[A collection of useful timely information and announcements gathered from around the Parish]
Wednesday 11 December 2019:
Bloor Homes Viaduct Site planning proposal – Latest Update
(Via the Parish eMail Announcement sent by Keith Hough the new Parish Newsletter Editor / eMail messaging administrator).
Just a brief note to advise the outcome of the Planning Committee meeting at Herefordshire Council’s Shire Hall today (Wed 11th Dec 2019).
Ten minutes before the meeting was due to start Bloor Homes submitted a letter from Network Rail, ostensibly stating that access was not possible to the site under the viaduct under the present agreement between Bloor & Network Rail, and the letter apparently further went on to state that Network Rail would not countenance such an access.
After presentations and debate, during which there was some significant criticism of the way in which Bloor had presented the letter from Network Rail, and their lack of serious consideration of a second access to the development, there was a proposal to reject the application as it currently stands – principally on the grounds of access.
Before voting, the committee members were pointedly warned that there was a possibility of significant costs being awarded against the council should an appeal be lodged and if such appeal be lost.
Despite such warning the council voted 10 votes to 3 (with 1 abstaining) in favour of the proposal. The application for the development of up to 625 houses on the site north of the viaduct was therefore accordingly rejected.
We await the next steps from the applicant in due course.Thank you to all who attended today’s hearing!
NB: A statement from the WH Parish Council was made by Cllr David Williams at the previous Herefordshire Council Planning Committee meeting on the 13th November 2019 can be found here.
A link to Bloor Homes’ Planning Application page [P171532] can be found here.
WHP Cllr Mark Beaumont.
Tuesday 17 September 2019:
Herefordshire Council needs your input on the future of our Highway Network
Herefordshire Council is seeking views on a draft plan that will map out the future of the county’s highways network.
The Network Management Plan is a strategy that governs how the council manages our highways network and ensures that residents, visitors, businesses and local communities get the best out of this important asset.
The plan is being updated and is proposed to cover the period 2019 – 2034 alongside our Local Transport Plan.
Our objective is that the updated Network Management Plan will help to:
- Encourage economic growth
- Provide a good quality highway network for all users
- Promote healthy lifestyles, particularly through active travel
- Make journeys safer and easier
- Ensure access to services for those living in rural areas
We are currently consulting on our draft Network Management Plan and are seeking your views and feedback on our objectives, priorities and action plan.
Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: “We are currently consulting on our draft Network Management Plan and we would love to hear your views and feedback. The thoughts of residents, businesses and utilities providers will be vital in helping us shape our objectives, priorities and action plan.
“Transport is so important in enabling our economy to grow and helping to improve quality of life for local people. This new plan will help to improve access to services, tackle congestion, improve air quality, make our roads safer and promote greater levels of active travel. What we really want is an improved, sustainable, efficient and resilient local transport network that people can rely on. Please, if you haven’t yet had the chance, help us by sharing your views.”
The consultation questionnaire is open until Friday 4 October.
For more information or to complete the questionnaire, please visit this Hereforshire Council website page here.
Wednesday 21 August 2019 – Have your final say on the most recent changes to the Viaduct Development!
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL (Reference Bloor Homes’ recent development proposal access amendments to the Bromyard Road access [B4214])
As you may be aware, Ledbury Parish have recently held a poll to determine the support, or otherwise, for the amended transport proposals for the North Viaduct Development application by Bloor Homes.
The application now includes an additional access to the development, also off the B4214 Bromyard Road (but for emergency vehicle use only), and the use of three-way traffic signalling, including a pedestrian crossing, at the B4214 / A438 junction adjacent to the railway bridge. These measures have been considered acceptable by the developers and their transportconsultants.
An independent transport analysis is being arranged by Ledbury Town Council and WHPC will contribute to the funding of this.
The full north viaduct proposal can be read on the Herefordshire Planning
(For future reference the application number is: 171532 )
No poll as to the acceptability of Bloor Homes amended transport proposals is to be held in Wellington Heath as the effectiveness for a Parish such as ours is highly debatable and furthermore it is costly to arrange.
