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No. 165 - Wednesday, 19th September 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
car park opens in Hereford
new car park opened in Hereford's city centre on Thursday,
13th September. The extra 60 car parking spaces at 15-17
Kyrle Street, formerly the Car Centre, have been provided
after Herefordshire Council reached agreement with the landowner
to manage the facility.
Councillor Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and
transportation, said, 'We are always looking to provide
extra car parking in the city centre and this particular
site is well located for people wishing to go to either
the county hospital or shops in Commercial Road. People
can park for up to four hours at Kyrle Street so it is also
useful for people wishing to go into the city centre'..
permission for the car park was granted on condition the
facility is managed by Herefordshire Council in accordance
with its overall transport policy. In return, the council
will receive a proportion of the income from it. It is a
pay and display car park and the usual disabled vehicle
and local elderly concessionary exemptions will apply.
left: Mick Morris, Herefordshire Council's parking manager
(left) and Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's
cabinet member for highways and transportation, with the
first tickets issued at the new Kyrle Street car park.
Special Crime Prevention Evening to be Held in Orcop
The Hereford Rural South Local Policing Team is organizing
a special ‘Community Safety Roadshow’ evening at Orcop Village
Hall. The roadshow, which begins at 7.30pm on Thursday,
27th September will give everyone in the Orcop area the
chance to meet their local police officers and gain lots
of useful information on home security and general safety.
The event is sponsored by Orcop Parish Council and will
also feature a presentation on the Smart Water property
marking system, safety in the home from the Fire Brigade
and other security and safety advice.
event is open to all. Entrance is free and refreshments
Connect2 bid links with schemes across the country
Council is working with groups and local authorities throughout
the United Kingdom to promote the Connect2 bid for £50m
lottery cash to fund a series of footpaths, cycleways and
bridge schemes. Hereford's planned Connect2 footpath and
cycleway, linking the city centre with Rotherwas, Holme
Lacy and beyond, has received widespread support from local
firms and organizations and is one of the 79 schemes throughout
the United Kingdom making up the Connect 2 bid.
UK sustainable travel charity Sustrans is co-ordinating
the Connect 2 bid and, if successful, will make then make
grants available to fund these schemes across the country,
including the one in Hereford. Charles Clark MP, chairman
of the national steering group for Connect2, told a conference
at Chester: 'People understand the massive threat of climate
change and the fact walking and cycling will improve their
health. They want to change the lives they lead but don't
know how best to go about it. This is where Connect 2 can
make a real difference because it is all about providing
actual routes that can be used by walkers and cyclists and
providing practical ways to help people change their lives.'.
UK-wide Connect2 project is competing against five other
projects for the National Lottery People's Millions funding.
The winner of this funding will be decided through a television
vote on ITV which is expected to run during the weekend
of 8th / 9th December.
John Stone, attending the conference for Councillor Brian
Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation,
said, 'It is wonderful that a Hereford scheme is part of
this national bid which will help to create sustainable
routes throughout the country for walkers and cyclists and
make a real difference to the lives of up to six million
people. The Connect2 scheme is unique among the projects
bidding for the Lottery funding because it will benefit
the whole of the United Kingdom and I would urge all residents
to vote for it.'
be notified of the telephone number to vote in December,
people should register their interest by registering on
the web at www.sustransconnect2.org.uk or telephoning 0845
0581373. Alternatively you can register by texting 'connect2'
marking out part of the proposed footpath and cycleway at Rotherwas.
The proposed footpath and cycleway is planned to go across this
Herefordshire Composters Held Up as Example to Others
Herefordshire Council's Master Composter Scheme, run in
conjunction with Worcestershire County Council, has earned
national praise and will be used as an example for others
to follow. The
Master Composters scheme involves residents that have been
composting for a while, passing on their hints and tips
to newcomers. It involves ordinary members of the public
across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Organic, Europe's largest organic membership organization
dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening,
farming and food, has selected the scheme as an exemplary
model and has joined forces with the Waste and Resources
Action Programme (WRAP) to stage the UK Master Composter
Scheme Seminar in Worcestershire.
seminar, which Councils from all over the country will attend,
will take place at Bishops Wood Environment Centre, Stourport,
on Tuesday, 16th October with the aim of providing local
authority personnel who are considering setting up a scheme
with a realistic picture of the enthusiasm of Master Composters
and how much they contribute to the campaign to encourage
people to compost at home.
County Council's staff will be speaking and running workshops
at the event to highlight the successes of the scheme and
to help other authorities to set up their own schemes. Two
Master Composters from the local scheme will also be running
a workshop at the event entitled 'The view from the Master
Composters' where they will explain why they volunteer,
talk about the positive things about the scheme, things
they would like to be done differently, the kind of support
they need and then hold a questions and discussion session
with the group.
Salisbury, Worcestershire County Council's project development
officer for composting, said, 'The Master Composters scheme
has been a massive success and it is great that volunteers
have given so much of their time to help residents to compost.
