place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ASSAULT ON HEREFORD TO ROSS BUS.....
in Ross are investigating a sexual assault on a woman who
was on a bus which took place on a bus journey between Hereford
and Ross-on-Wye on Monday 13th, September at approximately
man sat next to the woman and put his arm round her. He
then continued to assault her even though she asked him
to go away. The offender is described as a white man aged
in his early 40s, approximately 5ft 8 tall and of stocky
build. He had short cropped dark blonde or light brown hair
and a fair complexion. He was wearing tracksuit bottoms
and a hooded top or jacket. He also wore white trainers
and is described as being of scruffy appearance. The man
smelt strongly of alcohol. The
victim got off the Stagecoach bus in Ross but the man remained
Mike Evans from Ross-on-Wye police station said: 'We are
keen to speak to any passengers on the bus who can help
with information or anyone else who thinks they can identify
this man. This was a frightening incident for the woman
concerned and we are keen to trace this offender as soon
incident was not reported to police straight away and officers
have been trawling local CCTV to try and identify the offender.
you have any information, please call 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers
OFF LEDERHOSEN FOR JAMSTAND OKTOBERFEST.....
nights are getting darker and the festival season is coming
to a close… What better way to kiss goodbye to the summer
than with a thigh-slapping Jamstand knees-up - the LAST
festival of 2010 season being held on 2nd and 3rd October
(and still FREE) in the beautiful surroundings of Ross-on-Wye?
have stopped at nothing to bring you the best Oktoberfest
in the West - even flying Ugly Duckling back from LA especially
for Jamstand! They will now be headlining on Sunday 3rd
closing the festival with their legendary old skool hip-hop
style. Also playing on Sunday are the incredible Laid Blak
who are back again to get the crowd going with their unique
blend of old-skool reggae vibes performed charismatically
with a funky, modern twist. Sunday also heralds the almighty
Haggis Horns who are Mark Ronson's band; so you can look
forward to hearing them playing their fabulous live funk/afrobeat/jazz
style recently made famous in tracks such as Amy Winehouse
'Valerie' and Lily Allen 'Oh My God'.
Saturday we have top home-grown talent - featuring the superb
funky jazz band Zang Tang and The Dandelion Killers as well
as international live dance act Subsource who have won international
acclaim for their groundbreaking punk/breakbeat style and
been compared on more than one occasion to The Prodigy;
so make sure you are ready to party! We are very excited
that Jamstand Oktoberfest has secured a very special surprise
act to close the billing on Saturday night - however; this
will remain a closely guarded secret until just before the
event… So make sure you arrange to get there early because
once we are full - we are full!
well as the main stage, we also have a dance tent that kicks
off at 7pm on both dates and will be playing host on Saturday
to a range of DJ's including DJ Cheat and Larsey and on
Sunday to the incredible Dub Boy and Amoss.
will be an acoustic tent that will running throughout the
day playing a chilled mix including acts such as Zoe Mead
and Adam Isaac on Saturday from 2pm -7.40pm. On Sunday the
acoustic tent will open from 12.30pm-6.40pm; Klaus and Ed
Sheeren - who has recently been signed to Sony - alongside
other highly respected acts will be showcasing their talents.
Full line-up can be found on the attached flyer or at www.myspace.com/jamstand.
well as this there will be two VW Campervans onsite; one
as The Secret Disco playing a vibrant melange of funky beats
and one as a mobile Martini Vodka Bar. There are two additional
main bars onsite selling a wide range of local and continental
beers, ales, ciders, wines and cocktails as well as variety
of independent local traders and producers.
will be numerous additional attractions at Oktoberfest including
an onsite 70's roller disco, Paint-balling and laser-zap
arena, Fancy Dress Stalls, Glowsticks, fairground rides
including a Big Wheel, Breakdancing workshops, Jugglers
and Circus performers, an area here you can meet the acts
and get signed merchandise. As well as all this, there are
more food and drinks stalls than ever selling a huge variety
of delicacies including Chorizo Express, Moroccan Chicken
and Broome Farm Cider. All to the backdrop of a wide variety
of local and international artists bought to Jamstand especially
for you to enjoy for FREE. So dust of your lederhosen and
join us for a Jamstand Oktoberfest not to be missed!
EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ROWENA.....
birthday greetings go to Rowena Pollock who will be 40 years
old on Tuesday, 30th November. Yes, that's right, 30th November.
Rowena wanted her party to be as much fun for the children
on her guest list as for her adult friends and family, so
she decided to have her celebratory party early, as the
weather was likely to be warmer than on her actual birthday.
we arrived at Ross Rowing Club on Saturday afternoon, there
were lots of children enjoying the space hoppers, hula hoops,
stilts and diablo that had been laid on for them before
the arrival of the bouncy castle, which, as soon as it had
been inflated was full of children. It did begin to rain
a little, but that did not stand in the way of the family
game of rounders which took place later in the afternoon.
we returned in the evening, the club was full of friends
and family enjoying some delicious food and drink whilst
catching up with each other. Whenever we saw Rowena, she
was attending to one of the children or collecting glasses
and plates, chatting with everybody on the way, with a permanent
smile on her face. When asked why she was working in stead
of relaxing, Rowena said that she didn't want the party
to be just about her. She just loves to watch people enjoying
themselves. Well, they certainly did Rowena. Thank you for
inviting us to your party. We really enjoyed it and we shall
look forward to having a drink with you again in November.
Pollock with husband Mick and children Lucy and Thomas.
with her father.
children had lots of fun with space hoppers, stilts and hula hoops
etc. . . .
. . . and jumped on the bouncy castle the very second it had been
WINS GOLD IN HEART OF ENGLAND AWARDS.....
to Ross-in-Bloom for being given a gold award in the Heart
of England in Bloom competition. The judges of this annual
contest who visited Ross-on-Wye in July left with an excellent
impression, not only due to the hard work of the volunteers
of Ross-in-Bloom, but that of the community as a whole.
120 members of the Association of Ross Traders displayed
hanging baskets on their premises this year which were provided
Garden Store and watered regularly by EnviroAbility.
In their remarks the judges commented on the quality of
all the baskets around the town, as well as the new planters
on the Morrisons Roundabout, which were planted by Ross
Garden Store and the quality of the bedding in the public
park areas. They
were also very impressed with the project work in Pigs Alley,
which again had been done by various volunteers across the
town. The public art in the riverside walk and around other
parts of the town were also very impressive and Ross-in-Bloom
hope to turn these areas into a 'Walk Around the Arts of
Ross' for 2011 if they can get support and sponsorship to
print off enough copies for all the hotels and coffee shops
to have for their visitors.
not all flowers and projects for Heart of England in Bloom
entries. The judges also need to see how the community has
responded during the year to all of the advertising and
press coverage. Ross did very well and there was a special
mention of the numerous banners adorning the town advertising
the event as well as the enormous amount of press coverage
for events during the year.
of all ages need to be involved in the annual campaign and
once again Ross-in-Bloom managed to do this by including
the Guides Centenary in not just the colour scheme but also
awareness days run by Jules King, JP throughout the year,
whilst the older generations helped with Pigs Alley amongst
other projects. There
was also an excellent working relationship with Amey and
Herefordshire Council which also gained extra marks. Amey
are always a great help throughout the year in Ross and
the Chairman, Margaret Lucas was delighted that they had
received a special mention for all the hard work they do.
said, 'I am over the moon that we were able to achieve Gold
this year. A lot of hard work has gone into making sure
the town looked good and it was wonderful to be able to
bring back this award to thank everyone who helped this
year. We are well into plans for next year already as this
is not just for the summer but for the whole year. We do
hope that everyone will feel that they are able to join
in and make it another memorable year for the town.
would like to also congratulate all of the individual entries
in the town in the Heart of England in Bloom 'It's Your
Neighbourhood' Competition and the Hotel Competition. The
Chase Hotel gained Gold for their gardens which were judged
at the same time as the town. The neighbourhoods were also
judged on the day and they all received an Outstanding Award,
which is the equivalent of the Gold. July 21st was an excellent
day for Ross this year in many ways. We are delighted for
them all that we all managed to get the highest accolades.'
Friday Ross-in-Bloom was joined by representatives of Ross
Court, Woodside, Goodrich Court and the Chase Hotel for
a group celebration and they all took along their Heart
of England in Bloom certificates to show off. Also present
were representatives of the many groups than had helped
them as well as individual committee members and volunteers.
