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Ledbury waste site re-opens Wednesday...
Written by A. Cyclist   
Monday, 06 July 2020 11:25

... but not to cyclists (or pedestrians).

At long last, Herefordshire's remaining recycling centres in Ledbury, Bromyard and Kington will be re-opening this week, but bikes and pedestrians will not be admitted.  Herefordshire Council is instigating a booking system for cars just for these sites, ostensibly to ensure users live in the county and, presumably, to reduce queues.  The site at Ross, which opened a few weeks ago, is also subject to these restrictions (including no bikes), but booking is not required for Hereford or Leominster - and there is no mention on HC's website about bikes for either of those sites.

Whilst that might seem reasonable during the early days, bikes obviously would not constitute a queuing problem, so I wonder if their real motive is only to admit sealed Covid bubbles (ie. cars with windows closed) - as was the excuse finally given in this Hereford Times article.  As I live less than 300m from the Ledbury site, it is ridiculous to insist I pollute the local environment (and waste my time) by joining a queue in my car.  Moreover, it goes completely against government measures to reduce car use during the Covid crisis.  HC has received funds to encourage cycling, but it would rather spend them on (eg.) unenforceable 20mph speed limits and one-way roads instead.

Emergency Active Travel Measures in Ledbury
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Monday, 22 June 2020 10:11

Herefordshire Council, through its contractor Balfour Beatty, has published plans for ‘Covid-19 emergency response active travel measures’ in Ledbury:

(Click on the image to see a larger version)

Comments should be made to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by close of play tomorrow (23rd June), but comments emailed later will be taken into account if time permits.  Apologies for the very short notice - the Portal has only just received a copy of the email.

Clearly someone has been given a new yellow highlighter: a blanket 20mph zone throughout Ledbury is unenforceable, particularly since any limit lower than 30mph legally needs to be backed up by other measures, such as speed humps.  Apart from being a total waste of money, I’m sure these would go down a bomb in Ledbury!

Ledbury Essential Business Directory during the Coronavirus emergency
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 27 March 2020 22:05

A list of businesses that are open in the Ledbury area was compiled by the Ledbury Civic Society week beginning 23rd March.  Since things are changing so rapidly during these extraordinary and very uncertain times, we suggest you contact the business to make sure they are still open before visiting.

Note that, although the Little Marcle Road waste disposal site is closed until further notice, the bottle banks outside the Co-op supermarket are open - but the clothes bank nearby is closed.

Please email the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell us of any errors, changes, omissions or additions to this list.  We will try to keep the list as up to date as possible.  Please note: we are not making any charge to do this - however it may take a while for any notified changes to be made.  Please bear with us!

Don’t forget that if we don’t use these businesses they may very well close permanently, especially as Government help for the self-employed is unlikely to be available before June.

Above all - keep well and keep safe.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 12:09
Repair Café suspended until further notice
Written by Repair Café Ledbury   
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:57

Following the government advice yesterday to avoid all non-essential contact, especially for people in vulnerable groups, which many of our volunteers and clients fall into, we are suspending Repair Café Ledbury for the time being.

The information and advice is changing very quickly at the moment so we will update you on further developments as and when the situation becomes clear.

We will also post information on our website at

Please take extra care with your health and we look forward to a time when normal service can be resumed and we can start repairing again.

Best wishes from
Repair Café Ledbury

No more trees
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:01

A line of trees planted 50 years ago to screen the Lower Road industrial estate from nearby houses has now almost gone:

Before (courtesy Google - taken in 2011)

After (taken 22nd January 2020)



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