BROADBAND UPGRADE – CABINET 42

After lots of lobbying from local residents and the parish council we are pleased to hear that BT Openreach has agreed to ‘fibre enable’ Cabinet 42 by the end of September. This should result in a much better service for hundreds of local people.

The upgrade had been promised once before, but Openreach back-tracked. Now, thanks in part to the parish council’s overtures to the Chief Executive of BT, our local MP and other key influencers we are back on track.

We recognise there are still parts of our patch where broadband capacity is poor and we will continue to press to get further cabinets fibre enabled.

WOTTON BROOK – COLLAPSING BANKS

We have been monitoring the banks of the Wotton Brook over the winter months and have noticed some large cracks and bank slippage into the water channel. It is particularly bad along the stretch from Bird Road to Hathorn Road.

This has been reported to Tewkesbury Borough Council and they have obtained quotations to repair the banks. A contractor has been appointed and will commence works shortly.

The contractor will be enlarging the channel at this area and re shaping the banks to take some of the weight out and make it less steep. The contractor will then pin a GEOCOIR netting to help stabilize the banks, before placing soil on top and re grass seeding. Please note they do not intend to take any soil away from site as removal and tipping is expensive. The contractor under supervision will endeavour to make the area look as neat and tidy as possible, however it will look a bit bare at first until grass re-establishes.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING

As part of the new Neighbourhood Policing offer for Gloucestershire Constabulary, Chief Constable Rod Hansen along with Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has pledged that each area will have a named Police Community support officer.

The local Police Community Support Officers for Hucclecote parish are PCSO Farah Devji-Large and PCSO Jenny Norris who are supported by colleagues in the local policing team, they can be contacted in a number of ways including through the website here  where you can follow the link to your policing area and use the contact your team link. You can also use the 01452 907330 number for Tewkesbury LPA district and leave a message or contact 101 with your concern and it will sent to the officer via the control room.

Over the coming months you will see the officers out in the parish. Please look on the website for the advertised dates for the community engagement vehicle. You can visit the vehicle and speak with local officers about any community concerns you may have or for advice on crime prevention.

 

CONSULTATION INVITE – PLOT 4100 GLOUCESTER BUSINESS PARK

Arlington, owners and developers of Gloucester Business Park, invite you to view and comment on proposals for a new development at Plot 4100.

The site comprises 3.25 hectares (8.03 acres) and is situated on the central part of Gloucester Business Park. The site has outline planning permission for office and industrial development.

The development consists of a detached warehouse building which includes three-storey offices and comprises 183,580 sq ft.

The purpose of the drop-in session is to inform the local community and interested stakeholders of the development proposals and invite your comments prior to submitting a Planning Application. The drop-in session will take place at the Park Management & Marketing Office on Gloucester Business Park, on the following dates:

• Wednesday 4th April from 3.30pm to 6.30pm
• Thursday 12th April from 4.30pm to 7.00pm

If the above date is inconvenient and you would like to meet a member of the team individually or you have any questions or comments you would like to make direct to the team please email robin.moxon@arlington.com or telephone 0118 370 2571.

VIEWS WELCOMED ON PLANNING ENFORCEMENT

Tewkesbury Borough Council is asking the public for feedback on how it enforces planning regulations.

An enforcement plan has been drafted which explains the council’s approach, outlines its powers and details the ways in which planning breaches can be reported. It also summarises what can be expected of the council throughout the enforcement process. Officers are now asking for the public’s view on the enforcement plan and are keen to hear suggestions about how the service should operate and how improvements could be made.

A copy of the plan can be found here and a paper copy will be made available in the reception at the Public Services Centre.

Elaine MacTiernan, lead member for built environment said: “The way in which land is used and what is built on it affects us all. The planning system exists to help regulate this but there are occasions when the rules are not followed. Enforcing these breaches is an important and necessary part of the planning system in order to protect people’s quality of life, as well as the built and natural environment.

“This plan will help us ensure that customers have realistic expectations of the council, both when they report a breach to us and when they are being investigated. We welcome comments on how we can make improvements to this crucial service.”

Comments can be made on the website here or in writing to Andy Birchley, Senior Planning and Enforcement Officer at Tewkesbury Borough Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury GL20 5TT by 16 April 2018

A417 MISSING LINK PUBLIC CONSULTATION

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.

CONSULTATION ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS

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.