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Herefordshire Council Notice

Herefordshire Council’s latest official update on its response to the present flooding was issued at 1.13pm on 17 February 2020 and is below.

Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk

Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation.

There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents.

All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at:

• Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford
• thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford
• Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster
• Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye

Further rest centres will be made available as required.

The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:

“The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk - avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”

Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said:

“We are grateful to our local community for stepping up at this time of need, offering help and support to residents and our emergency response teams, including council officers- who have been working day and night. Herefordshire has never seen flooding like it and together with partners, we are doing all we can to ensure residents are safe. Thanks also to the local community groups who are opening their doors to residents who need localised shelter and support. Please keep checking the Herefordshire Council website for the latest information.”

Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice.

Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/.

Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.


Herefordshire Council Communications Team

communications@herefordshire.gov.uk 01432 383627

Date posted: 17/02/2020


Environment Agency Notice

The Environment Agency have issued the following Flood Warning for Bodenham


A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Warning in force: River Lugg at Bodenham.

Flooding is expected for: River Lugg at Bodenham.

Immediate action required.

River levels have risen at the Butts Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding (of property) is imminent. Flooding is affecting Properties and roads in and around Bodenham.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 3 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until tomorrow, 17/02/20.

We are closely monitoring the situation.

Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water.

This message will be updated by 18:00 on 16/02/20, or as the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/031FWFLU60

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 309038.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

Date posted: 16/02/2020


Herefordshire Council Notice

The following message was sent by the Herefordshire Council Resilience Team at 1.23pm on 16 February 2020

As you will be aware there has been considerable rainfall over night and into the morning.

This is to advise you that the responding agencies within Herefordshire have met this morning and continue to work together. A Major Incident for Herefordshire was declared at 11:20am.

We have been notified that further heavy rainfall is expected in South Wales and that this will continue to impact on rivers within Herefordshire. Whilst a better picture of indications is built, please be advised that river levels could rise to the same level as experienced in October 2019. At this stage we would encourage people in the County to closely monitor information provided by Herefordshire Council, the Met Office and the Environment Agency and be prepared to take appropriate action.

For the latest information visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/
follow @HfdsCouncil on twitter, call the Environment Agency’s Floodline 034- 988 1188 and follow @EnvAgency on twitter.

To monitor flood warnings and alerts for your area or to sign up for flood warnings visit https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

To report flooding, call 01432-261800.

Date posted: 16/02/2020


Herefordshire Council Notice

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure & Transport, Cllr John Harrington, has announced his decision to start a review of the Hereford Transport Strategy.

To find out more information about this Review and how you can provide feedback on your own experiences of transport and travel in Hereford and the improvements you would like to see please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

The deadline for submitting feedback is 31 March 2020 and the Review is expected to be completed by 31 July 2020.

Date posted: 05/02/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Bodenham Parish Council Notice

The February 2020 edition of the Parish Newsletter is now available on the Website. To see and/or download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

Many back copies of all Newsletters from July 2010 onwards are available as well. You can find them here or by clicking on the 'Parish Newsletters' link in the 'Parish Information' section on the left hand side of this page.

Date posted: 02/02/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Herefordshire Council Notice

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has agreed the proposed ‘County Plan 2020-2024’ and associated Capital Programme, Medium Term Financial Strategy and Treasury Management Plan. These strategic policy documents will now be put forward for recommendation to Full Council on 14 February 2020.

To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

Date posted: 31/01/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Herefordshire Council Notice

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has agreed the proposed 2020/21 budget which will now be put forward for recommendation to Full Council on 14 February 2020.

To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

Date posted: 31/01/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Bodenham Parish Council Notice

The unconfirmed Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 6 January 2020 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Parish Council Meeting on 3 February 2020. To see them please click on the link below.

Date posted: 26/01/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Bodenham Parish Council Notice

Three vacancies have arisen on Bodenham Parish Council through the resignation of Mr Alec Avery and two others. To see the formal notice, which contains details of the procedure and timings for election and/ or co-option to fill a vacancy please click on the 'more details' link below.

If you would be interested in becoming a member of the Parish Council, you can obtain further information from Chris Smith, the Parish Clerk, whose contact details are below.

