Potholes to report? Use the App

A new ‘Reporting’ app has been launched by Herefordshire Council to make it quicker and easier to report pothole problems to the council from your smart device.


The first roll out of the app allows users to report potholes, with plans to extend this to other ‘reporting’ services such as fly tipping, public right of way issues and dog poo over the coming months.
To report a pothole – simply follow the instructions on the app and if you like you can take a picture on your smart device (when it is safe to do so) and upload it directly to the app, the app can automatically pinpoint your location if you are reporting from the problem area.

Your picture and report will be sent directly to our highways management team and the local parish council of the area where the pothole is located. You will then be kept informed of the progress of the reported issue. The parish council will also automatically be kept informed, by regular RSS feed, on the progress of all reported potholes.
The app is available directly from our website, there is no need to visit a third party app store, and it always links to the most up to date version so no need to update it or have it taking up valuable space on your device, just open the link and add it to your device’s home screen.
The app will be launched in beta and we are keen to get your views on how the new app is working for you. Simply click on the feedback button in the app.

Road Closures from Herefordshire Council planned for December 2018


Monthly list issued from Balfour Beatty follows – but for live interactive map of traffic work in the County go to The Parish and drop-down Useful Information.  Or click HERE

Should you have any queries or would like copies of plans/diversion routes, please contact
Julia Lawrence
Works Control Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
M: 07791 926115 | E: Julia.Lawrence@bblivingplaces.com


A449/B4204/C1294 – Much Marcle Crossroads – DATE CHANGES
Thursday, 29 November 2018 to (and including) Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Road closure will be on the B4204 between 09.00 hours and 17.00 hours; Traffic lights will be in operation on the A449.
No weekend working

A438/C1148/U72212 – Stoke Edith CrossroadsDATE CHANGES
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 to (and including) Monday, 3 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

A417 – Grit Farm, BodenhamDATE CHANGES
Monday, 3 December and Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily
No weekend working

C1206 – C1205 to Crossway, Michaelchurch Escley
Monday, 3 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

B4347 – Pentwyn Cottage to Springetts Lane, Abbey Dore – DATE CHANGES
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 and Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1206 – B4348 Vowchurch to Slough Bridge, Vowchurch
Wednesday, 5 December to (and including) Friday, 7 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1320 – Old School Lane, Hereford
Wednesday, 5 December to (and including) Friday, 7 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1213 – From B4347 to Great Walk Mill Farm, Ewyas Harold Village – DATE CHANGES
Friday, 7 December and Saturday, 8 December 2018
Road closed 09.15 hours to 15.00 hours daily
No weekend working

U73416 – Winnal Common Lane, How Caple
Monday, 10 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours

C1213 – Mill Lane towards Ewyas Harold – DATE CHANGES
Monday, 10 December to (and including) Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

U74209 –Tremorithic Road from Cwn Road, Bacton
Monday, 10 December to (and including) Friday, 14 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

B4224/C1298 – Sollers Hope
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours

C1250 – Llangarron
Thursday, 13 December and Friday, 14 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

U74417 – Wern Ddu Road from Golden Grove to Shepherds Hill (known as Ball Cross)
Friday, 14 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1209 – From B4347 to Maerdy Farm Track, Bacton
Monday, 17 December to (and including) Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

B4224 – Falcon Lane to Cross in Hand
Monday, 17 December to (and including) Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours

C1193 – Preston on Wye to C1196
Tuesday, 18 December to (and including) Thursday, 20 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1196 – Rose Cottage to Cornerstone, Madley
Thursday, 20 December and Friday, 21 December
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1257 – Ferrie Lane, Symonds Yat WestLIKELY TO BE EXTENDED
Road closed to Friday, 14 December 2018



B4214 – Storesbrook Bridge, Ledbury – REVISED DATES
Tuesday, 8 January 2019 to Friday, 5 April 2019 (Subject to confirmation)
Demolition and deck replacement of Storesbrook Bridge
Road closed from 08.00 hours on 28 November 2018 and will not re-open until 17.00 hours on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

C1226 – Haywood Lane, adjacent to Belmont Pools, Hereford
Timber walkway construction on the embankment of Belmont Pools (to improve the safety of pedestrians/cyclists across the causeway)
Monday, 14 January 2019 to (and including) Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Road closure – further details to follow

A480 – Credenhill
Footway widening and retaining walls for making a safer route to local school and village (near pelican crossing)
Monday, 28 January 2019 to Friday, 22 March 2019
Road closure 09.30 hours to 14.30 hours, then 2-way traffic lights thereafter each day

Seed Swap – 2nd February 2019

SEED SWAP – with potatoes
Saturday 2nd February 2019 10am – 2pm
Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

Come along and swap seeds, plants and tips. Even if you have nothing to swap, you can still join in and take home some seeds or plants. Newbies are always very welcome at this friendly event, and we look forward to seeing familiar faces.

For the first time there will be seed potatoes for sale – 18 varieties available, at a modest 15p per tuber. Great opportunity to buy all your Seed Potatoes!

· Tools for Self Reliance charity – they collect old tools (so bring yours along), and also sell a wide range of their refurbished tools;
· Tool sharpening service;
· Cottage Herbery;
· Composting advice;
· Bees/Honey/Jam and more…

Free Talk at 11.30 by Kevin Alviti on Unusual Vegetables. Kev is a knowledgeable and highly entertaining speaker. He is a seasoned, multi-skilled homesteader and blogger.

There’s lots of advice and opinion on offer too…
For more information:

Email: shed@swapseeds.org.uk

Phone: 07880 730880

Facebook: Seed Swap Herefordshire


Cabinet Update October 2018

October 2018

Parish Council Summit
Our thanks to the parish councillors who attended the inaugural Parish Council Summit on Wednesday 17 October. The event was an opportunity to share experiences and discuss how Herefordshire council and parish and town councils can better work together to provide the best services for residents. With around 100 attendees, it will come as no surprise that we collected a wealth of thoughts and ideas which we will be collating and sharing with ward members in the near future.

What clearly stood out is that councillors welcomed information on the demographics of their local population to assist them in making decisions. There is already some information available (https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200148/your_council/598/about_herefordshire/2), and we will be looking at how we can support this further.

We plan to hold the next summit in early 2019.

Cabinet decisions – meeting Thursday 18 October 2018

Cabinet approved the approach to recommissioning of a domestic abuse support service and the outline of a new domestic abuse strategy for Herefordshire.

Domestic abuse has a huge cost socially and financially, and to the children affected. In our county last year 1,294 referrals were made to the domestic abuse support service and 3,877 calls were made to the helpline.

It is essential that victims of domestic abuse and their children are safe and can access good quality advice and support, so Cabinet welcomed the focus on early intervention and education.

With around 4% of domestic abuse victims being male, Cabinet was also pleased to see a recognition of their specific support needs and an extension of support available to male victims.

Cabinet received the outcome report of the recent Ofsted inspection and approved the associated action plan.
The Ofsted inspection in June 2018 took place under the new Inspection of Local Authority Children’s services (ILACS) framework, with a much stronger focus on looking at practice and outcome (rather than processes), which has been largely welcomed by professionals.

The inspection report recognised a number of areas of good practice including early help, home education and MASH, and the £1.6m investment already made in making improvements in children’s services. Most importantly Ofsted found that no children were at risk of immediate harm

However, the report also highlighted poor management within some areas of the service, which is not acceptable and something which we are determined to change. We are already making progress, and the action plan provides a strong focus on ensuring further improvements are delivered, embedded and sustained. The action plan will be closely monitored and regularly refreshed and renewed. Updates will be provided to Cabinet as part of performance and budget reporting and the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee will regularly review progress against the plan.

Cabinet received the annual progress update on the corporate parenting strategy.

The term ‘corporate parent’ means the collective responsibility of the council, elected members, employees and partner agencies for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for every child in council care.

Progress has been made over the past year. The number of children in stable placements (over 2.5 years) has increased from 74 to 101, the number of children who move placement more than three times remains low, and six care leavers are studying at university.

There is more we can all do to offer opportunities to children in care and care leavers, and councillors are being asked to consider whether they could offer or facilitate work experience or apprenticeships.

Currently Herefordshire Council has 335 children in its care and provides support for 180 care leavers.

Cabinet approved the Herefordshire Autism Strategy 2019-2022

The council, in partnership with the CCG and the Herefordshire Partnership Board have co-produced the autism strategy, which spans all age groups from childhood into adulthood.

The strategy sets out a clear framework for improvements in a range of areas to ensure that people with autism have the same opportunities, and health and quality of life outcomes, as everyone else. The aspiration is that ‘reasonable adjustments’ in services start to become business as usual, as a reflection of the importance we place on supporting people with autism.


Leader’s update

There were no Cabinet meetings held during August, however there are a few items I would like to take the opportunity to update you on.

Visit to Herefordshire by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy
Councillor David Harlow and I were invited to participate in a round table discussion with members of the House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee on Wednesday 12 September. Organised by Community First, the visit was to highlight the challenges of a rural economy and so that committee members could hear first-hand from successful local businesses. We took the opportunity to share with them how we support local companies and our vision and plans for future business development in the county.

Article in Guardian newspaper – refugee resettlement
Some of you may have already seen the article in the Guardian newspaper regarding Syrian refugee families who have settled in our county.
When Cabinet took the decision in 2017 to voluntarily participate in the government’s refugee dispersal scheme and extend our pledge to support the resettlement of 95 individuals, it was not popular in all quarters. However, on reading this article it is clear the decision was the right one and it is heartening to read that the families feel welcome in our county.

New council publication
The council peer review in February highlighted that, “External communications should be more proactive and coordinated to better promote the council’s achievements and increase awareness of its vision”.

Building on the positive public response to the council tax brochure published in March 2018, a new quarterly publication is being launched at the end of September. ‘Herefordshire Now’ will provide the council with an outlet to explain its work and achievements to residents in its own words, and build a better understanding of the council’s strategic direction, vision and ambition. Articles will help explain to local people how their council tax is spent and how the council works, alongside information about the council working in partnership with other organisations and businesses.

The publication is available digitally via the council website. It is also planned to print 5,000 copies of each issue which will be distributed through established community outlets such as council offices, libraries and leisure centres. This has been at a cost of £499 for the first issue, however it is planned that advertising will cover the printing cost in future.

Parish Council summit
The first Parish Council summit is being held on Wednesday 17 October, 6.30pm in the Shire Hall, Hereford. The evening aims to improve the way we work with Parish Councils to share our collective knowledge and experience and identify practical ways to work together to address challenges and promote opportunities to provide the best for Herefordshire residents. A written report will be provided following the summit, for information.

Councillor Jonathan Lester – Leader of Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council volunteer opportunities

Herefordshire Council is currently looking to recruit volunteers to serve in a range of vital roles.  We are interested to recruit volunteers drawn from different walks of life and in whose impartiality and integrity the public can have confidence.  Specifically, we looking to recruit independent people to assist the council by becoming:

  • An independent person reviewing standards issues –  to assist the council in promoting high standards of conduct by elected and co-opted members of Herefordshire Council and town and parish councils. The independent person is consulted on complaints against councillors and other standards issues. 
  • An independent remuneration review panellist.  The Independent remuneration Panel members are appointed for 4 years.   The panel comprises of 3 to 5 members.  We currently have 3 panel members and are looking to increase this to 5.   The independent review panel make recommendations to the council as to the amount of allowances and expenses payable to elected members. 
  • A school appeals panellist. Admission appeals panels consider appeals by parents or carers whose children have been refused admission to their preferred school, or whose children have been permanently excluded from a school. 

We have posted the roles on to the jobs section of the council’s web-site .

If you would like further information on these important roles please contact Caroline Marshall, Democratic Services Officer, (Caroline.Marshall3@herefordshire.gov.uk ); Telephone: 01432 260249.

BBC H&W – promote your Community &/or your event

Hello, I am contacting you from BBC Hereford and Worcester and it’s just really to give you heads up about a couple of things!

We are launching a new Evening show between 7 and 10 at night, basically bringing local radio and a local voice back across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Our show will consist of local community content – with a Presenter in the studio and a Reporter out and about.

What we are looking to do is run stories from the community and keep it local so some broad ideas are we are open to many more! This is not a replacement show so you will still have your sports, afternoons etc which you will appear on this is in addition – so for example if you are interviews in Breakfast or Mid Morning about an event… they will then say Nina will be there later on this evening….

  • *Live from the Worcester Music Festival
    *Live from the training ground with the Kidderminster Harriers ladies – to talk about training and get to know the team
    *Live from sports events
    *Live from rehearsals from a community panto
    *Live with a team of Bell Ringers
    *Live from a local pub darts competition
    *Live from a Cookery class
    *Live from an opening night at a Theatre
    *Live from Local Events
    *Live with big names playing in the area
    *Live with behind the scenes at a Theatre speaking to the audience etc

We really want to reflect what is going on in your community and what matters, so the other side of it we would like to get involved with projects such as :

  • *Volunteers to clear up a public space so the whole community can use it
    * DIY SOS on a community hall in the village or town
    * Helping with community groups to combat loneliness, helping raise awareness of foodbanks
    *Helping set up a Youth Group

It’s not a full list but hopefully that will give you a picture. Obviously I am more than happy to go into more detail and come and have a chat – the show will go live on the 10th September, so I would love to hear from you and see if we can work together and help support some community projects, also to cover some community projects and all sorts of events on air.

Nina Das Gupta
07963 786 360
Twitter @ninadg