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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

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