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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
WHITE LION LOCALS QUIZ FOR RHIANNE AND SPINAL INJURIES ASSOCIATION
In September, Rhianne Parkes will be taking part in the
Adidas Women's 5k Challenge to raise money for the Spinal
Injuries Association. Rhianne
chose the Association as she suffered a spinal injury of
her own at the age of 12 and wants to 'give something back.'
set up a just giving account at www.justgiving.com/RhiParkes
and her mother, Jacqui Newman, landlady of the White Lion
Inn organized a quiz and raffle which took place on Sunday.
The quiz, as usual was enormous fun and was won by 'Pam's
Missing,' comprising Gill and Mike Davies and Rob Little.
Lots of great prizes were donated for the raffle, putting
even bigger smiles on people's faces until that is, the
much coveted giant Toblerone was won by somebody who can't
eat nutty chocolate; at which point light hearted war broke
would like to thank Jacqui for hosting the quiz and all
who attended the quiz and donated prizes. A great night
was had by all and £318.45 has so far been raised
for the Spinal Injuries Association. If you would like to
read Rhianne's story, please click
enjoying Sunday's Quiz.
money for the Spinal Injuries Association.
team, 'Pam's Missing'..
BLOW THE WHISTLE ON DOMESTIC ABUSE
Not everybody will see the World Cup period as a time of
fun and excitement. Drink-fuelled domestic abuse will ruin
it for some. Incidents
of abuse spike when England are playing but there's no excuse
for it, win or lose, and West Mercia Police is urging victims
and witnesses to blow the whistle on domestic abuse.
of domestic abuse increase by nearly a third (30 per cent)
on England football match days and nearly half of all suspects
in domestic abuse cases were drunk at the time of the crime.
Working with their partner agencies, West Mercia Police
want to encourage those who do suffer domestic abuse over
the next month of the World Cup not to tolerate it and to
report incidents to the police. Posters
with a football theme will be distributed across Herefordshire
that urge local people to 'Show domestic abuse the red card
this World Cup' and 'Blow the whistle on domestic abuse.'
Kevin Purcell, Senior Police Officer for Herefordshire said,
'Domestic abuse is a serious crime that should not and will
not be tolerated. It must be made clear to offenders that
the World Cup does not give them any justification. Domestic
violence and abuse affects families, it affects victims
who suffer harm and it can have a devastating effect on
the lives of children exposed to the abuse.
Mercia Police will do everything it can to make arrests
and bring offenders to justice. Don't suffer in silence
- help is available. We work closely with our partners to
provide support for victims, encourage them to report abuse
and effectively prosecute offenders.'
you or somebody you know needs confidential help or advice,
blow the whistle on domestic abuse and call the domestic
abuse help line on 0800 783 1359 Herefordshire. You can
also call the police on 0300 333 3000 or, in an emergency
£360 RAISED IN MEMORY OF MATT
Ross Health and Fitness was rather busy on Saturday, as
lots of ladies went along to support a fund-raising event
for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Matt Beddard.
Matt was a popular young man who died of a brain tumour
in his early teens. Since
Matt's death, his family along with many of his school friends
set about raising money for a special ward for teenage cancer
patients at Birmingham Childrens Hospital and the ward is
fund raising continues, however, and on Saturday, Caroline
Ward of Ross
Health and Fitness
hosted a 'Pretty Feet' event in the studio on the upper
floor at the centre. For £5, ladies were able to have a
pedicure pamper and have their toes painted in a range of
colours, adding some fantastic nail art. A raffle was also
held on the day and the event raised £360.
a lovely, relaxing way to help this very worthwhile cause.
of people enjoyed the pedicure pamper day.
family on Saturday.
ROSS TOWN COUNCIL TO ADOPT THE TOWN PLAN
Members of Ross Town Council voted to adopt the Ross Town
Plan as a framework for a business plan at their meeting
on Monday. Copies of the Town Plan are available from The
Corn Exchange, Library and Swan House. Although Councillors
Jenny Hyde and Harry Bramer had reservations about accepting
the Town Plan per se, a vote was taken and the motion to
adopt the plan was carried.
organizers of JAMSTAND will be pleased to know that Ross
Town Council have agreed to grant their request for £2,000
towards the cost of the festival and Ross-on-Wifi are being
granted funding by the council, with match funding being
provided by Herefordshire Council.
was recently recognized as a 'Fair-trade' town and Ross
Town Council produced a leaflet a couple of years ago that
promoted shops and businesses in the town that trade in
locally or ethically sourced goods. At the meeting, Councillor
Hyde informed the council that where the cocoa and sugar
producers get cash for ethical trading, our own dairy farmers
who supply the milk for 'Fair-trade' chocolate do not. Apparently
the matter is being looked into and the leaflet is to be
updated during the summer.
Town Council are looking for a volunteer Emergency Co-ordinator
who will be the key focal point for planning and responding
to an emergency for the community, the emergency services,
Herefordshire Council and the Primary Care Trust.
can appear in many forms, such as floods, severe weather,
storm damage or deep snow. They also cover animal and human
health emergencies such as blue tongue, swine flu, crime
and all kinds of civil occurrences involving the emergency
services. Full training and support will be given. An emergency
Co-ordinator must at least fulfil the following criteria:
resident in the parish community, enjoying the full support
of the community, possessing a sound knowledge of the community
and possessing good organization and communication skills.
you can help and feel you are the type of person who can
carry out this responsibility, please contact the Town Clerk,
Mrs. Denise Mason at the Corn Exchange, High Street, Ross-on-Wye.
BRIDSTOW COMMUNITY FUN DAY
to the great success of last year's event, Bridstow Primary
School, the Parish Council and other organizations from
the village got together to organize another Community Fun
Day which took place at the school last Saturday. The
weather was much kinder to this year's event and lots of
people went along to take part in the fun.
Jenny Hyde opened the event and encouraged the public to
enjoy the day and spend well at the stalls which were there
to raise money for various community amenities such as the
village hall and the school. After the opening the Bridstow
School Choristers gave a beautiful rendition of 'Happy Day.'
were tombola stalls, cake stalls and various others and
lots of activities had been arranged to keep the crowds
amused. Ross Rowing Club provided rowing machines, a fire
engine was there for visitors to look round, Steve Turner
was there with his barrel organ and later, a tug o' war
contest took place. Everybody seemed to be thoroughly enjoying
the event and we are looking forward to attending the next
Councillor Jenny Hyde, who opened the event with head teacher, Paul
Barrel organist, Steve Turner entertains.
Visitors enjoying the various stalls.
The Bridstow Primary Choir entertain as the event opens.
PUBLIC INVITED TO FLAG RAISING CEREMONY TO MARK ARMED FORCES DAY
Members of the public are being invited to join Herefordshire
Council at a flag raising ceremony on Monday, 21st June
at 10.30am, to mark Armed Forces Day. While
Armed Forced Day officially takes place on Saturday, 26th
June, in line with other local authorities, Herefordshire
Council will raise a special flag over the Shirehall on
21st June to mark the lead up to the day itself.
dignitaries from around the county have been invited to
observe the raising of the flag. These include The Countess
of Darnley, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Herefordshire, Councillor
John Stone, chairman of Herefordshire Council, mayors from
across Herefordshire, and representatives from the Navy,
Army and Air Force.
hope people in Herefordshire will be able to join us outside
the Shirehall as we show our support for the men and women
who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently
serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to
recruits,' said Councillor Stone. This is particularly significant
in this county with its close links to the Armed Forces,'
Forces Day provides the nation with a dedicated day when
people can come together to show their appreciation and
support of the Armed Forces. For more information on the
celebrations taking place, and how you can take part, visit
WARRENDALE SPEAK UP ABOUT ORAL CANCER
Dental Care held an event in support of Dental Health Month
at Ross Market Square last Thursday, where staff were raising
awareness of the increasing problem of Mouth Cancer whilst
raising funds for the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
As well as educating the public on the importance of regular
checks for oral cancer, even amongst those with no teeth,
almost £100 was raised for the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
at Warrendale would like to thank all who visited or contributed.
