Parish Info

IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION                                                                                                                                                  A4112 – Between U94221 and Kimbolton Primary School, Kimbolton (incorporating A4112 Stockton Bends) – Postponed until 29 October 2018 to 2nd November 2018                                                                                                                                                                               Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

Winter Road Maintenance
Click here for more information from Balfour Beatty about gritting etc  Winter Maintenance Grit Bin Poster Sept 18 v3
Christmas Refuse collections
Click here for information about refuse collections and recycling information  2018-19 A4 Christmas rubbish_recycling collection
Daffodil Walk Volunteers have enhanced the environment along half a mile of the chestnut avenue, Leysters, by purchasing and planting 6,000 daffodils.  Flowering from January to May, they should provide food for native pollinators, and help to join up nectar-rich areas, such as village gardens to outlying homes, to boost wildlife corridors.  The bulbs include native-type small flowers, open-front, white, yellow and cup-shaped blooms. 
It would not have been possible to plant so many without the kind assistance of people who supported the idea.  In particular, thanks go to the digger contributors, K&S Griffiths & S&W Woods.  
Thanks to donations from: Anonymous, G&G Ballinger, G&C Bemand, J Bushnell, J&E Chandler, D&J Donaghy, M Eames, P & A Hardy, L Jones, Leysters Craft Group,  J Pember, P&M Rees, H&S Shield, E Thomas,  L&J Watkins , S White, C&C Wilson and S&W Woods, and In Memory of C Gore, R & R Jones, D&J Merrick, C Thomas & G Wall.  (Apologies for leaving out any names.) 
The results of the work should be on show for walkers, dog-walkers, visitors and residents when spring comes!  In the meantime, we would urge drivers not to drive off-road, as this will destroy the emerging shoots as well as damage the roots of the chestnuts, which are protected trees.

AED Training                                                                                                                                                                                              Would you know what to do in a cardiac arrest ?  West Midlands Ambulance Service is running a training session at the village hall where you could learn vital lifesaving skills. The training is FREE and will last about 2 hours                                                                                      7.30pm Wednesday 7th November                                                                                                                                                                     click here for more details    Defibrillator Training                          

Parish Roads members of the public are encouraged to report any problems with local roads by one of two methods                                     Via the internet:  To report a local road network defect or access information on current roadworks please go to the Herefordshire Council  website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk.From the home page find and click on the section `Travel and Transport` and from there select the sub section `Roads’.By phone:  Alternatively ring the Operations Control Centre on 01432  261800. Reporting via one of these methods ensures that issues are formally computer logged; assigned a unique reference number; assessed; and allocated to team members in accordance with the Highways Management Plan.For any matters concerning Public Rights of Way please click on the sub section ‘Highways and public rights of way’ available from the ‘Travel and Transport’ section of the Herefordshire website as above.

Travellers Sites Development Plan sets out where new pitches are planned in Herefordshire. It includes policies which will be used to help decide planning applications for other new pitches and Travelling Showpeople plots. You can vview and comment on the proposals online at https://herefordshire.gov.uk/traveller-sites-consultation. There will also be a public drop in session at Leominster Library on the 23rd November between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

Fly Tipping Fly tipping is an illegal activity. The removal and disposal of waste is the responsibility of the land owner. If you see someone fly tipping or if you see a fly tip please report it to Herefordshire Council on https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-fly-tipping

Tenbury Transport Trust Tenbury Transport Trust (TTT), the local community transport charity is considering increasing the area it covers over the coming months as it is likely that the Charity will be the recipient of Section 106 funding as a result of the arrival of the new Tesco store in Tenbury, subject to the completion of a business plan in accordance with the original contract between the land owners, local authorities and Tesco.   An integral part of the plan will be to make contact with all villages and their related organisations in the Tenbury & Teme Valley catchment area in order to establish the need for improved community transport into Tenbury, whether by mini-bus or car. Please find attached a short questionnaire which it would be very useful if you could complete and return to the TTT or to the parish clerk. TRANSPORT NEEDS SURVEY

Faster broadband in Middleton and Leysters Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties, with funding from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK matched by the local authorities.

  • Phase 1 of the project, in partnership with BT, will see around 90% of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire having access to fibre broadband, with all premises in the project area being able to access a minimum of 2Mbps.
  • Phase 2 of the project will extend fibre coverage further across the county. The Cotswolds is the first area to move into phase 2, with a contract awarded to Gigaclear which will make ultrafast speeds available to over 6,500 of the most difficult to reach rural homes and businesses.

The ultimate aim is that by 2018 there will be access to fast broadband for all who need it. A number of houses, mostly in and around Leysters Village, were connected to faster broadband under Phase 1 of the above project. Those that were not connected under Phase 1 will be connected under Phase 2. It is well worth checking the Fastershire website to check if you have yet been connected and also to register your details so that you can be updated on the connection progress. To register go to: www.fastershire.com/contact-us.

Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Sky Lanterns. The HWFR discourages the use of  floating paper lanterns. These lanterns not only constitute a fire hazard but also pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, thatched properties and hazardous material sites. Whilst undoubtedly a popular sight, the potential damage they can cause is significant.

Leominster Community Hospital         The Minor Injuries Unit has new opening hours 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Outside these hours please use the A & E Dept at Hereford hospital

Herefordshire Rural Hub Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC is a business support organisation for farming and rural businesses across Herefordshire. Established in 2005, the Hub has grown from strength to strength and now has a reach to over 1,500 rural businesses. The Hub can give access to business development opportunities and keeps businesses and individuals up to date with information on events, funding opportunities, and rules & regulations. Go to www.ruralhubspartnership.co.uk/Herefordshire  

West Mercia Police

New non emergency telephone number – 0300 333 3000
West Mercia Constabulary has launched a new way for the public to find out about crime in their local area. The CrimeMapper website provides an easy to use way of finding information about burglary, theft and robbery, vehicle crime, anti-social behaviour etc in your area by simply entering your postcode. Go to www.westmercia.police.uk

Power Cut Call 105 the new three digit that people can call to report or get information about power cuts. The service is free of charge and can also be used to report concerns about overhead cables and substations.

Middleton on the Hill Parish Charity The above charity is managed by a small group of local trustees. It is their duty to manage the charity’s assets and to distribute the income from those assets annually. In accordance with the original aims of the charity the income is to be used for three purposes:

  • the Church,
  • Advancement of Education and
  • Relief in Need.

It has been the practice of recent years for the trustees to issue grants to Middleton Church, St James School, students in secondary education, senior citizens and occasional individual cases of need. It has been decided, going forward, to raise the qualifying age for senior citizens to seventy. If you live in the Middleton on the Hill parish and feel you might qualify please contact Mrs C Halls at Highlands. The charity owns three small parcels of land, two of which are occasionally available to rent by tender. If anyone is interested please contact the secretary.

Privacy Policy: Middleton on the Hill Parish Charity does not disclose grant recipient details to anyone. Names are recorded in the minutes and will be retained and eventually archived in Herefordshire’s Archive library. Any data held is used for distribution of funds.

EnviroSort Our green bin recycling goes to EnviroSort, near Worcester. The site is at Norton which was originally a jam factory. The plant is inside an enormous building measuring 110 x 65 metres. All vehicles are unloaded inside the building. It is known as a Co-Mingled Materials Reclamation Facility (CMRF) and is a unique design worked up by Mercia Waste and others to meet the specific needs of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. As you may know, it separates and sorts the mixed contents of our bins – paper, cardboard, plastics, waxed cartons, cans and glass. The sorting system is hi-tech and there is an excellent animation on www.envirosort.co.uk. Hit “The Process” button to see the 3 minute show which tells you that the paper is the first element separated by Ballistic Sorting. This process relies on the bulkiness of items like cans and bottles which is why you shouldn’t squash them. Next, steel and aluminium cans are removed from the stream by magnets and eddy current. Finally an optical sorter separates the different plastics. This does not work with black plastic – hence the request to exclude it from your bins. The industry is working with Government to get food suppliers to stop using black plastic.Finally, please remove bottle tops as a help to squashing the bottles when they are finally baled. Most of the site’s output goes to UK factories. Waxed paper however goes to Orebro in Sweden; one of the very few plants in Europe that takes this material. The use of most recycled material is straightforward, but recycled plastic products are not generally well known. Try the website www.britishrecycledproducts.co.uk for some ideas like fence posts and garden furniture. The CMRF handles about 82 vehicles per day and can process 30 tonnes an hour, or 105,000 tonnes a year, the tonnage expected in 2028. Let’s keep them busy!