Miles without stiles – lots of progress

In recent months Weston under Penyard Parish Council has made huge strides with the Footpaths Improvement Plan.  The accessibility to our beautiful parish countryside has already been greatly improved by the replacement of 18 difficult stiles with new pedestrian gates.  You can read lots more about it here.

Temporary lights 16th August – A40 by Weston Cross

On Monday, 16th August, temporary three way traffic lights will be installed on the A40 between the roundabout by the Weston Cross and School Lane.  This is for safety reasons whilst tree work is carried out on the boundary of Weston House that day.  Pedestrians are also advised not to use the footpath under the trees on the south side of the A40 between the bus stop next to the Old Shop and the entrance to Weston House and Weston Mews.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION – U70211, Bartwood Lane, Pontshill

The U70211, Bartwood Lane, Pontshill, outside Meadow Cottage, Bartwood Lane. Grid Ref : 363725/221825 will be closed for 3 deays

The closure is required due to new service installation works being carried out on or near the road, and the likelihood of danger to the public while the works are taking place.  There are exemptions in the Order to permit pedestrian access (and/or vehicular access at the discretion of the Herefordshire Council or statutory undertaker) to any land or premises having a frontage to the above said highway affected where there is no other form of access, and to any access allowing the necessary works to be undertaken.

The closure will come into force on the 14th of July 2021 and will remain for a maximum period of 18 months, (unless extended with the consent of the Secretary of State) or until any said works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, (whichever is the earlier), or until determined by Herefordshire Council. However the works are expected to be completed within 3 days approximately. Any queries in relation to this closure should be directed to tel: 01432 261800 or please use our online form to contact us via

U70211, Bartwood Lane, Pontshill Diverion Plan

Dog nappers at work across Herefordshire

According to the Herefordshire Association of Local Councils, dog nappers are working in pairs across Herefordshire to identify properties from which their colleagues will attempt to steal beloved pets.  If you own a dog or know someone who does, watch out for new black cables tied to the fence of a dog-owner’s property or spray markings on the road outside such a property.

New walk added

A good variety of walks is available in our walking section, the latest one of 4 miles is around Hope Mansell.  You can access the walking area here.  If anyone wants to submit a walk to be included in this section, please send it to the Clerk and we will add it to the website.

UPDATED: Forestry England will be clear felling in Chase Wood

The works to harvest Penyard hill have started today.

Contractors working for Forestry England will be clear felling the Corsican Pine as part of our West District design plan for this area. The timber will then be processed and used for mainly fencing and furniture. The plan is to then replant next year and restore the area to broadleaf.  A map of where the works will be taking place can be seen by clicking this link:

Penyard harvesting

The Parish Council is liaising with Forestry England to ensure the well-used footpath from Lawns Farm towards Ross remains safe and accessible, and any traffic using Church Lane drives safely.  Please do take care, when walking on any of the paths in the area outlined in yellow on the map.  We have also advised the school, as children often go on nature walks in these woods.

The works are due to continue for some while; you will notice a significant operational presence in the woodland with banks persons, harvesting machinery, signage and timber stacks. The works will have some visual impact on the woodland, those walking, cycling will notice rutting of the forest track and some areas may look messy and will become very muddy where machinery has been. This will be reinstated where necessary on completion of the work. Harvesting contracts can sometimes be quite drawn out and work may stop for some time due to the many constraints that we have to work around.

The woodland will remain open throughout our harvesting operations, the most important thing for us is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. We will have safety and operational signage displayed, diversions, closures, and banks persons in position where needed. This is for your safety, whether you can see or hear us working, it is important you read and listen to all instructions very carefully and obey all instruction.

We are aware that there are a number of unofficial bike trails in this area, therefore we may have to block these off for the safety of the forest users and the forestry workers. Signage will be placed on site over the coming weeks.

Litter pick – 10th and 11th April 2021

We’ll be having a community litter pick on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th April 2021.  If you can afford an hour to litter pick a street or two of the village that would be much appreciated.  Bags, sticks, tabards and routes will be provided.

Collect a route and some equipment from the Village Hall Car Park at 10.00 am on either the Saturday or the Sunday.  Full instructions about where to leave collected litter and how to return equipment will be given to you then.

Everything will be done to respect social distancing rules etc.

Please come along and support this initiative to tidy up the village ready for the opening up of lock-down from the following Monday.

Many thanks – The Parish Council.