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498 BUS SERVICE SAVED!
Thanks to pressure from Border Group, Wigmore GPC and Leintwardine GPC this vital link to Leominster and Hereford for local residents has been saved. Thanks must also go to our Ward Cllr Carole Gandy for her support and determination to ensure the continuation of this service. Please remember the more the service is used, the better its chances of survival. Have you considered saving petrol and parking and maybe taking the bus instead?
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22 May 2018
News from our County Councillor, Carole Gandy..
BORDER GROUP PARISH WEBSITE ARTICLE SUMMER 2018
Winter seems to have dragged on forever and I hope by the time you read this article that things have improved and you will have glorious weather for all your fund raising events.
Once again dog fouling has been a major issue in Mortimer ward and within Border Group Parish Adforton is no exception. Inconsiderate dog owners who do not pick up their dog poo are risking the health of your children. Toxocariasis is an infection humans can catch from handling soil and it most likely to infect children and can cause blindness. Please pick up your dog’s poo and place it in a poo bag and then in a litter bin. If there is no litter bin then take it home. It does not need to be placed in a dog poo bin. It all goes to landfill.
It has been reported by the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Report that across England and Wales one in five local roads is in a poor condition with more than 24,400 miles of road identified as needing essential maintenance. This year Herefordshire Council has a little more money to spend as a result of successfully winning a court case against Amey the previous public realm contractor. Some of this money is earmarked for Mortimer ward and I am pleased that the A4110 through Adforton has been resurfaced and that the lower section of the C1009 from Wigmore to Lingen is also to be resurfaced/patched. I understand this work will be carried out in June. I shall continue to press for those other roads in Mortimer ward which are in a poor state to be considered when more money becomes available.
I recently attended the First Anniversary Celebration of the Hope organisation. This organisation supports young people aged 11 – 25 when a close family member is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. If a member of your family or a friend would benefit from such support please do not hesitate to contact them online at www.facebook.com/hopeyoungpeeps, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01989 566317.
You may have read about the successful lottery bid obtained by the Mortimer Cross Battle organisation who are working with the University of Huddersfield and The Battlefields Trust to try to identify the actual site of the Mortimer Cross Battle. If you are interested in being involved as a volunteer in many different aspects of the project please register with Gary Ball MX1461cbap@gmail.com. This is a really exciting project.
Herefordshire Council has relaunched its WISH website. This site offers advice on anything from local voluntary sector organisations to where to go for help on any issue you are struggling to resolve. In particular it helps residents with their health and wellbeing needs. Please take a look at the website.
At a recent council meeting I spoke about the issue of Herefordshire Libraries a decision about which, along with the museum service and archive centre is likely to be taken shortly on whether to outsource the service. I did impress upon councillors and officers the importance of ensuring that whatever option is chosen going forward that it is imperative that this does not negatively impact upon community libraries which are a very important asset to a community and a lifeline for many. . In the whole of Herefordshire the only libraries to see an increase in visitor numbers are Peterchurch and Leintwardine, both community libraries
As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat. I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email email@example.com
1 May 2018
Proposal for length man and footpaths in Border Group
The current funding for both our local highway maintenance and rights of ways public access routes is being removed by Hereford Council. For the past few years we have been receiving circa £2400 for highways work, which our length man Chris Shepherd has been doing for the parish council. This entails going around much of our (approx) 40Km C and U roads, opening channels to let water off roads into ditches; clearing drains; picking up litter; trimming back vegetation around signs and road junctions, and provides help and support where possible to parishioners in extreme weather conditions eg flooding or ice.
Mike Oliver inspects the large network of foot paths and bridleways in the Border Group, and along with Joe Thomas, carries our maintenance work which has been agreed by the PC. For the past few years the parish council has been able to make sure the rights of way have remained open, free from obstruction and safe to use for all, on a budget of £1700/annum.
The length man scheme was originally set up by the Border Group Parish Council under the stewardship of the late John Miles and Cllr Olwen Barnett, over 20 years ago, as a way of maintaining our highways and byways on a local basis, knowing full well that the council were going to do less of the routine work in many areas.
For the forth coming year we have sufficient reserves to maintain the current budgets for both highways and rights of way maintenance. From next year, however, we will need to raise the precept by around £30-40/household to cover the present cost of this work.
We as a council, feel strongly that virtually all this work would not get done by the County Council as the current state of our roads testify. Council maintenance contracts, with Balfour Beatty and previously, Amey and Jarvis, falls woefully short of routine work that needs doing, certainly this far north in the county.
As your local council, we would ensure this money is used wisely for the benefit of all parishioners in the Border Group. Unfortunately, it will still be within the remit of the council to repair pot holes, but at least by trying to keep the water grips clear and drains flowing, further degradation will be kept to a manageable level.
25 April 2018 (posted 1May18)
‘I have just read the proposed tax rises for the council tax. Though I’m not against paying a bit extra for local services, it has often crossed my mind with regards to the flooding issues, that there’s always comments suggesting that it was never like this when we had permanent lengthsmen , that may have been so.
Let’s look at local drainage today. I have lived xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for some 27years and now live xxxxxxxxxxx , so have experienced some quite bad floods over the years. On all occasions it would appear the water cannot drain from the road side ditches. If one cared to follow said ditches along there course you would find most ditches are full of silt and several years worth of hedge trimmings along with the usual roadside litter.
Surely it would be quite simple for land owners, Tennant’s who have a water course through there land to actually be made responsible for these ditches, after all they put the hedge trimmings in and on occasions farm animals are inadequately fenced out allowing banks to collapse.
I am a country person and have been all my life , this letter is certainly not a shout at farmer’s but possibly a solution to a problem that could be solved at source. ‘
19 April 2018
Please see below responses from residents to the recently distributed leaflet on raising the precept. Two of them have more than one page. Please click on down arrow (see bottom of text) to view pages as required.
Response from residents to recent leaflet re Precept
29 March 2018
Information from Works Control Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
A4110 – Adforton Village Resurfacing Works
Friday, 13 April 2018 to (and including) Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily. No weekend work
The programme is liable to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions.
26 March 2018
Information from Herefordshire Council received 12 March 2018.
The link to the report below shows the precept amount requested by each Parish for 2018/19, together with the number of equivalent Band D properties in the Parish (the tax base) and the Band D council tax:
If you wish to compare it to 2017/18, the link below will provide this information:
22 March 2018
This link takes you to Border Group Neighbourhood Development Plan on Herefordshire Council’s website.
Consultation on Neighbourhood Plan : 16 March 2018 to 27 April 2018
- On the website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/
- At Hereford Centre, Blueschool House, Blueschool Street, Hereford
- All Customer Service Centres and libraries within the county (electronic only)
If you wish to make representations or comment you can do so by:-
Website: using the online comment at: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/neighbourhood -planning/
Post: Neighbourhood Planning Team, Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford. HR1 2ZB
15 March 2018
News from our County Councillor
Healthwatch read more….
Herefordshire Library Home Delivery service read more…
**PRESS STATEMENT: GP Out of hours services in Herefordshire AND Snow update from Balfour Beatty read more….
1 March 2018 : Update from Balfour Beatty
27 February 2018
Border Group Parish Council is now at the stage where it should consider forwarding the Neighbourhood Plan, together with a range of supporting documents to Herefordshire Council for the next stage of formal consultation. These documents are on the Neighbourhood Development Plan page.
There are are still a number of stages to go as shown.
21 February 2018 : News from Balfour Beatty…. potholes…
31 January 2018
BGPC has been advised of Pre Surface Dressing Patching Works on the C1004 – Willey – Birtley : Monday, 19 February 2018. Road closed 09.00 hours until 17.00 hours
Pre Surface Dressing Patching Works – It should be noted that where pre surface dressing patching works are being carried out, in most instances, only part of that particular road is being patched. Whilst the road closure is shown as 09.00 hours until 17.00 hours each day, in some situations where short stretches of the road are being patched, it may be possible to complete the works sooner subject of course to “unknowns” or adverse weather.
COUNCIL TAX UPDATE FROM BORDER GROUP PARISH COUNCIL
This is the time of year when local councils set council tax rates – including the small additional amount (the parish precept) set by Border Group Parish Council.
Plenty can be done without increasing council tax: the parish council is planning to introduce speed indicators (SIDs) to cut speeding in our villages, and can do this from funds the council already has.
However, Herefordshire Council will no longer be providing the parish council with funds for the Lengthsman scheme (which deals with highway problems, like ditching and drainage) or for footpath maintenance. In an area prone to flooding, and with many well-used footpaths, your parish council have decided these services are too valuable to lose.
At the same time, knowing our roads are in poor condition, and that Herefordshire Council’s funding is unlikely to stretch to the kind of maintenance we need, the parish council have also decided to begin filling potholes. If it’s successful we’ll expand this service.
Both decisions mean the parish council element of your council tax will rise – but only gradually, because the parish council is using reserves to cushion the increase. The parish council element of Band D council tax will rise from about £25 today to £27 in March 2018, but will then to around £40 in March 2019 and £54 in March 2020. See the link to the budget on http://www.bordergroup-pc.org/
It is likely that Herefordshire Council will have to cut other services in the next few years – and if they do, and if those services are vital to our area, your parish council will consider taking on responsibility for funding them.
Please let us know what you think on this or any other issue by contacting your parish councillor or by emailing your comments to the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or posting to Border Group Parish Clerk, Gotherment House, Wigmore, Leominster HR6 9UF
The Budget for 2018/2019 was set at the November meeting read more…