place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
REMEMBER REMEMBER THE 7TH NOVEMBER - LIONS BONFIRE NIGHT
Lions Club will be holding their annual Bonfire and Fireworks
display on Saturday evening at the Chase Hotel. Not only
is this a spectacular event, it is also the Lions' biggest
fund raising event of the year, which raises money for many
bonfire will be lit at 7pm by Ross Cubs and Scouts and the
fireworks display will begin at 7:30pm. There will be plenty
of food available throughout the event including a pig roast
and a barbecue and there will be light sticks and wands
for the children to wave around as they enjoy the evening.
entrance fee to this great event is £4 per adult and
£2 per child. Please note that all of the proceeds
go to local charities and good causes, not to the Hotel.
the weather will be kinder this year, as the heavy rains
cut short last year's event. Here's hoping that the Ross
Lions' Bonfire and Fireworks Night goes with a bang!
photograph taken at a previous Lions' Fireworks display.
ROSS TRADERS TO GIVE AWAY £1000 IN CHRISTMAS DRAW
the Association of Ross Traders have organized a Grand Raffle
with a cash prize of £1000. The winning ticket will be drawn
on Sunday, 6th December between 3:00pm and 4:00pm at the
free tickets, which are available from early November to
6th December can be obtained from over 40 different independent
shops in Ross-on-Wye when you spend a specified amount in
the shop (look for the posters in the participating shops
for details). The more you shop locally, the more chance
you have of winning! The prize draw will bring to a close
this special Christmas shopping day when most independent
retailers will be open from 11am and will offer customers
a special Ďone offí incentive to come in and shop.
activities will centre around the Market House where there
will be stalls selling local crafts, and charity Christmas
cards etc. plus stalls selling crepes, preserves, pies,
sauces and other festive foods. Special events include a
road-show presented by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
offering craft activities for children. Children can have
their faces painted and several musical presentations are
being organized including The Ross Choral Society and The
Penyard Singers. The Tourist information centre will also
be open offering local crafts, foods and Christmas gifts.
forget that parking is free in Ross-on-Wye on a Sunday,
so donít worry about Christmas Shopping, come to Ross where
you will really feel the Christmas spirit.
you would like further information or you would like to
have a stall, please contact: Richard Mayo of Truffles by
HALLOWEEN FUN AT SAINSBURYS RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY
A Hallowe'en fun day was held at the Sainsbury's in Ross-on-Wye
on Saturday to raise some much needed funds for the store's
chosen charity, the League of Friends. The League of Friends
provide essential health care equipment and a range of services
for Ross Community Hospital, which the NHS can't afford.
dressed up as witches, wizards and vampires and ran competitions
during the day, whilst members of the League helped with
bag packing and sold some of their Christmas cards and stationery.
There were also lucky dip boxes for children outside the
front of the store. Deputy Manager, Ian Griffiths said,
'It was great to hold our first joint fund-raising venture
with the League of Friends and we are very pleased with
the relationship we are developing. A great day was enjoyed
by everyone and we are delighted with the support we've
had from all of our customers.'
winners will be notified soon and all proceeds will be given
to the League of Friends.
staff at Sainsbury's all dressed up to help the League of Friends
raise much needed funds.
NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD WEEK
West Mercia's 'Not in my Neighbourhood Week' began on Monday,
2nd November, during which Local Policing Teams, along with
members of their partner agencies have been and will be
out and about, demonstrating to communities how they are
endeavouring to keep their counties safe.
'Not in my Neighbourhood' event will taking place in The
Maltings, Ross-on-Wye on Wednesday, 4th November, from 10am.
Why not go along and meet your Local Policing Team, the
Public Protection Team and the other partnerships who are
all working together for you?
In My Neighbourhood Week is now in its third year and this
Home Office campaign is designed to raise public awareness
of the work being carried out to tackle crime and antisocial
behaviour at a local level.
CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES NOW OPEN
Cards for Good Causes 2009 was officially opened at Ross
Heritage Centre on Tuesday by Councillor Jo Lane, Deputy
Mayor of Ross-on-Wye and a whole range of charities are
set to benefit from the sales made. During the past five
years charities have received over £20 million via
Cards for Good Causes, representing at least 75 pence in
every single pound spent on the quality Christmas Cards,
wrapping paper and gifts available.
for Good Causes helps over 320 national and local charities,
including Macmillan Cancer Support, Mencap, NSPCC, the British
Heart Foundation, R.N.I.B., The R.N.L.I., and many charities
dear to people's hearts. Why not go along and see what is
available and help your favourite charity at the same time.
for Good Causes is open during Heritage Centre opening times
until Sunday, 29th November.
Aylmer, Ann Clark, Anne Jones, Mary Sinclair-Powell and Councillor,
Jo Lane at the opening of Cards for Good Causes.
PUBLIC CONFIDENCE KEY TO POLICING
Herefordshire Police Division is working hard to further
improve public confidence in their services is the view
of Herefordshire Policing Board, which meets regularly with
Herefordshire's Divisional Commander, Mark Turner, to discuss
the Division's performance.
Bernard Hunt, Chair of the Herefordshire Policing Board
said, 'Chief Superintendent Mark Turner is right to be proud
of his team. Herefordshire Division, at all levels, is working
hard to deliver services to the standards set out in West
Mercia's Policing Pledge. In particular, a wide range of
activities have been undertaken, many with partners, to
provide reassurance, safety advice and engage more with
addition, the volume of crime in Herefordshire continues
to fall. Total crime has been reduced by 10% over the past
two years, which means 200 fewer victims of crime in this
year alone, and detection rates have been significantly
improved for certain types of crime. Herefordshire Police
Division is certainly playing its part and rising to the
challenge set by the Government to improve the level of
confidence in the Police and Council in tackling antisocial
behaviour and crime issues in their area.'
Herefordshire Policing Board is made up of West Mercia Police
Authority Members, Councillor Bernard Hunt, Councillor Richard
Smith, Paul Deneen DL, JP and Peter Dunford. They meet regularly
with Chief Superintendent Mark Turner, who is responsible
for policing in Herefordshire, to monitor delivery of the
West Mercia Policing Plan at Divisional Level. Their focus
is on performance, community engagement and partnership
WHY NOT GO ALONG TO THE HERITAGE CENTRE AND SEE
DENNIS MORGAN'S ROSS RAILWAY EXHIBITION?
Local collector of Ross memorabilia and old photographs,
Dennis Morgan is giving train enthusiasts the chance to
visit Ross Heritage Centre and view his vast collection
of Ross train photographs. The last passenger train left
Ross Railway Station, heading for Monmouth on 4th January
1959 and the theme of Dennis's exhibition is, the Ross to
Monmouth, Ross to Hereford and Ross to Gloucester lines.
exhibition runs from 3rd to 29th November during winter
Heritage Centre opening times and is well worth a visit.
In the photo, Dennis is pointing to his photo of the Stephenson's
Locomotive Society Special, leaving Ross for Monmouth back
Morgan at Ross Heritage Centre on Tuesday.
CHOOSE THE NAME FOR FLAGSHIP BUSINESS PARK IN ROSS-ON-WYE
Can you help choose a name for Herefordshire's newest Enterprise
Park? Herefordshire Council is placing a contract for surveys
and roadside signage for the county's flagship business
park, formerly known as Model Farm in Ross-On-Wye and are
inviting members of the public to come with a name for the
member for resources, Councillor Harry Bramer, is asking
local people if they can come up with a suitable new name
that reflects the spirit of enterprise and innovation that
the county is famous for. The Enterprise Park will attract
investment from high-value, knowledge-based companies to
create quality employment for local people, putting Ross-On-Wye
on the map through its innovative design. The design of
the layout and infrastructure on the site has already begun
and various surveys, including archaeological, ecological
and topographical, have already been carried out.
Bramer is putting up the prize of a £50 book token to the
person who comes up with the name that is finally adopted
for the scheme. He said, 'We are looking for suggestions
that reflect the exciting future that the enterprise park
will represent. Names such as 'Ross Enterprise Park' may
be a little bland, but there is bound to be a creative person
who lives locally who could put forward a name that will
help us market to, and attract, enterprising companies from
across the country, as well as from within the county.'
top quality office and workshop space will be built to meet
very high, energy-efficiency standards and the park may
include an area set aside to combine live/work units to
reduce costs for start up businesses. Various forms of renewable
energy generation are being investigated to power and heat
the offices, meeting rooms and small workshops. The new
business park is an exciting prospect and will set the benchmark
for employment developments in the future.
decision on the name will be made during November, but in
the meantime please forward your suggestion to Joanne Watkins
of Herefordshire Council at Brockington, 35 Hafod Rd, Hereford,
HR1 1SH, or email: JWatkins2@herefordshire.gov.uk
VACCINATIONS BEGIN TO PROTECT AGAINST SWINE FLU OUTBREAK
Work has begun to administer the swine flu vaccination to
health workers who face an increased risk of getting the
H1N1 virus and could transmit it to vulnerable patients.
Throughout November front line staff will be invited to
have the vaccine, which will help prevent them becoming
infected with the virus and means that much needed health
and social care services will continue to be provided across
that stocks of the vaccination are beginning to arrive in
the county, NHS Herefordshire, along with Hereford Hospitals
NHS Trust, Herefordshire Council and GP surgeries have begun
contacting the following priority groups for vaccination:
People aged over six months and under 65 years in current
seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups
∑ All pregnant women
∑ Household contacts of people with compromised immune systems
e.g. people in regular close contact with patients on treatment
∑ People aged 65 and over in the current seasonal flu vaccine
clinical at-risk groups.
groups, totalling approximately 25,000 people in the county,
have been identified nationally by the Department of Health
(DoH) because they are at the highest risk of severe illness
should they contract the swine flu virus. The DoH will also
decide on the subsequent use of the vaccine in the wider
healthy population, including children, however, this will
depend on how swine flu outbreak develops.
Akeem Ali, NHS Herefordshire's director of public health
said, 'The swine flu vaccine has been rigorously tested
and has been licensed by regulatory body the European Medicines
Agency (EMEA), which approves medicines for the whole of
Europe. This means that the EMEA is satisfied that the vaccine
is both safe and effective. The good news is that batches
of the vaccine are starting to arrive and we have begun
a programme to administer priority groups with the swine
flu vaccination. However, it's important that those people
who have been invited to have their routine seasonal flu
vaccination do so. The swine flu vaccination does not replace
it and those who are invited should have both vaccinations.'
reason for this is that each year the seasonal flu vaccination
is upgraded to incorporate inoculations against all the
strains that have been circulating previously, which also
means that swine flu will be incorporated into next year's
seasonal flu vaccination.
Budd, Hereford Hospital NHS Trust's Medical Director said,
'We're encouraging our staff in the priority groups to be
vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their
families and our patients. This will help to keep services
working throughout the winter. Our occupational health department
is working together with NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire
Council to ensure that priority workers in health and social
care can access the vaccine as soon as possible and we look
forward to being able to offer it to all of our staff as
supplies come in.'
swine flu situation is escalating in Herefordshire in line
with the national trend. There has been a 34 per cent increase
in the number of assessments undertaken by the National
Pandemic Flu service since September. During October around
950 people were assessed; of every ten individuals assessed
seven were clinically diagnosed to have swine flu, and of
every ten clinically diagnosed swine flu cases, seven collected
general advice is to follow good respiratory and hand hygiene
Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
using a tissue where possible
2. Dispose of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
3. Maintain good, basic hygiene e.g. washing hands frequently
with soap and water to reduce the spread of a virus from
your hands to face or other people.,
4. Cleaning hard surfaces e.g. door handles frequently,
using a normal cleaning product,
5. Make sure your children follow this advice.
with flu-like symptoms are advised NOT to visit their local
GP surgeries, pharmacies or hospitals but to stay at home
and contact the National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) on
0800 1 513 100 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu to
access antivirals. Alternatively, call the Flu Information
Line on 0800 1 513 513, visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk,
click on www.directgov.uk/swineflu or visit the Department
of Health web site at www.dh.gov.uk.
Staff nurse Carole Vanter receives her swine flu jab from Julie
Davis, senior occupational health nurse manager at Hereford Hospitals
MOTORISTS FACE THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF THE YEAR
This is the most dangerous time of the year for motorists
on the county's roads and Herefordshire Council is urging
them to take care to avoid becoming another grim statistic.
The nights are drawing in fast, temperatures are dropping
and poor visibility makes pedestrians, other vehicles and
road signs difficult to see. The next few months are officially
the worst time of the year for road deaths, yet many could
be avoided by taking a few minutes to check lights, tyres
Councillor Brian Wilcox said, 'This time of year is particularly
dangerous because many people suddenly find themselves driving
home from work or doing the school run in the dark. This
big change to driving conditions always takes some getting
used to. Behind every road death statistic there is a tragedy
that families never recover from. Please try and stay safe
on the county's roads this winter.'
are Herefordshire Council's top ten tips for staying safe
while driving or cycling during the darker months:
Cut your speed and allow more time for your journey. Listen
out for the weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
2. Clean your lights. A quick wipe-over means you'll see
better and be seen more easily too, and carry a spare set
of bulbs. Dip headlights when traffic is approaching you.
Cars with defective driver-side front or back lights can
look like motorbikes in the dark, a potentially fatal defect,
that may be caused by just a blown fuse.
3. Clean the inside and outside of your windscreen. A smeared
windscreen will cause glare when driving at night or when
the sun is low in the sky.
4. Make sure your screen wash is working and top it up with
the correct fluid, and check your wiper blades
5. Make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure, that
the rubber is in good order and that the treads meet minimum
requirements - 1.6mm for cars, vans and light trailers and
3mm when it's wet.
6. And don't forget the antifreeze. It costs only a few
pounds, but a frozen engine will cost hundreds of pounds
to put right.
7. Battery failure is the number one cause of breakdowns
in winter. Modern car electrical systems put big demands
on the battery and, a bit like people, they suffer from
old age. Replacing batteries near the end of their life
(about five years) can save putting yourself at risk at
the side of the road in the dark.
8. If you feel tired - pull over and rest for half an hour
9. Cyclists should ensure their lights and reflectors are
clean and in working order, and use them when visibility
10. Cyclists should also wear high visibility clothing so
that you can be seen clearly by other road users.
further information about road safety, contact Herefordshire
Council on 01432 260947. Don't forget, the council offers
courses for drivers who have just passed their test and
for those over the age of 70.
YOUNG INSPECTORS TRAINED TO CHECK OUT LOCAL SERVICES
Young people in Herefordshire are being given the opportunity
to inspect the services they receive and recommend changes
to how they are provided in the future. Herefordshire Council
has been given the thumbs up to run a new programme for
young inspectors called Youth4U.
programme aims to give young people the chance to look at
services available in their area and tell the people in
charge of them what they think. It is being run by the Look
Listen Change consortium which is made up of the National
Children's Bureau (NCB), the British Youth Council (BYC)
and KIDS Charity. This programme is for 13 to 19 year olds
(or disabled young people up to the age of 25) who, because
of their background or life experiences, haven't had the
opportunity to speak out and get their views heard.
