place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
BEAT BOXING NIGHT BOREDOM AT THE WHITE LION....
you are wondering what on earth to do once Christmas Day
is over, the left over turkey is eaten and the new games
and presents tried out, why not go along to the White
Lion Inn at Wilton on Boxing Night?
and Jacqui Newman, Landlords of the White Lion are having
a fun night at their lovely riverside inn where you can
enjoy a game or two of bingo or 'Play Your Cards Right.'
The pub usually holds a quiz on Sunday evenings but it was
decided to host a fun evening to which all are welcome.
evening begins at 7:30, so get yourself down there early
to find yourself a seat by the lovely log fire. Grab yourself
a pint of good real ale or glass of Dave's special mulled
wine, a mere snip at £2.70 per glass, before you set
your eyes down to cross off those numbers. After the bingo
there will be the popular TV game 'Play Your Cards Right,'
which promises to be a whole lot of fun. Go along and watch
those dollies do their dealing.
are welcome to attend and Dave and Jacqui look forward to
A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR LLANGROVE SCHOOL
of Llangrove School at work.
CE Primary School is celebrating changes to the future management
of the school from January 2011.
Box and Paul Whitcombe (joint Head Teachers of the Herefordshire
Marches Foundation group of schools) will take over as joint
Executive Head Teachers at Llangrove from January and will
work with the existing staff to quickly take the school
Herefordshire Marches Foundation (HMF) which comprises Lord
Scudamore Primary School in Hereford, Sutton Primary School
and Kings Caple Primary School, is already extremely successful
and in a very short time has established itself as dynamic
and high performing.
Governors at Llangrove CE Primary School are working towards
the school becoming the fourth and final school in the partnership.
The Federation or partnering of schools in this way provides
a progressive and sustainable new model of education for
the future and the HMF is blazing a trail in this respect.
Therefore with their help the future looks very bright for
Llangrove CE Primary School and they are looking forward
to the New Year with great optimism.
of Governors at Llangrove, Janet Taylor said, 'I am delighted
that we can look forward to a settled and prosperous future.
With the help and support of our partner schools we can
build on Llangrove's success whilst retaining the unique
character of our lovely village school. The opportunities
for teachers and staff liaison and development are tremendous,
as they are for children to find new friends and to enjoy
combined and new educational experiences.
welcome Peter Box and Paul Whitcombe to lead the school
into a bright future.'
WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR ROSS IN THE FUTUREY.....
Do you have any good ideas for measures that would benefit
Ross-on-Wye? If so, you are most welcome to attend a special
open house meeting of the RoWToP Progress Group on Thursday,
6th January to consider suggestions from any resident of
Ross on how best to implement the 32 proposals listed in
the Town Plan.
publication of the Ross Town Plan, and its adoption by the
Town Council, the RoWToP group responsible for the production
of the Plan has been changed to a progress group to monitor
the implementation of its proposals. The group wants more
input from residents who identified what they wanted and
are willing to help make things happen. Secretary
of the new group, Councillor Caroline Utting points out
that the implementation of proposals contained in the Town
Plan is just as important as the production of the Plan.
time is ripe. The Government is pushing for more control
of local affairs to be delegated to town and parish councils.
Meanwhile, Herefordshire Council has confirmed that the
Ross Town Plan will form additional planning guidance in
future planning issues. The Town Council has started to
act on a number of proposals which can be activated in the
short term before a new Council is elected in May. It has
included a sum of money in its annual budget to fund proposals
in the Town Plan.
special subcommittee is looking at the development of a
riverside picnic site, and the provision of more allotments.
Because of a dearth of land available for allotments the
development of community gardens is also being investigated.
It is proposed that the Town Council sets up a database
to bring gardens and gardeners together on a land share
the Ross Sports and Leisure Federation continues to work
on plans to improve the town’s sporting facilities, particularly
the Wilton Sports Centre. It is looking at plans to introduce
outdoor tennis tables at selected sites and the development
of petanque (boules) 'pistes' for public use. The Federation
is also working on the launch of a cinema club to help meet
the strong demand for a local cinema expressed in the Town
John Edwards, chairman of the Sports Federation and treasurer
of the Progress Group said the Federation was making good
progress behind the scenes. He was, for example, very happy
with the help they had provided in the formation of the
new Tudorville Community Association. The transfer of ownership
of the Tudorville Centre by the Herefordshire Council to
the Association had set a good precedent for other developments
of the topics to be raised at the meeting on 6th January
will be possible changes to the current one-way system.
However the meeting at the Larruperz Centre, which will
start at 7.l5 p.m., will provide an opportunity to discuss
the whole range of proposals aimed at improving the future
WORRYING RESULT OF UNDERAGE SALES OPERATIONSY.....
Herefordshire's Trading Standards Team has announced worrying
results after two underage sales operations across the county.
The underage sales operations were a joint initiative with
West Mercia Police and saw the organizations working with
teenage volunteers who entered local pubs, clubs and off-licences
to attempt to purchase alcohol.
this month, 25 different premises were visited by the volunteers
with 15 premises correctly challenging for identification.
Worryingly, however, the volunteers were sold alcohol in
10 of the licensed premises. On a more positive note, the
earlier part of the operation carried out in August and
September, revealed less of a problem with only three out
of the 53 off-licences visited selling alcohol to the underage
Wilson, trading standards officer said, 'Antisocial behaviour
incidents and admissions to A&E are often fuelled by alcohol.
Statistics show that children as young as 13 are ending
up at A&E sometimes during the early hours of Saturdays
and Sundays. We're aiming to reduce such incidents by ensuring
young people are unable to illegally purchase alcohol.'
the Christmas and New Year period is a busy time for licensed
premises, they are still urged to carefully check identification
to ensure their customers are over 18 and legally allowed
to purchase and consume alcohol. To report illegal trading
or request further advice and information, contact Leah
Wilson via 01432 261761 or email@example.com
A HEREFORDSHIRE GIRL BRINGS COLOUR TO HALLOWEEN
with CSO Dick Alford, Headteacher, Dorrie Coates and
PC Jo Ellis.
may be just around the corner, but one young girl from West
Herefordshire is still celebrating Halloween after she won
a colouring in competition used by West Mercia Police to
promote safety messages at Halloween.
school children were asked to colour in their own versions
of the 'Have a Safe Halloween' poster produced by West Mercia
Police, which passes on messages about staying safe and
respecting people's privacy when out trick-or-treating.
total, 223 children sent in their posters and a winner was
chosen by Deputy Chief Constable David Shaw for each policing
area - Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.
Roberts, aged 8, of Brilley, near the Welsh border, was
selected as the winner for Herefordshire. She received a
visit at Almeley Primary School from her local policing
team and was given her prize of a £20 book token.
policing officer for the Kington Rural area, PC Jo Ellis
said, 'The colouring in competition was a very useful tool
for getting young children to take notice of our trick-or-treating
messages, such as always going with an adult, not talking
to strangers and not bothering those households where there
is a sign saying 'No Trick or treat'.
was great to see so many young people took part and we received
many excellent and very colourful entries. I was really
pleased to see a child from my patch had won and it was
a pleasure to meet Anabel and hand over her prize. She was
thrilled to have won.'
COMMUNITIES INVITED TO TAP INTO EURO FUNDINGY.....
Herefordshire Council is encouraging local communities to
tap into European funding which can be used for a variety
of projects, which includes improving the quality of life,
making services easier to access and enhancing the distinctiveness
of an area. The money will come from the Herefordshire LEADER
programme which is funded from European Union and Defra
coffers via the Rural Development Programme for England.
the scheme, funds are available to help to:
Enable local communities to develop and implement actions
to improve the quality of life of those living and working
in rural Herefordshire.
· Enable local communities to develop and access the services
they need in their area.
· Support and improve local democratic structures to meet
the needs of local communities.
· Training local people to meet identified skill gaps and
· Enhance and maintain the distinctiveness of the countryside,
including cultural, historic and natural environment.
funding is limited, but the scheme offers up to 70 per cent
of the total eligible project costs, up to a maximum of
£5,000. It is expected that successful projects will contain
a level of public, voluntary and private match funding,
either cash or in kind.
projects need to meet certain criteria to be successful.
