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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 183 - Wednesday, 30th January 2008
by Tina Jones
programme has been removed to conserve space on the web
server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD or
watched at the Heritage Centre.
to the Haggis at Woodside
with local bagpiper, Alan Harrison I was invited along to
lunch at Woodside Day-care Centre on Thursday. This was
not because anybody was suggesting it is time to get training
with a zimmer frame (although the way I feel quite often
of late, I don't think those days are too far in the future).
I was invited along to a special Robert Burns celebration
Night actually fell on Friday but on the day before, Alan
Harrison went along to both 'pipe in' and recite Burns Address
to the Haggis. Although a Cockney myself by birth as I was
born in Stepney, within the sound of Bow Bells, Robert Burns
is actually one of my maternal something or other times
great grandfathers, so I found the occasion quite interesting
from that point of view. My mother was very proud of this
fact and I wish I had listened more to the info regarding
the family relationship but I did have a tendency to switch-off
and go glassy eyed when the genealogy conversations began.
enjoyed both the haggis and company of the people at Woodside
very much. Thank you to Caroline for the experience and
Alan's Address to the Haggis can be seen in this week's
Barn Celebrate Burns Night
and Kelly Bailey of the Orles
Barn Hotel held a special dinner on Saturday evening
to celebrate Burns Night. The entire menu had a Scottish
theme, with starters including cock-o-leekie soup, smoked
Scottish Salmon etc, followed by Haggis, 'neeps and tatties,
then some delicious desserts. Richard even recited the 'Address
to a Haggis!'
was also a special whisky tasting, with several excellent
whiskies on the fully descriptive list.
seemed to be having a lovely evening and you can see part
of the event in this week's edition of WNTV News.
and Kelly Bailey enjoyed themselves as much as the guests. Ref:
was having a lovely time at the Burns Night dinner in the restaurant
at Orles Barn. Ref: DSC_4058
World is Their Oyster
was a big party going on in the function room at the Prince
of Wales on Saturday evening. Friends and relatives all
turned up to have a few celebratory drinks with Alan Cook
and his friends Sean and Mark before the trio set off from
these shores to discover the rest of the world. The boys
aren't leaving until mid February, but from what I saw,
it will probably take them that long to get over their hangovers.
luck guys and have a fantastic time.
Cook witrh friends, Sean and Mark on Saturday evening. Ref: DSC_4073
permission gives Ross business prospects a boost
economy is set for a boost in Ross after Herefordshire Council
granted outline planning permission to convert 25 acres
of agricultural land for commercial use. The site on the
A40 just outside Ross is owned by the council, which is
keen to see investment in the knowledge-based high-technology
sector on the site.
outline plan divides the site into zones with identified
uses that could include office space, research and development,
general industry, storage or distribution centres. There
will also be a 12-acres landscaped area as a buffer zone
between the site and the nearby housing.
of the council's Planning Committee met to discuss the application
on Friday last week, 18th January and granted permission,
subject to a number of conditions. The committee heard that
the site is identified in the Herefordshire Unitary Development
Plan as allocated employment land, a protected open area
and green spaces.
Town Council supported the scheme, saying it had the potential
to be a flagship development. A flood risk assessment supported
the application, taking into account the flood alleviation
scheme which is currently under construction.
you to Alan and Sue Parslow, owners of Wilton castle for
sending in the three recent photographs of the castle, left
and Sue will be holding four Wilton Castle open days this
year. These open days, which are always very popular and
give visitors the opportunity to see the fantastic restoration
work which has been taking place on the ancient building
over the past two years are well worth a visit and can be
an interesting experience for all the family.
open days take place between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm on each
of the following days:
March - Easter Monday.
May - May Bank Holiday.
June - Sunday.
August - Sunday.
fee: Adults £3.50 - Children £1.75 - English
Heritage Members Free.
from past Wilton Castle open days can be seen in the back
issues of Wyenot News.
over the flooded Wye from Wilton castle.
schools review proposals to be
published in September
countywide review of all schools still needs to be carried
out and schools, communities and council members need to
be part of the discussions before proposals are put together.
