place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
EAGLE INN TO STAY OPEN SUBJECT TO CONDITIONSY.....
Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee reviewed
the premises licence for The Eagle Inn at Ross after a steady
increase in crime and disorder issues was reported to West
Constable Paul West called for the review after crime and
disorder incidents occurred both inside and outside the
public house. Jim
Mooney, West Mercia Police's licensing officer, told the
committee that Enterprise Inns, who own the premises, had
been very co-operative with the police and massive improvements
had been made at the pub since new licensees took over.
regulatory subcommittee met on Monday, 7th March and decided
to amend the hours for licensable activity, attaching additional
conditions to the licence to ensure the licensing objectives
of preventing crime and disorder are met.
of alcohol on the premises will now be from 10am until 11pm
(Sunday to Thursday) and 10am to 11.30pm (Friday and Saturday).
Other conditions imposed on the licence included having
two SIA licensed door staff on the premises from 9pm on
Fridays and Saturdays, that a personal licence holder be
on the premises at all times and that full records be kept
and all incidents be recorded.
Inside the Eagle Inn at a recent HAND meeting.
LIONS WORLD WIDE RALLY ROUND TO HELP CHRISTCHURCH
Lions Clubs from around the world are rallying round to
help the people of Christchurch, New Zealand after the recent
earthquake left one third of the city needing to be pulled
down and rebuilt and extensive damage to residential areas.
Many people are without water, power, sanitation, food or
even a house.
Lions Club have made their own donation of £250 towards
this world wide effort to help and during the last week
or so, Lions in New Zealand have:
Delivered 500 portable toilets to Doctors Surgery's, Nursing
centres and households in eastern suburbs
Gone door to door in the suburbs with the Red Cross to find
those who need assistance.
Provided grocery and fuel vouchers to families in need as
well as food, bedding and water.
Volunteered at welfare centres in Christchurch and Timaru.
Raised £20,000 during a weekend fundraiser.
Distributed meals through a food caravan in Christchurch.
from neighbouring areas have travelled to Christchurch to
assist in relief projects, such as door-to-door outreach,
delivering food and helping with the clean up. Lions in
neighbouring towns are organizing dinners for displaced
families and housing for Lions in need. They are staffing
two daily shifts to assist at the national Red Cross co-ordination
office in Wellington and have delivered a 40,000 litre tanker
of fresh water to the suburbs of Christchurch. They are
also providing weekend breaks to families to escape from
the city for two days.
Lions Club are proud to be part of this great international
effort, helping our cousins on the other side of the world.
For further information on Ross-on-Wye Lions Club, please
telephone 0845 8335786, or browse http://www.rossonwyelions.org
NEW MULTI CHARITY SHOP OPENS IN ROSS ON WYE .
A new, temporary charity shop opened in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday
and many local causes are set to benefit from the proceeds.
The shop which is situated on Gloucester Road, (the old
Wine Rack) was officially opened by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor
Jo Lane, ably assisted by Mary Sinclair Powell as the Town
Crier, and the proceeds from the first two weeks will go
to the excellent youth theatre group X-entricity.
the first weekend of opening, the shop was very busy and
over £400 was spent there. The displays of posters and costumes
worn in previous productions by X-entricity were enjoyed
by many of the shoppers, however, many were disappointed
as none of the costumes, which include the group's recent
purchases from the Royal Shakespeare Company are for sale.
However, there are many other beautiful and interesting
items available, including fabric, hats and some stunning
new shop will be supporting a different charity from Saturday,
19th March. They will be raising funds for the local NSPCC.
Rory Trevethan and Ryan Clack from X-entricity with Mary Harries,
Kate Barratt, Joyce Thomas, Mary Sinclair Powell, Jo Lane, Jane
Hewson and Iris Price.
THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE COMING TO ROSS-ON-WYE
Pink Floyd fans are in for a real treat on Saturday, 2nd
April when the Larruperz Centre plays host to a return visit
of 'The Pink Floyd Experience.'
authentic 9 piece Pink Floyd tribute band emulates the line
up of the Pink Floyd band during the Pulse tour and aims
to perfect the sound and atmosphere of the great Pink Floyd
in concert. The show will feature songs from the 70s giants
biggest selling album, 'Dark Side of the Moon' and other
albums through to 'The Division Bell.'
