[A collection of announcements from the Parish Council]
Wednesday 17 March 2021:
Bloor Homes Viaduct Site Given the Go-ahead for development – despite huge local objection and the adverse impact this will cause
Both Wellington Heath Parish Council (WHPC) & Ledbury Town Council (LTC) are extremely disappointed that the Secretary of State has found in favour of Bloor Homes at the recent Appeal Hearing, and that the 625 new homes at the viaduct site development will now go ahead with just one vehicular access onto the Bromyard Road.
LTC have written a press release with a full account on this link here and we urge you to read this for more information.
The Ledbury Reporter also covered this in a recent article available online here.
This news is a great disappointment to the community and will no doubt be on the agenda at the next PC Meeting.
Tuesday 16 February 2021:
It is once again the season for potholes. Please do your bit to report any you find in your travels and Herefordshire Council will do their best to get these addressed ASAP.
Neil James our Locality Steward (Balfour Beatty Services) who is responsible for overseeing this has given us the following info:
To report via the phone, please call the team on 01432 261800
…or if you prefer just go to the following webpage where you can pinpoint where the pothole is on a map and add notes that might help the team locate the pothole : https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-a-pothole
Thursday 28 January 2021:
The Police & Crime Commissioners Elections this year fall on Thursday 6th May 2021 and we have been assured that polling stations will be a safe place to vote.
A poster with more info about this can be found by clicking here. The poster also encourages electors to apply for a postal vote early if they wish to use that voting method rather than voting in person.
Friday 15 January 2021:
Green Homes Grants
From September 2020, Government funding has been available for home owners in the Parish to make energy-efficient improvements to your home. These grants are worth up to £5,000 for most households, and up to £10,000 if you are on a low income.
For more information on this, to talk to an advisor and get advice, please click here and visit the Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd who work in partnership with Herefordshire Council.
They also have an advice page with tips and downloads on all sorts of energy issues such as switching providers, insulation, renewable energy, excess window condensation etc.
Monday 9 November 2020:
Live COVID-19 Lockdown [Information/Advice] Event
Director of Public Health, Karen Wright, will be involved in live Facebook event this Thursday (12 November) with the Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust. The series of live community events launched last month, are designed to connect more effectively with the community and to address local issues affecting Ross-on-Wye and Herefordshire. The topic of this event will be ‘Life in Lockdown’ and aims to cover questions regarding the importance of the whole community following the Covid-19 safety rules put in place over the next four weeks.
The event starts at 6pm and can be found at www.facebook.com/rosscdt.
If you have a question for the panel, you can email email@example.com in advance of the event, or send in your questions live via the Facebook page.
Monday 19 October 2020:
ONSIDE is a charity which works across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is looking for volunteers to take on the role of a Relevant Persons Representative (RPR). As an RPR you will be safeguarding the rights of vulnerable people who don’t have the mental capacity to consent to care or treatment.
This involves visiting people with dementia, learning disabilities, and individuals assessed to have a lack of capacity to consent to living in a residential care. Visits occur just once every 4 weeks for no more than 1 hour. ( NB: currently this is done over video call- Virtual, full training given). Volunteering would be local to where the volunteer lives.
Free RPR training would be given to carry out the role. Onside have the benefit of a specialist Mental Health Capacity Advocacy team to support volunteers along with a dedicated Volunteer Team.
Onside’s Volunteer Manager, Claire Watkins, said “Our volunteers give their time, their passion and enthusiasm, this is a great time to volunteer in this new and exciting role.” “This particular role is very worthwhile and extremely rewarding.”
Volunteers are ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds they just need to be good listeners and have some time to give. They also have opportunities for all thier advocacy projects along with mentoring too, so please visit their website for more info.
Wednesday 14 October 2020:
Warning – Doorstep Sellers
There have been reports of people knocking on doors in the village and trying to sell household goods, often becoming aggressive and abusive if turned down or ignored.
Please beware of this and report any such issue to the Police by calling ” 101 ” on your phone and reporting the incident.
Please also watch out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours as we know from experience that these sellers tend to pressurise those who may be vulnerable.
Monday 5 October 2020:
The latest minutes from the 4th September 2020 Wellington Heath NDPWG (Neigbourhood Development Plan Working Group) review meeting (and previous meetings) can be found on this page here
Please also note that a revised version of the NDP for 2020 (in DRAFT) can be downloaded by clicking here
Friday 25 September 2020:
Please note that the Parish Council’s Smart Water project is now entering its final phase. West Mercia Police have fitted 8 signs in and around Wellington Heath in order to alert criminals that properties within the Parish are protected by the unique properties of SmartWater. Two of the signs will be replaced by larger “Wellington Heath” specific signs, one of which will be relocated from its current site attached to the post supporting the village sign on Ledbury road.
For those who have not been issued with a kit, but would still like one, we have a few remaining. Contact Cllr Mark Beaumont on 01531 579347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 18 September 2020:
Fraudsters are back in action …….claiming to be from the police, banks, and fraud squad.
The deception can also be carried out in several ways, such as –
- A phone caller pretending to be a police officer who is investigating unidentified activity/ fraud in their bank account and that they must cooperate with the ‘investigation’.
- The victim is then persuaded to withdraw funds and hand them over to the ‘investigators’, either by some remote means or in person to a courier.
- The victim is told that if the bank cashier queries the large withdrawal that they are to say it is for a large purchase e.g. work/repairs in the home.
- Alternatively, the victim may be asked to hand over bank cards, vouchers or other valuable items. They may also be asked to transfer funds to another account, which is controlled by the fraudsters.
REMEMBER….THE POLICE WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS, BANK CARDS OR PIN, NOR WILL THEY ASK YOU TO TRANSFER, PAY OR WITHDRAW CASH.
“These scams can be extremely convincing and manipulative. The fraudsters may sound convincing and give (alleged) crime numbers, investigation details, and job titles. They sometimes claim that the transaction must be done in secret. The fraudsters convince their victims not to trust bank branch staff, which can make it hard for those staff to help.”
“Remember : Many calls are not genuine, and payments should never be made. No legitimate bank/building society, police officer, or business will ever phone you to ask you to give them your card, your PIN, or your cash in the way we’ve described above.”
“Don’t trust anyone who calls you about your bank details. Always hang up and wait at least 30 minutes to call again – to ensure the caller has disconnected.”
There is great advice for the public on the West Mercia Police Fraud Website here.
Friday 28 August 2020:
Herefordshire Council has launched a ‘Back To School Safely’ campaign for schools, colleges and early years settings, in line with the Government’s national campaign. The campaign aims to reassure children, families and school staff that safety measures are in place ready for their return.
The government is expecting every child to go back to school in September. Returning to school is extremely important for all children because education is a fundamental part of their development.
Herefordshire Council is encouraging parents and carers to talk to their child about how school or college will be different in September to help to ease their anxiety, and have created a special Back to school page on their website, which provides information on the safety measures that will be in place in schools, what to do if a child experiences COVID-19 symptoms and details of the support available for children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
Additional information for parents and carers about children returning to school can be viewed on the Government website as part of their #backtoschoolsafely campaign, which will be regularly updated. You can also follow #backtoschoolsafely on social media for the latest updates.
The latest advice on Herefordshire’s school transport can found on the school transport pages.
Monday 10 August 2020:
- Oak Tree Status at the top of the Village – As mentioned in the last newsletter the Parish Council has been investigating ways to improve the condition of The Jubilee Oak, and having obtained a number of quotations Jon, from Ancient Oaks Tree Surgeons, has now removed the dead wood and stabilised the canopy of the oak tree on Saturday 15th August”.
On 21st August they will return to complete the works to the soil structure below the tree.Unfortunately the consensus of all who looked at the tree was that its future does not look promising but it’s hoped that the above work might encourage some renewed growth. Ancient Oaks will put the necessary traffic management in place whilst the work is undertaken.
