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NOTICE BOARD - LATEST NOTICES

Herefordshire Council Notice
DISTRICT COUNCILLOR'S REPORT (OCTOBER 2017)


One of the most important roles undertaken by Herefordshire Council is the safeguarding of our ‘looked after children’ and elected Councillors share the collective responsibility for ensuring these children are safeguarded with the best possible outcomes for them.

There are currently over 300 children in the care of Herefordshire Council and during this time we become the child’s legal ‘corporate parents’. We also look after children from other areas, usually due to their extended family circumstances and we maintain reciprocal arrangements with other local authorities.

Children and young people can remain in our care until the age of 18, but if they continue on to further education or university, they can remain our responsibility up until the age of 25 – as would you with your children.

The operational structure within the Council starts with the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who do exactly what it says on the tin. They liaise with various agencies, including the police and social services and will take immediate action to secure the safety of any child or young person who comes to their notice and are the first point of contact for Councillors, or the public if it’s suspected that a child is at risk of harm, or is in immediate danger.

They in turn will be overseen by the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (HSCB) with the top tier being HM Inspectorate, better known as Ofsted.

These agencies will work closely with families to ultimately help children return to their family homes, but in cases where this is not possible or appropriate, the child can be placed under the ‘special guardianship’ of a relative, or in long or short-term foster care, or ultimately by permanent adoption.

The need for child protection can take many forms and will include the risk of significant harm from general neglect, emotional abuse and physical or sexual assaults, either within the immediate family group, or from outside.

An increasing number of children have become victims of physical or sexual abuse in recent years, but it’s been agreed that this may reflect a greater awareness of abuse following the publicity given by the media to a number of disturbing criminal cases involving the sexual exploitation of children by organised gangs, rather than an increase in this activity.

If, for whatever reason you believe a child may be at risk, or is the victim of abuse of any kind, either within the family or elsewhere, please do not hesitate to contact Herefordshire MASH, either by phone: 01432-260800, or on-line: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/MASH . These calls will all be treated in the strictest confidence. Failing that, please feel free to contact me at any time for help or advice.


Cllr Bruce Baker
Hampton Ward

Date posted: 11/10/2017
Contact Name: Cllr Bruce Baker
Email Address: Bruce.Baker@herefordshire.gov.uk

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
ADVANCE NOTICE - NEXT LITTER PICK


The Litter Pick will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday, 4 November 2017 and will be followed as usual by a FREE lunch of soup and rolls.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please come and help to keep YOUR village tidy and bring your friends along as well.

Please meet at the Parish Hall at 10.00am on the day to collect your litter pick, gloves and high visibility jacket and to choose your route.

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

Date posted: 03/10/2017
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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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH NEWSLETTER (OCTOBER 2017)


The October edition of the Parish Newsletter is now available on the Website. To see and/or download it please click on the 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: 02/10/2017
Link: Click here for more details

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Marches Energy Agency Notice
£140 REDUCTIONS ON ELECTRICITY BILLS


Marches Energy Agency (Keep Herefordshire Warm) have issued a press release giving details of the £140 reductions available to eligible customers on their electricity bills this winter under the government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Some energy suppliers are closing applications soon and householders are being urged to seek advice and apply now if they think they may be eligible.

To find out more please click on the link below to see the press release.

Date posted: 30/09/2017
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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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (OCTOBER 2017)


Planning Applications and Decisions
At its September meeting the Parish Council considered and made no objection to the following planning applications:

  • 172842/AM: Hollybush Cottage: Non-material amendment to permission 162976 glazing/ oakframing arrangement to gable end of extension.

  • 172947: River View: Remove Leyland hedge approximately 15-20 trees.

  • 173019/XA2: The Walled Garden: Approval of details reserved by condition.

  • The Parish Council was concerned about differences between the drainage proposals for the following application and an earlier application (151651) for the same site:

  • 172982 - Land adjacent to Stoneleigh: Variation of condition 2 151651 (Proposed erection of 3 detached residential dwellings with garages) - Plot 2 house & garage revised.

  • The Parish Council considered and made no objection to the following planning application, but suggested that conditions be attached concerning the lighting of the site:

  • 173116: The Crozen, Felton: Redevelopment of existing poultry site namely; demolition of three existing poultry buildings and erection of two replacement larger poultry buildings, feed bins and associated development.

  • Details of all planning applications and the Parish Council’s responses to them can be found on the Herefordshire Council website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search .

    Litter Pick Dates for your Diary
    The dates of the next three Litter Picks have been set and are:

  • 4th November 2017

  • 24th March 2018

  • 3rd November 2018

  • The usual arrangements will apply; i.e. start and finish at Bodenham Parish Hall at 10.30 am. All equipment will be provided by Balfour Beatty. Free hot soup and rolls for all those who come and help. For more details contact the Parish Clerk, Chris Smith, on 01568-797132 or at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

    Improving the Playground
    The Parish Council’s sub-committee - set up to consider how the money from the developers of England’s Field earmarked for improvements to the playground is to be spent - has met two playground installers to discuss how the playground might be improved and awaits their proposals. When the proposals have been received, the Parish Council will probably hold a public consultation about them. Watch this space.

    Improving Transport Infrastructure in Bodenham
    The Parish Council has also received money from the same source for improvements to transport infrastructure, and, as above, has set up a sub-committee to consider how the money is to be spent, and, as above, too, parishioners will be consulted before any decisions are made. Watch this space as well.

    Annual Audit
    The annual audit of the Parish Council’s accounts has concluded. Electors and their representatives have the right to inspect and make copies of the audit documents and the external auditor’s report and certificate of completion. Contact the Parish Clerk, if you wish to do so.

    Parish Meetings
    The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 2nd October and 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 2017-18

    Cllr Alec Avery ~~~~~~~ shalec50@gmail.com~~~~~~~~~~~ 01568-797744
    Cllr Tony Clark~~~~~~~~kay@rosewood166.plus.com ~~~~~~~01568-797943
    Cllr Sharon Collin~~~~~~sharon@saffronscross.co.uk~~~~~~~~01568 797366
    Cllr Jim Crane~~~~~~~~jimcrane1@googlemail.com~~~~~~~~01568-797095
    Cllr Dennis Jackson~~~~~dennisjackson647@btinternet.com~~~~01568-797404
    Cllr Pam James-Moore~~~pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com~~~01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Layton~~~~~dewdales@btconnect.com~~~~~~~~~01568-797251
    Cllr Tony Mitcheson~~~~~BabsMitcheson@aol.com~~~~~~~~~~01568-797170
    Cllr David Tilford~~~~~~~davidtilford@greenbee.net~~~~~~~~~01568-797658
    Cllr Kathy Tremain~~~~~~ktremain3@gmail.com~~~~~~~~~~~01568-797751

    (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: 22/09/2017

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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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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DISTRICT COUNCILLOR'S REPORT (SEPTEMBER 2017)


    Parish Precepts

    A regular subject of concern at this time of year is the requirement for Parish Councils to decide their precept for the following year. To most people the word precept doesn’t mean a great deal, apart from a large figure following a £ sign on their council tax bill.

    The Universal Dictionary states: Pre-cept. An order from a County Council to a Rating Authority for the levying of rates.

    With regard to the precepts in Herefordshire, all Parish Councils are required to set an annual charge depending on their estimated bills for the following year. This will usually include a small amount to cover any unforeseen costs, such as a Parish Council by-election, or damage caused by some extreme weather conditions.
    The Parish precept will be set to cover the costs of their many and various financial responsibilities, not covered by allowances from the County Council, such as insurance, their meeting room hire, the Parish web site, the Lengthsman scheme, the Parish newsletter and financial grants to various local groups etc.

    This can add up to quite a large sum, which is then collected by the Rating Authority (Herefordshire Council) from all the residents of the Parish who pay council tax, and added to your council tax bill.

    In my case for example, the Parish Council set the precept for this year at £124.40, but it must be remembered of course, that on top of this figure we must add the new Adult Social Care precept and the regular precepts towards the West Mercia Police and the Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority. When all these costs are added together, the extra charge to me this year amounted to some £588 – all on top of an already high Council Tax Bill! Fortunately, these charges are spread over a 10 month period.

