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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 181 - Wednesday, 16th January 2008
a close eye on the rising river level
the rain we have been experiencing over the past week, the
River Wye is rising and some flooding is expected. At the
time of writing (Tuesday afternoon) the A4413, Walford to
Leintwardine and the C1273 (near PGL) are passable with
care but there is water on the Belmont Roundabout in Hereford.
Watery Lane and a few roads in the county are closed.
level of the Wye at Hereford is 3.8 metres above normal
and it is expected to rise to 4.66 metres. Bearing in mind
that it takes a day for the water to reach Ross from Hereford,
water levels still have a long way to rise from the bottom
two photographs, taken at 8:30 am today. I am guessing that
the peak will come some time on Wednesday morning.
checking the levels early on Saturday morning, while Tina
was still snoring, I filmed another otter. Unlike the otters
I have filmed before, this one was not hanging around outside
the White Lion, it appeared from under Wilton Bridge and
was swimming downstream with the current. The film can be
seen in this week's WNTV
Tina's boys in charge of our own house, Tina and I are currently
living at the White Lion whilst Dave and Jacqui are on holiday
(it's a tough job looking after a pub but I guess somebody
has to do it), so I will be keeping a close eye on the river
and will be looking out for otters. On Monday morning I
heard two otters making a hell of a din and saw them mating
(or at least, heavy petting) in the distance. Unfortunately
though, like the one on New Year's Eve, I could not get
the camera out on time. There certainly seems to be a lot
of otter activity at the moment, so I am very hopeful for
the next couple of weeks of getting some good otter footage.
levels at 9:30 am on Saturday. Ref: DSC_4509
levels at 9:30 am on Saturday. Ref: DSC_4503
levels at 9:30 am on Saturday. Ref: DSC_4511
levels at 8;30 am on Tuesday morning - river still rising with a
long way to go. Ref: DSC_4540
levels at 8;30 am on Tuesday morning. Ref: DSC_4543
Lions continue to help schools
at the Gorsley Goffs Primary School consulted their young
pupils when the Ross Lions Club asked if there was anything
they could buy the school. Surprisingly, the most wanted
item was an extra bench for them to sit on in the play area.
The Head Teacher, Richard Humphrey, did not hesitate at
this strange request but immediately contacted the Lions
Community Services Chairman, Mel Middlecote, to put in the
order. He also asked for a supply of 'safety bark' to replenish
the adventure playground.
In the presence of Mr Humphrey and the young Councillors
for the school, Charlotte Westley, Elizabeth Powell, Sophie
Gooch, Georgia Crawford, Dan Scholey, Sam Scholey and Harry
Schudamore the Ross Lions president, Lion Keith Wilding
handed over a cheque to the young people. Mr Humphrey said
Gorsley Goffs Primary School was very grateful to the Ross
Lions and they looked forward to using the seat in the summer.
the same day the Lions President and Community Services
Chairman along with their Press Officer also visited Bridstow
CE Primary School to present a cheque for items they had
bought. Head Teacher, Paul Sockett, had asked for funds
to purchase child friendly hurdles and javelins for the
PE Department and weighing scales and weights for maths
and science activities. The cheque was handed over to year
6 pupil George Swatteridge who thanked the Lions for their
President, Keith Wilding handing the cheque to year six Bridstow
Primary pupil, George Swatteridge.
Lions Mel Middlecote, President Keith Wilding and Richard Humphrey,
with the Gorsley Goffs Youth Council.
at Gorsley Goffs Primary School patiently watching the presentation
of the cheque.
flats and shop schemes approved
scheme to construct two two bedroomed flats on land at Henry
Street, Ross-on-Wye was approved by members of the southern
area planning subcommittee on Wednesday, 9th January. An
application to erect a building comprising two two-bedroom
flats was refused permission in October 2006 however, a
revised scheme has now been submitted with a gabled rather
than hip roof.
application to demolish 13 Market Place, Ross-on-Wye and
build a shop with 12 flats above on the site was approved
by members of the southern area planning subcommittee at
the same meeting. The scheme was to use the ground floor
as a single retail shop with 12 flats above, three two-bedroomed,
one a studio flat and eight single-bedroomed. One letter
of objection was received saying the proposed building would
be too high.
affordable housing development refused
by Kemble Housing for the construction of six new affordable
houses on land next to 10 St George's, Woolhope were refused
by members of the southern area planning subcommittee at
their meeting on Wednesday, 9th January.
Reasons for refusal were that there was inadequate access
and the plans would harm the conservation area. A housing
needs survey found there was a demand for affordable homes
in Woolhope. Woolhope Parish Council felt the application
should be put on hold until the results of a sewerage capacity
study were known.
letters of objection were received, saying the development
would harm the setting of listed and locally important buildings
and expressing concern over the access and increase in traffic.
They also felt the foul drainage system is up to capacity
and unable to cope with six extra houses.
faces for the Visit Herefordshire board
Visit Herefordshire Board is developing its strength within
the industry sector with the appointment of Mike Moran,
Managing Director of MilSys UK Ltd., and the appointment
of Cllr Ursula Attfield to the position of vice-chairman.
Attfield has been on the Board since April 2006 when Visit
Herefordshire was officially formed and she is looking forward
to the challenges ahead and being part of a company that
will shape the tourism industry within the county. She takes
over the position from the late Cllr John Guthrie who was
a very keen supporter of the tourism industry in Herefordshire
and was instrumental in the formation of the new destination
management company in Herefordshire. Cllr
Guthrie was also the interim chairman prior to the appointment
of Peter Hands.
appointment of Mike Moran to the Board of Directors will
enable Visit Herefordshire to develop links with the industry
in Herefordshire. Mr. Moran said, 'The non tourism businesses
in the county also play a vital role in supporting the tourism
industry by contributing to the economy with a number of
overnight stays and hospitality of visiting companies. We
need to work with these businesses and harness their support.'
Hands, Chairman of Visit Herefordshire said, 'The new appointments
to the board will strengthen our position for the future.
It's important that Visit Herefordshire works with and supports
all businesses by ensuring that all visitors, whether they
are tourists or here on business, always have a good experience.
During the next few weeks there will be elections for a
three vacancies on the board for the serviced accommodation
(large); attractions and activities sectors.'
Cultural Services Manager Jane Lewis said, 'We're seeking
nominations for these vacancies and would be interested
in hearing from anyone from these sectors who would like
to be part of this developing company within Herefordshire.'
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