Chairman’s Report 2018

2017/18 has been an excellent year for the parish council.

As in previous years we have continued to put in place procedures and processes to make the council more transparent in its dealings and bring about more participation from parishioners.
We’ve had a full membership of nine councillors, most of whom have completed training to improve decisions in relation to planning applications. However, Jane Davies has recently resigned due to changes in her working hours. She has served the community well over the past few years; especially looking after the interests of residents at the western end of the Roman Road we thank her for her service and wish her well.

There has been a great deal of housing development within the parish over the past year; the Bloor development along the Western side of the Roman Road is in full swing. We have been monitoring progress and engaging with parishioners, who have concerns about the development.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan

Over the years the parish has been unable to exert any meaningful influence over planning, however, now we have our Neighbourhood Development Plan in the works we will be able to set some legally binding rules for future developers.

The NDP steering group have worked hard on behalf of the parish over the past year and have brought it to regulation 14. This means they have completed the Pre-submission consultation and advertised details of the proposals to the parish, which they did on the open day held 7th April. The event was well attended with plenty of feedback from parishioners.

They are near the first formal six week consultation stage and the submission to Hereford Council. I have to pay tribute to all the member of the steering group who have put a great deal of organisational effort into the project.

NDP Webpages>>

The dog poo bins

The dog poo bins have been a long running epic in our parish but we are finally getting there. In 2017 Hereford Council’s contractors, Balfour Beatty, quoted £3510 per year for fortnightly emptying of the three bins. We were furious at this ridiculous overcharge and collectively thought up a strategy to get a more reasonable charge.

We contacted Holmer Academy School and ask them run a poster competition with the theme “dog poo – bag it and bin it” The kids relished the challenge and over a hundred works of art were produced – with two winners receiving a prize. We then contacted the Hereford Times and ask them to write an article about the school and our dog poo problem. Their journalist Jessica Phillips contacted the County Council to query the £3510 per year quote and before the article was published, in April 2018 (see below), there was a miraculous U turn by the County Council they reduced their fee from the monstrous £3510 per year to £183.83p. Our strategy paid off and we saved the parish £3326.17p.

The Precept

Over the past year we have improved efficiency in the way the parish council operates; we’ve not been willing to accept over expensive quotes and found ways to reduce charges, an example being the Hereford council’s first quote for the dog bins. Therefore, we’ve kept our spending low and with methods such as these together with an increase in our population we’ve manage to keep the Precept low. Because of this we are now the most cost effective parish council in Herefordshire with the smallest charge on council tax bills than any other parish council.

The Rose Garden

The other area where the parish council have played a part is keeping our local pub running as a pub. In recent years its existence has been under threat because of the new land owner’s plans to develop the site. The Parish Council were unanimous in agreeing that the pub be made a community asset and with the help of Mark Haslam from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) we did this on the grounds that generations of parishioners and visitors from all over the country have used the pub for over 75 years, primarily because of its large outside eating and play area.

The parish now has over 365 new homes within a five minute walk of the only public house in the parish and we will have another 500 houses built in the next 10 years. The Rose Garden now re-branded as the Secret Garden is an important part of our parish I hope everyone supports the pub by dropping from time to time for a pint.

The Secret Garden Website


One of the great improvements over the past few years has been the reporting of and maintenance of our footpaths and this is because of our footpaths officer Duncan Smart. He regularly publishes his reports on the parish council website with detailed photographs. He has improved all the footpath signs, found a lost bridal way and is currently researching the parish’s lost paths. The Parish council bought a power strimmer which Duncan uses to keep the paths clear for parishioners and we all owe Duncan our gratitude for his important service to our community.

Duncan’s Footpath Reports>>

Hereford Times dog poo - bag it and bin it
Hereford Times April 2018

Footpath Report January & February 2018

1) Monday 1st January – walked 7.5 miles on the following footpaths checking for flooding, damage and maintenance requirements

HO8A, HO10, HO13, HO15, HO16, HO17 & Bridleway HO18

HO10 stile at SO 523332 43333 near Shelwick in need of Repair or Replacement
HO17 Flooded stile
HO18 Bridleway close to the Roman Road at Lugg Bridge
2) Monday 12th February – walked 0.5 miles to check clearance of branches etc from the side of footpath HO8. Thank you to Balfour Beatty and/or Lengthsman for the improvement.
HO8 Cleared of much of the debris

3) Tuesday 20th February – walked 6.7 miles on the following footpaths carrying out light maintenance work on route.

HO6, HO8A, HO9, HO10, HO15, HO16 & HO17

HO6 at Attwood Lane – with original and corrected waymarks.

