Tewkesbury Museum to Restore Fairground Display

Tewkesbury Museum is proud to announce that has started a major project to refurbish one of its largest and most popular displays, the model fairground.

The fairground was originally built in the 1950s as a touring exhibition, with fully moving rides, lights and music. It was given to Tewkesbury, where it was displayed in the Town Hall and gardens. Unfortunately it fell into disrepair, and by 1981, when it was presented to the museum many of the parts were damaged, and the motors, lighting and sound systems has all failed.

Since then, it has been cleaned and cared for, but largely remained a static display.

Tewkesbury Museum has started to rebuild the five remaining powered rides. All will be stripped down, repaired and new motors, lighting, sound installed. All the stalls, trucks and figures will also be repaired as needed. Link to video showing strip down of “Cars” ride https://youtu.be/9Ahhb0q3Ex8

Finally, the museum will build a new cabinet to house the completed fairground, with a bespoke electronic control system, in the ground floor front room, to provide a shop window for the museum.

Most of the work will be carried out by a small skilled team of volunteers; engineers, model makers and seamstresses. But contractors will be employed to install new heating, room lighting and security.  The museum estimates the cost at £7000, and is looking for donations from businesses and individuals to help meet the cost.

Bill Adie, Fairground Project Leader 07736 015668

Email: billadie@talktalk.net

Regeneration Advisor appointed for Tewkesbury Town Centre

Mace, one of the UK’s leading consultancy companies, has been appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council to look at the options for regenerating Tewkesbury town centre.  

The focus of this appointment will be to investigate the social, economic and sustainable growth of Tewkesbury, including a key site called Spring Gardens located adjacent to the high street.

Mace has been appointed by the council as its regeneration advisor. This role will involve carrying out a review of the current options for Spring Gardens, and investigating the wider town opportunities, while also considering how aspirations for the town’s regeneration can be met.

Building on this, Mace will assist the council to develop a strategy on how best to deliver this exciting opportunity.

Mace has a track record of successfully delivering large scale regeneration projects across the UK from inception to delivery. These include the Olympic 2012 Delivery Partner for the regeneration of Stratford, Coal Orchard in Taunton and the redevelopment Birmingham New Street Station.

The Mace team working on this scheme have a track record of successful delivery for local authorities in the region; such as Taunton Deane Borough Council, Bristol City Council and Cornwall Council. Included within their team is award winning masterplanning Architect, Lavigne Lonsdale, along with multi-national engineer, WSP.  

Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, Cllr Rob Bird, said:  “This is an exciting opportunity to maximise the potential of Tewkesbury town centre and unlock its growth opportunities. The redevelopment of Spring Gardens is a key priority for the council and we are very happy to announce the appointment of Mace, who have a long track record of the successful delivery of projects like this.”

 Stuart Wilkinson, Director for Mace, said:  “We’re obviously very proud to have been appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council to assist with the delivery of such an important development opportunity for the town. This site provides the opportunity to deliver some transformative development in the centre of Tewkesbury, and we look forward to working closely with the Council to make the plans a reality. ”


Tewkesbury in Bloom Success

2018 was another successful year for Tewkesbury in Bloom, winning Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom Competition and Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom National Finals.

Thank you to Tewkesbury in Bloom and all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

The Town Council continues to support Tewkesbury in Bloom by awarding a community grant and by working together to provide extra street cleansing resources.

Tewkesbury Town Crier reaches 20 years’ service

Tewkesbury Town Council is delighted to announce that Mike Kean-Price, Tewkesbury’s Town Sergeant and Common Crier completed 20 years service on Friday 12th October.

In recognition of Mike’s loyal service and dedication, the Town Council unanimously resolved to award Mike the title of Honorary Freeman of the town.  The title can be awarded to persons of distinction and those who, in the Council’s opinion, have rendered eminent services to the Council’s area.

Cllr Christine Danter, Mayor of Tewkesbury Town Council said: “’I think that anyone who has served as Mayor over the last 20 years will say that it is a privilege to have Mike by your side, to give you the guidance and support and confidence that you so often need.