These groups included Amey, Herefordshire Council, ART,
John Kyrle Rooms, the Guides and Ross Town Council with
lots of other individuals.
anybody has any ideas on how they can help for the 2011
campaign or would like to say what they would like to see
in the town entry next summer, please contact Margaret Lucas
Motorcycles in Brookend Street. She
will be very pleased to hear from you.
as whole is celebrating a record number of awards in the
Heart of England in Bloom Camapigns for 2010. Herefordshire-in-Bloom
achieved no less than 33 awards, which is the most ever
achieved for the county. Needless to say, everybody is delighted
with their results.
and Margaret Lucas hold the ribbon ready for the Pigs Alley art
opening on behalf of Ross in Bloom.
TIC WILL MOVE TO HERITAGE CENTRE IN 2011.....
Ross Tourist Information Centre will be integrated wit Ross
Heritage Centre in January 2011 in a drive by Herefordshire
Council to save public funds. Herefordshire's TICs cost
almost £200,000 per year to run, yet are used by just
2 per cent of visitors to the county. However, the council
has confirmed that every market town in the county will
have a tourism information service as part of plans to boost
Herefordshire's £411-million tourism industry.
a meeting on Monday, 16th September, the council's cabinet
approved the creation of an enhanced destination management
partnership (DMP) driven by the private sector, with the
aim of growing visitor income by over £100 million a year
to support up to 2,000 extra jobs in Herefordshire. The
county's tourist information centres will move from expensive
leased premises to join up with other information services
in council premises.
of the council, Roger Phillips reaffirmed that this would
still mean that there will continue to be a tourism information
presence in the city and in each of the market towns. Most
of Herefordshire's 4.8 million annual visitors now depend
on internet information, with the Visit Herefordshire web
site attracting half a million hits per month.
Council runs five tourist information centres which are
in Hereford, Ross, Leominster, Ledbury and Queenswood, plus
a tourist information point in Bromyard and one service
in Kington run by the voluntary sector. Tourist information
centres are being moved from expensive leased premises to
be accommodated more cost effectively with other council
services. In Leominster the TIC became part of the customer
services centre in Corn Square and the Ledbury tourism service
will be moved to the town's customer services centre. Hereford's
tourism information centre is the most expensive to run
and options will be explored as to the future use, potentially
as a showcase of Herefordshire and Herefordshire products.
The Queenswood Country Park tourism centre would explore
Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development
said, 'The new destination marketing partnership would be
based on international tourism best practice, driven by
the private sector but commissioned by the public sector
to deliver an effective tourism strategy. It will capitalize
on the trend for people to spend more of their holidays
in the UK rather than go abroad.'
BOY AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL.....
young boy, believed to be a year 8 student was involved
in an accident when riding his bicycle on Ledbury Road,
Ross-on-Wye just before 5pm last Friday afternoon.
He was attended at first by the First Response team and
Ambulance staff, but it was thought necessary to call in
the Air Ambulance team who, once the young man had been
fitted with a head and neck brace, air lifted him to hospital.
boy did manage to lift his arm and wave through the helicopter
window as it took off from the ground of the John Kyrle
High School and we are hoping that he is now making a speedy
young boy being transported from the ambulance to the helicopter.
Air Ambulance takes off . . . .
. . . air lifting the boy to hospital.
PEOPLE URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY.....
and young people from across the county are being urged
to have their say at a day long interactive event which
will help plan children's services for the next three years.
Herefordshire Children's Trust is a formal partnership working
with and for children, and include Herefordshire Council,
NHS Herefordshire, the police, youth offending team and
voluntary and community organizations. The
Children's Trust is currently developing plans which will
set priorities and pave the way for the work of the Trust
and its partners over the next three years.
is really important that children and young people are able
to influence what the main objectives are in the plan by
making it clear what their priorities are now and for the
next few years. As a result Have your Say Day has been organized
for Wednesday, 29th September at the Freedom Centre, Hereford.
