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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 182 - Wednesday, 23rd January 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
for missing Clehonger woman
are renewing their appeal for information about a missing
woman from Herefordshire who has not been seen or heard
from since before Christmas.
Price, age 60, left her home in Poplar Road, Clehonger,
for a meeting in Hay-on-Wye on Wednesday, 19th December.
She failed to keep the appointment and has not returned
home or been in contact with friends of family since.
discovered her car unlocked and unattended near to the banks
of the River Wye at Byford on 20th December. Extensive searches
were made in the following days in the area and along sections
of the river. Exhaustive enquiries have also been made with
relatives and friends across the country but there has been
no trace of Mrs Price.
Herefordshire Division spokesman said, 'Clearly, Mrs Price’s
family are very concerned for her welfare. It has been almost
a month since Mrs Price was last seen and despite extensive
enquiries and media appeals, police have been unable to
find her. We have been liaising closely with her family
to keep them fully up to date throughout this time.'
is possible Mrs Price may simply have decided to take herself
away from friends and family for a period of time.
family are also realistic to the possibility that she may
have entered the river for whatever reason and may therefore
have come to some harm. However, they remain optimistic
that this is not the case and are keen that, should anyone
have information about her whereabouts, they should come
forward. Equally, should Mrs Price herself hear or see this
appeal, her family urge her to make contact with police
so that they can be assured of her welfare.'
Janet Price is described as being 5ft 4ins tall, with short
straight grey hair and of medium build. It is not known
what clothes she was wearing when she left home, although
it is thought she may have taken a blue coloured jacket.
are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mrs Price
in past month or believes they know of her current whereabouts.
Anyone with information should contact Herefordshire Police
on 08457 444888 quoting incident number 122s of 20th December.
vandalism poster to front county-wide campaign
poster designed by Lance Corporal Deana Wyatt, from the
Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force - Hereford Detachment
- is to front an anti-vandalism poster campaign by Herefordshire
Community Safety and Drugs Partnership. 14-year-old
Deana, from Hereford, entered a competition run by the Partnership
to design a hard-hitting poster that will be used across
the county. As
well as the opportunity to contribute to the campaign, she
has also won £300 to spend on new equipment for Hereford
and Worcester Army Cadet Force.
aim of the campaign is to discourage people from vandalising
property including cars, buildings, and items in the community
such as play areas, phone boxes and bus shelters. According
to Home Office statistics, it is an increasing problem and
two thirds of offenders are aged 21 and under. If young
people are caught causing vandalism, they can receive a
criminal record, which could reduce their chances of being
accepted onto a course or into university, discourage companies
from employing them or make it difficult to travel to some
countries, such as America. Offenders may also be fined
or given an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
vandalism, also referred to as criminal damage, is one of
Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership's priorities,
and it is committed to catching anyone committing this crime.
Information databases and CCTV cameras around the county
are used to identify, catch and prosecute offenders.
Hughes, Chair of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, said, 'Vandalism can have a negative impact
on local communities. It can make an area feel uncared for,
make people feel worried or unsafe and limit the availability
or development of community facilities. Just don't do it,'
was Deana's message to anyone thinking about causing criminal
more information, please contact Susanne Graham on 01432
260324 or Alison Grange on 01432 260658.
Corporal Deana Wyatt with her winning anti-vandalism poster.
cherry trees planted in Hereford's Holme Lacy Road
of the main entrances to Hereford has benefited from a major
tree-planting scheme, which will provide spectacular colour
during the springtime in coming years. Five white cherry
trees (Prunus Avium plena) and eight pink cherry trees (Prunus
kanzan) were planted along the roadside verge at Holme Lacy
Road in Hereford during National Tree Week in December.
15 new lime trees (Tilia platyphyllos rubra) were also planted
on the verge adding to the seven limes which were planted
there several years ago and have become well established.
cherry trees will reinstate an original scheme, which once
existed on this verge in the past and has been missed by
people who live locally or regularly travel along the road.
John Francis, Assistant Parks Manager for Herefordshire
Council said, 'I remember the original trees which unfortunately
became diseased or died of natural causes and had to be
removed, so I'm delighted we've been able to replant them.
The white blossoming cherry trees and the pink blossoming
cherry trees have been planted alternately and it is hoped
that once they become established there will be an eye-catching
display of colour during the spring.
Tree Week takes place at the beginning of December each
year and numerous trees were planted at various sites across
the county by the Council's contract partner Amey Wye Valley
Ltd. The winter months are the best time of year to plant
trees and where possible new ones are planted to replace
any hazardous trees removed earlier in the year, those that
have been vandalised or those that have been unsuccessful
and to improve the county's tree-scape.'
A red Land Rover was stolen from Dinmore Caravans at Hope
Under Dinmore, Leominster between 1pm and 1.30 pm on Monday
7th January. The vehicle had alloy wheels and the spare
tyre, located at the rear of the vehicle had a “Shuckers
of Ludlow” cover. There was also a distinctive tow bar to
the front of the vehicle, which carries the registration
white Renault Clio was noticed in the area at the time of
the theft but it is not known if this is connected with
anyone witnessed the theft or has any information about
the current location of the Land Rover, they are asked to
contact PC Tony Shaw at Leominster Police Station on 08457
444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111,
quoting reference 352-s-070108.
Sought to Barr's Court Road Burglary
would like to speak to anyone with information concerning
a burglary that took place in Barrs Court Road in Hereford
last night - particularly anyone who may have seen the offender
as he left the area.
burglary happened at a flat during the later evening on
Monday, 21st January. An offender, described as white, male,
30 to 40 years old, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, with short
greying hair and stubble was disturbed by the occupant when
she returned home at about 9.30pm. He was last seen leaving
the rear of the premises via a small path on to Hopton Road.
It is not known which way he has then travelled.
the time of the sighting, the offender is reported to have
been wearing a dark blue zipped jacket with grey patches
on either side at the front, blue denim jeans, and brown
trainers, (possibly low boots). In particular, police wish
to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of Barrs
Court Road, Hopton Road or Penn Grove Road, at about 9.45pm
on Monday and who may have seen a male matching the above
description. Equally, they want to hear from anyone who
may recognize the description of the offender.
JVC camcorder and Fujifilm digital camera were stolen in
with information about this incident should contact DC 3643
John Austin-Bailey at Hereford CID on 08457 444 888. Alternatively,
you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Biker Exposes Himself to Female Jogger
Police are appealing for information following an indecent
exposure at 9.30 am on Tuesday, 8th January 2008.
female jogger was jogging between The Bell Inn Public House,
Tillington and Burghill Golf Club when a male cycled towards
her on a mountain bike. He then turned around and went into
the entrance to the Golf Club. As the female jogged past
him he was indecently exposing himself. The woman quickly
jogged away and the man rode away on the bicycle.
man is described as white, aged between 18 and 21 years
with short brown hair that had a distinctive blond streak
at the front. He was of slim build and about 5’ 10” tall.
He was wearing cargo trousers and a brown sweatshirt.
anyone has information in relation to this incident they
are asked to contact PC Polly Price at Hereford Police Station
on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
555111, quoting reference 166-s-080108.
Assaulted After City Night Club Visit
Police are appealing for a witness to come forward following
an assault that took place in the alleyway next to the McDonalds
Restaurant in Commercial Street, Hereford.
incident happened between midnight and 1am on Sunday, 6th
January as the victim made his way from The Jailhouse nightclub
to a cash machine. As he did so he came across the bald
headed offender, who had also been in the nightclub earlier.
male victim was punched to the floor and suffered injuries
to his hand and face before the offender fled the scene.
Police are asking for a female witness who saw the attack
and spoke to both individuals at the time to come forward.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact
PC Kim Mathieson at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting
Attack on Man in Hunderton
Police are investigating an unprovoked attack which took
place on the Great Western Way, Hunderton, Hereford at 12.40
am on Friday, 11th January.
victim was walking along the Great Western Way in the direction
of Newton Farm when he was approached by three males. He
attempted to avoid the trio, who he described as being noisy
and aggressive, by walking down to the riverside footpath.
The victim was followed by the group and then headbutted
and punched to the face and further assaulted whilst on
the ground, being kicked and punched by all three offenders.
The attackers then ran off towards the housing estate in
victim was only able to provide a description for one offender,
a white male who he described as being tall and clean shaven
with short hair and wearing a light coloured sweatshirt
anyone witnessed the assault or has any information they
are asked to contact PC Kevin Jones at Hereford Police Station
on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
555111, quoting reference 19-s-110108.
Walking Festival Plans Finalized
The programme for the 2008 Herefordshire Walking Festival
has been finalized and features some well-loved favourites
as well as exciting new ideas.
year's programme, which runs from June 14th until June 22nd,
highlights the south west of the county with the Monnow
Valley Walk as the featured long distance trail, offering
four good days walking over both weekends from Monmouth
almost 60 guided walks to choose from, there is something
for everyone. Learn from the experts with butterflies, bats
and bird watching, archaeology, local lore, land conservation
and a very special opportunity to compose better pictures
with the help of travel photographer, Nick Meers. There
is even a special ghost walk offering a very different look
at Hereford city.
excellence of local produce comes to the fore when tramping
through a cider orchard or vineyard towards a tasting or
around an organic farm with the promise of a delicious barbecue
lunch to finish off with.
have some very special treats - try Walking with Llamas
around the Golden Valley, stroking owls and small breeds,
discovering minibeasts in a meadow, boatmen, beetles and
butterflies or a family walk for toddlers upwards in the
grounds of the National Trust's Brockhampton Estate.
park ranger will accompany mobility scooter users to point
out the flora and fauna of Queenswood Arboretum and sighted
guides will help the visually impaired to enjoy art in a
sensory garden and the sounds and smells of the rural landscape.
Prams, pushchairs and wheelchair users are all invited to
celebrate the launch of the Ross Buggy Route, the county's
first circular path expressly designed to iron out the kerbs.
in all, what better way is there to explore the hidden beauty
of the best of English countryside in the care and company
Walking Festival is sponsored by M and M Direct, the UK's
leading online and mail order retailer of discounted sports,
fashion and lifestyle products.
Prosecuted for Cutting Down Council's Tree
If you have any issues regarding trees on a public open
space then you must contact Herefordshire Council's parks,
countryside and leisure development service as taking matters
into your own hands could mean you face prosecution for
parks team is responsible for the management of these 'amenity'
trees on the streets and the council owned parks and open
spaces throughout the county. They employ specialist arboricultural
contractors to carry out regular tree safety surveys and
arrange for any necessary tree surgery to take place, ensuring
both the safety of the public, and where possible, the life
of the tree.
problems arise each year when trees are mindlessly vandalized
and when members of the public take matters of tree removal
into their own hands. The parks team dealt with such an
incident in early January when a member of the public decided
to cut down a 40ft willow tree on open space on Ledbury
Road in Hereford. Thanks to calls from local residents a
parks officer managed to catch the individual at work and
he was later prosecuted for criminal damage and fined £80.
Tarring, Parks Manager said, 'If you have a query about
a tree on public land, please contact us and we will decide
what course of action to take. However the council has got
an amenity tree policy and in most cases we put the interests
of the tree first. 'Nuisance' caused by leaf and seed fall
or blocking light into an adjacent property would not be
considered a sufficient reason to undertake the felling
of an amenity tree.'
is the council's view that trees make an important contribution
to local amenities and landscapes and that they provide
an important role in pollution control and nature conservation.
The parks, countryside and leisure development service remains
committed to the protection of the natural environment and
would wish to support the felling of amenity trees only
in the event of exceptional circumstances.
you have a query about an amenity tree or if you see any
work being undertaken on a tree either on the street or
on a public open space and you are uncertain as to whether
this has been authorized by the council, please get in touch
by telephoning 01432 260848 or by emailing email@example.com.
