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25th November 2009 NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
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GOODRICH SCHOOL GOES ALL OUT FOR UGANDAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Just for a change this year, Goodrich School’s Council consulted all of the pupils about doing something different to help others and as Wampa Primary is their link Ugandan school, it was decided to raise funds specifically for the pupils there. All children arrived at school in various fancy dress and/or pyjamas to enjoy a day of wacky fun activities, including face painting, games and cake and goody sales.

'I really wish we could do this more often,' commented School Council Chairman, George Leney, 'as we actually are in contact with the children who will benefit from today.'

All monies raised will be presented to the headteacher of Wampa Primary School when Goodrich is represented on the annual Uganda Visit by staff and pupils from John Kyrle High School, Ross, next July. They will be used to purchase much needed school resources and possibly, even help towards providing extra classroom facilities.

Everybody at Goodrich certainly enjoyed themselves in their wonderful efforts to help others.

All dressed up to help pupils of Wampa Primary School in Uganda.

CRIME IN AND AROUND ROSS

Thefts In Upton Bishop

Local police are appealing for information after a number of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings in the Upton Bishop area. The incidents occurred overnight on Monday/Tuesday, 23rd/24th November when four households reported having their vehicles and/or outbuilding broken into. Collectively a laptop and a large number of power tools were stolen.

At around 2.30am on Tuesday, 24th, someone saw a group of four or five males acting suspiciously in the Powells Croft area and they ran off towards Crow Hill. One is described as white, in his 30's, 5'6" to 5'8" tall and of stocky build. A second is described as white, late teens/early 20's, 5'6" tall and of skinny build, wearing a black hoodie and jeans. Other males are described as being young.

Police believe that the culprits would have needed a large car or van to remove all the property. Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area that night or who may know the current whereabouts of the stolen property.

Window Damaged In The Maltings

Police in Ross are appealing for information following vandalism to a town centre shop window, which may have been caused during a fight. The window was damaged at the Burtons shop in The Maltings in Ross overnight on Sunday/Monday 22nd/23rd November. Police believe that a fight occurred in The Maltings around 1.20am and one of the persons involved may have fallen against the pane of laminated glass, causing it to crack. It will cost around £600 to repair. Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who may know the identity of the offender.

Anyone with information about either incident should contact PC Andrea Morris at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


CHILDREN NEEDED TO HELP LIGHT UP RUDOLPH'S NOSE

Rudolph the LED-nosed reindeer will be visiting Ross-on-Wye next Saturday, 28th November and all children in the town are encouraged to visit him at the Corn Exchange on the High Street between 1 and 6pm to help him to find his way back home in time for Christmas.

Rudolph is part of the Ross Christmas lights project, which aims to celebrate Christmas with a beautiful and efficient light display in the town whilst helping householders and businesses save energy. We estimate the carbon emissions from lights in the town will be at least one ton less this year, due to the switch to energy efficient LED Christmas lights. 'Rudolph' has been built on a bicycle chassis by engineering students from Aston University to demonstrate how much more light comes out of LED bulbs compared to conventional light bulbs. Children will be able to generate electricity by pedalling Rudolph until his nose glows bright red.

The High Street will be closed to traffic and from 12 Noon and from 1pm, many local organizations will be running stalls, including the Rainbow Guides, Marine Conservation Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, Friends of St Mary's, Ross Fairtrade Group and Marches Energy Agency. From approximately 1:30 some pantomime characters will be in attendance and there will be a teacup ride and an assault course. There will be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon from the Voice Squad, Ross Town Band and Jack Baldus and friends. At 4.30 the countdown will begin, leading up to the switching on of the Market House lights at 5 o'clock.

After the success of last year's competition, Ross Town Council are again asking children in the town to write to them with their ideas about saving energy at Christmas. The authors of the best ideas will be invited to join us for the celebrations and receive a small prize. All entries should be addressed to the Deputy Town Clerk at the Corn Exchange, High Street, Ross on Wye, HR9 5HL.

