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No. 163 - Wednesday, 5th September 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
City Floral Decorations Competition Winners
of the floral displays in Bewell Square, Bewell Street, winner in
the category for other premises.
winners of this year's Hereford City Floral Decorations
Competition have been announced. The competition, judged
by Herefordshire Council's parks and countryside service,
is organized each year, in partnership with Hereford City
Council, to encourage Hereford's traders and business to
brighten up their premises with floral displays, which in
turn enhance the appearance of the whole city.
Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Chris Chappell, will present
the winners with their awards during a special ceremony
to be held at the Mayors Parlour, Town Hall, Hereford on
Thursday September 27, 2007 at 7.30pm.
The ceremony has been organized in order to thank the city's
traders for their contribution and commitment to making
Hereford a more vibrant place for residents and visitors
alike. Winners of the Hereford City Floral Decorations Competition
2007 were: Group 1 - Banks & Offices: Beaumonts, Offa Street.
Group 2 - Hotels & Public Houses (Large Premises): Three
Counties Hotel, Belmont Road. Group 3 - Hotels & Public
Houses (Small Premises): Taste Of Raj, St Owens Street.
Group 4 - Small Fronted Shops: John McKellar, Church Street.
Group 5 - Large Fronted Shops: Rockfield DIY, Station Approach.
Group 6 - Other Premises: Bewell Square, Bewell Street.
Powell, assistant parks manager who judged this competition
on behalf of the parks and countryside service, said,
year the high standard of the floral displays despite the
adverse weather in Hereford city showed the shared commitment
of local people to enhance the city's environment. We very
much hope that this enthusiasm continues in coming years
with more businesses joining the next competition.'
Beaumonts, Offa Street, winner in the banks and offices category.
John McKellar in Church Street, winner in the small fronted shops
Taste of Raj, St Owen Street, winner in the hotels and public houses
(small premises) category.
Rockfield DIY, winners in the large fronted shops category.
Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, winner in the hotels and public
houses (large premises) category.
A Host of Attractions for Leominster Police Station Open Day
Custody cells, the Force helicopter, police vehicles from
through the ages and a falconry display will be just some
of the attractions when the Leominster Police Station throws
its doors open to the public for the first time.
is welcome to go along to Herefordshire Division’s Open
Day on Saturday, 8th September, which is not only to celebrate
the completion of the brand new station on Leominster’s
Enterprise Park, but also the 40th Anniversary of West Mercia
state of the art custody block will be opened up once again
and there will be guided tours carried out through its cells,
interview rooms, reception and identity suite. The West
Mercia helicopter is also scheduled to put in a special
appearance at the police station’s own heli-pad, while a
host of police vehicles from throughout the past 40 years
will be on display. Visitors
will also get to meet at least one of the division’s canine
officers, with a dog van planned to attend during the day.
of the star attractions will be a falconry display, with
commentary by PC ‘Chippy’ Wood, one of Herefordshire Division’s
wildlife crimes officers. Other exciting displays are planned
for the main arena , including a self defence and unarmed
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will also
be on hand with fire safety advice and a special smoke tent,
to show what it is like to be trapped in a smoke filled
room and how to be best prepared for an emergency.
Superintendent Mark Turner, Divisional Commander for Herefordshire,
urged people across the county to come along and enjoy what
promises to be an exciting day out for all the family. He
said, 'We are keen to open our doors for people to find
out what we’re all about and to give everyone the chance
to see for themselves the fantastic new police station in
Leominster. While it is often necessary for a lot of police
work to be done behind closed doors, we are committed to
being as open as possible with the communities we serve.
We want the public to know that we are approachable and
let them know what goes on in our police stations.
are a part of the community and therefore want people to
enjoy a closer look at what we do and come along and meet
officers face to face. Entry
is free and we have lots of competitions and police related
goodies to hand out, so we are confident that nobody, whether
young or old will leave empty handed or disappointed. There
are also plans for the Division’s forensic department to
set up a mock crime scene to demonstrate some of the techniques
they use when dealing with an incident, to show people that
there is more to collecting evidence than is seen on television
shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
bags will be handed out to visitors and we’ve been optimistic
about good weather by booking an ice cream van to help keep
people cool. Even more entertainment will be provided by
the acclaimed local 2FaCed Dance Company, while a special
coffee morning and a variety of collections, quizzes and
souvenir items will help to raise money for the Police Community
Fund and the Macmillan Cancer Appeal.'
Open Day will run from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday, 8th
September 8 and entry is free. Leominster Police Station
can be found at the Enterprise Park, just off the main A49
Hereford to Leominster road.
Herefordshire Council's Environment Directorate Gains ISO 9001
Herefordshire Council's environment directorate has been
awarded ISO 9001, an internationally recognized standard
for Quality Management Systems. It
took almost two years for the directorate, which includes
planning services, highways and transportation, environmental
health and trading standards and environment support service,
to achieve ISO 9001.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic
housing, said, 'As a county, Herefordshire is justly proud
of its quality status and I am delighted the directorate's
work has now been rewarded. Our customers are very important
to us and the ISO 9001 shows our staff meet international
standards for service delivery and also respond well when
we have to deal with complaints.'
assessment was carried out into the directorate, looking
at the ability of its services to meet customer and regulatory
requirements. To achieve the standard, the directorate had
to identify its key processes in terms of service delivery.
Staff then have to provide evidence of documented procedures
carried out which enable the council to have a consistent
approach to delivery of services. Factors taken into account
during the assessment included: ·
all staff undertaking specific work are competent, and
evidence of training is in place.
of customer satisfaction is determined, including responding
to complaints about service delivery
When things go wrong, effective arrangements are put in
place to correct problems and prevent recurrence.
Adequate resources are in place in terms of staffing,
infrastructure, and work environment.
Performance against objectives is monitored and measured,
seeking continuous improvement.
Audits of our processes are undertaken to ensure that
all the requirements of the standard have been met.
independent assessment took 12 days to complete and the
external assessors audited many staff across the directorate,
including the director, service managers and administration
staff. Certification to the standard was recommended with
no non-conformance identified by assessors.
Baby Sign and Rhyme Sessions at Ledbury Library
Herefordshire Libraries are to start running baby sign and
rhyme sessions at Ledbury Library. The first session will
be held on Friday, 28th September between 10am and 10.30am.
signing is a type of communication that babies as young
as six months old can use to communicate with their parents
and carers. Babies of this age are capable of understanding
but their ability to speak doesn't develop until they are
12 to 18 months old.
these sessions, babies will enjoy a couple of stories and
some rhymes which parents will be able to join in with.
Parents will also be taught a few signs which they can use
to help them communicate with their baby in a fun and enjoyable
the launch on Friday, 28th September, goodie bags will be
handed out to parents and they will also be able to sign
up for the Bookstart Book Crawl to collect certificates
for their children. Each child is given their own Book Crawl
collector's card and each time they visit the library they
receive a sticker. When the card is filled with five stickers,
they get a certificate. There
are up to five different certificates to collect, with colourful
drawings by top children's illustrators such as Catherine
and Laurence Anholt, Rod Campbell, Penny Dale, Lara Jones
and Hilda Offen.
are reminded libraries do not charge fines for under fives
on any library books. Any parents interested in the sign
and rhyme sessions are welcome to drop in to Ledbury Library
or telephone Herefordshire Libraries on 01531 632133 for
further information. Alternatively, why not go along to
the first session?
Storytime Sessions at Colwall Library
Herefordshire Libraries are to start running storytime sessions
at Colwall Library from Friday, 28th September for the under
fives. Parents are invited to bring under fives along to
hear stories and rhymes between 2.15pm and 2.45pm.
celebrate the launch, children will be given goodie bags
and there will be face painting with a jungle theme. Children
will also get the chance to sign up for the Bookstart Book
Crawl to collect certificates for their reading.
this scheme, which aims to boost reading among under fives,
each child gets their own Book Crawl collector's card and
then receives a sticker each time they visit the library.
When the card has been filled with five stickers, the child
will get a specially designed certificate.
are also reminded that Herefordshire Libraries do not issue
fines on books issued to under fives. Any parents interested
in the storytimes are welcome to drop in to Colwall Library
or they can just come along to the first session on September
Antisocial Drinking - Restrictions to be Introduced in Kington
Herefordshire Council has agreed to make an Order that designates
parts of the town for the purposes of restricting the consumption
of alcohol in public places.
Order has been made under sections 12-16 of the Criminal
Justice and Police Act 2001 and the Local Authorities (Alcohol
Consumption in Designated Places) Regulations 2001. This
legislation gives local authorities powers to place restrictions
on public drinking within so called designated places where
it is associated with nuisance, antisocial behaviour, or
with disorder. Five
similar Orders have already been agreed to cover designated
areas of Hereford City and the market towns of Leominster,
Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Bromyard as well as the villages
of Madley and Peterchurch.
Orders give the police powers to require a person not to
drink alcohol in a designated place where the officer believes
that the person is, has or intends to do so, and to confiscate
any alcohol or containers in the person's possession. It
is not an offence to drink alcohol in these designated places
but failure to comply with an officer's requests in respect
of drinking or surrendering alcohol is an arrestable offence.
report to Herefordshire Council's regulatory committee,
said, 'These orders have already proved to be effective
and successful in combating antisocial behaviour where alcohol
consumption has been involved. I hope this new order will
now help to tackle any similar problems in the market town
of Kington to be covered by the order are Doctors Lane,
(aka Prospect Road), Common Close, Park View (next to Lady
Hawkins School boundary), Kington Football Club grounds,
Kington recreation ground, Park Avenue, Mill Street, Crab
Tree Road, Crab Tree Road car park, Marwick Close, Church
Street, Church Road, The Square, Greenfields, High Street,
Prospect Lane, Prospect Place, Furlong Lane, Bridge Street
(up to and including the Arrow Bridge), Duke Street (up
to its junction with Love Lane), Oxford Lane, Market Hall
Street, Place de Marines, Market Hall, Co-operative Stores'
car park, Nisa Stores car park, Lady Hawkins School grounds,
the livestock market and the churchyard of St. Mary's Church.
Order will come into force shortly. The committee will review
the order after 12 months.
A Chance to Join Herefordshire Local Access Forum
Herefordshire Local Access Forum is seeking new members.
Set up by Herefordshire Council under the Countryside and
Rights of Way Act 2000, the role of the HLAF is to improve
public access to land for the purposes of open air recreation
and enjoyment. Up
to twenty two people are required to sit on the forum and
because of a rolling membership, an opening now exists for
are sought from people with a knowledge of countryside issues
and an understanding of the interaction between recreation,
land management, conservation and other interests. Members
serve on a voluntary basis for a period of three years and
meetings are held three to four times a year at various
venues in Herefordshire.
Hemblade, Herefordshire Council's public rights of way manager,
said, 'We are fortunate in Herefordshire to have the most
beautiful and varied landscape and the forum will be helping
to ensure opportunities for access and exploration can be
fully considered. The forum aims to represent landowners
and users of the land and has an important role to play
in advising the council and other bodies on access issues.'
closing date for applications is Friday, 21st September
2007 so if you would like to apply, do it soon. Application
forms are available by contacting Paul Seville on 01432
260785 or by emailing email@example.com.
Household Waste Permits Reinstated
Herefordshire Council has reinstated the permit scheme for
residents wishing to dispose of their household waste. When
the floods hit in July, the council temporarily relaxed
the commercial vehicle and trailer permit scheme at its
household waste sites enabling residents to get rid of any
flood damaged household items quickly. Six
weeks on, the permit scheme is restored and any resident
wishing to dispose of their household waste in a commercial
type vehicle or trailer must now have a permit.
council says the permits are necessary to prevent business
and commercial operators dumping waste and expecting council
taxpayers to foot the bill when it goes to landfill.
resident who wants to dispose of waste using a commercial
vehicle or trailer is welcome to do so but they do need
to obtain a permit in advance of visiting the site,' said
a spokesperson. 'For six weeks we have not turned anybody
away from our sites with their own flood damaged material,
regardless of the vehicle. However, as the urgency of the
situation has now passed, we feel that it is appropriate
to fully restore the permit scheme.'
have to make their own arrangements for the disposal of
waste and are now using legitimate outlets for disposal.
This has resulted in a significant fall in waste going to
the council's household waste sites since the beginning
of the scheme in April this year. There have also been over
16,000 permit applications from the public to Herefordshire
and Worcester Councils, who operate the scheme jointly.
apply for permits you can telephone 0845 607 2007, visit
Herefordshire Council info centres or log on to: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/householdwastesites.
Multi Faith Conference for Children
Religious Education teachers and children aged between ten
and eleven years from across the county have been invited
to a big multi faith conference to learn about Hinduism,
Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.
children will meet people from different non-Christian faith
communities and learn about their religions by getting involved
in creative workshops including music, art, dance, story
telling and demonstrations of the way other people celebrate
will be introduced to Hinduism through Rangoli pattern making
and Hindu story telling, and Sikhism through the use of
authentic artefacts and spiritual music to explore morals
and values. Children will have the opportunity to observe
and participate in different Jewish rituals and try some
traditional bread, collah or mazot. They will also be able
to explore Islamic art through an Arabic calligraphy workshop.
two day event will take place at Holmer CE Primary School
and neighbouring Hereford Leisure Centre. The conference
has been organized by a partnership between the Herefordshire
multi faith development group and Holmer primary school,
encouraged and supported by Herefordshire SACRE (Standing
Advisory Council on Religious Education), with grant funding
from the Herefordshire Local Network Fund.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'We are very grateful to SACRE and Holmer primary
school for helping to make this event happen. It is important
that our children have the opportunity to explore other
faiths and try new things so that they have an understanding
of the world around them and can learn to respect and celebrate
Ault, event organizer from the Baha'I Faith, said, 'This
is a wonderful opportunity to bring children and adults
of different faith backgrounds together in a creative, positive
and enjoyable way. I hope that this event will be the first
conference takes place on Tuesday, 25th and Wednesday, 26th
September between 9.15am and 3.45pm.
Dad's to Clown Around at Greencroft Childrens Centre
Children in Hereford's South Wye area are being invited
to 'clown around' with their Dad's at the Green Croft Children's
Centre on Saturday, 8th September. Many dads don't get the
opportunity to have quality play time with their children
due to work commitments or because groups available are
often attended more by mothers. As a result the Green Croft
Children's Centre in Redhill, Hereford is setting up a dads
and kids group which aims to promote and boost interactive
play and give dads a chance to meet other dads with young
sessions will take place between 10am and 12 noon on the
first Saturday of each month from this Saturday, 8th September
until June next year. No booking is necessary for this event,
so anybody wishing to take part can just turn up on the
meeting will have some kind of fun activity organized. The
first event on 8th September will focus on a "Big Top" theme
where dads and their children can have a go at a range of
circus skills, including juggling, plate spinning, uni-cycling
and magical tricks. The group activities are being supported
by Herefordshire Council's Wider Family Learning which is
funded by the Learning and Skills Council.
Manager, Viv Daly, said, 'We know there are many dads out
there in the community who may be looking for activities
and ideas on things to do with their children. Research
tells us that interacting in children's play helps children
develop a whole range of social skills as well as cementing
parent / child bonds and we've organized these sessions
to help dads learn about the importance of play. The sessions
are free, refreshments are available and most of all, it
promises to be fun.'
Colwall Bridge to reopen for Pedestrians
Herefordshire Council has won its race against time to find
a solution for children separated from their school by a
closed railway bridge.
further assessments and discussions with Network Rail, the
council is to reopen the Colwall Green Bridge on the B4218
for pedestrians only. This will enable school children to
use it in time for the start of the new school term on Wednesday,
5th September 2007.
bridge was closed to all traffic on Wednesday, 15th August
after an assessment by highways engineers raised safety
concerns. Since then the council has looked at a number
of possible solutions to help children get to schools on
the other side of the bridge. They had put plans into place
for the installation of a temporary footbridge and special
school buses, should the bridge have had to remain closed.
Following further analysis and discussions with Network
Rail, the council has decided the bridge can be reopened
for pedestrians only. However, the council will continue
to monitor the bridge and will review the decision if there
is a risk to safety.
Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation,
said, 'The safety of our schoolchildren will always be a
prime concern and we promised from the outset to explore
every possibility to ensure the children had a journey to
and from school which was as safe and as easy as possible.
Reopening the bridge to pedestrians was an option most likely
to be welcomed by the local community, so I am delighted
that we are able to do this. 'We apologize, however, for
the disruption to road traffic and we do appreciate that
the bridge closure separates what is a strong community.
programme for repairs is being put together and we intend
to restore the bridge as soon as possible. However, it is
likely to be a few months before it can be reopened to any
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 and safe road network. The
closure of the Colwall Green Bridge will not affect rail
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.
Police Investigate Serious Incident at Monkland Autograss Event
Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on the
site of an autograss race meeting at Monkland, near Leominster
on Bank Holiday Monday. Officers were called to the site
off the A44 shortly after 3am after a young woman reported
having been raped. The incident took place on the site in
the early hours and police have now begun a full investigation.
The site was busy with people camping as part of the three
day race meeting at the time of the incident and officers
are continuing their enquiries with the event organizers
and others in attendance. It is believed the incident happened
between 1am and 2am on Monday, 27th August and police have
issued a description of a man they want to trace.
is white, aged approximately in his 50s and around 5ft 9ins
to 5ft 10ins tall. He had short, spiky grey hair and wore
a dark zip-up top, smart trousers and lace-up shoes similar
to walking boots. They were made of a canvas material. They
keen to hear from anyone who was at the event who saw this
man or the victim between 1 and 2am.
victim is described as white, aged 17, medium build, around
5ft 2ins tall with mousy blonde hair with lighter blonde
highlights. She was wearing flip flops, an orange vest and
a blue and black fleece jacket with a ‘Wolf Sport’ logo
on it. Police also want to talk to anyone who was in the
beer tent immediately before the incident when a fight is
known to have broken out.
is a serious incident and police are keen to trace the offender
as quickly as possible,' said Detective Chief Inspector
Sheila Thornes, who is leading the investigation. 'People
were attending the event from around the country as well
as from the local area and it is important that we speak
to anyone who can assist the investigation. They may have
seen the victim with the offender or recognize his description.
Equally, they may have been in the beer tent when a fight
is known to have broken out immediately before the rape
took place. I must stress that this is an unusual event
for Herefordshire and we are continuing to liaise with members
of the autograss community as well as the victim and her
family to provide all of the appropriate reassurance and
with information is asked to contact the Hereford Public
Service Desk on 08457 444888. Information can also be passed
anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Police arrested
a man at the site in the early hours of Monday morning.
He was taken to Hereford Police Station for questioning
and subsequently released on bail while enquires continue.
