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NOTICE BOARD - LATEST NOTICES

Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (MARCH 2018)


Litter Pick
The next Litter Pick will take place on Saturday 24th March. The usual arrangements will apply: i.e. 10.30am start at Bodenham Parish Hall; equipment provided by Balfour Beatty; free hot soup and rolls for all who collect litter. For more details contact the Parish Clerk, Chris Smith on 01568-797132 or at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com.

More on Litter
The Parish Council has signed up to Herefordshire Council’s Stop the Drop Litter Pledge, which is a way of demonstrating and gaining recognition for the Parish Council’s commitment to reducing litter in Bodenham. Details can be found on www.herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop. Also, the Great British Spring Clean takes place over the weekend of 2nd-4th March.

The Telephone Box Library and the Bus Shelter opposite England’s Gate…..
….. Are both now functioning. The metal bench in the bus shelter will be put back in place shortly.

The Chapel Lane Bus Shelter…….
…….. Has been reroofed and repaired by Councillors Tony Clark and Jim Crane. The Parish Council thanks them for their community spirit.

Planning Applications
The following planning applications were considered at the Parish Council Meeting on 5th February:

  • 174761/F: Broadfield Court: Proposed change of use from residential to exclusive wedding events and accommodation. The Parish Council made no objection to this application.

  • 174285: Land at Brockington Hall; Proposed development of two residential dwellings on garden land. The Parish Council Council objected to this application for many reasons.

  • 174286: Land at Brockington Hall; Proposed development of a single house and garage. The Parish Council Council objected to this application for many reasons.

  • 180119: Maundfield House, Chapel Lane: Proposed first floor extension above existing living accommodation and single storey rear lean-to extension. The Parish Council made no objection to this application.

  • 180239: Stoneleigh: Variation of Condition 2 151651/F. Amendments to Plot 1. Consideration of this application was deferred until the next Parish Council meeting.

  • The actual comments made by the Parish Council can be seen on the Herefordshire Council Planning website. The comments made at the Parish Council Meeting can be found on the Parish Website.

    There will be a Public Meeting about the New Playground…….
    ……. On Saturday 14th April at which two playground suppliers - Eibe and Kompan - will be presenting their detailed designs for the new Playground. Please come along and express your thoughts. This is your best chance to influence the design of the new Playground. The Meeting will be held at the Siward James Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

    Vacancy on the Parish Council
    A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Alec Avery. The vacancy was advertised according to electoral rules. If no election is necessary - nominations closed on 27th February - the Parish Council can co-opt a new councillor at its Meeting on 5th March. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact either the Chairman of the Parish Council or the Parish Clerk before the Meeting. Their contact details are shown below.

    Parish Meetings
    The next Meetings of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Mondays 5th March and 9th April at the Siward James Centre. Everyone is most welcome to attend and 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. Find the latest news on the Bodenham Neighbourhood Plan there. The Home Page now 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. www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/ is the website address. You can also find the Bodenham Newsletter there.

    BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 201718

    Cllr Tony Clarkkay@rosewood166.plus.com 01568797943
    Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk 01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Cranejimcrane1@gmail.com 01568-797095
    Cllr Dennis Jacksondennisjackson647@btinternet.com 01568-797404
    Cllr Pam James-Moorepamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com 01568-797251
    Cllr Tony MitchesonBabsMitcheson@aol.com01568-797170
    Cllr David Tilforddavidjtilford@gmail.com01568-797658
    Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com01568-797751


    (Cllr James-Moore is the Chairman: Cllr Mitcheson is the Vice-Chairman).

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

    Cllr Bruce Baker is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Court Ward (Bruce.Baker@herefordshire.gov.uk).


    Date posted: 18/02/2018

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – UPDATE (18 FEBRUARY 2018)


    Copies of the representations made to Herefordshire Council in response to the Regulation 16 Consultation on the Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) are now available. You can find them on Herefordshire Council’s website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/directory_record/3031/bodenham_neighbourhood_development_plan and also on the Parish Website at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/evidencebase.asp .

    As you will see, there were 17 such representations – some from Herefordshire Council departments, some from statutory consultees, such as Welsh Water, the Environment Agency and Natural England, one from a local resident, one from Wellington Parish Council and three from developers, one of which contained information indicating an intention to apply for planning consent for up to ten houses at the East end of Millcroft Road.

    Mr Richard High, who has a lot of experience of examining NDPs, notably those of smaller towns and villages (including, for example, Breinton’s Plan), has now been appointed to examine our NDP. All being well, the Examination will start in late March and, although Mr High may make an unannounced visit to Bodenham, we may well hear nothing until we receive his report and recommendations. There are three possible recommendations that he can make – that the Plan is unacceptable in its present form and needs to be extensively revised and resubmitted; that the Plan can go forward to referendum, subject to certain modifications; or that the Plan can go forward to referendum without modification. We await the outcome!


    Tony Mitcheson
    For Bodenham Parish Council

    Date posted: 18/02/2018

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY


    A vacancy has arisen on Bodenham Parish Council.

    To see the formal notice of the vacancy and of the procedure for requesting an election to fill it 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: 06/02/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH NEWSLETTER (FEBRUARY 2018)


    The February 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. To see them please click on the 'Parish Newsletters' link in the 'Parish Information' section on the left hand side of this page.

    Date posted: 05/02/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (FEBRUARY 2018)


    Most of you will be aware by now of the recent commotion surrounding an ex-member of the special-forces who found himself in need of a permanent home in Herefordshire.

    A number of people quickly jumped on the bandwagon, having been egged on by a TV presenter and a well-known ex-SAS soldier currently making a living as an author. None of these people had bothered to make any effort to discover the true facts of the case and large numbers of anonymous internet trolls immediately demanded the head of the Leader of the Council, as in their opinion the Council had failed to comply immediately with their calls to supply this man with a house.

    Nothing is ever as simple as it first seems and I think it worthwhile to explain how housing is allocated in Herefordshire and of our stance with regard to our ex-service personnel.

    As part of the council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we prioritise housing for all former members of the armed services and they will always receive additional assistance to aid their applications. They’re also given an advantage on the housing waiting list by having their applications back-dated by 6 months. This will speed up the process of securing appropriate housing for them.

    It’s particularly important to know that Herefordshire Council does not own any housing stock. ‘Council Houses’ are a thing of the past and all available social housing is held by a number of different housing associations, which is the preferred process used by many local authorities in the UK.

    The council only operates the social housing register and will help local people to apply and bid for available homes from lists maintained by the housing associations. Once a bid has been placed for a particular house, the applicant will liaise directly with the housing association and not the council. However, the council continues to provide support for people who need to claim housing benefit.

    We currently have 1,328 people and their families looking for social housing in Herefordshire and 13 of these have an armed forces background. Everyone registered for social housing is advised that the more flexible they can be with their choice of location, the quicker they are likely to receive appropriate housing. For example, there are 24 one-bed properties available across the entire county and only three of these are in Hereford city.

    We know that it’s often hard for people to ask for support, especially if their personal circumstances are difficult or distressing and our staff will always be sympathetic and supportive, but they must be seen to be fair to everyone who needs help.

