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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
ROSS-ON-WYE BRITISH LEGION ANNUAL CHURCH PARADE
of the Royal British Legion on Sunday.
from four other Royal British Legion Branches joined the
Ross-on-Wye Standard as the Branch celebrated their annual
church parade at St. Mary's Church on Sunday, 27 September.
Branch and guest members from other Branches paraded into
church behind the Standards to mark another year of the
Legion in Ross. The evensong service was conducted by Dr.
Glover and Mrs. Davies, both Licensed Readers at St. Mary's,
with readings given by the Ross Branch President Air Commodore
Warrington and its Chairman Mr. Fred Jones.
the service the choir sang the psalms and anthems and the
organist accompanied them and the congregation during the
choir and organ were up to their usual extremely high standard.
The service ended with the National Anthem and Legion members
then retired to the Prince of Wales for refreshments.
next event in the Legion calendar is the annual Remembrance
Day Service which this year will be on Sunday, 8 November
at St. Mary's Church. There will also be the traditional
silence marked by the Branch in the Market Place at 11.00
on Wednesday 11 November.
next meeting of the Ross-on-Wye Branch will be the AGM on
18 November 2009 19.00 at The Prince of Wales.
COLWALL BRIDGE OFFICIALLY OPENED
Colwall's new bridge was officially opened by Councillor
John Stone, chairman of Herefordshire Council, on Wednesday,
Stone said, 'I would like to thank everyone involved in
this project for fast-tracking this new bridge, especially
Network Rail and our own cabinet member Councillor Brian
Wilcox. I also fully appreciate the amount of inconvenience
this work has caused to motorists, local residents and traders
and would like to thank them for their patience while the
new bridge was being built. Network Rail did a fantastic
job in keeping residents up-to-date on the project's progress
and Carrillion carried out the construction work with great
care and attention to detail, helped by Amey who maintained
the temporary routes and signals when there were restrictions
on the old bridge. Bill Wiggin MP must also be thanked for
bringing together the parties involved, especially during
the summit on the old bridge, and helping to solve problems
with fast-tracking the project.'
mark the official opening, a parade of Morgan cars was held.
The Morgan Motor company is 100 years old - the same age
as the old Colwall Bridge - and is based at Malvern, near
Colwall, so it seemed fitting to have the cars on display.
Councillor Brian Wilcox, who led the campaign to get the
new bridge built as quickly as possible, also arrived for
the ceremony in a Morgan car. The Malvern Chase Brass Band
provided music for the opening. Refreshments were provided
at Colwall School which also had an exhibition of its plans
for the school on display.
bridge had been closed in August 2007 due to concerns over
its strength. It had been reopened to light traffic in December
2007 following structural analysis and the installation
of a safe route over the bridge. Herefordshire Council worked
with Network Rail, the owners of the bridge, to fast-track
the construction of the new bridge. It would normally take
around three years for a bridge like this to be designed
and built - the Colwall Bridge has been built in just half
a public meeting last year the council, along with Network
Rail committed to getting this replacement bridge built
as quickly as possible. Following the accelerated design,
approval and procurement process, construction work began
in January this year with the installation of a temporary
footbridge and the closure of the bridge. Works were completed
with the construction of the bridge deck, bridge parapets,
safety fencing, surfacing and lighting. Some works to the
lighting are still to be completed and this will be done
at the earliest opportunity now that the bridge is open.
The bridge reopened to traffic on 26th June.
new bridge - which has a single lane controlled by traffic
lights - includes wider footpaths on both sides of the carriageway
to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use.
of the Morgan cars which took part in the procession.
WEST MERCIA POLICE JOIN TRIAL 999 FOR DEAF PEOPLE SCHEME
of the switchboard operators.
Mercia Police is taking part in a national trial that aims
to improve emergency 999 access for people who are deaf,
who have a hearing loss or impaired speech. Those who register
for the new service will be able to make emergency SMS contact
(by texting from their mobile phone) with any of the emergency
services from anywhere in the UK. Users will not be charged
for using the service.
new initiative, in partnership with the RNID, allows users
to send a text to 999, which will then get converted into
a call to the emergency call centres. This means that caller
ID and location information are available to the emergency
service in the same way as for other calls. The scheme is
being supported by the Government, emergency services, Ofcom
and the telecommunications sector (Vodafone, Orange, O2,
3 [Three[, British Telecom and Cable and Wireless and T-Mobile.
Gybels, RNID's Director of Technology said, 'Access to 999
could literally be a matter of life and death, yet until
now many people who are deaf or hard of hearing have found
themselves unable to contact the emergency services while
on the move. This pilot service therefore represents a major
step forward and we hope that as many people with hearing
loss as possible will register and take part. In doing so,
they will help to make sure the best possible service is
Czeren-Shorland, West Mercia Police's Force Contact Manager
said, 'We are pleased to be taking part in this trial and
are fully committed to making it work, with all our call
takers briefed in how the system operates. It is important
to West Mercia Police that its services are available equally
to all the residents we serve and I would encourage local
people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to sign up to
the scheme as soon as possible.'
register, text the word 'register' to 999. Then follow the
instructions you receive. You can also register online at
www.emergencysms.org.uk The pilot is a live, fully operational
national service and people have been able to register since
service cannot be used from abroad, and will only work with
the phone that has been registered.
SARAH CARR PLEDGES TO 'DO HER BIT' FOR THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire, has pledged to do her
bit for the British Armed Forces family.
Carr met with representatives from The Royal British Legion
at the recent Liberal Democrat party conference in Bournemouth
where she was presented with a copy of the Legion's manifesto
for the next general election. The manifesto sets out priorities
for the next Government to improve conditions for the British
Armed Forces past and present and their families. It encourages
MPs and parliamentary candidates to 'do their bit' for Service
Personnel and their families, the bereaved, veterans and
Shinkwin, from The Royal British Legion, said, 'We are really
grateful to Sarah Carr for making the time to meet with
us and listen to our concerns. Our message to every candidate
standing at the general election is very simple: "It's
time to do your bit". The entire Armed Forces family
needs the support of politicians from all parties. 'Our
manifesto outlines practical ways the next government can
help, and we hope all the parties will give it serious consideration,'
said, 'I was delighted to meet with The Royal British Legion.
They have an important role to play in highlighting the
needs of the whole Armed Forces family that is so well represented
here in Herefordshire. My father, grandparents and many
of my friends and family have been in the Forces. I have
pledged to do my bit by supporting The Royal British Legion
and backing their general election manifesto'.
Carr being presented with the Royal British Legion Manifesto.
LEDBURY SCOUTS GET BOOST FROM COMMUNITY POLICE FUND
Cubs and scouts in Ledbury got an unexpected boost to their
funds in the form of a donation from the local constabulary's
Community Police Fund, which is going towards some major
improvements to the fabric of the building that they use.
Snelling, Treasurer of the 1st Ledbury Scouts based in The
Homend in Ledbury, said, 'The building we are using badly
needed improvements in order to keep it fit for purpose.
We had done some fund-raising ourselves and Ledbury Rotary
Club very kindly donated £1,000 towards the repairs but
we were still clearly short of the £8-9,000 that we needed'.
application was made to Herefordshire Division's Community
Police Fund to help out. The Fund's aim is to assist local
community projects and is sourced from West Mercia Police
Authority, who make monies available to such funds on each
division. The application was successful and the Fund awarded
the Scout Group £3,000. As a result, they have now been
able to replace all the doors and windows with new uPVC
assistance from other kind donors has allowed installation
of a new heating system and a kitchenette. David added,
'1st Ledbury Scout Group are so grateful for this additional
help from the Community Police Fund, which allows us to
continue building the Scouting movement locally.'
Jim McLaughlin, Geographic Commander for South Herefordshire,
who presented the cheque to a delighted Cub pack, said,
'The Community Police Fund is an excellent way to ensure
that local projects and groups, who do so much good work
in and for the community, are able to continue and develop
that good work. The money we were able to present to the
1st Ledbury Scouts will make their premises much better,
and allow the group and the community to flourish.'
Jim McLaughlin presenting the cheque to Simon Brown (Akela) surrounded
by young cubs.
POLICE WARN FARMERS TO BE ON THE ALERT
Herefordshire Police are warning farmers and agricultural
workers to be on the alert for thieves who are operating
across the county and targeting farms for equipment that
is easy to remove.
have seen an increase in the number of thefts of power tools,
radios, quad bikes and trailers being targeted by criminals
throughout Herefordshire recently, with no one area being
identified as a particular hot spot. It is appreciated that
this is a very busy time for farmers and growers but there
are several simple measures that can and need to be adopted
to thwart the activities of these thieves.
urge farm workers to ensure that wherever possible, property
that is attractive to thieves is locked away or kept in
view. Keys to vehicles should be removed and kept in a safe
place. Consideration should be given to marking property
in some way, to make it more readily identifiable if recovered
and less attractive to the thief to steal in the first place.
Furthermore, all sightings of suspicious activity, persons
or vehicles should be reported to police at the earliest
patrols are on the road 24-hours a day looking for these
offenders and a quick phone call about suspicious activity
in an area may be just the break we need. Farmers are urged
to report crime if it happens on their property or land
as it will enable police to grasp the full extent of the
issue and identify particular hotspots where targeted police
activity may bear more fruit than in other areas.
with any information on the recent spate of thefts should
contact the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
HEATSEEKERS TO HELP BOOST ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE HOME
As part of Herefordshire Council's campaign to make homes
more energy efficient, revolutionary HeatSeekers vehicles
are to hit the roads in the county. The award-winning energy
efficiency detecting vehicle helps homeowners pinpoint escaping
heat in their homes and, working in partnership with Herefordshire
Council, will be in the county from the week beginning Monday,
unique HeatSeekers vehicle, with state of the art technology
developed and mobilized by the Energy Saving Partnership,
uses thermal imaging technology to identify homes that may
benefit from improved insulation. Operating at night, during
the colder months, each vehicle has the ability to assess
up to 1,000 properties an hour. The thermal-imaging technology
highlights where heat is escaping from a property and identifies
if your property would benefit from further insulation.
Once the area has been imaged, a dedicated team of energy
advisors will carry out free surveys, talking to local residents
about how they can improve insulation and take action to
reduce both their energy bills and carbon footprint.
Hewitson, Director of the Energy Saving Partnership said,
'The HeatSeekers thermal imaging vehicle has already created
quite a buzz in the sector and we are delighted to see it
in action. Our energy advisors are keen to spread the word
about the grant funding which is easily available to all
homeowners, which significantly reduces the cost of insulation
improvements. The technology has already helped improve
energy efficiency in thousands of homes across the country.
The HeatSeekers vehicle is one of the key front-line weapons
in the battle against climate change and is already playing
an integral role in the plans to make UK homes more energy
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion said,
' "I am delighted these vehicles will be helping us to pinpoint
homes in the county which can benefit from a range of grants
which the council can advise residents on to improve the
insulation in their homes. As the weather starts to get
colder and energy bills continue to rise, people need to
think about making sure their homes are energy efficient
and this scheme will help us to identify those most in need.
order to carry out the insulation generated from HeatSeekers,
the project has teamed up with Mark Group, the UK's largest
insulation and energy efficiency installation company. If
any homeowner would like a free insulation survey on their
property please call HeatSeekers on local rate number 0845
Thermal image of an energy efficient home.
Thermal image of a home that should be more energy efficient.
THE NUMBER OF DEATHS ON HEREFORDSHIRE ROADS CONTINUES TO FALL
The number of people killed or seriously injured on Herefordshire
roads is continuing to fall, the Safer Roads Partnership's
annual review conference was told on Monday, 21st September.
Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet
member for highways and transportation, said in his opening
address that the number of people killed or seriously injured
in the county had fallen to 93 last year compared with 133
in the previous year.
said, 'Road safety is an issue that is not one person's
responsibility but needs all of us to work together in partnership.
Road improvements can have a major impact on the number
of injuries but this won't work on its own and we also need
to promote and support training for cyclists, motorcyclists
and motorists so they put safety first. As a council, we
offer cycle training for children and adults and we also
subsidise courses for both new drivers and older motorists
who want to build their confidence,' he added. 'Speed awareness
courses are being offered to certain motorists caught speeding
where they pay £60 and take one of these courses instead
of getting three penalty points on their licence and, in
just two months, we have had 1,000 people from Herefordshire
taking these courses.'
Rod Reynolds, the Safer Roads Partnership manager, announced
the launch of a new approach to speed enforcement in the
county. This has included the review of all sites where
enforcement currently takes place, introducing enforcement
of entire routes where speeding has contributed to accidents
and providing enforcement at sites where there is community
concern about speeding. The community concern sites will
link in closely with the council's Speed Indicator Device
locations. Two sites in Herefordshire have been chosen as
part of this community concern pilot scheme and will be
launched in October.
Wilcox said, 'I am delighted two sites in Herefordshire
are to pilot this important scheme which will mean communities
can have a real say over what the Safer Roads Partnership
Wilcox with speakers at the meeting, Julie Freeman, Katy Jenkins,
Rod Reynolds, Malcolm Jones, John Partridge, Steve Proctor and Beth
CABINET MEMBER BACKS PLAN FOR TWIN TRACK RAILWAY
Herefordshire Council is backing calls for the railway line
between Ledbury and Hereford to be upgraded by making it
twin-track. Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's
cabinet member for highways and transportation, has commented
on the draft West Midlands Rail Development Plan and called
for significant rail improvements in the county.
said, 'Reliability of trains between Hereford and Ledbury
is hampered as a result of it still being only single tracked
for the vast majority of its length. I would like it to
be made twin-track or have passing loops introduced because
improved capacity along this stretch of the rail line is
crucial to Hereford's future growth.'
investment in rail in Herefordshire is likely to be a key
component of the longer term strategy for the county's growth.
