GCC Budget Consultation – open until 21st January 2019

Gloucestershire County Council has launched its annual budget consultation, asking for people to have their say on its proposed 2019/20 budget.

Following cabinet approval, the consultation runs until 5pm on 21 January 2019 and asks for people to comment on the council’s budget priority areas and proposals.

People can have their say via an online survey or by returning a hard copy survey, copies of which will be available in libraries and the county council main reception in Shire Hall.

The budget includes investment of almost £11m into children’s services as part of a £15m overall budget increase and sets aside £179m of new capital investment for schools, community facilities and highways, including funding for the council’s £150m road improvements programme. 

The proposed budget for 2019/20, taking efficiencies into account, would be £428m and is based upon a 2.99% increase in Council Tax (£8.4m), to be invested in children’s services, to ensure improvements go from strength to strength. Based on current figures, when compared with other councils across the country, Gloucestershire sits in the bottom 25% when it comes to council tax levels. The council is also proposing to apply the national social care precept at 2%, to raise an additional £5.6m to help manage the increase demand for adult care services. This would see a £5.13 per month increase for the average Band D taxpayer.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council said: “Before the budget is finalised in February next year it is important to hear from the people of Gloucestershire. I would encourage people to take the time to have a look at our budget plans and to give their views. We will carefully consider all of the views received ahead of finalising the budget for the year ahead.”

With previously agreed capital funding, the draft 2019/20 budget sets out an allocation for a range of projects including:

  • £44.5m for schools – including £3.4m of a £3.6m scheme at Leckhampton School, £1.8m of a £3.35m at Barnwood Park, £1.7m of a £3.4m scheme at Fairford Primary, £1m of a £2.1m scheme at The John Moore Primary School and £9.8m of £30m needed for the new secondary school in Cheltenham
  • £5.58m Disabled Facilities Grant to deliver adaptations to homes to support people living independently
  • £57.67m towards highways schemes, including £6.9m pothole action fund, £5.3m towards a £24m LED street lighting project, £3.99m towards £5m of improvements on the A419, and £2.6m towards a £3.4m Cross Keys roundabout improvement scheme
  • £1.32m of a £13.7m scheme into the Fastershire broadband programme
  • £1.12m to upgrade Household Recycling Centres equipment and facilities
  • £2.4m for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, including £1.2m for fire appliances and equipment and £300k for personal protection equipment

 The budget also allocates funding for the second year of a three year £30k commitment per councillor to allow each councillor to make community based investments. 

 For more information on the budget and on how to give your views visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2019-20

 

Innsworth Gateway Project – Longford Roundabout Upgrade

Anyone wanting to know more about the new roundabout on the A40 Gloucester Northern Bypass between Elmbridge and Longford is welcome to attend a further drop-in session being run at Innsworth Community Hall from 3pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 9 January, 2019.

The Innsworth Gateway Project was introduced to support housing development at Innsworth. A key element of the project is also an upgrade Longford Roundabout, increasing its capacity to accommodate predicted future traffic flows and helping to relieve existing congestion.

The drop-in session will include:

  • Sketches of the designs
  • Funding information
  • A description of the build proposal
  • An indication of the timing and duration of build

At the event, members of the public will have the opportunity to review the proposed improvements to the A40 and ask questions.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for built environment, Councillor Mel Gore, said: “It’s incredibly important that those who currently live in and around Innsworth, those who would like would like to live in the area, or those who simply pass through, take the time to drop-in to these sessions to find out more about potential issues that could affect them. I would highly recommend going along to ask questions and get informed, accurate answers from the experts.”

For more information about the A40 Innsworth Gateway Project, visit jointcorestrategy.org

Christmas Tree Recycling – Treecycle 2019

The popular annual Treecycle campaign returns in January.

Residents can of course use their brown bins for Christmas trees, and those not in the garden waste scheme can either take them to one of the household recycling centres or to one of the following locations between 5th and 20th January.

Trees will be collected and composted (real trees only please!)

Christmas Refuse & Recycling Dates

Please find below the Christmas collection dates for Tewkesbury.

Usual collection day Revised collection date
Monday 24 December All collections as normal
Tuesday 25 December
  • Refuse collection will be collected on Thursday 27 December
  • Recycling collections will be collected on Friday 28 December

! No food waste collections

! No garden waste collections

Wednesday 26 December Thursday 27 December

! No garden waste collections

Thursday 27 December Friday 28 December

! No garden waste collections

Friday 28 December Saturday 29 December

! No garden waste collections

Monday 31 December All collections as normal
Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January Saturday 5 January

Town Councillor Vacancy – Priors Park Ward

Have you got what it takes?

Do you want to serve the community you live in?

Could you make a difference?

Would you like to see your parish grow?

Tewkesbury Town Council has a vacancy for a Town Councillor in Priors Park Ward.  For more information please contact the Town Clerk on 01684 294 639 or townclerk@tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk