WOTTON BROOK – NEW BENCHES AND PICNIC TABLE

The parish council is keen to enhance the amenities in the area, especially alongside the Wotton Brook, where some wild flower beds and tree planting has already been undertaken.

We want local people to be able to enjoy the outlook over the Brook, so we plan to install two benches and a new picnic table along the footpath. The new street furniture will provide somewhere for residents to stop and rest. We expect the picnic table will be used by local residents, and perhaps by office workers from the business park. New litter bins will also be installed nearby. Click to view the location map here – New bench locations 0321

The benches will match the street furniture that has recently been installed near the new sports facilities. They are made of steel and they will be set on a concrete base to ensure no muddy puddles underneath.

At our last parish meeting some residents raised concerns that the new street furniture might attract potential anti-social behaviour. We have therefore taken advice from the local Police Community Support Officers (PCSO). They recommended that we go ahead with the plan to install the benches, and pointed out that it was their job to deal with any anti-social behaviour.

The PCSO’s did, however, suggest moving one of the benches so that it was closer to existing street lighting, and we have adjusted the proposed locations accordingly. The officers thought that the location of the picnic table was good.

The parish council has listened to local residents and taken expert advice, and now wants to press on with the installation of the benches. If residents have any further views they should email the parish clerk (hucclecotepc@supanet.com) by 9 April.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S RECYCLING CENTRES

Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be switching to longer summer opening hours a week earlier than planned.

The centres are currently experiencing high levels of demand, which is believed to be due to the recent spell of fine weather.

To help meet the increased demand, summer opening hours will come into effect from Sunday 21 March instead of Sunday 28 March. They will be open from 9am to 5pm, instead of the shorter winter hours of 10am to 4pm.

Visitors to all household recycling centres need to pre-book their visit. Social distancing is required on site and to minimise queues and waiting times the number of booking slots available is limited.

Residents are asked to please keep to their appointment times to help to reduce queues.

Those with symptoms of COVID-19 or who are self-isolating must not visit and should stay at home, and follow the most up to date government and NHS advice.

You can find out about the HRCs and book a time slot online at www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/household-recycling-centres-hrcs/car-and-van-bookings-for-hrc-visits/

M5 J11a to J12 CENTRAL RESERVATION BARRIER REPLACEMENT

The central reservation barrier in this area has reached the end of it’s serviceable life and needs to be replaced. This work is essential to ensure the safety of road users.

From 8th March to 3rd April 2021, work will take place overnight Monday to Friday, 8pm till 6am, when traffic flows are at their lowest. Where possible the noisiest work will be completed before 11pm. Lane closures will be in place overnight for safety reasons.

If you would like any further information or have any concerns please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

WOTTON BROOK

We are aware of the slippage along the banks of the Wotton Brook, particularly adjacent to the village hall.

This has been reported to Tewkesbury Borough Council and they have inspected the area and are looking to re grade the bank. The land is very saturated and this will be done when it becomes a bit drier. The overall flood risk at this point remains low.

Unfortunately this is happening all over the Borough, particularly in the recent months where rain has been at an unprecedented level.

A46 ROAD CLOSURE FOR LANDSLIP REPAIR

A section of the A46, about 1km south of Brockworth is suffering from subsidence caused by landslips and engineers need to strengthen the road to prevent further deterioration.

The work is due to begin on 4th January 2021 and the road will be fully closed for just over 12 weeks, until 31st March so work can take place safely.

The work will involve drilling into the ground and filling the holes with concrete and reinforced steel structures.

A website has been created and will be regularly updated, it can be found here together with full details of the work and a diversion route.

GUIDEPOSTS INFORMATION SERVICE

The Guideposts Information Service (GIS) is a free emotional support, information and signposting service, for people struggling with mental health issues, who need support in a crisis or are experiencing social isolation.
The GIS helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. We provide confidential, non-judgemental and empathic emotional support, so people can gain better control of their own lives and well being. 

The service is ideal for: 
• People who need support during a crisis
• People who are experiencing stress, anxiety and low mood.
• Carers who are experiencing more pressure at the moment and lacking their usual sources of support 
• People who are vulnerable and socially isolated
The GIS is supporting people to manage the current situation by: 
• Offering a chance to talk to someone
• Providing structured goal orientated support over a period of time  
• Finding techniques for coping with uncertainty, anxiety and low mood
• Helping people identify solutions to their problems 
• Exploring opportunities for socialising and peer support online, or local in-person groups where possible 
• Talking through decisions about how to access further support including health and social care 
• Signposting to sources of financial and employment support.

People can access the service by calling 0800 048 7035. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and calls to this number are free. 
Alternatively, we offer support by email at GIS@guideposts.org.uk, or via webchat at www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service. 
You can also make a referral to the service through our online form https://guideposts.org.uk/information-service/make-a-referral/ 

Should you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to ask. 

Guideposts Information Service
Helpline: 0800 048 7035 (Monday to Friday 9.00-5.00)
Email: GIS@guideposts.org.uk
http://www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S COMMUNITY HELP HUB

At times like this we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we will have to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19. This hub is a collaboration between all local councils, police and health services.

Covid 19 information and advice can be found here

A list of other support groups can be found here – Support for the local community 1120

If you or someone you know needs help, use the hub to register or call 01452 583519

AGE UK GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Age UK Gloucestershire has been working on a magazine including news & information and activities for older people in our communities who are still self-isolating, or are just isolated because they have no support around them.

They need people to help deliver these in their communities and if anyone can help it would be much appreciated. This winter and further restrictions is going to be a tough time especially for those people and we want to try and reach them with a little support if we can.

 

A PDF version of the magazine can be found here – Grapevine Autumn 2020

Please contact Chris Walker if you can help on 07511 225435 or email him at CWalker@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND – A417 MISSING LINK UPDATE

Highways England is drawing up plans to improve the A417 Missing Link between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout, with the aim of creating a more reliable and safer road, reduce rat running and improve local air quality.

In autumn 2019, Highways England asked people what they thought of these plans and is now using the feedback to amend its plans. This includes responding to requests to improve local connectivity, accessibility and reduce the scheme’s impact on communities and the environment.

Highways England needs a bit more time to amend its plans and collect survey data. This extra work will however ensure it delivers the best practicable solution for all.

The Development Consent Order application will now be submitted in 2021, and Highways England will continue to provide further scheme updates in the coming months.

You can find out the latest information about the A417 Missing Link by visiting the project website here, where you can also register for updates.

The latest newsletter which includes information on the design work we’re carrying out and next steps for the scheme is here – A417 Missing Link Newsletter Summer 2020.

If you have any questions, you can email: a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk.

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE AGE UK

The Age UK Gloucestershire team is just a phone call away and we’re keen to support all older people in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing support in the following ways:

Over the phone

Call our Help Team if you have an immediate problem. The Team provide information and guidance about a range of issues including shopping, community support local to you, prescriptions, benefits and finances and accessing health and social care. The Team will advise on how you can access support if you have recently left hospital.
Call 01452 422660. Line are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Call our Friendship Line FREE if you would like a friendly chat. We know that social distancing is really difficult and lots of you are missing having someone to talk to regularly. Our staff and volunteers are on hand, with a listening ear and time to chat and we’d love to hear from you.
Call 0800 2980579. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Helping you connect with others

Greet Your Street is a chance for neighbours to pop outside for Elevenses together whilst still maintaining social distancing. Many areas are already involved with one commenting: “People are talking more to each other, it’s brought them together. It was like they needed permission to talk.”
To find out how easy it is to get your street involved, visit
www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Springboard is a Facebook Group where you can meet friends, join in activities and have fun. Members are sharing gardening tips, recipes ideas, photographic challenges, taking part in online quizzes and more. If you’re online and would like to join, search:
facebook.com/groups/gloucestershirespringboard

For accurate and up to date details for individuals and community groups about all the information and support we are providing, visit our website:
www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire