News Letter December 2013


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Holmer & Shelwick Parish News 2013

Message from the Chairman on behalf of Holmer & Shelwick Parish Council

This year has been a year of change. Sadly, after many years as chairman of the parish council, Neil Duggan decided to step down. The parish council would like to thank him for his years of dedication and time spent in improving our Parish. We also said goodbye to Neil Jenkins who, together with Cllr Sally Robertson, was instrumental in getting the sewerage system adopted at Cleeve Orchard and Wentworth Park.

We have seen many consultations from Herefordshire Council but the most important has been the local plan for Herefordshire. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond. There will be a further consultation in the New Year where residents will be able to raise objections.

There have been throughout the year several contentious planning applications and the parish council have actively engaged in the process.

Finally, the parish council would like to thank everyone who has supported it throughout the year, in particular all the people who help to deliver flyers and our newsletters in order to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in our parish.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Richard Nash

 Holmer & Shelwick Parish Council

Cllr Sally Robertson

Invite residents of the Parish to a


Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at 7 pm
The Holmer Community Centre
The aim of the meeting is to discuss road safety problems, particularly in Attwood Lane and Churchway. From the various housing developments in the area, there is a pot of money which has been set aside for highway safety improvements. We would like to consult with you over various proposals so please come along and let us know your views.

Dear Resident

Herefordshire Council is very different today from when I first became your councillor in 2003. Managing cuts today against income which is continuing to fall is a different task of ten years ago when things were more stable. New thinking is key to ensuring that the council continues with its priorities and service sharing with potential partners and external funding are areas being further investigated. We are not alone; every council in the country is facing the same problem. The council’s priority is to the vulnerable, security of residents and economic growth.

Speeding traffic along the Roman Road, particularly at the Kempton Road junction where there has been serious accidents, has resulted in myself and the adjoining ward councillors to lobby for a 30 mph speed restriction or some other scheme. Your support is vital in getting something done along this very busy road so I would ask you to write or email with your concerns, experiences, etc. I have found over the years that letters etc. seem to carry greater weight than a petition.

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Many of you will be wondering what is happening with the Core Strategy. The next stage is consultation with the community on the test of soundness which will take place in the New Year. The draft Core Strategy will then proceed to the final stage of examination by the Planning Inspectorate. As soon as I have more information on the consultation, I will ensure that this is circulated to you in order that you can comment.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to working with your in 2014.

Cllr Sally Robertson

Hereford Rural North

The delivery of local policing services across Warwickshire and West Mercia has changed. Local Policing is now known as Safer Neighbourhood and Herefordshire has been split into ten policing areas, each covered by a Safer Neighbourhood Team. Our primary role will be to continue to work with local people and partners to identify, tackle and solve issues of day-to-day crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Police Community Support Officer (PSCO) role has been to be a highly visible local presence and to lead on community consultation and engagement with local people. West Mercia decided to increase PSCO’s powers in certain areas as permitted by law allowing them to work longer hours when necessary. PCSO’s will now be able to patrol until midnight (previously 10 pm} and they have been given extended powers.

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team is:
Police Sergeant Emma Freer
Police Constable Neil James, 07074 818920
Police Community Support Officers,
Dean Wall 07970 602443 and Elena Ekanite 07816 172518

Other useful numbers:

West Mercia Police 101 to talk to the Team or report a crime
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Victim Support 01432 347208

Parish Councillors Wanted !

As Holmer and Shelwick Parish Council, much of what we do is attending to the minor things that can make a difference to the people in our parish and environment. We tackle issues such as speeding, pollution, pavements, potholes, footpaths and the like. We are also consulted on all planning applications within the parish. The parish council meets every couple of months and currently has a few vacancies.

To become a parish councillor and play a part in our changing community, please contact our parish clerk, Hazel Philpotts, Tel. 761472, *eMail*

We do not have any representation from The Furlongs, Bobblestock and Shelwick areas.

Community Led Plan

It has been quite awhile since the Planning for Real events to find out your views on our parish. The Holmer and Shelwick Steering Group will be meeting shortly to finalise the questionnaire and their aim is to deliver this to every household in the parish early in the New Year. It is vital that we get a high return rate as this information will be used to set out the vision for the community of Holmer and will identify the action needed to achieve it.

Report from our Footpath Officer

Our footpath officer is trying to establish when the public right of way through The Furlongs will be reopened. All other footpaths seem to be in a good state of repair. However, if whilst out walking you come across any problems, please let Graham Preece know on Hereford 275615 who will report the problem to the relevant officer at Herefordshire Council.


Tuesday, 7th January – Public Meeting, Holmer Community Centre, Holmer, 7 pm.
Monday, 13th January – Parish Council Meeting, Holmer Church Vestry, 7 pm.

Who’s Who

Parish Council Chairman: Richard Nash
Vice-Chairman: John Phipps
Other Parish Councillors: Ronnette Thomas, Dawn Arbuthnott, Julie Debbage
Parish Clerk – Mrs Hazel Philpotts, Towtree House, Towtree, Lane, Burghill, Hereford, HR4 7AW
County Councillor – Mrs Sally Robertson, 4 Bakers Furlong, Burghill, Hereford, HR4 7SB
Foothpaths Officer – Mr Graham Preece

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