CHRISTMAS REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS

Outlined below are the arrangements for the refuse, recycling, food and garden waste over the Christmas and New Year period, focusing on Monday collections in particular. Residents in Hucclecote Parish will be missed on the Monday 25 December collection so please be aware of the arrangements being made. Collections that would normally be scheduled on Monday 25 December will not take place. Collections will take place for food waste the following week and the missed bin the following fortnight. A postcode based lookup for collections is here for your reference.

Extra blue recycling bags:
The council has a stock of single use blue bags (blue transparent bin liners) for residents to help them manage their recycling over Christmas. You can collect them from the parish council office Monday – Friday between 9 – 12.

The schedule for Monday collections over Christmas and New Year are as follows:

Monday 25 December –  No collection
Monday 1 January –  Tuesday 2 January – (Catch up collection for the missed food collection on 25th December)
Monday 8 January –  Monday 8 January – (Catch up collection for the missed green refuse or blue recycling bin on 25th December)

Non collection of green bin:
Residents can put out extra bags of refuse but only on the next collection (Monday 8 January). The crews will be instructed to take this side waste from households. Please recycle as much as possible as this will reduce the quantity of refuse in the green bin. If residents wish, additional waste can be taken to the household recycling centres (near Stoke Orchard or Hempsted); they are open every day 9am – 6:15pm except Christmas Day and News Year’s day.

Non collection of blue bin:
Residents can put out extra recycling the following fortnight on the next collection day (Monday 8 January) either in the blue bags or in a suitable container such as a recycling box. The crews will be instructed to take extra recycling from households. There are also recycling banks in the area and also the household recycling centres. More information here: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/recycling.

Non collection of food caddy:
The next collection will be the following week and a day later than usual (Tuesday 2 January). Residents are advised to use plastic bags and/or newspaper to double wrap food waste, keep the outdoor caddy lid shut and use the handle to lock it. Uncooked fruit and vegetable waste (stalks, peeling, seeds etc.) can be home composted.

Non collection of brown bin:
The next collection will be the following (Monday 8 January). Garden waste at this time of the year is exceptionally low. Real Christmas trees can be put out alongside (or small ones inside) the garden waste bins.

PAYING BILLS JUST GOT EASIER!

From 4th December 2017, Tewkesbury Borough Council is pleased to announce that it will be teaming up with PayPoint and the Post Office in order to enable residents to pay their bills at any PayPoint or Post Office outlets.

As of April 2018, all council tax bills will also contain a barcode, and just like any other payments needing to be made to the council; residents will be able to pay through PayPoint or a Post Office. Individuals will no longer need to make a special trip to the council offices and it should make paying bills even easier.

The council would like to remind residents that paying their bill online, through the council website, is also a quick and easy option; and they don’t even have to leave the house! For more information about paying online, please follow the link to the ‘pay for it’ section of the council website at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/do-it-online#pay-for-it

Further information can be found here.

UPDATE ON ROAD WORKS FROM THE COUNTY COUNCIL

Local County Councillor Robert Vines provides a quick update on some of the major transport issues Gloucestershire County Council has been progressing.

• The Shurdington Road between the Morrisons Roundabout and the Brockworth bypass was resurfaced in the late summer.
• The A417 Crickley Hill to Cowley Roundabout ‘Missing Link’ solution appears to have slipped backwards. After about 15 years of hard work there seemed to be a consensus that the Brown Route option was the favoured way forward, but with a new consultation exercise in process, all options are now back on the table.

• M5 junction 10 – the need for a four-way junction is still being assessed, the local MP’s have been briefed in the hope they can push this forward.

POOR BROADBAND ON COOPERS EDGE

BT’s Community Fibre Partnership Team have advised us that Cabinet 42 is going to upgraded to fibre as part of their commercial deployment with an expected go live date of the end of June 2018.

If you are one of the 450 properties waiting for superfast broadband from another cabinet, that has already been fibre-enabled, you shouldn’t have to wait for more than one or two months. If it is taking longer than this it suggests that BT/Openreach has been dragging its heels. It ought to be fairly simple for BT to upgrade a fibre-enabled cabinet (it can add in extra hardware, or tack a smaller cabinet on alongside), and it shouldn’t, in theory, take BT long to do this.

Please therefore let us know how long you have been waiting. If you have been in limbo for more than two months please email us with your name, address, how long you have been waiting and who you have been in contact with. We will then collate these responses and submit a formal complaint to BT’s High Level Complaints Team.
Send your details to this email – hucclecotepc@supanet.com

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES

Due to the resignation of Mr Barry Leach and Mr Oliver Mountjoy we now have two vacancies on the council. Details of what the role involves can be found at the bottom of the ‘Your Councillors’ page.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor or want to find out more please contact our Clerk on 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com

CLEANER REQUIRED FOR PINEHOLT VILLAGE HALL

The parish council is looking for a reliable cleaner for the Pineholt Village Hall starting in January 2018 – we need someone for three mornings per week (7 – 8.30 a.m.)for general cleaning duties. If you are interested please call the parish clerk on 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com for further details.

