Councillor David Harlow Report September 2015

Llanwarne Parish council
Ward member report, September 2015

Gillow Farm Chicken Farm appeal
In early August I chaired a meeting between the Watkins family (Gillow Farm) and members of the public at the Harewood End Inn concerning their application for several chicken units at their farm in the neighbouring parish. This meeting was a precursor to the application being submitted and I will update you as matters develop.

A49 road surface in Harewood End
I have written to Highways England about the noise levels on the A49 following complaints from Brigitte at the pub. The road surface seems to exacerbate problems and whilst there is no quick fix I hope to meet with their inspector in due course.

Neighbourhood development plan
I emailed a copy over and I’m happy to get some ‘experts’ to give advice. Once the Core strategy is adopted (next few weeks) then NDPs become much more relevant. The idea is that communities get to choose where building will take place, not having an NDP means losing this influence.

Council launches priorities and budget consultation
Herefordshire Council has launched its priorities and budget consultation for 2016/17 and is asking residents to participate and have their say.
The joint priorities and budget consultation will run until Friday 9 October and is asking residents to first of all rate the council’s priorities in terms of what they believe are the most and least important areas we should focus our resources on. Briefings for all members and for town and parish councils were held during July and a series of public engagement events are scheduled through late summer. The next open sessions are at High Town, Hereford on Wednesday 23 September and at Market Hall, Ross on Thursday 24 September.
To find out more and participate in the consultation, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation2016
PLEASE URGE ALL RESIDENTS TO GIVE THEIR FEEDBACK, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FAIR REFLECTION OF OPINION ACROSS THE COUNTY.

Increase in recycling rates
Herefordshire residents have increased recycling rates in the county since the introduction of alternate weekly collections in November 2014.
In a report to the General Overview and Scrutiny Committee the waste management team reports a 5.34% increase in recycling; the equivalent to 121 tonnes of recycling per month. The amount of waste going to landfill has reduced by 7%, which is the equivalent to 293 tonnes per month. The move to alternate weekly collection had also delivered annual savings of £500k and there had been no noticeable increase in fly-tipping. The figures are based on the first six months of the new scheme.

Wellbeing Innovation Fund
Herefordshire Council is inviting bids for grant funding from the county’s voluntary and community sector, to pay for exciting and creative projects that can improve people’s lives.
The Wellbeing Innovation Fund was launched in November last year. It offers grants of between £5k and £20k for projects that aim to improve people’s health and quality of life, particularly those who are vulnerable, at risk of social isolation or loneliness.
Since the launch in November, 11 awards were made across the county to a total value of £147k. Creative ideas submitted were broad, ranging from a men’s shed project targeting older men and encouraging them to get out and meet others with similar interests, to a befriending project where lonely people are supported to get out and about by a band of volunteers.
Further details are available from – Alex Fitzpatrick on 01432 383038.
Useful links
Maps and timetables for grass cutting and pot holes are now available on the Council’s website
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/grass-cutting
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/maintenance/potholes
Problems can be reported using
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport-and-highways/footpaths-byways-and-bridleways/cg-report-prow-problem
David Harlow 11.09.15