Author: Shaun Moore

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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UPDATE: Body found after police called to fire incident in Gloucester

Police investigating a serious incident in Gloucester say a person has been found dead. Officers were called to Painswick Road in the city just before 8am today, after reports of a fire. Fire crews also attended the scene. A body was later found at the property. A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Both the death and cause of the fire are being treated as unexplained. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Elderly woman’s cash stolen from cash machine

CCTV images have been issued in connection with the theft of cash belonging to an elderly woman at a cashpoint in Gloucester. The incident happened at around 5.10pm on Sunday (19 March). A 73-year-old woman withdrew £100 from the cash machine at Sainsbury’s Local in Barton Street. She forgot to take the cash before a man who then approached the machine walked off with it. Officers would like to talk to the man in the images about the incident. He is described as white, in his mid to late 40s or early 50s, of medium build and with greying hair. He was wearing a jacket with“Harry Buckland’s Car Specialists” on the back of it although from inquiries made so far it is not believed he is connected to the business. If you recognise the man or can help in any way please call 101 and quote incident 358 of 19 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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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 pedestrianised area means sensitive working methods and extensive scaffolding are needed. The city council is taking full advantage by carrying out repairs and repainting of the exterior woodwork while the scaffolding is in place. Thanks to the City Centre Investment Fund, over at the Museum of Gloucester, major repairs to the roof of the Price Memorial Hall are also underway. Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “These works demonstrate the city council’s ongoing commitment to maintaining cultural venues for all citizens of Gloucester to enjoy – whether that be through live shows at the Guildhall, or discovering our fascinating history through the ages at the museum. “By carrying out this work on our complex and challenging, yet magnificent listed buildings, we can preserve an important part of...

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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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Illegal waste collector caught bragging on social media

Three more fixed penalty notices have been issued by the city council in its continued crackdown on fly tipping and waste offences. Two fines were issued to an illegal waste collector, after boasting they had taken 16 car loads of rubbish to Hempsted Household Recycling Centre in one day, and charging residents for doing so. A second individual was also caught and issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice for dumping a fridge/freezer, mattress, wooden furniture units, cardboard and general household waste near housing at Lobb Court, in Barton and Tredworth. Cllr Richard Cook said: “Gloucester City Council is committed to reducing the ongoing issue of fly tipping. We will continue to investigate and take enforcement action against those who selfishly spoil the environment for residents, or attempt to con unsuspecting residents who believe that their waste will be disposed of responsibly. “We want to make Gloucester a more welcoming place for residents and visitors. I would like to strongly urge anyone who suspects illegal dumping is taking place to report it to the city council.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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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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Elmbridge crew donate £500 to children’s Christmas charity

As the festive period takes hold Gloucestershire County Council partner, Griffiths, is donating £500 worth of children’s toys to local charity, Hamper Scamper. Hamper Scamper is CCP’s Christmas Giving Scheme. It is designed to spread festive cheer to some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults at Christmas time. As the charity relies so heavily on the generosity of donations, Gloucestershire County Council asked Griffiths, its contractor working on the Elmbridge roundabout improvements, if it could donate £500 worth of construction toys to the charity. Nigel Davies from Alun Griffiths Ltd said: “We are delighted to have donate to a worthy Charity and to bring laughter joy and happiness to children this Christmas.” Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We were so pleased when Griffiths agreed to make this generous donation to the CCP charity. “It’s a great charity that provides joy and happiness at what can be a very difficult time of year for some.” Cordell Ray, CEO of CCP said: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Griffiths for thinking of CCP and making this donation. Just imagine the joy all of the shiny new diggers will bring to children. “One of the best things about Hamper Scamper is bringing businesses together to spread Christmas cheer across the county, and that’s just what Griffiths have done this Christmas.”...

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Woman robbed in sports field in Quedgeley

A woman was robbed in a field in Quedgeley over the weekend. The incident happened as the victim walked a dog through the large field between Stephenson Drive and Naas Lane at around 11.30pm on Saturday. The woman was listening to music and holding her mobile phone in her hand when she noticed a group of two males and a female walking in the opposite direction. They walked past her but a few moments later the victim felt a sudden pain to the back of her head, as though she had been struck on the head with a blunt object. She fell to the ground and dropped her phone and dog lead. Those in the group then attacked her – pulling her hair, slapping, punching and scratching her and forcing her to the ground again, demanding money. Eventually the woman managed to get free and run away. She later found the dog in a neighbour’s garden and the phone in the field the next day. The woman had suffered a lump to the back of her head and cuts and abrasions to her face, hands and arms. The female offender is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and with dark hair that was slicked back into a pony tail. Anyone with information about the incident or witnessed the group in the field on the night...

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Six drug dealers sentenced to over 20 years in prison after undercover police operation

Six drug dealers have been sentenced to over 20 years in prison after a surveillance operation conducted by undercover police officers. They appeared at Gloucester Crown Court today (Friday 9 December) and were all sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Abdul Faina, aged 28, of Tamar Road in Brockworth, was found guilty after a trial and was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison. Glody Mandangi, aged 25, of St Pauls Road in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Roberto Wade, aged 21, of Howard Road in London, pleaded guilty and was handed a prison sentence of three years and four months. Arron Falloon, aged 24, of Malden Road in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Kimberly Knight, aged 30, of Lloyd Close in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. Anastassia Tepljakova, aged 29, of Elmfield Road in Cheltenham, was given a 12 month community order after pleading guilty, which involves drug rehabilitation. Between Tuesday 28 July 2015 and Friday 31 July 2015, Gloucestershire Constabulary officers in plain clothes watched the actions of the offenders in order to gather evidence of their drug dealing in Cheltenham. Mandangi and Wade were arrested on Friday 31 July 2015 in Joe’s Café on St Pauls Road after officers observed them...

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Adaptations Help Rozina Gain Independence at Home

Housing association Gloucester City Homes (GCH) with help from contractor AKW, have transformed the home of a young woman, Rozina, who needed accessible accommodation to enable her to live more independently and to pursue her education and career. Rozina had lived in a Neurological Unit for two and a half years, and the care team that looked after her were having difficulty finding a suitable home within the community.  Rozina was keen to live more independently, although various houses and flats had become available, issues regarding wheelchair access had unfortunately made them unsuitable for her. Rozina explained, “I needed a place where I could function, but still be a young person and have my friends over. The flat needed to meet my medical and physical needs but not look and feel like a clinical environment or be adapted to a point where it would be impractical for my friends, family and care team.” A suitable flat was found, that would allow Rozina to live independently and provide the amount of space she needed to store equipment whilst still having enough room to entertain her friends and family.  However, the kitchen and bathroom required significant adaptations in order for them to fulfil her needs. Rozina was keen to be a part of the entire process, visiting several times during the build and was involved in choosing the work surfaces, flooring,...

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Archaeological dig has started at the Fleece Hotel

The Fleece Hotel in Gloucester is undergoing its first ever archaeological dig. With help from funding from GFirst LEP, Gloucester City Council is taking steps to discover the history of the hotel and what is lying undiscovered beneath its grounds. For the first time in its history, The Fleece Hotel is having an archaeological trenching within its grounds. This type of investigation has never been done before and will provide another first in the site’s history. So far, two trenches have been dug by Cotswold Archaeology on behalf of the city council. One trench is in the former garage area just off Longsmith Street and the other is in the main yard which was formerly the car park of the Fleece Hotel, adjacent to Bull Lane. Andrew Armstrong, Gloucester City Council archaeologist, said: “As the Fleece Hotel dates back to the mid-13th Century it’s likely that we’ll discover some medieval remains. It is also really close to where we have previously found some Roman artefacts. Who knows what we’ll find.” Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Carrying out these archaeological works will help to remove risks for any future development of the site and will enable us to continue to build the picture of our city’s history. Some of the things we find when undertaking such works can be truly fascinating...

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Barnwood Park Arts College considering expansion

As more school places are needed in Gloucester, Barnwood Park Arts College is proposing to accept more students from September 2019, and both boys and girls from September 2018. If the plans are agreed, Barnwood Park Arts College, which currently takes 150 girls a year, would have a mixed intake of girls and boys from September 2018 in Year 7 only. Boys would not join the older years, but would move up from Year 7 year on year. The school would then offer 30 additional year seven places every year from September 2019, so would have a potential intake of 180 students, If the proposed plans are successful, to accommodate the additional students, the school will be working with the local authority to improve PE facilities and provide extra resources needed to accommodate a mixed intake. If planning permission is agreed, the building work would begin in 2018 and be completed by September 2019. Housing developments in Gloucester have increased the number of children needing secondary school places. There are currently more Gloucester primary school students than there are secondary places and extra places are needed for boys as well as girls. The changes mean that boys in the Barnwood area will be able to choose a local school. Boys that have older female siblings attending Barnwood Park Arts College will also be able to go to the same...

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New Homes Play Tribute to Former Housing Manager

Nine new properties were officially launched in Coney Hill last week. The development brings eight high quality two-bed bungalows and a four-bed house on the previous garage site and wasteland and delivers more much needed accessible affordable housing to the area. The new development is named Norman Thomas Walk after the previous Housing Manager at Gloucester City Council, who sadly passed away in 2011. As a fitting tribute, Norman’s sister, Tina, opened the properties alongside former councillor Mary Smith. This development marks Gloucester City Homes’ fifth new build development in Gloucester over the past year. Ashley Green, Chief Executive at Gloucester City Homes said: “The launch was a special day. Norman Thomas was a true inspiration to myself and many Housing Officers both with the City Council and GCH during his career and it is fitting that our new housing development is named after him. I am sure Norman will be looking down on these new homes with a wonderful smile.  I am so pleased that his sister Tina was there to launch our new homes.” Michael Hill, Director of Property Services at Gloucester City Homes added: “GCH are making a real difference to the lives of many people, providing improved life chances through the provision of well designed, safe and warm homes. There is much more to be done but we have made a great start with 5...

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Museum offers history talks

Visitors to the Jet Age Museum on Sunday 27th November will have the opportunity to learn about the roles Gloucestershire’s airfields played in both World Wars. Esteemed aviation authors and historians David Berryman and Dave Partridge will be giving talks on the earliest pioneering days of Royal Flying Corps WWI activity at Rendcombe and Leighterton through to the aircraft development, production and operations in WWII at places such as Staverton, Stoke Orchard, Kemble and Brockworth.  The talks will take place at 11, 12, 1.30 and 2.30pm. Museum trustee, Darren Lewington said: – “We’re delighted to be offering our visitors an additional reason to visit on Sunday. Our County has played an important role in military aviation for a century and it is very much our job to tell that story.” The museum reached another milestone last week when the 10th Cheltenham Beavers became the attraction’s 75 000th visitors since its opening in August 2013. Darren added: – “Our weekday schools, clubs and group tours, which are available by prior arrangement – along with special events such as these talks –  are bringing our story to a much wider audience and making a significant contribution to our fundraising activities.  We need to raise over £750k for our phase two development, which will add an education facility and gallery to our portfolio.” Located at Meteor Business Park, the museum is a...

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Fierce competition for GRFGS farming awards

The Gloucestershire Root Fruit & Grain Society Annual Dinner and Prize Presentations were held at Gloucester Rugby Club on Friday to celebrate the cream of the crop of farming within Gloucestershire.  The prizes and cups were presented by the Chairman Kevin Kingston and his wife Elise. Boddington Estates Ltd won the most sought after and fiercely fought prestigious Premier Award for most points in all classes. The Farm Championship was won by S J & L E Middle of Sandhurst and the Livestock Championship was won by R J & B J Kingston & Sons (Tresham) and the award for the Most Promising Young Farmer went to Ruth Gilder of H W Smith & Son. The event just gets bigger each year with around 275 guests attended the evening awards. Secretary Samantha Pennington from Bruton Knowles – who has been involved in organising the Society’s activities over the past 25 years said: “To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement, this Society continues to go from strength to strength and the standard of entrants who want to win gets bigger and better every year.” To mark her long service, the chairman from 1991 Mr John Burcher presented Sam with a YSL handbag following donations from the membership and sponsors. Land Rover kindly donated a half day off road experience and the President auctioned it off and raised £300. With other...

