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NOTICE BOARD - LATEST NOTICES

Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (JUNE 2019)


Parish and County Council Elections.
There was an uncontested election for Bodenham Parish Council on 2nd May. Nine councillors were elected. Consequently, there is a vacancy on the Parish Council, which will be filled by co-option at the Parish Council Meeting on 3rd June. Anyone wishing to stand should contact the Parish Clerk immediately.

The result of the contested election for Hampton Ward on Herefordshire Council was that Bruce Baker received 468 votes, while John Harrington received 611 votes and was duly elected. The Parish Council wishes to record its thanks to Bruce Baker for the work he did for Bodenham while he was Hampton Ward Councillor.

Planning Applications
Planning application 174285/F: Land at Brockington Hall had been opposed by both the Parish Council and Herefordshire Council. The applicant appealed. The appeal was rejected. The reasons behind the appeal decision can be found on the Herefordshire Council website.

Planning application 191417: Moor Court Farm: Proposed farm road, concrete areas to apply harvesting pad and open sided cover for grading machine was considered by the Parish Council at its Meeting on 13th May, when the Parish Council made no objection to the application.

Dog Fouling……..
…. continues to be a concern. If your dog fouls in a public place, you should clean up the mess. Always carry a poop scoop, which is a specially designed plastic shovel, or a bag to carry the mess to a bin. Dog owners should not allow their pets to foul at random in public areas. You can report dog fouling at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200226/report_a_problem/115/dogs

Fly Tipping………
……… also continues to be a concern, particularly in Smeadals Lane, where quantities of what appears to be animal bedding are frequently dumped. Fly tipping is a criminal offence. It can be reported at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200226/report_a_problem/98/fly_tipping.

Adult Exercise Equipment
A consultation was held seeking views about installing adult exercise equipment on the Village Green. Although the results of the consultation showed considerable support for this, it was felt that there had been insufficient responses to the questionnaire to justify proceeding at this point. It was also felt that the Parish would benefit from the creation of a Parish Facebook page in order to reach a wider audience. This is being investigated.

Parking outside the Post Office
Please see the separate Notice under ‘Latest Notices’.

Email List
The Parish runs an email list for anyone wanting to be kept updated about news about the Parish Council and Herefordshire Council - and, occasionally, other matters relating to Bodenham. If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email and 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.

Parish Council Meetings
Please note that the next Meetings of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Mondays 3rd June and 1st July 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.


BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2019-20


Cllr Alec Averyshalec50@gmail.com01568-797744
Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
Cllr Jim Cranejimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
Cllr Pam James-Moorepamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
Cllr Claire Pickardclairespickard@gmail.com07717-171272
Cllr David Tilforddavidjtilford@gmail.com 01568-797658
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: 19/05/2019

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
TRAFFIC HAZARD IN BODENHAM MOOR


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

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Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
ADVANCE NOTIFICATION - ROAD CLOSURES (UPDATED)


Balfour Beatty have issued the following road closure notifications:

C1125 – A465 Roundabout towards Shelwick

Monday, 20 May 2019 to (and including) Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily


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A417 – Cornett Bridge to Maund Bryan, Bodenham

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 to (and including) Friday, 24 May 2019

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily



Date posted: 03/05/2019

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH NEWSLETTER (MAY 2019)


The May 2019 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: 01/05/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES (1 APRIL 2019)


The unconfirmed Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 1 April 2019 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Parish Council Meeting on 13 May 2019. To see them please click on the link below.

Date posted: 25/04/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (MAY 2019)


Parish and County Council Elections.
Because nine nominations were received for the ten vacancies on Bodenham Parish Council, no election needs to be held on 2nd May, and the new Parish Council will be able to co-opt a tenth member at its next Meeting on Monday 13th May. The list of Councillors below comes into effect on that day.

Planning Applications
No planning applications were considered at the April Meeting of the Parish Council, because none had been received.

The Annual Parish Meeting………
……. is an opportunity for local groups and organisations to submit a report on their activities over the past year. The report can be presented at the Meeting, if desired. It will be entered for posterity in the Parish Council Minutes, which are always available on the Parish Website. The Parish Council encourages all groups and organisations to submit a report, which can be sent to the Parish Clerk (details below) as soon as possible, please, and no later than 10th May. The Meeting is on Monday 13th May, starting at 7pm.

