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ROSS-ON-WYE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The Annual Town Meeting of Ross-on-Wye will take place at the Larruperz Centre on Monday 20th April and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm and the agenda is as follows:

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive apologies from invited guests

2. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
To receive the Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on Monday, 21st April 2008.

3. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
To receive a report from the Mayor

4. TO RECEIVE PRESENTATIONS FROM TOWN ORGANIZATIONS
i) Mr. Brian Atherton will give a presentation on 'Ross-on-Wifi'
ii) Mr. Dennis Humble will talk about EnviroAbility's 'Can Do Crew'
iii) Mr. Sam Phillips will give an update on 'Walkers are Welcome'

5. INTRODUCTION OF TOWN COUNCILLORS
The Mayor will introduce Town Councillors

6. CHAIRMEN'S' REPORTS
To receive reports from:

i) Chairman of Amenities Committee
ii) Chairman of Finance & Administration Committee
iii) Chairman of Planning Committee

7. QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
The Mayor will invite questions from members of the public present at the meeting who are registered electors of Ross-on-Wye Town.

(Those residents wishing to ask questions of Ross Town Councillors are asked to state their names prior to asking questions.)

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OFF THE PAGE EVENTS FOR ADULT LEARNERS

'Off the Page' is a week long series of practical, fun sessions on the theme of paper, books and tales which will be running in local libraries and museums from Monday, 11th until Saturday, 16th May. The events include a writing workshop using images from Herefordshire's library and museum collections, the chance for people to try their hand at paper making, book making and calligraphy and a pleasant evening walk around Leominster and Ross with tales and stories along the route.

Sarah Chedgzoy from Herefordshire Council said, 'These special events have been organized to coincide with Adult Learners Week 2009 and people will have an opportunity to learn a new skill, discover something about the place they live in, and have fun. We also want to remind people that libraries are welcoming community spaces offering free internet access and information to support people's work, learning and leisure while museums are inspirational community spaces that offer visitors opportunities for recreation and learning.'

On Monday, 11th May, Mary Sinclair Powell will be operating a 'Ross Tales' Walk, an evening walk that brings Ross's past back to life with stories and tales. The walk will start from Ross Heritage Centre and will run from 7pm until 8.30pm. To book a place, please telephone the Heritage Centre 01432 260675.

If you have ever fancied trying your hand at calligraphy, a Marches Scribes Workshop will be running at Ross Library on Saturday, 16th May from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Places are limited, so if you would like to take part, please contact Ross Library on 01432 383280 .

All sessions are free but booking is essential. For more information visit your local library or telephone 01432 260731.

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NEW WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACT AWARDED

Herefordshire council is pleased to announce that county residents are to get exactly what they asked for when consulted about the new waste collection contract. Following extensive public consultation, it was clear that the people of Herefordshire wanted to keep their weekly collections, so these are being retained. As residents also said that they would like to recycle more, the council are going to make it easier for them to do so by adding a fortnightly collection of recyclable materials, using wheeled bins.

Councillor John Jarvis said, 'This comes at a cost and we are delighted to announce the contract has been awarded to Focsa and pleased we will be continuing to enjoy the good service we currently get and build on our existing good relationship. Throughout the tendering process Focsa showed they could provide a high quality service with excellent value for money for the council tax payer. I would urge residents to look out for future updates about the new system and also let them know that their collection date and times may change during this process, but they will be informed nearer to the start time about this.'

Focsa will operate the new contract starting in November 2009 and it will involve weekly collections of household waste in refuse sacks as well as a fortnightly collection of recyclable materials using a wheeled bin. The fortnightly collection will take all sorts of recyclable materials, including glass, from the doorstep of more than 95 per cent of homes in the county. The contract has been awarded for a seven year period and residents will be kept updated on the new system's progress.


JO TO WALK 20 MILES FOR MEGAN BAKER HOUSE

Jo Gilmour of WYETOTS is limbering up in preparation for a 20 mile walk which she is planning for Saturday 2nd May. The walk, in aid of Megan Baker House will follow the path of the River Wye and Jo is hoping for lots of sponsorship to help this worthy cause.

Megan Baker House is the only centre in the UK to offer free Conductive Education sessions to children and young adults with motor impairments such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease and stroke. Although local to our community the charity (Reg No 1093392) helps suffering children and their families across the globe.

Please support Jo by giving what you can. With your help Jo says, 'Such a small distance can help to make a big difference.

If you would like to help Jo, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/joannegilmour


VODAFONE WITHDRAW APPLICATION FOR MAST

A planning application by Vodafone to site a mobile phone mast on the corner of Eastfield Road and Fernbank Road has now been withdrawn. The application was strongly opposed by residents and users of the area who were concerned about the possible effect the mast would have had not only on their own health but that of the children who frequently play in the park near to the proposed site.


'Wyenot News' have been kept informed of the mast saga throughout but decided to refrain from reporting on the matter in detail, with pictures of the local MP. The reason being that, as a fully qualified, licensed radio amateur, I know quite a lot about radio frequencies - enough to realize that a few Watts of RF at the top of a mast is less likely to fry the brains of a child than that same child actually using a mobile phone is (and that is highly unlikely). As for the argument about the RF originating at the base of the mast (which I assume would have been protected... What about the 750 Watts of protected RF at 2.4 GHz (a much more dangerous frequency) which is transmitted at eye level in the kitchens of most households with children living therein, whilst mum or dad nuke their chicken korma with the microwave oven?

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