Monday 3 August 2020:
- Watch out – Thieves about! There was suspicious criminal behaviour reported at a resident’s premises on the Ledbury Road, where a red and white delivery-type van was spotted parked in a driveway and the driver walking around the property without the owner’s permission or knowledge. Please keep your eyes peeled and report anything suspicious to the police by calling “101”. If you happen to spot the red/white van near you, or anything else you feel is suspicious, then please try and take down the registration numbers of any vehicle spotted, and pass all information to the police on the “101” crime number too. However if you see a crime being carried out or believe it is about to be committed, then dial 999 and report it to the police at once.
Please note the following from Mark Beaumont regarding your latest opportunity to acquire a free SmartWater kit.
Rather worryingly we have recently seen a number of incidents of theft and possible attempted theft in the village in the last week. It may be that economic hardships brought about by the Coronavirus restrictions are driving this, so we must all be aware that the incidents may continue, be on the alert and do as much as we can to protect our property.
SmartWater is a very effective way of discouraging thefts by marking property and alerting potential thieves by displaying stickers that indicate your property is protected. When sufficient households have been registered in Wellington Heath the village will qualify for signage to be installed by the Police on each of the approach roads – encouraging any potential burglars to simply avoid our village altogether.
Of course if you don’t sign up to the scheme and display a window sticker, and your neighbours do, who do you think the thieves will target?
The next distribution event will be held at Pool Piece on the 20th August between 6.30pm and 9.30pm , please come along and collect a kit – we will register it for you.
Thanks & Best Regards,
Mark Beaumont For, and on behalf of, Wellington Heath Parish Council
Thursday 30 July 2020:
Memorial Hall to Re-open on 3 August 2020.
As reported on the Village Website, the Hall Committee have carried out a risk assessment related to Covid-19 and put in place a number of measures aimed at minimising the risk of catching or spreading the virus when attending an event at the Hall.
In addition all hirers of the hall from August 3 onwards, including those with existing hire contracts, will have to sign some special conditions of hire confirming their agreement to abide by government restrictions as well as the measures and restrictions put in place by the Hall Committee.
Please see Hiring the Hall for details of how to hire the hall as well as copies of the special conditions of hire and the Covid-19 risk assessment.
Wednesday 29 July 2020:
May 2020 – Minutes from the WHNDP Review meeting can be downloaded here. NB: a virtual meeting took place due to the pandemic.
Wednesday 8 July 2020:
- There are changes to the Electoral Roll and how its compiled by Councils. Some of the key changes that we need to be aware of are:
New laws will allow Councils to now use by default mobile phone texting and emailing when compiling the electoral roll. (paper data gathering such as posted forms to households may still be used, but these new laws means there will be an even greater shift towards electronic canvassing by default instead).
- Electronic processing will bring costs down and both quicken & simplify the process.
- It will also reduce exposing council staff and the public to paper data forms….which could pose a contamination risk in challenging times such as the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
- Councils will also be given more time to compile the register and so the deadline for the final published register will be extended from 1 December each year to 1 February in the following year. [an extra 2 Months of data gathering].
To find out more you can click here on this Government News Update page.
Tuesday 7 July 2020:
- The Ledbury Recycling Centre opens Wed 8 July. YOU MUST BOOK YOUR SLOT ONLINE IN ADVANCE here. You will need to enter your PostCode, find your address from the pull-down list of properties, selet the centre from the centres available and also enter your car registration number. You will be given the available days/time-slots (that have not already been booked). Simply select one, and confirm reservation, and you will be emailed an appointment pass which is numbered and which will need to be printed and displayed on your car dash. (or shown on a mobile phone when asked at the gate). NB:Wednesday 8 July is fully booked (as at 3pm on 7 July). Also please remember only 2 visits are allowed every 14 days per household and please remember to turn up at the correct time.
- WANTED 3 x Parish Councillors and 1 x Footpath Officer for the Parish. Please contact the Parish Council Clerk (Mary) for futher info via our “Contact” page.
- Draft Minutes from the most recent WHPC Meeting [held on Thursday 25 June] are now available on this website here.
Wednesday 1 July 2020:
Pool Piece – will re-open this Saturday [July 4th], 2020.
In line with recently announced Government Guidance for England (which can be found here), Wellington Heath Parish Council have taken the decision that Pool Piece can once again be used by the community, from Saturday July 4th, 2020.
It should however be noted that none of the seating or play equipment will be subject to any sanitisation regime.
Under these circumstances parents / guardians must take their own decision as to whether to allow their children to use the seating or play equipment or not.
Notices to such effect will be displayed.
All currently applicable social distancing and gathering guidance issued by the Government must continue to be observed in this area.
Tuesday 17 June 2020:
Grants are now available to Herefordshire Businesses – Notice from Herefordshire Council Cllr Dr Ellie Chowns (Cabinet Member- Environment, Economy & Skills)
Many of you will be aware that the government has now introduced an additional discretionary grants fund that will help provide assistance to some of the businesses that have not had access to other support schemes. This discretionary grants fund is managed by Herefordshire Council and will award grants reflecting the size of business, level of fixed property costs and scale of impact experienced. The amount of funding the council has received is limited at £3.2m, consequently the scheme eligibility criteria is limited initially to those categories of businesses that are specified in central government guidance.
Businesses eligible to receive this new funding must be a small or micro business, a charity, or social enterprises with a turnover of not more than £10.2m and fewer than 50 staff. Applicants must also be either:
- a small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces;
- market traders with fixed building costs who do not have their own business rates assessment;
- bed & breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates or;
- charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief.
Further details, the full eligibility criteria for businesses and how to apply can be found on the Herefordshire Council website at: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus/906/herefordshire_coronavirus_discretionary_grant_fund
This scheme is now open and completed applications must be received by midnight on the 28th June 2020.
In distributing this funding we are trying to help as many businesses as possible, while continuing to press government for further funding to support the local economy and help us build back better. If there is funding remaining in the scheme after the first round we will open the scheme more widely as we recognise that there are still other businesses who have slipped through the cracks of the various central government support.
Other support the council continues to give to businesses includes £52.4m paid out to more than 4,500 businesses in the county (up until 31 May 2020) in government grant funding.
I would like to reiterate that the all the information on the government schemes can be found via the Marches Growth Hub website https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/.
For information regarding local support available from the council, including the roll out of business grants and advice, please visit the council website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. Both these sites are updated regularly and should provide the latest national and local information.
We know that the ongoing situation is placing a considerable level of stress on many impacted businesses and their employees and we recognise that there may be a need to access mental health and wellbeing advice. Please visit https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth for details of the local advice and services.
Additionally there is still a need to adhere to the latest government public health advice, and we would encourage every employer currently still operational to make themselves familiar with this. Here is a link to the public heath guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
We are aware that the nature of the situation and the balance between reopening your business and protecting both you and your employees is an additional stress and complication. We also recognise that there is still considerable uncertainty for many businesses in terms of when you may be allowed to reopen and what measures you will have to put in place.
The council are doing our best to help preserve good businesses and assist hard working families. Wherever possible we will attempt to give you information and guidance that can assist your business. Our collective future economic success may well depend on how we all react over the next few months. I continue to wish that you and your families remain in good health and your business remains resilient.
Monday 30 March 2020:
Pool Piece recreation area CLOSURE – With imediate effect
To comply with instructions received from both Herefordshire Council and the Hereford Association of Local Councils (HALC) this notice is to advise you that all play areas are no longer to remain open due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Maintenance work will be allowed if urgently required.
Pool Piece will therefore be closed and a notice to this effect will be displayed on the entrance gate.
The Parish Council will of course advise you when restrictions are lifted.
Mary Barnett (Clerk to the Parish Council).
Saturday 21 March 2020:
Wellington Heath Memorial Hall CLOSURE – With imediate effect
In the light of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s advice , I have today been notified that the Wellington Heath Memorial Hall will be closed with effect from:
Saturday 21st March 2020.
This means the March meeting of the WH Parish Council which was to be held on the 24th March is now cancelled.
Please continue to view both this Parish Council website and the village notice boards for further updated information from me as soon as it becomes available.
Mary Barnett (Clerk to the Parish Council).
Monday 16 March 2020:
New Rural Services Delivery Grant Scheme –What is the Scheme?
This grant supports Community Transport and rural services in Herefordshire by making available funding for initiatives to improve access for rural residents and people with limited or no access to public transport and private car transport.
|Types of projects that could be supported:
· New vehicles for community transport use
· Software to help plan journeys
· Schemes to support young people
· Initiatives to attract more volunteers
· Schemes which will feed into existing services
· Scheme which trial use of social media and smart technologies to increase access
· Brokerage – making greater use of vehicles available in the local community
We will also be interested in other innovative ideas which applicants can demonstrate will meet the criteria for the grant.
Who can apply?
The first round of applications was opened to the seven Herefordshire Community Transport operators on 1st March 2020.
- Ledbury Ring and Ride – 01531 635503
- Hereford Dial a Ride – 01432 277622
- Ross Area Transport – 01989 765595
- Dore Community Transport – 0845 2020144
- Hay & District Dial-a-Ride – 01497 821616
- Bromyard Community Transport – 01885 488452
- Community Wheels – 01568 615785
Town and Parish Councils, and formally constituted community and voluntary groups/organisations are now eligible to apply in the 2nd funding round. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with their local Community Transport group to discuss whether a joint or coordinated application would provide the best outcome. Contact details for the groups are shown above.
For further information or guidance please contact Adam Houchen, Process & Procurement Manager on 01432 261858 or email email@example.com.
You can download the (MS Word) info sheet here
The (MS Word) application form can be downloaded here
The expense and costs sheet (MS Excel) to accompany your application can be downloaded here
Saturday 7 March 2020:
BLOOR HOMES – Update from Wellington Heath Parish Council (WHPC)
As Wellington Heath residents will no doubt be aware, the proposed development of 625 houses plus 2.9 hectares of employment land north of the Ledbury viaduct was turned down by Herefordshire County Council’s (HCC) planning committee in December last year. In January this year the developers, Bloor Homes, lodged an appeal against that decision and the appeal process commenced.
However, in February, Herefordshire County Council made the frankly bizarre decision not to contest the appeal. This of course leaves others, principally Ledbury Town Council (LTC), as the leaders against Bloor Homes in the process.
WHPC are acutely aware of the depth of feeling against this development by our Parishioners due to the adverse impact it will have – principally through the congestion that will be experienced along the Bromyard Road and the inevitable rat running that this will generate principally along Hollow Lane / Burtons Lane / Beggars Ash / Ledbury Road / Raycomb Lane and on to Colwall and Malvern.
At our last Parish Council meeting (held before HCC had capitulated) it was decided to see what action Ledbury Town Council were intending to take to counter the appeal at the hearing which is currently due to commence on April 28th at Ledbury Rugby Club.
In this context Wellington Heath Parish Council leader and the majority of the councillors, along with other concerned Wellington Heath residents, attended Ledbury Town Councils meeting on 05/03/2020, a summary report of which is below;
- Chair and councillors agreed to amend the agenda order, so that the Viaduct issue could be fully discussed, proposals made and votes taken early in the proceedings.
- Councillor Liz Harvey commenced with a background briefing as to the process that lead to the withdrawal of the HCC’s challenge to the appeal.
- Whilst she was unable to provide specifics due to confidentiality, it appeared to come down to the advice being given to the Council by their appointed barrister.
- The decision was made by Council Officers rather than elected Council Members.
- Although they will withdraw from the challenge to Bloor, Hereford Council will still have representation at the appeal, although to what end is unknown.
- Councillor Harvey is disappointed that our MP, Bill Wiggin appears unwilling tonbecome involved despite direct requests from Councillor Harvey and Councillor Tony Johnson (Hope End), and despite his criticism of HCC’s decision not to fight the appeal which was reported recently in The Hereford Times. Councillor Harvey has yet to receive a direct response from Bill Wiggin.
- Another avenue to be further explored is the possibility of attempting to involve the Secretary of State in the decision, however this becomes more difficult to do without the support of Bill Wiggin, and carries some risk that if any decision is made at those lofty heights, it may be clouded by political motivation rather than the specific requirements of Ledbury.
- Councillor Harvey did point out that with the withdrawal of HCC from the fight then there was again the opportunity to introduce other arguments back into the equation, in addition to accessibility (which was the sole reason that HCC could have fought the appeal as that was the only reason for rejection in December) – such as building adjacent to the floodplain.
- Localisation arguments could also be more readily explored and brought up than if HCC were leading the fight against the appeal, and may carry more weight.
- Councillor Harvey also advised that, owing to HCC’s extremely late decision (contrary to their advice to LTC), she had applied to the inspector for an extension to allow the Council to apply for Rule 6 status and that this has been granted.
- Following the briefing, Councillor John Bannister tabled three motions – slightly amended from the agenda – all were seconded.
- He gave a statement in support and explanation of all three items.
- There was some question about whether LTC would be open for costs if the challenge to the appeal failed, it was explained that there was a slight risk but it was felt to be highly unlikely as such costs are generally only awarded against those whodemonstrate unreasonable behaviour or actions. The same could also be awarded against Bloor if they also were felt to have taken such actions.
- Mayor Phillip Howells stated that the inspector had given the impression that she thought that there was a case to answer by Bloor, and in his view this further supported the opinion such costs were unlikely to be awarded against LTC.
- An estimate of the legal costs that would be incurred was provided.
- As the meeting and discussions developed, the motions seem to have been slightly amended.
- However, the council voted and approved to:
- Apply for Rule 6 Status (Rule 6 status confers certain rights and responsibilities on interested parties who wish to take part in the planning appeal process and appear at the inquiry)
- Appoint a solicitor to instruct a barrister to act as advocate for LTC
- Release funds from reserves to pay for legal assistance and technical assistance in fighting the appeal.
- Form a working party, headed by Councillor Bannister (also including Mayor Howells and Councillor Harvey), principally to carry out research into avenues where there are errors in Bloor arguments, or other issues which could be developed to provide evidence which may be used to reject Bloors appeal.
- Apply to the inspector for an extension to the submission deadlines.
Unless point 5 is granted, an initial submission outlining the defence against the appeal would be made as soon as possible (taken to be within a week) and the final detailed submission is to be made no later than 4 weeks before the start of the appeal hearing – ie by the end of this month. This timeline was felt to be very tight but ultimately do-able.
WHPC leader Jennifer Jones stated that LTC had the full support, including if necessary, a certain degree of financial support, from Wellington Heath Parish Council.
The invitation to join the working party was opened to include anyone with experience or the required skill set to provide a useful addition to the team – they seemed to indicate that support from Wellington Heath residents would be welcome.
Following the conclusion of this subject, the council moved on to other matters and Wellington Heath residents left the chambers.
At a small discussion after the meeting the three WHPC Councillors that were able to attend felt that it would not be appropriate due to the time restrictions and costs involved for WHPC to apply for Rule 6. and that it would be better to give full support to LTC to assist them.
The specifics of such assistance were not explored, although an offer of some supporting advisory role on the working party will be made. Further direct involvement by a member of WHPC is undecided at the moment.
Apologies if this report is a bit long winded but we know a lot of Parishioners are concerned by the proposed development and the likely impact it will have on all our lives.
Mark Beaumont WHPC – For and on behalf of Wellington Heath Parish Council
Monday 2 March 2020:
HOME SMARTWATER SECURITY KITS
With the latest news of suspicious characters in the village its probably high time you get in touch with Parish Councillor Mark Beaumont today for one of these kits and get your most precious items protected ASAP!
You can email Mark here. ……or see Mark at the Farmers Arms on Wednesday 18th March from 6.45pm onwards where you’ll be able to get your kit and have it registered. Read about this on our village website here.
Monday 24 February 2020:
Are you getting bills from WaterPlus? Apparently these are not legitimate. Mark has kindly looked into this for us with his neighbours and he has given Mike Bain some useful background info about this issue for him to put on the village website and you can read about it by clicking here.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com
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.