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No. 173 - Wednesday, 14th November 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Appeal for Help in Tracing Kate Prout
(added after publication date)
to the importance of finding Kate, this article has been
added to every page of this week's news, after the initial
publication date, in order to give the matter maximum exposure.
are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing
Forest of Dean woman Kathleen Prout.
55-year-old, known as Kate, has not been seen since she
left her home address in Redmarley on Monday, 5th November.
Prout is white, 5ft 6 tall and of medium build. Described
as having a pale complexion, she has blue eyes and red,
shoulder-length straight hair. She was wearing jeans and
a black v-neck top when she was last seen.
of the public are being urged to assist in the search for
Kate by reporting any sightings of her straightaway.
you think you may have seen her, please contact Gloucestershire
Constabulary on 0845 090 1234, quoting incident number 229
of 10th November.
childcare workers celebrate quality awards
in Herefordshire can expect to continue receiving good quality
childcare thanks to a further 24 childcare providers achieving
quality assurance awards. Childminders, nurseries, after
school clubs, early years education providers all came together
to celebrate their quality assurance and training achievements
at an awards ceremony held at Hereford Shire Hall on 2nd
70 guests attended the evening and received the following
Together Quality Assurance Gold Award - Golden Valley
Award - Bargates Children's Centre and St Paul's Nursery
Award - Mucky Pups Pre-school, Withington Extended Care,
Credenhill Pre-school, Fownhope Pre-school, Holmer Pre-school,
Norton House School, Oakhouse Nursery School and Walford
Award Reaccreditation - Merry-Go-Round
Children Come First Awards - Alison Jackson, Victoria
Hudson-Lloyd and Denise Stevens Diploma in Home-Based
Childcare Level 3. Sally Camden, Cheryl Harley, Sally
Heggie, Sharon Hill, Victoria Hudson-Lloyd, Jennifer Jones,
Helen Rees and Denise Stevens CACHE level 3
in Childminding Practice Elizabeth McAteer
providers have incredible responsibilities for some of the
most important people in our society - our children,' said
Councillor Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young
people. To achieve a quality assurance award takes a lot
of work and dedication, often from people who volunteer
their time to help run groups. It is absolutely fitting
therefore that we recognize their work and celebrate their
success. I was also delighted to see that for the first
time childminders who work in their own homes have had the
opportunity of achieving a recognized national qualification
showing their commitment to delivering high quality services.'
Childcare providers who received their quality assurance award.
Leaflet to Help Parents Make Nappy Decision
Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council
have produced a new leaflet that will help parents make
informed decisions about whether or not to use real nappies.
The leaflet has been put together to outline all the benefits
of real nappies, not just for waste prevention, but for
their babies too.
only do disposable nappies take decades to break down after
they've been taken to landfill, it is also increasingly
costly for the council to pay for such disposal, a cost
that's passed on to the council taxpayer. Real nappies have
seen huge leaps in development over the years and according
to campaigners are light years away from the grey Terry
towelling nappies soaking in a bucket that many people will
and more parents that switch from disposable to real nappies
say that their babies seem happier in those that can be
reused. Herefordshire Council has helped spread the word
of real nappies through its highly successful Nappaccino
Mornings, held in Hereford.
can drop in for a chat with other families already using
real nappies to talk about their experiences - and enjoy
a great cup of coffee into the bargain. There is also a
real nappy advisor on hand to demonstrate a whole range
of nappies and answer any questions people may have.
new leaflet carries details of these events, along with
information on the changes in real nappy technology, such
as the introduction of Velcro fasteners instead of safety
pins. They are available at libraries, Hubs or by visiting
www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk or by calling Mission
Impossible on 01905 766883.
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, said,
'The word is certainly getting out in the county about real
nappies and more and more parents are waking up to not only
the benefits for baby, but also the benefits for them. By
using real nappies, they can save money, as well as play
a part in helping to prevent waste.
is clear is that the message about how different real nappies
are now to how they were is finally getting through. Some
people may dismiss real nappies out of hand, but those that
look at the alternative are very surprised when they see
a real nappy in the 21st century.'
in the leaflet are details of a scheme that allows parents
to claim £30 cashback when they buy £50 worth of real nappies,
or claim a free pack of pre fold nappies. The scheme, run
with social enterprise group Green Nappies, has been running
child can use up to 6,000 disposable nappies in their lifetime
and eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every
day in the UK. More than 90 per cent of disposable nappies
are disposed of in landfill and may take up to 500 years
to decompose. The average spend on disposable nappies can
be as much as £922.74 per child over two and a half years.