will be trained to look at anything from information, advice
and guidance services at schools and colleges, to transport,
health services, sport and leisure facilities or youth and
community services. As well as gaining valuable training,
they will be paid £75 for each inspection they undertake,
and have the opportunity to achieve a national accreditation
Preedy, of Herefordshire Council said, 'The purpose of the
programme is to increase the number and quality of opportunities
for young people living in Herefordshire to influence services
and activities that they access. It's also to help young
people to connect with their peers and shape local policies
and services across a wide range of areas including health,
transport and community services. This is a great opportunity
for 13-19 year olds to get involved in assessing local services
and make a real difference to the way they are provided
in the future.'
get the programme started, Herefordshire Council is looking
for ten young people for the first round of training and
inspections which will begin before Christmas. Anybody wishing
to nominate a young person who appears to fit the bill is
encouraged to get in touch with the council's youth involvement
team on 01432 383008.
CHILDREN IN HEREFORDSHIRE ARE BLOSSOMING
Children are blossoming in Herefordshire and services continue
to improve despite the current recession and budgetary constraints.
That was the message Herefordshire Council shared with national
politicians and chief executives when children's services
attended the national children and adult services conference
in Harrogate last week.
Herefordshire on the map, officers and cabinet members showcased
the county's plans to make a positive difference to all
Herefordshire's children and young people. Plans include
moving towards integrated locality teams so that services
are designed around the child and family; promoting strong
partnerships with the police, GPs, private and voluntary
organizations through the Children's Trust and making sure
the entire workforce is trained well and that safeguarding
really is everyone's business. In addition, the county's
unique council and primary care trust partnership interested
many visitors who were keen to hear about how such strong
partnerships are streamlining and improving services.
conference is an established event that sees an audience
of around 1200 high-level attendees coming together for
three days to discuss and debate the latest issues affecting
children and adult services. The theme for this year was
'rising to the challenge: brighter futures for all' which
attracted major national keynote speakers such as Sir Roger
Singleton, chair of the independent safeguarding authority,
and national politicians including Ed Balls and Tim Loughton.
Christine Gilbert, chief inspector for Ofsted led plenary
sessions with the focus on changes to school inspections,
particularly around safeguarding and process. People visiting
the stand included Ofsted inspectors, chief executives and
recruitment agencies, all interested to learn about Herefordshire's
approach to ensuring that every child really does matter.
Phillip Price, cabinet member for ICT, education and achievement
said, 'Working in a rurally dispersed county is challenging
as we are expected to deliver the same level and quality
of services as larger urban councils, but with fewer resources.
Therefore we have to be creative and innovative in our thinking
and the conference gave us an opportunity to share our aspirations
and progress to date with others. We want people to understand
that although we are the third worst funded county in the
country, we achieve some of the best results in the region.
We care passionately about the services we provide for our
children and young people, and are working hard to make
sure the people employed in the children's workforce are
some of the best in the UK.
good to be a child in Herefordshire and life is good for
those who make the move here. We clearly want to continue
to attract strong, ambitious and talented people to join
the new children's services leadership team and help us
make our county excellent and a place where services keep
our children, safe, healthy, happy and well educated.'
Sebastian Bowen, Councillor Jenny Hyde, Chris Baird, and Councillor
Phillip Price at the conference in Harrogate
COUNCIL TO PROVIDE CHARGE POINTS FOR ELECTRIC CARS
Herefordshire Council is planning to introduce 'juice points'
to enable the public to charge up electric vehicles, it
was announced at the 350 Climate Change event which took
place in Hereford on Saturday, 24th October.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic
housing, said the council planned to install at least two
charge points in the city where electric car drivers could
'fill up'. One of these is likely to be on the new ESG development
and the other outside the council and primary care trust
offices in Plough Lane, Hereford. The charging points cost
around £3,300 each and would be funded by the council, as
part of a range of measures to encourage their use.
