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No. 175 - Wednesday, 28th November 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
and Craft Goods Stolen from garden Centre
of pounds worth of arts and crafts goods were stolen in
a burglary at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Hereford when
offenders broke into the outdoor covered area of the Kings
Acre Road site over the night of 25th November.
large number of stalls were set out as a craft fair was
taking place over the weekend and some stock had been left
behind in preparation. The stalls were being operated by
independent small retailers and items taken include jewellery,
wooden children’s’ toys and ornaments and accessories.
the more distinctive items stolen were Africa ‘Fairtrade’
products, including hand-painted Ostrich eggs and handmade
and painted handbags (see photos below).
are keen to hear from anyone offered such items for sale
- the stallholder is the only importer of the African goods,
so they are not available elsewhere. They also want to hear
from anyone who saw suspicious activity around the garden
centre site at the weekend.
you have information about this incident, please contact
PC Katrina Bevis at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Gritting Leaflet Launched
The recent chilly conditions and snow experienced in Herefordshire
is proof that winter is upon us. A guide detailing the roads
in Herefordshire to receive winter gritting for 2007-2008
has been launched and copies of the free leaflet, containing
maps of gritting routes as well as winter driving tips are
being distributed to council Info Centres and libraries
as well as a number of filling stations and garages throughout
930km (580 miles) of roads in the county, approximately
30 per cent of the road network, are given a precautionary
salting whenever there is a risk of ice or snow causing
dangerous driving conditions. In cold weather, other roads
may be icy and, in prolonged freezing weather or snow, the
council also carries out salting on important minor routes
such as links to rural communities, regular public transport
routes with daily frequencies and routes to within 500m
of county schools.
conditions are monitored on a daily basis, using information
from six automated roadside stations and the Met Office.
Herefordshire Council spends around £650,000 per year on
precautionary salting. Fifteen gritter lorries are used
with the aim of having all the routes complete in two and
a half hours.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation said, 'Now the weather has turned
colder, I want to reassure residents we try and pre-empt
a cold snap by salting the roads to prevent the formation
of potentially dangerous ice. The leaflet also contains
tips on driving in winter such as allowing extra time for
journeys and I would urge all drivers to follow these and
make sure they are safe, whatever the weather.'
on trunks roads - the M50, A40, A49 and A465 from Belmont
roundabout in Hereford towards Abergavenny is carried out
by the Highways Agency through their agents AmeyMouchel
Services in Herefordshire Meet National Targets
Children and young people in Herefordshire receive satisfactory
services across the board and these services are getting
better. That's the message from the regulatory body Ofsted,
following an inspection team visit to the county in October.
team spent a whole day talking to the council, the Primary
Care Trust and other partners to assess how Herefordshire
is performing against national targets. The inspectors concluded
that overall, good contributions are being made to improving
the educational achievement and health of children and young
report issued by Ofsted on Tuesday, 27th November says that
children have a good start in Herefordshire. The county
has a higher proportion of mothers breast feeding than nationally
and all schools are participating in the healthy schools
programme. In particular, praise was given for the services
provided for children and young people who are looked after,
young offenders and those with learning difficulties or
for development include improving children and young people's
dental health, although the report noted that the introduction
of a fluoridation process is actively being considered.
children are safe there is a need for further improvement
related to time scales for dealing with assessments. The
number of referrals to social care services has increased
significantly, and the council has developed a recruitment
strategy in order to ensure there are sufficient social
workers to manage this within recommended time scales Although
good progress has been made over the last year, we are seeking
to increase numbers further over the next 12 months in order
to deal with this increased demand more effectively.
Annual Performance Assessment relates to the period 2005-2006.
Since then, some of the other areas identified for development
have already been worked on: a family support strategy and
a strategy to manage the 14-19 curriculum reform have already
been drafted and are currently out for consultation.
Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Member for Children and Young people
said, 'This is really good news for Herefordshire Council
as it shows we are working well with our partners and beginning
to see some important improvements which will help make
our children and young people safe, happy, healthy and equipped
to be able to make choices in life. However, we still have
a long way to go. We particularly need to improve our performance
management and make sure our systems are rigorous and robust.
Integrating services such as some aspects of health and
education makes sense, but it is difficult to achieve. Over
the next year or so we are going to see some major changes
taking place to the services we provide and the way we provide
Licences Approved for Youth Hostels
Applications for entertainment licences at two youth hostels
in Herefordshire were approved by members of the regulatory
subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday, 21st November.
The applications were for the Leominster Youth Hostel, The
Old Priory, Leominster, and Kington Youth Hostel, Victoria
licensable activities now allowed are plays, films, indoor
sporting events, live music, recorded music, performance
of dance and facilities for making music and dancing. Hours
for activities are from midnight to midnight, seven days
a week. Applications for the provision of late-night refreshments
and supply of alcohol at both youth hostels were withdrawn.
Council's environmental health officer requested 12 additional
conditions on both of the licences, to address the licensing
objectives of public safety, public nuisance and to protect
children from harm. Three further conditions were requested
to address public nuisance, including one to say 'no entertainment,
which wholly or partly contains amplified sound, shall be
provided between 00.00 hours and 09.00 hours.' This condition
does not, however, apply to background music or the use
of DVD recorders.
letters of representation were received over the licence
for Leominster Youth Hostel, expressing concerns about public
safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of
children from harm. Two letters of representation were received
against the Kington application, concerned about noise and
for New Homes and Country Park Refused
Planning permission for 69 homes and the delivery of Haywood
Country Park on land at the rear of Mulberry Close, Belmont,
Hereford, was refused by members of the central area planning
subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday, 21st November.
Members felt the scheme, which involved a single point of
access from Mulberry Close, would have an adverse impact
on the residential amenity of residents.
scheme comprised a range of homes from two to four bedrooms
and included six flats and 63 homes, 24 of which were to
be affordable homes. Plans also included 7.8 hectares of
land to be laid out as a country park. The park would have
included informal pathways, links into the local cycle network
and public footpaths. Viewing points, public art, a play
area and a village green would also have been contained
within the park, together with the planting of many specimen
Environment Agency raised an objection due to potential
flooding. Belmont Rural Parish Council objected to the plans
concerned at over development, the access route and lack
of parking at the country park. Callow and Haywood Parish
Council objected, concerned at over development, traffic
City Council had no objections in principle to the development
of the site, but expressed concerns about the access road
and over development Wetsholme and Mulberry Action Group
submitted a petition signed by 183 people concerned over
traffic and parking. Twenty five letters of objection were
received concerned at congestion, parking, over development
of Use to Restaurant Approved
Plans for a change of use from a retail unit and private
members club to a restaurant at No 48, St. Owen Street,
Hereford, were approved by members of the central area planning
subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday, 21st November.
48, St Owen Street is a two storey, 17th century grade II
listed building with a two storey 19th century extension
at the rear. The buildings were formerly used as a retail
unit and private members club but both of the units have
recently been vacated.
site lies within the Hereford city conservation area and
permission was sought to change the use of the existing
ground floor retail unit and first floor members club into
letters of objection were received concerned at environmental
disturbance, noise nuisance, late night antisocial behaviour
and lack of parking facilities. Support in principle was
expressed in two letters from The Castle Street and District
Resident's Association and a resident in Cantilupe Street,
subject to safeguarding the residential amenity of the area.
City Council raised no objection.
Council's environmental health manager did not object to
the scheme but felt conditions regarding ventilation and
noise insulation could be improved. Planning permission
was approved subject to conditions.
to Retain Marden Polytunnels Refused
Plans for the retention of polytunnels at Brook Farm and
Nine Wells, Marden, Hereford, for S&A Davies have been refused
by members of the Central Area Planning Subcommittee. Members
refused the scheme because of its impact on the residential
amenity of the area and landscape.
two areas of polytunnels are on a combined area of 14.7
hectares and used for the growing of blackberries and raspberries
in plastic grow bags, both as experimental crops. Raspberry
plants are replaced every year while the blackberries are
in their second year and expected to produce a crop for
a further two to three years.
Council's Public Rights of Way officer objected to any covering
of the the public right of way with polytunnel sheeting.
Marden Parish Council wished to see a time limit set on
any permission for the polytunnels. Thirty four letters
of objection were received. Main points raised were the
polytunnels being unsightly, run-off from fields causing
flooding and the polytunnels being close to properties.
& A Davies also had plans for the continued use of land
as a caravan site and retention of an accommodation block
for seasonal workers at Brook Farm, Marden, near Hereford,
refused by the subcommittee at the meeting held on Wednesday,
21st November. Members
refused temporary planning permission due to the scale of
the development and its impact on local amenities.
accommodation presently comprises 153 caravans, 98 pods
and two accommodation blocks which, caters for a maximum
of 1,400 workers. There are also various recreational facilities,
such as a swimming pool, volley ball court, mini soccer
pitch and hot tub. The site is subject to three temporary
planning permissions which expired on Wednesday, 17th October
Parish Council opposed any permanent permission for the
site, preferring a time limited permission. They also wanted
to see a stipulated maximum number of workers on the site
to avoid overcrowding. Thirty letters of objection were
received expressing concerns over increased traffic and
noise from the site. S&A Davies, who own the site, told
members of the committee there were no alternative options
in the locality for housing the workers who need to be close
to the agricultural operation.
Pool and Youth Service Fund Free Rap Sessions
Budding female rappers and DJs are invited to head down
to Herefordshire Youth Services' Girls Group at Hinton Community
Centre on Wednesday, 28th November and Wednesday, 5th December
music production company, Dubmerge will be providing music
workshops to develop young women's rap writing and performance
skills. 'I love it when Dave and Lofty come to girls' group,'
member Liah Hughes said. 'We get to use the microphones
and DJ decks and make our own CD's.'
girls will learn how to write and perform their own raps
and how to scratch and beat box. As the scheme is jointly
funded by the council's youth service and the Music Pool,
the sessions are free for young people. Hinton Boys will
get the chance to do the same workshop on Monday, 10th December
from 7-9pm at Hinton Community Centre. Boys and girls in
Kingstone can try out their rap and DJing skills at workshops
on Tuesday, 27th November and 4th December at the Old School
Hall, Kingstone from 7-9pm. Young people in Madley can also
enjoy this workshop on Thursday 6th December at the Village
Hall in Madley.
Melia, Community Youth Worker, said, 'We have worked with
Dubmerge before and they are fantastic. The young people
thoroughly enjoy these sessions. It's a great way to make
new friends, tap into your creative side and express yourself
through music. We're delighted to be able to offer these
workshops in a number of locations so that more young people
can give these sessions a try.'
workshops are open to young people between the ages of 11
and 19 and no previous experience is necessary. For further
information or to reserve a place, ring Sarah Melia on 01432
383376, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans to Increase Funding for Early Years Education
Herefordshire Council is keeping an eye on a pilot programme
taking place in parts of neighbouring Worcester, which could
lead to families receiving more free early years education
for their three and four year olds.
resent, nursery education funding is provided by the government
to pay for three and four years olds to attend a nursery,
pre-school or some specialized childminders for twelve and
a half hours a week. The childcare provider offers the child
early years education for this period of time and parents
can access this free service for 38 weeks of the year.
the free sessions were for 33 weeks of the year, but this
increased to 38 weeks 18 months ago. The government is aiming
to increase the free entitlement to 15 hours a week by 2010.
In the build up to this, a series of pilot projects are
being undertaken across a small range of authorities, of
which Worcestershire is one. The pilot includes increasing
hours to 15 a week and funding provision for two year olds.
The chosen authorities are receiving extra funding to allow
them to do this.
Hatherill, Early Years and Extended Services Manager, said,
'We are keen to see how things work out in Worcestershire,
although the pilot is only operating in some parts of the
county. The changes the government wants to make to nursery
education funding nationally will help our children enjoy
better futures. Herefordshire has some of the best childcare
providers in the region and we have just celebrated a further
24 receiving quality awards for the work they do with children.
a good relationship with a locally established childcare
provider and knowing your child is happy is very important
to parents. We don't anticipate parents will want to unsettle
their children and take them over the border to gain an
additional two and a half hours for the period of the pilot
scheme. Herefordshire Council wasn't approached by the Department
for Children, Schools and Families to take part in the pilot,
so we cannot offer the same provision as some areas of Worcestershire
at the moment. We are keen to give parents access to the
additional hours as soon as possible, but we are dependant
upon government funding.'
results of the pilot project will help the government decide
how and when to phase in the next round of changes.
Public Vote Starts Today
Online voting opens today, Wednesday, 28th November, for
one of four projects to win £50m worth of Big Lottery Funding,
including one scheme which will help Hereford.
Sustrans Connect2 project, one of the four contenders, would
give £350,000 towards a three mile walking and cycling scheme
between Hereford and Rotherwas that will help cut city congestion,
improve health for Herefordians and slash commuter times
by up to 75 per cent.
of 79 schemes nation-wide that make up the Connect2 bid,
the Hereford scheme exploits an existing Welsh Water bridge
over the river and ultimately offers a safe and environmentally
friendly route out as far as the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty at Holme Lacy. The scheme has widespread
support from local residents groups, local businesses and
the Chamber of Commerce, walking and cycling groups, the
PCT and local health groups. Rotherwas firms are also making
computers available to staff to enable them to vote online.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and transportation said, 'I would urge all people
in the county to make sure they vote for Connect2 because
this scheme will make a huge difference to Hereford by helping
to reduce congestion.'
online vote per email address will count. Telephone voting,
which will be at the local call rate will be verified by
the caller's ID so to be sure your vote counts please check
it's not hidden. Because of this, calls from switchboards
will count as one vote.
money will be made by the Big Lottery Fund or ITV1 from
the calls. You can vote for Connect2 online now at www.thepeoples50million.org.uk
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly will be presenting the Connect2
case after the ITV1 late evening news on Tuesday, 4th December.
Telephone voting begins on Friday, 7th December. All voting
closes at noon on Monday, 10th December.
register for a reminder to vote text Connect2 to 80010 or
go online to www.sustransconnect2.org.uk where there are
also ecards you can send to friends and family to spread
the word. The winning scheme will be announced on Wednesday,
to Recycle with Freecycle
Herefordshire Council's waste prevention team is praising
members of Freecycle who are reducing the amount of waste
being dumped in landfill sites by reusing their goods.
members in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are helping
to prevent around 500 tonnes of waste each year ending up
in landfill sites, according to recent analysis. Hundreds
of residents have taken advantage of local Freecycle groups
to either rehouse unwanted items or to get something for
Atkinson, project development officer for reuse said, 'Using
the Freecycle website is a fantastic and convenient way
to find someone who can put your junk to good use. It's
really pleasing to see how word is spreading about this
site, which is actively supported by Herefordshire Council
and Worcestershire County Council. Residents who choose
to log on and share their items with others are not just
doing a good deed, but also helping to reduce the amount
of household items being sent to landfill.'
advertised on the site range from furniture, electrical
equipment, fish tanks, rowing machines and pianos to smaller
items such as books, tools and clothing. More unusual items
can often be seen on the site such as building rubble, timber,
cardboard and even plants. The main rule to the website
is that everything advertised is free and legal.
further information about Freecycle, visit www.freecycle.org.
Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council
support reuse initiatives as part of their waste prevention
wanting to find out more about reuse initiatives should
call 01905 768883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
to Make Christmas Gifts at Hereford Library
Herefordshire Learning Champions are offering people a chance
to both learn a new skill and make some gifts for Christmas
at a special drop in event being held on Wednesday, 5th
December at Hereford Library.
event will take place in the Woolhope Room and will run
between 10am and 2pm. Those attending will have the opportunity
to make a small gift or Christmas decoration from wire,
beads or felt.
McKelvie, Herefordshire Council Learning Champion said,
'This session offers an opportunity for people attending
to learn some useful craft skills as well as making something
which can be useful for Christmas.'
booking is required and all tuition and materials are free.
to Display Treasures From Christmas Past
Charming treasures from Christmas past will be on display
at a special event being held at the Museum Resource and
Learning Centre in Friar Street, Hereford.
of Delights' will take place on Friday, 21st December and
will run between 11am until 3pm offering visitors the chance
to see toys and games, presents for him and her and other
sparkly things. People are welcome to drop in any time between
11am and 3pm, however, children must be accompanied.
Stevenson, Herefordshire Council's Collections and Access
officer, said, 'This will be a wonderful opportunity for
people to see how past generations celebrated Christmas
with toys, games and gifts that are very different to the
ones we enjoy today. Christmas is a wonderful time to think
about others and this event offers a chance to explore the
real meaning of the festive season.'
Market Returns to Hereford This Week
If you're looking for a Christmas present with a difference,
you need to hotfoot down to Hereford's refurbished High
Town this week. On Thursday, 29th November, the successful
travelling French Market is set to return to Hereford city
centre for a four day special.
French Market consists of Marché de France, a team of French
traders from Normandy, who offer shoppers a unique experience
with something to entice all tastes and is an ideal time
to buy some different gifts for Christmas. There will be
a magnificent cheese lorry, sausages and salamis will be
on offer at the wonderful Charcuterie and delectable varieties
of bread will be baked on site at the bread stall.
'apple-icious' stall, direct from Normandy will be selling
three types of cider, real apple juice, Calvados and Pommeau.
Other mouth-watering goodies include, fresh pralines and
crepes made on site, olives, a patisserie, wine from a French
producer, smoked ham, pate and duck and goose products.
market is not just for foodies, though. There will also
be handbags, wallets, toys, clothes, French house décor
and much, much more. The markets will run from 9am - 5pm
from Thursday, 29th November to Sunday, 2nd December.
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