Resurfacing Works Update

The times of the following resurfacing work have been amended:

Shannon Way – Tewkesbury – these works will now take place between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00 to minimise disruption

A38 Coombe Hill – these works will now take place between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00 to minimise disruption

A38 Odessa Junction – these works cannot happen overnight, therefore the working hours have been restricted to 09:30 to 15:30, to leave peak morning and evening traffic unhindered

cannot happen over night therefore the working hours have been restricted to 09:30 and 15:30, leaving peak morning and evening traffic unhindered.

 

Garden Town Status for Tewkesbury at Ashchurch

Sustainable, well-designed and vibrant communities are the future for Tewkesbury, as the borough council wins its bid for the area to become a new Garden Town.

The government announced on Monday, 25 March that Tewkesbury and its surrounding area is one of only a handful of locations to be awarded Garden Town status, which will see it receive around three quarters of a million pounds in initial funding to deliver long-term sustainable development plans.

Tewkesbury Borough Council submitted its bid to the government to become a Garden Town in November last year, explaining that the Tewkesbury area is the perfect place to be a part of the scheme due to its key location surrounding J9 of the M5 and the critical role it plays in the growth of Gloucestershire.

Garden Town status means the borough council and its stakeholders can develop Tewkesbury and its surrounding area in a really holistic way – helping to create vibrant, thriving settlements where people can live, work and raise families. This includes improving transport links, education provision and green infrastructure, such as new parks and cycle routes. It also means the council will have access to specialist government support and strategic planning advice.

The Garden Town status is specifically aimed at helping the council deliver up to 10,195 houses for Tewkesbury at Ashchurch over the period to 2041.

Through the Joint Core Strategy and the Ashchurch Concept Masterplan, options have been discussed on how best to deliver Tewkesbury’s housing shortfall of 2,500 homes by 2031. By planning to 2041, and using its new Garden Town status, the council is better equipped to meet future housing need, provide space for new businesses and help ensure new and existing communities work well together.

As part of its bid, the council set out clear expectations for the quality of housing development and how it can be maintained using principles including: clear identity; sustainable scale; well-designed; strong vision and engagement; green space; and great homes and jobs.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Mike Dawson, said: “We are incredibly pleased to have been awarded Garden Town status and funding to meet our communities’ future needs.

“The government clearly recognises the crucial role our area plays in helping to unlock the delivery of much needed homes, and the Garden Town status formally recognises our commitment to creating vibrant and thriving communities.

“We want to build communities in a way that is inclusive, delivering high-quality housing and strong links to public services like doctors’ surgeries, schools and transport.

“We look forward to working together with our residents, parish and town councils, and business representatives to bring forward this exciting programme.”

£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.