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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
PC MARK MURPHY REWARDED AT WEST MERCIA QUALITY PEOPLE AWARDS
Our congratulations go to Ross-on-Wye Police Officer, PC
Mark Murphy, who was presented with the Paul Deneen Trophy
at the West Mercia Police 'Quality People' Awards at Hindlip
Hall on Tuesday, 8th September. There must be very few people
in the town of Ross who don't know PC Murphy, or at least
know who he is. PC Murphy is a very familiar face about
town, always approachable and ever willing to assist. It
was said at the awards ceremony that 'PC Mark Murphy is
an exceptional Local Policing Officer who has the best interests
of his community and the force at heart.
October 2008, along with his Ross Town Local Policing team
colleagues, his efforts were rewarded when he received an
award in recognition of his contribution towards improving
performance for the force. He is a highly motivated and
committed officer who provides a quality service to the
community of Ross-on-Wye. He truly epitomises the force's
mission of 'Serving, Protecting, Making the Difference.'
Mercia Police honoured the best of its officers, staff and
members of the Special Constabulary at its annual Quality
People Awards, which were hosted by Chief Constable Paul
West at Police HQ in Worcester. Now into it's fifth year
the event saw eighty people being nominated for 21 awards,
including Life Time Achievement, Excellence in Policing,
Criminal Investigator of the Year, Community Police Officer
of the Year, Community Support Officer of the Year and the
Chief Constable's Trophy for police staff.
guests presenting awards included The Rt Hon Countess of
Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire; Lord Lieutenant
for Shropshire, Algernon Heber-Percy; Lord Lieutenant of
Worcestershire Michael Brinton; The Hon Gilbert Greenhall
CBE, High Sheriff of Herefordshire & Worcestershire; Shelia
Blagg, Chair of West Mercia Police Authority; and Paul Deneen
DL, the authority's recently outgoing chair. The annual
awards are held to recognise and acknowledge the hard work
and dedication of West Mercia Police officers, staff and
volunteers from across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford
& Wrekin and Worcestershire, who have all made a significant
difference to the communities in which they work.
Constable West said, 'The Quality People Awards are an opportunity
to recognise and reward the very best of the excellent and,
at times, unsung work that our officers, staff and volunteers
undertake on a daily basis. They are a fitting public recognition
of their tireless enthusiasm, dedication and commitment,
and are a chance for their colleagues and the communities
we serve to show the nominees how much pride we all take
in their achievements, which cover the full breadth of the
many and varied elements that make up good policing. The
ceremony also reflects the very highest standards of professionalism
and commitment set by our employees, some of whom have served
with the force for many years. It is important in any walk
of life that the dedication and commitment of staff is regularly
acknowledged. In my frequent visits around the force, I
am always struck by the tremendous work that our people
undertake on a daily basis on behalf of the communities
Blagg, Chair of the West Mercia Police Authority, presented
a number of awards on the night. She said, 'I have been
impressed and humbled by the individual examples of integrity,
initiative, courage, commitment and leadership. The Police
Authority and the force are very proud of the position we
hold nationally as a top performing force. We know we hold
that position because we have top quality people, both on
the public-facing side and behind the scenes in support
services. We believe it is important to recognise individual
effort and achievement and these awards are a public 'thank
you' to all the nominees and winners.'
new awards were introduced this year; the Outstanding Contribution
Award to recognise a member of police staff who has made
an outstanding contribution to the organisation over a period
of time, and the Diversity in Action Team Award, presented
to a team who can show outstanding achievement or proven
innovative practice in diversity in the past year.
award winners have been entered as West Mercia Police's
nominations for the National Jane's Police Review Awards
to be held in London on 28th October at the Park Lane Hilton
Hotel, London, which will be attended by the Home Secretary,
Alan Johnson, and the most senior and influential people
in policing and government, including the chief constables
of every force in the UK. They are: ∑ Susan Tomlinson from
Shropshire Division, nominee for the CSO of the Year ∑ Shropshire
Local Policing Support Team, West Mercia's nominees for
the Diversity in Action Team Award. ∑ Police Constable Richard
Waterhouse from North Worcestershire Division, nominee for
the Community Police Officer of the year. ∑ Retired DC Graham
Blomfield, nominee for the Lifetime Achievement Award ∑
Police Constable Michelle Clarke from South Worcestershire
Division, nominee for Student Officer of The Year. Each
Quality People Award winner gets to keep their trophy for
a year and is also presented with a crystal paperweight
to keep, which bears the Quality People logo. The winner
of the student officer of the year also receives a £25 cheque
and both the winner and runner up are presented with a £50
book token to help with their studies.
