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WARD COUNCILLOR REPORT
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Flooding. For some of us the awful weather has dominated the past few weeks with Council officials and BBLP working hard to minimise the impact on people and properties. Within Wormside the rain has highlighted areas where drains are not working effectively and I have been working with both residents and the Locality Steward to report these so they can be logged and appropriate action taken. Any road related issues including drainage should be reported to the 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone number 01432 261800 or on the website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/190/report_problems_on_the_road
Temporary Winter Closure of Ross and Leominster Minor Injury Units (MIUs). The Minor Injury Units will close for the winter period from 4 November 2019. All other services at Ross and Leominster community hospitals will continue as normal. This step, which mirrors the decision to temporarily close the MIUs last year, is part of a planned strategy to help the Trust cope with the increased winter pressures and to ensure that a safe service to seriously ill patients needing urgent care at Hereford County Hospital is provided.
Gritters. BBLP maintain and operate 15 frontline gritters and have reported that salt supplies and council owned salt bins have been restocked ready for winter. BBLP have also confirmed that Parish Councils can access the usual free salt that has been available in previous years. Crews will remain on stand-by until March to monitor the county’s priority network (961km of roads). Wormside roads included in this network are the A465, B4348, B4349, C1228, Haywood Lane and Knockerhill Lane. During periods of severe weather, treatment may extend to some 667km of secondary routes including school routes, key links to rural communities and regular public transport routes with daily frequencies. The Winter Service Plan and gritting routes can be found on the Herefordshire Council website. Residents can receive live 24/7 gritting updates by following @HfdsStreets on Twitter and know in advance when to extend journey times. In in the case of extreme weather, road closures are listed on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/roads and school closures and transport alerts at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/schoolalerts
Flytipping: In December 2018 furniture was found fly tipped between the A49 and A465 and an individual was sentenced in September 2019 after pleading guilty to failing to secure the transfer of waste with a written description of the waste. They were sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £600 plus a £20 victim surcharge. Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team will investigate fly tipping which is reported by calling 01432 261761 or online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flytipping. Residents can also call 01432 260051 to arrange a kerbside collection of bulky items from Herefordshire Council which costs £25 per three items (fridges or freezers cost £20 per item).
Climate Emergency Declaration: The Great Collaboration team has developed two consecutive workshops which provide an opportunity for councillors to talk with local experts about the implications of becoming a zero carbon community. The first of these workshops was held in Hereford 18 November 2019. The next are: Bromyard, Wednesday November 28th: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-collaboration-bromyard-tickets-76423138665 and Ledbury, Monday January 20th : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-collaboration-ledbury-tickets-76423226929
River Lugg Internal Drainage Board: The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board (RLIDB) meets 4 times per year and is responsible for water level management and watercourse maintenance in a defined geographical area which encompasses low-lying land within the catchments of the Rivers Lugg, Arrow, Frome and Worm Brook. The RLIDB’s rateable area comprises 11,171 ha. with 219 km. of scheduled watercourses, which are generally arterial watercourses with more than one riparian owner. The RLIDB is looking to co-opt a new member from the Lower Wye area to improve the representation of local RLIDB rate payers / land owners.