Throughout Lent Hereford Cathedral will be holding a series of talks on Tuesday evenings to focus hearts and minds on the urgency of our world’s concerns, with speakers providing a different slant each week. Each will speak for around 45 minutes, from 7 pm followed by Compline. We will gather for soup and rolls in the retro-choir following Evensong.
How can we modify our lifestyle as individuals?
The Revd Nick Read
The part agriculture can play
How are we working with our buildings at church and home?
Many members of HGN will have submitted objections in 2015 and 2016 to Herefordshire Council’s planning application (and subsequent amendments) on the SLR – and many of you are taking the time to do it again now.
The latest application from Herefordshire Council is for numerous additional developments – accesses, culverts, diversions, haul roads etc. This new application takes more agricultural land out of use, firstly for the permanent access track, and secondly for an enlarged flood attenuation pond. The latter extends the ‘corridor’ of the SLR beyond what had previously been consented. This also suggests that initial assessments of flood risk may have been incorrect.
The residents of Kings Acre Road and people from all over Hereford turned out early on Wednesday morning this week to voice their protest against the proposed Hereford Bypass route.
They were supported by experts in town and transport planning who joined members of Wye Ruin It to articulate why they think the Bypass is a huge mistake and will impact negatively on Hereford’s levels of pollution, lives and livelihoods – and increase city congestion.
The Scrutiny Committee met this week on 18 July and Committee members were able to ask questions of Council Officers and their consultants from WSP and Balfour Beatty. The Chair, Cllr Sebastian Bowen, concluded that the Red Route “does least damage” and Cabinet will meet to “approve” the Red Route on 27 July.
An opportunity for all of you out there with an interest in Passivhaus to see how it is done…
The Fish Factory is a recently completed Bauhaus inspired 3 bedroom house in central Hereford. Design demands presented many obstacles to building it as a Passivhaus, but these were eventually all successfully overcome and the Fish House is expecting Passivhaus certification soon.
HCLT BOARD NEEDS NEW MEMBERS / ‘BUILDING MOMENTUM’ PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY
HCLT is about to take a big step forward! Interviews have now taken place for applicants for the post of HCLT ‘Building Momentum’ Project Manager. Within a few weeks we anticipate the project will be up and running and it promises to be an exciting year with much potential for exciting developments.
This means that we need to strengthen HCLT Board at this stage, with one or more new Board Members, to help direct our expansion.
Would you be willing to put yourself forward to help HCLT as a member of the Board? Or suggest someone else?
If you are interested, and have some experience and/or skills which you feel could be useful, please don’t delay – as soon as you can and ideally before our next Board meeting on 12th April just drop a line to us at email@example.com with ‘HCLT Board’ in the subject line.
OR, if you know someone who you think might be a good candidate even if they are not presently involved with HCLT, please either ask them to contact us, or send us their name and email.
For those of you following the Hereford Bypass campaign, here is the latest update from WyeRuinIt:
Hereford urgently needs better buses, better support for cycling and walking, 20mph speed limits, and safe routes to school. The council intend to delay these much-needed improvements until the Hereford Bypass is built in 2025.
Traffic congestion and air pollution in Hereford is a problem NOW. It will get worse as more houses are built. A £200m bypass, which you acknowledge will ‘not on its own reduce congestion,’ is not the answer. We need lower cost, proven solutions now, not in 7 years time.
Please scrap plans to develop the Hereford Bypass before any sustainable measures have been tried.
On Wednesday March 21st we are handing the HGN Gathering over to Pete Linnell who will run a session on ecological foot printing:
“Personal, Planetary, Political”
Whoever you vote for, whatever creed you live by, what really matters is the consequences of the choices you make.
The evening will outline a broad range of sustainability goals and critique a selection of indicator tools intended to test for achieving them. This examination will help us understand what effect our lives are having here and now and on everyone in the future, and include a nod to bleeding-edge policymaking and practice from other jurisdictions.
There will be a practical session on ecological foot printing (this is big picture stuff – NOT just carbon) – more on this before the 21st!
And Pete will also share some thoughts about existing policies in Wales and potential for adopting them in England.
Put the date in your diaries! Wednesday 21st March, 7.30pm – in our new home for our HGN Gatherings, the unexpectedly lovely Garden Room at Left Bank Village, Hereford, HR4 9DG.
Herefordshire Council will have a public consultation on the Western “bypass” routes and other Hereford Transport Package measures between 6 February and 20 March 2018.
The public exhibition will be available to view on 6,7,8 February, between 11am and 8pm, in the pod next to The Coffee Corner at Old Market. And/or go to an evening session on Tuesday 13 February from 6pm to 9pm at Whitecross High School. The exhibition will move to Hereford Library on Friday 16 February where it will remain until Tuesday 20 March. The exhibition can be viewed during normal library opening hours and staff will be available to answer questions on Saturday 24 February and Saturday 10 March between 11am and 2pm. The exhibition and film showing the route corridors will be available to view at Herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP from Tuesday 6 February.