M5 J11a-12 VEGETATION CLEARANCE WORKS

Highways England will shortly commence vegetation clearance work on the M5 embankment adjacent to Sussex Gardens, Hampton Close and Belmont Ave.

Overgrown vegetation is causing issues to some properties, this includes loss of light within gardens, brambles growing through and over fences and providing a potential habitat for pests and other species (including rats).

The clearance work will provide a 3m clearance zone from the highways boundary back towards the edge of the embankment, any overhanging branches will also be removed.

We met with Highways England on site to discuss the work and we were assured that no trees will be removed.

Following this work, we would kindly ask residents not to dispose garden waste and household rubbish over the boundary fence into the clearance zone.

If you have any queries about the proposed works or you require further information, please contact the Highways England Customer contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

A417 MISSING LINK AT AIR BALLOON

Have your say

Highways England has been investigating possible route options to improve the A417 Missing Link, a three-mile stretch of single lane carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire that causes many problems for local people and road users.

They would like to hear your views on their proposals and are holding a public consultation between 15 February 2018 and 29 March 2018. As part of this, they will be holding a number of drop-in public exhibitions.

Consultation events

Saturday 17 February 2018 11am to 6pm National Star College Ullenwood, GL53 9QU.
Thursday 22 February 2018 12pm to 8pm Elkstone Village Hall Hill View, Elkstone, GL53 9PB
Friday 23 February 2018 11am to 6pm Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB
Saturday 24 February 2018 11am to 6pm St Andrews Church Hall Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP
Sunday 04 March 2018 11am to 6pm GL1 Leisure Centre Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Thursday 08 March 2018 12pm to 8pm Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy) Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF

Public information points (from 15 February)
• Crickley Hill Visitor Centre, Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY
• Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
• Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
• Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ
• Stroud Library, Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
• Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
• Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET

Contact us:
Website www.highways.gov.uk/A417-missing-link
Email A417MissingLink@highwaysengland.co.uk
Telephone 0300 123 5000

LOBLEYS DRIVE – ROAD CLOSURE

Road closure for carriageway resurfacing – Lobleys Drive
12th -13th February from 0730 to 1730 daily

On behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, Amey will shortly be resurfacing the road at the above location.

To ensure the safety of road users and our workforce, it will be necessary for us to close the road because of the road width and machinery that will be used. The map below shows the extents of both the road closure and work areas.

We hope you understand that we will not be able to guarantee access for vehicles in or out of our work area (solid red line on map) except in emergencies. If you normally drive into or out of this area during the hours when the closure will be in place, we ask you to please make alternative arrangements. Please also avoid leaving parked vehicles on the road. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.

The road closure area (dotted red line on map) extends beyond the work area to help us manage through-traffic, and a signed diversion will be in place. However we will do all we can to provide access for residents and businesses in the road closure area where it extends beyond the work area.

Thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation. If you have any queries please contact us on 08000 514514 or email GCCHighways@amey.co.uk.

REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCIL

During December the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) was approved by all three Councils. Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. This now is a document which can be used to help build the necessary homes required in our area and the places in which we want them to be built.

Tewkesbury is also undertaking it’s own plan which will work with the JCS to ensure that, we as a Borough get the type of housing we require in our areas.

The Waste and Recycling is still very good for Tewkesbury and I would ask all residents to recycle as much as they can in the blue bin. If you require another blue bin as you manage to fill your one bin, these can be ordered direct from the Borough Customer Services on 01684 295010.

You can also use this number for any enquiries you may have about the Borough’s services including reporting dog fouling, fly tipping, etc. There are also on line forms which can be completed. These can be found on the web site: Tewkesbury Borough.

I am aware, through the Parish Council, of all the issues regarding parking and the lighting of roads on Coopers Edge. Unfortunately, these are issues which I cannot help with as this is dealt with through the Business Park and County Council. I do wish as you do, to get these issues sorted out.

If you do need to contact me about any problems, please do so. My contact details are:
Tel: 01452 859388 email: gillblackwell6@hotmail.com.

Gill Blackwell
Ward Member for Hucclecote
Tewkesbury Borough Council

GLOUCESTERSHIRE CONSTABULARY – NEIGHBOURHOOD ENGAGEMENT

There have been a number of burglaries and other incidents locally so the Parish Council has arranged for the Police’s Community Engagement Vehicle (CEV) to be parked in Bird Road, next to the play area, on Sunday 4th February 2018 between 10am and 3.30pm. Please come and talk to the officers about neighbourhood policing and find out about crime prevention. You can also sign up to the Police’s ‘Community Alerts’ so you can be kept up to date with what is happening locally.

G-TEM PLAN LARGE ADDITIONAL FACTORY ON THE BUSINESS PARK

Plans have been submitted for a large new metal pressing and welding factory on the Business Park. The project will provide additional space for G-TEM who have been based on the Park for many years.

The company’s current facility employs around 500 people; the new building will provide space for around 150 additional staff.

G-TEM makes body panels for a number of car manufacturers. The proposed factory will provide space equivalent to around two football pitches (11,536 sq m) and will be 18.6m high. There will be 154 parking spaces. There is also some additional space available for later expansion.

You can find out more about the proposal, see the plans and read a host of technical documents on Tewkesbury’s planning portal here. And if you want to make any comments on the proposals you have about three weeks to submit these.

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE CONSTABULARY – A NEW APPROACH

From today we are offering a new approach to neighbourhood policing, working with our communities to deliver the needs they identify and provide a more consistent service across the county.

This is in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan to make neighbourhood policing a priority, and in response to public opinion.
We are pledging to make local policing accessible again by providing a dedicated, named PCSO in every neighbourhood so that everyone knows who their local bobby is and how to contact them.

The 55 dedicated PCSOs will be the first point of contact for local concerns, but they will be working as part of a bigger team protecting the local and wider communities.

They will be out in their own neighbourhoods talking to parents at the school gates, going into care home and sheltered houses to residents’ concerns and attending local events that matter. If you have something to say to them they will listen.

We know we won’t get it right all the time, but we will try to ensure that the service we give is the best it can be
and promise to work with you to find the best possible solutions.

To find out who your local officer is visit our website here.

You can, of course, still contact us on the non emergency number 101 (or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk) or call 999 if there is a crime in progress.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ROAD SAFETY COMMUNITY HUB

The Road Safety Community Engagement Hub is the new one-stop-shop for communities who have a road safety concern in their locality.

The Hub isn’t a replacement for road safety, or any existing services, rather it is a enhancement that compliments everything that we do, and joins forces with colleagues in police and highways to provide the very best resolution or advice to the communities we serve. Please visit the website here to report your concerns.

You can also find further advice on road safety and how to keep your community safe here.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MESSAGE

CCTV images of incident in Longford

Gloucestershire police have long been advising residents that there are people out at night, and the early hours of the morning, trying car and house doors hoping to find some that have been left unlocked. The CCTV images shown on the link below from Gloucestershire Live just proves the point.
http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/mum-installs-cctv-front-door-1072504

The clip was recorded at 6.15am on Sunday 14th January in Longford where a number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles were reported around that period.

Please remind your neighbours to keep the doors to their vehicles and homes locked at all times especially at night.

If you have any information regarding these CCTV images or saw anything suspicious please report the matter to the police by ringing 101 or by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk