Town Council Update 2nd April 2020

Following recent Government COVID-19 legislation, Tewkesbury Town Council has closed its buildings (except for the toilets at Gloucester Road and Spring Gardens) to the public until further notice.

Tewkesbury Town Council endeavours to act legally within health and safety guidelines and for the well-being of this community.

Contact during closure will be by phone or email as non-essential staff are working from home.

Changes to bus time tables

Changes to bus timetables
In light of the Covid-19 crisis and following the government advice to limit nonessential travel, temporary changes to bus services have been introduced from Monday 30th March 2020.

Stagecoach
Cheltenham
A – Prestbury to GCHQ
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings. Sunday service to be confirmed.
B – Charlton Kings to Cheltenham
Hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings. Sunday service remains hourly.
C – Springbank to Cheltenham
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings.  Sunday service is every 30 minutes.
D/E – Bishops Cleeve to Hatherley & Warden Hill
Every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings. Sunday service to be confirmed.
F – Cheltenham to Leckhampton & Coronation Square:  Hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime.
H – Arle Farm to Cheltenham
Hourly service Monday to Sunday daytime.
N – Noverton Park to Cheltenham
Hourly service Monday to Saturday. All buses will call at both Buttercross Lane and Desert Orchid Road.
W – Winchcombe to Cheltenham
Remains an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime. No Sunday service.
10 – Cheltenham to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, hourly in the evenings. Sundays to be confirmed.
41 – Tewkesbury to Cheltenham
Hourly service Monday to Sunday daytime.
51 – Swindon to Cirencester & Cheltenham
Every 2 hours on a Monday to Sunday.
66 – Stonehouse to Cheltenham via Stroud
Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday
93 – Arle Court Park & Ride to Cheltenham
This service will no longer be running. However, the 94 will instead serve Arle Court Park & Ride. Please see below.
94 – Cheltenham to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday daytime, every 30 minutes evening service. We will not be running the 94X.
94U – Cheltenham to Gloucester
From the 23rd March, we’ll be running an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime.
97/98 – Cheltenham to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and on Sundays.

Forest of Dean & Herefordshire
22/23 – Coleford to Gloucester via Cinderford & Lydney
Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday
33 – Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye & Hereford
Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday
34 – Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth
Some return journeys have been removed.
36 – Monmouth to Hereford
Some return journeys have been removed.

Gloucester
1 – Matson to Gloucester
Every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and every 20 minutes on a Sunday.
2/2A – Upton St Leonards to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and every 30 minutes on a Sunday.
6 – Longlevens to Gloucester
Minor changes to the usual timetable.
8 – Brockworth to Waterwells Park & Ride & Hunts Grove
Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday. Hourly service in the evenings. This service will also be extending to Hunt’s Grove from 19th April 2020.
9 – Tuffley to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday, hourly in the evenings.
10 – Tuffley to Gloucester and Cheltenham
Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday, hourly in the evenings. Sundays to be confirmed.
12 – Quedgeley to Gloucester
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, hourly in the evenings.
13 – Gloucester to Abbeymead
Minor changes to the usual timetable.
71 – Gloucester to Tewkesbury
Minor changes to the usual timetable.

94 – Gloucester to Cheltenham
Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday daytime, every 30 minutes evening service.
This service will now stop at Arle Court Park & Ride.
94U – Gloucester to Cheltenham
From the 23rd March, we’ll be running an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime.
97/98 – Gloucester to Cheltenham
Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and on Sundays.
351 – Gloucester to Tewkesbury
Minor changes to the usual timetable.

Stroud
61 – Bussage to Woodmancote via Stroud
Hourly between Bussage & Stroud Monday to Saturday. Every 2 hours between Stroud & Woodmancote.
63 – Forest Green to Gloucester via Stroud
Hourly on Monday to Sunday
64 – Stroud to Gloucester via Stonehouse
Hourly on Monday to Sunday
66 – Stonehouse to Cheltenham via Stroud
Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday
67 – Cashes Green to Stroud
Every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday.

620 – Old Sodbury, Yate & Pucklechurch to Bath
One journey removed from normal service.
Swindon & Cirencester

50 – Cirencester to Ampney Crucis & Preston
Hourly service Monday to Saturday.
51 – Swindon to Cirencester & Cheltenham
Every 2 hours on a Monday to Sunday.
52 – Stroud to Cirencester
Running irregularly Monday to Saturday daytime.
58 – Stratton & Cirencester to Chesterton & The Beeches
Running hourly Monday to Saturday daytime
76/77 – Cirencester to Fairford & Lechlade
Running irregularly Monday to Saturday daytime
78 – Winson to Cirencester
Running irregularly Monday to Saturday daytime

Other Operators
Pulhams & Son
Service 801 – Moreton-in-Marsh – Stow-on-the-Wold – Bourton-on-the-Water –
Northleach – Andoversford – Cheltenham Royal Well
Operating a reduced timetable from 28th March until further notice.
All other Gloucestershire services are operating a normal timetable currently.
Cotswold Green
Service 54/54a/X54 Stroud – Cirencester
Currently operating a school holiday timetable until further notice.
All other services operating normal timetable at the moment.
Swanbrook Transport Ltd
Service 354 Gloucester – Hartpury College
Service suspended until further notice
Service 353 Gloucester — Oxford
Service suspended until further notice

• Hedgehog The North Cotswold Community Bus all bus services are suspended until further notice
• The Villager Community bus all bus services are suspended until further notice

 

More information HERE

Information for helping in the current environment – Advice from Neighbourhood Alert

Helping others

The government have said there are only five reasons why people should leave their homes:

to shop for necessities
for medical reasons i.e. to go to a hospital
to exercise once a day
to travel to work if absolutely necessary
to care for a vulnerable person

You may want to help a neighbour, a family member or a friend who is currently in isolation.You may want to help in your local community, and if you sign up with Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Help Hub, you can tick specific things that you can assist with, such as walking someone’s dog for them, putting their bins out, picking up food or medicine for them or preparing meals for the freezer – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19/ 

You can only provide support to people who are in isolation if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:

1.    You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anyone in your household;
2.    You are under 70;
3.    You are not pregnant;
4.    You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus.

How to help safely:
1.    You should not go inside the homes of anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable people or people who believe they may be infected and are self-isolating.
2.    If you are picking essential items up for people, such as prescriptions or groceries, try to limit the amount of time you spend outside of your home by collecting your essential items during the same trip.
3.    You should stay 2m or six feet away from anyone you do not live with at all times. Do not share car journeys with people you do not live with.
4.    If you have offered to help other people, be mindful of situations where you may feel unsafe, for instance helping late at night.

You can find a lot more information on this and other related Covid-19 issues by following the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

TBC Garden Waste Club update

Due to contractors reduced staffing levels, Tewkesbury Borough Council is suspending the garden waste collections from today, Monday 30 March, for a minimum of 2 weeks.

This has become necessary in order to keep the main waste and recycling services running.

Please do not report your brown bin as being missed, as they will not be able to return for it.

Follow Tewkesbury Borough Council here for updates.

We’re really sorry if this will cause inconvenience or frustration, our sincere thanks and gratitude for your patience and support in these challenging times.

Covid-19 – Tewkesbury Borough Council tax discount for those on low incomes

Tewkesbury Borough Council will receive a Hardship Fund from Government in April 2020.

The fund will allow the council to apply a discount to council tax bills for working-age residents who are on low incomes and in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. These residents will receive a one-off award of £150 towards their 2020/2021 council tax bill.

If your balance for 2020/2021 is nil, then no payment can be granted. If you have a balance that is less than £150 your balance will be cleared in full. This deduction is for 2020/2021 only (even if you have a balance from previous years).

Residents who meet the criteria do not need to apply for this payment, it will be identified and paid automatically. Once the discount has been applied, customers will receive a new bill showing the deduction.

For more information, visit https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-council-tax-and-benefits

Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub Telephone Number

Gloucestershire’s community help hub telephone number is live.

People can now register to the county’s community help hub by calling  01452 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, as well as online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub

To help coordinate all of the great work going on across the county and to make sure we do as much as possible for as many people as possible, we would really appreciate existing groups already working in an area to register via the hub.

You can sign up to pledge support  as an individual, community group or business and request help for yourself or someone you know.

Car Parking Charges Temporarily Suspended

Parking charges in car parks owned and managed by Tewkesbury Borough Council have been suspended with immediate effect.

The move is in response to the Covid-19 restrictions put in place to protect the NHS and save lives. People should only leave their homes to collect food, for health reasons or for essential work.

It is hoped that by suspending parking charges in council-owned car parks in Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, people will find it easier to access the food and health care they need locally whilst restrictions on movements are in place.

It will also help residents who are now required to work from home and don’t have parking facilities. Those with parking permits will be compensated for this suspension.

Charges will initially be suspended whilst the Government’s current measures, in respect of Covid-19, are in place but this will be kept under review.

Remember that the advice is to stay 2 metres away from others, so please leave adequate space between cars when parking.

The payment machines will be covered over with immediate effect

Town Council Services during Covid-19 restrictions

Further to the Government restrictions announced last night (Monday 23rd March) the Town Hall will be closed with immediate effect.

In addition the play parks at Mitton, Derek Graham and Prior’s Park will also be closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

A limited number of our public toilets will currently remain open at Spring Gardens & Gloucester Road to support key workers who may need them.

If you need to urgently contact the Town Council, please do so on our usual number 01684 294639 or email admin@tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk