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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 168 - Wednesday, 10th October 2007
Flood Alleviation Scheme
week, 'Wyenot News' reported that Councillor Brian
Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for Highways
and Transportation visited Ross to see for himself how work
on the £7million Flood Alleviation Scheme is progressing.
Whilst in Ross, Councillor Wilcox met engineers from Owen
Williams who are managing the project, contractors Edmund
Nuttall and tunnel contractors Morgan Est.
Henderson from Morgan Est is bringing considerable expertise
to the Ross-on-Wye project, having previously spent three
years working on the Channel Tunnel. He will be in charge
of creating a 350-metre long tunnel. This tunnel, termed
an inverted siphon, will be dug at a depth of 10 metres
and will be linked to shafts at either end.
tunnelling will start from a rising shaft in the Homs Road
car park and finish at a falling shaft in King's Acre car
park. Ken said, 'This will be one of the shortest mechanized
tunnels that I have been involved with but it is still a
major feat of engineering. The topography of the site means
the tunnel cannot be built in a completely straight line
but instead there will have to be two swan-neck shaped bends.
'To bore out the tunnel, we will using a two-metre diameter
machine which weighs 60 tonnes. As the earth comes out,
concrete segments will be slotted in to create the actual
dug out from the tunnel will be used to create a 1.7 metre
high earth bund to the east of the A40. This bund will create
a water storage area during times of high flow. Work to
create the rising shaft, which will be used as access for
tunnelling, started on Tuesday 2nd October. Tunnelling work
is to start in December and the tunnel should be complete
by April 2008. It is aimed to complete the whole scheme
by July 2008.
the project is completed, the falling shaft will divert
excess water into the tunnel while the rising shaft will
divert the excess water from the tunnel back into the Rudhall
by DEFRA, the Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme has been designed
to national standards and will protect areas around Greytree
Road, Brook End Street, Millpond Street and the Broadmeadows
Industrial Estate from flooding by the Rudhall and Chatterley
John Kendrick, Foreman for Nuttalls, Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire
Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation and Simon
Wilson, Quantity Surveyor for Nuttalls, at the site last week, where
clearing works have begun.
formations and general stuff
prepping this week's news on Tuesday, I looked out of the
office window and noticed a pretty cloud formation, with
the setting sun lighting it to a nice gold colour. It was
actually much nicer when I first spotted it but, still feeling
quite low with the cold I picked up last week and an 'acking
cough, which sounds like a dog barking, it took a few moments
to register that it might make a nice photo - and the cameras
were in the house. By the time I had gone to get one, fitted
the polarizing filter for the rainbow and returned to the
garden, the cloud was not quite as spectacular. All the
same, the photos did not come out too bad.
they have saved me something of a problem this week as a
space filler. On Thursday, I photographed the JKHS Open
Evening with the intention of running the photos exactly
here, in this week's news. Having prepped the pictures and
laid the pages out though, I received an email from the
school informing me that some of the text from the Headmaster's
speech, which they wanted included was running late. I have
now delayed that article until next week and the clouds
are acting as a kind of filler.
I am rabbiting on about general stuff, the boat is proving
to be brilliant for filming wildlife on the river. I am
still 'just testing' at the moment but I managed to capture
some more kingfisher footage on Sunday. I made a couple
of anchors yesterday, using a couple of 5 pint milk cartons
and a bag of concrete, so this should help keep the boat
still whilst filming.
Tina Dancing again this week. We were both still feeling
rough on Saturday evening, so stayed home and made some
mulled cider instead, drank two pints of it each and went
to bed. Using cider from Broome Farm, as well as tasting
nice and Christmasy, it's great for making a cold go away,
temporarily! This coming Saturday, will definitely find
us at the Prince of Wales to see our friend, Will Killeen.
Not the easiest music for Tina to dance to but she managed
last time. Hopefully, we will both be feeling better by
then as we always enjoy seeing Will Killeen.
about announcing 'Underwired' at the Prince last week. It
was cancelled but we were not informed. Tina booked 'Jagged
Hand' right at the last minute to save the evening.
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'Walk to School' Month
Schools in Ross and other Herefordshire towns are taking
part in a road safety campaign this month as part of the
International Walk to School effort.
year, Herefordshire Council's road safety officers have
teamed up with school travel advisers to target primary
schools in Hereford and the market towns, where lots of
children already walk to school. The aim is to not only
promote walking and cycling to school but also to stress
the importance of road safety to children.
figures show that about 38 per cent of children in Herefordshire
currently walk to school and 39 per cent come by car. Children
who are taken to school by car every day get little chance
of any practical experience of crossing busy roads and negotiating
obstacles. It is hoped that this campaign will encourage
more children and parents to leave the car behind and walk
at least some of the way to school.
school taking part can designate a week in October for targeted
activities and Herefordshire Council will provide resources
to reward the children who walk to school; a diary for the
week, a sticker and a road safety activity book. The theme
of the resources for the older primary children aged between
8 and 11 is 'Be a Street Ranger'; find nicer, quieter routes
to school, cross roads safely, don't drop litter and protect
will receive posters as well as wall charts and stickers
for each classroom to record numbers walking to school.
All schools taking part can enter a competition for the
highest number of children as a percentage of the whole
school, walking or cycling to school.
are two prizes, one for the city school and one for the
market town school with the highest proportion. The winning
schools will receive a road safety kit worth £600 and every
child in the school will get a hi-viz bag. To get the campaign
underway, the road safety and school travel teams have been
holding assemblies in participating schools to launch the
campaign and get children involved. Spike the hedgehog,
the road safety mascot, has attended some of these assemblies.
Phoenix Majorettes return from Slovenia
Phoenix Majorettes returned home from Slovenia during the
early hours of last Wednesday morning, having represented
England in the European championships.
party travelled to and from Slovenia by coach, stopping
near to Stuttgart in Germany on the way there and back.
They stayed in Ljubljana, which was about an hour away from
Rivnica, where the championships were held.
the girls performed magnificently, unlike the previous three
years, they did not win any trophies this year as the competition
was tough. The girls did come fourth in the Junior Parade
Corps. Well done girls! Just getting to the European Championships
is something to be proud of!
took a 'Wyenot News' camera with her to Slovenia
and some of the photos of our Ross-on-Wye England Champions
in Ljubljana can be seen below.
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