The Ross Christmas lights project has been supported by Natural England's Sustainable Development Fund in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Ross Town Council is grateful for this support as well as to Deputy Clerk, Rachel Lewis for the hard work she has put into the programme.


ROSS LIONS HAVE VISION FOR THE THIRD WORLD

One of the many activities the Ross Lions club carry out throughout the year is collecting used spectacles and sending them on to a central collection point, where they are cleaned and graded before being despatched to Africa.

For the second time this year, Lion Bernard Fowkes has packed and sent off over 2000 pairs of used spectacles donated by caring people in the Ross area. What this means, with all the other spectacles collected, is that poor sighted people, young and old, who cannot afford spectacles, will soon be able to see.

This is not the only aid the Lions International Clubs give to people who suffer with their eyes. With their 'Sight First' programme they aim to rid the world of avoidable blindness. During the last ten years the lions have spent over £200m on this project and recently have raised a further £200m. Over 4 million people have been given their sight back through cataract operations and over 20 million more have been saved from going blind by the provision of clinics, specialist staff and education in hygiene. The least we can do is to donate our used spectacles.

If you have an unwanted pair of glasses, why not help the cause? Collection points are at Ross Market House Heritage Centre and Lucas Motorcycles. More information on the Lions International Sight First Programme will be displayed in a shop window in Ross during the last two weeks of January 2010. Keep your eyes peeled.

Further information on the activities of the Ross Lions Club can be obtained from their website at www.rossonwyelions.org.


Lion Bernard Fowkes sorting some of the spectacles.

SANTA DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR HELP

Everybody who lives in Ross-on-Wye knows that once a year, Santa pays a pre-Christmas visit to the town to find out how good the children have been and to give everyone of them an early Christmas present. It goes without saying that this visit costs a lot of money of which Santa is a little bit short this year.

Santa would be extremely grateful for any donations towards not only the huge cost of giving a present to every child that will meet him on Saturday, 19th December, but the costs of insuring the Christmas Carnival Float that transports him to the Market House. Santa would hate to disappoint anybody by not being able to continue this years old tradition, so if you can help in any way at all, please contact Santa's chief helper in Ross-on-Wye, Mel Hodges on 07896 562403. He will be very happy to hear from you.


SHOES BRING HOME ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE

Twenty three pairs of empty shoes made a poignant exhibition at Hereford Cathedral earlier this month and brought home starkly the devastating impact road deaths have on people in the county.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation, visited the exhibition before the annual RoadPeace service, held at the Cathedral on Sunday, 15th November. At the service, an address was given by the Reverend Bill Anderson, Chair of the Birmingham Methodist District, who focused on his own experience, having been the innocent driver involved in a head-on crash that killed his wife.

Jackie Boys, Social Responsibility Officer for the Diocese of Hereford and local RoadPeace facilitator said, 'We read on a daily basis about people being killed on our roads, but seeing these shoes, especially so many belonging to young people, was a forceful reminder of just how many lives are devastated when someone is killed in a collision.'

Each pair of shoes represents someone killed this year on roads within Herefordshire and South Shropshire. Many of the shoes had been donated by next of kin, with the aim of helping to reduce fatalities on the roads. The 23 pairs represented just half the number of people killed this year on the Herefordshire and South Shropshire roads up to the beginning of this month.

Councillor Wilcox said, 'These pairs of shoes are a moving tribute to the tragic deaths on our roads and I hope they will act as a stark reminder for motorists to take more care as we must stop this needless slaughter on the roads. Figures show that many more people are killed on our roads than in knife attacks or gun crimes and it really saddens me that so many lives are being lost needlessly. As the nights draw in and wintry weather starts to loom, it is more important than ever for people to take care when driving.

I would urge all drivers, especially new ones, to bear in mind that wintry weather affects stopping distances and people must reduce their speed according to the conditions as we don't want to have even more pairs of shoes on display next year.'


Shelagh Callaghan, Councillor Brian Wilcox and Jackie Boys.

BROMYARD MAN JAILED FOR COUNTERFEITING FILMS AND GAMES

At Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 20th November, David Simmons, formerly of Enderby House, Bromyard was given a six-week custodial sentence and ordered to forfeit around £2,000 worth of goods and computer equipment used in his DVD film and game counterfeiting operation. At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to four charges under the Trade Marks Act for counterfeiting Xbox 360 and Playstation 2 games as well as box office movies. He boasted at the bottom of his extensive price lists that 'any movie that has ever been created by man, I can and will probably get for you.' He made similar claims regarding Xbox 360 and Playstation 2 games. He also offered to 'flash' Xbox's in order for counterfeit games to be played.

Mr Simmons was caught selling fake games and films by his former employer, The Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford. This led to Herefordshire Council's trading standards officers carrying out a raid on his Bromyard flat where clear evidence of illegal downloading was found. Principal trading standards officer, Tim Thorne said, 'People who produce and sell counterfeit games and films cause severe damage to genuine high street retailers as well as depriving a huge number of people of the royalties they deserve for their contribution to the making of these copyrighted products. In addition, the quality of these fake items is often very poor and consumers should report anyone who is involved in their production or sale. The forfeited equipment will, wherever possible be donated to charity.'


A RACE NIGHT FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

Beryl Downing with Pauline McRae.

Ross Conservative Club held a Race Night on Saturday, 21st November and despite a low turn out, caused by the bad weather £354 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Stewardess, Beryl Downing had sold all the horses in advance of the event and roped in the assistance of her family to help run the tote. Mr. Ian Nicholls compered the evening, which gave this important local charity another welcome boost.

In the photograph, left, Beryl Downing can be seen presenting the money to Chair of the Ross branch of Macmillan Cancer Support, Pauline McRae.



COUNCIL WARN OF COUNCIL TAX REFUND SCAM

Fraudsters have targeted Herefordshire homes in attempts to trick people into giving their bank details over the phone. The bogus phone callers claim they are representing the council and tell householders they are entitled to a refund on their council tax because they have overpaid. They then ask for personal bank account details, in which to pay the refund.

'These calls are not connected to the council and people should never provide personal account or bank details over the phone,' said Mike Toney, head of revenues and benefits for the council. 'In some cases, fraudsters may even get hold of part of a person's account number by going through their rubbish, and could quote a few numbers of this in the hope that their victim will provide the rest of the information.

Residents need to be aware that if they have overpaid their council tax, we would never telephone but will issue a revised bill to advise them of this. Fortunately nobody has fallen for the scam, but like most organizations, such as banks and government offices, Herefordshire Council will write to residents, therefore be very careful if you do receive calls like this and report them to the council and to the police.'


CHARLIES BAR RAISE MONEY FOR AIR AMBULANCE

Andrew Gooding and Maria Oates of Charlie's Bar decided to do something a little different at this popular town centre venue on Friday and booked winner of the 2006 Smirnoff National Sing off, Aaron to sing to customers whilst raising money for the Air Ambulance.

Everybody enjoyed Aaron's set which included songs from Robbie Williams, The Killers, Neil Diamond, The Beatles and many more artistes of renown and people were getting up to dance. All entrance fees to Charlies Bar on Friday were put into the bar's growing fund for the Air Ambulance.


Aaron gets people up on their feet to dance at Charlie's Bar on Friday evening.

SAVE MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS AND BUY FROM REUSE ORGANIZATIONS

For residents already feeling the pinch from paying for Christmas luxuries, Herefordshire Council's waste challenge team are reminding the public that local charitable reuse organizations can help keep some of your pennies in your purse.

A whole host of reuse organizations have good quality household goods such as tables, chairs, beds, fridges, televisions, computers, bicycles and craft material available at cheap prices. Bargains include reconditioned bicycles from £20, second user computers which can be picked up for £129 and solid furniture at discount rates.

Items donated by the public that are in good condition are reused, keeping them out of landfill and some organizations are also able to repair and refurbish items before making them available for reuse. Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council supports local reuse organizations that help to reduce household waste as part of its waste prevention strategy.

Councillor John Jarvis said, 'Christmas is a traditionally expensive time that puts financial pressure on many residents. By using a reuse organization you are saving money, giving much needed funds to a charity and helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.'

For further information about voluntary and community organizations where you can donate unwanted items or buy something at a great price, call 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.


WEST MERCIA POLICE FOLLOW THAT VAN

West Mercia Police are stepping up their focus on cash in transit security over the Christmas and New Year period. 'Follow That Van' is a force-wide campaign launched again this week to highlight work being done by officers to protect security vehicles carrying cash across West Mercia.

There has been just one crime linked to cash in transit vehicles across the whole of West Mercia this year. There was an attempted robbery of a security vehicle at Morrisons supermarket in Shrewsbury earlier this month. Nothing was taken and nobody was hurt in the incident. A man and a woman were arrested in Liverpool on 19th November in connection with the attempted robbery and are currently on bail. There were four cash in transit incidents reported in West Mercia in 2007 and four in 2008.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Colquhoun, from West Mercia Police HQ CID department said, 'Cash in transit robberies are rare in West Mercia and the force does all it can to keep it that way. The offence is still taken extremely seriously, including launching the Follow That Van Campaign this month, a campaign we have run for several years.

Officers in uncommitted patrol cars follow these vehicles to ensure safe deliveries, reassure drivers and act as a clear deterrent to any potential criminals. It is all about maximizing police patrol and visibility and any intelligence we may gather in the process. These kinds of robberies are far from victimless crimes as drivers can be left extremely shaken by incident and, as in other parts of the country, injured by offenders.'

Dick Hanks, Police Liaison Manager for the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) who are based in Worcester added, 'While cash in transit attacks are relatively rare in West Mercia, they remain a major problem across other areas in the UK. It is vital that police forces such as West Mercia implement operations to prevent this crime in order to stop attacks happening in the region. Cash in transit attacks cause injury and trauma to couriers just going about their work and put members of the public at risk so it is extremely important this crime is combated.'

West Mercia Police also runs an annual conference at its headquarters at Hindlip Hall, Worcester, when police officers and industry professionals from across the country meet to share their expertise in tackling cash and valuables in transit crime. For more information about the work of the British Security Industry Association please visit their website www.bsia.co.uk. The BSIA press office can be contacted on 0845 389 0755.


COURT DECISION SECURES FUTURE OF RETAIL MARKET IN HEREFORD

Another legal bid to push the traditional open retail market out of Hereford High Town has failed. A High Court judgement last week rejected a case put by Butter Market traders to reverse the relocation of the retail market from the old livestock market to High Town. The court agreed that Herefordshire Council had properly consulted on the move, which had been strongly supported by the public. Deputy Judge, Christopher Symons QC rejected claims by Butter Market Traders Association chairman Len Tawn, saying, 'There are no arguable points in this case, ' and refused permission for a full High Court hearing.

The relocation of the market from its current site on the livestock market, is part of the council's plans to create a more viable, vibrant and vital city centre to support all city businesses and retailers during the economic downturn. Herefordshire Council had successfully overturned a previous last minute injunction that tried to stop the traditional market. That injunction was overturned on 13th July by a High Court ruling that said that Mr Tawn 'has no arguable case that the market traders have a right to object to the relocated market' and determined that 'there was consultation on the relocation proposal as required by statute, and there is no basis for impugning the decision on the grounds of procedural impropriety.'

Herefordshire Council decided not to recover legal costs in defending its decision, saying it wanted to do all it could to support Butter Market traders. The council says that there is public demand for the open retail market to trade in the High Town, which has been a very successful move, providing more choice for visitors to the city and benefiting all traders and businesses. The council has invested in 25 new gazebo-style stalls for the retail market, which is held every Wednesday and Saturday.

The council is also committed to supporting the Butter Market and has allocated money in its capital budget to get an innovative refurbishment and improvement programme underway, as well as refurbishing Widemarsh Street, a key gateway to the Butter Market and High Town.


SARAH BACKS CAMPAIGN FOR SAFER CROSSING AT WILTON

Local campaigner and prospective Lib-Dem MP, Sarah Carr recently met with local resident Russell Hamilton to discuss the campaign he is leading for safer pedestrian crossing at Wilton roundabout.

Sarah said, 'With Bridstow Primary School just minutes away from the busy junction, and significant residential areas on both sides of the A40, the lack of an adequate crossing clearly presents a pedestrian safety issue. I know this has been a long running concern of many residents who have campaigned hard for better access. Following on from this concern, The Highways Agency has recently improved access with new paving, but getting across the roundabout still remains extremely hazardous and local residents are still concerned.

I would be very interested in hearing from people of their experiences. The community deserves a safe crossing, and the local economy would benefit enormously from the increased number of shoppers walking into Wilton and Ross-on-Wye. I am very happy to back Russell Hamilton in his campaign for safer pedestrian crossings on the roundabout.'

Sarah Carr is working with Russell Hamilton on the campaign for safer crossings and encourages anyone wishing to help in the campaign or add their experience to contact her directly on 01432 265528, or by emailing info@sarahcarr.org.uk.



TAKE UP FREE LOAN OF MONITOR TO HELP CUT YOUR WINTER BILLS

Herefordshire Council is inviting all county residents to take a step towards cutting their energy bills this winter by going to their local library and borrowing an energy monitor for free. Since April this year, more than 500 people have taken advantage of free loans of these energy monitors, of which two different types are stocked at county libraries.

The first type is a plug-in electricity monitor, which can be used to measure the energy consumption and running costs of fridges and freezers, computers and all associated peripherals, standby costs of TV, DVD, computer, stereo, video, chargers etc., washing Machines, (find the cost of your 30, 40, 60 degree wash), televisions - CRT, LCD or Plasma and anything that plugs into a wall socket.

Trish Marsh, Herefordshire Council's sustainability manager said, 'People can also loan the Owl Wireless Energy Monitor which gives them up-to-the-minute information on exactly how much electricity their whole house is using. The reading on this monitor will rise as you turn on the TV, but people can also watch it fall as they walk around the house turning off items that don't need to be on. It gives a really clear feedback on how people can reduce their bills by switching off items not in use.'

Kate Murray, assistant cultural services manager added, 'A total of 556 people have borrowed monitors free of charge since the scheme launched in mid April. The feedback forms show that as a result people have made the effort to turn off specific items in their house. In return they save on their monthly bills so I would encourage more residents to come to the library and loan a monitor. They have nothing to lose but could gain great savings on their fuel bills.'


JESSE GREATLY REASSURED OF PRESERVATION OF VITAL SERVICES

Jesse with Martin Woodford and Sister, Yvette Pitchforth.

Hereford County Hospital does not expect to lose vital services in the face of the present economic recession. That was their welcome message to Conservative candidate and local campaigner Jesse Norman, when he visited the hospital last week.

Jesse met with Hospital Chief Executive, Martin Woodford on his latest visit, and the two men talked through the likely local impact of the current slowdown in public spending. They also discussed the location of the new walk-in centre at the hospital, and walked around the site of the rebuilt Charles Renton Unit, including the new radiotherapy suite. Finally, they visited the renowned Victoria Eye Unit at the hospital, where they met with Sister Yvette Pitchforth and other staff.

Speaking afterwards, Jesse said, 'I feel greatly reassured that the hospital does not envisage the loss of vital services from the currently difficult economic times. I only hope it continues through next year, as the slowdown in public spending takes hold.

It is also good news that the PCT and the hospital have agreed to locate the new walk-in centre next to A&E, where it should be, and not at the Stonebow Unit.

We must do everything we can to keep Hereford Hospital as an all round district general hospital, able to offer high quality services to local people.'



MAN FINED £985 FOR FLYTIPPING

A Middlesex man has been fined £985 with a £15 surcharge and ordered to pay £1,000 costs to Herefordshire Council after admitting two offences of fly-tipping John Paul Buckley, 44, of Alexandra Road, Ashford, appeared at Hereford Crown Court on Friday, 20th November in a prosecution brought by Herefordshire Council.

Mr Buckley had pleaded guilty to the offences at Hereford Magistrates Court in October, but due to the serious nature of the offences the magistrates had sent the case to the higher court for sentence. Buckley admitted disposing of more than 2,000kg of assorted household rubbish and building materials from a home in Ryelands Street, Hereford on a field in the Rotherwas area.

His Honour, Judge Hooper QC explained that this was a serious matter, and that fly tipping is taken very seriously within Herefordshire where such unacceptable actions were a detriment to the beauty of the county. He stated his hope that the conviction and sentence of Mr Buckley would act as message to deter others. The judge also warned that one day someone would find themselves with a prison sentence for the very same offence that Mr Buckley had committed.

Shane Hancock, Herefordshire Council's acting regulatory services manager for the Community Protection Team said, 'Our community protection team had this offence reported to them by a member of the public and were able to trace the waste materials to Mr Buckley who was subsequently interviewed and prosecuted. I very much echo the judge's comments. I am sure that the vast majority of people in Herefordshire want the county to remain in its beautiful natural state; incidents such as this, committed by an irresponsible minority, will not be tolerated and the council will continue to work hard to prevent them.

I hope this serves as a warning to anyone thinking of fly-tipping in Herefordshire, as where prevention does not work we will not hesitate to enforce and prosecute.'


COUNCIL TO OFFER MORE HELP TO BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY LINK ROAD

Herefordshire Council has been urged to complete the compulsory purchase of employment land, which could provide a new home for businesses affected by a proposed link road designed to support regeneration and ease the pressure on traffic in Hereford.

The council's community services scrutiny committee focused on the property and help available for businesses that would need to relocate if the proposed new road linking Edgar Street, Widemarsh Street and Commercial Road secures planning permission and is constructed. The committee endorsed the support available from the council for the businesses, some of which own premises and others that lease them from private landlords or the council.

Councillors heard that 17 businesses need floor space of around 6,900 square metres and the council is trying to match their requirements from the current commercial property register, which has around 21,300 square metres of vacant property within the city. There are a further 5,300 square metres to be available through the proposed expansion of the Three Elms trading estate, and the potential to make several acres available at Faraday Road, which is designated employment land and is located close to the city centre.

The scrutiny committee recommended that the council should complete the compulsory purchase and development of the Faraday Road site without delay, as this would be an attractive relocation for many of the relevant businesses. The committee also recommended that the council and ESG Herefordshire Ltd should each nominate one primary point of contact for the businesses concerned, and that these businesses should be invited to record all costs associated with negotiations and consultation.

Herefordshire Council and ESG Herefordshire have already undertaken a number of consultation events and are promoting the range of support packages available for businesses, including independent legal, property and commercial advice. The proposed 800-metre link road would open up 100 acres of under-used land for the city's regeneration project, which will create around 800 new homes, many in the affordable category, plus new leisure and retail attractions. The new road would also improve traffic flow and cut pollution and accident levels. It will replace the Blueschool/Newmarket Street inner ring road as the main east/west route.

