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News from Ward Councillor Carole
 

LINGEN WEB ARTICLE JULY 17

The Border Group Neighbourhood Development Plan is close to being submitted to Herefordshire Council for a further 6 week consultation process.  This Plan is an extremely important document which will determine the way forward for Lingen and other villages within the Border Group Parish for many years to come.  It is imperative that you study the plan and make your views known to Herefordshire Council once the 6 week consultation process commences.  If you wish to discuss the plan with either your parish councillors or myself, please do not hesitate to do so.

Herefordshire Council has been allocated £1.7 million  as part of the Rural Development Programme for England to support rural business and not all of that money has as yet been allocated.  If the money is not spent it has to be returned to Europe and I would not wish that to happen.  The funding is to support business in rural areas, farming and non farming including pubs, village shops but also community projects.  Grants of £2,500 - £100,000 (depending on priority which represents 40% of the total project cost) will be available.  All projects must support one of the following six LEADER priorities.

Support for and the development of micro and small enterprises, including farm diversifications.

Support for and the development of agricultural and horticultural businesses

Support for and the development of forestry businesses

Developing local distinctiveness: Support for local tourism

Enhancing, restoring and upgrading community, cultural and natural heritage.

Provision of rural services.

You must be a micro or small enterprise, a farmer, a community group or a charity to apply and should contact Programme Manager Dawn Turner 01432 383023 or email dyturner@herefordshire.gov.uk to find out whether you are eligible.

Many of you will have been horrified by the events of Grenfell Tower.  I have been assured by Herefordshire Council that no high rise properties exist in Herefordshire that are owned by the council or by social landlords that have the aluminium cladding material that is now under the spotlight. One building that is privately owned and which is not classed as high rise does exist that may have that cladding and further tests are being sought in respect of that building.

A resident has alerted me to the fact that energy companies are offering  householders in Herefordshire the opportunity to have smart meters fitted.  In order for a smart meter to be installed your property must have an adequate mobile phone signal and it would appear that companies are not checking this out in advance.  To avoid a wasted visit by a technician and in some cases a resident taking time off work please ensure that if your property does not have a good mobile phone signal that you inform your energy company at the time of the approach.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat.  I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk