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NEWS | Main route between England and Wales remains closed after lorry crashes into building

The A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road) remains closed at the border with Wales this lunchtime after a lorry hit a building yesterday.

The closure is in place on the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road) between B4347 (Pontrilas) and The Old Pandy Inn (Pandy) due to the incident near Llangua Bridge.

Emergency services from across Herefordshire and South Wales attended the incident.

Photo – Hans Baranzeck

More soon.

20th May 2006| Hereford United reach the Football League

On the 20th May 2006 Hereford United defeated Halifax Town 3-2 to return to the Football League. Matt Healey has spoken to the following players about their memories of that amazing day in Leicester. Thank you to Bulls News for providing the tribute piece to the late Adam Stansfield.

Wayne Brown MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Wayne Brown | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Ryan Green MY HEREFORD STORY | Ryan Green | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Alex Jeannin MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Alex Jeannin | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Tamika Mkandawire MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Tamika Mkandawire | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Simon Travis MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Simon Travis | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Andy Ferrell MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Andy Ferrell | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Craig Stanley MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Craig Stanley | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Rob Purdie MY HEREFORD STORY | Rob Purdie | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Andy Williams MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Andy Williams | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Adam Stansfield MY HEREFORD UNITED TRIBUTE | Adam Stansfield | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Jamie Pitman MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Jamie Pitman | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Stuart Fleetwood MY HEREFORD UNITED STORY | Stuart Fleetwood | Herefordshire’s Independent Source of News & Information (yourherefordshire.co.uk)

Photo supplied by Bulls News/Andy Compton

NEWS | GoFundMe page set up following tragic death of 10-year-old Kaja

From Alice Griffiths:

In April 2021 Kaja was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, tragically Kaja passed away just a month later, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 10 years old.

Sadly Kaja’s Daddy also passed away from a brain tumour in July 2017.

Kaja leaves behind her inspirational Mummy, Sylwia and her amazing big sister, Oliwia. One of Kaja’s dream holidays was to visit Disneyland and so after everything that this beautiful family has been through over the past four years, we would like to raise funds to enable Sylwia and Oliwia to fulfil Kaja’s dream holiday in her memory.

Any donations to help us reach our goal would be gratefully appreciated.

Donate now – https://gofund.me/0b817f90

NEWS | Family pays tribute to man who died on A465 (Heads of the Valleys Road)

From South Wales Police:

The victim of a fatal road traffic collision which happened at around 11.00am on Thursday 13th May on the A465 Heads of the Valleys has been named as Robbie-Lee Selway, 21, from Merthyr Tydfil.

Mr Selway’s family has paid the following tribute to him:

“We as a family are deeply broken by the tragic collision that left our family without a daddy, son, brother, uncle, partner and friend. We ask that everyone give us some privacy at this very sad time. We appreciate everyone’s support through this time.”

Four other people, two men aged 18 and 22 years old, a 25 year-old man from Cardiff and a 32 year-old woman from Tenby who were also injured in the collision remain in the University Hospital of Wales where they are being treated.

The collision involved a blue Ford Fiesta which was in collision with a white Renault Clio between the Hirwaun and Llwydcoed junctions of the A465.

South Wales Police is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the manner in which the Ford Fiesta was being driven in the Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare areas in the hours prior to the incident, or anyone who may have any dash-cam footage of the incident and who has not already done so to come forward.

An 18 year-old from Merthyr Tydfil has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and two other men, aged 22 and 25 have also been arrested in connection with the incident.

Please contact South Wales Police by any of the following means and quote reference 2100166580:

To contact us, please go to: https://bit.ly/SWPReportOnline

Send us a private message on Facebook/Twitter

Via email: publicservicecentre@south-wales.police.uk

NEWS | Herefordshire’s COVID-19 infection falls despite an increase in cases in a couple of areas – MORE DETAILS

Herefordshire’s overall COVID-19 infection rate continues to fall, that is despite an increase in cases in a couple of areas of the county.

In the seven days ending 9th May 2021, Herefordshire’s COVID-19 infection rate was 27.5 cases per 100,000 population, this is DOWN on the 33.7 cases per 100,000 population that was recorded in the seven days ending 2nd May. The reason for this is mainly due to the fact that the outbreak at a farm in Marden is now under control with very few new cases being recorded at this outbreak.

