Closure adds miles to village journeys

Ledbury Reporter: New Harp Inn landlord Adrian Shaw (left), Jane Wright and Brian Wright inspect the hole New Harp Inn landlord Adrian Shaw (left), Jane Wright and Brian Wright inspect the hole

VILLAGERS living on opposing banks of the River Wye face long detours after the bridge connecting the two communities was closed.

The decision to stop vehicles using the road linking Kings Caple and Hoarwithy is due to a 12 inch-wide hole on the eastern approach to the bridge.

The gap was first spotted last Friday and signs were placed advising drivers of the road closure. But with many motorists ignoring the signs, Herefordshire Council placed concrete barriers down on the Kings Caple side of the Wye.

Those living in Hoarwithy and wishing to travel east towards Brockhampton and Fownhope are also facing longer trips and higher fuel bills.

Herefordshire councillor Barry Durkin said, as a Hoarwithy resident, he is fully aware of the inconvenience caused by the closure, but said the safety of road users was his primary concern.

“We don’t close a road willy nilly and we are working hard with Amey to find a solution," he said.

 

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8:51am Tue 12 Feb 13

courtesycall says...

The people of Colwall may be able to lend words of consolation
The people of Colwall may be able to lend words of consolation courtesycall

8:55am Tue 12 Feb 13

ArmadilloSackRace says...

"The gap was first spotted last Friday" - wrong. It was spotted long before that, and the council had this on their website last Wednesday: http://www.herefords
hire.gov.uk/council_
gov_democracy/news/6
3191.asp

Why not do a bit of research for a change?
"The gap was first spotted last Friday" - wrong. It was spotted long before that, and the council had this on their website last Wednesday: http://www.herefords hire.gov.uk/council_ gov_democracy/news/6 3191.asp Why not do a bit of research for a change? ArmadilloSackRace

11:24am Tue 12 Feb 13

Herefordian07 says...

There is a hole of the same proportions in plough lane right outside the council offices, I bet that gets fixed PDQ, I will keep you all posted.
There is a hole of the same proportions in plough lane right outside the council offices, I bet that gets fixed PDQ, I will keep you all posted. Herefordian07

11:58am Tue 12 Feb 13

JohnBoym458 says...

I have said it before and will keep on saying it "Incompetent Hereford Council"...........O
nce the road is closed work should start immedietly but oh no....this council has to put the people of its impoverished county through the mill first.
I have said it before and will keep on saying it "Incompetent Hereford Council"...........O nce the road is closed work should start immedietly but oh no....this council has to put the people of its impoverished county through the mill first. JohnBoym458

8:50pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Biomech says...

I don't see a problem, the council have done well in this instance.... giant pot hole is reported - why bother fixing it when you can send a team out to put up some signs and then send another team out to block the public with expensive concrete barriers.... makes perfect sense.

Hey I wonder - if they keep stopping us from using roads because they can't be assed to fix minor problems - do you think our road tax is going to go down!?
I don't see a problem, the council have done well in this instance.... giant pot hole is reported - why bother fixing it when you can send a team out to put up some signs and then send another team out to block the public with expensive concrete barriers.... makes perfect sense. Hey I wonder - if they keep stopping us from using roads because they can't be assed to fix minor problems - do you think our road tax is going to go down!? Biomech

8:18am Wed 13 Feb 13

JohnBoym458 says...

Totally agree Biomech, they could then pay out more money for a seperate team to fix the hole which is exactly what they are doing.....lol I mean to say, they have so much money to spend now they are cutting services and raising council tax bills........lol
Totally agree Biomech, they could then pay out more money for a seperate team to fix the hole which is exactly what they are doing.....lol I mean to say, they have so much money to spend now they are cutting services and raising council tax bills........lol JohnBoym458

9:44pm Wed 13 Feb 13

megilleland says...

I understand these are the new EU checkpoints being erected throughout the county. Lingen in the north has successfully been shut down since last July, Kings Caple in the south brought to a standstill and the rumours are Greyfriars Bridge will be closed next and traffic turned round or allowed over the old bridge only on payment of a toll.
I understand these are the new EU checkpoints being erected throughout the county. Lingen in the north has successfully been shut down since last July, Kings Caple in the south brought to a standstill and the rumours are Greyfriars Bridge will be closed next and traffic turned round or allowed over the old bridge only on payment of a toll. megilleland

9:05am Thu 14 Feb 13

Herefordian07 says...

Did I call this one or what, a pot hole approximately 24" x 16" appeared in plough lane by the council hive on Monday morning 12th February and guess what - by Wednesday mid day it was completely gone by a 1mtr X 2mtr patch, talk about the council looking after themselves first, they make my blood boil! What about the villigers and businesses of Kings Caple & Hoarwithy suffering to make a crust to pay the damned council wages.
Did I call this one or what, a pot hole approximately 24" x 16" appeared in plough lane by the council hive on Monday morning 12th February and guess what - by Wednesday mid day it was completely gone by a 1mtr X 2mtr patch, talk about the council looking after themselves first, they make my blood boil! What about the villigers and businesses of Kings Caple & Hoarwithy suffering to make a crust to pay the damned council wages. Herefordian07

2:18pm Thu 14 Feb 13

bobby47 says...

Herefordian07, The Council Hive! Brilliant.
Herefordian07, The Council Hive! Brilliant. bobby47

3:34pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Biomech says...

And what's the bets that the Hereford Times won't report on that!
And what's the bets that the Hereford Times won't report on that! Biomech

2:53pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Mr.Herefordian says...

Don't forget folks that when you or your vehicle get damaged by a road or path crater and you want to claim the crater must have been reported and logged. So get your phones out and report every crater in your area. I have heard reports of car owners having to pay large amount for tyre and suspension repairs.
Don't forget folks that when you or your vehicle get damaged by a road or path crater and you want to claim the crater must have been reported and logged. So get your phones out and report every crater in your area. I have heard reports of car owners having to pay large amount for tyre and suspension repairs. Mr.Herefordian

2:33pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Biomech says...

This just went past on twitter after someone complained to HC about potholes damaging cars;

"Highway claims

Helping us reduce the number of defects also helps reduce accidents and successful claims. This reduces payment from highway funds, allowing more time to be spent on maintaining roads and footways."


https://beta.herefor
dshire.gov.uk/transp
ort-and-highways/mai
ntenance/roads-pavem
ents-personal-injury
/
This just went past on twitter after someone complained to HC about potholes damaging cars; "Highway claims Helping us reduce the number of defects also helps reduce accidents and successful claims. This reduces payment from highway funds, allowing more time to be spent on maintaining roads and footways." https://beta.herefor dshire.gov.uk/transp ort-and-highways/mai ntenance/roads-pavem ents-personal-injury / Biomech

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