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

GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE RESUMES

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will resume from Monday 4 May.

The paid-for service has been suspended since 30 March due to Covid-19, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, garden waste collection is now able to start again.

Customers of the Garden Waste Club who have accumulated extra garden waste in the time the service has suspended can put extra garden waste out for collection, provided that it is presented alongside their brown bin in a sturdy bag or container – this is so it can be safely loaded into the vehicle. Crews will be unable to collect loose garden waste. This should be left for the next collection and put it in the brown bin.

Anyone who is unsure of their bin collection day should check the collection calendar at tewkesbury.co.uk/waste-and-recycling

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

During the current COVID-19 pandemic Parish Council meetings will be held via online video conferencing using Zoom (website: zoom.us). Members of the public will be able to watch and listen via a link provided along with the agenda. The agendas continue to be placed in advance on noticeboards and on the council meetings page of this website.

To attend the meeting check the Agenda and use the web link provided to join. There will be a separate link for each meeting.

The first time you use the link it may take a few minutes to install Zoom. Follow instructions on the screen. If using tablet or smart phone you may need to download an app so allow extra time. There is no need to set up a Zoom account yourself.

Members of the public will be able to see and hear Councillors on the screen, but members of the public will be muted with the video turned off, and so will not appear on the screen or be heard. The exception will be if they are putting a question or are invited to speak by the Chairman. If you have submitted a question and wish to speak at the meeting, please inform the Chairman and Clerk if you would prefer to appear on video or to be audio only.

COVID STAY CONNECTED HELPLINE

Stay Connected is a free helpline for anyone worried about themselves or someone else who is in self-isolation or needs support at this time.

A call with the Stay Connected helpline gives people the tools and confidence they need to live well during self-isolation, which can include:

  • Practical guidance to staying in contact with families and friends
  • Planning for self-isolation including food, shopping and medication
  • Tips on adjusting to self-isolation
  • Advice on what’s out there online to help people stay connected with others
  • Advice for carers/family members
  • A listening ear and a friendly conversation

Contact Stay Connected: 0800 048 7035 (Monday to Friday 9.00-5.00) or Email: hereinfo@guideposts.org.uk

Visit Stay Connected online for resources, information or to make a referral www.guideposts.org.uk/stay-connected

CORONAVIRUS/COVID 19 GUIDANCE

For detailed up-to-date guidance on what to do – for example tips on how to ‘self-isolate’, travel advice, or help for businesses go to the official Government website here.

At a local level Hucclecote Parish Council is doing its best to respond responsibly by introducing the following measures:

• We are advising all regular users of the Hall (especially those that have older or vulnerable members) to cancel their bookings (we will ‘hold’ your regular slot in our timetable, and not charge you until your booking restarts)
• We are co-ordinating volunteers to help those who are self-isolating. If you want to volunteer to support vulnerable local people close to where you live, contact Cheryl on 07812 830 196 (ideally by text) with name, full address and indicate if you can drive. The volunteering involves popping a leaflet through your close neighbours’ letterboxes and then offering to help them by occasionally picking up their groceries, helping with errands or giving them a friendly phone call.
• Our parish clerk will continue to work at Pineholt Village Hall, but she won’t be able to deal face-to-face with members of the public. Phone or email her (weekday mornings) – her contact details are 07716 122319 or hucclecotepc@supanet.com

Our Play Area on Bird Road is closed until further notice.

Please remember to stay home and only go outside for food, health reasons or for work. If you do go out, stay at least 2 metres away from other people and wash your hands when you get home. Do not meet others even friends or family.

We will review and update this guidance regularly

GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS – SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19

The garden waste collection service has been suspended and will not run for at least 2 weeks. A number of drivers and collection staff are unable to work due to Covid–19 which has meant the remaining workforce are focussing on the main waste services.

Update 14/04/20 – Tewkesbury Borough Council will continue the suspension of its garden waste collection service for at least another two weeks.

The decision follows a review of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting waste and recycling collection services across the borough.

The council’s waste and recycling contractors, Ubico, will continue to focus its efforts on completing statutory collections (i.e. refuse, food waste, recycling and litter bins), and is continuing to suspend non-essential collections to allow for drivers and crews taking time off to self-isolate if needed.
Here are some helpful tips to help manage garden waste until the service resumes:

· Don’t light bonfires. Many people – especially those with Covid-19 symptoms, underlying health conditions or respiratory illnesses – are having to self-isolate and could be seriously affected by the smoke.
· Prop your brown bin lid open slightly and keep it in the shade to reduce odour.
· Dry out any new garden waste (grass clippings, for example) and store in a heap or in a bag until services are up and running again.
· Consider home composting – this is one of the most effective ways to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and it will also act as a great fertiliser for your plants next year.

The council will review the price for the garden waste service for next year’s subscriptions, based on the length of the current suspension, to ensure that customers don’t lose out.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council

POTENTIAL WAITING RESTRICTION CHANGES – BIRD RD AND FOLLAND AVE

Following the introduction of parking restrictions in January 2016, the parish council has received concerns from residents and non-residents regarding road safety on Bird Road and Folland Avenue.

In some locations on Bird Road, particularly around the mini roundabouts, the double yellow lines appear to stop short and at the junction with Hucclecote Road the parked vehicles cause a hazard to road users entering and exiting the estate.

The parish council has met with Gloucestershire Highways to discuss extending the double yellow lines and they have agreed to proceed with a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Before proceeding with the required TRO we would welcome your comments on our proposals. The plans can be viewed below or at the parish council offices on Saturday 15th February, between 10 – 12pm.

Bird Road 1

Bird Road 2

Bird Road 3

Folland Avenue

Comments need to be received by 21st February 2020 and can be emailed to hucclecotepc@supanet.com or call and speak to the Clerk on 01452 612485.

The TRO process can take up to 18 months and will involve further consultation with residents.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT PROPOSING TO REMOVE ANY OF THE EXISTING RESTRICTIONS.

Hucclecote Parish Council

BURGLARY AND SHED BREAKS

Neighbourhood alert from Gloucestershire Police:

Dear Residents,

There have been several burglaries and Shed Breaks reported within the past few days for both residential and commercial properties. In particular within the Longlevens, Hucclecote and the Coney Hill area.

You are kindly reminded to please consider the wide approach to your property.

The W.I.D.E. campaign, may have offer some ideas you have not thought of before. Equally If you would require a home security survey we would be more than happy to come and offer any advice on how to improve the security of your property.

WIDE

Get 49 times more protection against burglary by installing a ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices*

A ‘WIDE’ combination includes:

Window locks
Indoor lights on timer switches
Double door locks or deadbolts
External lights on a sensor

Burglars look for opportunities:

They want to find empty-looking homes, where they can’t be seen by neighbours and where they can get in and out quickly. Take away their opportunities by installing the ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices and by carrying out the following actions:

Is your back gate your weak spot?
Stop access to your back garden. It is really important. Install strong fences and gates and make sure they are kept locked. Make it difficult for burglars to climb over them by adding trellis and spiky plants. Burglars enjoy the privacy of a back garden as it allows them to spend the time they need to get into your home often by smashing patio doors.

Install CCTV or digital doorbells
Install external CCTV or digital doorbells. Burglars don’t want to be seen and these devices can capture evidence we can circulate amongst our officers and the public.

Can your neighbours see your entrances and exits?
Increase the visibility of the entrances and exits of your home. Cut back and remove any plants, bushes and high fencing that block your neighbour’s view of your home. Burglars do not want to be seen as they may get caught.

Mark your property with forensic marking liquids
Use forensic marking liquids to increase the likelihood of getting your belongings back. These liquids act like DNA evidence and can be used to link recovered property back to you. Popular brands include SmartWater, SelectaDNA and ImmobiDot. You may be able to purchase these kits at a discounted price from us at our events as well as through your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

DNA marking Kits can be purchased from the Constabulary for £12.50

Check if valuables are on show
Check what valuables can be seen from the outside of your home. If there are items that may look tempting to a burglar remove them from view and make sure they are marked with a registered forensic marking liquid.

Wheelie bins, tools and heavy garden objects
Wheelie bins left out the front offer burglars help to get over your fences. Tools and heavy objects left out help them smash or force their way in. Put them away.
LOCAL POLICE CRIME SHOP
The local poling teams also offer items for sale via the crime prevention shop. This shop offers window and shed alarms amongst other crime prevention tools within the crime shop. We do have a list of items that are sold that can be e-mailed out to those that request it.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A CRIME IN PROGRESS TO CONTACT 999.
FOR ALL OTHER NON EMERGENCIES PLEASE CONTACT 101.
Benjamin Rollins. PCSO 9105

ROAD CLOSURE – SUSSEX GARDENS

Please be advised of the following temporary road closure:

Sussex Gardens, Hucclecote

This road will be closed (as per this plan – Sussex Gardens plan) from 08.00am on 04/03/2020 to 18.00pm on 06/03/2020.

This is to allow for a new water connection by Severn Trent Water.

If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514514.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARM AND WELL SCHEME

Tewkesbury BC supports a County wide scheme to provide free energy advice to help people to stay warm and well in their homes. This ranges from simple changes you can make, to helping you access grants for insulation or providing information about renewable technologies. They can help you reduce your energy bills, switch your energy tariff or supplier, and help you find local installers and tradespeople. They can offer a free home energy visit and assist in accessing grants and funding.

This may be useful for you, particularly those who may be on a limited budget or vulnerable.

You can find further information by following this link, click here, or by calling one of the Warm and Well Advisors free on 0800 500 3076.