Smith, Dental Nurse and Oral health Educator with Receptionist,
POLICE WARN THAT THOSE WHO KICK OFF WILL FACE THE PENALTY
With the World Cup contest now underway, West Mercia Police
have launched a campaign to let local residents know that,
along with its local partner agencies, the force will be
doing all it can to make sure the tournament passes safely
and enjoyably. While
reassuring the public that 'we're putting in extra time'
to police the streets, particularly during England matches,
they are also reminding those who might try to use the football
as an excuse for alcohol-related violence, that 'Kick off…
and face the penalty.'
are being distributed across Herefordshire Division with
the messages, 'We're putting in extra time…' and 'You'll
be seeing even more of us over the World Cup as we're working
hard to keep you safe.' Meanwhile, an internet campaign
targeting local Facebook users will warn them 'Kick off…
and face the penalty' and 'We want you to enjoy yourself
but we'll be cracking down on alcohol-related violence.'
Kick Off messages will also be sent to people's mobile phones
via Bluetooth messages at drinking hot spots in Herefordshire.
In addition, a leaflet will be distributed at pubs and other
places showing World Cup matches that will give fans a light-hearted
reminder of the consequences of indulging in alcohol-related
a night out drinking and fighting, the leaflet invites people
to stay at The Lock'em Inn, more easily recognized as their
local police station's custody suite. At this convenient
town centre accommodation with lots of bars, we never turn
anyone away. Indeed, during the World Cup why not make a
long weekend of it? If you get arrested during a match on
a Saturday night, you can stay with us until court on Monday.
Purcell, Superintendent for Herefordshire said, 'We would
like to see local football fans drink responsibly, act responsibly
and make this a World Cup to remember. Over the course of
the tournament, we are working with publicans, off-licenses
and supermarkets to ensure that alcohol is sold responsibly.
We will have plenty of officers on duty during the World
Cup to make sure Herefordshire stays a safe place that can
be enjoyed by everyone.
want everyone to do their bit to stay safe and be drink
aware. If you are going to drink, plan ahead. Think about
how you're going to get home after a night out and look
after your friends. Individuals need to take personal responsibility
for their actions and be aware of the effect they may have
on other people and the wider community.'
WELCOME TO HEREFORDSHIRE EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS
The recent Welcome to Herefordshire Event held in High Town,
was a great success as well as a good day out for many people
in Hereford. The event, which took place on Sunday, 6th
June was a West Mercia Police initiative and organized for
them by the Mission to Migrant & Seasonal Workers.
this year was from the MIRA (Migration Integration in Rural
Areas) Project and attended by partner agencies from Herefordshire,
namely Partners and Communities Together (PACT), including
West Mercia Police Herefordshire Division, Herefordshire
Council, Mission to Migrant & Seasonal Workers, The Primary
Health Care Trust, Herefordshire Housing, the Citizen's
Advice Bureau, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service,
Safer Herefordshire, and the Gang Master Licensing Agency.
event was aimed at promoting the diverse community in Herefordshire
and there were also market stalls, international food stalls,
a home-made cake and coffee stall from Hereford Baptist
Church and much more. Local dance company 'Featbeat' performed
tap & jazz routines. The Dolloway Dancers performed, and
individual students who attend Hereford College Arts College
all gave up their spare time. There was also a local street
entertainer who performed a traditional puppet show and
S. & A. Produce kindly donated six trays of strawberries
for the event. The
Right Worshipful Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Anna Toon
also attended the event.
Thompson, the organizer said, 'There were more people attending
than last year and there were a lot more agencies involved
than in previous years. It is a great information tool for
all people living in Herefordshire as well as being good
for the City Centre trade on a Sunday.'
Simon Turner, who also helped co-ordinate the event said,
'It was a very successful and worthwhile day that can be
built up on in future events in Herefordshire.'
