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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. Councillor Chris Bartrum commented on the professionalism and firm but fair approach adopted by the Police.

Inspector 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 needs.

The 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.

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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.

It 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 play. The 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 Centre, Lucas 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 Store.

The 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:

Private 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.

Ross-in-Bloom 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. .

In 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 is finished.

After 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.

The application is to be considered at the next meeting of Herefordshire Council's Planning Committee.

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