Broadband Improvements

posted 7 Aug 2017, 10:32 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 7 Aug 2017, 10:33 ]

Herefordshire Council have contracted Gigaclear to deliver the next phase of broadband upgrades in Herefordshire.

You can check when improvements might be available for your property by clicking of the following link to Fastershire: http://www.fastershire.com/

Planned Road Closure Ledbury Road

posted 7 Aug 2017, 09:15 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 7 Aug 2017, 09:16 ]

Road Closure currently planned for 2 to 10 October. 

Location Ledbury Road : Outside Eden just North of the Memorial Hall

Parish Newsletter August to October 2017

posted 1 Aug 2017, 08:43 by M Bain   [ updated 1 Aug 2017, 08:43 ]

The Wellington Heath Parish Newsletter is published quarterly.

The Editor, Marc Low (tel: 635345), is always on the lookout for interesting articles and parish news.

If anyone has any news or an amusing story/anecdote/article/photo please contact Marc on Parish Newsletter.

The Newsletter also welcomes local business advertisers. The rates are very reasonable and discounts are available for annual contracts. If you are interested in advertising please contact Jennifer Jones on 632745.

The August 2017 Edition is now available: Parish Newsletter

Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 10

posted 20 Jul 2017, 04:15 by M Bain   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 04:16 ]

The Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 10 is available as follows:

On the Village Website:Neighbourhood Plannning
On the Neighbourhood Plan Website: https://sites.google.com/site/whnpwg/plan-working-group/wrking-group-bulletins

Ledbury Viaduct Development Planning Application - a Message from the Parish Council

posted 16 May 2017, 08:47 by M Bain   [ updated 16 May 2017, 08:47 ]

Please see the attached briefing sheet prepared by the Parish Council.

It comments on some of the issues relating to the Bloor Homes Planning Application for 600+ homes and 2.9 hectares of employment land North of the Ledbury Viaduct.

The note is hopefully self explanatory, but if you would like more information you could drop into the Farmers Arms on either Wednesday 17 May or Wednesday 31 May between 7:30 and 8:30pm when members of the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development PLan Working Group will be available to try and answer your questions.

Planning Application for 600+ Homes North of the Ledbury Viaduct

posted 13 May 2017, 03:58 by M Bain   [ updated 13 May 2017, 04:02 ]

The Planning Application for the erection of up to 625 new homes (including affordable housing), and up to 2.9 hectares of employment land has been submitted to Herefordshire Council by Bloor Homes.

The planning application together with supporting documentation can be viewed on the following website:https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=171532&search=171532

The plan proposes a single vehicular access point to the site on the Bromyard Road. (see diagram below)

Comments on the application have to be submitted by 8 June 2017.

Are Those Claims By Politicians Correct?

posted 8 May 2017, 06:36 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 8 May 2017, 06:41 ]

We hear a lot about fake news these days and post truth politics.
But are those claims by politicians and newspapers correct?

If you want unbiased information have a look at this website: https://fullfact.org/

Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 9

posted 27 Apr 2017, 04:25 by M Bain   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 04:26 ]

The Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 9 is available as follows:

On the Village Website:Neighbourhood Plannning
On the Neighbourhood Plan Website: https://sites.google.com/site/whnpwg/plan-working-group/wrking-group-bulletins

Travellers Site Planning Application: Update Jan 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 10:28 by M Bain   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 09:29 ]

Planning Application P160238/F - Land at Oak Tree View, Beggars Ash, Wellington Heath

Change of use of land from agricultural to a one family traveller site including stationing of two mobile homes, 2 touring caravans, treatment plant, sheds and associated parking/turning/hardstanding and new access.

This planning application was submitted in January 2016 to develop a caravan site for an extended family of Romany Gypsies in a small field off Beggars Ash. The site lies on the boundary of the parish and of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just before the sign for Wellington Heath village.

Numerous objections were submitted from parishioners and from both the Wellington Heath Parish Council and Ledbury Town Council. A much smaller number of representations of support for the application were also made, but the majority were from outside the parish and simply commented on the hardworking nature and good character of the applicant family.

The main concerns of parishioners related to the adverse impact of the development on the landscape and AONB. We did not want our wish to establish a strategic gap of open countryside between the village and Ledbury, as confirmed by consultations on our Neighbourhood Development Plan, to be ignored. The proposal was contrary to the existing pattern of development and would have stood out as an undesirable and undistinguished collection of caravans or mobile homes in a sensitive and high quality landscape. There would be a need to import a large volume of fill material to level the site and construct the entrance track that would destroy existing habitats and permanently change the nature of the site. Other concerns were expressed about the site lighting, sewage disposal arrangements, access, removal of hedgerow and the traffic hazards along Beggars Ash.

One further issue that was raised by objectors was whether the applicant family could still be regarded as travellers under the terms of the Government’s definition in its policy document Planning Policy For Traveller Sites and as established in case law.

Lobbying of members of the Planning Committee was undertaken on all of these issues prior to the meeting to decide the application.

Herefordshire Council’s planning officers clearly had difficulty in preparing a report on whether or not the application for planning permission should be approved. The application finally came before the Council’s Planning Committee on 18 January 2017 with a recommendation for approval.

At the meeting, a member of the Parish Council and a representative of the objectors spoke against the application and urged the Committee to refuse it. Our Herefordshire Ward Councillor, Liz Harvey, gave a powerful but well balance speech that ended with a request for refusal.  These speakers proved influential and after a good debate the Committee refused planning permission.

This may not be the end of the matter as the applicant has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate so we need to be vigilant and prepared to fight on. It also shows the importance of formally adopting our Neighbourhood Development Plan as soon as possible in order to protect that area of countryside.

(Contact details for the planning officer Mr Fernando Barber-Martinez can be found on the Herefordshire Council website together with information about the planning application:  https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=160238&search=160238

New national number to call if there is a power outage

posted 11 Aug 2016, 04:10 by M Bain   [ updated 11 Aug 2016, 04:11 ]

Information provided by Western Power Distribution;

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

 Key points to note about this service are:
  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. Customers can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
Attached is a pdf  with more details about this valuable new service.

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