Oldbury Road Closed for Resurfacing 16th – 21st November

Gloucestershire County Council is resurfacing Oldbury Road in Tewkesbury from Friday 16th November as part of the £150 million investment into the county’s roads.

The popular Oldbury Road is nearing the end of its life expectancy and requires resurfacing. A full road closure will be in place between 7am - 7pm from Friday 16th to Wednesday 21st November (excluding weekends). A diversion suitable for all type of vehicles will be in place. 

Spring Garden, Oldbury Road and Bishop’s Walk car parks will be closed between 7am – 7pm during the work. However the top end of Oldbury Road will be reopened one day early on the morning of Wednesday 21st November, to allow access to all three car parks for the weekly market day. Crews will complete vital resurfacing across 1,500m² of road with approximately 176.5 tonnes of material.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “We’re laying a brand new surface on this popular road which forms part of our £150 million investment to improve Gloucestershire’s highways. I would like to thank the local community and road users for their patience while this essential work is carried out.”

Cllr Kevin Cromwell, county councillor for Tewkesbury, said: “Oldbury Road is an important route and the resurfacing will have a major benefit to the local community here in Tewkesbury. I look forward to the work being completed and seeing the positive impact for local people, businesses and road users.”

 What’s the diversion route? (suitable for HGV’s)

 Via Barton Street, High Street and Sun Street.

 Gloucestershire County Council is investing £150 million into our roads, to help keep your county moving – their biggest ever investment. Keep up to date with works and road closures near you by following @GlosRoads on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Tewkesbury Museum to Restore Fairground Display

Tewkesbury Museum is proud to announce that has started a major project to refurbish one of its largest and most popular displays, the model fairground.

The fairground was originally built in the 1950s as a touring exhibition, with fully moving rides, lights and music. It was given to Tewkesbury, where it was displayed in the Town Hall and gardens. Unfortunately it fell into disrepair, and by 1981, when it was presented to the museum many of the parts were damaged, and the motors, lighting and sound systems has all failed.

Since then, it has been cleaned and cared for, but largely remained a static display.

Tewkesbury Museum has started to rebuild the five remaining powered rides. All will be stripped down, repaired and new motors, lighting, sound installed. All the stalls, trucks and figures will also be repaired as needed. Link to video showing strip down of “Cars” ride https://youtu.be/9Ahhb0q3Ex8

Finally, the museum will build a new cabinet to house the completed fairground, with a bespoke electronic control system, in the ground floor front room, to provide a shop window for the museum.

Most of the work will be carried out by a small skilled team of volunteers; engineers, model makers and seamstresses. But contractors will be employed to install new heating, room lighting and security.  The museum estimates the cost at £7000, and is looking for donations from businesses and individuals to help meet the cost.

Contact:
Bill Adie, Fairground Project Leader 07736 015668

Email: billadie@talktalk.net

Regeneration Advisor appointed for Tewkesbury Town Centre

Mace, one of the UK’s leading consultancy companies, has been appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council to look at the options for regenerating Tewkesbury town centre.  

The focus of this appointment will be to investigate the social, economic and sustainable growth of Tewkesbury, including a key site called Spring Gardens located adjacent to the high street.

Mace has been appointed by the council as its regeneration advisor. This role will involve carrying out a review of the current options for Spring Gardens, and investigating the wider town opportunities, while also considering how aspirations for the town’s regeneration can be met.

Building on this, Mace will assist the council to develop a strategy on how best to deliver this exciting opportunity.

Mace has a track record of successfully delivering large scale regeneration projects across the UK from inception to delivery. These include the Olympic 2012 Delivery Partner for the regeneration of Stratford, Coal Orchard in Taunton and the redevelopment Birmingham New Street Station.

The Mace team working on this scheme have a track record of successful delivery for local authorities in the region; such as Taunton Deane Borough Council, Bristol City Council and Cornwall Council. Included within their team is award winning masterplanning Architect, Lavigne Lonsdale, along with multi-national engineer, WSP.  

Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, Cllr Rob Bird, said:  “This is an exciting opportunity to maximise the potential of Tewkesbury town centre and unlock its growth opportunities. The redevelopment of Spring Gardens is a key priority for the council and we are very happy to announce the appointment of Mace, who have a long track record of the successful delivery of projects like this.”

 Stuart Wilkinson, Director for Mace, said:  “We’re obviously very proud to have been appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council to assist with the delivery of such an important development opportunity for the town. This site provides the opportunity to deliver some transformative development in the centre of Tewkesbury, and we look forward to working closely with the Council to make the plans a reality. ”

 

Tewkesbury in Bloom Success

2018 was another successful year for Tewkesbury in Bloom, winning Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom Competition and Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom National Finals.

Thank you to Tewkesbury in Bloom and all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

The Town Council continues to support Tewkesbury in Bloom by awarding a community grant and by working together to provide extra street cleansing resources.

Tewkesbury Town Crier reaches 20 years’ service

Tewkesbury Town Council is delighted to announce that Mike Kean-Price, Tewkesbury’s Town Sergeant and Common Crier completed 20 years service on Friday 12th October.

In recognition of Mike’s loyal service and dedication, the Town Council unanimously resolved to award Mike the title of Honorary Freeman of the town.  The title can be awarded to persons of distinction and those who, in the Council’s opinion, have rendered eminent services to the Council’s area.

Cllr Christine Danter, Mayor of Tewkesbury Town Council said: “’I think that anyone who has served as Mayor over the last 20 years will say that it is a privilege to have Mike by your side, to give you the guidance and support and confidence that you so often need.

“I feel sorry for any Mayor who doesn’t have a Mike.

Thank you for 20 magnificent years service and may we all enjoy many more.”

This is the first time that Tewkesbury Town Council has used its powers to make such an award.