Queenswood and Bodenham Lake Partnership are recruiting!

Family Engagement Officer 22.5 hours/week
The Queenswood and Bodenham Lake Partnership are seeking a dynamic engagement officer to lead on the development and delivery of an exciting programme of events and activities to connect all ages to nature (via conservation and sustainable development) at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, and Bodenham Lake nature reserve. The role will be employed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT), with responsibility for delivery on behalf the Partnership between HWT and New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd
Full details and an application form are here:

Protecting Herefordshire’s Verges

 

Lower Hazel Farm are a voluntary group (“verging on wild”) working and campaigning to protect Herefordshire’s Roadside Verge Nature Reserves (RVNRs). There are only 18 left of an original 33. They want to persuade Herefordshire Council to change the verge cutting regime across the county to encourage rather than destroy biodiversity and to work with local volunteers to care for the RVNRs. They would also like to hear about any sites which are worthy of being listed as reserves and would benefit from more appropriate management.

They are working with Plantlife and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and will soon be approaching the council. Herefordshire residents can show their support by signing the Plantlife open letter to the council. Every signature matters and will show community support for this scheme when the council and Balfour Beatty are approached.

There is a page for the Plantlife open letter on their website. Click here!

Please do sign and share – every last signature helps!

Anyone interested in knowing more or helping out, email suzanne@lowerhazlefarm.co.uk

 

Leominster Seed Swap, Saturday, 9th of February

 

 

Join Transition Leominster at the Seed Swap this Saturday from 10am -1pm, at the Leominster Priory (for a map, click here). The event is free and welcomes everyone to come and bring along any extra seeds, plants, bulbs and swap them for anything they might see of interest on the table. There will be refreshments, local produce, as well as stalls by Kimbolton Nursery, Echo, Cottage Herbery and Swan Brewery. Come along to this fantastic event for all!

 

Office re-location to Hereford creates jobs in the Clean Energy Sector

ENcome Energy Performance has re-located its UK Head Office to Hereford, strengthening the team currently based in Rotherwas. Voted as Europe’s leading operation and maintenance (O&M) provider in 2016 – ENcome Energy Performance provides technical solar services to the hundreds of solar farms here in the UK and across Europe.

Rotherwas was chosen as an ideal location as it provides good transport links, a choice of office accommodation and the new University will provide access to graduates wishing to pursue a career in the Clean Energy sector. Although in recent years the Solar PV industry has faced challenges from questionable Government decisions, the need for maintenance of existing solar farms has not diminished.

Further opportunities for the business exist in the current pipeline of new solar sites– approximately 3.3GW of new solar projects are being planned in the UK alone. When these sites are built, they will supply low carbon energy for more than 2,000,000 homes.

ENcome is currently recruiting for a range of positions including an IT-based internship to experienced solar professionals. Please see our website for more information: https://www.en-come.com/de/jobs/

Non-violent Direct Action Training, Saturday 9th of February

Extinction rebellion Hereford will be holding a training session for those interested in learning more about Non-violent Direct Action. It will be held at the Richmond Place Club on Edgar Street (HR4 9JP). For an exact location, click here!

The training session is set to take place from 11.30-15.30 and looks like it will be a wonderful afternoon!

 

Next phase of Hereford Transport Package consultation

Improving the way we travel in and around Hereford is important to reduce journey times, cut pollution, create a safer environment for all road users and make the city a better place to live, work, study and visit.

Proposals set out in the Hereford Transport Package include the Hereford bypass and associated improvements to walking, cycling, bus and public spaces, which are designed to make it easier to move about the city and give people more choice about how they travel.

During a public consultation in February and March 2018, 87% of people who responded said they approved of the walking, cycling, bus and public space improvements proposed. Since then, work has been taking place to develop these further.

There will be the opportunity to provide comments on the proposals during a six-week consultation being launched on Tuesday 29 January and running until Monday 11 March 2019.

