MIDWEEK CLOSURE DAYS FOR COUNTY RECYCLING CENTRES

Following the recent announcement about changes to the opening hours of the five county council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) we are now able to let you know which days the individual sites will be closed.

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.
On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.
On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

The council collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. Importantly, the closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites.

Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored.

The information on the closure days and new seasonal times are now online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com .

COUNTY COUNCIL AND CCG NEED YOUR VIEWS

Gloucestershire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group are running a survey to ask people with learning disabilities and autism in Gloucestershire what does and does not work for them. This is so that their views can be taken into account in services and support arranged locally.

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a charity run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, and it specialises in making sure disabled people are included, listened to, and have real opportunities. They are helping to gather as many views as possible by organising workshops to make sure the individual, carer, and family voices are heard.

To find out more about the survey, the workshops and to complete the survey online, click this link for the relevant section of the County Council website. The survey is open until 2 November 2018. The final findings report will be published by May 2019.

CONSULTATION INVITE – PLOT 2000 GLOUCESTER BUSINESS PARK

Arlington, owners and developers of Gloucester Business Park, invite you to view and comment on proposals for a new development at Plot 2000.

The site comprises 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) and is situated on the western side of Gloucester Business Park. The site has outline planning permission for office and industrial development.

The development consists of a detached three-storey office building and comprises 6,930 sq m (74,595 sq ft) Gross External Area.

The purpose of the drop-in session is to inform the local community and interested stakeholders of the development proposals and invite your comments prior to submitting a Planning Application. The drop-in session will take place at the Park Management & Marketing Office on Gloucester Business Park on:

• Monday 8th October from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

If the above date is inconvenient and you would like to meet a member of the team individually or you have any questions or comments you would like to make direct to the team please email robin.moxon@arlington.com or telephone 0118 370 2571.

BROADBAND UPGRADE – CABINET 42 (UPDATE)

We have received the update below from Open Reach:-

As you know we had hoped to have cabinet 42 on Barnwood exchange up and running this month. I’m very sorry but unfortunately the timescales have slipped on the completion of the project.

The better news is that the project is moving forward. Arrangements are in place to get the new cabinet in place in October. There will then be some further civil engineering work required for the electric supply to power the cabinet, followed by the usual commissioning of the cabinet and all systems.

Barring any further unforeseen delays we expect to have the cabinet up and running before the end of this year. Although every effort is being made to complete the work as soon as possible.

There is a second cabinet in the area, Barnwood 40. That cabinet has been upgraded for fibre already. However, demand has been high and we are waiting for additional fibre equipment to be installed to increase capacity so we can take new orders.

A project is underway to arrange this. However, the work required is more extensive than first predicted. It is likely to be at least 6-9 months before further fibre equipment is available.

My advice to residents for either cabinet, is to continue to monitor our website. As soon as a fibre service is available from either cabinet the details will be published here first:

https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband 

I’m very sorry that it’s not better news at this stage. However, I hope that residents are reassured that we are moving forward and a fibre service will be available very soon. If you need anything further please let me know.

NIGHT TIME BURGLARY ALERT

There has been two recent night time burglaries in the area of Churchdown.

Please be vigilant, with the darker nights drawing in please consider home security. leaving lights on when out or generally making the impression someone is home can deter potential opportunist.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Police.

 

HOT FRUIT SLUMP RECIPE

Blackberries are plentiful around the parish at the moment and this year they are very sweet.

Here’s a low fat healthy recipe using soft fruit.

Hot Fruit Slump

1kg mixed soft fruit such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
1 tablespoon caster sugar (use 1 teaspoon of artificial sweetener if preferred)

For the dumplings:
250g white self-raising flour
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
25g butter, diced
1 egg lightly beaten
75ml skimmed milk

To serve: low fat natural yoghurt, low fat custard or low-fat iced desert.

Method

1. Pick over the fruit and rinse it and place it while still damp in a large saucepan or wide deep frying pan, then add the sugar and stir. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer the fruit over a low heat for 15 minutes, shaking the pan or stirring frequently to prevent the fruit sticking. As the fruit slowly simmers it should ‘slump’ or soften, into a textured sauce.
2. Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, place the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in the salt and sugar. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then quickly stir in the egg and milk to make a dough. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into 8 small dumplings to make a total of 16.
3. When the fruit has simmered into a sauce, drop the dumplings into it, spacing them as far apart as possible. Cover with the lid and continue simmering for 8 minutes then turn the dumplings over, cover again and simmer for a further 8 minutes.
4. Serve 4 dumplings per person with a little sauce, accompanied with yogurt, custard or ice cream.

LOBLEYS DRIVE TRAFFIC SURVEY

Following many concerns expressed by residents of Coopers Edge about the dangers posed by traffic on Lobleys Drive, the parish council commissioned a survey from the county council to evaluate the volume of traffic and the speed of vehicles, together with an assessment of the number of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road.

The traffic survey was conducted over a number of days in mid-June 2018, taking into account traffic flow in both directions, from two sites on Lobleys Drive.

The key outcomes of the survey activities are:
• The mean speed of 10,200 vehicles was 23mph from one site, and 24mph for 12,400 vehicles from the other site.
• 326 pedestrians and cyclists crossed the road during the daytime survey.

The current view from the County Highways Department following the survey is that additional measures to slow the traffic flow and create improved crossing points on Lobleys Drive are not warranted at this moment in time.

However, parish councillors have highlighted further developments both on the Business Park/Coopers Edge and in nearby areas, which are certain to increase traffic flows. The council have therefore asked the Highways Department to undertake a formal “Priority Assessment” as soon as possible to ensure that all such factors are fully considered.

In addition we would request that parishioners ensure that all accidents and collisions are reported to the police and any related traffic safety issues to Gloucestershire Highways (08000 514514 or email gcchighways@amey.co.uk) as these are particularly important when decisions are made about future traffic management and safety controls. The Police will continue to do regular speed checks along Lobleys Drive.

BOGUS BUILDERS AROUND HUCCLECOTE

Please be aware that there are potential bogus or rogue traders operating around Hucclecote at present. They are using a white Ford Transit van and are forcefully telling residents that they need roofing work doing on their home. Anyone who engages these persons to do work will have little guarantee of the quality of the work done or any remedy if problems arise.

While door-to-door selling is a legitimate sales practice used by some companies, always be wary of anyone knocking on your door offering to sell you something or do work for you, especially if the price seems too good to be true. If the seller is legitimate they won’t mind giving you time to think about the offer and get additional quotes from other companies.

Please report any door to door callers who are using high pressure sales methods to the police using 101 and give as much detail as possible.

If you have been a victim of a doorstep fraud, report to Action Fraud by ringing 0300 123 2040 or on line at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-a-fraud-including-online-crime

LAND ADJACENT TO PLOT 2000, DELTA WAY, GLOUCESTER BUSINESS PARK

A planning application has been submitted for the erection of a new road and footpaths / cycleways to form a new access from
Delta Way to Lobleys Drive to enable access to Plot 2000 Gloucester Business Park, together with
associated landscaping and infrastructure. (Apporval of reserved matters pursuant to outline planning
permission 11/01155/FUL).

The full application and supporting documents can be viewed here.