Invitations have been issued to children and young people
through their schools, colleges and youth clubs, so that
they can join in what promises to be fun sessions which
will encourage discussions on what is important to them
in their lives.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'We want to gain a real understanding of what is important
to our children and young people. This will vary from age
to age which is why we're splitting the day into interactive
sessions for the three main age groups. For those children
and young people who would like to have a say but can't
attend the event, there are other ways of getting involved
by looking at www.herefordshire.gov.uk. We want as many
children and young people from all ages and backgrounds
to get involved in planning services that they need.'
work from all the events will then be used to decide on
priorities in a new Children and Young People's Plan which
will be available from April 2011.
CLUB COMING TO ROSS-ON-WYE.....
Herefordshire is planning to start the county's first leg
clubs, which will provide a social environment for people
who have problems with their legs to meet up weekly, exchange
tips, share experiences, gain advice from district nurses
and where appropriate, receive treatment too. Details
of the clubs, which will run in Ross-on-Wye and Kington,
will be under discussion this month as professionals involved
in the scheme will be meeting on 24th September to finalize
the scheme and develop plans to ensure GPs know about the
clubs and can refer their patients to them.
three per cent of the local population suffer with leg problems
which can vary from varicose veins and swelling to ulcers
and painful joints. The new Leg Clubs, which will be run
on a voluntary basis, will invite nurses to deliver sessions
on leg care and encourage people to manage their ailments
so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Bithel, NHS Herefordshire said, 'We know that there are
quite a number of elderly patients in the county who suffer
with leg ailments and can often feel isolated, particularly
in the rural communities. There are many things that people
with leg problems can do for themselves to help reduce swelling
and keep mobile.
district nurses do their best to visit as many patients
as possible, but bringing people together provides the additional
benefit of reducing social isolation and encouraging peer
support and new friendships. The two new leg clubs will
be run as trial projects beginning in November and if they
work well, consideration will be given to setting up further
schemes in Herefordshire next year. Ross-on-Wye and Kington
have been chosen to trial the clubs because they are very
rural areas where isolation can be a problem and district
nurses have identified a need.'
Herefordshire is currently exploring community transport
options for those who need help getting to the clubs, although
it is anticipated that many will come to the clubs with
partners and/or friends. Dates and times of the new clubs
will be posted on the NHS Herefordshire web site (www.herefordshire.nhs.uk)
and shared with GPs.
BIKERS TO FEATURE AT FOOD FESTIVAL.....
Herefordshire Food Festival 2010 will take place at Hereford
Racecourse on 23rd and 24th October and will have all of
the ingredients you'd expect to make it one of the leading
events of its kind in the country.
or two of this year's exhibitors may well add a bit more
spice to proceedings as The Orgasmic Cider Company, for
example, will be hoping to put smiles on the faces of anyone
who sips from their cup during the two day food extravaganza,
while Love Patisserie, in Hay-on-Wye, is another exhibitor
looking to woo the crowds with their superb, locally made
recognized as one of the leading food festivals in the whole
of the UK, the event as a whole will also feature the welcome
return of popular TV cooks The Hairy Bikers and a talk on
cheese production by former Coronation Street star, Sean
Wilson (better known, perhaps, as Martin Platt).
major element of this, the 5th annual Herefordshire Food
Festival however, will be about the family, with
a strong emphasis on introducing youngsters, as much as
grown-ups, to the benefits of using great quality produce
with as few food-miles on the clock as possible. An Easy
Peasy Cookery Kitchen for the kids, meanwhile, will also
make it one of the most inclusive of all food festivals
held in the UK this year.
will be two food demonstration areas where The Hairy Bikers
will engage with the public in lively cookery shows three
times a day, a 'slow food' section with exhibitions and
a busy schedule of talks. This teamed with a pavilion packed
with local food and drink producers promises to turn Hereford
Racecourse into a weekend Mecca for 'foodies.'
highlights of the occasion will include a bustling farmers
market, cookery demonstrations by some of the brightest
young chefs in Herefordshire and exhibitions by both the
Marcher Apple Network and the Herefordshire Beekeepers Association.
This year's Herefordshire Food Festival will also link to
the Herefordshire Photography Festival - with pictures of
Hereford cattle taking centre stage in an eye-catching collection
Food Festival will mark the conclusion of the 12th annual
'Flavours of Herefordshire' awards scheme, which recognizes
and rewards the use and promotion of local produce. The
scheme itself celebrates the close links which exist between
Herefordshire's rural landscape and the food and drink which
is on offer to its residents and visitors alike. Winners
will be presented with their awards on the night before
the Food Festival gets under way by The Hairy Bikers.
details can be found at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk.
