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  • The county plan is approved at full council setting the priorities for the next 4 years. Thank you for taking part in the consultation process, by contributing to the draft plan at the September 2019 parish council summit, as well as through the follow up consultation events, across the county.
  • Parish council summit date for your diary – the next summit will be in the evening of 2nd April at the Shire Hall Hereford. An invite to attend and more information on content, will follow. There was a provisional date in March, given at the last summit, which this April date replaces.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) public information campaign materials:

Public Health England (PHE) have released the attached public information campaign materials about coronavirus (COVID-19). This provides advice about how the general public can help protect themselves and others by practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene. We would be grateful if you could display or circulate by e-mail the poster in your communities, so that the public are aware and that they know where to access the latest information if needed. Please be aware that this is an evolving situation so public advice and campaign materials may change, if this happens we will send you updated versions.  

Herefordshire flooding response

17 February 2020

Herefordshire flooding response

Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk

Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation. 

There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents.

All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at:

  • Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford
  • thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford
  • Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster
  • Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye

Further rest centres will be made available as required.

The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:

“The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk – avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”

Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said:

“We are grateful to our local community for stepping up at this time of need, offering help and support to residents and our emergency response teams, including council officers- who have been working day and night. Herefordshire has never seen flooding like it and together with partners, we are doing all we can to ensure residents are safe. Thanks also to the local community groups who are opening their doors to residents who need localised shelter and support. Please keep checking the Herefordshire Council website for the latest information.”

Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice.

Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or

Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.

Holocaust Day Exhibition


27 January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp.  On behalf of the people of Herefordshire, Herefordshire Council is commemorating this event by hosting a photo exhibition which reflects the dehumanising realities of the camp.  There are also written testimonies from survivors, quotations, and explanatory text.

The exhibition will be held in All Saints Church, Hereford (HR4 9AA), from 24-27 January 2020, from 8am-4pm (excluding Sunday).  The venue is accessible, and entry is free of charge.

This exhibition is only one of the multitude of international events marking Holocaust Memorial Day.  The aims of the day are many, but fundamentally it seeks to remember victims of the Holocaust, to help keep such human tragedies in our consciousness.

Find more information on Facebook. 

Highway Works – January/February 2020

Station Road, Bromyard

Upgrading the road for increased HGV use due to making this road part of the approved HGV route

Monday, 20 January 2020 to Friday, 13 March 2020

Full Road Closure from 08.00 hours on Monday, 20 January 2020 until 17.00 hours on Friday, 14 February 2020

Between Church Lane junction to the Bridge and the B4303 junction to the Bridge

Multiway traffic lights in operation from Monday, 17 February 2020 to Friday, 13 March 2020, including weekends.

This relates to work taking place at the Tenbury Road junction with Station Road

B4399 Holme Lacy Bridge, Holme Lacy

Bridge bearing replacement works

3-way traffic lights – Tuesday, 21 January 2020 starting at 09.00 hours until 15.00 hours each day, running until Monday, 27 January 2020.  No traffic signals will be in operation over the weekend.

3-way traffic lights – Monday, 24 February 2020 and Tuesday, 25 February 2020, between 09.00 hours and 15.00 hours each day

Road Closure – Wednesday 26 February 2020 to (and including) Friday, 28 February 2020 – Times to be confirmed nearer the time.

C1257 – Symonds Yat West Road (Ferrie Lane)

Road closed until further notice

Emergency Works

U71216 – Isle of Dogs, Three Ashes

Road closed until 17.00 hours on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 (likely to be extended)

Culvert damage

C1110 – Springfield, Pencombe

Road closed until 17.00 hours on Thursday, 16 January 2020

Sinkhole in carriageway

Agenda 10 February 2020


PARISH COUNCILLORS are summoned to attend a meeting of the Group Parish Council on

MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2020 AT 7.30 pm in the Staunton on Wye Village Hall.
















Union Street Road Closure


You may have heard on the local radio about the sink hole that appeared in Union Street, Hereford.

I can confirm that our Highway’s teams carried out an inspection of the sink hole on Union Street yesterday (2 January) in partnership with Welsh Water, which showed no structural damage to the sewer. We will be carrying out works this week to remove damaged tarmac and repair the lower portion of the road surface. Once these works have been completed, we will reinstate the upper layer of the road surface.

For safety reasons, the road will remain closed until works have been fully completed, and we anticipate that we will be in a position to open the road early next week.

Best wishes


Julia Lawrence

Works Control Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places

M: 07791 926115 | E:

Unit 3 Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, Herefordshire,  HR2 6JT |   @balfourbeatty |  LinkedIn

Design a Flag for Herefordshire Flag Competition 2019

The Competition is in the Public Vote stage. Deadline end of September 2019.

This competition has the backing of the Chairman, Leader and Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council, and also Herefordshire Cultural Partnership who were responsible for the efforts behind Herefordshire’s City of Culture 2021 bid.

What’s it to be, then? A bull? Apples? Both? And something else as well, maybe?
The short list for the Herefordshire flag competition is revealed today. A grand total of 692 entries – the most ever received for any UK community – has been whittled down to five. And the time has come for the people of Herefordshire to make the final decision.

You can vote online or use the form on this page and post it. The polls will be open until the end of September and the voters’ verdict will be announced – and the winning flag hoisted – at a ceremony in Hereford on November 2. It will then be available for purchase and can be flown anywhere.

The flags that have reached the final five emphasise the county’s most distinctive symbols. Four of the five show apples; three have a bull’s head; two include the River Wye. Two depict the county’s red soil. One has a design based on the county’s black- and-white houses. Another has hops. Yet another has rolling hills and a background that recalls ripening hay.

“Had we been making the choice alone, I’m sure every member of the judging panel would have come up with a different short list,” said David Marshall, chairman of the Herefordshire Flag Committee. “There were many terrific designs that didn’t make it. But I think this selection gives people an excellent choice. Whichever wins, it will be a fine ambassador for the county.”

Of England’s 39 historic counties, only Herefordshire and Leicestershire do not now have a registered flag. Many other regions, cities and communities also have flags, including the Herefordshire village of Marden which made its own selection this summer.

The Flag Institute, the UK’s registration body, has given provisional approval to all Herefordshire’s proposed designs and is expected to ratify the decision rapidly after the choice is announced.

Unlike any other ballots that may or may not take place this autumn, everyone aged five and upwards is allowed to take part – though under-16s’ votes must be countersigned by a parent, guardian or teacher.

To vote online please go to The process should be very quick and simple. If you have any problems please email or call 07983 495892.

Heartstart October 21st

The next Heartstart course will be held in the Staunton-on-Wye village hall on October 21st.   Contact Heartstart for more information.

Minutes from PC Meeting May 2019


Agenda September 2019