Date posted: 21/01/2020
Link: Click here for more details
Contact Name: Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
Contact Tel: 01568-797132
Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com


Herefordshire Council Notice

27 January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp. On behalf of the people of Herefordshire, Herefordshire Council is commemorating this event by hosting a photo exhibition which reflects the dehumanising realities of the camp. There are also written testimonies from survivors, quotations, and explanatory text.

The exhibition will be held in All Saints Church, Hereford (HR4 9AA), from 24-27 January 2020, from 8am-4pm (excluding Sunday). The venue is accessible, and entry is free of charge.

This exhibition is only one of the multitude of international events marking Holocaust Memorial Day. The aims of the day are many, but fundamentally it seeks to remember victims of the Holocaust, to help keep such human tragedies in our consciousness. While it may be a difficult exhibition to view, we hope that you will be able to attend.

To see the poster please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

Date posted: 20/01/2020
Link: Click here for more details


Bodenham Parish Council Notice

Vacancies on the Parish Council
Following the resignations of Councillors Alec Avery, Claire Pickard and David Tilford, there are three vacancies on the Parish Council, which will be filled by co-option at the Parish Council Meeting on 2nd March, unless a request for an election is received by Herefordshire Council by 6th February. Notices about the procedure to be followed in requesting an election appear on all the noticeboards and on the Parish Website. Please express your interest and/or seek further information from the Parish Clerk or the Chairman (contact details below).

The Next Litter Pick………….
…….. Will be held on Saturday, 21st March. All welcome. The usual arrangements will apply; i.e. 10.30 start at Bodenham Parish Hall: equipment provided by Balfour Beatty: free hot soup and rolls in the Parish Hall for all who have collected litter. For more details contact the Parish Clerk, Chris Smith, on 01568-797132 or at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. The autumn Litter Pick will be on Saturday, 7th November. See also the notice and poster on the Parish Website

Bodenham Lake
Sophie Cowling of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will give a talk about the work of the Trust at Bodenham Lake on the 27th February at the Parish Hall at 7.30pm. This is at the instigation of the Parish Council, which was concerned about the virtual disappearance of the new islands at the Lake after the recent flooding.

Planning Applications
The following planning applications came before the Parish Council at its December and January Meetings.:

  • 193727: Land at Stone House: Proposed erection of a two bedroom cottage. The Parish Council objected to this application, which was subsequently refused by Herefordshire Council, which cited several of the policies in the Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan as reasons for the refusal.
  • 193890: Barns at Hill House: Notification of Prior Approval for a proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a Larger Dwellinghouse (Class 3), and for Associated Operational Development. The Parish Council objected to this application, which was subsequently refused by Herefordshire Council.
  • 194272: Lady Mead: tree works in a conservation area. The Parish Council did not respond to this application.

  • Parish Council Facebook Page.
    The Parish Council now has a Facebook page to complement the Website. Click ‘bodenham parish council’ and press ‘LIKE’. The Parish Website address is www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/.

    Keep up to Date with Local Issues - Sign Up for the Mailing List
    An increasing number of residents are joining the mailing list, through which the Parish Council sends important updates to local residents by email with information about such things as roadworks, weather warnings and local events. Nevertheless, there are currently fewer residents signed up than we would like and still fewer proportionately than on Stoke Prior’s list (which Bodenham residents can join, if they wish).If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email, your personal details will not be passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

    Minutes of Parish Council Meetings…….
    ……………can be found on the Parish Council Website at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/ParishCouncilMinutes.asp.. Latest highlights from the unconfirmed minutes of the December Meeting include:

  • the phone box library has been renovated.
  • the Neighbourhood Development Plan is to be reviewed.
  • the large conifer in the school car park has been felled, but the stump has yet to be removed.
  • …. And much more.

  • Parish Council Meetings
    Please note that the next Meetings of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Mondays 3rd February 2020 and 2nd March at the Siward James Centre. Everyone is most welcome to attend Parish Council meetings and to raise any matters of concern during the slot reserved for this purpose. If you prefer, you can raise matters in advance by contacting Chris Smith, Parish Clerk, on 01568 797132 or by email at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com.

    The Parish Website……
    …….. Is continually updated. The Home Page shows a list of future events in chronological order, as well as the latest notices, addresses to go to, Parish Council Minutes, and much more. Find out there about Bodenham past, present and future, local news and crime prevention alerts. http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/ is the website address. You can also find the Bodenham Newsletter there.


    Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Crane (Vice-Chairman)jimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
    Cllr Pam James-Moore (Chairman)pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
    Cllr Sue MaxwellSMaxwellSAM@aol.com 01568-707946
    Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
    Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751
    Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com 01568-797132

    Cllr John Harrington – John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk - is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Ward.

    Date posted: 19/01/2020


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Herefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.

    Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

    The application process has now opened and you can apply online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

    In addition, 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:

  • Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
  • Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time, for example:

  • where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
  • key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
  • the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.

  • Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:

  • The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event - for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
  • On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
  • On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.

  • If the above criteria are satisfied, you can email counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who will arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.

    Herefordshire Council are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the Council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

    Date posted: 18/12/2019


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Over recent weeks a number of communities have been affected after heavy rainfall resulted in high river levels and significant surface flooding across the County, causing road closures, flooded properties, stranded people and abandoned vehicles.

    Herefordshire Council are calling for people whose properties or businesses have been affected by flooding to be aware of the support that is available. For example, council tax reduction and Business rate reduction is available for properties affected by the recent floods and drop-in sessions are also being held where you can get in touch with the Council.

    To find out the details, please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/910/have_you_been_affected_by_flooding.

    Date posted: 04/12/2019


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Herefordshire Council have prepared a note setting out advice to developers about the issue of phosphate levels in the River Lugg Special Area of Conservation (SAC) catchment. It provides some background to the issue and how a recent Court of Justice of the European Union judgement, commonly known as the Dutch judgement, has impacted upon the Council’s ability to grant planning permission for development within the catchment.

    To see the note and a map of the catchment affected by this advice please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 26/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Do you want to make a difference? Be a foster carer and begin your incredible journey today.
    We need more Herefordshire foster carers so our children can be placed with families that best reflect their background and culture and, wherever possible, are near to their own families, schools and communities.

    Fostering can be for long or short periods of time, but sometimes just for a weekend or an overnight emergency. It can often be what gives children the start in life they deserve and a safe home where they are loved, can learn to be a child again and grow into the young person they want to be.

    You might want to:

  • Provide short breaks for children with disabilities
  • Support a young adult and teach them life skills such as cooking, laundry and budgeting
  • Be a therapeutic foster carer and work with children who have complex behaviours and challenges
  • Offer a home to an unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  • Provide a forever home that some children need

  • You can be a foster carer, if:

  • You must be over the age of 21 - there is no upper age limit, as long as you lead a healthy lifestyle you may apply
  • You don't need any qualifications to become a foster carer - your life experience with children and young people is equally as important
  • You can apply if you are single, married or living with a partner of either gender

  • We'll provide:

  • Full local training and support
  • An excellent financial package
  • Your own dedicated social worker
  • 24 hour support and respite breaks
  • A rewarding career!

  • For more information call us 01432 -383240 or visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/fostering.

    Date posted: 20/11/2019


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Everyone who uses the C1125 through Bodenham Moor will be aware that there is a particularly hazardous section where the road narrows between the Post Office and Baches. Worryingly, with increased traffic using the road, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    This is partly because the lack of a pavement places pedestrians at risk, partly because there is poor visibility for drivers in both directions along this stretch, partly because this is made worse by customers parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair, and partly because too many drivers using the road are, quite simply, driving too fast.

    Over the past few years the Parish Council has tried to improve matters by pursuing various measures, such as the installation of a chicane to slow traffic and/ or a pavement to protect pedestrians However, visibility is too poor to allow the former and the road is too narrow to permit the latter. Additional road markings and ‘road narrows’ signs have also been proposed to Herefordshire Council without success. Nevertheless, an important contribution has been made by Baches to tackle the problem of inconsiderate parking; they have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park and
    all Post Office and Hair Affair customers are asked to use this facility and NOT to park on either side of the roadway unless absolutely unavoidable.

    As already suggested, however, the basic problem here – as elsewhere in the Parish - is speeding and to tackle this the Parish Council has for the past nine years regularly deployed its speed indicator device (SID) opposite ‘Wynmoor’ (about 130 metres North of the Post Office). This monitors traffic either heading South from the Village Green into the road narrows, or leaving the narrows and going North towards the Green. The SID is designed simply to ‘educate’ passing drivers by showing them their speed and, when that is above the 30mph speed limit, encouraging them to slow down.