Band is made up of Ross man, Paul Andrews on lead vocals
and lead guitar, Mike Bollard on guitar and vocals, David
Powers on bass and vocals, Neil Smallman and Dave Woodfield
on Keyboards and keeping them all in time is James Archer
on drums and percussion.
three girl choreographed and costumed backing vocal section
is lead by Louise Beadle, a seasoned theatre performer in
her own right. Louise is joined by Marie McNally on backing
vocals. Marie also plays the baritone and tenor saxophones,
even swinging the saxophones for Shine on you Crazy Diamond,
in pursuit of accuracy. The third backing vocals will be
carried out by Lindsay Martin who is currently taking advanced
vocal lessons from no less than original Pink Floyd Pulse
tour veteran, Sam Brown.
last visit paid to Ross-on-Wye by the Pink Floyd Experience
was incredibly well received and many are hoping to see
this fantastic tribute band at the Larruperz Centre on 2nd
April. If you would like to see this band for yourself,
tickets are available by visiting their web site at www.pinkfloydexperience.co.uk
Tickets for the Ross-on-Wye gig cost £12.50, which,
we are reliably informed, are well worth the money!
GOODRICH SCHOOL CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY .
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The pupils of Goodrich CE Primary School Celebrated World
Book Day in style on Friday, 4th March, by dressing up as
the characters from their favourite books. During break
times, the younger children enjoyed the stories that were
read to them by Year 6 pupils.
The pupils of Goodrich School dressed as characters from their favourite
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT AT KFC ROSS
Police in Herefordshire have issued a warning to local businesses
after a suspicious incident took place in Ross-on-Wye.
incident occurred at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant
at the Ross Business Park on Saturday, 5th March. At just
after 11am, a man dressed in a blue security guard style
uniform, including a helmet with a visor, entered the store
carrying a case and stated that we was there to collect
their takings. The staff advised the man that the takings
had already been collected by the regular security firm,
the Post Office, in the usual way. Staff were immediately
suspicious of this man and called the police but in the
meantime this man left the restaurant and then drove away
from the scene in a white van.
police spokesman said, 'This incident is very unusual and
staff at the restaurant had actually received a call the
day before (4th March) which they thought was from their
usual security firm asking them to change the collection
time for their takings. The time suggested did not suit
staff and therefore they asked to stick to their normal
at this stage there is no definitive evidence to prove this
to be the case, it does seem possible that the man who visited
the restaurant on Saturday morning may have been linked
to the phone call on the Friday. Although no crime was actually
committed during the course of this specific incident, officers
investigating the report would like to remind businesses
that they should always check the identification of individuals
that approach them, especially where transactions involving
money are concerned.
who believes they may have information about this incident,
or who the unknown man is, is asked to contact West Mercia
Police on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, please remember
that Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800
555 111 if you have information you'd like to pass on without
WALFORD SCHOOL BOY HELPS TO SPREAD MESSAGE
Two Herefordshire school pupils are helping to spread the
word about the importance of recycling by having their poster
designs displayed on the council's fleet of refuse and recycling
vehicles. Harry Davies, aged 10, of Walford Primary School
and Sarah Bedford, aged 13, a pupil at Kington Lady Hawkins'
School, won the top prizes in a competition organized by
Herefordshire Council's waste management team.
children had to design posters using the three Rs theme
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The winners also won £100 for
their schools and a framed picture of their posters. Councillor
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
environment and strategic housing, and Councillor Phil Edwards,
chairman of the council's overview and scrutiny committee,
judged the winning posters. There were more than 400 entries
from five high schools and 32 primary schools.
Councillor Jarvis said, 'The standard of entries in the
competition was really high and it was difficult to choose
winners in both the high school and primary school categories.
Sarah and Harry will now have their winning designs displayed
on Focsa's entire fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles
in Herefordshire, amounting to a total of 37 trucks. There
are 2,044 miles of roads in the county so their design will
also be seen far and wide.
rates continue to rise in the county but we can all do more
and we are hoping the eye-catching designs will help us
get the message across. Occasions like this make being a
councillor really worthwhile.'
Councillor John Jarvis with Harry Davies of Walford School who is
proud to see his winning design on the side of the truck.
SCHOOLS FORUM PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR MUSIC TUITION
The future of Herefordshire Council's Music Service came
under discussion last week as Schools Forum pledged to continue
supporting music tuition in the county's schools.
council's music service provides musical tuition to more
than 3,000 children every week. In addition it manages and
maintains 3,000 instruments which are loaned to children,
and gives curriculum support to many of the county's schools.