Kevin Purcell, Senior Police Officer for Herefordshire said,
'This was a useful event for the division to be involved
with as it brings together the police and their partners
and the people of Herefordshire.'
CHAIR OF A.R.T FINED FOR ILLEGAL TRADE WASTE DISPOSAL
A Ross businessman has been fined £100 and ordered to pay
£218.17 costs after admitting illegally depositing trade
waste in a recycling facility. Richard
Lee Mayo, aged 35, of Truffles Deli, 46 High Street, Ross,
admitted the offences in a prosecution brought by Herefordshire
Council at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 11th June.
court was told that Mr Mayo, who is chairman of Ross traders
association, told an employee to take cardboard waste from
his premises to a recycling facility in the Red Meadow car
park. Mr Mike Jones, prosecuting on behalf of Herefordshire
Council, told the court that Mr Mayo should, in fact, have
been using a trade waste service provided by the council
for depositing of this waste. The cardboard should have
been put in orange sacks costing £1 each and would have
then been legally collected.
offence was committed under Section 33 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1990. Mr Jones added, 'As an authority we
work hard to try and reduce fly-tipping in the county as
it is a matter of concern and our enforcement officers are
diligent on this matter.' Mr
Mayo was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge fee of £15.
Mayo, who represented himself, apologized to the court for
the offence. He said he had no evil intent but had made
a poor decision. He added that he worked closely with businesses
in Ross to tackle problems of litter and was currently involved
in organizing a big litter pick in Ross. He also produced
a reference from Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South
Herefordshire, which said My Mayo was a tireless force of
good in Ross.
Hancock, acting regulatory services manager for Herefordshire
Council, said after the case, 'It is really important that
all traders realize they have a duty of care to dispose
of their trade waste in a responsible way. The council provides
a convenient orange sack scheme for traders to use. Trade
waste simply cannot be put into facilities intended for
householders. Officers from the community protection team
or the waste management team, are available to give advice
on appropriate disposal methods.'
ROSS CUBS FIRED WITH ENTHUSIASM
A fireman shows
Daniel how to use the hose.
the half term holiday, some of the Ross on Wye Aztec Cub
pack went to visit the fire station in Ross-on-Wye. As they
arrived one of the fire appliances had just been called
out to an incident, but there was still someone on hand
to show them round.
their visit, the Cubs found out how a call comes into the
fire station and saw all the equipment on the appliance.
They were also instructed on what to do if a fire breaks
out in the home and encourage to make sure their smoke detectors
at home work. The visit was rounded off by all the Cubs
having a go at squirting the fire hose.
visit was arranged to help the Cubs toward achieving their
Community challenge badge. Other activities for this badge
include learning some first aid skills and looking after
the next few weeks the Cubs will be taking part in exciting
outdoor activities like raft building and cycling as they
work for more badges.
you have a child who would like to join one of the local
packs, or are interested in lending a hand as a future Leader
or adult helper, please contact the Scouts by email at email@example.com,
or phone 0845 300 1818.
log in to www.scouts.org.uk for further information.
FIND AN IDEAL HUSBAND IN THE SECRET GARDEN
Oscar Wilde’s great comedy, An Ideal Husband is to be performed
in The Secret Garden at The Royal Hotel on Wednesday, 14th
July. Promoted by Ross Live! and presented by Heartbreak
Productions, the play which is set in fashionable London
of the 1890s shimmers with Wilde’s renowned wit. The
plot revolves around the settling of old scores, a fortune
made out of insider dealing, a mislaid diamond brooch, and
a young couple hoping to marry. First performed in 1894,
the play ran for a record 124 performances and has stood
the test of time with many revivals.
will be Heartbreak’s seventh visit to Ross, having first
appeared in the final Ross International Festival in 2003
and for Ross Live! every year since then. Their open-air
productions are fast paced and highly original in their
take on the great classics of English theatre. The Secret
Garden at The Royal, with St Mary’s floodlit in the background
as night falls, makes an exciting auditorium.
tickets cost £12 and are now on sale at The County Collection,
1 Market Place, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5NX, telephone 01989 563883.
Two children under 17 who are accompanied by a ticket holder
can enter free.
chairs and a picnic and keep an eye on the weather forecast
when deciding what to wear.
removed as the missing girl has been found.
COUNTY RESIDENTS TO BE ASKED VIEWS ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT
The public's views on Herefordshire's highways and transport
services will soon be compared with others across England
and North Wales, thanks to the National Highways and Transport
Public Satisfaction survey. Herefordshire
Council is one of 95 Local Authorities to sign up to a standardized
survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same
questions, whether they live in Hampshire, Hartlepool or
survey, which is being run for the third year, is the result
of months of hard work between the National Highways & Transport
Network (NHT) and a regional Highways Service Improvement
Group. It enables local authorities to compare results,
share in best practice and identify opportunities to work
together in the future. The
questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of
4,500 Herefordshire residents between June and July with
local and national results expected to be published later
in the summer. Since the survey is based on a sample, residents
that receive a copy are being urged to take part.
Hall, Herefordshire Council's highway network manager said,
'There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey
in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money,
it also enable everyone involved to identify areas of best
practice and spot national, regional and local trends. This
is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical
area over another, it is about understanding customer views
better and working together to deliver the best possible
outcomes for local residents.'
Brian Wilcox, the council's cabinet member for highways
and transportation said, 'I would urge anyone contacted
to take part in the survey to ensure they have their say,
so the views of Herefordshire residents can be heard and
PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO RAISE THE ROOF IN COUNTY SINGAROUND
Herefordshire Council is organizing two days of musical
entertainment which will involve children from 16 primary
schools singing their hearts out in a countywide Singaround.
county has received national funding to pay for vocal coaches
to work within schools, helping teachers to teach children
how to sing. Singing on a regular basis has been proved
to be good for children and adults alike. It improves learning,
confidence, health and social development and has the power
to change lives and help to build stronger communities.
The government believes that singing should be part of every
child's education, particularly at primary school level,
and the government funding will help provide schools with
the skills to be able to deliver vocal coaching themselves.
the last few weeks, teachers and children have been rehearsing
a number of songs, including Hey Mr Miller, Dr Knickerbocker
and Chocoholics. The schools will perform these alongside
a prepared song of their choice at the Shire Hall from 10.30am
to 12 Noon on Thursday, 24th and Friday, 25th June. Members
of the public are invited to come along and enjoy the children's
singing free of charge.
Bell, assistant head of the council's music service said,
'We want to try and get school classes singing every day
and are encouraging Herefordshire schools to work towards
the Singup Gold Award too. Singing should be at the heart
of every school's life. As well as making you feel good,
it helps with literacy and numeracy, introduces culture,
and is part of personal health and social education.
funding only lasts until next year, but we are hoping to
train and enthuse lots of teachers so that the county's
children can enjoy singing every day in school, and at home
too. They might even get mum and dad tuned in and set the
whole county singing.'
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES DIRECTORATE HIGHLY COMMENDED
Herefordshire Council's children and young people's directorate
has been highly commended for its focus on strong partnership
work in the first ever West Midlands Safeguarding Awards.
Hosted by the West Midlands Children and Young People's
Forum, the council's directorate was a runner up to the
Coventry Safeguarding board for a project in Bromyard that
has taken a 'team around the community' approach to make
a real difference to the lives of children and families.
play a crucial role in helping patients gain advice and
support and have a great deal of insight and knowledge about
the families who need extra support from a range of agencies.
The highly innovative GPs in Herefordshire have shown great
interest in getting more involved in understanding the wider
needs of children and their families using a national assessment
- the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) which is used with
families to understand their needs and help provide them
with appropriate support.
can highlight issues around the health and well being of
children and might typically include concerns around diet,
emotional needs, educational performance, school attendance
or other factors resulting in changes in behaviour. GPs
believe the CAF process supports them to meet the needs
of some of their patients. They have particularly welcomed
the opportunity to consider how they can work more effectively
with other agencies in their communities, and to be part
of the team which could work together to meet needs.
McMillan of Herefordshire Council said, 'In Bromyard, the
council has brought together a wide range of agencies working
in the community to meet the needs of children young people
and families. They include voluntary organizations, the
police, schools, GPs, the church, housing, mental health
services, adult services, housing and the local children's
centre. They've been able to work together to meet the needs
identified, providing a co-ordinated approach.'
GP, Ian Tait said, 'This is a real opportunity to do something
positive, working with families in a co-ordinated manner
before they reach crisis point. The talents of individuals
members of the team are organized in a way which supports
and makes sense to families.'
asked how the CAF process helps individuals, one young mum
told professionals that the biggest benefit to her was,
'knowing I don't have to cope on my own.'
way of working is paving the way for future work as the
council restructures the way children's services are delivered
across the county.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A LASTING GIFT
Herefordshire resident Richard Claridge is hoping county
residents will contribute towards a lasting gift to the
people of the county by supporting an appeal to install
stained glass windows in Hereford's Crematorium. When his
partner John Sperry died, Richard decided he wanted John's
ashes interred in the grounds of a building that John himself
would have been cheered to visit.
said, 'At the time, Herefordshire Council plans were already
well advanced for a new crematorium in Hereford but, for
reasons of privacy and public budget, it was decided to
install semi-frosted windows in the chapel. I decided to
donate a stained glass window that would be appropriate
to the purposes of the building, yet at the same time uplifting
and calming for those within it. The
window took many months to design and paint but was installed
in March this year. One week later, on the sixth anniversary
of John's death, myself and John's family gathered for the
service of interment and this window really lifted our spirits.'
scheme has now been developed for the remaining four windows.
Richard added, 'In time, as new donations come in, it will
be possible to transform the whole north-west face with
warm and gently coloured light, a source of comfort and
inspiration. With help, the new Hereford crematorium can
become a unique and special building.'
you want to commemorate a life, wheher on a plaque or through
a personalised piece of painted stained glass in one of
the proposed new windows, you are welcome to make a donation.
Please telephone John Gibbon, Herefordshire Council's bereavement
services manager on 01432 383204, who will send you details.
owl concealed within the John Sperry memorial window.
COUNCIL BALANCES THE BOOKS FOR SEVENTH YEAR RUNNING
Herefordshire Council has maintained its positive track
record for financial management by balancing its budget
for the seventh year running. In a report on the final revenue
and capital position for the last financial year, 2009/10,
the council's cabinet will hear that services had faced
up to another year of severe financial pressure.
was a significant pressure on adult social care services,
resulting in a £2.7million overspend in services for older
people, people with physical and learning disabilities and
those with mental health needs. There was an overspend of
£975,000 on the winter roads maintenance budget after the
worst period of below freezing temperatures for decades,
which was funded partly by council reserves. However, savings
of almost £1 million in waste management was achieved after
the successful introduction of wheeled bins for recycling
the children's services budget was close to balancing, there
was a £889,000 overspend in safeguarding children, as the
numbers of children in agency fostering and residential
placements showed an increasing trend. However, this was
largely mitigated by savings in other areas of children
and young peoples' services. Herefordshire consistently
achieves high standards in its schools but receives one
of the very worst levels of government education funding
in the country. Added to that is the extra cost of delivering
services across a sparsely populated rural area.
many other areas there were efficiencies, reported the council.
