Covid-19 Vaccine information

The Covid-19 vaccine will be one of the best ways of protecting yourself and starting to get back on the path to normality.

Healthcare workers, social care workers and care home staff will get the free, MHRA approved vaccine.

For more information check the NHS site here

Christmas and New Year Refuse and Recycling collection information

Friday collections: running 1 or 2 days early

Usual collection day Revised collection date
Monday 21 December All collections as normal
Tuesday 22 December All collections as normal
Wednesday 23 December All collections as normal except garden waste collections will not be taking place
Thursday 24 December All collections as normal except garden waste collections will not be taking place
Friday 25 December If you would normally have a refuse collection scheduled, it will be collected 2 days earlier on Wednesday 23 December
If you would normally have a recycling collection scheduled, it will be collected 1 day earlier on Thursday 24 December
There will be no food or garden waste collections if your bin day would normally fall on Friday 25th December  
Monday 28 December Refuse collection will be collected a day later on Tuesday 29 December
Recycling collections will be collected 2 days later on Wednesday 30 December
There will be no food or garden waste collections if your bin day would normally fall on Monday 28 December
Tuesday 29 December All collections as normal except garden waste collections will not be taking place
Wednesday 30 December All collections as normal except garden waste collections will not be taking place
Thursday 31 December All collections as normal
Friday 1 January Saturday 2 January
Monday 4 January All collections are back to normal

www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/recycling.

Additional collection information:

Some days the food and garden waste collections are not running in order to make sure we have enough vehicles to collect the refuse and recycling. This will be collected the following scheduled collection.

Brown bins: Some days these collections are not running as the vehicles are carrying out the refuse or recycling bank holiday catch ups. Residents can put a Christmas Tree out along side their brown bin after the festivities to make up for a non scheduled collection. Check your specific calendar to see if your collection is affected.

Food waste – we advise residents to avoid wasting food as much as possible and get creative with edible leftovers. Where a collection is not happening for a week, to double wrap it and put it out for the next scheduled food waste collection. We discourage putting it in the green bin but if the resident doesn’t have enough space in a caddy then this could be a last resort.

Treecycle 2021

Once the festivities are over and Christmas trees are taken down, they can be recycled at the kerbside for garden waste / brown bin customers, booked in at the Household Recycling Centres (Wingmoor or Hempsted are our closest) or taken to a number of Treecycle local drop off points for recycling. Our garden waste club vehicles will go round and collect the trees from the Treecycle locations.

Tewkesbury Leisure Centre is open for business!

Tewkesbury Leisure Centre is open for business

Tewkesbury Leisure Centre is welcoming customers back following the end of lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, 2 December.

The team at Places Leisure, who manage the leisure centre on behalf of Tewkesbury Borough Council, has worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown to create a Covid-secure environment for customers and staff.

Newly-introduced measures include more safety signage, face coverings for employees, enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitising and cleaning stations, and regulating visitor numbers with an online booking system for all activities.

Matt Cotton, General Manager of Tewkesbury Leisure Centre, said: “We are delighted to open our doors once again and, judging by feedback we’ve received so far, our customers are incredibly eager to return to their centre. We’re looking forward to welcoming back as many visitors as we can safely accommodate, which will hopefully contribute to the wellbeing and health of our community. We, along with Tewkesbury Borough Council, cannot wait to see you soon.”

Councillor Richard Stanley, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Being able to stay fit greatly benefits our mental health and physical wellbeing. The safety measures taken to reopen our leisure centre are welcome news, so why not blow off those post-lockdown cobwebs and enjoy some exercise ahead of Christmas!”

Shop safely and locally this Christmas and enjoy free parking!

Tewkesbury Borough Council will be offering three days of free parking to encourage people to shop safely and locally in the run-up to Christmas.

On the first three Saturdays in December, the council will offer free parking in its car parks in Tewkesbury town and Winchcombe. It is hoped that more people will be enticed into local town centres in the weeks before Christmas to avoid unnecessary travel, help local businesses recover from the effects of the second lockdown and discover a unique festive shopping experience.

In previous years, the borough council has offered two days of free parking in the run-up to Christmas, but this year, recognising the unprecedented difficulties currently faced by local businesses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the council has added a third free day.

The dates are the same for both Tewkesbury and Winchcombe:

  • Saturday 5 December
  • Saturday 12 December
  • Saturday 19 December

Councillor Robert Vines, lead member for finance and asset management, said: “We want to encourage residents to support their local shops by doing this year’s Christmas shopping near to home. When lockdown ends on 2 December, we hope people will choose to take advantage of the free parking and great range of retailers to buy gifts and festive fare. Our environmental health officers have been working closely with local businesses to help introduce Covid-secure measures to ensure the risks are minimised as much as possible.”

Visiting guidance for residential care

Gloucester County Council has shared new local visiting guidance for care homes.  The general principles for care home visiting and  associated risk assessment are on their webpage and an overview of the new plan will be made available there by the end of Wednesday 11 November.

More funding available for community groups

Tewkesbury Borough Council is encouraging community groups who are supporting vulnerable people to apply for a Covid-19 emergency community grant.

This funding programme is aimed at charitable organisations and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for work which directly relates to challenges emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, providing they are working with communities in Tewkesbury Borough.

As we enter a second lockdown, the following activities are currently a priority for this grant programme:

  • Direct and immediate practical support for vulnerable groups
  • Initiatives to reduce isolation and vulnerability
  • Initiatives to support mental wellbeing

Running costs for organisations will be supported, including staff costs, volunteer expenses and transport costs. Small capital costs are also eligible, providing the capital items are directly linked to supporting the above activities.

The Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund launched in April to provide financial support to voluntary and community groups as they responded to exceptional challenges during the first Covid-19 lockdown. So far nearly 100 grants have been awarded to organisations supporting communities in Tewkesbury Borough, including charities, neighbourhood projects, parish councils, and voluntary groups. Community groups who received a grant during the first lockdown are entitled to apply for further funding.

Lead member for communities, Councillor Clare Softley, said: “The voluntary and community sector has played such a key role in supporting vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen just how effectively grassroots organisations can reach out to their local community, and we really want to encourage community groups to apply for an emergency grant so that they have the vital funds needed to continue this very important work.”

For more information on how to apply, go to our website or contact Louise Gifford, Community Funding Officer, on 01684 272192 or at louise.gifford@tewkesbury.gov.uk

Updated Remembrance Arrangements – Sunday 8th November

It is with regret, that due to the new national Covid restrictions, it is no longer possible to hold the planned live streamed Remembrance Service from Tewkesbury Abbey on Sunday 8th November.

However, this will not stop Tewkesbury ‘Remembering’.

A pre-recorded ‘service’ will be available on the Tewkesbury Abbey website https://www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk/  and on You Tube from 9am on Sunday 8th November.

In addition, Tewkesbury Abbey will be open for individuals to lay wreaths at the War Memorial at the back of the building between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 8th November.  Masks must be worn inside the Abbey and a 2m social distance maintained between individuals.  The wreaths will then be transferred to the Memorial Cross on the morning of Wednesday 11th November.

We will remember them.

No child will go hungry in Gloucestershire

No child will go hungry in Gloucestershire

 

Every child in Gloucestershire who is entitled to a free school meal, will be helped this half-term. Parents and carers simply need to call 01452 328518  or 01452 426818, give their child’s name and a food voucher code, that can be used at local shops and the big supermarkets, will be sent direct to their mobile.

For each of the school holidays since the Covid pandemic started the council has offered holiday hunger support to all vulnerable young people. This half-term is no different.

The same support package will be in place over the Christmas holidays with the addition of any further help that it’s possible to offer struggling families during the ongoing crisis.

Since March this year, the council has also been able to support more vulnerable children, young people and their families, greater numbers of working age adults and older people through its enhanced Welfare Grant Scheme, which provides help with food deliveries, supermarket vouchers, essential household equipment, gas, electricity and essential items of furniture.

 Details on how to apply can be found at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/gloucestershire-welfare-support-scheme/ Anyone who can’t access the information online can call 01452 328518.

 Leader of the Council Mark Hawthorne said: “We have been working hard for months now to make sure no child goes hungry and this support and commitment will continue today, tomorrow and over the Christmas period. A nutritious meal every day is the very least every child should have.

 “Our commitment is clear, no child in Gloucestershire needs to go hungry. There is a range of schemes in place and I would urge all those that need support to take advantage of what is available. We all need help and support at some point in our lives – that’s what we’re here for.”

A417 Missing Link – Notification of Statutory Consultation

A417 S47 Consultee Letter

Notification regarding the consultation on Highways England’s proposed A417 Missing Link, which would improve the connection between two dual carriageway sections of the A417 at Brockworth bypass and the Cowley roundabout. The proposed development would provide a 3.4 mile (5.5km) new dual carriageway, with a grade separated junction at Shab Hill linking the new A417 to the A436 for journeys towards Cheltenham and Oxford, and to the B4070 to Birdlip.

The attached letter is notice of Highways England’s consultation from Tuesday 13 October 2020 to Thursday 12 November 2020.

The attached letter provides further information on the proposed scheme, how to access the consultation documents, and how to submit a formal response to the consultation.

To allow Highways England time to collect and assess all responses to this consultation before finalising our application, please ensure your response reaches us by 11.59pm on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Should you have any queries about this correspondence, the proposed scheme or the consultation, please contact us via a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk or by phoning 0300 123 5000.

The consultation is now live (Tuesday 13 October 2020) and will run until Thursday 12 November 2020.

You can view the consultation materials on our website here; including our consultation booklet and a summary of feedback from the 2019 consultation. Our webchat function where customers can speak to our project team in a private 1:1 conversation will be live from later today, and will run over the next few weeks at dedicated times.

We’re hosting five live question and answer events with our project team, focusing on different topics and specialist areas. At these events, our project team will give a short presentation to camera and then take questions from attendees. You can submit your questions using the chat function, which can be used anonymously.

Theme Date Time
Safety, traffic and engineering Monday 19 October 9.30am – 11am
Landscape, wildlife and habitats Tuesday 20 October 9.30am – 11am
Local access and public rights of way Wednesday 21 October 9.30am – 11am
Land, property, business and tourism Thursday 22 October 9.30am – 11am
Looking ahead – submission, examination and construction Friday 23 October 9.30am – 11am

You can register for these by emailing A417MissingLinkatAirBalloon@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Web: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a417-missing-link/

Tewkesbury Town Council