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.
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.
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.
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.