Highways England is seeking your views on the proposed route options for the A417 missing link. The consultation ends on 29th March 2018.

The consultation brochure can be found here.

It explains the six possible options that have been developed, including several more environmentally friendly routes involving tunnels. But only the two surface options shown below have been taken forward for public consultation (options 12 and 30).

Further information and the online survey can be found here on the Highways England website.


Hucclecote Parish Council has become aware of some discussion on social media about the possible introduction of parking restrictions on some roads in the Hucclecote Parish on Coopers Edge.

The reasons for the possible introduction have been outlined in a consultation paper which has been delivered to all households in the potential scheme area; a copy can be viewed here – PCM letter 010318.

Parish Councillors will consider the views of those residents, through analysis of their returned responses, before deciding on the way forward. The closing date for responses is 15th March 2018.

Parish Council residents are always welcome to attend council meetings, where time is set aside for them to be heard at the start of each meeting.


Have your say

Highways England has been investigating possible route options to improve the A417 Missing Link, a three-mile stretch of single lane carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire that causes many problems for local people and road users.

They would like to hear your views on their proposals and are holding a public consultation between 15 February 2018 and 29 March 2018. As part of this, they will be holding a number of drop-in public exhibitions.

Consultation events

Saturday 17 February 2018 11am to 6pm National Star College Ullenwood, GL53 9QU.
Thursday 22 February 2018 12pm to 8pm Elkstone Village Hall Hill View, Elkstone, GL53 9PB
Friday 23 February 2018 11am to 6pm Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB
Saturday 24 February 2018 11am to 6pm St Andrews Church Hall Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP
Sunday 04 March 2018 11am to 6pm GL1 Leisure Centre Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Thursday 08 March 2018 12pm to 8pm Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy) Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF

Public information points (from 15 February)
• Crickley Hill Visitor Centre, Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY
• Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
• Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
• Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ
• Stroud Library, Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
• Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
• Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET

Contact us:
Website www.highways.gov.uk/A417-missing-link
Email A417MissingLink@highwaysengland.co.uk
Telephone 0300 123 5000


During December the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) was approved by all three Councils. Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. This now is a document which can be used to help build the necessary homes required in our area and the places in which we want them to be built.

Tewkesbury is also undertaking it’s own plan which will work with the JCS to ensure that, we as a Borough get the type of housing we require in our areas.

The Waste and Recycling is still very good for Tewkesbury and I would ask all residents to recycle as much as they can in the blue bin. If you require another blue bin as you manage to fill your one bin, these can be ordered direct from the Borough Customer Services on 01684 295010.

You can also use this number for any enquiries you may have about the Borough’s services including reporting dog fouling, fly tipping, etc. There are also on line forms which can be completed. These can be found on the web site: Tewkesbury Borough.

I am aware, through the Parish Council, of all the issues regarding parking and the lighting of roads on Coopers Edge. Unfortunately, these are issues which I cannot help with as this is dealt with through the Business Park and County Council. I do wish as you do, to get these issues sorted out.

If you do need to contact me about any problems, please do so. My contact details are:
Tel: 01452 859388 email: gillblackwell6@hotmail.com.

Gill Blackwell
Ward Member for Hucclecote
Tewkesbury Borough Council


There have been a number of burglaries and other incidents locally so the Parish Council has arranged for the Police’s Community Engagement Vehicle (CEV) to be parked in Bird Road, next to the play area, on Sunday 4th February 2018 between 10am and 3.30pm. Please come and talk to the officers about neighbourhood policing and find out about crime prevention. You can also sign up to the Police’s ‘Community Alerts’ so you can be kept up to date with what is happening locally.


Plans have been submitted for a large new metal pressing and welding factory on the Business Park. The project will provide additional space for G-TEM who have been based on the Park for many years.

The company’s current facility employs around 500 people; the new building will provide space for around 150 additional staff.

G-TEM makes body panels for a number of car manufacturers. The proposed factory will provide space equivalent to around two football pitches (11,536 sq m) and will be 18.6m high. There will be 154 parking spaces. There is also some additional space available for later expansion.

You can find out more about the proposal, see the plans and read a host of technical documents on Tewkesbury’s planning portal here. And if you want to make any comments on the proposals you have about three weeks to submit these.



From today we are offering a new approach to neighbourhood policing, working with our communities to deliver the needs they identify and provide a more consistent service across the county.

This is in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan to make neighbourhood policing a priority, and in response to public opinion.
We are pledging to make local policing accessible again by providing a dedicated, named PCSO in every neighbourhood so that everyone knows who their local bobby is and how to contact them.

The 55 dedicated PCSOs will be the first point of contact for local concerns, but they will be working as part of a bigger team protecting the local and wider communities.

They will be out in their own neighbourhoods talking to parents at the school gates, going into care home and sheltered houses to residents’ concerns and attending local events that matter. If you have something to say to them they will listen.

We know we won’t get it right all the time, but we will try to ensure that the service we give is the best it can be
and promise to work with you to find the best possible solutions.

To find out who your local officer is visit our website here.

You can, of course, still contact us on the non emergency number 101 (or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk) or call 999 if there is a crime in progress.


The Road Safety Community Engagement Hub is the new one-stop-shop for communities who have a road safety concern in their locality.

The Hub isn’t a replacement for road safety, or any existing services, rather it is a enhancement that compliments everything that we do, and joins forces with colleagues in police and highways to provide the very best resolution or advice to the communities we serve. Please visit the website here to report your concerns.

You can also find further advice on road safety and how to keep your community safe here.


CCTV images of incident in Longford

Gloucestershire police have long been advising residents that there are people out at night, and the early hours of the morning, trying car and house doors hoping to find some that have been left unlocked. The CCTV images shown on the link below from Gloucestershire Live just proves the point.

The clip was recorded at 6.15am on Sunday 14th January in Longford where a number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles were reported around that period.

Please remind your neighbours to keep the doors to their vehicles and homes locked at all times especially at night.

If you have any information regarding these CCTV images or saw anything suspicious please report the matter to the police by ringing 101 or by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk