Neighbourhood Plan Update – Survey Results and Notice of Public Meetings

Following the questionnaires filled in by parishioners last April the results are published below. There will be meetings to enable you to find out what you told us and to comment on what we propose to do. The three meetings will be at
Walterstone Village Hall on 28th February at 7.30pm
Craswall Village Hall on 1st March at 7.30pm and
Longtown Village Hall on 3rd March at 7.30pm.

Free Boiler Service

Free boiler services for Vulnerable Herefordshire Residents
Keep Herefordshire Warm (the Council’s Affordable Warmth service) are able to offer fully funded boiler services to vulnerable Herefordshire residents, between now and the end of March. These will be available on a first come first served basis, and will cover mains Gas and LPG (bottle gas) systems. This offer is only available to homeowners.
Households that include a person(s) living with a disability and people over the age of 60 who receive state pension only or a means tested benefit will qualify for the scheme. In addition, a small fund for boiler repairs and assistance to access grants for replacement boilers will also be available where needed and especially where identified through the services.
To register interest, residents or individuals/organisations supporting them should contact the Keep Herefordshire Warm helpline by calling 0800 677 1432 or via email at khw@mea.org.uk.

Update on Warm Home Discount Scheme

WARM HOME DISCOUNT SCHEME ENDING SOON
Householders urged not to miss out on £140 energy bill discount

A government backed scheme under which eligible homeowners could receive £140 off their energy bills is coming to an end, and householders are being urged to apply as soon as possible in order to receive the one-off discount, which is issued on a first come, first served basis. Most major energy suppliers offer the discount, however funds are running low, and the chance to receive money off may not be available much longer.

Although those receiving the guaranteed element of Pension Credit will automatically receive the “Warm Home Discount”, many others may also qualify. Homeowners may be able to receive the discount if they meet certain criteria, which can include having a low income, receiving means tested benefits, or having young children. Those who have previously received money off should also check their eligibility, as not all energy companies will automatically renew the discount. Thousands of people in Herefordshire could be eligible.

Those unsure whether they are eligible can call Keep Herefordshire Warm – a council backed freephone service – on 0800 677 1432 for more information. The scheme can also advise on changing tariffs, accessing grants and a range of other energy queries. Energy advisor Davina Allen said: “The Warm Home Discount is a great way to help keep your home warm this winter, but you should act quickly as funds are running low. The application process is fast and easy, and can usually be done online or over the phone, so if you are unsure whether you are eligible, you should get in touch as soon as possible.”

For more information regarding this information or Keep Herefordshire Warm in general, please contact Oliver Rothwell on 01743 277114, or email Oliver@mea.org.uk.

Consultation on review of bus services in Herefordshire 18 July – 16 October

Introduction

Around 39% of the 3.1 million bus journeys made each year in the county are supported by a subsidy from the council. The total cost of the subsidy is around £1.3 million. The remainder of journeys are made on services run commercially by bus operators. The services supported with subsidy are listed at the end of this document. The council spends an additional £1.4 million reimbursing bus operators for concessionary travel – free travel on the bus network for older and disabled people.

In addition, £150,000 is used to provide community transport services for those unable to use conventional public transport or who are in areas with no other transport.