Vineyard events

AS summer approaches, a number of event organisers and other outlets are seeking new permissions to stay open and sell alcohol till late.

An application has been made to the Herefordshire Council by Sidonia, a small vineyard at Strangford.

The company, which produces sparkling wines made from a combination of English heritage grapes, is seeking a licence to offer online and phone sales of its produce which customers would collect from its premises between 9am and 6pm seven days a week.

Fog bank

SMOKE spotted pouring out of a Ross-on-Wye bank on Sunday morning, wasn’t from a fire, but was due to Santander’s security system being activated.

It is understood that the security system was triggered while work was being carried out outside the building which activated the dense fog system that is designed to prevent burglaries and robberies by repelling the would-be intruders with fog that disorientates them.

 Wedding guests

THE owners of Glewstone Court Hotel have submitted a planning application to convert a lawned car park area used for wedding guests, to a hard surface car park, suitable for use all year round.

It is proposed that the new car parking facility for Glewstone Court, which dates back to the 17th century, will have specialist sheeting laid to aid weed control before the gravel is applied. P240322/F.

Car park go-ahead

RETROSPECTIVE planning permission has been granted to extend a car park on the Alton Road Industrial Estate.

The application, submitted by the owners of the Enterprise Centre in Ross-On-Wye, allows for the expansion of 10 parking spaces to reduce the pressure on parking space from employees and customers of the tenants occupying the site.

Driver fined

A 28-year-old Ross-on-Wye man has been fined £461 and disqualified from driving for 18 months for being twice over the drink-drive alcohol limit. Prosecutor Kirsty Drew explained to Cheltenham magistrates that Liam Young from Brookend Street, Ross had been stopped in his Volkswagen Golf by police on the M5 in Gloucester on March 22.

Young was subjected to a roadside breath test and was found to have 82 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. Magistrates ordered that Young should pay court costs of £85 and a mandatory surcharge of £184.

Dangerous driving

A ROSS-on-Wye man has been charged with dangerous driving in the Forest of Dean. Ryan Davison, aged 24, of Swallows Road is charged that on October 30, last year drove a Honda S2000 dangerously on Bakers Hill in Coleford. He is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court shortly.