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News from Ward Councillor Carole
 

LINGEN WEB  ARTICLE JAN 2018

Firstly may I wish you all a Happy New Year.  From a weather point of view it has been quite depressing with snow, gales and heavy rain and unfortunately the frosts we have experienced prior to and since Christmas has only caused more degradation to our local road network. However part of the ongoing dispute with Amey, the contractor prior to Balfour Beatty has now been resolved and Herefordshire Council has received £5.5 million with more to follow which I have been assured will be spent on road resurfacing and repairs during 2018/19.  I will do everything I can to ensure that Mortimer ward gets its fair share of this money.

I and my husband Barry attended both the Wigmore Christmas Concert which was very enjoyable and I thank all those staff and parents involved in getting the show on the road.

You will by now have read that Herefordshire Council has taken the decision to raise their portion of the Council Tax by 4.9% of which 2% will be ring fenced for Adult Social Care.  We recognise that for some this increase may cause some hardship as overall as a County many of our residents are on low incomes. If you are such a person or family, please check with Herefordshire Council as to whether you are entitled to a reduction under Herefordshire Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.  I believe that a council’s first responsibility must be to look after its most vulnerable residents and therefore, with an increasing elderly population and the need  to increase the Childrens Services budget by £2 million whilst maintaining other essential services, difficult decisions had to be taken which I support.

Our hospitals, GP practices and Adult Social Care have been under great pressure this winter, in fact it is now becoming the norm throughout the year.  If you have any  suggestions on how such services can be improved or  you  require information about  how to  access local  health and  social  care  services  do not  hesitate  to contact  Healthwatch Herefordshire   on 01432 277044 or email them at info@healthwatchherefordshire.co.uk  who are there to help you.  They may also use your views to make recommendations to influence and improve services in the future.

Leintwardine Library is a vital service for many people in parts of  Mortimer ward and very well used  but for some who are less mobile it may seem that their  library service is no longer accessible to them. Herefordshire Library Service offers a home delivery service which provides books and talking books for those who due to age, frailty, mobility or disability cannot access a library.  The service is also available to carers of people within the above categories.  You may borrow a maximum of 20 books and 12 CDs at any one time and the service is free. You will be visited every 6 weeks on the same day of the week.  If you are interested please contact the Delivered Library Services staff on 01432 260645. 

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