Deneen DL presents PC Mark Murphy with his award.
Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to retired Detective
Constable, Graham Blomfield. Worcester resident 'Blom',
as he is known to friends, colleagues and local residents,
has devoted his career to fighting crime and supporting
new staff. He joined West Mercia Constabulary in 1974 as
a cadet and in 1976 as an officer. In the late 70s he piloted
a new drug liaison role, which later became the force's
Drugs Squad. He worked in the anti-drugs arena until 2000,
when he started training officers in investigating cases
that involved communication data such as telephones, mobiles
and the internet.
Excellence in Policing Award was given to PC Simon Northcott
of Bridgnorth, Shropshire Division.
Investigator of the Year is Detective Constable Philip Christie
of Wyre Forest, North Worcestershire Division.
Mary Court Award for Student Officer of the Year was rpesented
to PC Michelle Clarke of Droitwich.
award for Local Policing Team of the Year went to PC Lindsey
Hewitt, CSO John Fleetwood and CSO Tony Bosley of Church
Hill North, Redditch, Worcestershire Division.
Police Officer of the Year is Redditch South and Rural PC
Richard Waterhouse who has been a Local Policing Officer
in the South West & Rural Communities of Redditch for 17
years. He has previously received both a divisional and
two Chief Constable's commendations for his outstanding
service. PC Waterhouse is also winner of the Andre Grant
Trophy for North Worcestershire Division.
Community Police Officers of the Year are: Perrins Trophy,
South Worcestershire Division PC Andrew Hood of Tenbury.
The Meynell Trophy, Shropshire Division was awarded to PC
Scott Smither of Shrewbury. PC Smither is an enthusiastic
and extremely hard working officer who is totally dedicated
to his role. This dedication was displayed when, two days
after having a heart attack, he handed his superior officer
a list of tasks for his CSOs and events he was running that
he asked to be completed.
Michael Lowe Trophy, Telford & Wrekin Division went to PC
Louise Hickman of Telford.
High Sheriff's Millennium Trophy for Community Support Officers
was presented to Susan Tomlinson of Shrewsbury.
High Sheriff's Trophy for Special Constables went to Special
Constable Chris Cookson of Kidderminster, North Worcestershire.
Chris has been serving his community for most of his adult
life, from his early career in the Royal Navy, later in
the Territorial Army and for the last 20 years within the
West Mercia Special Constabulary. He has worked with regularity,
diligence and enthusiasm and has been rewarded by steady
progress through ranks to achieve the highest divisional
rank possible for a Special Constable that of Divisional
Constable Student Officer of the Year is Special Constable
Kirsty Garratt of Telford Division.
Diversity in Action Team Award,new for this year, was awarded
to Sergeant Edward Hancox, PC Noel Metcalf, Maria Hawkaluk,
(Media Officer) and Jade Smalley (Administrator).
Dog Team of the Year Award went to PC Oliver Bowen-Jones
and Police dogs, Roscoe and Murphy of South Worcestershire.
PC Bowen-Jones joined the Dog Section in 2007 and quickly
established himself as a competent and keen handler. Together
with police dog Roscoe he consistently produces excellent
work. In the past twelve months he has achieved the required
standard to attend and pass a firearms support course and
has also achieved a national accreditation in drugs-related
detection with police dog Murphy.
Len Morris Sports Trophy was presented to PC Tim Larrad
of the Training & Development Department. Tim has represented
the force at skiing, winning silver at the 2007 Police Championships
and finishing second in the British team at the 2009 Police
European Ski Championships. He also represents West Mercia
Police in the annual London Regional Nordic Ski Club marathon.
of the Year, (Police Staff) is Karolyn Brookes, Strategy
& Change Unit Manager; Strategy, Performance & Communications
Chief Constable's Trophy was presented to Rob Hall, Personnel
Manager. Rob has worked tirelessly as the chair of LINK,
the support network for officers and staff from the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and trans communities. He has helped in both
individual and sensitive issues and raising LGBT issues
in the force-wide, regional and national arenas.
Outstanding Contribution Award went to Sue Bakewell, Business
Systems Development Manager, Call Management Centre.
of the Year, (Police Officer). The recipient of this ward
has requested no publicity.
and our thanks go to all.
JESSE CONGRATULATES ROSS YOUTH FORUM ON THEIR DRAGONS DEN WIN
Conservative parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has congratulated
the Ross Youth Forum on winning £200 in a 'Dragons' Den'
-style contest held at the Herefordshire 6th Form College
last week. Led by Chair, Ricky Barlow, The Youth Forum's
winning bid was to repaint the walls of the skate park in
Ross with colourful new images, replacing the rather messy
and offensive graffiti there at present.
was one of the judges in the contest last week, which pitted
the Ross Youth Forum against two other local youth groups
for the prize. The event was part of a national competition
worth £60,000 called the Big Challenge, which encourages
anyone aged 16-25 to come forward with innovative ideas
to solve local social problems.
the contest Jesse said, 'I normally spend my time cleaning
graffiti off the walls, not supporting it! But I and the
other judges thought this was such an innovative approach
that it really demanded support. With luck local young people
will respect and enjoy the new images. And I hope as many
other youth groups as possible across the county will submit
their own ideas to the Big Challenge.'
closing date for entries to the Big Challenge is 28th September
2009. The number to telephone for enquiries is 0207 566
1129. Entries can be submitted online via http://www.bigchallenge.org.uk/,
or by post to Big Challenge, UnLtd, 123 Whitecross Street
London EC1Y 8JJ.
CHATTERBOOKS RETURNING TO ROSS LIBRARY THIS MONTH
Ross Library is host another series of Chatterbooks events
from 17th September, which will give children aged between
eight and twelve years the opportunity to share books and
stories, as well as meet other children. The aim of Chatterbooks
is to encourage a love and enjoyment of reading as well
as having a great time in the library. Councillor
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'Youngsters don't need to be bookworms
to join in as there are plenty of games, stories and exciting
things to be involved in, as well as collecting stickers,
pencils, folders and other goodies.'
and parents have noticed that children who develop a wider
love of books are more responsive to literacy work in schools.
Libraries are ideally placed to support children who either
already read widely or need help to engage with books, and
the Chatterbooks book group scheme is both rewarding and
Chatterbooks group will meet on a fortnightly basis from
Thursday, 17th September between 5 and 6pm.
will also begin operating in Ledbury on 17th September,
from 4pm until 4.45pm and a weekly group will be operating
in Leominster on Saturday, 3rd October from 2pm until 3pm.
further information, contact Ross Library on 01432 383250,
Leominster Library on 01432 383290 and Ledbury Library on
WEST MERCIA POLICE THANK PUBLIC FOR SUPPORTING HELP FOR HEROES
West Mercia Police are thanking the public for their support
of this year's West Mercia Police Help for Heroes event
after more than 12,000 people attended. The huge fund-raising
event was held at Police HQ, Hindlip Hall, Worcester on
Sunday, 6th September. West Mercia Police is the only force
in the country to organize a major event to back Help for
Heroes and proceeds from this year's event will go towards
helping injured soldiers get their lives back on track.
Some of the money raised will go specifically to 'rehabilitation
houses' where soldiers recover from their injuries and learn
to live with any disabilities they may have received.
Al Short, from the force's Dog Section, organized the event
in his own time supported by a dedicated team of volunteers
who all gave their time free of charge. He said, 'It was
an incredible response from the public. We have collected
so much money that we aren't going to be sure how much we
have raised for a couple of days, but I am sure we smashed
last year's total of £26,000.'
to the show enjoyed an amazing variety of aircraft and vehicles
at close hand, including 10 helicopters, classic police
cars, Household Cavalry tanks and sports cars such as Aston
Martin's Le Mans 24 model and Richard Burns's World Rally-winning
Subaru Impreza. There were aerial displays by a Spitfire,
a Hercules and stunt planes, while a Sea King helicopter
left the event to climb to 8,000ft where the military's
Pilgrims Freefall Parachute Display Team jumped back down
to the display field. One of the day's highlights was the
displays by West Mercia Police Dog Section, who were put
through their paces for the crowds along with dogs from
the RAF. There
were also demonstrations from Hereford & Worcester Fire
& Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance. Younger visitors
were particularly excited to see a host of well known movie
characters mingling with the crowds, including Darth Vader,
a squad of Storm Troopers, Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann
from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman.
were joined by some real-life heroes when Falklands conflict
veteran and burns campaigner Simon Weston and a number of
recovering injured military personnel were in attendance
and ready to talk to the public about their experiences.