The service also provides whole class instrumental music
tuition to a quarter of primary schools, through a government
programme which is free to pupils.
majority of services it provides are paid for directly by
parents and schools, and in order to encourage as many children
as possible to enjoy learning to play a musical instrument,
tuition costs have been kept as low as possible. This has
resulted in the service having to deal with an overspend
each year and current budgetary pressures mean this cannot
Forum met on Wednesday, 2nd March to consider the future
of the service and agreed to commit £25,000 to them over
the next five years in order to help deal with its debts.
There may also be a further contribution if there are any
under spends from this year's education budget. This was
agreed on condition that the way the Music Service operates
is changed to make it sustainable for September 2011.
number of options, currently out to consultation, were presented
to Schools Forum for consideration. The option most favoured
by the forum was that of an accredited teacher scheme to
replace the existing one. This would involve each peripatetic
music teacher currently employed by the council, becoming
self employed. The music service would run a quality assurance
scheme, liaise with schools and provide training to make
sure quality was maintained.
Roberts, assistant director for Herefordshire Council said,
'Schools Forum recognizes the important role the music service
plays in helping children access good quality music education.
However, the service has been running at a loss for some
years now and in the current climate this cannot continue.
The forum's favoured option of an accredited teacher scheme
is already up and running very well in a number of other
authorities, including Derbyshire County Council. As well
as being more cost effective, it offers greater flexibility
for pupils and schools.'
recommendation from Schools Forum will be fed back to the
council and considered alongside feedback from the consultation.
WYE VALLEY AONB LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT 40 YEARS
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Unit kicked off it's ruby anniversary celebrations by holding
a conference at the Chase Hotel in Ross-on-Wye on Thursday,
24th February, exactly 40 years to the day of the designation
as a protected landscape in 1971.
event, organized with the Heritage Lottery funded Overlooking
the Wye Scheme, now in its last year of operation, invited
80 representatives from Herefordshire Council, Monmouthshire
County Council, Forest of Dean District Council, partnership
organizations, volunteers and community groups, to look
back at notable events and partnerships which had occurred
since the designation. However, the conference was not only
a look back at the past and a pat on the back for the Monmouth
based Wye Valley AONB team but a way to look forward. To
the next forty years.
were held to determine how people felt about how the work
to conserve and enhance the landscape could be improved
in the future. Presentations were given by Andrew Blake
Wye Valley AONB Officer, Howard Davies, Chief Executive
Officer for the National Association of Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (NAAONB), Richard Denman from the Tourism
Company, Ashley Thomas Chairman of the Wye Valley Joint
Advisory Committee and Sue Middleton Overlooking the Wye
Scheme Manager who highlighted the importance of the work
undertaken and how the area designation affected people
who lived, worked and visited the Wye Valley.
positive approach to determining the course the unit will
take in the next few years was invaluable and highlighted
the need for more communication about the landscape and
how its positive effect can boost business, tourism and
life generally in the area.
are more really great free, family events planned for the
anniversary year including: 'Hands on History' at Old Station
Tintern on Sunday, 18th May, an Iron Age Rampage on Sunday,
22nd May at Symonds Yat Rock, 'On the Way to the Wye,' a
Georgian celebration at Ross-on-Wye on Saturday, 18th June
and 'Medieval Mayhem' at Chepstow Castle on Sunday, 18th
further information on these events, log onto the brand
new Wye Valley AONB website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk. The
new site will be launched by the end of March and will contain
all the information about their events programme.
Andrew Blake addresses the AONB conference at the Chase Hotel.
SHARED ICT SERVICE WILL SAVE £130,000 PER ANNUM.....
Council and NHS Herefordshire are the only local authority
and NHS Trust in England to date to adopt cross-public sector
shared services in England and to share an ICT team, which
means they can deliver substantial cost savings for both
in April 2010, Herefordshire Council's ICT team moved the
monitoring and management of its community wide telephone
and broadband network from a managed service in house and
selected Updata Infrastructure Ltd (Updata) to take on the
provision, rental and management of physical cables that
link all local government sites. This move saved around
£1 million over three years.
March 2011, an additional 20 NHS community hospitals, clinics,
and corporate NHS sites in the region will be incorporated
into this same network, making use of the council's network
to deliver shared services for up to 2,000 more NHS staff.
This has enabled the NHS to cancel existing health care
networks to those sites, allowing NHS Herefordshire to make
an additional saving of £130,000 per annum.
Pandor, director of information and transformation for Herefordshire
Council and NHS Herefordshire said, 'This work contributes
in a significant way to enable us to work together across
organizational boundaries, while driving down cost, minimizing
inefficiencies and maximizing investment in ICT. This community
wide network provides a fast, stable and resilient business
grade network for sites across local government, health
and schools, and includes access to telephones, files, folders,
email, anti virus, web filtering and, in the future, video
sharing IT services in September 2009, Herefordshire Council
and NHS Herefordshire continue to deliver significant costs
savings for local government,' said Vic Baldorino, cofounder
and executive director of Updata. 'This project is another
great, cost saving, shared services example. Along with
significantly lower operational expenditure, the project
will 'keep local traffic local', deliver better network
performance and enable public sector organizations. in the
region to work more closely together, with a view to enhancing
efficiency and effectiveness.'
FRANK FIELD BACKS JESSE'S PFI REBATE CAMPAIGN
MP with Jesse Norman, MP..
One of the most respected figures in Parliament, the Right
Honourable Frank Field MP, has announced that he is supporting
the parliamentary PFI Rebate campaign.
campaign, led by local MP, Jesse Norman, aims to claw back
a rebate of £500 million from the banks, construction companies
and service providers who take part in the Private Finance
Initiative. The campaign now has 68 members across all the
Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead since 1979 said, 'I chair
the new Academy in Birkenhead and we have ‘inherited’ a
PFI for which we pay 16.3 per cent a year plus management
charges; whatever they are! At the end of the repayment
period we will not own the PFI building but we can bid for
is quite clear that our local authority was taken for a
ride in signing this agreement and it is crucial that those
that have so benefited from this one-sided arrangement begin
some repayments to hard-pressed taxpayers. That is why I
am supporting the PFI Rebate Campaign.'
Norman, MP said, 'We massively welcome Frank Field to the
campaign. Frank is hugely respected across the political
spectrum, and his authority and support emphasize how important
it is to achieve savings in the PFI at a time of national
continue to make great progress towards our goal. In recent
weeks the Treasury has published new interim guidance for
managing PFI contracts, the MOD has announced that it is
opening up three of its contracts, and the Cabinet Office
is taking a forensic look at the £835m contract at the Queen's
Hospital in Romford.
membership now makes this a genuinely all-party campaign,
and we would encourage other Labour MPs who are critical
of the PFI to join us.'
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE AT ST EDWARDS
Water leaking through the roof and rising from the ground
….. such is the problem facing the church of St Edward the
Confessor in the village of Kempley. Built
just a century ago of locally sourced materials by local
craftsmen, this unique Grade II* listed church was described
by John Betjeman as 'a mini cathedral to the Arts and Crafts
Movement.' Now the church faces the need for major renovation
to stop water ingress through the roof and rising from the
appeal for financial support was launched on Saturday, 5th
March with a St David's Day Concert by the Abertillery Orpheus
Male Voice Choir, led by Stephen Bard. The 40-strong choir
performed a rousing programme of Welsh and other religious
and secular music to a packed and receptive audience in
St Edward's church. The choir was accompanied by the well-known
pianist Penny Hughes and supported by a very able young
soloist, Hannah Webley, a drama student from the University
of Glamorgan. The visit of the choir was sponsored by local
resident Mrs Lynette Greenway, under the auspices of The
Friends of Kempley Churches.
at the event, Professor Basil Jarvis, Chairman of Trustees
of The Friends said, 'St Edward's church is important in
the heritage of Kempley. The estimated costs of renovation
work are in the order of £100,000. Whilst this is not a
good time to be seeking money, if we do not take action
now, the church will fall into disrepair and an important
heritage building would be lost from an historic landscape
widely renowned for its extensive wild daffodils.
trust that many people will visit Kempley over the Daffodil
Weekend on 19th and 20th March and support our appeal.'
The Abertillery Orpheus Male Voice Choir give a concert in St. Edwards
Edwards Church, Kempley, surrounded by the famous miniature daffodils.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN LEOMINSTER . . . .. .
