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Emergency Active Travel Measures in Ledbury - Update
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 19:38

Following a ‘consultation’, Herefordshire Council has now decided which measures will be implemented in Ledbury.  These are:

  • An overall 20mph speed limit throughout the town;
  • The south end (narrow bit) of Woodleigh Road will become one-way to motor traffic.
    This will give space for a contraflow route for cyclists and a footpath for pedestrians.

Work to implement these measures will commence on or after 20th July.

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Waste site is now open to bikes!
Written by A. Cyclist   
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:38

Following our complaint to Herefordshire Council about some waste sites in Herefordshire, including Ledbury, not admitting cyclists, the booking regime has now changed: all 6 sites in the county now allow cyclists, and some (including Ledbury) also allow pedestrians.  Since no reply has been received, we cannot claim credit for this, but drawing the council’s attention to the fact it was violating the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (see why here) might have rattled a few cages.  But there is a caveat: cyclists have to wait in a queue of cars, though there are notices asking drivers to switch off engines.  So if there’s a cyclist behind you, please don’t asphyxiate him/her!

While pedestrians are now formally admitted to the Ledbury site (please ring the bell at the gate, as before), those at Bromyard, Hereford and Leominster remain off limits.  There is no booking requirement at Hereford or Leominster for other users.

According to Worcestershire County Council’s website, there is no pedestrian access to any of its sites, there is no pre-booking requirement for other users, and all are open their normal opening hours.  There is no mention of access by cyclists.  The Malvern site might close temporarily if there is traffic build-up on the A449.  Sites in both counties are managed by Severn Waste Services.

The requirement to pre-book remains in Ledbury for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.  This can only be done online - thus still denying admission to those who do not have access to the internet.  You are sent an email with a PDF attachment of your ‘booking ticket’, which you must either print out or have on your phone to show to the man on the gate.  Note also, although not yet specifically stated, booking must be done on or before the previous day to your visit: it seems a list of bookings is sent to the site before it opens.  So there’s no possibility of deciding it’s a nice day - good for some gardening - and taking the debris to the waste site that evening.  With the Ledbury site keeping to its original 2½ open days per week, this could mean a wait.  Cyclists also run the risk of booking a slot only to find it’s tipping it down at the time.

Also worth noting: all users are allowed a maximum of two visits within a 14 day period.  So I made the most of it and piled up the trailer (which is less than 1.2m long, so no trailer permit required) with a load of garden waste, scrap metal and a dead breadmaker...

However, my experience today wasn’t too bad - only 2 cars in front of me - and the friendly HC man at the gate said he was expecting me as the only cyclist who had booked in...

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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