NDP Referendum result – a resounding YES!

The referendum on Thursday 6th May 2021 showed strong support for the Neighbourhood Development Plan with 85% (157 people) voting “Yes” and 15% (28 people) voting “No”.

So a large majority of the almost 40% of residents who voted were in favour of the plan.

This means that Herefordshire Council will now be using the NDP to help when deciding on planning applications.

It provides important additional criteria for a development to be accepted by Herefordshire Council Planners, better reflecting the wishes of residents.

The official declaration notice of the result can be downloaded from the Herefordshire council website here: Declaration of result of poll Allensmore neighbourhood planning referendum (herefordshire.gov.uk) and the final NDP plan can be downloaded from here: Allensmore Neighbourhood Plan April 2020.

The NDP Steering group and the Parish Council are very grateful for the help the residents have provided during the development of the plan and for the support shown at the referendum.

Nick Chapman – NDP Steering group chair
Tony Cramp – Parish Council chair

Bag it and Bin it

The Parish Council has recently received a letter from one of our eight year old residents complaining that our lovely footpaths are being spoiled by dog mess. Our correspondent is rightly concerned that her little sister is being put at risk by this problem on our lanes. We commend our young writer for her citizenship but are disappointed that us grown-ups need reminding that, in our rural community, dog waste is not only dangerous and unpleasant for humans but also toxic to cattle and sheep. Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act of 2014 it is an offence not to control your dog in public places and this includes picking up and safely disposing of any dog excrement.

Allensmore Parish Council have supported the consultation by Hereford Council to extend the Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) element of the above legislation for a further three years. We have also acquired several posters from the NFU to put on some of the parish footpath signs. So, if you are out enjoying a walk round the parish with your dog, please make sure you …



Herefordshire Council’s notice of the Referendum on the adoption of the Allensmore Neighbouthood plan

Allensmore Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on the adoption of the Allensmore Neighbourhood plan.

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2021 to decide on the question below:
‘Do you want Herefordshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Allensmore to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
  1. Applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must be received no later than Monday 19th April 2021.
  2. New applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations for existing proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.
  3. New applications to vote by proxy at this regerendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.
  4. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on the grounds of physical incapacity, or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 6th May 2021. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.

Dated: Monday 29th March 2021

Claire Ward

Counting Officer

Further information about the referendum can be found on the Herefordshire Council website

Pateshall Hall reopening

Pateshall Hall is opening for business in September. The hall has been decorated, storage cupboards cleared and social distances marked out.

Numbers are presentlt limited to 14 people in the hall, but restrictions will change as and when the government releases new updates.

Further information and how to book the hall is here.

Possible improvements to our church building

On Wednesday 12th August, members of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (D.A.C.) met representatives from St Andrew’s Church to talk about refurbishment of the parish church. Conservation of the porch, installing a toilet, creating a kitchen area, introducing a sustainable heating system and returning the monuments to their former glory were all discussed.

There are many more steps to take before any work can go ahead, but it is good to know that the D.A.C. is happy for plans to be taken forward.

Allensmore Nurseries Gate Shop

Just a reminder that our Gate Shop is open every weekend from 8.30am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday to purchase seasonal bedding plants, perennials, grasses, shrubs, Italian plants (all subject to availability) and bags of compost. Colourful Dahlias and Delphiniums are now finally available and prices are as usual a bargain!

This is just in the entrance (gateway) of the nursery so about 30 trolleys of stock to choose from.

The lovely hot weather and now some rain is the perfect combination to continue to make your gardens flourish and look beautiful!  

Kind regards
Jane & Angela

Allensmore Nurseries

St Andrews Church Morning Prayer service 23rd August

We are sorry that in the current Covid crisis it may be a little while before we can resume anything like our normal services, however…

Following the successful holding of the Benefice Morning Prayer service here on Sunday 26th July there will be a-

Service of Morning Prayer
10.30am Sunday 23rd August

It will again be a shortened version of our usual Morning Prayer service and on this occasion will be led by our Vicar – Hilary Morgan.

As in July this will be a service for the local Benefice Churches and all are welcome.

By following Covid precautions, social distancing and hand sanitizing we safely managed the 18 who attended last time and could safely accommodate double that number on 23rd. (Please bring face mask.)

If Covid 19 can be kept under control and we have no problems locally we hope to get back to our regular program of services at St Andrews before too long.

An update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum

Following the formal examination of the NDP completed in March 2020, the modifications recommended by the independent Examiner and accepted by Herefordshire Council have been applied to the Allensmore Neighbourhood Development Plan; the latest version of the plan is here.

Herefordshire Council published their Delegated Decision Statement on 31st March 2020 recommending the Neighbourhood Development Plan progresses to referendum.

However, regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6th May 2021. Herefordshire Council have confirmed that our referendum will take place on 6th May 2021 “unless otherwise specified by UK Government in further legislation”. Click here for Herefordshire Council’s notice. This is frustrating for communities like ours that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

St Andrews, coming out of “Lock Down”– but slowly!

Next Sunday 26th July at 10.30 am we will be holding our first service in church for over 4 months.

It will be a shortened version of our usual Morning Prayer service and will be led by a local Cof E Reader Diane Bates. Diane’s husband, Bob Bates, who is Anglican Lead Chaplain at Santiago de Compostella, will also give a short talk on St James and his own work in Santiago.

This will be a service for the local Benefice Churches and all are welcome. 

The church should be able to cope with the numbers expected and still ensure sufficient social distancing. Hand sanitizing facilities will also be available.

Providing Covid 19 can be kept under control and we have no problems locally we hope to get back to our regular program of services at St Andrews before too long.

St Andrews -the latest news

From next weekend (4th July) churches are on the list of premises that can open again, subject to careful assessment of the risks and with appropriate precautions in place. That would mean a limit on numbers with all present observing social distancing, and using sanitising facilities etc.
Even with all necessary precautions in place services will be seriously restricted. For instance, singing will not be possible and the taking of communion will be severely restricted. Given these restrictions and the fact that there is still the very real risk of a surge in cases that might prompt a return of shutdown, the Church Wardens have decided, in consultation with the Vicar, not to re-open St Andrews on Sunday 5th. Instead we will spend the weekend doing further work in the churchyard . This will also give the cleaning team an opportunity to organise what extra cleaning is needed inside the church.

The Church, though locked, is dry and quite warm and the Churchyard has been well looked after by our regular band of helpers on the mowing rota. A good start on clearing unwanted vegetation was also made by volunteers last Saturday.
There is still plenty to do so if you would like to come down and help please do but as we cannot share equipment, please bring your own tools, your own refreshments and wear gloves. Saturday next 4th July from 10.00am.

We will review the position week by week taking account of the latest advice and the level of virus in the community and hopefully we will be in a position to open the church later in the month.
(For those wishing to attend a service locally, there is a Benefice Service being conducted by Hillary, the vicar, at Kingstone Church next Sunday 5th at 10.30am.)

Steve and Tim
The Wardens