten sets of cool
recycled stationery by logging on to www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
and clicking on the Pledge to Win link. People will be asked
to pledge to have a waste free day and tell the team five
key things they will do to achieve it.
county council's waste reduction team is out and about at
locations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this summer
in a bid to encourage more people to reduce, reuse and recycle
their waste. Residents can find out more about meeting members
of the team and climbing aboard its recycling bus by visiting
www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk or calling 01905 766883.
How Does Your Garden Grow - Are You Using Your Compost Bin?
Herefordshire and Worcestershire's waste reduction team,
which covers Herefordshire, will be asking Herefordshire
residents to give some feedback on their use of compost
bins, giving them the chance to win £200.
71,000 subsidized bins have been sold throughout Herefordshire
and Worcestershire since 2004 and a random sample of 2,000
residents who bought bins as part of the scheme are to be
sent a short questionnaire about composting and asked to
tell us about their composting experiences.
scheme has been running for three years now, so the team
is interested to know how people are using their bins and
if they are having success with their composting. The results
of the questionnaires will be used to help the team keep
on top of what's happening with people's household waste
in the two counties and to help improve services to customers
who have shown such support for the scheme.
are being mailed out to residents during this week and all
returned questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw
to win £200.
Salisbury, County Council Project Development Officer for
Composting, said, 'Home composting is a great way of reducing
the amount of waste put out for collection and we want to
make it as easy as possible for our residents to continue
making the most of their bins. By filling in the questionnaires,
householders can let us know about their experiences and
about any support they feel will help them to continue composting.
We can then target these areas, improve our services and
make sure that the bins which have been distributed are
being used to their full potential.
year we did some similar research and had a fantastic response.
The completed questionnaires helped us to focus our composting
who would like further information about composting, or
would like to find out how to get hold of a reduced price
compost bin, should call the Mission Impossible hotline
on 01905 766883 or log on to www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
Herefordshire Council will help you to Jilt that Junk Mail
Herefordshire Council's waste reduction team is reminding
residents that they can make space for the post they want
this summer by jilting their junk mail. People can still
get their hands on a popular free pack that has been put
together to provide households with simple advice to stop
packs contain postcards to register with the Mailing Preference
Service and the Royal Mail's Door to Door Opt Out Service,
a 'no junk mail' letterbox sticker and two envelope reuse
Assistant Catherine Hines, said, 'The free packs provide
the necessary tools to give everyone a choice about what
gets posted through their letterbox. We are urging residents
to use the packs and take the simple steps to reduce waste.
We are also reminding people that if they do still receive
junk mail, they can recycle it through their kerbside recycling
collection, at local recycling banks or even compost it
year, 550 tonnes of junk mail is generated in the UK with
the average household receiving 224 pieces of junk mail.
A staggering £50 million items of junk mail are also
sent to the deceased in the UK. Most scams, including prize
draws and clairvoyant scams, are conducted through unsolicited
mail. Residents wanting to report scams being operated via
junk mail should call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
information about 'Jilt the Junk Mail' and cutting down
on waste can also be found on line at www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
total of 8,000 packs have so far been given out at road
shows, events and on request across Herefordshire and Worcestershire
since February this year, when the pack was launched. Further
packs have now been printed and people can request their
free copy by logging on to www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
or calling the Mission Impossible hotline on 01905 766883.
Scoop that Poop! - Free Bags from Herefordshire Info Centres
As part of its commitment to keeping Herefordshire's streets
clear of dog mess, free poop scoop bags are going to be
made available at Herefordshire Info Centres.
bags, which come in a pack of five, can be disposed of in
any of the council's litter bins not just the special dog
waste ones. Dog owners wanting to take advantage of the
free bags, (one pack per household) should pop into one
of the Info in Herefordshire centres.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing, said, 'One of the
major complaints we still get from members of the public
is about the amount of dog mess on the county's streets
and pavements which is not only unpleasant but can also
pose a health danger. We are offering these free poop scoop
bags with the aim of educating people and getting them into
the habit of clearing up after their dogs, hoping they will
continue to bag their waste, perhaps by reusing any plastic
bags they may have. Dog owners who allow their pets to foul
the streets face a £50 fixed penalty notice and this figure
can rise to £1,000 if the case goes to court, so it really
is in their interest to get into the habit of carrying plastic
bags with them so waste can be disposed of safely.'
The poop scoop bags will be available from Tuesday, 28th
Info Shop, Swan House, Edde Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye
Info Shop, 11 Corn Square, Leominster
The Bromyard Centre, 1 Cruxwell Street, Bromyard
Info Shop, St Katherines, High Street, Ledbury
The Hereford Centre, Garrick House, Widemarsh Street, Hereford
The Kington Centre, 2 Mill Street, Kington
Newton Farm Information Centre, Hereford.
Information Days for Older People
A special event which is being organized by Herefordshire
Council and the Pension Service is being held in Hereford's
High Town on Wednesday, 5th and Thursday, 6th September,
to offer help and information to older people, enabling
them to maximize their income and stay independent.
from 10am until 4pm on both days, the event, 'Older People's
Information Day' is aimed at anybody over the age of 60.
There will be a wealth of free information on offer that
can help older people to live independent lives in their
own homes. Staff will be on hand to offer help with claiming
a range of benefits, including getting help towards the
cost of care, council tax and rent payments as well as topping
up your pension.
range of Telecare products that provide home safety and
personal security will also be on view, and energy efficiency
tips will be available. Free energy saving light bulbs will
be given out on a first come, first served basis.
of organizations such as Age Concern, and ABLE (Access,
Benefits, Leisure and Employment) will also be attending.
ABLE is a disability information and advice service.
Olwyn Barnett, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
social care adults and health, said, 'The longer people
can stay living in their own homes, the better it is both
for their own health and quality of life. However, as people
get older, they may need extra support to stay independent
and I would encourage them to attend this event to find
out more about ways they can continue to live happily at
Help Older People to Stay Independent for Longer - Grants Available
Cash is being made available to either create new or continue
existing activities, facilities and services to improve
the quality of life for older people aged 65 and above and
help them continue to live independently for longer.
Council has allocated £50,000 per year for three years to
expand services that promote well being and prevent the
need for formal care services among older people.
Council is urging community and voluntary groups to apply
for the grants of between £250 and £10,000 per year for
a maximum of three years. The money is to be used to improve
existing facilities and / or create new ones which could
include providing support to carers, access to services
such as community transport, improving physical safety within
the home and staying healthy through exercise.
non profit making organizations can apply and they must
be able to show genuine evidence of need, not duplicate
existing services and must demonstrate value for money.
The kind of things that a grant could be spent on are venue
hire, computers, transport costs, volunteer expenses, equipment
Olwyn Barnett, cabinet member for social care adults and
health, said, 'We know there are a lot of organizations
already providing valuable services for older people who
struggle for funding. We are hoping this grant will help
them continue their good work as well as develop new activities
and projects. Herefordshire has a high percentage of older
people and we want to make sure they live full and rich
lives independently for as long as possible.
council's investment in these services aims to support the
growing number of Herefordshire's older citizens in a way
they prefer and in a way that is sustainable.'
next deadline for applications is 5th October 2007. For
an information leaflet or an application form please contact
the delegated grants and programmes team on 01432 260753.
Food Waste Disposers - Inexpensive and Effective
Food waste disposers are an effective and inexpensive way
of disposing of kitchen waste, according to a County Surveyors'
County Surveyors' Society and Worcestershire County Council,
working with Herefordshire Council, commissioned an independent
report into the efficiency of the disposers as part of its
work to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste
sent to landfill. Environmental Consultant Dr Tim Evans
was asked to look at the financial and environmental impact
of the disposers.
Evans' report claims that, 'They provide a cost effective,
convenient and hygienic means of separating kitchen food
waste at source and diverting it from landfill.' Dr Evans
also said that Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire
Council had been pioneers in promoting the installation
of food waste disposers. They are convenient and hygienic
for householders and do not discourage home composting.
Howell-Thomas, Worcestershire County Council's project development
officer, said, 'The report is great news as it shows disposers
play a demonstrable part in reducing much of the biodegradable
waste we currently send to landfill. It also shows how installing
a disposer could save the equivalent of nearly £19 per household
per year against the cost of dealing with the waste. 'On
top of that, there's evidence that food waste disposers
have a lower carbon footprint than other methods, meaning
that they're good for the environment and good for council
and Worcestershire can claim up to £80 towards the cost
of a food waste disposer as part of its Sink Your Waste
wanting to find out more or make a claim, should visit www.sinkyourwaste.com
or call 01905 766883.
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