Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards was delighted to welcome
a record number of residents to the Annual Town Meeting
at the Larruperz Centre last Wednesday.
Edwards informed the meeting of the work Ross Town Council
had been doing throughout the year to help to keep Ross-on-Wye
a good place to live for its residents as well as promoting
the town as a tourist attraction. He said that one of the
problems facing the town was that there are too many empty
shops and an abundance of charity outlets, however, in an
effort to get local retailers to help themselves, the council
encouraged the formation of the Association of Ross Traders,
known as ART. The association has been very successful in
promoting the retail outlets in the town as well as the
town itself. For example, the introduction of the attractive,
energy efficient Christmas Lights by the council was boosted
by ART encouraging traders to have their own lights. They
staged a special shopping festival which greatly improved
the festive spirit over the Christmas shopping period which
was praised by residents and visitors alike.
Mayor was also pleased to announce that Ross Town Council
had chosen to forego any rise in the tax precept for the
year April 2010 to March 2011 and that they have also set
aside £25,000 to help implement any short term measures
included in the Ross-on-Wye Town Plan, if adopted by the
Edwards then announced that the Community Award, given to
a citizen of Ross who worked for the good of the town on
a voluntary basis, was to be presented to Mrs. Iris Price.
As the Mayor said, Iris seems to pop up everywhere; helping
Ross Town Carnival, raising funds for Ross Pre School Playgroup,
sitting on various committees. Iris quietly does so much
work for various organizations and her award is well deserved.
Iris did not attend the meeting, so it was decided to present
her with her award at the forthcoming Mayor Making Ceremony
on 10th May.
Chairmen of Ross Town Council's four committees then introduced
themselves to the public and explained what they do. Members
of the public who are listed on the town's Register of Electors
were then invited to put questions to the chair of each
on the agenda was the presentation of the Ross-on-Wye Town
Plan, which was funded by Ross Town and Herefordshire Councils,
Awards for All and the Lottery Fund. The plan is designed
to shape the future of Ross-on-Wye and was drawn up by a
steering group of Ross Residents who spent a lot of time
consulting with the public on their views of how they would
like to see Ross-on-Wye grow. A copy of the plan can be
obtained from the Town Clerk and the Corn Exchange or by
visiting the RoWToP website.