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5th May 2010 NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
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ORLES BARN AWARDED AA FIVE STARS AND TWO ROSETTES

When Richard and Kelly Bailey took ownership of Orles Barn in September 2007, they knew that there was a lot of hard work to be done. Orles Barn's previous owners had specialized in excellent South African food, which was not the type of dining Richard and Kelly wished to provide and the then two star hotel had become somewhat dilapidated.

First of all, Richard and Kelly concentrated on the restaurant which quickly became established as one of the places for enjoying excellent food. In October 2009, they decided to take the plunge and start a 6 month programme of complete refurbishment to realize their dream of owning a beautiful property in Kelly's home town of Ross-on-Wye. When the AA inspected them 950 days after they moved in, they were delighted with their comments especially when he told them, 'The property has improved nearly beyond recognition.'

To complement the luxurious bedrooms, a new head chef, Dan Wall, now serves two menus from the kitchen, one which is modern British cuisine showcasing Dan's flair and talent offering diners the opportunity to enjoy 'top-end' meals with the other menu offering locally sourced, seasonal food but served more simply for those wanting a more casual experience. With their third Spring now firmly underway Richard looks forward saying, 'Now that we open for Lunch and Dinner, 6 days a week, we get to meet more local people who tell us how much they like what we have done to Orles Barn and subsequently bring their friends back. We're told it's the whole experience that draws people to Orles Barn; good food, friendly faces and a lovely setting overlooking our large, sunny garden.'

Things are certainly looking up for Ross-on-Wye as another restaurant receives national recognition drawing more visitors to the area.

Richard and Kelly occasionally put on special events and this coming Friday, 7th May the renowned Franco Taruschio, previously of the famous Walnut Tree in Abergavenny will be taking over the kitchen to treat visitors to some of his fabulous Italian dishes.

On Friday, 21st May a New World Wine Tasting event with Richard Milsom has been organized. Enjoy six delicious courses with accompanying wines.

On Sunday, 30th May, Liberty Street Jazz Band will be keeping diners entertained. Weather permitting, lunch will be served in the garden.

For further information on any of the above events, please contact Orles Barn.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Richard and Kelly and their staff on their achievements and wish them continued success!


Kelly and Richard Bailey, with baby Harry.

TIME FOR ROSS MARKET HOUSE CLOCK TO CHIME AGAIN

Ross Market House clock.

In 1852, Louis Napoleon proclaimed a second French Empire, the first paper bag was patented and the first public toilets were opened in London. Meanwhile in Ross-on-Wye, a town clock was bought and put in place by public subscription on the Market House. The clock has seen 157 years tick past but the town has been strangely silent since October last year when the clock collapsed, taking away the winding mechanism and the hourly chimes.

Ross Civic Society donated the money to rebuild the clock but estimates for the repair of the chimes have needed special attention due to the high cost. Herefordshire County Council have agreed to pay for half the cost and the Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T.) have volunteered to help raise the balance of £3,000 but we need your help.

We don't want to experience another remembrance day with no clock chimes at 11:00am and some may have experienced the confusion on New Year's Eve when the assembled crowd didn't know when the new year had begun! Let's give the heartbeat back to Ross-on-Wye and hear those old friendly chimes ring out again on the hour, every hour.

The 'Time To Chime' appeal has been launched to mend the chimes. If you would like to help please contact David Bruce at Pots and Pieces Tea Shop, 40 High Street. If you would like to give a personal donation, cheques should be made payable to 'Association of Ross Traders' and sent or handed in to the above address.

We need the help of the community; schools, clubs, choirs, mum's groups, youth groups, scout and cub groups, cadets, girl guides, pubs, keep fit groups and anyone else interested in our town. If every person in Ross gave just 32p we would have enough to get it mended, so please help where you can. Look out for the 'Time To Chime' collection boxes and buckets and help wherever you can.

Let the bell ring out and put the character back in our lovely market town.


TAKE A PEW SCHEME PAYING OFF

In the front row, seated are: Pam Gray, the Reverend Nancy Cleaton and Val McCalla. Back row: Gary Reeves, Keiron Bridges, Mike Gibbins, Robert Jolly, the Reverend Richard Hill, Neil Sandford, the Reverend John Hughes and Mike Edmunds, Church Warden.

The Take-A-Pew scheme was established as a Partnership between The Diocese of Herefordshire Churches, Herefordshire Council Social Services, and EnviroAbility who manage and facilitate the popular scheme. St. Laurence's Church in Church Stretton recently took part in the scheme and Church Warden, Mike Edmunds said that he had been delighted to work with Take a Pew, and many people in the Church Stretton area are now very happy to have a little bit of the church history in their homes.

Clive Richards, one of the Stalwart volunteers that work on the pews was asked, 'What do you like about working on the Pews Project?' He replied, 'I like the work, it's hard work, but fun. I also get to visit different places and meeting the people from the churches that join the project.'

Gary Reeves who facilitates the involvement of people working out of St. Owens Centre was very positive about the project, saying, 'It is an excellent activity that is valued by the community and it provides real opportunities for the involvement of people at all skill levels.'

Dennis Humble, one of the team at EnviroAbility, commented that Gary's skills have been essential to the success of the scheme. He also paid tribute

to Mike from EnviroAbility who has worked endlessly to help make this project a success.

Take-A-Pew is a unique church pew recycling service based in Herefordshire. If you would like to buy a unique piece of antique furniture, adapted to fit your home, they have many styles to offer you, each one a little bit of history! Your purchase will also help support the work of this excellent team. Perhaps you would like to join them. They would benefit from and welcome the involvement of more volunteers.

For either of the above opportunities please telephone 01989-763388, or via Take-A-Pew at www.enviroability.org.uk. They look forward to hearing from you.


AN INVITATION TO GET INVOLVED IN NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET CONSTRUCTION

Herefordshire companies involved in the construction industry are being invited to attend a meeting to explore how they can become involved in the construction of Hereford's new livestock market. Earlier this year work began on the proposed access to the site of the new market located beside Hereford's Roman Road. The £8 million scheme will create a 21st century livestock market for the county's farmers and will replace the current outdated facility in the city centre.

To assist local companies in competing for some of the work packages involved in the construction of the new facility, a special event is to be held in Hereford on the morning of Friday, 14th May. The event will help local companies explore what kind of work is on offer from the main contractor, Willmott Dixon, and how they can tender for it.

Any local companies involved in the construction business should contact Herefordshire Council's economic development team on 01432 261706 to register. Places are limited so early booking is advised.


JESSE CONDEMNS LATEST NEWS OF POST OFFICE CLOSURES

Post Office campaigner and Conservative parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has expressed huge concern at news of two recent Post Office closures. It was reported this week that Chilton Square Post Office has temporarily closed after a routine audit, while Mordiford Post Office will close in July after the resignation of the sub-Postmaster.

Jesse has run the countywide 'Save Herefordshire's Post Offices' campaign since 2007. Since then the campaign has amassed a huge 10,000 signature petition from local people against the closures, a petition which Jesse and a coach load of protesters took all the way to 10 Downing Street. It has also lobbied central government, submitted evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee, and even made a video about the closures.

Commenting, Jesse said, 'These new closures will undoubtedly cause huge local concern in Tupsley and Mordiford. As we have seen, all too often supposedly 'temporary' closures become permanent unless they are very swiftly reversed. I have written to the Council to convene an Action Committee to move quickly on this.

We must do everything we can as a community to get these Post Offices back open as soon as possible.'


Jesse and Councillor Glenda Powell lead protesters against the closure of the Brampton Road Post Office.

TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME AT THE OLD HOUSE IN HEREFORD

Herefordshire's Heritage Services Team is joining in with a Europe-wide event which aims to get visitors into museums after hours. The Old House in High Town, Hereford, will be taking part in this year's Museums at Night event and will be open to the public from 6pm until 9pm on Friday, 14th May.

This year there will be 'A Step Back In Time,' a chance for visitors to see The Old House peopled with re-enactors and to take a tour of the property with one of the experts from the council's heritage services team. The re-enactors will be doing domestic history sessions with cooking and spinning etc. and there will be musical entertainment as well.

Tickets have been reduced and are now just £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. For further information please contact Alexia Clark on 01432 383597.


ROUTE FOR NEW HEREFORD GREENWAY SCHEME UNVEILED

Herefordshire Council has unveiled the new route for its greenway scheme which will link Hereford City Centre with Rotherwas and beyond, including a new bridge over the River Wye for pedestrians and cyclists.

Funding for the greenway and new bridge will come from sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Herefordshire Council and additional funds received after the county was selected by the government as a New Growth Point. Views of residents are now being sought about the new route for the greenway which will provide an easy and convenient route for cyclists and pedestrians wanting to go between Rotherwas and the city centre without using busy roads.

Richard Ball, assistant director said, 'Our consultants Amey have now drawn up a detailed route for the greenway which includes a new river crossing. We are currently consulting with neighbouring residents and other stake holders to find out their views and are also planning to hold events for the general public to have their say on the scheme as well.

The next step is for us to draw up detailed designs for the bridge and then seek planning permission for the route and we will be holding another series of public consultations before finalizing the plans. This greenway will provide a major walking and cycling route through the city and it is then planned to create future links as shown on the plan. This will further increase the number of safe routes we can offer commuters who we hope will then leave their cars at home and walk or cycle to work instead.'

Area Manager for Sustrans, Henry Harbord said, 'This new route is a very exciting development for the scheme, and we look forward to liaising with local residents and the wider community as the plans develop.'


A map showing the new route for the Hereford Greenway.

MOTORCYCLE MERCHANDISE STOLEN

Police are appealing for information that may help them in their search for the owners of a vehicle that was involved in a burglary at a motorcycle repair shop.

The incident happened between 6pm on 28th and 8am on 29th April on the Rockfield Road Industrial Estate when three customer bikes were stolen. They are; a green Kawasaki ZX-6R registration W698 WAD, a blue Suzuki GSXR 750 registration W132 UCJ and a blue Suzuki GSXR 750 K8 registration VE08 UTV.

There was also a large amount of motorcycle clothing stolen, being fabric type jackets of the brands 'Weise' and 'Tuzo,' fabric type trousers, plain black with built in braces, also of the 'Weise' brand. Other clothing taken was leather motorcycle boots of the Highway and Soul models of the 'Weise' brand and full face helmets of the 'Box' brand in silver and other colours, blue with other colours and in plain black.

If anyone saw a vehicle entering the Industrial Estate at these time that could carry such a large load, please contact PC Philip Harvey as soon as possible on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT TO COME FORWARD

Hereford Police are asking the public to help them in their search for a helpful witness to come forward in regards to a sexual assault.

The incident took place in the Castle Green area behind the cathedral on 21st April, when a female was assaulted by a 40-year-old man and ran to a passer-by for help. The passer-by walked the woman a distance back through the town to go to friends. The Good Samaritan is said to be in his 70's and is aware of what happened to the woman.

There were a few people around at the time so if anybody saw this incident, please contact PC Leah McCarthy on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


SARAH WELCOMES LORD LIVSEY TO HEREFORD

Sarah Carr with Lord Richard LIvsey in Belmont, Hereford.

Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire, was joined by Lord Richard Livsey on Saturday, 1st May on the campaign trail in Hereford.

Richard Livsey was the Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire for 11 years in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Richard became a member of the House of Lords in 2001 and is an expert in agricultural management.

Sarah said, 'Richard Livsey joined my team today knocking on doors in Belmont in Hereford and he was delighted to receive such a warm welcome. During the campaign we have knocked on so many doors and the support has been fantastic. The campaign office in East Street Hereford is abuzz with volunteers and thousands of leaflets are being hand delivered, all leading up to an exciting polling day on Thursday, 6th May.

Polls are open from 7am until 10pm and I urge people to use their vote! It’s a two horse race between the Liberal Democrats and the Tories and every vote will count.'


LOCAL PARKINSONS PROJECT SPREADS ITS WINGS

A pioneering project undertaken by NHS Herefordshire with local people who have Parkinson's Disease, is set to enter the national stage. The award winning research project, originally conceived by local Parkinson's patient Mike Canavan, has looked at whether group singing can provide effective voice therapy for people with Parkinson's.

Following the success of the initiative, more evidence is now needed to build on the initial findings from the research. However, the number of people with Parkinson's disease in the county is too few to support a bigger project, so the search has been on to find a partner. NHS Herefordshire is delighted to learn that the University of Canterbury is interested in taking the work forward with a possible multi-centred research project being planned which would involve groups of patients from across the UK participating.

Caroline Evans, Parkinson's nurse specialist for NHS Herefordshire said, 'I am really proud of the work we have done locally. We know that somewhere between 50 and 80 percent of people with Parkinsons experience some form of speech and communication problem and we wanted to investigate whether group singing could help maintain strength and clarity of voice. We've been able to demonstrate that this type of therapy can certainly help some people and it would be fantastic if these findings could be replicated on a much larger scale.'

The local Parkinson's Society in conjunction with Hereford Academy Community Learning Centre continues to run fortnightly sessions in Hereford for patients with Parkinson's and other chronic health problems including, multiple sclerosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and stroke. The Q2 Quivers and Quavers group will be celebrating its 100th session at the Hinton Community Centre on Wednesday, 12th May at 2pm and plans are currently being made to start up a second group in another part of the county later this year.


MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY TO HOST EXHIBITION BY PEDRO BROWN

Herefordshire Council's Heritage Service is pleased to announce the opening of a photographic exhibition at Hereford's museum and Art Gallery by well known, local percussionist and saxophone player Pedro Brown. Pedro's exhibition opens on Saturday, 22nd May and will run until Wednesday, 7th July.

Over the last 30 years Pedro has travelled extensively around the world and amassed a huge collection of colour slides and black and white images. On show in the art gallery will be a representative collection of images from the past 20 years and these will include people, places and landscapes from as far afield as the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Africa, China and the Far East. Pedro also has a love of jazz music and has photographed many world famous musicians, including the late, great Johnny Dankworth in 2008 as well as Courtney Pine, Chris Barber and Ornette Coleman. These and many, many more are also included in the show.

Pedro has been interested in photography since 1975 when he bought his first camera, a Canon FTB. All the colour photographs in this exhibition are digital, taken on a Canon 20D camera; the black and white photographs were taken using a film camera, a Canon FTB. All the images on show are printed on archival photographic paper not ink jet printed. The exhibition will also include some of the musical instruments he has collected during his travels.

Pedro will be well known to many people in the county through teaching percussion in schools, play groups, rest homes and to people with special needs.

Opening times of the museum are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Sundays, from April and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am until 4pm.


Hiromi, Jazz pianist.

Nepalese Sadhu.

CARE QUALITY COMMISSION PRAISES REFURBISHMENT OF STONEBOW UNIT

NHS Herefordshire has received high praise from health inspectors over refurbishment work carried out at its acute mental health premises in Hereford, describing the new Stonebow Unit environment as 'of an exceptionally high quality.'

The extensive works have seen a complete overhaul of two of its in-patient wards, Jenny Lind and Mortimer, to create many more single rooms where previously there were 4 bedded dormitories. Some of the new single rooms include en-suite toilet facilities. Work has also included the development of day rooms, creation of an activity room, new bathing areas and wet rooms. The designs have been focused on providing a modern and safe environment, which provides increased levels of privacy and dignity for patients. The new facilities include many innovative design features, including an ingenious design for safer opening windows, created by members of the works department at NHS Herefordshire, when those available on the market did not fit the bill.

The refurbishment project has taken over two years from its initial planning stages to completion and has cost a total of £2.1 million. Capital funding from the primary care trust was used alongside grants secured by NHS Herefordshire from the Department of Health. Mark Hemming, directorate manger for mental health services at NHS Herefordshire said, 'We are delighted with the results of the work at Stonebow. We have a modern and comfortable hospital facility for people in Herefordshire with mental health conditions, which we should be very proud of. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of Graham Price, associate director of facilities, and Ian Bloore, ward manager, who have made this project happen, with significant help from Lisa Bloore, clinical nurse specialist, and Dave Craig, ward manager.'

In addition to the praise received from inspectors, feedback from patients, relatives and visitors has also been very positive and complimentary about the new environment. Some of the new furniture in the bedrooms and day room has been purchased through charitable funds. Members of the primary care trust's Charitable Funds Committee recently held their meeting at the Stonebow site and received a tour of the new facilities afterwards.

Diane Jones, non-executive director and chair of the committee said, 'We were all very impressed to see the results of the refurbishment works which is a great improvement for patients, visitors and staff alike. I am pleased that charitable funds have been put to good effect to further improve the environment at Stonebow.'


HUSKY DOG ATTACKS SHEEP AND LAMBS

Police are asking the public for help in identifying a Husky dog that killed two ewes and several young lambs. The incident happened on the morning of Friday, 30th April between 8am and 9am at Brockhampton, Bringsty, a rural location. The Husky was grey in colour and was wearing a dark coloured harness. If anyone knows who this dog belongs to they should contact the Police.

PC Jill Richardson said, 'There has been a problem here in the past with dogs attacking livestock. The Police will prosecute those owners who do not keep control of the dogs.'

If anyone has any information that can help, please contact PC Jill Richardson on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


JESSE HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WITH NICK HERBERT

Conservative Candidate, Jesse Norman brought key Shadow Cabinet minister, Nick Herbert to Hereford this week to meet farmers and discuss their concerns over the rural economy. Mr Herbert, who is Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, toured Hereford Cattle Market with Jesse and Councillor Philip Price, so that he could hear first hand the problems faced by farmers in the county. Electronic sheep tagging was high on the list of recent issues, but farmers also expressed their concerns at volatile prices in the livestock market, the growing new fiasco over Single Farm Payments, the widespread local problem of bovine TB, and the difficulties of dealing with ever increasing official red tape.

Mr Herbert went on with Jesse to discuss the government’s proposed new Cider Duty with Kier Rogers, a leading local cider apple producer. Kier said that owing to the long term investment needed to produce apples for cider, six or more years before they could produce a decent yield, and the long term nature of commercial apple contracts, the 10% hike in cider duty would have hit his bottom line hard.

Mr Herbert said, 'This government has shown virtually no interest in or understanding of farm issues over the years. As Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Affairs I think it is a vital part of my job to get out and meet farmers and food producers personally whenever I can, to understand the issues they face. I was delighted we managed to see off the rise in cider duty, and I know that Jesse Norman will be an utterly committed and hard working MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.'

Jesse said, 'It is great to be able to show Nick two vital sides of Herefordshire’s farm economy. Coming on top of Shadow Farming Minister Jim Paice’s recent visit, this shows how seriously the Conservatives take this county, and its status and potential as a food producer.'


Jesse and Councillor Philip Price show Mick Herbert an EID sheep tag.

COUNCIL ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE

Herefordshire Council's Community Protection Unit is working in partnership with West Mercia Police to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Dog Warden, Matt Faulds and Pc Fiona Farrington have been leading one hour sessions every Wednesday evening at the play area near Muir Close, Belmont, Hereford. The first few sessions, which ran from 7pm until 8pm, have attracted around twenty people who are taught the basics of dog handling and also how to work together in a group. Everyone who completes the ten week course will get a certificate.

Shane Hancock, acting regulatory services manager for the council said, 'I am pleased these sessions are proving popular as it is really important that everyone who owns a dog knows how to handle it properly. The problem of dog fouling has often been raised by residents at PACT meetings and we feel education is one of the best ways to tackle this. As part of the programme, we will also be urging people to clear up after their dogs and reminding them of their responsibilities.

We will see how successful this pilot scheme proves to be and will then consider holding similar sessions throughout the county.'


LORD PADDY ASHDOWN VISITS HEREFORD COLLEGE

Lord Paddy Ashdown, former Liberal Democrat Party leader visited Holme Lacy Campus of Herefordshire College of Technology on Friday, in support of Sarah Carr’s bid to become Hereford and South Herefordshire’s next Liberal Democrat MP. Sarah, Paddy and supporters stopped off at the Wye Inn on the Holme Lacy Road, Hereford before being given a tour of the Holme Lacy Campus.

Herefordshire College of Technology has a long standing reputation for its Blacksmithing and Farriery work and Paddy leapt at the opportunity to try blacksmithing for himself under the expert guidance of the course tutor.

Commenting, Sarah said, 'I am delighted that Paddy Ashdown came to Herefordshire in support of my campaign. I have very fond memories of Paddy visiting Hereford when he was Party Leader in 1997 to support Paul Keetch’s successful campaign to be our MP. Paddy is a popular man and has enjoyed a varied career from his time in the Marines, being a Member of Parliament and International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and his judgement is widely respected.'

During the visit Paddy and Sarah also met with students to listen to what they want from the next government and local MP.


Sarah Carr watches as Lord Paddy Ashdown tries his hand at blacksmithing in the Rural Crafts Centre at Holme Lacy.

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER 4 X 4 CRASHES INTO BARN CONVERSION

Police are asking for the public's help in locating and identifying a 4x4 vehicle and its owner.

At 5:45am on Tuesday, 27th April, a car which is believed to have been travelling from the direction of Bredwardine to Hay on Wye lost control as it approached a right hand bend, crashing into the outer wall of a stone barn conversion at Weston Farm, Herefordshire. The driver of the car and passengers had already left the scene by the time the owners of the building managed to reach the road.

