Councillors inspect M5 resurfacing works

Representatives from Hucclecote Parish Council were out last night inspecting the improved road surface that is being laid on the M5.

The team, pictured inside the Gloucester Service station, oversaw maintenance works that will see over 30 miles of carriageway resurfaced during February and March alongside repairs to the motorway services.

The resurfacing works are expected to require 19,500 man hours of labour, with over 2000 lorry loads of materials being delivered from 2 different quarries to ensure the work is carried out quickly.

The M5 has been operating with only one lane in each direction from Junction 11A to Junction 12 during the works, with a total closure in effect northbound during select dates.

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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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

 

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.

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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