    The council continues to provide support for armed forces veterans across the county and we work hard to find suitable accommodation for any applicant needing it and it’s vital that anyone requiring support must be prepared to supply, in confidence, all the various personal details necessary for the application to be processed in a timely manner.

    Finally, the Council is currently working in partnership with the Community Self Build Agency to build new homes in Leominster, specifically for ex-service personnel.


    Cllr Bruce Baker
    Hampton Ward

    Date posted: 02/02/2018
    Contact Name: Cllr Bruce Baker
    Email Address: Bruce.Baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

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    West Mercia Police Notice
    ADVANCE NOTICE - CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS SESSION


    Cybersecurity is vital to protect your computer from malicious attack. PCSO Stephanie Annette - Bodenham’s Police Community Support Officer - is holding an awareness-raising session on cybersecurity on Wednesday, 28th February at 2.00pm in the Siward James Centre.

    All are welcome.

    Date posted: 19/01/2018
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – UPDATE (17 JANUARY 2018)


    Following the Regulation 16 Consultation on our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which ended last Thursday (11 January 2018), Herefordshire Council have confirmed that the draft Plan has been recommended to progress to Examination.

    During the Consultation a number of representations were made to Herefordshire Council regarding the Plan and these will shortly be published on Herefordshire Council’s website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/directory_record/3031/bodenham_neighbourhood_development_plan and also on the Parish Website at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/neighbourhoodplan.asp .

    The next stage is for Herefordshire Council to apply for three candidate examiners to undertake the Examination. Once they have the three choices, the Parish Council will be able to select their preferred candidate for the task.


    Tony Mitcheson
    For Bodenham Parish Council

    Date posted: 17/01/2018

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WHO IS YOUR COMMUNITY CHAMPION?


    Nominations have opened for 2018’s Herefordshire Community Champions awards, in partnership with Cargill.

    Five categories are open to nominations for people in Herefordshire who have made a positive difference in their community. The awards recognise exceptional contributions to local communities in the following categories: Community Champion, Volunteer Champion, Caring Champion, Environment Champion and Youth Champion.

    To see the press release please click on the link at the bottom of this Notice.

    To find out more information and make your nomination (the closing date is Friday, 16 February 2018) please go to www.herefordshire.gov.uk/champions.

    Date posted: 16/01/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (JANUARY 2018)


    I thought it would be a good idea to start the new year on a positive note to help contradict some of the negativity we read in the local press. There’s a huge amount of positive news out there, generally ignored by the press, so I’ve listed some of the achievements made by Herefordshire Council over the past few years, in spite of the enormous cuts to our overall budget.

    The Council remain on course to reduce expenditure between 2001 and 2020, by £97m and still maintain our statutory services. This is one of the greatest challenges for any local authority across the UK and was described as a ‘fantastic achievement’ by the external auditor last year.
    Plans are now well in place for a new city by-pass, hopefully ending 40+ years of debate and disappointment. The newly completed City Link Road has opened up valuable development land for housing and business and will allow the introduction of a new transport hub by moving the bus station to a new site alongside the railway station. Plans are also being developed to build a new ‘blue light hub’ near the junction with the A49 Edgar Street, something that’s desperately needed by the police and the fire and rescue service.

    The new retail centre on the site of the old cattle market has been a huge success, despite a great deal of political opposition during the planning stages. This is now the 5th largest growing retail area in the UK.

    The new ‘energy from waste’ plant, built in partnership with Worcestershire Council, was on-time and on-budget and the majority of our household waste is converted to energy, rather than being dumped in expensive land-fill sites.

    The recent improvement to some of our major ‘A’ roads was due to a successful bid to central government for £5m in funding. This resulted in 328 miles of road being re-surfaced, which equates to 19% of our total road network. Our contractors, Balfour Beatty, repaired over a quarter of a million pot holes in 2017 and the recent bad weather has added to the workload, but repairs will continue, no matter what comes our way.

    Plans for the new university are well on track and we’ve recently been awarded £23m funding from central government. This will be the first new university in 21 years in England.

    We were removed from Special Measures by Ofsted in 2014 and we now make Children’s Wellbeing our highest priority. The Council’s Children and Adult Services continue to face difficult daily challenges and we manage to keep over 750 children and young people safe 24/7. We currently ‘look after’ some 300 children in care and we support over 3,000 older people every day of the year. A recent national social care quality of life survey judged us to be the 5th best in England.

    There’s so much more to shout about and I’ll continue to spread the good news via my newsletters and our hard-working Parish Councils.

    I wish you and your families all the very best for a healthy and peaceful new year.


    Cllr Bruce Baker
    Hampton Ward

    Date posted: 06/01/2018
    Contact Name: Cllr Bruce Baker
    Email Address: Bruce.Baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

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    Wye Valley NHS Trust Notice
    USE HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES WISELY


    The following press release was issued by the Wye Valley NHS Trust on 2 January 2018:

    Health and care services in Herefordshire are urging people to look after themselves and their neighbours following a busy start to 2018.

    Pressure on Herefordshire’s health and care services has been significant and unrelenting over the festive and New Year period. As a result, many patients are continuing to experience long waits at the Emergency Department at Hereford County Hospital.

    Jon Barnes, Chief Operating Officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust said: “We traditionally expect high pressure on our services over the festive period and across the New Year holiday. This rise in demand materialised and our Emergency Department remains under extreme pressure.

    “Staff across all services in Herefordshire - health, ambulance, and local authority - are working extremely hard to cope with the demand.

    “We are advising people that they could face long waits in our Emergency Department while we treat those most in need, and we are urging them to consider alternatives to a trip to the Emergency Department - contact their GP practice during open hours or use NHS111 or see a local pharmacy if they are unwell but it’s not an emergency.”

    Dr Ian Tait, GP and Clinical Chair at Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “All partners are working together to ensure people are cared for appropriately.

    “We know there is ongoing pressure on ambulance services, Emergency Department, primary care (GPs) and social care so we are also reminding people to use services considerately during this extremely busy time of year.

    “We also want to encourage people to stay healthy and it’s not too late to get your flu jab if you are pregnant, over 65, a carer, young children or those with certain chronic lung conditions, heart disease, kidney disease and those with weakened immune systems.”

    A ‘Stay Well This Winter’ advertisement was also issued by the Trust over Christmas. To see it please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 04/01/2018
    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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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (23 NOVEMBER 2017)


    Further to the last Neighbourhood Plan Update on 18 November, Herefordshire Council have just informed us that the Regulation 16 Consultation starts today (23 November) and will continue until 11 January 2018.

    As I said in the earlier Update, this is an important milestone in the preparation of the draft Plan because from now onwards it is deemed to carry some weight in planning terms. This means that some notice will now begin to be taken of what the Plan says whenever future planning applications are being considered.

    The Regulation 16 Consultation is YOUR second and last real chance to influence YOUR Plan before it goes on to the final stages of the neighbourhood planning process. Please do take the time to read it and let Herefordshire Council have your comments on it. You can find the Plan, its main supporting documents and full details of where and how to send your comments at https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/bodenham .

    You can find the same documents and further ‘evidence’ supporting the Plan on this Website at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/evidencebase.asp , which you can also reach by clicking on the link below. However, you will need to go to the Herefordshire Council website mentioned above when submitting comments.


    Tony Mitcheson
    For Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


    Date posted: 23/11/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (18 NOVEMBER 2017)


    As explained in our last update, at its Meeting on 4 September the Parish Council approved the draft Plan and Consultation Statement for submission to Herefordshire Council for consultation under Regulation 16. This approval was, however, conditional because the documents first had to go through a pre-submission process to allow Herefordshire Council to update some other important supporting documents - the Habitat Regulations Assessment, the Strategic Environmental Assessment, and the Policies Maps which show the proposed settlement boundaries and all the specially designated areas in the Parish, such as the Conservation Area, the River Lugg Special Area of Conservation and our Sites of Special Scientific Interest, etc.

    This pre-submission phase also allowed us to ensure that the housing supply figures in our draft Plan – the number of houses which have been granted planning permission in the Neighbourhood Area since the plan period started in 2011 – agreed with the data in Herefordshire Council’s own 2017 Five Year Housing Supply Statement.

    This work resulted in some amendments to the Plan, most notably to paragraphs 3.1 – 3.6 and Policy BNDP 1 in the main text and to the tables in Annex F, but was completed in the second week of October. The Parish Council then agreed all the changes and the draft Plan and its supporting documents were formally submitted to Herefordshire Council on 10 November for Regulation 16 Consultation. You can find them all yourself in the Regulation 16 section of the Plan’s Evidence Base at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/evidencebase.asp , which you can also reach by clicking on the link below. (It is perhaps worth noting that the housing figures are already out of date because planning consent has just been given for another five houses on the land adjacent to England’s Gate Inn and this now takes our housing numbers above the minimum requirement set by Herefordshire Council’s Core Strategy).

    We are now waiting for Herefordshire Council to approve the draft Plan for its Regulation 16 Consultation and to tell us when that will be. This will be an important milestone in the preparation of the Plan because, even though there is still a long way to go before a Referendum is held to decide its fate, from the Regulation 16 stage onwards the draft Plan is deemed to carry some weight in planning terms. In other words some notice will now begin to be taken of what the Plan says when future planning applications are being considered.


    Tony Mitcheson
    For Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 18/11/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT


    Notice is given that the Audit by Grant Thornton UK LLP of the Parish Council’s Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 was concluded on 12 September 2017 and the Annual Governance Statement, Accounting Statements and the External Auditor Certificate and Report (Annual Return) have been published.

    To see a copy of the Notice please click on the link below. For any further information please contact the Parish Clerk.

    Date posted: 25/09/2017
    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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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (21 SEPTEMBER 2017)


    Many thanks to all those who attended the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meeting in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, 19 September to hear the outcome of last year’s Regulation 14 Consultation, find out how our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has been amended as a result, and learn about the way forward in getting the Plan adopted.

    In case you were not able to be at the Meeting, the latest situation is that on 4 September the Parish Council approved the draft Plan and one of its key supporting documents, the draft Consultation Statement, for submission to Herefordshire Council for the next stage in the adoption process, the Regulation 16 Consultation. This approval was, however, subject to any changes to these documents which may still be required (see below).

    Everybody on the NDP e-mail list has received copies of the two documents, but for technical reasons I have not yet been able to post them on the Parish Website. If you are not on the list and would like to see them, please e-mail your request to me at babsmitcheson@aol.com and also let me know whether or not you would like to have your name added to the list.

    In advance of our formal Regulation 16 submission to Herefordshire Council, the draft Plan and Consultation Statement have been sent to the Council so that they can update two other important documents, the Habitat Regulations Assessment and the Strategic Environmental Assessment. These have to be submitted at the same time as our NDP and the updates may result in some changes having to be made to the Plan. Being given a preview of our draft Plan also gives Herefordshire Council the opportunity to update their master planning maps with information contained in our maps, such as our proposed settlement boundaries, and to convert our maps into the correct standard format required in all Herefordshire NDPs.

    With all this work still to be done, the formal submission of our draft Plan is now likely to be made in the second half of October. It will then be in the hands of Herefordshire Council to take the Plan forward, and so we cannot yet predict when the six week Regulation 16 Consultation will actually take place. Watch this space!


    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 21/09/2017

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    IMPROVING THE PLAYGROUND - CONSULTATION RESULTS


    Bodenham Parish Council is seeking to improve the playground on the Village Green In Bodenham Moor and wanted to obtain the views of as many people living in Bodenham as possible. As part of this consultation process with parishioners a questionnaire was produced which every child in St Michael’s School living in Bodenham was given to give to their parents. The children could complete the questionnaire, too, of course, as could anyone.

    The Consultation ended on 31 July and to see the results please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 19/08/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RIGHTS OF WAY IMPROVEMENT PLAN


    The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) is an objective and strategic view of the rights of way network in the County and looks at how to benefit different types of user.

    The current ROWIP was produced in 2007 with assistance from many individuals, groups and organisations and set out the Council’s priorities for its public path network over a 10 year period. The Council is required to periodically review its plan and to further consult on it in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

    The plan has been reviewed and updated, setting out the Council’s five key aims and priorities for its public path network over the next ten years:

  • Enhance health, well-being and enjoyment of life

  • Increase economic prosperity

  • Improve local transport networks and travel choice

  • Provide access for all

  • Increase community involvement

  • The new ROWIP has been drafted with the help of Herefordshire’s Local Access Forum. It is intended that any changes made are light touch, bringing the document up to date and reflecting new aims and priorities. The assessments referred to reflect conclusions drawn from previously collected data that supported the original Plan.

    Let us know what you think

    Herefordshire Council now invite you to contribute to the ROWIP Consultation

    We welcome your comments and feedback. Please read the ROWIP 2017 to 2027, which you can access by clicking on the link below, and then let us know your views.

    You can email herefordshireprow@bblivingplaces.com or write to Balfour Beatty Living Places, Unit 3, Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas, Hereford, HR2 6JT.

    The consultation closing date is Friday 10 November 2017.

    If you have any questions about the plan, please email herefordshireprow@bblivingplaces.com

    We treat any information you provide as strictly confidential and use it only for the purposes described here. We will not share it with any other parties.

    Thank you.

    Date posted: 18/08/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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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
    CONSULTATION ON IMPROVING THE PLAYGROUND


    Bodenham Parish Council is seeking to improve the playground and wishes to obtain the views of as many people living in Bodenham as possible. As part of this consultation process with parishioners a questionnaire has been produced which every child in St Michael’s School living in Bodenham has been given to give to their parents. The children can complete the questionnaire, too, of course, as can anyone. The more feedback, the better.

    To download the questionnaire please click on the link below and complete the form to let us know what facilities and equipment you would like to see included. Your ideas will help to make this happen in the best possible way. (Instructions for returning questionnaires are at the bottom of the form).

    Please spread the word!

    Date posted: 02/07/2017
    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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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING (8 MAY 17)


    The unconfirmed Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 8 May 2017 are now available. To see them please click on the link below.

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

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING (8 MAY 2017)


    The unconfirmed Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting on 8 May 2017 are now available. To see them please click on the link below.

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

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      Notice
    ‘427 CLUB’ FRIDAY MINIBUS TO LEOMINSTER


    The minibus linking Bodenham, Risbury and Stoke Prior with Leominster will continue to run on Fridays, after an initial successful six months. This is an initiative which has been set up between the Parish Councils and Leominster Town Council - it operates as a club for members, and is run by Community Wheels in Leominster.

    To use the service you must join as a member of the ‘427 Club’, which costs £12.50 for six months (starting 1 April), and must book a seat.

    Although the minibus runs to the old 427 timetable, you must book your journeys in advance, but you will be able to make a regular advance booking for Fridays.

    Fares are £5 return from Bodenham, £3 return from Risbury, and £2 return from Stoke Prior, payable on the bus.

    To join the 427 Club and book your journeys, telephone Community Wheels on 01568-615785 or email communitywheels@hvoss.org.uk
    Philip Brown

    For full details, including the timetable, please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 03/04/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above
    Email Address: See above

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (21 NOVEMBER 2016)


    The formal Regulation 14 Consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan has now ended and the deadline for comments to be submitted has passed.

    A big thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to read the Plan and send us their comments on it. You provided us with a lot of useful and supportive feedback which we are now analysing to see what amendments need to be made to the draft Plan. All your comments, together with the Parish Council’s response to each of them, will be published on the Parish Website (www.bodenhamparish.org.uk ) in due course.

    As always, we will keep you informed through the Newsletter and the Parish Website of our progress in seeking to get the Plan finalised and approved.


    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 21/11/2016
    Contact Name: Tony Mitcheson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS UPDATE (OCT 2016)


    PURPOSE OF BRIEFING

    This briefing is to provide an up to date picture of the position in Herefordshire in relation to Syrian refugees, general asylum dispersal and unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC). Please see previous briefing notes for further background detail.

    If you require any further clarification please get in touch via the refugee support email refugeesupport@herefordshire.gov.uk.


    OVERVIEW

    Syrian Refugee Programme

    In anticipation of the arrival of our first cohort of 29 refugees in late November 2016, we have now agreed the families who will be arriving in Herefordshire with the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership.

    Refugee Action has successfully recruited a Hereford resettlement manager and two Hereford resettlement workers, along with a strong cohort of volunteers. The Hereford team is due to start by the week commencing 21 November and training for volunteers will also be completed by early November. Experienced colleagues from other areas of Refugee Action have been planning with local colleagues for the November arrival and will support the new Hereford team through this time.

    All of the November arrivals will be housed in private sector accommodation located in Hereford or its immediate vicinity.

    Any further updates or specific requests for support will be posted on our newsroom. Please ensure you have subscribed to the newsfeed to receive these updates by entering your email address in the ‘subscribe to email and RSS page updates’ box in the top right hand corner.

    Asylum Dispersal Scheme

    The government is expecting councils, including Herefordshire, to join the asylum dispersal scheme and is seeking agreements with increasing urgency. At this stage Herefordshire has not agreed to be part of the scheme. There is a meeting scheduled for the end of November with the Home Office and the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership to discuss the challenges that asylum dispersal would present in Herefordshire.

    Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

    The council is planning for the arrival of up to five UASCs due to be transferred to Herefordshire before Christmas, including those being transferred as part of the current relocation process at Calais. We continue to advertise for foster carers and supportive lodgings, as well as making arrangements for the provision of shared accommodation for those who are 16 plus and able to manage more independently.

    Community Cohesion / Engagement Event

    Hereford Diocese hosted another community, faith and volunteers meeting on 5 October. This was well attended and gave opportunity for an update from the council and Refugee Action. There was positive engagement and conversation between all parties, although there are some concerns around community cohesion, which Neville Meredith is working to address with colleagues in the police and Refugee Action.



    Ewen Archibald
    Lead officer for refugees and asylum seekers


    Date posted: 10/11/2016

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION - A REMINDER!


    Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look at the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan and send in their comments on it.

    If you have not yet responded, this is just a reminder that the six week Consultation on the Plan finishes next Monday (14 November) and the final deadline for comments to be submitted is 5.00pm on Sunday, 20 November.

    You should have had an opportunity to see the printed copy of the draft Plan which was delivered to your home or business at the beginning of October, together with the form for responses. However, if this is not so, you can find the Plan by clicking on the link below.

    In addition, there are further details, including copies of the form to be used for commenting on the draft, on the Neighbourhood Plan page on the Parish Website at
    http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/neighbourhoodplan.asp

    We look forward to hearing from you, if we have not already done so!

    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
    Date posted: 07/11/2016
    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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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    CONSULTATION ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS STARTED


    The formal six-week Consultation on the draft Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan starts today, Monday, 3 October, and will end on Monday, 14 November 2016, with the deadline for comments being 5.00pm on Sunday, 20 November 2016.

    By now you should have received a printed copy of the draft Plan. Volunteers have been delivering these door to door to households and businesses over the past week. (Please note that there will only be one copy of the Plan for each household or business, but comments on it can, of course, be submitted by any number of individuals within them).

    If you think that your household or business should have received a printed copy of the draft Plan and it has not arrived, please contact Cllr Pam James-Moore on 01568-797330 or at pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com .

    If you wish, you can see and/or download a copy of the draft Plan by clicking on the link at the bottom of this Notice, and you can also find a lot more information (about the neighbourhood planning process, about the evidence on which the Plan is based, about why this Consultation is taking place, and why it is so important to the future of our Parish) by going to the Neighbourhood Plan web page. (Either click on the 'Neighbourhood Plan' link in the left hand column of this page under 'Parish Information' or use your web browser to go to http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/neighbourhoodplan.asp ).

    You can submit your comments at any time so long as it’s before 5.00pm on Sunday, 20 November 2016. Please use the standard response form which came in the copy of the Plan delivered to you. Alternatively, you can download the form as either a MS Word or pdf document by using the links in the last paragraph on the Neighbourhood Plan web page.

    You can return your completed form:

  • as an e-mail attachment to bodenhamneighbourhoodplan@gmail.com , or

  • by placing it in one of the special boxes at Saffron’s Cross Garage, Bodenham Post Office and Millcroft Farm, or

  • by post to Millcroft Farm, Bodenham, HR1 3LA.


  • YOUR comments on the draft Plan really are important. At the moment the Plan is only a draft and YOUR views can change it so long as any changes are well supported and do not conflict with national planning policy and Herefordshire Council’s Local Plan.

    We look forward to hearing from you!



    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 03/10/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (8 SEPTEMBER 2016)


    The updated draft Neighbourhood Development Plan is now available and you can find it by clicking on the link below.

    It was approved by the Parish Council at its Meeting on 1 August 2016 for circulation in the forthcoming Regulation 14 Consultation. This is the six week period during which the draft Plan is made available for formal public consideration and comment, particularly by those who live in Bodenham Parish, have a business in the Parish, or work here.

    There will be a meeting in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 20 September, at which the key issues covered by the draft Plan and the main new policies proposed in it will be outlined, and any initial questions can be answered.

    Following the meeting, printed copies of the draft Plan will be delivered to households and businesses by volunteers in the week Monday 26 September - Sunday, 2 October 2016. (Please note that there will only be one copy of the Plan for each household or business, but comments on it can, of course, be submitted by any number of individuals within them).

    The formal six-week Consultation will then take place between Monday, 3 October and Monday, 14 November 2016 and the deadline for comments will be 5.00pm on Sunday, 20 November 2016.

    You can find further details, including the form to be used for commenting on the draft, by going to the Neighbourhood Plan page on this Website. (Click on the ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ link under ‘Parish Information’ in the left hand column of this page, or go to http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/neighbourhoodplan.asp .


    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 08/09/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    There will be a Meeting of the Bodenham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 20 September in the Parish Hall.

    The key points covered in the revised draft Neighbourhood Plan will be outlined, as well as the arrangements for the Regulation 14 Consultation on the draft Plan, which will take place over the six weeks from Monday, 3 October - Monday 14 November. There will, of course, be time for questions and discussion.

    ALL ARE WELCOME!

    To see/ download the poster please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 02/09/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING UPDATE (17 AUGUST 2016)


    Over the past few months the Neighbourhood Plan has been largely redrafted in the light of the conclusions from the Survey carried out in late 2014, as well as an extensive study of the lessons to be drawn from neighbourhood plans being developed elsewhere in the country.

    The new version of the Plan was approved by the Parish Council at its Meeting on Monday, 1 August and the next stage is for it to be printed and circulated to every household and business in the Parish for the formal public ‘Regulation 14’ Consultation.

    Most of the evidence supporting the Plan is already available in the Neighbourhood Plan section of this Website and the Plan itself will be published there shortly.

    There will be a public Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meeting in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 20 September to ‘launch’ the draft Plan. Everyone is most welcome to attend. The aim will be to draw attention to the main issues covered in the Plan and the key planning policies which are being proposed for adoption in it, as well as to answer any general questions related to neighbourhood planning.

    Copies of the Plan will then be delivered to all households and businesses in the Parish during the week 26 September – 2 October in time for the six week Consultation which will run from 3 October to 14 November. Responses will be considered with the help of our independent planning consultant and any necessary modifications will be made to the draft before the Plan moves on to the next stage.

    Date posted: 17/08/2016
    Contact Name: Cllr Tony Mitcheson
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com

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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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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP MEETING


    The main subject on the Agenda is likely to be a discussion of the draft ‘Summary and Conclusions’ drawn from Data Orchard CIC’s analysis of the responses to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey carried out last September/ October. (See the two Neighbourhood Plan Updates on 19 February 2015).

    All are very welcome to attend. Please try and arrive early so that the formalities of signing in can be completed in time for a prompt start to the Meeting at 7.30pm.

    Date posted: 10/03/2015

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEXT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP MEETING


    The next Meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 10 March in the Parish Hall.

    The main subject on the Agenda is likely to be a discussion of the draft ‘Summary and Conclusions’ drawn from Data Orchard CIC’s analysis of the responses to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey carried out last September/ October. (See the two Neighbourhood Plan Updates on 19 February 2015).

    All are very welcome to attend. Please try and arrive early so that the formalities of signing in can be completed in time for a prompt start to the Meeting at 7.30pm.

    Date posted: 19/02/2015

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - SECOND UPDATE (19 FEB 2015)


    If you look at ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - FIRST UPDATE (19 FEB 2015)’ on this Website, you will find Data Orchard CIC’s Report on their analysis of the responses to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey which we conducted last September/ October.

    As explained there, the Data Orchard Report is a detailed and lengthy document and, when reading it, it is not always easy to ‘see the wood for the trees’. The Steering Group has therefore spent the past few weeks in preparing a summary of the Report’s findings and in drawing key conclusions from them. That work has now been completed and to see the draft ‘Summary and Conclusions’ document please click on the link below.

    Before we finalise the ‘Summary and Conclusions’ we would welcome any comments you may have on it, so long as these are confined strictly to the document itself and its interpretation of the Data Orchard analysis. You can send any such comments to Tony Mitcheson at BabsMitcheson@aol.com or to David Tilford at davidtilford@greenbee.net . Alternatively, you can let us have them in person at the next public Meeting of the Steering Group which is planned for 7.30pm on Tuesday, 10 March in the Parish Hall.

    Once completed, the final version of the ‘Summary and Conclusions’ will be used, with the help of our planning consultant, to inform the next draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.

    Date posted: 19/02/2015
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - FIRST UPDATE (19 FEB 2015)


    Despite appearances to the contrary, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been working behind the scenes on the next stage of the development of Bodenham’s Plan.

    Following the Neighbourhood Plan Survey last September/ October, we arranged for Data Orchard CIC to conduct an independent analysis of the responses to the Questionnaire and to report on their findings. To see a copy of this please click on the link below, but note that it is a large document and may take some time to download.

    The Report is very detailed and, when reading it, it is not always easy to ‘see the wood for the trees’. The Steering Group has therefore spent the past few weeks in preparing a summary of the Report’s findings and in drawing key conclusions from them. That work has now been completed and you can also find this draft ‘Summary and Conclusions’ document on this Website under the separate Notice 'NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - SECOND UPDATE (19 FEB 2015).

    Date posted: 19/02/2015
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE!


    If you have not yet managed to complete your Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire or, if you have completed it, but for some reason it has not been collected from you, there is still time to get it to us!

    Because some Questionnaires are still coming in, we have extended the deadline for collection until the evening of this Sunday (12 October).

    The Questionnaire only takes about 15 minutes to complete, your answers are completely confidential and anonymous and, in a small community like ours, your own personal opinions really do count.

    So, if you still have your Questionnaire, please do spare a few minutes to complete it and put it in the green Neighbourhood Plan box at Saffron’s Cross Garage or the box at the Post Office, or through the letter box at 2, Brockington Road, or in the clear plastic box in the rear porch at Millcroft Farm, whichever is most convenient.

    The final batch of Questionnaires will be being delivered to Data Orchard CIC for analysis on the morning of Monday (13 October). Please make sure yours is included in it!


    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 08/10/2014
    Contact Name: Tony Mitcheson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    REMINDER - NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE!


    This is just to remind you to complete your copy of the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.

    A volunteer will be calling at your house over this weekend (Saturday, 4 October and Sunday, 5 October) to collect it from you, so please have it ready - it really is important that YOU have YOUR say in the future development of Bodenham.

    If you prefer, you can drop your Questionnaire in one of the boxes provided at Saffron’s Cross Garage and the Post Office, or put it through Cllr Bob Clarke’s letterbox at 2, Brockington Road, but please make sure you do so by no later than Sunday evening, 5 October.

    Once all the Questionnaires have been collected, they will be passed to Data Orchard CIC who have been contracted to analyse them and produce a report. This work will be entirely independent of anyone in the Parish and its results will form the basis for the further development of our Neighbourhood Plan in consultation with our independent planning consultant, Claire Rawlings.