That's the message given at Herefordshire Council's children's
services scrutiny committee this week when they met to discuss
recently recalled draft proposals about the county's future
leaders accepted the need for a review but questioned the
procedures used to put the proposals together and the way
they were shared with head teachers before anyone else had
informed members that since the start of the review in March
2006, there had been a lot of discussion with head teachers
concerning the problems schools face with falling pupil
numbers and falling resources. Schools had asked council
officers to come up with proposals, which could then be
debated further. A representative from the Government Office
of the West Midlands had been informed about the review,
kept up-to-date of its progress and been present when proposals
were shared with head teachers on 10th January.
Strutt, head teacher at Whitecross Sports College representing
head teachers on the scrutiny committee, told the meeting
that head teachers had been involved in the debate about
falling pupil numbers and lack of funding since the review
began. She also commented that the head teachers had asked
council officers to take a strategic view and put some proposals
on the table for further debate. She added that it was right
that head teachers should be the first to learn about proposals
which could affect them and their school community.
of the committee were informed that negotiations have now
begun with head teachers to agree procedures for carrying
out the review over the next new months. They were also
told that an independent assessment of the data used in
the review is being undertaken. A report will be prepared
and presented to the council's cabinet at the end of February,
updating members of the council outlining the time scales
of the review. In the meantime, further discussion will
take place with schools, rural communities and teacher associations.
meeting requested that revised proposals be taken to the
children's services scrutiny committee before being issued
for further consultation in September 2009.
Councillor Sally Robertson, Chair of Children's Services
Scrutiny Committee, said, 'Scrutiny committee was not aware
of the proposals until the information was released on Friday,
11th January. I regret the upset the draft proposals have
caused to schools and their communities. As a council, we
have some very difficult decisions to make over the future
of our children's education.
council has been struggling financially for years, and now
the government is pushing us into a review situation. We
have been advised that if we don't address the surplus capacity
issue, the government could take money away from us, but
we need to make sure that all partners involved in schools
have the opportunity to sit round the table and discuss
solutions before a further set of proposals is issued. "We
have asked for members of scrutiny to be continually appraised
of developments and to be issued with the revised proposals
before they are considered by the council's cabinet.'
and Post Office closures are
'A systematic attack on rural life'
campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman has slammed
the Government's schools and post office closures as 'a
systematic attack on rural life' in Great Britain. His comments
came after the National Association of Small Schools condemned
the Government for a 'U-turn, which shows in heavy squeezing
of pupil funding
and advice to LEAs that they should not have too many schools
- an entirely new mantra, never formally announced.'
on the news, Jesse said 'The NASS shows that the Government
is behind the recent pressure for schools closures. In effect,
it is engaged in a systematic attack on rural life in this
country. Look at the evidence: first the Government was
caught using 'heat maps' in 2006 to push hospital closures
onto non-Labour held seats: so seven times as many community
hospitals have closed or are under threat in constituencies
held by opposition MPs as by Labour. Then they announced
the Post Office closures programme, which is expected to
cut up to 22 Post Offices in Herefordshire later this year.
Now finally we see the huge pressure from Whitehall, which
is using the threat of withholding £8 million per year to
bully the Council to close or merge our schools. It doesn't
take Einstein to join the dots.'
and friends campaigning this weekend against Post Office closures.
damaged in Gloucester Road
blue Citroen Berlingo sustained considerable damage to its
nearside while parked unattended in Gloucester Road, at
a time between 10.30pm on Saturday, 19th January and 12.30am
on following Sunday. It is thought that a vehicle had struck
it and left the scene.
non stop vehicle may have traces of blue paint to its damaged
area. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with
information to assist PC Wakefield of Ross-on-Wye Police
Station so that the vehicle and person responsible can be
traced. This can either be done directly by calling 08457
444888, or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800
Utd vs Cardiff City
'The match went off without any significant problems'
have to admit that this is not what we at 'Wyenot News'
heard. We heard alleged reports of much fighting between
Cardiff and Hereford supporters and damage in Hereford City
Centre. This is how the official Police press release reads:
made four arrests as a result of the Hereford Vs Cardiff
football match following an isolated incident which was
quickly dealt with by the police. Four men were arrested
for criminal damage.