Jarvis was speaking as part of an international day of action
on climate change at Hereford Town Hall, together with environmental
experts debating Herefordshire's response to the current
global climate situation. He said, 'Electric vehicles are
gaining popularity and they are ideal for mixed city and
rural driving.' Although capable of lower speeds than petrol
and diesel models, they have comparable acceleration and
produce zero tailpipe emissions. They are exempt from road
fund tax, but Herefordshire Council wants to do more to
make them more attractive for local people. I am particularly
interested in making their support a feature of the city's
new retail and leisure development, which will be served
with a wide range of other environmentally friendly measures,
such as more cycle ways and foot paths, as well as a new
public transport hub, to help cut down the amount of emissions
provides nearly 29 per cent of Herefordshire's carbon emissions,
said Councillor Jarvis, who also wants to introduce a pool
of electric vehicles to encourage employees to leave their
own petrol and diesel driven cars at home. Staff coming
to work on public transport would use the electric cars
to drive between premises to attend meetings with residents
or other staff.
Council has adopted an ambitious target to reduce carbon
emissions per head of the population by 13.1 per cent by
March 2011. It needs a cut of 1.2 tonnes per person from
energy use in homes, transport and business. The target
is more demanding than other targets, such as the 10:10
campaign to cut emissions by 10 per cent at the end of 2010.
NEW AND IMPROVED CHRISTMAS PARK AND RIDE SCHEME
The popular Saturday Park and Ride scheme run by Herefordshire
Council to tempt shoppers into Hereford during the busy
run up to Christmas is being operated again this year, from
14th November to 19th December inclusive. This year shoppers
can choose between two free car parks on the outskirts of
the city and enjoy a comfortable bus ride to the heart of
Hereford for a nominal fare.
driving from the north of the city can park at Hereford
Racecourse, off Roman Road, and those travelling from the
south can park at another site on the A49 (Ross Road) at
Grafton. For the first time, there will be two bus stops
in the city for passengers to use too. The north service
will stop at the Shire Hall and the Maylords Centre, while
the south service will call at the city bus station by Tescos,
as well as Broad Street.
service aims to take some of the stress out of Christmas.
Motorists using park and ride will not have to search for
a parking spot or drive through congested streets. The service
will also encourage increased trade for established shops,
markets and business in the city. Buses will run every 15
minutes from the car parks, starting at 9am. The last return
bus leaving the city centre will be at 5.50pm to Grafton
and 5.55pm to the Racecourse. Fares are £1.50 for an adult
return and £3 for a group of three or more adults travelling
together, with accompanied children travelling for free.
Parking is free at both sites and security staff will be
on patrol to ensure cars are safe.
Brian Wilcox said, 'Hereford has a wide range of high quality
shops, from the national household names to independent
outlets, selling something for everyone, as well as host
of good cafes and restaurants. The run-up to Christmas is
the busiest time of the year, but it need not be the most
stressful. Our popular park and ride services will take
away the hassle of having to find a parking space, helping
visitors to enjoy a full day's Christmas shopping in Hereford's
attractive medieval centre.'
JESSE HONOURED TO OPEN NEW GERRY WEBER SHOP IN BEWELL SQUARE
Local shops campaigner and Conservative candidate, Jesse
Norman congratulated local businessman Philip Fowler last
week on the opening of a new shop just off High Town in
new independent store is located in Bewell Square, just
behind All Saints, and sells high quality ladies' clothing
from the German fashion house, Gerry Weber. The store joins
Basler and Symonds and Co. on Widemarsh Street, both also
owned by Philip Fowler. Commenting on the opening, Jesse
said, 'It is a huge honour to be able to open Gerry Weber,
and I congratulate Philip and his team on making it happen.
These are very tough economic times, with so many small
shops closing across the county, and the big chains ever
more dominant. So it is great to be able to welcome another
small and distinctive independent retailer to Herefordshire.'
has led a countywide Small Shops campaign all year, with
some 200 shops nominated across Herefordshire by 1,000 people.
