place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
ROSS AVIATION HISTORY EXHIBITION AT HERITAGE CENTRE
small but interesting exhibition is currently taking place
at Ross Heritage Centre, where visitors can learn of the
beginnings of aviation in Ross-on-Wye and the endeavours
of the Butcher family to build flying machines and push
them through the streets on a bicycle to near Kern Bridge,
where they tested their flying capabilities.
History at the Heritage Centre.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER COLLISION ON A4103 AT FROMES HILL
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after
a road traffic collision on the busy Hereford to Worcester
road which left one man with serious abdominal injuries.
incident occurred at 12.33pm on Friday, 15th January in
thick fog on the A4103 Fromes Hill at the junction with
the Halmonds Frome road when a Honda Concerto was in collision
with a Nissan Terrano. All the emergency services attended
the scene and fire-fighters had to cut the roof from the
Honda to release the occupants.
elderly driver of the Honda sustained serious abdominal
injuries and was taken to Hereford County Hospital where
he remains in a stable condition. An elderly woman passenger
in the car received minor injuries and shock and was treated
at the same hospital. The driver and passenger of the Nissan
both suffered minor injuries and shock but were treated
by medical staff at the scene and did not go to hospital.
The road was closed for several hours to safeguard the scene
in the fog and allow police collision investigators to do
their work before the vehicles were removed.
would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident
or who saw either vehicle immediately before the collision.
Anyone with information should contact PC Jonathan Lynes
from the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000.
HEREFORDSHIRE'S YOUNG POET LAUREATE IMMORTALISES THE SNOW
young poet laureate Sapphire de Sousa Stayton has written
a poem to mark the snowy weather conditions that have gripped
the county. Sapphire, who won the Poet Laureate for Herefordshire
competition run by the council's libraries service in June
2009, has been using her time off school constructively
to pen a poem about her own experience of the snowy weather.
fragment of a second,
A minute less than time,
It was gone before I realised
That it was there and mine.
was faster than the speed of light,
As calming as the sea,
As confusing as a Labyrinth
Of which you can't get free.
It had the wonder of a waterfall,
The intensity of the sun,
The freeness of a child
In the meadow having fun.
brought me all my memories
Of winters, Christmases past.
Hanging out the stockings,
Building snowmen in the park.
that calm day in October,
When the sun was slipping low,
That moment in early autumn,
That's when I smelt the snow.
PENSIONERS LOSING OUT ON COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS SAYS SARAH
Carr, Liberal Democrat Prospective MP for Hereford and South
Herefordshire, has expressed concern that up to 1.7m pensioners
will miss out on Cold Weather Payments triggered by the
recent weather, equating to a staggering 2,640 people across
Hereford and South Herefordshire according to analysis of
Government figures by the Liberal Democrats.
said, 'It is outrageous that so many pensioners will miss
out on an estimated £42.5m of fuel payments. With fuel prices
higher than ever, Cold Weather Payments are vitally important
for elderly people already struggling on a meagre pension.
The system is far too complicated, and makes it even harder
for people to access the help they so desperately need.
The Government should be making every effort to identify
pensioners who are missing out and get them this extra cash.
Hereford and South Herefordshire, it is very concerning
that up to 50% of eligible pensioners are not receiving
the Cold Weather Payment, a staggering 2,640 people.'
JESSE WELCOMES PETER LUFF MP TO HEREFORD
campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman welcomed
a key Westminster figure to Herefordshire last week. Peter
Luff MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Business Select
Committee, spoke to local business people at a breakfast
at Saxty's in Hereford. Mr Luff, recently described by The
Times as 'fiercely independent', has the job of holding
to account the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills,
led by Lord Mandelson.
a wide-ranging talk, Mr Luff highlighted the importance
of helping small and medium-sized businesses to grow even
in the current difficult economic context. It was vital
to reduce the burden of taxation and regulation over time,
and to recognize the value of manufacturing, given that
Britain remains the 6th largest manufacturer in the world.
successful entrepreneurship required high skills, and so
flourishing schools, colleges and universities, he said.
And it involved a measure of risk. It was absurd and counterproductive
for any government to think it could somehow abolish risk,
and the result was throttling small businesses with new
afterwards, Jesse said, 'It is great to have Peter Luff
in Hereford, given his influence and insights into economic
policy making. Among other things, his select committee
is considering the current Digital Britain report on broadband
speed. In 2008 I published a consultation paper on the potential
for new wireless broadband services in the county, and I
have strongly pressed now for the committee to come out
in favour of wider access to decent broadband, rather than
the Government's current approach which ignores rural areas
and focuses on large cities.
policy on broadband has failed disastrously in Herefordshire,
where the service is poor in Hereford city and often non-existent
in rural areas. Proper broadband access is essential for
local business and the local economy. With more businesses
having gone bankrupt during this recession than in any previous
downturn, the Conservatives have also announced new policies
to encourage enterprise and make it easier to start new
Norman with Peter Luff MP.
CONCERT AT CREMATORIUM RAISES OVER £1,000 FOR CHARITY
A concert held at Herefordshire Council's new crematorium
chapel raised more than £1,000 for charity. The concert,
given by the Hereford Police Male Choir, raised £994 for
the mayor of Hereford's charities, the Princess Trust and
Noah's Ark Trust and £200 for the Police Choir.
Gibbon, Bereavement Services Manager said, 'The chapel at
the new crematorium seats 120 people and proved to be an
excellent venue for what turned out to be a very successful
and enjoyable evening and we are now planning to hold similar
events. Everyone who attended, including Mayor of Hereford,
Councillor Sylvia Daniels, thoroughly enjoyed the concert
and I would like to thank people for their support on the
must also go to Tesco for sponsoring the catering and to
local funeral directors and the council's partner Amey for
providing raffle prizes.'
KYRLE STREET CAR PARK RETURNS TO PRIVATE MANAGEMENT
After more than two years of managing the Kyrle Street car
park in Hereford on behalf of the landowner, Herefordshire
Council has relinquished the day-to-day operation of the
car park. As from Monday, 1st February, the car park will
be independently managed by the landowner and Herefordshire
Council will have no jurisdiction over it.
Kyrle Street remains a public pay and display car park with
all matters relating to enforcement and everyday management
now being the sole responsibility of the owner. As this
is no longer a council run car park, the owner has decided
that there will be no concessionary parking allowed and
motorists using the car park are advised to look at the
new notices and tariff boards installed by the owner when
POLICE APPEAL FOR RETURN OF STOLEN NECKLACE
in Hereford have issued this photograph of an unusual necklace
that was stolen from a property in Dormington in the hope
that somebody may be able to help them to recover it and
return it to its rightful owner.
necklace was taken from a house in Dormington, near Hereford,
between the end of November 2009 and Christmas Day, by somebody
who had lawful access to the house rather than in a burglary.
necklace, which is of considerable monetary value, comprises
a silver chain through an 18ct white gold mount, in which
is set eight green sapphires.
anybody knows the current whereabouts of the necklace or
has been or is offered the item, they are urged to contact
PC Richard Barradale-Smith at Hereford Police Station on
0300 333 3000 without delay or, alternatively call Crimestoppers,
anonymously on 0800 555111.
ROSS RESIDENTS TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN RESHAPING HEREFORDSHIRE
Hundreds of Ross-on-Wye residents are expected to influence
plans for how the market town will benefit from better paid
jobs, more affordable homes, improved transport links and
stronger public services. Herefordshire Council's important
Shaping Our Place 2026 consultation rolls into Ross on Tuesday,
2nd February to display a series of possible options for
building communities and enterprises over the next 15 years.
The blueprint will affect everyone who lives and works in
council wants to work with Ross people to create a new land
of opportunity, right here in Herefordshire,' said Councillor
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment and strategic
housing. 'As the only sizeable settlement in the county
with direct links to the motorway network, Ross is an important
gateway for inward investment and tourism. We have a great
opportunity to boost enterprise and build our community
to ensure we have the critical mass to safeguard public
services, jobs and affordable homes for future generations.
If we do not take this opportunity now, many of our brightest
young people will continue to move out of the county for
better prospects elsewhere.'