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officers are investigating an attempted robbery which took
place in Leominster on Thursday, 3rd March. At
around 1pm, as the victim, a 39 year old woman, walked along
an alleyway that leads on to Etnam Street, an unknown man
approached her from behind. Without warning the man grabbed
the victim's shoulder bag and tried to snatch it from her.
police spokesman said, 'Although the man pulled very hard
on the woman's bag, she managed to keep hold of it and not
let him steal it. When he realized the woman was not releasing
her bag, the man ran off quickly in the direction of the
Leisure Centre grounds. Police officers called to the scene
immediately carried out a search of the area for the man
but unfortunately they were unable to trace him.
man who attempted to steal the victim's bag is described
as being white, aged around 18, as roughly 6 feet 2 inches
high and as wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up.
Although shaken by this incident, thankfully the victim
was not physically harmed in any way. However, officers
are obviously keen to hear from anyone who has information
about this incident, especially anyone who thinks they may
know who the offender is.
who believes they may have information about this incident
is asked to call Police in Leominster on 0300 333 3000.
Alternatively, please remember that Crimestoppers can also
be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.
ART FUND GIFT OF BRIAN HATTON PORTRAIT TO MUSEUM
Hereford Museum has recently acquired an important self
portrait by local artist Brian Hatton (1886-1916).The work
has been generously donated to the museum by a relative
of the artist, Dr. Geoffrey Vevers, through the Art Fund,
the national fund-raising charity for works of art. It has
just gone on display at the museum.
Vevers is related to Brian Hatton through his great grandmother,
who was Brian's Aunt Ada Vevers, herself an amateur artist.
Ada's son Geoffrey grew up alongside Brian in Hereford.
As young men the two cousins shared accommodation together
in London before World War I.
Art Fund helps museums and galleries across the UK to acquire
new works for their collections in different ways: by giving
grants towards buying works, by fund-raising and levering
additional support, and by providing an expert service enabling
individuals to give or bequeath works to public collections.
Vevers acquire the portrait in 2008. He has chosen to gift
it through the Art Fund, which has strict terms and conditions
on how gifted artworks should be conserved and displayed.
Works given through the Art Fund are safeguarded in perpetuity
and remain accessible to the public.
Geoffrey Vevers said, 'The collection of Brian Hatton's
works held in Hereford deserves to be made more widely available.
Towards this aim images are now available on the website
where it will be noted that there is no self portrait of
the artist in his teens. This picture fills that gap and
is therefore an appropriate addition to the collection.'
portrait depicts Brian Hatton at the age of about 14 years
old. At this time Brian had already received some recognition
of his talent. He had won medals for drawings he submitted
to the Royal Drawing Society, which was a national competition
for budding artists. As a result of his success there, he
had come to the attention of G.F. Watts, the renowned Victorian
artist. Watts continued to take an interest in Brian's artistic
life and corresponded with his mother discussing his training
as an artist.
also came into contact with the Royal family with his success
at the Royal Drawing Society. In 1898, at the age of ten,
he won the Gold Star for the drawings he submitted in the
competition which was open to artists up to the age of 20
years. Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's fourth daughter
presented the medal, which she redesigned on this occasion,
thinking the original to be of poor design.
spite of his success Brian remained modest about his abilities
as a boy. His great interests were landscapes, often including
farm labourers, animals (especially horses) which he found
in the countryside around Warham and Breinton, near his
home in Broomy Hill. As a young man he was beginning to
establish his career as a portrait painter, which was more
lucrative work, before the untimely interruption of the
Hereford Museum holds a substantial body of work by Hatton,
representing all stages of his life; from his boyhood sketches,
to his first portrait commissions. It is an invaluable record
of a developing talent and the life of young man who, tragically,
was killed in action during the First World War. Brian lost
his life on Easter Sunday, 23rd April 1916, at Oghratina
AGGRAVATED BURGLARY IN CLIFFORD .. . . ..
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Police are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred
near Hay-on-Wye on Saturday, 5th March. The incident occurred
at a property in Clifford where, at around 3am it appears
that five individuals forced their way into the property
and threatened a man and a woman who were inside. While
these threats were being made it appears the man and the
woman were doused in petrol but thankfully this petrol was
not actually set alight.
about this incident, Detective Inspector Martyn Barnes said,
'This was a frightening incident and one which police responded
to immediately. Five people have been arrested in connection
with this incident and a 22-year-old man has been charged
with aggravated burglary and affray. This man appeared at
Hereford Magistrates Court this morning while four other
individuals remain under investigation by police.
is an extremely unusual offence and I'd like to reassure
people in the local community that although they're probably
shocked by it, we are confident it is an isolated incident
and that there are no wider issues for them to worry about.
