place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
GET YOUR FRYING PANS READY FOR PANCAKE RACES ....
to the success of last year's Ross-on-Wye Pancake Races,
the Association of Ross Traders, (ART) have planned to repeat
the experience on Shrove Tuesday, 8th March and all are
welcome to join in the fun!
Everyone can get involved, and the organizers hope that
all sections of the Community will respond and join in the
special races for: hairdressers, estate agents, pub and
hotel staff, 4 different age group races for children and
even a mobility scooter race!
will be sponsored by Field Fayre ' the organic shop' in
Broad Street, however, entrants must supply their own frying
pan and wear suitable shoes. Those aged under 16 years must
be accompanied by an adult.
forms are available from Essential
Sewing Services, little chic, the Market House and Tudor
Sweets. Early booking is advised to ensure a place.
The entrance fee is £1.00 in advance or £3.00 on the day.
further information, please contact Helen Kiddy at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 07971 603656.
MARKET HOUSE VISITOR CENTRE NOW OPEN ....
Heritage Centre closed its doors to the public shortly before
Christmas 2010 in order for a major refurbishment to take
place and reopened on Monday 31st January as the Market
House Visitor Centre.
to Herefordshire Council, the newly refitted centre will
now combine the very best of the services formerly provided
by the Heritage and Tourist Information Centres, with an
array of information and services available from old photograph
archives, to accommodation in the area and information on
the town from its earliest Bronze Age roots to the present
team at the centre would be delighted to welcome you to
opening times are as follows:
to October, Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm (Closed Tuesdays).
November to March, Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30 (closed
Tuesdays), Sunday 10.30 to 4pm.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's visitor services officer
said, 'Please come in to visit the new centre and see what
we can offer you. If you have any suggestions for other
services or information we could provide we would be very
pleased to hear them.'
ROSS REGISTRATION OFFICEY....................
a bid to save money, Herefordshire Council have relocated
many local services from Swan House to share facilities
with others in Ross-on-Wye.
council's Info service is moving into the library building
and Ross TiC has merged with heritage services and opened
at Ross Market House, now known as Ross Market House Visitor
Centre. Now Herefordshire Council are moving social workers
from Swan House into The Old Chapel in Cantilupe Road, which
was a previous home to them and the current location of
Ross Registration Office. However, the registry office will
still operate from there.
Nicholls, Herefordshire Council's registration services
manager said, 'I want to assure people that the register
office is staying in The Old Chapel and will be fully available
for people wanting to book weddings or civil partnerships.
It is a wonderful place for a ceremony and I would urge
people to get in touch for more information.'
wanting to register a birth, death or give notice of marriage
or civil partnership should telephone the Hereford office
on 01432 260565 during the opening times of Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 9am until 4.30pm and 9am until
4pm on Fridays.
MAN DRIVES INTO SPAR SHOPY........................
man from the Hom Green area of Ross-on-Wye has been charged
with providing a positive breath test following a road traffic
collision occurred on High Street, Ross, on Saturday, 29th
January shortly after 8pm which caused minor damage to the
shop front of the Spar store. No other vehicles were involved.
failing the road side breath test, the 24 year old man was
arrested and subsequently bailed to attend Hereford Magistrates'
Court on Wednesday, 9th February.
DANCE AWAY WINTER BLUES WITH THE JIVEOHOLICS ....
the weather, forget the cuts, forget financial insolvency,
just come along to the Queens Head, Monmouth this Sunday,
6th February and dance away those winter blues to the fabulous
sound of top local band, The Jiveoholics.
The Jiveoholics have taken time out of their busy national
schedule to give an impromptu performance at the Wye Valley's
top music venue in a valiant attempt to cheer everyone up.
Keyboard wizard Chris McGowen said, 'People are so miserable
at this time of year; we thought we should try and do something
to lift their spirits and a free gig at the 'Queens' seemed
to fit the bill. We play all over the country at the moment
so it will be good for us as well, to be back on our home
turf with a local audience'.
six piece band, which is fast becoming a firm favourite
on the British festival circuit, present an eclectic blend
of jive, swing and vintage rock 'n roll along with a large
helping of off the cuff humour. So prepare yourselves for
a great evening as these guys are guaranteed to set the
room on fire no matter how cold it is outside.
performance starts at 9:00pm although it is advisable to
get there early and admission is free.
further information contact The Queens Head on 01600 712767
or visit www.jiveoholics.co.uk
TWO ROSS MEN FINED AFTER ADMITTING FLY TIPPINGY.....