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New and improved recycling service – coming to a street near you

Gloucester City Council is set to launch its new and improved 2017 waste and recycling service from January. Earlier this year, Gloucester City Council asked residents what they would like to change about waste and recycling in the city. As a result of the public feedback, the new and expanded waste and recycling scheme will mean that residents will soon be 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. The city’s residents will soon receive their new collection calendars in the post, and it’s important to check them carefully as some collection routes will be changing, resulting in some properties having a different collection day when the new service starts. Although collection days could change, recycling and food waste collections will continue to be weekly and garden waste fortnightly as now. Residents will receive a new blue sack for corrugated cardboard recycling during the first two weeks of January 2017. Crews will place the blue sacks in the green recycling boxes after they...

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Free cancer information and support coming to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Macmillan Cancer Support’s team of Information and Support Specialists are coming to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December to offer free, confidential information and support to anyone with a question or a concern relating to cancer. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome. The team launched the ‘Info Pod’ service to visit new sites including libraries, hospitals, and shopping centres across the region in order to reach and support more people affected by cancer. Details of the visit:   Date: Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December   Location: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Inside main entrance – by Costa Coffee,                 Great Western Road, GL1 3NN   Opening hours: Monday 28 November – 10am to 4pm                           Tuesday 29 November – 10am to 4pm                           Wednesday 30 November – 12pm to 6pm                           Thursday 1 December – 12pm to 6pm                            Friday 2 December – 8am to 12pm                          Helen Kennedy, Lead Cancer Information and Support Specialist, says, “We wanted to make sure we go even further this year to get support into the heart of the community. We are now getting out and about more and can offer a variety of services depending on where we are going. We have a large range of free information leaflets for people to take away about all aspects of a...

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Assize event takes place this weekend

Gloucester’s historic Assize of Ale will take place tomorrow.  The Sheriff’s Assize of Ale raises funds for the city’s civic charities, Longfield Hospice and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and dates back to medieval times when the Sheriff was responsible for ensuring the ale on sale in the city was of palatable quality.  The event usually takes place as part of Heritage Weekend in September but this year was delayed due to the Henry III coronation re-enactment. The Mayor, Councillor Neil Hampson, will be standing in for the Sheriff and he, together with an army of followers dressed in medieval clothing, tour the pubs in the city’s historic core collecting cash for charity and carrying out a slightly bizarre ritual involving a wooden stool, someone dressed in leather breeches and an egg timer.  The Sheriff has an “Ale Conner”, whose job it is to sit on a wooden stool, on which a small amount of ale has been poured, wearing a pair of leather trousers.  If after three minutes the trousers stick to the stool, the ale does not pass the test.  Conversely if the Ale Conner can move freely at the end of the three minutes, it does pass.   The tradition was reintroduced in 2003 by City Council Leader Paul James during his year as Sheriff of Gloucester and has taken place in each year since.  Cllr James organises the...

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Revealed: Gloucester is the UK’s most secretive city

Our finances are one of those things that people often keep close to their chest. But a recent study of 2,000 consumers, conducted by first direct, discovers that some people are a little more secretive when it comes to their finances than others – and people from Gloucester appears to be top of the table. Below are the top ten cities that are most likely to fib about their finances and have been untruthful in the past about anything from current accounts to store cards. Top 10 most secretive cities Gloucester – 43% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (67%), with the main culprit being debt (21%) Worcester – 38% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (40%) and parents (40%), with purchases being the most likely confession (23%) Leeds – 35% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (52%), with debt being the most likely secret (21%) Southampton – 33% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (56%), with debt being the most likely fib (16%) Birmingham – 32% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their parents (36%),...