The council's LEADER programme team are happy to give advice
and help people to fill in the forms. Projects need to be
community led and come from community groups, voluntary
organizations or social enterprises with a written constitution
and a bank account - parish councils can apply, but private
individuals or businesses cannot.
Take place in and benefit the people of Herefordshire (excluding
· Demonstrate good value for money.
· Come from and involve the community.
· Be new and not duplicate existing services.
· Not be for statutory activities or promote political or
grants can make vital differences to the quality of life
and services available in our many varied communities across
the county,' said Wendy Coombey, Chair of the Herefordshire
LEADER Local Action Group. 'For example, the grants could
be used to support social enterprise opportunities, supporting
the development of wildlife areas or enhancing public spaces
for community use.
grants have been used so far to help improve facilities
at a farm used as a training resource, support community
transport schemes and to increase opportunities for young
people in very isolated rural areas.'
interested in finding out further information on the scheme
should contact Dawn Turner at Herefordshire Council on 01432
383023, or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The
deadline for applications is 4.30pm on 21st February 2011.
MAKING YOUR EXPERIENCE COUNT.....................
Council and NHS Herefordshire take pride in offering visitors
who call in to their offices and buildings a warm and friendly
welcome. The two organizations also aim to answer telephones
quickly and deal with inquiries in a courteous and helpful
new customer charter which lays down what people can expect
has been launched, which explains how staff will deal with
people who visit one of the buildings, whether they contact
them by telephone or e-mail, or when they write to them.
The charter also states how the council and PCT will handle
are at the heart of what we are about,' said Lesley Hack,
Herefordshire Council's customer services manager. 'We're
committed to delivering efficient and excellent services
to our residents, visitors and those involved in local businesses.
To make sure people know what to expect, we've set out a
set of standards in our new customer charter which demonstrates
the level of service people can expect from us.'
new charter states that staff will be professional and courteous,
give a welcoming and helpful service, respect customer confidentiality
and treat everyone openly, honestly and with respect.
Visitors to public buildings can expect to be seen promptly
and telephone calls will be answered within 15 seconds.
E-mails and letters will be acknowledged within three working
days and responses, where appropriate, will be sent within
ten working days.
response, we would ask that customers treat our staff politely
and courteously and do not cause a nuisance or disturbance,'
added Lesley. 'We are always striving to improve the way
we do things, so we actively encourage people to well us
when we get it wrong, but also to tell us when they have
received excellent service.'
services manager Lesley Hack, and customer service officers Emma
Addison, Hayley McCormack and Emma Wright at Garrick House.
DAREN LOADERS KILLERS JAILEDY......................
Two men have been jailed for their part in the killing of
teenager Daren Loader in Hereford last year.
Kalasnikovas, who had previously pleaded guilty to murder
and Grievous Bodily Harm at an earlier hearing was sentenced
to a minimum of 15 years in prison for killing Daren and
seven years concurrent for wounding a female in the same
Mackevic, a Lithuanian national of no fixed abode, was found
guilty of manslaughter after a second trial at Worcester
Crown Court. The jury in the first trial earlier this year
failed to reach a verdict. They also found him guilty of
injuring a female who was with Daren at the time he was
has been jailed for a total of ten years. He was sentenced
to ten years minimum for manslaughter and four years for
the attack on the female, to run concurrently.
aged 17, died in March 2009 after being struck by a wooden
pole in Western Way, Hereford. His Honour Judge McCreath
sitting at Worcester Crown Court carried out the sentencing
of both men on Monday, 20th December.
POLICE WANT TO TRACE FEMALE NIGHT CLUBBERS Y.....
Police are trying to trace two women who left Dusk night
club in Commercial Road, Hereford, just before 3am on Saturday,
18th December. The
women, who were in the company of two men, stopped to speak
to another woman sitting on the night club steps. They showed
concern for the lone female who was later sexually assaulted.
Constable Paul Matthews who is investigating the incident
said, 'We are keen to trace two women who left Dusk night
club just before the club closed in the early hours of Saturday
morning at around 3am. These women are not in trouble but
we think they may have important information they can pass
on to us. They stopped to speak to a woman who was sitting
alone on the steps of the club.'
who has information for police at Hereford should call 0300
333 3000 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.
