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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 180 - Wednesday, 9th January 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
goes to Hereford store
market for food waste disposers has increased since Herefordshire
Council, in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council,
launched the Sink Your Waste scheme. This increased demand
has led Hereford store City Electrical Factors (CEF) to
stock Panda food waste disposers which, the manufacturers
claim, are some of the easiest available units to install.
mark the delivery of the first waste disposers to arrive
at CEF, one of the delivery staff donned a giant panda costume
that certainly caused a stir at the counter. Herefordshire
Council expects the increasing number of stockists will
help more people to get food waste disposers installed in
their kitchens. Residents can claim up to £80 cashback from
the Council for getting them fitted.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
the Environment and Strategic Housing, said, 'Food waste
disposers are extremely useful for keeping food waste out
of landfill sites and have the added bonus of keeping the
kitchen clean and smell-free. As a council we are committed
to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and hope
the cashback offer will encourage more people to have food
waste disposers installed.'
wishing to claim cashback should use a claim form available
at www.sinkyourwaste.com or by telephoning 01906 766883.
Details of other suppliers of food waste disposers are also
listed on the same website.
Appeal for Witnesses to Wormbridge Collision
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a collision
on the A465 at Wormbridge in which a man died and two other
people were seriously injured..
collision happened close to Wormbridge Court Farm at 9.05pm
on Thursday, 3rd January and involved two cars; a blue Peugeot
106 heading towards Abergavenny and a red Rover 414 travelling
in the opposite direction. Both vehicles were extensively
damaged and the road was completely blocked.
driver of the Peugeot car, a 46-year-old man from Glamorgan,
suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was later identified as Mr Heinz Hetke from Hengoed in
South Wales. West Mercia Family Liaison Officers are assisting
Mr Hetke’s relatives at this time.
14 year old boy, who was a front seat passenger in the Peugeot
was taken to Hereford County Hospital with serious but non
life threatening injuries.
25 year old female driver of the Rover was also taken to
Hereford County Hospital with serious but non life threatening
Herefordshire Coroner has been informed of Mr Hetke’s death
and a post mortem is due to take place tomorrow. It is expected
that an inquest will be opened and adjourned on Thursday,
are keen to speak to witnesses to the collision or anyone
who saw the vehicles travelling along the road beforehand.
In particular they would like to speak to the driver of
a car which is known to have stopped at the scene and briefly
offered assistance. The car was a silver estate type vehicle
and was driven by a slim man with red coloured hair. He
got a torch out of his car to assist but stated he had to
leave because he had a young baby in the car with him. ..
are keen to trace this motorist as he clearly may be an
important witness with information that could assist the
investigation. He, or anyone else with information should
contact PC Darren Collett at Hereford Police Station on
08457 444888 quoting incident number 544-s-030108.
Belmont Survey - Your Final Reminder
The Belmont Survey was distributed to all homes in Belmont
last month and is due back this week. Everyone should look
at this survey and tell Herefordshire Council and the Parish
Council what they want for the public open spaces at Dorchester
Way and Northolme Road.
support nothing will happen. The survey asks for people's
opinions on providing footpaths, a wetland area, bridges
over the brook and play facilities for infants, juniors
is probably the last chance people will have to shape the
new park. Without the enthusiastic backing of the local
community there is no possibility of getting external funding,
so nothing will happen. If people want footpaths or children's
play facilities they must say so by filling in the survey,'
said Fran White, Herefordshire Council's Parks Development
Manager. Equally, if people think any aspect of the plan
is not suitable for Belmont, this is their opportunity to
voice their objections.'
can be returned by FREEPOST in the envelope provided, they
can be dropped into the Northolme Community Centre or people
can arrange to have them collected by leaving a message
and their address on 01432 260411.
Shop Returns to Hereford Butter Market
Herefordshire Council, in conjunction with Worcestershire
County Council, is running a special event next week to
encourage residents to reuse in the New Year. A special
swap shop event, based on the 1980s Saturday morning television
show hosted by Keith Chegwin, is being held at Hereford's
Butter Market on Saturday, 12th January between 10am and
event will give residents the chance to swap unwanted items,
removing the need for them to be thrown out and sent to
of the public can bring along household items they no longer
need and take home something that catches their eye for
free. Residents can also swap larger items if they bring
along a photograph of them.
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer said,
'As well as being a fun community event, the Swap Shop will
drive home an important message about the need to reuse
items in a bid to reduce the number of valuable resources
sent to landfill.' Other waste saving ideas will be on display
at the event to give hints and tips on how to cut down on
the amount sent to landfill.
you are unable to make it to the swap shop event then why
not take your unwanted presents to your local charity shop
or offer them to others on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
further information about the swap shops or other waste
prevention initiatives, please call 01905 766883 or visit
Impossible Newsletter on its way to Residents
Herefordshire Council is urging residents to keep their
eyes peeled for a waste busting newsletter winging its way
council's residents' newsletter, 'Herefordshire Matters,'
will be arriving through letterboxes in the next couple
of weeks. As well as the usual great features on council
news, Herefordshire Matters also includes the latest edition
of Mission Impossible News.
eight page insert is bursting with information packed articles
and tips aimed at helping residents reduce, reuse and recycle
their household waste. It also gives readers the chance
to win a trip to the Eden Project, including B&B accommodation
for one night; as well as a number of runners up prizes.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Environment and Strategic Housing said, 'There are plenty
of ways residents can do their bit to help reduce the amount
of waste sent to landfill each year. The newsletter not
only contains handy hints about what they could be doing,
but also shows examples of residents who are already successfully
reducing their household waste. We hope that the people
of Herefordshire will take on board at least a few of these
messages and help us to continue reducing waste in the county.'
Impossible is a unique project aimed at helping residents
find simple ways to manage their waste and reduce the amount
of rubbish they throw away. Those wanting to find out more
should call the Mission Impossible helpline on 01905 766883
or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
Supports Colwall Bridge Decision
Councillors on Herefordshire Council's Environment Scrutiny
Committee agree that an alternative crossing is urgently
required at the failing Colwall railway bridge. The bridge
closure last summer and subsequent partial reopening to
light traffic has brought chaos to roads and businesses
in the area..
continuing uncertainty on the timescale for Network Rail
to repair the badly rusted structure, the committee came
to this conclusion and noted that a Bailey Bridge, costing
around £450,000, was emerging as a likely solution.
December 13 cabinet agreed that a temporary bailey bridge
be installed over Colwall railway bridge, if that was considered
to be the most appropriate solution to the problem that
has left the village divided and many local businesses struggling.
committee "called in" the decision to explore concerns it
had over three issues:
1. It wanted clarity over the contribution Network Rail
would make towards the cost of a Bailey Bridge.
2. It wanted to know how much a permanent replacement bridge
would cost to allow the comparison with the cost of a temporary
3. It wanted clarification as to why as least part of the
proposed works could not be put out to competitive tender.
At its meeting on Wednesday, 2nd January, committee members
were shocked by photographs of the underside of the bridge
- that had, in parts, completely rusted through. It was
also explained to the committee how the bridge had been
closed in August, when reports first revealed the extent
of the damage caused by neglect and lack of maintenance..
early December the bridge was reopened to traffic weighing
less than three tonnes - only a single lane of traffic is
allowed to meander across the bridge in a tightly controlled
lane which follows the path of the supports which have been
least affected by decay.
of the committee were told that while Network Rail is responsible
for the upkeep of the bridge (it has a legal obligation
to ensure that the bridge can take only a 24 tonne stationary
load in the middle of its span) Herefordshire Council, as
the local highways authority, had responsibility to ensure
the bridge could be used by moving vehicles weighing up
to 40 tonnes.
a lively debate which lasted more than an hour, Councillor
Roy Stockton, Ward Member for Colwall, told members of the
committee they should not divert their attention from the
heart of the problem. He said, 'We don't want to be simply
arguing over legal issues. We need a Bailey Bridge - and
this is due to large-scale neglect by the bridge's owner,
of the committee heard that lorries were regularly becoming
grounded on the alternative route through the village, verges
were becoming churned up and tractors were frequently being
called in to rescue stranded lorries, stuck as they tried
to negotiate the narrow alternative route through the village.
the £450,000 cost for the Bailey bridge, the committee was
informed that Herefordshire Council had received a letter
from Network Rail confirming it would cover half the cost
with the council having to foot the remainder of the bill.
the committee supports Cabinet's decision of December 13
for a temporary bridge, it also made the following recommendations,
which will now be considered by the Cabinet Member with
responsibility for highways and transportation, Councillor
seek urgent clarification as to the legal responsibilities
on both council and owners of non-council owned bridges
over which a highway runs;
2) considers representation to the Health and Safety Executive
on Network Rail's failures to adequately maintain Colwall
3) agree that the final decision on the temporary crossing
is treated as a key decision
4) treat this as urgent in view of the detrimental effect
on the local community.
Pocket Guide Shows How Council Services are Funded
Two out of every five pounds spent by Herefordshire Council
now goes on providing social services for older people and
vulnerable children and adults.
is now the biggest area of net expenditure for the council,
which also devotes 23 per cent to environmental services
like waste collection and recycling, street cleansing and
planning; 14 per cent to education; 12 per cent on highways
and transportation and 5 per cent on housing needs and homelessness.
One per cent of the council's net expenditure goes on central
figures are included in a new easy-to-read summary of the
council's financial accounts, which has been issued to give
residents an insight into where the money for local services
comes from and where it is spent. The pocket-sized leaflet
can be picked up from council offices, Info shops and libraries
across the county, and is available on the council's web
the 2006/07 financial year, 22 per cent of the council's
revenue income was provided through council tax and 12 per
cent from business rates. Over half of the money comes from
government grants and further smaller sums from fees and
Harry Bramer, cabinet member for finance, said. 'Herefordshire
Council maintains one of the very lowest council tax rates
of any unitary council in the country, and we receive a
much lower than average government grant per head of the
population. Yet Herefordshire is under enormous pressure
to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older population,
which naturally need specific care services, which are expensive.
There is the further challenge of making funds stretch across
a large, predominantly rural and sparsely populated area,
where services are also more expensive to provide due to
high transport costs.'
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