HAVE YOUR SAY NOW ….TO THESE LATEST PLANS!
However, we would urge each eligible Wellington Heath Parishioner to write to the Case Officer at Herefordshire Council to voice their opinion of the amended plans. It is felt that this action, coupled with an additional submission from the Parish Council, will hold more sway than the results of a Parish Poll here in Wellington Heath and will further support the findings of the recent Ledbury Poll earlier this Month.
In the subject line or body of your letter or email-message it is important that you
include the word ‘support‘ or ‘object‘, otherwise your message may just be
deemed to be just an opinion or comment.
e.g. : Ref : P171532
Land North of Viaduct Adjoining Orchard Business Park Ledbury Herefordshire – Site for a mixed use development including the erection of up to 625 new homes (including affordable housing), up to 2.9 hectares of B1 employment land, a canal corridor, public open space (including a linear park), access, drainage and ground modelling works and other associated works. The proposal is for outline planning permission with all matters reserved for future consideration with the exception of access.
I object to these latest vehicular/pedestrian access plans for the following reasons:
Address your comments to the Principal Planning Officer Carl Brace
and email him here : email@example.com
For those who want to write the ‘old-fashioned‘ way…..then the postal address for letters is :Herefordshire Council, Planning Services, PO Box 4, Hereford. HR1 2ZB.
(The department phone number, should you require it is: – tel: 01432 261947 )
The reason for this additional comment from you, (regardless of how many times you’ve emailed or written beforehand), is because at each stage of this planning application, it seems that a separate message is required, and any previous letters or messages that have been sent may not be taken into account, as any concerns or objections that
have previously been raised will be deemed to have been already addressed.
Thank you for your participation and support.
The WH Parish Council most recent reply to these latest plans can be viewed here.
Our roving reporter Peter Constantine has also covered this in his weekly news round-up on the Village website: here.
Thursday 16 August 2019 – Ledbury Parish Pole – The results are in!
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE COUNCIL (Reference Bloor Homes’ recent development proposal access amendments to the Bromyard Road access [B4214])
The Ledbury Parish Poll results (15th Aug ) are now published on Ledbury Town Parish website and can be read on this link here.
Aprox. 95% voted “NO” in the Poll and 5% voted “YES“. This, despite the low turn-out of circa 15% of qualifying voters, represents an overwhelmingly significant amount of objection to the most recent proposal put forward by Bloor Homes to keep access to the Bromyard Road only.
In the meantime we, (the Wellington Heath Parish Council), are intending to circulate a leaflet to all households in our parish of Wellington Heath encouraging all parishioners to submit new representations directly to Herefordshire planners regarding these recently published amended transport and pedestrian access proposals for the North of the Viaduct development. It is likely that these final responses from individuals in Wellington Heath, will reflect the results of Ledbury’s recent poll and go some way in influencing the final planning decision.
Congratulations go to Cllr Liz Harvey for organising this Ledbury Town Parish Poll, and all those that helped in its organisation.
Wednesday 14 August 2019 – Ledbury Parish Pole
IMPORTANT NOTICE : There is a Poll taking place in Ledbury on Thursday 15th August (4pm to 9pm) at The Community Hall (Lawnside Road) for all Ledbury Parishioners regarding the issue around Bloor Homes (the Developer) wanting only one ‘entrance/exit’ to its large estate development on the Bromyard Road. The Poll requires Parishioners to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the following:
|Policy LB2: ‘Land North of the Viaduct’ of the Herefordshire Local Plan – Core Strategy 2011-2031 requires “provision of satisfactory vehicular access arrangements”. This site is proposed to contain at least 625 dwellings and 3 hectares of employment land. The developer for this site proposes vehicle access arrangements solely via the Bromyard Road (in Planning Application: 171532),|
|Do you consider this provision to be ‘SATISFACTORY’? Yes/No|
Please urge all your friends, family and colleagues in Ledbury to Vote on the day, as this issue is of the upmost concern to all the residents and businesses in Wellington Heath Parish too.
More info on this can be found on the Ledbury Town Council Website here.
