Recycling talk at Parish Annual Meeting, 11th May 2022

At this year’s Bishopstone Group Parish Annual Meeting, Peter Povall is our guest speaker to talk about Recycling. The meeting starts at 7pm in Stretton Sugwas village hall, HR4 7PT.

We’ve all been recycling for many years but how much do we know about what happens to what we recycle in Herefordshire.  Peter explains how much Herefordshire County Council recycle at the moment and what to expect when the new Herefordshire recycling system comes into effect late 2023. There’s also information about local community based reuse and recycling schemes and how we could get involved.

The parish annual meeting will be followed by the parish council annual meeting, also held in Stretton Sugwas village hall, to which all parishioners are also invited.

Give wildlife a boost with No Mow May

Why no consider mowing your garden lawn less this May, to give wildlife an important boost as bees and other insects feed on the nectar and pollen the lawn supports. Even better don’t mowing at all for the month of May and join the national campaign #NoMowMay

No Mow MayMore and more people are embracing wilder gardens and that is good news for wild plants and the other wildlife that depend on them. Did you know just 8 dandelion flowers might produce enough nectar sugar to meet an adult bumblebee’s baseline energy needs?

Worried it could look untidy? Just leave a small patch unmowed to start with or consider a mowed path through the lawn, maybe a neat mowed edge. Once you see how many flowers your lawn holds you’ll enjoy giving nature a chance.

A one metre square on a typical English lawn has 17 daisies and a smattering of buttercups and dandelions. Across lawns, germander speedwell and field forget-me-nots were next most likely to show. Find out more – https://nomowmay.plantlife.org.uk/

Fraud Update – WhatsApp scam and Doorstep fraud

Here’s the latest Fraud Update from West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit Update on fraud doing the rounds at the moment.

WhatsApp Fraud

The suspect will send the victim a message via WhatsApp claiming to be their son/daughter and that they have had to change their number.
The suspect will then ask for money for debt repayment/money to get a new phone/asking to pay bills.
The victim believes this situation and, in most circumstances, ends up sending money.
There have been several similar local reports recently and they are becoming more frequent.
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Doorstep Fraud

Bogus tradesmen, door-to-door sales or doorstep fraud involves fraudsters trying to scam you after knocking at your door.

Legitimate doorstep selling involves someone selling you goods or services in your home or on your doorstep. Many honest businesses use this technique – but so do fraudsters.

Door-to-door frauds can take many forms, including:

  • pressure selling
  • unfair contracts
  • overpriced or substandard home maintenance or improvements
  • phoney consumer surveys
  • ​bogus charity collections.

There are specific laws about door-to-door sales. Many are required to give you a ‘cooling-off’ period (where you can change your mind or request your money back). Bogus tradesmen will offer none of these, and even if they do, you can be sure their ‘guarantee’ will not be honoured.

Bogus salespeople will provide false identity or contact information, making it impossible for you to identify or contact them. If you’ve paid them in advance, you won’t get your money back.

Also, be wary of opening your door to a potential burglar or someone who wants to get inside your property to enable other people to break in. Once they get through your door, fraudulent salespeople can take note of your valuables and any security measures you have in place.

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED OR DO NOT RECOGNISE THE CONTACT

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

Birds of Bishon Common

We’re lucky in our parish to have a number of important wildlife sites – the Ice Age Ponds in Kenchester and Bishon Common in Bishopstone. Mervyn Davies from Bishopstone has been monitoring the birds on Bishon Common since July 2020 and here’s what he’s seen.

Siskin on Bishon Common, Bishopstone
Siskin © Mick Colquhoun

To date 47 species have been logged. In summary, the list includes many of our common resident species, but also a few of the less common ones have shown up at specific times of year – these latter species include: Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Jay, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and Siskin. It was particularly pleasing recently (January 2022) to see a flock of 67 Siskin feeding on the seeds in the top of the alder trees.

Summer visitors have included the partial migrants, Chiffchaff and Blackcap, and also true migrants like Swallow and Whitethroat. Amongst the waterbirds using the pond are: Grey Heron, Mallard, Moorhen and Teal.

Common Snipe, Bishon Common, Bishopstone
Snipe © Mick Colquhoun

The winter species have been most interesting with occasional flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing seen during the Nov – Mar periods, but more significantly the presence of Snipe when the seasonal pond and marshy areas return from November through until April – a maximum of 36 Snipe were present in Feb 2021 together with three Jack Snipe; the Snipe breeding stronghold is the uplands of northern England whereas the smaller and more uncommon Jack Snipe migrate to northern Scandinavia and Russia to breed.

In addition, if you keep your ears tuned in an evening, you will frequently hear the “hooting” of a male Tawny Owl coming from the direction of the Common and occasionally a sharp “kee-wick” response, probably from a nearby female.

Mervyn Davies, January 2022. There’s more info on local birds at Herefordshire Ornithological Club.

Bishon Common, Bishopstone
Bishon Common, 12th January 2022

Thanking Sue Hubbard for 36 years service to Parish Council

Bishopstone Group Parish Council is very sorry to lose Sue Hubbard as parish councillor for Byford after 36 years service to the parish.

Bishopstone Neighbourhood Development PlanSue put so much effort into her role and worked tirelessly on many projects – The Parish Plan, The Community Centre and the Neighbourhood Development Plan, where her knowledge and skill have greatly benefited our Council.

John Macklin, Chairman of the Bishopstone Group Parish council said, “Sue, I will certainly miss the help and advise you have given me as my Vice Chair over the last 11 years.

You first became the Parish Councillor for Byford way back on May 15th 1985.  Sue, I would personally and on the behalf of Bishopstone Group Parish Council like to thank you for the last 36 years you have served your community as a councillor.

You have always represented your parishioners with commitment, trying to sort out Parish problems whether it be flooding, ditches, footpaths also your efforts carrying out litter picking.”

Bishopstone phone box gets new lick of paint

The phone box in Bishopstone village is the parish council information kiosk and importantly, it houses a defibrillator. Very much in need of sprucing up, Councillors Rosemary Morgan and Sarah Keefe removed the flaking paint and applied a coat of Post Office red paint.

The defibrillator can make all the difference between life and death for someone suffering a heart attack as you wait for an ambulance to arrive. This portable device gives a casualty’s heart an electric shock, when it has stopped beating normally in a sudden cardiac arrest.

Bishopstone telephone box after painting
After: Painted Post Office red
Bishopstone parish telephone box
Before: Rosemary Morgan removing the flaking paint

Help us make the A438 at Bridge Sollars safer with 40mph speed limit

There is a proposal to introduce a 40mph speed limit on the A438 at Bridge Sollars, Herefordshire. We have until 16th September to register our support, the more of us who request this, the more likely it will be implemented and lives saved.

If you have driven along the straight stretch of the A438 in front of the Antique Centre over the past few weeks you may have noticed Traffic Speed Monitoring equipment on the road.

After many years of lobbying by the Parish Council, our request to Herefordshire Council to review the speed limit on this stretch is now being considered.

We are pleased to share the news that the results of the Traffic Speed Monitoring Survey so far have resulted in a recommendation to apply a 40mph speed limit running between the brow of the hill at either end of this stretch of road (see page 2 of Initial Statutory Consultantion document).

Bridge Sollars proposed 40mph speed limit

 

The average speeds recorded during the Survey ranged from 52.8 – 58.5mph in the Eastbound direction, and 53.5 – 54.2mph in the Westbound direction.  This confirms the widely held views of residents and business owners whose properties exit directly onto this stretch that traffic is travelling at speeds in excess of what is safe.

As I’m sure you’re aware, there have been many Road Traffic Accidents along this stretch over the years, especially involving vehicles turning into residential driveways or businesses; this does not just impact those of us who’s properties exit directly onto this stretch, but all users of this road.

At the moment this proposal is still in the Initial Statutory Consultation stage of the process.  We hope that you will join the Parish Council in supporting the implementation of this speed limit. We encourage you to register your support by email to will@adltraffic.co.uk, or by writing to Will Wilson, Traffic Engineer, ADL Traffic and Highways Engineering Ltd, ADL House, Oaklands Business Park, Armstrong Way, Yate, BS37 5NA.

The deadline for receipt of your comments needs to be registered before noon on 16th September to be considered. If you would like more details, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council.

 

Parish Councillor vacancy for Byford

NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR for
Byford Parish

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred in the
office of Councillor for the Byford Parish following the resignation of Daphne Susan
Hubbard.

Rule 5 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules
2006, provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of Parish councillor, an
election to fill the vacancy shall be held if within fourteen days* after the date of this notice
(i.e. no later than Friday, 10th September 2021) has been given in accordance with
section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, notice in writing of a request for such an
election has been given to the proper officer of the council of the district within which the
Parish is situate by TEN electors for the Parish.

If a request for an election is not received by the above deadline then Bishopstone
Group Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in
accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986.
If there is an election, it will take place not later than Friday, 12th November 2021.

The proper officer is Paul Walker Herefordshire Council, Electoral Services, Town Hall, St
Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ

Clerk to Bishopstone Group Parish Council
Dated: Friday, 20th August 2021

Parish Councillor vacancy for Kenchester

NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR for
Kenchester Parish

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred in the
office of Councillor for the Kenchester Parish following the resignation of James Neil
Newton.

Rule 5 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules
2006, provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of Parish councillor, an
election to fill the vacancy shall be held if within fourteen days* after the date of this notice
(i.e. no later than Thursday, 10th June 2021) has been given in accordance with section
87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, notice in writing of a request for such an
election has been given to the proper officer of the council of the district within which the
Parish is situate by TEN electors for the Parish.

If a request for an election is not received by the above deadline then Bishopstone
Group Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in
accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986.
If there is an election, it will take place not later than Thursday, 12th August 2021.

The proper officer is Paul Walker Herefordshire Council, ElectoralServices, Town Hall, St
Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ

Clerk to Bishopstone Group Parish Council
Dated: Thursday, 20th May 2021

Rogue Traders – what to look out for

West Mercia Police have had a report of a company offering tarmacking services in the Longtown area last week.

rogue traderThis company went by the name of Highway Tarfix Ltd with a company address in Darlington.
Trading standards have confirmed that these individuals are rogue traders who will do a shoddy job and charge an exorbitant rate.

The usual ‘patter’ is that they have been doing a job locally and have a load of tar to use up before it goes off. The law states that any ‘cold callers’ must give any prospective customers paperwork listing the work to be done and total cost, and give a 7 day cooling off period before work commences. This applies to any goods or services offered at the door or by phone.

Trading Standards also advise that “homeowners have to be particularly careful when choosing a workman or a builder. Don’t rely on online reviews as many of these lists are infiltrated by rogue traders, but get recommendations from people you know and ask around.”

“You should always check whether someone working in your home is actually a member of the trade body they claim to be in and are bound by an effective arbitration service within that organisation should you wish to complain.”

“Major building work involves considerable amounts of money and staged payments should only be made once satisfactory work has been completed at that stage. In addition you should ensure that payments are only made into the proper business account of the builder, whether it is a Limited Company or a Sole Trader.”