Welsh Newton Llanrothal Group Parish Council

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The next Parish Council meeting will be held

online via Zoom due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

on Thursday 9th July at 7.30pm

Green Waste:
The Parish Lengthsman, Terry Griffiths, is offering to collect any green waste you may have – should you want to dispose of it.  There is a charge for this service, which you can discuss with Terry. His number is: 01989 770385

Coronavirus and Herefordshire Council Update – 28th April 2020

Weekly Report 24 04 2020

Coronavirus and Parish Council Update – 9th April 2020

As you will be aware, I have been forwarding you updates about the Coronavirus as I have received them from HALC and Herefordshire Council.

Please see the following two useful links for further details:



There are several groups set up now to assist those who may need help in the coming weeks. The Parish Council has been liaising closely with the Herefordshire Council link contact. In order that no-ones cry for help gets missed can I please request that all calls for help come to me first. Herefordshire Council are going to forward any requests they get to me to organise in the first instance, as the Parish Council is the local support group.
As always do not hesitate to contact the clerk should you need assistance.

Parish Council:
There have been a few legislative changes to the way Parish Councils can function for the coming months – the main elements of these are as follows:

· There is no need to hold an Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. This means that the Chair and any policies will roll over and continue for the coming year until May 2021.

· Parish Councils can now meet online. The intention is to use Zoom, the video conferencing app to do this. The Parish Council intend to meet in May using this format.

· It is anticipated that decisions will be limited to key functions such as finance and planning, for example, during this time – although should urgent items come up they will of course be discussed.

· Parishioners will be able to join-in with these meetings – a login code will be listed next to the agenda on the Parish Council website to allow access to the meeting. Other than attending the meeting and having the opportunity to speak under the allocated item no further changes are anticipated to parishioner engagement with the meeting.

At present Welsh Newton and Llanrothal Parish Council have had a couple of planning applications submitted to them from Herefordshire Council for comment – these are as follows:

1: 193391 – Homeleigh, Welsh Newton, Monmouthshire, NP25 5RR
Proposed replacement dwelling and garage – Amended

2: 200954 – 2 Steepways, From St Wolstons Road to Nythfa Property, Welsh Newton, Herefordshire, NP25 5RT
Proposed development of two dwellings

These will be discussed at the May meeting – or before – if an extension to comment is not granted. All meeting details will be put onto the Parish Council website – so I urge you to keep checking.

If you are unable to attend the meetings online but wish to make a comment, please email the clerk in advance of the meetings so she can circulate your comments to Councillors for consideration.

Parish Plan for assistance during the Coronavirus – March 2020

Ward Councillor Report – March 2020

Coronavirus Information:

As you are aware we have been developing a Talk Community Covid Response where we are sending every household in Herefordshire (88k) a letter focussed on the vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network. We have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people and volunteers to contact us and we will then link them back into the community organisations. There is already some fantastic community responses happening and the council can support the infrastructure through this response and provide community resilience.

Many of the wards and parishes have provided us with information of the community work being undertaken however there are some areas where we have little information, please do forward the team any community information on the email address below with the key coordinator.

The areas of support that will be coordinated are:

Urgent supplies
Picking up meds (DBS check needed)
Pet walking
Calling vulnerable people during this difficult time

People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help, the dedicated telephone number will be fully live from Tuesday 24th March which is 01432 260027 and email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Keeping Safe Poster

Wash your hands poster

Hand washing techniques poster

Additional sources of general information:
For the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus please visit the following websites:
Health advice about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Latest information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Frequently asked Questions: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Meeting dates for 2020

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in Welsh Newton Village Hall.  All are very welcome to attend.  Meetings start at 7.30pm.

9th January                                                                                                9th July

13th February                                                                                             10th September

12th March                                                                                                  8th October

9th April  - cancelled                                                                                12th November

14th May - online via Zoom                                                                    10th December

11th June - online via Zoom

Welsh Newton & Llanrothal

Whether you live in this beautiful part of the country, plan to visit, or just want to know more about it, we hope you find something here of interest.

The website’s aim is to be informative, newsworthy and an easy to use source of information for anyone who’s interested in what’s going on in the parish.

If you have any interesting photographs of the parish please send them to the Parish Council’s Clerk for inclusion on our website.

We try to update it frequently, so do stay in touch. Please bookmark this page and return to the site on a regular basis. Our objective is to ensure it’s the best and most up to date source of news about what’s happening in the parish and what’s being planned for the future.

News items:

Herefordshire Council has begun the review of the Core Strategy.  The first consultation document that has come out as part of this review can be found here.   This will be discussed at the March meeting.

The Parish Council has funded two Speed Indicator Devices in the Parishes - both are now in situ - it is hoped this will help make the roads safer.


The Parish Council would like to start compiling a photographic document of drainage issues and the source of the issues around the parishes.

This is so that during the dry period - if there ever is one! - Balfour Beatty are able to see what the issues are and hopefully begin to resolve some of them.

To this end Councillors are requesting that parishioners assist by taking photos of any issues and the source of the issues and forwarding them to the clerk - with clear labelling as to where the photos relate to.

Hopefully this way - we may all begin to see improvements.