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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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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 August 2020 17:36
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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.

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.

Wassail,
LPAdmin

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2020 12:09
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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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Hereford Hospital parking charges one of the highest in England
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 20 December 2019 20:10

According to Which?, Hereford County Hospital is 4th= (along with North Bristol, and Ashford and St. Peter’s), all of which charge £3.50 for up to one hour’s parking.  Only North Tees and Hartlepool, Royal Orthopaedic (Birmingham) and Liverpool Women’s are more expensive.  A recent article in the Torygraph bears this out.

Some hospitals charge less, or not at all, for disabled parking - but not Hereford.  However the Conservative Party has stated on its Twitter page: “We will end unfair hospital car parking charges by making parking free for those in greatest need, including disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff working night shifts.”We wait with bated breath...

Update 27th December: According to the BBC, “Thousands more NHS patients and visitors will be able to access free hospital car parking, the government says.  From April (2020), all 206 hospital trusts in England will be expected to begin offering the concession in line with the government’s manifesto promise.  Those with the ‘greatest need’ will benefit.  That includes groups such as people with disabilities and NHS staff working night shifts.”


Hereford County Hospital states that the first 10 minutes is free, but I can speak from experience that this is insufficient to get a disabled person out of a car and taken safely into a waiting area within the building.

Hospital parking is free for everyone in Wales and Scotland, except in those few cases where older contracts with car park management companies are yet to expire.

According to a Freedom of Information request made in September 2016, “The carparks at the acute hospital site of the County Hospital Hereford are administered by Mercia Healthcare, our PFI Partners.  They in turn contract out to CP+ (Carpark Plus).”

Mercia Healthcare’s ‘Nature of business’ is listed on the Companies House website as being “Other specialised construction activities not elsewhere classified”, with an address in Bristol.  According to Bloomberg, its ‘Industry’ is “Engineering & Construction Svcs” and ‘Sub-industry’ is “Non-Residential Bldg Const” - obviously not much to do with ‘healthcare’....

A ‘Mercia Healthcare Holdings Ltd’ that has the same address as the County Hospital is listed on Yell.

No company information is listed on Google for “CP+” or “Carpark Plus”.

So it is very unlikely charges made for parking at Hereford County Hospital benefit the NHS in any way whatsoever.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2019 16:40
 
Wiggin not considered to be a 'good MP'
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 19:05

Change.org has published The People-Power Index: How did your MP score? listing all current MPs (ie. those elected in 2017) in order of 'goodness'.

Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire) is listed as 595th (out of 650).

Change.org used ten data sources to make the index: these measure the following (in priority order):

  1. Your MP’s availability to their constituents.
    This looks at how your MP is available online (email and social media), offline (holding “surgeries” in your local area and a caseworker), and whether your MP is distracted by a second (or third) job;
  2. Your MP’s participation in Parliament.
    This looks at your MP’s participation record for voting in Parliament, so that your constituency is counted when new laws are passed, and how often your MP raises issues from your constituency in Parliament;
  3. How an MP listens to the public.
    An MP’s top priority is their constituency, but they also have a responsibility to the wider general public to bring political attention to public campaigns and priority issues by discussing them in Parliament.

Update: Even a certain J. Rees-Mogg came in at 555th and his ERG chum Marc François (whose French surname is spelt here as it should be - with a cedilla) was 560th.  Jesse Norman (Conservative - Hereford and South Herefordshire) did somewhat better, at 341st position.  It has come to something when former senior Tories Sir John Major and Lord Heseltine are both advocating voting for independents or Lib Dems.  However, voting tactically in North Herefordshire would be pointless, according to https://tactical.vote/north-herefordshire - not surprising since even a sheep with a blue rosette attached to it would stand too good a chance of getting in....
(“Numquid quis oves mentionem?  Speeble.  Squirp..” “Errm.. Yes, Boris - no, Boris....”)

Jonathan Pie’s rant about austerity and Boris’s appalling track record says it all:

Warning: contains colourful language. Nil illegitimi carborundum...

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2019 21:20
 
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