place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
LOCAL MEN RUN TO SAVE TUDORVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE
may have read in recent issues of Wyenot News of Tudorville
Community Association's bid to save the building that once
was Tudorville Youth Centre and turn it into a community
hall for the benefit of all. A business plan has been submitted
to Herefordshire Council in the hope that an asset transfer
can take place, enabling the Association to repair and refurbish
the building which Herefordshire Council has deemed no longer
fit for purpose.
due to the current state of the building, repairs and refurbishment
are going to cost a lot of money, but already some excellent
and fruitful fund raising activities have taken place, the
latest of which took place last Monday, 5th April.
Tudorville men, namely Billy Carr, Ian Gray, Andy Trotman
and Lonnie Hill organized a run, setting off from Hereford
Ambulance Station at 9am and heading for the Man of Ross
pub in Ross-on-Wye. The first two runners home were Lonnie
and Andy, arriving at the pub at 10:55am. Not far behind
were Ian and Billy, who romped in at 11:15.
four runners did not run a usual sponsorship form, but instead
placed collection boxes in local pubs and businesses and
it is expected that the total raised will amount to several
done to you all and good luck to Ian Gray who is taking
part in the Edinburgh Marathon on 23rd May to boost the
funds even further. If you would like to sponsor Ian or
you would like to make a donation, no matter how small,
please contact Colin Gray on 01989 567995. He will be very
pleased to hear from you.
fund raising events are in the pipeline, including a table
sale on 1st of May and a Bingo Night on 7th May.
ready to begin the long run home are Andy Trotman, Lonnie Hill,
Billy Carr and Ian Gray.
ROSS TOWN COUNCILLORS URGE RESIDENTS TO VOTE IN BY-ELECTION
Following the resignation from Ross Town Council of Councillor
John Davies, a vacancy has arisen for a new councillor,
an election for whom is to be held on 27th May 2010.
is as yet unconfirmed as to who is standing in the by-election
to represent Ross-on-Wye West Ward, but two prime candidates
are thought to be Lib Dem Caroline Utting, Secretary of
the Association of Ross Traders (ART) and Conservative,
Mrs. Margaret Lucas, wife of Councillor Gordon Lucas and
former Mayoress of Ross-on-Wye.
you are interested in becoming a Ross Town Councillor, nominations
must be received by 29th April 2010.
a meeting of the full Town Council on Monday, 12th April
it was decided not to issue new polling cards for this election
in an effort to keep expenses down, but Wyenot News, along
with other local press have been asked to keep Ross residents
ROSS CARNIVAL PRINCESS 2010
All young ladies who live in the HR9 area and will be aged
between 6 and 13 years by 7th August 2010 are being invited
by Ross Carnival Committee to get out their finest frocks
and contend for the title of Ross Carnival Princess 2010.
annual contest will take place on Sunday, 9th May at the
Larruperz Centre between 2pm and 4pm, so all would be princesses
and their parents are asked to arrive in time to register.
chosen Carnival Princess will also have the title of the
Merton House Rose Queen.
further information, please contact Anne Gray on 01989 567995.
MORRISTON MALE VOICE CHOIR TO RETURN TO ROSS
The Ross-on-Wye Town Band are delighted to announce that
once again they will be performing in concert with the famous
Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir. The concert of voice and
brass will take place at St Mary’s Church, Ross on Saturday,
17th April at 7.30pm.
award winning Welsh soprano Jennifer Walker will also be
appearing and is sure to delight the audience with her unique
and beautiful voice. This will be the third time the choir
has come to Ross. On both previous occasions the church
has been full.
RFC Choir are one of the premier Welsh Male Voice Choirs
and will be performing many favourite pieces from their
extensive repertoire. At the present time the choir has
100 plus members and has performed with many international
artists, Bryn Terfel and Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins,
Arfon Haynes Davies, Gary Wilmott and Wynford Evans to name
a few, in prestigious venues including Wells Cathedral,
Brecon Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, Windsor, Eton College,
Brangwyn Hall Swansea, St David’s Hall Cardiff and the Royal
Albert Hall London.
Town Band is now in its 25th year since reforming and is
thriving under the baton of Mr Peter Ryland. Peter has been
associated with the Band since 1965 and became Musical Director
in 2000. The Band plays at a variety of events throughout
the year supporting local charities and raising funds to
pay the running costs of the Band. The band has travelled
to Ross’s twin towns of Betzdorf, Germany and Conde, France.
The band also supports a training band which takes players
of all ages and abilities, provides instruments and training
and prepares players for the Senior Band.
Walker has won many prizes including the RWCMD prize for
achievement (2004 & 2005), the Aneurin Davies Memorial Prize
2005, the Russel Sheppard Memorial Vocal Scholarship 2006,
and the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship and Elias Singing
Prize for Soprano. As well as opera, oratorio and recital
performances, Jennifer is a frequent soloist for BBC Radio
3 and Radio Wales, including the role of First Lady (Die
Zauberflöte) for the programme 'Discovering Music.' Master
classes include James Gilchrist, Bernadette Greevey, Ryland
Davies, Wynne Evans and the panel of the 2005 Cardiff Singer
of the World competition.
full details of the concert and ticket availability please
telephone 01452 760 398 or 07768 182 858.
ROSS LIONS' ROSS ROUND WALK 2010
4th Lions Ross Round Walk took place on Saturday, 10th April
and on a beautiful sunny but cool morning, fifty walkers
set out from the Ross Lions Bandstand to enjoy the wonderful
scenery and views around Ross-on-Wye.
walk is an 18 mile route round Ross-on-Wye and was set out
by Guy Vowles in his book 'The Ross Round' in 2004. The
walk can either be taken as a whole or as sections varying
in length from 3 miles up to 18 and is organized annually
by Ross Lions Club. The walkers raise sponsorship with 75%
going to their chosen charity, club or organization and
25% going to Lions charitable funds.
and Guides were well represented this year, as were Ross
Youth Lions, along with many individual walkers. Two visitors
joined in on the spur of the moment, walking four miles
to Hole in the Wall and really enjoying the riverside walk.
Walkers can opt for any distance from 3 to 18 miles, for
the bravest, which on this occasion included some of the
annual Lions Ross Round Walk is going from strength to strength
as more and more walkers appreciate the beauty of the Herefordshire
countryside. To learn more about the Ross Round Walk, or
just Ross Lions Club, visit the web site at: http://www.rossonwyelions.org
the start of the Ross Round.
MAN ASSAULTED IN BRAMPTON STREET ROSS
South Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to
come forward who may have seen an assault on a man as he
walked home during the early hours in Ross-on-Wye at the
incident occurred in Brampton Street, Ross at around 2.15am
on Saturday, 10th April. The middle-aged male was walking
up the street towards Greytree and had just crossed the
road as the pavement on his side had ended. He said good
night to two youths who were seated on a bench nearby. As
he continued on his journey he was struck from behind by
one of the youths. The blow was in his left eye, which resulted
in bruising and a cut to his cheek, for which he was later
treated in hospital.
two suspects are described as white males, 18 years of age,
5'7" to 5'8" tall, both of slim build and wearing light
coloured or grey hoodie-style tops. Police are keen to hear
from anyone who saw the assault or who may have information
as to the identity of the offenders.
with information should contact PC John Patterson at Ross
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously
on 0800 555111.
ROSS LIB DEMS SELECT CAROLINE UTTING FOR BY-ELECTION
President Herefordshire Liberal Democrats, Paul Keetch, MP, Caroline
Utting, Councillor Chris Bartrum and Sarah Carr, Parliamentary candidate.
Liberal Democrats have announced that they have selected
Caroline Utting to contest the seat of Ross West in the
forthcoming town council by-election.
Councillor Chris Bartrum, chair of Ross-on-Wye Liberal Democrats,
said, 'Caroline has done so much for Ross through her work
on the Ross traders association, with the Ross Town Plan
and by her contribution the Ross Pancake Races this year.
She is really committed to Ross and she will bring energy
and new ideas to the town council.'
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Prospective MP for Ross said,
'I think Caroline was a fantastic choice by Ross Liberal
Democrats. Since meeting Caroline, I have been impressed
with the enthusiasm and commitment she has shown towards
Ross. She will be a true asset to the Town Council.'
said, 'I used to support the Conservatives but the Liberal
Democrats in Ross are so active and engaged that I decided
to join them. I know it's going to be hard work to get elected
but I have been knocking on doors already and have had a
great reception from residents.'
is keen to engage with local people. She has set up a Facebook
page (Caroline for Ross Town Council) and can be contacted
on 01989 565685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
would be pleased if you would get in touch if you have any
questions for her or would like to help with the campaign.
LANE CLOSURES ON A40 BETWEEN MOMOUTH AND WILTON
Herefordshire Council is advising motorists that lane closures
are in place on the A40 between Monmouth and the Wilton
roundabout in Ross.
lane closures are necessary as the council's contractor
Amey need to carry out litter picking and road sweeping
along this stretch of the A40. Lane closures began on Monday,
12th April and will remain in place until Friday, 16th April
from 9.30am until 3.30pm each day.
are advised to take care on all routes and to comply with
warning signs. They should please respect road closure signs
as they are there for everyone's safety.
PRIDE OF HEREFORDSHIRE PHOTO COMPETITION
Photographers are being given the opportunity to showcase
their work in some of the most visual places in Herefordshire
in a competition to highlight the beauty and diversity of
the county. This competition has been launched as one part
of Herefordshire Council's Windows on Art scheme funded
by the Communities and Local Government Department, which
aims to make creative use of empty shops with a view to
making high streets a more vibrant and attractive place
to shop and run businesses.
Pride of Herefordshire Photo Competition is an opportunity
to show everyone what is good about the county and for everyone
else to see it. Pictures will be judged and winners will
see their images featured in window displays in empty shops
around the county. Natalia Silver, Herefordshire Council's
head of economic and community services said, 'This is a
chance for local people to use photography to show what
Herefordshire means to them, as well as improving empty
shops to visitors and shoppers into the county. This is
a development of the window in art programme ran last year
which was really popular and makes the most of the creativity
in the county.'
competition is open to amateur and professional photographers
alike, who are residents of Herefordshire who have until
Tuesday, 4th May to enter their images into The Pride of
Herefordshire Photo Competition. The Pride of Herefordshire
Photo Competition judging panel will be looking for the
photographers idea of positive aspects of living and working
in the county. They will also consider a range of factors
and will be looking for present rural, urban landscapes
and scenes at events. Judges will also look for a creative
approach and good technical ability.
full details on how to enter the competition, please visit
the link: http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure/arts_and_crafts/26195.asp
or email: email@example.com or telephone Liz Hill
on 01432 260621.
ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL WILDFLOWER FRITILLARY WALK THIS WEEKEND
Herefordshire Nature Trust are holding its annual Fritillary
Guided Walk around the nature reserve, the Lugg Meadow on
Saturday, 17th April. The walks will start at 10am followed
by others at 20 minute intervals. Why not take the family
to see some of Herefordshire's rarest wildflowers and learn
about the fascinating history of the Lugg Meadow.
are welcome so wrap up warm, put on your walking boots and
come along to find out about the significance of the 'dole
stones' and just why these meadows are so special.
event will run from 10am until 12 Noon with an entrance
fee of £2 per adult. Accompanied children will be
admitted free. There will also be coffee & biscuits along
with stalls selling home-made cakes, books, plants and Trust
goods. A raffle will also be held.
to the event at Herefordshire Nature Trust, Lower House
Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Hereford, HR1 1UT are: Take
the turning opposite the Cock of Tupsley pub, and Lower
House Farm is farther down the lane, a 17th Century farmhouse
with an interesting history. Grid Ref: 536404 Our Website:
RESIGNATIONS LEAVE TWO HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL SEATS OPEN
Residents of two Herefordshire wards could have more than
just an MP to elect at the forthcoming general election
on Thursday, 6th May. Following
the resignation of two Herefordshire Council councillors,
Councillor Rees Mills and Councillor Kay Swinburne, voters
in the Hope End and Ledbury wards will also be voting for
a new councillor to represent them locally if the two seats
stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 6th May and the
result will be announced at the count which will take place
at the Leisure Centre on Holmer Road on the evening of the
are reminded that the deadline for new applications to vote
by post, or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements,
should reach the electoral registration officer based at
the Town Hall in St Owen Street, Hereford by 5pm on Tuesday,
applications to vote by proxy must be received at the Town
Hall by 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April.
SCHOOLS NOW OFFER READING, WRITING AND RECYCLING
the successful introduction of the new home recycling scheme
in Herefordshire, the council's waste management team is
now turning its attention to schools. Schools will be able
to help protect the environment but also save money by recycling
instead of sending their waste to landfill.
bins, the same as those provided to homes across the county,
can be provided free of charge to Herefordshire schools
and can be used for the same materials which are paper,
cardboard, cartons, plastic bottles and containers, mixed
glass and tins and cans. The
recyclables collected are taken to a Material Recovery Facility
(MRF) which separates the materials using a combination
of mechanical separation and hand sorting. Once separated
these materials are then bulked up and delivered to reprocessing
Blackwell, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer said,
'By recycling in school, you can help protect the environment,
promote recycling to the pupils and cut your waste disposal
your school is interested in the recycling service please
contact Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, Laura
Blackwell, on 01432 260488.
School pupils, Nicole Sullivan, Rozzie Brown, Cameron Jones and
Callum Pitman with teacher, Donna Powell and recycling officer,
COUNCIL WARNS RESIDENTS OF BOGUS BROADBAND OFFER
Herefordshire Council is warning county residents to beware
of cold callers claiming to offer free broadband.
Guest, Herefordshire Council's principal trading standards
officer said, 'We have received calls from concerned members
of the public who have been told by cold callers that Herefordshire
Council is offering a free broadband service. As a council,
we have no such offer for residents but would instead urge
people to carry out their own research into the best broadband
provider for their needs.
should always be wary of cold callers who often claim to
offer services that do not exist and target the most vulnerable
members of society. I would also welcome it if anyone who
has calls from these people would contact trading standards
so we can investigate the matter further.'
POLICE WARN HORSE OWNERS TO BE ON THEIR GUARD
Herefordshire Police are warning horse owners to be on their
guard against horse thieves after a suspicious incident
at a farm in Tillington.
incident happened at 10.20pm on Monday, 29th March when
the owner of some horses in Tillington heard the sound of
a lorry outside the house and went to check. As they did
so, the vehicle then sped off, colliding with a wall in
the process, damaging its rear light. The vehicle was reported
as being a Mercedes 810 horse lorry in blue/light grey colouring.
would ask all horse owners to be vigilant in the light of
these suspicious circumstances. They would also like to
hear from anyone who might know of a Mercedes horse lorry
that has recently sustained rear end damage.
with information should contact PC Pete Webb at Hereford
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on
COUNTY RESIDENTS SAY NHS HEREFORDSHIRE PROVIDES A GOOD SERVICE
More people in Herefordshire believe their local NHS is
providing a good service since the primary care trust joined
together with the council in close partnership working.
Now, 83 per cent of local people are satisfied with NHS
Herefordshire compared with 66 per cent three years ago.
satisfaction with the NHS in Herefordshire is also substantially
higher than the overall satisfaction with the NHS in the
West Midlands region (72 per cent) and higher than the national
level of satisfaction (73 per cent).
research, undertaken by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by the
Department of Health, shows that Herefordshire is number
two in the league table of 17 trusts in the region when
it comes to a positive perception of service. Herefordshire
people are also least likely to feel local health care needs
improvement. Three out of four residents said their local
NHS Herefordshire services need no or little improvement.
in Herefordshire are most happy about the quality of medical
treatment by their GPs and the short amount of time it takes
to get an appointment with them. They are also pleased with
the information provided about local health care and access
to services to improve their own health. But priorities
for improvement in Herefordshire echoed those of people
identified across the West Midlands. Most
important was improved cleanliness of local hospitals, according
to 16 per cent of local people. Shorter time spent waiting
in accident and emergency were called for by 14 per cent
and 11 per cent said they also want easier access to NHS
dentists. Care for the elderly was not seen as needing any
improvement in Herefordshire.
is very encouraging that most people feel their local NHS
services have got better since we joined up management teams
and many services with the local authority,' said Chris
Bull, Chief Executive of both NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire
Council. 'But there is plenty of work still to do. NHS Herefordshire
recently launched its strategy for improvement, called Healthy
Herefordshire, and while it is true that the local population
as a whole lives longer than average and is comparatively
healthy, it is still a concern that nearly one in eight
people have poorer quality of life, health and well-being.'
Herefordshire, working closely with Herefordshire Council
and other partners, has set the challenge over the next
four years of improving the health and life chances of two
groups in particular. These are young people, affected by
poverty, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, drinking
and taking risks with sexual behaviour, and the increasingly
ageing population, who need more care and support to live
with dignity in their own homes, often in remote rural areas.
CHRIS BOARDMAN BIKE STOLEN IN HEREFORD
in Hereford are appealing for information after an expensive
bicycle was stolen from a city superstore last week.
incident happened at the Halfords store in Holmer Road,
at 2.30pm on Monday, 5th April, when a man entered the store
and took a Chris Boardman-brand Team FS-model 27-speed mountain
bike, valued at £1,000.
offender is described as a white male, 5'7" to 5'10" tall,
of slim build with dark brown hair. He was wearing a brown
suede jacket, blue jeans and a baseball cap.
would like to hear from anyone who may know the identity
of the offender or the current whereabouts of the stolen
machine. Anyone with information should contact PC Julie
Black at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 as soon as possible.
identical cycle to the one stolen from the store.
COMMUNITY PROTECTION TEAM WORKING TO MAKE THE COUNTY GREENER
Herefordshire Council's Community Protection Team has dealt
with more than 1,300 reports of environmental antisocial
behaviour such as fly-tipping and littering in the past
six months. Out of these, 548 of the reports received related
to fly-tipping, 122 to abandoned vehicles, 39 to litter,
18 to fly-posting, 14 to graffiti, 500 to dog related issues
and 146 to miscellaneous issues. Each of the reports is
investigated and this has so far led to four prosecutions
and convictions, one formal caution, two formal written
warnings, 82 warning or advisory letters issued and 32 fixed
penalty notices issued.
Hancock, Herefordshire Council's acting regulatory services
manager said, 'Fly-tipping is a particular focus for the
team because of the detrimental impact it has on the environment
and the cost to the council and local tax payer for removing
it. I am pleased that there has been an 11 per cent reduction
in reported incidents over the last year. We have already
secured four prosecutions for fly-tipping and are actively
investigating a number of other incidents. We will not hesitate
to take action in the future against anybody caught committing
this antisocial offence, albeit I would much prefer to see
a continued reduction with people disposing of their waste
responsibly and lawfully.
and dog fouling are other areas we have targeted as they
are particular issues that people are concerned about. Again
the irresponsible actions of a minority have a huge impact
on the enjoyment of our towns, villages and open spaces
by others. We aim to target the worst affected areas to
raise awareness, educate and enforce as necessary. Many
people still do not regard dropping cigarette butts and
chewing gum as littering. It is, and attracts an instant
£80 Fixed Penalty Notice, while failing to clear up after
your dog may land you with a £50 notice.
plea is simple. We are very lucky to live in Herefordshire,
but each of us has a part to play in keeping it clean, so
please dispose of your waste and litter thoughtfully, and
clear up after your dog. It may save you a penalty charge,
or worse a conviction, but more importantly it keeps Herefordshire
a great place in which to live, work and visit.'
NHS HEREFORDSHIRE TRIALS NEW SECURITY SYSTEM FOR LONE WORKERS
NHS Herefordshire has begun a trial of new security devices
designed to help protect its 'lone workers' , staff who
work on their own in the community such as district nurses
and health visitors. The new system allows NHS staff to
signal discreetly for assistance should they feel vulnerable
or distressed when working alone - for example due to aggression
from patients or their relatives.
Huxley-Marko, head of corporate risk at NHS Herefordshire
said, 'It should be noted that such incidents are extremely
rare in the county and staff already have safe systems of
work in place to ensure that others are always aware of
their whereabouts and work schedule. However, we do not
want to be complacent and feel that it is beneficial to
test these new devices to see if they provide our staff
with additional security.'
part of a national initiative from the Department of Health,
personal security alarms are made available for NHS lone
workers to monitor and record incidents where they feel
their safety is threatened in any way. The devices are able
to track a staff member's location via a postcode, and should
an incident occur the alarm is raised with a national call
centre, who can locate the individual via a GPS-style system.
The call centre staff are specially trained to handle the
calls, including being able to recognize when an alarm has
been raised by accident. Where appropriate, the emergency
services can be contacted and sent to the location.
training for nominated staff began in Herefordshire in January
2010 and the new devices went live as soon as training was
COUNCIL RECEIVE £1MILLION TOWARDS FIXING COUNTY HIGHWAYS
Herefordshire Council has received an extra £1million from
the government towards its major scheme to fix the county's
highways. The announcement came as part of the recent Budget
after the council lobbied central government for more cash
to repair the county's roads. This will be added to the
£10.7million already earmarked by the council to deliver
the biggest programme of highway maintenance that the county
has ever seen.
Ball, Herefordshire Council's assistant director said, 'Highways
in Herefordshire have suffered greatly after the worst winter
weather in more than 30 years. Rather than just provide
a quick fix by filling in potholes, we will carry out a
wider programme of planned resurfacing work over the coming
year to restore the county's roads to an acceptable standard
for the longer term.
condition of the county's roads is one of our major priorities
and I believe Herefordshire is leading the way among local
authorities in targeting resources to this important issue.
I am glad our lobbying for government cash has paid dividends.'
surveys have highlighted a rise in defects of more than
30 per cent on the county's road network. This year will
see the biggest ever programme of maintenance with over
135 miles of the county's road network being treated.
SARAH CARR CAMPAIGNS TO BE NEXT MP
Sarah Carr the
Liberal Democrats candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire.
Carr, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
has today launched her campaign to become MP for Hereford
and South Herefordshire.
campaign hit the ground running minutes after Gordon Brown
announced that the General Election would be on Thursday,
6th May with a highly visible walk around with supporters
in Hereford High Town. This was followed by a similar high
energy launch in Ross-on-Wye and canvassing hundreds of
houses in Ross.
Sarah said, 'I am delighted that Paul Keetch is supporting
my campaign to be the next MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.
I have a long history of campaigning for local people in
Herefordshire from 14 years ago, running Paul Keetch’s campaign,
to today as the parliamentary candidate. Living in Hereford
with my family, I am fully committed to our County and will
continue ‘Putting Herefordshire First’.
this campaign, along with my team I will be meeting with
and talking to thousands of local people and organizations.
We will be travelling the length and breadth of the constituency
giving people a chance to meet me in person and ask whatever
they want. I think it is important that people get the chance
to assess a candidate in person wherever possible.
believe my record as Parliamentary Candidate over the last
three years shows a real record of action and not just warm
words. From leading campaigns to stop our vital Post Offices
closing, supporting our rural services, campaigning against
the Conservative Council’s closure of the LEA pool, campaigning
alongside thousands of concerned parents against the council’s
proposed closure of our schools, leading the way on reshaping
the ESG developments to better reflect the needs of local
people, stopping the Stonebow Mental Health Unit’s gardens
from being built on, keeping local police station front
desks open to my latest campaign to scrap car parking charges
at Hereford’s County Hospital, there is a real record of
action that I hope people will look at and see the hard
work I would continue to put in on their behalf as MP.
people who would like to help with the campaign, they can
contact me on 01432 265528 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.'
MAKE SURE OF YOUR VOTE AT THE GENERAL ELECTION
Voters in Herefordshire will go to the polls on Thursday,
6th May, to elect their Member of Parliament for the Hereford
& South Herefordshire and North Herefordshire constituencies.
Electors in Hope End and Ledbury wards will be going to
the polls on the same day to elect new Herefordshire Council
councillors following resignations.
ensure everybody who wants to vote can, Herefordshire Council
is issuing the following guidance:
everyone realizes that they need to reregister each year
to have their names included on the register of electors.
Registration takes place in the autumn when the council's
electoral registration team carries out the annual canvass.
who returned the canvass form, or registered on line or
by telephone during the annual canvass, should be on the
register of electors. They will shortly receive their poll
card with voting details for the election. Anyone who did
not register, or who has changed address since the autumn,
still has time to register in time for the elections.
they need to do is download the voter registration form
off the council's website and return it to the council's
electoral registration team based at the Town Hall in St
Owen Street, Hereford, as soon as possible,' said Chris
Bull, the acting returning officer for the election. 'The
deadline for completed forms to be with us is Tuesday, 20th
April.' The forms are also available from the council's
Info shops and libraries - and they can be obtained by telephoning
the council's electoral registration team on 0844 9396107.
those who can't get to a polling station to vote, the council
has the following advice:
you can't get to your polling station to vote, or simply
find it more convenient to vote by post, then you can apply
to vote by post for the 6th May and future elections. Once
again, the forms to apply for a postal vote are available
to download from the council's website - www.herefordshire.gov.uk/elections
- and from Info shops and libraries. The deadline to apply
to vote by post at the elections is 5pm on Tuesday, 20th
council is aiming to send out postal votes for the election
on either Friday, 23rd or Monday, 26th April at the latest.
residents can choose to vote by proxy, this means appointing
someone to vote on your behalf. Simply complete and return
the proxy application form which can be found on the council's
website and is available from Info shops and libraries and
return it to us. You may need to have your application vouched
for, depending on the reasons for your application. More
details can be found on the form.
deadline to apply to vote by proxy at the elections is 5pm
on Tuesday, 27th April other than for medical emergencies.
If someone is unable to get to the polling station due to
a medical emergency that has arisen after the normal deadline,
they can apply to vote by proxy up to 5pm on the day of
anyone who wants to stand in the general election, Herefordshire
Council is issuing the following guidance:
packs can be downloaded from the council's web site www.herefordshire.gov.uk/elections
or can be obtained by telephoning the electoral services
office on 0844 9396107. Completed nomination papers have
to be delivered to the acting returning officer at the Council
Offices, Brockington, 35 Hafod Road, Hereford HR1 1SH between
10am and 4pm (Monday - Friday) from Wednesday, 14th to Tuesday,
20th April 2010.
towns served in each of the two constituencies covering
the county are: Hereford & South Herefordshire: Hereford
and Ross-on-Wye, North Herefordshire covers Leominster,
Kington, Bromyard and Ledbury.
Polling station locations can also be found on the council's
website. Anyone who needs further information about the
process should contact the electoral registration team on
COUNCIL OFFER DISCOUNT ON COMPOST BINS
Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Councils are once
again offering residents the chance to get discounted compost
bins delivered direct to their front door. The home compost
bin scheme is back for the new season and prices remain
the same as last year.
choice of green or black bins are on offer costing from
£12 for a 220 litre compost bin (£7 + £5 delivery) or £15
for a 330 litre compost bin (£10 + £5 delivery). Residents
can get a second bin half price and when ordering more than
one bin residents only pay one £5 delivery charge. A wider
range of compost bins are also available plus wormeries
and Bokashi systems and composting accessories to help people
to continue composting or try it for the first time.
provides a free source of nutrients to help the garden grow
and it also prevents waste going to landfill. As the weather
starts to improve, householders will have more garden waste,
such as grass cuttings. Garden waste can be mixed with other
ingredients e.g. egg boxes, scrunched up paper and vegetable
peelings, to create excellent compost.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
environment and strategic housing said, 'The new compost
bins are good news for residents. We hope that we can continue
to promote home composting and encourage those people not
already composting to do so. We will also continue to provide
further support to those already keen on reducing their
household waste, especially through the new recycling scheme
which has seen the amount of materials being recycled treble
in just a few months of operation.'
can be ordered online by visiting http://hw.getcomposting.com
or by calling 0844 571 4444.
SET UP A CAR CLUB AND HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT SAY COUNCIL
Herefordshire Council's integrated transport team and Greening
the Village, St James and Bartonsham are hosting a special
event aimed at encouraging more county residents to set
up and join car clubs so they not only save money but help
the planet as well. More
than 100,000 people in the UK are already members of car
clubs where they can book cars for specific periods rather
than having to own their own vehicle. This not only saves
people the costs of owning and running a car but is also
an excellent way to reduce an individual's carbon footprint.
Ashcroft, Herefordshire Council's head of planning and transportation
said, 'In one easy move setting up a car club can help people
cut their carbon emissions, cut their contribution to congestion,
and cut the clutter on their street. In the UK, the average
car owner produces more than two tonnes of carbon dioxide
through driving each year. Joining a car club can drastically
reduce this as car club cars are more environmentally friendly
and used more efficiently.'
you are interested in setting up a car club, a special event
is being held at The Courtyard, Hereford, on Tuesday, 27th
April at 7pm. Speakers at the event are Andrew Calper from
Llanidloes Car Club, Alice Powell from Talybont on Usk and
Robin Coates from Colwall Car Club.
further information about the event, contact the sustainable
travel team at Herefordshire Council on 01432 260514 or
COUNTY CHILDMINDERS NETWORK GIVEN THUMBS UP FOR TOP STANDARDS
has some of the best childminders in the country and the
local childminder network run by Herefordshire Council has
just been given the thumbs up by the National Childminding
Association (NCMA) for a further three years.
work in their own homes, providing care and education for
children of all ages, from very young babies to teenagers.
By law, all childminders who care for children under the
age of eight must be registered with Ofsted and are subjected
to regular inspections in the same way that nurseries and
childminding network is a group of registered childminders
supported by a network co-ordinator who is employed to manage
the childminders and work with parents and local organizations
that use the network's services. To become part of Herefordshire
Council's network, childminders have to go through the National
Childminding Association's quality assurance scheme 'Children
Come First.' The scheme involves learning about children's
development, the importance of learning through play and
how this can be stimulated to give children the best possible
start in life. Once accredited, network childminders can
offer parents and carers foundation stage education, providing
them with flexible choices over where they access their
nursery education fund entitlement.
network and the way it is managed is inspected by the National
Childminding Association (NCMA) who visit every three years
to make sure the standards remain constant in the network
for re-accreditation The network has just been given the
thumbs up for a further three years; the NCMA assessor reported
that Herefordshire's childminder network is strong and delivers
a high quality service to the childminders, children and
families of Herefordshire. The assessor also noted that
links have been established and developed with the county's
nine children's centres, and that services provided are
professional and developed specifically to meet the needs
of local families.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
' "Herefordshire Council's childminder network is growing
from strength to strength. We now have 35 members and as
more people than ever before want to become childminders,
many from professional backgrounds, we anticipate the network
will continue to grow. We are clearly delighted that the
network has been re-accredited. By making sure we have a
strong professional body of childminders in Herefordshire,
we are able to provide parents and carers with choice.
after very young children is becoming a career option for
many as learning and development during the early years
becomes more widely understood. Three of the county's childminders
have gone through a system of training and support to turn
them into early years professionals and are able to provide
support to other childminders as a result.
children grow and develop, we find that many parents and
carers continue to employ their childminders. They build
up long lasting relationships with the children they look
after staying with them as they grow from babies to young
adults needing help with homework at secondary school.'
group of Herefordshire childminders during a weekend at Dinedor
Outdoor Centre experiencing outdoor play and looking at how outdoor
activities can be used to enhance child development.
WIDEMARSH STREET WORKS ON TARGET FOR COMPLETION IN NOVEMBER
Herefordshire Council's major refurbishment of Widemarsh
Street in Hereford is still on target for completion before
the start of the 2010 Christmas shopping period.
Alun Griffiths Contracting Ltd started work on 22nd February
and will complete Phase One of the scheme by 23rd April.
Central Networks are due to complete their mains renewal
works in Maylords Street before Easter and will then be
completing the final two phases of their scheme. During
works by both Alun Griffiths Contracting Ltd and Central
Networks, a larger number of services than expected have
been uncovered in footways which have led to delays in completion
of Phase One.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'All statutory undertakers
were contacted in advance of the scheme and I am pleased
Central Networks have been replacing their system in the
street. Having now uncovered British Telecom's equipment,
they have also made a decision to upgrade their services
now and will be working alongside both Alun Griffiths and
Central Networks to carry this out.
are investing a substantial amount of money and time into
making this a street to be proud of by using natural stone
paving materials throughout and making it a fitting gateway
to the new Edgar Street Grid retail area as well. I am also
pleased that Hereford will benefit from improved electrical
and communication networks.
would also like to thank traders, residents and the general
public for their co-operation during the works and for their
ALUMINIUM STOLEN IN ROTHERWAS BURGLARY
Hereford Police are appealing for information following
a commercial burglary on an industrial estate in the city
in which a quantity of aluminium was stolen.
burglary occurred between midday and 8.30pm on Good Friday,
2nd April, when thieves forced entry in to an engineering
premises on the Rotherwas Industrial Estate and removed
twenty aluminium casts, valued at around £3,500. The casts
were spherical in shape, weighing about 25kgs each.
would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity
on the Rotherwas Estate on Good Friday or who may know the
current whereabouts of the property. Anybody with any information
that can help should contact PC Hannah Croft at Hereford
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on 0800 555111.
ROAD CLOSURE IN CREDENHILL
Herefordshire Council is warning motorists travelling along
the C1099 through Credenhill village on Friday, 16th April
that essential road works are taking place that day.
council's contractors Amey are carrying out resurfacing
works along this stretch of the road during the morning
and the works should be completed by early afternoon. Businesses
will be open as usual and diversion signs will be in place.
are advised to take care on all routes and comply with warning
signs which are there for everyone's safety.