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Minister tells councils to work with PCCs on fire service reform

The question of who runs the fire service in future moved closer to a resolution yeserday aftenoon when Policing and Fire Service Minister Brandon Lewis told councils they must discuss the issue with their local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Emergency services collaboration was among the items being discussed on the second day of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Partnership Summit at the Queen Elizabeth ll Centre in Westminster. Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service is run by the county council. PCC for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, said he hoped Mr. Lewis’ intervention would at last open up a dialogue with Shire Hall which had so far been unforthcoming. Mr. Surl, who was sharing a platform with Mr. Lewis at today’s conference, said: “It’s unlikely any PCC came into office wanting to be fire commissioner. It was certainly not my ambition. But when you consider the benefits we’ve seen in terms of openness, accountability and transparency in respect of the police service, if that can be applied to the fire service then it is an opportunity we should explore. “In areas similar to Gloucestershire, where I am Commissioner, where police and fire share the same geographical foot print; where our headquarters are on the same compound; our control rooms are divided only by a glass wall and the chief fire officer already leads...

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New contractor appointed for Kings Quarter regeneration

Gloucester City Council has now appointed LDA Design and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to carry out the regeneration work of Kings Quarter. The tendering process was six weeks long and closed in October this year. It was a successful and competitive process with more than 90 expressions of interest submitted. The new contractors, LDA Design and JLL will start working straight away. Initially the priority will be working with the regeneration team for three days a week, focusing on the design and business plan for the project. Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to be working with LDA and JLL on one of the city’s most important regeneration scheme. This demonstrates our continued determination to deliver this project to the benefit of the city.” Esther Croft from LDA, said: “We can’t wait to start on this exciting regeneration project. It will make a very visible difference to the area surrounding Kings Square and the train station.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Libraries ready to grow and support businesses

Gloucestershire Library service has been selected as a key partner in the future of growing businesses across the county as part of the expanding Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, which aims to help businesses across the county to grow and be successful. The hub is a point of contact for businesses that are looking for information, knowledge and experience they need to grow. Gloucestershire County Council’s library service joining the partnership means more Growth Hubs will be available across the county, in the heart of local communities. All 31 Gloucestershire Libraries will provide impartial business advice and guidance and signposting customers seeking specialist business advice to the most appropriate resource. Libraries cover the whole county and attract 2.2 million visits a year, from around 100,000 people. All libraries have free public Wi Fi and computers and the council is committed to extending digital access. Two libraries are having improvements made to include gadget bars, interactive screens and tables aimed at enhancing customer experience. Sarah Danson, Senior Project Manager of the Growth Hub Network at GFirst LEP, said: “We’re really excited to see the Network starting to take shape, after a great response from interested partners to help us strengthen and grow the Growth Hub, and its services. Giving businesses greater opportunities to access the best type of tailored...

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Regeneration plans gather pace

Plans to redevelop the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of Gloucester have taken an exciting step forward. Following public consultation in the autumn, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are submitting proposals for the redevelopment of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city. The Local Development Order will be presented to the city council’s planning committee for approval in the New Year, and will pave the way for developers to put in planning applications to help reshape the landscape of the city. In April 2015 funding of £4.13m was secured from central government and the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021 to prepare the site ready for redevelopment and to incorporate renewable energy generation into the proposals, helping the Shire Hall offices to become one of the most energy efficient buildings around. Since the project started, a lot of work has already taken place. Archaeological investigations and site investigations have taken place, as well as the knocking down of disused police cells at the rear of Shire Hall. So far, proposals have included much needed housing for the city as well as student accommodation for the University of Gloucestershire and other associated facilities. The development order will be presented to the city council’s planning committee in the New Year. Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to...

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Accolade for carer who completes NVQ early while pregnant

A Gloucester care home worker has won plaudits for completing her qualifications in record time – and while pregnant. Hannah Muggleton, who works at The Knoll Care Home, finished her NVQ in an astonishing three months, when she was expected to take a year. Now the 23-year-old, who is expecting her first baby in a matter of weeks, has been named “achiever of the month” by the firm that oversaw her qualification, Aspiration Training. Course leaders were wowed by Hannah’s commitment to completing the course before she went off on maternity leave. Hannah started as a Care Assistant at The Knoll, in Stroud Road, Tuffley, in 2014 and will be back to work next year. She said: “I love my job and I was determined to get my NVQ before I went off on maternity leave. The course has really boosted my confidence and I was spurred on by the kind praise and support from my colleagues, who really helped me believe in myself. “I’ll miss everybody I work with, and of course the residents, while I’m away but I’m really looking forward to meeting my baby too.” Debbie Smith, manager of The Knoll, said: “We’re over the moon for Hannah. She’s worked so hard and it’s an amazing achievement to have got through what was expected to take a year in just three months. She never complained about...

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Cheltenham BID’s £10-a-week travel deal for town centre staff

Cheltenham’s Business Improvement District (BID) has set up a deal with Stagecoach that will provide cheaper bus travel for staff of more than 600 businesses in the town. Members of staff buying a weekly or monthly pass can travel at significantly reduced prices. Anyone travelling in the Cheltenham area can buy a weekly ticket for just £10 – and travel for seven days – and there are similar savings across Gloucestershire. Stagecoach managing director Rupert Cox said the company was delighted to be working with the BID. “We are keen to support Cheltenham businesses and their staff and want to see use of our services in the town continue to grow,” he said. BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “This is a great way for town centre staff to save money, while easing the pressure on parking spaces at the same time. “The deal will help staff already using Stagecoach’s services but we hope it will also encourage many others to look at travelling to work by bus. Compared to the cost of using a car to get to work, the weekly or monthly tickets will represent a significant saving.” Cheltenham BID represents more than 600 businesses in the town centre, and as well as introducing schemes to save the businesses and their staff money, will work to ensure the town flourishes and to increase footfall and the number of visitors....

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Remember, remember to stay safe in November

  Bonfire night is just around the corner and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) are working with Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards to help keep people safe. To make sure that everyone has a fun and safe bonfire night this year GFRS is encouraging people to attend one of the county’s many organised events. Licensed events are the safest way to view fireworks because they have experts who plan and design an exciting and safe display. However, if you are hosting your own bonfire night party, the service has prepared some tips to make sure you stay safe:...

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Help The Family Haven achieve £250

Gloucestershire based charity The Family Haven, which provides a day centre for vulnerable families with children under five, is calling on local people to help it gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign. The will be using the funds to buy an iPad for the Nursery to enable the children to access education software to improve their reading and number skills as well as teaching them how to use a computer The campaign launched at 10am on the 18th October and will end either on the 17th November at 5pm or when all the funds have run...

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Gloucester Culture Board appoint eight new members

Gloucester City Council adopted its culture strategy earlier this year and one of the first key milestones was to appoint a new board of trustees to help put culture at the heart of the city. The newly appointed board will implement the ambitious strategy which aims to make Gloucester known for its distinctive culture: innovative and excellent, quirky and edgy, diverse and community–based with a strong focus on young people. The board’s purpose is to make the city a better place to live, work and play by engaging and empowering local communities and leaders to help transform the City. Before creating the strategy and recruiting these positions, the council spoke with a broad range of partner organisations that have a strong stake in Gloucester’s cultural future and share the same vision. With the support and commitment of the Arts Council England, the finalised strategy outlines key priorities which are designed to put Gloucester in pole position to be UK City of Culture in 2025. The board will be responsible for taking the 10 year strategy forward, building on the strengths of diverse communities and pointing to opportunities for development of culture in the city. The interview panel, which included Dame Janet Trotter DBE, HM’s Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, Clare Titley, director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England, Kate Danielson, a member of the board and city councillor Lise Noakes, interim...

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Demolition work completed at Gloucester Bus Station

Gloucester’s new bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as demolition of buildings has been completed, the archaeological dig has finished and the ground investigation has started. Gloucester City Council is making great progress on the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Now the demolition and archaeology has been completed the contractor can start to prepare the ground for investigation and use a drilling rig to create deep boreholes. Due to its history the ground must be fully investigated before Kier, the contracted builder, can start to build on site. These investigations are now underway. During the first half of the last century the area was used as a cattle market and results from the archaeological dig show that it was also likely to have been a flood bank in the 3rd to 4th century AD. Utility companies have also begun to draw up plans on how they’ll divert services ahead of the construction phase. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The new bus station hub is an exciting but complex project.  We have to work closely with utility companies, the county council and our contractors to make sure that any disruption is limited and the project runs smoothly.” “We’re making great process so far and I’m excited about seeing the next stage...

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Half-term fun at Gloucester’s City Museums

  This October half term Gloucester’s City Museums are hosting a variety of fun activities for young people of all ages. Why not spend your half term being shown around the Eastgate Chamber by a Roman soldier or getting crafty and creating your own piece of art? There is something for everybody at the museums this year and tickets are selling fast. ‘Museum Makers’ Craft workshops for children – mini beast puppets Come along to Gloucester Life Museum to make your very own mini beast puppet, ready for the Halloween celebrations. Tuesday 25th October, 10.30am – 12pm or 1pm...

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An evening with former World Champions boxer Frank Bruno in aid of children’s charity

Frank Bruno, the London born former heavyweight champion boxer, is set to visit Gloucestershire for a fundraiser for Winston’s Wish – the charity for bereaved children. The evening, which takes place at the end of October, will see Bruno talk to boxing fans about his career, famous fights and his 95% knockout rate. The boxer started his career as a professional in 1982 and quickly achieved 21 consecutive wins by knockout. He won the WBC title in 1995, defeating Oliver McCall, and won 40 out of his 45 bouts. An Evening with Frank Bruno has been organised by Spa Promotions and takes place at Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester. VIP tickets are available for £100, which include a champagne reception and a photograph with Bruno, whilst standard tickets are set at £80.00. All tickets include a 3 course meal, a prize giveaway and a charity auction in aid of Winston’s Wish. Anyone looking for further information about the event, which takes place on the 21st of October at 6pm, should contact Spa Promotions on 07470498828 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1017722011598750. Elizabeth Thatcher, Community Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, commented: “It’s really exciting to have such a well-known name like Frank Bruno appearing at an event in aid of Winston’s Wish. With such an illustrious career, I’m sure all attending with hear plenty of fantastic anecdotes and stories. We cannot thank Spa Promotions and...

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‘Aim High’ Scholarship takes off at Gloucestershire Airport

Gloucestershire Airport and aviation charity fly2help are gearing up to welcome ten lucky teenage students to the Airport during half term, who have been selected for the fly2help Aim High Scholarship programme. The students will be given a behind-the-scenes insight into the County’s airport – the busiest general aviation airport in the UK – combined with visits to Jet Age Museum and other Airport-based businesses such as Aeros, Babcock Mission Critical Services, Air Traffic Control college Global ATS and the new flight simulator business, Virtual Aerospace.  They’ll also be visiting RAF Brize Norton and Rolls Royce and Airbus at Filton during an action packed week. Fly2help has run scholarship programmes and aviation taster days for young people at the Airport for three years now and is rolling out the initiative to other airports around the UK.  The charity has also just relocated its head office from Kemble Airfield to Staverton. Airport operations director, Darren Lewington said; – “Gloucestershire Airport has chosen fly2help as our charity to support for several years now and we’re proud to run these scholarships.   With the charity now joining our diverse Airport community, they’ll have access to a huge range of businesses and activities on their doorstep. “From the earliest days of flight, on display at our Jet Age Museum, right up to the cutting edge of modern engineering and training, I’m sure they’ll have...

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Hipkiss Live @ the Gloucester Brewery

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm GMT
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Strike A Light Festival Launch Night

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm GMT
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Farmers Market

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm GMT