News Thursday, September 22nd

News roundup: you can (almost) pay for parking with your bank card

  • Who said this county is behind the times? Using your bank card to pay at council run car parks is "getting closer" now Herefordshire Council is spending £62k on installing chip-and-pin and contactless payment options. 
  • Ahead of this year's Stoptober campaign, it's been revealed the number of smokers in England has dropped to an all-time low. Just 16.9% of adults in England now smoke, according to Public Health England. In the West Midlands in 2015, 15.7% of people smoked, compared to 18.3% in 2012. 
  • You know those plans to carve up the UK's constituency boundaries? Well, MP Bill Wiggin has called them "illogical". Wiggin - whose north Herefordshire constituency would merge with south Shropshire if the Boundary Commission changes get a green light - said the proposal was badly divisise. The changes would also see Ledbury and nearby villages grouped with Malvern.
  • Proper plans (rather than pie in the sky dreams) for Hereford to get a closed cycle circuit have stepped forward, with the blueprint soon to be submitted. The 1.5 kilometre traffic free cycle circuit is "planned to be positioned on the Hereford Racecourse between the existing sports facilities on the site" according to an article in this week's Hereford Times.
  • And finally, our Paralympic GB heroes are home >

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