Committee system is a bureaucratic nightmare

Hereford Times:

6:10am Sunday 14th September 2014

IT would appear that Cllrs Terry James, Anthony Powers and Bob Matthews have never worked under the old council committee system, otherwise they would know that it’s a bureaucratic nightmare and totally inefficient.

Creeping changes threaten view

Hereford Times: Sun shines on solar panel

6:10am Saturday 13th September 2014

THE original Aylestone Rise development in the 'protected' zone along the side of Hereford's Aylestone Hill was for three unobtrusive buildings with turf roofs sited behind an earth bank to preserve the view from Aylestone Park.

Glad MP has joined United debate

Hereford Times: Jesse Norman

5:10am Saturday 13th September 2014

I AM by no means a Tory supporter but I felt that I had to write in and commend the work of MP Jesse Norman in securing a full debate in the Commons regarding the troubles at Hereford United.

Elegance of turbines

Hereford Times: Investment in wind turbines is needed

6:00am Friday 12th September 2014

IT is complete drivel to argue that building wind turbines on the hills of Wales or the borders will deter tourism.

Cabinet system is not democratic

Hereford Times:

4:45pm Thursday 11th September 2014

IN a letter from Cllr Charles Nicholls (We will scrap cabinet system, Letters, August 21), he stated that It’s Our County would get rid of the cabinet system. Well, he could soon have a vote on it.

Cinema's alive and kicking in Leominster

Hereford Times:

3:40pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I AM writing to let your readers know about the new live screenings at Leominster's community cinema, Playhouse Cinema at Leominster Community Centre.

Disgraceful handling of bus changes

Hereford Times:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

AS the Hereford Times rightly observed (Opinion, August 14) the proposed changes to rural bus services are conduct unbecoming a council professing itself committed to “sustainable” hub villages and a commensurate increase in the size of rural communities.

Vital work of volunteers must be recognised

Hereford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

IT was good to see the piece and photograph about the recent installation of an outdoor gym at Moor Farm (Residents set to get fit at outdoor gym, Hereford Times, August 28), but as a local warden I was sorry to see that there was no acknowledgement made of the efforts of the Moor Farm Community Association in achieving this.

Our retirement to Hereford is off

Hereford Times:

12:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

MY wife and I have long considered spending our retirement and moving to our favourite county of Herefordshire.

Bus became part of the community fabric

Hereford Times:

6:00am Monday 8th September 2014

THE 449 evening bus service from Hereford to Madley via Clehonger and Kingstone that we operate at I&S Coaches will no longer run after August 30.

What about co-existence at Kingstone?

Hereford Times:

11:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

I WRITE in response to Lars Carlsson’s letter (Co-operation, co-existence, Letters, August 21) which described his positive experience with a neighbouring farmer who has submitted a plan for development.

I'm doing a nestbox survey - want to help?

Hereford Times:

7:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

ALTHOUGH there seem to have been plenty of young garden birds around this year, I noticed that unlike previous years, my garden nest boxes this time seem to have been overlooked as bird homes.

Great care at County Hospital

Hereford Times:

3:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

I AM writing in praise of our NHS and the doctors and staff at Hereford County Hospital.

Smell affects rural rides

Hereford Times:

1:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

I WAS very disappointed to see planning permission granted for yet another four broiler houses at Penrhos near Kington.

Otters will be...otters

Hereford Times:

7:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

HEATHER Davies asks what can be done about otters that are preying on the fish in her garden pond (Plea for help with otters, Letters,).

Finding new way forward for council

Hereford Times:

12:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

MAY I respond to Cllr Charles Nicholls' letter (We will scrap cabinet system, Hereford Times, August 21) where he claims that the It's Our County group want to do away with the cabinet system on Herefordshire Council, to be replaced by more committee and council-making decisions.

Odour from poultry units IS an issue

Hereford Times:

7:00am Friday 5th September 2014

WITH regard to the controversy over gigantic chicken units, county councillors David Greenow and Adrian Blackshaw are quite obviously living in cloud cuckoo land if they believe that odour from gigantic poultry units is not an issue.

Economic growth is the key to county's future

Hereford Times:

1:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

WE are about to submit our Core Strategy to the Government Inspector for examination and readers will be aware that we have just been awarded a £43m grant for infrastructure.

Police force now 'service'

Hereford Times:

11:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

MARTIN Field, an ex-policeman, is surely right when he bemoans the lack of contact between the police and the public (Step too far reduces vital police contact, Letters, August 21).

Are we all hypocrites over cruelty?

Hereford Times:

7:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

I REFER to your recent article concerning a 33-year-old man ingesting live fish and would like to register my revulsion at a grown man's distasteful act.

Cycle lane headache

Hereford Times:

6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

I HAVE a number of complaints about the cycle lane on King Street in Hereford.

Scrap FRA to save money

Hereford Times:

2:16pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I AGREE with the Fire Brigades Union (Rates relief hope to save fire crews, August 21). Our two MPs need to get a grip and challenge the gross underfunding of Fire and Rescue Services in Herefordshire, and advise the public just what they will do to get the finance to run a full service.

Turbines will deter tourists

Hereford Times:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

GOOD luck to those fighting a wind turbine at Pencombe.

Dog delight

Hereford Times:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

I WOULD like to express my thanks to the good samaritan who rounded up our pet dog after she had escaped our garden on to Priory Lane at Stretton Sugwas.

Nell Gwynne is thriving

Hereford Times:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

SPOKESMAN Billy Reynolds for current owners Herefordshire Pubs Ltd is being economical with the truth when he says that the Nell Gwynne pub in Hereford is not financially viable....

Positive rebirth of United

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

What a glorious display of open football by United at Edgar Street in their opening match against St Neot's, despite the protests.

Cut parking costs before it's too late

10:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

I BELIEVE parking charges in Hereford are killing the city.   A visit to Aylesbury Vale district prompts me to write to expose just how excessive Hereford’s charges are in the hope we can get some common sense applied. To park in the centre of Buckingham, next to Waitrose, the charge is 50p for three hours.  As if that is not encouraging enough, the charges only apply from 8.30am until 5pm and any time unused is added to the next day.  In my case, I parked at 3.47pm, paid 50p and had to leave by 10.17am the next day.  No charge is made on Sundays or Bank Holidays.  The town was bustling and the parking was well used. This method of carrying forward time paid for is common in Europe where lunchtime periods are often free, meaning one can pay for an hour and get three hours' parking.  A great encouragement to tourists. Hereford must repeal the ridiculous hours and charges introduced before our city dies.  I don't believe they can be justified. GORDON REID Bentley Drive Eaton Bishop

Thanks for making cancer unit a reality

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

WE have breathed a sigh of relief –  at last cancer patients from Herefordshire and Radnorshire are receiving radiotherapy treatment at Hereford County Hospital.  Relief,  as initially we were criticised by individual county councillors for 'irresponsibly' raising public expectations for a service which was considered unattainable.  We have been congratulated for spearheading a successful voluntary campaign, but we would not have succeeded without the huge and enthusiastic backing of local people, and the publicity and support of the Hereford Times and its Cut the Cancer Misery Miles slogan. Over the last nine intensive years there have been many downturns, but recently there was another 'magic’ moment – walking down Hereford's Widemarsh Street I was approached by a stranger who said: “Allan Lloyd? May I warmly congratulate and thank you for your dedicated service to our community.”  We shook hands and went on our separate ways. If that person reads this letter, it would be greatly appreciated if he could make himself known to me. Many people have said that if it was not for my wife and I, Hereford would never have achieved a radiotherapy unit; we reply that if we had not started the campaign following Angela’s successful cancer treatment, someone else would have surely taken up the baton and achieved the same result. We leave you with one positive thought: The realisation of a state-of-the-art cancer centre in Hereford is good news for all. Such a centre of excellence will not only benefit cancer patients, but will surely guarantee the present status of the hospital and safeguard the existing level of services for future generations.  The hospital, under the present financial formula, will never be financially viable; but because of its 'isolation’ it will never be closed and preservation of its present status remains a priority. We thank the people of Herefordshire and Radnorshire for their faith and encouragement, and we now turn our attention and support to St Michael’s Hospice in our new campaign Reaching out for Radnorshire.  ALLAN & ANGELA LLOYD Swan  Close, Kington

For the record...

2:41pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

GARNSTONE Farms have asked the Hereford Times to correct inaccuracies in a letter published on August 14 regarding a chicken shed development.

Now come back boys

2:37pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

I SUPPORTED Hereford United in their opening game against St Neots to give support to my town.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, August 21, 2014: change to bus schedule, blooming shame of city council demise, vital police contact reduced, don't forget the long-standing businesses in Herefordshire, wrong kind of houses, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

8:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

Blooming shame of city council demise

Readers' Times Herefordshire, August 14, 2014: cycling at going-to-work and coming home is dangerous, care home just 'robbing the dead', let's broaden our sporting horizons, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

8:00am Friday 15th August 2014

Holistic approach to cure transport ills

Readers' Times Herefordshire, August 7, 2014: Fly-tipping by gormless idiots, people on bronze list taken off social housing list, when are council to rejuvenate High Town, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

10:23am Friday 8th August 2014

Fly-tipping by gormless idiots scars beauty spot 

Graham Spencer of Hereford writes about the rubbish in Gwynne Street.