This included Corporal Tom Neathway from the 2nd Battalion
of The Parachute Regiment and the British services' first
female front-line amputee, Captain Kate Philp. Captain Philp,
who lost her lower left leg in November 2008 while in Afghanistan
with the Royal Artillery, said, 'It was brilliant that the
general public backed the event so strongly and showed support
for what we are doing. It was a great day out, but also
really important for raising awareness. My recovery is going
well and rehab has been fantastic. However, the numbers
of casualties in Afghanistan is rising all the time and
the facilities we have need to be able to cope with that.
The funds raised by West Mercia Police will really help
Short said, 'The response from the public was unbelievable,
so much so we were overwhelmed with people and we would
like to thank all those who waited so patiently for transport
to and from the site. We did our best to accommodate everyone
by extending the hours and putting on extra dog displays,
so we hope no one missed out. We've already had loads of
phone calls and emails of thanks, which makes the team's
hard work worthwhile. We hope everyone enjoyed the event
as much as we did. It was great to see all the services
- emergency and military - working together to make the
day such a success and to raise not just money but awareness
of how much help these young heroes need from us all.'
The full list of attractions was: Flying displays from the
Rolls Royce Spitfire, a Stampe Bi-plane and Tailors Titch
stunt plane and a Fly past from an RAF Hercules. Static
helicopters displays included a Royal Marines Sea King,
a Griffin and Squirrel from RAF Shawbury, a Scout, Allouette
and Skeeter from the Historic Air Flight, the Met Police
EC145 and the Air Ambulance. The Pilgrims Parachute Display
Team, A Challenger II tank and Scimitar light gun from the
Hussars and Household Cavalry and there were a number of
historic military vehicles; The West Midland Ambulance H.A.R.T
team, The West Midlands Fire & Rescue Urban Search Team,
15 historic police vehicles and RAF fire engines. There
were also 10 modern police vehicles, 6 large trucks and
the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA). A Prodrive Le
Mans DB9 was also on display, as was Richard Burns WRC winning
Subaru. Film doubles included Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader,
Batman and Storm Troopers. There was a silent auction for
sporting memorabilia and holiday vouchers.
military aircraft attending were training craft that cannot
be used in combat. All police officers and service personnel
were volunteers and gave their time free of charge.
Police dog displays.
Police helicopter and cars on display.
Fauklands conflict veteran and burns campaigner, Simon Weston.
A Sea King Helicopter flying display.
LADY DARNLEY INVITES RELATIVES OF WW1 VETERANS TO WESTMINSTER
The recent death of Harry Patch, the last UK Veteran of
the First World War, has brought to an end a significant
era in British History. To mark this historic occasion,
a National Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the passing
of the First World War Generation is to be held at Westminster
Abbey on Wednesday, 11th November 2009, at 11am.
service will take place in the presence of Her Majesty The
Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, along
with many distinguished people from public life and will
be broadcast on BBC Television. The Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire,
Lady Darnley, has been asked to identify 6 people from Herefordshire
to be invited to the Service in Westminster Abbey, and each
may be accompanied by a spouse/partner or other relative,
a carer or friend. Those wishing to be considered for an
invitation should be related or connected to someone who
saw service in the First World War.
obtain an application form, telephone the Lord-Lieutenant's
Office on 01432 260494 or contact your local Royal British
Legion Branch. The closing date for the return of completed
applications is Thursday, 1st October 2009. If there are
more applicants than places available, the Lord-Lieutenant
will conduct a ballot.
JESSE HANDS OVER 1,000 SIGNATURE LOCAL PETITION
Local rail campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman
last week submitted a 1,000 signature petition of local
residents in support of the county's bid to upgrade the
railways. Jesse handed over the petition last week at Hereford
Station to Councillor Brian Wilcox, Cabinet member for Highways
petition comes in support of submissions to the West Midlands
Integrated Transport Authority by the Council and by public
interest group Rail for Herefordshire. It calls on the Secretary
of State to upgrade the railway infrastructure in the county,
with a special focus on the twin-tracking of the Hereford
to Ledbury line.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Upgrading our railways is crucial
to the sustainable, long term development of the county.
So I am delighted to be able to work both with Herefordshire
Council and Rail for Herefordshire to make the case for
new investment in a concerted and united way. And it is
especially good that the Council has strongly supported
badly needed improvements to the Hereford to Ledbury line.
railways, as with our schools and hospitals, we get a lousy
deal in Herefordshire from central government. This petition
demonstrates yet again the strength of local feeling on
this issue. We must and will continue to push for improvements.'
hands over the petition to Councillor Brian Wilcox.
JOBS FAIR EXTRA - HELPING PEOPLE BACK INTO WORK
The most important jobs fair in Herefordshire will be taking
place at The Shirehall, Hereford on Thursday, 17th September,
where local organizations will be working together to provide
help, support and advice for the unemployed.
Council and NHS Herefordshire are working in partnership
with Jobcentre Plus and other partners to co-ordinate Jobs
Fair Extra, which will run from 10am until 3pm. The event
will give job seekers the chance to apply for current vacancies
in the county, as well as get job search tips and their
will be informal workshops throughout the day where job
seekers can pick up essential tips on completing application
forms and improving interview techniques. Jobs Fair Extra
will be attended by local employers with job opportunities
in a range of sectors including retail, customer service,
clerical, manufacturing and care.
Thompson of Herefordshire Council said, 'In today's economic
climate, identifying where there are vacancies is only the
first hurdle for job seekers There is significantly more
competition for jobs, which means that people are taking
longer to find work, so the council and the primary care
trust are committed to offering as much support as we can
to unemployed people during this time.'
will be information stands run by organizations such as
Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice Bureau, Connexions, Tribal
Resourcing and Riverside Training so those attending will
be able to obtain guidance on training for a new career,
improving their CV and dealing with debt and benefits issues.
unable to attend the event can call the Jobcentre Plus hotline
0845 6060 234. To make a benefit claim, people should call
Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 66 88. For further information
about the event, please contact Syma Malik at Herefordshire
Council on 01432 261903.
FREE COURSE TO HELP CARERS TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES
NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire Carers Support are offering
a free course for adults who care for someone with long-term
health problems or a disability. It is estimated that up
to 20,000 people in Herefordshire are caring for and supporting
someone so the primary care trust is teaming up with Herefordshire
Carers Support to offer a new course that helps carers take
more control of their situation and make a positive difference
to their own lives too.
course is called 'Looking after Me' and deals with relaxation
techniques to help overcome tiredness, coping with depression,
exercise, healthy eating and communicating with family,
friends and professionals to plan for the future. There
will also be information available on carer's rights or
benefits, and information about practical caring skills
such as lifting and handling. The course will be led by
trained volunteer tutors, who themselves have experience
caring for a relative or friend.
course is run over six weekly sessions lasting two and a
half hours each and provides an opportunity to meet others
who share similar experiences. The next 'Looking After Me'
course starts on 6th October in Hereford. For further information
about the course or to book, contact Sue Tobey of NHS Herefordshire
on 01432 383538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SARAH URGES NHS HEREFORDSHIRE NOT TO BUILD ON STONEBOW GARDENS
Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate
for Hereford and South Herefordshire has urged health service
planners in Hereford to rethink their plans to build a controversial
new, GP Led Health Centre on a large section of the Stonebow
Stonebow Unit, located next to Herefordís County Hospital
provides mental health inpatient services including care
for dementia type illnesses for people in Herefordshire.
The gardens are valued by patients and clinicians as being
very beneficial to patientsí recovery. Sarah said, 'Over
the past 12 months I have repeatedly questioned the need
for £1.5million being spent on a new health centre when
we already have good availability of GPs in Hereford who
are well known and trusted by their patients. I have now
been contacted by many local people who are appalled that
local health planners want to build the controversial centre
on the Stonebow gardens.'
