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Tuesday 19th April 2022 7:00 am
Garway old schoolhouse
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The Gazette reported last edition that bulldozers will be demolishing a 145-year-old Victorian school building after planners said they had no power to stop the owner razing it to the ground for hardstanding. The decision to allow the demolition of Garway Old School is vehemently opposed by the Save Britain's Heritage charity, the ward county councillor, the parish council and many villagers. Gazette readers weighed in on the story.

Everyone who shared their thoughts were disappointed and saddened to see the building go. Caron French said: "Money over memories, how very sad that it can't be renovated." Nikki Addis agreed: "Shameful, they shouldFor use only be doing all they can to ensure renovation takes place with these beautiful buildings, instead of saying yes to such substandard new houses. How very sad."

Others have also hoped the building would be renovated. "Surely a development incorporating main building could have been achieved." added Sally Whistance.

In last week's edition it was reported that the government's refusal to fund improvements to Herefordshire's bus services has been branded “a disgrace” by the countyls transport head. After the government launched its post-pandemic Bus Back Better strategy a year ago, Herefordshire Council sought funding of £18,130,000 over three years for its bus service improvement plan.

Sharon Hodges commented: "Apart from peak times they always look virtually empty, I'm sure if it was profitable a company would jump at the chance of putting a service on. If you need to rely on public transport then living out of town probably isn't for you, it's as simple as that these days."

A charity that was set up to stop food waste and saved 27 tonnes from being sent for landfill was praised by Gazette readers, with one commenter saying: "An amazing scheme, well done everyone!" Andrew Walton called their efforts: "Just awesome," with Lynn Meredith agreeing: "Well done you are amazing."

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