Temporary Closure of Hempsted Household Recycling Centre in Gloucester

From 8th – 12th May, Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Gloucester will be closed for work to accommodate more traffic and reduce queues.

The changes will take effect in June and are being made in response to customer feedback and increased use.

The temporary closure is necessary for the work to go ahead safely, but the duration has been kept to a minimum. A second closure in June will be needed during the final stage of work; details will be communicated nearer the time.

Work includes extending the upper road area and creating a multiple lane system, as well as increasing the boundary size to accommodate heavy vehicles. The plans will also make it possible for a reuse shop to be added in the future.

Alternative recycling facilities are available at the HRCs at Fosse Cross, Wingmoor Farm, Oak Quarry and Pyke Quarry however residents may prefer to plan their visit before or after the closure dates to avoid potential queues at other sites.

The full list of household recycling centres is available on www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

Ermin Street – Microsurfacing

This is to advise that the microsurfacing of Ermin Road scheduled to start today has been pushed back to early May. 

This delay is due to a number of issues including utility works at the south east end of the site.  Microsurfacing is now scheduled to go ahead on Ermin Street from the junction with Green Street up to the M5 motorway bridge (excluding the bypass roundabout) on 2nd-6th May.  To minimise disruption this will be done using Stop/Go boards between 9.30am and 15.30pm, avoiding peak travel times.   

The microsurfacing schedule is published online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadmaintenance and updated regularly, as microsurfacing is highly weather dependent and dates often change at short notice.  Please keep an eye out for local signage and check for updates online and on our social media feeds:

      Website – www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadmaintenance

      Facebook – Gloucestershire Roads

      Twitter – @GlosRoads 

The south eastern section of Ermin Road from the Green Street junction to the A46 roundabout will be subject to remedial works later this year.  This will include addressing the rutted surface at the bus stops, adjusting the levels of the pedestrian crossing and resurfacing the braking zone for the A46 roundabout.

 Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this change has caused.

Gloucestershire Highways


White goods warning from county’s fire service

Neighbourhood Watch Message

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has joined other services around the country to urge residents to stop using white goods that have been recalled. 

GFRS attends more than two incidents every month involving defective white goods and, as part of their Safe and Well campaign, carry out free checks of all white goods in the home. 

Trained teams will visit, free of charge, and carry a full safety check for residents. You can book a visit by calling free on 0800 180 41 40 or visiting www.glosfire.gov.uk. 

White goods fire safety tips:

  • Be sure to register your appliances so you can be contacted if a safety repair is ever needed. It’s easier than you think! Visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/
  • You can also use the free “self service” model checker on the following websites or call 0800 151 0905 to confirm if your appliance is affected and for details on the next steps should your model require corrective action.
  • Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers running overnight or when the house is empty.
  • Good housekeeping can reduce the risk of fire – dusty vents on fridges should be cleaned and lint filters cleaned regularly.
  • If your tumble dryer is taking longer to dry your clothes, the vent hose may need cleaning out.
  • Research reveals that 32% of people would continue to use white goods even if they started making strange noises. It’s never wise to ignore strange appliance noises – turn the appliance off and call an electrician.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan.

Visit www.glosfire.gov.uk for more tips and advice about electrical safety


Six weeks left if you want to submit your views on the draft Local Plan

A new Local Plan is being prepared for the area covered by Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils. Called the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) it has taken several years to assemble and it is now inching closer to its final stage. When the latest draft of the Plan was examined by the Government’s Planning Inspector last year she said that it didn’t identify enough land for new homes across the three boroughs, and she demanded that sites be found for around 5,000 additional homes, on top of the land for 30,000 homes that is already set out in the Plan.

To partly meet this challenge the JCS team has proposed that a large site to the west of Cheltenham (close to the GCHQ building) be zoned for around 1,100 new homes, and a site at Twigworth should accommodate a further 995 homes. In the long term it is hoped the MoD’s huge Ashchurch site will become available for new housing, to fill the shortfall.

 Local residents have until 10 April to submit their views on these new sites. There are several other modifications proposed to the Plan – for example some of Tewkesbury’s larger villages will have to expand a little to accommodate new homes, and there are some adjustments proposed to the Green Belt. No new modifications are proposed that will specifically impact on our parish (though the original Plan does include the 1,500 home Perrybrook development at Brockworth, on land alongside the A417).  

Once people have submitted their views the Inspector will review everything and prepare her final report and recommendations in the summer. The target is to get the Local Plan fully adopted by the end of this year. 

This website has all the information you need – so you can read the original draft Plan, and the website includes a section that sets out the main proposed modifications.  You can also lodge your comments on the plan here too www.gct-jcs.org

Local NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan aims to encourage residents to be more active

Gloucestershire’s NHS team wants to encourage local people to be more active, so they live healthier lifestyles and therefore make less demand on health and social care services. This is one of the main themes that emerged from a presentation on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan attended by the parish council in Gloucester yesterday (21 March). 

Over the next five years the county’s population is expected to increase by 42,000 and the number of older people with a long term health condition is forecast to soar from 47,500  to 77,000. 

A range of initiatives are therefore being launched to encourage more active lifestyles – including programmes that aim to get people ‘walking for health’, setting up Zumba classes, launching community choirs and opportunities for people to do more gardening, and a big push to encourage people to lose weight. Ellen Rule, the local NHS Director of Transformation, said it had already made significant progress with its weight loss initiative – collectively the people of Gloucestershire have already lost the equivalent of seven double decker buses in weight. 

Once Pineholt Village Hall has been enlarged and upgraded (the work should be completed by the end of the summer) we will investigate if there is demand for fitness or similar classes to be run there. 

Other elements of the Transformation plan include establishing 16 ‘cluster GP’ practices (one of these could be set up on the Perrybrook development to serve the residents of Hucclecote), and a major overhaul of IT systems. 

The full Plan can be viewed online here. www.gloucestershirestp.net

Closure of Barclays Bank Hucclecote

We have received the following notification from Barclays Bank regarding the Hucclecote Branch:

On 23 June 2017, we will be closing our branch in Hucclecote.  Our records show a low and falling level of transactions at the branch with a 8% drop in the last year alone.  On average more than 58% of our customers are already using other branches, and this figure is even higher for our business customers. 

This closure means our nearest branch will be at Southgate Street, Gloucester. Everyday transactions, typically carried out over branch counters (including paying in a cheque or depositing cash), can also be completed at the Post Office located at  Silverdale Parade, Hillview Road, Hucclecote GL3 3LA.

In terms of what the change means in practical terms, customers that currently use the branch will not need to take any action as all account details, sort code, account number, direct debits will remain the same. If a customer is registered for Barclays Mobile Banking, Online Banking and Telephone Banking they are also exactly the same, and customers can carry on using existing cards, PIN and chequebooks as normal.

Letters to customers regarding this matter will be arriving with customers from Friday 17th March 2017

Community Banking Director
Gloucester, Worcester & The Valleys


Burglaries in Brockworth, Churchdown and Shurdington

Neighbourhood Watch Message –

A house near the junction of Bulford Close on Hucclecote Road in Brockworth was entered sometime during the day on 3rd March.  When the occupiers returned home from work around 5pm they discovered that entry had been gained by smashing through the cat flap in the rear door. The offenders then reached in through the opening and let themselves in with the keys that had been left in the internal lock. An untidy search was made and an iPad and £25 cash stolen. 

The activation of the burglar alarm at a house Badgeworth Lane, Shurdington disturbed offenders who had entered by smashing through the glass in the rear door.  This burglary occurred at about 7.30pm on 4th March and the thieves searched through a handbag but appear to have left empty handed.  The occupants were away on holiday when this incident occurred. 

The occupant of a house in St Vincent Way, Churchdown was asleep upstairs when an unknown offender walked in through an unlocked front door.  The offender stole small electrical items and gaming equipment from downstairs. 

Please remember to lock all external doors and remove the keys from the internal locks.





Councillors inspect M5 resurfacing works

Representatives from Hucclecote Parish Council were out last night inspecting the improved road surface that is being laid on the M5.

The team, pictured inside the Gloucester Service station, oversaw maintenance works that will see over 30 miles of carriageway resurfaced during February and March alongside repairs to the motorway services.

The resurfacing works are expected to require 19,500 man hours of labour, with over 2000 lorry loads of materials being delivered from 2 different quarries to ensure the work is carried out quickly.

The M5 has been operating with only one lane in each direction from Junction 11A to Junction 12 during the works, with a total closure in effect northbound during select dates.