From Sue Berrett Police Community Support Officer 6439
We recently appealed for information in relation to the theft of a large sum of money from an unattended mobility scooter belonging to an elderly lady. A kind member of the public saw the article and was so appalled by the incident that they rallied the local community and raised £145 for the victim. On behalf of the victim we should like to pass on heartfelt thanks to both the organiser and all those who so kindly and generously contributed money. A lovely gesture and fantastic example of the great community spirit that exists in Bromyard.
BBC Hereford and Worcester reported this morning (25th June) on an application for the siting of a wind turbine at Acton Beauchamp. This will be the first major installation of its type in Herefordshire. At in excess of 70 metres high it will be taller than Worcester Cathedral and will be visible from Malvern, Bromyard and Bringsty. Local residents have concerns and a meeting has been called to discuss the issue. For more information go to http://www.g2energy.co.uk/renewable-developments/half-ridge-farm.php
From the Hereford Times Readers Letters
"Get ready for a turbine invasion WAKE up, Herefordshire! An army of wind turbines may soon be marching across our countryside. Planning permission has been applied to erect a very large (75 metres) wind turbine on the outskirts of Pencombe, near Bromyard. This will be visible for many miles around. Wind turbines are more efficient if there are many or them. If the planning department grant permission for the turbine in Pencombe the floodgates will be open for entrepreneurs throughout the county to erect many more. Be warned, Herefordshire.ROY AND JACKIE DAY Pencombe"
From David Kemp
Our new Head Girl (Charlotte Gwynne) was crowned Gala Queen and Head Boy (Cameron Bradshaw) Gala Prince during assembly on Tuesday 24th June. The ceremony was carried out by Gala Committee members, Joy Muir and Margaret Dallow.
From the Ledbury Reporter
From PC John Meek
I have received lots of complaints in respect of vehicles being parked near to Bromyard Post Office. The double yellow lines are there to prevent parking so that the crossing can be used safely by pedestrians. As such vehicles parked here restrict the view and put peoples lives at risk. I have a number of offending vehicles details here at the police station and I will be visiting the drivers of these vehicles. Furthermore the more serious offence is the parking of vehicles within the crossing itself. The penalty for this offence is a fine and points endorsed on your driving licence. Whilst some may consider this a minor issue it will not be minor when someone is knocked down. Please do not park in this area. Pc 1950 John Meek
From Councillor Roger Page - Chairman Planning & Economic Committee.
Readers of .info will know that a proposal by Gladman Developments Ltd to build up to 120 houses on a site between Pencombe Lane and the A44 were discussed at both the Planning & Economic Development and Council on Monday (16th June) and it was decided to invite the developer to a Council meeting to discuss their proposals without prejudice to any planning application.
At the the monthly meeting of the Town Council PC John Meek spoke of the "disgraceful violence", vandalism and disorder on the night of Saturday 14th June. (World cup match) Around 25 persons were fighting in the street. Windows were broken. Bromyard was unique among the market towns in having problems on the night. Police are active in tracing and arresting those involved. PC Meek said that once more Bromyard was having problems with alcohol. Possibly the fact that three of the licensed premises were under new management who had not recognised problem drinkers was a factor. The Hop Pole was mentioned by PC Meek and several councillors as having issues.
Herefordshire Council’s bid to the National Pothole Fund succeeded in winning an extra £2.573 Million for road repairs. This is great news and is the highest allocation in the country. As a percentage of the 2014/15 maintenance grant allocation (which is calculated on the length and classification of roads for which each authority is responsible) for the County, the £2.573 million that Herefordshire bid has achieved is 30.76%. This is the highest percentage in the country; the national average is 19.17%.
Grass cutting. It was agreed to revert to the full programme of grass cutting. As the support from Herefordshire Council has been withdrawn this will cost an additional £80 per month. The Finance Committee recommended a grant of £1400 to the Tourism Information Centre. There were objections from some councillors but it was decided to accept the recommendation and pay the grant. Sheenagh Davis MBE. Councillors said how pleased they were at the well deserved recognition for Sheenagh.
From (Falklands) Fred Clark. Vice Chairman, Bromyard Branch
To all members of the Bromyard Branch Royal British Legion. I would like to thank you all personally for your support of the Mile of Pennies. Thanks to the help of Norman and Lynn, John, Dave, Tom, Edgar, Kate and Ann, we raised 18545 pennies, some very wet pennies and some very wet collectors but to me it shows we have some good support in the town. I would also like to say thanks to every man, woman and child who put their hands in their piggy banks and donated. I greatly appreciate all your wonderful support. many thanks to you all.
From the Ledbury Reporter
A WOMAN who set up a family-based charity in Bromyard 15 years ago has been rewarded with an MBE. Sheenagh Davis established the Holistic Opportunities for Play and Education (HOPE) Family Centre in February 1999, initially helping just two families. It now works with about 500 families each month, providing family and emotional support ranging from dealing with disruptive children to budgeting and filling out paperwork.
The Agenda for the Planning Committee meeting on Monday 16th June appears elsewhere on this page Cllr Roger Page, has kindly provided more detail as follows: " The meeting will discuss two planning applications. However other issues have arisen which need initial discussion at the meeting,the first is the consent of land owners to have their land considered in the Core Strategy for employment/industrial allocation to serve the needs of Bromyard and its Parish cluster, The second is a proposal for a consultation by a developer to build up to 120 mixed housing units on land between Pencombe Lane and the A44 to the west of the town.
There will be a meeting of the Town Council on Monday 16th June in the Council Chamber at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Among the matters to be discussed at the full meeting is grass cutting. The Clerk has received numerous complaints. Preceding this meeting, starting at 6.30pm, will be a meeting of the Planning Committee where, among other matters, a proposal for houses off Pencombe Lane will be considered. For Agenda for the full council meeting click here. For the Planning Agenda click here.