New Green Group in Bromyard

The Bromyward Green group launched in 2015, and now have a core of five pro-active  people, who usually attend meetings, which happen on the first Wednesday of the month at The Falcon Hotel, at 7.30.

We firstly decided to tackle traffic calming in the High Street and Broad Street, as the speed of some traffic was raised by traders as travelling too fast through a pedestrian area. It was decided  that what is needed is a 20 m.p.h. speed limit, raised platforms and a weight limit. The regional committee  have offered to help with the printing of a questionnaire and  assist in  delivering them to all houses in the town to gauge the feelings of the local community to these ideas. We now have a regular column in Off The Record, a monthly community publication, on sale in many retail outlets in the town.

Bromyard does not have a neighbourhood plan, so we intend to draught one of our own and recommend it to the town council.

We have suggested the idea of a ‘lend shop’, which exist in London and Frome. The idea is to encourage people to donate, or loan household and garden utensils like hedge trimmers, or step ladders, particularly things which are not used very often. The shop would be voluntarily run and function much like a library, lending items to residents for a small fee.

We welcome all residents of Bromyard and round about to meetings but hope all four and a half thousand don’t turn up on the same night. To get in touch, email bromyard@greenherefordshire.org.uk

Hereford Southern Link Road

HEREFORDSHIRE Council plans a road linking the A49 from the Rotherwas link roundabout to the A465 for which it has now applied for planning permission. We believe the council’s entire transport strategy is very damaging to our economy, environment and health. They have ignored the requirement to attempt sustainable transport alternatives first – which we think would actually reduce congestion much more effectively anyway.
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For example, the map below shows the effect of term time school traffic. If this were addressed we could solve our congestion problems, protect our countryside, have fitter, happier and healthier children – and at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers. Perhaps then we could keep our libraries and rural schools open too.

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The map below shows the effect on other roads of building the SLR. You may notice it actually makes things more congested for lots of people.

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