Reminder to lock out thieves during the hot weather

Police are reminding people not to leave their home open to thieves this summer

It can be easy in the summer months, especially when the weather is warm, to forget you’ve opened a window or left the back door open before you go out or go to bed. It only takes a few moment to double check but could help prevent your home being targeted. If you’re in the back garden, make sure you haven’t left any ground floor windows open at the front of the house and always make sure valuable items, such as car keys, mobile phones or wallets, are not in easy reach of an open window

If you’re going away make sure the house is locked up before you go and the burglar alarm is set. Hide any valuable items from view from the outside and don’t leave anything in the garden that could potentially be used to gain entry into your home. Be mindful of where you store your wheelie bin too and consider if it could be used for someone to climb on and access an upstairs window or used to climb over into the garden. If you’re leaving the car at home and have a garage, park it in the garage while you’re away rather than on the drive and if you’ve got gates close and lock them with a good quality lock.”

For more crime prevention advice visit

Severn Trent / Traffic lights on B4215 from Wed 23rd July 2019

If you did not attend the Severn Trent presentations, you may not have seen the information below, which I have now received from Philip Smith. As previously announced, there will be traffic light control along the B4215 for up to eight weeks from this week.

According to Philip, the traffic lights will cause a ‘slight’ delay to road users whilst vehicles navigate the 200m traffic management section on the B4215 from Wednesday 24th July. During the roadworks, Severn Trent will be using new traffic light technology called AutoGreen which uses advanced radar technology to detect rising levels of congestion, adapting signal behaviour to reduce the impact of traffic on surrounding areas and the environment.

AutoGreen ‘understands’ when traffic is blocking the road and won’t change until the blocked users get a fair turn. We shall see how this works in practice, but it may be better than the current lights in Highnam, which do not seem to understand anything about traffic movement!

Peter Coulson

The Newent Roads Team

NDP Steering Group meeting for July 25th cancelled

The next Steering Group meeting on Thursday 25th July has been cancelled as the main start up work has now been completed and our Consultant is drafting up the document.

We will keep you posted on the date of the next meeting, and as a reminder the dates held for the rest of 2019 are

  • 22nd  August
  • 26th September
  • 24th October
  • 28th November

For information on progress and copies of reports please visit the NDP area of the website.


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.

The Canvass will happen in a similar way to previous years. 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

If you have any questions, here are our contact details:

Herefordshire Council Electoral Services:

·         phone – 01432 260107

·         email –

Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

Information sent on behalf of Action Fraud (NFIB)

What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do
•If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
•Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
•If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

For more details regarding Action Fraud and to keep informed of the latest scams go to

Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations

Notice is hereby given that Herefordshire Council is conducting a review of polling districts and polling places within its area.
As part of this review, the Returning Officer will also make comment on proposed polling stations.
Once the authority’s proposals and Returning Officer’s representations have been published, Herefordshire District Council and the Returning Officer will welcome representations and comments from any elector within Herefordshire or any person or organisation with expertise in access for persons with disabilities.
Any person or organisation making comments or representations should, if possible give alternative places that may be used as polling places.
The documents for the review may be inspected at The Electoral Services Office, The Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ during office hours. Information is also available on the council website at
Representations should be made either using the online consultation facility or in writing either to The Electoral Services Office at the above address or via email to and should be received by 5:00pm on 23 September 2019.
Timetable for review

 Proposals and Representations for new polling districts, polling places and polling stations published on 15th July 2019.
Consultation stage from 15th July 2019 to 23 September 2019.
 Council decision on new polling districts, polling places and polling stations on October 2019.
 Publication of Register of Electors 2019/20 on 1 December 2019.
 New electoral arrangements come into force on 1 December 2019.

For further information on the review or other electoral matters please contact
The Electoral Services Office, The Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ or telephone 01432 260107/109 or email

Neighbourhood Watch – Newent Area Incidents

This is a Neighbourhood Watch message from Chrissie Parkes.

There have been two incidents in the Newent area.

Tools have been stolen from a building site on the Ross Road, Kilcot on the night of the 19th of June. Between the hours of 16.30 on the 19th of June and 07.30hrs on the 20th unknown offenders have entered the site and stolen a Stihl Disc Cutter, Radiodetection G Cat and a Radiodetection Genny 4 with a combined value of £10.750.
In a separate incident a vehicle was stolen from outside a property in the Graces Pitch area of Newent. The vehicle a Citron Berlingo was taken between 10.30am and 10.45am on the morning of the20th of June. There were two dogs in the car at the time.
Please be aware and if you have any information regarding these incidents please report it to the police on 101

Alternatively you can pass the information by completing this form:

You can also ring Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
This is the end of the message.

Chrissie Parkes
Neighbourhood Watch Field Officer
Forest LPA
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Police Station Lords Hill|Coleford|Glos|GL168BG
Tel: 101 / 01452 753784
Twitter – @Forest Police