Herefordshire Council backs call for public to Be Winter Ready

Being prepared can reduce the community impact of a power cut or gas emergency.

Herefordshire Council is supporting a new campaign that urges people to be prepared for bad weather this winter and know what to do if they have a power cut or gas emergency.

The Be Winter Ready campaign has been launched by the UK’s gas and electricity networks. Since 1990, the networks have invested over £100bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. However, storms, floods and other extreme conditions can sometimes cause significant damage and disruption.

To Be Winter Ready, the public are being urged to:

  • Know the free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit the Energy Networks Association website to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
More information about the campaign can be found on the Energy Networks Association website.

Herefordshire Council Cabinet meetings to be more accessible

Herefordshire Council is alternating the time and location of Cabinet meetings to provide more opportunity for the public to attend.

The next Cabinet meeting will take place at Leominster Library on Wednesday 27 November, 6pm.

Herefordshire Council introduced public meeting audio casting in June 2018 to make public meetings more accessible for those who could not attend in person. Now the council will hold afternoon and evening Cabinet meetings and is looking to secure alternative venues in the New Year. This will bring more opportunities for the community to take part in local democracy.

The next confirmed Cabinet meetings are:

Wednesday 27 November, 6pm – Leominster Library
Thursday 19 December 2019, 6.30pm – Hereford Shire Hall
Thursday 16 January 2020, 2pm – Hereford Shire Hall
Thursday 30 January 2020, 6pm – Hereford Shire Hall

Neighbourhood Plan News

Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16

Our plan has now reached an important stage in its progression towards adoption. Following the recent consultation, the Parish Council submitted the plan to Herefordshire Council on 16th September 2019. The plan contains a number of minor amendments to reflect the comments made by the community and other external consultees during the consultation that we conducted during the summer. Herefordshire Council is required to carry out its own consultation on the plan which will run from 16th September until 31st October 2019.

The plan and associated documentation can be viewed on the Herefordshire Council website in the Neighbourhood Areas and Plans Directory section of their website ( www.herefordshire.gov.uk ).

Comments can be sent by email to neighbourhoodplanning@herefordshire.gov.uk or by post to Neighbourhood Planning, PO Box 230, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE or by using the online comment page on the Herefordshire Council website.