Churches Closed

The Church of England has decided that with immediate effect all Churches should be kept locked.

Staunton on Wye Children’s Playground Closed

In accordance with Herefordshire Council Coronavirus guidelines, passed down from central government, the Parish Council have closed the children’s play area until further notice.

Any queries to the Parish Clerk Steve Grist on 01981 500695.

Council Letter about Recent Flood Damage to Roads and Drainage

Email ref Coronavirus – Herefordshire CC Chief Executive (13/3/20)

Dear Colleague,

You are all fully aware of the global response to the pandemic coronavirus, known as Covid19. I am focused on Herefordshire Council staff and our services – how we are best able to protect both. Please be assured we have existing plans and protocols in place to cope with pandemic flu and in recent weeks and days we have been planning for the impact of coronavirus on us all.

None of us have experienced anything quite like this impact on normal life and for the vast majority, coronavirus will not be a serious illness. However, for a small number of people, this virus could be deadly. The essential thing that we should all be doing now and for the foreseeable future is to be extremely hygienic. Please observe the notices around our buildings and wash your hands for longer, more frequently – starting with when you enter a place of work and before eating, and always when leaving toilets. It remains a really important part of this hygiene control, that we all learn not to touch our faces with our hands to avoid ingesting the virus. It’s not easy, but it’s important.

I am also announcing temporary protocols for three important areas during this response, to help delay and limit the spread of coronavirus in Herefordshire, effective from Monday 16th March;

  1. Working from Home

Whilst the vast majority will not be very ill from the disease, a more vulnerable group is those who have a serious underlying health condition. A number of our staff have underlying serious health conditions. Those employees with underlying serious health conditions whose immunity to a virus is likely to be reduced should begin to work remotely/ from home. This will be until further notice. If you are unclear about your serious health condition and if your immunity is likely to be affected, you should consult your GP or call NHS 111. You should advise your line manager of your situation on the first day of home-working. You should discuss with your line manager, if you are not home-working enabled (e.g. with a laptop).

2. Meeting and travel

This follows national guidance on safe distances. Where possible or necessary, meetings can be carried out using conference calls, webex or through emails, or over the phone. Meetings with external groups in other locations, on behalf of Herefordshire Council, should wherever possible be done through conference calls or through webex, emails or over the phone. Internal meetings should only take place in a well ventilated room or place, and where those in the meeting are able to maintain a distance of 2 metres apart. Non-essential travel to meetings, seminars, conferences should be avoided should be avoided wherever possible, especially out of the county. You should discuss with your line manager to be clear about any changed plans, or what may be ‘non-essential’.

  • Public Meetings

I am advising that public meetings should be postponed, cancelled or held in an alternative way to physical meetings – unless they can be conducted within the guideline of meeting in a well ventilated room or place, and where all those in the meeting are able to maintain a distance of 2 metres apart. This follows national guidance on safe distances. This is to be determined by the chair and vice-chair representing each meeting, recognizing the above advice and the potential for significant numbers of people to be unable to attend. Where possible or necessary, meetings might be carried out using conference calls, webex or through emails, or phonecalls. Public meetings with external groups in other locations, on behalf of Herefordshire Council, should be postponed, cancelled or conducted through conference calls or through webex, emails or phonecalls.

The above protocols are designed to ensure that we minimise the impact of coronavirus on our council, our staff and our councillors, whilst continuing to maintain operations and functions. They will inevitable cause us all to adapt, and this is unavoidable. We will in the days ahead clarify how decision-making will be conducted if meetings are not possible, and we will advise on this.

Our intranet carries the most up to date information on coronavirus. Please be sure to look at this regularly as we will be placing all updated plans on this intranet page.

I will keep in touch with staff and councillors in the days ahead with updates on our plans and planned actions.

Keep well,

Kind regards,

Alistair

Alistair Neill

Chief Executive

Herefordshire Council

Flood Damage Inspections

Following the flooding events of the last few days I have spoken with the appropriate Officers at Herefordshire Council this morning. They have confirmed that there is currently a team visiting those homes that have suffered flooding in Staunton on Wye , Monnington on Wye and Letton. The team is aware of the flooding in Little London , World’s End and Monnington on Wye.

I have agreed to co-ordinate names and contact details of any families that may have been flooded in order that the County Council may provide any information regarding possible assistance and/or possible compensation.

I am happy to take details of flooded homes and pass them onto the appropriate County Council if so required.

Regards

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Planning Red Ley, Letton

A planning application has been made for Red Ley, Letton.

Reconvened Parish Council Meeting

23rd March, Staunton Village Hall, 7.30pm

Flooding

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 www.herefordshire.gov.uk

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.

Latest News

  • 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 www.herefordshire.gov.uk

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.