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No. 172 - Wednesday, 7th November 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
signs up to education changes for 14-19 year olds
changes to the way 14-19 year olds are educated across the
county were given the thumbs up at an event which attracted
more than 60 delegates from schools, colleges and other
organisations last week. The event, which aimed to pull
together all the different strands of work with this age
group in Herefordshire, took place at the Royal National
College for the Blind on 31st October. The county's schools,
colleges, training providers, the Learning and Skills Council,
Connexions and Herefordshire Council all signed an agreement
to work collaboratively to raise standards and improve the
achievement of the county's young people.
way education is provided for 14-19 year olds is currently
being reformed. There is a new commitment to all young people
for them all to undertake learning or training to the age
of 18 by 2015. In addition, significant changes are being
made to the content and range of courses and qualifications
young people can choose to take and the way they can be
trained or educated. The reform has been called for as a
result of evidence that the country's top performers do
well, but that other young people in the UK are lagging
behind young people from Europe and Asia and the gap is
don't deliver well for all learners in the UK at the moment,'
said Polly Garnett, 14-19 strategy manager. 'Even those
who do well academically can struggle when they leave formal
education because they don't have the knowledge and skills
to prepare them for the world of work. White, working class
boys are one of the most under-performing groups in education
nation-wide, and we need to change this quickly if we are
to prevent a large proportion of our young people from failing
to reach their full potential.'
At the heart of the reform is the concept of creating an
individual learning programme for each young person which
focuses on what the student wants to learn rather than what
is on offer at their school or college. With 17 new diplomas
at three different levels on the horizon, together with
GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships and a drive to extend young
people's experiences in the world of business, enterprise,
entrepreneurship and employment, students may soon attend
more than one place of learning. It is anticipated that
many young people will use a mixture of providers which
will sometimes require them to spend time at a different
establishment than their main school or college. To
make this work successfully, all organisations providing
education for 14-19 year olds across Herefordshire need
to work collaboratively and in a culture of mutual trust.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'We have already begun to change the way we help our
young people and many schools and colleges have arrangements
in place to help their students access courses in other
establishments, including the workplace. This new way of
working provides Herefordshire with an exciting opportunity
to make a real difference to young people's lives and career
aspirations. All young people have a right to success, not
just those who achieve high academic grades. 'Signing up
to this collaborative agreement paves the way for working
together to bring these changes about and improve standards
and opportunities for our children.'
Menghini - Director of Children's Services, Herefordshire Council,
Jonathan Godfrey - Principal, Hereford Sixth Form College, Denise
Strutt - Headteacher, Whitecross High School, Sarah Tulk - Partnership
Director Herefordshire Learning and Skills Council, Jane Crysell
- Chief Executive Connexions Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Energy Training Day
Climate change is a major challenge to us all and local
Charity and Voluntary groups can be at the forefront of
reducing our energy intake in Herefordshire.
As well as saving money, using energy more efficiently will
also help by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2),
and other harmful greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere.
The benefits of sustainable energy for the community will
be outlined courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust and Herefordshire
Voluntary Action at an “Effective Energy” training event
to be held at Hinton Community Centre on Monday, 19th November.
It is a great opportunity for community groups and individuals
to learn about sustainable energy use and how it can be
of use both environmentally and financially.
you know that reducing your room temperature by 1°C could
cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent? It will also
outline how groups can reduce the energy consumption of
existing community buildings and design and develop ideas
for new ones. The many grants and incentives that are available
will also be covered.
community project that promotes sustainable energy can help
bring a community together, save money and help the environment.
This is a great chance to find out about what can be achieved
as well as the support that is available. The event will
run between 10 am and 4pm. To book a place, contact Clare
O’Grady on 01432 343 932 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Social Care Watchdog for Herefordshire
The wheels are in motion for the creation of a Herefordshire
health watchdog with a big job to do. Changes in Government
legislation mean an end to the current Public and Patient
Involvement Forums (PPIF), with them being replaced by one
county wide Local Involvement Network (LINk) that will,
for the first time, be responsible not only for health but
also social care issues.
network will involve a wide range of Herefordians whose
voices are seldom heard, including busy workers, children,
people with disabilities, remote rural dwellers and ethnic
minorities, to make sure they have their say in how services
are run. The new body, to be launched early next year, will
have powers to ensure public and patients' views are taken
Link will be able to enter premises and assess services,
collect views of service users and expect responses when
requests for information are made to committees and organizations.