Inspector Shane HANCOCK said the large policing operation,
with more than 100 officers on duty, had been a success.
Police had prevented known troublemakers from both Hereford
and Cardiff from causing any significant problems or becoming
involved in any serious confrontations. He praised the overwhelming
majority of supporters for their good behaviour.
match went off without any significant problems and the
large crowd was able to watch the game in good atmosphere”
said Chief Inspector HANCOCK. .'
the reports of alleged incidents which we at 'Wyenot News'
heard about, if they happened (we were not actually there)
occurred after the game was over, so they do not count as
being football related.
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ceilidh band, Banshee went down well at the Prince
of Wales on Saturday evening. Although Banshee
have played at the prince before, a good many people approached
me after I had finished filming the trio for this week's
News programme, telling me how much they were
enjoying the music - that it was 'something different to
Tina and I did not stay for long due to other commitments,
we both enjoyed the part of the performance we saw and look
forward to seeing Banshee again in the near future. This
coming Saturday, 'New Jersey' will be playing at the Prince.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Recommends Cut in Proposed Council Tax Rise
Cabinet members at Herefordshire Council decided to reduce
the assumed level of council tax increase for next year
from 4.7 per cent to 4.4 per cent.
will confirm its recommendations to Council on the final
level of council tax increase that will apply from April
when it meets on February 24th. Council will determine Cabinet's
council tax and budget recommendations for next year on
Friday, 7th March.
decision to press ahead with the 4.4 per cent increase came
amid discussions to update the council's 'medium term financial
management strategy' which broadly sets out the authority's
financial framework until 2011.
heard that following a review of budgets, the council will
make savings of just over £2 million next year in order
to balance the books. These budget reductions will be made
without affecting the level of services provided by becoming
more efficient in the way it buys goods and services and
manages contracts. However, Cabinet was told that Government
funding is not generous compared with other authorities.
Council receives £764.82 per person from Government a year,
which puts the authority in 38th position out of 47 in similar
person receives around £173.02, or 18.4 per cent, less than
cope with the sharp rise in older people in the county,
the financial strategy earmarks an extra £871,000 for adult
services. In the longer term the government has indicated
the council will get just over £2 million a year in 2009/10
and 2010/11 to fund all pressures including increased waste
Work to Start at Flood Alleviation Scheme
A giant boring machine will arrive in Ross on Thursday (January
31) 2008 ready to dig out a tunnel as part of the town's
£7million Flood Alleviation Scheme..
from Owen Williams are managing the project on behalf of
Herefordshire Council, Edmund Nuttall are the contractors
and Morgan Est are the tunnel contractors.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'Creating this tunnel
will be one of the most exciting stages of the Flood Alleviation
Scheme and will show people what a major feat of engineering
the whole project is.
part of making the community fully engaged during the works,
we have invited schoolchildren to name the boring machine
and create artwork for use around the site.'
Henderson from Morgan Est is bringing considerable expertise
to the Ross-on-Wye project, having previously spent three
years working on the prestigious Channel Tunnel. Mr Henderson
will be in charge of digging out the 350-metre long tunnel,
termed an inverted siphon, using the 60-tonne machine which
has a two-metre diameter.
tunnel will be dug at a depth of 10 metres, starting from
a rising shaft in the Homs Road car park and finishing at
a falling shaft in King's Acre car park. Concrete segments
will be slotted in to create the actual tunnel..
Henderson said, 'Now the boring machine has arrived, we
will be getting on with the task of digging out the tunnel.
While nothing in comparison to the Channel Tunnel, with
which I was involved, it is still a major feat of engineering
and involves a lot of calculations to make sure it is right.
topography of the site also means the tunnel cannot be built
in a completely straight line but instead there have to
be two shaped bends.'
from the tunnel will be used to create a 1.7 metre high
earth bund to the east of the A40 and this bund will create
a water storage area during times of high flow.
work should be complete by April 2008. It is aimed to complete
the whole scheme by July 2008.
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