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No. 168 - Wednesday, 10th October 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Connect2 day sees the opening of Hereford's Shaw's Path
walking and cycling path extending the reach of the Great
Western Way formed part of a series of events aimed at promoting
Sustrans National Connect2 project. The project Involves
79 community-based schemes across the United Kingdom designed
to overcome barriers such as busy roads and rivers to make
journeys easier, safer and more enjoyable, while making
the landscape more attractive and is competing against five
others for £50m of Big Lottery Fund money. The winner will
be decided by a television based public telephone vote,
expected to be in December. However, details of how to vote
will not be released until nearer the time.
and Herefordshire Council are urging members of the public
to register on the www.sustransconnect2.org.uk
website so they can be reminded to vote when the time comes.
Hereford's scheme will offer an eastern river crossing for
walkers, cyclists and equestrians linking the City Centre
with Rotherwas Industrial Estate. Currently 500 cycle journeys
a day are recorded along Holme Lacy Road and 30 per cent
of commuters to the estate who come from north west Hereford,
often suffering journey times of 45 minutes to an hour,
will instead be able to make the journey in a mere 15 to
20 minutes. This will help to cut congestion and offer commuters
a healthier, greener travel choice.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'Although Sustrans have
a strong case for winning the funding in December, it's
not in the bag yet. It's important that members of the public
register on the web site or by texting the word "Connect2"
to 80010 to be kept informed of when that vote is'.
The Hereford scheme has attracted widespread local interest
and the national Connect2 Day saw supporters across the
city joining in. Starting at Rotherwas, Pikadish offered
breakfasts to those who travelled sustainably to work. At
Wyebridge Academy, students joined Councillor Wilcox in
opening Shaw's Path. A Walking for Health group took up
the baton by walking from St Francis of Assisi to Belmont
Abbey. From there the PCT had a group walking to their offices
at Asda. Meanwhile, at the hospital Phil Prothero Cycles
was offering Dr Bike free cycle maintenance checks.
The Hereford and District Wheelers then cycled the length
of the scheme on existing roads to be welcomed by students
at Holme Lacy Primary School. The scheme would offer a safer
and shorter off-road alternative to the route they took.
Shipley Gardens offered much needed refreshments at the
end of their journey, highlighting the tourist potential
of the scheme.
Getting the day off to a cracking start by cooking up breakfast
at Pikadish in Rotherwas -
Gill Andrews, Marta Szczucka, Lin Bridges, Leah Watkins and Alison
Brown, all in their Connect2 shirts.
At the opening of Shaw's Path is Councillor Brian Wilcox and Ambassador
Prefects from Wyebridge Academy,
who are promoting Connect2 as part of their community studies.
Walking from St. Francis of Assisi Church to the PCT headquarters
at Belmont. Ivy Powell, Dot Potter, Sylvia Staite, Joan Griffiths,
Ann Bishop, Angela Rea, Lynne Gilbert, Ruth Bound, Charlotte Dodson,
Herefordshire Council's Walking for Health Co-ordinator and Val
Kaye, Walk Leader.
Members of the PCT lunchtime walking group walked from Belmont to
Asda to raise awareness of the Connect2 scheme. Maureen Compton,
Gail Rose, Karen Wells, Yvonne Coats, Catherine Floyd, Mike Bosley
and Jayne Perrett.
A group of Hereford and District Wheelers cycled from the hospital
to Holme Lacy Primary School,
where they were greeted by youngsters wearing their Connect2 tee-shirts.
Harold Landlord to Face Charges Under Smoke-Free Legislation
Mr. Tony Blows, landlord of the Dog Inn public house at
Ewyas Harold, is to be prosecuted by Herefordshire Council
for offences under the new smoke free legislation which
came into effect in England on Sunday, 1st July 2007. He
is the first person in the county to be charged under the
new legislation and will appear at Hereford Magistrates
Court on Friday, 26th October at 10am, facing the charges
Mr Tony Blows, being a person responsible for the management
of the Dog Inn public house, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire,
failed to discharge a duty to which he was subject by section
8 (4) of the Health Act 2006, namely as the person in control
(or concerned in the management) of smoke free premises,
did fail in his duty to cause persons smoking there to stop
smoking on the evening of Saturday, 4th August 2007.
Mr Tony Blows did, on the evening of Saturday, 4th August,
smoke cigarettes contrary to Section 7(2) of the Health
Act 2006 in premises, namely the Dog Inn public house, Ewyas
Harold, that are smoke free by virtue of Section 2 of the
Health Act 2006.
Mr Tony Blows being a person responsible for the management
of the Dog Inn public house, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire
failed to discharge a duty to which he was subject by section
8 (4) of the Health Act 2006, namely as the person in control
(or concerned in the management) of smoke free premises,
did fail in his duty to cause persons smoking there to stop
smoking on the afternoon of Monday, 23rd July 2007.
