place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
GOODRICH SCHOOL GOES ALL OUT FOR UGANDAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
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
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.
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.'
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.
at Goodrich certainly enjoyed themselves in their wonderful
efforts to help others.
dressed up to help pupils of Wampa Primary School in Uganda.
In Upton Bishop
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.
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.
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.
Damaged In The Maltings
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
ROSS LIONS HAVE VISION FOR THE THIRD WORLD
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.
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.
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.
you have an unwanted pair of glasses, why not help the cause?
Collection points are at Ross Market House Heritage Centre
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.
information on the activities of the Ross Lions Club can
be obtained from their website at www.rossonwyelions.org.
Bernard Fowkes sorting some of the spectacles.
SANTA DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR HELP
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
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
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
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
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.'
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.
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.
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
Callaghan, Councillor Brian Wilcox and Jackie Boys.
BROMYARD MAN JAILED FOR COUNTERFEITING FILMS AND GAMES
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.
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
A RACE NIGHT FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Downing with Pauline McRae.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
gets people up on their feet to dance at Charlie's Bar on Friday
SAVE MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS AND BUY FROM REUSE ORGANIZATIONS
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.
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.
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
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.'
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
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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
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.
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.'
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
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
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
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
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.'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAKE UP FREE LOAN OF MONITOR TO HELP CUT YOUR WINTER BILLS
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.
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.'
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
with Martin Woodford and Sister, Yvette Pitchforth.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
COMMERCIAL ROAD TAXI RANKS EXTENDED AND REVAMPED
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.
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.
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
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.'
road traffic order that initiated these improvements is
on a six-month experimental trial basis and will be reviewed