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.

2019 Tewkesbury Town Civic Awards

We are looking for nominations for the 2019 Tewkesbury Town Civic Awards

Do you know an individual or group who have made an outstanding and positive contribution to the local community and demonstrated exceptional community spirit and civic responsibility?

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Adult Civic Award and the 2019 Young Person Civic Award.

All nominations must be submitted by 28th February 2019.

Civic Award Nomination Forms

Civic awards terms of reference – 2019

If you require any additional information, please contact the Town Council on 01684 294 639

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