ACONBURY CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO RETIRING HEAD....
pupils and parents at one of Herefordshire Council's pupil
referral units, the Aconbury Centre, have said a sad farewell
to Eleanor Christopher, their head teacher, who retires
Aconbury Centre offers support for secondary school students
who are struggling to maintain their place in mainstream
her time at the centre, Eleanor has worked tirelessly to
support and care for these young people. Her commitment
and vision have led to the centre receiving an outstanding
Ofsted Inspection and a recent confirmation of category
pupils and their families will remember Mrs Christopher
as the person who believed in them and helped them to turn
their lives around. She will be remembered by all who know
her for her dedication to helping young people and leaves
behind a thriving and highly respected Centre. Staff and
pupils will hold a special morning on the last day of term,
where they will present her with farewell gifts.
her long teaching career Eleanor also taught at Madley Primary
School, was deputy head teacher at Ashfield Park Primary
School and worked with the behaviour team.
said, 'I will really miss working with the staff team, the
parents, and the pupils at the Aconbury.'
Longmore, of Herefordshire Council said, 'Eleanor has transformed
the Aconbury Centre into a truly outstanding Pupil Referral
Unit which has helped many students back onto the right
path by always put the needs of the students first. She
has been a excellent leader of an excellent team. I will
miss her both personally and professionally.'
Christopher, retiring Head of the Aconbury Centre.
HEREFORDSHIRE PREPARED FOR ARCTIC WEATHERY.....
Herefordshire Council has had to move to a more constrained
winter weather service due to the impact of the recent bad
weather and the effects of what is lining up to be the coldest
December for 100 years.
cold temperatures over the weekend, with some places in
Herefordshire reaching as low as -14.5 degrees, mean the
council has to be prudent with its salt stocks to ensure
priority routes can remain open. In line with its winter
service plan, the council has now moved to a constrained
level of service focusing on the priority routes. Snow clearance
will still be carried out on secondary routes and other
places as well.
far this winter, the council has used 6,000 tonnes of salt
and has delivered more than 28,000 miles of gritting. On
Monday, 20th December, the council had 1,500 tonnes of salt
in stock with a further 420 tonnes being delivered later
this week. Regular stocks will continue to arrive from the
council's normal supplier and a further 3,000 tonnes of
imported salt, which was ordered at the beginning of December,
is due to arrive in January. In addition to this the council
has put in its bid for some salt from the strategic stockpile
held by the Department for Transport, to ensure our resilience
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'We are monitoring the
salt stocks on a daily basis and the extremely cold temperatures
over the weekend mean we have to move to the more constrained
level of service. Fortunately, the schools have now broken
up for Christmas but we will ensure priority routes are
gritted. This will ensure our salt stocks will last over
the Christmas period and then we will have more salt arriving
in January to replenish them.
would like to thank all in the highway service team who
have planned well for winter and have, once again, been
working around the clock through the bad weather to keep
essential routes open and minimize the risk of accidents
on the roads. With more snow and freezing temperatures forecast,
I would urge drivers to ensure they plan their routes carefully
and log onto www.herefordshire.gov.uk and click on the Winter
Gritting box for details of our priority routes for treatment.
They should also drive according to the conditions, remembering
it takes a lot longer to brake in snow and ice.'
Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire said, 'I
would like to add my thanks to the gritting teams for all
the work they have been doing and will be doing over Christmas
and New Year to keep our roads safe and passable.'
with any particular problems to report with gritting should
telephone Streetscene on 01432 261800 or email email@example.com
HUGE HAUL OF ILLEGAL CIGARETTES SEIZEDY............
A recent joint operation between West Mercia Police, HM
Revenue & Customs and Herefordshire Council's Trading
Standards Service resulted in a massive haul of 300,000
illegal, non duty paid, foreign cigarettes being seized
from a small retailer on Eign Street, Hereford. This was
a record haul for the county which follows similar successful
raids back in September. In
addition, a lorry load of non UK duty paid alcohol was seized
from the same premises.
retailer in Commercial Road, Hereford was also targeted,
where officers found illegal cigarettes cunningly hidden
in a cavity behind false panels by the counter, ready to
sell to regular customers.
