place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
ROSS IS 5TH BEST 'GREAT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE' IN THE COUNTRY
shops have beaten expectations and delighted all shop owners
by being assessed at an overall score of 88.4%, above Cheltenham
and Nottingham, in a survey carried out for Advantage West
Midlands, giving Ross on Wye 5th place in country wide survey
of over 70 towns and cities.
1st prize for customer service was The Ross Cookshop in
the High Street. Owner, Peter Manning said, 'It was a fantastic
honour and I am pleased to see the mystery shoppers and
the public have given my staff recognition for their attention
to customer satisfaction and service.' Parkfields
Gallery Director, Fritha Clutterbuck said, 'We were thrilled
to be runners-up with 97.6%, a fantastic sign of good service
and the gallery's presentation.'
54, who specialize in local contemporary art and sculpture
were also a runner up. Owner, Sue Williams said, 'I'm pleased
to be part of Ross's success. We all know how important
communication is. This has recently been proved with the
newly formed Association of Ross Traders.'
success of Ross in the survey is a great boost to the town
and a welcome opportunity to remind readers that Ross is
holding a Christmas Festival on Sunday 6th December and
many shops will be open. There will also be lots of interesting
stalls, music, food outlets and entertainment around the
town from 11am until 4pm.
you have purchased goods in town recently, you may have
been given a raffle ticket that entitles you to be in the
draw for the prize of £1,000 in cash. The winner will be
announced on Sunday, 6th December in the Market square.
Association of Ross Traders are delighted with their results.
LANDSLIDES CAUSE ROAD CLOSURES
Motorists are being advised that two landslides in Herefordshire
have forced the closure of a couple of roads.
landslide on the A438 at Lugwardine is likely to close the
road for the next 24 hours. The road has been closed between
the Cock of Tupsley and Bartestree and diversions are in
second landslide occurred outside Kern Lodge on the B4234.
This has resulted in the B4234 being closed from Walford
Saw mills to the junction with the B4229, Kern Bridge.
YOUR LAST CHANCE TO WIN £1,000 IN CASH
This week is your final opportunity to have the chance of
winning £1000 in cash, courtesy of the Association of Ross
Traders. If you haven't picked up your free raffle ticket
yet, all you have to do is spend the specified amount displayed
on posters in participating shop windows to qualify for
a free ticket. As
an extra incentive, you can double your chances of winning
as double tickets will be available on Saturday, 5th and
Sunday, 6th December. The winning raffle ticket will be
drawn on Sunday 6th between 3pm and 4pm at the Ross Christmas
Shopping Festival. Raffle tickets given out that day will
be included in the draw.
35 shops will be open offering a discount or other special
incentives and treats. There will be over twenty market
stalls selling local crafts, and charity Christmas cards
etc. plus stalls selling crepes, preserves, pies, sauces
and other festive foods and don't forget, parking is free
in Ross on a Sunday.
events for the day include a road-show presented by the
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering craft activities
for children. Children can get their faces painted and several
musical presentations are being organized, including The
Drybrook Brass Band, Ross Choral Society and The Penyard
Singers. The Tourist information centre will also be open
offering local crafts, foods and Christmas gifts.
addition to the beautiful new LED Christmas lights which
were switched on last Saturday, over 55 Christmas trees
have been hung on shop fronts and decked with sympathetic
LED lighting to create a truly magical experience, so come
and shop in Ross and really feel the Christmas spirit.
BRIDGES UNDER INSPECTION AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL
the recent rainfall, water levels of the River Wye have
risen by as much as 4.3 metres and, as only eight roads
cross the river throughout the whole county, it is critical
that these bridges remain open.
Herefordshire, working on behalf of the council, has a bridge
team who carry out inspections all year round, about 400
annually to check the safety and integrity of these structures.
Bridges critical to Herefordshire's infrastructure are inspected
after heavy flooding and, following the severe floods of
2007, 22 highway bridges were identified as having damage
from debris, high flood water and scour. Works were then
taken to address this damage in readiness for the next period
of high waters.
a matter of course, Amey Herefordshire inspects each bridge
every two years, including footbridges, culverts and rail
bridges. Amey Herefordshire, together with the council,
encourages information about post flood maintenance from
all members of their staff, and reports of all highway defects,
including problems with bridges, are also welcomed from
members of the public via email@example.com or
by calling on 01432 261800.
of Amey Herefordshire's Bridge Team checking Foy Bridge for damage.
SHAMPOO THIEVES GET A CLEAN HEAD START - BECAUSE THEY'RE WORTH
South Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to
come forward after a load of shampoo was stolen from a truck
parked up overnight on the A40 at Ross-on-Wye. The white
ERF tractor unit with a curtained-sided trailer was en route
from Scunthorpe to South Wales with a consignment of shampoo
and other hair products. The driver pulled up in the VOSA
lay-by on the A40 at Ross to sleep overnight in the cab.
7pm on Wednesday, 18th and 3.30am on Thursday, 19th November,
thieves approached the curtained-sided trailer and cut two
large holes in the side of it, removing goods from eleven
pallets, equating to around 1,000 boxes of assorted L'Oreal
hair products, valued at tens of thousands of pounds. Police
believe at least a large van or small truck would have been
needed to take the stolen property away from the scene.
Given that the lorry was parked at the side of the main
A40 in full view of passing motorists in a line of other
parked trucks and the theft would have taken some time as
the items were removed by hand, police are hopeful that
someone passing may have seen something suspicious.
with information is urged to call PC Dan Pilkington at Ross
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on
0800 555111 as soon as possible.
ROSS HERITAGE CENTRE TO HOST SANTA'S LITTLE HELPERS WORKSHOP
A 'Santa's Little Helpers' workshop will be taking place
at Ross Heritage Centre on Saturday, 19th December and families
are welcome to go along and get creative with glitter, glue
and sparkly things. The sessions will take place from 11am
to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3pm, then will close in readiness for
Santa's annual pre Christmas visit to the town.
note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at
all times. Have fun!!
ASHFIELD PUPILS VISIT SAINSBURY'S
3 pupils from Ashfield Park Primary School enjoyed a visit
to Sainsbury's on Friday. They had been studying shopping
in Victorian times and wanted to see how a Victorian shop
compared with a modern day shopping experience in a brand
new store. The children got to see how food makes its way
from the delivery lorry to the shelves and how all sorts
of systems, from refrigeration to distribution are largely
managed by computers. The children were shown a wide range
of fresh foods and they also talked about the many differing
forms of convenience food readily available in today's modern
store. They all enjoyed their visit and were particularly
interested in the systems used for transporting cash and
how thieves are deterred.
Association of Ross Traders are delighted with their results.
'NOT IN HEREFORDSHIRE!' TO FOCUS ON RURAL CRIME
The successful 'Not in Herefordshire!' campaign is re-launching
on Thursday, 3rd December, this time concentrating on rural
crime in its many guises, such as livestock theft, theft
from farm buildings and of farm equipment, poaching, etc.
Kevin Purcell, Head of Territorial Operations for Herefordshire
Division, explains the ethos of this new phase of the initiative.
'Not In Herefordshire!' campaign, which has been running
for just over a year, is designed to redress the imbalance
between fear of crime and the reality of crime in this county.
Surveys have indicated that, for a number of reasons, people
are fearful of crime in Herefordshire when in fact we have
some of the lowest crime levels in the UK. By letting people
know they are living in a very safe county and evidencing
the work we carry out on a day to day basis, we aim to provide
reassurance against the fear of crime.'
continued, 'The aim of this current phase is to focus on
rural crime and has two objectives; to show to the farming
communities of Herefordshire that we do in fact have comparatively
low levels of crime for offences such as livestock theft,
theft of farm equipment and tools as well as poaching and
crop theft, and to reduce the levels of crime that we do
have even further by actively targeting those that would
new initiative will see police patrols, particularly during
the hours of darkness, looking out for those who target
farms, smallholdings and other rural businesses with a view
to stealing whatever they can lay their hands on. Many patrol
vehicles are now fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate
Recognition) computer software that can recognize in seconds
vehicles used by travelling criminals, vehicles seen at
scenes of crime or others that are untaxed or uninsured,
which police can seize on the spot. Local
policing teams will also be circulating posters and leaflets
to rural communities, farmers and agricultural organizations
to raise awareness.
suspicious behaviour, vehicles and persons is paramount
and speed is of the essence in this. The sooner suspects
are identified, the sooner the net can be closed on them.
Reporting of crime is also being encouraged, as the police
want to patrol an area even more if there is a problem there.
success will come from vigilance and information,' said
Superintendent Purcell. 'Everyone can help in this respect.
If you think something is suspicious, then it probably is
suspicious, so report it to us immediately. Herefordshire
is a large county. If the farming community acts as additional
eyes and ears, and tells us quickly when things appear suspicious,
we can then take prompt action to intercept those responsible
and ensure that rural crime in Herefordshire remains at
FLYING COLOURS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
Colours, the well known Ross design and print shop is now
under new ownership with Simon Glover and Peter Rennoldson
bringing over twenty years experience of printing, design
and marketing to the successful business based in Croft
over from Malcolm Taylor and family who have run the print
shop for the last three years, Simon Glover said, 'Malcolm
has done a fantastic job to keep the business growing during
the recession and we intend to build on this with a focus
on design, client marketing and customer service, while
investing in the latest digital equipment. With additional
design skills on board we look forward to supplying quality
colour, from a single logo on a shirt to a multipage corporate
brochure or large format banner.'
Colours is the one stop shop for almost any print item you
can think of with most production undertaken in house to
maintain quality and meet deadlines. So if you need a JLS
Hoody, a flyer, a brochure, a new website, a new corporate
logo, a complete corporate strategy or anything printed,
you will have a warm welcome at Flying Colours.
wish Simon and Peter every success with Flying Colours.
Taylor handing over the business to Simon Glover and Peter Rennoldson
while they look at Christmas cards produced on the Xerox digital
FURTHER FUNDING AWARDED TO COMBAT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
An extra £44,000 has been awarded to Herefordshire
Council to combat antisocial behaviour in the county as
part of a package of support for the region announced by
the Minister for the West Midlands Ian Austin.
money will be used to ensure that the council's new Community
Protection Team can make full use of the powers and tools
already available, while giving more support to residents
and community activists. More will be done to let local
residents know their rights and how to report antisocial
behaviour and there will be extra training and funding for
clean campaigns. The council's community protection team
is residents' first point of contact for reporting vandalism,
fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, fly posting and abandoned
vehicles and investigates all reports quickly, taking action
through enforcement and education.
Councillor John Jarvis welcomed the award. He said, 'Our
Community Protection Team is small but already proving to
be a big hitter in the fight against antisocial behaviour.
By taking a 'can do' attitude we are supporting the decent,
law-abiding majority with actions about yobs and criminals
whose activities, if left unchecked, can make peoples' lives
a misery. Thankfully, Herefordshire is renowned for its
high quality of life and low crime and by working closely
with other agencies and taking immediate action to crack
down on vandalism, nuisance or intimidation, we aim to keep
it that way.'
number of fly tipping incidents January to September 2009
is down by 25 per cent on the same period in 2008. Publicity,
high visibility proactive patrols of hot spot areas, and
enforcement activity are all believed to have played a part
in achieving this reduction. The Community Protection Team
secured its first prosecution for fly tipping in September,
with a conviction resulting in a £1,000 fine and £490 costs.
A number of other cases are progressing to prosecution.
team has also developed a structured programme of duty of
care inspections and is organizing joint stop search initiatives
with the police. They have also initiated multi agency litter
picks, one in a recreational area known as King George V
playing fields, and another in Hereford High Town. The use
of fixed penalty notices has recently been introduced and
this will provide a speedy sanctioned outcome to low level
offending. Fixed penalty notices are complemented by a notice
of environmental crime, which can be issued to offenders
at the time of the offence.
COMMUNITY SAFETY COMES TO HIGH TOWN
If you are heading into High Town for a spot of late night
shopping on Wednesday, 9th December, don't forget to pop
by the Safer Herefordshire community safety trailer and
say hello. Herefordshire Council's Safer Herefordshire and
Community Protection Teams have teamed up with West Mercia
Police to host a free community safety evening between 4pm
and 8pm and representatives are looking forward to seeing
you there. West
Mercia Police will be handing out their popular purse bells
again, as well as launching and offering information on
this year's Operation Christmas Presence. They will also
be available to discuss the PACT process with the Herefordshire
Partnership from Noon.
Rose, Safer Herefordshire Manager said, 'We'll be on hand
to offer information and advice on the best ways to stay
safe over Christmas, by discussing community safety issues
with local residents. Although we're privileged to live
in one of the safest counties in England, it's still important
to remind people how to keep themselves and their loved
ones safe over the festive period.'
Kevin Purcell, Head of Territorial Operations for West Mercia
Police's Herefordshire Division added, 'It's crucial that
local agencies work together for the continued safety and
well-being of local communities. We're delighted to team
up with Safer Herefordshire and talk directly with shoppers
on how we're working to ensure a safe and happy Christmas
partnerships are also looking forward to being joined on
the night by Sunshine Radio's Events Team. There's so much
to find out about, so feel free to drop in and have a chat.
They will be more than happy to see you.
SARAH CALLS FOR RECORDS OF INNOCENT TO BE REMOVED FROM DATABASE
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire has again called on the
government to remove the DNA records of innocent people
and children from the controversial national DNA database.
Earlier this year Sarah obtained information through the
Freedom of Information Act, which was reported in the media,
showing that West Mercia police had 19,001 DNA records of
10 to 17 year old children registered on the DNA database.
Carr appeared on BBC Television The Politics Show on Sunday,
29th November, commenting on the arrest of a group of innocent
young people who had been mistakenly arrested and then released
without charge but had their DNA harvested for the DNA database.
Sarah continues to campaign against the harvesting of DNA,
the blueprint of who we are and a symbol of our freedom
and human rights. The DNA database has already been ruled
illegal by the European Court of Human Rights. The government’s
independent advisors have also said there is ‘very little
concrete evidence’ of the usefulness of the database.
appearing on the programme Sarah said, 'I was very pleased
to use this television opportunity to champion the rights
of innocent people and children who have had their DNA harvested
to go onto a controversial government IT database. The National
DNA Database is one of the biggest of its type in the world
with more than 5 million records and has already been ruled
illegal. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have repeatedly
called on the Home Secretary to amend the law so that the
DNA records of people who are innocent are no longer kept
is one thing the government holding the DNA details of people
who are guilty but quite another holding DNA details of
the innocent and children.'
SCRUTINY SPOTLIGHT ILLUMINATES ROSS-ON-WYE RESIDENTS
Residents of Ross-on-Wye had the opportunity to listen to
democracy on their doorsteps when one of Herefordshire Council's
committees which looks at proposals and scrutinizes decisions
met in the town.
the environment scrutiny committee met at the Larruperz
Centre last week, its members heard from the West Mercia
Safer Roads Partnership on the use enforcement cameras.
The committee quizzed the representatives about how the
cameras are used and were encouraged to hear that the partnership
is piloting new 'community concern sites' at Fromes Hill
and Ashperton. The pilot scheme allows the partnership,
which was asked to report regularly to the committee to
ensure key issues were kept under review, to respond to
community concerns, so long as the speed data collected
supports the need for enforcement.
committee also scrutinized the management of the vehicles
being run by the council and its service delivery partner,
Amey. The committee was pleased to hear about the positive
measures being put in place by Amey to reduce the carbon
emissions from its vehicles; Amey is aiming to reduce its
emissions by 10 per cent a year. Amey, which is already
looking to use smaller cost effective vehicles and has already
bought one electric vehicle and is investigating further
use, was also asked to report regularly to the committee
to ensure relevant issues of concern are kept under review.
of the committee, Councillor Bob Matthews, said, 'Scrutiny
committees have an important role to play in ensuring that
decisions are sound and that local council tax payers receive
value for money. It was good to see some local people at
the meeting. Hopefully as we do this more often in various
parts of the county we shall see more people taking an interest
in the work of the council's scrutiny committee.'
STARGAZING CUBS HELPED BY MEN FROM MARS
the past few weeks, Ross-on-Wye [Aztec] Cub Scouts have
been finding out all about stars and planets for their Astronomer
badge. They have been helped to achieve their goal by Norman
Pomfret and Colin Harris of Monmouth Astronomical Research
two Cubs passed the badge last week, having learnt some
of the star constellations and the planets in the solar
system using the mnemonic 'My Very Educated Mother Just
Served Us Nine Pizzas.' (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). The cubs were even fortunate
enough to have a clear sky on one of the evenings to look
at the moon through Colin's telescope.
from M.A.R.S, Norman and Colin and the cubs with binoculars and
a model of the planets.
TEENAGER STRUCK BY VEHICLE ON A49 AT MUCH BIRCH
South Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to
come forward after a teenager from South Wales, walking
from Hereford to Ross along the A49, was found lying in
the road, having been hit by a vehicle.
16-year old had been visiting friends in Hereford. He had
left Hereford around 4am on Thursday, 26th November to walk
/ hitch back to Pontypool via Ross. At a point approximately
200 metres south of the Axe and Cleaver pub in Much Birch,
at around 6.45am, it appears he was struck on his right
side by an unknown vehicle travelling south to Ross. The
lad was found by a van driver a short while later, lying
at the edge of the road.
driver took him to a garage at Ross, as he did not have
obvious injuries other than pain and confusion. Concerned
staff at the garage called police and ambulance staff and
he was subsequently treated at Hereford County Hospital
for a broken right foot and severe grazing and bruising
to his right side and left foot. Police are anxious to trace
any witnesses to the collision.
Lee Hull from Ross Police Station is investigating the incident,
and said, 'It may be that whoever collided with the teenager
was unaware that they had done so. At the time it was raining
heavily, it was very dark and the lad was walking down the
A49 with his back to the traffic and was dressed in black.
All he remembers is being struck but cannot recall anything
are anxious to identify the other vehicles comprising the
small convoy that the van driver / witness was in. The lead
vehicle was a 7.5 tonne goods vehicle which pulled into
a lay-by just after the witness spotted the lad lying in
the road. Anybody with any information that can help should
contact PC Lee Hull at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000
as soon as possible.
COUNCIL TRIAL NEW ELECTRIC CAR
Herefordshire Council and its service delivery partners,
Amey are bidding to cut their carbon footprint by trialling
a new electric car. The partnership is one of just 100 nation-wide
to have secured the electric powered smart cars as part
of research trials being held across the West Midlands,
London and the South East.
Powered solely by electricity, and chargeable from any three-pin
socket, the smart electric car can achieve 300mg and travel
up to 84 miles between charges. It also has reduced carbon
dioxide emissions. Councillor John Jarvis said, 'I am delighted
we have been selected to trial this car as it will not only
save our fuel costs but will also help the environment as
they produce far less carbon emissions. It is crucial that
we as a council lead by example and this will help to reduce
our own carbon footprint. If the car proves a success, we
will look at acquiring more as and when our existing fleet
Thomas, service director for Amey said, 'One of Amey's priorities
is to reduce its carbon emissions and the trial of the new
vehicle is a step towards achieving that goal.'
SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR OF THE SEASON IN HIGHTOWN AND COMMERCIAL ST
Christmas is coming to High Town and Commercial Street with
five packed days of markets bringing crafts, Victorian and
continental products to Hereford, just in time for those
who haven't done their shopping yet!
markets, which will take place in Commercial Street and
High Town from Wednesday, 16th to Sunday, 20th December,
are expected to bring in thousands of extra visitors to
the city centre to boost trade for regular city centre shopkeepers.
On Wednesday, 16th the regular Open Retail Market takes
place. This is the first time this market has had the opportunity
to operate in Commercial Street adding to the Christmas
atmosphere, since its successful launch in the summer. Items
for sale will include your weekly essentials, along with
opportunities to purchase seasonal gifts.
Thursday, 17th December, the clocks will be turned back
when the regular Farmers Market will be joined by a Victorian
Market. Traders dressed in Victorian costumes will have
a variety of products for sale, including: metal sculptures,
bags, scarves, candles, soaps, toys, jewellery, pictures,
sweets, rugs and home ware items. These will be sold alongside
the Farmers Markets produce where everything is grown, prepared
or raised by the people who sell it, including: fruit and
vegetables, bread, cakes, eggs, meat, cheeses, game, celebration
cakes, plants, curries, preserves, vegetarian food, ready
made meals, honey, apple juice and luxury puddings.
Friday, 18th December, the Victorian Market will be there
for a second day, and will be joined by the French Market,
which will bring a mouth watering array of traditional French
foods, including cheeses, breads, crepes, charcuterie, sauces,
wine and hot and cold cuisine. On Saturday, 19th December,
the French Market will join the regular Hereford Open Retail
Market and on Sunday, 20th December, the Craft Market will
be in town with a glittering array of items to turn a dull
Christmas into a sparkling one.
that wasn't enough, the Butter Market in Hightown is open
seven days a week in the run up to Christmas, including
late night opening on Wednesdays, when there will be free
car parking on council run car parks after 4pm.
those doing a spot of shopping on Saturdays, don't forget
that the festive park and ride is up and running. Two sites
are being used this year, one being at Hereford Racecourse
on Roman Road, and the other at the Grafton car park on
JESSE'S WINTER SUPPER RAISES OVER £8000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY
fundraising event organised last week by Conservative candidate
Jesse Norman has raised over £8,000 towards a new community
theatre in Hereford City.
one hundred local people joined Jesse for a Winter Supper
at the Town Hall on Friday night, kindly sponsored by Ascari's
Catering and Saxty's Bar and were entertained by Ruth Bowen
and her jazz band, with stand-up comedy from local businessman
John Collins. But the charity highlight of the evening was
the raffle and auction, expertly conducted by Bill Jackson
with the help of Tom Greenow. Together, these raised some
£6,000 on the night, and over £8,000 in total. The money
raised will go towards a new community theatre project at
the Kindle Centre in South Wye, with a particular focus
on youth theatre and musical performance. As a result, the
Centre will be pushing ahead with Phase 1 of the project
in early 2010.
after the event, Kindle Centre general manager Lara Latcham
said, 'I was blown away by the evening, and by the generosity
of all those present. With this funding we will now be able
to undertake the crucial first phase of our theatre project,
installing a new ceiling in the main hall at Kindle.'
a cheque to Lara for money raised on the night, Jesse said,
'Young people in Herefordshire get a lousy deal at present.
It is great to be able to do something important to help
them, and to bring in new community investment, especially
in such difficult economic times.'
presents a cheque to Lara Latcham of the Kindle Centre.
BARONESS SHIRLEY WILLIAMS TO VISIT HEREFORD
With the general election less than six months away, Sarah
Carr, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hereford, Ross
and South Herefordshire and local Lib Dem MP Paul Keetch
will welcome Baroness Shirley Williams at a sold out dinner
at All Saints in Hereford on Friday, 4th December.
as MP in 1964, Shirley Williams, now Baroness Williams of
Crosby, was a member of the Wilson and Callaghan governments
and was also the Secretary of State for Education. As one
of the Gang of Four, Shirley Williams famously broke away
from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981 and later
supported its merger with the Liberal Party to form the
on the visit, Sarah said, 'Shirley Williams is an amazing
woman and politician and I am delighted she is coming to
Hereford to support my campaign to be the next Member of
Parliament. Shirley is widely respected and has appeared
more than any other panellist on the BBC political talk
show Question Time. Shirley has just published her fascinating
autobiography and I am sure it will be a wonderful evening.'
years ago, Paul Keetch MP announced he would not be standing
at the next general election and local campaigner Sarah
Carr was selected as his successor to be the Liberal Democrat
HEREFORDSHIRE RESIDENTS URGED TO SHAPE THE COUNTY'S FUTURE
Growth is coming to Herefordshire which may result in over
16,000 new homes, new enterprises, more jobs and prosperity
and a bypass for Hereford and Leominster. But making sure
the county grows the right way is up to everybody, say Herefordshire
Council, who are launching a major consultation in the New
Year to shape the future of the county, the city and the
of the council, Roger Phillips, urged the silent majority
to speak out on the options laid out for the Local Development
Framework when the consultation starts on 18th January 2010.
