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No. 171 - Wednesday, 31st October 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
dedicated to the work of Brian Hatton (1887-1916)
Hatton in his studio at Mount Craig.
Art Gallery will host an exciting exhibition dedicated to
the work of the talented Hereford artist Brian Hatton from
Saturday, 10th November until Wednesday, 9th January.
showed exceptional promise as a young artist and achieved
some early recognition, but his life was tragically cut
short when he was killed-in-action during the First World
show will focus on the influence of his family and his home
county, both of which are frequently represented in his
exhibition marks the beginning of a brand new project designed
to preserve Brian's work and make it accessible to a wider
audience. Herefordshire Council is delighted to announce
that The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to fund this venture
known as The Hatton Collection Project, with a £50,000 grant.
The Hatton Trust Fund, established by the Hatton family,
will provide a further £26,000.
Heritage Services' staff, based at the Hereford Museum,
will run the project. Its first aim is to raise awareness
of the Hatton collection and provide access to it through
exhibition panels will give information about Brian Hatton
and the aims of the project. On display will be a selection
of family portraits, local landscapes and figure studies,
student life drawings, together with boyhood sketches and
illustrative work inspired by literature.
will also be some photographs and artist's equipment. The
project will aim to enhance the care of the collection by
doing conservation work and improving storage.
will be carried out to provide more information about the
pictures and some associated themes. Each picture will be
photographed to create an image bank of the collection.
The information and images gathered will be used to produce
an on-line catalogue of the collection, available through
a new website. An on-line educational resource for secondary
school teachers and pupils, based on the Hatton collection,
will be created. It will be linked to the curriculum and
designed for use in the classroom.
Willson, project co-ordinator said, 'It is gratifying to
know that Brian Hatton's work can now become the focus of
such a valuable project.'
Vevers, a Hatton family member, said, 'Herefordshire Heritage
Services are to be congratulated on gaining Lottery Funding
for the Hatton Collection as a result of which the collection
will become more accessible and the first event is an exhibition
about Brian Hatton and the county he loved.'
regional manager Anne Jenkins said, 'This is a great way
of allowing more people to see and learn about Brian Hatton's
work and life. The project will reach lots of young people
who may not have heard about this local figure through the
school packs and online facility.'
to the exhibition is free. The Museum and Art Gallery is
open Tuesday until Saturday 10am until 5pm, Sunday and Bank
Holiday Monday 10am until 4pm. There is access for visitors
with disabilities. For additional information please contact
Catherine Willson on 01432 383591 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stooks, Warham' by Brian Hatton, 1908.
Meadows' by Brian Hatton, 1906.
Permission for Homes and Country Park Deferred
A decision on planning permission for the erection of 69
homes and the delivery of Haywood Country Park at land to
the rear of Mulberry Close, Belmont, Hereford, has been
deferred by members of the Central Area Planning Subcommittee
meeting on Wednesday, 24th October. The
scheme will now be debated at the next meeting. Submitted
plans showed a range of homes from two to four bedroomed
and included six flats and 63 homes, 24 of which will be
also included 7.8 hectares of land to be laid out as a country
park. The park would have informal pathways, linkages into
the local cycle network and public footpaths. Viewing points,
public art, a play area and a village green will also be
contained within the park together with the planting of
many specimen trees.
and Haywood Parish Council objected on the grounds of over
density, flooding concerns and traffic concerns. Hereford
City Council also felt this was an over development of the
site. Westholme and Mulberry Action Group objected and sent
in a petition signed by 183 people concerned at increased
traffic. Twenty five letters of objection were also received
concerned at congestion, lack of parking when visiting the
park and over development of the site. Belmont Parish Council
also objected to the proposal.
follows two ‘water board’ distraction offences in Ledbury
e -fit of the younger male distraction burglar.
in Herefordshire are appealing for information following
two attempted distraction burglaries in Ledbury. The two
incidents happened at neighbouring homes in Homend Crescent
at around 2.15pm on Monday, 22nd October. Bogus callers
arrived at the homes of elderly people and gained entry
after posing as ‘water board’ officials.
men arrived at the houses wearing dark clothing and wearing
caps. They way they were dressed suggested to the householders
that they were employees of a water company. On both occasions
they asked to come inside to either check the water or to
fix a leak, requesting that kitchen taps were turned on.
Fortunately, both offenders left and nothing was stolen,
although there were signs of a search being made at one
of the houses. The
incidents were only brought to police attention on Wednesday.
The first man is described as being white, in his mid 50s,
about 5ft 2ins tall, wearing glasses, a navy blue anorak
and a baseball cap, the second as white, aged 40 years,
6ft tall, of large build with short black hair, sporting
a black moustache and goatee beard. He wore navy blue clothing
are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen these men
on Monday afternoon or who has had similar doorstep callers
in recent days.
Charles Naylor, Herefordshire Division’s Crime Risk Manager,
said, 'It is important that people remember that there is
no such thing as the ‘water board’ and that all officials
from utility companies carry proper identification. This
should always be checked properly before letting any unannounced
callers into your home. Dwr
Cymru Welsh Water, for example, issues its staff with identity
cards bearing their Bogus Caller Helpline number. Anyone
wishing to verify the identity of the caller claiming to
be from Welsh Water should telephone 0800 281 141 to check
with this helpline and make sure the caller is who they
say they are. Welsh
Water, in common with many utility companies, also operates
a password system, whereby its customers can choose a special
password which will be given to staff when they need to
visit, offering an additional measure of protection.
its part, West Mercia Police is doing all it can to raise
awareness of the simple steps people can take to avoid becoming
a victim of bogus callers through its ‘Knock Knock’ campaign.
Tips to keep you safe are available from the force website,
while a crime prevention leaflet has also been produced
for distribution to vulnerable members of the community.'
PC Naylor added, 'People should not be afraid to ask callers
for identification. If they are not convinced the caller
is genuine they should call and check with the company concerned.
A legitimate caller will not mind waiting outside while
you check their identification out properly. If you are
in any doubt do not let them into your home.'
the following advice in mind, it could help to reduce the
chance of a distraction burglary happening to you or others
in your neighbourhood:
keep large sums of money in your home Keep an eye on people
calling in the area or acting suspiciously.
Encourage vulnerable neighbours to keep their door on
a chain and to check a caller’s identity card carefully.
your instincts - if you have any doubt about a caller’s
identity don’t let them in Call 08457 444888 to provide
information to the police about suspicious people, activity
or vehicles however insignificant it may seem.
a distraction burglary has taken place or been attempted,
encourage the victim to report it as quickly as possible.
callers and ‘rogue traders’ should also be reported to
Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards department on
further information about preventing distraction burglaries
and West Mercia’ Knock Knock campaign please visit the force
website www.westmercia.police.uk. Anyone interested in obtaining
an ‘In doubt? - Keep them out!’ advice leaflet or requiring
an Additional Services Pack to register for the password
scheme can call the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water freephone publications
helpline number on 0800 052 0138.
about either of the attempted distraction burglaries in
Ledbury, or details of other similar incidents in the county,
should be reported to PC Mark Herbert at the Volume Crime
Unit in Hereford CID on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.
trick or treat reminder for Hallowe'en
in Herefordshire are reminding children to respect those
who do not enjoy ‘Trick or Treat’ visits so that everyone
can have a happy Hallowe'en. Parents should remind any youngsters
who are going trick or treating unsupervised, not to call
at houses where West Mercia’s ‘Sorry No Trick or Treat’
posters are displayed or to cold call on strangers. Not
only does cold calling on strangers put young people at
risk; it also intimidates and upsets some householders,
especially those who are elderly, living alone or who are
bright yellow ‘Sorry, No Trick or Treat’ signs are designed
to be placed in windows and doors by anyone who does not
wish to be visited on 31st October. They are available from
police station front counters across Herefordshire and can
also be downloaded and printed from the Force website at
have also been working with schools and local councils to
ensure this year’s events pass off as peacefully as possible.
Taryn Green, a Crime Risk Manager for the force, said, 'We
want everyone who wants to celebrate Halloween to have fun
without putting themselves or others in danger. We also
want them to have fun without causing fear, harassment,
alarm and distress to people who don’t wish to join in the
Halloween celebrations. The threat of antisocial behaviour
traditionally increases around the October half-term holiday
and when the darker nights draw in. In response to this
Local Policing Teams are working closely with partner organizations
such as local authorities to tackle crime and quality of
life issues and to encourage good and safe behaviour.
trick or treaters should be aware that disturbing other
local residents or throwing objects at people or property
are all criminal offences and what may start off as a bit
of fun could end up with someone getting a criminal record.
The offence of criminal damage can carry the punishment
of up to three months in jail or a fine of £2,500 for minor
offences or in serious cases up to 10 years in prison.
should be accompanied by a responsible adult when out trick
or treating, and ideally should only call at the homes of
family members and friends. For safety reasons children
should never trick or treat alone or go into strangers’
homes. Parents may want to consider having a fancy-dress
themed Halloween party at home as an alternative to trick
Mercia Constabulary would like residents to bear in mind
the following safety advice: Don’t open the door to anyone
you don’t know, always use your door chain when opening
the door. You have the right to say no to trick or treaters.
Roger Thomas hands out leaflets to Mrs Patricia Woodriffe (left)
and Mrs Jenny Powell in High Town, Hereford.
Dave Rowley with Sally Smith and her daughter,
six-year-old Jade Smith.
for New Homes at Wellington Approved
Members of the Central Area Planning Subcommittee met on
Wednesday, 24th October and approved plans for 12 homes
on land next to Parsonage Farm, Auberrow Road, Wellington.
Four of the homes will be affordable and the site is allocated
as residential development within the Herefordshire Unitary
housing supported the application but had concerns over
the exact layout and design of the four affordable units
which will be rented. Wellington Parish Council gave qualified
support to the scheme but expressed concern over traffic.
letters of objection were received, concerned at risk of
flooding, extra traffic and the fact there is no play space
for children. The scheme was delegated to officers to approve
subject to amendments to plot 12 and a Section 106 agreement.
Taster Course in Life Coaching
Herefordshire Council's Lifelong Learning Development Unit
is running a free taster course in life coaching at the
WRVS Riverside Learning Centre on Friday, 9th November.
course, which runs between 10am and 3pm, offers people a
chance to learn more about life coaching from professional
life coach Clive Green, who will also be running a demonstration.
Council Learning Champion Karan McKelvie said, 'Life coaching
is a way for people to fulfil their potential and make the
most of their lives. Personal development is an important
part of the work we do in encouraging lifelong learning.
Life coaching is one way for people to focus on what they
want to change about their lives and how this can be achieved,
so if you feel your life is in a rut or if you would like
to be a life coach, this taster course could help you to
decide what to do.'
further information or to book a place, contact Karan McKelvie
on 07792 881071.
Your Say on Hereforshire's Licensing Policy
Herefordshire Council is consulting the public over its
licensing policy for 2008 - 2011, including reviewing the
special policy for premises in Commercial Road.
council is reviewing and revising its statement of licensing
policy as required by the Licensing Act 2003. This requires
statutory consultation with the trade and public. The current
licensing policy adopted in 2005 sets out how the authority
handles licensing issues about the sale and supply of alcohol,
matters relating to entertainment and the supply of hot
food and drink late at night.
the Licensing Act 2003, the council has a duty to promote
the four objectives:
Prevention of crime and disorder
· Public safety
· Prevention of public nuisance
· Protecting children from harm
special policy covering the Commercial Road area of Hereford
City was created because there is a concentration of licensed
premises here causing a cumulative and detrimental impact
on the first three of these objectives.
Laughland, Herefordshire Council's Licensing manager, said,
'As an authority, we must do all we reasonably can to allow
the carrying on of retail sales of alcohol and the provision
of regulated entertainment and of late -night refreshment
in a way that ensures public safety. The purpose of the
licensing policy is to make sure premises are well run and
well managed, with licence holders being sensitive to the
impact their activities may have on local residents, the
community and the four licensing objectives. This consultation
offers an opportunity for people, whether they are in the
trade or members of the public, to have their say on how
we make future decisions on applications for sales of alcohol,
entertainment and late night refreshment.'
who wishes to have a say on the licensing policy can find
a copy of the full document and a feedback form on the council's
website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk The consultation period
ends on Friday, 7th December 2007 and comments must be sent
on the feedback forms either by post to Licensing Section,
Environmental Health and Trading Standards, County Offices,
PO Box 233, Bath Street, Hereford, HR1 2ZF or by email to
Tips on Keeping Snug This Winter
Herefordshire Council is urging all of the county's residents
to stay warm and snug in their homes this winter. With colder
weather on its way and the nights starting to draw in after
the clocks went back an hour at the weekend, people are
likely to be spending far more time in their homes but,
with the rising cost of electricity and gas, may not want
to put their heating on because they are worried about affording
to pay the bills.
