We are hearing reports that there is a massive fire on the Blackpole Trading Estate in Worcester, early reports suggest that the source could be Arrow Excel (delivery company).
Let's hope that nobody is hurt.
I have just read this article about Debenhams chief executive considering closing 10 of their stores.
First of all, let us hope that this does not happen and that nobody looses their job but more importantly how does the Hereford store stack up against the other 176?
Thorntons Hereford is closing it's branch in Hereford this month. There is a notice in their window.
The main A49 Ross Road into Hereford will be completely closed in both directions from Monday April 24th - Saturday 6th May 2000-0600 for essential roadworks.
A diversion will be in place see below:
This is Herefordshire Council's vision of the new link road and how it could look.
It is time to arm ALL British police!
Westminster is on lockdown after a terror attack where a knifeman ploughed a car into pedestrians before stabbing a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.
Two people have died and a number of people have suffered "catastrophic" injuries after in the incident where a number of people were mowed down on Westminster Bridge by the attacker.
Witnesses described hearing people screaming and seeing bodies scatter as the car is understood to have mounted the pavement just in front of the Houses of Parliament.
It is time to arm ALL our police here in the UK if you agree please sign the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/192141/sponsors/xAeeTfE6kLhovDm3yld
Planning permission has been granted to build 35 new 1 & 2 bedroom apartments on the site of the Ship Inn Ross Road Hereford.
Full details on our website
Dunelm and KFC - Refurbishments
Dunelm on Holmer Road is undergoing a complete refurbishment, which will include a larger coffee shop as well as many other new improvements.
New replacement signage is also part of the works which have already begun.
Planning application P170131/A
KFC on Brook Retail Park, Commercial Road have applied for planning permission for a single storey extension as part of their restaurant refurbishment.
The proposal is to extend the building at the rear to provide additional floor area in the kitchen for new & future kitchen equipment to supply the increased menu selection. The proposal also includes to alter the external appearance of the building to bring it into line with the latest KFC brand standards.
Planning application P170616/F
Please DO NOT put the following items in your recycling bins or sacks, they are not currently recyclable using your green recycle bin in Hereford.
Brown and black plastic
Plant pots or tubs
Sharps (for example, needles)
Shiny wrapping paper
Pet food pouches
Tissue, toilet roll or kitchen towels
Wet or dirty items
Clothes and textiles
CD and DVD's and their cases
Pottery and crockery
Other general rubbish
Treacle Mine Pub to become Pizza Hut.
Plans have been approved to change of use from unoccupied A4 public house to A5 hot food takeaway with associated extraction system installation. Replace windows and entrance doors to the front elevation, replace existing condensers.
Junction Changes at Station Approach Hereford.
The City Link Road works at the Station Approach end of the scheme are progressing well and Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will be changing the priorities for vehicles exiting the railway station forecourt by removing the mini round-about to assist with construction work.
From the 8 March vehicles coming from the forecourt area will ‘give-way’ to traffic coming to and from the station parking area.
In order to undertake this work Station Approach will require a lane closure for traffic turning onto Commercial Road from 7pm until 5am from 9-11 March inclusive.
From 16 March access into Morrison’s car park for Station Approach traffic coming from the Aylestone Hill junction will also re-open. Exit from the car park will continue to be via the far exit near the Royal Mail building.
Herefordshire Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience whilst we deliver the new road.
ASDA WALK-IN CENTRE.
Please sign our petition and read details on public consultation below:
HEALTH bosses are looking for your views about a proposal to close the Hereford Asda walk-in centre and open a GP surgery in its place.
The NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to redesign how seven-day primary care (care mainly provided by GPs) is delivered in Hereford.
The CCG is proposing to close the walk-in centre and instead move the Ross Road branch of Moorfield House Surgery to the facility, so only people who register with the surgery can be seen there.
CCG accountable officer, Simon Hairsnape, said: "There will be 24/7 primary care access. It is just that there will be slightly different services to access. Access will be built around GP registration."
It costs £1.2m a year to run the walk-in centre while at the same time the CCG are paying for people to be registered with a GP.
There are also proposals to move the Taurus hub at Wargrave House in St Owen Street to the Asda site, which would provide evening and weekend appointments for county residents registered with a GP.
The Taurus contract has been renewed for the year ahead, while the contract with Nestor Primecare Ltd which operates the walk-in centre will end in June.
Mr Hairsnape said: "But I want to be really clear. No changes will be implemented until they are agreed and no changes will be agreed until we have thoroughly consulted and listened to local people about their views."
The consultation has started today (March 2) and will run until April 24.
Mr Hairsnape added: "The aims of our proposals are to enhance primary care access for patients in the South Wye area thereby ensuring continuity of care so that patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time."
They plan to improve access to GP services for people who find registering with a GP difficult.
Four meetings have been organised to discuss the proposals.
There are two on Wednesday, March 15 at the Kindle Centre at Asda from 3 to 5pm and then again at 6 to 8pm.
There are two further meetings on Wednesday, March 29 from 3 to 5pm and 6 to 8pm at Hereford Town Hall, St Owen Street.
There will also be drop-in events at the walk-in centre on Wednesday, March 22 and Wednesday April 5 between 11am and 4pm.
The full consultation and questionnaire will be published on the CCG website from Friday, March 3 and will be available here: http://www.herefordshireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/seven-day-services
If you have any questions about the proposals, contact 0121 612 3806.
King St Hereford on a wet February afternoon
Sunrise over Widemarsh Common Hereford.
Asda Walk-In Centre under threat of closure yet again! Please sign our petition to try and keep it open.
River Wye in Hereford this evening.
A local rogue trader has been sentenced to four years imprisonment, in a case taken by Herefordshire Council’s environmental health and trading standards service.
Robert Christopher Hughes aged 25, was sentenced yesterday (2 February) at Worcester Crown Court on nine counts of rogue trading in the course of his roofing business, including fraud against five victims.
Mr Hughes, trading under a false address in Pershore as R Hughes Roofing, placed large advertisements in local publications offering fake 50% discounts for roofing work, whilst falsely claiming to have a ‘TrustMark accreditation’.
The court heard that his advertisements attracted numerous requests for him to fix simple problems, such as leaking gutters. However, once at a property he would falsely claim there were other serious problems which needed urgent attention, such as deteriorated roofing felt which needed to be replaced when it rarely, if ever, needs replacing. He would then charge up to four times the going rate for this unnecessary work.
The court heard that Mr Hughes would always start the proposed urgent repairs immediately, failing to give homeowners the legal 14 day cooling off period or time to obtain a second opinion and quote. The majority of his victims were vulnerable and elderly and the court held this as an aggravating factor in the offences. One 78 year old victim, for example, paid £36,000 for wholly unnecessary roof repairs, which left their roof in a far worse state than before.
Herefordshire Council’s trading standards team requested that Mr Hughes compensated his victims accordingly, but he claimed to have little or no money, so chose not to. The court heard that over a two year period, every time a customer paid him, usually via a money transfer, he would immediately withdraw the money in cash. Trading standards alleged that within this period, Mr Hughes withdrew £300,000 in cash, which is still unaccounted for.
Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s head of development management and regulation, said: “The council has a zero tolerance policy on rogue trading and our trading standards team will work with police colleagues to crack down on anyone preying on vulnerable residents. This case clearly demonstrates that the courts also take rogue trading very seriously and this sentence should act as a significant deterrent to others who exploit vulnerable residents”.
The council’s trading standards team advise never to deal with cold callers on the telephone, via e-mail or at the door. Rogue trading involves charging excessive prices for unnecessary and often poor quality work and, as this case demonstrates, is not always restricted to cold calling. A number of rogue traders will use flyers and conventional advertising, so members of the public need to be aware when looking for work to be completed. It is also often the case that a rogue trader will attempt to propose extra work, once a small job has been agreed or completed, particularly for roofing.