Real nappies can be used again and again and on your next
child, saving more money.
information about Nappaccino Mornings is available by calling
the Mission Impossible team on 01905 766883.
on Preferred Option for Masters House, Ledbury
A preferred option on the future of the Masters House will
be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, 21st November,
beginning at 4pm.
Council has considered the consultation that has taken place
and assessment of facilities in Ledbury during the year,
to come to a decision on a preferred option for the development
of the Masters House. The option has been strongly influenced
by the Business Plan produced by the Ledbury and Area Development
Trust, funded by the Town Council and the Civic Society
drop in session at the Burgage Hall, Church Street, Ledbury
has been arranged to run between 4pm and 5:30pm, to enable
members of the public to talk to councillors and officers
of Herefordshire Council about the preferred scheme in an
informal way. From 5.30pm, there will be a short presentation
followed by an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for economic development and community services said, 'This
is an opportunity to share with the Ledbury community our
thoughts so far on the options for developing the Masters
House and the surrounding site, as well as looking at other
facilities in Ledbury such as the tourist information centre.
We have considered all the research that has been undertaken,
as well as the viability of any scheme, including cost and
use of this historic site.'
of all ages, including children are invited to come to the
drop in session and the public meeting in the early evening.
Free Christmas Shopping in Hereford
Free and easy parking is on the cards again this Christmas
as the council's successful Christmas Saturday Park and
Ride service returns. The environmentally friendly service
saves shoppers the stress of searching for a parking spot
and driving through congested streets, by delivering commuters
from the car park straight to the shops.
can choose free parking at two sites, North and South of
Hereford city centre and enjoy a comfortable bus ride for
a nominal fare right to the heart of the busy city centre.
you are coming from North of the city, you can use the A49
Holmer Road park and ride site at the ex Denco car park,
where modern low floor buses will take you directly to the
Shire Hall. Coming
from the south of Hereford you can use the A49 Ross Road
site at Grafton, where buses take you straight through to
and Ride 2007 will operate every Saturday from 17th November
until 22nd December, with buses running every 15 minutes,
from 9am. The last bus returning to the southern Grafton
car park leaves Broad Street at 5.50pm. From Shire Hall
the last bus for the Denco northern car park leaves slightly
later at 5.55pm leaving ample time for you do all your Christmas
shopping in Hereford.
are £1.50 per adult, with a maximum fare of £3 per car.
Children go free and parking is free for park and ride users.
The park and ride dates are November 17, 24 and December
1, 8,15, 22. Private security staff will patrol both sites
on the six days to ensure cars are secure.
Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation,
said, 'We hope to encourage as many people as possible to
park and ride as it saves petrol costs and time spent looking
for parking spaces. It's less hassle, much easier and cheaper
to simply park the car and be transported to the shopping
centre. Park and ride is an important part of the council's
sustainable transport initiatives aimed at tackling traffic
Bear to Tour Herefordshire
Bookstart Bear will be touring the county in mid November,
visiting libraries, nurseries and children's centres with
his goodie bags and lots of cuddles. He will be joining
in with story times and rhyme time sessions and help to
promote the gifting of free Bookstart packs for children
under five and the Book Crawl reward scheme running in all
of the counties libraries.
Bear's tour will run as follows:
Baby Bounce - Thursday, 15th November - 10.30am
Ledbury Storytime - Thursday, 15th November - 2.15pm
Bromyard Storytime - Friday, 16th November - 10.30am
Ross Storytime - Friday, 16th November - 2.15pm
Hereford Storytime - Wednesday, 21st November - 10.15am
Hereford Baby Bounce - Wednesday, 21st November - 11.15am
Radburn, principal learning officer, said, 'The Bookstart
Bear is always popular with children and is also a great
way to encourage more youngsters to get into reading. Parents
or carers are invited to drop in at any of these sessions
and find out more about the scheme.'
are Positive Employers of Disabled People
Herefordshire Council has been awarded for another year
the prestigious 'two ticks' mark for being a positive employer
of disabled people, committed to their employment, retention,
training and career development. The symbol is awarded by
Jobcentre Plus to private and public sector organizations
that agree to interview all disabled applicants who meet
the minimum requirements for a vacancy, will work to develop
and use the abilities of disabled employees to the full,
and help staff who become disabled to stay in work.
