Fears as Newmarket Street closure looms

The official diversion route takes drivers out on the Holmer Road before returning to the city via Roman Road and Aylestone Hill.

The official diversion route takes drivers out on the Holmer Road before returning to the city via Roman Road and Aylestone Hill.

First published in News Ledbury Reporter: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A RUN of 5,000 leaflets has sparked anger, but little surprise, among the Hereford businesses due to be affected by the four-week eastbound closure of Newmarket Street.

The information from Herefordshire Council, Welsh Water and Hereford Futures was sent out late last week – after the Hereford Times exclusively revealed the road closure plan.

The official diversion marked out in the leaflets asks drivers to avoid Newmarket Street from May 12 by travelling north up Edgar Street and Holmer Road before turning right onto Roman Road and returning into Hereford via Aylestone Hill.

The map provided has left out the eastern part of Newtown Road in an apparent attempt to stop motorists taking a shorter diversion along Widemarsh Street.

But many businesses located in the area believe that it will take more than clever editing to stop the 11,000 motorists who use Newmarket Street on a daily basis from travelling down Widemarsh Street.

Rod McColl said the extra congestion will hurt those companies that rely on quick and easy access.

“It’s going to kill business here,” said Mr McColl.

“People will sit in traffic for the first week then decide to avoid the area for the next three.”

And alongside businesses like City Plumbing and HiQ, and numerous other automotive businesses on the half-mile stretch, accessibility is at a premium for Mr McColl’s business.

“Anyone who knows Hereford will take Widemarsh Street,” he added.

“Three or four times a day the road is already at a standstill, spin it how you want but if you’re asking an extra 500 cars an hour to use the road it’s going to be a nightmare.

“I’m going to be sitting in traffic for half an hour just to test out a car.”

The logistics may be worse still for City Plumbing, which relies on five deliveries a week from articulated lorries.

Unable to turn on the forecourt in heavy traffic, delivery drivers must park on the road to unload – and are now faced with unloading both sides of the lorry in the street.

Stuart Thomas, of City Plumbing, said: “I can’t see how it won’t affect our trade.

But it’s no surprise with this council.”

Mr Thomas, who also was unaware of the diversion until last week, admitted any business that relies on tradesmen picking up supplies throughout the day – including neighbouring building suppliers Wickes and Timber Centre Hereford – would fall victim to a congested Widemarsh Street as people will “just avoid the whole area”.

Their concern is borne out of experience – recent roadworks have given an unwelcome insight into the impact even minor breakdowns in infrastructure can have on Hereford’s central road network.

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11:02am Sat 20 Apr 13

julu12 says...

In theory they should be able to alter the sequence of lights at the end of Widemarsh Street as no traffic will be coming along Newmarket Street. This would then mean that traffic will flow freely from the end of Widemarsh Street and be less of a problem than usual
In theory they should be able to alter the sequence of lights at the end of Widemarsh Street as no traffic will be coming along Newmarket Street. This would then mean that traffic will flow freely from the end of Widemarsh Street and be less of a problem than usual julu12
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12:30pm Sat 20 Apr 13

RogerLFC says...

julu12 wrote:
In theory they should be able to alter the sequence of lights at the end of Widemarsh Street as no traffic will be coming along Newmarket Street. This would then mean that traffic will flow freely from the end of Widemarsh Street and be less of a problem than usual
There is a light controlled pedestrian crossing by the junction to consider.
[quote][p][bold]julu12[/bold] wrote: In theory they should be able to alter the sequence of lights at the end of Widemarsh Street as no traffic will be coming along Newmarket Street. This would then mean that traffic will flow freely from the end of Widemarsh Street and be less of a problem than usual[/p][/quote]There is a light controlled pedestrian crossing by the junction to consider. RogerLFC
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12:31pm Sat 20 Apr 13

TwoWheelsGood says...

Excellent point - just turn them off, save for pedestrian crossing, as there won't be any emerging traffic. I'm sure the Asst Director of Place Based Commissioning (Highways, to you and me) has had the same thought, rigourously examined at many blue sky meetings. You'd expect so, for his £76k salary - wouldn't you?
Excellent point - just turn them off, save for pedestrian crossing, as there won't be any emerging traffic. I'm sure the Asst Director of Place Based Commissioning (Highways, to you and me) has had the same thought, rigourously examined at many blue sky meetings. You'd expect so, for his £76k salary - wouldn't you? TwoWheelsGood
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1:47pm Sat 20 Apr 13

MRDANDO100 says...

why didnt they build the releif road first, then shops second than home last, the homes are costing jobs already, how many more will go just for 800 homes, that could be full of tempery workers
why didnt they build the releif road first, then shops second than home last, the homes are costing jobs already, how many more will go just for 800 homes, that could be full of tempery workers MRDANDO100
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2:19pm Sat 20 Apr 13

William Rudd says...

As if anyone local to Hereford will follow that plan.I'll be going Blackfriars Street-Widemarsh St.....Simple
As if anyone local to Hereford will follow that plan.I'll be going Blackfriars Street-Widemarsh St.....Simple William Rudd
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2:39pm Sat 20 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Sorry William,not as simple as you think! Blackfriars Street is closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and cyclists!!
This information is from the week before lasts HT!
Sorry William,not as simple as you think! Blackfriars Street is closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and cyclists!! This information is from the week before lasts HT! dippyhippy
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3:18pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Gillian1961 says...

Its going to be a nightmare, they have waited for the children to gone back to school, there is know quick way from credenhill on a normal day, we also have traffic lights in kings acre road which as been on going since before christmas,how are the buses going to get to the shire hall and bus station on time,
Its going to be a nightmare, they have waited for the children to gone back to school, there is know quick way from credenhill on a normal day, we also have traffic lights in kings acre road which as been on going since before christmas,how are the buses going to get to the shire hall and bus station on time, Gillian1961
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5:46pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Herefordian says...

Has anyone noticed how they have craftily erased/left out the part of Newtown Road at the bottom of Edgar Street leading to Widemarsh Street and College Road Bridge on the map?
Has anyone noticed how they have craftily erased/left out the part of Newtown Road at the bottom of Edgar Street leading to Widemarsh Street and College Road Bridge on the map? Herefordian
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5:59pm Sat 20 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Its going to be a nightmare - no doubt about it! I am very lucky in being able to walk to work/town,so won't have to sit in the queueing traffic.May,accordin
g to the weather forecasters,is supposed to beautiful - for many they will be stuck in cars,only able to look at the sun, knowing full well that by the time the roadworks are completed, they will have missed our Great British Summer in its entirety !!
Its going to be a nightmare - no doubt about it! I am very lucky in being able to walk to work/town,so won't have to sit in the queueing traffic.May,accordin g to the weather forecasters,is supposed to beautiful - for many they will be stuck in cars,only able to look at the sun, knowing full well that by the time the roadworks are completed, they will have missed our Great British Summer in its entirety !! dippyhippy
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6:09pm Sat 20 Apr 13

MRDANDO100 says...

you do now this is first of many dig ups in the street, and dontfor get edgar street, that will have problems
you do now this is first of many dig ups in the street, and dontfor get edgar street, that will have problems MRDANDO100
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10:13pm Sat 20 Apr 13

jd1950 says...

Just shows, this council does not care what problems it causes, but just to ensure that it does, it does not employ half measures.
why have a proper solution to the towns problems, they have been pushing back solving this for over 40 years. the answer to them is to build 1600 houses, this will really solve the traffic problem, I wish that I had thought of this one and achieved a Nobel prize for my efforts. I am afraid that any system without proper access and egress will fall to bits. the council want to realise that there are many towns within easy reach of the people of the county!
Just shows, this council does not care what problems it causes, but just to ensure that it does, it does not employ half measures. why have a proper solution to the towns problems, they have been pushing back solving this for over 40 years. the answer to them is to build 1600 houses, this will really solve the traffic problem, I wish that I had thought of this one and achieved a Nobel prize for my efforts. I am afraid that any system without proper access and egress will fall to bits. the council want to realise that there are many towns within easy reach of the people of the county! jd1950
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9:32am Sun 21 Apr 13

Roger J says...

