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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?

 

Scam mail – please see link below for advice from Royal Mail

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Please note that Carole’s reports can now be found under ‘Meeting Dates’ – please see the ‘Home’ page

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 help@hopesupportservices.org.uk 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 carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk


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. ‘
With regards

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 2 16.2.16
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:

http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50055561/Appendix%201%20for%20Council%20tax%20setting.pdf

If you wish to compare it to 2017/18, the link below will provide this information:

http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50044325/Appendix%201%20-%20Hfds%20Council%20requirement%20by%20parish%20including%20band%20D%20equivalent.pdf


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

The plan can be viewed: 

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/

Email: neighbourhoodplanning@herefordshire.gov.uk

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


3 March

**PRESS STATEMENT: GP Out of hours services in Herefordshire  AND Snow update from Balfour Beatty  read more….

1 March 2018 : Update from Balfour Beatty

I just wanted to provide you all with a quick operational update on our response to the snow conditions experienced across the county.
In preparation for the snow, we carried out pre-salting of the secondary network yesterday, which included treatment of priority footways in all of the market towns. Our priority routes were treated last night, along with carparks and a top up treatment was carried out at 5.00 this morning.
Teams are now fully mobilised and we have carried out further treatments of the priority network throughout this morning. The forecast shows the intensity of the snow increasing as we move into the afternoon, with heavy snowfall expected from around 17.00, although there remains a lack of certainty around timings. There is the potential for accumulations of 20 – 30cm which is likely to be widespread across the county and due to strong winds snow drift may cause significant cross county issues. All gritters are now fitted with ploughs and will start ploughing when required. We also have all 42 of our snow contractors, covering the whole county, now on standby and we will instruct them as required to commence local ploughing. The team of locality stewards are out on the network, providing the winter team with updates on local conditions and responding to incidents/ emergencies.
Our focus currently is on the priority network and our teams will be carrying out back to back treatments on 12 hour shift patterns. Conditions are expected to be treacherous throughout the afternoon and into tomorrow with road surface temperatures expected to drop to around -7C. It’s important to note that at these temperatures, salt becomes less effective and therefore although roads may appear to be treated, there will continue to be a risk of ice. Persistent snow is expected into the early hours of the morning, and as a result we are expecting difficult conditions on the network tomorrow.
Our communications to members of the public are focussing on key messages around avoiding unnecessary journeys unless absolutely critical, warnings of snow drift and need for preparedness. Our messaging will continue tomorrow to focus on avoiding unnecessary travel.
I hope this is helpful, I’ll provide a further update as things progress. In the meantime if you have any questions please let me know.
Paul Shipton
Operations Manager
Unit 3 Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, Herefordshire,  HR2 6JT

 

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…

Good Morning,
This week we will be commencing a Velocity Patching programme in response to this winter’s escalation in pothole numbers. The Velocity Patcher is designed to fill potholes much faster than conventional methods, and you may have seen it’s recent appearance on BBC’s One Show.  We have used Velocity Patching in previous years, especially when the demand for safety repairs escalates, and we’ve found it to be a very useful technique to repair potholes on our more rural roads.
The system uses high-volume air to remove all dust and debris from a pothole. A cold bitumen emulsion is then fired into every crack to seal the hole before aggregate is fired in at high speed. The process takes only a couple of minutes to repair each hole. There is no excavation, no waste material and the filled hole is ready to drive on immediately. However, it may be necessary to briefly close some roads to allow our crews to work safely.
The programme is scheduled to last two weeks, with the potential for extension following a review of progress against demand. The programme will start in the north of the County and work will be predominantly on C and U roads in areas with a high density of safety defects.
Best wishes
Linzy
Linzy Outtrim PhD
Stakeholder Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places


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

January 2018

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 clerkbordergroup@btinternet.com 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…