February 2022

Ward Councillors Report – Christy Bolderson

Support for Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning and it’s a deeply saddening time to see the devastating impact of war on families and communities.  Herefordshire Council has collated resources together on the Talk Community Directory, to help Ukrainians, along with different ways that we can support each other.  There’s information on how you can donate to get urgent supplies to people fleeing Ukraine, and how to support children and young people who may have questions about the war or are seeking reassurance. The Ukraine support information can be found at www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/ukraine

Emergency number checklist

With the storms during February, many people were updating their emergency number checklist.  If your community experiences loss of power, each household should report it, so the providers have a clear picture of who is without power – this is especially important in rural communities. This can be done by calling 105.

·       In an emergency or if someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.

·       Power cut: Call 105  https://www.powercut105.com/

·       BT phone line issues: https://downdetector.co.uk/status/bt-british-telecom/

·       Gas leak: 0800 111 999 https://www.wwutilities.co.uk/services/smell-gas/

·       Welsh Water: 0800 052 0130 (Water emergencies) or 0800 085 3968 (Sewer emergencies)  https://contact.dwrcymru.com/

·       Severn Trent water: 0800 783 4444 https://www.stwater.co.uk/in-my-area/check-my-area/

·       Report a tree down, flooded road or highway obstruction- BBLP : 01432 261800

·       Flood alerts: Floodline 0345 988 1188.  Sign up to get Flood Warnings from gov.uk by phone, email or text message. If you live by a river or stream, keep a watch on current and expected water levels. You can see the actual water levels at different locations in the county

·       More information and advice can be found here: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/storm.

Shop Local – £15 + £10 for every household within Herefordshire

To support local businesses and retailers, central government funding has allowed the council to launch the ‘Shop Local’ campaign. Every household within the county was able to apply for a £15 prepaid card to shop within the county and support local business to help them to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.  A further £10 has been added to the cards and you have until the end of March to spend your money.  A few constituents have contacted me about issues activating or using their card.  For help see Shop Local – Herefordshire Council or call 01432 260027. 

Latest Consultations and Resident Feedback

·       Draft Environmental Building Standards Supplementary Planning Document consultation – The document does not introduce new policy but is designed to provide supplementary guidance on the adopted Herefordshire Local Plan – Core Strategy environmental quality policies. It will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.  Consultation ends 13 April 2022

·       Moving traffic offences consultation – have your say on the introduction of enforcement by camera for moving traffic offences.  Your feedback and comments on the exact locations where cameras may be deployed by Herefordshire Council can be submitted before 15 April 2022

·       Review into potential health and wellbeing impacts of intensive poultry farming – task and finish group under the remit of the adults and wellbeing scrutiny committee is seeking resident feedback by 25 March 2022

·       Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Garrick Multi Storey Car Park – consultation ends 19 March 2022

 

Full Council

The budget was debated at full council on 11 February and approved including a council tax increase of 2.99%, made up of a 1% adult social care precept which is ring-fenced to support the delivery of adult social care services and a 1.99% increase in core council tax which will fund all other areas of council service.  Due to the number of financial pressures on residents within my ward, I had supported a motion to apply a 0% council tax increase, however, this was unfortunately rejected by 27 members with only 22 members in support.  The 2.99% increase will represent an increase in the band D equivalent charge to £1,701.70 representing an increase of £0.95 per week (£4.12 a month).  The 2022/23 council tax and precepts were then set at full council on 4 March 2022.

Covid-19 update as of 9 March 2022

Case rates have decreased with the seven day rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on 9 March 2022 being 560.7 cases per 100k people compared with cases in England at 504.8 per 100k population.   For more information on Coronavirus see Herefordshire Council website and local data Understanding Herefordshire Covid-19 summary website

 

Neighbourhood Matters from West Mercia Police

Neighbourhood Matters enables residents, businesses and community groups to keep in touch with our local West Mercia Police teams and learn more about what they are doing in your community. It’s free to sign up and is a great way to know what’s happening in your area and what is being done about it.   You can choose to receive updates on crimes and latest information on on-going incidents. You can also hear about positive police action, good news stories and be able to play an active part in helping with public appeals.  To find out more and sign up, visit the Neighbourhood Matters website.

 

Highway or Footpath Defects
Rather than contacting the Locality Steward directly, please can I encourage you to report any defects and potholes by phone 01432 261800 or by logging onto the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads.

You can report the following items online:

·       Faulty street light

·       Flytipping

·       Public right of way problem

·       Highway drainage issue

·       Overhanging tree

·       Pavement needing repair

·       Pothole or use the ReportingApp

·       Road needing resurfacing

·       Road sign defect

·       Worn road markings or missing cats eyes