The consultation is asking people for their views on a series of proposed walking and cycling route improvements, including new cycle lanes, changes to junctions and crossings and new footways. It also aims to learn more about what would encourage people to walk, cycle or take a bus more often for short distance journeys.

The proposals will be on public display, Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 January, 11am-8pm at the Left Bank (Bridge St, Hereford), when there is an opportunity to speak with the project team and ask questions.

The proposals will also be available at a manned display, Monday 4 – Thursday 7 February, 10am-6pm at the Old Market kiosk, Hereford.

The exhibition will then be on public view (unstaffed) at Hereford Library, Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 9 March 2019 during library opening hours.

To view and complete the consultation online, from 29 January 2019, please see the Herefordshire Council website at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP.

Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet member infrastructure said:

“Creating an environment in Hereford where people want to live and work, where businesses can grow and communities can thrive, continues to be our overarching aim for our city.

“In early 2018, we asked people to let us know what they thought of proposals for the bypass and active travel improvements across the city. The consultation feedback highlighted considerable public support for measures that encourage and support more people to walk or cycle in the city.

“We are now asking those who visit, live, study and work in Hereford to once again get involved and help us develop options for safe and attractive alternatives to the car for travelling in the city. I do hope that people will take the time to come and talk to us at one of the display venues during the consultation.”

 A short video about the consultation can be viewed at https://spark.adobe.com/video/ORNBaPqkylEGS

 Work is currently underway to develop detailed proposals for the Hereford bypass. More information will be available later in 2019, when there will be a statutory public consultation.

Remember, remember; the 5th and 6th of February is the Courtyard Film night!

 

This is a small reminder to all those wanting to come and see ‘Leaning into the Wind’ by Andy Goldworthy at the Courtyard next week. There are two chances to see this unique piece; the first is at 11 am on the 5th of February – a brilliant time for those not able to commit to many evening events because of family commitments (like me!). Indeed I am hoping to be there myself, so do get in touch if you want to have a chat with me specifically. The other chance is at 8pm on the 6th of February, which will be followed by a panel discussion led by Linda Casey, an Art Historian, Independent Lecturer and Official Guide at both Tate Galleries in London.

For more information and booking, click here!

Do come along to this special event. The panel discussion is set to give us a unique insight into this talented man.

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood” Andy Goldsworthy. I do hope everyone is keeping safe and warm, as well as enjoying a snow ball or two!

Member event alert! Branding Workshop, 20th of February

Come one, come all to a fantastic workshop run by graphic designer, Martin Driscoll, at De Koffie Pot on Wednesday 20th of February. Learn about all things branding and getting your message out effectively from a real expert. This is set to be a really popular event, so we hope to see you there. Start time and details of the workshop itself will be shared with members shortly via email. 

If you are not a member, but would like to come along, please get in touch with me via email (admin@hgn.org).

For more information on how to become a member (it’s easy!), click here! 

Really looking forward to this!

Public Consultation on Transport starts today!

 

 

As of today, Jan 29th 2019 and lasting until March 11th 2019, there will a public consultation on walking, cycling, bus and public space improvements in Hereford. It is thought that the main reason for this is to prepare for a possible bypass, so it is important that those interested in improving public transport links, as well as walking and cycle routes for the benefit of the community as a whole speak up at this time.

For a copy of the letter of invitation from Cllr Price; https://tinyurl.com/y9tnsq3b

Public exhibitions will be;

Jan 29th – 31st
Feb 4th – 7th and
Feb 12th – March 9th

This document from Cambridge give a view on city transport schemes  that might be of interest: http://tinyurl.com/ycjg9q5k

It reads:

“Congestion-reduction measures can be thought of as falling into two categories: temporary and virtuous.

Temporary measures free up road capacity that is soon filled by induced demand: people adapt their lifestyles to prevailing road conditions. Such measures are therefore worth pursuing only if they either buy time or lay the foundations for more radical interventions. We take a quick look at measures in this category that should not be considered as solutions – at least not in isolation.

