Cllr Harry Bramer
Ward Member, Penyard Ward, Herefordshire Council
For Linton(s) Parish Council Meeting – Monday 21st May 2018
Report regarding Herefordshire Council and the way forward as at May 2018
I am proud to have been the elected member on Herefordshire Council since 2003 and to have served in the Cabinet since 2007
I hold the position of Cabinet Member – Contracts and Assets and as such am charged with finding ways to reduce spending whilst still trying to provide a reasonable level of service for the people of Herefordshire
As most of you will know Herefordshire Council along with all local authorities has had many grants cut by central Government and finds itself needing to cut many millions from its remaining budgets to make ends meet.
Currently spending on Adult social care is contained and 2017/2018 looks like ending with a balanced budget although each year this becomes more difficult to achieve.
The new Waste to Energy plant at Hartlebury continues to achieve its purpose of
disposing of 44500 Tonnes of domestic waste from Herefordshire. This is being used to generate 16 megawatts of electricity per hour – enough to power all of the homes in Hereford City !
The disposal of the counties small holdings estate has resulted in huge returns for the council resulting in over £45,000,000 being available for new projects. These funds and our new development partners will see major projects being developed across the county. These significant funds will provide the opportunity to rekindle the economic growth of the county to a considerable degree.
One such project is that of Ross Enterprise Park – formally known as Model Farm which is now underway to provide nearly 30,000 sq. metres of business space resulting in the creation of up to 1000 new jobs in Ross – on – Wye.
Also a new stand is being planned at Hereford F C ground in Edgar Street which will provide more commercial space by the new ‘old market site’ in Hereford and also make the club compliant with the F A requirements for a four sided stadium.
Hoardings are being erected all over the city and the County detailing plans for a new GP centre, new student accommodation, another multi-story car park and new housing developments and the small holdings receipts are making this an exciting time for Herefordshire Council.
The council has disposed of many of its costly property assets and the sale of Bath Street Offices to Herefordshire Housing has just been completed furnishing a site for some affordable homes in the city.
Discussions are underway in Ross -on – Wye in respect of the Ryefield Centre and various possibilities exist for this.
You will all be aware that the state of the counties roads remain a problem and I am delighted to report that this summer will see expenditure of an extra £6,000,000 on the counties worst effected roads.
Any resident that would like to discuss these matters with me would be welcome to call my mobile number 07900 918384