I fear new signs will be going up shortly "Welcome To The Ghost Town".
I fear new signs will be going up shortly "Welcome To The Ghost Town". Roger J
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10:04am Sun 21 Apr 13

MRDANDO100 says...

dont want anymore emails on this story
dont want anymore emails on this story MRDANDO100
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11:47am Sun 21 Apr 13

littlewhitebull says...

Can anyone confirm what is happening to Blackfriars Street, please?
At first I was led to believe it would be open for only emergency vehicles, buses(?) and bikes.
Then I read it would be one-way.
The map seems to indicate two-way traffic.
Any offers?
Can anyone confirm what is happening to Blackfriars Street, please? At first I was led to believe it would be open for only emergency vehicles, buses(?) and bikes. Then I read it would be one-way. The map seems to indicate two-way traffic. Any offers? littlewhitebull
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1:43pm Sun 21 Apr 13

nickt2635 says...

Herefords new welcome signs should be altered to read "Here the council can't do anything right"!!!
Herefords new welcome signs should be altered to read "Here the council can't do anything right"!!! nickt2635
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2:05pm Sun 21 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Hi Littlewhitebull! As far as I am aware, Blackfriar Street is to be for cyclista and emergency services only - don't know about the buses I'm afraid!
My neighbour works for the emergency services,and this is what he has also told me this morning,whilst we were both out cutting the grass in our repective gardens!
Nick2635,yes, this could spawn a new flurry of signage ideas!
"Here you can....sit in traffic,growing old,and thinking to yourself,life's too short to put up with this nonsense!"
A tad too long for a sign I know!
What about, "Here you can... look forward to voting this council out in May 2015!"
Hi Littlewhitebull! As far as I am aware, Blackfriar Street is to be for cyclista and emergency services only - don't know about the buses I'm afraid! My neighbour works for the emergency services,and this is what he has also told me this morning,whilst we were both out cutting the grass in our repective gardens! Nick2635,yes, this could spawn a new flurry of signage ideas! "Here you can....sit in traffic,growing old,and thinking to yourself,life's too short to put up with this nonsense!" A tad too long for a sign I know! What about, "Here you can... look forward to voting this council out in May 2015!" dippyhippy
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3:27pm Sun 21 Apr 13

bobby47 says...

Bloody Jarvis! Lord knows we've tried to communicate our views to him. He's relentless and drastic times now call for drastic actions.
This is what we do! The Posters gather together. We meet in a pub. A sort of Last Supper. Mind, seeing as we've never had a First Supper Im open to suggestions as to what we finally do call it.
After we're all blind drunk and I'm howling at the moon, Ubique, who's Ex Army and expert on logistics, produces a large cardboard box and some strong tape.
I say my goodbyes and fare thee bloody wells, the box gets sealed, the box gets addressed to Jarvis and I get carried from the Pub to the Post Office for posting. In short I get posted and enter into the chain of the Royal Mail delivery service.
Mind, I'll be damned if I go Second Class. I insist upon First Class and I also insist on going over the Counter on a Monday. I'll not agree to being posted on a bloody Friday and end up stuck inside the box over the weekend.
Then, if all goes well and fortune is on our side, I get posted into his Office, he comes in muttering, 'a gift for me', he opens the package and I spring out.
From hereon, the outcome is in the 'lap of the Gods'.
He either gets throttled before he can shout, 'Help! There's a headbanger in the box' or I restrain him, shove him into the box and Post him somewhere far, far away.
That's basically it and anyone who comes on here taking an opposite view to mine, disagrees with me!!!
Bloody Jarvis! Lord knows we've tried to communicate our views to him. He's relentless and drastic times now call for drastic actions. This is what we do! The Posters gather together. We meet in a pub. A sort of Last Supper. Mind, seeing as we've never had a First Supper Im open to suggestions as to what we finally do call it. After we're all blind drunk and I'm howling at the moon, Ubique, who's Ex Army and expert on logistics, produces a large cardboard box and some strong tape. I say my goodbyes and fare thee bloody wells, the box gets sealed, the box gets addressed to Jarvis and I get carried from the Pub to the Post Office for posting. In short I get posted and enter into the chain of the Royal Mail delivery service. Mind, I'll be damned if I go Second Class. I insist upon First Class and I also insist on going over the Counter on a Monday. I'll not agree to being posted on a bloody Friday and end up stuck inside the box over the weekend. Then, if all goes well and fortune is on our side, I get posted into his Office, he comes in muttering, 'a gift for me', he opens the package and I spring out. From hereon, the outcome is in the 'lap of the Gods'. He either gets throttled before he can shout, 'Help! There's a headbanger in the box' or I restrain him, shove him into the box and Post him somewhere far, far away. That's basically it and anyone who comes on here taking an opposite view to mine, disagrees with me!!! bobby47
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3:55pm Sun 21 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

I can see no fault or flaw with this ingenius plan. We must make haste,and put it into practise as soon as is humanely possible!
I can see no fault or flaw with this ingenius plan. We must make haste,and put it into practise as soon as is humanely possible! dippyhippy
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3:59pm Sun 21 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

I am also hoping that Jarvis will be heard shouting in a dreadful scottish accent,
" You can take my bottled water,but you'll never take my freedom...."as you attempt to re-package him!
I am also hoping that Jarvis will be heard shouting in a dreadful scottish accent, " You can take my bottled water,but you'll never take my freedom...."as you attempt to re-package him! dippyhippy
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5:39pm Sun 21 Apr 13

William Rudd says...

dippyhippy wrote:
Sorry William,not as simple as you think! Blackfriars Street is closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and cyclists!!
This information is from the week before lasts HT!
Sorry Dippy HT are wrong.Blackfriars St will be open to any traffic.
[quote][p][bold]dippyhippy[/bold] wrote: Sorry William,not as simple as you think! Blackfriars Street is closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and cyclists!! This information is from the week before lasts HT![/p][/quote]Sorry Dippy HT are wrong.Blackfriars St will be open to any traffic. William Rudd
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5:44pm Sun 21 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Good grief William!! The HT are wrong!
How unusual for them to be factually inaccurate!
Thanks for posting this - Blackfriars will be chaos, my neighbour will be extremely cheesed off! He said ambulances can't get across Hereford on a "normal"day,this ,he thought would be a life-line,for accessing the county hospital.(Quite literally a lifeline too.)
Good grief William!! The HT are wrong! How unusual for them to be factually inaccurate! Thanks for posting this - Blackfriars will be chaos, my neighbour will be extremely cheesed off! He said ambulances can't get across Hereford on a "normal"day,this ,he thought would be a life-line,for accessing the county hospital.(Quite literally a lifeline too.) dippyhippy
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5:56pm Sun 21 Apr 13

William Rudd says...

Your neighbor as a good exaggeration Dippy
Your neighbor as a good exaggeration Dippy William Rudd
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6:08pm Sun 21 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Well,you know me William,eternally optimistic - BUT- I sincerely hope I do not require an ambulance, or indeed the assistance of any of the emergency services during these 4 weeks!!
Just out of interest, where did you get your information??
Well,you know me William,eternally optimistic - BUT- I sincerely hope I do not require an ambulance, or indeed the assistance of any of the emergency services during these 4 weeks!! Just out of interest, where did you get your information?? dippyhippy
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2:48am Mon 22 Apr 13

Biomech says...

lol lol lol lol lol lol lol ll lol lol lol lol

Also, reports it was only closed eastbound, so turning the lights off at widemarsh street wouldn't work. Is check, but it's 3am and I'm in bed.

It's times like these..... no sorry, it's living in Horrorford, that makes me glad I don't do business here.
lol lol lol lol lol lol lol ll lol lol lol lol Also, reports it was only closed eastbound, so turning the lights off at widemarsh street wouldn't work. Is check, but it's 3am and I'm in bed. It's times like these..... no sorry, it's living in Horrorford, that makes me glad I don't do business here. Biomech
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10:08am Mon 22 Apr 13

Bromyard Boy says...