Sign and Rhyme session a success
and carers turned out in force with their babies to the
first Sign and Rhyme session, held at Ledbury Library.
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. In these sessions, which will be held
every Friday from 10am until 10.30am, babies will be read
a couple of stories and some rhymes, which parents will
be able to join in with. Parents and carers will also be
taught a few signs which they can use to help them communicate
with their baby in a fun and enjoyable way.
the launch on Friday, 28th September goodie bags were handed
out to parents and they were also 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 also reminded that libraries do not charge fines for
under fives, on any library books. Any parents or carers
interested in the sign and rhyme sessions are welcome to
drop in to Ledbury Library to find out more, or they can
telephone Herefordshire Libraries on 01531 632133.
Carers from Playstation Nursery in Ledbury, Sarah Widows, Kayleigh
Tyler and Sharon Welch, with youngsters Rose Windows, Jack Edwards,
Tom Edwards, Chloe Welch and Olivia Sewell.
Amy Carline, her five week old baby, Emily Langley and the Bookstart
bear at the sign and rhyme session.
Julie Allen with baby Charlie Allen at the
sign and rhyme session.
Lyn-Marie Norton and baby Erin.
Delphine Chouteau and baby Leo Chouteau.
Roll Up for all the Fund of the Fair
The seventh annual Herefordshire Funding Fair due to take
place at Aylestone High School on Wednesday, 24th October,
once again giving community and voluntary organizations
the opportunity to get advice on how to obtain cash for
their projects. The
event will include practical workshops from local and regional
grant givers, the chance to talk to funders on a one to
one basis, and networking opportunities galore.
organizer of the event, Clare Wichbold said, 'We are delighted
to welcome several new funders who are giving workshops
for the first time. We are also pleased to welcome back
our colleagues from the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery
successful project which received help at a previous funding
fair is the Eardisley Church development. The team behind
this project has raised more than £160,000 from community
grants and local sources to modernize the village church
and create a venue adaptable enough to meet the needs of
a 21st century rural community.
Rowland, secretary of the team, said the council's project
development team had been invaluable in securing funding
from a variety of sources. 'Without their help, the project
would have been unable to progress,' he said.
to the funding fair is free, but places are limited for
the workshops, which have previously proved very popular.
workshop sessions will run in the morning and be repeated
in the afternoon. Information stalls will be available on
a drop in basis throughout the day. Childcare
is available if required and a buffet lunch will be available
between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
information on the event is available by telephoning the
council's project development team on 01432 261793 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
uses pedal power to set an example
up and ready to go – PC Paul O’Reilly on his new police mountain
bike outside Leominster Police Station.
Leominster Local Police Officer is hoping that his pedal
power efforts will help to set a good example to other cyclists,
encouraging them to stay within the law when they are on
two wheels. Leominster Town North officer PC Paul O’Reilly
is now conducting regular patrols of his patch on two wheels
and says his bicycle is a great way to get about, helping
him get to all parts of the local area quickly and visibly.
However, he is concerned that not all cyclists are following
the rules of the road – or for that matter, even riding
O’Reilly has received numerous complaints from pedestrians
who have been confronted by cyclists riding on pavements
in recent weeks. A number have had near misses and there
is a risk that someone will be injured if this continues.
But cycling on pavements is not the only offence being committed
in the town. Cycling without lights, cycling the wrong way
up a one-way street and cycling through red lights are becoming
last thing we want to do is put people off getting on their
bicycles, however, what we are keen to ensure is that they
cycle safely and lawfully,' said PC O’Reilly, who took delivery
of his own specially kitted out police bicycle earlier in
the month. 'We hope that by the police using pedal power
across Leominster it encourages others to follow us. Not
only is cycling fun, it is good for the environment and
helps to keep you fit. We want cyclists of all ages to be
safe when they cycle and that means for themselves and for
everyone around them. Cyclists need to be aware that anyone
riding a bicycle should abide by the law and anyone not
doing so will be dealt with as appropriate.'
members of the Local Policing Teams in Leominster will also
be receiving police bicycles soon, so there will soon be
even more pedal-power PCs and CSOs to help spread the safe-cycle
message. As a cyclist you are more vulnerable than other
road users, but by taking some simple precautions, you can
reduce the risk of accidents or injury.
should always be worn, even on short journeys
should only buy a helmet if it carries a CE mark and one
of the normal safety standards for example, BS863, A.S.2063,
ANSI Z. 90.4 or SNELL.
the helmet on before you buy it. It should fit comfortably
and snugly and sit level across your forehead without
obscuring your view.
after your bike, check moving parts regularly and give
special attention to tyres, brakes and lights.
your bike serviced regularly.
is against the law to cycle at night without front and
rear lights and a red reflector. Keep them clean and if
they are battery operated, check the batteries before
should always wear reflective bands both day and night
to increase visibility.
your bike has a bell, use it but don’t assume everyone
can hear you.
caution when using shared cycle paths.
setting out on a cycle ride always give some thought to
your journey to ensure it will be safe and enjoyable.
possible use cycle lanes. Take care and remember that
these are often shared with horse riders and pedestrians.
you have to cycle on the road, try to use side streets
and avoid very busy roads.
extra care at junctions and roundabouts and use clear
in single file on busy or narrow roads.
it is against the law to cycle on pavements (unless shared),
or through red lights and down one-way streets the wrong
too are asked to be extra mindful of cyclists on the road
– make sure you give them plenty of room when overtaking,
and take extra care to look in your mirrors for cyclists
when pulling out of junctions.
Seizures Made in South Wye Raid
Police have recovered a quantity of what are believed to
be wraps of heroin during a raid at a house in the South
Wye area of Hereford. Officers from Hereford CID’s Pro Active
Unit executed a search warrant at a house in Kestrel Road,
Newton Farm, shortly after 7.30am on Friday, 5th October.
raid followed complaints from the local community about
drug dealing activities believed to have been taking place
on the premises. Having entered the property, a search was
carried out by officers and a quantity of what are believed
to have been heroin wraps were recovered. These have been
sent for laboratory analysis.
a result of the discovery, a 35 year old man and a 40 year
old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of a
controlled drug. They were both taken into custody at Leominster
Police Station for questioning, but have been released on
Police bail until mid November, whilst enquiries continue.
Herefordshire Division spokesman said of the successful
warrants, 'This operation was the result of police working
with the local community to improve the area where they
live and local peoples' quality of life. It is an excellent
example of the public being proactive in passing on information
to their Local Policing Teams, which in turn helps to provide
the intelligence that allows such warrants to be carried
thank the local community for their assistance in bringing
such information to our attention and we hope that the results
of doing so speak for themselves. It should encourage others
to do the same, either by speaking to their Local Policing
Teams or by calling Crimestoppers if they prefer to remain
who has information about drug dealing, antisocial behaviour
or other criminal activity in their area, should call police
on 08457 444888 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
working together to improve Hereford parks
Council and Hereford City Council are embarking on a new
partnership to improve the city's parks and play areas.
After several months of negotiations, a programme of capital
investment has been agreed and Hereford City Council is
to invest more than £180,000 in the next year to improve
outside play provision for children and young people.
This is the biggest single project the city council has
been involved with since it became a parish council in 2000.
Hereford City Council is now looking forward to becoming
a much more proactive local council and more announcements
will follow in due course.
of capital funding to spend on parks in recent years has
meant some of the city's parks have deteriorated and Herefordshire
Council has not been in a position to renew the infrastructure.
Herefordshire Council will continue to pay for the maintenance
of all parks and play areas in the city but the £180,000
will be used to create new projects. These include a new
ball court and changing facility at Gorsty Lane, Tupsley,
a new ball court at Grandstand Road along with a youth meeting
point and a new ball court and teen area with seating at
the first year, providing for older children and teenagers
is a priority because they have traditionally been left
out of play provision. Ball courts will be used extensively
by teenagers but will, of course, also be available to younger
children and are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
It is expected that this will be the first phase of wider
investments into the infrastructure of parks and opens spaces
that will greatly benefit local people. Other projects are
already in the pipeline that over several years will see
a transformation of many public open spaces. Future play
projects will include improvements to existing play areas
for all ages as well as new enterprises. Both councils would
welcome suggestions from local people about any new play
provision they would like to see provided and they should
contact Fran White on 01432 260411 or email email@example.com..uk.
Anna Toon, leader of Hereford City Council said, 'This new
arrangement marks the beginning of a vibrant and positive
working relationship with Herefordshire Council. While I
am sure we will have our disagreements from time to time,
that won't stop us actively investing into the future of
our city together. I hope that this is the first of many
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for economic development and community services, said, 'As
a council we have limited funds and while we have managed
to maintain the existing parks and play areas, we have not
had the capital available to create new ones. This new agreement
with the city council will be of great benefit to the people
of Hereford and we look forward to working with them to
ensure the city can offer better provision for recreation
and create new play areas for children of all ages'.
further information about this or any other issue relating
to the city council please contact Mark Inglis, assistant
town clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information
on parks and play area proposals contact Fran White, parks
development manager, email email@example.com.
