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Mortimer Villages Article – Winter 2017 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

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My husband and I attended the car boot sale at Bury Lane and were very impressed with how well it was organised and how popular it was. I hope a lot more events could be held on the field.

Whilst there I spoke to some of the lads and parents keen on having a small skate park in the area and I was impressed with their enthusiasm and apparent commitment. I believe that such a provision for the young people of Wigmore would bring a considerable benefit.

As we approach the festive season I am sure that many of you are busy organising community events and I hope they go well. For me this time of year brings amazing colours and some brilliant sunny days but also dark cold, wet and often foggy nights which draw attention more than ever to the poor condition of many of our rural roads. You will have read that Herefordshire Council has been awarded £5 million by the government to focus specifically on the strategic economic corridors leading to Herefordshire’s Enterprise Zone. Many of you will say what benefit is that to us but if by 2020 the government grant disappears and is replaced by councils retaining 100% of their business rates then Herefordshire must attract more businesses into the County and the Enterprise Zone is geared up for the challenge.

The Mortimer group of Parish Councils recently met to consider a joint response to Herefordshire Council’s budget consultation. We identified the three main priorities as rural road maintenance, broadband and gritting. We recognised that there were many more issues but felt that by concentrating on a few might have a greater impact.

If you are an entrepreneur, own a start-up or SME located in the Midlands, the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) could provide the funding you need to help your business realise its potential so please take a look at their website. It may well be that you are missing out on funding to boost your business.

The children of this County are our future and it is good to see that the support Herefordshire Council gives to our Early Years children has moved from being one of the worst performing five council areas in the country in 2010 to being one of the top 25% nationally in 2017. One of the most important duties of a County Council is to ensure its young children get a good start in life and I am really pleased to see such an improvement.

Following on from this I would like to make a plea to all of you, Herefordshire has a small but significant number of children who have been identified as suffering from neglect. Cases of neglect often rely upon local people flagging up to the authorities a concern. Do not be afraid to do so, calls will always be taken seriously. If you have a concern please do not hesitate to contact cypd@herefordshire.gcsx.gov.uk or 01432 260800.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat. I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Mortimer Villages Article – Autumn 2017 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

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Wigmore Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Group is working hard to put together your parish NDP. I would urge you to take an interest in this Plan and its emerging proposals and whenever possible express your views. This is your Plan and will form the basis of the character and environment of Wigmore Parish going forward to 2031. This plan is not just about the additional housing you are required to accommodate but covers the wider infra structure and environment.

I have been contacted by a local resident about problems in installing smart meters in rural areas. If you are contacted by your provider to fit a smart meter you need to advise them as to whether or not you have an adequate mobile phone signal as this will avoid a wasted visit and you possibly taking time off work unnecessarily.

I was concerned to hear about the continuing vandalism of the toddler play area in Kings Meadow and have discussed this with the parish council and West Mercia Police. I believe that West Mercia Police are keen to take action on this matter, something I would support. The lives of some residents in Wigmore should not be blighted by vandalism being carried out by a very small minority of local youngsters.

As the new Chair of Children & Young Peoples Scrutiny committee I was delighted to be informed that Herefordshire’s early years performance had improved significantly from being one of the five worst performing areas in the country in 2010 to the top 25% nationally this year. It is so important that we invest in our young children and give them a good start in life.

Many of you will have been horrified by the events of Grenfell Tower. I have been assured by Herefordshire Council that no high rise properties exist in Herefordshire that are owned by the council or by social landlords that have the aluminium cladding material that is now under the spotlight. One building that is privately owned and which is not classed as high rise does exist that may have that cladding and further tests are being sought in respect of that building.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat. I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Mortimer Villages Article – June 2017 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

(1)I love this time of year a time which I believe shows Mortimer ward at its best. However potholes and poor road surfaces continue to cause problems for road users across the ward and county. This financial year a few roads in the ward will be surface dressed but there are no scheduled resurfacing works programmed, therefore please do not hesitate to contact me if you have concerns about a particular road and I will do my best to get the potholes repaired.

As mentioned previously there are still a number of residents unable to access faster broadband. The latest phase will be carried out by Gigaclear and should be completed by the end of 2018. If you are unsure as to whether your property is included, either access the Fastershire website or contact myself.

I was delighted to hear that the community shop and its volunteers had been awarded the Queens Award for Volunteers. The Wigmore shop is the only community shop in Mortimer ward and I believe the service it provides is invaluable and that this award is well deserved.

Herefordshire Council has set up a website WISH where residents, carers, GPs and voluntary organisations can find information on services and support, both statutory and voluntary provided for adults and children within Herefordshire. If you are a provider of a service and would like your organisation to be included or are seeking information or assistance, please visit the website.

Wigmore has over the past few months been suffering from a small number of extremely thoughtless and uncaring, dog owners who happily allow their dog to foul the footpaths around the village and the school. This practice not only damages the reputation of Wigmore but it is a real health hazard to children through the parasite Toxocariasis that can in extreme cases cause blindness. Please ensure that you put your dog poo in the bins provided by the parish council or take it home.

The last few months have seen some dreadful terrorist attacks in both Britain and across the world and although it is unlikely that Herefordshire would be a target, going forward with more emphasis on ensuring major cities have increased security it is impossible to forecast what may happen in the future. Therefore for your information I thought it important to share advice from West Mercia Police that we should all be vigilant, and report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321.

The EnviRecover Energy-from-Waste facility which is a joint Herefordshire and Worcestershire project based on the Hartlebury Trading Estate is now fully operational. The handover follows 33 months construction programme and is the largest single piece of capital infrastructure in the two counties. It marks the virtual elimination of landfill in these two counties and will turn 200,000 tonnes per year of waste into electricity, exporting 15.5 MW of electricity to the grid which is sufficient to power all the homes in Kidderminster.

Finally for those of you planning community events during the summer I hope the weather is kind to you and thank you in advance for all your hard work.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat. I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Mortimer Villages Article – May 2017 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

(1)I love this time of year a time which I believe shows Mortimer ward at its best. However potholes and poor road surfaces continue to cause problems for road users across the ward and county.  This financial year a few roads in the ward will be surface dressed but there are no scheduled resurfacing works programmed, therefore please do not hesitate to contact me if you have concerns about a particular road and I will do my best to get the potholes repaired.

As mentioned previously there are still a number of residents unable to access faster broadband.  The latest phase will be carried out by Gigaclear and should be completed by the end of 2018.  If you are unsure as to whether your property is included, either access the Fastershire website or contact myself.

Herefordshire Council has set up a website WISH where residents, carers, GPs and voluntary organisations can find information on services and support,  both statutory and voluntary provided for adults and children within Herefordshire. If you are a provider of a service and would like your organisation to be included or are seeking information or assistance, please visit the website. 

Wigmore has over the past few months been suffering from a small number of  extremely thoughtless and uncaring,  dog owners who happily allow their dog to foul the footpaths around the village and  the school.  This practice not only damages the reputation of Wigmore but it is a real health hazard to children through the parasite Toxocariasis that can in extreme cases cause blindness.  Please  ensure that you put your dog poo in the bins provided by the  parish council or take it home.

I recently was contacted by a local resident involved with The Light Prints project   which meets  fairly  regularly at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan and offers those with an interest in books an opportunity to meet new people and talk about a thought provoking book.  I was really impressed with the project. If you would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to email contactus@lightprints.co.uk or visit their website www.lightprints.co.uk.

As you will be aware Wigmore Parish Council are in the process of completing the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish.  It has been out to consultation and I hope you have contributed to that consultation and it will shortly be the subject of a referendum. It is very important that you read the document, understand the plan and vote in the referendum.  If you do not understand what a Neighbourhood Development Plan is, then please contact either your local  parish councillor  or NDP committee member or myself. This referendum will be your opportunity to state your view.

The EnviRecover Energy-from-Waste facility which is a joint Herefordshire and Worcestershire project based on the Hartlebury Trading Estate is now fully operational.  The handover follows 33 months construction programme and is the largest single piece of capital infrastructure in the two counties. It marks the virtual elimination of landfill in these two counties and will turn 200,000 tonnes per year of waste into electricity, exporting 15.5 MW of electricity to the grid which is sufficient to power all the homes in Kidderminster.

Finally for those of you planning community events during the summer I hope the weather is kind to you and thank you in advance for all your hard work.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat.  I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Herefordshire Rural Hub – April 2017 newsletter

Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC is a business support organisation for farming and rural businesses across Herefordshire.  Established in 2005, the Hub has grown from strength to strength and now has a reach to over 1,500 rural businesses.

Herefordshire Rural Hub has a history of being able to ‘pull’ support organisations together to work as a network for the greater good of the local businesses and farming community.  The Hub can give access to business development opportunities and keeps businesses and individuals up to date with information on events, funding opportunities, and rules & regulations.

Herefordshire Rural Hub newsletter (April 2017)

Safer Neighbourhood Team – March Newsletter 2017

The West Mercia Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) work with local people and partners to identify, tackle and solve issues that matter to the community where you live.

Making neighbourhoods safer by cutting day to day crime and anti-social behaviour is at the heart of keeping people in West Mercia safe.  Thanks to an investment in mobile tablet style computers, these will enable officers to spend more time on patrol on the street and in neighbourhoods.

Officers will continue to come to people when they need them and provide a high quality service however you contact us – in person (on the street, at community bases and at partners and communities together [PACT] meetings), on the phone or online.

More information, contact details and tips to keep residents safe are in the newsletter.

SNT Newsletter March 2017

Herefordshire Rural Hub – March 2017 newsletter

Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC is a business support organisation for farming and rural businesses across Herefordshire.  Established in 2005, the Hub has grown from strength to strength and now has a reach to over 1,500 rural businesses.

Herefordshire Rural Hub has a history of being able to ‘pull’ support organisations together to work as a network for the greater good of the local businesses and farming community.  The Hub can give access to business development opportunities and keeps businesses and individuals up to date with information on events, funding opportunities, and rules & regulations.

Herefordshire Rural Hub newsletter (March 17)

Wigmore Castle Keep – closed until further notice

wigmore castleEnglish Heritage have informed us that they have had to block off access to the castle keep for repairs to the steps. People can continue to visit the rest of the castle but just cannot access the keep for the moment.

The steps will be repaired but because of the castle’s ancient monument status it may take a while for all of the permissions to be obtained.

Safer Neighbourhood Team – February Newsletter 2017

The West Mercia Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) work with local people and partners to identify, tackle and solve issues that matter to the community where you live.

Making neighbourhoods safer by cutting day to day crime and anti-social behaviour is at the heart of keeping people in West Mercia safe.  Thanks to an investment in mobile tablet style computers, these will enable officers to spend more time on patrol on the street and in neighbourhoods.

Officers will continue to come to people when they need them and provide a high quality service however you contact us – in person (on the street, at community bases and at partners and communities together [PACT] meetings), on the phone or online.

More information, contact details and tips to keep residents safe are in the newsletter.

SNT Newsletter February 2017

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