Council's regulatory services manager Mike Pigrem said after
the raid, 'This is yet another example of excellent partnership
working within Herefordshire. The sale of non duty paid
or smuggled tobacco and alcohol not only causes severe economic
detriment to legitimate local retailers and huge losses
in tax revenue to the government, but also makes it more
difficult for people wanting to kick the smoking habit.
non duty paid cigarettes are easily identifiable as they
do not carry any of the relevant health warnings on the
packet, which is also criminal offence in its own right.
Anyone with information on illegal tobacco supplies can
contact us in the strictest confidence on 0845 8941008.'
you would like help and assistance to stop smoking, please
contact Herefordshire NHS Stop Smoking Service on 01432
GREEN FLAG HAT TRICK FOR WESTFIELD SCHOOL....
Special School in Leominster is celebrating double good
news this month, for the school has been awarded a green
flag for the third consecutive year at the same time as
receiving a positive Ofsted inspection report.
provides education for children aged 4 to 19 years who have
severe learning disabilities. The school has a very strong
community ethos and takes pride in its whole school approach
to looking after the environment. All the children are actively
involved in some aspect of the school's eco culture and
they recycle with a passion, grow, cook and eat their own
vegetables, and persuade their families to adopt greener
practices at home.
a green flag is the ultimate accolade and is awarded for
specific project work. For this year's flag bid, the children
and staff have been working on projects to install new fruit
bushes in their garden, spruce up their sensory area and
build a greenhouse that promises to take recycling to another
level. It is made out of plastic bottles.
1500 plastic bottles have been collected over the last few
months and with help from students at neighbouring Wigmore
School, the children from Westfield Special School have
been busy cutting off the bottoms of bottles and stacking
them in preparation for building their green house. Once
assembled, seven foot canes are inserted through the bottles
to make pillars. Then columns of bottles are secured together
to make a greenhouse structure that can be used to grow
fruit and vegetables in.
Gilbert, acting head teacher said, 'We are very excited
about our greenhouse project and are looking forward to
enjoying some of the fruits we grow a little earlier next
year. We are thrilled to receive the green flag for the
third year on the run. The testing is quite rigorous and
to meet the required standard means lots of hard work and
dedication from children, families and staff.
Ofsted inspector was clearly impressed with our eco work
too. She was particularly interested in the students' level
of commitment to maintaining the sensory garden all year
round and commented on the very positive attitude of the
school and the outstanding behaviour of our students. She
acknowledged that the school is improving and identified
areas where further improvement is needed. We already have
plans in place to broaden the range of qualifications our
pupils can take and extend their expectations in practical
published report recognizes the commitment, belief and high
expectations that are the very fabric of this school. We
have a team of highly skilled people who provide high quality
care for all of our students and will accept only the best
students of Westfield School with their green flag.
FLU CASES ON THE INCREASEY...........................
NHS Herefordshire has confirmed that there has been an increase
in the number of people visiting their GP with flu type
symptoms over the last couple of weeks. As the cold weather
is set to continue, the situation is anticipated to escalate
further in the coming weeks.
more than twenty confirmed or probable cases of swine flu
recorded across the West Midlands, it is important that
anyone suffering flu symptoms should stay at home, take
paracetamol if appropriate, keep well hydrated and contact
their GP by telephone or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 if symptoms
persist or get worse.
Arif Mahmood, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Herefordshire
said, 'Most patients visiting their GP are experiencing
mild illness and not requiring hospital admission or any
specialist treatment. However, for those individuals in
at risk categories, such as the elderly, the chronically
ill, immuno-compromised, and pregnant women, the flu virus
can be serious.
is too soon to say whether the increase in those presenting
flu symptoms is a direct result of the seasonal flu vaccine
uptake being lower this year. But in Herefordshire the overall
uptake of the vaccine is 40.8 per cent, which is well below
the national uptake (47.5 percent). We would remind those
people eligible for the seasonal flu immunization to make
sure they have their vaccine.
year's flu jab is a combination vaccine protecting against
three flu strains, including include swine flu and influenza
B. The NHS in Herefordshire is well prepared for the influenza
season but it is important that people do everything they
can to reduce the incidence and spread of this infection.