    Date posted: 02/10/2014
    Contact Name: Tony Mitcheson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - QUESTIONNAIRE UPDATE



    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire was the main item on the Agenda at the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting in the Parish Hall on Tuesday evening (16 September).

    Thank you to all those who took the time and trouble to attend the Meeting. We are very grateful for your interest and support and, through your comments and suggestions, for your contributions to the project. A particular thank you also to all those who have kindly volunteered to distribute the Questionnaires and/ or collect them after they have been completed.

    The Questionnaires will be being distributed over the next few days and that process should be completed by Sunday evening (21 September).

    At Tuesday’s Steering Group Meeting it was pointed out that Herefordshire Council’s Planning Committee was due to consider the Outline Planning Application for up to 40 new houses on the field opposite England’s Gate Inn the following morning. It was agreed that the timing of the hearing was unfortunate in that its outcome might have a bearing on how residents responded to parts of the Questionnaire, such as Sections Two – Housing and Three – Settlement Boundaries. However, the Questionnaires had already been printed and it was too late to change them or to delay their distribution.

    This note is simply to inform you that at the hearing on Wednesday, 17 September Herefordshire Council’s Planning Committee approved the Outline Planning Application for up to 40 new houses on the field opposite England’s Gate Inn. You may therefore wish to bear this in mind when you are completing the Questionnaire, and particularly Questions 14B and 14C.

    Should you require any guidance on completing the Questionnaire, you can find it in the Questionnaire’s Introduction, or by asking any member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group whose contact details are given there.


    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Steering Group

    Date posted: 17/09/2014

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    REMINDER - NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, 16 September starting at 7.30pm.

    To see the Agenda please click on the link below. As you will see, the main item will be a preview of the questionnaire which will be used in the survey of residents' views on the future of Bodenham to be conducted in the second half of September.

    All are welcome to attend. Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Date posted: 15/09/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    ADVANCE NOTICE - NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    There will be a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting on Tuesday, 16 September in the Parish Hall starting at 7.30pm.

    The main item on the Agenda will be a preview of the questionnaire which will be used in the survey of residents' views on the future of Bodenham to be conducted in the second half of September.

    All are welcome to attend. Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Date posted: 19/08/2014

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    To see the Agenda please click on the link below. As you will see, the main item will be a preview of the questionnaire which will be used in the survey of residents' views on the future of Bodenham to be conducted in the second half of September.

    All are welcome to attend. Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Date posted: 16/09/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (18 AUGUST 2014)


    As mentioned in the last Neighbourhood Plan update, our independent planning consultant, Claire Rawlings, has recommended that the evidence supporting our Plan needs to be further expanded. Although she has commended the 2012 Parish Plan and all the detailed work that went into developing it, she has advised that we ought to update the information which was gathered in the Parish Plan survey carried out in October 2010.

    The Steering Group has therefore been concentrating on drafting the questionnaire which will form the basis for a new survey. This questionnaire should be ready by the end of August and we plan to start the survey in the middle of September. Questionnaires will be distributed to every house in the Neighbourhood Area (i.e. the whole of Bodenham Parish) and, once completed, will be collected back about 3 weeks later. (If you would be willing to help with delivering and/ or collecting the questionnaires, we should be very pleased to hear from you – please let me know on 01568-797170 or by e-mail at BabsMitcheson@aol.com).

    As also reported in the last update, Claire Rawling’s advice is that our Neighbourhood Plan should cover a much broader range of issues than just housing development. The questionnaire will therefore be seeking residents’ views on a whole range of topics. The information you provide will, of course, be treated as entirely anonymous and confidential.

    So that you have an opportunity to see sample copies of the Questionnaire and to ask any questions about it, about the Survey or, indeed, about our neighbourhood planning in general, there will be a Steering Group Meeting in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 16 September. Everyone is most welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing there.

    Meanwhile:

  • If you want to see the existing draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, please click on the link below, but please also bear in mind that there are likely to be fairly extensive changes to it.

  • If you have any comments to make on any Neighbourhood Planning matter, please make sure that you send them to David Tilford at davidtilford@greenbee.net or drop them into the boxes at the Chapel or Millcroft Farm.



  • Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 18/08/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (29 JUNE 2014)


    Despite any appearances to the contrary, progress on the Neighbourhood Plan has been continuing behind the scenes.

    Following her attendance at their last public Meeting on 15 May the Steering Group met up with Claire Rawlings, our independent planning advisor, to get her initial views on our draft Neighbourhood Plan and the other work we had done so far. Noting that our start point for all of this had been the Parish Plan, she asked to see all the details on this we could provide.

    Having studied these, she has said that she regards the Parish Plan as a good document which will provide much of the essential evidence underpinning our new Neighbourhood Plan. However, her advice is that this evidence needs to be put in the public domain and so not only the Parish Plan itself, but also the detailed analysis of the questionnaire survey on which the Parish Plan was based should be posted on the Parish Website. This is now in hand, but will take a little time to achieve.

    Claire has provided a lot of other comments and guidance on how the Neighbourhood Plan should be structured and worded and she has given us two particular pieces of advice. The first is that, by confining the draft Plan to the consideration of housing development issues, we have so far taken too narrow a view of the purpose of neighbourhood planning. In doing so we have been missing the opportunity to use our Neighbourhood Plan to cover several other important issues raised by the earlier Parish Plan.

    Her second piece of advice is that, when our Plan is eventually subjected to formal examination, we will have to satisfy the inspector that our public consultation process has been extremely rigorous. This means that, even though a very full survey of local opinion was conducted as recently as October 2010 during the development of the Parish Plan, we will now need to carry out another survey to bring our ‘evidence base’ up to date and to focus more closely on the specific issues in the Neighbourhood Plan.

    Work on drafting the questionnaire for this new survey has started and, although we are not yet certain when the survey will be conducted, we shall be appealing in due course for help in distributing the questionnaires and collecting them once completed.

    We had been hoping to complete the Neighbourhood Plan project by next Spring, but the additional work entailed in expanding and redrafting the Plan, as well as conducting the survey, analysing its results and incorporating them into the Plan, means that the project’s completion date is now likely to be towards the end of 2015, if not in Spring 2016. Even this will not be possible if all the work continues to fall entirely on the shoulders of the very small group of volunteers who form the present Steering Group. We have therefore been seeking to recruit additional members to the Group and are delighted that Peter Tomlinson and Jim Crane have agreed to join it and that Rhian Powell has kindly volunteered to work on formulating the planning and design criteria which are likely to form a very important part of the Plan.

    If anybody else would like to contribute in any way, we would be very pleased to hear from them so long as they are not volunteering simply to represent a particular part of the Parish or a particular interest group. While obviously doing everything we can to protect and preserve all our Area’s natural and other assets, we are seeking to produce a Plan which is balanced to benefit the whole community, not any single part(s) of it.

    Meanwhile, as most residents will know, there have been three recent events in the Parish which have highlighted the importance of having a Neighbourhood Plan in place and the need to press on with getting it in place as quickly as practicable. First, an outline planning application was submitted for up to 23 houses in the field North of ‘Stoneleigh’ on The Moor. Although subsequently withdrawn it is understood that the property is now being advertised as being for sale ‘with development potential’.