Your Council Tax Benefit
In the post-Christmas period many people are feeling a little
poorer than they did in November.The end of another financial
year is looming and soon the council tax bills for the coming
year will arrive on doormats.'
now is the perfect time to find out if you're paying too
much council tax and whether you might be eligible for some
extra help,' said Christine Petherick, from the council's
benefits section. We'd all like to pay less if we can! If
you're more than 60 years of age your claim could be put
through the system before the new bills come out, so it's
worth acting now.
people think that they won't be entitled to council tax
benefit because they have some savings. It's especially
important for people 60 and over, and people who have recently
retired, to have a council tax eligibility check every spring
- rather like having a your boiler regularly serviced each
year. More than 60 per cent of older homeowners assume they
can't get help with their council tax and miss out on money
that they should be getting.'
anyone who bought their home when they were working and
earning, and have not claimed council tax benefits before,
it would be worth going through a council tax eligibility
check, even if they have savings and investments. It is
important to note that owning your own home does not exclude
you from claiming council tax benefit.
wanting to book an eligibility check should contact the
council's benefits section on 01432 260333. Or, if you have
access to the Internet, you can check it yourself by going
Cultural Passport Scheme Launched
Culture vultures wanting to see rare owls, visit a farm,
watch a film, visit the theatre or join in a Halo activity
can get free tickets in a new cultural passport scheme for
scheme is for visitors to the council's ten libraries, two
mobile libraries and four heritage sites and aims to encourage
couldn't be simpler,' said Councillor Adrian Blackshaw,
Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for economic development
and community services. 'All you have to do is collect a
loyalty card when you visit any of Herefordshire Council's
libraries or heritage sites.
time you visit you'll get a stamp and after ten stamps,
adults will get either a voucher for the Courtyard Centre
for the Arts or one that can be used at any Odeon cinema,
including the one in Hereford.
adult will also get a free Bag for Life.
will get a prize after three stamps, another after six and
a bigger prize after ten.
final prize will be free child's admission to Shortwood
Family Farm or the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre
in Kington, or a Halo voucher that can be used for free
swimming or a variety of other activities at any of the
centres throughout the county.
is a unique chance to visit and enjoy our free museums and
libraries and get a prize that opens up our other cultural
venues. It's a fantastic way to get that cultural habit.'
Schools' GCSE Results Continue to Improve
2007 was another successful year for the majority of pupils
in Herefordshire schools. .
league tables published by the department for children,
schools and families, sixty three percent of Herefordshire
students in mainstream schools achieved five GCSE s at grade
C or above. These results are, as in previous years, above
the national average.
the new measure of five GCSEs including English and maths
at grade C or above, Herefordshire students achieved 51
percent, up from 48 percent in 2006 and one of the best
improvements in the whole of England.
the county the performance of boys showed a sharp improvement,
particularly in English where Herefordshire's boys' results
are much closer to that of girls than most other counties
Sports College has shown particularly good improvement with
an 18 percent increase in the number of students achieving
five GCSEs at grade C or above to 51 percent. The John Masefield
High School in Ledbury has continued to show an improvement
in this measure with a 15 percent increase over the last
two years to 66 percent. At Wigmore High School 93 percent
of students achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above. Putting
them in the Times 'Top Twenty' schools alongside Fairfield
High School and St Mary's RC High School.
Menghini, director of children's services, said: "I'd like
to congratulate all of the students on their successes and
to thank the teachers and other school staff who have worked
hard to help them to achieve these high levels of success..
to reshape school provision in Herefordshire are producing
a great deal of discussion at the moment, but we mustn't
forget that now and in the future our children still need
to receive the quality education Herefordshire schools have
a reputation for delivering, despite poor funding.
we are sharing views and voicing opinions about the proposals
shared with schools last week, we must remember that this
is all about providing the best possible education we can
for our children so that they can continue to improve their
performance at all levels each year.'
Appeals for More Adopters
Herefordshire is appealing for people from Herefordshire
and surrounding communities who may be interested in adopting
a child to attend an adoption information morning on Saturday
council particularly needs families from outside the county
who would welcome Herefordshire children into their homes
and those who could consider older children or more than
one child. Adopters are also needed for children with disabilities
and babies affected by parental drug or alcohol misuse.
council welcomes enquiries from people of all backgrounds
to reflect those of the children who need adoptive homes.
Nationally there is a shortage of adopters for children
from black and ethnic minority groups.
is a rigorous process involved to make sure potential adopters
are suitable and psychologically equipped to deal with the
emotional issues adoption can produce.
council is holding an information adoption information morning
on Saturday 26th January at Moor House, Widemarsh Common
from 10.30am-12.30pm. People interested in adoption can
drop in, meet the adoption team, get their questions answered
and meet existing adopters to share their experiences. Refreshments
and car parking are available and no booking is necessary.
the council has an adoption social worker available to talk
to prospective adopters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 9am-1pm on 01432 262830.
sessions are informal and fun, providing lots of information
and helping potential adopters understand the pros and cons
of what can be a very rewarding and life changing experience,'
said Councillor Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Member for Children
and Young people. 'I would urge anyone thinking about adoption
to attend this morning - quite often people think they are
too old or their marital status will prevent them from adopting,
and this is not necessarily the case.
need to keep recruiting adopters, particularly for some
of the older children who need caring loving homes to live
out of Ten People Happy with Community
A survey of people in Herefordshire has shown that around
eight out of ten people are satisfied with their local community
as a place to live.
aspects of quality of life seen to have improved most in
the last three years are education provision, sports and
leisure facilities and access to nature.
facts have come to light in a survey carried out by the
council towards the end of last year. It reveals that around
half of the 1,578 people who responded agreed that people
from different backgrounds got on well together in their
relation to council services, while 17 per cent said they
were dissatisfied, 44 per cent said they were satisfied
with the council - the same figures as a year ago..
with household waste collection has improved by six percentage
points up to 88 per cent since last year, while satisfaction
with local tips has fallen by eight percentage points to
79 per cent.
key findings include:
For residents, the most common source of information about
the council has switched from the local media to information
published directly by the council
17 per cent said they volunteer for an average of two hours
or more per week - similar to last year
Driving to work in the car is the usual method for 66 per
cent of respondents who are employed
30 per cent of respondents felt they could influence decisions
affecting their local area - similar to last year
27 per cent said their local area had a "high" level of
antisocial behaviour - no change to last year
full copy of the survey is available on line and can be
viewed at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/research
Herefordshire Satisfaction Survey will go before members
of Herefordshire Council's cabinet on Thursday, 24th January,
with a recommendation that the results be used to improve
the quality of council services.
Plans for holiday units approved
by a member of Herefordshire Council to convert former stables
and a storage building into two self-contained holiday units
have been approved by members of the authority's planning
committee at their meeting on Friday, 18th January
site is at Stanley Hill Court, Bosbury, and the applicant
is Councillor Kay Swinburne, Herefordshire Council ward
member for Ledbury. As she is a member of the council, the
application has to be dealt with by the main planning committee.
Parish Council felt the scheme would provide more holiday
accommodation in the area.
Council for the Protection of Rural England objected, feeling
holiday lets would give rise to increased traffic movement,
noise and other disturbance.
letter of objection was received concerned at the harm the
scheme would cause to the amenity of nearby residents.
homes scheme refused.
to erect six homes and garages on land next to the Methodist
Chapel, Hereford Road, Weobley, have been refused by members
of Herefordshire Council's main planning committee on Friday,
application was deferred from the planning committee meeting
on December 14 because members wanted more information on
affordable housing in Weobley.
site is allocated in the Unitary Development Plan for an
estimated capacity of 12 homes of which 35 per cent must
be made available for affordable housing. The proposed homes
are one two-bed, one three-bed and four four-bed homes,
with none of them affordable.
Council's forward planning manager said the proposed density
of homes on the site was not in compliance with policy.
council's strategic housing manager objected to the proposed
development due to no provision for affordable housing.
