PACT (Partners and Communities Together led by Herefordshire Partnership)
will be available on
MONDAY MAY 10 from 6 pm. NORTHOLME COMMUNITY CENTRE
Belmont local policing team will be on hand so come along and make your
voice heard by
letting them know about the things which affect your quality of life
and help them work with you to
find the answers
Landscaping the Dorchester Way area
Work started on landscaping the area behind Dorchester Way on Thursday,
April 8. Conifers, dogwood and holly saplings were planted after which
Cllr Phil Edwards and Ted Dowling (SHARP) installed two bicycle stands.
Cllr Edwards has suggested the area should be christened Dorchester
Dingle but reactions on the website forum suggest that this may not
have widespread acceptance.
to the Parish Freighter service
Saturday, March 20, marked the end of the Parish Freighter (rubbish
and household appliance disposal) service supported financially by Belmont
Rural parish council for several years. The PC chairman, Phil Edwards
(on the right) was on hand to express the parish's thanks to representatives
of FOCSA and to Open House for their good work. A handbill has been
prepared by the parish council to explain the situation.
up-to-date with Belmont's big issues
There are good faciltities in Belmont for keeping up with projects and
events that affect the area. Draft plans for new housing numbers and
highway options to meet projected population growth can be accessed
at the library. Alternatively click on www.herefordshirecouncil.gov.uk
and go to Local Development Framework options and Local Transport Plan
final 69-house development is linked to the provision of Belmont/Haywood
Country Park where public ownership and use will prohibit further building,
and guarantee local environmental and healthy options. However more
challenges may come from a (possible) western relief road, balancing
the postive benefits of easy access to the north against disturbances
(during the work and after) to our current homes. In fact, would an
eastern route be of greater overall benefit?.
To assist in understanding
these vital consultations an officer from the county's planning department
will be present at the next Belmont Rural parish council meeting at
7:15 pm on Thursday February 18 at The Northolme Community Centre.
will tidy up banks of the Withy Brook
The trunks of the bushes have been partially cut, "lain"
to the left and interwoven with the stakes inclined towards the
right. (Below left) Kettle heated from tripod in traditional rural
fashion. (Below right) Driving angled stakes which interweave
with trunks of bushes. Note hand-made mallet, formed from readily
Pleaching of bushes alongside
the Withy Brook, between Northolme Road and Abbotsmead Road, started
in mid January. The work, supported by Herefordshire Council and performed
under the Wye Wood Project, aims to tame the straggly growth and convert
it into the substantial hedging that Herefordsire is famous for. Trunks
of the existing bushes are cut between two-thirds and three-quarters
of their diameter, bent down so that they are almost horizontal and
interwoven with stakes driven in at angle opposite to that of the "lain"
Irritated over a
number of years by the inability of official bodies to establish ownership
of the mini-roundabout opposite the filling station entrance on Abbotsmead
Road, a Belmont Rural resident equipped himself with the trappings of
legality (high visibility jacket, yellow site helmet and traffic triangle)
and set about transforming what correspondents to the website have described
as an eyesore into a thing of beauty. The Crusader for Comeliness, who
prefers this sobriquet to his real name, braved life and limb on an
exceptionally busy afternoon at the supermarket, crossed the road with
his fork and trowel and planted two dozen crocus bulbs in earth that
had previously only achieved horticultural expression by nourishing
sickly weeds. Asked if he had any regrets about this quasi-legal gesture
the Crusader acknowledged only one failing: the area was larger than
he had imagined and the two dozen bulbs would only cover a fraction
of what he intended. At this point the interview came to an end on what
can only be described as a pregnant pause.
Cllr Phil Edwards (chairman, Belmont Rural PC), with Cllr John Jarvis
(cabinet member for the environment), inspecting the distribution centre
for recycling bins (better known as wheelie bins). The new bin system
will start in early November. Black bag collection will continue while
half the wheelies in the weekly collection round will be emptied every
other week. Details of the household waste collection service can be
found on the parish council's notice boards.
by Cllr Glenda Powell: Wheelie bins will be delivered to everyone in
the Belmont Rural area week October 5, 2009. Information regarding this
service, including first collection date, will come with the bins.
a service you'd like to publicise?
The website editor recently received a request from a Belmont Rural
resident asking for help about publicising a child-minding service on
the local noticeboards. This was passed to the PC clerk. However, if
other residents also have services they'd like to advertise the website
editor would consider creating a new (free) page for this purpose. Send
your details via the website's email facilitity
to 75 bus route, plus reassurances about the 75 and the 82
Dist Cllr Glenda Powell has asked the website to point out that, as
from Monday, September 6, the number 75 Belmont bus service will no
longer drop off or pick up from the Shire Hall but will revert to the
Tesco bus station in the city.
She adds: "As part of the Wyes Moves Community Service, the 75
became a service in its own right in 2005. I have had many people contact
me in regard to large buses being used in Belmont and I endeavour where
possible to ensure that low-floor buses are used.
"As part of the Wyes Moves service the 82 Belmont -Rotherwas route
is still running for people working in Rotherwas. Although initially
the contract was for three years (2003 - 2006) through careful management
by the Wyes Moves Implementation group, which I chair, the service will
continue to run until September 2011. As both Belmont county and parish
councillor I will ensure both these routes continue as a subsidised
service through Herefordshire Council."
Powell adds a later footnote (dated October 6). Congestion on the road
between Tesco and the Shire Hall prevented buses from keeping to schedule
and some drivers omitted the Shire Hall link on weekdays but not on
Saturdays. "I have asked for buses to go to the Shire Hall on Saturdays
during peak times between 10 am - 3 pm and First Midland Red said they
would do trial runs to see how many passengers use this part of the
route. If it proves financially viable the Shire Hall service will continue
on Saturdays only."
tell the story
These photographs are intended to accompany Colin James' recent email
to the website concerning rubbish in Belmont's brook and the overgrown
trees near Glastonbury Close.
is simply flytipping - not responsible use of a valued amenity
Here's how to abuse a good service.
The mysteriously named Parish Freighter (actually a fortnightly rubbish
disposal service which operates between 2 and 4 pm on Saturdays from
the Belmont CC car park) has been provided by the parish council for
several years now and is well regarded. It saves residents a trip to
the dump and allows them to get rid of awkwardly sized and shaped items.
More recently it has been run in tandem with a collecting lorry from
Full House which accepts certain household items. But there are limits.
This pile of stuff
had not been dumped before 1 am on Saturday March 21 but it did appear
before 10 am on the same day. Dumping by otherwise absent residents
is forbidden. For one thing the freighter may be unable to take the
rubbish which then becomes a charge on the community. Quite simply this
is flytipping. For another Full House does not accept beds for reasons
of hygiene and there are two in this pile. On top of that, the pile
represents a significant percentage of the freighter's capacity (which
is why Andy Myatt, the CC treasurer, was included to show human scale)
and, if taken, could disadvantage those who use the service properly
- ie, arriving in person between 2 and 4 pm.
Since the rubbish
was neatly stacked it may be that the dumpers were not malign but were
unaware of the rules. But ignorance is also culpability. Please deliver
your junk in person
LIz Kelso, Belmont
Rural PC clerk, wishes to correct details in the above story. "The
freighter is a Herefordshire Council provided service which is funded
by Belmont Rural Parish Council for the benefit of Belmont Parish residents.
The service is usually available on the first and third Saturdays of
each month (not fortnightly!) between 2 - 4 pm although it is recommended
residents check the noticeboards for details (Or the What's On
page of the website. Website Editor) of the dates/times as these
may vary at short notice. As far as I am aware, there is no limit to
the volume or weight of items taken to the freighter but the service
will not accept waste which is clearly trade waste as it is intended
to be purely a service for households. Hazardous items such as paint,
oil etc. will also be refused.
"The freighter service will change in July this year as Herefordshire
Council have indicated that they will be withdrawing the service but
the PC is attempting to find a suitable alternative as this is clearly
a valuable service."
some good news in Belmont
Amy Baranzeck (left) who will run the library's Children's Storytime
with librarian Annie Jones at the new reception area. (Below) Adrian
Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development and community services
(includes libraries) with Hubert Porte who describes himself as merely
a "library user" but who is something of a mover and shaker
when it comes to the public use of books in Herefordshire
news is hard to find these days but the re-opening of the newly expanded
library at Belmont Community Centre on March 12 must surely qualify.
