place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
TUDORVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE OFFICIAL OPENING ....
and District Community Centre was officially opened on Saturday
afternoon and many people turned up to see the transformation
that has taken place at the once defunct Tudorville Youth
Jenny Hyde was particularly delighted to see the Community
Centre open for in her role as Herefordshire Council's cabinet
member for children and young people, the unpleasant task
of making the decision to declare the youth centre as no
longer fit for purpose fell on her shoulders. Once that
decision had been made, however, the local residents association
sprang into action, formed a strong committee and applied
to Herefordshire Council for an asset transfer, enabling
them to take over the running of the centre. A sound business
plan was formed, funding applied for and many fund raising
events held to show the council that they were serious in
their endeavour and now the building belongs to the community.
of this would have been possible without the strong community
spirit of the people of Tudorville, led by committee Chairman,
Colin Gray, Vice Chair, Anthony Lowther and the hard working
members of the committee who are to be congratulated on
opening ceremony itself was performed by Colin Gray, after
a short speech of thanks by Anthony Lowther. Representatives
of many local organizations were present along with town
and county councillors, Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane,
Mrs. Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL and two members of the Local Policing
Team, CSO Paul Cowmeadow and PC Paul Challenger. Councillor
Gordon Lucas was also in attendance, quietly supporting
the event. He was somewhat taken aback when invited to join
in a group photograph, protesting that he hadn't done anything
towards the work. That may be so Gordon, but you along with
many other took the time and trouble to congratulate those
who did. Local children's entertainer Uncle Jack kept the
local youngsters entertained in the meeting room whilst
the official proceedings took place
there is still a little work to be done on the centre, The
TDCC, as it is now known is a facility that will benefit
not just Tudorville, but the surrounding area. The centre
is available for hire and, subject to local support, it
is planned to operate Jumpstart sessions for the under five's.
We wish all at Tudorville Community Centre every success.
Gray prepares to cut the ribbon assisted by the comittee of Tudorville
& District Community Centre.
& District Community Centre is now officially open.
many visitors who attended were very impressed with the changes
to this once defunct building.
Phil Cutter, Joyce Thomas, CSO Paul Cowmeadow, Councillor Anne Gray,
Councillor Gordon Lucas and LPO, PC Paul Challenger.
JESSE HIGHIGHTS PLIGHT OF WIGGINS PENSIONERSY.....
Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire highlighted
the difficulty faced by older pensioners at Special Metals
Wiggin last week in Parliament and was delighted when Pensions
Minister Steve Webb MP agreed to meet him and pensioners'
representatives to discuss the situation.
has been campaigning since 2006 on behalf of pensioners
at Special Metals Wiggin, who have not had an increase in
their pensions since 1995. A loophole in the law has allowed
the company not to upgrade their pensions in line with inflation,
as all pensions have been required to be since 1997. The
result has been that these pensioners' incomes have more
than halved in real terms because of the effect of inflation
over the intervening 16 years.
2008 the company proposed an ex gratia payment of £225,000
in recognition of the hardship caused, which the pensioners
accepted, only for the company to withdraw the proposal
after the trustees had agreed a new pensions schedule. Now
the hope is that a meeting with the minister will help to
unlock the situation.
on the news, Jesse said, 'I am delighted that the Pensions
Minister has agreed to meet with me and with pensioners'
representatives. This is a very difficult situation which
has caused great hardship and we need to resolve it.'
PLAN ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS PROPERLY....
Council is urging all communities who are planning street
parties to mark this year's Royal Wedding to ensure they
are properly prepared for the event.
the street party will require partial or complete closure
of a road, an application for this has to be made six weeks
in advance to the council's contractors Amey. There will,
however, be no charge for these closures. Organizers of
street parties also need to be aware that they will need
to obtain ££5 million of public liability insurance
to cover their events. For further details please contact
01432 261800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
the street parties are to involve having a bar, band or
dancing, they may also require a Temporary Event Notice
which covers up to 500 people attending and must be applied
for 12 working days in advance. A TEN will cost £21. Applications
for a TEN can be made online by logging onto www.herefordshire.gov.uk/onlinelicences
or by calling 01432 260105.
John Jarvis said, 'We hope many communities in the county
will want to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and
Kate Middleton by holding street parties. The wedding is
now only three months away and we would urge communities
to get their applications in as soon as possible for either
road closures or temporary event notices or both.
appreciate the amount of organization involved in planning
such events and our highways and licensing staff are able
to advise on your own requirements.'
MATTHEW AND ALF JOINT TOP CUBS 2010 ....
Ross on Wye (Aztec) Cub pack finally managed to hold their
annual end of year concert last Tuesday. Normally held in
December, the concert had been postponed due to the winter
weather. However, the event was well worth waiting for.
The Cubs performed several humorous sketches and there were
musical interludes from George, Thomas and Matthew.
highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Top
Cub award for 2010. The winners were Alf McAninly and Matthew
Shaw. Akela, Robin Shaw said that it was the first time
in his experience of Cubs that there had been an exact dead
heat for top place.
and Alf proudly display their Top Cub 2010 awards.
PLAYBUILDER PROJECTS GET THE GO AHEAD....
Council has agreed to release funding to develop 13 new
or extended play areas across the county. The
funding, which came from the previous government's Playbuilder
programme, resulted in ten new exciting play areas being
developed in Herefordshire last year with plans to fund
a further 15 projects to be completed in 2011. However,
last summer, funds were frozen by the new coalition government.