    The data recorded by the SID has always been reported to the Parish Council, but has never before been published more widely. It does, however, illustrate the extent of the speeding problem at the Post Office, as elsewhere in Bodenham, and the data from the two most recent deployments opposite ‘Wynmoor’ can serve as examples:

    a. 12 –21 July 2019 – Vehicles Travelling South from the Village Green towards the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit45.5%
      Exceeded 35mph16.4%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above33 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph

    b. 5 – 15 September 2019– Vehicles Travelling North towards the Village Green after passing the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit49.4%
      Exceeded 35mph18.2%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above34 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph

    These are absolutely typical figures for this SID location. For nearly 50% of drivers to be exceeding the speed limit is unacceptable in any circumstances, and especially so on such a dangerous stretch of road. Furthermore, although many may be using the C1125 to get between the A417, Sutton and beyond, it is obvious that an even higher proportion are likely to be local residents and that the problem cannot simply be blamed on ‘through traffic’.
    Whenever you drive on the C1125 within Bodenham Moor – or indeed anywhere on the Parish’s 30mph limited roads - please observe the speed restriction at all times and don’t wait for the SID to tell you to slow down.

    Date posted: 29/09/2019


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    You can see/ download the formal 'Notice of Conclusion of Audit' for the Parish Council's Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019, together with the associated Annual Governance Statement, by clicking on the 'more details' list below.

    Any questions and/or request for an official copy should be addressed to the Parish Clerk, whose details are below.

    Date posted: 11/09/2019
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Did you know that there are more miles of Public Rights of Way (2,113m) across Herefordshire than there are miles of road (2,020m)? This includes long distance promoted routes, loop walks and self-guided trails.

    The Herefordshire Local Access Forum (HLAF) is a statutory advisory body that helps Herefordshire Council in this task. The Forum provides views and advice to the Council and other organisations, such as Government departments, Natural England, Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Sport England.

    The Forum is currently looking for Herefordshire residents, or others with a strong interest in using rights of way or views on how access to the countryside should be managed, to become new members.

    The Forum meets twice a year, with training and development sessions in between each meeting, and members volunteer to serve for a three-year term. While the post is unpaid, reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out duties are reimbursed.

    If you are interested in helping shape rights of way in the future, call 01432-261800 to arrange a chat with the Public Rights of Way Team Leader.

    To see the Herefordshire Council press release please click here.

    For further information visit the HLAF website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200242/public_rights_of_way/681/herefordshire_local_access_forum.

    Date posted: 30/08/2019


    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice

    Balfour Beatty have notified that, following an inspection by their Bridge Team, an emergency closure has been placed on the footpath bridge behind (i.e. South of) Bodenham Church and before the foot bridge over the River Lugg. This is because cracks in the base of the bridge and areas of concrete that have collapsed from its underside have made the bridge unsafe.

    Notices will also be placed on the adjoining footpaths (BM5, BM6, BM7 and BM14) to alert users and it has been tweeted on Hereford Highways Twitter feed.

    Balfour Beatty have not yet announced for how long the closure will be in effect.

    To see the images issued by Balfour Beatty please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 23/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Environment Agency Notice

    The Environment Agency have notified that the Law is changing for people who abstract water. Previously exempt water users may now have to apply for a licence.

    Changes to abstraction licensing means that if you abstract more than 20 metres3 per day, you now need a licence. If you are a collection of houses on one borehole supply, or a farm or business that takes water from watercourses (rivers, streams, springs) or pumps from the ground, you need a licence.

    The new rules will better protect the environment by helping to balance the needs of water users, whilst also protecting water supplies and the plants and animals that rely on them.

    To see an Environment Agency newsletter providing the latest update on new rules on water use and abstraction licensing, please click on the ‘more details’ link below. As mentioned in the newsletter the Environment Agency now have an online information page about this, which they will keep updated on a regular basis. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/removing-previously-exempt-abstraction-activities/.

    To help promote this information the Environment Agency have also published a poster, which you can find here.

    If you would like to discuss any aspect of this further, the Environment Agency ask you to please call 03708 506 506 and ask for the ‘New Authorisations hotline’, or email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk stating ‘New Authorisations’ in the email subject to find out more.

    Date posted: 17/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Herefordshire Council have launched a new ‘Understanding Herefordshire’ website. This provides information about the County and its people and places and replaces the old ‘Facts and Figures about Herefordshire’ website.

    It includes information on the factors that affect health and well-being, such as population numbers, lifestyle choices, housing, the economy and the environment.

