Author: Shaun Moore

App offers suicide prevention help and support in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

A new app will offer information, help and support to people in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to help them avoid suicide. The Stay Alive app, which is the UK’s first suicide prevention app, was created by the charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention, and will now be available in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire after it was licensed to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. Sally Ashton, Clinical Continuous Improvement Lead for the Trust, explained why the Trust was has invested in licensing the app: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer Stay Alive for people in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. “The app has received positive...

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Get your fill of city grants

A £75,000 pot has been made available for voluntary and community group projects within the city. The funding was approved at last night’s cabinet meeting at North Warehouse and makes £25,000 available for Community Grants and £50,000 for Youth Grants to help improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Gloucester residents. Each voluntary, community group or social enterprise in the city can apply for up to £2,500 to support projects within Gloucester to deliver activities in Gloucester for at least 12 months. The panel will give priority to applications that clearly show how they’ll benefit residents and how they fit in with the council’s key objectives. Previous recipients of funding include Gloucester Street Pastors who received £1,200 from the Community Grants fund to support the work they do patrolling the city centre. Last year, Gloucestershire Young Carers were awarded £2,500 from the Youth Grants fund to help young people take a break from their caring roles, mix with other young carers and access trained youth workers. Applications must be submitted by 31st August 2017 with a review panel allocating the funding during September. The Members Allocation Fund is also back for 2017/18, with each local councillor having £1,000 to go towards supporting local initiatives such as making improvements to the local area, environment or improve safety in their community. Applications can be made to your councillor all year...

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Gloucester City Council proposal to relocate

Gloucester City Council is seeking to start discussions with County council about relocating to Shire Hall. The council is looking to make savings and improve efficiency by making changes to its headquarters. A number of proposals have been put forward, one of which is to move staff to Shire Hall. Currently, the city council occupy parts of the Herbert, Kimberley and Philpotts warehouses in Gloucester docks, and a small amount of space in the adjacent North warehouse. As part of the Together Gloucester transformation, the city council Is looking to downsize and adopt flexible working to be able to fit into just one warehouse, however, alternative proposals of moving staff elsewhere have also been investigated. Whilst there would be some running cost savings from moving from three warehouses to just one, it would cost the council a sizeable amount of money to refurbish and move its infrastructure. Moving elsewhere might prove better value for money. The city council intends retain the Civic Suite in North Warehouse regardless of a relocation in order to maintain the council’s identity and preserve the city’s rich civic tradition. Moving in to Shire Hall alongside the county council could have other benefits such as better collaborative working and combined efficiency savings. This option has been recommended as the most beneficial to explore in the short term. Last night (21st), cabinet discussed these proposal for...

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Trevor Nelson to support Tom Jones at Gloucester concert

Trevor Nelson will be joining Tom Odell on the support bill for the legendary Tom Jones at Kingsholm Stadium this Sunday. Trevor’s been DJing from an early age but his big-time career really kicked off when he started up the Madhatter sound system, putting on big warehouse parties. DJing the graveyard shift on then pirate station Kiss FM in London led to a daytime slot and a directorship once the radio station went legal. Continuing his heavy DJ schedule he made his name at the infamous Soul II Soul Sunday night jam at the Africa Centre. Developing Arrested Development...

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Countryside fire warning from NFU Mutual as heatwave continues

Tinder dry conditions are putting the countryside at risk of devastating fires, warns NFU Mutual. The leading rural insurer is concerned that the current heat wave could lead to grassland and arable crop fires, putting lives at risk and costing millions of pounds in damaged crops and machinery. “Following a very dry spring, the current heatwave means that huge swathes of land across the whole of the UK is at risk of fire – putting lives of people and animals at risk as well as destroying valuable crops,” said Tim Price, NFU Mutual Rural Affairs Specialist. “With harvest due to start in a few weeks and the long summer school holidays on the horizon, we are making a plea to countryside dwellers and visitors to take extreme care to avoid starting a fire.” “Matches and cigarette ends thrown down from cars are one of the major risks – but in the current conditions even a discarded bottle can concentrate the sun’s rays and start a fire. NFU Mutual is urging farmers to make sure that fire extinguishers on combine harvesters are serviced before harvest start, and to make sure regular maintenance and cleaning to remove chaff is carried out. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Be water aware, whatever the weather

Come rain or shine residents will be spending time on the county’s waterways this week, but would you know how to stay safe when near water? This week is Drowning Prevention Week, a national campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), and runs from 16th – 26th June 2017. In support of the campaign, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) are continuing their#bewateraware work to help prevent drowning or injuries. On average one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more suffer life changing injuries through near drowning. Many of these occur when...

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Gloucester Docks to get ship shape this summer

Gloucester City Council is starting work on improving the ‘public realm’ north of Victoria Basin at Gloucester Docks. As part of the council’s continued efforts to improve the public realm within the city, work will start on transforming the area outside the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. The work will include turning the steps from Commercial Road into a new “grand staircase”, as well as new paving, lighting and street furniture. There will also be an enhanced event arena in Back Badge Square which already hosts parades and seasonal events and will now have better viewing and seating areas. These extensive works to the public realm are to be managed by the L&R Group, owners of the adjacent Ladybellegate Quay development and are due to be completed in October 2017. The project is designed to improve the links between the docks and quays and the city centre. Funding for the project was generated by the council selling buildings it owned in the area which it had acquired from the former Regional Development Agency.  The funding generated from the sale of these properties is ring-fenced for regeneration projects. Cllr Paul James Leader of Gloucester City Council said: “This is a really important project, which is designed to draw people to the north end of the docks and to help the proposed Ladybellegate Quay restaurant development go ahead. “It will help create a...

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Gloucester residents urged to register to vote

Gloucester City Council is urging all residents to use their vote this June when the general election takes place. On Thursday 8th June 2017, elections will take place across the UK. Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections. If you are eligible to vote you will have been sent a polling card telling you the date and time of the election and the address of your polling station. For those who have not registered to vote, you still have time. Visit this website and register your right to vote before the 22nd May www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Unless you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the date of the election during the hours shown on the card. You can show the polling station staff your poll card, but you do not need it to vote. You will be asked to provide your name and address. Once inside the polling booth you can cast your vote, and are advised to fold the ballot paper so your vote remains private. Your voting slip won’t have the names and photos of the candidates who are currently leading the national political parties. This is your vote for your local member of parliament (MP) so it will be their names and photos...

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Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet agreed

  During full council today, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet was agreed with Cllr Mark Hawthorne (Con, Quedgeley) as the leader of the council. On 4th May, Gloucestershire went to the polls to elect their representatives on the council for the next four years. The Conservative Group won 31 seats, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour five, Green two and one People Against Bureaucracy seat. The council’s cabinet is made up of the leader of the council and eight other county councillors and has particularly wide-ranging responsibilities. There are nine members making up cabinet: Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and change Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for vulnerable adults and commissioning Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Each cabinet member is the lead elected member for a specific area. making key decisions about policies and services that matter to local people. “We have a strong mix of experienced and new cabinet members who come from around the county and...

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Celebrating the anniversaries of Gloucester twinning with Trier and Metz

Gloucester City Council Mayor will be planting a tree in Gloucester Park to celebrate the city’s twinning with Trier in Germany and Metz in France.  This year Gloucester city is celebrating two anniversaries with its partner cities in Europe. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Gloucester twinning with Germany’s oldest city, Trier, which is on the River Moselle near Luxembourg, and the 50thanniversary with Metz  in north-eastern France. To celebrate the anniversaries a commemorative tree and plaque will be unveiled at Gloucester Park on Friday 19th May. Gloucester City Council and GlosLinks manage the partnerships and have welcomed hundreds of incoming twin town visitors over the years.  A GlosLinks group will be visiting Trier and Metz in July where a programme of anniversary events has been planned. Gloucester will also be marking the event by holding a small exhibition on twinning in St Michael’s Tower for a month from the second week in June. Cllr Neil Hampson, Mayor of Gloucester City Council, said: “It will be an honour to plant the tree at Gloucester Park and celebrate our partnerships with these two twin towns.” A spokesperson from GlosLinks, said:  “This tree will be a symbol of the friendship that has existed for so long now between Gloucester, Trier and Metz.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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The Force is strong at Gloucester Library

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it was easy to keep the family entertained for free. Now you can enjoy some quality time that doesn’t cost the Empire, thanks to Gloucester library. This Saturday 20th May, Gloucester Library will host a free Star Wars Family Fun Day from 11am to 2pm. Families are invited to meet a group of Storm Troopers; design a new Star Wars character and take part in competitions to win fantastic Star Wars prizes; plus model making, games and more. The action packed day is part of Gloucestershire’s three year Art of Libraries project: future events at Gloucester Library include story telling and illustration, performance and beatboxing. The Art of Libraries is bringing a touch of creative magic to the county’s libraries, celebrating reading and the enjoyment of storytelling through a range of art forms, opening libraries up as a space for imagination and experimentation. To book your free place on the Star Wars day, visit or contact Gloucester Library on 01452 426973 or through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloucester-library-star-wars-day-tickets-34364065846?aff=es2 Jane Everiss, head of libraries at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Over the next three years the Art of Libraries project will offer residents across the county  the chance to discover a world of imagination and creativity in their local libraries. “Not only does this project mean free events for families to enjoy together, the...

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New Assistant Chief Constable starts work in the county

A new Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) has started work in the county. Julian Moss was appointed to the role of ACC Operations earlier this month and has now taken strategic control of all operational policing departments. He has lived in the Stroud district for 14 years and is married with three children.  He enjoys running in the local Cotswold countryside. Julian joined the police in 1992.  He has considerable experience in neighbourhood policing, having been a beat manager in Bristol as a constable, neighbourhood inspector for Bath, superintendent with responsibility for neighbourhood policing and partnerships in Bristol before going on to become local policing commander for North Somerset. He later had responsibility for local policing as temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police. Other notable roles include temporary Assistant Chief Constable for public protection and force development at Wiltshire Police and head of CID at Avon and Somerset. Julian said: “I am delighted about the prospect of working for the Constabulary in which I live. “The Police and Crime Commissioner’s crime plan is something I feel really excited about and I am looking forward to playing my part in maintaining and redefining neighbourhood policing so we can remain visible in our communities and still tackle the issues that really affect people.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Paws on Patrol, they’ll be there on the double

Paws on Patrol are returning to Gloucester Park on May 20th at midday. A fun filled day of activities is planned to celebrate its return. Gloucester Park will be full of activity on May 20th, celebrating the return of Paws on Patrol. Visitors can expect to see displays from Gloucestershire Police Dog Team and the LG Agility Group. Due to popular demand, there will also be a Gun Dog Display at the park and Elaine Hill will be there with her duck and geese herding Border Collies. A novelty dog show will also be taking place that is free for everyone to enter and there will be a variety of stalls for people to browse. To help keep the whole family entertained, the event also has an array of entertainment including face painting, bouncy castles, children’s T-cup rides and sporting activities. If it’s advice you’re after, professionals will be on hand all day to advice on doggy grooming, beauty tips, puppy training and veterinary guidance. Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, says: “Paws on Patrol is always a huge success and just gets better each year. We are so pleased to be able to bring the event back to Gloucester park. “Paws on Patrol has almost 2000 members now and we’re always looking for more. The scheme has built a great community of dog owners and responsible...