'A significant increase in housing over the next 15 years
will put increasing pressure on the county's transport network
and rail will have to play a greater role in future,' Councillor
Wilcox said. 'The redevelopment of the Edgar Street Grid
will present an opportunity to connect Hereford Rail Station
better with the City Centre but substantial funding will
be required to make this happen.'
the meantime Councillor Wilcox also called for Hereford
station to have improved access for people with mobility
problems. He said, 'Hereford Station has the highest usage
of all the region's stations without step-free access. This
upgrade needs to be made a priority and addressed as soon
Wilcox's comments have been passed on to transport authority
Centro which is producing the West Midlands Rail Development
Plan on behalf of the Regional Rail Forum.
TWOSHARE CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF CUTTING CAR COSTS
As fuel costs continue to rise, Herefordshire Council is
urging motorists to cut the costs of their journeys by joining
the county's car sharing scheme, Twoshare. The scheme celebrates
its fifth birthday this month and has already helped hundreds
of motorists to reduce the costs of their journeys by sharing
Launched in 2004, Twoshare matches drivers and passengers
who are looking to share their journeys. Membership is growing
steadily and, to mark its fifth birthday, there is a major
campaign to ensure that everyone living or working in the
county knows about the benefits of car sharing and understands
how they can use twoshare to find potential car-share partners
for their journeys. The service is being advertised on the
backs of buses in and around Hereford, there are twoshare
banners in some of the key commuter car parks and special
twoshare birthday cards and posters have been distributed
to businesses and public buildings throughout the county.
Brian Wilcox said, 'We have been running this scheme for
five years now and each month, more new members are joining
up and registering their journeys from all corners of the
county and beyond. 'The map of current twoshare members
shows that wherever you live in the county, there is a good
chance of finding someone nearby with whom to share your
journey. I would encourage people to consider doing so,
as it both helps to reduce pollution and congestion on the
roads, whilst saving people money on fuel bills and parking.
We have also expanded the service so it covers cyclists
as well who can post their journeys and find a BikeBudi
which can help to make their journeys more pleasant.'
is a free service available to anyone living or working
in Herefordshire. People don't even need a car to join but
can use the scheme to find or offer a lift for your regular
journeys. For further details about the scheme and to register
log onto the website at www.twoshare.co.uk.
- Paula McGivern, Councillor Stone, Geoff Hughes, Gary Williams,
Steve Burgess, Andrew Ashcroft, Tina Kilner, Councillor Bowen and
MAN FINED FOR PUTTING BUSINESS WASTE IN HOUSEHOLD SACKS
A Herefordshire man was fined a total of £1,000 at Hereford
Magistrates Court on Friday, 25th September after admitting
putting shredded business papers into household recycling
sacks. James Rogers, 43, of Whitehall Farm, Hampton Bishop,
was also ordered to pay Herefordshire Council costs amounting
to £470.92 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mike Jones, prosecuting on behalf of Herefordshire Council,
told the court that Rogers put 40kg of business papers into
purple recycling sacks which he then left outside a property
in Hampton Park Road for collection. Mr Jones said that
these purple recycling sacks are intended purely for household
recycling and that Mr Rogers had been told in 2007 by the
council that he needed to dispose of his trade waste through
a registered carrier or use orange sacks which cost £57
for 50 bags.
offence took place on 31st December 2008 when, the court
was told, Mr Rogers put business papers into the purple
sacks and, when they were not collected, he put them in
his van with the intention of taking them to a supermarket
recycling site. However, when Mr Rogers drove along Hampton
Park Road he saw there were plastic sacks out for recycling
and he left his bags with them. A neighbour noticed him
doing this and contacted the council's community protection
team. At interview, Mr Rogers admitted the offences under
the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Hancock, Acting Regulatory Services Manager responsible
for the community protection team, said, 'I am very pleased
with this result. I hope that it will serve as a deterrent
to anyone thinking about disposing of their waste, business
or household, unlawfully. The community protection team
will investigate all incidents that come to its notice with
a view to robust action being taken against offenders.'