Temporary Speed Restriction on A4103 at Cradley

Balfour Beatty have advised:

“There will be a temporary speed restriction in place on the A4103 from 600 metres east of the junction with the B4220 t0 600 metres west of the junction with the B4220, planned to be effective for a period of 4 weeks commencing on the 26th February 2018.  This is to enable us to safely carry out works to the junction.  The works themselves will be carried out under convoy.”

Sewage Waste Fly Tipping

On Friday 2nd February at around 2:30 pm, someone disposed of what appears to be a septic tank full of sewage waste into a storm drain in Oaklands. The result was a stream of foul slurry pouring from the storm drain outlet into the fresh water stream that borders our garden in Beech Close and feeds a tributary of the Cradley Brook at the bottom of our garden. We were fortunate enough to be in the garden at the time and so were able to pinpoint the time of this environmental crime.

We reported the incident to Severn Trent Water who reacted very swiftly and worked throughout the evening to identify the cause of the slurry pouring from the storm drain outlet. They returned the following morning and filled 3 bin bags with sanitary waste and flushed the storm drain and stream until the water flowed cleanly again.
Some of our neighbours were able to add detail and reported having seen a small tanker of a light colour (possibly yellow) with an elephant hose, working in the road at around 2:30pm that day. It was accompanied by a medium sized white van. Just before this, men were seen inspecting each of the man holes in the street in turn, presumably to identify the main sewer drain. A dark blue transit van was seen parked on the opposite side of the road at the top of Oaklands earlier in the day.

This appears to be someone fly tipping sewage. Had they picked the correct drain, no-one would have been any the wiser, though it would clearly still have been a crime. Our concern now is that this may happen again, if not in Oaklands, but somewhere else. We hope that by alerting the community of this illegal activity we shall all now be aware of the practice and take a more active questioning approach to unusual vehicles working in our streets. It is the last thing I would have expected a tanker in my street to be doing!

In addition to Severn Trent Water, the Environmental Agency and Herefordshire Council have been informed and would be interested if anyone has any further information.

Peter and Sue Warner

Smart Meters for all Homes by 2020

We have received a request to publish this article on our Parish Council website, regarding Smart Meters.  If you have any questions, please get in touch or follow the links below.

“As I’m sure you’re aware, the Government is rolling out smart meters into all homes and businesses before 2020. However, research shows that a huge percentage of the population are still not aware of the options available.

Working in conjunction with the smart meter authorities nationwide, we are ensuring that all local councils have the up to date, correct information on their websites to ensure we are fully prepared as a nation for this switch. Provided below are links to full guides domestic and non-domestic smart meters handed to us by the Government.

Non-domestic –

Domestic – https://selectra.co.uk/guides/smart-meters

I have identified the news or useful links section as a suitable place for this information.
Please get in touch if you require any further assistance.”

Consultation for Challenge Fund Road Maintenance – A4103 Re-surfacing

Residents are being asked to give their views on the planned second phase of re-surfacing works on the A4103 due to start in May 2018.  If you wish to comment, you may email Cllr Chowns, our Ward Councillor at ellie.chowns@herefordshire.gov.uk  or respond directly to Mr. Clive Hall, Head of Highways and Community Services in Hereford, via the form within this letter Challenge Fund phase 2 letter FINAL.  The Parish Council have received an extension on the date of their response so it may be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on the 13th February.

Email received from Mr. Hall, via Cllr Chowns:

“We may have to close the section from Hereford to Newtown Crossroads for a period to complete all works safely and to the required standard. This second phase of work is scheduled to begin in May 2018.

In Phase 1 we have used high quality surfacing materials with a lifespan of over twenty years, and will  reduced the need for future maintenance.  However […] the use of this material requires us to operate under a full road closure and we appreciate this brings with it disruption.

Following phase 1 we have carried out a lessons learned exercise with Balfour Beatty and this learning will inform delivery in phase 2. As a result we are seeking views on the method and timescale for the remaining works, particularly the nature of the proposed closures.  We  can move forward by:

  • Undertaking works in a short, concentrated period of road closures (for example of up to 4 weeks) which may include some periods of 24 hour road closure to reduce the overall duration.
  • Using a series of shorter road closures over a longer period of time (this could include, day time,  night time closures or 24 hour closures), with the road being open for definite periods between each closure.
  • Completing the works using materials that do not require substantial road closures. However the road surface would be less durable, potentially tripling the cost of maintaining these roads in the long term. Requiring us to return with roadworks sooner.
  • Ceasing works on this project. This would require us to return the £5 million central government funding. The works completed to date would have to be paid from existing highway maintenance budgets and we would still have to be liable for the undertake works to maintenance of these roads from existing council budgets at some time.

We would very much appreciate your views on the above options.

Clearly when working on the A4103 between Hereford and Newtown Crossroads (by whatever means) traffic will be able to progress freely along the A4103 from Worcester to Newtown Crossroads and visa versa.

The decision re which of the above options will be taken forward to delivery, or not as the case may be, will be taken in early March. We will then seek to publicise details of our actual operations based on that decision.

Draft Budget for 2018-2019

The new Parish Council met for the first full Council meeting on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 and discussed a draft budget to establish the precept for 2018-2019.  The Finance Working Group is due to meet again on the 2nd February to finalise the draft budget to be presented for discussion and decision at the February meeting, 13th February 2018.

Please look out for the draft budget and if you have any comments you would like considered, please use the contact page on this website to contact the Clerk.

Bruce Herriot

Letter from the Chairman 2018

A Happy New Year to everyone in the Parish. I hope that it proves to be so, and that we can all proceed with a new look Parish Council without any resentments.

We are delighted to announce that our new Clerk is in post. Helen is also the part-time Clerk at Fownhope, and is just coming to the end of her CiLCA training, a specific qualification in Local Council Administration. She will be a huge asset to the Parish and is looking forward to her new job.

Her contact details are:

Mrs Helen Tinson
Pichells Place
Wall Hills Farm
Hereford Road

Telephone: 07989066782

Email the Clerk

I would just like to reiterate that the Parish Council can only communicate with those who contact us directly with a verifiable name and address. We have been made aware of rumour and gossip about all sorts of Council issues. If you have any comments, questions or concerns do contact Helen. She will be able to respond herself, or take the matter to full Council. However, if the matter concerns a breach of our Code of Conduct then please forward your concerns to the Monitoring Officer at Herefordshire Council so that any serious allegations can be dealt with by the appropriate organisation.

We hope to have our new website live next week on www.cradleyparishcouncil.gov.uk
The old site, kindly run by Ken Nason for many years, will be taken down as soon as we are happy with the new site. The new site will have some interesting interactive features, which we will share with you as soon as Helen has undergone the appropriate training. Now we have a Clerk in post we will develop a communications strategy, which may involve restarting the Facebook page. Again, we will let you know as soon as this has been decided.

At our December meeting it was resolved to postpone the January Parish Council meeting to Tuesday 23rd January at 19:00 in Storridge Village Hall so that we can welcome the successful 11 candidates from the January 11th election as new Parish Councillors. There has not been a contested election for many years, so this is an exciting time for democracy in Cradley and Storridge. Just to make it clear, if nobody resigns between now and May 2019 there should not be a further election in that period. A further election has significant financial implications for the Parish as the total cost of an election is paid for out of the precept. May 2019 is when the next mandatory Council elections are due to take place again, and it is possible that the number of Councillors will be reduced to 12 from that date (rather than the current 15}, but this is yet to be finalised by Herefordshire Council.

We will be presenting the Draft Precept for 2018/2019 at our January meeting so please look out for this on the website. Parishioners are free to ask us questions about how we allocate the money for next year. The precept has to be ‘signed off’ at the February meeting and then submitted to Herefordshire Council.

Again, I wish you all a Happy New Year and I look forward to continue working with you for the good of our community.

Bruce Herriot

6th January 2018

Cradley Parish Election 11th January 2018 Election Timetable

Deadline for new applications for first interim   Friday 1 December 2017
publication date    
Delivery of nomination papers: from the date stated   Monday 4 December 2017
on notice of election    
Publication of notice of election Not later than Monday 4 December 2017
Deadline for delivery of nomination papers 4pm Tuesday 12 December 2017
Deadline for withdrawals of nomination 4pm Tuesday 12 December 2017
Publication of first interim election notice of   Tuesday 12 December 2017
Deadline for new applications for second interim   Tuesday 12 December 2017
publication date    
Publication of statement as to persons nominated Not later than 4pm Wednesday 13 December 2017
Deadline for receiving applications for registration   Thursday 21 December 2017
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal 5pm Friday 22 December 2017
proxy applications, and for changes to existing    
postal or proxy votes    
Publication of second interim election notice of   Friday 22 December 2017
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by 5pm Wednesday 3 January 2018
proxy (not postal proxies or emergency proxies)    
Publication of notice of poll Not later than Wednesday 3 January 2018
Deadline for notification of appointment of polling   Thursday 4 January 2018
and counting agents    
Publication of final election notice of alteration   Thursday 4 January 2018
First date that electors can apply for replacements   Friday 5 January 2018
for lost postal votes    
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or 9pm Thursday 11 January 2018
court appeal    
Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm Thursday 11 January 2018
POLLING DAY (7am to 10pm) Thursday 11 January 2018
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm Thursday 11 January 2018
Last day for delivery of return as to election If result is declared before Thursday 8 February 2018
expenses midnight  
Last day for delivery of return as to election If result is declared after Friday 9 February 2018
expenses midnight  
Deadline for sending postal vote identifier rejection   Thursday 12 April 2018