Campaign to try to get a decent broadband service across Coopers Edge

The parish council is aware that several streets on the Coopers Edge site have a poor broadband speed (less than 30 MBps). So we want to put pressure on Fastershire to include these streets in its plans to bring a super high speed fibre optic service to the majority of homes in the county.

To do this we need to have a clear information about how many homes currently have a poor connection. If your broadband service is less than 30MBps please do the following: –

· Go to Hucclecote Parish Council’s Facebook page and add your name, house number, and street name.
· If you know for a FACT that your neighbours have a similar poor service please identify/list all the homes affected (and tell your neighbours not to bother to add their information, as we don’t want to have duplicate listings)
· The more we get the better chance we have of getting Fastershire to do something – so tell you friends and neighbours and share this across any other social media that might help. And if you know of any lists/petitions or whatever that may already be circulating please take a photo of the list and post this to us via Facebook too.
· We need this information by close of play on 16 July.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT LEAVING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ON FACEBOOK EMAIL OUR PARISH CLERK WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS
hucclecotepc@supanet.com

The Parish will then write to the chief executive of Fastershire urging them to include all the homes on our list in its programme of works.

We may also ask everyone to send their own letters to them too (we’ll provide a sample that you can adapt) . If Fastershire’s post box is awash with letters from disgruntled residents it will add extra pressure.

SUPER FAST BROADBAND FOR MOST RESIDENTS BY END OF 2018

The company behind plans to improve the quality of broadband to almost every home in the county (Fastershire) has unveiled details of its latest £12.8m programme of works. This should, in theory, result in most homes in Huccelecote receiving broadband speeds of 30Mbps or more by the end of 2018.

At a presentation to parish councils on Monday evening Fastershire explained that a contract had been awarded to Gigaclear (the company that has recently provided high speed fibre connections to 6,500 homes in the Cotswolds), and this contract should see a further 33,000 homes linked up to the optical fibre network. This would take coverage to 97 per cent of all homes in the county. The Gigaclear system seems to have been hugely successful in its earlier phases and it routinely delivers fantastic speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

The Gigaclear contract should be good news for most Hucclecote residents who currently get a poor broadband connection. However, there will still be some areas that won’t (at present) get a fibre connection (for example the rural properties in Stump Lane). And those residents who live in areas of Coopers Edge that currently get a poor service will need to get organised to ensure their homes are included in the work.

This is what everyone who currently gets a slow speed (below 30MBps) needs to do :-

• Go to the Fastershire website (www.fastershire.com) and on the landing page click on ‘Home’ if you are a resident, or ‘Business’ if you are from a local company. Then key in your postcode.
• If Fastershire is planning to provide fibre to your front door the website should tell you; if your property isn’t included in the current programme you will probably get a message that says something like “we will explore a number of solutions in order to provide you with access to faster broadband. This may take the form of a contract extension with an existing supplier or a bespoke grant and we hope to have more information available later in the summer”.
• If this is the case it is VITAL that you then fill in the Contact form – you can find it here – http://www.fastershire.com/contact-us
• In the box labelled ‘Enquiry’ make it clear that you don’t currently get a good connection (remember anything below 30 MBps is eligible). You might stress how vital a good connection is to you – for example if you work from home, or to enable you to keep in contact with or monitor a vulnerable relative. The stronger you make the case, the better the chances of getting Fastershire to include your home in the roll out programme later this year or early in 2018.

For those remote properties that fall into the ‘three per cent’ that don’t fit in the planned programme there is some hope too. For example, if a residential property can ‘team up’ with a nearby business they may be able to piggy back on a new connection to the business (businesses will generally be prioritised).

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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