    To ensure that your Parish Precepts are kept as low as possible, residents should try to attend their Parish Council meetings, especially at this time of year when next year’s precepts are being debated and decided, and quiz your Councillors on their costing plans. This is your money they’re spending, so it’s vital that it’s used wisely, with the costs distributed fairly.

    Finally, just a gentle reminder that as of today, there’s only 94 shopping days before Christmas!

    Cllr Bruce Baker
    Hampton Ward


    Date posted: 07/09/2017

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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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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2017)


    Planning Applications and Decisions
    The Parish Council considered six planning applications at its July and August Meetings. No objection was made to the following applications:

  • 171771: Peas Green: Proposed two storey side extension.

  • 163115: Land East of Pine Lodge, Dinmore, Herefordshire, HR1 3JR : A new house and detached garage to replace the collection of previously inhabited structures . (Appeal against refusal).

  • 172384/AM: Bodenham Manor: Proposed non-material amendment to planning permission ref 162506 (Demolition of former buildings and erection of three detached dwellings).

  • 172854/XA2: Land adjacent to Stoneleigh: approval of details reserved by condition.

  • The Parish Council objected to the following planning applications:

  • 172549: Land at Brockington Hall: Proposed development of existing part of garden for two detached dwellings.

  • 172552: Ashgrove Croft: Proposed two additional mobile homes, two touring caravans and the construction of a day room, associated hard standing drainage and re- aligned access track.

  • The Parish Council’s responses to planning applications can be viewed on Herefordshire Council’s website.

    Litter Pick Dates for your Diary
    The dates of the next three Litter Picks have been set and are:

  • 4th November 2017

  • 24th March 2018

  • 3rd November 2018


  • Lorries
    Occasionally lorries stray on to narrow roads such as Chapel Lane, Dunfield Lane and Ketch Lane. If you see a lorry on a narrow road, please tell the Parish Clerk about it. The day, time and direction should be sufficient for the lorry to be traced, but a registration number, company name or, best of all, a photograph help greatly. Most errant lorries are going to S&A in Marden or to Berrington Water and are following their satnavs rather than the road signs. S&A are always very helpful in tracing and correcting the miscreants.

    Improving the Playground
    The Parish Council’s Sub-Committee - set up to consider how the money from the developers of England’s Field earmarked for improvements to the playground is to be spent - has met twice. At the first meeting a questionnaire was devised to gather views, to which 25 replies were received. The results can be viewed on the Parish Council website - www.bodenhamparish.org.uk . The Sub-Committee expects to invite proposals and quotations from playground installers shortly.

    Improving Transport Infrastructure in Bodenham
    The Parish Council has also received money from the developers of England’s Field for improvements to transport infrastructure, and, as above, has set up a Sub-Committee to consider how the money is to be spent, and, as above, too, parishioners will be consulted before any decisions are made. Watch this space, too.

    Defibrillator Training
    The Parish Council intends to hold a free session for anyone interested in learning how to use the four defibrillators located in Bodenham. Watch this space.

    Parish Meetings
    The remaining Meetings of the Parish Council in 2017 will take place at 7.30pm on Mondays 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November and 4th December 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 2016-17

    Cllr Alec Avery ~~~~~~~ shalec50@gmail.com~~~~~~~~~~~ 01568-797744
    Cllr Tony Clark~~~~~~~~kay@rosewood166.plus.com ~~~~~~~01568-797943
    Cllr Sharon Collin~~~~~~sharon@saffronscross.co.uk~~~~~~~01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Crane~~~~~~~~~jimcrane1@googlemail.com~~~~~~~01568-797095
    Cllr Dennis Jackson~~~~~dennisjackson647@btinternet.com~~~~01568-797404
    Cllr Pam James-Moore~~~~pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com~~01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Layton~~~~~~dewdales@btconnect.com~~~~~~~~~~01568-797251
    Cllr Tony Mitcheson~~~~~~BabsMitcheson@aol.com~~~~~~~~~~01568-797170
    Cllr David Tilford~~~~~~~davidtilford@greenbee.net~~~~~~~~~01568 797658
    Cllr Kathy Tremain~~~~~~ktremain3@gmail.com~~~~~~~~~~~01568-797751

    (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: 19/08/2017

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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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