CLOSURE OF MEEKS WELL LANE.....
Meeks Well Lane in Symonds Yat West, near Ross-on-Wye has
been closed to traffic due to land slippages which have
occurred in the area of Vineyard and Lavender Cottage. Herefordshire
Council, working in conjunction with Amey Herefordshire,
has now drawn up an appropriate design in order to stabilize
the existing land slippages. A contractor has also now been
appointed to construct the scheme.
works started last week and will continue for around 14
weeks. A statement from Herefordshire Council reads that
'A certain level of disruption will be experienced by local
residents during the construction phase and their understanding
and co-operation in this matter would be appreciated. The
current road closure and associated diversionary routes
will continue until the stabilization works have been completed.'
ON SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING.....
Herefordshire Council are congratulating the county's residents
for their recycling efforts after the 5,000th tonne of waste,
equivalent to the weight of around twenty-five 747 jumbo
jets, was collected for delivery to the council's EnviroSort
facility. Residents have risen to the challenge and taken
advantage of the changes to their kerbside collection systems
and are now being asked to keep up the good work.
placed in household green bins and clear plastic sacks since
November last year have been transported to Worcestershire's
state-of-the-art facility, EnviroSort, where the sophisticated
technology employed allows materials to be sorted better
than ever before. The impressive site, which is operated
by Severn Waste Services for Worcestershire County Council,
covers 5.8 acres, has more than a mile of conveyer belts,
145 electric motors and 12 miles of cable. Once sorted the
materials are then transferred to various outlets in Britain
and across Europe where they are reprocessed and used again.
The 5,000th tonne of kerbside recycling was delivered from
Herefordshire to the facility, in Norton, near Worcester,
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic
housing said, 'I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone
who has taken advantage of the new kerbside collection scheme
to recycle this impressive amount. The people of Herefordshire
should be congratulated for their efforts and, most importantly,
I'd like to ask residents to keep up the good work.'
are being reminded they can place a host of materials into
their green bin collections including: food tins and drink
cans, mixed glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and
containers, paper, cartons and cardboard.
find out more EnviroSort visit www.envirosort.co.uk, which
includes a video explaining what goes on inside EnviroSort.
SCHOOL CHILDREN MEET THE REAL BILL.....
from Herefordshire were among more than 1,600 schoolchildren
and young people who were invited to West Mercia Police
HQ at Hindlip Hall, Worcester, for an exciting insight into
how their local police force goes about its business. Over
four days, children aged between 10 and 16 years from schools
in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire
spent time with officers learning about their work and getting
tips on how to stay safe. Pupils from Queen Elizabeth Humanities
College, Bromyard, were among those who took part.
event was called the Real Bill because it was an attempt
to show local children what the realities of modern policing
are, rather than what they might pick up from TV programmes.
It was intended to show the children that beyond media images
of the police, officers are real people whose job is to
protect them and their communities. The children who attended
were given a short presentation on how the police go about
investigating crimes and this was followed by a demonstration
from the Dog Section, a talk on internet safety, a chance
to see up close some police vehicles, and a display about
forensics. The children were able to chat with officers
and ask any questions they had.
Detective Constable Simon Davies said, 'This is the second
year that the Real Bill has taken place and we felt we had
to do it again after last year's was a great success. We
got some very positive feedback from our young visitors
and their teachers about the series of events targeted specifically
at schools from across the force's communities.
main aim was to engage with the children in an imaginative
and creative way in order for them to gain a better understanding
of what the police do. We also wanted to start from an early
age some positive relationships with officers and pass on
some very important messages concerning such issues as internet
safety. Hopefully we will have achieved all of this at the
same time as making the events entertaining, informative
GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO REGENERATE CITY.....