The link road is proposed in three stages, the Edgar Street to Widemarsh Street section to be completed in 2011, the Widemarsh Street to Station Approach in 2012 and the final link to Commercial Road in 2013.


PACT PROVIDES PEACEFUL PULL-IN

Action through the PACT (Partners And Communities Together) process in North Herefordshire has succeeded in creating a peaceful rest area for travellers on the busy A49 where the location's previous reputation was quite the opposite. The Park Farm lay-by, just north of Leominster on the A49, became the subject of complaints in early 2009 from locals and motorists alike concerning the activities of men visiting the site, particularly at night.

The matter was referred to the Herefordshire Partnership's PACT process for positive action to be taken to solve the problem. PC Andy Varden and CSO Zoe Brown from the Leominster Rural local policing team, with colleagues from Leominster, visited the site on a regular basis to deter any annoying or lewd practices but it was evident that a more far reaching solution was required. The problem centred on the large embankment between the lay-by and the main A49, which had thick vegetation in the form of trees and shrubs, and provided cover for what may have been occurring therein.

Police got together with Amey and the Highways Agency and came up with a solution which would not only deter any illegal activity but also provide a peaceful stop for motorists and beautiful views of the North Herefordshire countryside. Through some excellent work arranged by Andrew Brett, Environmental Delivery Co-ordinator for Amey, the entire lay-by area underwent a massive transformation. The vegetation, small trees and shrubs on the embankment was removed leaving just several taller trees and ground cover plants, which permitted complete visibility of the embankment area. Almost overnight, the problem vanished. Those stopping in the lay-by for a break now have a wonderful view of the local countryside towards the Black Mountains over the hedging and can rest, safe in the knowledge that their break will not be disturbed by unwelcome attention. Police time and resources can now be more usefully deployed to other pressing matters.

Sergeant Mike Doolan, in charge of local policing in the Leominster area said, 'We would like to thank Andrew Brett and his team at Amey Plc who managed the project and Mike Camp and his team from Presteigne who carried out the work so quickly and efficiently. The Leominster and area is a beautiful place to live. This lay-by on the outskirts of the town was becoming a blot on the landscape and required prompt action to remedy the situation. This is a good example of how lateral thinking can achieve results. Thanks to excellent partnership working, those results have been achieved and the site will be closely managed in the future to ensure that any untoward activity does not return.'


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COMMERCIAL ROAD TAXI RANKS EXTENDED AND REVAMPED

Herefordshire Council has been working closely with the police and the Herefordshire Taxi Association to deliver major improvements to the busy night time taxi ranks along Commercial Road in Hereford. These ranks serve many of Hereford's busiest clubs and pubs, but as the night time economy has got busier and busier the rank provision had become inadequate. To overcome this, the council's licensing team facilitated a forum which included the police and the Herefordshire Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Association.

Following approval by the council's cabinet member, the council's contractors, Amey Wye Valley Ltd, undertook the works in mid-November and in, so doing, increased rank space from 13 to more than 30 taxi spaces and amended their layout to better serve the premises in this area. The improvements were also designed to allow delivery vehicles, shoppers and takeaway customers adequate short stay parking.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell of West Mercia Police said, 'West Mercia Police has worked in conjunction with Herefordshire Council to improve the taxi rank facilities in Commercial Road. Although the enforcement of parking restrictions on the new ranks will fall to the council, police officers will still enforce all other road traffic regulations and in particular the unnecessary obstruction of the highway. We will therefore be carefully watching this road over the coming Christmas period.'

Councillor Brian Wilcox said, 'This is a good example of effective joint working. The ranks along Commercial Road are now much improved and should help night time revellers to leave the city centre in a quicker, safer and more orderly fashion. This will have the added benefit of minimizing the potential for late night disturbance from revellers unduly waiting for taxis and should also reduce the amount of taxis having to park or manoeuvre illegally to collect passengers.'

The road traffic order that initiated these improvements is on a six-month experimental trial basis and will be reviewed next year.

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