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Prince of Wales music sessions
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Sunday, 18 August 2019 08:42

Just for this coming week: the regular Wednesday acoustic music session in the Prince of Wales will take place on Thursday 22nd August starting at the usual time (8:30ish).  This is due to one of their Thursday  bands being only able to make a Wednesday.

Back to normal from Wednesday 28th.  All welcome.

 
Bovis Mk.2
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 16 August 2019 21:37

Taking advantage of the 'silly season', Bovis Homes has put in a revised planning application (192482) for land east of the 'Barratt' site, ie. south of the bypass and further towards the Gloucester Road.  The closing date for representations is next Thursday, 22nd August.

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The major differences between this one and its predecessor (174745, which was withdrawn in July 2018) are a reduction from 185 dwellings to 140 and yet another roundabout on the bypass.

The bypass is in danger of ceasing to serve its purpose though being less attractive to through traffic, especially on the Malvern to Hereford route, which could easily increase traffic through the town.  This is quite apart from extra traffic generated by the site itself, which would become yet another little ghetto completely separated from the rest of Ledbury.

 
Parish poll results
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 16 August 2019 10:35

The results of the parish poll held yesterday (15th August) were as follows:

49 considered a single access to the proposed 'viaduct estate' from the Bromyard Road was 'satisfactory'.

1022 voters considered the single access not to be satisfactory.

The turnout was 14.9% (figures from Ledbury Town Council).

No surprises here - few people in Ledbury want such a large 'wart' to be built north of the railway at all, let alone if it had no access from the end of the bypass, mainly citing concerns about traffic chaos at the Hereford Road junction by the railway station.

The low turnout is also unsurprising, although the only polling station (the Community Hall) was quite busy at 8pm.  But because turnout was so low, this is not a clear message that the access plan is a no-no.  The planners could argue that in reality only 14.2% of voters deemed the plan to be unsatisfactory (0.68% would have been happy with it but seemingly 85% couldn't care less).  However, of those who did turn out, over 95% were not happy about it.

Does Ledbury care?  Well - the weather couldn't be blamed, and the opening hours, although shorter than for a 'conventional' election, were long enough to suit most people.  Those who were on holiday or unable to attend for any other reason were disenfranchised since there was no postal or proxy voting, but that could only be a small percentage of the electorate.  As is often the case, the large silent majority can't now whinge if they don't like what eventually transpires...

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Still no proper disabled access to Ledbury station
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Sunday, 07 April 2019 11:58

Ledbury station will soon be the only station in the south-west Midlands (according to this recent written statement to Parliament dated 4th April 2019) that does not have step-free access to all its platforms.  The photo (right - courtesy Wikipædia), showing the only access to the Birmingham / London platform, was taken in 2008.  Nothing has changed since, except the bridge has been repainted!

We sent the following message to the North Herefordshire Tories via their website:

Dear Mr. Wiggin,

You might be aware that 73 railway stations are scheduled to receive funding to provide access for everyone to all platforms:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-73-stations-set-to-benefit-from-additional-funding

Ledbury station is not on this list, despite the eastbound platform falling foul of the Disability Discrimination Act ever since it became a legal requirement in 2004 for service providers to make 'reasonable adjustments' in relation to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access.  It is not just disabled people who are disadvantaged: mothers with baby buggies, cyclists with heavy panniers and everyone with heavy luggage are also affected.  I note the last other station in this area without such access, namely Worcester Shrub Hill, has been included.

Why is Ledbury station not on the list?

Update: to which we received the following reply:

“Thank you for your correspondence regarding Ledbury station.

On 4 April the Department of Transport published the disappointing news that Ledbury Station has not qualified under this round of the Access for All scheme.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 11:58
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Ledbury Community Portal Registration
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Friday, 14 June 2013 10:29

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:16
 
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