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Temporary closure of Minor Injury Units to continue throughout January

Wye Valley NHS Trust is to extend the temporary closure of its Minor Injury Units to allow it to continue its redeployment of experienced staff in the busy Emergency Department at the County Hospital.
The decision to continue the temporary closure of its Minor Injury Units at Ross-on-Wye and Leominster community hospitals has been made following sustained pressure on services throughout December and over the festive period.
“These seasonal pressures have been experienced by hospitals up and down the country. The demand on services remains high so, in line with our plans to cope with winter pressures, we have taken the decision to extend the temporary closure throughout January to allow us to redeploy experienced emergency nurse practitioners to provide enhanced support where it is clinically most needed,” said Jon Barnes, chief operating officer at the Trust.
“The safety and welfare of patients is the Trust’s priority. We have a duty to ensure we provide safe clinical care for our most vulnerable patients.”
The Trust is advising that there are a number of alternatives local people can use instead of their local MIU. These include seeking advice from their community pharmacy and for urgent medical help that is not life threatening, the public can call NHS 111 – this is also the easiest way to access the GP out-of-hours service.
The decision to temporarily close the MIUs will not affect other activities at the community hospitals – all other services at Ross-on-Wye and Leominster Community Hospitals will continue to operate as usua

400+ New Homes at Barons Cross
Herefordshire Council is in the process of deciding a reserved matters planning application for 410 homes at Barons Cross. The site has been zoned for housing for many years and development of the site was agreed in 2005 (application DCN050968/O). This permission covers the transport implications of the development and its impact on road capacity.The current application, application P172135/RM, invites comments on the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the site. The Design and Access statement in the ‘Supporting Documents’ tab is a good place to start.

The Town Council have made a full response after considering the application at two planning meetings, including a request for community facilities. Formal consultation on the scheme closed on July 27th but Herefordshire Council are still prepared to receive responses to the scheme, though late responders will not have the right to speak at committee. If you would like to comment on the reserved matters, please write to the Planning Department at Herefordshire Council or email in August.

This application, along with several others at this end of town, brings opportunities. But it also adds further pressure to our already congested streets and air pollution on Bargates. The Town Council and local ward councillors are pushing for a Transport Study for Leominster to examine Leominster's present and future traffic problems and potential ways to solve them. We are keen to address these issues so the town can continue to thrive as it grows.

WANTED: Volunteer Mentors
Children's Charity, Mentor Link, is recruiting Volunteer Mentors from Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire to support  young people in schools. Mentor Link are keen to hear from businesses and employees who would be interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor to support a young person and support them to achieve their full potential. The mentors are specially trained to listen to and support young people and aim to improve their engagement in learning. Further details are available here

Community Litter-pick
Leominster Town Council, in association with Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council, have organised a Community Clear-up on Tuesday 8th August, 2-4pm - meeting at the play area next to 170 Ridgemoor Road. Please come and support this community event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Property Marking Event
Just in case you missed our event in May, the Allotment Association - in association with Leominster Town Council and West Mercia Police - will be holding another property marking event at Ginhall Lane Allotments. The date is still to be finalised but will be in September, so please see next month’s Leominster News for more details. Everyone is welcome and tea and cakes will be supplied.

Events for 2018
We are currently compiling this year’s Leominster Events Calendar, so if you have an event planned for Leominster in 2018, then please send details to:  

Highway Matters
The Town Council is aware of the concerns raised by local residents regarding the poor state of the roads in Leominster and throughout the County. It has discussed the issue with Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty and will continue to try to secure additional investment. Further proposals for the future public realm investment in the town centre are currently being drawn up and should be available in the next six weeks. Funding will be an issue but the Town Council has offered to support any funding bids and carry out consultations locally.

Herefordshire Rural Hub
‚ÄčThe latest newsletter from Herefordshire Rural Hub can be downloaded here.

Destination Leominster
As part of an initiative to draw together the many different organisations in Leominster who are doing fantastic work putting on events, developing projects, and helping to improve and regenerate Leominster, the Town Council agreed to revive the Destination Leominster initiative, in partnership with Grange Court and many other local community groups.

Project outlines and ideas are currently being collated, with the aim of developing a ‘Master Plan’ for Leominster. The Master Plan will hopefully identify local projects, collate them in one place, identify which areas of the parish of Leominster they will focus on and help bring organisations together to work in partnership. If you have any projects that you would like to be included in this initiative, please contact Jaimie Wood, Events & Communications Officer:

Public Realm Improvements
The Town Council has submitted an initial report to Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council regarding proposals to upgrade the public realm (which includes any publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, open spaces and public facilities.) As many of you will be well aware, the public realm in the town centre is in dire need of upgrading. Funding is tight, so it is likely that any improvements will be subject to securing significant grant funding.

The Town Council will continue to work with its partners to develop plans, which will be subject to a full public consultation prior to the development of a final scheme.

Shopping in Leominster
A Facebook site called ‘Shopping in Leominster’ has been set up to provide news and information on the fantastic range of shops and businesses that we have in town. Find out more by visiting


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