Hereford Times:

9:13am Friday 8th August 2014

I TOOK the above picture in Gwynne Street , Hereford, on July 27. The bins had been left overflowing for over a week, and on at least two occasions the council were informed.

Letter from Trevor Swindells, Chairman of Hereford in Bloom, says we can all do our bit when it comes to litter.

Hereford Times:

12:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

WE, in Hereford, have just had a visit from the regional judges of Britain in Bloom and I cannot praise the workforce of Balfour Beatty enough.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, July 24, 2014: chemicals necessary evil, disappointment at cancelled sounding of the retreat, paying for sample bottle, increasing number of planning applications, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

9:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Ceremony should be for everyone

Barry Morris and Catherine Pullin write to say litter is a real eyesore in Hereford.

Hereford Times:

10:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHAT a sight for tourists on Sunday evening in High Town.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, July 17, 2014: huge benefits of rail link at Rotherwas, praise for station staff, become a local councillor, video parade appeal and more letters.

Hereford Times:

9:00am Friday 18th July 2014

It’s time for local velvet revolution

Readers' Times Herefordshire, July 10, 2014: proposed wind turbines, failing over waste sifting, plea for help with otters, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

9:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Countryside now a target

Two readers tell of worry over play areas in Hereford

Hereford Times: Oscar looking for his tennis ball on the green on Chartwell Road.

2:27pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I'VE lived in Chartwell Road for a few number of years now and I've never seen the grass on what we call the green as long as this before.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, July 3, 2014: plight of First World War horses, wild flowers need our help, now attend to buses and sports fields, bulls queries, and more letters.

Hereford Times:

2:56pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Plight of First World War horses recalled

Readers' Times Cllr Peter McCaull, Herefordshire Independent, Leominster South, writes about democracy in action.

9:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

Scrutinising the scrutiny...

Letter from W Kerswell of Church Stretton says bracken is taking over our neglected verges

Hereford Times: A Herefordshire hedge engulfed in bracken, which is harmful and crowds out other plants on roadsides.

9:00am Friday 27th June 2014

IT’S all very well enthusing about how nice our neglected verges and hedgerows look (Letters, June 12), but the unpalatable fact is that in many places, highly toxic and carcinogenic bracken is spreading at an alarming rate, killing the hedges and smothering wild flowers – and harbouring ticks.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, June 26, 2014: 'No' to DIY grass cutting, kind visitors with clippers, RIP Aboo, MS thanks, and more letters.

Hereford Times: Hospital care was excellent, county not looking after roads, new supermarket good for Leominster, parking ticket while at KFC, hot air over energy (EfW) plan for Hartlebury, Readers' Times January 23, 2014

6:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Get ready for a turbine invasion

Readers' Times Sandra Strickland of Leominsters says orchard would be better than homes.

3:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I FIND the evidence of my own eyes somewhat disturbing.

Letter from Hereford Times' reader says guessing game seems to be sign of the times.

Hereford Times: Sign of the times: Bish From Munderfielo – somewhere near Bromyard?

12:52pm Thursday 26th June 2014

MY children are enjoying a new game of ‘guess the place name’ thanks to the state of some of our county’s road signs.

Steve Lloyd of Leominster writes re blue/green algae in the water.

Hereford Times: Belmont Pools are currently unsafe for dogs to swim in following the discovery of blue/green algae in the water.

9:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

I READ the article by Jessica Phillips (Warning over algae in water, Hereford Times, June 12) about blue green algae at Belmont pools and the very good point made by the Environment Agency.

Paul Kent of Hereford writes regarding the smell from Cargill chicken factory.

4:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

SINCE I moved to Hereford just over a month ago, several things have struck me.

Readers' Times Herefordshire, June 19, 2014: Witnesing the end of Sunday bus? call to arms over verges, Hereford United ground left to the city, and more letters.

Hereford Times: Hospital care was excellent, county not looking after roads, new supermarket good for Leominster, parking ticket while at KFC, hot air over energy (EfW) plan for Hartlebury, Readers' Times January 23, 2014

8:00am Friday 20th June 2014

Witnessing the end of Sunday bus?

Janet Zrodzinski of Kington writes regarding planning permission for chicken sheds.

6:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I RECENTLY won judicial review quashing the decision to grant planning permission versus Herefordshire Council and Richard Williams of Penrhos Farm, regarding development of broiler units just 174 metres from my garden directly opposite my home.

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