Saturday 3rd August 2019 –
Forthcoming Road Disruption
Notice about Village road closures and disruption
(Various works over the next 3 Months)
Gigaclear (https://www.gigaclear.com/) are finally getting around to laying the long-awaited cabling along our roads and across various patches of land in our Parish….. so that we can benefit from superfast broadband.
There has been some disruption already, as works have already started, but there will be further disruption over the coming Months.
The good news is that not all roads will be closed – some sections of the works around the village will have one form of traffic control, or another – allowing some measured access.
The first major disruption for Wellington Heath ( 22 July to 2 August 2019 Beggars Ash ) has now been completed.
Further Works Planned
There will be other road closures and traffic delays planned over the coming two to three Months and these are as follows…..the road closures will have similar restrictions to Beggars Ash, but the works with traffic delays will have controlled access to vehicles/cyclists and pedestrians:
- 12 Aug to 23 Aug Church Lane – road closure
- 26 Aug to 6 Sept The Common – road closure
- 9 Sept to 20 Sept Burtons Lane – road closure
- 18 Sept to 1 Oct Ochre Hill –traffic delays –Stop/Go Boards
- 14 Oct to 25 Oct Ledbury Road – traffic delays –Traffic Lights with controlled traffic
NB: These dates are subject to change at short notice.
THIS MEANS THAT USERS OF THE LEDBURY ROAD FROM 5 AUGUST SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEMORIAL HALL FROM LEDBURY AS NORMAL (WITH CONTROLLED TRAFFIC LIGHTS EXPECTED LEADING UP TO THE HALL BETWEEN 14 OCT TO 25 OCT) WHEN DELAYS WILL BE EXPECTED. (SO ALLOW FOR THIS IN YOUR JOURNEY).
For up to date info visit : https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks
Enter your location on the Map Search box (or drag the map to your location using the left mouse button)…..and then alter the dates on the interactive floating calendar above the map search box.
Q & A’s about these Closures
Some questions you may have about this are outlined below:
- Will there be Pedestrian/Cyclist access in cases of road closures? Unfortunately there will not be any provision for this. You are advised to use an alternative route.
- Will the roads re-open at night/weekends in cases of road closures? Generally no…although the contractor did say if there was any remote chance of allowing temporary access at any time during the period of work – then they will try thier best to allow this. That however will depend on how the works progresses and if the opportunity arises. Special arrangements maybe made with the emergency services.
- If the works finishes ahead of schedule, will they reopen the road earlier? Yes of course……..they want to limit the inconvenience of the road closure as much as possible. The only caveat is that every section of works presents different challenges and nuances – so much depends on how they progress once they start the job.
PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULY THROUGH THE VILLAGE DURING THESE WORKS -ESPECIALLY PAST THE WORKMEN WHERE CONTROLLED TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR STOP/GO BOARDS ARE IN OPERATION.
If you have any questions relating to this then contact the Parish Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer your questions or we will put you in contact with someone who can.
Saturday 13 July 2019 – Annual Canvass 2019
The Herefordshire Annual Canvass starts on 15th July. The purpose of the Canvass is to compile an accurate Electoral Register, which will be published on 1st December 2019.
This means that every residential property in the county will be sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). This form will show all members of the household currently registered to vote.
It is a legal requirement that the HEF is completed and returned. Any resident aged 18 or over can complete the HEF on behalf of the whole household. Residents have a choice of four different methods to complete their HEFs: online, phone, text or post. Each of these is free of charge to the resident, however we are encouraging the use of phone, text or web, as paper returns cost the Council much more.
We are confident that our Electoral Register is already very accurate but the canvass is a legal requirement for Local Authorities, and it is a good opportunity for us to check accuracy and increase the number of registered electors in Herefordshire.
IMPORTANT NOTE: completing the HEF does NOT register new electors to vote – they must still do this individually themselves via one of the approved methods (e.g. online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote)
If you have any questions, here are our contact details:
Herefordshire Council Electoral Services:
- phone – 01432 260107
- email – email@example.com
Monday 8 July 2019 – It was the El Dorado Festival last weekend (5th to 7th July) at Eastnor
A big thank you to the organisers and to the Eastnor Estate for managing the sound so well this year and being considerate to locals in the surrounding Parishes!
