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Date: 06/11/2014

Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor - Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) - is holding a series of roadshows around the county and is inviting local residents to have their say.

The next roadshow is on Friday (November 7) in Kington when the town’s locality stewards will be on hand to discuss how BBLP delivers services ranging from highways, street lighting and cleaning, to public rights of way, parks and open spaces.

Andy Williams, BBLPs contract director, said “We want the views of local people to help us to refine the way we work, whether that’s reporting a pothole or putting forward different grass cutting priorities.”

The consultation sets out BBLPs draft plans for the coming year amid ongoing budget cuts. The Council has to save £33 million over the next three years and BBLP will need to do some things differently and stop doing others altogether.

This year grass cutting was one of the services to face unprecedented cuts which led to widespread concerns about the impact on open spaces. In response extra grass cuts were added to the schedule and a new grant scheme for green spaces was launched.

Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member for highways, said “Lessons are being learnt from this year but ongoing cuts mean we have to do things differently. We hope people will come along to these roadshows and talk to us about what’s important to them to help us to improve our plans for the coming year.”

The roadshow will also visit the following locations across the county:

Kington  - 9am – 1pm, Friday, November 7 in the Co-Op car park
Mortimer – 10am – 2pm, Wednesday, November 12 in Kingsland Village Hall
Leominster – 10am – 2pm, Friday, November 14 in the General Market
Weobley – 9am – 2pm, Wednesday, November 19 in the Hopelands Village Hall
Ross on Wye – 10am – 2pm, Thursday, November 20 in Morrison’s car park
Golden Valley – 10am – 1pm, Friday, November 21 in Longtown
Hereford – 10am – 2pm, Wednesday, November 26 in High Town Market

The roadshow has already visited Ledbury (October 31) and Bromyard (November 5).