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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 213 - Wednesday, 27th August 2008
NEWS - Major Breakthrough for Flood Alleviation Scheme - What Happened
to Peach - Post Office Closure]
Performers - Bayliss Reunion - Vintage Road Run for Macmillan -
Wyenot Supporters - Sk8 Park Opening]
Today - Thousands speak out about phone box closures - A great night
at the White Lion]
Tunnels Approved - River Wye Levels - Conservatives and Lib Dems
on Post Offices - New Roles for Disadvantaged People - Learn to
research your family - Successful Regatta - Raising Olympic Flag
issue warning over stolen artillery part and the rest of the news
from around the region]
breakthrough for Flood Alleviation Scheme
The tunnelling machine working underground as part of the
£8 million Ross flood alleviation scheme has broken
through to the surface. The 53-tonne machine has been used
to burrow out a 400m long tunnel as part of the engineering
works designed to national standards and aimed at preventing
flooding from the Rudhall and Chatterley brooks.
2.1 metre diameter tunnel runs between the Kings Acre and
Homs Road car parks. Structures known as a falling shaft
and a rising shaft connect the tunnel to the watercourses.
The falling shaft in Kings Acre car park built to a depth
of more than 12 metres has a 6m diameter circular weir within
a 10.3m diameter outer chamber linked to the Chatterley
excess water flows in the Chatterley Brook build up to the
level of the top of the weir, the water entering the outer
chamber will start to flow over the weir, enter the falling
shaft and flow along the tunnel below. Once full, water
will pass through the tunnel and up through the rising shaft
to emerge over a weir to be constructed beside the Rudhall
Brook by the Rope Walk.
the tunnelling machine now lifted out, both shafts will
be capped and the car parks above reinstated. The scheme,
funded by the Environment Agency, is scheduled for completion
at the end of the year.
the end of the dig.
Henderson, project manager with tunnel contractors Morgan
Est, said, 'The tunnel has been more difficult than we first
thought because the rock was very hard in places but we
are delighted to have now broken through at the other end'.
Frecknell, site supervisor for Amey Consulting, said, 'Once
the scheme is complete, the car park will be returned to
its original state and no-one will know the tunnel is there
but it will be working when high rains come to prevent a
repeat of the devastating floods in 2000.'
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council member for Ross East,
who watched the giant boring machine being lifted in the
Kings Acre car park, said, 'This is a momentous day for
Ross-on-Wye and we are pleased the scheme is nearing fruition
and will safeguard the homes and businesses in the area.'
to the size of the available area, all news media had to
stand very close together, so our voices have crossed somewhat
on the film. I have edited this out as much as possible
but it was impossible to remove it completely - there is
some BBC H&W and BBC Midlands Today commentry on my
film (I expect my voice was on theirs too). My mobile phone
also went off, playing the theme to both 2001 and the Apollo
Moon Landings whist Tina was interviewing Councillor Cutter.
Apologies for the sound quality, it could not be helped.
stand on the bridge to watch the machine. Ref: DSC_5681
Midlands Today interviews Councillor Phil Cutter. Ref: DSC_5685
Davies of Nuttals Ref: DSC_5690
The machine was lowered into the Homs Road shaft in January. I was
told that the machine which emerged on Friday was the same one but
I can see a big difference in the two - an engineered groove around
the one which emerged on Friday. I think this may be because the
cutter had to be changed due to the the rock being softer than anticipated.
happened to the peach?
Wyenot has had a peach coloured background for over eight
years - right from the very beginning - and I have disliked
it for as long. I don't really know what on earth possessed
me to choose that colour in the first place. It was just
to be different, I guess. Everybody was using black or white
at the time and I didn't want the design of Wyenot to look
like all of the others. I quickly made the first page using
the peach and brown, thought, 'I'll change that later' and
continued working on the other content, using my original
page as a template. Somehow, I never did get around to changing
it. Until this week.
you see now is not necessarily the end product. It is a
design I knocked up in 20 seconds flat, in Photoshop, on
Thursday, so it may well change again. I don't know whether
I like it or not. Please let me know - I do still have the
peach if everybody hates the new background.
can be ascertained from my dress sense, I have about as
much colour co-ordination as our dog, Eric. This is a genetic
trait passed on by my father. Tina is always telling me,
'You're not going out with me wearing one red sock one blue
one, sandals, shorts, a white shirt with a tea stain and
a woolly hat!' (When this happens, I swap the sandals for
wellies - thus hiding the socks.)
you cannot see the new background, by the way - hit 'refresh'
a few times. I changed it using a graphic which has the
same file name as the old background, so you may still have
the old background stored in your temporary internet files.
to Axe 20 Herefordshire Post Offices
Herefordshire Council said that the local rural way of life
is under attack after learning that the county faces the
closure of 20 post offices These were confirmed in an announcement
by Post Office Limited on Tuesday of this week. Of these,
nine will be replaced by a limited 'outreach' service.
is the most sparsely populated county in the West Midlands
and has been hit harder than any other part of the region
by the closure programme. The Council has organized a seminar
on Wednesday, 3rd September to discuss the county's response,
bringing together county councillors, parish councillors,
local MPs, Post Office Limited, the independent watchdog
Postwatch and the Rural Shops Alliance.
Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development
and community services, said, 'Herefordshire's rural way
of life has been dealt a hammer blow with Post Office Limited
intent on axing more outlets here than anywhere else in
the West Midlands. Everyone is deeply cynical about the
process and although there are assurances that the plans
are subject to a six-week consultation, Post Office Limited
will have to work hard to convince local people that this
isn't a 'done deal".
20 post offices earmarked for closure are: Bishops Wood
and Langrove, Ross on Wye * Brockhampton, near Fownhope
* Almeley * Bishops Frome * Brampton Bryan * Brampton Road,
Hereford * Cradley * Dorstone * Edwin Ralph * Lower Eggleton
* Lyonshall * Pembridge * Redhill, Hereford * Rushall and
Sutton St Nicholas.
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Gilmour Ofsted registered Childminder
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Mobile: 07810 174670
AND STEVE RANDELL
- Renovations - Brickwork
Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing
Paul on 01989 564112
Mobile 07812 564112
Steve on 07971 535064
and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White
Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated
right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion
is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and
is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion
has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people
and tourists alike.
White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right
down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy
views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local
otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
Good Beer Guide 2008
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