An artist's impression of how the new ball courts may look.
of The Masters House, Ledbury Under Review
A further step in the development of the Masters House in
Ledbury was taken at an open day and public meeting which
was held on Tuesday, 2nd October.
open day was held to consider and debate findings of the
consultation carried out by the Ledbury and Area Development
Trust into the potential use of the Masters House. Those
findings resulted in two preferred options being presented
in detail, showing the site being used as either a library
and information centre or as a heritage showcase and centre
for visitors. People visiting on the day could see the reasoning
behind the options and look at some concept drawings of
those options, produced by local resident and member of
the steering group overseeing the project, Mr. Alan Meikle.
day time event attracted around 150 people, while the evening
meeting attracted a further 100 people.
public meeting was hosted by Herefordshire Council, chaired
by Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's
cabinet member for economic development and community services
and was attended by Councillor Harry Bramer, Herefordshire
Council's cabinet member for resources and Natalia Silver,
Herefordshire Council's head of economic and community services.
Blackshaw said, 'The meeting was very much about listening
to people's views and reactions from the research conducted
by the Development Trust which was funded by Heritage Lottery,
assisted by Herefordshire Council. We had a very positive
contribution from the people present, along with some mixed
views, but we certainly received a clear message that the
Masters House should be used as an asset for the town and
brought back into full use.'
Ledbury and Area Development Trust, through support of the
Ledbury Town Council and the Civic Society, will be completing
a business plan on the potential long term use of the Masters
House and this will be presented to Herefordshire Council
by the end of October.
council will be using the work of the Development Trust
to establish options for the site and other facilities in
Ledbury to consider the needs of the community and finances
available. A further decision on the site will be made towards
the beginning of November. The concept drawings produced
by Alan Meikle, reflecting the preferred options will be
on display as from Monday, 8th October at the Info Centre
in the Masters House.
you would like to make your thoughts known but could not
attend the public meeting or open day contact Roger Payne
on 01531 636304 or Natalia Silver, head of economic and
community service on 01432 260732.
and Events Forum to be Held at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts
Residents of Herefordshire who are hoping to hold festivals
in the county are being given the opportunity to pick up
tips from experts in this field at a special forum to be
held on Wednesday, 31st October. This event will take place
at Hereford's Courtyard Centre for the Arts and will run
between 10am and 2pm.
will have the opportunity to attend three sessions with
arts professionals. These sessions will explore the three
most important areas for organizers:
Promoting your event
· Health and Safety
session is designed to highlight relevant issues faced by
event organizers and offer possible ideas and solutions,'
said Deborah Allison, the council's Arts Liaison Officer.
Facilitators leading the sessions are Chloe Garner, Director
of Ledbury Poetry Festival, Kevin O'Keefe, Herefordshire
Council Legal Practice Manager and Paul Elkington of WestEnt
Productions. The forum will be chaired by Jane Lewis, Herefordshire
Council's Cultural Services Manager.
Festival and Events Forum is an annual event which is now
in its tenth year. It is a half day gathering for people
in Herefordshire and beyond, who enjoy making arts events
and entertainment happen in their area,' said Jane. 'It
doesn't matter whether you're a volunteer or professional;
beginner or experienced. There will be something for all
organizers to learn and we are expecting this event to be
the best we have held so far.'
cost is £10 per person and booking is essential. Anybody
who is interested should contact Arts Liaison Officer, Deborah
Allison to receive a booking form. Deborah can be contacted
by telephoning 01432 260614 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre Emergency Guidlines Published
City centre shopkeepers in Hereford have been given guidance
on what to do should there be a major emergency affecting
the area. Copies of the new Hereford city centre emergency
procedures and evacuation guidance have been handed out
to traders by Herefordshire Council's emergency planning
team and the city centre manager, Cynthia Spaull.
council has a responsibility, along with its colleagues
in the emergency services, to respond to major emergencies.
The organizations have to work together to mitigate the
effects of such an event.
everyday emergencies are dealt with by our colleagues in
the emergency services. However, we recognize our responsibility
to care for people in need of shelter, warmth and food,'
said Council Emergency Planning Officer, Nigel Thomas. 'This
plan explains to businesses and shopkeepers what our roles
are and helps them to understand what they need to do should
we ever have a major emergency in the inner city area.'
plan has been put together with input from a number of agencies,
including West Mercia Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service
NHS Trust, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service,
the Hereford City Partnership, Maylord Shopping Centre and
on behalf of the Partnership, Cynthia Spaull said, 'We are
pleased with this plan which sets out in easily understandable
terms how those who live and work in the city centre should
respond in an emergency.' Nigel Thomas went on to say, 'Emergency
planning is about being prepared for the worst but hoping
it never happens. This plan will be a tremendous help should
we ever face a major emergency in the city centre. This
is very unlikely, but shoppers, visitors and residents of
the city centre can be assured that if need be, we have
a comprehensive plan which ensures people's safety and allows
a speedy return to normality.'
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