Electoral Review of Tewkesbury: Draft Recommendations

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for Tewkesbury Borough Council. Today is the start of a nine-week public consultation on the Commission’s draft recommendations on new ward boundaries across Tewkesbury.

The consultation closes on 4 September 2017.

View the draft recommendations

You can view the Commission’s draft recommendations at www.lgbce.org.uk where you can find interactive maps, a report and guidance on how to have your say. The Commission has not finalised its conclusions and now invites representations on the draft recommendations.
An interactive map of the Commission’s recommendations for Tewkesbury, electorate figures and guidance on how to propose new wards is available on the consultation area at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk. Further information about the review and the Commission’s work is also published on our website at www.lgbce.org.uk.

Have your say

We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.
Before finalising the recommendations, the Commission will consider every representation received during consultation whether an individual, a local group or an organisation submit it. We will weigh each submission against the criteria the Commission must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:
• To deliver electoral equality where each borough councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough.
• That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
• That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards. You can find additional guidance and information about previous electoral reviews on our website to help you or your organisation make a submission.

Get in touch

The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 4 September 2017. Representations should be made:
• Through our interactive consultation portal where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and supply comments at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk.

• By email to: reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

• Or in writing to:
Review Officer (Tewkesbury)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor
Millbank Tower

The Commission aims to publish every response it receives during phases of consultation. If you do not want all or any part of your response or name to be made public, you must state this clearly in the response. Any such request should explain why confidentiality is necessary. All responses may be subject to publication or disclosure as required by law (in particular under the Freedom of Information Act 2000).
This is the last opportunity to influence the Commission’s recommendations before they are finalised. We therefore encourage local people to get in touch with us and have their say.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely
Rebecca Smith
Review Assistant
0330 500 1525

Cleaner required for Pineholt Village Hall

The parish council is looking for a reliable cleaner for the Pineholt Village Hall once the building work is completed in September – we anticipate we will 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 07716 122319 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com

Closing date for applications is 25th August 2017

Campaign to try to get a decent broadband service across Coopers Edge

The parish council is aware that several streets on the Coopers Edge site have a poor broadband speed (less than 30 MBps). So we want to put pressure on Fastershire to include these streets in its plans to bring a super high speed fibre optic service to the majority of homes in the county.

To do this we need to have a clear information about how many homes currently have a poor connection. If your broadband service is less than 30MBps please do the following: –

· Go to Hucclecote Parish Council’s Facebook page and add your name, house number, and street name.
· If you know for a FACT that your neighbours have a similar poor service please identify/list all the homes affected (and tell your neighbours not to bother to add their information, as we don’t want to have duplicate listings)
· The more we get the better chance we have of getting Fastershire to do something – so tell you friends and neighbours and share this across any other social media that might help. And if you know of any lists/petitions or whatever that may already be circulating please take a photo of the list and post this to us via Facebook too.
· We need this information by close of play on 16 July.


The Parish will then write to the chief executive of Fastershire urging them to include all the homes on our list in its programme of works.

We may also ask everyone to send their own letters to them too (we’ll provide a sample that you can adapt) . If Fastershire’s post box is awash with letters from disgruntled residents it will add extra pressure.


The company behind plans to improve the quality of broadband to almost every home in the county (Fastershire) has unveiled details of its latest £12.8m programme of works. This should, in theory, result in most homes in Huccelecote receiving broadband speeds of 30Mbps or more by the end of 2018.

At a presentation to parish councils on Monday evening Fastershire explained that a contract had been awarded to Gigaclear (the company that has recently provided high speed fibre connections to 6,500 homes in the Cotswolds), and this contract should see a further 33,000 homes linked up to the optical fibre network. This would take coverage to 97 per cent of all homes in the county. The Gigaclear system seems to have been hugely successful in its earlier phases and it routinely delivers fantastic speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

The Gigaclear contract should be good news for most Hucclecote residents who currently get a poor broadband connection. However, there will still be some areas that won’t (at present) get a fibre connection (for example the rural properties in Stump Lane). And those residents who live in areas of Coopers Edge that currently get a poor service will need to get organised to ensure their homes are included in the work.

This is what everyone who currently gets a slow speed (below 30MBps) needs to do :-

• Go to the Fastershire website (www.fastershire.com) and on the landing page click on ‘Home’ if you are a resident, or ‘Business’ if you are from a local company. Then key in your postcode.
• If Fastershire is planning to provide fibre to your front door the website should tell you; if your property isn’t included in the current programme you will probably get a message that says something like “we will explore a number of solutions in order to provide you with access to faster broadband. This may take the form of a contract extension with an existing supplier or a bespoke grant and we hope to have more information available later in the summer”.
• If this is the case it is VITAL that you then fill in the Contact form – you can find it here – http://www.fastershire.com/contact-us
• In the box labelled ‘Enquiry’ make it clear that you don’t currently get a good connection (remember anything below 30 MBps is eligible). You might stress how vital a good connection is to you – for example if you work from home, or to enable you to keep in contact with or monitor a vulnerable relative. The stronger you make the case, the better the chances of getting Fastershire to include your home in the roll out programme later this year or early in 2018.

For those remote properties that fall into the ‘three per cent’ that don’t fit in the planned programme there is some hope too. For example, if a residential property can ‘team up’ with a nearby business they may be able to piggy back on a new connection to the business (businesses will generally be prioritised).

