TOWN COUNCIL PRAISE POLICE FOR BIG DROP IN ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
During the meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday 6th April,
Inspector McLaughlin was pleased to report that during the
past twelve months there has been a huge reduction in incidents
of antisocial behaviour in the town. The enforcement of
Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Crime Related ASBOs appears
to be deterring other would-be offenders into thinking twice.
Councillor Harry Bramer commented that he was pleased at
the noticeable reduction in incidents and thanked the Inspector,
who said he would pass on this appreciation to his team.
Chris Bartrum commented on the professionalism and firm
but fair approach adopted by the Police.
McLaughlin went on to report that there has also been a
2% increase in crime detection rates and that the recent
incidents of criminal damage to vehicles are being dealt
with and the victims kept informed. He stressed that Ross-on-Wye
is a beautiful, safe place in which to live and work. He
recommended the regular PACT meetings, where members of
the public have the opportunity to voice their concerns
to their local Policing Team, as by listening to the community,
the Police are more able to deliver the service the public
Inspector informed the meeting that Phase Two of the refurbishment
of Ross Police Station, that of the Detention Zone is near
to completion and invited Councillor John Edwards, who will
be Ross Town Mayor when the work is complete to perform
the official opening. There will be an open day and fun
day for the public to attend, which it is expected will
take place after 11th May.
DEANHILL PARK TO GET £37,000 MAKE OVER
Councillor Anne Gray and Ross Town Clerk, Denise Mason recently
attended a workshop run by Herefordshire Council's Department
for Children, Schools and Families where they were delighted
to discover that Herefordshire is being given £1.1
million to provide 22 play parks in the county.
appears that only one in ten children aged between 8 and
13 years actually plays outside. To remedy this there are
plans to install adventure equipment in the parks, to put
an element of risk back into play and to stimulate imagination,
encouraging those too big for the swings to get out and
proviso for the money is that eleven of the parks be completed
by March 2010.
YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT
Due to the huge amount of work involved in the organization
of visits and the judging of all premises in the town, Ross-in-Bloom
have decided that this year entry into this popular competition
will no longer be automatic. Therefore, if you would like
your garden, shop, pub, restaurant etc. to be in with a
chance of winning, you will need to complete an entry form.
The forms are available after Easter from Ross Heritage
Motorcycles and Ross
Garden Store. Please include a stamped self addressed
envelope with your entry form as not only will you receive
confirmation of your entry, you will also receive a discount
voucher for your bedding plants to be used at Ross Garden
colours for this year are Gold, Silver and Bronze, which
means gardeners can make good use of Oranges, Yellows and
Whites, and of course foliage plants which come in Silver
and Bronze colours. Judging will take place during July
as usual, so all entry forms will need to be handed in by
30th June to ensure a visit this year. The categories for
judging this year are:
Front Gardens; Retired/Disabled Front Gardens; Retired/Disabled
Communities; Commercial Frontages; Private Guest House Frontages;
Hotel/Inns/Restaurants Frontages; Private Gardens for Public
Use (beer gardens etc); Baskets Containers & Planters and
Best Street of 6 premises or more.
is still unable to judge back gardens due to lack of volunteers.
However if anyone would like to take this on and arrange
a sponsor for the trophy as well as build up their own team
of judges and an administrator to do all the paperwork,
Mary would like to hear from you. She is also more than
happy to help with setting this up to get it off the ground
as another competition. The Heart of England Judges will
be touring the town in July and will be visiting the best
areas from the local judging again. .
the commercial category, Ross-in-Bloom will accept entries
from anybody who wishes to put fresh floral displays in
their shop windows and / or hanging baskets, containers,
etc. The Best Dressed Window competition will be judged
separately and the entry forms for this will be hand delivered
at a later date.
OTHER NEWS FROM ROSS TOWN COUNCIL
At all meeting of the full Ross Town Council there is a
public question time where members of the public are welcome
to ask questions of their councillors or voice their concerns
on local issues. AT the meeting on Monday, 6th April, Mrs.
Wilce expressed concern that the Millennium gates at the
Prospect Gardens had been damaged. Councillor Gordon Lucas
informed the council that he had investigated the problem
which, he hastened to add was not caused through vandalism,
but by one of the contractor's vehicles colliding with the
gates. The contractors have assured Councillor Lucas that
the matter will be put right when their work at the Prospect
receiving many objections to the experimental coach parking
bay in Cantilupe Road, Herefordshire Council have written
to Ross Town Council of their intention to remove it. The
new disabled persons and taxi parking arrangements will
remain in place.
RESIDENTS CONCERNED AT PROPOSED MOBILE PHONE MAST
The proposed siting of a mobile phone mast on the corner
of Eastfield Road and Fernbank Road has caused panic amongst
residents of the area, who fear not only for their own safety,
but that of children who use the play park in the vicinity.
Two residents voiced their concerns to Ross Town Council
on Monday adding that this is the third application for
a mast on the site in four years. Vodafone,
who have applied for permission for the mast say the location
is a mast sharing site, but residents disagree, saying that
at present there are only two telegraph poles there.
application is to be considered at the next meeting of Herefordshire
Council's Planning Committee.