Speaking at the council's cabinet, he said this was Herefordshire's
big chance to write the blueprint for planning and development
up to 2026.
members considered various 'place shaping options' outlined
in a draft consultation paper, which has been published
on Herefordshire Council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and these are detailed for Hereford, Bromyard, Kington,
Ledbury, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and the rural areas of
the county. The council will hold exhibitions and road shows
across the county early next year, with workshops in schools
and colleges. People's views will be analysed and proposed
policies developed and presented back to cabinet later in
2010 and publicized, before being submitted to the Secretary
of State, who will arrange for a public examination and
inspector's report with final adoption anticipated in 2011.
consultation had highlighted that nearly 80 per cent of
respondents feel that a blend of public transport improvements
and a new relief road would be the preferred solution to
Hereford's traffic problems. However, the route, either
to the west or the east of the city needs careful consideration
and the draft consultation paper details the implications
of either option. The paper also outlines possible locations
for the new homes, which will also affect the route of a
bypass and the location of a second river crossing, as developers
would need to contribute to infrastructure improvements.
aim is to regain the city's place as an economic power in
the region in order to bring prosperity and opportunity
for future generations. The strategy for the market towns
is to further promote their roles as service and economic
centres for their rural hinterlands but also improve links
with Hereford. The largest single allocation of new homes
outside of Hereford could go to Leominster, due to its economic
importance located on the A49 corridor and its rail links,
with growth providing a southern link road for the town.
and Ross could support more development than Bromyard and
Kington with the amounts of new homes and employment land
balanced by their respective needs and environment considerations.
Several villages and groups of villages could see development
designed to increase affordable housing and create and retain
employment and services.
cabinet approved the 'place shaping paper' as a consultation
document and agreed the formal consultation period of 18th
January to 12th March 2010.
HOSPITAL QUIZZED ON PARKING CHARGES FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED
Local Lib Dem campaigner, Sarah Carr is championing the
cause of many elderly and disabled residents in Herefordshire
who have contacted her about their anger over the expensive
car parking charges at Hereford County Hospital. Mrs Carr
has been contacted by local disabled and elderly residents
about the cost of parking at the Hospital.
a result of their concern Sarah has written to the Hospital
Chief Executive, Martin Woodford asking why there are no
car parking charge concessions or exemptions for patients
and visitors with Blue Disabled badges and further whether
they have considered revising the concessions list or abolishing
Car Park Charges for more vulnerable groups. In
Scotland and Wales hospital car parking charges have been
Sarah said, 'Parking at the County Hospital is expensive
especially for the elderly and disabled who often have to
manage on a limited fixed income. They simply cannot afford
expensive car parking charges for essential treatments.
In times of recession hospital car parking charges become
much more prohibitive for a wider group of residents including
those with young families and those with long-term illnesses.
In reviewing this issue I have been surprised to find the
car parking concession list to be very limited including
that no concession is given to those people in receipt of
Disability Living Allowance when they visit Hereford County
a result, I have written to the Hereford Hospital Trust
Chief Executive about the car parking charges and will share
his reply to all those who have contacted me on this issue.
Nationally, pensioners get a poor deal from government.
I strongly believe that the link between pensions and earning
must be reintroduced as currently many pensioners struggle
to get by. With some pensioners facing the dilemma of ‘eat
or heat’ they do not need the added burden of expensive
car parking charges for essential hospital treatments.'
POLICE WARN PARENTS AND PET OWNERS OF MORDIFORD OF POISON BAIT
Following police activity near Mordiford, parents and pet
owners in the area are being asked to keep an eye on their
charges as poisoned bait has been found placed in the grounds
of a country estate.
Wednesday, 25th November, West Mercia Police undertook an
investigation into allegations of illegal wildlife poisoning
on the Sufton Estate near Mordiford, Herefordshire. A search
warrant was executed and a ground search took place. The
police were assisted by officers of Natural England and
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A number
of items were seized and enquiries are continuing. Two men
who work on the estate have been arrested and enquiries
of the agencies involved are asking countryside users near
Mordiford to take additional care when out with their children
and to keep dogs on a lead. If anyone encounters a suspected
poison bait, which may comprise dead pheasants or pigeons
laced with poison, they are urged not to handle it but to
contact West Mercia Police immediately on 0300 333 3000.
poisoning of birds of prey, other wildlife and pets remains
a serious problem across the UK.