    Second, an application has also been submitted by Hughes Architects for outline planning permission to construct up to 40 houses on the field on the opposite (East) side of the C1125 to England’s Gate Inn. Residents will recall from the discussions at Steering Group meetings that the Parish is required by Herefordshire Council to accept about 40 new houses in Bodenham Moor over the period 2011 – 2031. (We are making a case that the figure should be lower than 40, but that has not yet been agreed). Residents will also remember that, after careful consideration of Herefordshire Council’s current Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and other factors, this field opposite England’s Gate Inn has been incorporated in our emerging Neighbourhood Plan as the preferred location for any development in Bodenham Moor to meet that requirement.

    This choice has been much debated in recent weeks and from the large number of comments, written and oral, submitted to the Steering Group it is clear that the great majority of local residents accept, however reluctantly, that development on this scale will have to happen over the next 17 years and agree that the area opposite England’s Gate is much the best place for it. Although, therefore, we have yet to see the full detailed planning application and much work may have to be done before that can be fully supported, the Steering Group believe that the present application should be welcomed and supported in principle.

    The third recent event has been Bovis Homes’ ‘exhibition’ on 25 June of their proposals for the construction of up to 50 houses on Shuker’s Field, the area immediately South of Chapel Lane and East of the C1125. Residents will remember, again from Steering Group meetings and previous updates, that, like the field opposite England’s Gate Inn, Shuker’s Field appears in the current SHLAA and was therefore carefully considered by the Steering Group before they recommended that it should be rejected in favour of the England’s Gate option. There were many reasons for this, including:

  • The detrimental effect development there would have on neighbours’ residential amenity.

  • Shuker’s Field’s poor access to and from two narrow and busy C roads.

  • The already inadequate and overloaded sewerage system.

  • The site’s proximity to an existing and expanding intensive dairy unit.

  • Its proximity to four Grade 2 listed buildings ('Broom Cottage' and 'The Haven' to the North, 'Moor Farmhouse' to the West and 'Brook House' to the South.

  • The lack of local employment, coupled with poor local broadband and transport systems.

  • Concerns that a development of the proposed size would overload the local infrastructure (for example, the GP Surgery and School).

  • The danger that a new development, especially one on this scale, would increase the already significant flood risk to neighbouring properties in Chapel Lane and Orchard Close.


  • Residents will be aware that as part of the neighbourhood planning process, all members of the Bodenham community have been invited to submit their comments on this proposed development. To date almost every comment relating to Shuker’s Field has been that it should not be developed and that any essential development in Bodenham Moor should be on the preferred location opposite England’s Gate Inn. There is nothing new about this - it was also very much the view expressed at the outset by the nearly 100 residents who attended the Steering Group Meeting addressed by Ms Fiona Brereton from Bovis Homes on 20 January this year.

    The Steering Group believes that, especially at the moment when we have no protection from an approved Herefordshire Council Core Strategy, or a completed Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish faces a very serious situation. Despite the community’s clear opposition to their proposal, Bovis Homes made it clear in answer to questions at their ‘exhibition’ that they intend to press ahead as fast as possible with a full planning application, that they plan to develop the whole site at Shuker’s Field and not phase construction over a number of years, and that building could be under way as early as next year. Given that some 40 houses are destined for the preferred location opposite England’s Gate, Bodenham Moor could suddenly be faced with having to absorb 90 new houses, i.e. a 33% increase in its size.

    This is a situation which will affect not just those residents whose properties happen to be close to Shuker’s Field: everyone in the Parish will be affected to some degree, whether it is by increased traffic on the local roads, greater pressure on the Primary School or the GP Surgery and its waiting times, slower broadband access times, worsening sewerage problems, greater risk of flooding, or simply a change in Bodenham’s character as a rural community.

    In these circumstances the Steering Group’s recommendation is very clearly that, when Bovis Homes’ proposals are formalised by their submission of a planning application, this should be strongly opposed.

    The Steering Group is now getting on with the task of acting on Claire Rawling’s advice in revising the draft Neighbourhood Plan, as well as drafting the questionnaire for the survey she has recommended, amending the project’s programme to take account of the time needed to conduct the survey and analyse its results, updating the Parish Plan ‘evidence’ on the Parish Website, and so on. When this work is a little more advanced and the way ahead is a little clearer, we will, of course, announce a date for the next public Steering Group Meeting.

    Meanwhile:

  • If you want to see the existing draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, please click on the link below, but please also bear in mind that there are likely to be fairly extensive changes to it.

  • If you have any comments to make on any Neighbourhood Planning matter, please make sure that you send them to David Tilford at davidtilford@greenbee.net or drop them into the boxes at the Chapel or Millcroft Farm.



  • Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 29/06/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - POSSIBLE CRITERIA


    You can see a short report on the Neighbourhood Plan Meeting held in St Michael’s Primary School on Thursday, 15 May in the separate Notice under ‘Latest Notices’ on the Home Page. You can also find there copies of the maps which were displayed at the Meeting showing possible variations to the proposed settlement boundary for the Conservation Area.

    At the Meeting Claire Rawlings, the Planning Consultant whom we have engaged to help us with the development of the Plan, explained how, rather than defining a settlement boundary, we might use a criteria-based approach as a means of guiding where any future building development might take place in the Conservation Area (or, indeed, elsewhere).

    To see a list of possible criteria please click on the link below. There will be many others and we would like to hear from YOU what criteria YOU think we should employ. If you wish, you can put your thoughts in an e-mail and send it to David Tilford at davidtilford@greenbee.net, or you can jot them down on the list itself and get it back to him, or you can write them on a note which you can leave either at Millcroft Farm (in the clear plastic box in the rear porch) or in the Neighbourhood Plan comment box in the Chapel.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 19/05/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (19 MAY 2014)


    The Neighbourhood Plan Meeting held in St Michael’s Primary School at 7.00pm on Thursday, 15 May was attended by 43 local residents, of whom 12 were from the Conservation Area.

    Claire Rawlings, the Planning Consultant whom we have engaged to help us with the development of the Plan, was introduced and she gave a short talk about the advantages and disadvantages of specifying a settlement boundary as a means of directing future building development. She also explained how we might use a criteria-based approach as an alternative (see below). She then answered questions from residents, before the Meeting moved on to a more general discussion of neighbourhood planning issues and, in particular, where any future development in the Conservation Area might be sited.

    The last major item on the Agenda was a report by David Tilford on a Neighbourhood Planning Seminar jointly hosted by Herefordshire Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government which he and Tony Mitcheson had attended. At this it had become clear that we cannot afford to wait for Herefordshire Council’s Core Strategy to be approved – we need to press on and, with Claire Rawlings’ help, get our Neighbourhood Plan completed as soon as practicable. The timing of the next Neighbourhood Plan Meeting will depend on how soon the Steering Group can meet Claire and discuss the detailed way forward with her, but the date will be announced as soon as it is known.

