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No. 183 - Wednesday, 30th January 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Pedicabs and Cargo launch recycling scheme for
City Centre businesses
Pedicabs and Cargo launch recycling scheme for City Centre
businesses. First they brought pedal powered taxis to Hereford
then they brought pedal powered delivery bikes, now Will
Vaughan and Ben Matthews have a new goal. To enable business
in Hereford to have easy access to affordable recycling.
innovative emission free caged recycling bikes, will make
regular pickups of paper, cardboard, plastic film and ink
cartridges. They also offer a secure shredding service to
City Centre Businesses.
told us 'Currently the majority of city centre business
waste goes straight to landfill. This is not because businesses
want it to go there, it is because until now there hasn't
been another option. Now it will be very easy and cheap.
We will pick up from the businesses within their opening
hours, we are offering a service they need at an affordable
rate and all with no emissions. It will be cheaper for businesses
to use the Pedicargo scheme than the existing orange Council
To launch the scheme Hereford Pedicargo are offering a free
consultation and initial paper recycling trial to businesses
within 3km of High Town.
more information simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Will Vaughan on 07718320195. Since
their launch in April 2007, Hereford Pedicabs have helped
over 8000 people get around the town. Pedicargo, launched
in August, has already exceed 8000 items of freight.
sharing saves cash and the planet
part of its long-standing commitment to making the county
a greener place to live in, Herefordshire Council is urging
people to consider car sharing, which not only saves money
but also reduces congestion and cuts pollution. The council's
Steps to Sustainability campaign aims to get everyone in
the county to think about the impact their activities, such
as driving, have on the environment and car sharing is one
way to reduce both congestion and pollution.
Council accepts that in rural counties such as Herefordshire,
many people have to drive to go to work, college or to go
out with friends to the cinema or a football match. With
the soaring costs of petrol, however, journeys are getting
more and more expensive. Car sharing could significantly
cut the costs of your journeys, both in terms of money and
the environment. For example, by sharing their car journeys
someone making a 30-mile round trip every weekday could
save well over £400 a year in petrol costs alone, not to
mention reduced wear and tear on their vehicle and parking
costs. (Based on 7,200 miles a year at 40mph with fuel costing
£1.05 per litre)
in June 2004 by Herefordshire Council, www.twoshare.co.uk
is a free service that enables to share car journeys so
they can save money and reduce congestion. It isn't just
for drivers - non-drivers can also register their journeys
and look to find a suitable lift. Figures show 80 per cent
of people who commute to work do so on their own. However,
most of these commuters will notice the same cars making
the same journey every day.
matches people who travel on the same routes so they can
share. There are no rigid rules on how to share. Two or
more drivers could agree to drive alternate days or weeks.
Some people, who need their car for work during the day
might offer lifts while others, without cars, might be looking
to find a lift. Sharing can be daily or weekly, regular
or occasional, whatever works best for the individuals concerned.
map of current twoshare members shows that, wherever you
live, there is a good chance of finding someone to share
your journey with. Most journeys to work converge on larger
towns and cities where the majority of people work. So,
if you don't find a share from your start-point, there is
every likelihood that you will find a match along the way.
There are already many members who commute along the main
'A' roads into Hereford, many from the neighbouring counties
of Worcestershire, Powys, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
Car sharing saves cash and the planet.
people living in rural areas do not have access to cars
which can make attending college or getting to work very
difficult. For these people, www.twoshare.co.uk
can offer a lifeline. John, a student in Hereford, said,
'As I am not old enough to drive yet, I was concerned about
getting to college on time because there are not many buses
where I live. Then I heard about car sharing and was able
to get a regular lift with someone who drives past my home
on their way to work. I contribute to petrol costs and my
sharer even travels the same route some evenings so I am
able to meet up with friends then as well'.
if you feel regular car sharing is not for you it can still
be worth registering at www.twoshare.co.uk Then, if one
morning your car won't start, you might already know someone
who might be able to give you a lift. www.twoshare.co.uk
is free to anyone who lives or works in Herefordshire. Just
register your journeys and search the site to show any possible
matches. If you find a suitable match, make contact and
choose a public place to meet up and discuss how sharing
could work for you. If you feel comfortable, give it a try.