A former store cupboard has been converted into a 30 per cent increase
in floor space leading to a better layout and a better "flow"
of the reader services team, says the additional shelf-space will accommodate
more books representing identified preferences at the Belmont library:
fiction and children's titles. This means a reduced proportion of non-fiction
but it is felt that the comparative nearness of the central library
together with the requests procedure (and the public computers) will
compensate for this. Another new feature will be a children's storytime
(Saturdays, 10.30 - 11 am) run by Amy Baranzeck, library assistant.
In chatting to
library service staff at the event the website editor discovered the
requests procedure has two stages: a trawl of all titles within Herefordshire
or, at a cost of £2.50, a trawl of the national library database.
Incidentally Hereford's annual books acquisitions budget is about £290,000.
Since the library service is a bulk buyer its average spend per book
is £6 which means nearly 50,000 titles are bought each year.
Rural: Where? Who? How? Why?
Belmont Rural parish council has adopted the “model publication
scheme 2008” under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Information
published under this scheme is shown below, together with details of
where it is available
to be published
the information can be obtained
1 – Who we are and what we do
who on the council, it’s committees
for parish clerk and council members
notice boards and on community website – www.belmontrural.co.uk.
notice boards and on community website
2. What we spend; how we spend it
form and report by auditor
orders and regulations
List of current
contracts awarded and value of contract
allowances and expenses
Available from the clerk
minutes of meeting. Available
from the clerk
minutes of meeting.
3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing
to parish meeting
drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines
On community website and available from the clerk
minutes of meeting and available from clerk.
4 – How we make decisions
presented to council meetings
Responses to consultation papers
Listed on notice
On notice boards
the clerk; on community website
Reported in minutes of meetings. Available from the clerk.
minutes of meetings. Available from the clerk.
5 – Our policies and procedures
sub-committee terms of reference
in respect of officers
Code of Conduct
available from the clerk.
Contained within minutes of meetings. Available
from the clerk.
6 – Lists and Registers
Register of gifts and hospitality
by Herefordshire Council. Copy available from the clerk.
by Herefordshire Council. Copy available from the clerk.
7 –The Services we offer
There are no
allotments, burial grounds or closed churchyards within the parish.
seating, litter bins and bus shelters within the parish
Available from the clerk
Details on notice boards, on the community website and available
from the clerk.
council reserves the right to levy a charge for copies of documents requested
in accordance with this publication scheme. In all cases the basis of
the charge will be the actual cost incurred by the Parish Council in supplying
photocopies etc, and/or any postage charges at the Royal Mail standard
second class post.
Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer
Belmont Rural Parish Council
c/o 5 Deerhurst Drive
Belmont, Hereford HR2 7XX
Telephone: 07722 872 180
urges Hfds Council to buy pool for Country Park scheme
A petition carrying
over 600 signatures and relating to the (edited) letter shown below was
recently handed to Cllr John Stone (chairman, Hfds Council). From left:
Will Lindesay (South Wye Regeneration Partnership), dist cllr/parish cllr
Glenda Powell, dist cllr Stone, Wendy Jones (SWRP) , dist cllr/parish
cllr Phil Edwards.
M Hainge, director of environment and culture, Hfds Council
are aware South Wye Regeneration Partnership has striven to bring the
Haywood Country Park vision into fruition.
eight hectare (Belmont) pools site sits in the middle of the park site
and consists of four acres of woodland plus two man-made pools. The SWRP
commissioned a feasibility study into the development of the park which
will have infrastructure put in place funded from Section 106 gain now
that planning is agreed. The pools are currently in private ownership
and in June went to auction but did not reach the asking price. SWRP led
an appeal to purchase the pools as an integral part of the park package
and vision. We have pledges from Hereford City Council (£15,000)
and Belmont Rural Parish Council (£7500), while members of the public
have donated a further £660 to date. The current shortfall is £41,840
to meet the asking price of £65,000 and some minor improvement works.
The SWRP is keen to work with Hfds Council to source other funding opportunities
to assist future management and routine maintenance once the pools come
into public ownership.
requests that Hfds Council negotiate a best value purchase of the pools
and woodland site to link in with the adjacent Newton Coppice already
in council ownership. As the council is also the owner of Haywood Lane
it is the formal body best placed to take on ownership and ongoing responsibility.
is concerned that the purchasing of the pools needs to be resolved as
pledges have been made from this year's budgets and parish councils cannot
be sure that funding to support the project will be available in the next
financial year. Also the owner of the pools is requesting a swift sale.
measure of his fame
Brian Hubbard of Dorchester Way has been the subject of extensive national
press and television coverage after he was slapped on the wrist by Herefordshire
Council for mowing the grass verge outside his house (see the email section
of this website, also). Yesterday he received a letter addressed
Who cuts the verge
he thinks Royal Mail deserve credit for delivering it correctly.
so say all of us
It will come as no surprise to anyone who uses Belmont
Library that Annie Jones, who has been in charge there for 16 years, has
been awarded a certificate to mark "her kindness, consideration and
helpfulness". The award was granted way back on October 6, 2007 (sorry
about that - the website only learned of it in mid-May 2008) and came
from Disabled Data International. However, even those library users who
are not disabled would agree with the certificate's sentiments. Alas it
wasn't accompanied by a large cheque and a bottle of champagne. Next time,
for the loan of your planter
We just arrived in time. Three weeks previously a blackbird had created
a nest in a wall planter adjacent to the front door of Mike and Helen
Richards in Cranborne Close. Mike discovered the nest by accidentally
watering the planter and thought that the mother bird would surely not
return to her flooded habitat. But no, quite quickly first one, then two,
then three eggs appeared, all hatched and the nestlings developed quickly.
By the time the website editor was able to point a camera at the planter
only one of the birds - by now far too big for the nest - was lurking
among the miniature ivy (See above - nest on extreme left). As we chatted
with Mike that last bird decided it was time to leave and was last seen
- we both think - being fed a morsel of bread crust on the lawn by its
is the three-week sequence captured by Helen Richards on her camera.
crossing still a problem
A couple of weeks after it was laid down, the anti-skid surface adjacent
to the Tesco pedestrian crossing was already well-smeared with tyre marks
in both directions. In fact one set of tyre marks, towards the city, ominously
ended beyond the crossing.
is bad news as well as good. The roughened road may be helping errant
drivers to pull up in time but it hasn't addressed the other part of the
problem. For some reason or another drivers still appear to come upon
this crossing unexpectedly. Solving this may require some crystal-ball
gazing. One answer may be to lower the height of the lights so that they
radiate their information at an angle closer to eye-level. No doubt this
will be impossible because of some regulation that dictates a minimum
height for traffic lights.
not gone porn
users will have noticed that the hit counter on the home page - absent
these several weeks - has reappeared but with the line "Online dating"
immediately below the mileometer. Hit counters can be downloaded from
the Internet. Some are entirely free (as with the previous one, now said
to be under reconstruction), others carry some commercial message which
pays for their usage.You can, if you wish, click on the new line and use
the computer to find yourself a soulmate. Otherwise simply ignore it.
from plastic death
Belmont resident writes: "The hedgehog jammed in this plastic container
survived, another one similarly jammed didn't. It must have suffered a
slow, lingering and painful death, through either dehydration, strangulation
wrote to company who provide food in the containers and they said that
although they were not responsible for the way in which people discarded
their rubbish, they had a policy of removing rubbish within a certain
radius of their premises, not only their packaging but others too. I commend
them for this, however, most of the rubbish is dumped by uncaring people
at quite a distance from their outlet.
why use packaging which is so dangerous to wildlife? There must be some
other packaging that would disintegrate more easily or that would be easier
for hedgehogs to escape from.
those of you who care what happens to our wildlife please write to such
companies asking for their packaging to be made more environmentally friendly
information can be obtained from:Fay Vass, British Hedgehog Preservation
Society, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 3PL. Tel 01584
890 801,or email: email@example.com
more information about hedgehogs and ways in which you can help them,
the Website address is: http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/
doesn't get recognition it deserves
Rural's parish council goes about its work doggedly, uncomplainingly -
and without scandal!
not the case elsewhere in the British Isles. Proof is provided by a fascinating
publication "Clerks and Councils Direct" which circulates to
all local authorities and 9500 parish and community councils. Here's a
taster of some of the headlines:
• Did duo try to sabotage ex-clerk's new job?
• Police called to parish dispute
• Ex-chairman in accounts scam
• Internet pornography charge councillor resigns
• Two punished on 'strife' council
Rural may not have cracked the dog mess problem but at least councillors
are staying out of the courts