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“We foster as a family”

As part of Foster Care Fortnight 2017, we caught up with one of GCC’s carers who told us about her experiences of fostering alongside her family. Philippa and Stuart have been fostering for Gloucestershire County Council since 2014 and have helped five children to find permanent homes in that time. They are currently fostering two young girls. They also have four children of their own, who are 19, 18, 16 and 12. Philippa explained how her family has supported her throughout the years: She said, “We foster as a family, which sounds like a cliché, but I couldn’t do it without my children. They can connect with the girls in a way that I just can’t. “There’s nothing more fun than a foster sibling chasing you round the house, being silly and bringing a level of normality to a child who is feeling anything but settled. They create ‘family’ for the child whilst they wait to go back home.” When asked about the role a foster carer plays in a young person’s life, Philippa explained; “We can never replace their family and wouldn’t want to. It’s our job to help them find their ‘Forever Family’ and that’s what we do. “They might not want to engage with Stuart and me as ‘parent’ figures, but they are very happy to relate to our children as ‘siblings’.” She said that, although there...

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Gloucestershire County Council election results

The results are in for all 53 seats on Gloucestershire County Council. Yesterday, Gloucestershire went to the polls to elect their representatives on the council for the next four years. The Conservative Group won 31 seats, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour five, Green two and one People Against Bureaucracy seat. Pete Bungard, returning officer and chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for who they wanted to represent them as a county councillor. I would also like to thank all the staff across the county who ran the 462 polling stations and worked overnight at the counts.” Turnout was higher than the previous election in 2013 – 37.04% in comparison to 31.79% four years ago. Of the 477,534 people eligible to vote in the election, 176,856 people did so. For details of the elected councillors and the votes they received, visit http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=9&RPID=36775277. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Elmbridge Court roundabout update

Improvements to Elmbridge Court roundabout continue to progress on schedule. Next week the current traffic lights will be removed to make way for the new ones to be installed. From Monday 8th May all traffic lights will be switched off at Elmbridge Court roundabout. Crews will then be able to start removing the existing signals and installing the new ones. To ensure safety, new road markings will be put in place at the non-signalised junctions. The existing ‘stop’ lines will be removed and replaced with ‘give-way’ markings. Installing the new traffic lights at the roundabout is a complex job. In order to keep the roundabout open at all times throughout the works, it will have to be carried out in specific phases. Firstly the existing lights will be removed. The new signal bases, poles and cable ducting will then be installed. The updated system cannot be fully completed until all the traffic detectors are in place. This will begin once the whole roundabout has been resurfaced. The Elmbridge improvement scheme is currently on schedule and it is anticipated that the traffic light replacement work will be completed in September. In the mean time, signage will be in place on all of the approaches to the roundabout informing drivers to the absence of signals. Scott Macaulay-Lowe, team leader for the Elmbridge scheme at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Replacing the traffic...

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Gloucestershire Airport clarifies its position

Following recent media reports, Gloucestershire Airport has clarified a number of issues relating to its operations, finances and future. The Airport is the UK’s busiest general aviation airport, handling 83 000 flights in 2016.  It has been voted the UK’s ‘Best general Aviation Airport’ for three of the last four years.  It is home to around 180 aircraft, ranging from microlights to intercontinental business jets. The Airport opened in 1936. It lies within the planning jurisdiction of Tewkesbury Borough Council within the Green Belt and the 400 acre site is owned by Gloucester City & Cheltenham Borough Councils.  In late 1992, these Councils formed a Limited Company – Gloucestershire Airport Ltd – and granted it a 999 year lease on the land and 135-year lease to operate and manage both the Airport and the associated business park activities. The Airport does not receive any subsidies from the local taxpayers.  The 2016 accounts, as published with Companies House, show that it paid over £100k in rental and premiums to its Council shareholders.  It also paid more than £100k in business rates. There are forty aviation-related businesses located at the Airport employing over 500 people and a further twenty aerospace and other businesses at Meteor Business Park employing over 1500 more.  The Airport’s economic contribution to the regional economy has been independently calculated to be in the order of £250M. In 2014,...

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Have your say on Gloucester’s city centre

Throughout May, Gloucester City Council is asking the public for its views on design ideas for the city centre. From the 5th-15th May, a series of walk in sessions and an online consultation will be launched by the council to gather feedback on design suggestions for a new ‘public realm scheme’ in the city centre. The area of focus for this scheme is across the four gates streets, with emphasis on the cross, Westgate Street, and Eastgate Street. Suggestions for new street furniture and ways to improve the current public space will be available for comment. Members of the public, businesses and other organisations are encouraged to submit feedback that will then be incorporated into what the public space in the city centre will look like in the future. Walk-in session will be held at Unit 16, Kings Walk, GL1 1RW on Friday 5th May between 3pm-7pm, and on Saturday 6th May between 11am-3pm. Feedback can also be submitted online through the Gloucester City Council website from Friday 5th May until Monday 15th May. Anthony Hodge, head of regeneration at Gloucester City Council, said: “It’s really important that the people of Gloucester let us know what they think of our proposed designs for the city centre public space. “I’d encourage people to either drop in and speak to us or let us know their thoughts through our online consultation.”...

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Free information and support on sun safety and cancer coming to Gloucestershire

  Free, cancer advice and support is coming to Gloucestershire between Wednesday 3rd May and Friday 5th May. Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting the area, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and provide information. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with cancer, or care for someone who is. Now that summer is on the way, the team will also be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer (though please note the team will be unable to perform skin checks.)  ...

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SportBeat Festival postponed for 2017

EMF performing at SportBeat 2016. Gloucester’s SportBeat Festival which was due to take place this summer has been postponed until next year. A statement by Festival Director – Jody Gooding said: “We’re big thinkers, and have, every year since 2013, wanted to create something Gloucestershire could be proud to have on its doorstep. We’ve been flattered to hear people thought there was a big machine behind it – there isn’t – there’s just a small team of family members and friends, who’ve all graciously given their time to creating the best festival possible. We all work full-time jobs, or...

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Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral’s beautiful 15th century library

Visitors to Gloucester Cathedral will have the rare chance to visit the beautiful 15th century monastic library next Saturday. Located high above the main body of the Cathedral (you will need to go up thirty-eight spiral steps!) the library is a hidden gem that was originally part of the Abbey and holds a wonderful collection of books and manuscripts dating back to the 11th century. Volunteers and staff will be on duty to talk about the library and answer any questions. This year we are offering visitors the chance to discover one aspect of the Library collections in depth.  On...

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Jon Stratford appointed as new temporary deputy chief constable of Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire’s current Assistant Chief Constable for Tri-force, Jon Stratford, has been named as the county’s temporary deputy chief constable. He is stepping into the second-in-command post for 12 months, in line with the appointment of Rod Hansen as temporary chief constable. In his current role, Mr Stratford is responsible for the provision of specialist operational support and major crime investigation across the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset force areas. The succession plan for leadership for these functions is in the process of being decided. Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, who is retiring later this month, said: “Jon’s depth of...

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Ella Eyre and Sheppard to support Little Mix at Kingsholm

Ella Eyre and Sheppard will be supporting Little Mix on Saturday 24th June at Kingsholm Stadium. As part of their Summer Shout Out Tour, Ella Eyre and Sheppard will be the support acts for Little Mix at the Kingsholm Stadium on Saturday 24th June. Ella Eyre has already racked up an impressive seven UK Top 40 hits and is set to perform her hits ‘Waiting All Night’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘If I Go’ before Little Mix take to the stage. Australian indie band Sheppard have enjoyed success with their song ‘Geronimo’, which spent three weeks at number one in their home...

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Still time to register to vote

Gloucestershire County Council is reminding people to register to vote for the upcoming county council elections. The deadline to register is Thursday 13th April. Anyone who does not register before this date will not be eligible to vote on 4th May. You can register to vote by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. To be able to vote, you must: be registered be 18 or over on the day of the election (polling day) be a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen be resident at an address in the area you wish to vote in not be legally excluded from voting We would urge all those eligible to vote, to register and have their say. Your vote matters. Voting in your county council election gives you the chance to have your say on important issues that affect you locally. Voting can also affect you in other ways. Did you know being registered to vote can make it easier for you to apply for a loan or mortgage? It can even help your credit score. Pete Bungard, county returning officer and chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “You still have time to register. Make sure you spare a few minutes to register, its really simple. “Voting is a privilege and responsibility. When you vote, you have the power to make your voice heard.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Museum celebrates centenary with Whittle Walk

Volunteers at the Jet Age Museum begin a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gloster Aircraft Company this weekend by unveiling a ‘Whittle and Wildflower’ walk around the former Brockworth airfield. The four-mile route begins at The Whittle Inn at Gloucester Business Park and traces the perimeter of the historic airfield where the first British jet, the Gloster E28/39, powered by Sir Frank Whittle’s revolutionary invention, first left the ground 76 years ago on 8th April 1941. Sir Frank’s son, Ian Whittle, will join museum volunteers for the inaugural walk, which takes in the sights and sounds of Brockworth’s historic past. Walkers will be able to spot the sculptures outside the pub, listen to the sounds of the former factory at the cones at Whittle Square and view the etched glass front of the Tesco store featuring the famous jet. The Business Park has a memorial plaque and garden and glimpses of the former runway are possible at various points on the route, which then takes in the Hucclecote wildflower meadow and the airfield defences gun emplacement at Nut Hill. Turning back through the new housing development of Coopers Edge with its aviation-related street names before passing the former flight sheds and control tower sites along Golf Club Lane to the former No.2 Factory, now home to Invista, where Hurricanes and Typhoons were built during the...

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Easter goes large at the Eastgate Shopping Centre

Shoppers this Easter Holiday in Gloucester are set for some big fun as butterflies and a huge chocolate scented egg take pride of place in two days of family fun, planned to enthrall and excite artistic youngsters. On Thursday, 13 April, shoppers will be astonished to find that a giant five metre high Easter egg has been laid in the Centre. This giant inflatable egg is scented with chocolate and children will be invited inside for storytime sessions at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Storytellers from the Ting Tang Children’s Theatre Company will be captivating youngsters with traditional tales,...

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How to look after your wheelie bin

Gloucester City Council is reminding residents to look after their wheelie bins ahead of the start of April when new charges will be introduced for replacement bins. On average Gloucester council-taxpayers spend £100,000 a year on replacing waste and recycling containers. In order to tackle this expense and to encourage people to look after their bins, the council is introducing a charge for replacing black and green wheelie bins in certain circumstances. From 1st April, there will be a £40 replacement charge for lost or damaged wheelie bins, or £30 if you collect the replacement bin from the council’s Eastern Avenue Depot. To help residents keep their bins safe, the city council has issued the following advice: Don’t put your bin out the night before your collection day. Your bin could be stolen or vandalised. Do take your bin in as soon as you can after collection. Do ask your neighbour to do this on your behalf if you work shifts or long hours. Do store your bins in a secure area and not in a back alley. Don’t overload your bin. Do put your house name or number on your bin. Do look after your bin. The council will continue to cover the cost of a wheelie bin which is broken or damaged through general wear or tear or contractor error. There will be an online form to...

