The events planned in Ashchurch and Northway for the Ashchurch bridge project next week (on 16 and 18 March) have been postponed due to the unavailability of external experts and consultants. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

It is hoped that the events will take place at a later date, but in the meantime, please visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk, where there is a wealth of information about the project and an online form available if you wish to feed your thoughts back to us.

It is hoped that we will be in a position to reschedule these events in the near future, so please look for updates on tewkesbury.gov.uk and on tewkesburygardentown.co.uk, as well as on our social media channels.

Engineers, council officers and highways experts will be on hand in Northway and Ashchurch to talk about a project to build a new bridge in the area.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has awarded Tewkesbury Borough Council £8.1m to deliver a bridge that will unlock parcels of land to the east of the railway line which are highlighted in the Garden Town Concept Masterplan (along with land to the west of the railway) as development opportunities. It will include a new road, cycle path and walkway.

Tewkesbury Borough Council and its partners – Gloucestershire County Council and engineering consultants, Atkins – have carried out a considerable amount of research into the location and design of the bridge and now they want to hear what the public thinks of the proposals.

Two events will take place where details of the project will be on display and experts will be available to answer questions. They will be held at:

  • Northway Community Hub: Monday, 16 March from 12noon to 7pm
  • Ashchurch Village Hall: Wednesday, 18 March from 12noon to 7pm

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for planning, Councillor Mel Gore, said: “The Tewkesbury Garden Town project gives us a golden opportunity to create a special place for people to live – a proper community with homes fit for the future. This bridge is one of the first steps in the infrastructure needed to support the Garden Town and it’s exciting to get the ball rolling.

“We want to hear from anyone and everyone who is interested in the area – particularly the younger generation who will be our future residents – as well as members of the local community, business owners and workers.

“We are absolutely committed to working with our all of our local communities, so please do come along to the drop in sessions and keep an eye on the Garden Town website (tewkesburygardentown.co.uk) for the latest news and updates.”

An extended environmental screening has taken place to determine whether a full or partial environmental impact assessment is required for the project – this will be submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planners in the coming days.

For anyone unable to attend the events or for those who want to keep up with the latest news on the project, please visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk

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