If you are not sure, you don't have to commit to anything,
Just try another possible match from your list.
find out more about car sharing log onto www.twoshare.co.uk
or call 08700 111199. For more information on the 'Steps
to Sustainability' campaign contact: the Sustainability
Unit on 01432 261930 or email email@example.com
open for business
Council Highways and Transportation Department is stressing
Ledbury town centre is still accessible to shoppers despite
works which are being carried out by Welsh Water. A
one-way system has been set up to allow the works to take
place but traffic can still access all of the town's car
parks and on-street parking.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said: 'I have been to Ledbury
to see the issue for myself and can appreciate the concerns
of both residents and traders with the effect theworks are
causing. However, following discussions with Welsh Water,
actions have been agreed to help to improve the situation.
access to High Street from Top Cross has now been re-opened
to two-way traffic but through traffic will still be encouraged
to use the bypass.
works will operate longer hours and at weekends so this
will reduce the time the town is affected.
proposed increases in car parking charges will be delayed
until after the works are completed.
have been advised alternate traffic flows or the use of
traffic signals is not an option because of the length of
road involved. However, I am mindful of the disruption the
works are causing to traders in the town and will be keeping
the issue under close review, making changes if and when
consultation with the traders, Welsh Water are arranging
for adverts to be placed in the local press to advise everyone
that the town is open for business and support the traders
by encouraging people to come shopping in the town.
to key businesses on the Rotherwas industrial estate have
been organised by the South Wye Regeneration Partnership.
The trips will allow key local people - including invited
representatives from bodies such as Herefordshire Council,
Advantage West Midlands, Job Centre Plus and the Learning
and Skills Council - to get a glimpse of what happens behind
the scenes on the estate. Attendees will be told about the
opportunities that the estate offers the county and the
aspirations and plans of some of its bigger employers.
people are simply not aware of what a great asset Rotherwas
is to the economy and the prosperity that already lies within
the estate,' said Chris Brooks, LuK UK Ltd and South Wye
Regeneration Partnership Director. 'We are organizing the
coach tour for a number of reasons: To promote and assist
the businesses at Rotherwas; to encourage and recognise
the opportunities for the local economy and the provision
of jobs by allowing Rotherwas to expand; to develop links
between local businesses and the local communities,' said
Will Lindesay, Herefordshire Voluntary Action Chief Executive
and South Wye Regeneration Partnership chairman.
visits, which start from the Kindle Centre and include visits
to a handful of businesses, take place on Friday, 1st February
and Friday, 15th February. Anyone wanting more details should
contact Mandy Evans on 01432 383230, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herefordshire Warm Combats Energywatch Claim
Many households in Herefordshire are paying more than £200
too much in order to keep their properties warm, according
to Steve Winmill, manager of the Keep Herefordshire Warm
scheme, supported by Herefordshire Council, suggests home
insulation is the best way to help reduce energy bills.
Steve Winmill said, 'By insulating your home, you can ensure
a more comfortable environment to live in while not paying
more than you should be. The Keep Herefordshire Warm campaign
can help the public to combat these price rises.'
Figures in the national press claim one in six households
in the UK are spending too much on their heating, meaning
the nation's fuel poverty figures are at their worst for
a decade. The Consumer group, Energywatch suggests that
4.5million households in Britain spend at least 10 per cent
of their annual income on heating their properties, with
three million of those homes in England alone.
UK has recently seen energy prices rise significantly including
a 15 per cent increase in prices by British Gas and up to
27 per cent by EDF Energy and NPower. This could mean that
two thirds or households in Britain will be paying higher
tariffs in the near future. It is likely that other suppliers
will follow suit.
Herefordshire Warm provides homeowners and private tenants
receiving benefits with free cavity wall and loft insulation.
Free insulation is also offered to people over the age of
70. Households that do not qualify for the free measures
are offered large discounts with up to £250 off the cost
of insulation. These are time limited offers and people
should not delay in contacting the Keep Herefordshire Warm
Changes on Schools Review After Magazine Printed
County residents are asked to ignore a story about the schools
review in the current edition of Herefordshire Council's
magazine, which was printed and distributed before the review
February edition of Herefordshire Matters has been falling
through letterboxes onto doormats of around 80,000 homes
this week. To meet printing deadlines the schools review
article was written on Friday, 11th January. However, on
the afternoon of Monday, 21st January, Council announced
its decision to recall the proposals to allow more time
for discussion and consideration with schools and their
is an example of news moving faster than the publication
can be distributed and we apologized for any confusion caused
by the article,' said a spokesperson. 'For the latest information,
please visit Herefordshire Council's website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk.'
Safety Show for Schools
Herefordshire Council's Road Safety Unit and Hereford and
Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are joining forces to
take a new kind of safety show into some of our high schools.
Heroes is an injury prevention show unlike any other, designed
to take the audience on an emotional journey, highlighting
risks we all take in our daily life and demonstrating how
we can all take a smart risk. It is about developing people's
own skills to recognize and manage risks so that they can
keep taking smart risks for the rest of their lives.
show uses a mixture of DVD presentation with fast moving
images and loud music and a live presentation from injury
survivors who speak candidly about the choices they or someone
else made, which led to the injuries that changed their
life. It shows that injuries can be prevented and that they
don't always happen to other people.
audience are challenged to take responsibility for their
own actions and are presented with five choices; Buckle
Up, Drive Sober, Look First, Wear the Gear and Get Trained.
These five choices represent smart risk strategies which
can and should be incorporated into their lifestyles in
order to significantly reduce the chance of injuries.
is an excellent show which puts across really positive messages',
said Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet
Member for Highways and Transportation.
is a part of life; rather than telling students and young
people not to do things it talks to them in their own language
and presents them with strategies for managing risk.'
Heroes will be going to four of our high schools during
the week beginning on Monday, 4th February and will be seen
by approximately 2,000 pupils.
Selfish Giant to Appear at Counties Libraries
Since building a huge wall to keep the children out of his
garden, the only visitors the Selfish Giant gets are Lady
Snow and her friends. One morning he hears the most beautiful
music coming from his bedroom window and is delighted with
the sight that greets him..
Libraries are proud to present The Sea Legs Puppet Theatre
which is appearing in libraries during February half term
with its imaginative puppet show of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish
Giant. Using beautifully crafted puppets, the show features
a brilliant musical soundtrack and superb storytelling..
in advance is essential, as places are limited but a magical
afternoon is guaranteed. Tickets £2 and are available from
host libraries. The show is suitable for children from 5
years old upwards.
Library - Monday, 11th February 2008 at 2.30pm.
Library - Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 2.30pm
Ross on Wye Library - Wednesday, 13th February 2008 at 2.30pm
Bromyard Library - Thursday, 14th February 2008 at 2.30pm.
Day at Bodenham
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the countless
generations of people who have lived in the Bodenham area?
Are you interested in the spectacular archaeological discoveries
which have been made at Wellington/Moreton Quarry over the
last 20 years?
you like to know more about the origins of Bodenham village
and the evidence of past life which is still visible in
today's local landscape?
so, then the archaeology event day at Bodenham Village Hall
on Saturday, 16th February, organized by Herefordshire Council's
archaeology service, aims to answer your questions.
finds from Wellington Quarry and Sutton Walls will be on
show and will include the spectacular grave goods from the
burial of a 4,000-year-old chieftain. Multimedia displays
will tell the long and fascinating story of past life in
the Lower Lugg Valley.
An archaeological reconstruction artist will be at work
during the day and there will also be a chance to see the
remarkable evidence of ancient settlements, fields and ceremonial
sites revealed on aerial photographs of the Bodenham area.