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King’s Walk Bastion re-opens

Gloucester City Council, working in partnership with the King’s Walk Shopping Centre and the Civic Trust, is re-opening the King’s Walk Bastion for public tours from this month. The chamber contains the remains of part of the Roman City wall and a medieval defensive tower, probably constructed during the reign of Henry III. Confirmed dates of the tour are 4th April, 2nd May and 6th June. There will be three tours on each of the confirmed dates at 10am, 10.45am and 11.30am. Tickets (£5 per person) will be on sale from the Gloucester Ticket Shop website at https://www.gloucesterticketshop.co.uk/, or in person from the museums or tourist information centre. The chamber is accessed by stairs which open in the middle of the King’s Walk Shopping centre. More dates will be announced later in the year. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City Homes gets a new look

Over the past 12 years Gloucester City Homes (GCH) has grown and evolved from a council ALMO to an independent housing association. The next change is underway as GCH’s repairs and maintenance service for its 4,500 properties changes. Morgan Sindall (formerly Lovell) have carried out GCH’s repairs for the past 7 years however as the contract comes to an end the service has been brought in-house. Repairs jobs from April will be carried out by GCH’s brand new team, called PropertyCare. Many of the engineers will be the same friendly faces that tenants recognise however they will be sporting new GCH PropertyCare uniforms and eye-catching new vans. The decision to bring the service in-house was made last year in order to make greater savings and improve GCH’s services. GCH have also taken this opportunity to launch a brand new logo, which maintains the same colours and shape. The new logo aims to help GCH grow into the future as it expands and develops. Michael Hill, Director of Property Services at Gloucester City Homes comments; “Bringing the repairs team in-house allows us to make the service even better and more efficient. Any savings we make can be re-invested into improving tenant’s homes.” Ashley Green, Chief Executive at Gloucester City Homes added; “Launching both PropertyCare and our new logo are more big steps towards GCH’s growth and development.” Gloucester News Centre...

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Is your road getting a spring facelift?

The county council is investing £450k in microsurfacing work on local roads this spring. Over 15km will benefit from an improved road surface. Work will take place from 7th April – 4th May to help protect against damage; prevent potholes by sealing the road surface against water and improve the road texture for drivers. Areas include Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, Brockworth, Churchdown, Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve, Pamington, Northway and Willersley. To check if your road is in the programme, please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadmaintenance where the schedule will be published in advance. Work is highly weather dependent, so times are likely to change at short notice. Updates will also be posted on @GlosRoads. In the majority of cases, to ensure the safety of road users and site crew, the road will be closed while the works take place. Pedestrian access will be maintained and short diversions will be in place. Microsurfacing uses a mix of water, bitumen, aggregate, cement and a setting compound.  This is applied in two separate layers, the first working its way into the voids and cracks to fill depressions and give a uniform surface, ready for the second layer which is drier and gives a quiet, sealed surface. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “Microsurfacing helps us make the most of the county’s roads by extending their useful life, and is an effective way to...

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Brand new road surface for Hucclecote Bypass

Coming soon to the Hucclecote bypass: less waiting, smoother driving and zero potholes.  The county council’s latest investment means that a major road from Hucclecote to Gloucester will be resurfaced, easing daily journeys and commutes. On 3rd April the team will begin work to refresh the old road surface with 2,600 tonnes of new asphalt: twenty times as heavy as a blue whale. To make sure the resurfacing is completed as quickly as possible, it is necessary for the work area to be closed for a 10 day period, ending on 13th April. A diversion route will be signposted via the A417, B4641, and Delta Way. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “This stretch of the Hucclecote Bypass is important to many residents, and we are taking action as the road surface reaches the end of its useful life. “This latest round of resurfacing highlights our commitment to keeping our county moving.” Cllr Robert Vines, county councillor for Brockworth said: “This is a vital route for residents and people commuting into the Gloucester Business Park, so it’s crucial that the county council invests in the road surface.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Renovation of Guildhall and Museum of Gloucester now underway

To keep Gloucester’s cultural venues thriving, two historically important buildings are being renovated by the city council. Residents may have already spotted scaffolding around the Guildhall and Museum of Gloucester: both Grade II listed buildings are undergoing renovation works as part of the city council’s commitment to preserving local heritage. Routine maintenance of the Guildhall identified the need to refurbish three of the high level Edwardian ‘Oeil de Beouf’ circular pivot windows. These will be removed and restored to their former glory, before being returned to the Guildhall and repainted in situ. The building’s age and location in a...

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New bus station continues to take shape

Over the coming months work will start to take shape for Gloucester’s new £7.5million bus station in the heart of the city centre.  In April the works on the major junction changes that will pave the way for the delivery of the new bus station will start. Whilst Gloucester City Council are managing the regeneration of the new bus station, the county council is responsible for the roads surrounding it. Some of the changes to the road layout will include relocating pedestrian crossings and alterations to bus lanes. Further works include: A new junction between Station Road and Bruton Way Changes to the access for the NCP car park Alterations to Bruton Way Minor alterations to parking, taxi provision and drop off locations In April work will start works to reopen the Station Road junction.  Work will then progress over approximately nine months, in three phases to accommodate major utility diversions. Spades will hit the ground for the bus station itself this Autumn. Contractors, Kier, are due on site to start clearing the area and preparing the ground for the bus station’s foundations and underground drainage. Speaking about the highways work, Cllr Vernon Smith cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The new bus station will play an integral part in the future of Gloucester. It will be bright, modern and welcoming to those who travel through...

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£750k cash injection into Dinglewell Junior School

Four brand new eco space classrooms are being built at Dinglewell Junior School, in Gloucester. Gloucestershire County Council is investing £750k into the Hucclecote school for four new classrooms with toilets. These new look rooms will replace the existing classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose. Unlike the current classrooms that are spread out over the schools grounds, these new ones will be joined together in a row and based just opposite the main school block. This will allow a much better flow and create a more enjoyable teaching atmosphere. The new look classrooms will be the same ‘eco pod’ design that was built for English Bicknor primary school, which have been a great success. Cllr David Brown, county councillor for Barnwood and Hucclecote, said: “It is good news that Dinglewell Junior School is getting this makeover, and after pushing for these improvements I am delighted to see that funding has been bought forward. The current classrooms are very tired, I think that these new and innovative rooms will  be great for local families and will bring a breath of fresh air to these students, teachers and the wider community.” Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “These new look class rooms will be complete by the end of the year. “The block is being built in a new area...

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Online chlamydia testing available in Gloucestershire

Did you know chlamydia testing is available online for people to order and test themselves at home? Many people prefer to access sexual health information and services online because of the anonymity it provides. That’s why the county council, working with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS) is promoting the online testing service to try to encourage more people to test themselves. To order a simple free testing kit, 16 to 24 year olds can visit www.freetest.me. The testing kit will arrive in the post in discreet packaging with a postage paid return envelope. Results and health advice will be issued by text message or email. In 2015, the council reviewed chlamydia screening in Gloucestershire and found that some tactics such as grab bins with testing kits were not very effective.  The public health team knows from countywide surveys that people feel self-conscious talking about sexual health and many prefer to find information online. Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection, often seen in young people. Early identification can prevent complications and help stop more people becoming infected. Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health said: “Chlamydia can be an invisible illness so it’s really important people get tested if they’re at risk. “This is a really discreet way for people to test themselves.” For more information on sexual health services in the county visit www.hopehouse.nhs.uk Gloucester News...

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Work Starts on New Gloucester Hub

Work has begun on transforming a building in central Gloucester into the new home for many of the city’s community mental health and learning disability services. 2gether NHS Foundation Trust  purchased Pullman Place, in Great Western Road, in August 2016. Since then local architects Quattro Design have created plans to convert the four-storey office building into high quality, purpose designed clinic space and office accommodation for services. The main contractors, E G Carter and Company Ltd, have now begun work on the site and the first teams are due to move in in late 2017. Jan Furniaux, Service Director for 2gether’s Gloucestershire Localities, said: “We’re very pleased that work has now begun on creating our Gloucester Hub at Pullman Place. It’s an exciting development, as part of our ongoing commitment and investment in the continued quality improvement of our services. “Pullman Place is the perfect location, in the centre of the city with very good public transport links. It is also near to other health and social care partner premises, such as Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and our own Wotton Lawn Hospital. “We’re investing in new premises, recognising that we need to continue meeting the changing needs of our local communities and provide the best possible accommodation from which to deliver our high quality services. This development will benefit service users, carers and also our own staff.” The teams moving into...

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New providers to continue care across county

New care agencies across the county have stepped in to pick up home care that was previously provided by Cleeve Link. Since the announcement that Cleeve Link would be going into liquidation, Gloucestershire County Council have been working hard to ensure that care continued to all vulnerable people, and that new providers were in place. Care is being split across five different providers covering the following areas: Gloucester and Stroud – Human Support Group Cheltenham – Comfort Call Forest of Dean – Radis Cotswolds – Careful Care Tewkesbury town and Marina Court – Live Well at Home Wider Tewkesbury borough – Radis and Comfort Call Cleeve Link staff who provide care that have continued to stay in their role and provide care are all being kept on by new providers. The council has made good any missed pay in the interim and ensured that the new providers will be able to pay all staff going forward. Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people, said: “I would like to thank all the care staff who have worked through this difficult time and the people who receive care for their patience.” “We were only made aware of Cleeve Link’s intentions at extremely short notice and had no indication that the new owner planned to liquidate the company. “These new providers will make sure care continues for those most in need.” The...

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The Eastgate Shopping Centre Makes Mother’s Day For Lucille Davis

Last Sunday, the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester rolled out the red carpet for a very special local mother. Lucille Davis, was nominated by her daughter Holly Palmer in a competition run at the Centre to win a makeover and a new outfit and accessories. Judges from shops within the Centre including Supercuts, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Select selected Lucille from dozens of nominations. “Despite losing her son to myeloma and discovering her mother had cancer my mum has still always been there to support me, my brothers and my nephew”, said Holly. “She is our rock. Without her I wouldn’t have gotten into university and my younger brother, who was never meant to be able to talk, can now drive and attends Hartpury College. It’s all down to my mum and she deserves to be spoilt”. Lucille’s day started with a coffee and a consultation with stylist Didde Thomsen-Wasilewski. The pampering then continued with make-up by local make-up artist Nikki Hudson at Supercuts where she was also presented with a selection of hair care products. It was then time for a light lunch at Boswells Café. Because daughter Holly was not able to enjoy the retail therapy session, Mother, Lucille, decided to surprise Holly by using some of her prize to get an H&M shopping voucher and flowers from M&S – Just another example of what a great...

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£1.5million cash injection into Gloucester’s culture scene

Gloucester has secured £1,489,300 funding from the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place Scheme to help put art and culture at the heart of the city.  This grant will support an ambitious project led by Gloucester City Council. It’s purpose is to make the city a great place to live, work, play and visit by promoting health and wellbeing, developing civic pride and making the most of the area’s rich heritage. The funding will be used to address some key social and economic challenges in the city, notably the need to provide opportunities for young people and ensure no one is left behind. A focus for this funding will be to make sure that communities are at the core of the projects. The public will be asked what activities they’d like to see happen in the city, making sure they follow their cultural interests, passions and vocations. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for arts and culture at Gloucester City Council, said: “Gloucester is proud of its past and ambitious for its future and this fantastic vote of confidence from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England is a real boost. “There is a huge amount of popular, creative and innovative work going on in Gloucester – artistic, cultural and heritage-focussed – this significant grant will help us do more, do it better and...

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Llanthony Secunda Priory awarded flagship grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust

Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust is delighted to announce a major link with the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust which is providing Flagship Project funding of £250,000 to help the Llanthony Re-formation Project – to revitalise a site of truly unique historical importance situated right in the heart of Gloucester. The Flagship Grant will provide matched funding to the Heritage Lottery Grant of £3,194,400 awarded to the Trust in March 2016, and will be used to enhance the landscape element of the work. It will create a vibrant usable green space with opportunities for all to learn about the history of the priory and for the local community to participate in a wide range of activities. Work has already started on site, with the major groundworks associated with landscape and drainage. The capital works are due for completion in summer 2018. Expressing his thanks, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jeremy Williamson said: “The support from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for our Project is wonderful and helps us to realise our plans for the future of this unique site in Gloucester”. MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham offered his congratulations to both parties: “The agreement between the Trust and GET on the matched funding for the Heritage Lottery Fund grant means that Llanthony Secunda will now definitely be brought back to life. This is exciting for Gloucestershire College, for our city, shoppers at...

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Making Gloucester a city that ‘works for everyone’

Gloucester City Council has published its draft council plan and its vision to work with partners and residents to make Gloucester a city that works for everyone. The draft plan, which will be discussed at next week’s full council meeting, outlines the city council’s priorities for the next three years. These include, working to create a vibrant and prosperous city, working to maintain a safe and attractive city, working to build strong and resilient communities and working to provide great services that offer value for money. Throughout the previous year massive regeneration projects have been underway, such as the new bus station, in order to create a vibrant and prosperous city; these types of schemes are set to continue over the next year. Regeneration and the city economy are key priorities within the council plan. Developments at Bakers Quay, Blackfriars and the new bus station all play a vital role in how the council will deliver its ambitions for the city. Gloucester City Council has a clear commitment to making sure the city is a safe and attractive place for residents, visitors and businesses. The draft plan suggests a mix of improvement projects and enforcement actions that work towards ensuring this commitment is met. The council has a multi-agency approach when it comes to keeping Gloucester safe. By working closely with the police, county council and other partner organisations,...

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New equipment is a breath of fresh air for fire crews

Gloucestershire firefighters will be able to breath easy with new state of the art equipment to help them stay safe when fighting fires. In April last year, cabinet agreed to look for a new supplier of breathing apparatus for the county’s fire service to ensure that crews have the best possible tools when they’re risking their lives and saving others. This followed updates being made to national guidance and the current equipment being at the end of its service life. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) went to tender to find new state of the art breathing apparatus, which could include extra functions like improved communications between incident commanders and extra monitoring software to safeguard firefighters in dark, smoke filled buildings. To find the best possible equipment for crews, the fire service carried out trials of potential kit in training scenarios, carrying out tests with the county’s firefighters to gauge their feedback, as well as discussing with colleagues at other services that use the apparatus for their feedback. The new breathing apparatus will be supplied by Interspiro and uses blue tooth technology to improve communications between crews, as well as being around half the weight of previous sets. Training with the new equipment is nearly complete and it is currently being rolled out around the county’s stations. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire and infrastructure, said: “I am...

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Gloucester businesses press ahead with next phase of regeneration

Restoring pride in Gloucester’s historic waterfront has been key to the city’s success story – and enthusiastically promoted by commercial property consultants Bruton Knowles. The Local Development Order supporting the regeneration of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city was adopted by Gloucester City Council earlier this week and sent on to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid for final approval. The ambitious £135m programme could provide the launch pad for a further overhaul of the city’s commercial, residential and leisure core. Angus Taylor, Head of Commercial at Bruton Knowles’ Quedgeley headquarters, said the firm had already played a key role in driving the city centre regeneration strategy and would continue to help drive the regeneration of the area. “We have advised developers, local authorities and other stakeholders on a range of schemes aimed at delivering economic growth from this once neglected area of the city.” He said a raft of new schemes in and around the city centre had transformed around two thirds of it from virtual dereliction to thriving new retail, leisure and residential hubs. “We applaud Gloucestershire City and County Councils who have had the foresight to press ahead with this project – despite uncertainties over the prevailing economic conditions. Regeneration never travels in a straight line and, inevitably, there have been setbacks, such as the major fire at Baker’s Quay.”...

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One to one support to be offered to the county’s homeless

Together with its partners, Gloucester City Council secured £990k government funding to provide extra support for long-term homeless people in Gloucestershire for whom homelessness has become a way of life. In partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, and the other district councils in the county, Gloucester City Council has secured up to £990,000 ‘social impact bond’ (SIB) funding for long-term homeless people in the county, along with only seven other areas in the country. The funding for this four year project will be dedicated to delivering a new service to help long-term and repeat homeless people. Many...

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Tom Jones returns for Gloucester performance this Summer!

  The legendary Tom Jones is to perform at the Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on 25th June 2017. With a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, Tom Jones has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement. Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, the global icon has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits. Tom Jones told Gloucester News Centre: “I am really pleased to be returning to Kingsholm Stadium this June. I always have a great time performing at summer...

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Deputy Chief Constable steps-up ahead of new fire service study

Gloucestershire’s current Deputy Chief Constable Rod Hansen has been named as the county’s temporary chief constable. Mr. Hansen will assume operational control of the Constabulary when the current chief Suzette Davenport retires in April Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, “Rod Hansen has been an outstanding officer at local, regional and national levels. He has served Gloucestershire well as a deputy and I had no hesitation in offering him the job of temporary chief constable”. But, Mr. Surl admitted that uncertainty over the future of the fire service had had a bearing on the length of contract being offered. He said, “The Government has made it abundantly clear its enthusiasm for reform and I am under clear instructions from the Home Office to examine very carefully what benefits might be achieved by combining some of the work done behind the scenes by police and fire service back-office staff. “The Home Office is making money available to PCCs to carry out independent studies of their local fire services. What they are considering is the possibility of fundamental change involving the governance and leadership of two of the key public services. “As I have said many times, I have an open mind. However, if the research suggests change would benefit the council tax payers of Gloucestershire, the responsibilities of the chief constable in twelve months’ time could be very different...

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Longlevens children get active together

Longlevens children will be benefitting from over £7,500 of funding from local county councillor Kathy Williams. Cllr Williams has used part of her funding from the council’s Active Together grant to support a number of projects in her ward. The Active Together grant is used to encourage more sport and physical activity across the county and enables communities the control to create their own opportunities to get active and healthy together. Over £1,700 of the money has been used by Longlevens Junior School to create a community story garden. This offers an environment to help early years children, school children, vulnerable families and elderly members of the community to get involved in gardening as well as actively learning outdoors. A further £740 of funding has been used to invest in outdoor equipment for the Longlevens Children’s Hub, operated by Longlevens Junior School. The hub is a purpose built building set in the grounds of Longlevens Junior School which offers Early Years Playgroup for children aged 2-4 (called Playdays) and a before and after school club for children aged 4-11 (Longlevens Out of School Club). The funding for these two initiatives follows an investment of £5,000 at Longlevens Infant School to build a Trim Trail to help children with developmental needs or physical disability take part in the activities alongside other pupils. Fiona Bradshaw, Hub Manager at Longlevens Junior School,...

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Gloucester pupils learn to make healthier choices with new Be Food Smart app

  Cllr Andrew Gravells from Gloucesterhire County Council will be showing pupils at Upton St Leonards Primary School how to make healthier food and drink choices using the new Be Food Smart app which launched earlier this year as part of Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign. The special lesson will educate children about how much saturated fat, sugar and salt is in their favourite everyday food and drinks and how the Be Food Smart app can be used at home to get the whole family making healthier choices. This complements the curriculum linked Change4Life Be Food Smart packs that...

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Council to create new adults and children’s services hub

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has received planning permission to create a new adults and children’s services hub. This new centre will replace the old magistrates court buildings located in Barbican Road and forms part of the wider regeneration of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city. The council will relocate its current services based in Quayside House into the new building, connecting them with other services in Shire Hall. This will make it much easier for the public to access these services and create a welcoming and comfortable environment for service users. The existing building will make way for a more eco-friendly, cost effective office space for staff and clients as well as making a positive contribution to the Barbican conservation area in Gloucester. The rest of Shire Hall is also undergoing refurbishment to create more eco-friendly and efficient office space for staff. With the building currently divided into a lot of individual offices the new design will create a more open plan environment to allow more efficient use of the space as well as allowing better communication between teams. Plans are in place to fit solar panels to Shire Hall which will help to light the building and significantly reduce the council’s energy bills and carbon footprint. After 50 years’ service, large areas of the existing windows and cladding are in disrepair and these will also be...

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Dredging up the future: Quedgeley drain clearing will alleviate floods

Drainage ditches near a busy residential and retail area of Quedgeley  are being cleared by the county council to help prevent flooding. Dredging work along Bristol Road and Carters Orchard is underway from 22nd February to 3rd March, and will involve clearing drains of silt, overgrowth and any other debris, which will help increase their capacity. The drainage system at Quedgeley was built over 30 years ago: since then, many new homes, businesses and shops have been developed in the area. In wet weather, this can place extra demand on watercourses, which do an important job containing water channelled from drains on the highway. The council is carrying out dredging work to clear watercourses and alleviate flooding. Highways will remain open as usual, but drivers should be aware that maintenance vehicles will be on the roads. Work will start at Quedgeley Olympus retail park before continuing along Bristol Road to Farrier’s End and Saddlers Road. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “I am pleased that this work is being done to clear drainage. Watercourses play a vital role in reducing flood risk, especially in urban districts, and it is vital that they function correctly. We are taking preventative action now to protect properties in the area.” Cllr Mark Hawthorne, county councillor for Quedgeley, said: “This vital work will benefit the community of Quedgeley. I am glad this is now underway...

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Do you know where Gloucester’s hidden bridge is?

The county council is upgrading a hidden bridge in the Barton area of Gloucester as part of its continued investment in local roads. The bridge, which carries people over the River Twyver on Derby Road, is reaching the end of its life and will be replaced with a brand new bridge that can cope with heavier vehicles. The new improved Derby Road bridge will be strong enough to carry up to 40 tonnes – the equivalent weight of three double decker buses. The work is part of the county council’s ongoing investment in Gloucestershire’s roads and will reduce the need for structural maintenance work in the future. Replacing a bridge is a complex and technical project, which means the scheme is expected to last up to six weeks, starting from 13th March. To protect the public, a 10 metre section of Derby Road, from Derby Court to the Norville Factory entrance will be closed at all times throughout the scheme. To help avoid delays during this essential work a diversion route suitable for heavy vehicles will be signposted through Barton Street, Eastern Avenue, Barnwood Road, London Road and Horton Road and vice versa. However the majority of vehicles will be able to find shorter routes. Pedestrian access will be maintained over the bridge throughout. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “I’m sure there are many...

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A38 Barnwood roundabout to be resurfaced

To keep traffic into Gloucester flowing freely, the county council is upgrading the road surface at a roundabout on a key route into the city. Popular use has caused heavy wear and tear to the A38 Barnwood roundabout, which joins Barnwood Road with Estcourt Road and London Road. As part of the county council’s continued investment in Gloucestershire’s roads, resurfacing work will take place in the evening to reduce disruption, on 6th and 7th March between 7-11pm. Upgrading this section of road will also mean a smoother and more efficient journey for ambulances travelling to nearby Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The road will remain available for emergency use during the resurfacing. During the work a diversion route for heavy vehicles will be signposted via Corinium Avenue to Walls Roundabout, A417 to Elmbridge Roundabout, A40 to Longford Roundabout, left towards Kingsholm then left onto Estcourt Road, and vice versa. However the majority of traffic will be able to find shorter routes. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “The county council carries out regular maintenance checks of Gloucestershire’s roads to keep important routes moving: the A38 roundabout is a priority for us, given its proximity to the hospital and its role as a gateway into the city.” Cllr Jeremy Hilton, county councillor for Kingsholm and Wotton, said: “Investing in our roads is vitally important. This is a small,...

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Gloucester’s Job Market Growing Faster than London’s According to Reports

  Gloucester showed impressive private sector jobs growth in 2014-2015 of 5.5% according to the Financial Times, a higher rate than London. London saw roughly a 3% increase in employment over the same time period. This fact can’t be written off as modest success by a small city with percentages skewed by its relatively small population. Gloucestershire Live reported in February 2017 that Gloucestershire has the fourth highest employment rate in the UK at 80.7%. Factors Driving This Trend The high cost of living for workers and operating expenses for businesses are driving many banking jobs out of London...

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For the Record: Archives building to become ‘Gloucestershire Heritage Hub’

Calling all history buffs: the county council is transforming Gloucestershire Archives into a brand new community facility. The ‘For the Record’ project will future-proof Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire’s archive of historic documents and offer a variety of community activities. Tens of thousands of unique and irreplaceable documents from Gloucestershire’s colourful history are stored in the building – equal to over 9 miles of records. The oldest dates back to the 12th century – and soon new technology and ways of working with partners will make the information more accessible for anyone interested in researching local or family history. The upgraded building, which is based in Alvin Street, Gloucester, will also offer volunteering opportunities,training and activities that will appeal to a wide range of local people, including schools, older people and those with early-stage dementia. The facility currently attracts a growing network of people interested in the documented heritage of historic Gloucestershire. The ‘For the Record’ project will improve the way these records are gathered, kept and shared. Demolition and digging of foundations is about to get underway. Phase two will begin in summer, when a new front entrance and training suite will be built. Both Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Family History Society will remain open for business during the building works.  However, for public safety, the car park and footpath between Alvin Street and Kingsholm Road are closed. Nearby public...

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Regenerating a run-down site to create much-needed homes

Two Rivers Housing is building 22 affordable and energy-efficient one and two-bedroom homes at the former site of the old Gloucester British School in Wellington Street. The school opened in 1841 but the site has been derelict and unsightly for many years after the majority of the school buildings were demolished back in the 1960s. As part of the City Council’s bid to enhance the area, encourage investment and regeneration, the new homes will make a more positive contribution to the street scene as well as help to address the demand for affordable properties. The site is within the Eastgate and St Michael’s Conservation Area and Two Rivers Housing has worked very closely with the Local Planning Authority and Conservation Officer to make sure the development does not impact upon any listed buildings or heritage assets and complies with all legal acts, guidelines and specifications. Furthermore, it has been reported as ‘an enhancement to the significance of the conservation area as it will positively respond to special interest and local detailing’. The new development is being built using materials that respect those already established in the area. The design will be sympathetic to the surrounding Victorian terraces using both traditional and modern materials. The old flagstone and memorial stones that were present at the site have been carefully removed by Gloucester City Council and are now in their safe-keeping....

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Line between Swindon and Gloucester remains closed

Rail services between Swindon and Gloucester remain suspended after a car was hit by a train at level crossing yesterday. A limited number of services will be diverted between Gloucester and Swindon resulting in extended journey times. An hourly shuttle service will operate between Swindon and Kemble, replacement road transport has also been arranged to operate between Swindon and Gloucester calling at intermediate stations on the Stroud Valley. CrossCountry are conveying GWR ticket holders between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads in both directions until further notice. The line is expected to be closed throughout today, please check www.gwr.com for the latest information on when the line is expected to re-open. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Hospice needs hands on support in Gloucester

Local hospice charity, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court, is seeking hands on support in Gloucester in its quest to raise awareness of the care it provides for people in the city, and help raise the £8,000 it costs to run its services every day. The hospice is looking for collection tin coordinators in the city, which would involve identifying new shops, pubs, restaurants and other venues in and around Gloucester who can display a collection tin for their customers’ loose change and then collect them when they are full. Charity tin collections are a vital stream of income for the hospice, as well as being an easy and effective way to raise awareness of what the charity does too. Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to become a Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court volunteer, no matter how many hours they can volunteer. Alysia Cameron-Price, Senior Hospice Fundraiser says, “”As Gloucestershire’s only inpatient unit providing specialist hospice care we already help many families in Gloucester, but we know there are more people in the city who could benefit from our support either in the hospice or in their own homes from our hospice at home nurses.” “By having Collection Tin Coordinators in Gloucester it will make more people aware that we can offer them support in times of need, as well as raising some of the vital funds we need to keep our care...

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Gloucester jobs market growing ‘at faster rate than London’

Gloucester has enjoyed the second highest rise in private sector jobs in the UK – according to figures from the Financial Times. Private sector jobs growth of 5.5 per cent in 2014-15 outstripped even London. But the city’s success in generating private sector employment came as little surprise to Angus Taylor, Head of the Commercial Team at Bruton Knowles’ Gloucester HQ. He said: “Gloucestershire’s recovery has encompassed long awaited refurbishments for major destinations such as Gloucester Quays – but it has also provided the vital spark for thousands of start-ups and SMEs – the lifeblood of any local economy. “The Gloucester region has an enviable record as a nursery for start-ups and for small firms which have survived their first year and are still going strong – and which have helped drive this striking growth. “As a region we have always been at the forefront of innovative engineering and manufacture and our vibrant and dynamic employers are world leading exporters. “Many have successfully adapted from the global recession and changes in the oil and aerospace industries to innovate new products and develop new markets for their sales. “We have a strong track record in not only surviving but thriving in such challenging environments, as these recent statistics now demonstrate.” Angus Taylor said Gloucestershire had also benefitted from the surge in internet shopping leading to increased demand for storage and distribution...

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Smoother, safer, better: Netheridge Swing Bridge to be resurfaced

A vital access route into Gloucester will be the focus of the county council’s latest resurfacing drive, giving motorists a smoother ride in and around the city. Netheridge Swing Bridge on Secunda Way turned 10 this year, and is a key point of entry into the city. The popularity of this route has led to wear and tear, meaning that the road surface is at the end of its useful life. To restore the bridge and help prevent further repairs, 50 tonnes of a new, hi-tech asphalt will be laid by contractor Amey. This pioneering new surface is specifically designed to move with flexible structures, such as bridges, to stop cracks and potholes appearing. This will reduce the need for future repairs and road closures – making life easier for motorists and reducing congestion in and around Gloucester. Traffic in both directions will continue to flow over the bridge throughout the work, which will take place in stages from 11th-23rd February. Lanes will be closed to protect motorists while the old surface is removed from the steel deck and replaced. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “This major route into and around the city centre is an important asset for our city, connecting thousands of residents, commuters and visitors to Gloucester’s shops and historic centre every day. It’s crucial that resurfacing and repairs are carried...

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Former Bishop of Gloucester ‘released from prison’ after serving half his sentence for sexual abuse

A former Church of England bishop who sexually abused 18 young men has been freed from prison halfway through his 32 months jail sentence. Peter Ball was jailed in October 2015 after pleading guilty to a string of historical offences. A lawyer who represented some of his victims says the 84-year-old’s early release is “an affront to justice”. He was bishop of Lewes and Gloucester.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Double Gloucester Gold

Gloucester Tourist Information Centre has won the tourist information centre of the year award and the ‘Winner of Winners’ award, the top accolade of the night for their constant commitment to quality, excellence and innovation. Gloucester TIC beat Bude, Bodmin, Taunton and Purbeck to the top spot at the award ceremony, which was held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. The awards highlight the good work of the centre providing tourists and residents with information of the city in one central location, whilst promoting a host of leisure activities and events, such as the Tall Ships Festival and Frightmare. The award ceremony was organised by Services for Tourism, an organisation that works with tourism boards and companies and promote the tourism industry. They organise the awards with the assistance of a team of mystery shoppers and judges. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “Gloucester TIC is so important because it provides residents and tourists with key information about the city, whilst also promoting local leisure businesses. It is fantastic that not only have we won the gold for the South West Tourism Awards, but that the team also won the top award of the night with the ‘winners of winners’ award. “I am very proud of everyone in the team who has worked so hard to provide such a fantastic service. Gloucester is a great...

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M5 resurfacing work to start in Gloucestershire

A resurfacing scheme will get under way on Monday which will bring twofold benefits on a section of the M5 in Gloucestershire. Highways England announced in December that a programme of work originally proposed for 2018/19 had been brought forward to this year. The work to resurface a seven-mile section of the M5 between junctions 11A and 12 at Gloucester will start on Monday 6 February. In recent years, Highways England has been working with local communities and stakeholders to identify a solution to a longstanding noise issue around Upton St Leonards and Hucclecote. And replacing the ageing road surface with quieter materials will not only bring smoother journeys for motorists but will also help to address the noise problem for communities bordering the motorway. The northbound carriageway will be fully closed overnight (8pm-6am) between junction 11A and 12 on Monday 6 February, Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March and between the junction 11A exit and entry slip roads on 30 March. A single lane will be running overnight in both directions on other nights until the resurfacing is scheduled to complete on 31 March. The junction 11A slip roads will also see overnight closures during the work. The southbound entry slip road will be closed between 8pm and 6am on 13/14/22 February and 3 and 14 March, the northbound exit slip...

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Improved safety proposals for A38

Residents in Kingsway and Quedgeley will be given the opportunity to have their say on proposed improvements to the A38 in Gloucester. Highways officers have been working alongside colleagues at Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership and Gloucestershire Constabulary to look at ways to improve safety along the A38. With more development in the south of the city, the A38 has seen a marked increase in the amount of traffic in the area and a new junction built to serve Kingsway residents. This has lead to calls for improvements to be made to the road to help keep residents and motorists that use the road and surrounding areas safe. Gloucestershire County Council has already put in place a number of safety changes to the A38. These have seen safety barriers installed at Waterwells roundabout and a backup power supply added to traffic lights on Cole Avenue in the event of power cuts. The speed limit on the B4008 in Hardwicke has also been reduced to further improve safety in the area. The council have now carried out speed surveys and monitored the amount of vehicles using the road, as well as the number of pedestrians crossing the A38 at Kingsway. These surveys have helped to inform proposals to improve safety on the road by lowering the speed limit from 70mph to 60mph and to make changes to the lanes at the...

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Mayor and Sheriff drop in for tea with Gloucester care home residents

Residents of a Gloucester care home have welcomed the city’s Mayor and Sheriff for afternoon tea. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Neil Hampson, and The Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Said Hansdot, joined residents and staff at The Knoll Care Home. The civic dignitaries were given a tour of the home in Stroud Road, Tuffley, meeting staff, residents and their families, whilst also learning more about the programme of daily activities designed to keep residents active. Debbie Smith, manager of the Knoll Care Home, said: “We were delighted to receive the Mayor and Sheriff for tea and to give them the grand tour of the home. “It was also fantastic to showcase some of the activities our residents enjoy doing, both inside the home and outside in our gardens. “Our residents and staff made sure our guests were made to feel very welcome and it was a great way to start the year with such a special visit.” Councillor Hampson said: “We very much enjoyed our afternoon at The Knoll, which was one of our first visits of the New Year. “I’d like to thank Debbie and all her team for such a warm welcome and congratulate the staff for doing such a fantastic job. You can tell the home is full of joy and laughter.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Glost in music: festivals and events planned for Gloucester in 2017

Drum roll please: Gloucester city council is setting the stage for a lively programme of festivals, entertainment and cultural events for 2017-2018. Following the success of last year’s events, the city council has announced its planned festivals and events for 2017-2018. Some of which include the popular Tall Ships Festival and the Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC). By continuing to work with variety of partners, the year-round schedule will celebrate Gloucester’s rich heritage, making the city an exciting, welcoming and fun place to live, work and visit. Popular events such as Rugby in the park, the blues festival and the Christmas lantern procession will be returning this year, ensuring that every aspect all of the city’s diverse community is catered for. One of the city council’s priorities is to attract visitors to Gloucester and boost its growing reputation as a cultural destination. To help achieve this goal new events, such as the comedy festival, have been introduced. Marketing Gloucester deliver the city councils event programme and is tasked with reducing costs and generating additional income year on year. The total budget for festival and events for the coming year is £160,000 and this is supplemented by ticket sales, sponsorship, advertising, fundraising and partnership funding. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said “We had a great year of festivals and events last year, we really...

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Gloucester City council invest £13.4million into regeneration

Gloucester City Council’s budget for the coming financial year includes allocations for improving nature reserves, enhancing play areas in the city and regenerating the city centre. The 2017/18 money plan, which will be discussed in February’s full council meeting, includes investment into regeneration and improving the nature reserves in the city. Following a six week public consultation last year, which saw 263 residents and businesses respond, the budget allocates a total £13.5million investment into regenerating and improving the city. Earlier this year the city council started the £6.4million regeneration of Gloucester’s bus station. Previously unused buildings, such as Albion House and The Fleece Hotel, have also been injected with cash to make them usable. This regeneration is set to continue throughout 2017/18 with more than £5million being invested into the regeneration of Kings Quarter.  The public told the council that the waste collection and recycling services, quickly followed by the street cleaning and litter collection, are amongst the most important services provided. The new recycling service that was successfully launched last month has seen the council invest £1.9million in new vehicles. By collecting these extra materials recycling has been made easier and will increase by up to five per cent, in turn making savings in the region of £300,000 per year. However, councils across the country are facing some of the toughest financial times in decades. Part of the...

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Justice after Genocide

It was the single worst atrocity committed on European soil since the Second World War – yet the Srebrenica genocide is an event that is often left out of history lessons and spoken about even less in the media. Remembering Srebrenica is a charity that aims to change that. The charity is dedicated to creating a safer and better society for all, using the horrors of the Srebrenica genocide to demonstrate what happens when discrimination, extremism and exclusion are allowed to flourish. Anousheh Haghdadi is the co-ordinator for Remembering Srebrenica in the South West and will be speaking about her work at The Friendship Café on Monday the 6th of February, as part of the Spirit of Peace Community Bring and Share Supper. David Bennett, a volunteer for Spirit of Peace, said, “Anousheh is a trained lawyer and human rights advocate who is passionate about educating people about the horrors of the Bosnian war and tackling hatred and intolerance through community cohesion. “The effect of hate crime should not be underestimated. Not only does it impact the life of the victim, but it can also have a ripple effect across an entire community”. Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl visited Srebrenica in 2014 as part of a trip organised by the Foreign Office. “We were there to pay tribute to those who had died in the war, and...

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Drivers still ignoring ‘no mobile when you’re mobile’ message

More than a hundred motorists have been caught using their mobile phone whilst driving in the latest police operation. In Gloucester, 101 drivers were noted within a four hour period. A further 17 were spotted in Coleford in the Forest of Dean. Where the data collected has been analysed so far, around three quarters of those spotted were men, a quarter women, of which 61% were in private vehicles, 34% were commercial operators and 5% were in in hired vehicles. Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, who has made safe and social driving a priority of his four year strategy for reducing crime said, “The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is one of the things people complain to me about the most – and yet many still do it. “It’s one of the most dangerous and irresponsible things you can do as you are not only putting yourself and your passenger at risk but other road users as well. It’s already illegal, now we have to make it as socially unacceptable as smoking and not wearing a seat-belt”. The operation was part of the second phase of a campaign that was launched just before Christmas. It was carried-out by police cadets and other volunteers from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The registered owners of all the cars noted will now receive a letter setting-out the dangers and...

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Gloucester Guildhall is supporting heart month with a charity exhibition

During the month of February at Gloucester Guildhall, local artists from across the county will be displaying some of their finest pieces of work at the I H’ART GLOUCESTER exhibition. From 2nd – 27th February, art lovers will have the opportunity to take home their favourites from the exhibition, with all the commission from sales as well as the proceeds from many of the pieces going to the British Heart Foundation, in support of Heart Month. Chloe Homer, Gloucester Guildhall’s programming and marketing officer, said: “We are really excited about bringing together some of the county’s best artists for this collaborative exhibition. Plus it’s for a great cause!” Every February, the British Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Month. Heart Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of heart disease across the country. During this month, the British Heart Foundation focuses upon educating and encouraging people to choose a heart-healthy lifestyle. I H’Art Gloucester will be based in the Concourse corridor gallery and will be free admission. There will also be a chance to decorate an “I H’Art Gloucester” postcard with reasons of why you love Gloucester. These postcards will be displayed at Gloucester Guildhall at a later date, giving you an opportunity to leave an impression. Gloucester News Centre –...

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UKIP Tewkesbury elects country’s youngest branch chairman

UKIP’s Tewkesbury Branch has elected 21 year old Matt Young from Longlevens as the Eurosceptic party’s youngest Branch Chairman at its recent Annual General Meeting held at the town’s Tudor House Hotel. Retiring Branch Chairman and UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Tewkesbury  in the 2015 General Election Stuart Adair said :- “We are absolutely delighted that Matt has taken on this extremely important role. Young people are the future of both the party and the country, and it is therefore extremely gratifying that UKIP Tewkesbury has elected the UK’s youngest Branch Chairman. Matt is born and bred in Longlevens, and he will be fighting the Longlevens Division in the Gloucestershire County Council Elections this coming May. However Matt also has a great knowledge of the rest of the Tewkesbury District, and he will be working hard to increase our support there as well. Now more than ever we need people of Matt’s calibre, energy and enthusiasm to hold the Remain supporting Prime Minister Theresa May to account, and to ensure that she means what she says when stating that “Brexit means Brexit.” Matt Young commented :- “It is a real honour to have been elected UKIP Branch Chairman in the area in which I grew up and in which I have lived all my life. I am very grateful to Stuart Adair for all of his hard work in building...

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Gloucester residents urged to be aware of two men handed anti-social behaviour injunctions

People in Gloucester are being urged to look at the faces of two men who were handed anti-social behaviour injunctions last week. The civil injunctions, applied for by Project Solace and granted at Gloucester County Court last Wednesday (25 January), mean Jamie Lee Poulter, 24 and from Hucclecote and Clarke David Rowe, 30 and from Gloucester, could be arrested if they cause a nuisance or annoyance to anyone in the city, use or threaten to use violence in the city or enter a specific address in Queens Close, Hucclecote. The injunctions were granted after evidence was gathered that Poulter and Rowe were taking advantage of two vulnerable people in the Hucclecote area, staying at their address, using controlling behaviour and causing anti-social behaviour. Poulter has also threatened violence to Gloucester City Council staff. The orders remain in place until 9 January 2018 and any breach could result in a prison sentence. Emily Jones, Senior Community Safety Officer at Gloucester City Council, said: “Project Solace is committed to supporting victims of anti-social behaviour in Gloucester and taking the necessary action against perpetrators. Unfortunately cases like this can go unreported because victims are often scared to speak out. We encourage anyone affected by ongoing behaviour that causes them harassment, alarm and distress to contact us confidentially so that we can help.” Matt Puttock, Gloucester Community Sergeant, said: “Frequent and repeated police...

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County’s first woman police chief who smashed the glass ceiling

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl today paid tribute to Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, following her announcement she is to retire.Ms Davenport, 54, became Gloucestershire’s first woman chief constable in the Constabulary’s 174 year history having been appointed by Mr. Surl – himself the county’s first PCC – following his election in 2013. Mr. Surl said, “It was always expected Suzette would retire in 2017 and with other senior officers also coming-up to retirement, she has made the honourable decision to go now in order to allow her successor to have a say in the appointment of a new executive team. “Reaching the top of her profession just as the Government introduced Police and Crime Commissioners could have led to understandable tension. Instead, Suzette and I have been able to form an effective, professional working relationship that always put Gloucestershire first. “She has had a remarkable career at local, regional and national level. I would like to thank her personally, and on behalf of the county, for her dedication and commitment during one of the most turbulent periods in the Constabulary’s history”. Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport started her police service with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles over the next 20 years. After a short spell at the Home Office in 2005, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Staffordshire Police...

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New look Hadwen Medical Practice underway

Redevelopment plans to improve and expand Hadwen Medical Practice were marked by a sod cutting ceremony on site today. The surgery, which is situated on Glevum Way in Abbeydale, is undergoing a £5 million refurbishment and extension programme bring facilities up-to-date, as well as meet the growing capacity of the local area. “We are delighted that after many years of planning the development has now started and are very excited that, once complete, we will have a first class primary care facility that will meet the current and future needs of our patient population,” said Ian Robertson, Management Partner at Hadwen Medical Practice. Built by contractor Speller Metcalfe, and with architectural and project management services provided by GVA, the first stage of work will see the pharmacy relocated into temporary accommodation before construction of a new three-storey extension, which is being built on the existing car park and will be linked to the original practice via a walkway. The new building will offer a mixture of consulting and treatment rooms, as well as minor procedures and general offices. Externally, a new car park is being built at the rear of the building that will triple the current capacity and be accessed via a pedestrian bridge. “We will be undertaking the building work across a multi-phased programme to minimise any kind of disruption to staff, patients and residents,” said Andy...

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Chief Constable Suzette Davenport announces retirement

The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, Suzette Davenport, has announced her retirement from policing. Ms Davenport, 54, will be leaving her role in April after four years in the job and over 30 years in the police service. She was appointed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl in 2013 and, amongst many achievements, has guided the organisation through a major restructure during a time of financial constraint. Chief Constable Davenport said:  “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our officers and staff for all their hard work, dedication and support over the last four years. “I am privileged to lead great people in a fabulous organisation and while we have faced some tough challenges we have had some major successes in tackling the issues that really affect our communities. “I’m proud to have helped deliver further reductions in crime and know that Gloucestershire remains a very safe place to live, work and visit. “I always said this would be my last role in policing and to have served as Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable has not only been the highlight of my career but the greatest possible honour.” Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport started her police service with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles over the next 20 years. After a short spell at the Home Office in...

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Hare Lane in Gloucester City Centre to be resurfaced

An access route into a car park near the cathedral and town centre shops will be given a well earned facelift. Hare Lane’s central location means it is regularly used as a route into Hare Lane car park. The ongoing wear and tear caused by car park traffic means that the current road surface is coming to the end of its useful life. Once complete, 1760 tonnes of fresh new asphalt will improve access to this historic area of the city. A total 800 square metres of road will be re-surfaced by Amey, the county council’s contractor. The resurfacing will take three days, starting on 13th February until 15th February. Work has been scheduled for half term in order to minimise disruption. Pitt Street will also be closed to through-traffic for the duration of the work, however the one-way restriction on the road will be temporarily lifted to allow residents of Pitt Street access to their properties Access to the car park on Park Street will be available via Gouda Way. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the scheme. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “Hare Lane is a small but important link in the county’s road infrastructure, and as one of the older streets in the city, has had a long and hard working life, used by generations of locals and visitors to the...

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Fire crews urge people to stay warm and well

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is urging residents to stay safe and well during the cold winter months so they keep healthy. As part of a nationwide drive to encourage those most at risk from the cold weather, GFRS have issued the following advice: Make sure you get your flu jab Keep your home at least 18° C (65°F) if you can Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter Those with long-term health conditions and anyone over 65 should make sure to follow the guidelines above to try and prevent the colder weather from causing health issues. A national campaign to help people in winter weather has been launched by NHS England and Public Health England which GFRS are supporting. Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Across the county, our firefighters have a long tradition of helping those in need when called upon. For many years now we have made it a priority to advise and support all within our community, but particularly those that are more vulnerable. We are pleased to work alongside the NHS and Public Health England for the second consecutive year in the ‘Stay...

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Bike stolen outside GL1 in Gloucester

This bike was stolen outside GL1 in Gloucester on Monday 16 January. Can you help police find it? At around 3.45pm, a man wearing dark clothing with a hood concealing his face, removed a set of bolt croppers from his black backpack and cut the lock before stealing the bike. It is a GT mountain bike, black in colour and worth around £300. Anyone who has seen the bike in the area or for sale is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 314 of 16 January. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Abbeydale Morrisons shoppers most generous in South West

© Copyright Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. It’s official! Shoppers and staff at Morrisons Abbeydale Store are the most generous in the South West, coming top in the amount of money raised for its charity partner, Sue Ryder, over the past three years.   As the national charity partnership comes to an end it was also revealed that the store raised the fifth largest total amount of money in the UK as part of the national ‘Raise a Smile’ partnership.   As of 31st December, Abbeydale Morrisons staff and shoppers had raised a staggering £27,391.26 for Sue Ryder, with more fundraising money still coming in.   The charity partnership overall has raised £7.2 million in just three years, helping Sue Ryder to expand its end of life care services across the UK and support more families who are facing the most difficult time of their lives. With Morrisons funding, the charity has been able to provide over 250,000 extra hours of incredible care a year to patients and families in their own homes and local communities. Through specialist services in the community, family support teams and national befriending service; Sue Ryder has helped more people spend their final days at home and changed a lifetime of memories for those left behind. The Morrisons-funded Online Community and Support (sueryder.org/support) is also providing support and advice...

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17-year-old boy stabbed in Gloucester

UPDATE: A 17-year-old boy from Gloucester has been arrested on suspicion of assault – wounding. A 15-year-old girl from Gloucester has been arrested on suspicion of theft. They both remain in custody for questioning.   Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a teenager sustained a stab wound during an assault in Gloucester. The incident happened at around 11pm on Friday 20 January on Painswick Road, near to Eastern Avenue. There was an altercation between a group of people when the victim, a 17-year-old boy, sustained a stab wound to his back. His mobile phone was also stolen after it fell out of his pocket. He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he received treatment. The injury was not life threatening and the victim has since been discharged from hospital. We understand an incident of this nature can cause concern for the local community, but this is thought to be an isolated incident with no risk to the wider public. Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to come forward, in particular a man who was driving a Ford Focus and stopped to speak to the victim. Call 101 quoting incident 521 of 20 January to provide information. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details...

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Elvis brings stars to the eyes of hospice

An Elvis impersonator who has appeared on TV show ‘Stars in your Eyes’ is coming to Cheltenham. Adam Carter, who has been performing for 20 years, will sing Elvis Presley’s greatest hits at the Swindon Village Hall event on Saturday 28th January in a special charity tribute night. Organised by local community radio presenter, James Locke, the event will raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Taking the audience on a journey of Elvis Presley’s life featuring multiple costume changes and performances of all of his greatest hits, the evening promises to be a rocking success and will be rounded off with a charity disco by James to get everyone on the dance floor. A charity raffle will also take place with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including a DAB/CD Media centre from event sponsors D G Locke Property Maintenance worth £130, Cheltenham Town Hall show event tickets, Roses Theatre Film Tickets, £40 voucher for Cheltenham pizza, cider and pie restaurant, The Stable, and passes to attend a day at Cheltenham Races donated by Cheltenham Racecourse. James said “Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court do a fantastic job. We have had excellent experiences of the care they provide when family have been ill, which is why the fundraiser is a real family affair with my dad sponsoring the event too.” “I have been supporting Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court over the...

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Vans stolen from Barton Street business and then driven into other vehicles

Two vans were stolen from a company’s yard in Barton Street in Gloucester before being driven recklessly into other people’s property at the end of last week. Police are appealing for information about the incident, which involved three offenders and happened in the early hours of Friday, 13 January. A white Mercedes Sprinter van was taken from Cash4Clothes at around 1.40am and then used to smash through the business’s iron gates, causing debris to be strewn all over the road. The thieves, who wore face coverings, returned at 4.30am and stole a grey Fiat Ducato van before inflicting more damage by driving into a number of vehicles on India Road. Both vans were later recovered from Sweetbriar Street in Kingsholm. Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to come forward. Significant damage was caused to the underside of the first van, meaning sparks would have been flying when the offenders drove away. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 183 of 13 January. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Robinswood School Junior Wardens complete successful scheme

Junior Wardens from Robinswood School in Matson have just finished a successful term in the role and have been hailed as shining examples of young people who want to make a positive difference in their community. During the packed nine-week scheme the pupils carried out community inspections, met the local mayor to suggest improvements and took part in anti-social behaviour and road safety awareness sessions. They even tasted life as police officers when they took part in the “Mini Coppers” initiative and patrolled outside their school, promoting pupil safety in light of concerns about obstructive parking. The Junior Warden scheme is run by Gloucester City Homes in conjunction with Together in Matson and the police and this was the first time a new, shortened version of the scheme has been run, introducing a number of changes aimed at making it more beneficial. Police Community Support Officer Chris Jenkinson, who helps manage and run the schemes throughout the city, said: “The Junior Wardens are well known throughout the city for the positive impact they have on their communities. The wardens learn lifelong skills to help them in their development to young adults. They understand how they can strengthen their community but also how to have a voice and make sensible decisions. This is part of a policing priority to help young people become young adults as laid out by our Police...

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Muddiest sporting pitches in the UK revealed

The muddiest sporting pitches in the UK – where the most matches are rained off or affected by inclement weather – are in Wales, according to research by laundry appliance brand Belling. The study combined Met Office weather data with research amongst grassroots sports clubs across the UK, looking at the number of games rained-off or affected by water-logged pitches. Belling’s survey found that thousands of football, rugby and hockey fixtures are cancelled every winter in the UK, with the nation’s poor weather being largely to blame. According to the research, the top ten locations most likely to have a fixture affected by wet weather and poorly maintained pitches were named as: Cardiff Glasgow Preston Huddersfield Plymouth Blackpool Carlisle Manchester Gloucester Liverpool Belling also named the dirtiest sports team in the UK, but instead of judging dangerous tackles, dissent or the number of red cards given, it called out to its social media community for the muddiest sporting snaps – the filthiest of which has received team sponsorship to purchase new kits, plus its own Belling Sensicare machine to keep them pristine. Rugby team Haverfordwest Ladies, based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, was named the dirtiest team, regularly battling muddy and waterlogged conditions to perform near top of their division. The ladies team plays on a Sunday, after the men’s team uses the pitch on a Saturday – meaning that the...

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Little Mix to perform at Kingsholm this summer

Little Mix are to perform at the home of Gloucester Rugby this summer. The girl group will perform their signature hits, including ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Wings’, alongside tracks from their new album ‘Glory Days’. Pop acts like Little Mix don’t come along that often. Growing better and bolder with each new album, they understand the brilliance of pop music and how it relates to their passionate and loyal fan base. 2016 was an incredible year for the band with another massive No.1 single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, and their album ‘Glory Days’, shooting straight to No.1 on the Official Albums Chart. The record has spent a total of four weeks in the peak position and is quickest selling album in the UK charts by a girl group since Destiny’s Child’s Survivor in 2001. It is also the longest-reigning girl group No.1 album of the millennium. Little Mix said:  ‘We can’t wait to come to Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester as part of our Summer Shout Out tour. To be able to perform our new album ‘Glory Days’ alongside our biggest hits to you all in the stadium will be a great way to kick-start the summer!’ Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby CEO, said: ‘We are delighted to have attracted the world’s biggest girl band to Kingsholm Stadium, as we continue to display our appetite to...

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Appeal for witnesses to Gloucester sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Gloucester yesterday. A woman was walking along the alleyway that runs off Derby Road towards Asda between 2.45pm and 3pm when a man approached her and started talking to her. The woman entered into conversation with the man as they walked towards the train station before he pulled her towards him and sexually touched her. He then left towards Asda. The man is described as being of mixed heritage, 5ft 11ins tall, in his mid to late 20s, of slim build but “muscley”, with a moustache or goatee and short, tidy dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and carrying a plastic bag. Anyone who saw the man or the incident should call 101 and quote incident 446 of 11 January. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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The Best Bar None awards are back

For the second year in a row, pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester are competing to receive national recognition for their commitment to improving the city’s nightlife experience. After winning the ‘National Best New Scheme’ award in 2016, Gloucester is hosting the Best Bar None awards for the second time. On Tuesday 17th January Gloucester City Council, and its partners in Safer Gloucester, is hosting its nationally recognised awards ceremony at Kingsholm Stadium. The black tie event is starting at 7pm and will see pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester compete to receive recognition for their work to make the city a safer place at night. Applications for the awards opened in July and more than 18 submission were made. Safer Gloucester officers assessed each application to see which ones reached the accredited standards set by the national best bar none association. The categories within the awards include, best chain pub, best independent pub, and the best small local pub. A full list can be found here: www.safergloucester.co.uk In order to win its category, each establishment must have demonstrated how it has gone above and beyond to comply with the licensing regulations, support public safety and prevent crime and disorder in Gloucester over the past year. Best Bar None is a nationally recognised award scheme which aims to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder, help licensed traders to build...

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New and improved recycling service launches

Gloucester City Council is launching its new and improved waste and recycling service from January 16th 2017. Following a detailed consultation last year about what residents would like to change about waste and recycling in the city, Gloucester City Council is launching its new service this month. As a result of the public feedback, the new and expanded waste and recycling scheme means that residents are able to recycle corrugated cardboard, mixed plastics, textiles and shoes in addition to the current collection of glass, paper, cans, plastic bottles and food. Gloucester residents who make the most of the new service will minimise the non-recyclable waste left in their black bins and prevent excess waste from being landfilled. The recyclable materials collected will be sorted into brand new recycling vehicles and will then be sent for onward re-processing into new products. Residents have received their new collection calendars in the post and it’s important to check them carefully as some collection routes will be changing. This will mean some properties have a different collection day when the new service starts next week. Although collection days could change, recycling and food waste collections will continue to be weekly and garden waste fortnightly as now. Blue reusable sacks for the collection of corrugated cardboard are currently being delivered into residents green boxes after they have been emptied. These sacks can be used...

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Persistent shoplifter banned from Gloucester city centre

A persistent shoplifter has been banned from Gloucester city centre after receiving a criminal behaviour order at court. Bradley John Windle, 37 and of Deans Way in Gloucester, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to two thefts from shops in the city. A Criminal Behaviour Order was then granted meaning Windle cannot enter the city centre except when he has an arranged appointment or enter any business that is part of the Gloucester City Safe scheme. The order will last two years and any breach could result in a prison sentence. PC Mark Mansfield said: “Windle has been a constant thorn in the side of businesses and the police in Gloucester. He’s been responsible for tens of shoplifting cases, causing harassment, alarm and distress to many. “We hope this order helps change things but if it doesn’t he could face prison. “We’re releasing his photo so that people can report any breaches to us on 101.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Have you lost your drone at the ‘drome?

Staff at Gloucestershire Airport are trying to track down the owner of a drone found at the aerodrome.  The quadcopter type was discovered in a locked compound, seemingly having made an impromptu arrival sometime since the morning of Saturday 7th January. Operations director, Darren Lewington said: – “We’re very keen to speak to the craft’s owner. This particular model looks to be a relatively low cost example, typical of those found in high street stores and we’d guess it’s a Christmas present.  Nevertheless, operating a drone near an Airport is illegal and potentially very dangerous.  We are the busiest general aviation airport in the UK and handled over 83 000 flights in 2016.  Our Air Ambulance and Police helicopters sometimes operate on a 24-hour basis and our airspace extends two miles from the airfield and up to 2000ft.  A collision with a drone, even of this size, could have catastrophic consequences. We’ve passed the drone onto the police and we’re hoping that the onboard camera’s SD card will help identify who the machine belongs to.  If anyone has any information, they should contact Gloucestershire Police quoting incident number 205 of 10th January.” A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: – “It is unlawful to fly a drone in restricted airspace, for example an airport, over a crowd (including people in vehicles), or over a built up area. If we are confronted...

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Museum extends New Year event

Following the success of last year, when over 1300 people visited, the Jet Age Museum is extending its popular ‘Junior Pilots Wanted’ event, aimed at children of all ages, over the New Year weekend.  The popular attraction will open on Saturday 31st December, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd January from 10-4pm. In addition to being able to climb aboard the cockpits of a Gnat trainer, Hunter fighter, Vulcan bomber and Trident airliner, there’ll be a treasure hunt and a chance to participate in the “Jet Age Landing Gear Constructor Championship.” Sponsored by Safran Landing Systems and Virtual Aerospace – the Airport’s new flight simulator attraction – youngsters will need to use their engineering skills to piece together a mini landing gear system against the clock.  There’ll be prizes on the day for the fastest times and an opportunity to take part in the finals in February. Airport operations director and museum trustee, Darren Lewington said; ‘2016 has been an excellent year for the museum.  Our visitor numbers have exceeded our expectations and we’ve now welcomed more than 75 000 people through our doors.  We’re hoping that 2017 will be just as good and the New Year weekend is the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer. Our collection tells the story of Gloucestershire’s aviation heritage and we’re very much hoping to inspire the next generation of pilots...

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Handbag stolen in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a handbag in Gloucester yesterday. A woman was walking along Westgate Street in the direction of Lower Quay Street.  She had just walked past the Archdeacon Street junction near Nick’s Taverna when she felt a strong yank on her arm.  A man on a bicycle had cycled past and grabbed the strap of her handbag pulling it from her shoulder.  The cyclist continued with the bag in the direction of The Cross. The red Gucci bag contained personal documentation and a purse with cash and bank cards. The man is described as white, aged 20-25.  He appeared quite tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothes with a blue or black coat. The bike was a traditional style bike in a dark colour. If you witnessed the incident or have any information relating to the theft please call 101 quoting incident number 330 of 19 December 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Wanted appeal to trace persistent beggar suspected of breaching criminal behaviour order

Police have issued a wanted appeal for a man suspected of breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) banning him from entering Gloucester city centre. Richard Turbyfield, 40 and from Gloucester, was banned from entering the city centre in November, when the CBO was imposed at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court. It meant Turbyfield could not enter Gloucester city centre or ask anyone for money who he does not already know. Any breach could result in a prison sentence. Turbyfield has now been spotted on three occasions in the last week in the area he is precluded from entering. He was arrested on suspicion of breaching the order but failed to attend police custody last week for interview. The CBO was obtained after Turbyfield, who was in accommodation and claiming benefits at the time, was seen approaching numerous women for money in St Aldate Street in August. Turbyfield had previously been warned by police not to beg after a similar incident in Westgate Street days earlier. Turbyfield is only allowed to enter the exclusion zone to attend appointments and must leave the area immediately afterwards otherwise he could be arrested. The order lasts until November 2018. Police are urging people to call to report if they see Turbyfield on 101 if they see him or know where he is. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “The launch of our safe...

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VIDEO: CCTV released after two men assaulted in Gloucester pub

http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-12-19.mp4 Officers investigating an unprovoked assault in a Gloucester pub have released CCTV footage of the incident. The victims, a 41-year-old man and a 27-year-old man both from Cheltenham, were drinking with friends in Northend Vaults on Northgate Street when an unknown man head butted them and continued to punch one of the victims in the face. It happened between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 3 December. The 27-year-old victim sustained a split lip requiring stitches. The other victim sustained minor facial injuries. Police have released CCTV footage of the incident and the suspect afterwards, as well as images of the suspect and four potential witnesses. Anyone who recognises them, or the men themselves, should call police on 101 quoting incident 162 of 4 December. SUSPECT: WITNESSES: Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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CCTV image released of woman in connection with theft from post office customer

A CCTV image has been released of a woman police want to speak to in connection with the theft of a bag containing a Canon camera lens worth nearly £200 from a post office customer. The incident happened at the post office in the Oxebode, Gloucester between 1.20pm and 1.30pm on Friday 2 December. A man left his shopping bag on the floor of the post office and a member of staff, believing it belonged to someone else, handed it to a woman customer, who took it without hesitation. Officers want to speak to the woman and hear her side of the story. If you are the woman or recognise her please call 101 and quote crime 29042/16. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucestershire Academy of Music receive ‘the best Christmas present’ as Barbican House remains

Christmas came early for the Gloucestershire Academy of Music when its directors, staff and pupils were told the future of their Blackfriars base at Barbican House was secure. Gloucestershire Academy of Music was informed of the good news at the end of term concert earlier this month when young musicians from three years upwards performed in front of their parents, teachers and special guests. There had been fears the Georgian-style building opposite Gloucester Docks would be bulldozed to make way for an access road to the city’s latest multi-million development. Plans for the area have now reached a point where the City Council can say with certainty that demolition of the building will not be necessary. The Council has now assured the academy that the building can continue to be an important asset to the city. Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s really great news that such a fantastic organisation can remain in Gloucester and continue to provide valuable skills to the young people in our communities.  We had to wait until the plans for the area took shape and we haven’t compromised on getting the right scheme for Blackfriars, but I am delighted this is the outcome.” Tom Taylor, chairman for Gloucestershire Academy of Music, said: “This announcement is a huge relief to the academy as we are particularly...

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City council awarded for security innovation

Gloucester City Council has been awarded for its innovation in the security industry following a joint working project with BT and Gloucestershire Police before last years Rugby World Cup. The Gordon Mclanaghan Award was received last month for providing free public Wi-Fi in Gloucester city centre thanks to use of the existing CCTV network. WiFi access points were co-located with cameras to make use of the existing transmission infrastructure. This provided a new free-to-use public WiFi service throughout the city centre. This integrated solution for improved CCTV and new public WiFi service proved more cost-effective than carrying out each as stand-alone projects. It also eliminated the need for extra work as existing camera locations were used. Taking place last summer, the project also saw most of the city’s CCTV equipment replaced with high definition cameras and some cameras relocated. The city’s control room equipment was replaced with new monitors and digital recording facilities. Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said, “We were delighted to win the innovation in the security industry award on the 14th November. By using the existing CCTV infrastructure the Wi-Fi could be put in quickly without any expensive or disruptive work. “Our city Wi-Fi means that shoppers, residents, workers, tourists and other visitors can connect to the internet easily and free of charge from their mobile devices and tablets whilst out and about...

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Noisy neighbour fined for breaching civil injunction

A family from Gloucester have been found fined for breaching a civil injunction and banned from entering Barton and Tredworth for the next six months. Gloucester City Council attended Gloucester County Court on the 3rd November 2016 to prove that Mr. Julius Gazi and Ms. Bohumila Karchnakova of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester were in breach of a civil injunction obtained from the Youth Court on the 28th January 2016. The couple, who did not attend the hearing, were found guilty of breaching the injunction on several occasions. The initial civil injunction had been in place since 29th January 2016. Officers from Gloucester City Council gave evidence to the judge to support the hearing. It included several separate instances in August and September, where the family played loud music and argued during the night. The families’ behaviour caused local neighbours stress and anxiety. The judge approved the council’s application in the defendant’s absence as they did not attend the hearing. They were however summoned to appear at Gloucester County Court for sentencing on Friday 2 December 2016. During sentencing, the judge took the view that even with the families limitations of the workings of the legal system, the fact was that family had been warned verbally, they had received noise abatement notices, they had received cautions, they had been convicted twice in the other courts for noise nuisance, and yet...

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the window displays of Gloucester are so delightful…winners announced

The bright lights of Gloucester have been celebrated as councillors and officers from Gloucester City Council have decided on the city’s best Christmas window displays. The Christmas window competition has five different categories; and the winners and runners up are: National Chain: Winner: Marks & Spencer Runner ups: Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Charity Shop: Winner: Footsteps Runner up: PDSA. Food & Drink: Winner: Cookes Coffee & Curios Runner up: Jane’s Pantry. Elf and Beauty: Winner: Graduations at No.9 Runner up: Mark Blake. Independent Retailer: Winner: Miju Wools Runner ups: Gloucester Life Museum, Bridal Sale Shop. Judging took place on 8th December, with Cllr Paul James, Cllr Pam Tracey, Mayor Neil Hampson and city centre manager Jason Merritt considering the beautiful offerings on display. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council said, “The Christmas best dressed window competition is a wonderful chance for us to recognise the businesses that try their hardest to get that festive vibe spread across our city. “It was so hard to judge a winner again this year, when quite a number of businesses in each category have made a real effort. I want to again thank each and every business that enters into the spirit of the festive season.  I’d love to see even more businesses take part and I hope we will see an even greater range next year.” Jason Merritt, city centre...

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New iron railings being installed around St Mary De Crypt Churchyard

The St Mary De Crypt Churchyard has started to receive new iron railings this week. The design of the new railings has been based on old photographs and, as much as possible, will replicate the ones that previously surrounding the yard. It’s believed that the original railings were removed during the second world war but the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme, in partnership with Gloucester Civic Trust, felt it was time to replace them. The work is being done by Gloucestershire metalworker Jon Cicuttin, and is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, Gloucester City Council, and the Gloucester Civic Trust. The work will be completed early 2017. Gloucester News Centre –...

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