Walford Flood Action Group – watch this space for the latest from the Walford Waders..the group has now been officially adopted as a working group of Border Group Parish Council and we look forward to bringing you their news.
There has been a rise recently across Herefordshire of people being targeted by fraudsters. Please don’t become a victim – see advice from West Mercia Police here.
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
Please note that Carole’s reports can now be found under ‘Meeting Dates’ – please see the ‘Home’ page
Carole encourages any resident to contact her if they have a problem, or just want a chat. She is also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 May 2018
Proposal for lengthsman 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
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 email@example.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…