place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
CONDE STUDENTS GET WORK EXPERIENCE IN ROSS.
Sixteen foreign exchange students visited Ross-on-Wye last
week from twin town, Conde-sur-Noireau in Normandy, France.
The exchange was part of the annual arrangement with the
John Kyrle High School and the visiting students were able
to work in a number of different restaurants, schools and
shops around the town.
of the students, 15 year old Oriane, worked at Pots
and Pieces Teashop and Gallery serving the customers
and preparing drinks and food. Proprietor, Sara Bruce said,
'It was a pleasure to have Oriane working with us. Her English
was excellent and our customers loved meeting her.'
French students and teachers visited Pots and Pieces on
Thursday where Oriane was able to serve her friends milkshakes,
espresso coffees and cream teas. The students from John
Kyrle are now in France, hopefully enjoying trying out their
Oriane, gaining work experience at Pots and Pieces Tearoom and Gallery.
teachers and friends enjoy a break at Pots and Pieces
FUN GEOLOGY MORNING AT ROSS VISITOR CENTRE.
If you are looking for something different for the kids
to do during the Easter break, a fun geology morning is
to be held at Ross Market House Visitor Centre on Thursday,
21st April. The event will run from 11am until 1pm and is
suitable for youngsters aged up to 15 years. There will
be a chance to learn all about geology in the county and
to make make an under sea scene.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's visitor services officer
said, 'This fun morning promises to be an egg-citing Easter
activity for all youngsters. Geology is very much the bedrock
of what has made our country so beautiful and I hope youngsters
will come along and enjoy finding out more about it as well
as the chance to be creative in designing their own under
for the event cost £1. For further information, please telephone
ROSS MAN SERVED WITH CRASBO
West Mercia Police has successful gained a Conviction Related
Antisocial Behaviour Order, or 'Crasbo', against a man from
Ross-on-Wye. Andrew Wayne Davies was issued with his Crasbo
at Hereford Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 6th April and
it is valid for two years.
conditions of the CRASBO served on Davies are that he is:
· Not to enter the Maltings, Ross-on-Wye or the adjacent
· Not to be in possession of an open vessel of alcohol in
a public place within the county of Herefordshire;
· Not to ask persons for monies or other items within Ross-on-Wye
· Not to allow any dog within his care to be off a lead
or left unsupervised within Ross-on-Wye town centre.
Temporary Inspector Rob Davies, inspector for Ross-on-Wye
said, 'This Crasbo being served on Davies is part of the
ongoing efforts by West Mercia Police to deal with a small
number of people causing ongoing problems in Ross-on-Wye
town centre. He has been a nuisance in Ross town centre,
drinking and harassing local people with persistent and
aggressive begging, particularly around the Maltings.
fouling and irresponsible dog owners not keeping their animals
under control is also a problem in the town centre, which
is why Davies has been given a direction to make sure his
dog is properly supervised. Davies is quite distinctive
and a well known face in Ross.
appeal to anyone who sees him breaching his Crasbo, for
example begging, drinking or having a dog out of control
in the town centre, to contact the Ross Local Policing Team
immediately on 0300 333 3000.'
ROSS MAN ORDERED TO PAY COSTS FOR FLY TIPPING.
A Ross man has been ordered to pay £627.37 in costs after
admitting an offence of fly-tipping when he appeared at
Hereford magistrates court on Friday.
Stephen Mayo, aged 47, of 43 Springfield Road admitted that
on 27th November 2010, he deposited tree cuttings, soil
and household waste at the entrance to the pumping station
at Brampton Abbots, near Ross. Mike Jones, prosecuting on
behalf of Herefordshire Council's community protection team,
said the council takes offences such as fly-tipping seriously
especially when, as in this case, it was a deliberate and
planned action. Mr
Jones said Mayo was seen by a member of the community protection
team in a van with a trailer attached with a builder's dumpy
bag inside. He was seen attaching a rope to the bag and
then tying the other end to the gates at the entrance of
the pumping station.
tied the bag to the gates, drove off and, as he did so,
the bag of waste was left attached to the gate,' Mr Jones
said. Philip Cornell, defending, said his client had been
suffering poor health and thought he could not take the
waste to a household waste site because he had a van. Mayo
was given a conditional discharge for 12 months which means
that should he re-offend within this period, the sentence
for this offence can be reconsidered.
Hancock, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager
said after the court case, 'This was not a spur of the moment,
rash act, but blatant and premeditated, with him giving
thought to exactly how the waste was going to be illegally
dumped. It costs the council, and therefore the rate payer,
extra to clear and dispose of waste irresponsibly deposited
in this way, and I am pleased that in this case substantial
costs have been awarded which means council tax payers won't
face additional expense.'
case was brought under Section 33 (1) and (6) of the Environmental
Protection Act 1990.
A BUSY YEAR FOR COUNCILS REGULATORY SERVICES.
. . ...
Herefordshire Council's environmental health and trading
standards division has reported a busy past 12 months in
relation to those activities it carries out that aim to
help protect people, particularly vulnerable people, from
from the past 12 months or so are:
· The council's licensing team carried out 12 reviews into
premises from April 2010 to February 2011 after complaints
were received about them. The team also dealt with 3,072
service requests in 2010.
· The trading standards team saving or recovering more than
£82,000 for consumers and businesses in the county and beyond
between April 2010 and February 2011
· In 2010 there were also 2,724 applications for licences
and events such as The Big Chill required a lot of regulatory
effort to ensure compliance, culminating in five days of
monitoring and enforcement work during the actual event.
· Trading standards worked closely with the police to carry
out four evenings of covert underage test purchasing of
alcohol in licensed premises which led to reviews being
made as well as fixed penalty notices being issued.
· The council's taxi licensing team suspended 70 licences
in 2010 to 2011, issued 44 drivers with points and 45 drivers
were referred to the committee. The team also inspected
50 of the hackney cabs for compliance during a night-time
operation and inspected the entire fleet of 110 private
hire vehicles through joint working with Amey.
· Two major investigations involving fraud are awaiting
trial at Crown Court and a successful conviction was obtained
under the Trade Marks Act for illegally copying and selling
films on DVD as well as against a company for high pressure
selling techniques relating to Kirby cleaners.
· The council's environmental protection team, which covers
noise nuisance, smoke offences, public health nuisance such
as rats, and drainage issues, dealt with 1,884 service requests
· The council's environmental health (commercial) team carried
out a major investigation during the period April 2010 to
February 2011, into a fatality at Kington Agricultural Show
which led to a successful prosecution. A successful prosecution
was also recently carried out against a public house for
15 food hygiene breaches.
· The council's animal health team, which deals with farms
and livestock, dealt with 889 service requests in the past
year and carried out 608 farm inspections and 10 visits
to abattoirs. The team has also attended 281 markets and
two agricultural shows.
· The council's pest control team responded to 2,004 requests
ranging from wasps, fleas, rats, mice and moles.
well as intervening as described above, the service also
provides business advice on a range of matters relating
to compliance. In particular the team has been helping cider
and perry producers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and
Gloucestershire to claim European Union recognition under
Protected Geographical Indication status.
Nicholas, Assistant Director, Public Health said, 'These
figures reveal the amazing diversity and scope of work we
carry out to provide residents, visitors and those who work
in the county a place that's as safe, healthy and pleasant
as possible. We aim to prevent all sorts of nuisance behaviour
and the fact we have been involved in so many successful
interventions over the past year highlights the effectiveness
and professional capabilities of our staff.
number of requests we received from the public for assistance
is continuing to rise but we remain fully committed to acting
on people's concerns.'
JESSE WANTS FULL EXPLANATION OF BULLS POINTS LOSS
the Bulls 2008 promotion.
Local MP Jesse Norman has weighed in heavily to support
Hereford United in its fight against a points penalty imposed
by the Football League.
originally wrote to the League in support of the Bulls when
it appeared the club might lose points for fielding an ineligible
player in its match against Torquay on 1st February. He
is now demanding a full public explanation of the decision,
and has referred the issue as a matter of urgency to the
House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
as part of their current Inquiry into Football Governance.
Commenting, Jesse said, 'This is a very punitive and unfair
decision, which comes at a critical time in the season for
the Bulls. It is wrong for the League to impose such a heavy
penalty for a relatively minor error by the club. It is
doubly wrong then to let Torquay off with only a single
point deduction, when they made exactly the same mistake.
is notorious for the poor quality of its governance, and
this looks like yet another dodgy decision. There has been
a huge lack of transparency here, and I am particularly
concerned that the League's board includes Anthony Kleanthous,
who is the Chairman of Barnet, which could stand to gain
hugely from a Hereford relegation.
why I have asked the Select Committee to look into this
issue as a matter of urgency, and to hold the Football League
to account for it in a public hearing.'
MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH LEUKAEMIA SCAM
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of obtaining
money from businesses in Shropshire and Herefordshire through
fraudulent claims concerning leukaemia victims. Police have
been investigating a series of complaints about a man calling
at shops and other business premises claiming to be collecting
in connection with the death of a young boy from leukaemia.