Shaping Our Place 2026 consultation documents will be available
at the Ross road show, which will take place from 10am until
1pm at Ross Market Place They can also be picked up at any
time from the library or info centre in Ross, or downloaded
from the council's website: www.herefordshire.gov.uk Around
1,000 new homes could be provided in Ross over the next
15 years and two options are suggested, in the Northeast
and / or south of the town, next to the A40. The new Model
Farm business park at Ross is also set to attract high quality,
knowledge based and creative industries and high-tech businesses,
bringing exciting new employment prospects.
consultation document says that Ross retailers are promoting
strongly their attractive historic town centre but a growing
community would encourage businesses to revive empty shops.
The consultation is driven by the need to grow the county.
Herefordshire has below average wage levels for the region
but above average house prices. There are 5,000 people on
the county's housing waiting list and demand is high for
homes that are decent and affordable.
Herefordshire is recognized as providing a good education.
But without a university, or sufficient higher education
to build skills and qualifications, or good career prospects,
the council knows young people are more likely to find leave
the county, never to return. The county also needs more
enterprises, offering high quality jobs. More space for
employment land has to be found. Growth in the county will
provide stronger markets for local firms to thrive and prosper
- and safeguard local essential public services.
villages could see development designed to increase affordable
housing and sustain essential services, including schools
and new shops, along with rural transport improvements.
The options are also to promote extended employment land
and more enterprise centres to encourage the creation of
new jobs, particularly creative industries and environmental
technologies to boost the economic viability of villages.
Council needs Ross to share its views now in what will be
one of the most important consultations ever to take place
in the county,' added Councillor Jarvis. 'It really is up
to local people to tell us what they think and help grow
the right future for the county and the market towns.'
council is holding several exhibitions and road shows across
the county in the coming weeks, as well as workshops in
schools and colleges. People's views will be analysed and
proposed policies developed and presented back to cabinet
later in 2010 and publicized, before being submitted to
the Secretary of State, who will arrange for a public examination
and inspector's report with final adoption anticipated in
2011. It will provide a chance for everyone to help finalize
the Local Development Framework, which will be the blueprint
for planning and developing Herefordshire for the future.
parallel, the council is also running a consultation on
the Local Transport Plan, which will be adopted by April
2011 and will drive the county's transport strategy for
the next 15 years. The review of the transport strategy
is intended to align transport policy with the wider needs
of the county and will help co-ordinate support for growth.
The Local Transport Plan consultation enables local people
to let the council know what their priorities for transport
are for the county, whether it is greater public transport
investment, more cycle routes, better highway maintenance
or further road safety improvements.
far, the following public events have been arranged:
Tuesday, 26th January at the Town Hall, Hereford from 10am
· Tuesday, 2nd February at Ross Market Place from 10am to
· Wednesday, 3rd February at Leominster Corn Square from
10am to 1pm
· Thursday, 4th February at Evans Easyspace, Rotherwas,
starting at 11am
· Tuesday, 9th February at Mill Street Street Car Park,
Kington from 10am to 1pm
· Thursday, 11th February at Tenbury Road Car Park, Bromyard
from 10am to 1pm
· Saturday, 13th February at Hereford High Town from 10am
· Tuesday, 23rd February at St. Katherine Street Car Park,
Ledbury from 10am to 1pm
· Tuesday, 23rd February an evening event will take place
at Hereford's Aylestone School from 6pm until 8pm
· Wednesday, 24th February a Road show will take place at
Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall Car Park from 10am until 1pm.
HOUSE BURGLED IN THREE ELMS ROAD
Hereford Police are appealing for information after ornaments
and optical equipment were stolen during a burglary in Three
Elms Road, Hereford. The burglary occurred on Saturday,
16th January between 5.20pm and 7.20pm, whilst the owner
of the property was at church.
broke into the property via the ground floor dining room
window and stole, amongst other things, two silver cups,
a small metal horse, an ornament of a swan with open wings,
a telescope, Zeiss armoured binoculars and a Royal Worcester
burglaries are comparatively rare in Herefordshire, averaging
less than one per day across the whole county. Detectives
investigating such crimes are determined to keep it that
are anxious to hear from anybody who may have seen unusual
activity or suspicious persons or callers in the Three Elms
area that afternoon or evening. They would also like to
hear from anyone who is offered the property or who may
know of its current whereabouts. Anybody with any information
that can help should contact PC Joanna Williams from Hereford
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.