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Bromyard Road to be closed for nearly 4 months
Written by A. Cyclist   
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:51

The B4214 Bromyard Road will be closed from 1st November until 22nd February next year(!!) to allow 'Demolition and deck replacement of Storesbrook Bridge' (ie. the 'Iron Bridge' over the Leadon at the 'S' bend near the junction with Rhea Lane, which was built in 1901 and has 'reached the end of its working life', having rusted seriously).  Rhea Lane will also be closed for the duration (presumably to prevent a rat-run, but access to premises will be maintained).

Access to industry and other premises on the B4214 nearer Ledbury will remain from the railway bridge and Wellington Heath (via Beggars Ash) - the actual closure will be from the junction with Burtons Lane (which goes up the hill past Withers fruit farm) to the junction with Rhea Lane.

That this will cause chaos is an understatement, given the sparse remainder of the road network due north of Ledbury is narrow lanes.  Herefordshire Council, from its own survey, admits an average of over 3200 vehicles cross the bridge daily.  Bosbury in particular will be badly affected by this - over half the children from there go to school in Ledbury.  Its Parish Council held an 'extraordinary meeting' on 17th September, at which a representative of Herefordshire Council was asked a number of questions including:

Why this will take so long (especially since the new bridge will be prefabricated off-site);

Why the parish council had received notification by email only 10 days earlier; and

Why no temporary Bailey bridge could be installed during works.

A report from their clerk appears here.

Herefordshire Council has been very quiet over this; on 7th October (ie. less than a month before the closure) there were no notices, as is usual in such situations, on the road to state times of closure.  As of the same date there was no mention of this closure on the relevant Traffic Regulation Orders page of that council's website - it is a legal requirement for a TRO to be in place before a road can be closed.  There is some information here, which suggests the official diversion will be via the A438 (to the Trumpet) / A417 (to Newtown) / A4103 to rejoin the B4214 at the foot of Fromes Hill.  This will almost double the distance - an increase from 6.4 miles to 11.2 miles.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00
Big Apple Bike Ride 2018
Written by Bella Johnson   
Friday, 05 October 2018 20:22

Bike Ride

Start from Ledbury Market House
Sunday 14th October
10:00 for 10:30

Join a leisurely 16 mile ride along quiet country lanes
to the Big Apple at Much Marcle

BYO picnic or enjoy Big Apple catering

More details from Bella or Chris Johnson
01531-635432 or from or

Bike hire available near railway station:

LADS presents Blithe Spirit
Written by The Market Theatre   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 09:03
Thurs to Sat 18th - 20th October at 8pm
in The Market Theatre

LADS presents
Blithe Spirit
An improbable farce by Noël Coward

The smash comedy hit of the West End and Broadway stages, this Noël Coward classic brings us fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira.  After he invites the “happy medium”, one Madame Arcarti, to conduct a séance at their home, Elvira returns from the dead...

Chaos ensues!!

Tickets (£10 - Students £6) are available online
or by phone (07967-517125).

Welcome to Ledbury?
Written by A. Cyclist   
Monday, 16 July 2018 15:46

A visitor from Northern Ireland came up to me when I was by the Market House this morning, asking me if I had seen the traffic warden.  She said she had returned to her car that was parked in a disabled slot near Boots to find she’d received a parking ticket, despite displaying a valid disabled parking badge.  I could only apologise on behalf of Herefordshire Council - and say she was unlucky since these wardens don’t often visit our streets.

Another disgruntled visitor who probably won’t return to Ledbury.  HC - take note!

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 18:13
Cider trade deals
Written by 38 Degrees   
Monday, 16 July 2018 15:43


Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 18:11

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