Herras fencing finally removed from bridge

HO6 junction with Munstone Road – Herras fencing still there
  • HO9 at White House Farm near C1127 road - new fence at diverted end of path near C1127 road - waymarks need correcting

Secret Garden Pub Opening

Secret Garden

For the past few years residents in the parish have been unhappy about the closer of the Rose Garden pub. The parish council have applied to make the pub a community asset in order to prevent its change of use.

But now we have great news; at the last meeting two new parishioners attended – Can’t remember both their names but the one I can remember, Vicky lightowler, told us that they are going to run the pub as the Secret Garden and there will be an official pub opening on Friday 2nd March from 6pm with Complimentary Canapés.

So we have our local pub back and hope you will attend to support Vicky and our pub

There will also be entertainment in the form of Kiegan the Magician and some Live Music.

Normal pub opening times will be Wednesday & Thursday 12-11, Friday & Saturday 12-11.30, Sunday 12-10.30

The pub will also be serving up Sunday lunches with the outdoor play area from March 4th – you can book by phone or facebook

Phone: 07715953497

River Lugg Internal Drainage Board

Updated Byelaws Jan 2018 Consultation period: 23rd Jan 2018 – 15th March 2018

The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board (“the Board”) under and by virtue of the powers and authority vested in them by Section 66 of the Land Drainage Act 1991, do hereby make the following revised Bye Laws which are considered necessary for [one or more of] the following purposes:- *Click Here*

Safer Neighbourhood Team August 2017


Latest updates

Crimes and incidents of interest 1st July to 31st July 2017

Holmer – Victim’s vehicle has been damaged on paintwork of tailgate and bumper. Damage is believed to be deliberate possibly using a key or similar.
Vehicle was parked in residential area of The Furlongs.

Sutton St Nicholas/Marden/Moreton on Lugg
Moreton-on-Lugg – At approx 19:30 on 12th July, the childrens fibre-glass table in the play area was deliberately set on fire and damaged to the extent it will require replacing.
Marden – On 15th July, members of the community held garage sales at their home addresses and at the village hall. A disused vehicle wheel was stolen from one of the sales by 2 unknown males who attended.

Dormington/Mordiford/Fownhope/Tarrington/Stoke Edith/Hampton Bishop
Tarrington – An incident occurred in Barrs Orchard, Tarrington on 2nd July. SNT have delivered the following message to the residents in this location: You may be aware of recent police incident 0152s 020717 which took place at an isolated address within the area on 2nd July 2017. As the Safer Neighbourhood Team for West Mercia Police we would like to offer reassurance and advice as we understand the incident was likely to cause alarm and concern.

We can confirm that the incident was domestic related and there are no outstanding offenders. The male party did suffer injuries but these are not life threatening. There is no risk to members of the public as a result of this incident however, you will see an increased presence of police in Barrs Orchard as reassurance patrols are carried out. Please feel free to speak to us at this time with any concerns or information. Or if you would like to speak to a member of the team or arrange a visit to discuss any further issues please call 101 and ask for Hereford Rural North SNT. Please report all emergencies on 999.

Tarrington cont. Between 14th and 15th July a mens GT Traffic hybrid bicycle had been left secured by owner in the bus shelter by Tarrington Arms. Bike was discovered as removed upon victim’s return.
Dormington/Mordiford – Between 6th and 12th July, victim has discovered a number of items were missing from an outbuilding near to property. Items included chainsaws, leaf blower, Boardman Cyclocross black Bicycle and hedge strimmers.
Fownhope – A derelict inhabited farm property including a number of outbuildings is being targeted by offender(s) for items left on premises. Premises are in a dangerous state of disrepair.

Credenhill/Breinton/Stretton Sugwas/Swainshill

Breinton – Between 14:30 and 16:05 on 20th July victim’s vehicle was parked in Breinton Springs carpark. During this time persons unknown have entered the victims locked vehicle through an open window due to the window mechanism being broken. A number of items stolen from within.


Bishopstone/Bridge Sollars/Yazor/Mancel Lacy/Mancel Gamage

Bartestree/Lugwardine/Westhide/Withington/Whitestone/Preston on Wynne
Bartestree – Between 25th and 31st July, offender(s) have entered Bartestree Village Hall carpark by damaging the latch on the gate leading to the football pitch. Vandalism has been caused by repeatedly kicking the perspex panels in the dug out. This is the fourth report of damage in the last 18 months since the dug outs were put in place.

Between 29th and 31st July offender(s) have gained access to a construction site in Bartestree, taking a number of items including pressure washer, quantity of copper, combi boilers and radiators.
Whitestone – Between 23rd and 30th July, offenders cut through perimeter fencing of business and caused damage to a polytunnel. Once inside premises, items taken include wooden furniture and fencing
Between 24th and 25th July, theft of a Takeuchi picker worth £8000 from secured construction sitein Whitestone.

Wellington/Canon Pyon/Kings Pyon/Westhope

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