Culture and leisure spending reduced by £254,000, whilst
ICT services saved £619,000. The Herefordshire Connects
transformation project yielded £700,000 in savings, the
benefits and exchequers service saved £494,000 and human
resources saved £222,000. Housing services reduced spending
by £52,000 and there were savings of £180,000 in customer
services, corporate programmes and communications. Overall
Herefordshire Council achieved a balanced budget due to
recovery plans and spending controls across all directorates,
reductions in borrowing costs of £644,000 and a reduced
pay award resulted in a £553,000 saving.
council had safeguarded reserves of £5.4 million at the
end of the last financial year to help it cope with future
funding pressures. There was a capital receipts reserve
of £13.3 million to fund future improvements to the Rotherwas
business park, the new livestock market, affordable housing
and improvements to smallholdings owned by the council.
final out turn on expenditure on major capital projects
last year included construction costs for the new Riverside
School (£2.5m) and the Hereford Academy (£5.3m) in Hereford,
the Minster School in Leominster (£11.7m), the Rotherwas
Access Road (£0.7m), the Ross on Wye flood alleviation scheme
(£2.3m), road and footpath maintenance (£10.5m), Rotherwas
futures (£2.3m), the purchase of offices to bring about
the integration of health and council services (£4.3m) and
affordable housing grants (£1m).
council's position is in contrast to many other local authorities
across the country, which are announcing major overspends
for the last financial year,' said the council's director
of resources, David Powell. 'However, Herefordshire will
face tough choices in this and coming years as a result
of the overall cuts in public services needed to address
the national deficit.'
CLEHONGER MAN FINED £150 FOR FLYTIPPING
A Clehonger man has been fined £150 and ordered to pay £184
costs after admitting flytipping. Brian Malcolm Pritchard,
aged 65, of 44 Oak Crescent, Clehonger, admitted the offence
in a prosecution brought by Herefordshire Council at Hereford
Magistrates Court on Friday, 11th June under Section 33
of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Mike Jones, prosecuting for the council, told the court
that on 22nd December 2009, a householder in Preston Wynne
contacted the council's community protection team to report
a large plastic sack that had been left in a hedge. An officer
from the community protection team went out to collect the
sack and found it contained feed sacks and receipts which
were traced back to the defendant. The
defendant, representing himself, told the court he had just
been told to leave some stables he rented and just dumped
the bag on the side of the road but he knew it was a silly
thing to do. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Hancock, acting regulatory services manager of Herefordshire
Council said, 'Fly-tipping is a real blight on the landscape
and we will not tolerate it in Herefordshire. We do rely
on members of the public being our eyes and ears to look
out for such offences. I would like to thank the householder
for informing the team on this occasion and I urge everyone
to be alert to this type of antisocial behaviour.
ambition is for this type of behaviour, the dropping of
litter included, to become socially unacceptable and for
the public to support us in dealing with it. The vast majority
of people would not even think about depositing their waste
in our countryside and the irresponsible minority of people
who think it is okay to do so deserve to get caught and
PUB MANAGER FINED FOR INCORRECT DISPOSAL OF TRADE WASTE
A pub manager has been fined £300 and ordered to pay £300
costs after admitting failing to ensure trade waste was
properly disposed of. Frankie Wood, aged 23, of The Old
Nags Head, Granville Street, Monmouth, admitted the offence
under a prosecution brought by Herefordshire Council at
Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 11th June. The offence
is under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act
1990 and she was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Mike Jones, prosecuting on behalf of the council, told the
court that waste from the pub was found deposited in four
black bags at the gateway to a field near Whitchurch, Ross.
Miss Wood told enforcement officers she had asked her boyfriend
to take the rubbish to the household waste site but the
council was unable to contact him to verify this. Mr
Chris Read, representing the defendant, told the court the
offence happened just two weeks after she had taken over
the pub and she was now fully aware of her responsibilities.
Hancock, acting regulatory services manager for Herefordshire
council said, 'We are fortunate to live in a beautiful county.
This case serves to show what can happen when producers
of waste fail to exercise the duty of care they have in
respect of its disposal. These bags were obviously from
the pub and should have been disposed of using the council's
orange sack scheme; the rubbish should never have been in
black bags at all.
is incumbent upon all producers of trade waste to know what
their responsibilities are, and I urge any who are unsure
to contact the community protection team or the waste management
team for advice. The consequence of not doing can be costly,
as this court case demonstrates.'