The areas that recorded the most cases in the seven day period ending 9th May were:

Lugwardine, Withington & Moreton on Lugg – 15 new cases

Leominster North – 7 new cases

Hereford South West – 7 new cases

Penyard, Llangarron & Goodrich – 10 new cases

The areas that recorded fewer than three new cases in the seven day period ending 9th May were:

Leominster South

Ledbury

Hereford North East

Shobdon, Luston & Bodenham

Wigmore, Orleton & Brimfield

Fownhope, Tarrington & Marcle

Kington, Eardisley & Staunton

Credenhill, Weobley & Wellington

Belmont, Madley & Clehonger

Hereford North West

Hereford Central

Hereford South

Hereford East

Bromyard & Bishop’s Frome

Colwall, Cradley & Wellington Heath

Ross-on-Wye

Kingstone & Kingsthorne

Golden Valley

SOURCE – https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map

NEWS | Herefordshire Council given further £831,215 in next stage of successful rough sleeping programme

Herefordshire Council has been given a further £831,215 by central government in the next stage of the successful rough sleeping programme.

More rough sleepers are set to be helped off the streets and into safe accommodation thanks to a further £203 million funding, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced today (15 May 2021).

The funding will be allocated to councils across England and will support vital projects such as shelters, specialist mental health or addiction services, and targeted support to help rough sleepers off the streets for good.

It will be used by councils, charities and other local groups to fund up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff across England.

This funding is one part of an unprecedented £750 million investment this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping – part of the government’s drive to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.

Analysis of the Rough Sleeping Initiative – now in its fourth year – shows that the programme has reduced rough sleeping by almost a third compared to areas which have not taken part in the programme.

Building on the past success of the programme, funding has almost doubled this year and will provide additional support to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of people sleeping rough across England has fallen for the third year in a row, and by 37% in the last year alone.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

At the beginning of the pandemic we took swift and decisive action to bring rough sleepers in from the streets and settled them into longer-term accommodation in record numbers. That work continues, the results are clear and are a huge credit to all involved.

Ending rough sleeping is a personal mission for the Prime Minister and me – and we have made huge progress since he came into No.10, reducing rough sleeping by 43%.

To build on this progress, we are making the biggest ever investment under the Rough Sleeping Initiative to provide vital services to those who need it most, as part of our drive to end rough sleeping for good.

Minister for Rough Sleeping, Eddie Hughes MP said:

Across the country, there are staff and volunteers working tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of rough sleepers.

From providing bed spaces and night shelters, to funding dedicated support staff and medical treatment, today’s funding will mean that crucial work to help people off the streets can continue.

This is part of an unprecedented £750 million of government investment this year to help us reach our goal of ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to help local areas provide tailored services to those living on the streets. With today’s investment, the government has now allocated almost £400 million to 281 councils through the programme – which supports coordinated projects across areas including housing, mental health, addiction support and domestic abuse.

Examples of the work that the government is funding at a local level include:

  • Rough sleepers in Birmingham will be offered a Befriending service to help them to stay in accommodation and manage the transition into housing. The service will help rough sleepers with cooking, shopping, utility management, and access to benefits.
  • North Norfolk will work with Your Own Place to provide tenancy skills training and money management support to rough sleepers moving off the streets into rental accommodation.
  • In North Lincolnshire, an Education and Training coordinator will build a Skills and Wellbeing pathway for rough sleepers to allow people to build up their confidence, learn new skills such as IT, literacy and CV writing, and is critical to improving confidence and wellbeing.
  • In Newham an Assessment Centre will provide an immediate offer of accommodation away from the streets where rough sleepers can have their needs quickly assessed to minimise time on the streets

Funding from previous years of the programme is already having a transformational effect at a local level with local authorities reporting significant falls in the number of rough sleepers.

Today’s announcement comes after the government made an additional £212 million investment in new, secure, long-term accommodation for rough sleepers earlier this year, with 6,000 homes pledged by the end of this Parliament.

This is alongside the government’s unprecedented Everyone In initiative, launched by the Housing Secretary at the start of the pandemic to protect rough sleepers, which has so far supported 37,000 people, with more than 26,000 already moved on to longer-term accommodation.

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NEWS | 275 new properties could be built in Herefordshire after outline planning permission was approved for two developments

Up to 275 new properties could be built in Herefordshire, after Herefordshire Council granted Outline Planning Permission for two developments in two separate areas of the county.

Up to 100 dwellings could be built next to the A480 in Credenhill and up to 175 dwellings could be built on land to the east of the A40 in Ross-on-Wye if full approval is granted.

Edenstone Homes are the group behind the plans for the new homes in Ross-on-Wye, with all matters reserved except access.

You can view the plans for the development of up to 100 dwellings in Credenhill by visiting the Herefordshire Council Planning website and searching for planning reference – P193794/O

You can view the plans for the development of up to 175 dwellings in Ross-on-Wye by visiting the Herefordshire Council Planning website and searching for planning reference – P194403/O

NEWS | Here’s what restrictions will be relaxed on Monday in England – FULL DETAILS

COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed in England on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed today, despite concerns over the recent spread of the COVID-19 variant first seen in India.

Some scientists had earlier called for the relaxation of restrictions on Monday to be paused, by the Prime Minister said that despite the possibility that this variant could be more transmissible than previous variants, the early indications show that hospitalisations and deaths at this stage remain low and that it is hoped that the vaccine will continue to work against this variant.

Professor Chris Whitty did say at the briefing that the variant first seen in India would now likely become the most dominant strain of the virus in the United Kingdom over the coming months and that’s why we should all remain cautious as restrictions ease.

Outbreaks of the COVID variant first seen in India have been recorded in many areas of the United Kingdom, including in Northern Ireland, Scotland and areas of England, including both Bolton and Blackburn.

From Monday, the following changes will take effect:

  • Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
  • Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen.. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.
  • Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).
  • In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings and receptions. Other life events that will be permitted include bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that the government will accelerate the administering of second doses to over-50s and the clinically vulnerable.

CONFIRMED | Boris Johnson confirms relaxation to restrictions in England will go ahead on Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that restrictions will continue to be relaxed in England on Monday, despite concerns that the Indian COVID-19 variant could be more transmissible.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he believes the Indian variant is more transmissible than previous variants but that there was no sign yet of increased hospitalisations, even in areas such as Bolton and Blackburn, which have seen higher numbers of the new variant.

From Monday, the following changes will take effect:

  • Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
  • Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen.. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.
  • Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).
  • In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings and receptions. Other life events that will be permitted include bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that the government will accelerate the administering of second doses to over-50s and the clinically vulnerable.

NEWS | Rogue traders fined after conning elderly resident

Elderly Ross-on-Wye resident was deceived into having unnecessary and expensive roof repair works.

A Bournemouth company, its director and salesman, who targeted an elderly Ross-on-Wye resident, have received fines for unfair trading criminal offences.

Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service took the prosecution case which concluded on Friday 30 April after a three day trial at Hereford Magistrates Court.

The Magistrates found all three defendants guilty of the same charges:

  • Aggressive practice of carrying out the work two days after the contract was made and failed to give the 78 year old home owner her 14 day cooling off period.
  • Misleading the consumer into having wholly unnecessary roof cleaning and coating work which ended up damaging the roof.
  • Misleading the consumer into believing £5640 was a reasonable price for the work when a chartered surveyor stated it was barely worth £1000.

More Than Homes Ltd were ordered to pay £15,000 in fines and £2500 costs.

Director Michael Roche, 45, of Stourview Court in Bournemouth, and salesman Jason Johnson, 46, of Porchester Road, Bournemouth were both fined £500 and £100 costs. The low level fines were simply due to both defendants being on universal credit.

Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, David Hough, said: “We ask family, friends and neighbours to remain vigilant in protecting elderly residents who are often the target of cold calling scams. This is an ever increasing problem now with rogue traders taking advantage of the Green agenda. I would urge people to never respond to unsolicited telephone calls, mail shots, text messages or door-to-door selling.

“The council has a zero tolerance policy on rogue trading and our Trading Standards team will work tirelessly to crack down on anyone preying on vulnerable residents. This prosecution is one of a string of cases against companies based in the Bournemouth area who target the elderly for bogus home improvements. These companies tend to sell waterproof wall and roof coatings and spray foam loft insulation. They target the elderly by using databases of home owners over a certain age and telephone them to coerce them into agreeing an appointment which is then attended by a commission only salesman.

“The products are invariably wholly unnecessary and sold at vastly inflated prices. We urge local residents to avoid becoming a rogue trader victim simply by not engaging with any cold callers, whether on the telephone or at the door.”

Anyone concerned about the activity of a doorstep seller is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or visit the Herefordshire Council website for more consumer advice www.herefordshire.gov.uk/scams

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