Ward Councillor’s Report March 2020

The Roman Road in Hereford is deteriorating

I’ve been complaining about the state of the Roman Road for over a year and have been thoroughly ignored. There are pot holes, deep cracks and areas of dangerously uneven surfaces; a Hazard to cyclists and pedestrians. The Volume of traffic is increasing, which is making matters worse and now there are lose bits of tarmac flying about as HGVs pass by.

http://holmer.markmillmore.com/the-roman-road-in-hereford-is-deteriorating/

I will be make new representations to Councillor Harrington who is the cabinet Member for infrastructure and transport.

Flooding at Ayles Brook

Last year I contacted Bloor because they had failed to maintain Ayles Brook I made some videos on the subject and got them, after much effort and warnings about the potential for flooding, to carry out some maintenance of the Brook.

However, it appears their work did not achieve the desired result because three properties suffered some flooding during the recent storms. This appears to have been caused by derbies from the site, which blocked the gullies and culverts and from site rubbish still in the brook.

I was contacted by the residents who copied me in on Bloor’s response.

“Whilst we are sympathetic to the flooding that has occurred, Bloor Homes must emphasis do not accept any liability for the flooding caused to you and your neighbour’s property. If you wish to pursue this claim we would suggest you contact your house insurance and we will put them in touch with our insurers.

In the interim we are however prepared to remove any wood chippings that has occurred to you and your neighbour’s property. This will be undertaken on Monday 24th February at 3.00pm. Please ensure access is available at the properties otherwise will only be able to collect what is reasonably visible from the front of the properties.

As for any remedial works on the development we will be removing any obstructions within the watercourse as a result of the storm as a matter of urgency.

We can confirm a road sweeper has been to site to clean the debris off the highway including a section of the highway fronting our development where flooding has occurred. In addition to this we have instructed for all the gullies in the affected area to be cleaned to ensure they are working efficiently. This should be completed by the end of the week.
Please be assured that the attenuation system is working efficiently and has been constructed to meet current design standards. However our engineers are reviewing this to see if any improvements can be made”.

I have a number of phrases and words which come to mind but ‘Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted’ is the most courteous I could come up with.

Update
Dear Councillor Millmore, further to my e-mail to you of 22 February, Bloor have now offered a payment towards the flood damage but there is still the long term issue about their balancing pond and discharge system not working properly

Full council meeting 14th February 2020

The council voted for a total council tax increase of 3.9%. This is above inflation and I voted against the increase. I did vote for Amendment one which would have resulted in a smaller increase. Some members felt that this amendment offered the opportunity to reduce the financial burden of the precept on those local residents least able to afford it without affecting the overall budget. However we failed to get our amendment through and were disappointment that the 3.9% increase was the only model considered in the budget.

It was claimed that the climate emergency and congestion in Hereford were the reasons for the increase. However, this council has turned down £180 Million of investment in Hereford’s infrastructure and I questioned the wisdom of their thinking and the way they arrived at their numbers.

Nevertheless we did manage to get Amendment three through successfully. Councillor Nigel Shaw explained that some minor roads never received investment or repairs. The proposal involved an adjustment of the Hereford Transport Plan to allow more roads to be repaired and drainage issues addressed. £2m has now been released from the HTP to be used to repair and maintain our U and C roads.

The first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Herefordshire

Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and the local authority is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Herefordshire are protected.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

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