The community around Clifford and Hay-on-Wye is a tightly
knit one and I'd call upon anyone with information about
this incident to make contact with us. We
believe there are people out there who know the people involved
and also why the incident itself occurred. This incident
is so unusual in the area that we are determined to catch
those responsible for it and information provided by local
people could be vital to help us do just that.
who believes they may have information about this incident,
or the motives behind it, is asked to contact West Mercia
Police on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, please remember
that Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800
555 111 if you have information you'd like to pass on without
GRANGE COURT MODEL UNVEILED IN LEOMINSTER
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As work progresses on the major refurbishment of historic
Grange Court in Leominster, visitors to the market town
will now be able to see a model of the building as it was
Court, which was built in 1633 by the King's Carpenter John
Abel, was originally sited at The Buttercross, on the junction
of High Street and Broad Street and served as a town hall
with an open air market beneath. In 1856, Grange Court was
dismantled, moved and rebuilt at its current site in Pinsley
Road as a Victorian private residence. Now a bronze tactile
scale model of Grange Court has been unveiled at the building's
first site at The Buttercross.
of Leominster, Councillor Roger Hunt, who unveiled the model
said, 'Tourism is vital for Leominster and this model will
provide another link to get tourists here as well as enticing
them to go and see the original building.'
Baines from the Leominster Area Regeneration Company (LARC)
added, 'This model is a first for Herefordshire and is the
ideal way to show where Grange Court first was and what
it looked like then.'
for the model came from Advantage West Midlands Better Welcome
Fund, Barclays Bank plc, Marches Housing Association, Leominster
Civic Society, Bill Jackson and N. and M. Baines Architects.
The Dog Rose Trust of Ludlow advised on how the model could
best be cast, the mould was made by Omega Models of Glasgow
and the final casting was done by Castle Fine Arts Foundry
£2.8 million 'Grange Court: building in the past for the
future' project, has been funded by grants from the Big
Lottery Community Assets Programme, with £1 million from
Advantage West Midlands,£750,000 from the RDPE Rural
Development Programme for England and £1 million from
the Social Investment Business Community Builders Fund with
the difference made up by Marches Town Initiative funding,
Leominster Town Council and Herefordshire Council.
part of project, Herefordshire Council will transfer the
freehold of the completed building to the Leominster Area
Regeneration Company Limited (LARC) who will manage the
new community facility.
Denise Collier, Leominster Mayor, Councillor Roger Hunt and Martin
Baines from LARC with the new tactile model of Grange Court.
EXTRA FUNDING TO REPAIR WINTER DAMAGE ON ROADS.....
Council has welcomed news that local authority's in England
are to receive £100 million from the Government towards
the repair of road damage caused by the worst December weather
ever recorded. This should mean that Herefordshire receives
in excess of £1 million which will be put towards
the delivery of effective road maintenance.
2009 / 2010 winter resulted in more than £5 million
of damage to county roads and the council has delivered
an extensive programme of maintenance to combat this deterioration
and continue to improve the overall condition of our roads.
The severe conditions experienced during this current winter
have led to further damage and it is estimated that this
will cost £2 million to repair.
Brian Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'We have suffered
two extreme winters in a row and I welcome this money which
will help us to ensure the county's roads can be restored
to an acceptable standard. Over this last year the council
has run a Better Roads campaign and invested £11.7 million
into road maintenance, focusing on returning the roads to
a high standard rather than just carrying out spot repairs
to potholes. Throughout this campaign, we focused on A and
B roads as a priority and have treated more than 124 miles
of the county's roads, amounting to more than 6.5 per cent
of the total network.
Better Roads campaign has proved to be extremely successful
and most of the A and B roads, which extend to 431 miles,
have received substantial attention. While still having
to ensure that the principal roads are properly maintained,
we can now use this Government money to shift the focus
towards the C and unclassified road network, where the impact
of the winter weather has been more extreme.
C roads amount to 663 miles in the county while unclassified
roads account for 933 miles of the total network so we will
have to prioritize the routes and will be focusing on those
where this additional money will give us the greatest return
in terms of overall road condition and, as a result, our
customer's satisfaction with the state of Herefordshire's