West Mercia Police spokesperson said that a 28-year-old
from Shrewsbury was arrested by Staffordshire police in
Cannock on Thursday, 7th April. He was taken into custody
at Shrewsbury police station and questioned about a series
of suspected frauds during March. Police are investigating
complaints from a total of 30 shops and other businesses
in Shropshire and Herefordshire; four in Oswestry, four
in Ellesmere and 22 in Leominster.
police spokesperson added. 'He has been arrested on suspicion
of committing fraud by dishonestly obtaining services and
also criminal damage.'
HIGHWAYS AGENCY FAIL TO IMPROVE A49 SAYS JESSE
Local MP Jesse Norman has severely criticized the Highways
Agency for failing to carry out its own scheduled improvements
to the A49, and asked the Ministry of Transport to investigate
had been long planned to improve safety on the A49 at Bridstow,
and was about to begin following a public consultation.
But it was cancelled at the last minute, as a result of
an 'administrative error' by the Highways Agency. Budgetary
restrictions now mean that it may not even be carried out
in 2011. Jesse wrote last week to Mike Penning, the Under-secretary
of State at the Ministry of Transport, to report the failure
and request an immediate investigation.
said, 'This appears to be entirely due to the incompetence
of the Highways Agency. Local people rightly feel that they
have had the rug pulled out from under their feet at the
last minute. As the record shows, the A49 is a dangerous
road. It is quite wrong that we should have to pay the price
for an official's error.'
news has come as a huge blow to local people. Russell Hamilton,
who has long campaigned for greater safety on the A49 said,
'I am devastated by the news that the road safety scheme
in Bridstow has been withdrawn as a result of a basic administrative
error by the Highways Agency, just at the point when work
was about to start.
had a consultation, identified the money and notified everyone
that work was to go ahead, including erecting the signs,
they have made a commitment from which they should not allowed
to go back. How can anyone be expected to trust anything
the Highways Agency say again?'
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BECOME SAILORS
Herefordshire Council's Outdoor Education Centre has been
given the thumbs up by the Royal Yacht Association (RYA)
and as a result, will be able to award sailing qualifications
to children with special needs.
RYA inspect the Outdoor Education Centre at Bodenham Lake
every year. This year the inspector visited the centre on
25th March, scrutinizing policies, teaching standards and
checking out equipment to make sure standards are up to
speed. Passing such inspections allows the council to award
national governing body sailing certificates to children
and young people who complete sailing courses. There are
various levels which can take a young person from a basic
sailing novice to an experienced sailor. A typical course
takes 2-3 days to complete, although the higher the level,
the more complex the course becomes. Many young people go
on to undertake Assistant Instructor courses.
year the centre has also been accredited for Sailability
which opens up opportunities to provide accredited sailing
courses for young people with special needs. The centre's
equipment includes a number of boats and specialist facilities
that are designed for wheelchair users. Staff are well trained
and experienced so that virtually all special needs can
be met. Barrs Court and young people with special needs
from The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School already come
to enjoy the facilities and learn to sail, but will now
be able to get accredited certificates for the courses they
complete. It is hoped to extend training opportunities to
other educational organizations, including the Royal National
College for the Blind.
McEneaney of Herefordshire Council said, 'We have four access
boats specifically for children with special needs. They
are designed so that no matter how severe a special need
the young person has, they can go onto the boat by themselves.
This is a major step towards independence for many of our
is one of the very few sports in which able bodied sailors
and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. Imagine
the thrill of sailing for people who can feel and hear but
have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed even though
they can't walk, or of joining in a sport where deafness
doesn't matter. We're absolutely delighted to be awarded
the Sailability accreditation as it will open up all sorts
of opportunities for Herefordshire's children and young
people and encourage more of them to get active and enjoy
the wonderful outdoor environment we have here.'
Young people with special needs all set to become accredited sailors.
a wave as they set sail.
WHEN SPRING CLEANING DON'T BIN IT, REUSE IT...
Herefordshire residents who are having a spring clean and
have items they no longer need are being encouraged to consider
sending them for reuse rather than throwing the items away.
There are many voluntary or community organizations in the
county that will take unwanted items which are still in
good condition, such as furniture, electrical appliances
Blackwell, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer said,
'This is the time of year when many people decide to de-clutter
and they will be left with quality unwanted or unused items
that are too good to throw away. They should consider reuse,
which would allow others to benefit from their unwanted
goods, because one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Reusing valuable resources in this way can help reduce the
amount of waste we send to landfill, help other residents
and support good causes.'
Council, along with its partners Worcestershire County Council,
has produced a Reuse leaflet which lists the organizations
and the items that they accept, and is a great way of finding
out where to donate your unwanted possessions. The Reuse
leaflet is available by downloading from http://www.letswasteless.com/
or by calling 01905 766883.
can also offer item for reuse on the internet through web
sites such as http://www.freecycle.org
JESSE DEFENDS ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ON NEWSNIGHT
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman went into bat for Herefordshire's
arts organizations against Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight last
week. The discussion came in the wake of the Arts Council
funding decisions, which were broadly welcomed in the county
despite the current financial squeeze.
asked why the state should be funding arts organizations
at all, but Jesse defended the record of local groups in
Herefordshire such as 2faced Dance and Flix in the Sticks
in reaching out to parts of the county which often had relatively
little access to the arts. Jesse also emphasized the importance
of the arts in kindling human capability and potential,
and underlined the cost savings that the government was
insisting on from the Arts Council.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Herefordshire has some outstanding
arts organizations, which do not get enough national recognition.
So it was very good to be able to make the case for them,
for the county, and for the arts with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.'
Jesse Norman MP defends Arts organizations on Newsnight.
MAN DIES FOLLOWING COLLISION IN LEDBURY...
man has died following a traffic collision in Ledbury that
occured yesterday, Tuesday, 12th April. At 9.40am, a Mitsubishi
Shogun driving along Biddulph Way collided with a stationary
vehicle and then a wall. The driver, a man in his 70s, was
taken to Worcester Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but
police spokesman said, 'Biddulph Way was closed until 1.30pm
as collision investigators from West Mercia Police concluded
their inquiries and their work continues as they attempt
to discover the exact cause of the crash. Any witnesses
to the collision or the moments leading up to it, are asked
to contact PC Bob Anning on 0300 333 3000.'
RUSSELL LANDS HIS DREAM JOB.
When Russell Dornan left university after studying Zoology
and having worked at the Natural History Museum in London,
he always knew he wanted to have a career in museums to
build on his keen interest in biology and, especially, his
love of dinosaurs. Russell did some travelling, then he
found his dream traineeship advertised on Herefordshire
Council's website for a trainee biological curator based
at Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre and Ludlow
Museum Resource Centre.
said, 'I couldn't believe my luck especially as I was planning
to move to Hereford anyway, so I applied and have now started
my training. These types of opportunities don't come up
very often so I was delighted to get the position. I get
to see what curating involves, help out with organizing
the collections. I am also assisting with the development
of a new exhibition featuring extinct or declining species,
including dinosaurs which I have a keen interest in. I will
be training for 12 months and this will really help me to
get my foot on the career ladder as well as making invaluable
contacts in the world of museums.'
is one of eight 12 month curatorial training opportunities
being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Skills
for the Future programme with a £199,200 grant. The curatorial
project is being run by a partnership of five regional museum
services, The Natural History Museum and the Natural Sciences
Andrew, NATSCA (Natural Sciences Collection Association)
committee member and Herefordshire Council's principal heritage
officer said, 'I am delighted we have a curatorial trainee
here in the county. In the West Midlands, we have long held
an ambition to train new specialist curators and this scheme
gives us the chance both to fill a skills gap and set people
like Russell onto the museum career path.'
can follow Russell's blog on his curatorial training by
Russell Dornan in the Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre
in Friar Street.
THREE MEN ARRESTED IN HEREFORD CRACK RAID
Three men have been arrested after a drugs warrant took
place in Hereford on Monday, 11th April. At 4pm, officers
entered a property in Broxash Drive where they found and
seized 200 wraps of what has since been confirmed as being
crack cocaine. At the scene, officers arrested three men
on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug with intent to
supply. They are two 18-year-olds from Birmingham and a
33-year-old man from Hereford. They all remain in custody
and are being questioned by detectives.
Inspector Martyn Barnes of Hereford CID said, 'This was
a substantial amount of crack that we found at Broxash Drive
after an intelligence led warrant. We will not tolerate
anyone pushing class A drugs in Herefordshire, especially
those coming into the county from elsewhere with the sole
intention of dealing. Residents in Broxash Drive were pleased
to see us take action at the house because they say it is
regularly used for drugs related activity.
police and partner agencies have powers to close down so
called crack houses and I would appeal to anyone who would
like to see us use these powers in this case to contact
Hereford CID and give us the evidence we need to support
any such action.'
CID can be contacted via the West Mercia Police non-emergency
number 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, information can be
passed on anonymously at the Crimestoppers number 0800 555