Master Composters are incredibly enthusiastic and they all
believe strongly in the cause. The best thing about having
the volunteers is that it enables us to spread the composting
message to a much larger number of residents than I could
the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Master Composter scheme
began in April 2006, volunteers have collectively contributed
over 1,250 hours to promoting composting across the two
counties. The programme involves volunteers throughout Herefordshire
and Worcestershire giving up their time to promote home
composting and sharing their knowledge with residents. The
Master Composters have been spreading the word about composting
through a variety of activities, including visiting schools,
attending local events, carrying out compost bin inspections
for friends and neighbours, giving talks to local groups
and holding composting roadshows. Herefordshire Council
and Worcestershire County Council have sold more than 71,000
compost bins in the last three years and the volunteers
have played a large part in this achievement.
King George V Memorial Gates to be relocated
part of the Hereford (Belmont) Flood Scheme, the historic
King George V Memorial Gates are to be moved to a new location.
A ballot found a majority of people were in favour of moving
the gates, which were opened by Queen Mary in 1937, to the
Hinton Road cycle path.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'I am delighted the King
George V memorial gates will enjoy such a prominent position
as the main entrance into the park and their new location
will also enhance the access to the playing fields from
Hinton Road. 'People will soon see the gates being dismantled
and they will be stored before they are rebuilt at their
Scott Trout memorial has also been relocated to the temporary
tennis court entrance and is being read by many passers-by,
making sure the profile of water safety is kept high. Work
on the flood scheme, being carried out by the Environment
Agency, is progressing well. Cleaning and repointing of
the wall on Riverside Walk has started and lime trees have
been pollarded to reduce the likelihood of strong winds
blowing them over either during or after the works. Sheet
piles are now being put into the ground along the edge of
Bishops Meadow from the leisure pool to Wye Street car park.
This means there will be fewer spaces in this car park for
a period of six weeks. The children's play area is also
open and a new set of swings has been installed to replace
the set that needs to be removed.
Environment Agency expects the major works to be completed
by spring 2008. The new scheme will protect 196 homes and
businesses in southern Hereford from floods so severe that
we'd only expect them once in 200 years.
location for the King George V Memorial Gates in Hinton Road.
Herefordshire Girls Go Football Crazy
Herefordshire Council has been working with the Herefordshire
Football Association to select some of the county's most
talented football hopefuls to begin a special 21 week football
development training programme for girls this month.
term, the county's schools were invited to nominate their
best players to attend trials across a range of age groups
and nearly 160 girls, aged between eight and 16 were put
through their paces in two gruelling sessions held at the
Hereford Leisure Centre. Sixty six girls were selected to
attend the development centre and will represent the county
over the forthcoming season.
programme aims to select potential talent in four age groups:
under 10s, under 12s, under 14s and under 16s, and give
the girls top quality coaching to improve their technical
skills and reach their full potential. The development centre
has formed strong links with local clubs to help and encourage
girls to achieve high standards of football excellence.
At the same time the centre provides a route for the most
talented to be identified and recruited to one of the country's
FA licensed centres of excellence.
selected to be part of this programme will have their progress
assessed on a regular basis. Not only their skills will
be monitored, but their commitment, attitude and behaviour.
Anyone not making the grade will be asked to relinquish
their place to someone on the reserve list.
Lunn, girls' and women's football development officer, said,
'We are delighted that so many girls are choosing to play
football. It is an increasingly popular sport for girls
and as a result, the level of skill across the county has
improved dramatically. The development centre will help
some of our most talented girls improve their skills and
be assessed by centre directors from local centres of excellence.'
development centre is managed and organized by Herefordshire
Council with support and funding from Herefordshire FA and
the Football Association.
future looks bright for Minster College, Leominster
and staff at Minster College in Leominster are gearing themselves
up for a huge open evening next week when prospective students
and their parents are invited to look around the college.
This year's open evening takes place on 27th September at
7pm and as the college's popularity continues to grow, visitors
are expected to reach an all time high.
spite of a national trend of falling roles in secondary
schools, the Minster College has attracted increasing numbers
over the last few years. The college is able to accommodate
700 pupils, and has seen 122 new students begin their studies
this September alone. Interest in the college is set to
continue rising as Herefordshire Council has just given
the go-head for a complete new modern building for 900 students
which is currently out to tender. Work is expected to begin
next year and finish in 2010.
North, Principal of the Minster College, said, 'The college
is expecting another hugely successful open evening, following
a tradition of recent years. Our students are very proud
of their college and look forward to welcoming visitors
at the open evening and showing off the wonderful community
that we have at the college. We are really excited about
the proposed new buildings which will provide all our students
with some of the best educational facilities in the country.'
doors open at 7.00pm on Thursday 27th September when prospective
students and parents will be welcomed to the college by
the principal and college staff. Year 11 prefects and senior
sixth form students will act as group guides to escort parents
and students around the building. Every single classroom
will be a hive of activity with existing students involving
themselves in a range of activities, including physical
education displays, scientific experiments, design technology,
a range of art displays and English, maths, language and
humanities activities. Visitors will be shown around the
computer suites and the physical education laboratory and
finish their tour with refreshments prepared by the students
at the college's Lion Café. No appointment is necessary
and all are welcome.
Bufton, Francis McMahon (Head of Art), Cherish Tolley, Georgina
Josh Hurton at last year's open evening.
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