Fitch, Herefordshire Council's Home Energy Conservation
Association officer, said, 'This year we have launched an
affordable warmth strategy which seeks to ensure nobody
in the county suffers fuel poverty and has to endure a cold
home. A fuel poor household is one that cannot afford to
keep adequately warm at reasonable cost and it is estimated
there are 8,450 homes (10.7 per cent) in fuel poverty in
Herefordshire. As a council, we can help people to access
energy efficiency grants for measures such as insulation
and heating but there are also many simple, no cost measures
which householders can take themselves to make their homes
more fuel efficient. These measures will not only lower
their bills but will also have the added benefit of helping
the environment by burning less fossil fuels.'
ten energy saving tips from the Energy Efficiency Advice
Turn your thermostat down by just one degree Celsius
This could cut heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save
around £40 per year.
Close your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
This stops heat escaping through windows. If radiators are
below windows, consider tucking curtains behind them to
redirect the heat back into the room.
· Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need
you put into the kettle just the amount of water you need,
it will boil faster, thus saving you money.
· Switch off lights when not in use
Lighting accounts for around 15 per cent of your electricity
bill. Don't light rooms that aren't in use and change to
low energy bulbs which only use one fifth of the electricity.
· Put lids on pans when cooking
This keep the heat where you need it, cooking times will
be quicker and the amount of moisture released into the
home will be reduced, thus cutting the risk of mould and
· Set your heating programmer and timer properly
Just using the on and off button may mean heating is running
longer than is necessary. Setting the controls so you only
get heat when needed, means no fuel is wasted unnecessarily.
· Pull furniture away from radiators
If furniture is hiding radiators, the central heating system
will be working harder and it will take longer to heat rooms.
· Install reflective radiator panels
These can be bought from DIY stores or made using tin foil
and they reflect heat back into the room, heat which normally
would escape through the walls.
· Turn your appliance off completely
Some appliances on standby, such as television sets can
use a quarter of the electricity they would be consuming
whilst in use. If you switch it off at the power button
or at the wall, you are not paying for electricity that
is going to waste.
· Set your hot water tank to 65 degrees Celsius
If you have a cylinder thermostat, setting it at 60 to 65
degrees Celsius is enough to pasteurize the water, killing
harmful bacteria, and should be more than enough for bathing
and washing. A tank jacket will cost £10 to £15 but save
you twice that per year.
further energy saving hints, log onto Herefordshire Council's
website at http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/environment/land/2154.asp
Warned - Don't Sell Fireworks to Under 18s
Herefordshire Council's Environmental Health and Trading
Standards service is warning retailers not to get burnt
in the run up to Bonfire Night by selling fireworks to under
age people. Any retailer caught selling fireworks to someone
who is under 18 years of age could face up to six months
in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. The Fireworks Safety
Regulations 1997 stipulate that fireworks must not be supplied
to persons under 18.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Environment and Strategic Housing, said, 'People should
remember that fireworks are not toys but powerful explosives.
Each year there are numerous complaints from members of
the public regarding antisocial behaviour involving fireworks
and many of these problems involve children. Shopkeepers
must act responsibly and ensure that they do not sell fireworks
to children. If they do so they face the possibility of
behaviour can include lighting fireworks in streets and
parks. It is illegal for any person to let off or throw
a firework in a public place, punishable with a fine of
up to £5,000. In order to reduce accidents and unsocial
behaviour, shop keepers are being urged to obey age restriction
Standards are also advising consumers to take care when
buying fireworks and offer the following advice:
Fireworks should always be bought from a reputable shop
to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This
means that they should have BS 7114 written on the firework,
a standard setting safety criteria for fireworks.
· Don't buy fireworks from anywhere you're not sure about,
such as car boot sales or from the back of a van. The fireworks
might not meet British Standards and might be unsafe, putting
you and your family and friends in danger. In addition the
sale of fireworks at such places is illegal.
· Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the
fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are
going to set them off. This is particularly important when
buying category three display fireworks that require spectators
to be 25 metres away.
· If members of the public have any information about the
sale of fireworks from the back of vans or car boot sales
or shops selling fireworks to under 18s, they can report
the matter to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
Bridge Scoops Further Accolades
Restoration work carried out at Hereford's historic Victoria
Bridge has been awarded an excellent rating as part of CEEQUAL,
the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and
Award Scheme. CEEQUAL aims to encourage environmental excellence
in civil engineering projects and awards are made to projects
in which the client, designer and constructor have gone
beyond the legal minimum to achieve distinctive environmental
standards of performance.
Victoria Bridge scheme received its excellent rating in
the Whole Project Award category, recognizing the significant
contribution of all parties to the successful completion
of the project. To gain this rating, the scheme needed to
demonstrate excellence in all aspects of the project from
planning through to design and construction. This included
project management, land use, impact on and mitigation towards
the landscape, ecology and biodiversity, archaeological
and cultural heritage, water, energy, material use, waste
management, transport, nuisance to neighbours and community
Victoria Bridge restoration scheme has also been awarded
a Green Apple award from the Green Organization. The Green
Organization is an independent, non political, non profit
making environment group dedicated to recognizing, rewarding
and promoting environmental best practice around the world
and the awards scheme is now in its 13th year. Winners
will be presented with Green Apple trophies at the Houses
of Parliament in early November.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation, said, 'The Victoria Bridge
scheme has been extremely popular with the city's residents
and visitors but the CEEQUAL award also shows it is valued
by industry professionals. As a council, we are always keen
to promote good environmental practice and the excellent
rating and Green Apple award both show we have achieved
this in one of our major engineering projects.'
Martin Jackson, the Bridgeworks' Team Leader, managed the
works, carried out between May and September 2006. Owen
Williams, part of Amey plc, was designer and site supervisor
and the principal contractor was Interserve.
Victoria Bridge project was delivered within the budget
and programme and to demanding design and construction constraints
imposed by the Environment Agency, Natural England and the
bridge's Grade II listing. In May this year, the Victoria
Bridge scheme won the main project accolade at the annual
awards of the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands
and was also named best civil engineering project in the
project was also named Heritage Award winner at the same
ceremony and the project team won an additional award for
the best presentation and display at the ceremony.
II listed, Victoria Bridge was built in 1898 to commemorate
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. When opened, it was described
as 'artistic in design, elegant in form, light in construction
and beautiful in effect.'
work included removal of rust and paint, steelwork repairs,
strengthening, repainting, footway replacement and timber
matching the original, as well as restoration of decorative
Cycleway and Footpath in the Running for £50 Million TV
A major project to get millions of people walking and cycling
in Hereford came a step closer today as Sustrans' Connect2
Lottery bid entered the ultimate stage of the Big Lottery
Fund's 'The People's £50 Million contest.' The final shortlist
was announced today and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and
former minister Charles Clarke will lead the charity's bid
to transform local travel opportunities in Hereford and
across the UK.
Hart Davies, Wayne Hemingway and Ken Livingstone are among
other high profile supporters. Hereford's Connect2 scheme
is a proposed footpath and cycleway which would link the
east side of the city with Rotherwas and Holme Lacy, avoiding
having to cycle through the city centre itself.
organizations, including 'Sustrans' Connect2 project, are
competing for the £50 million grant to be decided by public
vote on ITV1 in December. Each project will be the subject
of a television programme on ITV1 in the week beginning
Monday, 3rd December.
Connect2 will be featured on Tuesday, 4th December. Full
programme details will be released in mid November. Voting
will take place online and by phone vote following the TV
voting for The People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway will
open at 9am on Monday, 26th November at www.thepeoples50million.org.uk
Telephone voting will be over the weekend of 7th to 10th
Closure of Footpath and Cycleway
As part of the Hereford (Belmont) Flood Scheme, the Hinton
Road end of the Bishop's Meadow footpath and cycle route
is to be closed for two months. The closure, which took
effect from Monday, 29th October, is necessary as contractors,
Morrison Construction need to build a bund and install the
historic Jubilee Gates at the their new location in Hinton
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation, said, 'Under the original plans
for the scheme, it would have been possible to create a
temporary path. However, the installation of the Jubilee
Gates now needs a different form of construction involving
steel sheet piles and reinforced concrete as well as the
earth bunds originally envisaged. We did consider temporary,
alternative paths but the difference in gradient meant it
was impossible as the earthworks needed would have impacted
on trees in the area.'
alternative cycle route between Victoria Bridge and Hinton
Road will, instead, be via St Martins Avenue, the path leading
to the Leisure Pool and the link back to Hinton Road from
the Leisure Pool which will both now have a route maintained
through them throughout the works.
Construction are also looking at the possibility of signing
a temporary route through the Leisure Pool car park to help
those who would prefer to avoid using St Martins Street.
The riverside path to Putson will also remain open to pedestrians
during these works. Signs, but no barriers, will be posted
at the Victoria Bridge end of the path, warning about the
closure of the route. Morrison Construction said the footpath
and cycle route will be reopened as soon as is possible
Your Dogs Safe on Bonfire Night
All dog owners are being urged by Herefordshire Council
to take extra care to ensure their dogs do not go missing
during Bonfire Night celebrations.
the time around Bonfire Night is when the council's dog
warden service is at its busiest, with dogs escaping from
homes after being frightened by the noise of fireworks.
Mike Higgins, Herefordshire Council's Animal Health and
Welfare Manager, said, 'Last year, we had 14 dogs escape
after being frightened during Bonfire Night celebrations.
Luckily we were able to reunite them with their owners.
To save distress to the dogs, however, it is better if they
are kept indoors when fireworks are going off. Owners should
also ensure all windows, doors and dog flaps are kept firmly
council is also reiterating its call for all dog owners
to get their pets tagged or micro-chipped because then,
if they do escape or get lost, they can be reunited more
quickly with their owners.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet Member for
the Environment and Strategic Housing, said, 'As a dog owner
myself, I know how stressed dogs can become during Bonfire
Night celebrations and would urge people to keep their pets
indoors when fireworks are going off. Now is also a perfect
time to get dogs either tagged or micro-chipped as this
can help us to reunite any lost dogs with their owners much
council has also set up an internet based service on its
website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk, to help reunite owners
with lost dogs. Just click on the Stray Dogs link in the
Spotlights box. This service offers peace of mind to any
owners who have lost dogs outside normal working hours,
because any dogs featured on this site are being well cared
for at the council's kennels.
Day at Treasure Island to Promote Recycling
Treasure Island, a charity shop in Hereford is holding an
open day on Thursday, 8th November between 10am and 3pm,
to promote their domestic appliance reuse project.
items that are donated to the charity are refurbished by
a team of electrical engineers before being made available
to the public from the Treasure Island shop in Berrington
Street. Proceeds from sales support the work Herefordshire
Lifestyles carry out with people suffering physical and
sensory disabilities by providing services and support to
enable them to live a life of their choice. Herefordshire
Council and Worcestershire County Council's waste management
team will be supporting the event.
public are invited along to learn about different ways of
reducing, reusing and recycling their waste. The first 50
Treasure Island customers will receive a free, reusable
jute shopping bag when they enter the waste management quiz.
All entries will be then go into a free competition to win
a fridge or washing machine that has been refurbished through
the Treasure Island domestic appliance reuse project.
Council and Worcestershire County Council support Herefordshire
Lifestyles and other reuse organizations as part of its
waste reduction strategy. Anybody who would like further
information about reuse organizations or a free reuse guide
is welcome to call 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
donate an unwanted electrical appliance call Treasure Island
on 0845 450 7452.
a Green Hallowe'en
This Hallowe'en Herefordshire Council's Waste Prevention
Team is encouraging people to recycle and avoid a horror
story for the environment. The council is offering green
fingered advise about how to reduce the amount of waste
that is produced at Hallowe'en parties each year.
example, it is a scary fact that up to 99 per cent of ghoulish
pumpkin lanterns will end up in landfill sites. There are
numerous ways to avoid this happening, including composting
or making soup with the pumpkin.
Hines, Worcestershire County Council' s Waste Prevention
Project Assistant, said, 'There are lots of ways people
can make their parties greener, whether its using their
own crockery and cutlery rather than paper plates and plastic
knives and forks, buying loose fruit and vegetables with
less packaging or remembering to recycle those empty bottles
and cans. Careful planning can reduce the waste produced.'
are a number of ways that Hallowe'en parties across the
county can go green this year. Below are a few tricks 'witch'
will help treat the environment.
· Plan ahead before buying food and confirm numbers for
the party. This avoids over spending and food waste.
· Residents can buy fruit and vegetables that are loose
rather than pre-packed and purchase freezer packs of bread
rolls to reuse at a later date.
· Partygoers can limit the number of items that are thrown
away by buying Hallowe'en costumes and decorations that
At the party
· Party revellers could use everyday cutlery and crockery
rather than paper plates and plastic knives and forks
· The party host could use a glass hire service from a local
off-licence or supermarket instead of plastic cups, and
top up salad and bread baskets throughout the evening to
reduce food wastage.
· Involve all the party guests with the washing up and keep
reseal able food containers for next year
· Save Halloween costumes for next year or offer them for
free to others on www.freecycle.org
· Remember to recycle all your plastic bottles, cans, paper,
thin card, glass bottles and jars and put any vegetable
waste into a compost bin
· Other food waste, such as bread, meat and dairy products
can be put down a food waste disposer.
further information on how you can claim cash back for fitting
a food waste disposer visit www.sinkyourwaste.com For more
information about composting at home, log on to www.recyclenow.com/compost
or call 0845 077 0757 or for information about reducing,
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