Roads

Local residents across the county are being encouraged to take part in a series of ‘Your community – your say’ events to consider the services and priorities Herefordshire Council should be focusing on in the future.

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‘Your community – your say’ forms part of a fundamental review of services the council is currently undertaking, in response to the many challenges facing the delivery of public services over the next decade. Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said:


“This is a time of significant change for the council and as such we’re taking the opportunity to look at what we do, how we do it and if it can be done better or differently. We have already seen local residents playing a greater role and taking responsibility for the services they receive, which is why it’s important to continue listening to their views on where we can make further savings in non-statutory services. The Your community – your say process is a slightly different approach for Herefordshire Council and we hope it will deliver a rich two way dialogue with residents. So we encourage all residents to take the opportunity to engage with the process and tell us what’s important in their community.”


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Roads

Postby Cyclist » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:25 pm

I cycle at least 300 miles a month, from Herefordshire into all surrounding counties, including South Wales and back into Herefordshire. I also regularly cycle in North Wales. Out of all these places, Herefordshire has roads that are consistently in much worse condition than anywhere else I have cycled. Is this because they have been inadequately invested in for a long period of time? Or is it poor management of road maintenance? Or is there another reason, that someone might explain?
If we are serious about encouraging healthy lifestyles, then safe, well maintained roads for cyclists and all road users would help!
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Re: Roads

Postby Niklas Ceolmund » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:20 pm

Maybe if cyclists paid road tax at a reduced rate then there'd be more chance of having the roads repaired? As a motorist and motorcyclist I pay quite enough road tax. Cyclists get for free what costs me over £250 a year, why can't they pay £20 towards the upkeep of the roads rather than pile more costs onto all council tax payers? If the National Lottery can support Team GB cyclists why can't cyclists support Team GB roadmenders?!
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Re: Roads

Postby PhilP » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:58 pm

I can't say I've noticed that the roads are any worse here than surrounding English counties. However, Welsh roads do seem to have had more investment. Whether that results in them being better maintained in the long term remains to be seen.

Driving a sports car with low profile tyres looking out for potholes & broken surfaces takes up a significant part of my attention that I'd rather spend on other hazards. Not being perfect I've just paid nearly £100 to have an alloy wheel straightened.

Niklas Ceolmund wrote:Maybe if cyclists paid road tax at a reduced rate then there'd be more chance of having the roads repaired? As a motorist and motorcyclist I pay quite enough road tax. Cyclists get for free what costs me over £250 a year, why can't they pay £20 towards the upkeep of the roads rather than pile more costs onto all council tax payers?

Have you forgotten that vehicle tax (road tax was abolished in 1937) is based on CO2 emissions? Vehicles with low emissions also pay £0. The UK tax payer is reckoned to subsidize the motorist by nearly £10 billion a year so cyclists are already contributing. Practically, £20 per annum would hardly cover the administration & policing of such a tax so it making it pointless.

If the roads were better there would be more cyclists, less damage would be caused & we'd be more healthy.
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Re: Roads

Postby Guest » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:21 pm

I also pay road tax for two vehicles, yet often use my bike for journeys where I would otherwise use my car. Perhaps cyclists should get a discount on their road tax for vehicles they have to tax, in recognition!
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Re: Roads

Postby Karen Rose » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:58 am

It would simply be great if Herefordshire Council made a big effort to make sure that cyclists could use the roads safely and promoted cycle routes. The centre is relatively flat so this should be a great palce to cycle - and I'm sure it could be. I would love to feel more confident about using my bike to get around the city and would like to encourage my children to do the same. This isn't a complaint, more a plea to make Hereford a cycle friendly city.
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