Council plan to protect Future of Business and Bronze Age Ribbon
Re-routing the Rotherwas Access Road in South Hereford to
avoid the newly unearthed Rotherwas Ribbon archaeological
find could cost council taxpayers up to £110 million. This
is one of the options facing Herefordshire Council when
its cabinet meets on Thursday, 6th September to discuss
how the Bronze Age Ribbon can be best safeguarded for future
report to cabinet contains options for diverting the course
of the road, which the business community says is essential
for the future of firms located in Rotherwas. Options range
from abandoning the road, which would cost £6 million, to
building a bridge (£10 million) or creating a tunnel underneath
the Ribbon (£110 million). If any of these options are approved,
council officers warn that the county faces serious financial
challenges and other important projects would have to be
halted. Instead, officers recommend that the building of
the road continues, at a cost of £400,000, and that the
existing Ribbon find is protected in line with archaeological
the presumed course of the Ribbon, both North and South
of the access road, should be investigated to ensure opportunities
for tourism, heritage and education can be explored. English
Heritage has been involved with the Rotherwas access road
since being consulted following the discovery of the Ribbon.
Experts from English Heritage have advised that the engineering
solution proposed by the council would provide appropriate
long term protection for the archaeological find. English
Heritage is considering funding further archaeological investigation
outside of the road corridor to enable the Rotherwas Ribbon's
extent and character to be more fully defined.
council stopped work on the Rotherwas access road around
the Ribbon site earlier this year, when the significance
of the find was established. It announced the find to councillors
and citizens in May. Plans to protect the Ribbon were initially
put on hold after popular demand to see it. Around 1,000
people were given escorted tours of the site during July.
council covered over the site in August and archaeologists
conducted a fingertip clean of the surface to carefully
remove any deposited silt. A number of protective, weatherproof
layers were then put over the site to protect it.
Ledbury's Showcase Library Bid Rejected
The rejection of lottery funding for a modern, showcase
library for Ledbury is a serious blow for the market town,
states Herefordshire Council. The council's £2million lottery
bid sought to inspire young people to continue reading and
learning into adulthood, as well as building on the cultural
heritage of Ledbury, linked to the poetry festival and the
John Masefield Society.
idea, based on local consultation, was to house a state
of the art library, a flagship for the whole county, at
the town's current youth centre site, which will be rebuilt
making greater use of its surroundings and incorporating
a new information centre and youth centre, designed by young
people. The council was expecting a decision on the bid
in September but received the bad news following a letter
to the Big Lottery Fund from town councillor Martin Eager
asking for the bid to be rejected.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for economic development and community services, said, 'It
has already been established that the current library building
is not adequate because it does not allow, and cannot be
adapted to allow, access for people with disabilities, which
is plainly discriminatory. There were proposals to put the
new library in the Masters House at St Katherine's but a
detailed conservation report showed this would need to have
internal walls knocked out, which would have destroyed the
building's character and historical importance.
can understand there are solutions that some people might
prefer but they have been shown to be impossible if we are
to safeguard local heritage. The council is trying to achieve
a practical solution that will benefit the whole community.
Following rejection of the bid, we have to consider what
alternatives might be available but Ledbury has missed out
on a golden opportunity to create a showcase library which
would have been the pride of the county.
lottery bid deserved to be successful and would have brought
much needed external investment to the town. There would
have been enormous benefit for young people, with increased
provision in the centre of town. There would also have been
strong links to support heritage, such as housing John Masefield
collections held by Herefordshire Libraries, and providing
accommodation for the annual Ledbury Poetry Festival, as
well as showing a comprehensive collection of poetry volumes
as a resource for the whole county.'
terms of young people, only 558 are registered at Ledbury
Library out of a potential population catchment of 1220.
A new facility would have provided zoned spaces and the
youth centre designed by young people to meet their changing
needs and tastes. The focus of the project on literature
and young people was developed through an analysis of existing
service provisions and consultation with community partners.
Council Welcomes Purchase of Herefordshire Jarvis Services
Amey plc has purchased the major part of Herefordshire Jarvis
Services (HJS), which provides highways and traffic services
in the county. Jarvis plc has completed an agreement to
sell 80 per cent of HJS, while Herefordshire Council owns
and retains the remaining 20 per cent share in the business.
