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Herefordshire Council's new website
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:48

Herefordshire Council has recently revamped its website.  Unfortunately, the graphic artists have got hold of it, so although it might look prettier, it has lost some functionality.  Also, readability has suffered through use of a 'weedy' font that gets lost in the background.
In particular:

  • The feedback form doesn't work!
  • Links to many older documents have changed, meaning those to (eg.) planning applications on the Portal no longer work.  We have been through all the latest (ie. those that appear on the Portal front page) to update them, but obviously it would take far too much effort to go back any further.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our readers though something that is outside our control.

We have contacted the Council via another on-line form to notify it of these problems.

Yet another coffee shop for Ledbury?
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 17 March 2017 12:06

Herefordshire Council has received a planning application (P170834F) for change of use of nos. 3 & 4 Sear House, Bye Street from 'Class A1 (retail) to a mixed Class A1/A3 (coffee shop) together with shopfront alterations'.  This is from agents acting the Bristol-based chain Coffee#1, who (the agent states) has similar shops in Monmouth, Hereford and Tewkesbury.

These are the former premises of Clubsport (now relocated to the Homend) and the now defunct Advantage Business Supplies.

Although a commercial consideration rather than a planning one, we do wonder if Ledbury needs (or can support) yet another coffee shop!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 March 2017 22:22
Spring Daffodils
Written by A. Cyclist   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:37

2017 is a good year for wild daffodils - those near Ledbury and Kempley last weekend were stunning:

Upper Highbridge Coppice, 2 miles south of Ledbury, off the Dymock Road.

In Highbridge Coppice (left) and by the lane leading from Brooms Green towards the M50 (right)

Aldi plans to open on 17th August
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 19:33

Aldi has now given a firm date for the opening of its new store on the New Mills Industrial Estate.

Having previously expressed a wish to open during August, Aldi confirmed everything was well on schedule, and has now stated "The store will open for trading on Thursday, August 17, 2017."

The store will have a total floor area of 1794 square metres, of which about 1200 square metres will be for retail use.  There will be 109 public car parking spaces and a minimum of 5 Sheffield stands under cover, each intended for two bicycles.

A number of conditions must be satisfied before the store can open, according to a document issued by Herefordshire Council when it granted planning permission in September 2016.  One of these is for an extension of the New Mills cycleway to be completed past the store frontage and that of Galebreaker, to connect where the existing cycleway terminates opposite Homebase.

Work on the New Mills site started late last month when diggers moved in to level the site.  The Ledbury store will provide up to 40 jobs, although vacancies will not be advertised until later this spring.

Aldi's website is rather out-of-date....

Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 14:33
Enhancement of The Market Theatre
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Monday, 06 March 2017 13:01

The Market Theatre is undergoing a £40k enhancement that commenced today, with the creation of a dedicated rehearsal space for LADS (Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society) and other groups.  This should be complete by early summer.

It is largely being financed by grants, including those from: The Theatres Trust, The Rowlands Trust and The Baron Davenport's Charity.

The theatre's artistic director, Paul Graham, said of the planned new rehearsal space: "It will create an enormous amount of flexibility in the running of the theatre. LADS, who annually stage several well-supported productions, including the popular pantomime, is having to hire halls all over the town for its many rehearsals because the Market Theatre is also a venue for professional productions, live screenings and cinema.  Currently, there just isn't the room in the theatre for everything that's going on there."

The studio space, which will be located in the space currently used for costume storage on the first floor backstage, will be about the same size as the main stage.  A further floor will be added above the new studio for costume storage.


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