Two Ross men were each fined £65 after admitting fly tipping
at two county sites - one in Dinedor and one in Hoarwithy
- when they appeared at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday,
Anthony Stevens, aged 31, of 41, Woodedge, Ross, and David
John Marsh, aged 31, of 1A Sutton Barn, Hope Mansell, Ross,
both admitted an offence of fly tipping under section 33
of the Environment Protection Act 1990 and were each also
ordered to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Jones, prosecuting on behalf of Herefordshire Council, told
the court the two defendants had been engaged by a shop
in Evesham to remove waste items and were given £50 to take
the items to a household waste site. However, the items
from the shop were discovered dumped at two sites in the
county, one at the entrance to Netherwood, Dinedor, and
one at Hoarwithy. The waste included cardboard boxes, light
fittings, suitcases, electrical items and furniture.
Coulson, for the defendants, said his clients had no understanding
of the consequences of their actions and took a rash decision
to dump the waste. He said they had asked for additional
payment as they didn't realize they would have to pay to
deposit trade waste at a household waste site but this was
Shane Hancock, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services
manager said after the court case, 'We have suffered a lot
of fly tipping incidents in the Ross area and this prosecution
shows we take these cases seriously and track down the offenders.
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful county and cannot
allow people to create blots on the landscape by their illegal
two men might not have known all about how to dispose of
trade or controlled waste but I'm sure they realized it
was wrong to dump these items in the countryside.'
JESSE TO LEAD COUNTY DELEGATION TO MINISTERS ....
Norman, MP has won a meeting with Ministers for a delegation
from Herefordshire to discuss rural transport. Jesse put
the vital issue of maintaining proper transport services
and access for those in rural areas during recent questions
on Sustainable Transport in the House of Commons. The Parliamentary
Under-secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP,
immediately agreed to meet a representative group from Herefordshire
led by Jesse.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Rural transport is a vital lifeline
for those living in remote areas, especially for students,
the elderly and those on limited incomes. So I am delighted
that the Under-secretary of State has agreed to meet with
us to discuss this important local issue.'
local MP also had the chance to ask the Prime Minister about
a crucial local and national issue last week at Prime Minister's
Questions in the House of Commons. Jesse called for a full
inquiry into the Private Finance Initiative, the government
infrastructure programme which has been repeatedly found
to be wasteful, poor value for money and very expensive
Hereford, the PFI was used to fund the County Hospital under
an expensive and inflexible contract to which Jesse first
drew public attention in July of last year. In reply, the
Prime Minister praised the cross party Public Accounts Committee,
and highlighted the role of Labour leader Ed Miliband and
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in setting economic policy during
the last government, including on PFI.
is Chair of the cross-party parliamentary PFI Rebate campaign
of 62 MPs who have been calling for the PFI companies to
give back £500 million of their gains. He said afterwards,
' "The PFI is little known to the general public, but has
cost the taxpayer a fortune over the last ten years. But
we are making real progress in highlighting the issue, and
this is one further step along the way.'
NHS TO HELP AMEY STAFF GIVE UP SMOKING ....
Herefordshire is helping a group of street cleansing operatives
and office based staff give up smoking once and for all.
Working with Herefordshire Council's contracting partner,
Amey, local NHS professionals are helping employees who
want to quit.
Herefordshire employs a group of health professionals who
deliver stop smoking programmes around the county. They
will be spending time with Amey's quitters to find out what
motivates and drives them to make changes to their lives.
Together they'll develop a quit programme specifically for
each individual and, by liaising with GPs, they'll also
help them get the best medication to ease withdrawal symptoms
and cravings. Amey is backing the scheme by allowing workers
who wish to quit, to attend weekly meetings in works time,
so that they can get their programme set up, and receive
regular check-ups on progress.
Aitken, interim director of public health said, 'Amey has
really got behind this campaign, pledging to support individuals
who wish to quit for as long as it takes. The company has
also offered to pay prescription costs for the first two
weeks to help employees manage their withdrawal symptoms.
