Herefordshire Council’s broadband delivery project, Fastershire, has been shortlisted for the Connected Britain Awards 2018.
The inaugural awards aim to recognise the innovation and achievement of those companies who are at the forefront of Britain's digital transformation.
Fastershire, one of the first pilot broadband projects, was created in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council to overcome commercial market failure to provide access to faster broadband and has been shortlisted for the Superfast award.
According to the figures issued by Think Broadband, the UK's largest independent broadband information website, 85% of the county’s homes and businesses are now able to access superfast broadband speeds, compared to only 0.6% of properties in 2012.
Fastershire is also leading the way in the deployment of the new optimum fibre technology, fibre to the premise (FTTP), with 13% of properties able to access ultrafast broadband, four times higher than the national average.
Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications and responsible for Fastershire, said, “It’s a great achievement for Fastershire to be recognised on a national level.
Herefordshire had one of the lowest rates of superfast coverage before the council took the initiative to create Fastershire and the county also posed some unique challenges for infrastructure deployment.”
A great deal has already been achieved and over the next two years, phase 2 of the project will increase total superfast coverage to 98%, and, importantly, will see 30% of properties access the new full fibre technology.”
Phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout sees BT continuing to deliver for Fastershire in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Hereford, while in rural areas Gigaclear will build a new full fibre network and provide access to ultrafast broadband.
For remaining, hardest to reach properties, Fastershire is using a mix of solutions, including bespoke grants to local businesses, and significant property clusters or possible contract extensions with BT and Gigaclear for any remaining properties.
The Connected Britain Awards 2018 forms part of an annual conference that will discuss future telecoms and broadband connectivity needs and is due to be held in London, 19-20th June.
For more information about Fastershire rollout, visit http://www.fastershire.com.
Planning: The Texaco Filling Station at Holmer Road Hereford.
Plans have been submitted for the proposed demolition of the existing retail store/kiosk and car wash facility.
The erection of a replacement retail store/kiosk.
The removal and replacement of existing petrol pumps and canopy, replacement of fuel tanks, re-configuration of car parking layout and installation of plant within an enclosure.
Two week road maintenance works to begin 6 August 2018
Having successfully secured £5 million from the Department for Transport’s ‘Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund’ in August 2017 to resurface the A4103, A465 and A438, Herefordshire Council, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places, today confirms the schedule for the second phase of works.
Works have been planned following feedback from local residents and businesses to minimise disruption where possible. They will be undertaken within a condensed two week work schedule in August 2018 and August 2019, with a combination of daytime and overnight road closures.
This year’s upgrades to the A4103 and A438 are scheduled to begin week commencing 6 August 2018 for two weeks:
Week commencing 6 August 2018:
Night works on the A4103 (from the bottom of Aylestone Hill roundabout to the A465 Bromyard junction) as a result there will be no access to the Bromyard Road or Aylestone Hill
Between the junctions on the A4103 from Lumber Lane to Withies Road turning into Withington, both junctions will be inaccessible. Alternative access to Withington should be used at Southbank
The A438 near Portway Inn to just before the junction with the B4230 will be closed
The A438 from the B4230 junction to Byford with no access to the B4230
Week commencing 13 August 2018:
The A4103 between the Withies Road junction and the junction to Whitestone Business Park with both junctions being inaccessible
Continuation of the A438 section from the B4230 junction to Byford with no access to the B4230
Night works on the A438 from Oakchurch to Portway Inn
The completed works are set to deliver extensive benefits to residents, visitors and businesses through improved road conditions, which are anticipated to bring £146m of economic benefit to Herefordshire.
Businesses and residents who will be directly affected by the works will receive a letter in advance of the works confirming dates, times and access arrangements.
Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and further information can be found at http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/roads
Planning: Hereford Medical Centre
Plans have been submitted for Hereford's new Medical Centre to be located at station approach.
A Proposed new health centre (use class D1) including ancillary pharmacy(use class A1), access, parking, landscaping and associated works.
This new primary care hub would be the main centre for the following surgeries all in one location:
Greyfriars, Moorfield House Surgery
Sarum House Surgery
Quay House Medical Centre
King St and Bobblestock Surgeries
Hereford’s Black and White House Museum is to host an exhibition by a local artist blacksmith.
As an Artist Blacksmith, Bladesmith, Historian and Demonstrater, there is never a quiet moment in the forge of Thomas Beynon Timbrell. His real passion comes from researching and producing historical items as accurately as possible and finds nothing more satisfying than holding an item in the 21st Century and knowing it would have felt perfectly at home in the hands of our ancient ancestors.
He instils this driving force into all his works, aiming to make them by traditional methods while using modern power tools as little as possible. As such, each item is hand forged and made with the care of a dedicated craftsman.
The exhibition will run until the end of July, and all items on display are available to purchase.
Thomas said: "I love sharing my research on blacksmithing and hope to expand peoples understanding of the craft- it's not all just about swords and horseshoes!"
Julia Radburn, Museum Supervisor, said: “We are very pleased to have a small exhibition of Thomas Timbrell’s work in the Black and White House Museum, all of which is available to purchase.”
ROAD CLOSED: A49 is closed due to a serious collision at Leominster.
The road has been closed in both directions just after the OK Diner.
West Mercia Police says the road will be closed for several hours. Diversions are now in place with delays reported in the area.
Police, fire service and ambulance crews remain on scene.
The road is expected to be closed for most of the night.
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Marlbrook Primary Teaching School will benefit from a new extension to accommodate additional pupils
Marlbrook Primary SchoolHerefordshire Council’s Cabinet has today (Thursday 10 May) approved the building of a new extension at Marlbrook Primary Teaching School in Hereford to provide additional accommodation for rising pupil numbers.
The council will invest over £4million from its Schools Capital Investment Programme to enable Marlbrook Primary Teaching School to become a full three form entry school, with 90 pupils a year being admitted. The school, which is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has been consistently oversubscribed since 2011 and making use of temporary accommodation to enable them to meet parental demand and rising pupil numbers.
The building, which is due to open in September 2019, will include new classrooms, shared practical areas and circulation space, an additional hall and larger kitchen. It will also have dedicated teaching space, speech and language areas, hygiene and physiotherapy rooms for children with a range of special educational needs.
The scheme will also address on site car parking and other traffic management issues in the local area, to ensure pupils can safely travel to and from school and that residents are affected by the expansion as little as possible.
Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said:
“As a council, it’s imperative that we deliver educational excellence now and in the future and this major investment, which follows the new primary school recently built in Colwall, is another great example of where we’re delivering on our Schools Capital Investment Strategy.
“We are committed to giving children in Herefordshire the best start in life; education within a modern, sustainable and fit for purpose building is an important part of that commitment. Marlbrook is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ school in high demand from parents and we’re delighted to be able to continue to support the school to grow and succeed.
“We’re also working with the school to further develop sustainable travel plans for pupils and their families to minimise the impact of vehicles on the school and its surrounding area and encourage more walking and cycling.”
Tracey Kneale CBE, Marlbrook Primary Teaching School headteacher, said:
“We are delighted that the plans to expand are finally coming to fruition. Our children were delighted to be involved in the planning stages and can now look forward to organising their learning environment, not just for their own benefit, but for generations to come – it will be a fabulous legacy for them to pass on to their peers and the rest of the community.”
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Phase two of City Centre Improvements to begin on Monday 14 May
The second phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre will begin on Monday 14 May 2018 with the refurbishment of Commercial Street.
Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will carry out refurbishment works on the Commercial Street area of High Town with neighbouring traders kept informed of progress throughout the works.
The work is the second phase of a refurbishment project that will be consistent with the look of Widemarsh Street and High Street.
Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member for highways and transport said:
“The project will upgrade Commercial Street and tie in with longer term plans to improve Commercial Road and Blueschool Street, which will enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.
In future years we will see the whole High Town area upgraded, creating a consistent aesthetic with Widemarsh Street and Old Market.”
The work will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and shoppers. All access to frontages will be maintained. Work will continue through 2018 with a break for the busy Christmas shopping period. The Commercial Street phase of the scheme will be completed in early 2019.
Robust Pothole Plan Rolled Out Across Herefordshire.
£1.25m additional funding will help to tackle the issue
Balfour Beatty Living Places has scaled up their approach to combat the county’s potholes through the delivery of a proactive pothole repair plan.
Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor recorded over five times the number of potholes in March 2018 compared with the previous year, mainly due to the combination of water on the network and extremely cold temperatures caused by the prolonged winter weather.
The challenge of tackling the increased number of potholes across the UK has been acknowledged by government, and Herefordshire Council recently secured £1.25m of additional funding to help tackle the issue. This is in addition to the £5m successful funding bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, which will see the second phase of road improvement work on the A4103 and A438 begin in August 2018.
Balfour Beatty Living Places’ pothole repair teams have been working hard to overcome the high number of road defects and, since January 2018, have repaired over 13,700 defects, compared to around 3,000 this time last year.
The pothole repair plan sees more operational pothole gangs out on the network, and the use of a ‘jetpatcher’ machine enables higher volumes of potholes to be repaired quickly and effectively.
Andy Williams, Balfour Beatty Living Places Contract Director, said:
“Following the extreme weather fronts experienced at the beginning of the year, we are pleased to be working with Herefordshire Council to strengthen our approach to tackling potholes across the county. We are creating more teams to prioritise the repair of ‘high risk defects’ which are deemed the most dangerous, and will use the ‘jetpatcher’ machine on our smaller roads. We are committed to maintaining Herefordshire’s road network in the best possible condition to ensure the county continues to be a pleasant place to live, work and play.”
Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:
“Herefordshire has seen a higher than expected increase in potholes due to a combination of severe weather and the underlying condition of our ageing network which has not had sufficient national investment.
“To address these challenges, we have had a number of successful bids to government such as the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. We will continue to bid for national funding to secure better quality services which will improve the quality of life of the county’s roads, maintain their condition and help prevent deterioration over time.”
Attention - E Knight
It's official, today is the 'hottest' May Bank Holiday Monday since the long weekend was introduced in 1978.
Temperatures are expected to peak at 28c
We hope that you are all enjoying this wonderful sunshine.
May Fair Week! Lets hope that this lovely weather continues
An absolute fantastic day at the River Carnival today in Hereford. The weather and atmosphere were perfect!
For all those people that managed to visit, we are sure that you have had a wonderful day and the party on the Castle Green and music from the Nozstock stage continues into the evening.
Here are just a few photographs that we took...
Hereford River Carnival 2018 Come on down!! The weather and atmosphere is perfect for what promises to be a fantastic day today!
1.00pm Street Carnival procession leaves Castle Green (assemble from 12.15)
2.15pm River Carnival – floats on the Wye
3.00pm Coracle regatta on the Wye
3.30pm City of Hereford Rotary Club Charity Duck Race
River Carnival live from the Castle Green Hereford.
Registration for the ‘Friends of the Castle Green’ fun dog show is at 0900 and the show runs from 10.00-12.30pm.
Lots of events here all day with some wonderful food on offer from the ‘Indie Food Village’.
Come on down!
The Hereford River Carnival starts this evening for an action packed weekend of fun on and surrounding the banks of the river Wye.
The awe inspiring Mappa Mundi Awakening procession starts things off in just over an hour at the Cathedral at 8:30, leading down to the Bishops Meadow.
Saturday's fun starts at 10am with loads going on at Castle Green.
There will be a dog show, food, Nozstock's live Music Stage and Street Carnival.
On the River - the floats will be parading along with the Roundtable Duck race.
There will be Dance Central, fun fair, stalls and food at Bishops Meadow.
Come down and join the fun from 8:30pm tonight and Saturday 10am on the banks of the Wye in Hereford!
POLICE APPEAL for witnesses after non-stop road traffic collision in Leominster
We are appealing for witnesses following a non-stop road traffic collision in Leominster.
A woman was crossing Ryelands Road in Leominster at approximately 7:45am on Thursday (3 May) with her five-year old daughter when a vehicle, believed to be a White Peugeot 204, turned onto the road from Westfield Walk junction.
The vehicle collided with the woman who suffered minor injuries. The young girl was uninjured.
The driver, described as a young man, failed to stop and is believed to have headed off towards the Aldi supermarket and town centre.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have been within the area at the time of the incident or who saw the car and the manner in which it was being driven before the collision to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 328S of 3 May.
As the weather warms up and we head towards the summer, the number of Blandford fly cases is increasing.
The Blandford fly is a 2 to 3mm bloodsucking black fly, which lives near areas of water and gives a particularly nasty and painful bite. The fly normally bites ankles and legs, as it flies low to the ground and is most common during May and June.
Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said:
“As the weather starts to get warmer, it is likely that we will see more cases of Blandford fly bites across the county.
“We encourage people to take precautions if they’re out and about on our rivers and streams, especially over the forthcoming bank holiday weekends, by covering up and using a good quality insect repellent. If you do get bitten, it can often feel very uncomfortable with swelling, blistering, joint pain and sometimes a high temperature. However, there’s normally no need to visit a GP.
“If you do feel unwell after a bite, please call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacy for advice on how to ease your discomfort. For the majority of people, the symptoms will only last a few days before clearing up.”
If you get bitten:
1. Clean the bite area and dry gently
2. Don’t scratch the bite, as this can lead to infection
3. Apply a cold compress or calamine lotion
4. Antihistamine creams are not recommended, as they can sometimes cause skin reactions
5. Cover large blisters with a dry dressing
6. If bites are on the lower limbs, there may be swelling of the ankles and feet for several days. Don’t worry about this, simply rest with your feet supported on a stool
You should seek medical advice if you have:
1. Discomfort, swelling or red lines in the groin or armpit
2. A fever
3. A spreading redness or hotness around the bite, which lasts longer than three days
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