Temporary Closure of Hempsted Household Recycling Centre in Gloucester

Five-day closure of Hempsted Household Recycling Centre in June

From 19 to 23 June, Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Gloucester will be closed to finish the work already underway to accommodate more traffic and reduce queues.
The changes will take effect after the June closure and are being made in response to customer feedback and increased use.
The temporary closure is necessary for the work to be completed safely, but the duration has been kept to a minimum.
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this essential closure.
The full list of household recycling centres is available on www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

Warning for Builders and other Tradesmen

Neighbourhood Watch Message

Warning for Builders and other Tradesmen

Please be aware that thieves are targeting vehicles belonging to builders and other tradesmen when they park where they are working, staying overnight or outside their homes and stealing power and hand tools from inside. Please remind neighbours who are in the trade that they should remove tools from vehicles overnight and when parked up during the day or take other suitable action to prevent theft. Consider using some of the following tips:

• If you have a garage, use it. If you have to park your van outside try to park with the rear doors close to a building, garage door, wall or hedge to make gaining access more difficult.
• Consider using additional locks specific to vans.
• Consider adding an additional alarm to the vehicle to protect any goods or tools stored while in transit.
• Leave your vehicle empty. Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
• If this is not possible consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store the tools in.
• Property marking. Security mark your tools to deter criminals. Either engrave or mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your post code and house number or name. Also use an ultraviolet pen to covertly mark the tools or use a covert product such as Smartwater or Selecta DNA. Further details can be found at www.smartwater.com and www.selectadna.co.uk
• Register your tools on Immobilise the national property register at www.immobilise.com where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc. This will help to trace them back to you if they are stolen and then recovered. Take photographs of your tools and equipment to help trace them if they are stolen.

Remember the police rely on information from members of the public in order to crack down on this type of crime so please report any suspicious activity, including being offered tools for sale in suspicious circumstances, to the police on 101, or if a crime is in progress dial 999.

Alternatively you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update on the plans for new GP ‘super surgery’ facilities

The proposal to create a new ‘super surgery’ on the Perrybrook site (involving both the Hucclecote and Brockworth GP surgeries) is progressing, but the pace is slow. The NHS’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) told us this week that both practices were keen to create a new purpose-designed, much larger shared facility, and their preferred option is to build this on land on the Perrybrook site.

The GP practices are understood to have appointed consultants to work out the costs and the various finance options.

However, progress has slowed because of some planning wrangles related to the Perrybrook development, and until these are sorted out there is unlikely to be a breakthrough. The CCG’s best guess at when things may start to really get moving again was the autumn of 2017.

If it proves too challenging to deliver the ‘super surgery’ on the Perrybrook site both GP practices are exploring alternative options; this might involve securing an affordable plot of land elsewhere for a joint super surgery; or seeking two smaller plots for two individual facilities. As soon as we hear of any further developments we will publish another update on the parish website.

Burglaries in Brockworth

Neighbourhood Watch Message

At about 3.45 am on Sunday 7th May the owner of a house in Donaldson Drive, Brockworth was asleep upstairs when two unknown male offenders smashed the rear kitchen window and reached in to grab a set of car keys. They were then seen to drive off in the owners purple Citroen DS3 registration number YS16VKR. The vehicle was briefly spotted by Police on the Painswick Road round about heading into Gloucester city centre at about 4am. One of the offenders cut his arm when smashing the window leaving blood at the scene of the crime.

Linked to this crime is a burglary at the Community Centre at Coopers Edge School in Typhoon Way. At about 3.30am neighbours to the school could hear banging coming from the community centre followed by an intruder alarm activation. Two males were then seen to run from the rear of the building and off towards Merlin Way. One was carrying an orange bag. Another neighbour saw a male trying to get into a car on a driveway who ducked into bushes when he realised he was been watched. He was described as wearing a blue running jacket with two reflective strips on the back. Entry had been gained to a vehicle and the community centre via smashing glass. Items were stolen from the vending machine in the centre.

Also back on Friday 28th April a house in Moorfield Road was entered during the day when the owner was out at work. Entry was gained by forcing through the rear patio doors and the offenders conducted an untidy search stealing gold jewellery and cash from an upstairs room.

There have been three shed or garage burglaries reported between the period 1st May and 3rd May although they were most likely all committed overnight on 2nd and 3rd May. Two of these offences occurred on Coopers Hill where two full fuels cans were stolen from a shed and two hedge trimmers were stolen from a shed which also had its lock forced. An insecure garage in Green Street was entered and a box of records, a hedge trimmer, petrol lawn mower, a Husqvarna chainsaw and a Flymo Strimmer were stolen.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please report the matter to the police by ringing 101 or by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk
Alternatively you may report any information you have anonymously to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting

The Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting will be held at the Pineholt Bowls Club on Monday 15th May 2017, starting 6.30 p.m.

This meeting is open to all residents of the civil parish of Hucclecote. The agenda for this meeting can be found in the ‘Council Meeting’ section. We look forward to seeing you.

Improvements to the Pineholt Village Hall – temporary closure

The work to improve the Pineholt Village Hall will commence on 8th May 2017, therefore the facility will be out of action for around 4 months while the building work is undertaken. During this time the parish council office will be temporarily relocated to the Hucclecote Community Centre. The office will be open Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 12:00.

The telephone contact number will be 07716122319. Please do not ring the Hucclecote Community Centre as they will be unable to connect you.

By early September the project should be completed and the much improved hall will be ready to use again. Regular updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.