Council has urged residents to make sure they continued
to have their say on important plans to regenerate the county
as a 'new land of opportunity'. The council's cabinet met
on Thursday, 16th September and approved the next stage
in the Shaping Our Place consultation, which aims to create
new and better paid jobs, new enterprises, decent and affordable
homes, more higher education and a new relief road and river
crossing for Hereford.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, confirmed that all
58 elected councillors had recently approved the ambitious
growth plans for the city and the county but there was to
be further widespread public debate in the autumn - not
least on the preferred route for Hereford's new road to
the west of the city.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment, referred
to public consultation earlier in the year, in which over
5,000 people had participated, as 'the most successful of
its kind in the UK'. Now there will be a public exhibition
arranged in Hereford to receive views on a final 'core strategy'
document, which will be the blueprint for future development
and presented to the full council in February next year,
with possible adoption by the end of 2011. In parallel,
there will be further consultation on plans for new communities,
enterprise and amenities in the market towns and rural areas.
The Shaping Our Place consultation showed public support
for boosting the city's role as the main employment and
economic centre for the county, with a need for a further
15 hectares of employment land to encourage new enterprise,
inward investment and new, high quality jobs. By 2026, the
aim is to significantly boost income in more deprived areas
of the city and build an economy based on a wider range
of sectors, as well as encouraging a greater range of skills
and opportunities for higher education.
planned new communities in Hereford mean an average of 260
new energy efficient homes a year up to 2026, which officers
say are 'manageable' according to recent history. The new
communities include 1,000 homes in Holmer West to the North
of the city, 1,000 at Three Elms and 1,500 at Whitecross
to the West and 1,000 homes at Lower Bullingham to the South.
One third of new homes will be designed to be affordable
for people in Herefordshire.
housing areas will have a community hub and play areas with
open space and sports facilities. Developers will also contribute
to new road infrastructure and sustainable transport, including
Park and Ride schemes at Holmer West, Three Elms and Lower
Bullingham. There is also planned a new urban village of
800 homes in the centre of Hereford.
cabinet heard that consultations have shown that nearly
80 per cent of residents would support a relief road, together
with a range of other transport improvements, such as better
public transport, more cycling and walking routes and measures
to reduce the number of car journeys to schools. The relief
road is regarded as a priority if Hereford is to avoid a
future of gridlock misery.
Phillip Price, cabinet member for education and achievement
added, 'The strategy is the way we ensure that our young
people can look forward to a proper job, a rewarding career
and a decent home in Herefordshire, rather than having to
leave the county to achieve it.'
June French, cabinet member for corporate and customer services,
said that there were people in the community, on the housing
waiting list, or trying to get a decent job, that wanted
the council to deliver its blueprint for change.
'A prosperous Hereford means a prosperous Herefordshire,'
added Councillor Jarvis. 'We must safeguard the city for
all generations, as the alternative will be a city and a
county condemned to lost opportunity, low wages, poor prospects,
stunted growth and a future of congested roads.'
FOR PERMANENT PARK AND RIDE PUT ON HOLD.....
for a permanent Park and Ride scheme in Hereford have been
put on hold, it was announced at Herefordshire Council's
Cabinet meeting last week. The announcement from Councillor
Brian Wilcox was one of the proposals to meet the reductions
to budgets which were announced by the Chancellor of the
Exchequer earlier this year.
£6bn of savings to non-front line public services are to
be made this financial year which has resulted in a reduction
of £570,000 to Herefordshire Council's local transport plan
budget. In response to this budget reduction, priority continues
to be given to road safety, highway maintenance and supporting
sustainable modes of transport.
Wilcox said, 'Unfortunately, I have had to put the proposed
Hereford park and ride project on hold pending development
of longer term strategic park and ride proposals associated
with land use planning. If the scheme had gone ahead, there
would have been a substantial revenue implication year-on-year
to subsidize the scheme. The temporary placing of the proposals
on hold has released sufficient funding to address the majority
of cuts in the highways budget.'
will be pleased to learn, however, that the popular Christmas
park and ride scheme will still be going ahead this year
to help them access the city in the busy run-up to the festive
period, but details concerning the level of service have
yet to be decided. As usual, the scheme will be operating
from both South of the city at Grafton and in the north
at the racecourse, during the run-up to Christmas, although
exact details have yet to be agreed.
these times of reducing budgets, we have to take tough decisions,'
Councillor Wilcox added. 'I am pleased that we have been
able to still concentrate on the key priorities of safety,
maintenance and sustainability while still helping shoppers
and traders in the busy run-up to Christmas.'