£23,500 Pocket Parks Plus Grant for Tewkesbury Town

Tewkesbury Town Council are delighted to have been awarded a grant for £23,500 as part of Pocket Parks Plus grant scheme from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The grant will be used to help fund phase one of the refurbishment of the Warwick Place play area in Prior’s Park, Tewkesbury. The work, which includes the removal of the current equipment and installation of two new multi activity structures will be completed by early May 2019.

Tewkesbury Town Council and the Heart of Prior’s Park (HOPP) have been working together for three years to plan and fundraise for the refurbishment.

Chairman of HOPP; Gavin Preedy, said ‘It is fantastic that the refurbishment at Warwick Place play area will start this year. The community are looking forward to seeing their plans implemented and HOPP are grateful to the Town Council for their support of this project.’

Tewkesbury Town Mayor; Cllr Chris Danter, said ‘The Town Council has been working hard to secure funding for this project and we are delighted that we are now able to start phase one of the project, thanks to the Pocket Parks Plus grant.’

Be Prepared: Bag it and Bin it!

Now that spring has sprung, Tewkesbury Borough Council is asking dog owners to join the dog walking community in bagging and binning dog poo.

A new Public Space Protection Order has been introduced which now gives council officers more powers to tackle dog fouling across Tewkesbury Borough. As part of the order, dog walkers can not only be fined £100 for not picking up after their dogs, but can now also get a £100 fixed penalty notice for not carrying dog poo bags.

The council is aware that most people are picking up after their pets but, sadly, the small few who don’t are continuing to risk the health of others. Dog faeces carries the risk of disease, particularly Toxacariasis – an infection caused by roundworm parasites.

As a result, environmental health officers will be working with parish councils to spread awareness of the new Public Space Protection Order across Tewkesbury Borough. Old signs will be replaced with new ones, and patrols will be carried out regularly at dog fouling hot spots.

Lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “We want to stress that we know most dog walkers are not affected at all by our new Public Space Protection Order – they pick up after their dogs as a normal part of their walk. But for those who ignore their dog’s mess, it’s very hard to gather the evidence needed to fine them. Officers rely on witness statements or a well-timed patrol. We hope that the order will spur people into leaving the house prepared and equipped to pick up their dog’s poo.”

Notes

There are two exemptions of the Public Space Protection Order:

    • where a person is blind
    • where a person has a disability and needs an assistance dog.

Become a Local Councillor #MakeAChange

Tewkesbury Town Council are encouraging all sections of the community to consider standing in the upcoming Local Elections on May 2nd 2019. No experience is necessary, individuals just need to live or work in Tewkesbury and be passionate about this community.

Town Mayor, Councillor Chris Danter, said ‘Becoming a Local Councillor is a great way to get involved with your community and to also help shape the services and projects that the Town Council will deliver. Local Councillors are closest to their communities and are best placed to find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.’

Applications to become a Local Councillor are welcomed regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Diversity within the council means that it has a greater range of skills, experience and knowledge and that it better reflects the community it serves.

For more information visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/elections

Or call the Town Council offices on 01684 294639 or pop in for an informal chat about standing.

Curlew on the Severn Ham

Tewkesbury Town Council is pleased to be able to report that the Curlews have returned to the Severn Ham – spring is here! Curlews, Skylarks and Redshanks, which have all bred, or attempted to breed, on the Ham in recent years, nest on the ground and are, therefore, very vulnerable to disturbance.

Signs are in place to remind visitors to keep to the footpaths, especially when the grass is long and requesting that dogs are kept on a lead so that the curlews aren’t disturbed during their nesting season.

For more information about curlew, please visit www.curlewcall.org or if you would like to report seeing the curlew – we are particularly interested on where on the Ham you have seen them, please post below!

Extension to M5 Tredington Bridge Work

We have received an update from Highways England regarding the M5 Tredington bridge deck refurbishment scheme.

 The original dates were that the full closure of the overbridge would be in place until Sunday 24 February and that the overall scheme would be completed by Sunday 17 March 2019.

 Due to unexpected defects found in some of the concrete, which require further repairs, these dates have changed as the programme has been extended.

 The revised dates for completion of the scheme are now as follows:

 Phase 1 – total closure of the overbridge – now scheduled for completion on Friday 3 May 2019

Phase 2 – temporary two-way traffic lights and end of the scheme – now scheduled for completion on Thursday 30 May 2019

The diversion route for the full closure of the overbridge will remain the same.  Diversion Route

 

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it. We will always aim to notify you of any major changes within the programme, but please monitor www.trafficengland.com/<http://www.trafficengland.com/> to keep up-to-date.

 

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk<mailto:info@highwaysengland.co.uk>.

 

Waste Collections Friday 1st February

If you were due a waste or recycling collection on Friday 1st February and it has not been collected, please bring your bin in over the weekend and place back out by 7am Monday 4th for collection either Monday or Tuesday.  Weather dependant operatives should have caught up by Tuesday as well as completing Monday & Tuesday’s rounds as normal.