BIN COLLECTIONS CANCELLED (TEWKESBURY BOROUGH)

Tewkesbury council and Ubico have taken the decision to suspend all waste and recycling collections today as the road and pavement conditions are hazardous.

The operations team have travelled some of the routes this morning and reported the conditions are very slippery.

The missed collections will take place over the week. They hope to get them done by Friday, but may possibly be into Saturday. Residents are asked to leave their containers out and the crews will be along later this week to empty them.

A46 ROAD CLOSURE FOR LANDSLIP REPAIR

A section of the A46, about 1km south of Brockworth is suffering from subsidence caused by landslips and engineers need to strengthen the road to prevent further deterioration.

The work is due to begin on 4th January 2021 and the road will be fully closed for just over 12 weeks, until 31st March so work can take place safely.

The work will involve drilling into the ground and filling the holes with concrete and reinforced steel structures.

A website has been created and will be regularly updated, it can be found here together with full details of the work and a diversion route.

GUIDEPOSTS INFORMATION SERVICE

The Guideposts Information Service (GIS) is a free emotional support, information and signposting service, for people struggling with mental health issues, who need support in a crisis or are experiencing social isolation.
The GIS helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. We provide confidential, non-judgemental and empathic emotional support, so people can gain better control of their own lives and well being. 

The service is ideal for: 
• People who need support during a crisis
• People who are experiencing stress, anxiety and low mood.
• Carers who are experiencing more pressure at the moment and lacking their usual sources of support 
• People who are vulnerable and socially isolated
The GIS is supporting people to manage the current situation by: 
• Offering a chance to talk to someone
• Providing structured goal orientated support over a period of time  
• Finding techniques for coping with uncertainty, anxiety and low mood
• Helping people identify solutions to their problems 
• Exploring opportunities for socialising and peer support online, or local in-person groups where possible 
• Talking through decisions about how to access further support including health and social care 
• Signposting to sources of financial and employment support.

People can access the service by calling 0800 048 7035. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and calls to this number are free. 
Alternatively, we offer support by email at GIS@guideposts.org.uk, or via webchat at www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service. 
You can also make a referral to the service through our online form https://guideposts.org.uk/information-service/make-a-referral/ 

Should you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to ask. 

Guideposts Information Service
Helpline: 0800 048 7035 (Monday to Friday 9.00-5.00)
Email: GIS@guideposts.org.uk
http://www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S COMMUNITY HELP HUB

At times like this we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we will have to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19. This hub is a collaboration between all local councils, police and health services.

Covid 19 information and advice can be found here

A list of other support groups can be found here – Support for the local community 1120

If you or someone you know needs help, use the hub to register or call 01452 583519

AGE UK GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Age UK Gloucestershire has been working on a magazine including news & information and activities for older people in our communities who are still self-isolating, or are just isolated because they have no support around them.

They need people to help deliver these in their communities and if anyone can help it would be much appreciated. This winter and further restrictions is going to be a tough time especially for those people and we want to try and reach them with a little support if we can.

 

A PDF version of the magazine can be found here – Grapevine Autumn 2020

Please contact Chris Walker if you can help on 07511 225435 or email him at CWalker@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND – A417 MISSING LINK UPDATE

Highways England is drawing up plans to improve the A417 Missing Link between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout, with the aim of creating a more reliable and safer road, reduce rat running and improve local air quality.

In autumn 2019, Highways England asked people what they thought of these plans and is now using the feedback to amend its plans. This includes responding to requests to improve local connectivity, accessibility and reduce the scheme’s impact on communities and the environment.

Highways England needs a bit more time to amend its plans and collect survey data. This extra work will however ensure it delivers the best practicable solution for all.

The Development Consent Order application will now be submitted in 2021, and Highways England will continue to provide further scheme updates in the coming months.

You can find out the latest information about the A417 Missing Link by visiting the project website here, where you can also register for updates.

The latest newsletter which includes information on the design work we’re carrying out and next steps for the scheme is here – A417 Missing Link Newsletter Summer 2020.

If you have any questions, you can email: a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk.

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE AGE UK

The Age UK Gloucestershire team is just a phone call away and we’re keen to support all older people in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing support in the following ways:

Over the phone

Call our Help Team if you have an immediate problem. The Team provide information and guidance about a range of issues including shopping, community support local to you, prescriptions, benefits and finances and accessing health and social care. The Team will advise on how you can access support if you have recently left hospital.
Call 01452 422660. Line are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Call our Friendship Line FREE if you would like a friendly chat. We know that social distancing is really difficult and lots of you are missing having someone to talk to regularly. Our staff and volunteers are on hand, with a listening ear and time to chat and we’d love to hear from you.
Call 0800 2980579. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Helping you connect with others

Greet Your Street is a chance for neighbours to pop outside for Elevenses together whilst still maintaining social distancing. Many areas are already involved with one commenting: “People are talking more to each other, it’s brought them together. It was like they needed permission to talk.”
To find out how easy it is to get your street involved, visit
www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Springboard is a Facebook Group where you can meet friends, join in activities and have fun. Members are sharing gardening tips, recipes ideas, photographic challenges, taking part in online quizzes and more. If you’re online and would like to join, search:
facebook.com/groups/gloucestershirespringboard

For accurate and up to date details for individuals and community groups about all the information and support we are providing, visit our website:
www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire

GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE RESUMES

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will resume from Monday 4 May.

The paid-for service has been suspended since 30 March due to Covid-19, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, garden waste collection is now able to start again.

Customers of the Garden Waste Club who have accumulated extra garden waste in the time the service has suspended can put extra garden waste out for collection, provided that it is presented alongside their brown bin in a sturdy bag or container – this is so it can be safely loaded into the vehicle. Crews will be unable to collect loose garden waste. This should be left for the next collection and put it in the brown bin.

Anyone who is unsure of their bin collection day should check the collection calendar at tewkesbury.co.uk/waste-and-recycling

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

During the current COVID-19 pandemic Parish Council meetings will be held via online video conferencing using Zoom (website: zoom.us). Members of the public will be able to watch and listen via a link provided along with the agenda. The agendas continue to be placed in advance on noticeboards and on the council meetings page of this website.

To attend the meeting check the Agenda and use the web link provided to join. There will be a separate link for each meeting.

The first time you use the link it may take a few minutes to install Zoom. Follow instructions on the screen. If using tablet or smart phone you may need to download an app so allow extra time. There is no need to set up a Zoom account yourself.

Members of the public will be able to see and hear Councillors on the screen, but members of the public will be muted with the video turned off, and so will not appear on the screen or be heard. The exception will be if they are putting a question or are invited to speak by the Chairman. If you have submitted a question and wish to speak at the meeting, please inform the Chairman and Clerk if you would prefer to appear on video or to be audio only.

COVID STAY CONNECTED HELPLINE

Stay Connected is a free helpline for anyone worried about themselves or someone else who is in self-isolation or needs support at this time.

A call with the Stay Connected helpline gives people the tools and confidence they need to live well during self-isolation, which can include:

  • Practical guidance to staying in contact with families and friends
  • Planning for self-isolation including food, shopping and medication
  • Tips on adjusting to self-isolation
  • Advice on what’s out there online to help people stay connected with others
  • Advice for carers/family members
  • A listening ear and a friendly conversation

Contact Stay Connected: 0800 048 7035 (Monday to Friday 9.00-5.00) or Email: hereinfo@guideposts.org.uk

Visit Stay Connected online for resources, information or to make a referral www.guideposts.org.uk/stay-connected