Herefordshire Council operates a trader register of local businesses, which can help identify reliable trade companies at http://www.traderregister.org.uk/herefordshire. Residents can also request a ‘no cold caller’ poster for windows and doors, by contacting the council’s environmental health and trading standards service on 01432 261671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereford Housing have submitted a planning application to build 77 apartments on the site of the former council offices in Bath Street Hereford.
Re-development of former council offices at Bath Street, Hereford including change of use from B1 - Business to C3 - Dwellinghouses to provide a total of 77No. apartments (comprising 1 & 2 bed apartments). Re-development includes partial demolition of existing buildings (as indicated on submitted drawings), conversion of remaining elements, extensions to existing and also new build to provide residential accommodation and associated landscaping, drainage, parking and ancillary buildings.
Herefordshire Housing wants to build the one and two bed apartments- 49 would be available for private rent and 28 would be social rent.
Personally, I think this is a great idea and I hope the bods at the planning office see sense and approve this development.
Full details and application can be found here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/development-control/planning-applications/details?id=164024&search=bath%20street%20hereford
We ran an article on the demise of the Moorfields back in 2015.
Plans have now been submitted to convert the Moorfields into 2 semi detached houses.
This is a lovely idea from Jim Kenyon
Hereford Cathedral from the riverbank
Our Mayor Jim Kenyon and Cllr Laura Jayne Hall have travelled to Poland this week with several other people to explore possibly twinning Jaworzno in Poland with Hereford.
We have a thriving Polish community in Hereford and personally I think this is a great idea and we should embrace it.
Jim Kenyon Quote
Just embarking with a team on a "self funded" trip to jaworzno in Poland which I hope will be the first of many we are looking at the potential of Hereford twinning with that city we have a fantastic polish community in our city time to build stronger links culturally and socially I'll keep you guys posted over the next few days!
I will have a full update from Jim when they return to the UK
A piece of fabric described as the Holy Grail of fashion history will become one of the star attractions at Hampton Court Palace after it was identified as the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Elizabeth I.
The country’s leading experts on royal garments have spent the past year piecing together clues about the provenance of the beautifully embroidered textile, which had been cut up and used for hundreds of years as an altar cloth in a Herefordshire parish church.
They say all the evidence points to it having once been a skirt worn by the Tudor queen, making it the only known survivor of her famously lavish wardrobe.
Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), first discovered the cloth hanging on a wall in the 13th-century church of St Faith, Bacton, last year.
She said: “When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.”
The botanical pattern on the cloth bears a striking resemblance to that on a bodice worn by Elizabeth in the so-called Rainbow Portrait of 1602 and Ms Lynn believes it is “not inconceivable” that the skirt, which cannot be seen in the painting, is part of the same outfit.
Full story http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw
The Oval toilets were finally demolished early this morning, I managed to take a few photographs.
Hereford Library will reopen on Tuesday 31 January 2017 following the phase one completion of building work at Broad Street. Further work on the development of the building will follow.
Customers can look forward to a refreshed ground floor interior, including new meeting rooms and accessible public toilets. The county library will also welcome WISH (Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire) which will operate from the main library when it reopens.
The temporary library at Hereford Town Hall will close on Saturday 21 January to enable the move back to Broad Street. Customers can use the Town Hall drop box to return library items during the period of closure.
The Old House is having a refurbishment.
The beautiful 400-year-old Old House in Hereford will be undergoing a short period of refurbishment in 2017. It will temporarily close from 31 January before re-opening on 1 April as the Black and White House museum.
Situated in the heart of Hereford, the museum is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. Since 1929 the museum has given visitors to the county a fascinating insight into daily life in Jacobean times.
Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet member for economy and corporate services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both the Old House and the county’s tourism economy.
“Herefordshire Council wants the county to remain a great place to visit. The refurbished Black and White House museum will continue to be an exciting attraction for the local population and will entice even more visitors to Herefordshire.”
Once the building re-opens as the Black and White House museum, visitors will be treated to new exciting displays, activities and a new shop with attractive merchandising.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for their continued support and wish you all a safe and
Happy New Year 2017.
High Town Hereford this evening
Body found in search for missing Hereford woman
A body has been found as part of a search for missing Hereford woman Terri Webb.
The body was discovered in the river near Hampton Park Road, Herefordshire at approximately 12pm yesterday (Tuesday 27 December).
Terri Webb, aged 39, was last seen on 19 November near to the Aldi store on the edge of Hereford city centre.
Formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of 39 year-old Terri Webb. Her family have been informed.
A file is being prepared for the coroner.
We would like to thank the media and the public for their help in sharing an earlier appeal.
High town Hereford. Photograph by @just.jon.simpson
Herefordshire Council and Hereford Football Club have negotiated an extended lease term which will assure Hereford FC’s tenancy for a minimum of 10 years from the commencement date.
The club’s stadium and surrounding area continue to improve following the opening of the new shopping development and the construction of the new City Link Road. There is also an opportunity for the redevelopment of the Blackfriars Terrace end, as part of the proposed ‘Urban Village’ project. This would mean a new spectator stand and facilities, alongside other retail outlets, and would see the stadium being returned to four sides.
Speaking today, Hereford FC’s CEO Ken Kinnersley said: “It is quite apparent that the council recognises the work of many local people who volunteer at the club and also the financial investment in stadium renovation since April 2015. A longer lease time will justify further investment to fund improvements, allow time for a return on the investment and ensure we are eligible to apply for grant funding that may be available for future projects.”
Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets said: “Hereford FC continue to make a great contribution to the city and its supporters. Many local traders benefit from increased trade on match days and the football club is an employer and a contributor to the local economy. The stadium is within the area designated for regeneration as part of the Urban Village redevelopment project. Herefordshire Council are seeking a development partner and it is to be hoped this will include some improved facilities for Hereford FC.” #herefordvoice
Look who I bumped into this evening at Coffee No 1.
Colin Addison, who kindly invited me to join them in the Barrels, unfortunately I couldn't but it was good to see him.#herefordvoice
'Snap Fitness' 24 Hour Gym for Hereford.
No Contracts - Open 24/7
Plans have been submitted for change of use of the ground floor below the Travelodge, from a public house (Class A4) to gym (Class D2) use. (formally restaurant adjacent to Sainsbury's)
Remember where you heard it first!
http://www.herefordvoice.co.uk/topic/2420-snap-fitness-24-hour-gym-to-open-in-hereford/ #herefordvoice #hereford
Hereford police Inspector Nick Semper who has been awarded for his work to help keep the city's night-time economy safe is to retire today.
I would like to personally thank Nick for his massive contribution to Hereford and for all of the hard work he has put in over the years, enjoy your well deserved retirement, you will be missed my friend.
Hereford's Green Dragon Hotel has gone on the market for £3.5million it is the largest hotel in the city centre.
Some interesting history:
On 2nd February 1461, during the Wars of the Roses, a Lancastrian force, including Bretons and Frenchmen, was intercepted and defeated by the Yorkist Edward, Earl of March at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross, 25 kilometres north-west of Hereford. One of the Lancastrian leaders, Owen Tudor, was captured and taken into Hereford. Owen was a high-ranking nobleman - he had married Catherine of France, the widow of Henry V.
Legend tells that it was at the forerunner of the Green Dragon Hotel in Broad Street that Edward stayed with his prisoner after the battle. The next day Owen was taken out to be beheaded in the market place (High Town). At first Owen was unable to believe that he would be executed - but when the collar of his red velvet doublet was ripped off he accepted his fate saying "that head shall lie on the block that was wont to lie on Queen Catherine's lap". Owen was called ‘the handsomest man in England’, which might have inspired what followed. His head was placed on the market cross where a madwoman combed his hair and washed the blood from his face. She lit more than a hundred candles, which she placed around the cross. Owen's body was afterwards buried in a chapel of the Greyfriars priory just outside the town.
Owen Tudor was the great-grandfather of Henry VIII. Edward (later King Edward IV) was himself Henry's grandfather. Edward was back in Hereford that September, by now the battle of Towton had been fought and he was King of England.
Staying up to date with all the goings on in this magnificent area of the country