NOTICE BOARD

The Parish Council meeting on 25 March did not take place due to the directive issued by the Government.  The date of the next meeting is unknown.

New items will be posted below the yellow notices – please scroll down.  Each item is dated.


Posted 18 Mar 2020 
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Posted 25 Mar 2020 from Herefordshire Council

BUSINESS SUPPORT AND COVID-19 ADVICE
Offering FREE one to one support services for businesses, in partnership with Herefordshire Council the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses. 

The Marches Growth Hub would like to share the following information with businesses who are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business community.
https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL SUPPORT
Updated 22
th March 2020 – The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by Covid-19.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Coronavirus (Covid-19) : UK government response
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme – https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/supporting-business-loans-enterprise-finance-guarantee/

NEW: Businesses will be able to access government support from today (Monday 23 March) to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-business-support-to-launch-from-today

For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is gov.uk. However, government is also scaling up its Business Support Helpline so businesses in England, of all sizes, can pick up the phone and speak directly to an advisor. The number to call is: 0300 456 3565

HMRC have launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Find all the information here. The number is 0800 0159 559.

Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts. Find all the information here.

Business rate relief – The Government has announced that it is temporarily increasing the business rates relief discount in England to 100% for 2020-2021 for properties below £51,000 rateable value.  As soon as the details have been passed through parliament any changes will be applied and you will be notified accordingly.

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/358/how_your_business_rates_bill_is_calculated

Business Grants – there are still Business Grants available and we have listed some of those grants below but there are other funded schemes and programmes available – just ask your local Growth Hub.


MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth


BUSINESS RESILIENCE
Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business Continuity)
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/346/emergency_planning_in_herefordshire/5

 


Posted 17 Mar 2020 – Message from The Riverside Inn

Our teams at The Riverside Inn and The Bateman Arms, Shobdon in the coming weeks are organising food take away and delivery service and looking at also preparing to supply food items such as bread, meat, fruit and veg, milk to anyone in the local communities that may be self isolating or struggling with ever increasing restriction.

We are taking all precautions with this, but we are starting to discuss with other local parishes if we can be of assistance, as supermarket and home deliveries become more difficult.

If anyone has any idea of anything we can do to help in these difficult times, please call me directly on 01568708440, and we will update everyone as things develop.

Best wishes

Andy Link
Chef Patron
The Riverside at Aymestrey and The Bateman Arms
01568708440 

Posted 20 Mar 2020 – Message from Herefordshire Council

BUSINESS SUPPORT REGARDING COVID-19
The council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire.  This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses.  There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty. 
If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/  Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact 01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or business@herefordshire.gov.uk 


Posted 15 Mar 2020
Message about Storm Dennis from Councillor Felicity Norman

Dear Councillor

The impact of Storm Dennis
You will be aware of the extensive impact of Storm Dennis across Herefordshire, and particularly in the communities you represent.

More than 500 residents and businesses were directly affected by the flooding, with many more people in communities across the county impacted by road closures and other flood-related infrastructure issues.

Please find below a round-up of the immediate response and recovery activity that took place along with details of the action now being taken towards improving the resilience of communities across the county.

Immediate response
With a month’s worth of rain failing in two days there was generalised flooding in many areas severely affecting properties and roads. The rivers Wye and Lugg both rose to their highest ever recorded peaks, and at one point around 700 tonnes of water per second were flowing under the Old Bridge in Hereford.

The immediate response brought together a number of key agencies to ensure the safety of local residents including Herefordshire Council, Public Health, the Environment Agency, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service, our health partners and utility services. Through a Tactical Control Group (TCG), services across partner organisations were coordinated to protect and provide assistance to residents and businesses, with early efforts focused on the most vulnerable members of the community.

Travel and transport across the county was extremely difficult with around 80 major and minor roads impassable at peak flood. Road and bridge closures were put in place where they were flooded or where their condition had become unsafe. Whilst a priority was to keep Herefordshire moving the top priority was to keep people safe.

In total, 204 people were rescued by fire and rescue services from either properties or vehicles.

During this time information was provided to residents through a dedicated page on the Council website and via the Council’s social media channels – which were viewed more than 6.5million times in first 11 days. Information was also shared through local newspaper, radio, TV and community social media sites. In addition, video messages were sent to communities severely impacted by flooding providing information specific to those areas.

Recovery
The recovery is now underway and will continue for some time.

In the initial recovery phase, staff from Herefordshire Council and other partner agencies visited hundreds of residents in the areas impacted by flooding providing advice, completing applications for grants and helping directly in the big clean up.

A free service continues to be provided collecting flood-damaged household items from outside residents’ houses, and household recycling centres in Herefordshire have waived the need for a permit for commercial-type vehicles for residents with flood damaged items they need to dispose of.

Council staff have been helping local residents and businesses to apply for community flood recovery grants. Payment of grants started on Monday 24 February 2020. Of the 596 applications received so far, to date payments have been made to 434 residents and 93 businesses.

  • Community Flood Recovery Grants of £500 for residential properties
    Households can apply for £500 of financial assistance to help support any short term needs if flood water has entered the habitable areas of their property or their property is considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding. The grant can be applied for at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

  •  100% Council Tax discount for three months
    For those households who have been awarded the Community Flood Recovery Grant, three months of Council Tax discount will be automatically applied to their account which will be reflected in the council tax bills being sent this month.

  • Community Flood Recovery Grants of £2500 for businesses
    Small and medium enterprises can apply for £2500 of financial assistance if they have experienced a loss of trade due to flooding. The grant can be applied for at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

  • Business rate relief
    Businesses who have been awarded the Community Flood Recovery Grant will automatically have three months of business rate discount applied to their account which will be reflected in the business rate bills being sent this month.

  • Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme [2020]
  • Central government has announced that flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding. The grant is to fund property flood resilience through community-based measures which make the property less likely to flood in the future, or reduce the impact if flooding does occur. We will publicise details of these grants as soon as possible.

A letter outlining the above, along with details of advice and support available with health and wellbeing following flooding is being sent this week to residents affected by flooding.

We will be running drop-in sessions across the county later this month where residents will be able to speak to advisors from the council and Citizens Advice regarding any assistance they may need. These sessions are intended to provide information and advice to those affected by the recent flooding and support to become more flood resilient in the future. We will publicise details of these sessions as soon as possible.

Additional resources have been deployed across the county to expedite road cleaning and inspection and assessment of the condition of roads and bridges. Surveys using specialist equipment are being carried out. There are at least 71 locations across the highways network where repair work is required and of these 51 require extensive work to remedy the damage caused. Whilst work to repair damage has commenced, several roads and bridges will require longer term attention and investment to fully address flood damage and secure their resilience.

We are aware that the recent flooding has also exacerbated drainage issues across the county. We are asking all ward members and parish councils to let us know where work is needed due to the flooding to clear debris and unblock watercourses which are or may be the cause of danger to the public. This is so that, alongside other additional infrastructure works and services required due to the flooding, this can be included under our submission for Bellwin funding. You will be aware that we requested an extension to the Bellwin period to account for the scale of flooding and assessing its impact.

In the longer term
There is work underway to ensure our communities have the support they need, both in recovery from the flooding caused by Storm Dennis and in our progress towards a more resilient future.

A huge capital investment is now required in our highways and bridges to address the damage caused, and we will need an enhanced and sustained investment in infrastructure including bridges, roads and drainage assets in the longer-term to maintain their condition.

In Herefordshire there is huge scope for extending flood defences along both the main rivers and into the many tributaries that feed them. We are pressing for changes to the current national funding criteria which means that we do not meet the threshold for investment in the defence our rural communities, market towns and Hereford itself, and ensure fairness in its distribution between urban and rural communities.

Landowners also have a key role to play in our resilience to flooding, and we are working with many of them as part of our Natural Flood Management (NFM). We know that the agricultural community across Herefordshire will do all they can to improve the resilience of this county to flood, but we must recognise that many will be suffering as a consequence of the not being able to cultivate their land, or have had crops destroyed by flood waters.

There are 3671 farms across Herefordshire. Following flooding in October the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced a Farming Recovery Fund to support the many farmers in neighbouring Worcestershire. We hope the government now make a similar announcement for Herefordshire’s farmers.

In light of all of the above we have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request further vital support from central government following February’s unprecedented flood events. The open letter, which can be found on the council’s website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/19513/letter_to_pm_boris_johnson.htm, requests better financial support for residents, businesses and agriculture and funding to support repair to infrastructure and future resilience. It also asks for investment in flood defences and insurance services for people who will now struggle to insure their properties.

We have requested a meeting with government ministers and our local MPs as a matter of urgency for further discussion around this.

I would like to extend my thanks to all councillors and parish councillors for supporting the response and ongoing recovery efforts in their local communities. We know that the information, advice and support has been welcomed by residents and businesses.

We are mindful that several communities are still experiencing the ongoing impact on local roads and facilities, and we will continue to maintain regular contact with them to keep them up to date with work taking place.

The next Parish Council summit on Thursday 2 April 2020 will include the opportunity for discussion around flooding and building resilience in local communities. All councillors are invited to attend Parish Council summits, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Councillor Felicity Norman
Deputy Leader
Cabinet Member – Children and Families


Posted 29 Feb 2020
Alistair Neill, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council, made a Statement on Flooding in the County to Cabinet on 27 Feb. 
To read the Statement please click here.

Posted 21 Feb 2020 19:02

OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY FLOODING

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Offering FREE face-to-face support services for businesses, the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses  https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/about-us/hereford/

GRANTS

Business Flood Recovery Grants for business premises https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/xfp/form/209

Council Tax and Business rate relief

Council tax relief and Business rate relief is available for properties affected by the recent floods.

You can apply by emailing – counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or, if relating to business rates, businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who can arrange for a visiting officer to go and inspect the damage.

Business Grants – we have listed those grants that we feel are the most relevant but there are other funded schemes and programmes available – just ask your local Growth Hub.


ACCOMMODATION
 

  • The University of Wolverhampton – Cyber Quarter has offered 4 business incubation desks at the Hereford Business Solutions Centre for a business management/administrative function Free of Charge on a temporary arrangement.

  • Commercial Property Register – the Economic Development Team can undertake property searches for businesses looking for alternative premises. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/329/commercial_premises

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE

Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth

BUSINESS RESILIENCE

OTHER SUPPORT


Posted 21 Feb 2020 – message from Herefordshire Council

Help with removing flood damaged items

Herefordshire Council are providing a free service to collect flood damaged household items from outside residents’ houses.

If your house has been flooded and you have water damaged items to dispose of, please register for help and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

We are co-ordinating refuse collection vehicles to assist households across the county so will be in touch as soon as we can.

Please contact us using the following link:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/xfp/form/216

Trees in Bryneddin Wood, Shropshire

 

The Woodlands of Mortimer Country. The upland areas of North West Herefordshire are scenically beautiful, endowed with many heritage assets, geologically diverse and were in the past known for their abundant wildlife and habitats. Read more…

Photo of Bryneddin Wood, Shropshire.

23rd November 2019


 

20th November 2019

Ditches and Drainage in Herefordshire – Guidance on Riparian Owner responsibilities.  Click on the image below to read…

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