The campaign's Directory of Small Shops of Herefordshire
is now in its second printing, and will go on release in
Norman opening the Gerry Weber store watched by proprietor Philip
Fowler and friends.
PAY ON EXIT CAR PARKS WILL BOOST CITY TRADE SAY COUNCIL
Herefordshire Council is to bring in new 'pay on exit' parking
on a number of key city car parks to encourage more people
to spend more time in Hereford. The move, which is likely
to be popular with city shops and businesses, as well as
visitors, will be introduced in the spring of next year.
Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation,
said that pay on exit technology will be a major boost for
the local economy. 'We want to make it easier and more convenient
to come and shop in Hereford,' he said. 'Without motorists
having to worry about getting back to the car park on time,
visitors will tend to linger in the shops or cafes, and
explore and enjoy more of what the historic core of the
city has to offer.
on exit enables shoppers and visitors to drive straight
into a car park without the need to buy a pay and display
ticket. Barriers will be installed to control entry and
exit and motorists pay for parking on their return, based
on how long they have stayed. An assessment of each car
park will be made to establish how pay on exit would best
benefit visitors and local shops and businesses.'
work is now underway to identify up to four car parks where
this system can be installed over the coming months. The
move is described as 'a massive step forward' by the Hereford
City Centre Forum, part of the Chamber of Commerce.
principle, the idea of 'Pay on Exit' car parks is a good
one for shop keepers and café owners etc. Think of
all the extra, much needed money that could be made, whilst
shoppers linger in the stores without a care in the world
or the worry of racing back to the car park. Until that
is, shoppers return to said car park and find themselves
paying a lot more than they would do under the current system.
The County Hospital and other sites operate a 'Pay on Exit'
scheme and we have personally found the costs horrendous
and look for cheaper, alternative parking wherever possible.
No doubt others will follow suit when the true cost of leisurely
shopping becomes apparent.
a permanent, compulsory Park and Ride scheme would suit
both shopkeepers and their customers, as visitors would
still be able to shop at their leisure, but would be fully
aware of how much it is going to cost them.
SMS TEXT TO REMIND YOU TO PUT OUT YOUR RECYCLING
An SMS text messaging service to ensure that people don't
forget to put out their recycling for collection was launched
by Herefordshire Council on Monday, 2nd November to coincide
with the launch of the council's new recycling scheme. The
service is available by texting hcrecycle to 80800*. People
who register will then receive a text alert to remind them
when their wheeled bins or plastic recycling sacks are being
John Jarvis said, 'I am aware many people lead busy lives
and can easily forget when their recycling is due to be
collected. This service, which is already used by many other
local authorities, means people will get a simple reminder
about when they should put their recycling out for collection
This should help people to recycle more as well as preventing
recycling from being left uncollected, with all of the associated
problems that that can cause.'
you would like to receive an SMS reminder the night before
your recycling collection is due, please subscribe to this
service by texting hcrecycle, your postcode and the first
line of your address to 80800. Once
you have subscribed you will receive texts at no cost. Your
details will only be used to send information about our
recycling services and will be held confidentially.
NATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION FOR BUTTER MARKET
Herefordshire Council is to launch a national architectural
competition to create a design concept which will improve
and revamp the Hereford's iconic Butter Market. The Butter
Market Steering Group, comprising Butter Market traders
and the council, has agreed to seek ideas that reflect a
traditional Victorian style for the market, which has popular
appeal for local people.
nearly 1000 people gave their views on the future of the
landmark building, which started trading in 1860. They completed
questionnaires in shops and businesses, libraries and information
centres, and took part in an online survey. Nearly two thirds
favoured a traditional Victorian interior, while 17 per
cent preferred a 'more modern style'. Almost all of the
responses (95 per cent) were from people who live in Herefordshire,
half of which visit the market about once a week. Most people
spend £5 or less each visit.
council believes the upgrading of the interior market would
help underpin its future as well as other markets and independent
shops in the city centre, as well as encourage more shoppers
to come and spend more in the historic core of the city.
A number of projects are designed to boost the attractiveness
of the city centre, in parallel to the new leisure and retail
attractions planned for Hereford, so that a unique heritage
and modern image will bring in shoppers from around the
county and beyond.
architectural competition is a tried and tested approach,'
said Councillor Adrian Blackshaw. 'Although we hope to receive
entries from Herefordshire, we want a national profile for
the competition so that we may secure the best ideas possible
for what is a very important building for Herefordians.'
Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) Competition
Office in Leeds will be retained to run the architectural
design competition. It offers a national service and profile
and follows a professional process. Preparation work undertaken
by the council and its contractors Amey will present a clear
brief for entrants. Herefordshire Council will put together
a judging panel to assess the ideas, although architects
will not be identified by their entries.
love the Butter Market but feel it could be improved and
made more attractive,' added Councillor Blackshaw. 'Particularly
as a focal point for the sale of locally produced products
and services in a traditional Victorian setting. The council
agrees strongly that this landmark building needs to be
safeguarded, promoted and polished as 'the jewel in the
crown' for High Town. This is an integral part of the council's
overall vision for enhancing Hereford as a shopping experience
and we are looking forward to discussing with traders and
other groups how we might move forward to act on the results
of the consultation.'
council is also developing a new look to adjacent Widemarsh
Street in the city centre, which is a key gateway to the
Butter Market. The pedestrian friendly route will encourage
visitors to the city to move between the historic core and
the new retail and leisure development.
Butter Market public consultation report has been published
on the council's website. People can access the report by
selecting the Residents' Views section after going to www.herefordshire.gov.uk/research.
The specification for the architectural design competition
will also be placed on the Herefordshire Business Portal,
set up by the council to promote opportunities for local
access the portal, visit the council's website on www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and select the Business section.
Adrian Blackshaw is campaigning for Herefordshire residents to support
SARAH CARR SLAMS THE £2.40 PENSION INCREASE AS PITIFUL
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire, has criticized the planned
£2.40 increase in the basic state pension as pitiful and
not enough for the majority of pensioners to cope. A recent
poll by Age Concern suggests that 5.2 million of the nationís
13 million pensioners will go cold at some point this winter
as a result of cutting back on gas and electricity.
said, 'The extra 34p a day will not cover the inflation
rate for most pensioners who face the double whammy of mounting
food and fuel costs and soaring council tax bills. It is
evident that the government is doing little to challenge
the poverty many face in old age. By delaying action on
restoring the earnings link to state pensions until 2012,
the government is failing to address the urgent needs of
than two million pensioners live in poverty in the UK today
and 2 out of 3 of pensioners are forced to claim benefits
to make ends meet. The urgent need is to restore the earnings
link now, not wait for another Parliament.'
ARCHIVES SERVICE TO TACKLE CARTOGRAPHY CATALOGUE
Herefordshire Council's Archives Service is to catalogue
its collection of large-scale maps of Herefordshire, dating
from the 1950s onwards to make them easier to work with
for the growing number of people interested in local history.
archive service will carry out this work during its annual
stocktaking closure which will take place from Monday, 23rd
November to Monday, 11th December inclusive, whilst improving
amenities and resources, and developing work programmes
for the service's army of volunteers. The temporary absence
of researchers will also mean that numerous essential building
works will be able to take place during the closure.
archivist, Elizabeth Semper O'Keefe said, 'Our annual closure
for stocktaking is an essential part of our calendar. It
means that we can devote quality time to sizeable projects
that would otherwise be left undone. Our map project this
year will make an increasingly sought after resource available
to the public.'
telephone, email and postal enquiries will be answered as
normal during the closure.