PINEHOLT VILLAGE HALL

Thank you to those that came to our open day on Saturday, lots of people came to view the new and improved facilities and a number of new bookings were taken.

We still have some evening availability and day time slots. If you are looking for a new venue for your class or somewhere to hold a birthday party please get in touch on 01452 612485.

PINEHOLT VILLAGE HALL – OFFICIAL RE-OPENING 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

After four months of construction activity and an investment of over a £100,000 at Hucclecote Parish Council’s Pineholt Village Hall, the work has now been completed.

The building work has involved the creation of an additional community space that is now available to local residents, clubs and societies, the creation of a new Community Information Hub, the installation of improved toilet and kitchen facilities and the building of a large store room where regular hirers can now lock away their equipment.

Automatic doors and level entrances have also been installed making the building fully accessible, and an enlarged children’s play area has been created alongside the building. Additional office space has also been created for the parish clerk and her assistant.

We would like to invite you to our official re-opening on Saturday 30 September between 14.00 and 16.00, when parishioners and local clubs and societies can inspect the much-improved facilities. Please RSVP to Sarah Moore, 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com by 25th September 2017.

 

Village Hall improvements

Work on upgrading Pineholt Village Hall is now nearly finished; and it’s looking rather good. If you know of any clubs or societies that are looking for a venue for anything from dance and fitness classes, to nursery groups, training sessions and family celebrations/parties get in touch with our parish clerk. The main hall is 10m x 7m; there’s a NEW smaller community space (about 6m x 3m) and an upstairs space arranged as a boardroom with seating for 12. We also have a massive new store room for regular users who need somewhere to store their equipment. With level entrances, decent kitchen facilities and masses of free parking (and very moderate hire charges) it could be ideal for your event.

We currently have room availability on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings and various other day time slots. Further details of the rooms available are on the village hall page or call the office (07716 122319) for details.

POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO THE POOR BROADBAND ON COOPERS EDGE?

We have been in touch with Fastershire and its team has helped us to get a clearer idea about the ‘problem’ and it has helped us to identify a couple of potential solutions.

The problem

There appear to be just over 700 new properties on Coopers Edge (along and to the north of Lobleys Drive) which are currently showing on BT’s Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) database. Of these 97 can already access a superfast broadband service (this doesn’t necessarily mean they are getting superfast; it just means they can order a service if they want it).

However, there are also more than 450 homes that are served by BT superfast cabinets that are on an upgrade ‘waiting list’. This means they are connected to a fibre but the capacity of that cabinet to serve more premises needs to be improved. The complexity of these improvements will vary by cabinet, but an upgrade will be required before the residents it serves can get a superfast service. This may be the reason that ISPs are telling residents that superfast is ‘not available’, rather than that it will be available by a specified date.

The biggest problem seems to be those homes served by Cabinet 42, which hasn’t been fibre-enabled. The data suggests there are 134 homes that are connected to this one – some (but not all) of the properties in Arlington Road, Burroughs Close, Hazel Way, Lancaster Road, Juniper Way, Robinswood Close, Roselle Drive, Stearman Road, Sycamore, Walk Yew Tree Road and Walnut Close seem to be the main ones affected. Coopers Edge School is also linked to Cabinet 42.

In an ideal world the housebuilders responsible for the new homes would have been liaising in the early planning stages with BT and Virgin’s New Sites Teams. This might then have ensured that advance broadband capacity was facilitated as the homes were being built. It appears this didn’t happen.

The solutions?

Demand is key to the delivery of a decent broadband service – if there’s lots of it, BT will upgrade its cabinets (as it will ultimately get a fee every month for each connection it facilitates). BT is also required to meet specified service levels – if it doesn’t meet these quality standards it gets its knuckles rapped by the Government.

There appear to be two tactics that can be employed to sort the problem – one for the 450 homes that are currently on BT’s ‘waiting list’; and one for those that are currently linked to Cabinet 42.

If you are one of the 450 properties waiting for superfast broadband from a cabinet that has already been fibre-enabled you (in theory) shouldn’t have to wait for more than one or two months. If it is taking longer than this it suggests that BT/Openreach has been dragging its heels. It ought to be fairly simple for BT to upgrade a fibre-enabled cabinet (it can add in extra hardware, or tack a smaller cabinet on alongside), and it shouldn’t, in theory, take BT long to do this.

It is therefore vital to know how long you have been ‘waiting’. If you have been in limbo for more than two months please email us with your name, address, how long you have been ‘waiting’ and who you have been in contact with. We will then collate these responses and submit a formal complaint to BT’s High Level Complaints Team.

Send your details to this email – hucclecotepc@supanet.com

If you are linked to Cabinet 42 (the one that hasn’t been fibre-enabled yet) it may be possible to enable it by working with BT’s Community Fibre Partnership Team. The parish council has recently enquired with this Team, asking it to detail what it would cost to upgrade the cabinet and what top-up might be required to make it viable.

Once we know the cost there are a number of options open to us. For example, because the school is linked to cabinet 42 this may automatically trigger a pot of funding towards the cost. And, if the upgrade cost is fairly modest, there may be other grants or sources of finance that we could also explore.