From all accounts it was a truly great weekend festival for people of all ages to enjoy, and we are all glad that lessons had been learned from last year’s extraordinary issues.
Thanks to Herefordshire Council for their part too in monitoring sound levels this year.
We wish the festival all the future success it deserves, and that it continues to monitor sound levels for the enjoyment of everyone concerned.
Tuesday 2 July 2019 – It’s the El Dorado Festival this weekend (5th to 7th July) at Eastnor
It’s a truly great weekend festival for people of all ages to enjoy, but for some of those that don’t attend, they hope lessons have been learned from last year’s issue which led to sound travelling across many of the surrounding villages – well into the early hours of the morning.
There is a Herefordshire Council website with details of the telephone number to call – should you feel the music is still too loud this year : https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/133/environment_and_pollution/4
They say on this page that :
“If you find loud music, parties and barking dogs keeping you awake at night, call the out of hours noise team on Tel: 01432 261761. We will be on call over the summer from 9pm to 2am every Friday and Saturday evening, and August bank holiday Sunday.”
Herefrodshire Council have said they will monitor sound levels this year……so hopefully the sound will be a lot more bearable this year – after all its just on for three days; after which everything will return to normal!
Monday 24 June 2019 –Did you miss out taking part in the live event on rural policing earlier tonight?
If so then why not view the video on the West Mercia PCC FaceBook page?
Click on the image below to view the video.
John Campion (our Police & Crime Commissioner) held a live session on Monday evening (24th June 2019) on the West Mercia PCC Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/WestMerciaPCC/
John put various questions on your behalf to West Mercia Police Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham and Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans.
Monday 17 June 2019 – Some Road works affecting our area.
1] JUNE: Road surface repairs – Burtons Lane – Burtons Farm to The Withers, Wellington Heath [B4214 to Church Lane]
Works planned for the week commencing Monday, 17 June to (and including) Sunday, 23 June is detailed below. This of course is subject to weather conditions.
2] JULY: Pot Hole Repairing of Raycomb Lane between Wednesday, 17 July 2019 and Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Where the road will be closed between 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours each day.
There is a Herefordshire Council interactive map here : https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks – where you can locate areas on an inter-active map and see where traffic works are scheduled (including info relating to them).
Friday 7 June 2019 – Take part and have your say on rural policing.
Do you have questions about Policing in our community?
Would you like to see more police in rural areas? What crime issues are important to you? What would make your community safer?
Have your say on rural crime!
John Campion (our Police & Crime Commissioner https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/ ) will be holding a live session on Monday 24th June 2019, 7pm online on his Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/WestMerciaPCC/
If you can’t be around to take part, then make your voice heard by emailing the Commissioner in advance at this email address here : firstname.lastname@example.org
John will put these questions on your behalf to West Mercia Police Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham on the night.
More info about this event can be found here: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/in-your-community/questions/
There will be a live recording made of the evening’s event…….so you can revisit their website or YouTube channel to view the evening’s session in a few weeks’ time.
Monday 6 May 2019 – Liz Harvey has been re-elected as the county councillor for Ledbury North.
Congratulations to Cllr. Liz Harvey! Liz (It’s Our County -Independent) stood against Karl Bufton (Conservative).
The turnout 32. 6% and Karl Bufton received 376 votes against Liz Harvey’s 451 votes.
Thursday 2 May 2019 – Polling Day in Local Government Elections
Stand for what you believe in……Briefing sessions for those interested in
becoming a councillor, or supporting a candidate.
The Elections Process briefing sessions – Assembly Hall, Hereford Town
Hall (6pm – 8pm)
Monday 4 March – Political party agents briefing
Wednesday 6 March – Parish Clerks briefing
Thursday 7 March – Prospective candidates
briefing (open to all)
Key dates for candidates
12 March 2019 – Notice of election
3 April 2019 (4pm) – Deadline for delivery of nomination papers
2 May 2019 – Polling Day
3 May 2019 – Count
Thursday 25 April 2019 – WH Parish Council Annual Parish meeting UPDATE
The Parish Council would like to thank all who turned up to our Annual Meeting at the Memorial Hall last Tuesday (23rd April); it was just a shame more people did not attend as they really missed out on some very useful information and constructive discussions.