This means everybody who needs to be immunized gets their
free jab, which this year includes pregnant women.'
those who would like to be immunized, but are not in an
in at risk category, and therefore not eligible for a free
flu jab, please speak to your local pharmacist. With the
weather forecast predicting snow and ice as the week goes
on, people are advised to make sure their medicine cabinets
and store cupboards are well stocked.
COUNTY FINANCE SETTLEMENT WORSE THAN THOUGHTY.....
The first analysis of the government's finance settlement
for Herefordshire is worse than had been expected with no
recognition of the extra costs involved in providing services
in a rural area. While Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire
have already merged some services and are working together
in a unique partnership to save money, news that the council
faces a 13 per cent cut in its grant means further savings
will have to be found.
been preparing ourselves for some time, starting with the
previous year's budget, but the figures are worse than anticipated
due to changes to the way government calculates how much
we need to provide services across the county,' said Councillor
Roger Phillips, leader of the council. 'I'm particularly
disappointed that, at a time when rural families are suffering
from increased costs of energy, transport and general living
expenses, the challenges of rural communities and the delivery
of services in rural areas has not been recognized.'
headline figure is a cut of 13 per cent in real terms for
the next financial year with a reduction of over £10 million
of government funding this year and a further £6 million
less in 2012. 'Despite
the bad news, we will do all we can to ensure that we protect
our core services and our most vulnerable citizens. That's
a priority,' added Councillor Phillips.
warned that the figures were very complex and that officers
are still analysing the details with additional detail still
being released. 'For some time we've been lobbying to protect
the interests of the community through this funding system
but we fear the settlement will badly affect areas such
as concessionary fares. However, there is some good news.
Thanks to a council tax grant, we have the capacity to freeze
council tax for next year at current levels.'
Herefordshire Council announced it had a five point plan
to cut costs and prepare itself for the challenge of a tougher
financial future. This includes reducing management posts,
sharing corporate functions with health trusts, cutting
purchasing, rationalizing premises and slashing red tape.
focusing on operating more cost effectively and making the
most of partnership working. This still means we have to
make difficult decisions, and there will be job losses,
unfortunately,' added councillor Phillips. 'But if we and
the community work together, we can protect the health and
social care services that people depend on.'
information on the council's grant settlement is being released
on a daily basis and officers are still working through
the details. Once these are known, Herefordshire Council
will undertake public consultation and engagement as it
draws up its budget for the next financial year. Further
details will be made available as they are known.
LOCAL FARMERS VISIT NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET SITE....
group of county farmers was recently given the opportunity
to take a look at the work in progress on Herefordshire's
new livestock market, which is currently still under construction.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council welcomed the farmers
to the site off Roman Road and took them round the huge,
steel framed structure which will be able to handle around
9,500 sheep and 500 cattle a day. The roof is now on the
penning area and cladding work has begun along with works
on the drainage system. Now that the roof is on workmen
have begun mechanical and electrical works.
moved onto the site during spring this year so it's great
to see the building taking shape and the progress they've
made so far,' said Councillor Phillips. 'It was particularly
pleasing to be able to take around some local farmers who
will be using the new market when it opens in the spring
next year. We all agree our current cattle market in the
centre of Hereford is not satisfactory. It's come to the
end of its life and causes traffic problems due to its location
in the city centre.
many farmers will have fond memories of the old cattle market,
we're all of the opinion that it's time for change. The
new market provides a 21st century facility for the county's
livestock sector which plays a crucial role in Herefordshire's
economy. I can't wait for the day the first cattle and sheep
pass through the new market.'
Hyde, co-chairman and director of Hereford Market Auctioneers
Ltd, said the new market is an issue close to his heart.
'It's wonderful to see it taking shape after 25 years of
discussion since I joined the Company in 1986, so we're
very grateful for the opportunity to view the site together
with some of our local farmers.
I'm in daily contact with the project it was easy for me
to 'paint the picture' as to where everything will be as
we basically have the frame, roof and walls only. Our greatest
complaint at Hereford Market is lack of parking and the
congestion that people using the facility have to face,
especially in the busy autumn period. It's wonderful that
our local farmers will now have an out of town site which
is easily accessible and will have a large, market dedicated,
car park right next to the market building.
very fortunate that we have very loyal farmers who have
put up with congestion over many years and we are very pleased
that we will soon be able to offer them a vastly improved
facility for the 21st century. We're aiming to move in during
April or May of 2011 and we will literally be on the current
site one week and at the new premises one week later.'
Phillips, left, and Richard Hyde in front with local farmers being
given a first glimpse inside Hereford's new livestock market.
LANDLORDS ADVISED TO CHECK INSURANCEY..........
Herefordshire Council is appealing to home owners and landlords
of privately rented properties to check they have sufficient
house insurance to cover damage to their properties during
the current cold spell of weather. The
authority's private sector housing team has received many
calls from residents coping with burst water pipes, leaks,
broken gas boilers and heating systems which have failed
due to the cold weather.
are issues home owners and landlords must resolve with their
insurance companies, not the local authority,' said Denise
Bradley-Lloyd, private sector housing manager. 'It's important,
particularly with another bout of freezing weather and snow
on the way, that home owners and landlords of privately
rented properties ensure they have adequate house insurance.
The council has limited resources available to help in an
emergency, so we advise members of the public to take responsibility
for the upkeep of their homes and rented properties.'
help prevent homes being left without heating or drinking
water, the advice is:
Know where your water stopcock is
· Make sure water pipes are lagged
· Pay particular attention to outdoor taps. Make sure they
· Insulate water pipes in your loft
· Ensure that your gas boiler is serviced annually.
added, 'In addition, landlords have a legal obligation to
provide interim heating and safe water supplies to tenants.
This could be expensive, so take precautions now.'
NEW SPEED ENFORCEMENT SITESY......................
The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia has introduced
new mobile speed enforcement sites on the A438 at Bartestree
and Lugwardine in a bid to slow drivers down and improve
the safety of the road following requests from local residents
and the Parish Council.
dangers posed by speeding drivers using the A438 through
Bartestree and Lugwardine have been raised at PACT (Partners
and Communities Together) meetings and previous action has
been taken by the local policing team. Despite the presence
of speed indicator devices along the stretch of road, drivers
have not slowed down sufficiently and speeds are still causing
concern among the local community.
new mobile speed enforcement sites form part of the Safer
Roads Partnership's 'Community Concern' site programme which
was launched last year. Data collected by the Partnership
shows that there is a definite speed problem which supports
the need for enforcement. The data shows that in Bartestree
for example, 73% of drivers exceed the 30mph speed limit
and 15% travel above 38.6mph. The sites will be operational
for an initial period of six months and data will be collected
during this time to assess the impact of enforcement on
speeds and driver behaviour. A speed camera van commenced
enforcement last week.
Jenkins of the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership said,
'There is a high level of concern from local people about
the speeds of vehicles using this road. The aim of introducing
mobile speed enforcement at these sites is to slow drivers
down and to send the message to all road users that speeding
through Bartestree and Lugwardine is not acceptable. Speeding
traffic affects people's quality of life and we would urge
drivers to slow down and observe the 30mph limit.'
Chairman of Bartestree with Lugwardine Group Parish Council
said, 'We have been very concerned about the speed of vehicles
through the two villages for some considerable time. Introduction
of the 30 mph limit and then the speed indicator devices
(at a cost to residents) have failed to reduce speeds sufficiently
to alleviate the concerns amongst the local community. It
is hoped that the introduction of the Safer Roads Partnership's
speed camera vans will get across the message that speeding
does not pay and it is unacceptable to place people's lives
at risk in villages with a junior and senior school close
to the road not to mention the playing fields and St Michael's
Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is made up of 13
partner agencies including Herefordshire Council and West
Mercia Police. The aim of the Partnership is to reduce the
number of casualties and make the roads safer for all users
in West Mercia through speed enforcement and by seeking
to change attitudes and behaviour.