Local archaeologists will generally be on hand to answer
your queries and also to identify any ancient artefacts
you may have so please bring along your mystery objects.
day will run between 10.30am and 4pm and everyone is welcome
to drop in at any time (light refreshments will be available
throughout the day). There will also be a guided walk, exploring
local history and archaeology which will leave the village
hall at 2pm and all are welcome.:
day is being organized as part of a Herefordshire Council
archaeology service project supported by English Heritage
via the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.
For further information contact Ian Bapty, Senior Project
Archaeologist, Herefordshire Council on 01432 383353.
Decision Backs Council's View on Polytunnels
An inspector's decision on polytunnel development at Pennoxstone
Court, Kings Caple, has supported Herefordshire Council's
new policy requiring all large scale polytunnels in the
county to have planning permission.
Whitehouse, the inspector appointed by the Secretary of
State for Communities and Local Government to consider the
appeal over Pennoxstone Court, said, 'Each block of polytunnels
at Pennoxstone Farm, by virtue of its size, degree of permanence
and physical attachment to the ground amounts to a building.
The polytunnels subject to the enforcement notice amount
to development for which planning permission is required.'
his decision on the appeal, the inspector allowed part of
the site to be used for polytunnels but he dismissed the
appeal on the majority of the site. The inspector also upheld
the enforcement notice but ruled that the period of compliance
should be extended until Wednesday, 31st December 2008.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Environment and Strategic Housing said, 'The inspector has
given us clear guidance on polytunnels which has come at
an opportune time. Our officers are currently dealing with
one polytunnel application and are in negotiation on a further
five sites. In addition, our development control manager
has been meeting a succession of growers over the past few
weeks to discuss what they need to submit with their planning
applications to have a reasonable chance of success.'
Council is also currently consulting over a supplementary
planning document to cover polytunnel development and a
draft document is likely to go to the council's planning
committee in February.
Urged to Apply for Contemporary Craft Fair
Preparations are now under way for the fifteenth Hereford
Contemporary Craft Fair, which will run from Friday, 14th
November 14 until Sunday, 16th November at The Courtyard
Centre for the Arts.
are invited from contemporary designer makers working in
traditional and non traditional media and selection
will consider the best in design and technical skill.
now for this important regional showcase of the finest in
contemporary craft from Herefordshire and around the UK.
No commission is taken on sales.
New Exhibitor Award is open to Herefordshire makers applying
for the first time and includes a subsidized stand and extra
Best Product Award is also made, as voted by visitors to
the fair, and the Mike Gell Jewellery Gallery sponsors a
special stand for the Alloy Jewellery Group graduate.
deadline for applications is Monday, 14th April.
was a 10 per cent rise in visitor numbers last year, and
exhibitors also reported overall sales up by 3.4 per cent
on 2006. They told us:
'Exceeded my expectations in terms of sales!'
· 'I made contact with a well known collector (featured
in Crafts magazine) and she bought a piece from me.'
· 'I met local collectors, and there's a possible magazine
article and gallery exhibition.'
an application form, or further information, contact Rachel
Pritchard, Crafts Officer, Cultural Services, Herefordshire
Council, PO Box 4, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0XH. Alternatively
you may telephone 01432 260129, e-mail email@example.com,
or request a form from the website at www.craftfair.uk.com.
Hearts for Saint Valentine's Day
Show your loved one how much you care by coming along to
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday, 13th February
for a special Willow Hearts event.
and girls attending will have the chance to make a hanging
willow heart for Saint Valentine's Day and weave in feathers,
leaves and yarn or ribbons, buttons and beads.
free drop in session runs between 10am and 12.30pm and children
with accompanying adults are welcome to attend.
Collins, Herefordshire Council's Heritage Learning Officer,
said, 'Valentine's day is a perfect opportunity to make
someone you love a special gift. Families can make a fairy
tale heart at our workshop in Hereford, decorated with tokens
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