STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

With local elections coming up in May 2019, Tewkesbury Borough Council is looking for potential candidates to represent their communities and to help make decisions that will have a real impact on the areas in which they live.

As part of the borough council’s STAND campaign, an open event will be held at the Public Services Centre, Tewkesbury GL20 5TT, on Wednesday, 18 July between 7pm and 9pm for anyone who wants to learn more about what it’s like to be a councillor. It is a great opportunity for anyone who is really passionate about where they live to ask questions of officers, meet current councillors and find out how local democracy works for communities.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s chief executive, Mike Dawson, said: “If you’ve ever considered becoming a councillor, now is the perfect time to start researching what’s involved in time for the elections next May.

“Our open evening is the perfect chance for you to find out, first hand, what it’s like to be a Tewkesbury Borough councillor. We’ll show you how local democracy can have a fantastic impact on your community and how caring, passionate people can help influence the things that matter to them. Please come along on Wednesday, 18 July to find out more.”

More information is available at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/stand, on Facebook, or by calling 01684 272022.

TEWKESBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL’S ANNUAL UPDATE

Every year Tewkesbury Borough Council produces a brief report that sets out what it has achieved against its various targets. This year the report covers a range of issues including:-

• A big push to reduce the council’s running costs (it charges the fifth lowest council tax in the country)
• A campaign to attract more businesses and tourism to the area
• Delivering more affordable homes than planned
• Securing funding for a new cyber park near Cheltenham

You can read the full document here – State of the Borough 2018

The Hucclecote Hullabaloo – Saturday 7th July 2018

Join us at the Pineholt Village Hall for a day of community engagement, volunteering, fun, food and activities for all the residents of Hucclecote Parish.

We will have information on local groups, including yoga, singing, the Gloucester Camera Club and Music with Mummy. A representative from Age UK will also be on hand to answer questions and give advice. Please also come and speak to your local councillors, we look forward to seeing you.

Please let us know if you are coming to the litter picking session by commenting on our Facebook event.

See our flyer below for further details.

PLANS FOR DOWTY PROPELLORS TO MOVE TO GLOUCESTER BUSINESS PARK

Local residents may be interested to know that Dowty Propellors plans to move from Mitchedean to the Gloucester Business Park. A recent planning application calls for a new manufacturing, warehouse and office building on the ten acre site known as ‘Plot 4100’. (The Direct Wines distribution centre lies to the south of the site, and Hurricane Road and the G-Tem manufacturing facility to the east).

The building is quite large – 180m by 81m wide and 15m high – and it includes three levels of offices at one end. In total the development will provide just over 17,000 sq m of space. At present there are plans for 253 staff car parking spaces.

The parish council understands that around 350 people are currently employed by Dowty Propellors.

Full details of the planning application are available here and local people have until 4 July to make their comments known.

BROADBAND UPGRADE – CABINET 42

After lots of lobbying from local residents and the parish council we are pleased to hear that BT Openreach has agreed to ‘fibre enable’ Cabinet 42 by the end of September. This should result in a much better service for hundreds of local people.

The upgrade had been promised once before, but Openreach back-tracked. Now, thanks in part to the parish council’s overtures to the Chief Executive of BT, our local MP and other key influencers we are back on track.

We recognise there are still parts of our patch where broadband capacity is poor and we will continue to press to get further cabinets fibre enabled.

WOTTON BROOK – COLLAPSING BANKS

We have been monitoring the banks of the Wotton Brook over the winter months and have noticed some large cracks and bank slippage into the water channel. It is particularly bad along the stretch from Bird Road to Hathorn Road.

This has been reported to Tewkesbury Borough Council and they have obtained quotations to repair the banks. A contractor has been appointed and will commence works shortly.

The contractor will be enlarging the channel at this area and re shaping the banks to take some of the weight out and make it less steep. The contractor will then pin a GEOCOIR netting to help stabilize the banks, before placing soil on top and re grass seeding. Please note they do not intend to take any soil away from site as removal and tipping is expensive. The contractor under supervision will endeavour to make the area look as neat and tidy as possible, however it will look a bit bare at first until grass re-establishes.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING

As part of the new Neighbourhood Policing offer for Gloucestershire Constabulary, Chief Constable Rod Hansen along with Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has pledged that each area will have a named Police Community support officer.

The local Police Community Support Officers for Hucclecote parish are PCSO Farah Devji-Large and PCSO Jenny Norris who are supported by colleagues in the local policing team, they can be contacted in a number of ways including through the website here  where you can follow the link to your policing area and use the contact your team link. You can also use the 01452 907330 number for Tewkesbury LPA district and leave a message or contact 101 with your concern and it will sent to the officer via the control room.

Over the coming months you will see the officers out in the parish. Please look on the website for the advertised dates for the community engagement vehicle. You can visit the vehicle and speak with local officers about any community concerns you may have or for advice on crime prevention.