Well, at least the May Fair will have moved on ny then.
I am surprised that the council did not try and combine the two?
Well, at least the May Fair will have moved on ny then. I am surprised that the council did not try and combine the two? Bromyard Boy
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11:57am Mon 22 Apr 13

ArmadilloSackRace says...

I believe they're not allowing access from Widemarsh Street across Newmarket Street into town, so it will be left turn only by the Herdsman at all times. If you want to access the semi pedestrianised part of Widemarsh Street during the hours that they open the gates you have to go round and enter from the westbound carriageway.

With that side of the junction being left turn only you'd think that there would be no need for lights apart from for pedestrians crossing. They can cross from where Garrick House was to the central reservation of Newmarket Street without having to walk in front of any traffic, but the crossing from the Hersman to Garrick House will still have to be in action.

If they do turn lights to green apart from when somebody presses the button to cross then this could really make a massive difference to disruption. It remains to be seen whether they have enough common sense to do this though
I believe they're not allowing access from Widemarsh Street across Newmarket Street into town, so it will be left turn only by the Herdsman at all times. If you want to access the semi pedestrianised part of Widemarsh Street during the hours that they open the gates you have to go round and enter from the westbound carriageway. With that side of the junction being left turn only you'd think that there would be no need for lights apart from for pedestrians crossing. They can cross from where Garrick House was to the central reservation of Newmarket Street without having to walk in front of any traffic, but the crossing from the Hersman to Garrick House will still have to be in action. If they do turn lights to green apart from when somebody presses the button to cross then this could really make a massive difference to disruption. It remains to be seen whether they have enough common sense to do this though ArmadilloSackRace
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9:13pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Tupsleybull says...

One again the people of Hereford moan because they have to make a little bit of a change to their everyday life.

Yes the traffic is bad, Yes it will get a bit worse for a few weeks. But get over it folks because all the moaning in the world isn't going to change it.
One again the people of Hereford moan because they have to make a little bit of a change to their everyday life. Yes the traffic is bad, Yes it will get a bit worse for a few weeks. But get over it folks because all the moaning in the world isn't going to change it. Tupsleybull
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11:28am Tue 23 Apr 13

Biomech says...

You clearly don't run a business in Hereford. There's a difference between a *little* change and losing a months worth of revenue.

The proposed diversion is long, it also utilises the A49 and Holmer Roundabout, which gets crushed at rush our anyway.

A long diversion means more fuel. More fuel means more demand. More demand means higher prices. I would happily bet that if you go out today, petrol and diesel will be noticeably lower than usual. This is often done in business before a price hike.

The moaning won't change what's going to happen no. But the avoidance of Hereford will have an impact now and further down the line.
You clearly don't run a business in Hereford. There's a difference between a *little* change and losing a months worth of revenue. The proposed diversion is long, it also utilises the A49 and Holmer Roundabout, which gets crushed at rush our anyway. A long diversion means more fuel. More fuel means more demand. More demand means higher prices. I would happily bet that if you go out today, petrol and diesel will be noticeably lower than usual. This is often done in business before a price hike. The moaning won't change what's going to happen no. But the avoidance of Hereford will have an impact now and further down the line. Biomech
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1:10pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Herefordian07 says...

Tupsleybull and Biomech are both correct in the assumption that "All the moaning in the world won't change what's going to happen" because the council cabinet has decided that it will do what it wants as always regardless of public opinion, let's not forget our friend Cllr Graham Powell's famous outburst informing us that " It's change and I know you bloody well don't like it but it's going to happen" how nice to have the jackboot of power stamped all over democracy as we know it, this pogrom is going to kill trade in HEREford.
Tupsleybull and Biomech are both correct in the assumption that "All the moaning in the world won't change what's going to happen" because the council cabinet has decided that it will do what it wants as always regardless of public opinion, let's not forget our friend Cllr Graham Powell's famous outburst informing us that " It's change and I know you bloody well don't like it but it's going to happen" how nice to have the jackboot of power stamped all over democracy as we know it, this pogrom is going to kill trade in HEREford. Herefordian07
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1:19pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Biomech says...