Council, which was first awarded the 'two ticks' symbol
in 2002, is assessed each year by Jobcentre Plus to ensure
its commitment to employing and retaining disabled people
remains strong. Councillor June French, cabinet member with
responsibility for human resources, said, 'Of course the
council, like every other employer, has a legal obligation
to ensure equality of opportunity for disabled people. But
we feel it is important to go much beyond that to challenge
discrimination and take account of the needs of disabled
people in everything we do, whether we are providing services
for the community or employing people.'
Council also ensures that all employees are trained to be
aware of the requirements of disabled customers and colleagues,
and regularly reviews ways in which it can improve as an
employer of disabled people.
Values Education Conference for Herefordshire School Children
Herefordshire Council is organizing a conference for primary
and secondary aged school children on values education.
Values education is about helping children become thinking,
confident, responsible and caring citizens. For those schools
who embrace the concept, positive core values such as respect
and responsibility become the focus of the school with role
modelling, discussion, debate and reflection being used
to encourage positive behaviour, confidence and self-esteem.
celebrate the work undertaken in schools so far and the
county's recent Leading Aspect Award, a one day conference
has been organized specifically for the children from the
schools who are part of the Values Steering Group. More
than 60 children will be taking part at the event at Whitecross
High School and Specialist Sports College on Wednesday,
the day, children will get involved in a range of activities
involving music and drama, and hear from a number of local
inspirational speakers including Colin Jarvens about their
own personal experiences. The theme of the day will be unity.
Children will be required to go back to school and share
what they have learned with their friends by participating
in their own values assembly at school.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'Values education is absolutely essential if we want
our children to grow to be confident young people who respect
themselves and others. All our schools work hard to make
sure our children get a range of experiences and understanding
of the world around them, as well as the core reading and
children deserve the best possible start in life, and it
has been proved that threading core values throughout all
school activities gives children and their families confidence
and respect that stays with them for life. I hope the children
enjoy the conference and are able to share what they learn
with their schools.'
Healthy Schools Ahead of Targets
Herefordshire children are enjoying healthier lifestyles
thanks to the county's schools exceeding national healthy
schools targets. The government target is for 75 per cent
of all schools to have National Healthy School Status and
100 per cent to be participating in the programme by December
2009. A progress report issued by the national team last
week indicated that around 70 per cent of Herefordshire's
schools have already achieved this status and a further
24 per cent are working towards it. This compares with a
national average of 50 per cent having achieved the status
to date .
Herefordshire Healthy Schools Programme is a partnership
between the Council and the Primary Care Trust, and works
with all Herefordshire schools, parents and whole school
communities, to develop a healthier living and learning
environment for children. In particular, the programme focuses
on healthy eating, personal social and health education,
physical activity and emotional health and well-being. Schools
that show they meet the all the criteria in these areas
are awarded National Healthy School Status.
the programme began, Herefordshire children have benefited
by getting more physically active through extended sports
programmes, walking or cycling to school and a wide range
of physical activities appropriate to their age and needs.
They have also learned about nutrition and how improving
their diets by eating and drinking better at school and
home adds to feeling better and working better. Children
have also learned about who is there to support them in
developing positive relationships, responsible behaviour
and being happy.
is excellent news! Congratulations to our schools and the
healthy schools team for achieving so much two years ahead
of target,' said Councillor Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for
children and young people. 'The Healthy Schools Programme
is at the core of everything we do and the council works
closely with the police, voluntary sector and other agencies
to make sure schools can access the support they need. Most
schools already do many of the things they need to do to
achieve the status, but our healthy schools team provides
additional support for those who need it. As well as helping
the schools through the process of achieving the status,
they offer advice on a range of issues including race equality,
drug education and teenage pregnancy.'
schools have embraced the healthy schools ethos so well
that a special gold award system has been set up for children
to nominate their school for being a 'healthy school and
more'. Eight schools have now achieved a gold award for
fully embracing the concept of healthy schools throughout
the whole school community.
was Right to Grant Planning Permission for Madley Plant
review finds Herefordshire Council acted properly
Herefordshire Council was right to grant planning permission
for an innovative waste treatment and recycling plant in
Madley according to a judicial review, which took place
on Friday, 9th November in the Royal Courts of Justice in
Justice Simon ruled that there 'was no factual or other
basis for concluding that the council had acted improperly'
and awarded costs to the council.
council originally granted planning permission in March
2004. Herefordshire Waste Watchers, a local pressure group,
started proceedings to judicially review and quash the decision,
and the claim was lodged in February 2007 by Public Interest
Lawyers acting on their behalf. Permission for the application
for the judicial review was, however, refused by the High
Court in May. Waste Watchers sought a further review of
that decision, which was heard today at the Strand courtrooms.
Watchers had claimed that the council had neglected to give
full consideration of alternative sites and all the environmental
issues and argued there was insufficient consideration of
the emissions from a chimney stack at the proposed plant.
It was found, however, that the council had given full and
proper consideration to alternative sites and the chimney
stack is one for a gas boiler, performing a similar function
to an ordinary domestic gas boiler flue.
were confident at the time that a full and thorough enquiry
into the planning merits, siting and environmental impact
was carried out in order to inform a final decision on the
planning application for the waste plant. We also imposed
planning conditions to minimize any damage to the environment
and protect the amenity of local residents,' said Kevin
O'Keefe, the council's legal practice manager. 'We are pleased
that the judge agreed that the council had acted properly.'
Very Own 'Poet Lorry-Art'
It's a case of poetry in motion for local writer Brenda
Read-Brown, who has had one of her poems published…on the
side of a refuse collection lorry. Her poem about rubbish
is set to bring smiles to onlookers when the lorry is used
across the county.
poem, along with five others, have been put on the sides
of six spare refuse lorries as part of 'Throwaway Lines,'
an Arts Council funded project organized jointly between
Herefordshire libraries, Poetry on Loan - a joined up promotion
by West Midland Library authorities - and contractors Focsa,
which collect refuse on behalf of the council.
escapes the pen of a poet, so there's no reason they shouldn't
write one about recycling and waste disposal,' said Anne-Marie
Dossett, the council's reader development librarian. 'As
well as being amusing and entertaining, these poems also
reinforce the important message that recycling is something
we can all do locally to make a difference globally.'
light-hearted poem sheds some light on a day in the life
of a refuse lorry:
refuse lorries start the day
Their breakfast's what we've thrown away
When refuse lorries want some fun
They go recycling in the sun
When refuse lorries feel like lunch
Bin bags are always what they munch
When refuse lorries go to sleep
They count tin cans instead of sheep.
project invited poets in the West Midlands region to submit
poems of up to eight lines in length. Any longer and they
wouldn't fit on the side of a refuse collection lorry. Representatives
from Focsa and the waste management committee have chosen
six poems which are to go on the side of a handful of spare
lorries. These are used when lorries in the fleet are off
the road for servicing so there will always be a refuse
collection lorry with poetry on its side out and about in
Morris, contract manager at Focsa Services (UK) Ltd, the
contractor to Herefordshire Council for the refuse collection,
took on the idea when it was presented to him about 12 months
ago. 'It's a good idea to raise awareness for recycling
in Herefordshire and this is something different that will
hopefully get members of the public talking to each other
about the particular poems they have seen on our various
vehicles with an important message relayed in a light hearted
way,' he said.'
Young People Encouraged to Aim High
School pupils and students in Herefordshire are being encouraged
to set their sights higher at a national Aimhigher roadshow
visiting the county this month.
Aimhigher campaign is funded by the government as part of
a drive to increase the percentage of 18 to 30 year olds
who attend university or undertake some form of higher education.
Over half of young people progress to higher education in
some parts of Herefordshire but this drops to less than
one in four in other parts of the county. The reasons vary,
but include young people's assumptions about not being clever
enough and financial restrictions.
aims to redress this situation by providing accurate and
relevant information that enables learners to make informed
choices about their educational progression and help them
achieve their aspirations and goals. The 27 foot state of
the art trailer will visit Aylestone High School on Thursday,
22nd November, the Minster College Leominster on Friday,
23rd November and Wyebridge Sports College on Monday, 26th
by graduates and using a wide range of media, pupils and
students will be encouraged to think about the benefits
and opportunities of higher education, especially young
people from families with no tradition of studying at this
level. Evidence suggests that graduates can expect to earn
more in a lifetime than those leaving school with A levels
alone. Having a degree or higher education qualification
widens the choice of careers young people can access and
makes it easier to get promotion when they eventually become
Aimhigher roadshows use case studies and DVDs to show the
range of options available to young people. There are 50,000
courses to choose from, including vocational degrees and
the roadshow includes information about vocational and other
non A level routes into higher education. Those attending
will also be able to get to grips with financial arrangements,
particularly the help available for young people from lower
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people
said, 'Higher education is no longer only about subjects
such as medicine, dentistry, chartered engineering and other
traditional academic subjects. Many young people don't realize
that progression to higher education is a realistic option
for them and that help is available if they are struggling
financially. We want all our young people to reach their
full potential so that they can make career choices and
enjoy fulfilled lives. These roadshows will help them realize
that university could be a very real option for them all.'
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