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Welcome to our website which we hope you find useful and informative. The Town Council is working towards ensuring full transparency by providing as much information as possible to residents and visitors on all aspects of the work and services the Town Council undertakes and provides. Within the site you can download the complete agendas and minutes of all Council meetings and we are currently updating our finance and policy section.

HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TRAVEL MEASURES

Covid-19 emergency response active travel measures 
As we move out of lockdown the government has recognised the importance of introducing emergency measures to facilitate social distancing in public spaces and provide viable alternatives to public transport and avoid excessive use of cars. During the lockdown there has also been a noticeable increase in people choosing to walk or cycle rather than using their cars and the government is keen to maintain this momentum across the country in the longer term. 

Funding has been identified for local authorities to provide temporary measures that support people to continue to walk and cycle in our towns and cities and maintain social distancing. The first part of this funding will cover the immediate emergency measures. Later parts will support further measures to support the continuing release of lockdown and shift to active travel.

What sort of temporary measures are envisaged?
Herefordshire Council have been working to develop measures for this initial element of funding. These are intended to be temporary using bollards, barriers and signage to reallocate road space to pedestrians and cyclists and to allow them to socially distance themselves when travelling and queuing for shops. To achieve this it is anticipated measures will include:

  • closing roads to through traffic at specific times
  • removing traffic lanes on wider roads
  • restricting roads to one way 
  • adjustments to parking arrangements 
  • introduction of 20 mile per hour zones

A copy of plans showing the proposals in your area are available here: /controls/DownloadDocument.ashx?docID=vc2455ICSFWDDYONKW6267nOgr&aID=9824

When will these measures be introduced?

The importance of introducing these measures as swiftly as possible to support the opening of city and town centres is recognised in the government guidance. On that basis the expectation is that local authorities introduce these within a matter of weeks. We anticipate measures will start to be introduced from the beginning of July.

How will this be achieved?
The government has introduced emergency Traffic Regulation Order powers to allow local authorities to implement such measures more quickly than before. A formal notice of intent to make the order will be published for seven days and the order must then be made within the following 14 days.

What about deliveries and access to premises on roads when they are closed?
It is important that deliveries and access are maintained. It is anticipated this will be achieved either by specific exemptions or by setting specific times when access will be possible. Where closures are on bus routes we will also be making provision for these services to be maintained. 

Why are we writing to you?
Herefordshire Council recognises the significant impact Covid-19 has had on many businesses, and whilst the measures are intended to support the opening up of town and city centres they may impact the operation of some businesses. We have already had preliminary discussions with local ward and town council members as well as business interest groups in developing the measures, and we feel it is important to also gather feedback direct from businesses. Given the timescale for implementation we will need your feedback by Tuesday 23 June.

How to feedback
Please feedback your response by Tuesday 23 June to: Herefordshire.communications@balfourbeatty.com

Will you monitor these measures?
All the measures introduced will be monitored to see not only how effective they are but also the impact they are having on the areas where they are introduced. We can adjust them should the performance or feedback indicate that amendments are required.

On this basis we would ask that you continue to feedback beyond 23rd June to update us on the measures that are introduced, possible additional measures or changes to existing ones. 

Play Areas Update

In response to recent changes to the Government’s COVID-19 advice, play areas owned by Leominster Town Council at the Grange, Sydonia and Ginhall Green will be open for use from Saturday 4th July 2020. When using the play areas, please make sure that you follow the advice provided on Town Council signage and maintain social distancing at all times. All other play areas in Leominster are owned by Herefordshire Council – enquiries can be directed to the Herefordshire Council Customer Service team on 01432 260000.

Leominster Tourist Information Centre Reopens on Wednesday 1st July

The TIC will reopen on Wednesday 1st July at 10am. To begin with we will only be open between 10am until 2pm. There will be no access to the building, all enquries will be dealt through our window. We will be selling our full range of books (walks, maps, local history etc) and souvenirs, locally produced drinks, chutneys and jam etc. We kindly ask you to pay by contactless card (up to £45) if possible. We will have social distancing measures in place and appropriate PPE where required. We have been assessed as Covid-19 safe and have a stringent cleaning policy in place.

A Letter from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire

As Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in Herefordshire, I
agree wholeheartedly with all the sentiments expressed in her messages
over the past months, and applaud the phenomenal efforts being made
by the people of this county.

Your work has given a renewed impetus to the whole concept of
community, already so strong in Herefordshire, and you are
demonstrating the ideal of public service. The Herefordshire Lieutenancy
stands shoulder to shoulder with you in your endeavours.
Thank you to all the doctors, carers and key workers who have kept the
county going and continue to provide such support to all in the
community in this difficult time.

Thank you to those in rural Herefordshire, our producers, farmers and
factories, who work on tirelessly to bring food to tables and essential
goods to homes across the country.
Thank you to all of you who have continued to follow the guidelines as
we move forward to the next stage on controlling the pandemic by
staying alert and saving lives.

With best wishes to you all
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire
The Dowager Countess of Darnley, CVO, CStJ, JP

Market Officer's Statement

After a considerable amount of liaison and discussion between the Town Council, the Market Officer and traders, in consultation with the most recent government guidelines, it has been decided that the Friday Market will re-open on 15th May.

There will be a maximum of four traders present, selling essential items only: Fresh Fish and Seafood, Fresh Vegetables and Fruit, Cheese, Eggs, Bacon and Pies and Pet Supplies.  These traders are permitted to trade in open markets as per the COVID 19 Emergency regulations. We are very fortunate that our traders have been operating in other markets during the emergency and are well versed in safe operating.

 Each stall holder will have in place a managed queuing system. It cannot be stressed enough that social distancing will be vital and customers are asked to observe the 2-metre rule at all times when on the market. The Market Officer will be on site throughout the day and the Police and Herefordshire Council Officers will be visiting regularly. The health and well-being of customers and traders in this difficult time is paramount to Leominster Town Council and we will closely monitor the latest government advice as the situation continues to develop.

There has been a market in Corn Square for over 450 years on a Friday and it is the sincere hope of the Town Council that a safe and high quality market can now resume and the long tradition continue for many years to come.

 

**CORONAVIRUS ADVICE**

For the latest, up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please visit the following websites:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For further information on local responses to the Coronavirus, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 information page.

 

NET Coronavirus Appeal Support
Leominster Town Council would like to thank Herefordshire Community Foundation for supporting the Leominster COVID-19 Community Response Scheme with funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal. This funding will enable us to purchase the software we need to develop a central volunteer database, allowing us to effectively connect those who are vulnerable and self-isolating to the vital support that they need during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Support for Businesses Affected By COVID-19
Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire.  This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses.  There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.  

If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website - https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/  
Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact 01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or business@herefordshire.gov.uk  

Allotments

Leominster Town Council is keeping up to date with the fast-moving government guidance to keep staff and members of the public safe. With this in mind the Council have decided to send out invoices and collect allotment rent at a later date, probably after the summer, depending on developments.

Please be aware if using the allotments, that the gate, toilet and community shed may be areas where you may wish to take extra precautions as everyone will be touching them.Closure as a precaution against the spread of covid-19 may be advised in the future. We will keep you updated.

 

 

 











Town Clerk: Paul Russell
11 Corn Square,
Leominster,
Herefordshire,
HR6 8YP
Tel: 01568 611734

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