The damage left at the scene indicates that the car responsible was an older, dark green, Vauxhall Fontera 4x4. The 4x4 will have substantial damage to its front and rear passenger side corners. PC Michael Hickey said, 'It was not a good thing for the owners to be woken up in such a way at this time in the morning. A considerable deal of damage has been made to the building; two dents on the outside and plaster has fallen off on the inner wall. The damage to the house will be quite expensive to repair.'

Any information about this incident can be sent to PC Michael Hickey on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


EDWARD McMILLAN-SCOTT MEP JOINS SARAHS CAMPAIGN

Former leader of the Conservative MEP's, Edward McMillan-Scott MEP visited Hereford on Friday, 30th April to give support to Sarah Carr's election campaign to be the next MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.

Edward is one of many ex-Conservative voters who are supporting the Liberal Democrats at this general election. Edward was keen to give support to Sarah’s campaign to scrap car parking charges at Hereford County Hospital and afterwards joined Sarah and a team of her supporters canvassing in the Tupsley ward of Hereford where he received a very warm welcome on the doorsteps.

Sarah said, 'Edward’s decision to join the Liberal Democrats was no real surprise. The Conservatives are in disarray in Europe, not knowing whether to align themselves with right wing extremists or to leave it altogether. I am delighted that the former leader of the Conservatives in Europe has taken time out of his busy schedule to join me in Hereford supporting the Liberal Democrats and my campaign.'


Sarah Carr and Edward McMillan-Scott MEP reviewing over 1000 supportive responses to Sarah Carr’s 'Scrap Hospital Car Parking Charges' campaign.

COUNCIL ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE

Herefordshire Council's Community Protection Unit is working in partnership with West Mercia Police to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Dog Warden, Matt Faulds and Pc Fiona Farrington have been leading one hour sessions every Wednesday evening at the play area near Muir Close, Belmont, Hereford. The first few sessions, which ran from 7pm until 8pm, have attracted around twenty people who are taught the basics of dog handling and also how to work together in a group. Everyone who completes the ten week course will get a certificate.

Shane Hancock, acting regulatory services manager for the council said, 'I am pleased these sessions are proving popular as it is really important that everyone who owns a dog knows how to handle it properly. The problem of dog fouling has often been raised by residents at PACT meetings and we feel education is one of the best ways to tackle this. As part of the programme, we will also be urging people to clear up after their dogs and reminding them of their responsibilities.

We will see how successful this pilot scheme proves to be and will then consider holding similar sessions throughout the county.'


COMMUNITY PROTECTION TEAM TARGETS YAZOR BROOK LITTER

As part of Keep Britain Tidy's Big Clear Up campaign, Herefordshire Council's community protection team joined forces with Amey, the Environment Agency and West Mercia Police to carry out an organized litter pick at Yazor Brook, Hereford. The idea behind the litter pick, which was also supported by pupils from Trinity School in Hereford, was to remove discarded rubbish and litter from this beautiful area that is so widely used by local residents and to rid the brook from fly-tipping.

Andrew Osbaldiston from the Wye Management Team of the West Midlands Environment Agency said, 'We have been working with local partners, businesses and the community to improve the water quality of the Yazor Brook in Hereford. By investigating the local surface water drainage system that discharges to the brook we have been able to identify some misconnections where foul water was previously entering the Brook. The Yazor brook is an important habitat area for fish and wildlife, including otters and provides a valuable amenity area for local residents. Anyone witnessing pollution to the watercourse or dumping of waste items should report it to our Emergency Free Phone number on 0800 807060.'

Amey supported the litter pick by providing litter picking equipment and two street cleaning operatives as well as a vehicle to take away what was collected. Ruth Kinsella, watchman in chief for Amey added, 'As part of our contract with Herefordshire Council, we have a responsibility for ensuring the county's streets and highways are free of litter. However, we still have problems with fly-tipping, and we are happy to help community groups and target extra resources to carry out litter picks at known hot spots What we really need is for people to stop littering in the first place and events such as this one highlight the importance of us all taking a pride in our environment and leaving it as we would wish to find it.'

Anyone who has any issues with litter or fly-tipping should contact The Community Protection Team at Herefordshire Council on 01432 261761.


Year six pupils of Trinity School with CSOs, members of the Community Protection Team, the Environment Agency and council contractors, Amey with the litter.

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