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Herefordshire Council Notice

WARD COUNCILLOR'S NEWSLETTER (SEPTEMBER 2018)

Budget proposals have been drafted by Herefordshire Council for the financial year 2019/20 and we continue to face significant financial pressures as the Revenue Support Grant from central government will cease completely in 2020, although we will be allowed to retain 75% of our business rate receipts.

Some other form of central funding will obviously be needed to cover the shortfall if we are to continue to meet our statutory obligations and our many other financial commitments. We await any announcements from central government with interest.

Residents of Herefordshire are now being urged to check their voter registration details and complete their annual canvas forms as soon as possible. This is particularly important for residents who are new to Herefordshire, or who have moved house locally within the past 12 months.

Local council elections are due to take place on 2nd May next year and it’s important that you’re able to vote and have your say. You can also sign up for a postal vote, or arrange for a proxy vote if you’re unable to vote in person.

Last August the council secured a £5m grant from the ‘Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund’ to enable us to support economic growth in the region by improving the major transport routes leading into Hereford City and the Skylon Park Enterprise Zone. The resurfacing programme to these major roads is now almost complete.

Residents will be aware of the resurfacing works now taking place on the A417, which you will agree, are long overdue. The section from Burley Gate to the Newtown cross roads are complete and the Bodenham section from the Pencombe turn (C1114) to Brockington Hall are also complete. These works will continue on as far as Saffron’s garage in early October and will include improvements to the existing road signs and white lining along with the introduction of a ‘village gate’ scheme. Local diversions will be necessary and we’re asking that residents continue to be patient whilst these vital works are underway.

Finally, consultations are now well underway to consider the regularising of the confusing speed limits on the A44, between the junction with the A49 in Leominster and Bredenbury village centre. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a positive up-date in my next newsletter.


Cllr Bruce Baker
Hampton Ward

Bruce.baker@herefordshire.gov.uk
M: 07748 387331

Date: 09/09/2018

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