Council lobbied the Department of Education, putting forward
a strong case for each of the prospective projects and illustrating
the hard work and commitment made by community groups to
get their projects off the ground. As a result, the government
agreed to release some of the cash (£387,200 from the original
£566,200). However, this money was no longer ring fenced
which meant Herefordshire Council had to decide whether
to use the money for play equipment as originally planned,
or to use it elsewhere to ease growing budgetary pressures.
Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people said,
'Although times are undoubtedly challenging and the council
is having to make many difficult decisions at the moment,
we remain committed to ensuring our children and young people
have good quality services, and healthy and fulfilling lives.
Play is an incredibly important part of this.
found ourselves in a position where communities had come
together to form groups and apply for other sources of funding.
They had invested in getting professional plans developed
and were almost ready to begin their building works when
the fund was frozen. I am delighted the council has approved
these new play areas which will provide much fun and healthy
outdoor play for our youngsters.'
council has agreed to commit the remaining £387,200 to the
playbuilder project which will fund play areas in Llangrove,
Bromyard, Burghill, Wellington Place, Hereford, Kingstone,
Kington Rec, Ledbury, Leintwardine, Queenswood Hereford,
Sutton St Nicholas, Weobley, Wigmore and Withington.
FINAL CHANCE FOR SHOP FRONT GRANTS....
independent retailers are being given a final chance to
make improvements to their shop fronts with the last round
of grants from Herefordshire Council. The popular shop front
grant scheme aims to support local businesses while conserving
the county's heritage by restoring traditional shop fronts
which adds to the distinctiveness of the city, the towns
Silver, the council's assistant director for economy and
culture said, 'Independent shops are an important part of
the Herefordshire appeal for local people and visitors.
This scheme gives a little bit of support to businesses
at a time when they need it, which in turn adds to the county
countywide shop front grant scheme is open to independent
county shopkeepers to restore or reinstate their traditional
shop front who have not received a shop front grant within
the last five years. The maximum grant is £2,000, or 50
per cent of the costs, which ever is the lesser. The deadline
for the scheme is Monday, 7th February.
scheme excludes: banks, building societies, private residences,
franchises, guest houses, public houses and charity shops.
To obtain an application form contact Herefordshire Council's
delegated grants team on 01432 260753 or email the team
advice on project proposals with regard to permissions,
acceptable design, and colours, please contact the conservation
team on the following telephone numbers.
Hereford City and the immediately surrounding wards, contact
Neil Robertson on 01432 261950. Chris Partrick is the contact
for Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Ledbury and East Herefordshire
and can be contacted on 01432 261951. Those in the Golden
Valley, Leominster and North west Herefordshire should contact
Robert Walker on 01432 383694.
BE AWARE OF WEATHER DAMAGED ROADS....
Council is urging motorists to be vigilant and drive carefully
after the worst December weather ever recorded has caused
potholes to occur on some of the county's roads. The council's
service delivery partner, Amey Herefordshire is out and
about working to tackle this problem.
Hall, Herefordshire Council's highway network manager said,
'Motorists are being urged to be aware as both the extreme
cold we had last month and now the heavy rain has inevitably
lead to potholes occurring. We carried out extensive work
during 2010 to improve the overall condition of our roads
and rectify the damage inflicted to our roads by last winter.
This work should mean that the pothole problem is less extensive
than that experienced in the early months of 2010. However,
potholes have and will still occur on roads that we have
not been able to resurface or at locations where the fabric
of the road is stressed by heavy traffic movements or water
does not drain well. As such motorists should be aware.
Herefordshire's crews are out tackling the problems and
anyone who wishes to report particularly problematic roads
should telephone Streetscene on 01432 261800 or email email@example.com
THEFT OF HEATING FUEL............................
Mercia Police are urging residents who use oil to heat their
properties to be extra vigilant following a theft in the
county. Hundreds of litres of heating oil were stolen from
a local farm property near St Weonards, Hereford on Tuesday,
11th January. A number of similar thefts have also occurred
recently in Shropshire and Worcestershire.
David Bishop at Hereford Police Station said, 'While this
is not a large problem, we have noticed a slight increase
in such crimes in the county. It is possibly due to the
increase in fuel costs over recent months so they may become
more prevalent across the country. We are warning local
people who use heating oil to take precautions against being
targeted by thieves.
other security tips, we recommend fitting an alarm which
rings if the oil level suddenly drops or installing security
lights to alert residents when there are intruders. Residents
are also urged to keep any eye out for unusual activity
or vehicles and report anything suspicious as soon as possible
on 0300 333 3000, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
555111. Of course, if you see a theft in progress, call
Bishop recommends the following hints and tips, which can
help reduce the chances of heating oil being stolen from
Plant shrubs or install fences to hide your tank from view.
This is especially important if you live close to the road.
(Although heating oil theft has also been known to occur
at secluded properties with long drives).
· Remember to check your tank's oil levels on a regular
· Where possible, install security lighting that covers
your tank and the immediate surrounding area.
· If your tank is openly accessible to all, consider re-siting
it to an area or building where it is better protected
· Be extra vigilant of tankers or large vehicles close to
your property. Note down any suspicious vehicles' registration
numbers and report them to the police.
· If your tank is located in an outbuilding, ensure it is
kept locked and secured at all times.
· Remove any empty containers or drums from the immediate
area. They could draw attention to the presence of your
· Deter thieves from entering your property by installing
and using lockable gates and by maintaining boundaries and