Virtuous measures start a feedback loop that induces more and more people to make a modal shift away from driving. Making a bus service more convenient or cheaper will increase patronage, which means that the service can be run more frequently and for longer hours, making it convenient and attractive to more people. These are the changes transport policy must support.”

Carole Protherough from Clehonger has done much work on the significant ill health caused by traffic pollution as this precis of some of her work shows:

A SUMMARY ABOUT THE AIR WE BREATHE 

AND THE NEED FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN HEREFORD

 

  • Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK:the World Health Organisation calls it a PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
  • Unicef says UK’S CHILDREN ARE DENIED BASIC RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR (1)
  • School run exposes children to diesel particulates — this stunts lung and brain growth and is a major risk for childhood asthma (2)
  • In 2016, toxic nanoparticles from air pollution were found in human brains; this causes a huge reduction in intelligence, with an average impact of losing a year of education, as well as an increase in childhood mental illness (3)
  • ASTHMA DEATHS: up 25% in a decade thanks to illegal levels of pollution (4)
  • Asthma now costs the health service at least £1.1 billion per year (5)
  • Older people — 40% greater risk of developing dementia in those exposed to highest levels of nitrogen oxide, as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary problems (6)
  • Youngest people — sooty particles found in placentas of London mothers, increasing risk of premature birth, low birth weight and miscarriages. As bad as smoking (7)

The Council argue that the SLR will reduce pollution in the South Wye Area by removing traffic from the A465. However, forecasts show that the SLR will only make a minimal difference to traffic levels on the A465, which will be quickly cancelled out by population growth from new development.

Further reading:

https://tinyurl.com/yamtljbh   which contains The case for shifting road spending to sustainable travel’

https://www.wyeruinit.org/

Diary dates:

31-01-19 Climate Conversations – 12 Characters In Search Of An Apocalypse – contact Cathy on cath@monkley.co.uk

04-02-19 South Herefordshire group meet 7pm Quakers meeting house 3A Brampton St, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7EQ

05-02-19 Draft Minerals and Waste Plan at The Courtyard…I have no details, please confirm with The Courtyard

08-02-19 Sian Berry in Leominster and at De Koffie Pot….please contact Hereford Green Party

09-02-19 Non-violent Direct action (NVDA) training – please book a place at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/init/JDIDLK

09-02-19 XR Hereford Call Out gig The Richmond Place Club

10-02-19 Golden Valley group meeting Peterchurch Hub 5pm

15-02-19 XR National Youth strike

25-02-19 South Herefordshire group showing ‘Heading For Extinction and What To Do About It’  St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross 7-9pm

02-03-19 The Work That Reconnects De Koffie Pot  2 -6 pm  booking required please, more details to come.

 

POLITICAL HUSTINGS ABOUT HEREFORD’S BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

Candidates’ visions for Hereford in 15 years time

Chaired by John Bothamley, CBE
Taking place at Herefordshire & Ludlow College,
Hereford campus, Folly Lane, Hereford
on Thursday 11 April 2019

Arrivals from 6.45pm, for a 7pm start, and a 8.30pm close

What plans do our political candidates have for Hereford’s built environment if they are elected in May 2019?

The Hereford University Centre and the Hereford Civic Society will bring a lively structured Pecha Kucha meeting with all parties invited. Each candidate will be able to show five slides in a five-minute presentation. It will be a unique opportunity seeing politicians held to time, respectfully questioned and, hopefully, showing off some deliverable visions for Hereford. 

During this year, Place magazine has been highlighting concerns the Hereford Civic Society has about piecemeal development, and the apparent omission of an overall master plan. The Society’s aims include promoting high standards of design as well as preserving the best of our historic buildings.

The candidates will be explaining their approach to highway design, their vision for the City and just where they would like to see new developments. 

At the evening’s lecture there will be the Conservative, Green, It’s our County, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties.

This Lecture is free of charge and open to the public.
Please RSVP by Thursday 4 April to
e. studentHUB@hlcollege.ac.uk
t. 0800 032 1986

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