News from Herefordshire Council.
Herefordshire council is recruiting more experienced social workers as part of its plan to have a well-staffed and supported children’s social work service. Now that it is becoming known as an ambitious and improving service, social workers both nationally and, now, internationally, are expressing an interest in working here. Recruiting more permanent staff will contribute to the good work already being achieved and ensure the continued improvement of children’s outcomes.
The council’s audit and corporate governance committee will be told this week that of the 64 data breaches listed in the monitoring officer’s report, two represented situations of a data breach that were reported to the Information Commissioner. For one of these cases the ICO deemed no further action needed to be taken with the other case awaiting a decision.
History enthusiasts will be able to explore the new Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre on two forthcoming preview days.
The Core Strategy, which provides the strategic planning framework for the county’s future development needs up to 2031, will be debated at formal hearing sessions in February 2015. This is an important step in the process to move closer towards finalising the proposals and policies within the plan.
Major engineering challenges overcome by multi-million pound project. The number of homes and businesses across Herefordshire able to access faster fibre broadband through the Fastershire roll-out programme will exceed 20,000 by the end of the Summer.
With Herefordshire Council and parish/town elections coming up in May this year, Herefordshire Council is providing interested residents with an opportunity to find out more about how to get involved.
Over recent years, Herefordshire Council has been working with a range of partner organisations within the county to improve the way its property assets are managed and reduce duplication. The council has taken a lead nationally by co-locating with a range of government departments including the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Group, Environment Agency, Ministry of Justice, Department of Work and Pensions and Probation Service. In addition, over twenty community asset transfers will have taken place by the end of March this year with local groups taking control of buildings across the county which have become a focus for community activities.
Cabinet has made the decision today (Thursday 22 January) to invite expressions of interest in the tenancy at Edgar Street Athletics Ground.
On Thursday 15 January over 40 Herefordshire Businesses came together at the Wye Valley Brewery, in Stoke Lacy, for the launch of the new Business Futures Forum (BFF).
An independent assessment has rated Herefordshire Council’s highways services as amongst the most efficient in the country. The assessment measured the efficiency of the street lighting and highways maintenance services and the county was placed in the top quartile.