Paul Crumpton [Our guest speaker from West Mercia Police] treated us all to a very enlightening, and at times entertaining, talk on Crime Prevention. We certainly learnt a lot about the criminal mind and the tactics they use when trying to exploit individuals in the community.
We also learnt that cybercrime is on the rise and that we now have two distinct areas to guard:
- Our Physical Property (House/land/Vehicles/Tools/personal property when travelling etc)… and…
- Our Cyber Presence when online (email/shopping and banking website passwords/social media information etc.)
Paul’s overarching message was that prevention is always the best policy……and to eliminate any opportunities for the criminal to exploit…..whoever, or wherever they may be.
For the benefit of those who couldn’t attend, Peter Constantine, our roving reporter has kindly written an excellent round-up of ALL the evening’s events on the village website here.
You can also download the slides from the presentation (in pdf format) here. This is jammed-packed with info and links to useful resources and worth printing out as reference at home.
Tuesday 23 April 2019 -WH Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting
Please come along and listen to recommendations and advice given by our Guest Speaker PC Paul Crumpton and also hear what the Parish Council has achieved on your behalf during the year and what your money has been spent on.
The Agenda appears on this link here.
Monday 18 March 2019 -Bin Collections
There may be some changes to bin collections in some areas around Herefordshire.
To find out if you are affected, just enter your postcode and select your address here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bincollection[Click on the image below to view in full-size]
Thursday 14 March 2019 -Defibrillator Demonstration
Defibrillators save lives and we are fortunate to have one in Wellington Heath. But would YOU feel confident to use it? On the evening of 14th March 2019, you can come to take part in demonstrations to show how it works. It’s easy really, but it’s always better to know in advance than wait for a real-life emergency, when minutes can make all the difference.
So, join us at The Farmers Arms [Cowshed] between 7.30pm and 9pm on Thursday 14th March 2019.
Monday 4 March – Herefordshire Now – The online e-magazine
Please follow this link to the latest issue of Herefordshire Now:
The latest & current version will be available – plus all previous editions.
Saturday 2 Feb 2019 -Newcomers’ Event
The annual Newcomers’ Event will be on Saturday 2nd February 2019 between 10am and 12pm. Newcomers to the Parish, as well as all other residents, are invited to the Memorial Village Hall to network and learn about the various activities and clubs in the community. Wellington Heath may seem sleepy, but it is a very active place. There will be lots to see and people to meet.
Thursday 17 Jan 2019 – David Fletcher Talk
David Fletcher is giving a talk at the Wellington Heath Memorial Hall on Thursday 17 January starting at 8pm in the Memorial Hall ( Entry, £5 on the door and children free, includes tea/coffee and biscuits during the intermission). David has been visiting and living in Polar Regions for 46 years, fifteen of which were with the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S.) as a dog driver, Base Commander and Field Operations Manager. His talk on South Georgia is entitled “Glittering Gem of the South Atlantic” – don’t miss this interesting event!
17/12/18 – Herefordshire Now – The online e-magazine
Please find below a link to the latest issue of Herefordshire Now, Herefordshire Council’s quarterly publication to share news and information about council services with residents.
This Winer 2018 issue features articles on getting our roads ready for winter, wheelie bin collections, buying safe online this Christmas, the launch of the Community Champions Awards and asking people to consider becoming a councillor.
The centre pages this issue throw a spotlight on Herefordshire Council’s adult and children services.
To view Herefordshire Now just click her: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/herefordshirenow
The latest & current version will be available – plus all previous editions.
22/11/18 – Wellington Heath PC Budget
2019 to 2020
The Parish Council met on the 20th November to plan next year’s PC budget. We confirm that there will be no increase in the Precept for the next financial year (2019/20) so will therefore remain at £9,500.
The budget announcement & breakdown, (which appears on all Parish Noticeboards), can be downloaded here: Wellington Heath Budget 2019 to 2020.