Doris wrecks tree in Folland Avenue

Thursday’s gales have taken their toll on the tree that presided over the roundabout on Folland Avenue. Gusts of more than 50mph resulted in a large section collapsing onto the road. For a time the roundabout was blocked. 

More than 100 other trees were damaged across the county during the gales. 

The County Highways team will be back to remove the branches sometime this week.

Major new building on Business Park will bring 160 jobs to the area

 

Plans for a new warehouse and office complex on the Gloucester Business Park have been submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council. The development is on Plot 6200 (next to Wincanton, and across from Laithwaites Wines). The building will be the new HQ for TBS Engineering, which is relocating from Cheltenham.

Around 160 staff will be working in the building making specialist machines linked to the production of batteries. The 100,000 sq ft facility will include for all the staff, and the site is large enough for the company to expand further in the future, if the business continues to grow. You can take a look at the various documents lodged as part of the planning application on Tewkesbury’s website.

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M5 J11a-12 resurfacing update

The work is due to start on Monday 6 February 2017 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday 31 March 2017. The majority of the work will be carried out during the night – between 8pm and 6am – with one lane open to the travelling public. However, we will require the full closure of the M5 northbound carriageway between junction 12 and 11a on the following dates:

 

  • Monday 6 February, Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March between 8pm and 5am

 

We also require closures of the northbound and southbound slip roads at junction 11a, as well as Gloucester services. These will be between 8pm and 6am on the following dates:

  • Junction 11a northbound exit slip road – Tuesday 7 March, Wednesday 8 March, Thursday 9 March, Friday 10 March and Thursday 23 March
  • Junction 11a northbound entry slip road – Tuesday 21 March, Wednesday 22 March and Friday 24 March
  • Northbound entry and exit slip roads into Gloucester Services – Tuesday 7 February
  • Northbound exit slip road into Gloucester Services – Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February
  • Southbound entry slip road into Gloucester Services – Monday 6 March, Tuesday 7 March and Wednesday 8 March
  • Junction 11a southbound entry slip road – Monday 13 February, Tuesday 14 February, Friday 3 March and Tuesday 14 March
  • Northbound full closure between Junction 11a exit and entry slip roads – Thursday 30 March

 

During the above closures, clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean changes to it. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Diversion routes:

M5 northbound full carriageway closure – traffic shall be diverted from the M5 at J12 to follow the B4008 northbound, to then follow the A38 northbound, to then follow the A417 eastbound to then U-turn at Brockworth Roundabout, to then follow the A417 westbound to re-join the M5 at J11a

M5 northbound J11a exit slip road closure – traffic to travel north to M5 J11, to U-turn at J11, to travel south to return to M5 J11a.

M5 northbound J11a entry slip road closure – traffic to travel on the A417 west to U-turn at Zoons Court Roundabout to travel south on the M5, to U-turn at J12, to travel north on the M5.

M5 southbound  J11a entry slip road closure – traffic to travel on the A417 east to U-turn at Shurdington Roundabout to join M5 north, to U-turn at J11, to travel south on the M5.

M5 northbound closure between the exit and the entry slip roads at J11a – traffic to exit M5 via J11a exit, travel on the A417 east to U-turn at Shurdington Roundabout to re-join M5 via J11a entry.

More vandalism at the skate and play park

We are sad to report that there has been more vandalism at the skate park, Coopers Edge.

This includes the wooden entrance bollard being snapped off, a basketball ring being bent and broken, evidence of graffiti and the protective fence fencing off previous vandalism being ripped down. 

We have informed the Building Consortium who currently maintain all the play parks in Coopers Edge and the response from their spokesperson is a little worrying. He states that the Consortium cannot continue to provide financial outlay to repair the damage and may consider closing the park if the current level of vandalism continues.

He does state that shortly CCTV cameras will be installed and that this may reduce incidences of damage. In addition he suggests that whilst there is no evidence that the damage is caused by people who live on Coopers Edge that some form of community group or school education announcements might help. This article is part of that strategy. 

The play manufacturer has confirmed that they will commence repairs tomorrow on the play area, which will include the basketball hoop, as this requires the snapped bolts to be replaced.

If you see anyone causing damage then please contact the police on 101 and also let the Parish Council know.

Please do NOT confront individuals as this may put you at risk

 

M5 J11a-12 resurfacing work

Highways England have sent us the following information about the planned resurfacing works and dates:

The work is due to start on Friday 3 February 2017 and is due to be completed on Friday 24 March 2017. All work will be carried out during the night – between 8pm and 6am – and will be completed under a single lane running every night when not under a full closure. We will require the full closure of the M5 northbound carriageway between junction 12 and 11a on the following dates:

  • Monday 6 February, Tuesday 7 February, Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February
  • Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March

The works also require some overnight closures between 8pm and 6am of the northbound and southbound slip roads at junction 11A on the following dates:

  • J11a northbound exit slip road – Wednesday 8 March, Thursday 9 March, Monday 17 March and Friday 21 March.
  • J11a northbound entry slip road – Wednesday 15 March, Thursday 16 March and Monday 20 March.
  • J11a southbound entry slip road – Monday 6 February, Tuesday 7 February, Monday 13 February, Tuesday 14 February, Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 2 March.
  • Southbound entry slip road into Gloucester Services – Monday 6 March, Tuesday 7 March and Wednesday 8 March.

During the above closures, clearly signed diversion routes will be in place, please see the details below.

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean changes to it. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Full closure diversion route:

M5 northbound full carriageway closure – traffic shall be diverted from the M5 at junction 12 to follow the B4008 northbound, to then follow the A38 northbound, to then follow the A417 eastbound to then U-turn at Brockworth Roundabout, to then follow the A417 westbound to re-join the M5 at junction 11A (shown below on the map – red arrows indicate the closure, diversion route in blue)

Slip road diversion routes:

M5 northbound junction 11a exit slip road – traffic to travel north to M5 J11, to U-turn at J11, to travel south to return to M5 J11a.

M5 northbound junction 11a entry slip road – traffic to travel on the A417 west to U-turn at Zoons Court Roundabout to travel south on the M5, to U-turn at J12, to travel north on the M5.

M5 southbound junction 11a entry slip road – traffic to travel on the A417 east to U-turn at Shurdington Roundabout to join M5 north, to U-turn at J11, to travel south on the M5.

Earlier M5 resurfacing works should reduce noise levels in 2017

Hucclecote Parish Council’s relentless lobbying on this issue has helped to persuade Highways England to significantly bring forward its plan to resurface the M5. The work, which was originally scheduled for 2018-19, will now be undertaken in the spring of 2017.  

At present we have one of the noisiest sections of motorway anywhere in the UK. The main problem is that the carriageway surface is in a bad condition, and the rougher the surface, the higher the noise levels that are emitted.

Our councillors are also exploring if improved sound barriers can be installed along the embankment in Sussex Gardens and Belmont Ave.

The map below shows the areas that will be resurfaced in 2017.

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Broadband speeds

Our survey to gauge the current broadband speeds in parts of the parish has revealed that scores of local residents are suffering with speeds of barely 2 Megabytes per second  (the average download speed across the UK is now 18.7 Mbps).

Low broadband speeds like these mean that it is almost impossible to use the I-Player, and for people that need to work from home, it can be very challenging.

Among the areas that seem to suffer the most are Chesnut Road, Roselle Drive, Robinswood Close, Stump Lane, Arlington Road, Lancaster Road and Juniper Way. Many residents have already complained to BT, and felt they had been fobbed off. Several parishioners had been told that it was not ‘financially viable’ to link them up to an optical fibre connection, even though suitable cabling is nearby.

We will be contacting ‘Fastershire’ to feed this information through to them, and we will press them to include these areas in their next phase of work to deliver higher broadband speeds.

Household Waste Collection Schedule

Green refuse bin, Food waste caddy and Brown garden bin Blue recycling bin and Food waste caddy
Monday 28th November Monday 5th December
Monday 12th December Monday 19th December
Monday 26th December -NO COLLECTION Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Monday 9th January 2017 – CATCH UP COLLECTION Monday 16th January
Monday 23rd January Monday 30th January
Monday 6th February Monday 13th February
Monday 20th February Monday 27th February
Monday 6th March Monday 13th March
Monday 20th March Monday 27th March

Grants secured towards extension of Village Hall

The Parish Council has secured more than £36,000 in grants towards the planned extension and remodelling of Pineholt Village Hall. This should enable us to start the building contract in the Spring of 2017, and the work should be completed four months later. The grants have been awarded by Tewkesbury Borough Council and The Summerfield Trust; we are looking to secure more funding from other sources.

The layout of the current facilities at Pineholt Village Hall is not well planned, so we cannot, at present, make the best use of the building. The provision of much larger storage areas in a position adjacent to the main village hall will make it much more practical for the various groups that currently use the hall, and should attract other organisations to use our facilities.

The work entails extending and reconfiguring the hall to provide the following additional facilities: –

  • The construction of new purpose-designed storage areas adjacent to the main hall, so that the current storage areas can be converted to create an additional room for community use.
  • The construction of a new office space for the Parish Clerk, so that the existing office area can be converted to become an Information hub. An additional WC and kitchenette will also be created in this space, so that people using our current upstairs meeting room have access to toilet and refreshment facilities.

Numerous smaller improvements will also be undertaken at the same time – for example the installation of automatic disabled-friendly entrance doors, updated fire and staff security arrangements, and the enlargement of the outdoor play space.

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