Under the new legislation, Herefordshire Council is tasked
with identifying a host, which will in turn recruit members
of the Herefordshire Link
in partnership with colleagues in the Primary Care Trust
(PCT), we're beginning to advertise for an appropriate host
group which will then promote Herefordshire Link and begin
recruiting,' said Sara Siloko, Health Services Officer at
Herefordshire Council. 'With the Public Service Trust coming
on stream soon, it's a good time to be bringing the public
voice of health and social care closer together too.'
Olwyn Barnett, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and
Health, said, 'The establishment of Herefordshire Link is
a major step change in the accountability of those who provide
health and social care services in the county. Through LINks,
a wide range of local people and communities will have the
power to influence what level and quality of health and
social care services are provided and also how they are
run. They will have the authority to gather issues of local
concern and refer these on to scrutiny committees.'
Bull - Chief Executive of Primary Care Trust and Council
Herefordshire is the first place in the country to have
a single chief executive running both the council and the
primary care trust. Herefordshire Council voted on Friday,
2nd November to confirm the appointment of Chris Bull, who
is currently deputy chief executive of Southwark Council
in London. He will also fulfil the role of chief executive
of Herefordshire Primary Care Trust.
Bull will lead an enhanced partnership designed to improve
public services, achieve better value for money and ensure
that Herefordshire continues to make decisions on how local
public services are delivered. Chris Bull was joint chief
executive of Southwark Primary Care Trust and strategic
director of social services with Southwark Council for five
years, a role in which he led one of the largest primary
care trusts in London with a budget of £400 million, alongside
a council social care budget of £120 million. He achieved
excellent performance across health and social care, delivering
better services for local people. Last year he acted as
Southwark Council's interim chief executive and is a member
of the London Health Commission, which leads health improvement
across the capital.
from the West Midlands, Chris Bull has family in Worcestershire.
He is able to start work as chief executive for Herefordshire
Council and Herefordshire Primary Care Trust before the
end of the calendar year. Final stage selection involving
four short-listed candidates took place in Herefordshire
in September by a panel that included all council political
leaders and the chairman and non-executive directors of
the primary care trust. The appointment was recommended
to be ratified by all elected members of the council at
the full council meeting, in accordance with the council's
Wye Girls Get Crafty
Creative young women are being offered free jewellery making
workshops at Hinton Community Centre this month. The council's
youth service runs a very successful girls' group every
Wednesday at Hinton Community Centre between 7pm and 9pm
and the community youth worker, Sarah Melia is always thinking
of new activities and experiences for the girls to try.
based jewellery maker, Dawn Turton will offer the girls
beginners workshops on Wednesday 7th and 21st November,
where they will learn how to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets
and, if they show some skill, earrings using wire and beads.
Melia, community youth worker, said, 'The girls' group has
been running for over two years and is going from strength
to strength. We get around twenty 11-19 year olds joining
in every week. The girls are great fun and love trying new
things. It's a great way for them to make new friends and
try different activities without getting distracted by the
boys. With Christmas on the horizon, we thought jewellery
making would be a great activity to try. Other events on
the horizon include karaoke, cooking, football and more
arts and crafts.'
previous experience is needed for any of these activities
and they are all free of charge. To reserve a place, ring
Sarah Melia on 01432 383376, text 07792880199 or pop into
the Hinton Community Centre on Wednesdays between the hours
of 7and 9pm.
Harriott Supports 'Love Food, Hate Waste' Campaign
Herefordshire Council is supporting new campaign, 'Love
Food Hate Waste', that reveals we are throwing away a staggering
third of the food we buy in the UK - most of which could
have been eaten. The astonishing statistic follows pioneering
research undertaken earlier this year by WRAP, the Waste
and Resources Action Programme, which shows that for every
three bags of food shopping we bring home, we effectively
put one straight in the bin.
campaign was launched on Saturday, 3rd November by celebrity
chef and presenter Ainsley Harriott who said, 'The amount
of food we throw away is criminal and we all need to take
action and start changing our behaviour. That's why I'm
supporting Love Food Hate Waste.'
is sad that so much good food is being wasted needlessly,'
explains Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP Chief Executive. 'At a cost
of £8b a year, it's a serious issue that not only impacts
on the environment but our pockets too. The 'Love Food Hate
Waste' campaign has been created to raise awareness of the
problem and provide information on what simple steps can
be taken to combat the problem, which has a significant
environmental impact. Our research showed that 90 per cent
of us are completely unaware of the amount of food we all
throw away. Once attention is drawn to it however, we know
that people are surprised and keen to take action.'
of the food thrown away ends up in landfill where it produces
methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. Although this is
only part of the picture. All the embedded energy used to
produce, package, transport and store food which could have
been eaten, but instead ends up being thrown away, produces
the equivalent of at least 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide
every year. WRAP believes that action on food waste would
deliver big environment benefits.
we could all halt the amount of potentially edible food
being wasted in this way, we would make a big impact - the
same as taking 1 in 5 cars off UK roads,' explains Liz Goodwin.
addition to press advertising and a supporting PR campaign
that features celebrity chefs, home economists and well
known personalities, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign features
a website lovefoodhatewaste.com which gives advice, ideas
on preparation, storage, portioning and recipes. The campaign
is also fully supported by the Women's Institute, who are
launching their own 'Love Food Champions' initiative, which
will reach out to communities and provide on the ground
support on how to minimize food waste across the UK.
are passionate about food and preventing waste. We want
to help individuals and families to reduce waste and that's
why we are strongly supporting 'Love Food Hate Waste,''
said Fay Mansell, NFWI Chair. Ainsley Harriott, the popular
TV chef is supporting the campaign, along with a host of
other chefs and well known celebrities. He adds, 'This campaign
is aimed at everyone. You don't have to be a chef to know
how to cut down on food waste, you just need to care about
your food and your pocket and the rest follows.'
Wood, Herefordshire Council's waste services manager, said,
'Our waste prevention team has been working hard to raise
awareness about food waste reduction for some time. We welcome
WRAP's new 'Love Food Hate Waste' initiative and we hope
our communities will embrace this new message which has
the potential to help the environment and save them money
in the process.'
council's Waste Prevention Team have arranged road shows
promoting the new campaign and will be visiting supermarkets
at the following locations: They will be from 11am - 3pm
Ledbury on Sunday, 11th November
Sainsbury's, Hereford on Tuesday, 13th November
Tesco, St Peters, Worcester on Thursday, 15th November
Asda, Bromsgrove on Friday, 16th November
Morrisons, Malvern on Saturday, 17th November
Morrisons, Leominster, Sunday, 18th November
Sainsbury's, Kidderminster on Monday, 19th November
Waitrose, Droitwich on Wednesday, 21st November
Waitrose, Malvern on Friday, 23rd November
Asda, Hereford on Monday, 26th November
Sainsbury's, Redditch on Tuesday, 27th November
Tesco, Worcester Warndon 0n Wednesday, 28th November
Morrisons, Redditch on Sunday, 9th December
Award for Whitecross School
Whitecross Hereford High School and Specialist College scooped
the national award for Best Sustainable Innovation at the
Local Authority Building Control Awards. The building contractors
Stepnell should be congratulated for their achievement both
in design and execution. The award recognizes excellent
innovation in thermal excellence, lighting (natural and
electric) and work under the Constructing Excellence Demonstration
Salmon, head of commissioning and improvement, said, 'When
Whitecross was built, the design was firmly based on green
and sustainable guidelines and I am pleased this has been
recognized at a national level. The brief from the school,
governors and Herefordshire Council was to produce a building
which not only maximized the use of natural light but which
would also keep energy and water usage to a minimum and
this has been achieved.
Mark Wakeford, Managing Director of Stepnell, said, 'This
is a prestigious accolade that recognizes the huge amount
of work that our whole team did to ensure the community
around Whitecross has a sustainable school. We are very
proud that we beat stiff competition to the award and it
demonstrates what is possible in the exacting standards
of local education.'
Lyons, Project Manger of Stepnell for the school has also
been named gold award winner in the PFI Projects category
of the Construction Manager of the Year Awards. This award
recognized Alan's exemplar work in delivering the scheme
on time to a high quality and his work with the local community
through the Considerate Contractors Scheme.
school's design uses a ducted fresh air heating system.
This system provides heated fresh air to classrooms. This
air supply is therefore regulated and not as wasteful of
energy as opening windows would be. The constantly supplied
fresh air also produces a good working atmosphere and aids
attentiveness in lessons. The heating system was designed
in conjunction with the high levels of insulation and heavy
mass of the buildings, to provide a finely controlled environment.
school's most obvious green measure, as viewed from the
outside, is its sedum roof covering which has been laid
over the majority of the roof surfaces on the school. Sedum
is an alpine succulent and, as well as helping the school
blend into its environment, it also absorbs rainwater and
therefore reduces the amount of storm water discharged into
the local Yazor Brook. At Whitecross, going to the loo provides
a contribution to the environment too. The school has low
usage cisterns and the taps close by themselves to save
water A green travel plan for the new school was also drawn
up and bicycle sheds and a mini bus waiting shelter were
incorporated into the final design of the school.
Whitecross 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.
Hitting Road Safety Event
in Hereford will be reminded about the potential dangers
of driving at a hard hitting road traffic collision demonstration
which is to be held by Herefordshire Community Safety and
Drugs Partnership in the city centre on Thursday, 8th November.
display, to coincide with Road Safety Week, will see crews
from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West
Mercia Constabulary and West Midlands Ambulance Service
rescue casualties from a crash scene. The scene, which will
replicate a real road traffic collision, will involve a
car and three casualties, played by volunteers. The actions
taken by the emergency services will be the same as in real
collision. The demonstration will give spectators a detailed
account of the actions undertaken by those first to arrive
at the scene of a collision, including medical care given
by paramedics and the use of cutting equipment by the fire
service to extricate a casualty from a badly damaged vehicle.
number of local organizations will also be on site in High
Town, including representatives from the Herefordshire Community
Safety and Drugs Partnership team, West Mercia Police, West
Mercia Safer Roads Partnership, Herefordshire Advanced Motorists,
RoadPeace and Herefordshire Council's Road Safety Unit,
who will all be handing out road safety information and
advice between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Staff from Halfords will
also be on hand to advise people about child car seat fitting.
in Herefordshire are more likely to be involved in a driving
incident than they are becoming a victim of crime. However,
the number of people killed or seriously injured on the
county's roads dropped from 147 in 2005 to 119 in 2006,
and Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership
is hoping that through education and events such as this,
the downward trend will continue.
Hughes, Chair of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, said, 'The event is a timely reminder about
the consequences of dangerous driving. We are coming to
a time of year when our roads can be particularly hazardous
due to the weather conditions. Unfortunately, some people
may also be tempted to drink and drive. Some people might
find the display shocking, but we hope that by demonstrating
the consequences of dangerous driving we can encourage people
to think twice before getting in their car, and continue
to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths on our roads.'
further information about road safety, visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk
or contact Herefordshire Council's Road Safety Unit on 01432
260947. For more information about this event, please contact
Susanne Graham on 01432 260324 or Alison Grange on 01432
Councillors and MP Discuss Reopening of Colwall Bridge
Council's officers and councillors met more than 100 residents
from Colwall and Colwall Green to discuss the latest position
regarding Colwall bridge. The special meeting, held on Friday,
26th October was attended by Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire
Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation,
ward member, Councillor Roy Stockton and engineers from
Network Rail, Herefordshire Council and the council's consultants
Owen Williams. Leominster MP Bill Wiggin chaired the meeting.
and engineers answered questions from residents regarding
the bridge closure and its reopening. Councillor Brian Wilcox
said, 'Colwall Bridge is top of our priorities and we will
be working with our partners to make every effort to return
the bridge to service as soon as it is safe to do so. If
there is any opportunity for light traffic to safely use
the bridge, as an interim measure, then that will be taken
and we will reopen the bridge as soon as it is deemed safe
to do so and we can get the necessary signage and any weight
restriction measures in place. Consultant engineers, Owen
Williams have now carried out a second inspection of the
110 year old Colwall Bridge which is a major step towards
reopening it to traffic. In the meantime, Herefordshire
Council is working closely with Network Rail and Owen Williams
to minimize the effect and duration of the closure.'
inspection, carried out over three nights in October, involved
comprehensive inspections by two engineers on all visible
elements of the bridge. This included:
Measurement, recording and photographing of all defects
· Measurement and recording of all section sizes and spans
· Bricks were removed at two locations (the arches supporting
the road) to determine the condition of hidden parts of
the cross girders. Results
of this detailed and complex assessment will be made available
at the end of the year.
Council is continuing with its two-option strategy for the
Inspection to determine the capacity of the bridge
· Considering installing a bailey bridge at a cost of £450,000.
assessment will determine what load the bridge can take
and bailey bridge designs have now been submitted to Network
Rail so they can assess how the proposed bridge will affect
the existing one. Many residents were also concerned at
the poor quality of the diversion routes, claiming there
had been many near accidents on them.
Wilcox said, 'The inspection frequency on the diversion
routes has been raised to monthly, which is the highest
level of inspection the council operates, and we have also
included these routes on our primary winter gritting routes.'
on Doors Scheme - Your Views Wanted
Council is to consult businesses on the introduction of
a 'Scores on the Doors' scheme for eating establishments.
council's commercial team has written to most of the food
businesses in the county asking for their views on Scores
on the Doors (SD), a scheme where the hygiene ratings given
by inspectors to food businesses are presented to the public.
aim of the proposed scheme is:
To provide consumers with a user friendly way to access
the information they need to make informed choices about
where to eat in the area.
· To encourage food businesses where deficiencies are found
to improve their standards of food hygiene, leading to greater
· To ensure that those food businesses achieving consistently
high standards of food hygiene are publicly recognized and
inspections lead to scores related to compliance with hygiene.
These will be translated into star ratings for each business
with five stars being the best and no stars being the worst.
The scheme will apply to all food premises within the county
and it is intended that the last inspection result will
be made available on the website. A certificate will also
be issued for businesses to display at their premises if
they so wish. It
is hoped that the scheme will become operative in late January
Tector, Herefordshire Council's Head of Environmental Health
and Trading Standards, said, 'By giving the public access
to the food hygiene ratings, it is hoped this new scheme
will both promote food safety and empower consumer choice.
Similar schemes have existed in the United States and Canada
for more than 10 years and many authorities there have been
able to encourage improvements in food safety standards
by making the results of inspections available on the internet.'
consultation ends on Monday, 12th November 2007. Business
who wish to record their views can do so by completing the
questionnaire they have been sent. If you have not received
a form or it has been misplaced then please contact the
council on 01432 261761.
Permission Approved for Homes at Old Eign Hill
permission for the erection of nine homes at 62 Old Eign
Hill, Hereford, has been approved by the central area planning
The development will provide a mix of four, three and two
bedroomed homes with the existing period house on site being
retained and refurbished. Three letters of objection were
received raising concerns regarding increased traffic and
loss of privacy.
Permission Refusal Recommended
of the central area planning subcommittee were minded to
refuse planning permission for the erection of 81 homes
with associated parking on land at Venns Lane, Royal National
College for the Blind, at their meeting on Wednesday, 24th
considered that the proposed development would be out of
character with the area and harm the amenities of local
residents. The decision has now been referred to the head
of planning services who will determine whether the subcommittee
decision stands or whether the application should go to
the main planning committee for determination.
site presently forms part of the Royal National College
for the Blind's campus. Outline planning permission was
approved in May this year for 70 properties on the site.
The Royal National College for the Blind said they needed
to raise the number of homes to 81 to help pay for the increased
cost of building their new sports facilities and halls of
residence. These facilities need to be in place by early
2009 as a training venue in association with the Olympics
and Paralympics and the staging of the World Blind Football
Championships in summer 2010.
homes, of which 14 would be affordable, were to be a mixture
of terrace, semi detached and detached, one, two, three,
four and five bedroom homes and two bedroom apartments with
associated parking, landscaping, cycle links and open space.
City Council objected to the scheme because they felt it
was over intensive development of the site. Hereford Civic
Society supported the plans in principle but felt the site
would be rather crowded. Thirty four letters of objection
or comment together with a petition from residents of Loder
Drive with 55 signatures was received. The main concerns
raised included the increased volume of traffic and impact
on local residents.
Members of the central area planning subcommittee have refused
planning permission for six two bedroomed maisonettes and
four two bedroomed flats on land to the rear of Prospect
Place, St Martins Avenue, Hereford, expressing strong concerns
in relation to the safety of the access onto St Martins
site falls within Hereford City Conservation Area, an Area
of Archaeological Importance, is within a category three
flood zone and is identified as an established residential
area within the Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan.
The Environment Agency currently object to the development
because it lies within flood zone 3 of the River Wye and
is therefore considered to be at high risk of flooding.
Council's conservation manager supported the bold contemporary
design, saying it would make a positive addition to the
conservation area and commented that the proposal '… vividly
expresses our aspirations for the city, elevating the standard
for development and providing an interesting juxtaposition
between the Victorian and Georgian properties in the locality
and modern architecture of the 21st century.'
City Council recommended refusal feeling the scheme was
over intensive development. Twenty one letters of objection
were received. The main points raised were the site has
significant historical interest to Hereford and that the
contemporary design was harmful to the character of the
area. Concerns were also expressed at an increase in traffic
and the fact the site is in a flood plain.
of Place in Herefordshire
The search is on to find Herefordshire's favourite local
attraction as the county joins local authorities nationwide
to promote its visitor hot spots. Ten
of the county's most popular places have been listed on
Herefordshire Council's web site under the heading 'Pride
of Place', and members of the public are urged to vote for
their favourite online.
up for nomination are Bredwardine Church, Herefordshire
Cathedral, Ledbury Town Centre, Weobley black and white
village, Lower Brockhampton Manor, River Wye at Capler Hill,
Victoria Bridge in Hereford, Dore Abbey and Broadfield Court.
Adrian Blackshaw, Cabinet Member for Economic Development
and Community Services, said, 'Living in such a beautiful
rural area, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding
favourite places. We have selected just ten places for nomination
and want members of the public to let us know which is their
favourite. We hope people will join in this nationwide campaign
and help us put Herefordshire on the map. To vote, simply
click onto the 'Pride of Place' icon on the front page of
our web site at www.herefordshire.gov.uk. You can also see
and vote for other areas around the country.'
Pride of Place poll is part of a nationwide initiative,
and can be accessed until Friday, 30th November 2007 after
which the results will be released.
Access Road Can Go Ahead
Herefordshire Council's cabinet have given the final go
ahead to protect the Rotherwas Ribbon archaeological site
for future generations, explore opportunities it might present
for tourism and resume full construction of the Rotherwas
access road, an essential transport link for the county's
key employment site housing 125 companies.
decision echoed its earlier one of Thursday, 6th September,
which had been 'called in' by councillors for scrutiny on
Monday, 24th September. Then, the environment scrutiny concluded,
after a four hour discussion, that the original decision
was the right one. So, the Rotherwas Ribbon came full circle
and back to cabinet for final sign off.
heard that the council was making progress with its application
for funding from English Heritage to enable further archaeological
investigation of the presumed course of the Ribbon. This
will help define the extent and nature of the find and allow
the council to consider opportunities for tourism, heritage
and education. Depending on the results of any further investigation,
the council proposes to prepare a conservation plan and
determine how public access to the Ribbon could be achieved,
evaluating the potential for a permanent visitor centre.
council had stopped work on the road around the Ribbon site
in April this year when it was first discovered. It announced
the find to councillors and citizens in May and gave escorted
tours of the site to around 1,000 people in July. English
Heritage has been involved since the discovery of the Ribbon
and its experts have advised that the council's engineering
solution, to cover the site with layers of protective membranes
and sand, will protect it for future generations. This was
essential as leaving the Ribbon exposed to the elements
would eventually destroy it.
council covered the site in August to protect it after archaeologists
conducted a fingertip clean of the surface to carefully
remove deposited silt. The cabinet had previously considered
other options such as abandoning or re-routing the access
road to avoid the archaeological find. But this could have
cost council taxpayers from £6 million for diverting the
road around the Ribbon, up to £110 million for building
a tunnel under the archaeological site. However, it decided
that the original route was the most efficient way of ensuring
the success of the £20-million Rotherwas Futures project
to the south of the city of Hereford.
by business, the project will include a flood alleviation
scheme, create new jobs and help Herefordshire's economy
to compete. The cabinet congratulated county archaeologist
Dr Keith Ray on the 'universally acknowledged standard and
quality of his work on the Ribbon'.
further information: Herefordshire Council on 01432 260006.
Against Ewyas Harold Landlord Adjourned
The case against My Tony Blows, landlord of the Dog Inn
public house at Ewyas Harold, was adjourned at Hereford
Magistrates Court on Friday, 26th October. Mr. Blows indicated
to the court that he was intending to plead not guilty to
all three charges laid by Herefordshire Council for offences
under the new, smoke free legislation which came into effect
in England on Sunday, 1st July 2007.
Blows faces the following 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, August 4 2007.
Mr Tony Blows did, on the evening of Saturday August 4,
2007, 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 July 23, 2007.
trial will now be held on Monday, 21st January which will
be heard by the district judge.
Discharge for Breaking Foot and Mouth Restrictions
A Herefordshire farmer who admitted moving cattle and sheep
when there was a total ban on livestock movements due to
foot and mouth restrictions was given a conditional discharge
at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 26th October. Nigel
Bevan, aged 52, of Coldbrook Farm, St Weonards, who was
charged with moving the livestock on Friday, 14th September,
was also ordered to pay £548.09 in costs.
Kevin O'Keefe, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told
the court Mr Bevan was seen by one of the council's health
and welfare officers transporting four rams and four cattle
two days after an order had been signed banning movement
of livestock. Mr Bevan was moving the animals from one of
his farm sites to another, a distance of about five miles.
mitigation, Mr Bevan admitted he had broken the law but
said that he was concerned about the welfare of his animals.
The four cows he transported were heavily pregnant, one
of which in fact calved the following day and suffered from
milk fever, a potentially fatal disease. He also said that
the law was far from clear at the time of the outbreaks.
Mike Higgins, Herefordshire Council's animal welfare manager,
said, 'As an authority, our first priority must be to ensure
the health and welfare of all animals in the county. This
farmer's actions could have caused the spread of disease
and we felt it was only proper to prosecute him. The county
was badly affected by the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001
and we must all be aware of legislation which aims to prevent
this happening again.'
School Sport in Top Three of the Nation
Children and young people in Herefordshire get some of the
best opportunities for school sport in the country according
to figures released by the Department for Children, Schools
and Families this month.
figures shows that in England, school targets on sport have
been met a year early, with 86 per cent of pupils now participating
in at least two hours of physical education and school sport
per week. In Herefordshire, this figure is 93.5 per cent,
an increase of six per cent from last year and the third
highest figure in the country.
nearly every performance indicator set by the government
for PE and sport in schools, the Whitecross and Minster
School Sport Partnerships who work with the county's schools
to achieve national targets, are well above the average.
The county has the third highest percentage of children
taking part in inter school competitive sports, with 70
per cent taking part in internal school competitions. On
top of that, all Herefordshire schools have a sports day
where pupils come together in differing forms of competition.
Herefordshire also has twice the number of pupils involved
in leadership and volunteering than the national average.
county has the third highest percentage of pupils involved
in leading parts of lessons, running activities at lunchtimes
and after school as well as running and supporting competitive
events and festivals. Herefordshire Council and the Herefordshire
and Worcestershire Sports Partnership are working together
to encourage young people to continue with their sports
and activities in the evenings and weekends by providing
opportunities to join local clubs in their locality.
a rural county, transport issues and the location of clubs
has made this challenging, but both school sport partnerships
have made progress and on average schools link to six or
seven clubs. Work with gifted and talented pupils has continued
to grow, with eight per cent of young people now identified
and multi skill academies established earlier this year.
Jennny Hyde, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People,
said, 'I am delighted that so many of our children are getting
involved in school sport. Being healthy and physically active
is very much part of the Every Child Matters agenda. The
PE curriculum has changed considerably over the last few
years so that children can try a broader range of activities
than ever before, which is good news as traditional school
sports don't appeal to everyone. Herefordshire's success
in exceeding Government targets is down to excellent partnership
working between schools, sports clubs and the school sports
partnerships. I congratulate them for raising sporting activity
levels across the county and helping our children enjoy
more active lifestyles.'
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