Warning for Builders and other Tradesmen

Neighbourhood Watch Message

Warning for Builders and other Tradesmen

Please be aware that thieves are targeting vehicles belonging to builders and other tradesmen when they park where they are working, staying overnight or outside their homes and stealing power and hand tools from inside. Please remind neighbours who are in the trade that they should remove tools from vehicles overnight and when parked up during the day or take other suitable action to prevent theft. Consider using some of the following tips:

• If you have a garage, use it. If you have to park your van outside try to park with the rear doors close to a building, garage door, wall or hedge to make gaining access more difficult.
• Consider using additional locks specific to vans.
• Consider adding an additional alarm to the vehicle to protect any goods or tools stored while in transit.
• Leave your vehicle empty. Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
• If this is not possible consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store the tools in.
• Property marking. Security mark your tools to deter criminals. Either engrave or mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your post code and house number or name. Also use an ultraviolet pen to covertly mark the tools or use a covert product such as Smartwater or Selecta DNA. Further details can be found at www.smartwater.com and www.selectadna.co.uk
• Register your tools on Immobilise the national property register at www.immobilise.com where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc. This will help to trace them back to you if they are stolen and then recovered. Take photographs of your tools and equipment to help trace them if they are stolen.

Remember the police rely on information from members of the public in order to crack down on this type of crime so please report any suspicious activity, including being offered tools for sale in suspicious circumstances, to the police on 101, or if a crime is in progress dial 999.

Alternatively you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update on the plans for new GP ‘super surgery’ facilities

The proposal to create a new ‘super surgery’ on the Perrybrook site (involving both the Hucclecote and Brockworth GP surgeries) is progressing, but the pace is slow. The NHS’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) told us this week that both practices were keen to create a new purpose-designed, much larger shared facility, and their preferred option is to build this on land on the Perrybrook site.

The GP practices are understood to have appointed consultants to work out the costs and the various finance options.

However, progress has slowed because of some planning wrangles related to the Perrybrook development, and until these are sorted out there is unlikely to be a breakthrough. The CCG’s best guess at when things may start to really get moving again was the autumn of 2017.

If it proves too challenging to deliver the ‘super surgery’ on the Perrybrook site both GP practices are exploring alternative options; this might involve securing an affordable plot of land elsewhere for a joint super surgery; or seeking two smaller plots for two individual facilities. As soon as we hear of any further developments we will publish another update on the parish website.

White goods warning from county’s fire service

Neighbourhood Watch Message

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has joined other services around the country to urge residents to stop using white goods that have been recalled. 

GFRS attends more than two incidents every month involving defective white goods and, as part of their Safe and Well campaign, carry out free checks of all white goods in the home. 

Trained teams will visit, free of charge, and carry a full safety check for residents. You can book a visit by calling free on 0800 180 41 40 or visiting www.glosfire.gov.uk. 

White goods fire safety tips:

  • Be sure to register your appliances so you can be contacted if a safety repair is ever needed. It’s easier than you think! Visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/
  • You can also use the free “self service” model checker on the following websites or call 0800 151 0905 to confirm if your appliance is affected and for details on the next steps should your model require corrective action.
  • Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers running overnight or when the house is empty.
  • Good housekeeping can reduce the risk of fire – dusty vents on fridges should be cleaned and lint filters cleaned regularly.
  • If your tumble dryer is taking longer to dry your clothes, the vent hose may need cleaning out.
  • Research reveals that 32% of people would continue to use white goods even if they started making strange noises. It’s never wise to ignore strange appliance noises – turn the appliance off and call an electrician.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan.

Visit www.glosfire.gov.uk for more tips and advice about electrical safety

 

Local NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan aims to encourage residents to be more active

Gloucestershire’s NHS team wants to encourage local people to be more active, so they live healthier lifestyles and therefore make less demand on health and social care services. This is one of the main themes that emerged from a presentation on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan attended by the parish council in Gloucester yesterday (21 March). 

Over the next five years the county’s population is expected to increase by 42,000 and the number of older people with a long term health condition is forecast to soar from 47,500  to 77,000. 

A range of initiatives are therefore being launched to encourage more active lifestyles – including programmes that aim to get people ‘walking for health’, setting up Zumba classes, launching community choirs and opportunities for people to do more gardening, and a big push to encourage people to lose weight. Ellen Rule, the local NHS Director of Transformation, said it had already made significant progress with its weight loss initiative – collectively the people of Gloucestershire have already lost the equivalent of seven double decker buses in weight. 

Once Pineholt Village Hall has been enlarged and upgraded (the work should be completed by the end of the summer) we will investigate if there is demand for fitness or similar classes to be run there. 

Other elements of the Transformation plan include establishing 16 ‘cluster GP’ practices (one of these could be set up on the Perrybrook development to serve the residents of Hucclecote), and a major overhaul of IT systems. 

The full Plan can be viewed online here. www.gloucestershirestp.net

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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