Litter Pick
The proceeds from the latest Litter Pick - held on Saturday 23rd March - were not quite as successful as the record haul at the March 2018 Litter Pick. Nevertheless 20 bags of rubbish were collected - and the bags were larger than usual - plus sundry large items such as two diversion signs and a live shotgun cartridge, which has been handed in to the Police. A dead deer was also found and has been reported to Herefordshire Council. To see a photograph of the collected litter, apart from the last two items mentioned, please click on the ‘more details’ link at the bottom of this page.

The Parish Council wishes to thank the 28 volunteers, who, in alphabetical order, were: Sharon Avery, Gwen and Bob Bowden, Rebecca and Tim Burnill, Jasmin and Jodes Collins, Nina Dowler, John Duncan, Jennifer Easson, Chris Hemming, Robin George, Tom James-Moore, Louise Little, Susan and Andrew Maxwell, Tony Mitcheson, Tracy Morris, Nan Murdoch, Jenny Nicolson, Sue Pearmain, Debbie and Andrew Pound, Rhian Powell, Chris Smith, Anna, Jennifer, and Sally and Gareth. Apologies to anyone whose name doesn’t appear here or is incomplete. Let me know, if so, so that you can be properly credited next month. Thanks are also due to Babs Mitcheson for preparing the soup, bread rolls and coffee, and Balfour Beatty for providing the equipment and removing the rubbish. The next Litter Pick will be held on Saturday, 2nd November 2019.

Email List
The Parish runs an email list for anyone wanting to be kept updated about news about the Parish Council and Herefordshire Council - and, occasionally, other matters relating to Bodenham. If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email and 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.

Parish Council Meetings
Please note that the next Meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.00pm on Monday, 13th May 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.


BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2019-20

Cllr Alec Averyshalec50@gmail.com01568-797744
Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
Cllr Jim Cranejimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
Cllr Pam James-Moorepamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
Cllr Claire Pickardclairespickard@gmail.com07717-171272
Cllr David Tilforddavidjtilford@gmail.com 01568-797658
Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751



Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)~~~~~~ bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com~~~~01568-797132

Date posted: 24/04/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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  Notice
NOTICE OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION


The Notice of the European Parliamentary Election for the West Midlands Region, which may, or may not, be held on 23 May 2019, has been issued. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

Date posted: 15/04/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 2018


The unconfirmed Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 14 May 2018 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Annual Parish Council Meeting on 13 May 2019. To see them please click on the link below.

Date posted: 09/04/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING (14 MAY 2018)


The unconfirmed Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting on 14 May 2018 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Annual Parish Meeting on 13 May 2019. To see them please click on the link below.

Date posted: 09/04/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT NEWSLETTER


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

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Healthwatch Herefordshire Notice
NHS LONG TERM PLAN . . . YOUR VIEWS


THE NHS IS CHANGING AND IT NEEDS YOUR HELP

PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE

Prevention and self-care
Health in equalities
Local out of hospital care
Emergency same day care
Specialist services
Learning disability and Autism
Mental health for children, young people and adults


Healthwatch and the NHS are seeking your views on how these priorities are addressed in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The information will be summarised and reported to the public in July. The NHS will use it to plan and deliver changes needed to NHS services.

Leave your feedback on https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/yourconversation/

Want to speak to someone? Call 01432-277044.


Date posted: 02/04/2019

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Herefordshire Council Notice
HEREFORDSHIRE NOW (MARCH EDITION)


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

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Herefordshire Council Notice
STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN


Herefordshire Council have announced the dates of The Elections Process briefing sessions for those interested in becoming a councillor, or supporting a candidate, at the Elections in May. These are being held in the Assembly Hall, Hereford Town Hall from 6.00pm – 8.00pm as follows:

Monday 4 March - Political party agents’ briefing
Wednesday 6 March - Parish Clerks’ briefing
Thursday 7 March - Prospective candidates’ briefing (open to all)

The Key dates for candidates are:

12 March 2019 - Notice of election
3 April 2019 (4pm) - Deadline for delivery of nomination papers
2 May 2019 - Polling Day
3 May 2019 - Count

Further information is available from:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/beacouncillor
01432-260107
elections@herefordshire.gov.uk

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

Date posted: 14/02/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
BECOMING A HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCILLOR


The launch of the campaign “Stand for what you believe in at the May local elections” has been published on the Herefordshire Council newsroom at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/728/stand_for_what_you_believe_in_at_the_may_local_elections


Your opportunity to make a difference by becoming a councillor at the next local elections

What matters to you in your local area? Is it making sure people with dementia get the help and care they need, or wanting good quality local jobs and houses?

You could be the person to make a difference by becoming a Herefordshire councillor.

The next local elections for Herefordshire take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. Herefordshire needs ward and parish councillors who are capable, energetic and engaged, with a commitment to local communities and a passion for change.

Perhaps you are already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step. Or you may be looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your local community. No matter what your motivation, Herefordshire will benefit from having a diverse group of councillors who bring different perspectives and life experience to the role.

John Coleman, Herefordshire Council’s Democratic Services Manager, says that those elected to be ward and parish councillors for Herefordshire will be supported:

“Herefordshire Council has launched a microsite with advice about what being a councillor entails and the chance to hear from other Herefordshire councillors about why they became involved in local democracy.

“Being an effective councillor is rewarding but requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, the political party they represent (if any) and the council. Herefordshire Council will provide training and support to guide all new councillors through the basics of being a councillor and how the council functions.”


To stand for what you believe in and become a Herefordshire councillor, visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/beacouncillor and ‘Hear from Herefordshire councillors’ https://youtu.be/OuBoHjNghWo

Date posted: 07/02/2019

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Herefordshire Council Notice
WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (FEBRUARY 2019)


This must be my final Ward Newsletter before the Herefordshire County Council elections on 2nd May. A period of political ‘Purdah’ comes into force on or about 12th March and selected candidates for election, including sitting Members, have been advised not to openly campaign, except by way of official literature, between that date and 2nd May and as most local newsletter editors will be publishing their April editions after 12th March, I’m prevented from going into print.

It’s been a pleasure to represent you over the past four years and I’ve done my best to help and assist with your various problems and concerns during this time, and for the most part, I think I’ve succeeded. However, I’ll still be available to offer and help or advice between now and 2nd May.

I’ve tried to attend most of your regular Parish Council meetings, which has given me the opportunity to meet many local residents and I’ve attempted to make my monthly newsletters informative and interesting, without being overtly political.

An additional election will be held on 2nd May to elect your Parish Council and details of the candidates will be published locally and on your Parish Council web sites. If you need any information regarding these elections, such as transport, polling station addresses or postal votes etc., please drop me an email or give me a call.

With best wishes


Cllr Bruce Baker
Hampton Ward
07748-387331
bruce.baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

Date posted: 07/02/2019

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Herefordshire Council Notice
DESIGN A FLAG FOR HEREFORDSHIRE COMPETITION


Somebody from Bodenham could be responsible for the winning design of Herefordshire’s official flag.

Over the past ten years nearly all the historic counties of England have acquired their own community flag. Herefordshire is one of just three exceptions. There are already some existing "Herefordshire flags" and a coat of arms. But this can only be flown with permission. And the flags you might have seen were chosen only by their designers and aren’t official.

The
Design a Flag for Herefordshire Competition will not only give us a great opportunity to celebrate together everything we love about our County but ultimately will ensure that we get our own flag, free for all to fly anywhere, forever more.

Every entry will be seen and judged by a panel. The best entries will be short-listed and then the people of Herefordshire will decide the winner. The winning entry will be officially registered as the county flag, credited to the designer, and make its debut at an unveiling celebration in the City.

There is no fee and anyone can enter (though under-16s will need parent/ guardian/ adult consent). Full rules and guidelines are now available, with entries being accepted from 1st March with a closing date of 15th April 2019. The short list and eventual winner will be announced in the summer.

To complement the Competition, a series of
FREE high-quality creative workshops will be taking place across Herefordshire, where the professional artists will be taking ‘Pride in Herefordshire’ as their creative stimulus and will guide participants through creative exploration of varying media.

To see the competition poster and also details of when and where the workshops are being held please click on the ‘more details’ link below. The workshops are open to all ages.

For further details and enquiries regarding the competition and workshops please email: herefordshireflag@gmail.com.

To download guidelines and the entry form visit:
https://www.the-shire.co.uk/herefordshireflag.


The Project has received grants from the Friends of Herefordshire Museums and Arts and Herefordshire’s a Great Place

The Competition is being administered by ignite CIC and managed by The Herefordshire Flag Committee (which includes representatives of Herefordshire Cultural Partnership's Strategic Board, Herefordshire Council, the Flag Institute and ignite CIC.)


Date posted: 30/01/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
WOULD YOU LIKE AN OUTDOOR GYM IN BODENHAM?



Would you like to see an Outdoor Gym in Bodenham?

The Parish Council wants to find out whether Bodenham residents would welcome the installation of adult exercise equipment in the village.

Please let us have your views by clicking on the ‘more details’ link below to download a short questionnaire.

Leaflets and questionnaires are also available from Bodenham Post Office, Saffrons Garage and various other locations around the village.


Date posted: 30/01/2019
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
THE NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT PROJECT


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.

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/library/

    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

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (JANUARY 2019)


    Many of you will have heard by now of the serious shortcomings of Herefordshire Council’s Children’s Services Department, in respect of two cases dealt with recently by the courts.

    The cases relate in the first instance to two children who were made the subject of care orders back in 2008, but who were never placed for adoption. Mr Justice Keehan stated in his recent judgement that the care planning for both of these young people by Herefordshire Council has, over the past 10 years, been woeful.

    The second case related to a pair of twins who were proposed to be adopted by different families. Mr Justice Keehan stated he was satisfied that the proposed adoption of the twins into two different homes was due to the incompetence and serial failings of Herefordshire Council and the egregious behaviour of some of its former staff.

    A number of other issues were highlighted by the Judge and Herefordshire Council have taken them all on board. Some senior staff members have been replaced and the young people involved, along with their adopters, have been invited to meetings to find out what can be done to improve the Council’s services, from their perspective.

    New weekly meetings of the Placement Panel have been scheduled to review individual child cases and these meetings will be chaired by a newly appointed Senior Social Worker. The legal team will also carry out a review of all children under placement orders and the Independent Reviewing Officers Service will ensure that care plans fully reflect an individual child’s current needs. Their other extremely important role is to challenge poor corporate parenting.

    There are currently 326 ‘looked after’ children in the County and 117 with Child Protection Plans in place. Finally, over the past 5 years there have been 94 adoption orders granted for Herefordshire children. It’s comforting to note that no children were in danger of harm during this period and another High Court Judge has since commended the Council on the efforts being made to make the necessary changes to the systems.

    Elected Members of the Council have been provided with briefings on these subjects and I attended one such meeting. As far as I’m concerned, the officers providing the briefing admitted to the Council’s failings and were extremely open and honest in their presentations and answered all our questions in a similar manner.

    I’m now confident that our Children’s Services will vastly improve as a result of these recent court judgements, but an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council has been called for 10.00am on 18th January, to discuss these matters further.

    Details of the meeting will be reported in the local paper and on the Council’s web site.


    Cllr Bruce Baker
    Hampton Ward
    07748-387331
    bruce.baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Date posted: 06/01/2019

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    INFORMATION ABOUT GRITTING AND ROADWORKS


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

    For gritting route information, this can be found at
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/232/winter_gritting_routes/2

    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

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARDS 2019


    Herefordshire Council are calling for nominations for Community Champions in the five categories shown below.

    The Awards have been developed to recognise and say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the extraordinary individual and group contributors, in Herefordshire that make it one of the best places in the country.

    The Awards are open to anyone in Herefordshire, and nominations are invited for those who have demonstrated commitment to making a positive difference in their community.

    The Award Categories for 2019 are:


    Community Champion
    This award aims to recognise an individual of any age or a group who help make a real difference to other people or the community as a whole, possibly with just small things that may go unnoticed. This Community Champion may give their personal time to assist others to improve their wellbeing or that of their local area, striving to make a difference in a dedicated and selfless way. Different to an active volunteer or carer, this could be someone supporting a neighbour in one way or another, or providing a specific community facility. It could also be a fundraiser dedicated to promoting a good cause which is very much close to their heart and the local community.

    Volunteer of the Year
    There are thousands of active volunteers in the area and the help and support they provide is vital to those in need. These people give up huge amounts of their time to improve the lives of others. This award category is open to all age groups and goes to a volunteer(s) who make a real difference. An individual or group who give freely and unselfishly of his/her or their time to help others, who have demonstrated innovation, teamwork, passion and integrity throughout their involvement and produced a profound effect through their work.

    Caring Champion
    This Award recognises the significant role of an individual or group who shows dedication and goes that extra mile in providing care and support. It seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication that carers show to their local community or society or the difference they have made to the life of a vulnerable lonely person or isolated people that they are caring for.

    Environment Champion
    This Award aims to recognise a person or group who has significantly improved their area and community environment. It may be safer, cleaner, greener, friendlier or more attractive because of someone or something that they have done. It could be a small project that has made a big difference or an ongoing effort to enhance or improve the area. We all benefit from the maintenance and improvement of our local environment. These contributions might include tackling climate change or promoting and installing renewable energy. They could be community gardeners, taking it upon themselves to beautify their local area, support biodiversity and wildlife and improve natural eco-systems.

    Youth Champion
    Awarded to a young person or young group who encapsulates commitment, contribution and giving, either to or for the community, individuals, family or others. Through caring, volunteering, achieving, in showing spirit or heroic deed, perhaps above and beyond expectation and in ways that would not normally attract the limelight. To be awarded for the best positive contribution to peers, their school or college, their community or local area and is to open to anyone under the age of 21.

    All finalists are invited to the awards ceremony and dinner at the Shire Hall on 22 March 2019.

    Each winner will receive a trophy plus £500, with an extra bonus £500 to the overall Champion!


    For more information and to make a nomination visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/champions

    Nominations close on 11 February 2019.

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

    Date posted: 15/12/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (DEC 2018/JAN 2019)


    Instead of my usual monthly report, I should just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.

    2018 has been an eventful year, not least with the huge amount of roadworks being completed throughout the Ward, plus the disruption caused by the widespread broadband cable laying works.

    These various works are vital of course and the brief interruption to our daily lives will soon be forgotten as we all start to enjoy the benefits.

    Looking forward to 2019, I would like to assure you of my continued support to the Parish Council and all residents and will do my utmost to ensure that Herefordshire Council continues to work in the best interests of everyone and that we remain safe and secure during the possibly challenging months ahead.

    With very best wishes


    Cllr Bruce Baker
    Hampton Ward


    Date posted: 06/12/2018
    Contact Name: Cllr Bruce Baker
    Email Address: Bruce.Baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL'S ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    'CONCLUSION OF AUDIT' NOTICE'


    You can see/ download the formal 'Notice of Conclusion of Audit' for the Parish Council's Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 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: 17/08/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL EXTERNAL AUDIT OF PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS


    There is a requirement that, because Section 2 of the Accounting Statements in the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for Bodenham Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 have been restated, the amended version should be published on the Parish Website.

    You can see this amended version by clicking on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 20/07/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN


    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

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    ROAD GRITTING IN BAD WEATHER


    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

    Carys Bate
    Locality Liaison Co-ordinator

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

    Date posted: 14/12/2017

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REVISED CODE OF CONDUCT


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS BY CLUBS AND SOCIETIES (MAY 2017)


    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

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    CONFIRMATION OF LADYWELL LANE AS A PROW


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS TO THE PARISH MEETING (9 MAY 2016)


    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

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Notice
    CHECK YOUR HOME IS FIRE SAFE!


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NEW PARISH COUNCIL STANDING ORDERS


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT


    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
    http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/council_gov_democracy/36346.asp

    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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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REGISTER OF PARISH COUNCILLORS' INTERESTS


    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
    http://herefordshire2.moderngov.co.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=661&LS=3
    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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