    Those who have not already received them by e-mail can see the six versions of the possible settlement boundary which were displayed at the Meeting by clicking on the link below. Please note that these are only some of the possible options – there will be many others and what we are seeking are your own ideas about where any such boundary should run. (In each of the attached versions the red line is essentially the same and the variations from it are marked by the blue line. Version 1 is the one you will already have seen in the current draft of the Neighbourhood Plan).

    Please let us have your thoughts on these suggestions either by e-mail to David Tilford at davidtilford@greenbee.net , or in a note which you can leave either at Millcroft Farm (in the clear plastic box in the rear porch) or in the Neighbourhood Plan comment box in the Chapel.

    As already mentioned, using a settlement boundary is not the only way of defining where building development takes place. This can also be achieved by establishing a set of criteria against which planning applications have to be assessed. For further information on this, please see the separate Notice under ‘Latest Notices’ on the Home Page.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

    Date posted: 19/05/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    To see the Agenda please click on the link below.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Meeting.

    Date posted: 15/05/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE - MEETING CANCELLATION


    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group were provisionally planning to hold their next meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 15 April. However, as we explained at the last meeting on 18 March, further development of the Plan is on hold at present while we wait for Herefordshire Council’s Core Strategy to be approved and its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment to be updated and issued.

    Although we are continuing such work as we can (for example, seeking an independent planning consultant to advise us on the Plan), there is insufficient progress to make another meeting worthwhile at the moment. The Meeting planned for 15 April is therefore CANCELLED.

    A new meeting date will be announced in due course.

    This message has gone to all residents who have provided us with their e-mail addresses. However, I should be grateful if you would please pass it on to anybody you think might not have received it.


    Tony Mitcheson
    For the Steering Group

    Date posted: 04/04/2014

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (19 MARCH 2014)


    A big thank you to all the 46 local residents who attended the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s Meeting in the Parish Hall yesterday evening (18 March).

    As promised, an updated draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is now available. To see and/or download it, please click on the link at the bottom of this Notice.

    Please note that it is essentially the same as the previous (21 January) draft, except that:

  • The amendments shown in red font on that previous draft have now been incorporated into the text by removal of the red font.

  • As discussed at the Meeting, Option 2 has been removed from the Conservation Area proposed settlement boundary map (Annex G) and Option 1 has been incorporated within the proposed settlement boundary shown there. As was stressed at the Meeting, the boundary line shown is ONLY A PROPOSAL. It is for YOU, the local residents, to suggest how it should be altered to show where additional houses could be better located.


  • As agreed, the next Meeting of the Steering Group will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 15 April in the Parish Hall.

    Meanwhile, please remember that this is YOUR Plan and we are keen to hear your views and suggestions, preferably be e-mail to davidtilford@greenbee.net or on the comment sheets provided at the Open Days and at yesterday’s Meeting. Any completed comment sheets may be dropped off at Millcroft Farm (in the clear plastic box in the rear porch), put in the box provided at the Chapel’s coffee mornings, or handed to any Parish Councillor. (If required, extra copies of the blank comment sheets are available at Millcroft Farm, at the Chapel and at each Steering Group Meeting).

    Date posted: 19/03/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    This is a provisional date and will be confirmed after the Meeting on 18 March.

    All are welcome to attend.

    Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting and, if you wish, print out the attached flyers for them. (There are also posters and flyers around the Village).

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Date posted: 15/04/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    The provisional Agenda is:

    Introduction
    Feedback from the Open Days
    Update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan
    Open Discussion
    Any Other Business
    Date of the Next Meeting (Provisionally Tuesday, 15 April 2014)

    All are welcome to attend.

    Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting and, if you wish, print out the attached flyers for them. (There are also posters and flyers around the Village).

    We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

    Date posted: 18/03/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN MEETING


    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be holding their next Meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 18 March in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend.

    The provisional Agenda is:

    Introduction
    Feedback from the Open Days
    Update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan
    Open Discussion
    Any Other Business
    Date of the Next Meeting (Provisionally Tuesday, 15 April 2014)

    Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Meeting and, if you wish, print out the attached flyers for them. (There are also posters and flyers around the Village).

    We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

    Date posted: 11/03/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE (4 MARCH 2014)


    The two recent Open Days – at Bodenham School on Saturday, 22 February and at the Siward James Centre on Sunday, 2 March – proved very successful, with 66 residents attending on the first occasion and 95 on the second (not counting all those on the organising team).

    A big thank you to everybody who took the time to visit on either day. The Neighbourhood Plan is YOUR Plan and it is very important both that you understand the process that the Plan has to go through in order to achieve formal approval and that you have your say in how it is developed. We were very pleased with the number of comments we received (and it is not too late to send us more – just e-mail them to davidtilford@greenbee.net ).

    We now have to sit down and analyse all your comments and see how the draft Plan needs to be amended to take account of them. As soon as we have done that, we will announce when and where the next Steering Group Meeting will take place. As always, everyone will be welcome to attend this and at it we will provide you with feedback on what we learnt from the Open Days.

    Until then, the latest draft of the Plan remains the one published with the Neighbourhood Plan Update on 21 January 2014 (see the Notice under ‘Latest Notices’ on the Home Page of this Website).

    Thank you again for your support - and also for the support you showed during the Open Days for the work which the Parish Council are carrying out to improve our emergency and resilience planning.

    Date posted: 04/03/2014

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    Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Notice
    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OPEN DAY




    SUNDAY, 2 MARCH 2014
    At the Siward James Centre

    Drop in at any time between 10.00am and 4.00pm to:

  • Find out more about Neighbourhood Planning

  • Discover how Neighbourhood Planning may affect YOU

  • Discuss YOUR Neighbourhood Plan

  • Express YOUR views and let us have YOUR comments


  • ALSO

    PLANNING FOR EMERGENCIES

    What preparations should we be making?

    Can YOU help? How?

    Let us know!


    To see the poster please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 02/03/2014
    Link: Click here for more details

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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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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    BODENHAM LAKE



    Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of varied habitat, including riverside meadows, veteran orchard, newly planted orchard, a 'gravel' area and wet woodland and the lake itself is the largest area of open water in the county.

    It is a very relaxing, tranquil place to visit, with breath-taking views across the great expanse of water, a perfect place to come and picnic on a lazy afternoon.

    PLEASE

    • Explore and visit the bird hide.

    • See the 100 plus fruit types and varieties in the orchards.

    • Look out for wildlife and wild flowers.

    • Have a picnic.

    • Keep dogs under close control at all times, especially when the pasture and orchards are being grazed by livestock. Please clean up after your dog.

    • Take your litter home.

    • Do not enter, or let your dog run into, the designated nature reserve area on the South-West and West side of the lake.

    • Report any damage or anti-social behaviour.

    • Follow the Countryside Code.

    • Enjoy your visit.

    THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT PERMITTED

    • Overnight parking.

    • Camping.

    • Boating or sailing (other than by arrangement with Youth Services).

    • Fishing.

    • Swimming or scuba diving. There is no lifeguard, the water may contain toxic algae, the sides are steeply sloped and there are underwater obstacles.

    • Lighting fires.


    Herefordshire Council 2010



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