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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

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