Welcome to the Border Group Parish Council website.
Please explore the site to find out news, local events and statutory information from your Parish Council. Please note you can now find older content under the ‘Archive’ menu.
BGPC usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month, but it doesn’t meet every month. You are more than welcome to attend meetings. Details will be published in Meetings & Agendas.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at Adforton Church Hall on Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 7.30pm.
Flooding update – February 2020 -Flooding support news from Herefordshire Council
BGPC wishes to express its sympathies with those residents affected by the most recent floods – particularly in Walford and Buckton- where residents have been working tirelessly to support each other and also try and prevent further damage to their properties. We would also like to recognise the efforts of our Lengthsman, Chris, for his work in filling sandbags, clearing ditches and grips and helping residents to clear up the mud left by the receding water. Please can all landowners also do their bit by keeping ditches clear and waterways unobstructed.
BGPC is joining with the rest of Mortimer Ward to try and get some concerted action to alleviate future flooding events and will be meeting with representatives of Herefordshire Council, the Environment Agency and Balfour Beatty in early March. In the meantime please click on links below to find out about the most up-to-date support available.
Have you been affected by flooding? Please see article below for how to access financial support.
October & November flooding
Herefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding. Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.
Please can you let people in your area know that the application process has now opened and that they can apply online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.
In addition, I can also confirm that 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:
• Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
• Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time, for example:
o where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
o key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
o the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.
Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:
• The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event – for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
• On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
• On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.
Again, please can you let people in your area know that if the above criteria is satisfied, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com who will arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.
We are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods
Border Group gets its SID ( Speed Indicator Device)!!
Those of you going through Brampton Bryan and Walford recently will have seen the new addition to the landscape. The Parish Council hopes that introducing the SID will have a positive impact on drivers who blight our villages by speeding. The SID is owned by the Parish Council ( bought with funds from a development, NOT out of the Precept) Over the coming months it will rotate round the Border Group villages to hopefully make our roads safer.
Councillor Update – Cllr Susan Harley (Brampton Bryan) decided to step down at the October meeting following many years of service to the Parish. Border Group Parish Council thanked her for her commitment and wished her well in her retirement! Thank you Susan.
A notice can be found on the Brampton Bryan noticeboard advertising this casual vacancy and the process for filling it. Please click here to see the notice
Annual Report from outgoing Chair of BGPC May 19
Fire at Paytoe
There continue to be regular meetings between Cllrs, staff from Keys Care and local residents and this is a Standing item on the agenda. A Planning application to rebuild the burnt out barn has been approved by Herefordshire Council and supported by BGPC, so hopefully work will begin in the near future…
Neighbourhood Plan- update January 2020
BGPC will be reviewing its Neighbourhood Plan in the coming months to make sure it continues to be relevant. NP’s over 2 years old carry less weight than newer ones in terms of Planning ,so it is important the Plan is looked at periodically. BGPC does not envisage a major re-write however so those residents who were involved last time need not worry!
Financial Year ending March 19
What is a Parish Council?
Generally the role of a parish council is to improve the quality of community life for their parish and its inhabitants.
- Give views, on behalf of their community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish.
- Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents.
- Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish.
- Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken.
- Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
Source: Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC)
Powers & Responsibilites from the Herefordshire Council website