    The data held on the site is useful for anyone needing to complete funding bids, business plans, strategies and school projects.

    To view the ‘Understanding Herefordshire’ website visit https://understanding.herefordshire.gov.uk

    Date posted: 15/08/2019


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    The decision has been published today (subject to call-in)


    a) all work on the Southern Link Road be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the South Wye Transport Package active travel measures be continued;

    b) all work on the Hereford by-pass be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the Hereford Transport Package active travel measures be continued; and

    c) the acting director for economy and place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to scope the review work for both road schemes within a budget of £50k (Southern Link Road) and £70k (Hereford By-pass) to inform a further decision in this calendar year.

    Details about the decision can be found on the council website at:

    To see a copy of the letter that has been posted/ emailed today to people who have shown an interest in the road schemes please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 09/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Historic England have just notified the Parish Council that, following consultation with the Council and the relevant statutory bodies, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Bodenham War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    The Memorial is now listed at Grade II and the listing can be found on the Historic England website at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1462186

    Herefordshire Council, as the local planning authority, will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    In its response to the Consultation, the Parish Council provided Historic England with photographs of the War Memorial, of the Order of Service for the Dedication of the Memorial on 19 March 1921 and of the Service itself. In particular, they reported to Historic England the tradition that the famous Armistice hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’, written by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright, was sung to its famous tune for only the second time at the Dedication Service. Historic England have noted this, but, because the tradition is not supported by any source evidence, could not include it in the List Entry. However, if the necessary evidence can be found, it may be submitted to be included in the List Entry at a later date.

    Date posted: 09/06/2019


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair in Bodenham Moor is becoming a traffic hazard with increased traffic along the C1125 Hereford road. Worryingly, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    Baches have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park for Post Office and Hair Affair customers.
    Please use this facility and do not park on the roadway on either side of the road unless absolutely unavoidable.

    Date posted: 19/05/2019


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    The Herefordshire River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is one of 26 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England

    Within Herefordshire the Project is working with landowners and communities in seven catchment areas, of which Bodenham is one. The aim is to design ways in which the community can work together to reduce flood risk, while also delivering wider benefits such as improvements to water quality and enhanced biodiversity.

    If you would like to see a copy of the first issue of a regular newsletter designed to keep communities up to date with the Project’s progress and to share opportunities to get involved, please click on the ‘more details’ link below

    Date posted: 08/04/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    The March edition of Herefordshire Now, Herefordshire Council’s quarterly publication to share news and information about council services with residents, is now available.

    It features articles on the LEGO Brick History Exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, support for parents, developments to encourage economic growth, the Council's joint campaign with Wye Valley NHS Trust to encourage the return of medical equipment and the success of a recent council takeover day involving local young people. The centre pages of the issue provide a guide to Council Tax.

    To read and/or download a copy please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/herefordshirenow.

    Date posted: 03/03/2019


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    The following description of the Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is taken from Herefordshire Council’s recent letter to the Parish Council:

    The Herefordshire Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) project is one of 24 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England (funding secured until 31 March 2021). It is one of four catchment scale projects in the Environment Agency West Midlands area together with three community scale NFM projects. The project has four main objectives:

  • Reduce flood risk to local communities;

  • Gather evidence and develop our knowledge around NFM where there are currently gaps;

  • Engage communities around NFM and develop partnerships; and

  • Deliver wider benefits, e.g. water quality, enhanced biodiversity, socio economic benefits.

  • The Project’s initial focus will be around bringing NFM into key Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) schemes, as well as working in seven priority sub-catchments which experience both local flooding and water quality issues:

  • Cheaton / Cogwell / Ridgemoor Brook system (above Leominster and Frome);

  • Tedstone Brook (above Bromyard);

  • Dulas Brook (above Ewyas Harold);

  • Pentaloe Brook (above Mordiford);

  • The Red, Norton and Twyford Brook system (above Rotherwas, Hereford);

  • The Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks (above Bodenham); and

  • Brimfield Brook (above Brimfield and Orleton).

  • Herefordshire Council are the lead organisation for the Project, working in partnership with the Environment Agency and other key delivery partners, including but not limited to, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation to ensure the Project is delivered successfully. Mrs Bethany Lewis has been employed by Herefordshire Council as the Project Officer and is therefore the main point of contact for this Project. To help local delivery, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation will be employing Catchment Advisors who will be engaging with landowners and advising them as to how they can use natural processes.

    NFM is based around the principle of working with natural processes to help slow down the flow of water, aiming to hold the water back in the upper reaches of the catchment to help reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities. NFM can involve a variety of things including; working with farmers to help improve their land management practices with the aim of increasing soil infiltration, installing attenuation features (e.g. ponds and wetlands), and building leaky woody structures which help slow the flow of water down the channel. The two videos below help demonstrate this idea.



    It is really important to get communities involved with the Project and it is therefore planned to set up NFM Community Groups within the catchments who will draw on their local knowledge to help guide the Project. The NFM Community Group would be made up of local resident and key delivery organisations, e.g. Herefordshire Council, Flood Action Group, Catchment Advisors, Environment Agency and key landowners.

    As part of the Defra funding requirement the Project must also gather evidence on the benefits and impacts of NFM. A monitoring plan is therefore being produced for the Project which includes things like river flow and level monitoring and soil monitoring. It is also hoped to set up some citizen science projects which will rely on volunteers, e.g. fixed point photography monitoring of watercourses responses to flooding or wildlife and habitat studies. The details of these monitoring plans are still being finalised, however it would be great to draw on local knowledge and interests to set up these citizen science projects.

    In order to inform the communities about the Project and encourage community engagement ‘project launch’ events will be organised in each of the catchments. The project launch event for the Bodenham & Millcroft brooks catchment was held on the evening of Wednesday, 23th January 2019 at the Siward James Centre Bodenham, HR1 3LS and was attended by about 35 local residents.

    To see the poster and a map of the twin catchment areas of the Millcroft and Moor Brooks, which are the focus for the Bodenham part of the overall NFM Project, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    You can also see Herefordshire Council’s press release by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/717/natural_flood_management_project_heads_to_bodenham.

    Date posted: 12/01/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice

    Balfour Beatty have published the following links should you require information about gritting or roadworks.

    For gritting route information, this can be found at

    For roadworks enquiries, a map of roadworks can be found at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks?utm_source=Newsquest_www.herefordtimes.com&utm_medium=MPU&utm_campaign=HH4106010.

    Date posted: 19/12/2018


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    To see Herefordshire Council's Annual Performance Report for 2017-18 please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 17/10/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    I attach a copy of the official ‘Declaration of Result of Poll’ giving the outcome of yesterday’s Referendum on the Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    I should like to express my most sincere thanks to all those of you who contributed so much, in so many ways and (in some cases) over such a long period of time to our achieving this excellent result.

    Tony Mitcheson

    Date posted: 13/07/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice

    Following the recent bad weather Balfour Beatty Living Places have circulated the following letter about the gritting of roads in the County:

    “Following the recent extreme weather it has come to our attention that there are several rumours circulating regarding gritting routes, responsibilities/ liabilities and use of grit from grit bins.

    Herefordshire Council has identified priority and secondary routes across the county covering almost 600 miles of our roads. These can be found at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/232/winter_gritting_routes/2.

    We monitor the weather forecast constantly and where road temperatures are forecast to be below freezing we grit to ensure maximum efficacy and prevent ice forming on the roads wherever possible, having to prioritise key routes before we are able to service secondary routes. Obviously we have to take into account the likelihood of rain and snow in assessing the frequency of gritting and the level of grit applied. In addition to this, we also use snow contractors around the County, usually local farmers with access to tractors with ploughs attached to clear the more rural roads during heavy snowfall.

    Given the extreme nature of the weather, we have had to use all available resource to concentrate on the A roads and other priority routes. We understand the frustrations that we are unable to grit all roads. but we work to ensure the safety of the general public and so we have to prioritise where our resources will be most effective.

    With regards to salt provided in grit bins, this can be spread by anyone who is able and does not have to be a Balfour Beatty employee. However, the grit provided in the grit bins is for use only on public roads and footways and not for use on private driveways. Spreading this grit does not mean that the person undertaking the spreading is liable if anyone then has an accident, neither does clearing the path outside your property.

    If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Kind regards,


    Carys Bate
    Locality Liaison Co-ordinator

    Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
    T: 01432 261800”

    Date posted: 14/12/2017


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Herefordshire Council recently revised its Code of Conduct for Councillors and in order to conform with this the Parish Council has revised its own Code accordingly. It adopted this at its Meeting on 3 July 2017.

    To see/ download the revised Code of Conduct please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 03/07/2017
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    The following Reports were received at the Annual Parish Meeting on 8 May 2017:

    Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council
    Bodenham Leisure Club
    Bodenham Christian Fellowship
    Bodenham Community Charity
    Bodenham Flood Protection Group
    Bodenham Women’s Group
    St Michael and All Angels’ Church
    Bodenham Ramblers
    Bodenham Bowling Club.

    To see them please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 28/05/2017
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    Herefordshire Council have confirmed that Ladywell Lane is to be recorded as a public footpath. To see the details and map please click on the link below.

    The BM number is not yet known, but has been requested.

    Date posted: 28/10/2016
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    It is customary for the Chairman of the Parish Council to present a report on the Council’s work over the past year to the Annual Parish Meeting held on the second Monday of each May. At the same Meeting local clubs, societies and other groups in the Parish also present reports on their own activities over the same period.

    The Reports presented on Monday, 9 May 2016 can be read and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below. They were from:

  • Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council~~~~~~~Page 1

  • Bodenham Christian Fellowship~~~~~~~~~~ Page 2

  • The Bodenham Community Charity~~~~~~~~Page 5

  • Bodenham Flood Protection Group~~~~~~~~~ Page 6

  • Bodenham Leisure Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 13

  • Bodenham Ramblers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 14

  • St Michael & All Angels' Church, Bodenham~~~~ Page 15

  • Bodenham Tennis Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 16

  • Bodenham Womens' Group~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 17

  • Date posted: 10/05/2016
    Link: Click here for more details


    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Notice

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service provide advice to everyone and for the more vulnerable such as the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility the Service offers a free of charge fire safety check in the home.

    As its name suggests, a Home Fire Safety Check involves representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service calling by at your home to offer safety advice specific to your household and personal circumstances.

    During the visit, they will check your smoke alarms and install new ones if needed. They will ensure that you are doing all that you can to avoid the risk of a fire in your home and will also help you work out an escape plan in the event of fire.

    We would urge anyone who might be vulnerable themselves or knows an elderly family member, friend or neighbour who lives on their own or has reduced mobility who might benefit from a visit, to get in touch using the number below and request one on their behalf.

    To see if you qualify for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference PN14.

    Note that those doing the Homes Fire Safety Checks will always make an appointment in advance of their visit, and will always carry identification which they will be very happy to show you.

    Date posted: 05/12/2015


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    At its Meeting on Monday, 3rd December 2012 the Parish Council adopted new Standing Orders, a copy of which can be seen and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 09/12/2012
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Chapter 7 of Part 1 of the Localism Act 2011 made provision for a new standards regime which came into force on 1 July 2012. This places on authorities, such as district and parish councils, a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their members and co-opted members and requires them each to adopt a code of conduct and to put in place arrangements to deal with any allegations of failure to comply with that code.

    Herefordshire Council has revised its Code of Conduct to comply with the new legislation and has encouraged parish councils to base their own codes of conduct on this. This is because any complaint about an alleged infringement of a parish council code of conduct is dealt with by Herefordshire Council, and not by the parish council concerned, and so, by having similar codes in force across the County, the handling of complaints is made quicker and simpler.

    Accordingly, at its Meeting on 6 August 2012 Bodenham Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct, closely based on that of Herefordshire Council, which you can see by clicking on the link below.

    Details of the new complaints procedure can also be found at

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Section 30 of the Localism Act 2011 provides that a member or co-opted member of a relevant authority, such as a Parish Council, must notify any disclosable pecuniary interests to the authority’s monitoring officer, in Bodenham’s case the Monitoring Officer of Herefordshire Council. This part of the new standards regime came into force on 1 July 2012.

    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are defined in the Schedule to The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as being pecuniary interests covering:

  • employment, office, trade, profession or vocation;

  • sponsorship;

  • contracts with the relevant authority;

  • land;

  • licences to occupy land;

  • corporate tenancies;

  • beneficial interests in securities.

  • In addition to their own interests, members are required to declare the interests of their spouse or civil partner, of any person with whom they are living as husband and wife, or of any person with whom they are living as if they were civil partners.

    Each member’s declaration of interests is available for public inspection and those for the members of Bodenham Parish Council are recorded in Herefordshire Council’s Register of Members’ Disclosable Interests. You can find this on the Council’s website at
    or by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com


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