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No. 185 - Wednesday, 13th February 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Scams Awareness Month
part of SCAM awareness month, Herefordshire Trading Standards
Service is taking part in a national campaign led by the
Office of Fair Trading ( OFT) called 'SCAMNESTRY' to highlight
the growing problem of SCAMS and to help prevent local residents,
especially the elderly and vulnerable, from being conned
- potentially out of £000's of pounds!!
year an estimated three million UK consumers fall victim
to scams sent by post, email, text, the phone and internet.
One of the main themes of this year's campaign is to highlight
the hidden misery of thousands of elderly and vulnerable
consumers who repeatedly fall victim to scams such as bogus
lotteries, deceptive prize draw and sweepstakes, fake psychics
and 'miracle' health cures..
can fall for a scam but the elderly are often hit hardest.
OFT research shows that older victims are likely to lose
nearly twice as much per scam as others. Victims are often
socially isolated, over-trusting or afflicted by illnesses
such as dementia and can be repeatedly targeted by the scammers.
Many lose their life savings and suffer depression and ill
health as a result.
tragic example of this locally, relates to an elderly gentlemen
living alone in Herefordshire who lost in excess of £50,000
over a two year period to repeated mail shots. He frequently
received two full mail sacks of such post each week..
the month of February, Herefordshire Trading Standards Service
is providing a number of mail boxes at libraries and info
shops throughout the county for people to deposit any such
unsolicited mail shots, leaflets or flyers. Details of such
scams are to be collated to ascertain the top ten that are
operating both locally and nationally.
Pigrem Herefordshire Council's trading standards manager,
said, 'Scams can come in many different guises and once
you have responded, you're more likely to get targeted again
who get caught by these scammers are often the most vulnerable
within our society and may be unable to protect themselves
or unaware of their rights.. I would urge you that If you
know of someone who may be vulnerable, please check that
they are not being targeted. The aim of this 'Scamnestry'
is make people think twice before they respond to such schemes
and hopefully to prevent them from being conned.'
Davies, consumer adviser / enforcement officer with Herefordshire
Council's trading standards service, with one of the boxes for people
to post their junk mail in. This box is at the council's reception
in Bath Street. The boxes will be at libraries, reception areas
in council buildings throughout the county and Info shops. Leaflets
on how to avoid being a victim of scams are also available at the
Treat for Trad Jazz Fans at Hereford College for the Blind
of Traditional jazz are in for a treat on Monday 10th and
Tuesday, 11th March. Rod Mason and his Hot Five are to appear
at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.
Masonís Hot Five are critically acclaimed as Europeís No1
traditional jazz band and are back in the UK, playing just
a handful of venues including two nights at the College.
broad repertoire is firmly rooted in classic jazz, featuring
Masonís original arrangements from Louis Armstrongís Hot
Five and Seven, King Oliverís Creole Band and Jelly Roll
Mortonís Red Hot Peppers, plus a wide selection of material
from other, sometimes unexpected, sources.
doors will open at 7pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets cost £10
and can be obtained by either telephoning RNC Fundraising
on 01432 376371, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or from The Outback, Church Street, Hereford.
Comments on School Closures Hypocritical
says Jesse Norman
candidate and SchoolsFirst campaigner Jesse Norman has described
the government as 'breathtakingly hypocritical' on schools
minister Jim Knight MP was recently reported as writing
to all local authorities in England to remind them that
they should not close rural schools, after a huge campaign
in Herefordshire to prevent school closures.
Jesse has now unearthed 'Every Child Matters: The Primary
Capital Programme.' This is the Government paper that instructs
local education authorities to prioritise the removal of
surplus places, due to falling birth rates. Both documents
are on the SchoolsFirst website www.schoolsfirst.org.uk.
Knight's comments are astonishing,' said Jesse. 'On one
hand the Government is bullying councils such as ours to
close or merge schools against their will. On the other
it is writing pious letters instructing councils not to
close schools. Its actions are breathtakingly hypocritical.'
Meeting Hears of Progress on Local Concerns
new look PACT Meeting has heard about the progress made
to deal with the issues and concerns of the local community.
PACT meeting, held on the evening of Tuesday, 5th February
at Green Lane Methodist Church Hall, saw around 30 people
turn out to meet with members of the Local Policing Teams
for the Leominster Town North, South and Rural areas, together
with representatives from Herefordshire Council, Leominster
Town Council and local parish councils - all members within
the Herefordshire Partnership.
Meetings,- which are the new name for the previous Community
Forum events, allow the public to discuss matters of concern
to their local community and to hear how the partner agencies
will work to resolve them.
meeting, independently chaired by Wendy Coombey, saw around
30 members of the public attending to be given an update
on issues including speeding vehicles and parking problems
within areas of the town centre. .
issues had been raised by a combination of points made by
those attending the previous Community Forum meeting, PACT
surgeries and face-to-face surveys held by Local Policing
Team members, as well as PACT postcard surveys - many of
which had been deposited in the special PACT post-boxes
in Kingsland, Orleton and Leintwardine.
Meetings given local people a chance to have a proper say
in how the issues in the area are dealt with, making sure
that the partner agencies are able to take action on the
issues that are important to the local community,' said
Sergeant Mike Doolan from Leominster Police Station.
PACT process is still evolving, but it was very pleasing
to see so many members of the community attending the meeting
or getting involved with the process to bring their concerns
to the forum. While we canít promise to resolve every issue
to everyoneís satisfaction on every occasion, by working
together the partners can prioritise action to those areas
that are most important to a local community and address
them as best as possible.'
raised as priorities at the meeting included:
vehicles in Luston, Wigmore and Leintwardine.
increase in the amount of litter on the streets of Leominster
Adults and youths cycling carelessly on footpaths in Leominster
Flooding of roads and properties around Silurian Close in
Leominster, Eyton Lane and the Bircher to Yarpole road.
details about Local Policing - including how to find out
contact details for Local Policing Teams in your area, as
well as details of past and forthcoming PACT meetings -
are available from the West Mercia Constabulary website
Success Against Antisocial Behaviour in Leominster
15 year old from Leominster has had an Asbo imposed on him
by the courts for two years, as police begin a new campaign
to highlight their work in the town to combat antisocial
Thomas Lannigan was made the subject of the Antisocial Behaviour
Order for a period of two years by magistrates in Hereford
on Friday. Under the order, he is prohibited from:
in the following streets of Leominster between 5pm and 6am
Monday to Friday and at any time on Saturday and Sunday
unless accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult
- Broad St, High St, New St, Burgess St, Rainbow St, West
St, South St, Church St, The Priory, School Rd, Pinsley
Rd, The Grange Park, Etnam St, Falconer Place, Dishley St,
Cursneh Rd, Westbury St or any public place within those
in any way in a public place, including but not limited
to congregating, talking or walking with Daniel Jenkins,
Jamie Jenkins, Nathaniel Singleton, Kieran Singleton, Tristan
Singleton, Josh Norton, Steven Ryder, Jamie Hartshorn, Donald
Tisdale and Jacob Davies, except for the purposes of education
or employment. .
or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in
a public place. .
congregating or being in the premises or grounds of Minster
College unless legitimately attending the school as agreed
by either the head teacher or member of staff.
encouraging or associating with any person committing harassment,
alarm or distress to any person in a public place including
but not limited to using abusive language or behaviour,
shouting, intimidating any person or littering.
order is for two years and will expire on midnight on 28
Asbo was imposed to improve the quality of life for everyone
in Leominster and in particular those who have had their
lives affected by antisocial behaviour and comes as police
begin the 4000+ Safer Communities Campaign in Leominster
to highlight some of the work which has helped to improve
the quality of life for local residents..
decision of the court to impose this Order should underline
that police are determined to take action against those
individuals who commit antisocial behaviour,' said Leominster
Local Policing Sergeant Mike Doolan.
Local Policing Teams in Leominster have worked hard to address
peopleís concerns about antisocial behaviour in the town
over the past 12 months. This Order is just the latest in
a series of actions which have helped to dramatically reduce
both the levels of recorded antisocial behaviour and the
seriousness of the behaviour itself.
have included using a Section 30 order to help disperse
gangs of youths in the town centre, as well as the introduction
of alcohol free zones. Police officers have also been engaging
with the local youth centre and schools to help highlight
both the problems and also work to find solutions with young
people, as well as running a campaign with shops and licensees
to combat underage alcohol sales.
addition, the individuals who were identified as being responsible
for the bulk of complaints have been dealt with using powers
under the antisocial behaviour laws, resulting in Asbos
or Acceptable Behaviour Contracts being imposed. One youth
has also been prosecuted for a breach of his Asbo and given
a custodial sentence.
of these measures have resulted in a wide-scale reduction
of antisocial behaviour in the town centre.'
the coming months the Local Policing Team is taking further
action to combat antisocial behaviour as well as further
explaining how their actions have resulted in on-the-ground
improvements. The 4000+ Safer Communities Campaign will
culminate in March with a public engagement evening and
a survey of local residents.
the meantime, the public is urged to continue reporting
any incidents of antisocial behaviour and, if they believe
the terms of an Asbo are being broken, report it to police
on 08457 444 888.
Council to Demolish Welsh Newton Building
Council is to use its enforcement powers to demolish a building
which was erected at Welsh Newton, without planning permission.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
environment and strategic housing, said 'We have resolved
to use the powers available to us to enter the land, demolish
the offending building ourselves and then recover reasonable
are taking this action to ensure the building is removed
and uphold our well established and lawful planning policy.'
Ashcroft, Herefordshire Council's head of planning services,
said, 'There is a long and complicated history on this site
going back to 2002. The council has exhausted all the more
traditional enforcement processes at its disposal. The council
has a duty to protect the appearance of the countryside
and the demolition of the building is the only option now
demolition work will start on Monday, 18th February and
is expected to take three to four days. All of the material
will be stored securely at the site for a week to give the
owner an opportunity to claim and remove any or all of it.
Monday, 25th February, Herefordshire Council will enter
the site again to remove and dispose of whatever material
2002, planning permission was granted for the conversion
of a barn to residential use. In carrying out the work,
however, the whole building was reconstructed as new build.
June 2005 planning permission for the retention of the building
July 2005, an enforcement notice was served requiring the
demolition of the building. Appeals against both decisions
were dismissed in March 2006 but these were quashed by the
High Court in June 2007.
appeals were reheard but were again both dismissed on October
enforcement notice required the building to be demolished
by January 29, 2008 but the owner did not comply. Herefordshire
Council is now taking the necessary action to ensure that
the notice is complied with.
Car Seats Help Young Parents' Group
parents from across the county can benefit from parenting
advice and meet other young mums and dads thanks to the
council and primary care trust working together.
the government announced that local authorities needed to
do more to reduce teenage pregnancies. In
Herefordshire, where teenage pregnancies are relatively
low, support is given to young parents to help them give
their children a good start in life.
county's rural nature can make young parents feel very isolated
at a time when they need lots of support, both in terms
of continuing their education and in terms of learning how
to bring up their baby.
to funding from the Learning and Skills Council and the
PCT, YMTB - Young Mums To Be - course has been running at
the Greencroft Children's Centre in Hereford since April
by Connexions, units of the course are led by midwives from
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, Connexions, the Youth Service,
health visitors, SHYPP and Hollybush Family Centre.
enables the teenagers to work towards their NCFE (an equivalent
NVQ level 1) award in Skills for Life Competence, while
learning about pregnancy, birth, parenthood, healthy lifestyle,
money management, IT and craft skills, as well as planning
for their education, training and employment in the future.
the babies are born, the young parents continue to meet,
networking and learning about their babies' development
postnatal group is also run from Greencroft, and is run
by health visitors and family support workers
courses have been very popular, but it has been extremely
difficult for young parents outside Hereford to get to the
Greencroft Centre where the group meets.
pregnant teenagers have accessed the group using public
transport, transporting babies with their parents has been
a problem. As a result, Herefordshire Council has purchased
eight 0-4 year old car seats for Community First, which
means that young parents from all over the county will be
able to travel safely to Hereford with their babies for
the cost of a local bus ride.
postnatal group meets once a week in Hereford and the young
people who attend learn a great deal from each other as
well as from the health visitors,' said the council's teenage
pregnancy co-ordinator Jan Coppinger.
of our young parents are very isolated and it's good for
them to be able to get together with other young mums and
dads and share ideas and concerns. It's good for the babies
too as the well being of parents has a direct effect on
has relatively few young parents and as they are scattered
across the county, it's difficult to get them together.
The council and primary care trust have come up with a simple
solution that will help bring mums, babies and dads together
once a week.'
is anticipated the car seats can also be used to transport
parents and babies to parent support groups held around
the county's children's centres.
Proposals are off the Table Says Council
a successful motion to full council, the leader of Herefordshire
Council confirmed again on Friday, 8th February 2008 that
the council has formally rejected draft proposals for the
county's review of schools.
at a packed meeting, Councillor Roger Phillips promised
that no closures or major organizations of high schools
would be considered during the lifetime of the current administration.
The next local elections are scheduled for May 2011. He
also reaffirmed that the council would continue to apply
the existing Small Schools Policy for primary schools. He
confirmed that no closures would happen outside of that
future drafting of any changes affecting Herefordshire schools
will involve heads, governors, parents, the local community
and local ward councillors,' said Councillor Phillips. 'These
groups will examine and exhaust every opportunity to ensure
the continued protection of our schools.'
creative solutions will be encouraged, examining opportunities
for sharing resources among schools and with the community
and the federation option.
discussions will be held in public and recorded,' added
Councillor Phillips, 'with all documentation made available
on the council's website. All statistics used will be independently
verified. The council will continue to lobby the government
for fairer funding for our children and young people in
motion to take the school review proposals off the table,
confirm no closures to high schools during the administration
and confirm no closures of primary schools outside of the
council's existing small schools policy, was backed by 34
councillors, with 17 voting against and with five abstentions.
Musicians' Showcase Concert
young musicians from across the county have been selected
to take part in this year's Young Musicians' Showcase at
The Courtyard in Hereford on Friday 22nd February.
the afternoon, more than 100 young musicians will perform
to a jam-packed auditorium of 300 primary school children.
In the evening, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 presenter, Tommy
Pearson will introduce the showcase, which is performed
by some of the county's most talented young musicians, to
year the music service received more than 70 entries for
the event and the standards were the highest yet. It took
two full days of auditions to decide who would be selected
for the big concert. French musical specialist Roger Nichols
from Kington and Brian Hawkins, retired head of strings
at the Royal College of Music in London, judged the auditions.
concert itself is non-competitive, though a member of the
audition panel will offer comments at the end. Fifteen-year-old
Elizabeth Allen from John Masefield High School will be
amongst the performers. Elizabeth plays for the Herefordshire
Youth Orchestra and has just got into the National Youth
Orchestra with her clarinet playing. Also performing is
13-year-old harpist Glenda Allaway from Lady Hawkins High
School in Kington.
showcase exhibits music in a rich variety of forms and styles,
including the Bishops Blues Band and Cathedral School choir
- so there will be something interesting for all musical
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said 'We have some incredible talent in Herefordshire and
the council's music service does a superb job offering support
to schools and helping our young people reach their full
again, this year promises to be an excellent event.'
programme information is available by telephoning 01432
260840. Tickets for the evening concert can be purchased
from the Courtyard online or on 0870 1122330 at £7 (concessions
Applications in Herefordshire
Homes Approved at Clehonger
permission for four homes at Yew Tree Farm, Poplar Road,
Clehonger, has been approved by members of the southern
area planning sub-committee at their meeting on Wednesday,
was a reserved matters application following the granting
of planning permission in May 2005.
Parish Council supported the application.
letters of representation were received from local residents
concerned at loss of privacy and water drainage.
letters of support were received.
& A Properties Fail to Win Injunction Against Herefordshire
S & A Property Limited has failed in a bid to get an injunction
at the High Court of Justice in Birmingham seeking to stop
enforcement action against buildings at Brierley Court Farm,
near Leominster, from going ahead.
injunction related to enforcement notices requiring the
removal of an amenity building and related infrastructure
at Brierley Court Farm which were erected without planning
permission. The enforcement notice required this to be done
by January 10, 2008, but this has not been done.
