Stagecoach – reduced service. Complaints & Feedback

Reported by the Clerk for Gorsley & Kilcot Parish Council:

A resident wrote to council recently regarding the Stagecoach Bus Service.  In recent years the number of buses running through Gorsley & Kilcot has dropped, according to Stagecoach, due to reduced demand. For those wishing to take the bus to work in Gloucester there is now only one option leaving at 06:50am with the next bus only coming through after 9am.

This early bus was coming through at 07:09am up until a few weeks ago when Stagecoach changed the timetable to 20mins earlier without placing a poster in the bus stop or asking the driver to inform regular commuters.

If you have had similar problems with the bus service please register a complaint or leave feedback by clicking on the following link:

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-help-and-contact/west/complaints-and-feedback

Your vote for Herefordshire’s Flag

THE HEREFORDSHIRE FLAG

What’s it to be, then? A bull? Apples? Both? And something else as well, maybe?

The short list for the Herefordshire flag competition is revealed.  A grand total of 692 entries – the most ever received for any UK community – has been whittled down to five. And the time has come for the people of Herefordshire to make the final decision.

You can vote online  The polls will be open until the 30th of September and the voters’ verdict will be announced – and the winning flag hoisted – at a ceremony in Hereford on November 2. It will then be available for purchase and can be flown anywhere.

The flags that have reached the final five emphasise the county’s most distinctive symbols. Four of the five show apples; three have a bull’s head; two include the River Wye.

Two depict the county’s red soil. One has a design based on the county’s black-and-white houses. Another has hops. Yet another has rolling hills and a background that recalls ripening hay.

“Had we been making the choice alone, I’m sure every member of the judging panel would have come up with a different short list,” said David Marshall, chairman of the Herefordshire Flag Committee. “There were many terrific designs that didn’t make it. But I think this selection gives people an excellent choice. Whichever wins, it will be a fine ambassador for the county.”

Of England’s 39 historic counties, only Herefordshire and Leicestershire do not now have a registered flag. Many other regions, cities and communities also have flags, including the Herefordshire village of Marden which made its own selection this summer.

The Flag Institute, the UK’s registration body, has given provisional approval to all Herefordshire’s proposed designs and is expected to ratify the decision rapidly after the choice is announced.

Unlike any other ballots that may or may not take place this autumn, everyone aged five and upwards is allowed to take part – though under-16s’ votes must be countersigned by a parent, guardian or teacher.

To vote online please go to the-shire.co.uk/herefordshireflag. The process should be very quick and simple. If you have any problems please email herefordshireflag@gmail.com. or call 07983 495892.

The same email and number can also be used by anyone willing to help the Flag Committee in its final push. The committee works with Herefordshire Council but is independent of it and depends on private help.

“We had a bumper turnout for the competition,” said Marshall. “Now we want as many people as possible to vote. If any businesses or individuals can support us by printing or displaying posters, we would love to hear from them.”

Keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life

Keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life

You may be aware that a new 5 year plan has recently been approved by the council and its key partners, which aims to give Herefordshire’s children and young people a great start in life and to grow up healthy, happy and safe. Further detail is available on the News section of the Council website.

The partnership is led by Herefordshire Council, chaired by Cllr Felicity Norman, and includes NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Mercia Police and other agencies that work closely with children, young people and their families.

The plan has been put together by the Children and Young People’s Partnership, with the help of children and young people from across the county, who told the partnership what was important to them, which included being part of the community, being healthy, being safe and being amazing!

The plan and a short summary video is available here.

As part of the work to launch the new plan, the Partnership is holding a Showcase event on 7 October at 3pm-6pm at the Shire Hall in Hereford to celebrate the support that is available locally and the difference that it makes for children, young people and families. Anyone can come along to learn more about what is happening in Herefordshire, it will be a fantastic networking opportunity for anyone involved in supporting children, young people and families.

Your work is an important part of how Herefordshire supports its children, young people and families, which makes you an important part of the Partnership, so it would be great to see you there! You can book tickets here, just click on the green register button.