Finding time to get to the doctors can be difficult for
people who work shift patterns, so getting the support at
work makes more sense. Giving up smoking is challenging,
but the health benefits are immediate and a typical 20-a-day
smoker can save more than £2,000 a year.'
first meeting has already taken place with eight signing
up for the programme. Amey's Michelle Morgan quit smoking
at the beginning of this year. She has been the driving
force behind the campaign, persuading others to join in
her quest to ditch the tobacco.
early days yet, but I feel so much better already. I've
been using one of the recommended medications to help me
and can honestly say I haven't had any cravings at all.
It's just a case of getting used to not smoking,' said Michelle.
'The medication takes the cravings away leaving you to deal
with the habitual stuff. It's much easier to keep off the
tobacco nowadays because the smoking ban in pubs and restaurants
has helped take temptation away.'
Herefordshire's stop smoking service is training people
from a range of professions to be able to support smokers
who wish to quit, so that the Amey project can be replicated
in other parts of the county. In the meantime, the project
is being monitored with interest by the Department of Health
who are looking for case studies to include in a tobacco
control plan which will set out the government's intentions
for tobacco control over the coming years.
TEENAGER JAILED OVER FATAL COLLISION....
18-year-old man from the Ludlow area has been jailed for
causing death by dangerous driving in relation to a fatal
road traffic collision in Herefordshire in September.
Thomas, of Bromfield near Ludlow, was sentenced at Hereford
Crown Court on Friday, 28th January to two and a half years
imprisonment for causing a crash on the A49 in the early
hours of 19th September. James Fox, aged 18 of Orleton,
Herefordshire, was killed in the collision.
around 2.45am, Mr. Thomas was driving a Ford Focus along
the A49 from Hereford towards Leominster. Witnesses said
he was travelling at excessive speed. As he drove down Dinmore
Hill, he overtook another vehicle, crossing double white
lines. At the bottom of the hill he lost control of the
car, went across the carriageway into the crash barrier
and hit a signpost and a bridge parapet. This caused the
car to somersault over the edge of the bridge and land on
its roof adjacent to an underpass under the A49.
car caught fire and Mr Thomas and a front seat passenger
crawled out of the car. Meanwhile, James Fox, who had been
a passenger in the rear of the car was thrown out of the
vehicle and found nearby by members of the public. They
helped to pull him away from the fire, but when emergency
services attended and despite the efforts of paramedics,
he was declared dead at the scene.
Kevin Carter who investigated the incident said, 'Once again
we have a situation caused by a young man over confident
with his driving ability. In this incident it has had the
worst possible consequences with the death of a young man
and a family left distraught.'
MAN SERVED WITH CONVICTION RELATED ASBO
would like residents of Ross-on-Wye to be aware that a local
man has been served with a criminal conviction related,
antisocial behaviour order (CRASBO).
Sandford, aged 20 of Edgar Street, Hereford was served with
the CRASBO at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday,
26th January. The order is in relation to a number of convictions
between 16th August and 15th October 2010 which include
public order offences, criminal damage and assaulting a
police officer. The CRASBO will run for two years, ending
on 18th January 2013.
restrictions placed on Sandford ban him from:
· being in Ross-on-Wye town centre between 6pm and 6am,
· having an open vessel of alcohol in a public place anywhere
· being drunk in a public place anywhere in Herefordshire,
· associating with certain named individuals.
Lucas, antisocial behaviour co-ordinator for Herefordshire
said, 'West Mercia Police will not tolerate unruly, drunken
and antisocial behaviour in Ross-on-Wye or anywhere in Herefordshire.
Recently, a small group of people have been getting drunk
and causing trouble in Ross town centre. Dean Sandford was
one of them, so we have taken this action against him as
we attempt to bring an end to this disorder.
now need the public, businesses and licensees to support
the police so we can prevent further issues. If you see
Dean in Ross town centre at night or see him drunk or drinking
anywhere in the county, contact us straight away on 0300
333 3000 and we can take action.'
COUNCIL WILL SUPPORT ANTI BULLYING CONFERENCE....
Council is pledging support for an anti bulling conference
being held at the Courtyard, Hereford next month. The conference,
which is free, has been organized by the Herefordshire Safeguarding
Children Board in association with Action for Children and
focuses on online safety and anti bullying. Aimed at people
who work with children and young people, the conference
will take place on Wednesday, 2nd February from 9am until
day, hundreds of thousands of children and young people
are going through the pain and humiliation of being bullied.
Horrifyingly, some children will even choose to kill themselves
to escape their pain and torment. Organizations across the
county are united in wanting all the county's children and
young people to be safe.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'Safeguarding is everyone's business and I am hoping to
see a wide range of people attending this very important
conference. In this day of ever changing technology, teachers,
childcare workers and parents alike all need to be aware
of the dangers of online or 'cyber' bullying. The conference
will equip delegates with information to fulfil their safeguarding
by Maggie Blyth from the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children
Board, speakers at the conference include Martin Lakeman,
head of public protection with West Mercia Police, Charlotte
Anysley, director of practice with the national organization,
Beat Bullying and John Carr, international consultant on
NEW PLAY PARK FOR DISABLED CHILDREN....
Council is pleased to announce that Park Leisure has been
awarded a contract to enhance the play park at King George
V Playing Fields in Hereford, by adding a new play facility
for disabled children.
council and Herefordshire Carers Support successfully bid
for a £100,000 cash boost from the Aiming High fund to develop
the new play park and after consulting with local groups,
four professional designs were prepared that took into account
the needs of families with disabled children and young people.
Comments, ideas and suggestions were encouraged in October
and the chosen design went out to tender to several companies.
Park Leisure has been awarded the contract for their exciting
and creative design that got the thumbs up from parents,
carers, community groups and professionals working with
in the design will be a bespoke climbing unit with a 360
degree raised pathway, the first one in the UK. Herefordshire
Council's play service completed in depth research as to
what works within a play area for disabled children, and
worked closely with Park Leisure in all aspects of design
after listening to what people wanted. The new equipment
will be wide enough for and accessible to wheelchair users,
and provide definite reference points for the visually impaired.
It is hoped that the play park will also evolve over time
with feedback from those that use the park.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'The winning design is exciting and innovative and embraces
all the experiences children should be able to enjoy when
playing outside. There are combinations of smooth, bumpy
and bouncy areas, sensory zones, climb, wobble, twist, spin
and balance and there are a couple of swings and a slide
which can be accessed by children of all ages and abilities.
this has been developed with disabled children in mind,
it's suitable for all ages and abilities which means families
can enjoy a visit to the park together and share happy experiences.'
that Park Leisure has been awarded the contract, it is anticipated
work will begin on the 1st February with the newly installed
equipment ready for fun on 31st March.
POLICE WARN OF DIRECTIONS SCAM..........
have issued a warning following two 'directions' scams'
which have taken place recently. The first incident took
place in Evesham on Wednesday, 26th January outside B&Q
in Four Pools Lane at around midday.
a woman left the store, she placed her purse on the passenger
seat as she got into her car. At this point a man holding
a map tapped on the window and asked her for directions
to Sheffield. She got out of her car to help the man. She
then got back into her car and drove off when she realized
her purse was open and her bank card was missing. The woman
cancelled her card and no money was taken form her account.
similar incident took place outside Morrisons in Commercial
Road, Hereford, between 14:00 and 14:25 the following day.
A woman returned to her car after doing some shopping and
as she sat in the drivers' seat, she noticed a man with
a map beckoning her over to him. She went over to him and
he asked the woman for directions to Manchester and Shrewsbury.
She helped him and got back into her car. She later realized
that her handbag had been opened and three bank cards were
missing from her purse. No money was taken from her account.
police spokesperson said, 'We want people to be aware of
this scam and under no circumstances leave their car unlocked
if asked to give directions under these circumstances or
if they are distracted. We would also advise people not
to leave their purses or bags on display in the car at any
who has any information on the first incident should call
police on 0300 333 3000, quoting 245/S/260111, or quote
374/S/270111 for the second.
COUNCIL GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR FLOOD DEFENCE...
new flood alleviation scheme, which will bring peace of
mind to scores of homes and businesses, will go ahead after
a public inquiry found it was in the public interest and
'fundamental to the vitality and viability of Hereford city
£4 million Yazor Brook scheme, which won planning permission
in October 2009, will save nearly £3 million a year in repairing
damage to property and is essential to plans to develop
the old livestock market, which will contain a new urban
village, retail and leisure attractions, including a multiplex
cinema, and the promise of over 1,000 new jobs.
Council sought the compulsory purchase of land at Credenhill
and rights to carry out the scheme, after negotiations with
some landowners were inconclusive. Five objections to the
order were initially raised but three were withdrawn at
the start of the public inquiry, held in August last year.
An independent planning inspector considered the proposal
and has recommended that the compulsory purchase order be
confirmed. The Secretary of State has now ruled that there
is a 'compelling case' for the order and that the scheme
will bring significant protection from flooding.
scheme is funded by regional development agency Advantage
West Midlands, and once implemented, will end flooding misery
for residents around Millbrook Street, Nolan Road and Edgar
Street and for users of the Merton Meadow car park. Agricultural
land and scattered properties up stream of the flood alleviation
scheme will also benefit. Many areas currently used to annual
flooding would see their risk of flooding transformed to
'once in a thousand years'.
engineering project comprises a buried culvert which will
follow the natural contours of the landscape and divert
water from Yazor Brook at Credenhill to the River Wye, when
water levels reach a trigger point. The water will travel
through the mile long culvert before joining the River Wye
south east of Old Weir Farm. Once complete it will blend
into the local landscape.
of Herefordshire Council, Roger Phillips said, 'The council
has worked hard to ensure that the city is as well protected
as possible from the miseries that flooding can bring to
homes and businesses. The new scheme demonstrates the council's
further commitment to protect Hereford from flooding following
the recent £5.5 million flood defences on the Wye, which,
with a new riverside barrier and raised roundabout at Belmont
have, on several occasions now, held the swollen river at
bay and safeguarded 200 households and made fear of flooding
a thing of the past.'
executive of the council's regeneration company Hereford
Futures, Jonathan Bretherton said, 'The ever present threat
of flooding is a major worry for many households in the
city and also inhibits ambitions to restore Hereford as
a major economic centre for the county and the region. The
Secretary of State's ruling will provide welcome peace of
mind, and the confirmed funding from Advantage West Midlands
underpins the proposals to revitalize key areas of the city
centre, bringing new jobs, new leisure and retail offerings
and a new urban village with affordable homes for many.'
AMEY WORKER FINED FOR ILLEGAL WASTE DISPOSAL....
Hereford men have been fined after admitting illegally depositing
trade waste at the Rotherwas household waste site in a prosecution
brought by Herefordshire Council.
Speake, aged 50, of 10 Belvoir Court, Belmont, Hereford,
was fined £200 and ordered to pay £310.95 in costs and a
£15 victim surcharge by Hereford Magistrates court on Friday,
28th January. His co-accused, Siva Thilagasingam, aged 33,
of 41 St Martins Street, Hereford, was fined £215 and ordered
to pay costs of £310.95 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mike Jones, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told
the court that Speake is an operative with Amey and works
emptying public waste bins outside shops. He told the court
that Speake provided Streetscene bags to Thilagasingam,
who is the manager of Moor Farm Stores in Hereford, and
Thilagasingam turned them inside out and used them for disposing
of trade waste from his shop premises. In doing so the waste
was being presented as other than trade waste and without
cost to Thilagasingam. Speake then collected the bags and
took them to the Rotherwas household waste site and, in
return, he was given bottles of pop from the shop, Mr Jones
offences, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, took
place between 12th July and 24th September 2010. Mr Jones
added that Thilagasingam had been visited by the council's
Community Protection Team in August 2010 and he did buy
orange sacks to correctly dispose of the trade waste from
his shop. However, he continued with his old arrangement,
knowing he was, through Speake, depositing of the waste
apologized to the court for being so stupid and said it
wouldn't happen again and Thilagasingam also apologized
for what he had done.
Hancock, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager
said after the court case, 'All traders have a duty of care
to ensure their trade waste is disposed of correctly. In
this case Mr Thilagasingam failed in that duty and came
to an unlawful arrangement with Speake that was of mutual
benefit to them both. For his part Mr Speake clearly used
his position inappropriately for what was in fact very little