Wednesday, 9th September, Sarah attended a packed meeting
hosted by NHS Herefordshire and joined doctors, nurses and
patients in condemning the location for the controversial
new centre as being detrimental to patients and clinicians
of the Stonebow Unit. At the meeting Sarah urged representatives
from NHS Herefordshire to think again and not build on the
Stonebow Unit gardens. Many GP leaders have heavily criticized
the GP-led walk in centres often referred to as Polyclinics
or super surgeries as they will repeat services already
offered by the NHS locally. NHS Herefordshire has responded
to local pressure saying they are instead providing a local
solution from the polyclinic proposal.
continues to scrutinize the plans and said, 'The Stonebow
Unit gardens are an oasis for many people. One in four people
are affected by mental health problems. Here in Herefordshire
already 25% of the population is over 65 and dementia is
a growing issue. The Stonebow Unit and its dedicated staff
do incredibly important work and it must not be undermined.
I will continue to work with local people and represent
their views to health service planners and providers in
JAILED CONMAN MUST PAY BACK THOUSANDS
A man who was jailed for five years after deceiving people
into buying food he said was organic has been ordered to
pay back £345,576. Forty seven year old Paul Richard Rye,
formerly of Belvedere Lane, Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty to
13 counts of obtaining money transfers by deception, fraud
and money laundering offences at Shrewsbury Crown Court
and was sentenced to five years imprisonment at the same
court on 19th June this year.
a hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday, 7th September,
Judge Onions set the confiscation order for Rye. The judge
determined that Rye's benefit from his general criminal
conduct to the value of £605,000 and also declared the available
amount held by Rye for confiscation was £345,576. The judge
ordered the money should be paid in 28 days and imposed
a default sentence of four years imprisonment for failure
to honour the order.
from West Mercia Police's Economic Crime Unit fraud department
arrested Rye back in July 2008 in Broadway, Worcestershire.
Some of his victims were elderly and vulnerable and he targeted
people across Shropshire and Wales. Rye sold pies and eggs
door to door which he marketed as organic. However, Rye
had actually bought the products at conventional supermarkets,
some of which were mass produced. The scam had been going
on for eight years.
the course of the initial investigation, police searched
two addresses known to have been used by Rye and recovered
items which showed he had a number of bank accounts in the
UK and one in Canada. On the 28th August 2008, the Asset
Recovery Unit obtained a restraint order against Rye in
respect of all bank accounts and other assets that included
the account in Montreal, Canada, that were held by him.
This effectively meant his funds were frozen and prevented
Rye from accessing, moving or dealing with his money. In
February this year, as a result of liaison with the Canadian
authorities, West Mercia Police Asset Recovery Unit repatriated
the funds from Montreal. The total was more than £340,000.
Constable Andy Denton, from West Mercia Police's Economic
Crime Unit, said, 'This man abused the trust of regular
customers who bought food from him over a long period of
time. Because he claimed the products were organic or homemade
Rye was able to charge up to five times as much money from
victims. The investigations by the Asset Recovery Team and
Fraud Squad mean that he has been convicted, jailed and
had his funds seized. This sends out the right message that
we will pursue offenders who try and benefit from crime.'
JOINT WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AGREED
Herefordshire Council has agreed to adopt a revised Joint
Municipal Waste Strategy with its partners Worcestershire
County Council. The revised strategy was agreed at Cabinet
on Thursday, 10th September and sets out the long term aspirations
for waste collection and disposal across the two counties.
published in 2004, the strategy continues until 2034 and
has been revised to take into account the National Waste
Strategy for England and Wales 2007 as well as the climate
John Jarvis said, 'The main principle of the strategy is
that we, as local authorities, work together to reduce the
amount of waste that is sent to landfill. We have been set
stringent targets by Government to reduce the amount we
send to landfill and to achieve this, we will be promoting
food waste prevention, reuse of items, recycling and composting,
energy recovery and, as a last resort, safe disposal to
Herefordshire, we have a new recycling service starting
on 2nd November, where all materials that can be recycled
can be placed in one wheeled bin. This will not only increase
the amount we recycle but will also, due to the wide range
of materials that can be accepted, reduce the amount of
waste sent to landfill, so I would urge all county residents
to fully support the new scheme.
of the recyclable materials, including glass, paper, card,
cans and certain plastics, will be collected from households,
sorted at the Envirosort material reclamation facility in
Worcestershire and then turned into materials that can be
revised strategy was developed after carrying out wide ranging
consultation with residents, businesses and other interested