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Mortimer Villages Article – May 2018 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

Winter seems to have dragged on forever and I hope by the time you read this article that things have improved and you will have glorious weather for all your fund raising events.
Once again dog fouling is a major issue in parts of Mortimer ward and Wigmore is no exception. Inconsiderate dog owners who do not pick up their dog poo are risking the health of your children. Toxocariasis is an infection humans can catch from handling soil and it most likely to infect children and can cause blindness. Please pick up your dog’s poo and place it in a poo bag and then in a litter bin. If there is no litter bin then take it home. It does not need to be placed in a dog poo bin. It all goes to landfill.

It has been reported by the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Report that across England and Wales one in five local roads is in a poor condition with more than 24,400 miles of road identified as needing essential maintenance. This year Herefordshire Council has a little more money to spend as a result of successfully winning a court case against Amey the previous public realm contractor. Some of this money is earmarked for Mortimer ward and I am pleased to be able to say that the C1009 Wigmore to Lingen road will attended to during June and Barnet Lane will also have resurfacing/patching work carried out. At present I have been unable to get added to the programme the C1019 Wigmore to Ludlow road but will keep pressing.

A significant number of residents have approached me regarding the proposed Forest Holiday project. As yet there is no planning application to actually object to although I have walked the site and seen an indicative plan. I am happy to speak to any resident or resident group about their concerns or general views but residents must wait until an application is submitted before formally objecting or supporting the proposal.

I recently attended the First Anniversary Celebration of the Hope organisation. This organisation supports young people aged 11 – 25 when a close family member is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. If a member of your family or a friend would benefit from such support please do not hesitate to contact them online at www.facebook.com/hopeyoungpeeps, email help@hopesupportservices.org.uk or ring 01989 566317.

You may have read about the successful lottery bid obtained by the Mortimer Cross Battle organisation who are working with the University of Huddersfield and The Battlefields Trust to try to identify the actual site of the Mortimer Cross Battle. If you are interested in being involved as a volunteer in many different aspects of the project please register with Gary Ball MX1461cbap@gmail.com. This is a really exciting project.

Herefordshire Council has relaunched its WISH website. This site offers advice on anything from local voluntary sector organisations to where to go for help on any issue you are struggling to resolve. In particular it helps residents with their health and wellbeing needs. Please take a look at the website.

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

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