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Gladman is at it again
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Monday, 29 October 2018 20:20

... and again - see update

Land agent Gladman now has its avaricious eyes on land between Fairtree Farm and Redbank Fruit Farm, to the west of the bypass.  The Cheshire-based company has circulated a 'public consultation leaflet' to approximately 650 households and businesses in Ledbury.  I was one of the 'lucky' recipients - it was addressed to 'The Occupier' at my home address.  Click on the image below to see a larger version of the proposed site plan.

Although they appear to be 'testing the waters' before submitting a formal planning application to Herefordshire Council, this proposal for a further 210 houses will undoubtedly receive a hostile response - which would be justified, given how much Ledbury has been besieged by developers in recent years with no regard for the town's already inadequate infrastructure.  For example - how would residents reach the town centre?  Along Lower Road and Bridge Street of course, which we all know are far too narrow and full of parked cars.  Aldi would undoubtedly benefit (as if it wasn't busy enough already): ironically although being accused of being 'out of town' at its planning stage, it would then become the 'town centre'!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 19:26
Bridge closure delayed yet again
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 23 November 2018 18:01

According to Wellington Heath's page on Google, work to replace the deck of the now infamous Storesbrook Bridge, situated on the B4214 between Staplow and Ledbury, has been postponed again - this time until the beginning of January 2019.

The 117-year-old 'Iron Bridge' was initially scheduled to close on 1st November, but this was later postponed until next Wednesday, 28th November.  However, the latest on the replacement bridge deck, which is being constructed off-site, is that it will be delivered later than originally anticipated.  It is therefore necessary to push the entire work programme back to maintain the estimated 13-week closure period.

Herefordshire Council said the bridge was inspected again this week and is deemed safe to remain open to all traffic since no further deterioration had been detected.  It will continue to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it remains safe and, assuming that it does not have to be closed earlier for safety reasons, it will now close on 8th January 2019 and reopen on 5th April 2019 (these dates were posted today on HC's link to's website - scroll down and select 'Next 3 months' in the map menu).  Rhea Lane will also be closed for the whole of this period.

Andy Williams (Balfour Beatty Living Places, Hereford) said: “We are sorry if the change in closure plan causes any inconvenience for road users, however others may welcome the fact that it will now be open during the Christmas and New Year period.  We will be writing to all local residents and business to update them and we will provide further updates on social media.”

Bridge of Sighs indeed...

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
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
New User Registration
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:19

If you want to register as a new user on the Ledbury Portal please contact us by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it l

Supply us with your preferred Ledbury Portal user name and we will use this and your email address to set up your individual account.  You will be given a unique password, which we will prompt you to change immediately.

Unfortunately, we cannot use our previous front end system of registering new users due to a Joomla failure to block spam accounts.

"Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam...."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:47

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