& A Property Limited were seeking an interim injunction
to preserve the status quo at the site pending determination
of applications the firm is making to the European Court
of Human Rights.
Honour Judge Brown, in turning down the application for
an injunction which was made at the High Court in Birmingham
on Thursday, February 7, said, 'This is a fanciful claim
and misconceived. Quite frankly the claimants applied to
the wrong court and used the wrong procedure.'
of £6,852.40 were awarded to Herefordshire Council.
& A Property Limited then sought leave to appeal to the
Court of Appeal but His Honour Judge Brown turned down this
Tim Young QC, representing S & A Property Limited, said
the company would still be looking to appeal this decision
and sought an undertaking from Herefordshire Council not
to start enforcement proceedings for a 14-day period. Herefordshire
Council agreed to give this undertaking.
Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: 'This
decision shows we have acted properly throughout the planning
process and we are pleased the judge's ruling has confirmed
this. We will now have to wait for a decision on the appeal
before deciding what further action we should take.'
Quash Madley's Appeal Against Waste Plant Decision
Council has won another legal victory following the granting
of planning permission for an innovative waste treatment
and recycling plant in Madley. Herefordshire Waste Watchers,
a local pressure group, took further court action in January
to appeal against the ruling of a judicial review in favour
of the council, which took place in November last year in
the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Monday, 4th February, 2008, the council received an order
from the court of appeal, made by Lord Justice Dyson, which
confirmed that the Herefordshire Waste Watchers' appeal
had been refused.
move upholds the ruling of the judicial review that there
'was no factual or other basis for concluding that the council
had acted improperly'. Costs were then awarded to the council.
council originally granted planning permission in March
2004 and Herefordshire Waste Watchers started proceedings
to judicially review and quash the decision. That 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 in November 2007 at the Strand courtrooms.
council is pleased that again its original decision has
been upheld,' said Kevin O'Keefe, the council's legal practice
have always maintained that we gave full consideration of
alternative sites to the application for a waste treatment
facility and assessed thoroughly the environmental issues
and impact. We also imposed planning conditions to minimize
any damage to the environment and protect the amenity of
People Invited to Design Cover of New Plan
and young people across the county are being invited to
enter a competition to design the cover of a new children
and young people's plan for Herefordshire.
plan has been put together by Herefordshire's Children's
Trust and spells out how the services children and young
people receive are to be run over the next three years.
Included in the plan is the work undertaken by schools,
health services, the council, police, youth offending services,
Connexions and other community and voluntary groups who
provide children's services. The aim is to work in partnership
to address key priorities that are seen as critical for
children and young people in Herefordshire.
priorities are based around the themes of being healthy,
staying safe, enjoying life, doing well at school or college
and being a good citizen. They include ways of tackling
obesity, proposals to improve the county's poor dental health
record, ways of dealing with e-safety and cyber bullying,
improving access to activities using community transport
and continuing to improve educational performance.
draft plan has been published for consultation which is
available on the council's website, www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
Members of the public, together with all the groups and
organizations that work with children and young people are
invited to comment on the plan by Monday, 3rd March 2008.
Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
said, 'This plan is an important piece of work because it
spells out how the county's organizations will work together
to make sure that services are provided around the individual
child or young person. We included the views and ideas of
young people when we put the draft plan together and are
keen for them to respond to the consultation as well.
approved, the plan will be widely circulated around the
county, so getting the cover right is important - it needs
to be easily recognizable as well as embrace the themes
within the plan.
are inviting children and young people of all ages to be
creative and have a go at designing a front cover. There
are some great prizes to be won, including vouchers and
money, with a first prize of £100. We hope that we get a
good response to our competition, and that children and
young people will look at our plans and tell us what they
think of them.'
deadline for applications is Friday, 29th February 2008.
A panel of judges consisting of members of the Children's
Trust Shadow Board (a board of young people) and Councillor
Jenny Hyde will announce the winners during April. A prize-giving
event will be held in early June where all the winning entries
will be exhibited.
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