WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Another charity shop, cuts to buses, travellers win new site

This week’s round-up of news from the fine county of Herefordshire and the world beyond.


In a city that is swamped with charity shops it’s telling of the desperate financial situation many people find themselves in that there is demand for yet another store.

British Heart Foundation have announced they will open a second Hereford shop next month in the old Subway on the corner of Commercial Street, selling furniture and electrical items.

It’s not that long ago that charity and discount shops were looked down on. Now many of us couldn’t get by without them.

In 2008, as the global financial crisis was just in its infancy, it was difficult to predict exactly what its effect would be on ordinary working class people. Six years on it’s clear that those who before had very little now have even less. Poverty has gone through the roof.

How many of us could afford to shop at the new Waitrose now?


Herefordshire Council will next week decide whether to make £1m worth of cuts to rural buses, with some services likely to be scrapped altogether.

In a county like ours, public transport offers a lifeline for rural people who would otherwise be stranded. And though some bus services may be seen as ‘under-used’ they are nevertheless important to local people.

When faced with cut after cut it becomes easy to forget why all this is happening: because of mistakes and incompetence in the global banking industry.

What compensation is the government seeking from the banks? Which Herefordshire councillors are putting pressure on the coalition for more money for the county? We can tell you which ones are too spineless to ask for more: all of them! Meanwhile we suffer because of the greedy bankers.

Capitalism only ever works for the few.


Worcestershire County Council are looking into ways they can support foodbanks in the area.

In a move reminiscent of the rejected Westminster proposal to investigate national foodbank usage, the council are hoping to go one step further with plans for public funding.

Herefordshire Council should take note: its wealthy councillors with second jobs should forfeit their allowance to help support foodbanks around here.


Greenpeace activist, Anthony Perrett, will be speaking in Monmouth next week about his experiences as one of the ‘Arctic 30’ arrested and imprisoned in Russia.

Anthony was detained in September, along with 29 others, for protesting against an Arctic offshore oil rig and was held in jail for two months before being given bail and released.

He will be speaking on Wednesday 22nd January at the town’s Bridges Community Centre.


Gloucestershire Constabulary look set to close police stations in the Forest of Dean and relocate officers to Gloucester in a bid to save money.

Depending on your point of view this will either cause a rise in crime in the area … or, with less police around, it will mean petty harassment and violent attacks will drop!


Elsewhere in the Forest it’s been a good week for travellers, who’ve secured permission for a permanent 13-pitch site in Newent.

Legal sites in the area are desperately needed and plans for more are often rejected by blinkered locals and bigoted councillors.

Well done to the travellers that fought this three-year battle.

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