The Weobley Housing Needs survey of February 2007 identified
a need for a further 11 affordable homes in the village.
Point also has 29 households currently living in Weobley
who require affordable housing within Weobley.
currently has 143 affordable housing units, 68 of which
are sheltered or for the over 55s.
proposal singularly fails to address possibly the most pressing
issue for the council in not providing any affordable dwellings
as required by the site allocation in the Herefordshire
Unitary Development Plan, council policy generally, regional
policy and national policy,' a report to the northern area
planning subcommittee said.
letters of comment were received from residents, supporting
the proposed access to the site although some expressed
concern at the size of the planned homes in comparison to
for four homes in Leominster refused
to build four houses on land next to 44 Vicarage Street,
Leominster, have been refused by members of Herefordshire
Council's planning committee. The application was deferred
by the planning committee when they met on December 14,
2007, with members seeking more information about a public
footpath on the site.
Town Council objected to the application being concerned
over the small green habitat area.
letters of objection and one petition in objection containing
29 signatures have been received expressing concerns about
flooding, over-development and impact on privacy.
plans were refused because they were in contradiction of
policy DR3 of the Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan
which requires adequate safety for members of the public
for 26 homes in Leominster approved
for 26 homes at the former Lambournes site, Ryelands Road,
Leominster, have been approved by members of the northern
area planning subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday,
homes will consist of three one-bedroomed flats, nine two-bedroomed
flats, three two-bedroomed houses and 11 three-bedroomed
Herefordshire Council's Unitary Development Plan, there
is a requirement for nine of the planned homes to be affordable.
Town Council and Leominster Civic Society supported the
letter was received from a nearby resident expressing concerns
about the scheme leading to vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
of use to multiple occupation approved
planning permission for change of use of Shaw's House, 18
Old Road, Bromyard, to multiple occupation have been approved
by members of the northern area planning subcommittee
terraced house with three bedrooms, two reception rooms,
kitchen, shower room and two bathrooms is currently being
used as an unlicensed HMO. Three bedrooms and two receptions
are being used as five bedrooms but facilities are currently
only suitable for three occupants as there is only one kitchen.
is a requirement for all HMOs in Herefordshire to be licensed
under the Housing Act 2004. Herefordshire Council's private
sector housing will serve enforcement notices under this
legislation to limit occupancy to a level in line with the
Town Council objected, feeling it was detrimental to the
residential amenity of the area.
for offices and homes in Leominster approved
to erect two offices and ten two-storey homes at 40-42 West
Street, Leominster, have been approved by members of the
northern area planning subcommittee at their meeting on
Wednesday, 16th January.
Town Council supported the scheme.
Civic Society objected, saying the proposal constitutes
unsustainable over development of the site.
site is within the Central Shopping and Commercial Area
and Conservation Area in accordance with policies in the
Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan 2007.
for 35 homes in Shobdon approved.
for a residential development of 35 homes on land next to
The Birches, Shobdon, have been approved by members of the
northern area planning subcommittee at their meeting on
Wednesday, 16th January.
site is allocated in the Herefordshire Unitary Development
Plan for an estimated 30 homes.
on this site will be six two-bedroomed, eight three-bedroomed,
seven four-bedroomed and 14 five-bedroomed. Of these, 12
will be affordable housing, two four-bedroomed homes and
four three-bedroomed homes.
Parish Council raised no objections but expressed concerns
about the sewerage system.
letter of objection was received from Pearl Lake Leisure
Park, expressing concern it could jeopardize their potential
for further development.
for veterinary centre at Leominster approved.
for a proposed veterinary centre at Plot 15, Leominster
Enterprise Park have been approved by members of the northern
area planning subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday,
at the Leominster Enterprise Park is allocated as employment
land but councillors felt the training element at the new
veterinary centre and number of jobs involved overweighed
this and supported the plans.
Council's economic regeneration manager had no objection
to the scheme, feeling it would allow the vets practice
to expand its operations and create new jobs.
Council's forward planning manager, however, objected because
the scheme would result in the loss of employment land on
Town Council recommended approval.
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