Jarvis Services was created in 2003 in an agreement between
the council and Jarvis plc. It was one of the first 'strategic
delivery partnerships' in the UK. Since then, HJS has provided
highways and traffic services, civic and school catering,
grounds maintenance, street and building cleaning, recycling
facilities, building management and maintenance as well
as other support services across the county.
response to today's announcement on the sale, Councillor
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, said, 'This is good
news for Herefordshire. The original contract to create
HJS was pioneering at the time and has achieved strong progress
in the quality of services. We welcome the sale to Amey,
a company focussed on developing long term local government
service partnerships. It has long been recognized that HJS
was not core business as far as Jarvis was concerned, so
the sale comes as no surprise and is in the best interests
of everyone involved. We are keen to develop further these
key public services and we are optimistic about the prospects
in partnership with Amey.'
Ewell, chief executive of Amey, said, 'This is a great acquisition
for Amey and is a key part of our strategy to develop long
term, end to end service partnerships in the local government
market. Working together with Herefordshire and the team
at HJS, Amey will further improve the services delivered
on the ground. We look forward to working within the Herefordshire
community and delivering a first class service to both residents
Entwistle, chief executive of Jarvis plc, said, 'I am pleased
that we have completed the agreement with Amey. The transaction
completes a further strategic element in the turnaround
of Jarvis and will enable us to focus on our core businesses.
Following discussions with Amey, the council and the management
team at HJS, we felt that this opportunity was beneficial
and in the best interests of all concerned.'
Herefordshire Partnership Strategy Sets Out Commitment to Older
Following extensive consultation, the Herefordshire Partnership
has produced a strategy for older people in Herefordshire.
Its overall vision is that older people in the county will
remain independent and active, continue to live in and contribute
to, strong local communities and be included in decisions
regarding the future services and activities that they want
is a huge step forward,' said Councillor Olwyn Barnett,
cabinet member for adult social care and health on Herefordshire
Council. 'The strategy recognizes that older people are
first and foremost citizens who want to remain engaged and
active in their communities. More importantly, growing older
should be considered as the golden era which offers exciting
opportunities and improved quality of life. However, this
is just a start.
strategy represents the first step towards stronger partnership
between the council, other statutory agencies, voluntary
organizations and older people to develop and implement
a number of detailed action plans early next year. These
action plans will address five key areas:
Feeling and being safe
Having enough money and avoiding social isolation
Staying healthy and independent
Exercising individual choice and control.
of work has taken place to get us this far and I'd like
to thank all those who have contributed.'
of the strategy are available to download free from the
Herefordshire Partnership's website at www.herefordshirepartnership.com.
printed copies can be obtained by calling the Herefordshire
Partnership on 01432 261792 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Witness to Sexual Assault in East Street Sought
Police investigating a report of the sexual assault of a
16 year old girl in public toilets in East Street, Hereford,
are trying to trace a man who may be a vital witness. The
incident happened late on Thursday, 23rd August, (the day
GCSE results were announced) and into the early hours of
Friday, 24th August.
victim had been in the Cathedral grounds with a male but
needed to go to the toilet, so made her way to East Street
to use the facilities at the rear of Marks and Spencers.
She was escorted by the male who waited outside. When she
emerged, she was pushed back into the cubicle by the male
and sexually assaulted.
assault was interrupted, however, when a member of the public
wanting to use the toilet opened the door briefly. He apologized
when he realized there was someone inside and waited outside
for the cubicle to become available.
man was described as being white and aged in his late teens
or early 20s and was tall and of slim build,' said DC Helen
Davies from Hereford CID. 'He had spiky hair and was wearing
a black fleece and blue jeans. It is thought he was driving
a dark blue or black sports car with a spoiler at the rear,
which he parked in the Marks and Spencer’s loading bay.
After he had tried to enter the toilet, he waited opposite
for a vacant loo and saw the victim and the male emerge.
It is likely this person has vital information about the
incident and police are very keen to trace him as a witness.'
interruption is believed to have happened between midnight
and 12.45am on Friday, 24th August. The witnesses, or anyone
else with information about the incident, is asked to contact
DC Helen Davies at Hereford CID on 08457 444888 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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