I feel the politicians are going the way of the bankers. They don't give a sh!t about the people, they do what they want and they get away with it so much they think they can keep getting away with it.

But like the banks, they are risking too much on a feel good belief. And soon their improper attitude and management will cripple the UK - it's started already.

And it won't be because of a lack of faith or that no one votes them in or out. It will be, like the banks, due to their bad management.
I feel the politicians are going the way of the bankers. They don't give a sh!t about the people, they do what they want and they get away with it so much they think they can keep getting away with it. But like the banks, they are risking too much on a feel good belief. And soon their improper attitude and management will cripple the UK - it's started already. And it won't be because of a lack of faith or that no one votes them in or out. It will be, like the banks, due to their bad management. Biomech
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3:31pm Tue 23 Apr 13

littlewhitebull says...

Biomech - you are absolutely correct, old friend. They really don't appear to care, even when told politely by people who are affected every day by their inept decisions.
Care is an important word; yet we see a world that is drowning in greed. Politicians would do well to heed the words of Confucius: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand."
Sorry to moan - but a little more 'doing' might make for greater understanding.
Listening, remembering and understanding would be ideal.
Biomech - you are absolutely correct, old friend. They really don't appear to care, even when told politely by people who are affected every day by their inept decisions. Care is an important word; yet we see a world that is drowning in greed. Politicians would do well to heed the words of Confucius: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand." Sorry to moan - but a little more 'doing' might make for greater understanding. Listening, remembering and understanding would be ideal. littlewhitebull
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4:04pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Biomech says...

Indeed, the way I see it is like.... a bad chef, lets say politicians are like a chef that has been voted into the kitchen, he makes bad food, he leaves a pan of oil on the hob at far too high a temperature.

The kitchen burns down.

Now it wasn't because he didn't listen to people or that they had no faith in him and it wasn't because they stopped voting for him to keep his job. The kitchen burnt down because what his was doing was flawed and badly done.

Does that make sense?
Indeed, the way I see it is like.... a bad chef, lets say politicians are like a chef that has been voted into the kitchen, he makes bad food, he leaves a pan of oil on the hob at far too high a temperature. The kitchen burns down. Now it wasn't because he didn't listen to people or that they had no faith in him and it wasn't because they stopped voting for him to keep his job. The kitchen burnt down because what his was doing was flawed and badly done. Does that make sense? Biomech
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4:08pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Ubique5740 says...

Biomech, yep, nearly.
Think it's going to end in tears very similar to the Banks.
Biomech, yep, nearly. Think it's going to end in tears very similar to the Banks. Ubique5740
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4:48pm Tue 23 Apr 13

dippyhippy says...

Littlewhitebull, a wonderful quote,wholeheartedly agree with the point you make.
Littlewhitebull, a wonderful quote,wholeheartedly agree with the point you make. dippyhippy
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11:29am Wed 24 Apr 13

littlewhitebull says...

Biomech - yes, it makes a lot of sense.
Thanks, dippyhippy - we could all care a little more; at least in my humble opinion.
Biomech - yes, it makes a lot of sense. Thanks, dippyhippy - we could all care a little more; at least in my humble opinion. littlewhitebull
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4:58pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Dawn... says...

Anyone would think the road is closing for good..... What difference is 4 weeks going to make? The traffic in Hereford can be hectic at the best of times. If you don't like fact the road is closed for that few weeks get your walking shoes on im sure the vast majority of the public will just deal with the fact there is a diversion...
Anyone would think the road is closing for good..... What difference is 4 weeks going to make? The traffic in Hereford can be hectic at the best of times. If you don't like fact the road is closed for that few weeks get your walking shoes on im sure the vast majority of the public will just deal with the fact there is a diversion... Dawn...
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5:54pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Biomech says...

Do you drive for pleasure or business Dawn? Do you live in the city center?

Consider the delivery vehicles that come into the businesses along and around that route - often on a timescale. Or the delivery drivers from local businesses who need to get to customers houses.
Do you drive for pleasure or business Dawn? Do you live in the city center? Consider the delivery vehicles that come into the businesses along and around that route - often on a timescale. Or the delivery drivers from local businesses who need to get to customers houses. Biomech
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6:11pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Dawn... says...

I rarely drive, i also know people that take that route and would rather walk than sit in traffic, if even 20% of people that drive that direction choose to walk, there is slightly less congestion, i do live rather close to the city centre and i choose to walk places as it can take you 45 mins of more to drive from the hospital to Asda on a busy traffic day, when if i chose to walk it would take me 30 mins at most while walking and then I'll be in a better mood for walking rather than being stuck in miserable traffic, business deliveries will suffer yes but the point im making is if we got off our lazy far **** and walked places businesses would not suffer as much as they could of, that is all... And as for people complaining about the diversions would they rather that they were also told not to use commercial road too? Just seems like everyone would like to have another moan about something that needed to be done anyway, pot holes on that road would be gone
I rarely drive, i also know people that take that route and would rather walk than sit in traffic, if even 20% of people that drive that direction choose to walk, there is slightly less congestion, i do live rather close to the city centre and i choose to walk places as it can take you 45 mins of more to drive from the hospital to Asda on a busy traffic day, when if i chose to walk it would take me 30 mins at most while walking and then I'll be in a better mood for walking rather than being stuck in miserable traffic, business deliveries will suffer yes but the point im making is if we got off our lazy far **** and walked places businesses would not suffer as much as they could of, that is all... And as for people complaining about the diversions would they rather that they were also told not to use commercial road too? Just seems like everyone would like to have another moan about something that needed to be done anyway, pot holes on that road would be gone Dawn...
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6:56pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Biomech says...

I agree that there are a lot of people who drive ridiculously short distances - many on the school run to be honest (even 500m!). But the trouble we have is that a major North - South road goes right through the middle of the city, so there is a lot of traffic that doesn't want to get that close to the city but has no choice. For example, from Leominster to Ross, pretty much have to put up with the horrendous traffic that will ensue. Personally, I won't even consider going to the other side of the city, I avoid it as it is - things I need from the other side of the city I often buy online instead.
I agree that there are a lot of people who drive ridiculously short distances - many on the school run to be honest (even 500m!). But the trouble we have is that a major North - South road goes right through the middle of the city, so there is a lot of traffic that doesn't want to get that close to the city but has no choice. For example, from Leominster to Ross, pretty much have to put up with the horrendous traffic that will ensue. Personally, I won't even consider going to the other side of the city, I avoid it as it is - things I need from the other side of the city I often buy online instead. Biomech
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9:34pm Wed 24 Apr 13

mizza21 says...

Unlike many of you cynics, I applied for "choose how you move" pedometer last week which arrived on Monday. I have been using it every day and my ne found freedon has been quite liberating.
When I drive into town from Mizza mantions I shall park at one of the outlying car parks, such as Asda or sainsburys and walk into town using my "choose how you move" pedometer to measure each and every step.

Please don't tell the council but I have discovered that by shaking the little beggar I can increase markedly the number of steps achieved thus enhancing my performance.

I did 10.000 steps on Tuesday and only 7000 of em were genuine . hahahaha
How do like that Jarvis...
Unlike many of you cynics, I applied for "choose how you move" pedometer last week which arrived on Monday. I have been using it every day and my ne found freedon has been quite liberating. When I drive into town from Mizza mantions I shall park at one of the outlying car parks, such as Asda or sainsburys and walk into town using my "choose how you move" pedometer to measure each and every step. Please don't tell the council but I have discovered that by shaking the little beggar I can increase markedly the number of steps achieved thus enhancing my performance. I did 10.000 steps on Tuesday and only 7000 of em were genuine . hahahaha How do like that Jarvis... mizza21
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3:32pm Sun 12 May 13

Biomech says...

From the HT facebook page:

"Already reports of congestion in Hereford caused by the Newmarket Street roadworks. And that's on a Sunday afternoon!"

#Sunday12thMay
From the HT facebook page: "Already reports of congestion in Hereford caused by the Newmarket Street roadworks. And that's on a Sunday afternoon!" #Sunday12thMay Biomech
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