“I feel sorry for any Mayor who doesn’t have a Mike.

Thank you for 20 magnificent years service and may we all enjoy many more.”

This is the first time that Tewkesbury Town Council has used its powers to make such an award.


Tewkesbury Borough Plan Public Consultation

The Preferred Options Tewkesbury Borough Plan was approved for public consultation at a meeting of the Borough Council on 26th September 2018.

This consultation will take place for the minimum statutory 6 week period between the 10th October 2018 and 30th November 2018.

All comments must be received by 5pm on 30th November 2018. Comments received by the deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the plan.

Anybody wishing to make comments on what the Tewkesbury Borough Plan should contain you can respond to the consultation via our website: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan where there is additional information about submitting representations. In order to make it easier to submit responses an online consultation form has been set up and people are encouraged to use it to make their comments. This form can also be downloaded so responses can be emailed and posted to the Borough Council.

Representations on any of the documentation should be made in writing, either via:

· the online consultation available via: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan
· by email localplanconsultation@tewkesbury.gov.uk
· by post to: Planning Policy Team, Deputy Chief Executive’s Unit, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT

Supporting documentation can be viewed on the Borough Council’s website at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan or at Tewkesbury Borough Council’s main offices (at the above address) and at all libraries and Advice Centres in the borough – opening times and other details are available at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk.

If you have any other questions on this consultation, the Borough Council’s Planning Policy Team can be contacted on planningpolicyenquiries@tewkewsbury.gov.uk

Gloucestershire – Looking to the Future

Gloucestershire County Council is ambitious about what it wants for the future of the county and how its going to make it happen.

Looking to the Future sets out the council’s vision and level of ambition for the county over the coming years, and what it will do to support improved outcomes and quality of life for every community and business across Gloucestershire.

Adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays, Looking to the Future sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county:
· A Magnet county – A growing working age population, with more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications choosing to live and work in the county
· An Innovative county – More businesses starting up, growing and investing in research and innovation
· A Skilled county – More people with high-level skills and jobs in skilled occupations
· A Prosperous county – Rising productivity and household incomes offering higher living standards
· An Inclusive county – The economic and social benefits of growth to be felt by all
· A Healthy county – People to have a good work/life balance and improved health and wellbeing
· A Connected county – Improved transport and internet connections so that people and businesses can connect with each other more easily
· A Sustainable county – More efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy
· A Resilient county – Active, resilient local communities that keep people safe, provide them with support and help them to make a positive contribution

Under the following headings, a range of actions have been set out in Looking to the Future, that will help achieve these ambitions:
· Children’s wellbeing and safeguarding
· Education and Skills
· Health, Care and Prevention
· Communities and Localities
· Transport, Economy and Infrastructure
· Highways
· Council Leadership

A series of public roadshows to discuss Looking to the Future have been organised during November, starting in Gloucester on 1 November and ending in Cheltenham on 30 November.
· 1 November 2018 13:45 – 16:45 The Cross, Gloucester
· 21 November 2018 12:00 – 15:00 Stroud Town Centre
· 22 November 2018 11:00 – 14:00 Tewkesbury Spring Gardens Car Park
· 23 November 2018 10:00 – 13:00 Cinderford Town Centre (The Triangle)
· 29 November 2018 10:00 – 13:00 Cirencester Market Place
· 30 November 2018 11:30 – 14:30 Cheltenham Town Centre (outside Marks & Spencer)
For more information and a copy of Looking to the Future visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/lookingtothefuture

Theft From Vehicles in Mitton And Town Centre Tewkesbury

We have received the following information from the Police:

We have suffered a spate of thefts from vehicles occurring at night, particularly on the Mitton Estate and in Tewkesbury Town centre.

Please ensure you always lock your vehicle and do not leave any items clearly visible in your vehicles.

Always take out any valuable items such as laptops and wallets.

The offenders go looking around numerous vehicles trying doors to see if open and will smash a window if they see a possible valuable item in the vehicle.